HollisBrown comments

Posted in: Because there was a ban on mobile phones, some schools were unable to instruct students sufficiently on their use. We want to be more proactive in teaching children how to properly use them. See in context

Instead of banning smartphones in the classroom, they should be embraced.

Kids these days use technology to interact with, and understand the world around them. Completely banning them from the classroom doesn't make any sense at all.

The only thing banning smartphones from the classroom says is that teachers don't know how to use them effectively.

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Posted in: Tokyo 2020 Olympic organizers settle on 6 a.m. marathon starts See in context

So the 'panel formed to propose solutions to the issues weather may pose for the summer games', AND the domestic and international sanctioning bodies for athletics suggested starting at 05:30, but the great sages that make up the 2020 organizers decided on 06:00.

I wonder what medical advice they took into account? I wonder what professional level sporting experience they all have? Who ultimately made the final decision? How did they make the decision - the head honcho decided or it was a committee vote etc.?

What is the point having a 'panel formed to propose solutions to the issues weather may pose for the summer games' if the organizers just ignore their solutions?

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Posted in: Mitsubishi Motors fires Ghosn; CEO to be interim chairman See in context

Masuko said he did not know the specifics of the criminal allegations...Masuko said he was baffled.

"To be honest, I was shocked, and I couldn't believe it," he told reporters at Mitsubishi Motors' showroom at headquarters. "I still can't figure out why, and I just don't understand."

Yet his conclusion was to support Ghosn's removal as chairman. Weird logic.

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Posted in: Mueller says ex-Trump campaign chairman Manafort lied to FBI See in context

And what about the Democrats (take your pick) that lie on a minute to minute basis. Oh, liberals.....

My pick: Bernie Sanders

Your challenge: Provide a list of all the lies he told 'minute to minute' yesterday.

Thanks very much.

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Posted in: Miss Universe Japan picks Sailor Moon ninja transformation dress as national costume for 2018 See in context

The thing that stood out most to me in this article was the fact she became quadrilingual when living in Malaysia from 5-13.

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Posted in: Ghosn denies allegations against him: NHK See in context

Nissan / Japan are handling this awfully.

Im still not entirely sure why Ghosn is still being held in detention.

Also, based on the reasons given for his arrest, I cant understand how any other Nissan employees cant be implicated. It would be impossible.

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Posted in: Foreign Ministry official arrested over possession of stimulant drug See in context

Instead of "strengthening our discipline", how about "relaxing our demand to strictly adhere to rules and regulations in the workplace - including the ridiculous expectation that employees work 100 hours of overtime a month"?

Maybe then workers will experience less pressure and stress, and have a little more free time to relax and not need to turn to using stimulant drugs.

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Posted in: Nissan CEO tells employees he intends to review alliance with Renault See in context

And here you have it, the first direct indication of what is essentially behind the ousting of Ghosn.

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Posted in: 1-year-old boy hit, killed by car; driver arrested See in context

A sad case in which everyone suffers.

I cant possibly say that the driver wasnt solely to blame for hitting the child, but what on earth was the mother thinking?

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Posted in: Ghosn to be detained for another 10 days; Nissan board to vote on his dismissal See in context

This looks more and more like a stitch up as each day passes.

If it is, this could end up being very very bad for Nissan.

Did they have to do this to prevent a merger with Renault?

Or has Ghosn actually been defrauding the company for 5 years without anyone noticing?

Let the man speak. Let’s hear what he has to say.

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Posted in: Mitsubishi CEO says it will be tough to manage car alliance without Ghosn See in context

Not a single Japanese person within the company aided or abetted his alleged actions? Based on what the allegations are, that would seem highly unlikely to near impossible.

Until Ghosn has a chance to respond directly, I'll reserve judgement.

It certainly appears to be a stitch up of the highest order, and a stark reminder as to how the 'justice system' works in Japan especially if you aren't Japanese.

Correct me if I'm wrong but the CEOs of the following companies were never arrested when PROOF of their corporate corruption and fraud was exposed:

Toshiba's accounting

Takata airbags

Kobe Steel falsifying data

Various vehicle companies emissions data

Suruga Bank loans

KYB data rigging

Hitachi's improper tests

Toray Industries falsifying data

(Let's not even talk about TEPCO, Abe and his Kindergarten etc.)

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Posted in: Crazy in love? The Japanese man 'married' to a hologram See in context

He’s mentally ill, and the 40 people who attended the ‘ceremony’ should be trying to get him help rather than reinforcing that this is normal, acceptable behaviour.

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Posted in: Tokyo Disneyland seeks rejection of costumed performers' damages suit See in context

So basically Tokyo Disneyland think it's a Mickey Mouse suit!

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Posted in: Amazon strikes deal with Apple to sell iPhones, iPads See in context

This could have a big effect on DoCoMo, AU, et al.

Maybe this was one of the reasons why they announced they’d be cutting prices quite dramatically soon.

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Posted in: Japan's corporate image hit by falsification scandals: poll See in context

However, when asked if the KYB scandal would affect their own business, 94 percent said it wouldn't.

...until they are outed for having done something wrong themselves!

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Posted in: Expert: Acosta video distributed by White House was doctored See in context

In any normal sane White House Acosta without doubt would have simply relented when asked, given the mic back, and allowed the next journalist to ask his/her question...

...but this isn’t a normal, sane White House. The President was standing there flat out lying - and lies multiple times every single day. The President makes, what some people feel are racist comments - dog whistles to white nationalists. The President attacks and insults with impunity.

Good on Acosta for trying to stand up to this bully, instead of just wilting and accepting his nonsensical waffle. Compare Acosta’s ‘awful’ behaviour when he actually makes a point of saying ‘pardon me ma’am’ to the WH staffer - with the President shouting multiple times at a black reporter to ‘sit down’, and telling the foreign journalists that he couldn’t understand what they were saying.

Its about time the journos start standing up to Trump. They need to start calling out his lies to his face.

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Posted in: Live in an actual movie theater? Social Apartment makes your wish come true See in context

Interesting...but 123 rooms and only 16 seats in the movie theatre and 1 pool table?

Seems to me that they should really offer more than that if those facilities are kind of the main attraction of living in such a place.

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Posted in: TEPCO offers English virtual tour inside crippled Fukushima plant See in context

Unfortunately I'm at the stage where I'm unable to believe a single word they say.

There are too many high level people involved, with too much to lose. With all the corruption scandals surrounding Japanese companies and institutions (fudging data etc.), are we supposed to believe that this is whiter than white?! Yeah right.

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Posted in: Doctors recommend Tokyo 2020 Olympic marathon start at 5:30 a.m. See in context

The only sensible solution is to move the whole event to a different time outside the hottest and most humid time of the year.

October would work.

April/May would work.

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Posted in: 13 arrested for groping, theft after Shibuya Halloween chaos See in context

"I fear Shibuya will be labeled a scary place. I want Halloween street parties to be banned next year,"

Kinda sounds like the best location for a Halloween party!

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Posted in: 10,000 or 1,0000? Japanese schools are starting to move commas on big numbers, but why? See in context

Either keep the current system - because people are used to doing the 'ichi, jyu, hyaku, sen, man' dance to work out a big number- or be wild and officially drop the current system in favour of 'thousand', 'million', 'billion' etc.

Moving the comma is just a fudge. Why would we expect people + companies to function with such a confusing system, when we can't even trust people to understand roundabouts.

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Posted in: Former ‘Mr Todai’ participant arrested for allegedly raping woman See in context

He denies it claiming he doesn’t remember the incident!

How can you deny something you don’t remember?!

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Posted in: Another Japanese firm admits falsifying data for quake shock absorbers See in context

Just another day in the murky world of fake Japan.

What will happen to these companies though? The people at the top should be prosecuted, and the companies should receive severe punishment. This is fraud which endangers the lives of thousands - if not millions - of people.

My prediction: Nothing significant will happen and this sort of stuff will keep on happening.

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Posted in: Ministries, agencies counted dead people, retirees to meet disabled quotas See in context

Fake Japan strikes yet again.

For a country that prides itself on manners, politeness and good behaviour, there is clearly an issue with dishonesty, fraud, and mismanagement.

I could understand it if these negative stories were always the actions of ‘rogue’ individuals, but they aren’t - it’s large groups, across many different industries, and such behaviour seems to be institutionalised.

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Posted in: Data cheating worries spread to Tokyo Skytree, Olympic buildings See in context

@Alex Einz - ...how then this statement is true...

The same way that government officials had the audacity to insist ‘there has been no meltdown’ in Fukushima after the tsunami, when in fact there had been.

They aren’t going to admit that there is a fundamental problem with the foundations that means the whole thing needs to be taken down. They’d never rebuild it in time for the Olympics.

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Posted in: Data cheating worries spread to Tokyo Skytree, Olympic buildings See in context

@papigiulio

Absolutely. It’s ridiculous isn’t it.

Its just yet another example of what I call ‘fake Japan’ (that for some reason is always modded out). On the surface everything is great, but scratch a little below and things are very different.

Im sure there’ll be another example in tomorrow’s news.

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Posted in: Keio University student arrested for alleged sexual assault, claims he was drunk See in context

Double the sentence for anyone willing to offer up this excuse rather than own their actions.

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Posted in: Data cheating worries spread to Tokyo Skytree, Olympic buildings See in context

They need to start sending people to prison for this kind of thing.

It’s an absolute scandal that once again puts thousands of lives at risk.

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Posted in: Japanese quake shock absorber maker admits data fabrication See in context

Fake Japan strikes again

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Posted in: Abe sends ritual offering to Yasukuni Shrine See in context

Abe's Guide to Diplomacy for Dummies:

Step 1: Say 'I want to be your friend'.

Step 2: Punch them in the face.

Step 3: Repeat steps 1 and 2.

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