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S’poreans wary SG50 red dot logo turning into Japan flag in 2017

S’poreans wary SG50 red dot logo turning into Japan flag in 2017

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They worry Singapore is reverting back to Syonan-to, they said.

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Singaporeans from all walks of life, who treasure the Singaporean way of life and are fully aware of what happened during the Japanese Occupation of Singapore during World War II, have come out to express their concerns.

This after the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY) announced the changes made to the SG50 red dot logo by removing the “50” and preserving only the “SG” in 2016.

This sparked widespread fear among the population as Singaporeans expressed their concern that the logo might become the Japanese flag by 2017, once the “SG” word is also removed and the country might be renamed Syonan-to as a museum has already been renamed as Syonan.

One Singaporean, Zi Poon Kwee, said he feared for his life and for his family’s safety: “If Singapore becomes Syonan-to again, does it mean we have to eat sweet potato and ration water for three years and eight months?”

“I hope the government can come out and clarify this issue because I have paid the down payment for my executive condo unit already.”

Other Singaporeans, however, were more hopeful.

Oh Tah Koo, another local, who also wants to be called Matsumoto Hiroshi, said: “Kawaii desu ka!”

“Japanese culture number one!”

“AV!”

 

 

 

 

 

 





S’poreans express concern SG50 red dot logo turning into Japan flag in 2017

S’poreans express concern SG50 red dot logo turning into Japan flag in 2017

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They hope Singapore is not reverting back to Syonan-to, they said.

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Singaporeans from all walks of life, who treasure the Singaporean way of life and are fully aware of what happened during the Japanese Occupation of Singapore during World War II, have come out to express their concerns.

This after the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY) announced the changes made to the SG50 red dot logo by removing the “50” and preserving only the “SG” in 2016.

This sparked widespread fear among the population as Singaporeans expressed their concern that the logo might become the Japanese flag by 2017, once the “SG” word is also removed and the country might be renamed Syonan-to.

One Singaporean, Zi Poon Kwee, said he feared for his life and for his family’s safety: “If Singapore becomes Syonan-to again, does it mean we have to eat sweet potato and ration water for three years and eight months?”

“I hope the government can come out and clarify this issue because I have paid the down payment for my executive condo unit already.”

Other Singaporeans, however, were more hopeful.

Oh Tah Koo, another local, who also wants to be called Matsumoto Hiroshi, said: “Kawaii desu ka!”

“Japanese culture number one!”

“AV!”

 

 

 

 

 

 





S’poreans express concern SG50 red dot logo will turn into Japan flag by next year

S’poreans express concern SG50 red dot logo will turn into Japan flag by next year

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They hope Singapore is not reverting back to Syonan-to, they said.

sg50-japan-flag

Singaporeans from all walks of life, who treasure the Singaporean way of life and are fully aware of what happened during the Japanese Occupation of Singapore during World War II, have come out to express their concerns.

This after the Ministry of Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY) put out the latest development of the SG50 red logo dot by removing the “50” and preserving only the “SG”.

This sparked widespread fear among the population as Singaporeans expressed their concern that the logo might become the Japanese flag by 2017, once the “SG” word is also removed and the country might be renamed Syonan-to.

One Singaporean, Zi Poon Kwee, said he feared for his life and for his family’s safety: “If Singapore becomes Syonan-to again, does it mean we have to eat sweet potato and ration water for three years and eight months?”

“I hope the government can come out and clarify this issue because I have paid the down payment for my executive condo unit already.”

Other Singaporeans, however, were more hopeful.

Oh Tah Koo, another local, who also wants to be called Matsumoto Hiroshi, said: “Kawaii desu ka!”

“Japanese culture number one!”

“AV!”

 

 

 

 

 











S’poreans express concern SG50 red logo dot will turn into Japan flag by next year

S’poreans express concern SG50 red logo dot will turn into Japan flag by next year

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They hope Singapore is not reverting back to Syonan-to, they said.

sg50-japan-flag

Singaporeans from all walks of life, who treasure the Singaporean way of life and are fully aware of what happened during the Japanese Occupation of Singapore during World War II, have come out to express their concerns.

This after the Ministry of Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY) put out the latest development of the SG50 red logo dot by removing the “50” and preserving only the “SG”.

This sparked widespread fear among the population as Singaporeans expressed their concern that the logo might become the Japanese flag by 2017, once the “SG” word is also removed and the country might be renamed Syonan-to.

One Singaporean, Zi Poon Kwee, said he feared for his life and for his family’s safety: “If Singapore becomes Syonan-to again, does it mean we have to eat sweet potato and ration water for three years and eight months?”

“I hope the government can come out and clarify this issue because I have paid the down payment for my executive condo unit already.”

Other Singaporeans, however, were more hopeful.

Oh Tah Koo, another local, who also wants to be called Matsumoto Hiroshi, said: “Kawaii desu ka!”

“Japanese culture number one!”

“AV!”

 

 

 

 

 











Adult ST reporter cannot put down camera to help as Japanese child continues picking up rubbish

Adult ST reporter cannot put down camera to help as Japanese child continues picking up rubbish

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Reporter praised for dedication to job.

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A young Japanese boy is seen picking up litter at the National Stadium after the World Cup qualifier. Maybe this is how they build civic consciousness in Japan. http://str.sg/Zaox ST VIDEO: LIM SIN THAI

Posted by The Straits Times on Thursday, November 12, 2015

 

Singaporeans from all walks of life, who believe it is good to stay focused, have come out to praise a Straits Times reporter.

This after the ST reporter continued to shoot a video of a Japanese child picking up rubbish by himself at the conclusion of the Group E FIFA World Cup qualifier match between Japan and Singapore at the Singapore National Stadium on Nov. 13, 2015.

One Singaporean, Ji Poon Lang, said he is most impressed by the reporter’s dedication: “I would like to praise the reporter for capturing moments like this for the mass consumption of other people, instead of wanting to help pick up the rubbish too.”

“The reporter deserves a pay raise. Can tell that the reporter is very dedicated and not easily distracted.”

Other Singaporeans have also concurred.

Another Singaporean, Yong Gan, said “It is good to see people dedicated to a task regardless of circumstances.”

“Such courage is rare.”

“We should all learn.”

 

 

 

 

 











Japan, Brazil team buy insurance from NTUC Income ahead of National Stadium match with sandy pitch

Japan, Brazil team buy insurance from NTUC Income ahead of National Stadium match with sandy pitch

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Both sides are expected to perish during clash at National Stadium.

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Last-minute insurance purchases have been made by both Japan and Brazil team players ahead of tonight’s clash at the Singapore National Stadium on Oct. 14, 2014, where both sides are expected to be seriously injured or die due to sandy pitch conditions that resemble Normandy Beach, instead of a proper football field.

The conditions of the playing field are so bad, it is estimated that the number of deaths could far exceed the proportion of the troops who perished while storming the French shore during World War II.

Watanabe Fukisthis, the Japanese team physiologist said via an interpreter: “Most of the players have took out life insurance of at least $10 million from NTUC Income. They do not expect to return home to Japan after tonight’s game.”

“A lot of the players are calling their loved ones back home, saying their last goodbyes and bidding farewell to their club and country that they left behind to come to Singapore to die.”

“A lot of them know that tonight’s game is likely to end their playing careers, but most definitely, their lives. Almost all do not expect to walk ever again.”

However, this match will be exceptionally painful for some.

For example, the Brazilian star Neymar, who had just recovered from a near-career-ending back injury in July’s World Cup 2014.

Brazilian side’s team physician, Jesus Jose, said: “We will all die with regret. No doubt about it.”

 

Footballing news from Singapore:

Japan vs Brazil match at National Stadium converted to beach football game due to sandy pitch conditions

S’pore nearly beat Juventus, needed just 6 more goals to win

Japan vs Brazil match at National Stadium converted to beach football game due to sandy pitch conditions

Japan vs Brazil match at National Stadium converted to beach football game due to sandy pitch conditions

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Hear the explanation of the Singapore official.

Photo stolen from here

Photo stolen from here

The Football Association of Singapore has announced that the Japan versus Brazil match to be held at the National Stadium in the evening on Oct. 14, 2014, will be converted into a beach football match.

This after it was discovered that the pitch condition was still too sandy to be considered a regular football field, where the turf is typically made of grass that doesn’t cost $1 billion to grow.

Kee Tak Kiu, a Singaporean official, said: “We will bring in the smaller goal posts and narrow down the perimeter of the pitch to fit the smaller court size of beach football.”

“This will essentially be a 5-a-side game.”

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“To add to the atmosphere of a beach environment, we’d bring in the flood lights we used to simulate grass growth and shine it at the players, given that we are playing at night. This will create the effect as if it was in the day.”

“It is regrettable that we cannot have a nicer pitch with green grass.”

“This is a reminder that sometimes money cannot buy success.”

 

Other Singapore football news:

Japan, Brazil team buy insurance from NTUC Income ahead of National Stadium match with sandy pitch

S’pore nearly beat Juventus, needed just 6 more goals to win

NTU student recounts experience during Japan earthquake

NTU student recounts experience during Japan earthquake

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One of the two Nanyang Techonological University (NTU) students currently on exchange in Tokyo was in his dorm in Tokyo’s Takadanobaba district when the 9.0 magnitude earthquake struck Japan. Tang Chee Seng writes about his experience.

The 'fallout' shelter that Tang took refuge in at the height of the earthquake on March 11 afternoon. Photo: TANG CHEE SENG

AT FIRST, I felt slightly dizzy, a feeling that I knew was part of an earthquake.

It seemed minor at first, until my shelves and dishes began to rattle violently.

Remembering some half-truth I’ve heard about certain bathrooms in newer Japanese buildings as being earthquake-proof, I quickly moved to the toilet and sat down, waiting for the shaking to stop.

I realised the magnitude of this quake much later. As my friends and I began to walk to the gym for our routine exercise, we saw numerous Japanese people crowding around the designated evacuation sites in parks around Takadanobaba.

My friends and I stocked up on canned goods, water and emergency supplies, based on the hypothetical situation that we would be trapped under rubble. I set out my supplies into a backpack, along with my thickest waterproof jacket and clothes laid out on the limited rack and floor space in my toilet.

Jokingly, I told my friends that it was my ‘fallout shelter’. That done, I left my laptop tuned to the NHK World Service and went to bed, knowing that I needed to stay alert and be at least rested in case I needed to run for safety.

It was the most surreal sleep I have ever had. The program kept repeating a tsunami warning for all the various areas in Japan. Each message would be delivered in at least five different warnings. As I fell asleep, the voices blurred out into a strange hypnotic litany of impending disaster.

Midway through the night, I awoke to images of an entire town burning due to what I assumed was earthquake damage. The whole event was filmed and broadcasted live via a Japanese Self-Defence Forces helicopter. Lying in a warm bed and staring blearily at what was unfolding live on screen, somehow a part of me just disconnected from what I was seeing and experiencing.

While waiting with me, a Filipino lady asked me if the impending ‘radioactive cloud’ coming towards Tokyo, as reported by the BBC early on Tuesday, would melt buildings.

Like images of the Boxing Day Tsunami of 2004, how could we associate the horror of what we saw on TV with the comfortable, safe physical conditions we were living in?

Being so relatively close to the disaster-hit areas, I felt that I ought to feel scared and terrified for my life. I ought to be crying in helplessness in my sorrow for the dead, dying and the barely surviving.

But somehow I couldn’t.

Though I was only around 200 kilometres away from what was happening onscreen, it felt as though it was happening to another country. Does that make me a horrible person?

Six days later, I still didn’t know. All I knew at the time (even up to now) was to ensure that I was rested, alert, and prepared for any contingency.

Despite the tragic scenes of destruction and chaos north of Tokyo, the central part of Tokyo City itself was relatively unscathed. Walking along the streets of Takadanobaba, the college district I live in, I found the streets quieter and there are long queues in front of supermarkets, pharmacies and convenience stores.

While there are some unspoken tension and differences in the air, life continues on here. Office workers go to work, and shop assistants still greet you whenever you enter a shop.

Compare all this measured calm with the scene of near-chaos I encountered on Tuesday at the Tokyo Immigration Office—hundreds, if not thousands of foreigners living in Japan sought to obtain a re-entry permit, causing long queues which snaked around a large compound and even within the building.

This permit was highly sought after because it would allow them to leave and return to Japan without negating their visas.

All was reasonably orderly and calm until officials began to return the processed passports in the main atrium. Masses of foreigners urgently pressed up against a small island of officials desperately trying to maintain order and carry out their duties, all the while maintaining their standards of service politeness.

It was not until a Caucasian man began shouting at the crowd in Japanese to quieten down and move back away from the officials, did any semblance of order could be restored.

While waiting with me, a Filipino lady asked me if the impending ‘radioactive cloud’ coming towards Tokyo, as reported by the BBC early on Tuesday, would melt buildings. Smiling, I reassured her that it would not, and that the best thing to do would be to trust the authorities right now, even if their track record was not exactly spotless.

Hearing groundless rumours being spread with impunity among the foreign community in Japan, and seeing the heedless panic of the crowd, I wondered who the insane ones in this crisis were. The people staying or the people leaving?

This story was first published on The Enquirer, NTU’s indepedent online newspaper. Read about the other NTU student’s account here.

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Making disaster porn

Making disaster porn

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Much of the media’s coverage of Japan’s nuclear crisis is overblown, a direct result of the media’s mission to entertain, and not just report news. The writer wishes to remain anonymous.

Losing hope: A woman cries while sitting on a road amid the destroyed city of Natori, Miyagi Prefecture. Photo: REUTERS

STORIES sell. Stories based on a true event that read even better than fiction, even more so. But a story’s still a story: narrative is king and facts are a necessary embellishment.

Facts: Death toll rises above 3,000 after Japan quake, 100,000 presumed dead in 2010 Haiti quake, libya death toll rises to 84 as Gaddafi battles rebels, China quake leaves 25 dead in Southwest China… We could go on playing with the numbers all day though this meaningless data serve little purpose than to legitimize the factuality of the stories.

While compadres in the western online media have started bashing their establishment again, calling the American news networks distributors of disaster porn, us here in Asia have less of a problem with sensationalizing disasters. But the media’s still milking it for all it’s worth.

Take Channel NewsAsia for example. I’m watching their coverage of the radiation leak in Japan as I write this. It’s interesting how they picked that one specific soundbite from Yukio Edano (Japanese chief cabinet secretary) mentioning that radiation will have an effect on human beings, conveniently forgetting the later part when he mentions that radiation outside the safety zone is harmless.

There’s little room to argue that media coverage of any disaster DOESN’T amount to disaster porn. However, this critique, unleashed with good reason during the coverage of the 2010 Haiti quake and most recently, the Middle East uprising, may be a tad unfair on an industry that survives on advertising dollars and/or the number of eyeballs glued on their content.

A wise, and sometimes wisecracking professor of mine said recently in an email:

“My view is that media corporations see themselves as being in the entertainment business and news is considered one form of entertainment. Beyond the stock market round-ups and oil price charts, they really have little interest in what gets sent out by way of “news” so long as it does not interfere with their bottom line. War, chaos human pathos and tragedy sell, so they will always be a feature of the news, as will celebrity scandal, but beyond that very few outlets delve deep into their subject matter or question the logics of the corporate masters.”

Is it always the fault of the big corporate man though? When even self-proclaimed, government subsidized (read: NOT capitalist-driven) MediaCorp chooses to hawk the coverage of Japan’s worst earthquake in recorded history through a mass mailer, it makes you wonder if it’s just the profit incentive that’s driving media organizations to whore their depiction of human tragedy.

Consumer news is never about giving you what you need to know. It’s about giving you what the media thinks you want to know, or what they think you will respond to.

Oh, and in case you’re wondering, MediaCorp’s not alone on this. Microsoft came under fire from online vigilantes after bing.com tweeted:

“How you can #SupportJapan – http://binged.it/fEh7iT. For every retweet @bing will give $1 to Japan quake victims up to $100k.”

As the good ol’ capitalist critique goes: it’s all about supply and demand. Everyone loves a scandal. Now when it’s technologically possible to broadcast your opinions worldwide in the comment box below the article, it’s the most controversial stories that get the clicks, tweets, comments and eyeballs. Not the dry factual stuff that gives you what you need to know to form an educated opinion. That’s wikipedia man which , by the way, still asks for donations every now and then. They’re not the ones that are going to send reporters down to war torn countries to give you the facts straight from the fight zone.

Revenue generating news will always be the quotes or stories controversial enough to get you fired up and talking. “ZOMG! Look at how Larry Kudlow debased human life by comparing the death toll with the economic impact! The asshole!”

Hey, but it got you thinking beyond the body count right? If anything, it may have made him a more sought after economic pundit.

Consumer news is never about giving you what you need to know. It’s about giving you what the media thinks you want to know, or what they think you will respond to. Moralists in particular get a field day with each controversy that gives them a chance to evangelize conservatism substantiated with nothing more than horrific pathos.

For instance, nuclear energy opponents the world over, having been ignored the past decade, are now under the spotlight again. “Nuclear energy should never be considered because of what happened at Chernobyl, and Three Mile Island” so they say. The partial reactor meltdown at Three Mile caused no casualties but cost slightly less than $1 billion USD and 12 years to clean up. Analysts are now saying the cost of rebuilding Japan could amount to $228 billion SGD.

Still, a risk is a risk is a risk. This article gives some context to the current nuclear overreaction.

“Every energy source has risks and economic externalities, whether they are noise and bird kills (wind), huge land requirements (solar), rig explosions and tanker spills (oil), or mining accidents (coal).”

Hypothetically, a nuclear fallout could be devastating and will affect many generations to come. Yet compare the number of casualties from nuclear plant-related accidents to say, deaths from coal mining per year and you get a sense of how disproportionate nuclear fear mongering has become. Yes, there could be devastation from nuclear energy but there already is calculable harm done in terms of worker injuries and environmental costs from coal or oil generated energy.

Speaking of oil, does anyone still remember Gaddafi in Libya? What about Saudi Arabia sending in troops to Bahrain this morning to protect the Sunni monarchy? Nah, not so exciting there. The quake provides more drama.

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CNA profiteering from Japan earthquake? Nothing new there

CNA profiteering from Japan earthquake? Nothing new there

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The letter from the marketing department may be insensitive, but it reveals the dark side of the media that has been around forever, says Terence Lee.

Vehicles ready for shipping being carried by a tsunami tidal wave at Hitachinaka city in Ibaraki. Photo: AP

OVERNIGHT, Channel NewsAsia (CNA) has become the new public enemy number one, beating Al Qaeda and President Nathan, who just received a fat pay raise.

All over Facebook, Singaporeans reacted in horror when a gleeful email by the CNA marketing department calling for advertising inquiries for its coverage of the earthquake was leaked.

“Call our advertising rep now!” sounding like just another sales pitch.

Former MediaCorp CEO Lucas Chow must be glad that he’s not in the middle of this unfolding tragi-comedy. Websites like Mr Brown, The Online Citizen, and yes, New Nation are quick to pounce on this unfortunate letter, and I’m guessing Straits Times journalists will, too (some already have).

But did CNA really commit an ethical misstep?

Let us establish what is clear: The way the letter is phrased sounds disturbing. There is a lack of appreciation for the fact that this is a major earthquake that has claimed hundreds of lives and caused significant infrastructural damage.

We may also question CNA’s decision to display advertisements in its coverage of the disaster. I was told that several notable news channels remove all advertisement breaks when reporting breaking news.

But it is hard to decide where to draw the line.

Ever since the advertisement revenue model for the media became standard practice, news outlets have been profiteering from all sorts of misfortune: murders, suicides, earthquakes, and sex scandals.

Honestly, were you ever angry at Channel NewsAsia when it displayed advertisements for its coverage of Jack Neo’s sex scandal? Is one’s misfortune any less than that of a thousand’s?

That is the dark side of the media that journalists have concealed so well. In fact, we can argue that the only mistake the marcomm guy at MediaCorp made was breaking the unspoken rule of being too honest. Journalists are known to crack the most unsavoury jokes about the crimes they cover. Are they sadistic? Or is that merely a psychological mechanism to deal with the trauma they face at work? What about war correspondents, some of whom enjoy the adrenaline of covering conflict, and get paid for it?

Let’s assume we live in a world where it is absolutely wrong for media outlets to profiteer from disaster coverage. Credible newspapers all around the world would be guilty as charged. Prominent news wires like Reuters and Associated Press would not escape, because they sell bad news to the newspapers.

So here’s the inescapable truth: For decades, journalists have been taught that bad news sells. The bigger the natural disaster, the more readership will rise. 10,000 deaths is always better than 10. And readers have succumbed to this journalistic logic, paying 80 cents to read about the latest casualty count.

All along, we have always taken sadistic pleasure from the misfortune of others. So if you want to be angry, get mad at the entire media ecosystem: From the advertisers to the media outlets and yes, the viewers.

No demand, no supply, right?