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Posted in: Woman's face burned with alkaline solution in store attack See in context

Very sad hope she will recover soon.

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Posted in: 20 words of English origin that Japanese people often mistake for real thing See in context

Thank you JT for very informative and interesting article. Not only the article but also I like comments very much.

Have you ever seen on vending machines "All 100 Yen" instead "each 100 Yen". My friend Dave complain when people call him as Deebu デーブ. Interesting Lice=Riceライスspecially when you are eating.

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Posted in: Have Japan’s anti-smoking laws gone too far? See in context

Those who want to smoke should smoke and those who don't want should not. It is easy and simple. But question is where to smoke and where not to?

I have noticed smoking inside Train station is not allowed however, can smoke in smoking area designated in open air outside station. Similarly some office do apply same method. But the question is those who smoke in open air and the smoke fume which moves freely and create stress to nearby passer what should they do? Why can't they make covered smoking area rather an open air?

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Posted in: Police get tough on cyclists violating traffic laws See in context

Before the enforcement of law there should be an awareness system then implementation. It is also clear who ride bicycle among them are those who are not fully aware of newly introduced law for cyclist. Who to blame?

Are there proper cyclist zone on streets? Are they going to fine kids/obaasan/ojiisan too?

Imagine a Mother is taking kid to school on a cycle in a rainy day there are chances she might make a minute blunder will she be ended up in a Jail or pay fine in these hard days? Guess for a minute, she got jail term, who is going to take care of kid/kids? Or those who are getting social welfare how they are going to pay fine?

I think these kind of law could generate some income but will create a great amount of fuss in the society. No doubt we are bound to abide law but what if law is not clear enough?

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Posted in: Saitama man dies after hospitals reject him 36 times See in context

No doubt what happened is very sad and bad.

Government should inquire in to this matter and make sure such incident never happen again.

I do not know why some of you are pretending that this kind of things only happen in Japan and international media will exploit this news.

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Posted in: Safety tips for foreign women in Japan See in context

No doubt Japan is safer than other countries in most ways but as it is said "Safety First" therefore, I will say this article is good and very timely because it reminds me of recent incident of New York City woman who vanished in an other country.

In our daily life we think we know safety rules but this kind of article is a kind of reminder and after reading we must share information with others.

Thanks goes to JT and writer for providing informative article.

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Posted in: Zoo staff chase keeper dressed as zebra in escape drill See in context

It is just waste of time/money/energy.

There is a much difference between human behavior and an animal behavior. Animal in aggressive mode is very difficult to control.

I often go to Zoo and in my opinion safety standard is not good.

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Posted in: Emperor greets more than 78,000 well-wishers See in context

I have just returned back. It was interesting experience. Imperial family was standing behind glasses. No doubt it was crowded and I do not know who was shouting "Banzai" Overall it was great.

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Posted in: Serial tree killer on the loose in 5 prefectures See in context

It is a very sad news. After reading the above article it is clear whoever is doing this, is well aware of his job. It is not a nutcase.

I often read on Stations, "JR & Police is on high alert" In this case, Police as well as public should be on high alert. Also cameras should be installed to catch the culprit.

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Posted in: Japan Tourism Agency photo contest offers awesome prizes for photos of Japan See in context

"The Japan Photo Contest runs from until Feb 15, 2013. " Moderator does it need correction?

According to the official website

"September 1, 2012 to 11.59pm, February 15, 2013 (Japan time)"

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Posted in: Who do cabin crew think is the perfect passenger? See in context

A survey of more than 700 international cabin crew members in 85 countries good and we got these results. The most annoying habits of air passengers: —Clicking fingers to get your attention - 26% —Leaving seat at the end before the light goes off - 13% —Stuffing too many bags into overhead locker - 11% —Complaining there’s no space for their bag in the locker - 10% —Talking through the safety demo - 9% —Asking for more blankets/pillows - 8% —Stuffing rubbish in the seat pocket - 9% —Asking for a different meal - 6% —Ringing the attendant bell to complain about temperature - 6% —Asking for a specific brand of drink - 4%

Clicking fingers, some times we got to do this even if we do not want there isn't any alternative. Complaining about space in locker, why did they let others to put their luggage in the first place. If I find no space then what should I do? (I got only one briefcase). If Asking for more blankets/pillows is bad then why not mention some where in advance we will carry from home. Stuffing rubbish in the seat pocket, at least not throwing here and there. Ringing the attendant bell to complain about temperature, oh, I have noticed often "cooling problem" then what we are supposed to do?

Would it be better if they print out Do and Don't list when we book flight so in advance we can read?

I think there should also be a same survey but this time from Passenger point of view lets see what we will get?

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Posted in: Digital SLR camera D5200 from Nikon See in context

No doubt it is better and got a lot of features. Unfortunately in USA it will debut in January 2013.

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Posted in: Tokyo court dismisses Prada sexual harassment suit See in context

Can anyone clear please:

Usually if, we join a reputable firm the first thing we sign a contract and also get a copy (in some cases)of a company policy. If we agree we continue work, if, we don't we leave.

Question is does Rina Bovrisse was aware of such policy "Prada look" or not? If she was aware then why complain now? If she was not aware of "Prada look" then why did not company inform her?

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Posted in: Neuroscience in court: My brain made me do it See in context

Thank you for good article.

Neurotransmitters plays a vital role in behavior changes. At last some one is talking good. Not Prison, Hospitals are solution.

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Posted in: Sales at India's riot-hit Maruti Suzuki slide in August See in context

Even though Maruti Suzuki (Manesar plant) had hired vedic astrologer to clear negative energy. It seem it did not work.

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Posted in: Education minister meets bullying victims See in context

I think it is a good step from government but still need a lot to do.

Last Friday I had a chance to ask a question "How to prevent bullying at school level" with University students, teacher and others. I was so shocked by the answer instead they talked about the solution their answer was "prevention is not possible. It is difficult". Not a single person was ready to think about prevention then how come we can expect something from Government?

Preventive methods should be started from home(parents) school (as some user have mentioned) then society.

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Posted in: German customs demand $475,000 for Japanese musician's violin See in context

Very sad story.

Does transit passengers are bound to pay taxes in Germany?

German Embassy in Tokyo should clarify this matter. Also people should lodge protest with the Embassy. Simple and easy.

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Posted in: National Azabu Tokyo See in context

Thank you for this article. Re-opening is a great news.

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Posted in: Junior high school English in Japan from the perspective of students See in context

Anyone who has worked as an ALT before could likely write a book on their observations of Japanese students and all the crazy things they say (or, as is often the case, don’t say) in and out of the classroom. But have you ever stopped to think about how your students are observing you?

So, the question is why do they say "crazy things" if, they got a teacher, books and other resource should we only blame system and students? Or I wonder if English teachers are only teacher because they are native Speaker. Or do they really want to teach English?

Laughing at someone and laughing with some is entirely different.

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Posted in: Massive anti-nuclear power rally held in Tokyo See in context

I have just returned from the really coverage in Tokyo. It was biggest event. However, weather was hot but people were "genki".

I asked question with senior participants in the rally.

Do you think it is possible to stop using Nuclear energy even though, it will cost time and money? The answer was in "Yes" Japanese government should stop using nuclear energy.

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Posted in: Customs officials say pens need weapons import license See in context

My morning started with a big laugh.

Though I am still laughing but thinking what if I want to buy from overseas(online) Key chain/Key holder resemble to hand grenade/bullet/sword etc. do I need a weapons import license?

"When common sense is not so common" is perfect for this news.

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Posted in: What’s the most popular website in the world? See in context

When I read the title "What’s the most popular website in the world?" I thought this article will be about some popular websites. But when I finished reading it is a kind of web market analysis.

Anyway, I like Yahoo.com

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Posted in: Tokyo zoo hunts squirrels that fled during typhoon See in context

Zoo should have provided photographs for the run away squirrels, so people can trace them in a bar, or shopping mall or even at a train stations. Now serious talk. When ever I visit zoo I think of safety and the above news is a small example. Just put this on a larger scale, some dangerous animals scape then what? They should always be ready in case of natural disaster.

I have also noticed in various Zoo there isn't proper signs such as Exit, Emergency, Help line/phone.

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Posted in: Microsoft users struggle with Windows redesign See in context

Does windows 8 ditch DVD support? can we watch movies on windnows 8? I heard, there is also a kill switch in it. I wonder if it is true?

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Posted in: Deportation order issued against Nepali granted retrial in 1997 murder case See in context

@Dog and Thomas Anderson as you know, This Nepali guy convicted wrongly and Japanese court accepted that. Isn't it enough for guys like you to understand the system is fair.

People here can quote about bad cases which are very rare. I wonder why not you are talking about such as English teachers got compensated for their Salaries and overtime etc when they file a case in the court and won. May be because of lack of media coverage or lack of your interest.

Lastly I would like to quote Moderator "Readers, please keep the discussion civil." Moderator is right.

Never let emotion or anger take control of yourself.

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Posted in: Deportation order issued against Nepali granted retrial in 1997 murder case See in context

@Yasukuni, yes better than some countries that is right.

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Posted in: Deportation order issued against Nepali granted retrial in 1997 murder case See in context

I do not agree with some users sorry. Japanese legal system for Japanese or foreigner is same. There isn't any difference. Do not mix Police and Immigration together. They are two different departments I should say. In past we got some example when a foreigner got wrongly accused or jailed, he/she was compensated too. Did Nepali lawyer file any application with the immigration for visa? any information?

In my experience, when asked Japanese immigration for temporary visa or extension, such as in case of Chinese Trainees fighting for their disputed salaries, or detained/jailed foreigners, by the lawyer or the organization representing the case, the results were positive.

At the end, Japanese labor law or legal system is still much better than other countries. No doubt some times negligence is also possible.

Sorry some of you may not agree with me.

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Posted in: Where to enjoy cherry blossoms See in context

Timely and informative article. Also comments are helpful. I wish there should be more articles about where cultural events are going to be held. I mean before hand information.

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Posted in: Putting a price tag on jailing foreign criminals See in context

This is in my mind:

Foreigners do pay taxes then why no one talk about that? Crimes by foreigners are lesser. If you have to deport foreign criminal then why not just arrest and send back to their country. Very cost effective method.

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Posted in: Australian man found dead at Niseko ski resort See in context

Loss of a soul make me saddened Prayers and Blessings for this person.

If you can not pray then please stop blame game and let police do their job.

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