In the circumstances in which bullets are flying like rain and wind, the soldiers are running around at the risk of losing their lives. If you want them to have a rest in such a situation, a comfort women system is necessary. Anyone can understand that.Toru Hashimoto, Mayor of Osaka, Japan • Claiming the necessity of Japan’s World War II-era so-called “comfort women,” a collection of 200,000 or so females (many Chinese, South Korean and Indonesian), forced into sex slavery for soldiers. Hashimoto’s statement of apparent sympathy with forced prostitution has been decried internationally, with Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei speaking in condemnation: “The conscription of sex slaves was a grave crime committed by the Japanese military. We are shocked and indignant at the Japanese politician’s remarks, as they flagrantly challenge historical justice.” Hashimoto, age 43, is leader and co-founder of the nationalist Japan Restoration Party. source
Heaven forbid if you are forced to live on when you want to die. I would wake up feeling increasingly bad knowing that [treatment] was all being paid for by the government. The problem won’t be solved unless you let them hurry up and die.Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso • Offering very kind, loving advice for the elderly, who he considers a drain on resources. What an Aso!
» But that’s not happening — at least not yet. A couple weeks back, the Japanese government agreed to let the Kansai Electric Power Co. restart two reactors at the country’s Ohi plant. On Sunday, one of those reactors started up again — and there were protests. One was 100 strong near the Ohi plant; another saw 7,000 people fill the streets of Tokyo. Most want to see the country end its dependence on nuclear power. Will public pressure make a difference here?
» The layoffs follow a recent settlement between Olympus and former-CEO Michael Woodford, who sued the company for unfair-dismissal following his firing in October 2011. Woodford is responsible for unearthing massive investor losses by the company, $1.5 billion to be exact, and is expected to receive just over $15 million after settling the matter out of court. According to local media, Olympus plans to cut most of the 2,500 jobs from its camera-making division.
» The park should be finished in late 2014. Even J.K. Rowling is on board for the project; she said she’s “delighted to experience and enjoy the attention to detail, creativity and superb craft that went into the first Wizarding World in Orlando.” In related Hogwarts news, Kindle owners have something to look forward to — Amazon is expanding its lending library program to include the Harry Potter books.