bogmyrtle comments

Posted in: More than 90% of vehicles don't stop at crosswalks without lights despite presence of pedestrians See in context

My policy is to stride out fearlessly and glare - they usually stop!! Brave? Or maybe foolish.... By law the cars should stop even if someone is just waiting at the side. That's what I learned when I took my driving test here. It was an eye-opener!! On the other hand, if the green light starts flashing and you are less than halfway across by law a pedestrian should turn back. It's in the book!! Who does that now?

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Posted in: Exhibition puts Japan's child prostitution in the limelight See in context

It would have been helpful to have information about where and when this exhibition is being held!

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Posted in: Uniqlo not ready to join global pact to protect Bangladesh factory workers See in context

I will never forget how the rush to stop children making footballs was reported as actually harming the families and meaning more children went into even worse work. None of these issues are simple. As consumers we should be keeping ourselves informed - and asking questions when we go shopping. The worst thing is a flurry of protests that dies done as soon as the headlines move on to the latest big story. I will be talking to UNIQLO staff next time I'm near a store - and letting them know I won't be buying anything until they give clear answers. I hope we can get clear information about what clothing companies do after this. If they just up and move to the next cheap source of labor (which is what keeps cheaper clothes cheaper onthe whole) it won't do much to help the poor workers in Bangladesh!!

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Posted in: Japan's wartime brothels were wrong, says 91-year-old veteran See in context

Exactly!! As Zichi points out, not matter how many apologies and stories are put out there - as long as the history books fail to make the facts clear, countries in Asia which suffered will continue to consider Japan with mistrust. The inability or unwillingness to understand and act on this maintains an uneasy situation which could turn dangerous in future if young Japanese are allowed to hold simplistic nationalistic ideas. And they do! When Chinese people rioted and damaged Japanese businesses last year many students in my classes had NO idea of what the Chinese had suffered in WW2. They came out with one-sided anti-Chinese comments. I remember comments from politicians along the lines of "we can't allow young people to be ashamed of their country". But you have to be able to look at your country's history and past failings fair and square so they can become thinking people and not mindless sheep!!

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