J-Dake comments

Posted in: 8-year-old boy hit and killed by bus; driver arrested See in context

Sorry but the bus was turning left in an intersection. Yes, it is absolutely reasonable that the driver should be alert and making sure no one is in the path of the bus. Whether the kid was walking, crawling, or riding his bike it was the driver’s responsibility to make sure the crossing was clear and not on the kid, even if he was erroneously riding.

Having said that, I do not know precisely what happened in this exact incident. But one thing is absolutely clear to me, far too many driver’s in Japan do not respect the damage their vehicles can do. The amount of times drivers have whisked through zebra crossings one after another while I have been clearly standing and waiting to cross far out umber the times cars have actually stopped without me having to insist. And it doesn’t seem to matter a lick whether I’m standing with 2 young children or not.

Moderator: The bus was turning right, not left.

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Posted in: 16-year-old girl arrested for threatening police officer with knife in koban See in context

Just avoiding them and not thinking about them should be enough.

Oh yes, the ostrich technique. That old chestnut.

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Posted in: Japan to tighten regulations on dangerous bicycle riding See in context

*just to allow a bicycle to pass

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Posted in: Japan to tighten regulations on dangerous bicycle riding See in context

Can I have links establishing the credibility of those six supposed "facts"?

Somehow I doubt it because he is confusing "facts" with emotionally inspired wild speculation.

Are you suggesting that bicyclists pay fuel tax too Bjorn?

I'm willing to pay taxes to ride my bike if car owners are willing to pay a destroying the earth tax. Sign me up today!

Interestingly I have had the exact opposite experience as you. I find that most riders don;t ride dangerously at all. You see the odd person driving too fast and recklessly but for the most part I think bicycle riders impose far less on the average pedestrian than motor vehicle riders. I've never had to duck into a driveway in Tokyo just to allow a car to pass for example.

And the bells, yeah they are there so that we don't crash into you when you walk on the bike path. As far as I understand they were not invented nor are used primarily for annoying Bjorn.

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Posted in: Japan to tighten regulations on dangerous bicycle riding See in context

I am all for designated bike lanes, if as many cyclist keep saying and demanding equal access and rights then great. But with that equality I hope they also expect to be equally taxed yearly for owning a bicycle, have proper licensing such as driver's license and license plates, be required to purchase yearly liability insurance, and of course follow all road regulations. No going the wrong way on a one way street, no breezing through stop signs, etc... Equality on the roads mean equality in responsibility. In all discussions on this subject nearly every pro cycling person totally object to having equal responsibility especially training, licenses, yearly taxes and insurance.

@Antiquesaving

Some of those things are already in the woks in case you haven't been following the news. I am for all of those things besides equal taxation (bikes do not cause nearly as much deterioration of roads, are hugely less taxing on the environment, less dangerous etc.). I would be fine for the licensing and all (if I was provided with a safe place on the road to ride of course) but I would imagine the cost vs. benefit of such an enterprise may not be worth it overall. In Tokyo, almost without fail, you cannot find a city block where cars aren't parked in what is I guess supposed to be a bike lane. I try to ride with traffic in the bike lane every day but eventually always have to choose between merging with live car traffic which is of course unsafe and would bother all of the important car people with important places to go, or hop onto the sidewalk with people staring at their phones. I personally see far more dangerous motor vehicle driving on a daily basis than bicycle riding. Ultimately bike riders better treatment and consideration for not imposing themselves on the planet like car owners. In any environment where the earth is actually given the respect it deserves and climate change is taken seriously (ie not likely a car producing country) people would actually be encouraged to ride bicycles instead of riding machines that are too large for the roads they are ridden on (in Tokyo) and which damage the prospect for future life on this planet.

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Posted in: Japan to tighten regulations on dangerous bicycle riding See in context

Maybe start with making actual bike lanes that one can actually ride in without being killed by motorists. Secondly, perhaps make it illegal and actually enforce a ban on cars parking in said lanes. Before you start making ringing bells illegal (it is actually as important as a car’s horn) you may want to sort out exactly where in these cities a bicyclist is supposed to legally ride. Even police don’t seem to know. I’ve been told by police in the same place to variously ride on the street AND on the sidewalk. Only a country that produces this many earth killing oil suckers (cars) would make it this difficult to be a responsible citizen of earth and avoid transportation by motor.

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Posted in: Australian police reject comparison to U.S. over indigenous boy's arrest See in context

Who escalated the situation? Police officer talks to five people. One moron threatens to break the officer's jaw. Officer arrests the moron who escalated the situation from a conversation to a verbal threat. Threatening to break anyone's jaw is against the law. Threatening to break a police officer's jaw is also against the law. You (not "you") are now under arrest. You can come along quietly, or you can chose to resist arrest. Your choice.

The police officer escalated the situation from a verbal confrontation to a physical one by tripping him and sending his face into the pavement. He put his hand behind his back and then kicked his legs out from under him causing him to land on his face. He didn't resist. He was in a cuff-able position when the officer assaulted him. Did you actually watch the video?

I agree he should be arrested for threatening someone (not just a police officer) with violence. I disagree that he should be assaulted for words. It was the officer who turned this physical and not the mouthy yet unarmed minor. The cop should be charged with assault as fa as I'm concerned.

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Posted in: Australian police reject comparison to U.S. over indigenous boy's arrest See in context

The odds were 5 to 1, and a young thug made the decidedly poor choice of threatened to break the police officer's jaw.

If the odds were so bad you would wonder why the cop would want to escalate the situation to actual violence the way he did.

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Posted in: Australian police reject comparison to U.S. over indigenous boy's arrest See in context

If I threatened to break a cop's jaw, then I would expect to be taken down and arrested as well.

Arrested, sure. It was a threat. Have your face smashed into the ground though? That is excessive force against an unarmed minor. That much was easy to see in the video. The police created the actual violence in this situation.

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Posted in: Nikkei erroneously says Fuji Rock Festival canceled See in context

And why should it bother them?

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Posted in: Cobain 'Unplugged' guitar up for auction starting at $1 million See in context

Agree completely kohakuebisu and well stated. The Unplugged series has aged horribly. It wasn’t even truly “unplugged” for the most part. Most bands didn’t even bother to rearrange their songs so what you effectively got was deadended versions of once electric songs and they mostly didn’t work because the arrangements were never meant for acoustic.

As to Bass4funk’s comment, “grunge” was a fashion movement; not a musical one anyway. The whole pacific NW post-punk scene was kind of actually dead by 1994. Whatever the media was matching onto wasn’t even really there by then. The mainstream was humping a ghost. Most bands had moved beyond whatever sound the media had identified as “grunge”. All you need to do is listen to the most popular bands’ records In 1994. None of them really fit that formula besides maybe Mudhoney

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Posted in: Cobain 'Unplugged' guitar up for auction starting at $1 million See in context

@ebisen I'm curious. Why do you think they were past their peak? They'd only made 3 studio records and a handful of singles with their last record (not Unplugged) arguably being their most artistically interesting. Both at the time and in hindsight I'd say they were still on the incline. I would agree though that the MTV sessions were far from career defining.

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Posted in: Bob Dylan announces first album of new music since 2012 See in context

Didn't he die during the Vietnam War?

I think you might be confusing him with the USA itself

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Posted in: Bob Dylan announces first album of new music since 2012 See in context

@OnTheTrail. You should get those ears to a doctor. That sounds serious.

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Posted in: Japan Post may cut as many as 10,000 jobs: Nikkei See in context

The postal group needs to cut as many rank and file employees as possible in order for their shareholders to have a nicer cut of steak and smoke a finer brand of cigar because that is how privatization works. There, fixed it.

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Posted in: LDP to back Koike for re-election in Tokyo gubernatorial election See in context

So the story continues. She started a party to pull away electable candidates from the only party able to stand a chance against the LDP a few years back and then went on to torpedo the party before the election. At the time I said she would be paid back by the LDP for her deeds of collusion and here is a taste of that payback. She is as dirty as they come. This is democracy in Nippon.

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Posted in: Finance Ministry will not probe Moritomo Gakuen scandal again: Aso See in context

That rug is getting awfully lumpy sir

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Posted in: Abe tells Trump Japan preparing for Tokyo Olympics as planned See in context

Preparing for the Olympics to go ahead as planned is only as logical as preparing to delay or cancel if needed. Failing to do both at an uncertain time like this is just willfully ignorant or naive. In either case, it this is simply poor leadership (if we are to take their their words to be sincere).

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Posted in: Couple at center of Abe cronyism scandal found guilty over fraud See in context

Rook takes out pawn and the spectators yawn

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Posted in: My scariest thing before I became a porn star was that people would judge me and also fear of what my mom would think. I love porn. I'm a little bit of a naughty girl. See in context

Good for her. There is seemingly no end to the amount of people in this world who are hung up about sex and who will project their insecurities onto those who are not. Good to see she doesn't let it drag her down.

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Posted in: Medical worker blasts ill-mannered response to mask shortage and coronavirus at Japanese hospitals See in context

If this happens elsewhere I am not surprised but it is Japan then I am surprised

Well, let me be the first to welcome you to reality. You must have missed the post-quake manner-amnesia that struck here.

Having more societal rules does not make a place better mannered. It makes it “more mannered”.

Another point to consider, if a concept falls apart when you need it most was it ever actually there in the first place?

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Posted in: 'Nobody likes him' - Hillary Clinton bashes Bernie Sanders See in context

She won (?) the nomination. What on earth does she have to whinge about regarding Sanders?

The most glaringly disturbing part of these quotes to me is how public-election-as-popularity contest is simply taken for granted like she is Willy Loman.

I think it is naive to believe that sexism didn't play a part in her losing the election but equally naive to think it was the primary factor.

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Posted in: Abe says Olympic Games mark new era for nation See in context

New era? It is already the most in debt country (debt to GDP ratio: 235%) by a long shot. It will still be that 10 years from now but maybe he is going for a galaxy record in terms of owed money?

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Posted in: Mother of 7-month-old girl who fell to her death arrested on suspicion of murder See in context

Glad she was caught out in her filthy lie. Now, punish her unmercifully to the full extent of the law (which in Japan isn’t very much in these cases)

Perhaps she can be afforded a trial before we boil her in motor oil?

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Posted in: Survey reveals rudest behavior seen on trains and at stations this year See in context

girl_in_tokyo I think #2 mentions what you talk about. and about grouping being rude.....well that is not a rude behavior...its an illegal one. Thats why stabbing someone on the train is also not on the list.

No sir, stabbing is not on the list because it is not a daily occurrence. Unlike sexual assault.

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Posted in: Survey reveals rudest behavior seen on trains and at stations this year See in context

Girl in Tokyo, I totally agree. Perhaps the pushing and other physically disruptive behavior is covered by the “getting on and off the train” category but it is far more annoying than someone putting on makeup on a train which you can simply ignore if you don’t like. You can’t ignore someone smashing into you without apology or grabbing a handful of your flesh or jamming a mobile phone into your back because they can’t bare to be off the grid for 7 minutes. The unnecessary pushing in an obviously already orderly and moving embarkment or disembarkment line would top my list because it is simply so pointlessly aggravating.

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Posted in: Man arrested over fatal hit-and-run in Tokyo See in context

Not excusing someone driving away, but they simply MUST mitigate the punishment when pedestrians are some place they shouldn't be.

What significance is “”jaywalking” in a country where crosswalks are of no significance to drivers? You are probably as likely to be hit by a car In a crosswalk as you are in the middle of the road.

He hit the guy and kept going. The punishment should be as harsh as possible.

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Posted in: U.N. declined Abe's request to speak at Sept climate summit: sources See in context

This is only the start of the dinosaur extinction process. Or so one would hope.

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Posted in: A recent Jiji Press survey showed that about 10% of Japanese people in their teens and 20s do not watch television, with the majority saying they find video-sharing and streaming sites more attractive, or it is more fun to play with smartphones and game consoles. How much television do you watch each week? See in context

The only TV I watch (if "watch" is the correct term for something which is merely is in my line-of-sight) would be at bars (which I infrequently patronize these days) or department stores. Aside from that, it has been goose eggs for me for well over a decade. Luckily social media has arisen in this time to take over the poisoning of my already effete central command center.

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Posted in: Japan limits scope for illegal downloads of copyrighted work See in context

Again, unless they are planning on actually enforcing any of these "laws" they will probably have more harm than good. With bootlegged music for example, you could find hard copies in almost every music store a decade or so back in regards to Western music at least. It didn't seem like the gov't gave much of a toss at all about it then. Of course now it is much easier and cheaper to download bootlegged records and the only difference is you are hurting the bootleggers themselves too (if actually anyone). I wonder why the seeming change of heart? Is the oft-repeated word in this article "manga" a clue as to why this recent interest in copyright law I wonder? I really don't know

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