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Posted in: No. of police personnel disciplined in 2019 drops for 7th straight year See in context

As @Numan suggests, this information is basically meaningless. Who knows how strictly various branches of the police force across the country apply codes of conduct, show willingness to report offenders, etc. It's purely hit and miss. We have to take their word for it. The fact that even 80 are on record for sexual harassment tells you something though.

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Posted in: Japan, U.S., S Korea discuss coronavirus, N Korea See in context

@JeffKo

Unless Koreans crawl back and beg for mercy, Japan should really consider severing the diplomatic ties with Korea.

I'm really delighted to know that you will never have any influence on public affairs. The world is crazy enough already!

@rgcivilian1

Happy to say that I can agree with you about that, at least.

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Posted in: Trump defends right to interfere in criminal cases See in context

@Blacklabel

Why has no one started legislation to fix this broken system by eliminating the electoral college?

Hey! I've found something I totally agree with you on. That is a really unfair, unrepresentative system, and it favors the Republicans (I guess that answers your question).

Why? It's well-known that typically "safe", "red" states get a heavier weighting of electoral votes, in relation to their population, compared to typically "safe", "blue" states.

One example: California (usually blue)- population 40 million- electoral votes- 55

Tennessee, Missouri, Oklahoma (red)- combined population 16 million- combined electoral votes- 28

Do the math, as you guys say. Give me one vote, one value any day.

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Posted in: Trump defends right to interfere in criminal cases See in context

Trumps policies and vision is aligned with most US citizens, thats why he has the support he does. Obamas objectives were aligned only with the elite, thus the disconnect.

This is exactly what I was talking about. Night is day, up is down. Garbage. Trump introduced big tax breaks for the highest income bracket. Are you aware of that?? It's HIM who is helping the elite. Assuming you've even heard of the term "trickle-down" economics, it is now widely discredited.

On the other hand, as one example, Obama bailed out the car companies when they were in danger of going under because of the financial crash in 2008. Thousands of jobs saved. You don't see members of the elite on production lines, last time I checked.

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Posted in: Trump defends right to interfere in criminal cases See in context

@Serrano

You made my point.

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Posted in: Trump defends right to interfere in criminal cases See in context

@Toasted Heretic

I'm not American, and not applauding. I'm sickened beyond words, disgusted, appalled... you name it...to see a once great country succumbing to a cancer of stupidity and treachery. If it were just a matter of leaving you guys to get on with it, I wouldn't be so outraged. Unfortunately the whole world has to suffer the consequences (for example, the climate crisis being ignored) of having a cretin in control.

@Blacklabel

Thanks for the clarification. I guess everything's okay then.

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Posted in: Trump defends right to interfere in criminal cases See in context

American democracy is on the operating table with gunshot wounds to the chest. I don't think it's going to make it. The November election is the last chance.

Most likely scenario? Democrats win by a small margin. Trumps cries "Fake election!" and refuses to leave office. Gutless, self-serving Republican senators block efforts to remove him. Ignorance and greed win.

After that, who knows? The country is awash with assault rifles, machine guns, and God knows what else. I wouldn't like to be living there, that's for sure.

Let's face it, Cold War 2 is nearly done. Darn! Them Ruskies kicked them some Yankee butt!! Yes sir, an' kicked it reeeaaal goooood!

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Posted in: 55% of visitors to Japan given no coronavirus info at hotels: survey See in context

There's this thing nowadays called the Internet. It's quite useful in some ways. I think foreign visitors have probably heard of it.

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Posted in: Junior high school students filmed up skirts of female classmates, sold images See in context

@Kazuaki Shimazaki

Considering that they never even touched the girls, how "integrity" was compromised is objectively difficult to comprehend.

How about if you were having sex with your wife on the weekend and you noticed a pervert at the window taking photos? Would you think "That's okay, he's not touching me." ??

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Posted in: Japanese companies confront reality of racial harassment See in context

@OssanAmerica

There have been women in responsible positions since well before either of us arrived on these shores. The fact that you know a few means nothing, but yes, I take your point, even baby steps are to be applauded.

I still maintain that better education is the more promising way to make more meaningful, long-term change. And we're really talking long-term. Change happens at glacial pace here.

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Posted in: Japanese companies confront reality of racial harassment See in context

@OssanAmerica

It took government regulations to end segregation in the United States. Hasn't ended racism, but at least it forced society to reject racism as something acceptable.

As we both know, segregation doesn't exist here, so you're not not really making a point there.

What I'm saying is that the Japanese government making "bold" new proclamations counts for nothing. Look no further than the recent Abe government "Womenomics" farce. What has that achieved, in reality? Nothing.

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Posted in: Japanese companies confront reality of racial harassment See in context

Racism... where to begin? Of course it would be wonderful if it didn't exist, but it always has (everywhere) and it always will (everywhere). Maybe it's a matter of degree, and what can be done to reduce it.

There are many comments that I feel like responding to, but the ones that caught my eye most were from

@JJ Jetplane and @Derrick Smith

Why? Because there's "chocolate" in their veins. In my opinion, and I can't believe it's in dispute, people of color/colour have, now and for so long in the past, suffered incredible injustice and discrimination. Native English speaking Whiteys such as myself, and probably most other commenters on this site, have surely never experienced racism in its ugliest form. If someone doesn't want to sit next to you in the train, offers a fork etc., it hardly rates as a massive blow, does it. I'm more inclined to feel sorry for the ignorance of people who can't relate to me in a "normal" way.

There's certainly no easy solution, but I very much doubt that government regulations are the answer. It has to be about educating young kids better. My daughter is just finishing her 4th year at elementary school. Yes, she's been on the receiving end of some of those inevitable "soft racism" issues but,

as @Kazuaki Shimazaki rightly suggests,

it shouldn't be devastating. I basically tell my daughter to suck it up, because if she can't take that, she can't take anything. I do, however, have an issue with the Japanese education system. At a time when they should be educating the future generations (on various issues, including racial matters), my daughter learns kanji and maths... and ****- all else. There's loads of singing, drawing, assorted things that she also did at day care, but things haven't moved on a lot from that level (apart from kanji and maths). When I was her age we studied world history, geography, and all sorts of "mature" topics. Why can't Japan make a more serious effort to give kids a more rounded education?

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Posted in: 88-year-old ex-bureaucrat indicted without arrest over fatal car accident See in context

@Kazuaki Shimazaki

I guess we'll have to agree to disagree about that. You mention statistical evidence about injuries caused by old drivers, but that doesn't take into account near misses (cases of erratic driving that were stopped before injury could occur or, more commonly, avoided by pure luck). I mentioned the video of the woman driving on the sidewalk. No one was hurt. A few years ago, near where I live in Osaka, an old guy was stopped by police after driving nearly the whole distance between 2 stations on the train tracks. Yes, he'd had a few drinks, but still, drinks alone don't explain how anyone could drive that far along train tracks. Yes, I'm mentioning a couple of anecdotal cases, but how many other less spectacular cases of brain-dead driving by old folks go unreported? "MANY"... is a safe answer. For the last time, I appeal to your reserves of common sense.

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Posted in: 88-year-old ex-bureaucrat indicted without arrest over fatal car accident See in context

And anyone can make a mistake, fatal though the consequences might be. If this guy was 40 years old, would you use this as proof that 40 year olds cannot drive cars?

No, but the chances of fatal mistakes in elderly drivers is much higher (you remember the YouTube video of the old woman driving on the footpath/walkway not so long ago?...and many other examples.) It's common sense. Going back to my earlier analogy, you could talk to a 16 year old and find him/her to be knowledgable about relevant issues, and therefore capable of making an informed choice in an election, but you know that 16 year olds generally aren't old enough to be trusted with such a responsibility.

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Posted in: 88-year-old ex-bureaucrat indicted without arrest over fatal car accident See in context

@Kazuaki Shimazaki

I agree with you about this. Actually, on a similarly tragic story (link below), one of the commenters who is today demanding the death penalty for the 88 year old doesn't even say anything about what kind of heavy punishment the 72 year old driver who killed his granddaughter should get. He seems content to comment about his driving skills.

https://japantoday.com/category/national/72-year-old-man-backs-car-into-granddaughter-killing-her

And that's where the focus of demand for action really needs to be. No 88 year old should be allowed behind the wheel of a car. Period. Maybe there are some especially youthful 88 year olds around. Too bad. There may also be some especially mature 16 year olds around, but they don't have the right to vote. The line has to be drawn somewhere, right now, and it has to be at an age younger than 88... maybe 80?

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Posted in: Japan tries to explain to embassies merits of releasing Fukushima water into ocean See in context

@Rizdown

I agree with Tom.

It's no biggie... just dump the water.

Halfway between Japan and Hawaii would be OK.

Okay guys, you've convinced me. That's a really fantastic plan... But wait! Actually, we could send hundreds of space craft past the moon each year. Muscular crew members could throw out bucket loads of radioactive water over the moon as they fly past. Sounds reasonable, don't you think?

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Posted in: Japan tries to explain to embassies merits of releasing Fukushima water into ocean See in context

@Tom

Oh, carry it all out into the middle of the Pacific! Why didn't I think of that? There's no marine life out there! How many ship loads are we talking about?

The mathematical numbers are on our side.

Really? What "mathematical" numbers are they?

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Posted in: Japan tries to explain to embassies merits of releasing Fukushima water into ocean See in context

@kyronstavic

Problem is in the short term, how much of the material is ingested by sea life that eventually finds its way onto our plates before it can reach background levels?

If I knew what I was eating, I would never knowingly eat anything caught in Fukushima. The trouble is, there are recent cases on record of false product labeling here in Japan. The only sure way of staying safe is to avoid ocean fish altogether, but who's going to do that? I guess we've all got to die of something...

Another interesting thing that never seems to get discussed is how long the radiation is actually harmful to the surrounding environment. Take Hiroshima and Nagasaki, for example.

Yes, that's an interesting point. I'm not a scientist, but as I understand it, it's harmful for hundreds of years- period. The only really relevant question is "How much radioactive material was/will be released?" I do know that the A-bombs were detonated in mid-air, and although contamination of the soil and water would have occurred, a lot of radiation would also have been carried away on the wind. Also, it was a one-off event. I suspect that the amount of radiation in those blasts would be very small in comparison to Fukushima, especially when you consider that it will take days, weeks... how long?... to dump the massive amount of water that is going to come from Fukushima THIS TIME.

The biggest concern is that this is the first proposed dumping. It's going to take decades to clean up Fukushima. If this "solution" is accepted, they will do it again and again. The likely irreversible damage to the oceans, not just around Fukushima, is unthinkable. I know there is no ideal solution available yet, but until there's something better, they just have to keep building more storage tanks.

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Posted in: Japan tries to explain to embassies merits of releasing Fukushima water into ocean See in context

Can the geologists tell us why it can't be pumped down a volcano? .....

I'm sure they could, but geologists tend to be a mentally stable bunch, so I'm guessing they wouldn't want to waste their time responding to such utterly childish fantasies.

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Posted in: Japan tries to explain to embassies merits of releasing Fukushima water into ocean See in context

We will see again another briefing after this that ensure that Fukushima agriculture products including fisheries are safe to consume and will bring to WTO countries that refuse to accept imported products from Fukushima region.

Wakarimasen. What are you trying to say? Briefings don't ensure that agricultural products are safe. The absence of radioactive substances does. Therefore, Fukushima products will clearly not be safe for many generations, regardless of any dim-witted PR stunts the government may try to put together.

Because it will be released to open water that can reach international water immediately after being released.

How very polite of them to tell us they're going to willfully contaminate other countries. I guess that makes it okay. (That's known as sarcasm, by the way.) Foreign representatives are not as gullible as the Japanese public. Fukushima can kiss goodbye to its fishing industry, for a start.

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Posted in: New Harajuku station building unveiled ahead of March opening See in context

Once they take off the foam boards (white part in the picture) and the opaque plastic material off the windows, it’ll look less like a storage shed.

You're joking, right?

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Posted in: Trump peace plan delights Israelis, enrages Palestinians See in context

Yeah, insults are the liberals best weapon I suppose.

If this were true, the Democrats wouldn't have the slightest chance in the next election, because the only things the Pig-in-Chief is good at, besides using the position to enrich himself, his family and other 1%-ers, is insulting people.

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Posted in: Trump peace plan delights Israelis, enrages Palestinians See in context

@bass4funk

Should be a third name here, surely.

Example?

Hmm... I'm guessing the poster was thinking about someone who would give some consideration to (obvious, justifiable) Palestinian grievances. Peace plans normally work better when both sides have been offered something in them, don't you think?

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Posted in: Trump peace plan delights Israelis, enrages Palestinians See in context

.... "leaders" come up with .... "proposals" when they think they need to look like they're doing something. Another sick joke from the sickest chapter in U.S. history.

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Posted in: Trump peace plan delights Israelis, enrages Palestinians See in context

Hey @cla68- Notice you haven't named one yet. Funny about that, hey?

Bububu4Today  07:36 am JST

Israel made some major concessions in the plan

Really? Name one.

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Posted in: Japanese nationals return from virus-hit Wuhan on charter jet See in context

@theResident

True Influenza will have killed more people worldwide this season than this new Virus will by the time both have died out.

Where did you buy your crystal ball? I'd like to have one. I'll take it the horse races with me. Oh, and by the way, @Fighto is absolutely correct.

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Posted in: Japan confirms 1st domestic case of coronavirus infection See in context

@Jonathan Prin

Uh-huh... That's an unknown point.

There are some known points too. It's killed well over 100 so far, infects people before they show symptoms, and can be passed person to person by someone who doesn't show any symptoms (i.e. not only by coughing or sneezing). And it is just getting started. Isn't that "risky" enough for you?

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Posted in: Japanese nationals return from virus-hit Wuhan on charter jet See in context

@Tokyo-Engr

Yes, I recognize that we're on the same page with this. It was a matter of semantics. I was being picky, I know. "Burned out" suggests it had a natural life span, like a match that had been struck, and then just naturally came to an end. As you acknowledge, it was "managed", which means that sensible human actions stopped it.

SARS burned out (stopped) primarily due to the fact that it was identified and managed. 

I guess I just feel annoyed that basic management skills are not in evidence at the highest levels at the moment.

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Posted in: Japanese nationals return from virus-hit Wuhan on charter jet See in context

As an American I agree with you 100%. I am not sure I would make the 3/11 comparison yet as there is a good chance this will eventually burn itself out (as did SARS)

These things don't just "burn themselves out". They are stopped by good management. Fat chance of that around here!! The government says "Go home and stay indoors" when anyone with half a brain knows they're not all going to stay indoors the whole time. What we know of the virus so far is that people can be infected with it before showing symptoms, and that they can pass it on to other people even at this early stage (before showing symptoms). FACTS! Yet the geniuses let them go home...

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Posted in: Cafe manager who dated one of his maids kidnapped and beaten by yakuza See in context

On two separate occasions, the ex-manager’s captors took him to the hospital to receive medical treatment for the wounds they’d inflicted upon him. J logic at work.

It sounds like something from Monty Python. Only in dear old Japan, hey?

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