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Posted in: Father arrested over abuse of 1-month-old son See in context

@Luddite, unless your proposed test involves being locked in a room with a crying baby for 24 hours when already in a month-long sleep-deprived state, then a test will not be able to predict how a new parent will react to the stresses of having to care for a baby.

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Posted in: Nice to meet Yu See in context

The story is even better when explained in full.

One of Darvish's teammates, Anthony Rizzo, had hit a home run and autographed the ball. Rizzo wanted to make sure that one of the Japanese little league players received the ball, as Rizzo was impressed with how the kid had played earlier in the day.

So Rizzo asked Darvish to act as translator to make sure the right kid (the team's shortstop) received the ball.

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Posted in: I have filed requests with the university time and again demanding the associate professor retract his remarks and offer an apology, but the school didn't respond to my requests. I'm horrified and suffering mental distress from having gone through relentless attacks. See in context

There is no justification for racism, regardless of the behavior of the victim.

I assume that is directed at me.

At the risk of repeating myself. it is very unfortunate that my first post was edited by the moderator. If my first message was published in full, it would be clear that my point is that calling the student an idiot may have been justified, but that does not excuse bringing race into it.

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Posted in: I have filed requests with the university time and again demanding the associate professor retract his remarks and offer an apology, but the school didn't respond to my requests. I'm horrified and suffering mental distress from having gone through relentless attacks. See in context

Unfortunately my message above was moderated and a whole sentence removed, because it contained a quote from the Mainichi article which included a censored profanity.

The point that has been deleted from my comment is that, if the student was called an idiot by the teacher, it is possible that it is because he was indeed acting like an idiot.

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Posted in: I have filed requests with the university time and again demanding the associate professor retract his remarks and offer an apology, but the school didn't respond to my requests. I'm horrified and suffering mental distress from having gone through relentless attacks. See in context

@ shinhiyata, thanks for the link, it is very helpful.

It would also be good to know the background to the incident quoted in the article. There are two sides to every story.

Of course, making such generalisations against an entire nationality based on the actions of one person is inexcusable.

The defence of provocation exists in criminal law for a reason.

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Posted in: Fukushima eyes 2020 Tokyo Olympics for recovery message See in context

It is unfortunate that the nuclear plant had the same name as the entire prefecture. For example, imagine if the Three Mile Island reactor was instead named the Pennsylvania No.1 Generating Station? Or Chernobyl was called the Northern Kiev Power Plant?

By way of comparison, the distance between the baseball stadium in Fukushima is quite similar to the distances separating Newark, New Jersey from the Three Mile Island plant and Kiev from Chernobyl.

There is also a mountain range that separates central Fukushima from the power plants on the coast.

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Posted in: As a general rule, you can tell a lot about people's personalities by the way they treat restaurant or store staff. Do you agree with this? See in context

My office conducts the last round of interviews for new recruits at a restaurant, partly as a test to see how the interviewees behave towards staff.

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Posted in: Man arrested for killing 85-year-old common-law wife; says he was worn out from looking after her See in context

Why don't you be a sport and tell us what are you hinting at Mr Hasegawa?

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Posted in: Skating tips See in context

Glad to see Uncle Abe taking care of important business so soon after the election.

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Posted in: An Olympic dispute: Japan rejects S Korean anger over map See in context

Rio Tinto should do everyone a favour and dig up the damn island, stick it on a pair of iron ore tankers and give half to Kobe Steel and the other half to Hyundai Steel.

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Posted in: Medals unveiled, events held across Tokyo to mark one year to go until Olympics See in context

The design of the medals is a bit of a letdown. 

The original design looked much better, because they copied it from someone else.

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Posted in: Medals unveiled, events held across Tokyo to mark one year to go until Olympics See in context

the Tokyo 2020 Olympic medals will be manufactured using the precious metal extracted from mobile phones and other small electronic devices donated by the public

So not only do we have to pay for the damn event, they want us to donate precious metals too?

Can't the IOC officials donate some of the bullion they have hidden under their mattresses?

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Posted in: Tokyo holds test to ease highway traffic during Olympics See in context

Major railway and subway operators in the metropolitan area plan to extend operating hours during the games

Salarymen rejoice, you can avoid your wife's cold indifference even longer.

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Posted in: 56% oppose amending Constitution under Abe gov't: poll See in context

The results of this poll are wildly inaccurate and should be ignored.

By way of example, let's look at Komeito, which is supported by only 4.6% of voters according to this poll.

On Sunday, they received 14% of the vote in Tokyo, 17% in Osaka and 13% in the nationwide constituency, just to name a few. They now have 28 seats (11.4%) in the upper house, three more than they had before the election.

Reiwa Shinsengumi and NHK Kara Kokumin Wo Mamoru To might be supported by 2.2 percent and 1.0 percent of survey respondents, but they each received double the support in the survey that actually mattered.

Is it a coincidence that the 51.5% of people that responded to this stupid survey is very close to the 51.2% of people who were too lazy to turn up to a voting booth on Sunday?

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Posted in: Tokyo begins trial to ease congestion during 2020 Games See in context

Olympics minister Shunichi Suzuki, who usually commutes by official car, took a subway Monday to the Cabinet Office.

"The train was empty and I felt comfortable," Suzuki told reporters after arriving at his office at 11:30 a.m. under the staggered working hour system.

Tomorrow, Suzuki will return to his normal routine of arriving at his office by official car at 11:30 a.m., just in time for lunch.

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Posted in: Abe says he will seek 'flexible' discussions on constitutional revision See in context

@Ganbare Japan!

Abe is as weak as piss. He had the necessary majority for three years and did nothing with it. The only thing flexible about him is his morality.

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Posted in: Two disabled candidates win seats in upper house election See in context

With all this talk of disabled candidates, I haven't seen any mention of another much-maligned minority - women. Women accounted for 28% of candidates (the highest ever) and won 22% of the seats in this election. The 28 seats won by women tied the record set at the previous election, but with four more seats available than last time, the percentage is down a bit.

In my local district, one woman was competing against five men, with three seats up for grabs. As the only female candidate and with a public profile as a TV presenter, plus belonging to the only centre-left party, I was pretty sure she would be a shoe-in. Yet she managed to come fourth behind three conservative blokes, with 19.8% of the vote.

Of course I do not expect people to vote for a candidate solely on the basis of gender, but I thought she would have garnered enough support to win a seat.

If it important to get disabled people into parliament in order to represent disabled people, then what about getting women there? Do the women of Japan believe Abe's "womenomics" spiel? Are they satisfied with there being a sole token woman in Abe's cabinet?

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Posted in: Constitution revision goal still far off for Abe See in context

He had three years of super-majority power in both houses and did absolutely nothing with it. I guess he hasn't got the stomach to bring about any real change.

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Posted in: Why do you think drinks containing tapioca have become the latest rage in Japan, especially among young women? See in context

Probably because some D-grade celebrity tweeted about it on Instagram.

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Posted in: Two disabled candidates win seats in upper house election See in context

@marcelito

I hope you are right.

But as you noted, he received 660,000 votes as an independent candidate 6 years ago. I dare say that a fair few of those people thought "I'll vote for him again" without looking into it too much.

Also, there is no mention of the special quota on his personal website, nor on the front page of the party's website.

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Posted in: Two disabled candidates win seats in upper house election See in context

The unique here is the leader of this new and very progressive party put himself 3rd in the list! Thus he couldn't make it but the disabled candidates are in!!! He wanted to make sure if his party is is above the line they to be in for sure!

This raises what I consider a rather interesting point.

Yamamoto personally received almost a million votes in the nation-wide constituency, the highest number by far (by comparison, nobody else got more than 600,000). Those million votes, together with another 1.2 million voters who nominated his party rather than an individual candidate, meant that his party won two seats. However, despite his personal popularity, he did not win a seat due to his party placing the two disabled candidates in a "special quota" which was a newly-introduced feature of this election.

For Yamamoto to get elected, he and his party needed another 530,000 more votes than what they received.

This makes me wonder how many of those million people who took the effort of writing "Taro Yamamoto" on the ballot form were aware of this new "special quota" system, and that their vote was likely to lead to a person other than Yamamoto being elected?

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Posted in: Japan's 2 imperial heirs to fly on separate planes to Bhutan See in context

Is this where all my residents tax is going.....???

No, your residents' tax goes to flying your city mayor and prefectural governor to their holiday destinations.

It is your national income tax that pays for this trip.

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Posted in: Japan's 2 imperial heirs to fly on separate planes to Bhutan See in context

The only thing I like about America is that there is no royal family; on the other hand, even with private insurance, healthcare... 

Gaijinland, with all due respect, I do not think anyone reading an article about Japan's imperial family gives a rat's behind about America's heath system.

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Posted in: Major Japanese firms hike wages by average 2.43% a month See in context

So that works out to an annual increase of 29%?? I have doubts...

No, it is an annual increase of 2.43%. Regardless of whether you calculate it by the day, week or year, the percentage rise is still the same.

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Posted in: Gov't pension fund posts ¥9.1 tril profit in 4th quarter See in context

I hope they aren't paying hefty commissions to financial advisers or other middlemen.

I don't know about external advisers, but within the organisation alone they have 131 full-time staff, plus a handful of governors, executives and part-time staff.

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Posted in: Parents win benefits in nightclub worker's death from chugging alcohol See in context

The work-related drinking culture seems to have completely disappeared for me. Now a days, everyone in my company tries to leave as close to 18:00 as possible and just go home. I see almost no more nomikai in the workplace like there used to be. So, it seems that people are changing, albeit perhaps more slowly than might be beneficial for their health. Or maybe they have become “kitchen drinkers”?

Or maybe it's the case that the parties are still held, but someone is no longer invited.

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Posted in: Convenience store owner saves foreigner from online scam artist See in context

Great news! But hard to believe this netted 80 million yen from 5 victims.

It doesn't say that "this type of scam" has netted 80 million .

The majority of the amount has probably come from the old "ore-ore" scam against the elderly.

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Posted in: Convenience store owner saves foreigner from online scam artist See in context

Shouldn't that be a certificate of commendation?

Or is Mr Yamada one of the poor 7-11 franchisees who must spend 500 hours per month in his store?

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Posted in: Toyota's Japan Taxi becomes an expensive Olympic symbol See in context

Taxis in Japan. Expensive rides just for the sake of being expensive with no reason in sight for why it MUST be so expensive. Taxis are relatively dirt cheap in many other countries around Asia.

It MUST be so expensive because (shock, horror), Japanese taxi drivers live in Japan, not other countries around Asia. Do you expect your Tokyo driver to be commuting from Jakarta each day?

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Posted in: Grand champion Kisenosato retires from sumo See in context

The youngest member of the nine-person Yokozuna Deliberation Council will turn 70 in a couple of weeks. Maybe it is time for a few more retirements to be announced?

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