i don’t get why everyone seems to assume he’s innocent and that he’s victimized and being unfairly treated. He will have his day in court and the truth will come out.
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Another Japan paradox - most people in the country want peace and to get on with their neighbors and their elected representatives purposely annoy/upset them with these meaningless visits. If Abe wants to pay homage to these war criminals why doesn't he build a memorial for them in his back yard...I'm totally fed up of seeing this happen time & time again - it demonstrates that they really don't give a toss about peace,
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It was a Badman who had the idea of doing that. Just plain silly and unnecessary.
0 ( +0 / -0 )
This is tragic but I don't understand why people don't start the car by gently pressing on the accelerator/brakes and manoeuvring slowly especially in a parking area...
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I'm not really interested in seeing the video or signing a petition to deny him a visa, but if the guy is molesting or sexually harrassing people (or promoting/inciting) it then he is breaking the law and should be dealt with accordingly. Who goes to these 'pick-up' seminars anyway?
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"one of the world’s biggest untapped markets, worth tens of billions of dollars a year." The tens of billions of dollars are going to be from Japanese people, not tourists and this is going to cause more gambling addictions, debt, crime (including abuse/domestic violence) and ultimately unhappiness. Who the heck wants this, apart from those companies and businesses that will make profits? Why don't they try to focus on something that will actually raise the quality of peoples lives or do they really care?
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Nothing is free, especially from Apple. Consumers will end up paying for it in one way or another.
Apple & U2 have been working together for many years. It's even Bono's picture used as the Artists icon in iTunes. Some may recall the special edition U2 ipod which Apple released in collaberation with U2 and which helped them appeal to a new younger genaration.
One thing they (Apple/U2) could have done is to give the money ($100 million!) to charity rather than keeping it themselves. That would have appeased many of those complaining including myself.
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cleo is spot on here. I agree 100%They backed him up, paid the bills and his salary for years when his research was not producing anything and many thought the GaN LED was going nowhere. His contract no doubt spelled out that the patent for any inventions was the property of the company - common practice in Japan, not unreasonable considering they were the ones paying for everything. If he objected to that maybe he should have gone independent before he spent so much of Nichia's money - on his project. Granted the ¥20,000 bonus was perhaps a bit stingy, but Nakamura showed his own true colours when - he upped and offed to the US - following the dosh, nothing else. When I saw the interviews, he seemed to be a bitter person who now seems to be enjoying the recognition that he craved for so much during his earlier career.Contrast with the 2 others who received the prize - for me, they are true heroes & remained humble throughout. Well done and I hope it inspires the current & future generations.
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I still don't understand why a scientist would publish a paper with such a sensational claim and expect to get away with it... This whole story is ridiculous. Their claims are clearly made up - they found nothing and should own up to it, stop wasting time and focus their efforts on something more constructive. And yeah, there does seem to be a criminal aspect to this as well that should be investigated.
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Very disturbing story and I am almost lost for words.
It's impossible to know the whole story from such a short article & the father does appear to have tried to help his daughter but setting her up in her own apartment and giving her 1M yen doesn't sound like a good idea, even though it was based on expert advice.
Surely something could have been done after she admitted to killing animals and expressed interest & desire to kill humans? Is this really the best that such an advanced country as Japan can do to help it's mentally sick people?
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Title should be renamed 'F1 chief Ecclestone ends bribery trial with $100 mil bribe'
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A man looks at a picture & says "Brothers and sisters have I none, but that man's father is my father's son." Who is the picture of? (Note - answer may be complicated depending on origin of sperm donation)
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Strange why they allow sperm donations in Japan but not egg donations - Every year, many people go to countries like US etc for this type of fertility treatmant.
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Is it really necessary to deploy these planes every single time either Russian or Chinese planes approach Japanese airspace? The Russians & Chinese are clearly doing this on purpose and it must be costing SDF ( ie taxpayer) a lot of money - as there has not been an actual infringement, is this really deterring them or did they actually not plan to infringe Japanese airspace? How about trying something different such as telling them clearly that any unauthorized plane or drone that actually comes inside Japanese airspace will be given one warning and then shot down?
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Who in Japan, apart from Abe, really wants this? Same for casinos. It should be put to the people of Japan using a referendum. Doesn't Abe have more important things to be working on, or is this destined to be his legacy?
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Something Oscar Wilde might have said - "To be robbed one time may be regarded as a misfortune; to be robbed twice by the same person looks like carelessness"
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Having a foreign coach should not be a problem as long as there is a good support structure in place. They should not rush into this as there are going to be quite a few world class managers available after the WC, Is this guy the best guy for the job or just the best guy currently available?
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The players never really performed well for Zac and need to take a fair bit of the blame for a poor performance in WC2014. It's one thing to be beaten fair & square, but another thing to be beaten when you don't seem to be trying your best. The team seemed to lack many things - urgency, passion, intensity a killer instinct, etc. That kind of drive & motivation usually comes from the manager and forms the culture of the team, but was visibly missing from this team.
Zac does seem to be an intelligent manager and I was impressed with his observations & comments about the team. He certainly seemed to know their strengths & weaknesses but didn't really manage to improve things. I hope the next manager helps to raise the bar and improve the level of performance. The WC is much more enjoyable when Japan are still in it...
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I saw a simulation re-enactment of what happened and it was scary - the guy ploughs through the people and continues until he hits a telephone booth. When the police get to him, he is still out of it & frothing at the mouth or dribbling (not sure which). It's one thing to take drugs when you are at home, but why on earth would you take these drugs and then drive a vehicle in a crowded area? If any good comes from this, I hope that (1) this guy gets put away for a long time (2) the makers and suppliers are tracked down & punished and (3) that others will hopefully realise that its not a good idea to do the same kind of thing.
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Good eggs thrown at a bad egg. Suzuki is a hypocrite and coward - he only admitted that it was he who shouted the insults when there were recordings of the voice and it was suggested that they be analyzed, and this was almost a week after the incident and after he lied about it several times!. As for the other people who harrassed her, they know who they are as do many others who were present - I really hope it comes out. As someone else mentioned, Suzuki's website mentions about his plans for helping working women - his words are all fake and meaningless. I would gladly toss a few eggs at this guy, but sadly that wouldn't change anything. The views he has are not unique to himself - thats what most of the politicians actually think in Japan. They are doing sod all to actually address the real issues of decreasing population and impending economic meltdown. I'm usually optimistic about the future but I don't see much being done to actually improve things here... Rant over.
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Offer to resign or resign? Neither - this guy should have been FIRED.
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Best way to make the point is to actually reopen it as a brothel for Japanese military! Now that would be real news! China will never let the past go and will always play the 'hate Japan' card to distract its citizens from the real issues.
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I also feel that the parents were careless. If there were 2 parents present ( as implied by the article) then why was it necessary for BOTH to go into the store at the same time and leave the kids alone in the car with the keys in the ignition? In some countries such as the US, this is actually a crime nowadays and considered to be child abuse/neglect. As for the thief being an unemployed & homeless American, well I'll leave others to comment on that....
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Posted in: Japan fears a half-baked, deceptive agreement which leads to the Trump administration taking a soft line on North Korea by removing economic sanctions without serious progress on disarmament. That would be the nightmare scenario.