Adrian Beard comments

Posted in: Father arrested after 14-year-old son commits suicide See in context

The poor boy took the ultimate sacrifice to show his father that he was strong. Thats my take on this tragic episode. My Japanese father in law was tied to a tree and beaten by his father. He's survived. Flame me all you like, but I'lll bet that this Father loved his son. But, having said all that, I'm stunned by the stupidity.

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Posted in: Tokyo man arrested after living with father's corpse See in context

Arrested!? And news for all of us to read? Surely, a kindly official explaining that you shouldn't have done that, but I'm sorry for your loss. What is this bloody world coming to.

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Posted in: Fukushima was 'man-made' disaster: Diet report See in context

The report is a breath of fresh air and is due, in part, to how the U.S. dealt with the Three Island incident. This lead to this independent enquiry. It has nothing to do with politics. On the contrary, it is an encouraging sign.

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Posted in: 3-yr-old boy, left home alone, falls to death from 11th-floor balcony See in context

Kids gotta fly one day "almostshat"

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Posted in: 3-yr-old boy, left home alone, falls to death from 11th-floor balcony See in context

@US inJapan2 I think that my point was, but there for the grace of God go I. If one of your kids choked on a rubber band, you might feel that you were not responsible , but there would be nasty comments about your parenting none the less on forums such as this. As I said before, "shopping" might have meant popping out for milk, which in Tokyo means 5 minutes trip to the local Convenience store. Truthfully, I can see myself doing that ... and I don't envisage my son panicking ... Not even crying actually. It's true that I've never done that, but I will one day.

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Posted in: 3-yr-old boy, left home alone, falls to death from 11th-floor balcony See in context

@ thunderbird2 : my apologies ... Your posts, were reasonable though not compelling arguments now I look back.

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Posted in: 3-yr-old boy, left home alone, falls to death from 11th-floor balcony See in context

At USNinJapan2 Okay, you have a voice in this discussion as far as I'm concerned, and I've got two kids myself. How many times have you picked up an elastic band and thought, that's a choking hazard; lucky I found that, or gone to a children's playground as seen how many things that could happen that could seriously injure your kids and thought, thank goodness he/she didn't fall down there. As I said, "there but for the grace of God go I" (or maybe you too, when you think about it). BTW as you know, three year olds are pretty savvy usually.

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Posted in: 3-yr-old boy, left home alone, falls to death from 11th-floor balcony See in context

@ Thunderbird2 ... well, are you a parent?

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Posted in: 3-yr-old boy, left home alone, falls to death from 11th-floor balcony See in context

@ Geoff: we all make mistakes ... as far as we know she just popped out to grab a carton of milk while her three year old was sleeping. There, but for the grace of God, go I. I've got a three year old boy myself and he is sleeping while I'm typing this. Am I negligent and deserving of the full force of the law in the unlikely event that he throws himself off our balcony?

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Posted in: 3-yr-old boy, left home alone, falls to death from 11th-floor balcony See in context

I wonder how many of the people baying for blood in this thread are actually parents themselves. Pachinco playing parents deserved to be flamed, but this mother ... my heart goes out to her. She made a mistake for which she will pay for the rest of her life. Leave her alone.

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Posted in: 8-year-old girl killed by bus; driver arrested See in context

There, but for the grace of God, go I. Or something like that. Any one of us could have been caught out by a speedy 8 year old crossing the road on a scateboard, even it were a pedestrian crossing. I weep for the little girl, but I feel sorry for the driver too.

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Posted in: BlackBerry bets big on apps, touchscreens See in context

I'm a mac user and have been for many years. I also use an iPad everyday. Recently I bought a Docomo Blackberry 9900 and though it is not intuitive as an Apple product, in the field (so to speak) it really works well. Plus the hardware is gorgeous. Now Blackberry want to make products that look like very one else's, but are NOT (and never will be) as good?! Are they mad?! Stay small if you have to Blackberry, but if you want to stick around don't play catch-up. Docomo is the best carrier in Japan right now and the Blackberry 9900 with its lovely keyboard, is therefore the best communication device you can buy in this country.

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