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Posted in: Hashimoto apologizes to parents of student who killed himself See in context

Believe his apology is only half-done. He has never been shy about his supportive position on corporal punishment. As I pointed out earlier don't think the influence of his views as city mayor towards the mindset of the teachers in Osaka should be overlooked here and thus believe his apology would need to be more about himself than that on behalf of the local administrators he supervises. The media should get more into accusing him to also be the one at fault.

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Posted in: Gov't eyes tighter rules for online drug vendors after losing Supreme Court case See in context

Note vitamins and other supplements are already OK to be sold online. It's the cold medicines and stomach pain medicines etc that are in question.

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Posted in: Hashimoto blasts education board over basketball teacher lapse See in context

It appears that Hashimoto upon meeting with the boy's family offered his apologies both personal and on behalf of Osaka city and stated that he regrets having been supportive of corporal punishment prior to this incident and that he will correct his position.

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Posted in: 8 arrested over murder of man in Roppongi nightclub See in context

Would imagine these guys to already have internally discussed and agreed on what to and what not to explain to the police. Would be interesting to see how strong the cohesiveness of this group actually is upon each individual undergoing interrogations. Certain yakuzas should also be paying attention.

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Posted in: Former MLB pitcher Kuwata rejects corporal punishment in sports See in context

Good on Kuwata knowing how difficult it is going to be to change the way young athletes are trained here. The biggest challenge would be to change the mindset of many here who truly believe in the benefits of corporate punishment to make the athletes mentally tougher.

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Posted in: Abe accuses China of letting Japanese firms be targeted during isle protests See in context

Wonder if Abe's message is aimed at the US more so than China to make sure he has their attention amid schedule conflicts disabling him to meet Obama any time soon.

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Posted in: Cabinet approves massive Y20 tril stimulus budget See in context

warispeace: Believe they are quite different, key difference being Reagan sought to tackle inflation through strengthening the supply side whereas Abe is trying to create inflation through strengthening the demand side. Similarity may be in corporate tax cuts, which Abe is yet to address in specific detail.

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Posted in: Japan to survey Pacific seabed for rare earths See in context

Keeping our fingers crossed.

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Posted in: Cabinet approves massive Y20 tril stimulus budget See in context

Risky option? Yes. Avoidable option? Probably not. Key is to make sure this breeds enough optimism in investor and consumer sentiment and gets the positive spiral rolling otherwise the risks may prevail. As with everything else in life positive thinking to bring courage and drive actions is a critical starting point for anything to become successful.

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Posted in: Hashimoto blasts education board over basketball teacher lapse See in context

Would not be so quick to praise Hashimoto for his remarks on this one, as he had clearly been in support of corporal punishment as a necessary educational measure until this incident took place. He should rather offer a sincere apology for the influence his remarks as city mayor may have had on the mindset of the teachers in Osaka.

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Posted in: Rare photo of A-bomb split cloud found in Hiroshima See in context

Interpretations may change over time with new findings or new perspectives through looking back at history in a longer term decades if not centuries down the road, but there are certain facts that will never change such as what the museum displays.

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Posted in: Boeing defends Dreamliner, but safety questions remain See in context

“It’s definitely the most expensive plane program that they’ve ever developed,”

Where have I heard this before.

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Posted in: Clue to anonymous hacker found in memory card attached to cat's collar See in context

Have a feeling this guy is never going to be caught unless he becomes unable to maintain his control and restraint as well as he has done so far. This guy is clearly full of pride and confidence and the police should thus consider deliberately issuing overtly provocative statements of personal affront to make him upset thereby begin to overdo whatever he is doing. Police actions particularly after their grave error in arresting the wrong people appear to have been meekly submissive if not spiritless which I feel is keeping this individual calm and careful.

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Posted in: Gov't apologizes to Fukushima residents for sloppy decontamination work See in context

Wonder if Hosono the former Minister of Environment as well as Minister of nuclear crisis management at DPJ has anything to say about this. As with everything else any moral issues to come up at the lowest level of an organization has much to do with the quality of top management leadership.

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Posted in: Mt Fuji may erupt by 2015, says Ryukyu University professor See in context

I'm no Ishihara but if Mt Fuji really erupts at this timing after what happened in 2011 I will have to believe in the will of a greater presence. Would however much prefer a different kind of divine incident such as, say, miraculously striking huge amounts of oil in the Tohoku region.

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Posted in: Opposition lawmaker urges Abe to stay with 1993 sex slave apology See in context

Agree with the passage. Note that Abe has been fairly careful with his statements separating those indicatives he "will" work on those he "may" work on. This issue clearly belongs to the latter and was referred to only to keep certain supporters happy while not committing to do anything. Abe is not stupid.

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Posted in: Student commits suicide after being beaten by school basketball coach See in context

Being verbally abused and slapped by the bully coach was clearly a part of everyday life for the basketball team. Can easily imagine the boy to have taken the hardest beating having been the captain of the team. Putting fundamental issues relating to the traditional sports and training culture aside, this could nonetheless have been avoided had the school not denied existence of corporal punishment when this issue was brought up in the first place when the boy was still alive. Cannot imagine how painful it must have been for the boy to witness how the school handled the matter.

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Posted in: Student commits suicide after being beaten by school basketball coach See in context

Truly heartbreaking. So unfortunate that the nation needs to wait for extreme incidents of this nature to occur in order for people including bully coaches still in existence throughout Japan to finally open their eyes and the wholly systematic school operating business model dependent on excelling in sports competitions which in part encourages these coaches to do what they do to start changing. RIP.

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Posted in: Police recruiters eye polygraph tests to weed out possible sex offenders See in context

Given the probability for the majority to agree to its actual implementation (preferably mandatory), agree with many here that this should not be even news until it is actually implemented.

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Posted in: Fugitive Sea Shepherd founder hands over reins See in context

There is no way this rat race can remain financially justifiable and sustainable for both ends in this day and age. Continued funding of billions of taxpayers money for the so-called research initiative is certainly not LDPs top priority and thus hope they can put an end to this as part of all other necessities to cut down on wasteful spending.

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Posted in: Ministry to monitor nuclear decontamination more strictly See in context

Don't think DPJ will ever return to power.

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Posted in: Economic stimulus plans include Y450 bil for business support See in context

Obviously no one is expecting Abe incl himself to be able to repay all debt during his premiership, knowing the amount to be roughly 17 x current annual tax revenue. At the same time however his intention is obviously not in simply increasing debt to please his closest of friends either. Believe the majority here have come to understand and accept this to perhaps be the only thinkable way out of the deflationary negative economic spiral and to bring back more optimism in terms of investor and consumer sentiment which will help hopefully result in bringing the debt and deficit amount down in the very long term. Abe is not stupid and he will be pressured to do all good to at least until LDP secures majority in the upper house election.

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Posted in: Abe sings national anthem as LDP prepares to 'take back Japan' See in context

Believe this has more to do with keeping his supporters happy. Abe is hawkish but he's certainly not Adolf. The extremists are already questioning his soft stance on South Korea. The US is already sending a warning signal not to go too far particularly on the comfort women issue or else they may have to openly express their concerns. Hope Abe plays the balance well and stays pragmatic and realistic.

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Posted in: 54% of cities hosting nuclear plants OK restart: survey See in context

Unfortunate enough that the nation is beginning to consider this a necessary evil. Very similar to the Okinawa US base issue in that the issue even despite the Fukushima incident does not carry enough impact to be considered a national issue as opposed to a regional one and that there does not seem to be an optimal alternative in the near term. I agree with many that Japan faces a fundamental systematic issue which only a drastic educational reform can solve within the time span of so many decades.

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Posted in: 2020 Games candidates prepare for IOC file delivery See in context

Winning the support of the Tokyo residents will also be important.

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Posted in: 54% of cities hosting nuclear plants OK restart: survey See in context

Not at all surprising. Even public polls may show similar results. Would imagine majority to prefer abolishment in the long run but in support of restart for the time being. Goes to show Japan's fundamental resistance to proactive drastic reform even after a nuclear disaster of this nature.

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Posted in: Shiga Gov Kada quits as Tomorrow Party head See in context

Guess the voters including those opposing nuclear energy were wise not to buy their agenda. So unfortunate that a just political argument can lose its credibility so easily even following such a devastating event.

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Posted in: Tsukiji fish market move to be delayed 1 year See in context

Doubt whether awaiting contamination removal of same location is really the only way to go.

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Posted in: 3 found dead in suspected murder-suicide in Kawasaki home See in context

Have a feeling more of these things tend to happen at this time of year and believe New Years has varying implications and effects depending on one's situation. Extending my heartfelt sympathy and condolences to those involved and close ones. Truly sad.

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Posted in: Bluefin tuna sells for record Y155.4 mil in Tokyo See in context

Sure this will further escalate an unhealthy competition for tuna hunting in the new year. Media should stop reporting this.

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