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Posted in: 630 cases of violence against train station employees reported in fiscal 2018 See in context

please give details of what Japan has done to get this results?

It says in the article?

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Posted in: JR baffled by man who jumped onto tracks and disappeared See in context

I hope this isn’t an attempt at an April fools joke...

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Posted in: Nearly Y5.5 mil stolen from supermarket in Chiba See in context

It's amazing how people with knives can commit this type of crime. I mean couldn't the employee just run away? If it was me i would take the chance that the robber wouldn't be able to accurately throw a knife and hit me...

What if he had the knife to your throat, had you cornered or otherwise had some sort of a hold on you? Even if not, there's a good chance he could catch you if you run, especially inside a building. Knives are no less deadly than guns.

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Posted in: Man with guide dog killed after falling off platform on Ginza subway line See in context

preventable, profit is more important that human life for Tokyo Metro.... seems totally BS to me.

What does this mean? They're installing platform doors at great expense precisely to stop this kind of accident.

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Posted in: Family of 7 in China drowns in deadly attempt to rescue girl See in context

It depends on the water temp. You're be better off in clothes below a certain water temp.

...you're kidding right?

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Posted in: 3,179 people taken to hospital for heatstroke July 14-20 See in context

Sleep on a wet pillow case? What?

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Posted in: Pregnant woman killed by train in Shiga See in context

There is NEVER a perfectly good excuse for a preventable death. Other countries and their methods do not matter, Japan is supposedly NOT a 3rd world country.

Do all first-world countries have gates on all train platforms? First I've heard.

Japanese rail companies ARE installing gates on their platforms, and have been for a while. It's not happened overnight because of the cost and logistics, especially for platforms that serve different kinds of trains. Tokyo Metro is currently planning to install gates in all of their stations.

If someone gets ill, falls into the street and gets hit by a bus, whose fault is that?

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Posted in: Japanese driving pet peeves: Not so different from other countries See in context

Kids jumping around in other peoples cars. No seatbelts, or car seats.

This.

But generally, seat belt awareness in Japan is terrible. I often get laughed at or called "erai" if I'm sitting in the back and put my seatbelt on. When I try to defend it, the most common response I get is "I want to be able to get out of the car quickly if I'm in a crash and the car's on fire."

Yeah? Either you'll already have left the car through the windshield or have crushed the person in front of you...

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Posted in: Student dies of alcohol poisoning at party in Ibaraki See in context

Not hard to believe at all. Japanese sports club drinking parties are brutal, especially when the sempai force their kohai to drink more.

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Posted in: Man injured in hammer assault in toilet at Tokyo Station See in context

A rubber hammer is heavy. The kind workers use to fit paving slabs into place.

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Posted in: Kanji skills decline in digital age See in context

So, what would “ultra-violet street fighting rays” be in Japanese? ;)

"shigaishigasensen" - 紫外市街戦線

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Posted in: Gov't suggests TEPCO freeze soil around Fukushima plant See in context

There is no such thing as "radioactive water". Contaminations in the water can be radioactive. but not water.

By that definition, there's no such thing as "dirty water". The water is clean, it just has dirt in it.

If this has a chance of working, I'm for it. The only worry is have is that frozen soil will need constant freezing. Someday it will thaw for whatever reason.

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Posted in: Artificial rain can be produced during the rainy season and stored in dams if scarce rainfall is forecast for summertime. See in context

So the rain we'll get is dilute carbonic acid? Is this OK?

Do you have a reason to believe carbonic acid is dangerous?

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Posted in: Mother, employer of epileptic crane driver ordered to pay compensation over fatal accident See in context

At first I was dumfounded by this, but after thinking about it, if she knew that he was hiding his condition to get the job AND that he'd caused accidents because of it before, she should have reported it. It'd be even more understandable if there were evidence that she actively supported his actions, but the article doesn't mention that.

Ratting out your son must be hard to do, but if she knew and stayed silent, that makes her an accessory.

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Posted in: Gov't plans to increase number of foreign English teachers to 10,000 See in context

Here we go. Rather than forcing staff to speak English or take the TOEIC exam, focusing on education might actually provide results.

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Posted in: Do cities in Japan need to have buses and trains running 24 hours a day? See in context

Some subway lines with limited service perhaps. In general though, not a good idea. The temptation to keep drinking late would be too great for many, and I'm sure certain "black companies" would use it as an opportunity to work their staff even harder.

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Posted in: Kirin implements ‘work at home’ system See in context

Wow, progress!

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Posted in: Bullet train derails in Akita See in context

I saw this on the news last night. Maybe I misunderstood, but I think they said it was traveling on a section of track that's also used by non-Shinkansen trains. Never heard of that before. Sounded odd.

The Akita Shinkansen runs on standard rails at reduced speed in some areas.

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Posted in: Yamanote line accident horrifies commuters See in context

Simple fact is that the cost and logistics are prohibitive. JR can't just put up barriers at all stations immediately. If there was a large number of ACCIDENTS caused by the lack of barriers, there'd be more pressure, but even then it's often down to personal responsibility. If it's JR's responsibility when someone falls in front of a train while drunk or fiddling on their keitai, whose responsibility is it when people doing the same thing get hit by a bus or car?

JR are working on making barriers, but it's going to take time and money.

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Posted in: U.N. to consider validity of China's claim over disputed islands See in context

Part of the same landmass?! That would technically give China the right to claim most of Asia, most of Europe and pretty much all of Africa!

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Posted in: Snow hits Kanto, paralyzing transport; 267 injuries reported See in context

12 inches of snow in Tokyo?! Wow, when was that? I've been here for 6 years but I can't remember it as bad as this before. Looking at pictures people are posting on Facebook, the amount of snow settling seems to vary around Tokyo. I'm in Asakusa and there's a good few inches here.

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Posted in: Snow hits Kanto, paralyzing transport; 267 injuries reported See in context

Got a huge surprise when I stepped out just now! A few inches of snow, and taxis stuck in the road outside my apartment!

I don't remember ever seeing snow this heavy in Tokyo.

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Posted in: McDonald’s 60-second campaign a bit much for staff See in context

I had a feeling this would happen. What a ridiculous campaign.

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Posted in: 8 tips for getting a seat on Japan’s crowded trains See in context

Maybe they should make a "blue seat permit... " We could hire inspectors like the old guys who check for smokers in no smoking zones. It would be good for the economy.

Some train lines do this. I remember the Sotetsu line in Yokohama did.

Impossible during rush hour though.

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Posted in: Tokyo cyclists may soon be snarled in red tape See in context

ThonTaddeo: You make a lot of good points, but I think you underestimate how dangerous bicycle accidents are. People do die and get seriously injured in bicycle accidents. Two main reasons being:

a) the first point of collision with a bicycle as opposed to a car is the wheel, which greatly increases the change of injury despite a bicycle's smaller size and lower speed. This is especially dangerous for small children and elderly people.

b) when falling from a biycle, the rider's head has a high probability of hitting the ground or other objects with great force. This would be mitigated by wearing helmets, but I can see that being even harder to enforce here than licence plates would be.

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Posted in: Tokyo cyclists may soon be snarled in red tape See in context

Are you sure that it was the cyclist fault? I commute to work and I have had three close calls with doors in the last two years In all three cases, the person opened the door with out looking.

True, I can't be 100% sure what happened, but if you try to overtake a parked taxi on the inside, you're asking for trouble. If it had been a door on the opposite side (towards the middle of the road), then it would more likely have been the passenger's fault.

tokyo has plenty of other pressing issues to deal with...don't they?

People get injured and even die in bicycle accidents. Is that not pressing?

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Posted in: Why you won't see a 7-Eleven in Shikoku See in context

There are no 7-elevens in Aomori either.

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Posted in: Apple maps disaster may solve China-Japan islands dispute See in context

Um, this isn't a solution. This is a silly joke by whoever wrote this article.

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Posted in: Tokyo cyclists may soon be snarled in red tape See in context

License plates? Sure. Deposits? No.

I'm fed up of idiots on bicycles here. Just seeing them rocketing up the wrong side of a busy road gives me chills. I once got taken out as I was stepping off a bus by some highschool moron who came up between the bus and the sidewalk in the wrong direction. Didn't even get a "sorry", he just gave me a dirty look like I was in the wrong and cycled off. I've been on busses that have had to swerve out of the way of cyclists going the wrong way, and I recently walked past an accident scene where a cyclist had slammed into the door of a taxi who was letting their passenger out.

Yes, there is a 2-foot wide on the side of the road for cyclists, but you have to be going in the same direction as the rest of the traffic, and you have to look where you're going!!

There seems to be little or no education regarding bicycle safety here, and what's worse, the laws that do exist for cyclists are never enforced. A licence plate would go a long way towards 1) making people realise they need to be careful and 2) catching those that cause accidents.

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Posted in: Tokyo police crack down on cycling violations See in context

I for one am glad that they are cracking down on this, however by the result (one fine), it appears to me that they're just putting out more cops, not that the cops are actually putting any effort in.

I've been hit twice by cyclists hurtling down narrow sidewalks (which is illegal in the first place) without looking where they were going. One of those times really jacked by leg up pretty bad. I've been on a bus that had to swerve into oncoming traffic to avoid flattening some idiot who was riding in the cycle lane on the wrong side of the road (I see this ALL THE TIME, especially on large busy roads with trucks and cars hurtling towards them).

As with motor vehicles, periodically "Cracking down" is not going to help, as everyone who doesn't get caught often doesn't know they're breaking the law (or if they do, they probably don't realise the danger of what they're doing and think it's okay to ignore the law).

This issue needs proper education. I want to see safe driving and anti drink-driving commercials on TV here like the ones you see overseas that show you the real consequences of dangerous driving.

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