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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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Posted in: Do you agree with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's decision to start the Olympic stadium design process from scratch? See in context

Scrapping the design just means more money will be wasted and the final design will be rushed, so it will probably be poor in every way and end up costing what the original one would have anyway.

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Posted in: Do you think the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were morally justifiable? See in context

There was no excuse for dropping the bombs. Dropping them could never be justified, not even if the existence of the US depended on doing so. In reality we know dropping the bombs wasn't even helpful in ending the war as the Japanese had offered to surrender before the bombs were dropped. It was a war crime and those responsible should have faced trial, if there were mitigating factors (such as confusion over the effects or targeting) they could have been considered in the trial or sentencing.

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Posted in: 5 interview questions employers in Japan are no longer allowed to ask See in context

Unless asking these questions brings severe punishment to the company they will keep asking them I'm afraid, especially as they are hiring for life. They might pay someone 200 - 1000 million yen over their employment and the amount of business that person might be expected to conduct could be 10 or 100x that, so unless the fine is of that order of magnitude they won't worry.

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Posted in: Policeman fires warning shot after truck thief threatens him with hatchet See in context

I don't blame the officer for firing a warning shot, but is it safe to fire shots in the air, presumably they come back down at killing velocity. I guess firing into the ground risks a ricochet. Certainly better than the US where the guy would probably have been Swiss cheese. In the UK I think unarmed police could still have dealt with him safely with pepper spray or tazars.

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Posted in: Flight attendant sues JAL for 'maternity harassment' See in context

I suspect some bitter old manager was particularly irritated by this lady as it sounds from the article like she may be a single mother and she is 40, could be some jealousy at work too. There's no reason why she shouldn't file a case a year or two later, often it takes that long to get over the sick of being treated badly. Dinosaur companies like this in Japan and abroad will only change when they are made to pay up. I hope she holds out for everything she claimed. As someone who has used JAL before it irritates me to hear of such nastiness by the company and makes me reluctant to use them again. Wake up JAL.

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Posted in: Drone falls onto elevated train tracks in Hokkaido See in context

Oh come on, this is a non-story. If trains can't survive a small light weight toy landing on the tracks then the trains have a problem. This focus on drones seems to be a conspiracy to get them banned thereby protecting industries that don't want to see drone competition.

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Posted in: Conservative Japanese want to rewrite the U.S-drafted constitution because they say it does not reflect the realities of the modern world. Would you support a revision of Japan’s constitution? See in context

Although the US helped with some of the drafting it was finally determined and agreed to freely by Japanese. It also can't be said that it doesn't match the modern world, if anything it better matches the modern world than it did when it was drafted (the world is far more peaceful now than it has ever been.)

What worries me more than potential changes to article 9 would be changes to the civil liberties aspects of it, currently they're the strongest in the world, Japan can't afford to water those down.

If the constitution must be changed it should be voted on line by line, not changed in one fell swoop with an all or nothing vote.

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Posted in: Does it bother you when people talk on smartphones on buses, trains or in restaurants? See in context

If it's just a brief whisper then it's fine, but if it's a prologued and / or loud conversation then it's not acceptable. There are people sleeping on the train, reading, working and it's not like you can move away so talking loudly into a mobile is inconsiderate. Worth noting 9/10 times it's an older Japanese person doing it.

P.S. It's pretty intolerant criticising someone's language skills when they're speaking to their wife LOL. There are worse things to worry about in the world.

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Posted in: Japanese men share a list of common male woes before and after marriage See in context

The real problem is not marriage in Japan, but work in Japan. Married or not, most Japanese men (and female full time workers) are total slaves to the companies they work for. Women in contrast are forced out of the work force to a large degree and thereafter either look after children (pretty much on their own in most cases) or have the largely forced status of kept women, which is good in some ways and for some people, but very limiting and depressing for others. Most Japanese couples/families hardly get to spend any time with each other, leading to a lot of misery, defective relationships, and in some cases (like above) resentment. This is all aggravated by the fact that many Japanese couples don't really marry out of love, but more the men marry women as trophies and the women marry the husbands for status and income, production of children is like a business partnership. This is not all Japanese couples, but I'd say still more than half, depending on how you measure it.

Primarily Japan needs to free company workers from slave labour conditions (even if they do generally get paid well for their slavery) as well as promoting proper equality in the work place, thus freeing women from dependence on male breadwinners and allowing more marriages to be based on true compatibility.

The concerns about treatment of men in divorces is also a problem that needs addressing.

However, I don't think men in Japan can say they have it any worse than women, not when you consider it from all angles.

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Posted in: Many Japan Today readers hate AKB48 and insult them every chance they get. Yet the megapopular all-girl group has tens of millions of fans in Japan and Southeast Asia. Why so much hate for the group? See in context

Leave them alone I say, yes I have serious concerns about the way that while business works, but that's no reason to hate on the women themselves. Seriously if AKB48 are your biggest concern, you are not nearly adequately in touch with the serious problems currently facing Japan and the world.

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Posted in: Should Japan join the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade pact, which seems to be stuck over differences between Japan and the U.S.? See in context

The TPP will simply accelerate the movement of wealth from the 99% to the 1% or maybe 0.1%

Provisions in the TPP massively undermine democratic sovereign power in favour of rule making by large corporations, it's an affront to democracy.

In Japan though, especially it will have a devastating impact. Pretty much everything that's good about Japan relies on the corporate socialism system, this would be wiped out overnight if Japanese companies had to compete under the TPP.

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Posted in: Magazine asks women if they’d rather date an ugly millionaire or unemployed hottie See in context

A better and more realistic question would be low paid worker with kind personality vs richer guy who is a sociopath. It was too easy to discount the good looking guy and too easy to accept the rich guy.

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Posted in: 22-year-old man held over murder of 11-year-old boy in Wakayama town See in context

Japan is very safe from day to day sheet violence and petit crime, but it has as many, possibly more mentally ill people. Also because cringe is so low psychopaths address not filtered out early in life by the judicial system. I doubt think it helps that there are so many violent horror movies, often including deaths of children, it gives ideas to psychopaths and other crazy people.

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Posted in: Woman held for trying to strangle 6-month-old son to death See in context

Almost certainly this woman is suffering from terrible depression, depression that will only be made an order of magnitude worse after what she has done. My heart goes out to the baby, the father and the mother, a failure to identify and offer help to this woman quickly enough.

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Posted in: Prosecutors indict vagina artist on obscenity charges See in context

There's another country famous for locking up artists... Does Japan want to be seen as a worse country than China?! I'm really quite surprised as Japan is usually so tolerant of art and sex.

It is absolutely despicable that she was locked up for a month without charge. I suspect a conspiracy by some group of right wingers to torment her.

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Posted in: Shizuoka hospital influenza outbreak leaves 2 dead, 101 infected See in context

The quality of Japanese hospitals varies so much. I have been in some luxurious hospitals that were utterly spotless, I've visited quite a few that were spotless where you could easily see dirt but were quite dirty as soon as you looked a bit harder and I have seen some that look like refugee camps. Not sure why this is. I would say that currently Japan has a fairly good record when it comes to MRSA. Also worth noting that the quality of care and kindness that you generally find in Japanese hospitals is second to none.

I wonder if it's an another example of the Japanese tradition of not hiring professional cleaners but expecting all workers to clean their bit. Which in reality tends to result in them doing a very half hearted job while being distracted from their real work. Glad to see more and more firms contracting proper cleaners. I also notice there are a lot of older people hired as cleaners and I wonder about their eye sight and attitudes to hygiene (I don't mean personal I mean in terms of technical infection control).

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Posted in: Video of pick-up artist grabbing Japanese women on street triggers online protests See in context

I think there's already enough evidence to detain him if not charge him with sexual assault from the last time he was in Japan, should he ever dare to set for on Japanese soil again.

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Posted in: Man gets 7 years in prison for kidnapping, confining 9-year-old girl See in context

7 years?! I'm usually the first to advocate liberal, shorter jail times, but seriously making it 30 years would probably be too light in this case. Such a short sentence will almost certainly encourage other crazies to follow in this guys footsteps.

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Posted in: What’s wrong with English education in Japan? Pull up a chair See in context

This is all true, but let's show a little appreciation for the fact that almost all Japanese leave school with at least the ability to attempt the pronunciation of English words and have some kind of a basic understanding at worst, others of course do learn enough to allow them to become proper speakers with a bit more experience or tuition. Unless you've tried to teach English to people who have never had any English education you'll take this for granted.

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Posted in: Which offers the best sound quality for listening to music? See in context

It's not really a matter of opinion is it? The factual answer is that the higher quality digital downloads do offer better quality than either vinyl or CD.

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Posted in: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wants Japan to have a permanent seat on the U.N. Security Council. Would you support such a move? See in context

Yes of course it should. Other countries should be grateful Japan has cooperated with the UN to such an enormous degree without demanding it up to now. A huge part of the UN budget comes from Japan, the is no excuse for Japan not too have a seat.

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Posted in: Britain votes to join U.S.-led airstrikes against jihadists See in context

Whatever the history and whatever the risks, you just can't leave something as evil as ISIL roaming around raping and committing genocide with impunity. You have to do something, even if you don' t know the outcome and risk making things worse and indeed even if you caused the problem with your own greed or stupidity in the first place. People that say we should sit back, have no comprehension whatsoever of what its like to be a civilian on the ground when these kinds of people come calling.

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Posted in: Gov't trying to confirm report 9 Japanese have joined Islamic State See in context

I can't imagine falling further than giving up life in Japan for life in the Islamic state. Nightmare just wouldn't do such an experience justice. They really are naive fools, whatever their motivation. But every country has its ignorant and mentally unstable I'm afraid.

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Posted in: Anxiety makes Japanese stingy, says psychologist See in context

Japanese people are not stingy at all, Japanese companies are rather stingy though.

As for the "science" around serotonin, sounds like utter rubbish to me. All humans are extremely closely related, so such a large difference in brain chemistry is highly unlikely.

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Posted in: Knife-wielding man arrested on bus in Fukuoka See in context

These kinds of incidents happen in every country every day, and always have, it is simply someone who is mentally disturbed, there has never been a time in Japan's history that this kind of thing didn't happen. Japan is still one of the safest countries on earth, if not the safest.

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Posted in: Kidnap suspect said he threatened to kill girl unless she got into his car See in context

Surely 4 numbers from a plate cross referenced with the description of the car and the local area would have only brought up a manageable (even it was a few hundred) number plates, sure in this case the police managed to find her in time, but in many cases this might have been too late.

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Posted in: Mie police officer arrested for indecent acts with school girl See in context

Many police officers are not better than the thugs they are supposed to be stopping, both want the power to bully and abuse others.

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