badman comments

Posted in: A Japanese government panel has proposed amending the juvenile law to put 18- and 19-year-old criminal suspects on trial as adults. Do you agree with this? See in context

Make them adults in every way, then try them as adults. If they are still minors in other parts of the law, then try them as minors. If you can’t buy a beer or enter into a contract then you are not an adult.

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Posted in: 5 South Koreans die after getting flu shots, sparking vaccine fears See in context

It’s very frustrating how many myopic individuals ignore science and refuse vaccines. Much like wearing a mask and covering your face when you cough or sneeze, vaccinations help with herd immunity.

If you are an anti vaxxer then you are exacerbating the problem. Grow up! https://www.bannerhealth.com/healthcareblog/teach-me/what-is-herd-immunity

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Posted in: JOC to protect female athletes targeted by exploitative photos See in context

I am against outlawing photography in this way. If you are in a public place, then you have no expectations of privacy. If you are in your home, then your privacy would be protected. Someone sending lewd photos to you on social media is already a crime and has nothing to do with the right of photographers to take photos without fear of prosecution because some opportunist sees an opportunity.

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Posted in: Police officer caught downloading dirty videos from suspect’s phone See in context

Mocheake-the article insinuates this was a video taken by the man’s phone. Not a website, but a homemade video, likely being intimate with his partner. There is no URL or website. The cop stole his private video.

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Posted in: Young people losing interest in sex, but why? See in context

I’d be interested in seeing a wider data set. I moved to Japan in 2000 at the age of 29 and attempted, with success, to find as many willing partners as I could handle. I started out teaching, so was making around ¥350k+ a month before too long and even in Tokyo my income did not present a major obstacle. Then I got a real job and more than doubled my income which enabled me to go out 7 nights a week if I chose. Finding attractive and willing dates was not difficult at all and living alone made it easy and cheap to couple up.

I don’t not report this to boast, but rather report that this was the norm when lived in Japan and I found Japanese (and some from other countries)women full of sexual energy and without the hang ups that some American women had about uncommitted sex in my experience. Eventually, I settled down and found a life mate and we are raising a family now, but this herbivore phenomenon was only talked about. I never saw it in practice. I had more sex as a single man, than I do now that I am married and I will consider our married sex life healthy and fulfilling.

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Posted in: Young people losing interest in sex, but why? See in context

You don't 'get it back'. Once you lose it, once it's gone - it's GONE. For good. You can abstain from sex for a long time or even forever - that's called 'celebacy'. Many people practice that after losing their virginity. The same way that some philanders practice monogamy for life after they get married.

Starpunk-It’s called a euphemism. Using euphemisms and metaphors is a for if abstract thinking. You should try it. It will brighten you world which apparently only consists of black and white.

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Posted in: Cities around the world are taking steps to remove statues that represent cultural or racial oppression. Do you support such moves? See in context

What a lot of commenters here who are opposed to their removal don’t seem to understand is that the statues are in places of honor in governmental building like legislature buildings and courthouses. The statues are being removed and taken to museums and cemeteries or memorial locations which puts them in the proper context. No one wants to erase the history, but imagine if you were black and you had to walk between racist, slave owners in order to talk to your representative or if you were Jewish and you had to pass Hitler or Mengele to enter the courthouse. It’s unconscionable and a complete lack of empathy to expect people to have to do that.

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Posted in: I was thinking about changing jobs, and I did what I did as a way to quit. See in context

I don’t know the whole story, but if I tell my boss I’m sick and they have to close because there isn’t another employee to do my job, there is nothing they can sue me for. They certainly should fire me, but I’ve broken no law. Shame on them for not having a contingency plan in place.

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Posted in: 5-year-old girl falls to her death from 8th-floor balcony See in context

I am not sure about tort or child neglect laws In Japan, but building owners can be held liable for unsafe properties and the millions they would lose in lawsuits is the incentive to make sure their properties are safe. And parents can be charged with negligence, though this seems to be less of a deterrent because if you are willing to neglect or abuse your child, then why would a possible fine or jail time change your warped mind?

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Posted in: Japanese firms slowly moving away from old recruitment, pay practices See in context

Before I left Japan after the earthquake, I was an HR consultant specializing in innovation and Executive Search.

I net with executive leadership and sold them in the idea of performance based pay and did 3-5 day trainings where I implemented innovation training exercises designed to get team members to think outside the box. These were customized for each company, so that any truly exceptional ideas could active implemented by the companies. I encouraged leadership to reward the innovative teams with bonuses and raises for their exceptional effort.

Working with these different companies gave me insight into whether they were truly committed to reform or just playing along. By giving these workshops, I got to meet many very talented professionals and, in turn, if their companies didn’t reward their brilliance, I was able to find them opportunities at other more progressive firms. It was a quite lucrative and rewarding run. I miss my time in Japan and it looks like things are getting ripe for a systematic change.

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Posted in: How to apprehend a 'chikan' and protect women from being groped on a train See in context

Not all Chikan are Japanese. I was at Bar Champion in Golden Gai Shinjuku. It was quite crowded and a girl I was talking to shrieked. I asked her what happened and she point out a guy who grabbed her crotch. I confronted him and let him know I was watching him and if he did it again, he would be sorry. He was Aussie, drunk and blew me off. Some time later he was passing us in very tight quarters and I witnessed him do it this time. I sent him to the hospital and the beating did some damage to the bar. I apologized to the bar owners (Jenny and her Japanese husband whose name escapes me), gave them a handful of cash for the damage and disturbance, but they refused my offer and actually bought me a drink. They had received complaints about him and were hoping he would be too afraid to come back. If you ever go there for great karaoke you will notice they no longer have bar stools since that night. I don’t recommend doing what I did, but I do believe in protecting those who are less able to protect themselves and anyone who would sexually assault a woman or child doesn’t deserve to share our air.

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Posted in: Trump asked Tokyo for $8 bil to keep U.S. troops in Japan: Foreign Policy See in context

Putting a impossible price tag, which forces Japan to say no, then he pulls out just like in Syria, but puts the blame on Japan. Then he goes back to his owner Putin, wagging his tail and looking for a treat and a belly rub.

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Posted in: Singapore's 'fake news' law takes effect as critics sound alarm See in context

Singapore is very small island, we area a small country of 5.5 million people. It is like a small company where people see each other every day. We cannot afford misunderstandings or gossips by selfish people for their own selfish interests. Such laws are needed as it could rock Singapore's stability. Atleast , we do not jail people and not allow them to see their wife or family or kidnap them after they land their personal jet. Singaporeans are fair people, we communicate.

“Those who would give up essential liberty, to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.” Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

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Posted in: Singapore's 'fake news' law takes effect as critics sound alarm See in context

So then the myriad false accusations breathlessly repeated by many western media outlets(Russiagate/Ukrainegate/Steelegate, etc) will be banned as well as the false climate emergency/crisis unless verifiable data is available.

I generally think it’s not a good idea to stifle free speech, but if people who make comments like you get blocked then it can’t be all bad.

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Posted in: Foreign tourists in Kyoto reminded of etiquette via smartphones See in context

Here is a snippet of US law: It is legal to photograph or videotape anything and anyone on any public property, within reasonable community standards.[44]

Photographing or videotaping a tourist attraction, whether publicly or privately owned, is generally considered legal, unless explicitly prohibited by a specific law or statute.

UK and Aussie laws are similarly. Basically if you are in a public place or even a private place where you can be photographed from someone standing in a public place then you are fair game. Etiquette vs legality is another matter.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Photography_and_the_law#Public_property

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Posted in: What do you think of the quality of Japanese wines? See in context

I was hired by Tepco for some contract work and our meetings were held at their Onsen/meeting facility in Karuizawa. My primary contact found out about my love of fine wine, during our first dinner and, much to my surprise she authorized the uncorking of about bottles of a Nagano Cabernet, that was ¥10,000 on the menu. It was a delightful wine and my hosts made sure have it available nightly during my week there. I was invited back the following year and they made sure to bring in a variety of high end Japanese wines to showcase. These wines were excellent by international standards and not the cheap sweet wines you tend to find in Yamanashi. That was more than a decade ago and I will never forget the experience.

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Posted in: What is the policy on paternity leave at your workplace? As far as you know, has anyone taken it? See in context

I work in finance in the US. My company has paid maternity/paternity leave for 6 weeks and unpaid for up to one year. As far as I know both male and female employees generally take the full six weeks and some take another month or so unpaid, but very few (only a few mothers that I am aware of)take the full year.

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Posted in: Kawasaki takes steps to lower language barrier for foreign kids in school See in context

My son, now nine, was born in Tokyo, but work brought us to America shortly after the tsunami. My wife speaks only Japanese to him and they spend eight weeks every summer in Japan in which he attends Japanese public elementary school until summer break in August.

Despite this effort and his relative fluency he is unable to understand the teacher well enough to participate academically. He can communicate and make friends with the kids, so he has fun, but he understands very little the teacher says unless they take the time to give him individual attention. This worries me should we need to return to live in Japan. Japanese is a very difficult language to master and there doesn’t seem to be sufficient resources to help immigrants integrate.

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Posted in: Smoke spread so fast at animation firm victims couldn't open rooftop door See in context

In the US, most buildings are required to have panic doors to any exterior exits. That way there is no knob and certainly no key required to exit the building. Rather there is a bar that extends across the door and you just have to push or lean against it to release the lock. These have been in place since I was a child and I’m now almost 50. With all the regulation in Japan, why would something so simple and inexpensive as this not be in place?

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Posted in: Gov't not to appeal against damages awarded to leprosy patients' kin See in context

Doesn’t seem nearly enough reparations. What price can you put on that separation and barrier to livelihood? Is ¥10mm per year, per person even enough? I would be interested to hear how they calculated their figures.

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Posted in: 7-Eleven warns franchise owner over appeal on labor crunch See in context

A franchise agreement is a contract. He agreed to stay open 24 hours. If conditions changed that prevented that he should have asked to amend. If they refused, then he would have a chance, but because he broke the contract, he likely has no chance in court.

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Posted in: Man arrested for second time for secretly filming women in toilets See in context

Got caught filming #2.

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Posted in: FSA estimates couples need retirement savings of up to ¥30 mil See in context

As a Wealth Manager here in the US, I am usually advising clients to save 4 times that amount, unless they have a pension in addition to their Social Security income. ¥30mm won’t last very long.

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Posted in: Reverence for tradition threatens same-sex marriage in Japan See in context

Reverence for tradition kept bans on interracial marriages and slavery. When will the oppression stop?

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Posted in: Is bitcoin growing up? Regulated futures boom as investors seek a safer ride See in context

I paid cash for a house on Bitcoin profits and still hung on to a few through the collapse. Been dollar cost averaging since about $4200, this second time around. Looking forward to another ride, though I imagine a less steep glide path up.

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Posted in: Record amount of stimulants seized in Shizuoka; 7 Chinese men arrested See in context

Stimulants is very vague. Is it coke, meth or ecstasy? Something else?

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Posted in: Cool cabinet See in context

I lived in Tokyo for nearly a decade and the worst part of my time there was cool biz. I developed skin issues from my under shirt being wet from sweat from the moment I left in the morning until I took a shower later that night. I ruined clothes from the sweating, something I had never done living in the states. This fact alone would probably be the deciding factor if ever returning unless I was in a position have control over the office temperature, like when I worked at a German owned boutique consultancy. We kept the A/C at 23C and could wear golf/polo shirts if we didn’t have clients coming in.

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Posted in: Japanese man dies inflight after eating 246 cocaine packets See in context

Why would he do this? There isnt a lucrative cocaine market in Japan. 

You obviously never worked in finance in Tokyo. Some nights it felt like I was back in South Beach. You could get it from the Yak’s, Israelies (they delivered and best quality) or the Nigerians off the street in Roppongi (worst quality and most dangerous transaction). You’d be surprised how much shabu is being consumed in Tokyo every weekend.

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Posted in: Kyoto University remains top of Japanese university rankings in 2019 See in context

It’s beyond me why the have to grade their universities. Students study what they want where they want. There should be no difference in the quality of teaching between one university or another.

Do you find the all the restaurants you dine in have equal tasting food and atmosphere?

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Posted in: The gold standard of maid cafe quality: @home cafe See in context

I love Japan, but this is beyond weird...and not in the good only in Japan way.

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