Kiwi in Okinawa comments

Posted in: Japanese school explains why it won't let cold schoolgirl wear tights under her skirt See in context

Apt timing, we were just disucssing how silly the rule for my son's school was that they have to wear shorts only, just this morning. As the weather had turned quite chilly so wanted to avoid the cold (as any sane person would) so both me and my wife suggested he wears his soccer socks, pulled up very high.

Stupid rule by passed I say.

I'd like to see if they want to cover the medical costs if they ban the long socks, as son eaisly gets ear infections and fevers due to those, due to a much narrower nasal passage so a simple runny nose for a normal nose, can easily block and trigger an ear infection for my son. So we aren't just trying to avoid a stupid rule, we obviously don't want the colds to come.

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Posted in: Nissan hit by new inspection scandal See in context

Oh god, this isn't going to be the next reason to hold Ghosn now is it..

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Posted in: Brazilian consul: Ghosn is healthy, wants thrillers See in context

I see the response as a quiet middle finger to the stupid Japanese law practices that are keeping him locked up without any actual charges being laid.

A way of saying you've not broken my spirit yet, but I am getting a tad bored, could you send a book please..

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Posted in: Ruling bloc pushes bill to expand foreign labor through lower house See in context

"Dude.. stop hogging the mic, it's my turn on the karaoke machine.."

Either that or he's about to bust a sick beat box tune..

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Posted in: Cafe opens with robot waiters remotely controlled by disabled people See in context

1000 yen an hour is standard minimum wage in Japan

Best you don't ask the standard minimum in Okinawa then, and no it's not that "high"

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Posted in: Transport ministry eyes inspection of JAL, ANA over pilots' drinking See in context

"The scandals could damage trust in Japan's air safety," he said.

Opposed to the damaged motor industry, building construction and steel manufacturing scandals..

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Posted in: Crazy in love? The Japanese man 'married' to a hologram See in context

Miku later filed for divorce as she was expecting a hard drive, but only got a 3 1/4 inch floppy disk..

(Sorry too many bad puns can be made)

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Posted in: Crazy in love? The Japanese man 'married' to a hologram See in context

Incorrect nomenclature. His Miku app doesn’t “crash”, it “goes down”.

If think if she could actually do that, then would be even more of these we would read about..

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Posted in: Japan driver's license to start showing expiration with Western date See in context

I was just wondering if they will get rid of the era system on things that are going to expire in the near future, outside the current Heisei era. I had the fun task of renewing my drivers license in July, and it will expire again in Heisei 33, but of course that year will not occur with the change due next year. So does anyone with a license due to expire outside of Heisei 31 need to get it reissued, or do we count to a era year that won't come?

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Posted in: Nurse suspected of poisoning 20 elderly patients at terminal care hospital See in context

It's a very pre-meditated action on her behalf to, planning the poisionings so the deaths would occur outside of her shifts.

That alone should make her stand trial for 20 cases of murder opposed to man slaughter. And hopefully each as a seperate case, opposed to a mass murder case. Basically, she should get enogh jail time to never see the outside of a jail cell.. Need to push a strong message, as this isn't a unique story and there have been similar cases of murder by care takers.

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Posted in: Body of executed Aum cult founder Asahara cremated in Tokyo See in context

klausdorth: I was more imply (without trying to be too graphic) of actually making the creamation his execution. Hence combining the two..

And then dump those ashes out at sea..

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Posted in: Body of executed Aum cult founder Asahara cremated in Tokyo See in context

Would it be wrong to suggest they could have combined the two processes of execution and cremation?

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Posted in: Mother, 3-year-old daughter knocked off bicycle by car; child remains unconscious See in context

As someone who rides a scooter to work, almost every traffic light I stop at someone (or sometimes many) will run the red the opposite phase, when I myself have a green.

I do really hope this poor girl wakes up, and has no lasting brain damage,

I do feel personal safety or safety for those under a parents care seems to be infuriatingly lax in Okinawa. I think I could count on one finger the number of people riding a bicycle with a helmet over any given week. And then there is motorbike riders who don't both with the chin strap, and the one which still really angers me as a parent is the amount of children I see with no seatbelts, clambering all over the seats. Or infants on the laps of drivers or passengers.

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Posted in: New Zealand to tax tourists to fund infrastructure See in context

New Zealanders already pay 25% sales tax on everything. It’s an expensive country to live.

Unless its had a massive increase since I left GST (Good and services tax) is at 15%.. Which is still high, but given the small population and large(ish) land mass it needs quite a bit of revenue to support the infrastructure..

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Posted in: ¥550,000 watermelon See in context

And here's me waiting for the watermelons to drop below the current ¥1,500 price range..

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Posted in: Japan whale hunt killed 122 pregnant minkes See in context

Like Yabaru started the comments off with, the only time the older people I know who have eaten it, was when they were in post war recovering time in Okinawa, where food of most sources was in short supply.

I wonder how stupid these researchers actually are if, year after year they still need to keep "researching" the whales in such a manner.

Also appears this thread has struck a nerve with some group, it appears almost every anti-whaling comment, or how the whole "research" is stupid is getting a large number of down votes.. Considering the normal daily votes on comments it more than a bit suspicious some group is actively attacking the votes.

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Posted in: Uber to start first taxi-hailing pilot program in Japan See in context

Having just got back from 5 days in Dubai, it was great to have access to an app like this as a tourist.. There wasn't any need to know my exact physical location to book a taxi when not in areas they are parked waiting for fares. I didn't need to ensure the taxi took card, or if I had enough local currency. I knew what the fare would be as booking the ride.. Luckily English is a common lanuguage there too, but Uber could also assist by you already having the destination set too, so one less worry.

For a tourist an app like Uber (and there are other similar apps, Dubai had their own one too) is a massive plus, it removes so many worry factors. Given the number of tourists and 2020 around the corner, adding apps and solutions that make it EASIER for tourists is a huge win.

If the taxi federation and the government are that worried about Uber stealing business, then maybe they should develop their own app which gives similar functions as those that would benefit tourists trying to get around..

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Posted in: Amazon Japan hikes shipping rates by up to 50% amid rising logistic costs See in context

Amazon and Apple and the like, have very cleaver structures to ensure they pay minimal on profit.. Yes they will collect the consumption tax and pass that onto the government, but magically they will not make any profit from doing so.

More so with Apple, but they can use a practice to sell the item to the divisions so no profits arise. For example (using invented numbers) say you buy a 50,000 (plus tax) yen phone (You'll pay the 8% tax, which is on passed to the government) however that same phone could cost Japan division (where you transact via) 47,000 yen to buy from the supply division, which is based in a low or no profit tax country. So once they add over heads to their Japan purchase price, they all of a sudden make no profit in Japan. But the supply division made the profit of marking up say a 20,000 cost item to 47,000 , and as where they are situated pax no or minimal taxes the system is cheated.

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Posted in: Man arrested for shooting 8-month-old son with airsoft gun See in context

And how the hell did he expect inflicting pain on the poor kid, that would make it stop crying.

Maybe and eye for an eye punishment should show him what it is like.. But instead of soft pellet, freeze a paintball and shoot it under 1M, then deport the idiot.. Sounds like the kid would be better off without that kind of father in his life anyway.

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Posted in: Japan's economy steams ahead in fourth quarter See in context

Must be all that Kobe steel, Nissans and Subaru's

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Posted in: Saying 'Me Too' in Japan carries risk of being criticized, ignored See in context

@Bungle (And strangerland kind of beat me to respond)

Persuading someone to have sex with you while acting in bad faith may be morally questionable, but it isn't necessarily rape.

There is a big difference between persurading (Which if not freely agreed then really to persuade, would equate into pressuring) and forcing by use of employement of status power would be rape. Look at the Weinstein issue, he abused power to get women who would not have freely done things with him. He may have thought he was persuading them, but really he was if not directly physically forcing himself on them, he was using his power as the same physical force.

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Posted in: Tourist driving go-kart arrested over hit-and-run See in context

We have these around Okinawa too, and also awaiting an accident. I've seen them on Kokusai-dori which might be one of the few roads it could be kind of ok, as its the tourist trap road, and normally you can overtake cars by walking as its always slow moving. (If they want to gamble with taxi drivers driving).

But I have also seen them taken along route 58, which is the main multi-lane road through town, with cars and many large trucks going much quicker. I'm sure a truck wouldn't see these when lane switching, it would only see an open space, something lower than axel height would be a minor speedbump.

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Posted in: South Korean MPs demand execution of North's Olympic delegate See in context

OK so probably poor form on NK's side to send him due to the his history with South.

But talk about how to instantly ignite the Korean War if they were to actually execute the guy, while attending as a diplomat. Other than making a lot of noise, do these people suggesting it have any understanding of the fall out from actually doing it.

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Posted in: Lots of talk, little action in Congress after shootings See in context

the left can't even let these people mourn their dead, they just jump up and scream gun control!

Given there has been a basically a fatal shooting for every week of this year already. When exactly is the "left" meant to let people mourn and push for gun control. If they allow a week of mourning, statisically next week another one sadly may have happened, so they should what allow another week (and another shooting) to pass?

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Posted in: Amazon patents could enable worker monitoring via wristband See in context

Those cheeky slacking off workers, they could be eating into poor poor Jeff Bezos's profit margin..

Just when thought Amazon was evil enough with the terrible pay & work conditions for the delivery people, they now go and ultra micro manage the warehouse staff more..

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Posted in: Girl, 12, arrested in shooting that wounds 5 at Los Angeles school See in context


That made me ponder, thankfully it's "only" 6.. But wow what a scary list when doing some quick search.. Look how horrifyingly long this list is..

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Posted in: Girl, 12, arrested in shooting that wounds 5 at Los Angeles school See in context

I know it's still undeterminded if accidental or planned shooting, but I can already see the pro-gun lobby pushing for more guns in schools to stop other shooters if it was a planned shooting.

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Posted in: Japanese elementary schools’ list of behavior requirements would be hard for most adults to clear See in context

"Make sure your clothing is clean and unwrinkled"

I'm still stuggling with this at 43 years old..

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Posted in: 26-year prison term upheld for man over death of infant he was babysitting See in context

If he wants a shorter scentence I could recommend a 1 meter rope at the top of a 5 meter drop.. I do hope his 26 year is in general population, and all the other prisioners are informed of his crimes, may as well make those 26 years hell.

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Posted in: No drill See in context

I'm no warfare expert, but I think hiding in some shrubbery squatting down with your hands on your head won't be protecting you to well if NK were to launch a missile.

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