avoid continuing international criticism against displaying dolphins caught in the wild.
Gees! Miss the point much? The international criticism is for displaying dolphins in general and the criticism is not limited to Japanese aquariums (victim card). Whether they are wild caught or captive bred is not the point. Keeping dolphins in captivity is a cruel practice. Dolphins live for up to 30 years in the wild, but are lucky to live for ten years in captivity.
I wonder how that lonely single dolphin is going in that closed aquarium in Ibaraki/Chiba?
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Cancelling the concert is quite a petty reaction. They could have just forbidden the person to wear the T-shirt. In fact, I think the whole situation between Japan and SK is quite petty. They are like a pair of schoolyard brats and just as bad as each other.
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paid her 3,000 yen to engage in a lewd act with him
Wow! Cheaper than a movie and popcorn! Of course this guy is a perverted creep, but you have to wonder what kind of girl would do anything lewd for 30 bucks! I know a few songs talking about these kinds of girls, but I can't quote any lyrics coz the moderator would delete them immediately.
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I guess the Japanese tourism bureau never heard the phrase, "Be careful what you wish for!" They've been plugging Kyoto internationally for decades and now they have the tourism levels they dreamed of, but they don't want them. Right now is the best time to visit Kyoto coz it's not too hot and the autumn leaves are starting to change, but it's plugged through spring and summer (mostly).
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@vistula - Well because they can? Even small domestic kei cars with little 660 cc engines are capable of reaching 140 kph, well over 110 kph, the max speed limit in Japan, on Tomei Expwy.
Simply it's because the technology have advanced so much since the first car produced in 1885 by Benz, so that even 660 cc engines are capable of doing high speed.
So is the solution to reduce the engine then? Nope, smaller engine will make the car cannot accelerate since it must support the heavy car body. So you have to incorporate an engine that is capable to move the car body, but that engine will simply enable that car to travel more than 110 kph. You can't separate the two.
And that's only kei car. Want to carry 8 people? The engine should be 1500 cc at minimum, but that will only enable the car to do higher speed. That is an unintended consequence. I can't explain more since this will turn into a mechanical engineering lecture.
So, the solution is to add a speed limiter at 110 kph then?
Well the Japanese government only require to limit up to 180 kph. As long as there is no law that require to limit the car to the max speed limit in the country, carmakers will continue to make cars that are capable of doing higher speed. Why? Because they can. And there is no law to restrict them. This already answers your original question:
"So, the solution is to add a speed limiter at 110 kph then?"
Wow! Finally! A rational statement!
Just because a car can carry 8 people and produce over 200 horse power, does not mean it needs to travel any faster than the national speed limits. Yeah, the Japanese government set a peed limit on cars at 180kph, but the national speed limit is 110kph. Please explain why vehicles need to be able to travel at 70kph more than the national speed limit. Nobody has a rational answer to this question.
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its right rear tire, which was weathered and old, burst.
Next time you are walking through a car park, have a look at the tires on the cars and trucks. At least 50% of vehicles have balding and ageing tires on them. I also often see cars with stud-less winter tires in the summer. Just another result of slack cops not keeping the roads safe. I rotate and renew my tires as needed because they are the only thing between stopping and death.
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@Magnet - Another hero gone too soon. Thanks for your service, Igari-san.
Say what? Only in Japan would somebody be considered a hero for working themselves to death. Perhaps Japanese people need to understand that, you work to live, you don't live to work. You definitely don't work yourself to death for a company that is just abusing your skills for their own profit. That is just utterly absurd!
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I think it's more lucky than miraculous! Kids, camping and careless parents can be a very dangerous mix. I took my kids camping from six months old. I camped on a beach in northern NSW for four weeks with my 3 y/o son and a few other people many years ago. If you think it's hard looking after kids in the city, spend a few weeks on a secluded beach at a river mouth with them and you'll understand what parenting is really about. I'm so glad this little fella survived. If that fisherman hadn't been in the right place at the right time the outcome would have been very different and, most likely, it would have only made local news as a child drowning.
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@stepoutsidethebox - I guess you didn't read my comment. He should have kept it on the track. My other passions also include fast motorcycles and sports cars (though I can't quite afford either that go up to 280, but would 100% love to drive a car and motorcycle one day that speed... on track). And yes its a passion. The average person who buys viechils that can triple and quadrupedal the speed limit tend to be passionate about cars and motorcycles. My point is do you really think I put my 5000$ to the limit 100% of the time? Of course not. Its not like people driving GT-R are zooming down every street at 280. I drive a dinky Kei-car to work all the time. I pass dudes driving 300hp WRX STIs. They could smoke my car in a second. But they are driving slower than me. They enjoy that car for the engineering, for the styling, and for the POTENTIAL! That is what you are 100% missing.
I did read you post and I'm not missing anything. You have still failed to give any logical reason why domestic cars need to be able to travel at speeds in excess of national speed limits.
@vistula - Because car makers are selling the cars on many different countries, which has higher speed limits (140 in Poland), or even no speed limits on certain parts (Germany) and its not up to the makers to impose a speed limiter. Why do car makers still produce these fast cars? Because the market is there, and the place where you could max the speed of your car legally such as racetracks exists, and those are often open to public.
And, here's another one with a failed argument. Yeah, different countries have different speed limits. Therefore, why are vehicles not limited to the maximum speed limit in each country?
Domestic vehicles are to get from A to B. They are not a racing car or a show pony for someone to brag about how much money they have or fast they can drive on public roads (extremely dangerously). Keep giving me thumbs down if you like, but not one of you has created any kind of logical rebuttal supporting why domestic cars are able to do ridiculous speeds far above national speed limits.
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@vistula - What people seek on fast cars are mainly the acceleration and the joy of driving, so for example, even if you're sticking to the 100 kph limit, when you're entering a highway from a ramp, accelerating to that speed on a fast car will be a more fun experience than in a kei car (also arguably safer too since kei cars are not stable on high speeds)
Second, I saw this incident on TV that there is actually a speed limiter on Japanese cars up to 180 kph and it was removed on the car the person was driving.
First: A car can have adequate acceleration without having a stupid top speed.
Second: 180kph is still at least 60kph over national speed limits.
Therefore, your arguments are severely flawed!
@stepoutsidethebox - Same reason people like me spend over $5,000 on a PC when most spend 1k. Or I spend $1500 on headphones when most spend 100$ or less. It's a passion.
A passion? Another flawed argument. You compare a car travelling at 280kph with a set of expensive headphones or a personal computer? Are you serious? I wonder how many people have been killed by a $5,000 computer or a set of $1500 headphones. Perhaps they were killed by their wives for spending so much.
Domestic cars do not need the ability to travel at speeds in excess of national speed limits. There is not any logical reason for them to do so.
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@stepoutsidethebox - Honestly asking: if a person is riding a bike and using their cellphone, has headphones in both ears, and/or holding an umbrella (all illegal in Japan),
Actually, you are nearly correct. They tried to make holding an umbrella illegal, but the proposal was squashed due to protests by mothers groups.
And, the answer to your questions is, YES! The driver is ultimately responsible regardless of the circumstances. A vehicle driver has a responsibility to drive in a manner that can compensate for these dangerous fools. It's called, 'sharing' the roads.
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Inside job for sure. It has happened quite a few times at pachinko parlors in recent years. It's not a huge stretch of the imagination to suspect the guy who was attacked was the one who organised it. The money is insured anyway.
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My mind is still boggled as to why car manufacturers spend so much time and money producing domestic cars that will do these speeds when speed limits in most countries are 100-120kph. It only results in idiots like this using public roads as race tracks putting innocent lives at risk. A domestic car is transport from A to B. It is not a race car.
Where I come from, this idiot would instantly receive a lifetime ban on driving and would be facing jail time for this extremely dangerous lunacy. His car would also be confiscated and crushed. The footage of which would be used for road safety campaigns.
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@kurisupisu - Lots of heart problems in Fukushima.
Yeah, well, working 100 hours overtime per month with little sleep and a poor diet will give a person health issues very quickly. That works out nearly 7 weeks work in 4 weeks. I'm sure his employer was happy with getting that much revenue each month just from one worker. I'm also sure the worker's salary didn't reflect nearly 7 weeks work in a month.
The thing I don't understand is, why do so many people continue to do these ridiculous hours of overtime. Even the government limit of 80 hours a month is absurd. People need to learn to say "NO!" and just walk out. The employers doing this to their workers need to be severely penalised and even receive jail time. It is manslaughter or even a kind of murder. This article should be in the crime section.
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@DNALeri - No info about whether the boy was wearing a helmet... Most likely, not.
The law is up to 13 year olds must wear a helmet. Not that anybody would notice.
@Goodlucktoyou - when I ride a bike I am very careful about cars. Head-on means the cyclist may not be paying attention as he was maybe stressed out about his exam.
It clearly states it was a narrow road with no sidewalks. If the driver was not paying attention, the kid had nowhere to go.
Yeah, some kids can be real pests on the roads on their bicycles, but they are kids on bicycles. That's what kids do! Drivers need to stop bullying kids onj bicycles and respect that they are just stupid kids.
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That photo is enough to convince me that Japan should give up on nuclear power in such an earthquake and tsunami prone country. Please tell me again how nuclear power is safe and cheap.
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Higuchi was quoted by police as saying he wasn't paying close attention to what was in front of him.
So, another distracted Japanese driver causes a death. It seems to be a way too common scenario. There has been at least two accidents with the same scenario every week for the last few months. Also, one of my friends is still in hospital after getting rear-ended at full speed by some twit staring at his phone. Perhaps, just perhaps, the J-cops need to get out of their kobans and start getting these reckless idiots off the roads. I drive every day and at least 50% of the drivers I see are busy multitasking while they driving. Talking on the phone, texting, playing video games, watching TV, putting on make up, reading newspapers, shaving, the list goes on and on! It's not only dangerous, it is bloody disgraceful that so many drivers are so careless and couldn't give a fat rat's about anybody else using the roads. Driving a car is a privilege, not a right and abuse of those privileges should result in having those privileges taken away.
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I stated that youth suicides were increasing In Japan the other day after a report of a young girl jumping in front of a train. I hope those who doubted me and called for me to show statistics are paying attention now.
So, in Japan they have an increase in youth suicide, a massive increase in child abuse and a major increase in bullying cases in schools. This comes with a near 20% drop in births over the last two decades. Less kids, but more suicides, abuse and bullying? You don't have to be a genius to see a pattern of a society under pressure. It's always the kids that become the targets.
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Athletes and spectators alike are gonna die in the super humid and hot August games. Daylight savings would do very little (if anything) to change this fact. The temps are still in the low 30's in the early hours during August. Holding the games in the hottest and most humid month of the year is the stupidest idea of ideas. People are gonna die. That's all there is to it.
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Unfortunately, the police can only warn a psycho to leave a woman alone. This scenario seems to repeat itself way too often. "If I can't have you, nobody else will!" It is not specific to Japan either. Another senseless death at the hands of a psycho jilted lover. Sad!
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Oh, what's another day in Japan without the ubiquitous family murder?
Police said Takahashi has admitted to the crime but has so far given no motive.
Just fill in the blanks - She was tired of caring for her ailing parent. Rewind, repeat scenario.
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@Moderator - The girl was stabbed, not the boy.
Oh, well. 50% chance of getting that one right. However, it really doesn't matter, does it? The point is, this murderous POS needs to go to hell for what he did to these innocent kids. Give the parents an hour or so alone with him first though.
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Balancing a tray full of drinks, Sachiyo Ozaki said most of her restaurant's customers were there because of an industry shunned elsewhere: nuclear power.
"He drives a minivan to take workers to the plant," she said, gesturing towards a man sitting at the counter. Pointing to another man sipping a beer, she added, "And he works in construction, so they've been busy too."
"We're all for nuclear power, and you can print that," Ozaki said.
These very first few paragraphs sum up Japan's affliction with nuclear power very well. It is only about money. Common sense and potential environmental impact are not even part of the mindset. It's just about money! They seem to ignore the fact that, the meltdowns in Fukushima are going to cost ten times more to clean up tyhan it cost to build every reactor in the country. I'm sure Ozaki-san's opinion would be very different if it was the nuclear reactor she relies on that went into meltdown and she had to evacuate her home and restaurant forever. Perhaps she should spend a couple of weeks with some of the evacuees from Fukushima to put some fact into her naive and selfish opinion.
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If you look closely at that photo, you will see that at least half (possibly more) of the people are not wearing costumes at all. Halloween is for little kids. This farce is not a Halloween festival at all. It&s just a farcical excuse for a bit of excapism from the realities of living in Tokyo.
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BackpackingNepal - But they're healthier than pork, i wonder why Japanese don't eat.
The Japanese do eat wild boar. Unfortunately, there are not enough hunters to control the populations. And, the local governments won't put any money into eradicating them. I saw a large one run through a supermarket car park at the beach near Isumi in Chiba a few weeks ago. There were people diving and screaming everywhere. I hunted wild pigs in Australia for many years and would be happy to help eradicate them - for a price. I just need a few of my mates and their dogs from Aus to carry out the mission. Hunting them with guns is dangerous and pointless. They are too smart for most hunters to get close enough to shoot them and you need a canon to bring them down. At least a 0.308 caliber or bigger. However, they can't escape a pack of hungry dogs and a group of Aussie men with big knives and dollar signs in their eyes. :D
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Another hollow apology from TEPCO. Just add it to the list and move on.
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More smoke and mirrors statistics from the bureau of BS. Most of the jobs available have low salaries and are on short term contracts. My Mrs is in the job market at present. She applied for one job that paid ¥350,000 per month, which seems quite reasonable and is a standard salary for experienced senior full-time workers. However, the ¥350,000 per month included 40 hours of mandatory overtime per month. This means, she would be working an extra week every month for free. They can brag about low unemployment all they like, but the reality is, people are taking crappy jobs with poverty line (or lower) salaries just so they can survive.
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Japan does have some very advanced medical techniques, most of which have been adopted from other countries. However, their physicians are nothing special. I went to a specialist skin care clinic in a major hospital a few years ago for a couple of skin cancers (I'm an Aussie). The doctor looked at them and said, "Hajimitte!" (the first time he had seen them). He disappeared for fifteen minutes and came back with half a dozen trainee doctors who all took their phones out and started taking pictures. He then took photos himself and told me to come back in six months. He started talking about skin grafts and plastic surgery to treat them. They were not melanoma. I went to Australia two months later and had them treated with liquid nitrogen (for free) with minimal scaring and they have not come back after three years.
Another case is one of my wife's friends had c-section birth two years ago. They opened her up from her belly button down to her nether regions leaving a 20cm scare. In other countries, the incision is not much bigger than an appendix scare and carefully placed below the bikini line.
There must be some terrible medical practices in China if they are coming to Japan for treatment.
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Just another cowardly thug picking on someone that won't fight back. I know a lot of these older Japanese fellas think they are nine feet tall and made of steel, but that is no reason to throw them to the ground and kick them in the head.
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No mention of him having to pay the money back. Just another 'sticky fingered' Japanese politician getting caught with his fingers in the honey pot. It's surprising how often this happens in Japan.
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