Disillusioned comments

Posted in: Japanese airlines to offer discount to people with mental disorders See in context

All these people stating it will be dangerous have failed to realise that many of these mentally ill people are already using these airlines without discounts.

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Posted in: Woman arrested for leaving body of newborn baby in coin lockers for 4-5 years See in context

After picking my jaw up from the floor I only have one thing to say, this woman is seriously mentally ill!

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Posted in: Mother, 6-year-old daughter killed in car crash See in context

Don't ever buy a K-car. I had one for six months and got rid of it. Yeah, the shakken (registration) is cheap, as are insurance and road tax. however, what price would you put on your life? They are like driving an aluminium can. They have no crumple zones or side impact stability. It doesn't matter whose fault the accident is. If you have an accident in one it will fold up around you. It's interesting to see the comparative per kilometer statistics above. However, I'd like to know what percentage of road deaths in Japan involve K-cars.

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Posted in: 5 things to know about Japan's pacifist constitution See in context

Ganbare Japan - PM Abe will gain the 50 percent of Japanese understanding to change the Constitution. It is not working. JSDF members cannot do their work with pride until Constitution is changed, PM Abe is right. Time to stand up and be strong, defend Japan and fight alongside USA soldiers if needed.

Another person who does not understand the current constitution.

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Posted in: Japan inflation edges up but way below target in August See in context

Really? I find this hard to believe. The only thing I know of that has inflated is Abe's ego after winning his seat again.

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Posted in: Abe re-elected LDP leader, setting stage to become Japan's longest-serving PM See in context

@Hakman - Mr. Abe has done a good job overall,

Is that so? Do you know something I don't? He has done nothing to increase child or aged care. He has done nothing to reduce the public debt. He has done nothing about getting more women into the workforce. He has done nothing about increasing family payments. He has done nothing 'good' period! The only things he has done are, increased sales tax, which resulted in a drop in consumer spending of 10-25% depending on the sector. He gave his crony corporate mates tax cuts and 'urged' them to pass on as salary increases, which never happened, of course. And, he has borrowed money from the BOJ twice, further increasing the public debt. What exactly has he done a good job on? He played golf with a couple of other country leaders. Is that what you are referring to as 'a good job'? He is a fraudulent bag of hot air full of hollow promises to gain public favor. He has not completed one of his campaign promises in seven years of office. Talk to any small business owner about this Abenomics BS and be prepared to hear a serious and factual rant!

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Posted in: Japan's exports rise as U.S.-bound shipments grow amid trade war fears See in context

It's called, making hay before the winter sets in. If Trump follows through with all his planned tariffs it's going to be a very cold winter for many countries.

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Posted in: Man arrested after fatally stabbing woman in Tokyo residence See in context

Police said the man, who was speaking incomprehensibly, is related to the victims and lives in Nerima Ward.

Another family murder in Japan. That makes five this week and it's only Wednesday.

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Posted in: 2020 Olympic volunteers to get ¥1,000 a day for transport expenses See in context

Of course, this is just a tax dodge for the organisers. They can claim up to ¥100,000 per person per month without receipts. It makes one wonder just how much money the organisers will pocket for enlisting 80,000 volunteers.

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Posted in: Needles found in strawberries in two more Australian states See in context

There has been four needles found and all strawberries have been pulled from the shelves in Australia and new Zealand has stopped all imports. I recall quire a few cases of this happening in Japan in recent years, usually in breads or cakes. However, I don't recall a national recall of all products that 'might' be effected.

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Posted in: Do you think volunteers for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics should be paid? See in context

Volunteers do not get paid. That is what volunteer means.

However, I do understand the point of the question. There will be somewhere around 10,000 volunteers for both the Paralympic and Olympic games. These volunteers will be doing jobs like, translating, giving directions, crowd management and serving refreshments and foods. All these jobs should be paid. This is just another way of cutting costs for the Olympics. This is Japan! Where people are used to working for free.

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Posted in: Women in management at Japanese firms still a rarity: poll See in context

Joey - Men also often support their families, a basic practice in Japan, whereas career women live on double incomes or often chose not to marry. Supporting a family is better for society (children=future).

Wow! Miss the point much? If a woman choses a career over marriage it is her prerogative. It is the same ideals as the statement above that create this kind of sexism in the workplace. Women do not have a social obligation to become baby making machines. That kind of idealism died out a 100 years ago. Furthermore, from my experience in Japan, the women are much better educated and have much greater organisational and critical thinking skills then the men.

I'm sure the reason Abe has failed to get more women into to management is because he has also failed to strictly address the salary differences between men and women for the same job. In most cases, women are paid 10-20% less than a man to do the same job even though, the women usually do the job much better. It is impossible to turnover more than a thousand years of Japanese sexism in a single generation. It's only a little over a hundred years ago that women were actually allowed to attend school in Japan.

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Posted in: Japanese media watchdog group publishes complaint about people who complain about anime See in context

But, nobody has a problem with grown adults staying up late to watch sexually explicit and immoral cartoons? "When I grow up I wanna be a pervy child!"

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Posted in: Porsche explodes after crash on Kanagawa highway See in context

Well, if it is proven he was speeding and lost it, which is the most likely scenario, he can kiss his insurance goodbye along with his porsche.

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Posted in: 28 suffer food poisoning at MOS Burger restaurants See in context

Only one store closed for three days out of 19 proven to be selling tainted foods even though they concluded the poisoning came from the head manufacturing plant? Every Moss Burger in the country should have been closed until the exact source of the poisoning was known and removed. Gees I'm glad I don't eat at fast food chains.

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Posted in: Police officer loses loaded gun while guarding Abe's motorcade See in context

Yeah, this cop was on special assignment, hence the automatic pistol. However, pistols don't just fall out of their holsters. They are clip into the holster so they cannot fall out. You really have to wonder about the competency of Japanese police sometimes.

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Posted in: 1-year-old girl, 2-year-old brother killed in car crash See in context

@Vince Black - Poor kids, might have been a lot different had they been wearing seat belts.

Vince, I know exactly what you are saying and I see it every day too. However, they were in a K-car. Seatbelts make no difference when you are driving an aluminium can. If you have an accident in a K-car, it will fold up around you. They have no impact zones or safety reinforcement, especially side impact. Some of those little boxy K-cars have the back seat right at the back door. That's just a death waiting to happen. It is more likely they would have survived if they were a real car. I would never own a K-car, better less put my kids in one.

Yuya Ohata, 30, who was driving the minivan,

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Posted in: Serena cartoon fuels debate about 'racist' Australia See in context

All this hype was created by Americans who just don't understand the Australian sense of humor. Australians will poke fun at everybody, including themselves.

kohakuebisu - The cartoonist and editor are also pathetic and have disgraced themselves. They have done so by producing something where the question is not "how pathetic is that behaviour?" but "is that S@mbo from the Jim Crow era?". The obvious response would have been to print a small apology followed by exactly the same cartoon drawn "less S@mbo".

This is the kind of rubbish comment that creates this kind rubbish media hype. My daughter has a GollyWog doll handmade by my grandmother and do not consider it racist, but I bet you do. She also has a European rag doll made by the same person. Is that racist too?

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Posted in: Man reported missing after 2011 Tohoku earthquake found alive and well See in context

He was not lost. He was hiding. You have to wonder what he was hiding from.

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Posted in: A study by the World Health Organization reports that technological advancement has made our lives more convenient but also less active, creating a sedentary lifestyle and heightening the risk of deadly diseases because we are not getting enough exercise. Do you agree? See in context

It's not just physical exercise the current generation are missing. They are also missing brain exercise. Everyday I see countless people locked into their phone screens playing absolutely pointless games just wasting their lives away. I am not talking about teenagers. I am talking about adults in their 30's to 60's locked into their idiot boxes playing, smack the hamster, join the balls, virtual farmer, slots, pachinko and many more. I saw a young guy the other day holding two phones in one hand and playing different pointless games on each while going down the escalator at a train station. He had those cases with rings on them so he could hold one landscape and the other portrait. It is not cool or a trend. it is a mental illness that society will have to deal with in the near future. It's a generation of zombies!

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Posted in: 1 in 18 babies born through in-vitro fertilization in Japan See in context

Wow! That's really taking all the fun out of making babies.

 447,790 in-vitro fertilizations were conducted in the reporting year, resulting in 54,110 births,

I found this on the web:

European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology, recently estimated a total of 5 million IVF babies worldwide. 

between one and two percent of all births in the United States now occur as a result of IVF.

It would seem Japan's 'record number of IVF births' is still behind the rest of the world.

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Posted in: Kono says Japan will accept more foreign workers See in context

"It's good to have diversity. It's good to have an open policy," Kono said.

Unfortunately, the Japanese understanding of the word 'diversity' is quite different to the dictionary definition. Diversity in populations means diversity in cultures, not just in faces and skin color. "outsiders who might not speak their language or conform to expectations for how to behave." This statement totally contradicts the meaning of diversity.

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Posted in: It’s time to consider placing limits on the number of people who enter as an anti-crowding measure. To maintain our pride as a tourism nation, harmonious coexistence with local residents is extremely important. See in context

It's a lovely sentiment, but the yen signs in the vendor's eyes in the 'tourist hot spots' tell a completely different story.

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Posted in: Probe into foreigners' health insurance abuse stirs controversy See in context

sparked controversy, with critics claiming the investigation encourages prejudice against non-Japanese.

Japan is definitely one of, if not the most culturally prejudiced and racist countries in the world. Even the above statement implies the 'us and them' mentality of Japanese culture. However, this is only when it suits them. Perhaps every foreigner should win a grand slam tennis tournament. I can tell you for a fact there are literally millions of Japanese exploiting the Japanese health system.

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Posted in: Japan's disasters highlight vulnerable infrastructure See in context

Japan's disasters highlight vulnerable infrastructure

I would have gone with poorly designed and cheaply constructed, but vulnerable would be the politically correct term to conceal the truth.

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Posted in: Osaka police officers fire shots at two cars See in context

@AustPaul - Disillusioned - Shoot the tyres if you have a good aim and the luxury of time I guess but it may not be the best choice if a car is bearing down on you at speed. Other option could have been a baton at the driver’s window but we don’t really have the full picture here.

Did you actually read the article or are you just arguing for argument's sake? I guess you missed this details of 'the full picture'. - "The black car backed into the police car, ramming it several times, at which point one of the police officers called out a warning. When the driver of the black car refused to get out of the car, the officer fired two shots, wounding him." - These cops are supposed to be trained professionals, not idiots on a turkey shoot!

This still does not explain where the other 5 shots went or when they were fired.

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Posted in: Koike opens new Tokyo fish market after 2-year delay See in context

"Safety has been ensured," she said. "Steps have been taken."

Paper bags full of cash have been exchanged and safety checks have been altered. Otsukare sama Koike-san!

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Posted in: Osaka police officers fire shots at two cars See in context

Note to J-cops: Shoot the tires! Shooting at tires means the bullets travel in a downward direction lessening the chance of accidental shootings from stray bullets. In this case, they fired seven shots, only two of which hit the crim. Where did the rest go? No doubt this cul-de-sac was in a built up area. Last year there was a serious incident very close to my home involving the J-cops and their guns. A large dog like a malamute/husky went nuts and attacked a couple of people. They dispatched over 50 police who fired 13 bullets at this dog. It was hit by 7 bullets. The rest of the bullets were sprayed around the neighbourhood. There were bullet holes in fences and brick walls and one that went through the front wall of a house at head height into the living room. It was a flipping free-for-all turkey shoot! It was only luck that nobody was killed.

Here is the article: https://www.tokyoreporter.com/japan-news/national/chiba-cops-shoot-dog-13-times-after-attacks-on-people/

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Posted in: Retired police officers post ¥2 mil reward in Osaka fugitive case See in context

OSAKA - It has been one month since rape and robbery suspect Junya Hida, 30, escaped from a police station in Tondabayashi, Osaka Prefecture,

Shouldn't that read, "walked out of a police station"? It's hardly an 'escape' if he just strolled out of an unlocked door, through the police station and off to freedom.

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Posted in: Osaka's tourism industry hit hard by typhoon See in context

"I know that they contribute to the economy and business, but honestly I was sick of the bad manners and loud voices (his opinion), but now I realize how badly we need them." "They" and "them" of course being Chinese and Korean tourists, mainly.

This is a great representation of Japan's version of multiculturalism. "Yes, we want you to come to Japan to take your money and to do our work, but we don't like you and want you to be Japanese." Japan's tourism bubble will burst in the not too distant future, partly because of this unwelcomeness, but also because there are only so many people in the world who want to visit Japan and most only want to visit once for their bucket list. Japan should stop relying so heavily on tourist dollars and think of it as a bonus and not a necessity. As I have said many times, Japan's economy needs to be rebuilt domestically, not internationally.

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