Alan Harrison comments

Posted in: Watch that melted during atomic blast over Hiroshima sells for more than $31,000 See in context

It should be returned to Japan where it came from. This is a case of reselling stolen goods from people fleeing war. I am sure it is, or should be, a war crime.

What would anybody in Japan want with a half melted price of metal.

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Posted in: Solemn monument to Japanese American WWII detainees lists more than 125,000 names See in context

Alan HarrisonToday  10:18 am JST

Maybe a monument should be erected in Japan, in recognition of all those interned, (some murdered) in Japan, who incidentally received no compensation at all.

That is not a bad idea, Please provide the number of civilian Japanese citizens of foreign ethnc background who were put into prison camps in Japan during WWII.

@OssanAmerica

I would not be able to give you an exact figure because no records have ever been released. I'm not sure if Japan has such thing as "Freedom of Information" like most advanced countries but that would be a starting point. It may also be a case of many records being destroyed after WW2.

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Posted in: Japan, now world's No. 4 economy, on steep road to reverse low growth See in context

Japan is a shadow of what it once was. Social, economic, and structural degeneration. I do not think that it is reversible.

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Posted in: 'Oppenheimer' wins 7 awards, including best picture, at British Academy Film Awards See in context

An honest movie.

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Posted in: Solemn monument to Japanese American WWII detainees lists more than 125,000 names See in context

Maybe a monument should be erected in Japan, in recognition of all those interned, (some murdered) in Japan, who incidentally received no compensation at all.

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Posted in: No lunch in Ginza: Japan's scaled-back spending helps push economy to recession See in context

No lunch in Ginza: Japan's scaled-back spending helps push economy to recession

Japan, a shadow of what it once was.

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Posted in: Japan Self-Defense Forces' top officer hospitalized from overwork See in context

Self-Defense Forces' top officer hospitalized from overwork

Fat lot of good he would be in a war situation.

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Posted in: Foreign firefighters stifled by Japanese gov't bureaucratic restrictions See in context

Mitsue, a village in Nara Prefecture, western Japan, where approximately 60 percent of the population is 65 or older, hired a foreign firefighter on the condition the person could not engage in actual firefighting.

Of course, Japanese is different.

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Posted in: 3 foreign-born residents sue over racial profiling by Japanese police See in context

Racial Profiling is a normal way of life in Japan.

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Posted in: Foreign-born Miss Japan sparks debate on what it means to be Japanese See in context

What are Japanese people supposed to look like?

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Posted in: Indonesian man dies while in police custody in Tochigi Prefecture See in context

Japan's law, it's rule of law, it's law enforcement agencies (Japan's Ministry of justice in a nutshell) at it's best - yet again.

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Posted in: Man sentenced to death for Kyoto Animation arson attack See in context

Quite disturbing how many here have a blood lust for revenge rather than justice. It’s a bad trait that humans need to remove from their mindsets.

Yes, I quite agree. While the sentence is inevitable (there cannot really be any other outcome), it is a tragady for everyone.

There is no way the Japanese taxpayer should have to support this mass murderer to the tune of hundreds of millions of yen for decades.

He will probably spend decades on death row, (costing hundreds of millions of yen ? ).

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Posted in: Seoul court approves seizure of Japanese firm's funds over wartime labor See in context

The very fact that this artical is in the political section on JT , suggests that Japan regards this matter as a political issue. It is actually a legal issue under Korean jurisdiction.

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Posted in: Vietnamese trainees told to undergo contraception to work in Japan See in context

I sometimes have to ask the question "Is Japan trying to make itself the laughing stock of the world?".

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Posted in: Vietnamese trainees told to undergo contraception to work in Japan See in context

Vietnamese trainees told to undergo contraception to work in Japan.

What!!!!!!!

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Posted in: 8 quake-hit cities, towns in Ishikawa Prefecture still without water; death toll 232 See in context

And yet the LDP signs away billions of dollars for US military equipment. It's more important to fritter away massive amounts of money on useless arms than do something to assist people in need.

And useless moon landings.

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Posted in: Prosecutors indict without arrest several LDP faction members See in context

Surely they should be held in custody for 23 days. Where are Japan's rubber stamping imbecile judges? What s disgrace of a legal system.

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Posted in: Quake chaos forces Wajima kids to leave families to continue studies See in context

Junior high school students from a quake-hit central Japan city said teary goodbyes to their families on Wednesday and headed some 100 kilometers away to community facilities where they will continue their studies.

Why teary? At that age I would have seen it as a great adventure. Those children will form bonds and lifelong friendships, build their character, and resilience. Rather like going to a scout camp.

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Posted in: U.S. records confirm 12 U.S. soldiers died from Hiroshima A-bomb See in context

I read a story a number of years ago about a British POW who were being held in a ship's hold with other POW's, in Hiroshima when the A-bomb exploded. He describes how the metal sides of the ship became very hot, and the ship swayed violently for a while. The next day when the hatches were open, another POW shouted down to him (them) "Don't stand under the open hatch. The rain is black and it burns". They survived due to being held in the ship's hold. Ironic really.

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Posted in: Prosecutors unlikely to build case against bigwigs of scandal-hit LDP faction See in context

Japanese law at it's best - yet again.

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Posted in: Navy officer who was jailed in Japan over deadly crash released from U.S. custody, family says See in context

The attitude of his family is disgusting; the absence of any form of apology is utterly appalling.

I fail to see what is disgusting about the attitude of this man's family. They are happy that their son has completed his sentence and is home (as any parents would be).

That's great but has no bearing. They probably know a disgusting lawsuit is coming and don't want to give the victims any more satisfaction than impoverishing their son.

His parents should discuss the matter with no one. Japanese like to pull out their tape recorders when seeking compensation damages.

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Posted in: Navy officer who was jailed in Japan over deadly crash released from U.S. custody, family says See in context

@OssanAmerica., What is puzzling me is, how would an apology from his family help in a civil case against him?

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Posted in: Navy officer who was jailed in Japan over deadly crash released from U.S. custody, family says See in context

But has he, or his parents apologized to the surviving families of the two victims who died as a result of this accident? It would probably help in case they are planning to file a civil action against him.

I'm a little puzzled as to what exactly his family have to do with this accident as they were not in the car or even in Japan. There is no need for them to apologise to or communicate with anybody regarding this. Well, at least back in the USA and free, he is not a hostage of Japan's legal system.

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Posted in: Fujitsu in firing line over UK Post Office scandal See in context

I put the blame on the UK investigators, who acted like Japanese police and prosecutors act. (Blinkered and stupidly truculant). It should have been obvious that so many similar cases, in such a random way would mean that something is wrong with the IT system.

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Posted in: Quake death toll stands at 206; 8 of them died at evacuation centers See in context

Japan's top heavy and inept bureaucracy is probably the problem here.

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Posted in: 20-year-old man arrested for assault at Coming-of-Age ceremony in Yokohama See in context

Sometimes the old fashioned remedies are the best. A good thrashing would soon modify his behaviour.

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Posted in: Runway safety concerns in focus as Japan probes Tokyo crash See in context

How everyone got out of that wreck unscathed is beyond me. My jaw is still on the floor since watching the live footage of the disaster last night.

Rest in Peace to the five hero Coast Guard members, who gave their lives to assisting in the earthquake tragedy.

Well said fighto! At the moment let's not be armchair experts. Everybody can learn from this.

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Posted in: Investigators probe conflicting reports on Tokyo airport crash See in context

Probably be a good idea to keep prosecutors out of any investigation into this incident. Cool calm heads and methodical thinking is the best way to conduct an inquiry. Full praise to all concerned for avoiding what could have been catastrophic loss of life. Sympathies to the families of the 5 who did loose their lives.

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Posted in: Fire destroys JAL plane after collision with coast guard aircraft at Haneda; 5 dead See in context

BBC coverage of this incident is, at the moment, focused on the professionalism of the pilot, crew and firefighters, along with sympathy for the five killed. (BBC news has described it as a miracle that all passengers were evacuated).

Sad that people are speculating who is to blame at this time.

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Posted in: Foreign English teacher in Japan calls student’s ability garbage; says it was an 'American joke' See in context

*What rules? Unless you're speaking British, the first rule of the English language is that we have no rules.*

language is "British"? NeveWhatr heard of it. There are something like 40 different dialects in Britain.

Anyway, this teacher clearly does not have the patience required for the job. Sounds like he has shattered this kids confidence and enjoyment of learning English.

A very poor advert for English schools.

@Fighto!. The finest English teachers in Japan were lost many years ago in Japan. That is thanks to Japan's MOJ (so called).

I am proud to say that hundreds of my former students have gone on to great success abroad.

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