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Posted in: Tokyo to ban parents from physically punishing children See in context

These measures never work. Even with punitive clauses. In NZ they introduced an 'anti-smacking' law. Severe child abuse is worse now than ever before. If anything it forces this sort of behavior into the shadows. In the meantime regular parents are having random visits by social services because of overzealous nosy do gooders disapproving with the way a child was pulled out of the way of an oncoming bus (for example). Normal (good parents) become paranoid & the bad ones carry on doing what they've always done.

Amen to that.

Reasonable physical punishment is appropriate in rare occasions for repetitive poor behavior or where a stark lesson needs to be learned because the behavior could lead to physical injury. Lets not forget that toddlers do not have a full grasp of the world, or a language, and a light smack on the hand is something that will be remembered. Who doesn't remember having time out?

The key word here is reasonable. A reasonable adult would not use a closed fist, a weapon, withholding of food/water for a prolonged period etc.

The simple fact is that these people don't care, and changing the law will have no effect on them. Only the law abiding, loving parents who are seeking to gently correct poor behavior

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Posted in: Kono criticizes S Korean assembly speaker's emperor remarks See in context

Here we go again:

The South Korean government need to look up the meanings of the words 'final' and 'irreversible'

Various leaders in Japan have apologies many times over the years as listed in the following Wikipedia article"

Likewise the Emperor has made similar remarks as per the Guardian link below.

This will never end. Elements in South Korea are using this as a political football to gain support.

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Posted in: Renault denounces Nissan over Ghosn investigation: report See in context

"Renault has gathered sufficient evidence to understand and regret the methods used by Nissan and its lawyers to seek interviews with Renault employees through the Japanese public prosecutor's office," they said.

Read that slowly. Nissan was using the Public Prosecutors Office to compel Renault staff to make themselves available for interviews.

If the J.P.O need information they can seek these interviews by themselves without Nissan getting involved.

Nissan was seeking "evidence to support allegations against Carlos Ghosn after his arrest" and failed to consult its French partner, according to the newspaper.

One would think that an investigation is for the purpose of gathering evidence on whether an allegation is true or not. That is unless you already have a position and you are just backing that up. Smells like they are trying to find a scapegoat.

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Posted in: Court upholds 'sterilization' rule for gender change See in context

I am really starting to wonder if it is necessary to put a sex on Birth or any other documents. If all citizens are equal under the law, what purpose does it serve?

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Posted in: Ruling bloc to agree on tax reforms spurring car, home purchases See in context

So let me get this right, if you buy a new Kei car after 1 Oct this year, you will be stung with the extra 2% Consumption Tax . . . . . less between 1000-4500 yen.

I'm not feeling the love here.

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Posted in: S Korea may freeze Japanese firm's assets if it doesn't negotiate over forced laborers See in context

This is a tricky one for Korea. They have now signed several international agreements supposedly 'settling' the issues only to go back and have another bite of the pie when either the government changes and/or civil legal action is taken.

Arguably Japan would have a fairly strong case to argue at the International Court of Justice should they wish to take it that far.

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Posted in: Trump says Japan treats U.S. unfairly on trade by not taking more American cars See in context

American cars just don't have a good reputation in Japan and it probably was justified in the past. However, times have changed, and the American car manufacturers now have several issues to deal with before they can successfully establish themselves here:

1) They have a huge perception issue to get around in terms of their cars being poor quality, inefficient and unsuitable for narrow Japanese roads. This is a marketing issue.

2) Japanese people have a vast selection of makes, models and sub-types to choose from. There is little compelling a Japanese person to choose an American vehicle over a Japanese one.

3) European vehicles still come with that 'aura' of luxury, that often follows European goods. German vehicles also have the perception of quality and reliability surrounding them (rightly or wrongly)

4) Japanese people are often more receptive to European styled vehicles.

5) And the big one is the long standing relationships that corporate, organisations and the public sector has with Japanese vehicle manufacturers.

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Posted in: Passengers to be banned from carrying knives onto all trains in Japan from April See in context

The transport ministry will prohibit passengers of all trains in Japan from carrying unpacked knives onto trains from next April

Totally useless. Unless they are planning to start screening both hand luggage and suitcases this is totally unenforceable. If they did so it would, as pointed out earlier, greatly diminish the convenience of using the Shinkansen

As far as I can see this just is a duplication of the Swords and Firearms Control Law which prohibit people from possessing blades longer than 5.5cm or 8cm depending on the type. The rules were tightened after the terrible stabbing rampage in Akihabara in 2008. The law also specifically bans the use of a knife as a weapon.

The Petty Offense Law also bans the possession of an aggressive tool without a justifiable reason. It is up to the police officer on site to determine what exactly an aggressive tool is based on time, place and circumstance. Walk across a public road with a large hatchet to cut down a tree on your land in the middle of the day on you're fine. Hide in the shadows at night in the middle of a city with the same hatchet, and you can expect to be having a rather protracted stay in a very uncomfortable (but solidly built) hotel courtesy of your local constabulary

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Posted in: Man arrested for alleged export of child porn from New Zealand to Japan See in context

If the crime originated in New Zealand, wouldn't New Zealand authorities demand that Shinoda be extradicted back to stand for those crimes? Just wondering if this will turn into a fight against extradition or not. I don't know if New Zealand and Japan have such a treaty in place - wouldn't see why they wouldn't

I can't see New Zealand getting involved in this. In the short article above it was a crime by a Japanese national, selling to Japanese in Japan.

Why take the time and effort request and organize extradition for a non-national, only to bear the cost of prosecuting him, imprisoning him, only to deport him back to his home country. If the Japanese police are doing the hard work and clearly have the evidence and information . . . .

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Posted in: Man arrested for alleged export of child porn from New Zealand to Japan See in context

This is sad on so many levels! Only took 3 1/2 years to catch the dude, while how many others are getting away?

I assume they've arrested him on his return to Japan although the article isn't very clear on the circumstances,

If the website was registered in Japan and the transaction occurred on a JP banking app, then technically the crime occurred in Japan and alerting the NZ authorities wouldn't have achieved anything as the crime did not occur there.

The Japanese authorities knew if they just sat it out, then he would return voluntarily. Tip him off that something was up and he'd likely avoid coming home.

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Posted in: 5 common complaints Japanese teachers have about ALTs See in context

And this is the result of the BoE's trying to save $$$ by going down the private route. They have a perfectly good system with the JET Programme which screened applicants for speech quality, temperament, supported them while in Japan and paid them a reasonable wage often with subsidized housing..

Trying to cut costs has led to ALTs bailing out early when they just cant afford to be in Japan with little support etc. In simple, you get what you pay for.

I stayed on JET for 3+1 years at the same schools in the same town. 2 years later I went back to visit, they had changed to a private ALT provider and had gone through 6 different ALTs in my old role at my old school.

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Posted in: Japanese airlines to offer discount to people with mental disorders See in context

I'l still trying to get my head around this.

I can understand offering to fly a disabled person (mental or physical) and a support person and split the cost of a single fare. This makes sense to me, as it opens a pathway for those with disabilities to travel who were previously discouraged from doing to by the cost of having to purchase an airfare for their respective support person as well.

Where a support person is not required, why would a discount still be applicable?

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Posted in: Clam cram See in context

Natural resource management, Japanese style. Quotas anyone?

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Posted in: Japan's traffic deaths drop to record low under 3,700 in 2017 See in context

Likewise, mandating helmet usage would also be another step to catch up with other developed countries. It seems that once kids graduate from JHS, the helmet goes in the dustbin.

Attitudes to bike usage in JP seem to have formed when it was the predominate form of short term transport, and the greatest injury one was likely to sustain was a grazed knee, bump or broken arm. These attitudes do not translate well when faced with high density housing, narrow mixed use streets, and the advent of modern assisted bikes (and others) which allow users to move at much greater speeds at ease than was possible before.

There seems to be a real stigma attached to purchasing and using a normal bicycle helmet here, unless you cycle for sporting purposes.

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Posted in: Japan's traffic deaths drop to record low under 3,700 in 2017 See in context

tinawatanabe. No the NPA is not comparing results, but the natural inclination for anyone reading these stats is to consider their home countries population and road toll, and think that Japan is doing exceedingly well on this front through active management. That isn't the case. Improvements in technology and a decreasing population with societal change appears to be having a far greater effect on the road toll than any programs that the government or NPA have been pushing.

yokohamarides. Good point. It makes you wonder if the proportion of pedestrian and cyclist deaths can be attributed to a falling population of drivers seeking alternative transport. And lets face it, despite the relatively high numbers of cyclists in this country, helmet usage is shockingly low and the streets are just not designed for a mix of cars bikes and pedestrians. Often there is little or no separation between the three, and the inevitable happens.

Thank you Luddite highlighting the advances in healthcare as another contributing factor in reducing the toll. However, this in itself is another can of worms. How many more lives could be saved (road accident or other) if EMT/Ambulance staff had free reign to perform any life sustaining medical procedure without the need to delay treatment and seek approval from a doctor first. In Japan, ambulance staff must seek approval from a consulting doctor before administering any drugs or treatments. As this process involves first calling a hospital, locating an available doctor with the necessary expertise, explaining the situation, injuries and symptoms as well as what drugs/treatment options are available on board . . . . many lives have been lost or irrevocably changed due to this bureaucracy.

Most developed countries give first responders the ability to provide whatever treatment (drugs or other) is necessary to sustain life. The details of those life sustaining treatments are then passed onto the doctors at the hospital on arrival.

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Posted in: Japan's traffic deaths drop to record low under 3,700 in 2017 See in context

Although the NPA likes to publish these figures every year, they are not directly comparable with international figures for a number of reasons:

1) As nandakandamanda has alluded to, traditionally the annual Japanese road death figures do not include deaths caused by MVAs, which occur more than 24 hours after the accident occurs. This is the norm for most 1st world countries. One study that I read several years ago suggested that the number would be 30% higher of these were factored into the total.

2) On average, Japanese people have a very high proportion of public transport usage, (and an inversely low portion of private motor vehicle usage), as part of their transport needs. If Japanese accident figures were measured in deaths per 100,000 kms traveled in private motor vehicles, I suspect that the Japanese figures would be alarmingly compared to other 1st world countries.

3) The distance traveled by the average Japanese motorist on an annual basis is significantly lower than motorists in other 1st world countries (consider the popularity of Kei cars and low KM insurance plans as advertised on TV) . Like wise, the average speed of most commutes is very, low accidents at these speeds cause injures, rather than deaths.

4) The number of drivers in japan is dropping on an annual basis. The elderly are giving up their licences, and the diminishing number of under 20s choosing not to drive financial and other reasons. Fewer drivers equals fewer fatalities.

5) As with other countries, Japan is also reaping the rewards of the huge technological changes being introduced into even the smallest of vehicles. Improved LED headlights, Lane departure warnings, pedestrian protection, Electronic Stability Control, Multiple airbags for all occupants . . . the list goes on. Likewise with the improvements to roading.

If there is two things that you should take away from the above, it is that you can't compare the NPA stats with those of most other countries. Although the NPA like to pat themselves on the back year after year, the question has to be asked how much of the decreasing road toll can be attributed to their actions?

The second point is How would Japan's road toll compare to other developed countries if the stats were comparable? I suspect that Japan wouldn't look so rosy if the we could compare. And maybe that is why it is being reported in this way.

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Posted in: Why do Olympic medalists bite their medals when they are on the podium? See in context

Pure Gold (24 Karat) is quite soft. An old, rough and quick test for gold used to be biting it. If you could leave bite marks on it with your teeth, it was relatively pure. This has carried over into popular culture where movies about pirates biting Spanish doubloon, crazy hermits living in rich gold mines, and treasure hunters will often be seen taking a bite out of any of the yellow metal they come across.

In theory, Olympic medalists should only be trying to bite Gold medals. Puree Silver and Bronze (an alloy of Copper and Tin) are both too hard to leave an impression, and biting them has no purpose.

Lastly, for this reason, pure gold is not used for Olympic medals. Often it is just a gold veneer. The Gold medals at the Rio Olympics are made of 494g of Silver, and just 6g of Gold.

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Posted in: Saitama offering free SIM cards to foreign tourists See in context

Japan is trying to entice visitors to its shores, and they have many reasons to come. One thing, however, is a big negative when travelling here:

Since 2006 a law has been in place preventing people who do not have proof of residence in Japan from purchasing SIM card with Voice services for use in Japan. Only Data services are allowed. Theoretically this is to stop phone fraud in Japan by limiting the use of 'burner' SIMs. However with the prevalence if IP telephony, the effectiveness of this law is now in question.

As international roaming rates are incredibly expensive (many Japanese telcos don't co-operate with international telsos on international discounted rates) many travellers would routinely purchase a pre-pay voice/data SIM in the country they are travelling. Not Japan.

If Japan really wants to encourage more tourism, how about giving the tourists the ability to purchase a voice SIM at rates comparable to those which residents can purchase.

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Posted in: New Zealand to create massive marine sanctuary the size of France See in context

Nessie, thus one is completely legit. NZ claimed a massive area of the ocean surrounding it under UNCLOS in 1982 as an Exclusive Economic Zone. UNCLOS is a UN treaty recognised by 166 countries globally which lays out who has rights to resources in which marine areas. New Zealands claim to this area has never been disputed, and they are well within therir rights to declare a marine reserve in therir own Exclusive Economic Zone.

This isn't like another well known country arbitrarily deciding that resources in disputed marine areas are theirs . . .

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Posted in: 2 dead, 5 injured after being electrocuted by electric fence See in context

Wow! Were they running it directly off the mains or something?

It definitely sounds like a home made job as "normal" electric fences for stock control are usually pulsed at very low current but high voltages. It sounds like this unit was on continually and at high currents.

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Posted in: Japan shrugs off S Korean calls for 'sex slave' apology See in context

Having read through quite a number of articles on this topic I would have to side with the Japanese government on this issue.

During the negotiations for the 1965 Treaty, Japan proposed directly compensating Comfort Women, and all Koreans affected by Japanese actions. This was rejected by South Korean, who stated that they would organize compensation, but then took the money and invested it in State infrastructure, without passing it onto the victims. Both sides were bound by confidentiality clauses in the agreement, which is why Japan could never clearly state how the matter had been settled from their perspective.

Japanese statesmen have repeatedly recognized the pain and suffering that Japan caused before and during WW2 on many nations and offered apologies for the actions that caused them. However, these apologies often fall on deaf ears as the individual Korean victims are still waiting on compensation that their own government has misappropriated.

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Posted in: Sony warns not to put your gaming console in the microwave See in context

Microwave or Conventional Oven?

I've seen anecdotal evidence that when the EU switched to lead free solder in 2006 as part of their RoHS directive, it took a while for a number of manufacturers to adapt to the new solder compositions in use (ie high Tin). The net result was that a number of devices were produced with brittle solder points and high premature failure rates.

One homebake repair method which gained some popularity among the Xbox 360 geeks was stripping the console down to the motherboard and baking (completely flat) in a conventional oven at above 230-240C. This had the effect of reflowing the solderpoints and often repairing the failed connections.

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Posted in: Two New Zealand soldiers killed in Afghan attack See in context

They have fallen after being called upon by their country to try and assist others. Lest We Forget.

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Posted in: Fujitsu releases Android tablet See in context

Those specs look pretty underwhelming. Judging by the wallpaper this isn't a 4.0, or even a 3.1 device, probablly more like a Gingerbread, as it doesn't look like any of the OS's optimed for tablets. Processor type and whether it is a single or dual core is'nt mentioned either.

It better be cheap, and I mean VERY CHEAP, considering the Kindle Fire is USD$200.

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Posted in: Portable navigation device See in context

The real money is in the maps for these things.

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