According to Mainichi News, a zealous policeman arrested a reticent woman that looked like a non-Japanese foreigner on an immigration violation.

KAWAGUCHI, Saitama — Red-faced police released a woman they had arrested for not carrying her passport after she proved to be Japanese, police officials said.

The officials said local police had deemed that she was non-Japanese because she looked like a foreigner and did not say anything in response to questions in Japanese.

Local police were apologetic about the mistake. “We caused great trouble to the woman. We’ll take measures to prevent a recurrence,” the head of Kawaguchi Police Station said.

At around 7:40 p.m. on Saturday, three officers spoke to a 28-year-old woman walking on a street in Kawaguchi, and asked her name and nationality because she looked like a woman from Southeast Asia, according to the officials.

After saying, “I’m Japanese,” she refused to talk to the officers, who took her to the police station. After she refused to respond to the questions officers asked her in Japanese, police deemed that she was a foreigner.

The officers confirmed that she was not carrying her passport, and arrested her for violating the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Law. She subsequently wrote down the name of one of her family members on a sheet of paper. One of the officers contacted her family and found out she is a Japanese national.

Police quoted the woman’s mother as telling them, “My daughter wouldn’t talk to anybody she doesn’t know.”

Although the police apologised to the woman, and said they would take action to ensure nothing like that would happen again, I suspect that the opposite would happen in my country, Australia. In Australia you cannot mess around with the police like that and waste their time – there is a legal word for it, but I cannot recall it.

I almost went to the trouble of translating the whole Japanese article before I found the English article button on that takes you to the English translation. My only argument with the translation is with what the mother reported to have said. The Japanese text is「娘は知らない人とは話をしない性格」, so I would have gone with “It is my daughters personality not to speak with people she doesnt know”, rather than the official translation (“My daughter wouldn’t talk to anybody she doesn’t know”) which does not give a hint to the reason why she will not talk with strangers.

I wish Korean news sites were that intergrated – it would save a lot of time translating.

Posted by Matt, filed under Random. Date: February 28, 2006, 6:53 am | 4 Comments »

black and white

This story from the daily mail would be hard to believe without the picture.

When Kylie Hodgson gave birth to twin daughters by caesarean section, she was just relieved that they had arrived safely.

It was only when the midwife handed them over for her to hold that she noticed the difference between them.

Remee, who weighed 5lb 15oz, was blonde and fair skinned. Her sister Kian, born a minute later weighing 6lb, was black.

‘Our two gorgeous little girls’

“It was a shock when I realised that my twins were two different colours,” said Kylie, 19. “But it doesn’t matter to us – they are just our two gorgeous little girls.”

The amazing conception happened after two eggs were fertilised at the same time in the womb.

Both Kylie and her partner Remi Horder, 17, are of mixed race. Their mothers are both white and their fathers are black.

According to the Multiple Births Foundation, baby Kian must have inherited the black genes from both sides of the family, whilst Remee inherited the white ones.

According to the article, the chances of it happening are exceedingly small.

The odds against of a mixed race couple having twins of dramatically different colour are a million to one.

Skin colour is believed to be determined by up to seven different genes working together.

If a woman is of mixed race, her eggs will usually contain a mixture of genes coding for both black and white skin.

Similarly, a man of mixed race will have a variety of different genes in his sperm. When these eggs and sperm come together, they will create a baby of mixed race.

But, very occasionally, the egg or sperm might contain genes coding for one skin colour. If both the egg and sperm contain all white genes, the baby will be white. And if both contain just the versions necessary for black skin, the baby will be black.

For a mixed-race couple, the odds of either of these scenarios is around 100 to one. But both scenarios can occur at the same time if the woman conceives non-identical twins, another 100 to one chance.

This involves two eggs being fertilised by two sperm at the same time, which also has odds of around 100 to one.

If a sperm containing all-white genes fuses with a similar egg and a sperm coding for purely black skin fuses with a similar egg, two babies of dramatically different colours will be born.

The odds of this happening are 100 x 100 x 100 – a million to one.

They should get both of these twins DNA tested to see just how much they differ in DNA, and it would be interesting to know if it is just the skin pigmentation or if their phenotypical appearance will also reflect their skin colours.

Posted by Matt, filed under Random. Date: February 27, 2006, 8:07 pm | 1 Comment »

25  Feb
Sex in Korea

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King club – is that the same club I went to in August of 2000?

I found this totally retro video on google video, an introduction to sex and dating in Korea, circa 1988. The hairstyles and clothes are a blast from the past, and have to be seen to be believed. The google video can be seen here, and readers from Korea can see the decoded version here.

Enjoy!

Posted by Matt, filed under K-girls, Random. Date: February 25, 2006, 5:27 am | 14 Comments »

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The Japanese flag is an acquired taste

It seems that Korean flag biter is continuing his unique brand of flag biting activism against Japan and has managed to gather support from a Korean citizens group.

On the 17th of Feburary, he took the campaign on a plane, where he made a bold statement that “Dokdo is our land” to Koreans that probably agree with him anyway. The writing in Chinese claims that pacifist Japan is a militarist country, and denounces worshipping at a certain shrine in Japan.

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On the 18th the flag biter took his campaign to the coast of Korea to protest ‘Takeshima Day’.

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flag biter

The flag biter has scheduled other events this month, so I will keep readers updated on his activities. Next month he also plans to bite flags in Tokyo, Shimane prefecture, Mt. Fuji, and Tsushima (No, I am not joking).

The organization backing the flag biter (called Halbindang 할빈당) is also claiming that Tsushima Island, which is undisputed Japanese territory (undisputed by the Korean government) is Korean territory, along with Dokdo (Takeshima). This picture story from Empas shows a mangled Japanese flag along with a sign saying “Tsushima is our territory too!”

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I cant tell if the Japanese flag has been chewed to bits or burned. Since flag burning is illegal in South Korea, we should give them the benefit of the doubt and consider it chewed to bits.

Update: Never let it be said that I dont admit it when I am wrong. I wrote that we should be giving him the benefit of the doubt that he would stick to biting the flag, and not illegally burning the flag.

First the salt

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Then add the red pepper

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Lastly apply fire to the Japanese flag for a delicious Korean BBQ spicy Japanese flag meal

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This is right in front of the Japanese consulate on the 20th – where are the police when there is an illegal flag burning? I wonder what is next, Japanese flag hot pot?

Posted by Matt, filed under diplomacy, finger chopping wacky, Funny, Racist Industrial Complex. Date: February 20, 2006, 6:08 am | 82 Comments »

19  Feb
Propaganda

Just to show that propaganda goes both ways, here is a picture that has been floating around the net. In its original size it is much smaller, but I blew it up to make it clearer. It seems to be a picture of Kim Jong Il ‘inspecting’ some girls, and you get the idea that it is probably to bed them.

Kim jong il choosing chicks

The real, undoctored picture I found was on this Chinese military BBS right here.

Kim jong il inspecting female soldiers

I suppose that Kim Jong Il *might* be choosing some girls to decorate his bedroom in the second pic, but I rather suspect that the people that found those relatively unattractive girls would be facing the gulag for their failure to procure hot chicks for the Dear Leader.

Of course the first picture is made believable because there are stories and eye witness testimony that Kim Jong Il has a ‘pleasure squad’ to service him. However, in this case, the photo is not real.

Posted by Matt, filed under Verus Historia. Date: February 19, 2006, 2:42 pm | 5 Comments »

The Korea Liberator

Joshua from One Free Korea and Richardson from DPRK Studies have teamed up to create a joint blog (along with James Na, whom I do not know) called The Korea Liberator, with a focus on North Korean issues. The joint blog makes a lot of sense because there was considerable overlap with One Free Korea and DPRK Studies, and since they both Joshua and Richardson have similar ideas, we can expect the synergy from their collaboration to produce some excellent reading. One of the great features of this blog is that they often have inside information, so what you get is not simply a rehashing of news stories.

The Korea Liberator is essential reading for anyone with an interest in what is happening in North Korea.

Posted by Matt, filed under diplomacy. Date: February 19, 2006, 3:38 am | 1 Comment »

The whole cartoon controversy has inspired some great cartoon satire. The cartoons below show the logical inconsistency of the muslim anger about the cartoons.

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Here is a great satirical t-shirt. I wonder what muslims will think of that.

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It seems to me that the whole muslim argument is ‘dont blaspheme our religion or we will use terrorism against you’.

Meanwhile, Daniel pipes reports that the US government has a bad record when it comes to supporting free speech vis-a-vis Islam.

Strangely, as “Old Europe” finds its backbone, the Anglosphere quivers. So awful was the American government reaction, it won the endorsement of the country’s leading Islamist organization, the Council on American-Islamic Relations. This should come as no great surprise, however, for Washington has a history of treating Islam preferentially. On two earlier occasions it also faltered in cases of insults concerning Muhammad.

In 1989, Salman Rushdie came under a death edict from Ayatollah Khomeini for satirizing Muhammad in his magical-realist novel “The Satanic Verses.” Rather than stand up for the novelist’s life, President George H.W. Bush equated “The Satanic Verses” and the death edict, calling both “offensive.” The then secretary of state, James A. Baker III, termed the edict merely “regrettable.”

Even worse, in 1997 when an Israeli woman distributed a poster depicting Muhammad as a pig, the American government shamefully abandoned its protection of free speech. On behalf of President Clinton, a State Department spokesman, Nicholas Burns, called the woman in question “either sick or … evil” and said, “She deserves to be put on trial for these outrageous attacks on Islam.” The State Department endorses a criminal trial for protected speech? Stranger yet was the context of this outburst. As I noted at the time, having combed through weeks of State Department briefings, I “found nothing approaching this vituperative language in reference to the horrors that took place in Rwanda, where hundreds of thousands lost their lives. To the contrary, Mr. Burns was throughout cautious and diplomatic.”

The article also has a list of western governments that have stood up for freedom, and a list of those that wrongly apologised. Go and read it for yourself.

Posted by Matt, filed under War on Terror. Date: February 11, 2006, 9:03 pm | 3 Comments »

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The cover of Kenkanryu 2, the sequel to the controversial Kenkanryu

The cover for Kenkanryu 2 has been revealed, and it is said that the comic will be released in the next few months. For those that do not know about the Kenkanryu controversy, the most detailed discussion of the comic on the net is right here on Occidentalism. Go here, here and here to learn more about it.

As usual, when it comes out I will buy it, read it, and write a review of it.

Posted by Matt, filed under diplomacy, Verus Historia. Date: February 10, 2006, 6:29 pm | 7 Comments »

Understanding North Korea

The Google video service has another good documentary on North Korea from the discovery channel called Nuclear Nightmare: Understanding North Korea.

Meet Kim Jong II, leader of North Korea – a nation imprisoned by poverty and with a population so hungry, people eat bugs and grass. Now this megalomaniacal dictator is holding the civilized world hostage with what many see as a cunning strategy of extortion, threatening to develop an arsenal of nuclear weapons. It’s a strategy by which the United States has indicated it cannot abide.

In a joint production between the Discovery Channel and the New York Times, go behind the headlines to discover the little-understood origins and almost-stranger-than-truth facets of this dangerous confrontation. See a side of Kim Jong Il rarely revealed – his love of slasher flicks and his affinity for prostitutes – and learn why the United States may have no other palatable option than to play ball with Kim, allowing him to continue his weapons development program. It’s quite literally a race against time – if North Korea, as it promises, goes into nuclear production mode, giving Kim as many as 10 nuclear bombs within six months, it would create a destabilizing offensive nuclear capability that could touch off a regional arms race…and even nuclear war. It’s a game of international intrigue and high-stakes military strategy. But more importantly, it’s the story of destitute North Korea and its bizarre leader, and how he has brought the U.S. and the world face-to-face with the unimaginable.

View it on google video here, or follow my instructions to download it from google video. As google video is blocked in Korea, readers in Korea can watch the decoded version of the documentary here.

Enjoy!

Posted by Matt, filed under Anti-Americanism, diplomacy, finger chopping wacky, Verus Historia. Date: February 10, 2006, 6:07 pm | No Comments »

07  Feb
Space Moose

I found this hilarious comic strip made by students at a university in Canada.

Space Moose is a cartoon that regularly appeared in the University of Alberta student newspaper The Gateway from 1989 to 1999. A number of independent publications scarcely worth mentioning are running old strips.

Here are some strips that I thought are quite funny.

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Posted by Matt, filed under Funny, Random. Date: February 7, 2006, 5:53 pm | 1 Comment »

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