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Posted in: Ex-JSDF commander: Mass murders by disturbed soldier could never happen in Japan See in context

I share concerns about nationalism etc... But to be fair nothing this ex-sdf guy said that is mentioned in the JT article seems that unreasonable to me. It's quite a relief to hear there is a sensible system for controlling firearms, not 100% failsafe, but it must be one of the best in the world. I also agree a fully volunteer army is preferable for many reasons. And while I don't support conscription, he's probably right that a little discipline for young adults would benefit them, though the violation of their freedom by conscription might also do damage to them.

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Posted in: Teacher arrested for taking upskirt photos of schoolgirl See in context

Sad to see some people blaming the victims as usual. Also considering how many people use smartphones for innocent purposes on escalators, this guy must have really been going at it for someone to have spotted it and taken action. Good to know this guy will no longer have easy access to children and a position of authority over them.

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Posted in: Do you support drug companies using animals for testing in order to develop new medicines for humans? See in context

I would say sometimes, in some situations with great concern for the animal's well-being. Researchers must avoid suffering (notice didn't say unnecessary). Animals which have a high likelihood of being sentient such as great apes and dolphins should probably be as well protected as humans. We should certainly phase out animals tests as soon as there are alternatives available.

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Posted in: 12-year-old boy jumps to death in Nagoya subway; leaves suicide note See in context

Bullying is a terrible problem in every country, at least in Japan it rarely amounts to direct threats to a child's life, although obviously that's no comfort when it is so severe that it drives a child to suicide. There are huge pressures on children from 12 in Japan, they change schools at that age and many get sent to Juku on top of regular school emphasizing the difficult struggle they are expected to compete in in the future. Parents need to ensure children feel able to speak to them about trouble they are having, and gaining that trust is not something that a parent can achieve by words alone, parents need to build up a history of going to bat for their kids and getting results - sometimes that might mean taking on teachers or changing schools etc... of course not all parents are up to that either and so can't always be blamed. Really schools and teachers are the professionals, they have a responsibility to assume that bullying is going on and be proactive at stamping it out.

Side note: Although it's true there is a tenancy to sweep trouble like this under the carpet in Japan, that tenancy is very much alive and well within schools in the west too. I don't believe there is a special problem in Japanese schools.

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Posted in: Schoolgirl seeking crowdfunding to produce anti-train groper pins See in context

I hesitate to advocate blanket public CCTV because we don't want a surveillance state, but clearly we need blanket CCTV, at least on lines where there is a chikan problem. Couldn't the police put in temporary hidden CCTV, or operate stings, or something?! I mean it's not like they have much other real crime to deal with is it? And for those caught more than once (why more than once? Because accidents and malicious accusations can happen) the penalties have to be pretty harsh, i.e. prison, and big fines. Attacks like these can destroy the lives of victims.

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Posted in: 24-year-old woman arrested for leaving newborn baby on road in Ibaraki See in context

Obviously this kind of thing doesn't happen without good reason, let's hope the mother and baby end up getting the help they need.

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Posted in: Ready or not, Japan on the way to becoming a nation of immigrants See in context

Japan needs to be very careful about who it invites in. While I wouldn't say that immigrants should be required to adopt Japanese culture wholesale, immigrants should not be committed to cultures or religions which are incompatible or at odds with the existing population. I would argue that immigrants who are committed to religions which require their members to spread their religion and in particular to attempt to gain political power are at odds with Japanese culture and the constitution and should not be invited in unless they make a binding commitment to be loyal to Japan and Japanese people over any other loyalties, be they religious or otherwise. Unbelievably the UK managed to accept a small but significant number of immigrants who openly consider western culture depraved and want to overthrow it and install a theocratic dictatorship. This can't be allowed in Japan too.

I think Japan should prioritize immigrants who have a good grasp of Japanese and/or have shown themselves to be of good character when living in Japan on limited visas, such as student visas. It's ridiculous that at the moment many foreigners who have lived in Japan for several years, learned the language and assimilated are required to leave.

If Japan must take more immigrants, it should start early and do it slowly and carefully, prioritizing those who already have strong links and loyalty to Japan. Immigrants also need to be treated with full respect so they don't end up turning on Japan or getting involved in crime to support themselves. Current 'trainee' schemes are often tantamount to slavery.

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Posted in: Japan Inc supports bringing in low-skilled foreign labor: poll See in context

Frankly I suspect this is largely nonsense. There's no shortage of labour, if you are offering the right amount of money. Japan Inc just wants cheap labour with low demands and ability to complain about conditions to increase profits, this will be at the expense of Japanese citizens and residents who require and deserve a living wage or better to support themselves and their families. Japanese people would move to the countryside if farming jobs were highly paid and they would move into construction if salaries there were higher too. There are many women who would be happy to rejoin the work force if pay was good and hours more flexible. There are also far too many people employed in non-jobs in Japan, freeing up those people would also help. It doesn't really makes sense that an economy should need to bring in workers from outside en masse.

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Posted in: 91-year-old woman hit and killed by car while on her way to Respect for Aged Day ceremony See in context

Peace out. Really how can you be turning at a junction at the kind of speed where you can first miss a pedestrian and second hit them hard enough to kill them? Car drivers are licenced because they are a select group of road users, given limited privilege to drive a vehicle, pedestrians are all shapes and sizes and of all ability levels including mentally impaired, blind and deaf. Priority has to be with pedestrians. I'd have slightly more sympathy if someone had stepped out onto the middle of a highway, but this was an intersection with pedestrian crossings, the vast majority if accidents are caused by poor driving and poor concentration, even the better drivers don't leave adequate stopping distance and drive too fast. That said I agree you can't trust the police in any country on this kind of thing.

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Posted in: Japan announces changes to refugee system See in context

I'm not defending the stance, but I would point out Japan effectively accepts far more than 11 refugees a year, because while it doesn't give many people full refugee status it does give special residency permits to more than half of the people that apply which does allow them to stay in Japan and make some kind of a life here.

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Posted in: Should permanent foreign residents in Japan have the right to vote? See in context

It would be nice, but remember non citizens in most countries can't vote on most things. That said it would be nice. It is true that most people with PR would probably have applied for citizenship if dual citizenship was allowed. Koreans with Special PR surly deserve a vote too. So given that PR is like Japan's citizenship light I can see an argument for allowing voting.

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Posted in: McDonald's Japan hit by another food scandal See in context

The biggest scandal at McDonalds Japan which is yet to break is that they have carried on using transfats in food they serve to Japanese customers despite removing it completely in most other countries such as US and UK.

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Posted in: Man tells girlfriend to sell her organs to pay him Y1.5 mil See in context

This is how psychopaths think and act, well the immature ones who aren't good at hiding it anyway. Poor woman, glad she was brave enough to go to the police.

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Posted in: Olympic logo designer says he endured unbearable harassment See in context

It wasn't nearly close enough to amount to plagiarism. The claims were ridiculous. Perhaps to the untrained eye they look copied, but neither were complex enough to warrant plagiarism claims.

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Posted in: 120,000 protest against security bills outside Diet See in context

I'm just glad to see people getting involved in the democratic process.

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Posted in: Police on alert over split in biggest yakuza gang See in context

I don't like bullies and in large part the Yakuza work by bullying people. However if the Yakuza disappeared I think they would be replaced by the Russian mafia as has happened in much of Europe. The Russian mafia are truly ruthless, we really don't want that. Of course you can't assume the Yakuza wouldn't work with other mafia groups if it suited them. If Japan is to get rid of the Yakuza safely it will need very competent state security agencies to avoid a power vacuum. Of course increasing the power of the states security agencies is not necessarily in the democratic interest either. Difficult issues.

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Posted in: Yamada was questioned by police in Tokyo 2 days before Osaka child murders See in context

Why on earth he wasn't locked up indefinitely in a mental institution given all his previous shocking crimes I have no idea.

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Posted in: 1-year-old boy falls to death from 6th floor See in context

I have a one year old and he always does dangerous things like slide screen doors, or indeed doors themselves after hitching the locks or run into screen doors at full speed, he is also staggeringly good at climbing. I'd be too terrified to live in anything taller than a house. There is always an adult with him, but the is so fast, there will always be moments and opportunities to do something dangerous.

In general I would say that Japanese are not as safety conscious as people are in say the UK, examples are windows with long drops, subverts with no barriers to protect tickets falling in, unprotected train lines, lack of sidewalks, no bicycle helmits etc.. I guess the reason is because people don't sue so readily when things go wrong, do companies don't care much about safety and therefore employees are not taught as much about safety our required to think about it, which also added schools and therefore children. In this case I feel devastated for the parents. But talking more generally and theoretically, if the parents sued their landlord and the judge agreed a window not safe for children was unacceptable, in future companies would have to train their employees about safety and teachers their pupils and this window would im future have childproofing and the parents would gave been more likely to foresee the danger having been more safety consciously brought up. But to reiterate I very much doubt this case is reasonably the parents fault it was probably a perfect storm of bad luck. Unfortunately babies have no understanding of a height that could kill them. So sad to hear this, I hope it spurs some action on safety, but it probably won't.

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Posted in: Police believe murdered girl, missing boy were taken near train station See in context

Just horrific. No punishment is too great for whoever did this.

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Posted in: Man cuts off love rival's penis; flushes it down toilet See in context

There's no excuse for violence in a situation like this. Real men are strong enough to take something like this on the chin as well as control their anger, they should consider how their own failings may have led to such a situation. I hope they throw the book at him, mental hospital fur life if appropriate.

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Posted in: Japan set to return to nuclear power after two-year hiatus See in context

It's utterly insane to restart the Sendai plant as it's right next to the supervolcano under Kagoshima city. If that blows, not only will it cover the hole of Japan in thick ash, but thanks to the Sendai plant that ash would be radioactive too! The Sendai plant should be dismantled ASAP.

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Posted in: Woman's body found in Kanagawa bay See in context

Strangerland

You keep talking about her not being innocent - when the crime was her own death. The girl was wrapped in a tarp alive, weighted down, and thrown in the water. Again I'd like to know what circumstance you see that would make her guilty Of her own murder (ie - not innocent as you like to say).

You beat me to it, exactly, it is essentially impossible she could be guilty of her own appalling murder. I hope this is not some Mens Rights nonsense. Why are so many people obsessed with victim blaming? Especially in this case where it's hard to imagine a more horrifying death.

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Posted in: 18-year-old arrested for stabbing high school girl in Osaka See in context

Someone this mentally ill simply can't be allowed back into the community, I feel sorry for him probably having to spend the rest of his life in a secure hospital, but until we can rewire his brain we just can't have anyone out in the community like this.

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Posted in: Woman's body found in Kanagawa bay See in context

People seem to be missing the fact the victim was alive when she was dumped overboard, tied up and weighted down. Absolutely despicable. If he is guilty he'll deserve everything he gets.

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Posted in: Japan to send vice minister to Iran to build economic ties See in context

I'm not advocating war on Iran, but I don't think we should do trade deals with theocratic countries. I think you can make an argument that Russia and even China are acceptably democratic for dealing with, but countries like Iran and Saudi Arabia? We shouldn't be backing their dictatorial and oppressive governments by trading with them.

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Posted in: 'Sharing economy' surge creates labor conundrum See in context

The part of the economy the article talks about isn't the sharing economy at all, that's the wrong term entirely.

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Posted in: 3 elderly sisters die of heatstroke in Tokyo apartment See in context

In the last few years lots of people I know, especially elderly people, but also some younger people have been rushed to hospital with dehydration and/or heat stroke. I blame the ridiculous recent government and corporate campaign to persuade people to reduce air con usage, it virtually ignores the dangers from excessive heat. 28c+ is not a safe level of heat for many people, and using fans instead of aircon also dehydrates and can cause serious injuries or death if potassium is lost too quickly for example.

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Posted in: Man, grandson hit and killed by express train in Fukui See in context

In Japan even the high risk areas, even stations right next to streets and car parks have poor fencing, if even existent. Babies can climb from as early as a year old and they can sometimes run too, and you can't explain to them the danger from trains. Not all older kids are smart either, some have various learning difficulties or are just badly behaved, that doesn't mean they deserve a death sentence. And what about kids that do have bad, useless parents, do they deserve to die because their parents are incompetent? Other countries manage to fence their train lines, I'm sure Japan could afford to as well, obviously where it's going through a thick forest it doesn't need doing, but Japan is not the US, it doesn't have many large open uninhabited spaces, I'm pretty sure the Shinkansen is fenced all the way along. Most of these accidents happen on or near roads or towns, there's no excuse for not fencing those properly.

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Posted in: Man, grandson hit and killed by express train in Fukui See in context

This is one of the few problems with Japan. There is a terrible lack of decent safety fencing around trains and rivers. The attitude seems to be if kids fall in or get run down it's their own or their parents fault. In the UK for example anywhere children might enter a dangerous area would be fenced off securely on pain of criminal or certainly civil sanction for negligence if a child managed to get onto a track or fall into a river.

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