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Posted in: Schoolteacher incited students to create chaos: principal See in context

Oh, and by the way, the headline for this article is a bit misleading. Surely the headline should focus on the fact 4 teachers were bullying their colleagues.

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Posted in: Schoolteacher incited students to create chaos: principal See in context

The problem Japan has is that it actually requires a level of bullying in order to maintain the social structure.

If people were encouraged to speak out and question the structures and the incompetent people in charge of things, the whole system would start to fall apart.

The people doing the bullying now have already gone through the ‘apprentice’ system. It’s now finally their chance to wield the power - so it’s not going to change from the top.

Its got to start with the kids - but as this article shows, the teachers are infected with this nonsense too.

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Posted in: Kansai Electric chairman resigns over gift scandal; president to follow after 3rd party report See in context

So the law is different for Japanese and non Japanese, right?

That’s the only conclusion I can make from this news as the article doesn’t state anything about these people being arrested or at the very least investigated for fraud, tax fraud, bribery etc.

I thought the Ghosn case set a new precedent in relation to corporate fraud. It seems not.

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Posted in: Pacific players call for major rule changes after World Cup disappointments See in context

Something definitely has to be done.

The majority of RWC group games have been (and usually always are) largely irrelevant.

Japan seems to have broken through and now kind of straddles Tier 1 and Tier 2, but the other Tier 2 nations are miles away.

The Pacific island players need more reasons to stay with their native countries. This probably comes down to money, so I think the main solution will be related to getting a lot more funding to the Pacific island nations governing bodies.

Sure the best players can still go and make their money playing in the best leagues, but that shouldn't automatically mean changing allegiance, especially after only 3 years of residency - that rule should be increased to at least 5 years.

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Posted in: Kansai Electric Chairman Yagi to quit over gift scandal See in context

"Yagi" most likely means "eight trees".

You're probably right, but that doesn't fit the joke.

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Posted in: England players ready to walk off field over racist abuse See in context

@itsonlyrocknroll - Yeah...all those people around the world being discriminated against and abused should just grow thicker skins and more back bone. It's just sledging, handbags, and banter.

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Posted in: We shouldn’t treat plastic as an enemy, nor ostracize those who use it. What’s needed is appropriate management of trash and to search for solutions through innovation. See in context

It's easy to understand the reason why there's so much plastic used these days - for many companies it's the cheapest option.

I can't stand Abe, but I have to agree with him on this one. The best solution is innovation.

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Posted in: Kansai Electric Chairman Yagi to quit over gift scandal See in context

Makoto Yagi - Proving, in terms of company Chairmen, he's not the GOAT.

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Posted in: Japan's August household spending rises for 9th month, but wages fall See in context

Does anyone know how household spending is actually calculated?

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Posted in: No butts, no boors: Rugby fans learn the ropes in polite Japan See in context

Japanese society is unfailingly polite

Not in my 20 years experience living here.

In my opinion there is a thin veneer of politeness that covers the usual rudeness, passive aggressiveness and racism that you’d find in many other countries.

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Posted in: Junior high school girl attacked by man while on her way to school in Ehime See in context

I hope the girl can get over the attack and the man is apprehended quickly.

The other slightly disturbing part of this article for me is that a JHS student is walking to school at 6:50 am.

The education system really needs an overhaul.

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Posted in: New service pays 'bounty hunters' to catch shoplifters and train gropers See in context

When you monetise such a thing, you create unnecessary problems.

For example whats to stop a registered ‘bounty hunter’ approach a shopper and place something in his/her bag or pocket, and then catch the person when they leave the shop having not paid for said item?

This dumb idea is literally creating an incentive for people to do that.

The same goes for groping on trains - a ‘bounty hunter’ works together with someone willing to get close to someone and shout ‘chikan’ and they can make some money.

This already happens somewhat (settlement money rather than reward payment), but it will happen a whole lot more.

Stupid.

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Posted in: Samoa get tattoo tips as they bid to leave mark in Japan See in context

That includes advice from consultants about displaying tattoos -- which are an important part of Samoan culture but are shunned by many in Japan due to associations with the criminal underworld.

This is ridiculous. It’s clear to anyone with half a brain that huge Samoan rugby players with tattoos - in Japan during the well publicised Rugby World Cup - have nothing to do with the Japanese criminal underworld.

People from different cultures are different. Let them freely, and proudly, show off their own culture for the short time they are here.

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Posted in: Japan briefs diplomats on Fukushima plant's radioactive water See in context

Can this briefing be made public please? Everyone who lives in Japan and is paying taxes to contribute to the clean up efforts deserves to know the complete information about the current situation.

Again, where are the real journalists in this country willing to ask the difficult questions and pursue issues like this whatever it takes?

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Posted in: Gov't to launch smartphone-based rewards program to soften tax impact See in context

Considering you aren't supposed to really share your 'My Number' with anyone, there's a whole lot of My Number sharing starting to creep in.

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Posted in: Mysterious figure seen running from farmhouse after murder See in context

Publishing the footage/photo would be a good idea...or is this going to be one of those cases that goes unsolved for 10 years - at which time they decide to release the footage/picture and ask the public for help?

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Posted in: Tokyo 2020 unveils Paralympic torchbearer uniforms See in context

OK this is good news, but...

Why oh why have they used 3 able bodied, non sport related, 'talent' to model the uniforms?

This is the Paralympics torchbearers uniform so use some Paralympians past and present, and some disabled citizens to model the uniforms.

The lady in the wheelchair, Aki Taguchi, is a three-time Paralympian (shooting). Having her there decked out in business style pointing to an actress and two comedians is quite frankly patronising.

Japan really needs to grow up and stop this ridiculous, childish obsession of presenting everything via talent agencies. These 3 able bodied 'models' have absolutely nothing to do with the Olympics, sport, or disability, so don't use them. There is 1 year to go before the Paralympics start, so use that time - with all the events scheduled within - to introduce and promote Paralympians and people with disabilities and not these talent agency celebrities.

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Posted in: Prime Minister Abe's long term in office is the result of his government's efforts to address challenges one by one in areas including the economy, foreign and security policy and social security. See in context

No. Prime Minister Abe's long term in office is the result of political apathy, pathetic opposition parties, media that fails to ask tough questions of the government, and most importantly not being held accountable for the scandals he's been associated with.

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Posted in: Man arrested in road rage case assaults victim, threatens ‘I'll kill you’ See in context

All acts of road rage are totally unacceptable.

Feelings of frustration and anger are one thing, but anyone who goes that one step further and chases, tailgates, brakes in front of another driver, exits the car and approaches / intimidates / assaults another person etc. quite simply shouldn't be driving on the road.

I hope the increased use of drive recorders goes some way to identify all these imbeciles who think they can get away with it and punish them for their actions.

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Posted in: Takoyaki robot chef See in context

A robot that makes takoyaki...yet 2 members of staff still required!

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Posted in: Japan speculates over identity of final Olympic torchbearer See in context

ASIMO?

Seriously though, London 2012 nailed the lighting of the Olympic flame when they had 7 great Olympians each hand a torch to a local youngster - literally and metaphorically passing the torch to the next generation.

I like HollisBrown's idea of the old Emperor passing the torch to some youngsters - but can see why that would probably never happen. It could be a hugely significant moment if the current Emperor passed the torch to some youngsters - the leader of the Reiwa era giving opportunities and responsibilities to the younger generation.

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Posted in: Paralympics chief says Tokyo hotels 'biggest concern' See in context

Tokyo is a city full of steps and different levels.

I'm not disabled but injured my hip last year, and Tokyo was an absolute nightmare.

It wasn't just the number of times I had to go up or down some steps - but it was the first time I'd really noticed the lack of places to rest. There are very few benches, or even low walls that you can sit down on, and also few shaded places that provide an escape from the sunlight.

Due to the heat and humidity, the Olympics will be a nightmare for most visitors, but add in the design of the city and it's just going to be awful for disabled visitors.

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Posted in: Aichi Triennale Art Festival receives 770 threatening emails See in context

I presume the 770 threatening emails are all being investigated, right?

It shouldn't be too difficult to track down the sender(s) of the emails - sure it takes man hours and detective skills, but you can't go sending threats like that and expect nothing to come of it.

Anyone who sent threats such as “I’ll spray gasoline and ignite prefectural facilities and schools” or “I’m going to spray sarin and gasoline around the prefectural office” or “[I'm going to] to shoot and kill staff” should be arrested and prosecuted.

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Posted in: Heat wave claims more lives in Japan See in context

Here is another one of those things that gets you to question the amount of common sense / intelligence prevalent in Japan.

Sure 'uchimizu' cools down the sidewalk...for a short time until all the water evaporates. It's also a colossal waste of water.

Plant. More. Trees. Trees don't evaporate in the heat, and will provide areas of shade cooler and therefore more comfortable than walking in the direct sunlight.

Use the 'uchimizu' water to feed the trees, so they grow and stay healthy. Water not wasted.

Come on Japan, this really isn't rocket science.

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Posted in: Tokyo 2020 organizers to open 2nd-chance ticket lottery on Aug 8 See in context

@GW You might have to take a train 30 mins outside Tokyo, but there will be places available. It's much easier for those of us living here to do that than people visiting from overseas.

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Posted in: Tokyo 2020 organizers to open 2nd-chance ticket lottery on Aug 8 See in context

680,000 tickets were 'won' but failed to pay for in the first lottery, or the organizers intentionally kept some tickets aside for a second lottery?

I'm thankful to get a second chance either way!

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Posted in: Gov't to set up panel on stable imperial succession by year-end See in context

How many 'intellectuals from various fields' does it take to come to the logical conclusion that allowing female succession is the best solution?

I wonder what proportion of these 'intellectuals from various fields' will actually be female.

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Posted in: House derails move to impeach Trump for insults See in context

@thelongtermer - If you can’t see how his comments are racist, it’s you that has the problem not everyone else.

Telling people from minority groups to ‘go back’ to your countries - when 3 of the 4 were in fact born in the US, the other a naturalised citizen - is the epitome of racism.

Add it together with his history of targeting people almost exclusively from minority groups for criticism and you see a pattern of racist behaviour.

Just own it. Don’t say it isn’t what it is - it’s as clear as it can be. Just own it and say you agree.

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Posted in: House derails move to impeach Trump for insults See in context

The problem Republican have is they’ve backed themselves into a corner where they think any criticism of Trump means tacit support of Democrats.

That’s not the case. It’s possible to reject the racism, hate, and lies of Trump while remaining a Republican.

Some issues are bipartisan, and it seems that almost all Republicans have sold their morals.

Just look at Lindsay Graham’s comments pre and post election to see how far these people are willing to go to keep power.

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Posted in: House derails move to impeach Trump for insults See in context

It’s clear what Trump’s plan is - split the Democrat vote...at whatever cost.

I hope journalists will keep their eyes on the ball though as the timing of this issue is also designed to distract from certain prosecutions that are currently taking place (for members of the Trump campaign), as well as the Epstein case in which Trump might be heavily connected.

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