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Posted in: Flags stir intense emotions, but meaning depends on beholder See in context

National pride is not a virtue. There is nothing intrinsically special about the places we come from. We could have been born anywhere, and it's a mistake to become so emotionally attached to some arbitrary patch of land and the nation that currently 'claims' it.

Flags should be respected but not taken too seriously. If you're offended by the sight of your country's national flag on clothing or whatever, then that's a sign that your mind is clouded by the kind of sentimental, nationalist BS that so easily leads to war. Appreciating your heritage is ok, but it's important to keep a clear head and see the bigger picture. Collectively, it could mean the difference between a minor conflict and an all-out war.

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Posted in: Are you tired of hearing calls from South Korea and China for Japan to address World War II issues with apologies? See in context

It doesn't make sense for current Japanese politicians to apologize for a war that was not their fault. Perhaps they should apologize for their own efforts to deny/distort history but they shouldn't apologize for the war itself.

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Posted in: Parents of schoolboy liable for Y15 million after wayward soccer ball leads to man’s death See in context

Why does anyone have to be 'liable' in cases like this? Why can't we just accept that bad things happen and sometimes it's not really anyone's fault?

This lawsuit represents the type of shameless greed I would expect to find in America, not Japan.

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Posted in: When pedophiles or minors convicted of violent crimes are released from prison, do you think residents in communities they move to should be informed of who they are and where they are living? See in context

well, what about murderers, rapists, thieves & so on ? It's a ridiculous idea. They served their time. just like all the other criminals out there . as jwithers commented, local police keep an eye out, but....

Like others have pointed out, the question is a little weird because it lumps pedophiles and 'minors convicted of violent crime' under the same category. I agree that it would be ridiculous to go around informing everyone about all murderers, rapists and thieves.

But I think that pedophilia deserves special consideration because of the unique predatory nature of the crime. Pedophiles systematically target children who don't understand what's going on and therefore have no way of defending themselves. This, combined with the intensity of the urges pedophiles feel and the emotional devastation brought on by abuse, means that the stakes are very high when you choose to release a convicted abuser back into society. A person's life could be made severely more difficult and unpleasant before they've even had a chance to understand what has happened to them, all because we wanted to protect the privacy of someone who has already been caught abusing other children.

And people 'paying their debt to society' is a myth. Spending some arbitrary amount of time in a prison cell doesn't un-rape a child and it certainly doesn't prevent the convict from feeling urges he/she has felt for years. The ugly truth is that there is no way to pay that debt. Sure, people deserve second chances, but it's absurd to expect that a prison sentence will have somehow changed them unless there is a system in place that has been proven effective in preventing recidivism.

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Posted in: When pedophiles or minors convicted of violent crimes are released from prison, do you think residents in communities they move to should be informed of who they are and where they are living? See in context

Should leave them alone after they get out. It's not anyone's business. I think police should maintain a vigilant watch but we don't need a lynch mob.

If we are to give human beings a second chance it has to be just that. It has to be a true second chance with a period of healing and self-recovery.

Providing parents with the means to protect their children is not the same as endorsing a lynch mob. I agree that people should be given a second chance, but there's no guarantee that the person is even interested in 'healing' or 'self-recovery' at all. Anyone genuinely interested in changing their ways should be able to recognize their own condition and realize why it's necessary for residents in the neighborhood to be informed. None of this negates the possibility of personal redemption. Regardless, I think it's safe to assume that informing parents that a pedophile has moved into their neighborhood drastically decreases the odds of their child becoming a victim, and that's the most important point.

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Posted in: When pedophiles or minors convicted of violent crimes are released from prison, do you think residents in communities they move to should be informed of who they are and where they are living? See in context

The pedophile's loss of anonymity is a small price to pay for making the neighborhood safer for children. Some "habits" are simply incompatible with civilized life and create nothing but intense, pointless suffering. The system should do what it can to rehabilitate pedophiles, and we shouldn't just assume that they are evil people, but the safety of children trumps everything in my opinion.

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Posted in: Gov't releases guidelines for moral education See in context

I've never seen a more paranoid and cynical group of people than the commenters on Japan Today.

It's important to be skeptical of government policies like this, especially given Japan's history of state-mandated indoctrination, but so many of the comments here are just irrational kneejerk reactions. There's no way any of you could possibly have enough information about this specific policy to justify all of your paranoid ravings about government conspiracies and evil politicians.

And you all want to talk about group-think? Look no further than the comments section of this article.

Sure, it's possible that the goals of the policy aren't genuine and are just trying to throw a smokescreen over existing problems in Japanese society, but there's no way to know that because we don't know yet how this policy is actually going to play out in schools. Learning about other cultures, encouraging free discussion of ethical issues - those sound like pretty good things to me, and things that Japan desperately needs.

It's possible, maybe even probable, that this policy is BS, but it's much too early to come to come to such strong conclusions.

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