Japan from the inside out

Ichigen koji (185)

Posted by ampontan on Saturday, September 29, 2012

– A person who has something to say about everything

All media throughout the country have what they call satellite reporters. They are assigned to circulate in the regional areas. About 10% are the victims of factional warfare inside the company. About 20% are excellent, but aren’t team players. The other 70% are useless. Ah, but the Asahi Shimbun is a storehouse of talent. The only problem is that (she) can’t quit because the salary’s good.

This was an individual getting angry about the comfort women because she is contemptuous of Japanese men. I’m not what she would call a right-winger, but she’s just branding soldiers as perverted, which has a negative impact on Japanese men today. The false rumors spread about the comfort women are an attack on Japanese men.

– Science and technology journalist Ishii Taka’aki on the controversy caused by Asahi reporter Akuzawa Etsuko.

She flew off the handle because Osaka Mayor Hashimoto Toru was at home on the day a Korean comfort woman visited City Hall. Akuzawa unleashed a Twitter barrage of invective that included, “Stop screwing around and get down here!” (The language used was deliberately rude and in the command form.)

She also told him, “I want to have a war of words with you, and have many questions to ask. How about if I came down dressed in a stewardess uniform?”

She has since apologized and said she would refrain from Tweeting for a while. Here’s a selection from her other recent Tweets:

* “When I was in primary school, I used to love reading Shakabon, the weekly magazine for children published by the Asahi Shimbun. It was an important magazine that properly implanted left-wing thinking in children.”

* Her advice to a third-year junior high school boy who thought his civics class wasn’t interesting: “Just study the Constitution and the three labor laws hard, and forget about the rest of it.”

* “The values of liberals and postwar democracy and human rights have withered at the root, and I feel tired from watering them. But as long as they make newspapers, I won’t step down from this platform.”

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