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Posted in: Showa University medical school admits rigging entrance exam scores See in context

Japanese schools padding entrance exam scores? Wheat huge revelation, NOT! This is SOP from junior high school upwards. I cannot count the amount of times I’ve been told to make easy tests or to give the students bonus points to get their averages up or for the university entrance. It’s a sham! It’s not teaching! It is creative accounting!

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Posted in: Faced with destroyed crops, city in Chiba encourages hunting as business See in context

There are a lot of wild boar in that area of Chiba. I’ve seen many. I don’t think this is such a good idea though. The need professionals who are trained, experienced and skilled to cull these animals. Opening it up to anybody who has a will to kill sounds quite dangerous to me.

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Posted in: 2-year-old boy hit and killed by car driven by father See in context

he hit something and when he got out of his car, he saw that it was his son.

Pay attention! You can never be too cautious with kids around.

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Posted in: Japan gov't launches 1st survey on 'overtourism' See in context

Seriously? How about the huge amounts of Japanese that flock to the same areas at the same times of year? Are they included in the survey? It seems like a very Xenophobic survey to me.

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Posted in: Built for young families, minicars attract a huge following among elderly drivers See in context

Japanese with 1500cc StepWagons report the fuel economy at about 10km/l.

I have a 2008 2ltr Stepwgn and I get 16-18k around town and on trips coz the eco-drive cuts out two cylinders. Admittedly, I don’t have a heavy foot nor do I drive like a freaking ratbag trying to break land speed records.

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Posted in: Case dropped against mother whose son died in bicycle accident See in context

Perhaps the courts feel the death of her son is enough punishment.

Japan does have strict laws about bicycle use, but they are pretty much ignored by most riders and very loosely enforced by the cops. This death was an accident, but if she had been following the law it would not have happened.

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Posted in: Built for young families, minicars attract a huge following among elderly drivers See in context

I had a turbo Atrai a few years ago. It got around 16k to the liter. However, I was terrified of driving it. It felt like I was driving around in an aluminum can. They have zero side impact support or crumple zones front and back. If you have an accident in one, even at low speed, you can kiss your tooshy good bye!

I now have a Honda StepWgn non-Hybrid, but it has ‘eco-drive’, which shuts off two cyclinders when it can. I get much better fuel consumption with it than the Atrai. Plus, it feels like I’m driving a car and not a glass slipper.

I will never ever own another K-car. Yeah, they are cheap to run and register, but if you have an accident in one you could very well end up paying the ultimate price - your life!

Most countries won’t import these toy cars because of their lack of accident strength.

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Posted in: Gov't to announce 2019 sales tax hike to address debt mountain: reports See in context

Japan has the world’s largest public debt by double the next country, which is the US. The Japanese government has been abusing public funds for decades. A lot of which has gone to fill private and corporate coffers. A lot of it has been distributed to corporations and private organizations as subsidies, most of which had gone straight into bank accounts. Have a look at the dilapidated public schools for a great example of how public funds have not been spent. Most were built in the last 30 or 40 years and have not been touched since. They’ll refurbishbthr desks and maybe change the blackboards, but that’s all. Very few have up to date multi-media equipment and those that do have been purchased through the PTA. The corporate fraud in Japan goes all the way to the top. These parasites have been sucking the people dry for decades just to fill theirs and their crony’s coffers. I can’t belive Japanese people have let this criminal organization go on for so long. All Japanese talk about the yakuza, but the government is much worse.

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Posted in: Transport ministry bureaucrat arrested for filming up woman’s skirt See in context

Another day in Japan, another creep caught in perverted exploits.

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Posted in: Over 40% of Chinese have positive impression of Japan: survey See in context

I can’t wait to see the results of the Japanese survey about China. I’m sure those results will be very different.

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Posted in: Gov't to announce 2019 sales tax hike to address debt mountain: reports See in context

Oh, good grief! Change the flipping record Abe! He said exactly the same thing the first time he increased sales tax and it never happened. In fact, he has further increased the debt national debt twice since then. Why do people keep putting up with this liar?

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Posted in: Highway tailgating cases handled by police double in Jan-June See in context

I’m not sure how they catch so many because I rarely see police patrolling the highways or any other roads for that matter. It’s a never ending precession of speeders, red light and stop light runners, phone users, multitasking drivers and generally reckless drivers. People boast about how well Japanese people drive, but their manner is atrocious. I’ve also often wondered if people are taught how to drive a car in reverse in Japan. It’s always amusing watching someone trying to reverse a car. They’ll swing the car from lock to lock and open the door to hang their head out with no idea what the other three points of the car are doing. I believe that opening the door to reverse is illegal in Japan, not that anyone has ever been charged for it.

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Posted in: Some nurseries promoted by gov't closing due to financial woes See in context

Nurseries also closed due to subsidy-related fraud

And yet another case of corporate fraud in Japan. Japan might not be a violent country but it’s definitely not a law-abiding country either. It just seems to be an endless list of companies with no scruples what-so-ever!

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Posted in: TEPCO apologizes for still-radioactive water at Fukushima plant See in context

doggar - The radioactivity is really not that dangerous. We are exposed to radiation daily, from our microwave ovens to our televisions. Just relax, people. geez

Are you serious? Microwave ovens do not emit harmful radiation. Your television emits minute amounts of gammer radiation only and you have to be sitting within two feet of it for ten years for it to have any effect on you. If you really want to know a dangerous source of household radiation, you should think about the smoke detector above your bed. It has a small amount of uranium in it that creates a radioactive field. That is how they work. The smoke changes the air density within the radioactive field and sets off the alarm. Then, you can consider the EMF given off by your cell phone straight into your brain while you’re talking on it. However, there is a huge difference between receiving minute amounts of radiation from household appliances to releasing millions of tons of irradiated water into the ocean that contains deadly isotopes, don’t you think? That is the question: Don’t you think?

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Posted in: TEPCO apologizes for still-radioactive water at Fukushima plant See in context

anybody with half a brain knew that TEPCO had been lying through their butts about everything at this plant since the tsunami. It took the three weeks just for them to admit there was a meltdown. All this BS makes it impossible to believe anything these dodgy jokers say. There is only tritium that cannot be removed from water because it is irradiated hydrogen. This is safe(ish) to release into the ocean in small amounts because it will disperse very quickly. However, as it stands now, none of this water is safe to release into the ocean. As I keep saying, this is not workd’s second worse nuclear disaster. It is the world’s worst nuclear disaster due to how long it’s going to take to clean up. These thousands of tanks stored around the plant are not tsunami proof and they were only designed to last five years macimum, which did not take into account the corrosive effects of seawater, which shortens their use-by dramatically. As it is now, many of these tanks are getting on eight years old. If they think the meltdowns were a bad disaster, wait to see what happens if there is another tsunami and these tanks are ruptured. It will irradiate the whole easy coast of Japan. Tell me again how nuclear power is cheap and safe.

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Posted in: New Okinawa governor wants U.S. to rethink Marine base relocation See in context

Okinawa should not be the only one sacrificed

Sacrificed? Is he serious? How many millions of people did Japan ‘sacrifice’ in the first half of last century during their ‘attempted’ imperial rule of Asia? I agree the base should be moved to a less populated area due to noise and safety concerns. However, the US military is in Japan to stay and the Okinawans and the rest of Japan should get used to it.

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Posted in: NHK to reduce subscription fees See in context

Look out! This move to stream will give nobody an excuse to dodge the fees. They added Android phone users a couple of years ago coz of the NHK app. I’ve managed to dodge them for 17 years coz I don’t watch Japanese TV ever and I have an iPhone. I don’t think this has anything to do with providing service. It’s only about collecting revenue.

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Posted in: Family seeks damages over suicide of Japanese 'farming idol' See in context

They have an idol for farming? Really? I guess that should be, “had an idol for farming.” ‘_

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Posted in: Gov't considers 10-day holiday period around 2019 imperial succession See in context

Yep! I’ll take that. Let’s just hope it doesn’t become another ‘premium Friday’ scenario.

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Posted in: Man dies in latest in mushroom picking-related fatality See in context

Wow! By the headline, I thought he had died from eating them.

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Posted in: Trump rebukes Japan, China, other nations for dumping garbage into oceans See in context

@Matt Harrwell - Anything Trump can do positive in that direction is a positive

Exactly! Which is why he should focus on cleaning up his own backyard before he starts pointing fingers at other countries.

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Posted in: Trump rebukes Japan, China, other nations for dumping garbage into oceans See in context

Classic Trump! The fact that the US supplied most of the garbage and/or the companies the generate it is irrelevant to him. Plus the ‘almighty’ US has done nothing to support, educate or offer alternatives to the developing nations who generate this garbage. Look in the mirror Trump! There is the source of all your garbage!

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Posted in: Tokyo braces for potential rat infestation after Tsukiji fish market closure See in context

So, how many cats would it take to kill and consume 10,000 rats? The thing is though, cats have too many easier food sources to bother chasing elusive rats.

A concentrsted effort of baiting and trapping would remove the rats in a few months. A pack of fox terriers running around the site could probably do it quicker. It seems as though their efforts to remove the rats are very half-assed and those contracted to do it are just drawing it out to get the cash.

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Posted in: Japan eyes allowing skilled blue-collar workers to stay permanently See in context

The biggest problem I have with being a foreign worker in Japan is, paying into the pension scheme/scam. I don’t know any foreigners who intend to retire in Japan and getting the money back is damn near impossible.

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Posted in: Japan's women sailors serve on frontline of gender equality See in context

Do women in the military get the same pay as men?

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Posted in: Tokyo braces for potential rat infestation after Tsukiji fish market closure See in context

@Cricky - Hopefully they make a beeline to the diet.

Not likely. Rats are quite intelligent.

The 1,700 rats they have caught so far seems a very low number for nearly a year of trapping them. Wire fences aren’t going to do anything except create a small obstacle for the rats. Now the markets have closed down its too late to start catching them they will move onto greener pastures very quickly after their good source has run out.

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Posted in: Japan eyes allowing skilled blue-collar workers to stay permanently See in context

@Chip Star - This seems to mean monetary subsidies. If they are making a decent wage, there should be no need to subsidize them.

I doubt if they are going to get any special subsidies. This most likely means social welfare and family payment entitlements.

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Posted in: Princess Ayako to receive ¥107 mil after marriage to commoner See in context

Do you reckon ‘the commoner’ is gonna see any of this money? It’ll be ‘daddy’s cash’. It kind of reminds me of when I married my Japanese ex-wife. Her father thought he was the emperor and I was definitely ‘the commoner’ in his eyes. He gave me nothing more than the odd grunt or groan in acknowledgement of my presence.

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Posted in: Nursing home employee arrested over death of 91-year-old resident See in context

Wow! Flashbacks to the movie Misery. I know there are a lot of old people in Japan, but abuse and deaths at the hands of their carers seems to be way too common.

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