Tuesday, 30 June 2009
Monday, 29 June 2009
Sunday, 28 June 2009
Sure this little video was designed to combat bogus claims of the paranormal (and they are all bogus - so far), but it strikes Our Man that the tests could equally be applied to politics. Would the Iraq debacle have happened if we had applied these criteria to the WMD claims and the preposterous notion that Iraq was 45 minutes from nuking Britain? Maybe it just would have made the higher-ups work harder on an excuse for war, but that wouldn't have been a bad thing. Just remember the 10 tests the next time we are told some pol is about to generate a million new jobs, the Norks are about to invade Hawaii or the LDP has what it takes to rule Japan for another five years.
Saturday, 27 June 2009
Friday, 26 June 2009
Thursday, 25 June 2009
Wednesday, 24 June 2009
Quite clearly, this chap has issues. He seems to think dangling by a hook and harness constitutes hanging. Not sure if any of Our Man's readers have the get-up-and-go required to type in his url, but fair play to him, he got Our Man to link to him and his business. But it got Our Man thinking again...
May he offer some free advice to Our Dear Leader, Taro Aso? You remember him? He's the Prime Minister. Still have yet to see his sardonically smiling hard-liquor lined mug gracing these parts. Funny that, because every other party has got its election bills posted at strategic spots (derelict buildings and rubbish collection points being a favourite).
He needs to raise his profile. Maybe if he just hanged himself, the LDP would rise in the polls? In the selfless interests of political objectivity, Our Man would like to make this generous offer:
Free piano wire for every politician.
Ask not what Our Man can do for you...
Vid lifted from here.
Tuesday, 23 June 2009
Monday, 22 June 2009
Sunday, 21 June 2009
Saturday, 20 June 2009
Now regular losers, er, readers will know, Our Man cares as much for TV talents (for that is how the gormless skinny things on the telly are known in Japan) as he does for manga comic books. But, here's a little tale of both to tickle your downmarket desires.
One of Our Man's Tokyo agent provocateur had just nipped off from her office for a quick lunch, when she ran into a horde of teenage girls cordoned off from a main street where none other than Katori Shingo of SMAP fame (an aging boy band, one of whose, er, members showed his arse a couple of weeks back when he got pissed in a park) was shooting a scene for The Police Box In Front Of Kameari-Park, a live-action remake of the famous manga (which Our Man had never heard of until he saw this here about 30 minutes ago) of the same name. (GET ON WITH IT - Ed.)
Now, Our Man isn't suggesting that our golden talent of the silver screen (I'm losing my patience with you - Ed) is up to his scrawny neck in underworld connections, merely that perhaps he should change his bodyguard.
Our Man hears that chap in Libya (sorry, don't know how to spell Qaddafi) has quite a unique one.
Friday, 19 June 2009
Well, Our Man has a confession to make.
He kinda thought he was the only journo (ex-journo actually) blogger with a skewed take on J-politics and low boredom threshold in these here parts.
Er, guess again. A real live person told Our Man face-to-face about this site here - the Woodshed. Written by a practising hack in Japan, his blog's smarter than Our Man's, it's been going longer, it's funnier and better looking. But it is Canadian and doesn't appear to use green and red ink. The smarter ones among you may have noticed Our Man has lifted a vid from it and a widget thingy about the sponging bankers (it's down there on the right below the tedious Global Voices feed).
Anyway, Our Man reckons it's a more than worthy winner of his oft forgotten BLOG OF THE WEEK prize and heartily recommends you take a peek at it.
Just don't forget who sent ya, sob.
* Commonly translated as "cool" and "cute", these words actually mean "whaddatwat" and "wanker".
Thursday, 18 June 2009
Wednesday, 17 June 2009
Tuesday, 16 June 2009
Look, Our Man was only messing around when he suggested the Dark Side were ready to ditch Our Dear Leader T. Aso. But, now that looks like that could come to pass. Seems Aso's cabinet's "popularity" has sunk again to 17.5 percent, which watchers of auspicious numbers will appreciate, was the VAT (sales tax) rate in the UK before the shit hit the financial fan. The same poll found that 47.8 percent of voters were plumping for the opposition (coincidentally the same percentage of Japanese who committed suicide in 2004 who were unemployed), while the Dark Side can only muster 18.7 percent backing (coincidentally almost the exact same percentage of residents of Our Man's household who pee standing up).
Dang, gotta get rid of this bracelet thing, it's playing havoc with Our Man's logic. (And that's a picture of Legs and Co., lifted from here, not Aso and Co. - Editor. Oh and while we're at it, how many links do you need in one post, who do you think you are Observing Japan or something?)
Monday, 15 June 2009
Sunday, 14 June 2009
Saturday, 13 June 2009
Friday, 12 June 2009
In his journeys, though sadly without his camera, Our Man has spied a whole bunch of exciting posters of the J-pols, with, naturally, new ones of Hatoyama smiling, sort of, with the local DPJ (roughly translated stands for Truth, Justice and the Abikan Way) candidate; a friendly looking one of that pudgy Commie, and the New Komeito chap, looking, er, bureaucratic. But there are no new pictures of Taro Aso around. Strange. He being the Prime Minister and all. Are the LDP (Forces Of Evil) up to something here? Are they that ashamed of him? Or are they planning to ditch him before the election?*
Thursday, 11 June 2009
Wednesday, 10 June 2009
So, noticed this morning that despite Aso's (Our Dear Leader) protestations to not stand for amakudari - the practice of giving cushy top jobs in private industry to bureaucrats who were supposed to be watching for wrong-doing in the same companies - he was in fact lying or just writing cheques that his body politic just couldn't cash. Or something. The story is here if you care to see in black and white more evidence that money talks. Incidentally, amakudari sounds a bit like the kind of sake brewed in Okinawa which Our Man is making heavy weather of getting through (much like this post, eh readers?).
Anyway, Our Man was wondering just what the hell the LDP (Aso's gang) is going to stand for in the general election (which must be just weeks away now). For the DPJ, it's a no-brainer:
We're the party of change (ish).
For the LDP????
Pic lifted from here.
Tuesday, 9 June 2009
Monday, 8 June 2009
1. We're all a minority. Our Man's old man mentioned this little nugget of truth the other day. Consider Our Man. He's a Brit (minority here). He pees standing up (minority in his household). He didn't graduate from a swanky university (minority among J-bloggers).
2. Minorities ROCK. Consider this very smart chap who wrestled with his identity as a Korean born in Japan, until he decided to say f*ck it, I am what I am, and he started using his Korean name and refused to be fingerprinted as a resident alien. That little act of rebellion opened doors and now he's a top political pundit and Todai (like Oxford or Cambridge) uni prof too.
3. The truth is out there, baby. Consider this future smart cookie, Hina, who has written a thoughtful treatise on growing up half white, half Japanese in the US. Her post is on Our Man's favourite sassy feminist blog, Rotten Little Girls, right here.
Sunday, 7 June 2009
Saturday, 6 June 2009
By the way, dear blog readers, just because Our Man has gone all a-Twittering, you are still his favourites. The new baby just required a bit more attention, but now that it is up and running, you will be getting all the best stuff. You know, pointless posts like this one, pics lifted from other J-blogs and funny videos lifted from god-only-knows where. It's all part of the plan*, don't worry.
Our Man was in a funk last night. Not a Sly and the Family Stone kinda funk, more a workshy-wish-I-was-doing-something-else kinda funk. So he imagineered a solution (do tossers really say such things or is that sooo 90s now?) Why not get down with the kids and join the Twitter community? (er, because it's a massive waste of time, and who in their right mind is interested in what Our Man is doing right now anyway? Actually, he is drinking a Santory Malts if you must know). Well anyway, despite not really understanding what it is and how to do it, he's jumped head first into the molasses. You can follow his fascinating musings in 140 letters or less on Twitter here and there is now a slightly delayed update to this high-tech haiku on the right-hand column under the readers' comments.
Anyway, to mark this auspicious occasion, here is a random roundup of what other folk are saying on Twitter about the issue of the day: North Korea. Take it away Twitterers...
Al Gore, CurrentTV Chair May Go to North Korea to Help US Reporters - yes, we were waiting for this, go and go quick!!!
north korea needs to stop being so rude
I'm certain the United Nations and Hillary have North Korea's Kim just worried sick
Vigils Held for US Reporters on Trial
hahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha looking at north korea through google map?! u r seriously random but i still love u haha
Wondering why they are sending Al Gore to North Korea for negotiations. Isn't that Carter or B. Clinton's realm?
Can we send Rush to North Korea, it may be a good home for him
North Korea's Coat of Arms has a hydro electric power plant in it. Now how awesome is that?
One thing that will stop rocket to Alaska?? Threaten to deport Palin to North Korea.
By the way, the earliest Twitter post (Tweet?) about the trial of the two reporters was five days ago. First Our Man heard about it was yesterday in the Japan Times. Maybe there is something to this Twitter thing, eh readers?
Pic lifted from here.
Friday, 5 June 2009
Thursday, 4 June 2009
Not only will the next prime minister of Japan (be it Aso or Hatoyama) be the grandson of a former prime minister, but so too will the probable next leader of those anti-imperialist Norks - Kim Jong un. And in the UK, we have Hilary Benn, a fourth generation pol who looks to be rising up the ranks of the soon to be decimated Labour Party. They've got so much in common, we could sit them at the same table at a wedding party. Actually not, Our Mr Benn is the only one of the elective majesties who has never fiddled his expenses, made money from slave labour or had a patriotic song penned for him. Yet.
Wednesday, 3 June 2009
Enforce conformity, that'll show the Norks we're superior to their Stalinist state, eh readers?
Tuesday, 2 June 2009
9. Norks from Bucharest, Romania (March 30)
7. Ozawa Japanese Onion (USA, April 1st)
4. TEFL codswallop (Prague, April 22)
2. Tony Blair feng shui (Yokohama, April 26)
1. Polite ways to say shit or get off the pot (USA, May 21)
1. Bus timing for today from omia to narita (Kashiwa, Chiba June 1st).
Monday, 1 June 2009
- Sure, 500,000 folk attended his funeral
- Sure, everybody reckons it was a conspiracy by the powers that be
- Sure, everybody can hardly think of anything else (including immanent Nork attack...)