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Posted in: Aussie swimmer Thorpe reveals years of crippling depression See in context

Hear hear to that Tamarama.

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Posted in: Inspiring or inconsiderate? Foreigner plays guitar for train passengers stranded by typhoon See in context

If a Japanese person did this, they’d get bashed without hesitation.

lol. No they wouldn't. Everyone would stare blankly ahead, or fiddle with their phone and pretend this "nuisance" didn't exist. I guess this means, like, in the way these annoying little Bosuzoku doobs get bashed...

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Posted in: 3 junior high school students drown in Aichi river See in context

This river is a death trap. Deceptively still and calm but very strong undertows. Kids die here almost every year and yet they still go there to swim. Totally crazy. Lessons never learned. And a total waste of young life..

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Posted in: U.S., Brazil win women's soccer games; Nadeshiko Japan, Sweden draw 0-0 See in context

Man, that was seriously woeful.

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Posted in: Japan shocks Spain 1-0 in men's Olympic soccer opener See in context

The only team that got LUCKY was Spain. If you actually watched the match you would have seen they were lucky not to end up with a hammering. This was a terrific performance by a very good Japanese side. Spain ARE European champions at this level and were obviously overly complacent from the off. If Japan had a striker who knew where the goal was, it could've been a total embarrassment.

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Posted in: Sea Shepherd founder Watson skips bail in Germany over Japan extradition fear See in context

You can go pretty far without a passport from Germany:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schengen_zone

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Posted in: Colorado shooting suspect makes bizarre first appearance in court See in context

I wonder if there are any statistics out there? For the 8000 or so people killed in the US by guns in the last year, what %age were illegally murdered and what% were as a result of legal "self-defence"?

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Posted in: 4-year-old boy crushed to death by parking garage car elevator See in context

SmithinJapan: Like I said, in the very sentence before you chose to quote me: "So obviously this was an accident that could have been avoided". Of course I don't deny she may have been negligent, we just don't know the circumstances. In accidents resulting in the deaths of children you could make a case in hindsight that 100% of these deaths could have been avoided if such and such had been done. You remember the James Bulger case in Liverpool. Did you blame the mother then? If she hadn't let the kid out of her sight.... All I'm saying is we don't know the full circumstances , so we shouldn't pass judgement. Perhaps she was tired, stressed,laden down with shopping,having a particularly bad day,perhaps her husband was abusive and she hadn't got the dinner on yet, whatever, and she let her guard down, or perhaps the parking lot was layed out in a way that was difficult to get the kid out of the car after mounting the elevator,WE JUST DON'T KNOW. If she had kept her eye on her kid the whole time and in a parking garage of course she should have, no, he may not have died. And now she will probably never forgive herself.

More likely than not she allowed the kid to jump out early without any protest or regard for safety... More than likely? As 2020hindsights points out quite correctly, this is the kind of prejudiced assumption which barely merits a reaction. We can all hypothesise on what happened, but like the MOD says, lets not lynch the mother based on unfounded prejudices.

Finally, I'd be interested in how many readers who are so ready to condemn this woman are parents themselves? I like to think my wife and I keep a good eye on our daughter at all times but nonetheless, there have been occasions where she'll dart off suddenly and who knows what freak event could have happened but didn't, by the grace of God, in those few seconds. No doubt the armchair parents on JT would be down on us like a ton of bricks, no doubt smugly reassuring themselves of what wonderful parents they would make.

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Posted in: 4-year-old boy crushed to death by parking garage car elevator See in context

So obviously this was an accident that could have been avoided. My point is horesfell that readers on here so readily prefer to jump to conclusions and always assume maliciousness is involved. We don't know the mother. But I am sure she is in a terrible place right now. @ Poke: I agree with you that this is not news. Perhaps this paper reports such incidents because it enjoys the reaction. btw I am the father of a 4-year-old. I don't think it is being sanctimonious to say RIP little guy.

sanc·ti·mo·ni·ous/ˌsaNG(k)təˈmōnēəs/ Adjective:derogatory. Making a show of being morally superior to other people.

Perhaps you should aim this charge at those who wish to damn this poor woman, based on very limited information and a general perception (formed to a large extent by the ridiculously large and disproportionate number of such articles that make the news on here) that Japanese parents can't look after their kids.

So I'll say it again. RIP little guy. And to the mother, I hope your pain will ease one day.

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Posted in: Bicultural javelin thrower Genki Dean fielding a media frenzy See in context

So he's a Japanese national, not Japanese... He's lived here all his life, and he considers his mother tongue Japanese...my goodness! He can speak English and Japanese!! Amazing!

Best of luck young man. What a dream it must be to represent your country at the olympics in the country of your father. Go out there, enjoy yourself and bring back a medal!

And by the way, what's with the making fun of his name? Maybe not everyone's cup of tea, but Genki is a perfectly normal Japanese name.

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Posted in: 4-year-old boy crushed to death by parking garage car elevator See in context

So sad, RIP little guy. And let's hope we can avoid the usual barrage of blame on the mother.

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Posted in: Parents awarded Y12 mil after child injured smashing milk bottles together at school See in context

If this happened to my kid at school, I'd be outraged. Kids do stupid, idiotic stuff ALL the time. As parents out there know, we can teach our kids about safety until we are blue in the face and they will still do stupid stuff! I find it sad that (again) so many people are jumping on the back of the parents (not being parents themselves in the most part, I'd wager). The kid may be an idiot, the parents may be bad parents (or great parents) for all we know but none of this matters in the eyes of the law where the school has a duty of care. I'm really not into all this American-style suing, but if we agree that the school is responsible for the well-being of the child in its care and has been legally negligent, and I think we can all assume that they arenot just going to voluntarily hand over such sums of compensation for the injuries, then I suspect the parents would feel they have little alternative than to sue. And when they went to their lawyers, I'd bet he would say, "Right, lets sue their A***!) What good comes out of this, well perhaps, hopefully, lessons will be learned. And other kids will be safer at school as a result.

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Posted in: 2-year-old boy dies after being hit by train at crossing See in context

Poor woman. Poor kid. Poor train driver.

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Posted in: TEPCO workers quitting due to threats, sense of despair See in context

Ps Smith in Japan, I meant to "respectfully" disagree, not respectively (?!?!?)

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Posted in: TEPCO workers quitting due to threats, sense of despair See in context

Elvensilvan, of course TEPCO have to accept the blame for their failings, my point is that the government should not still be allowing things to happen for which any blame needs to be apportioned. To waste energy hounding and pointing fingers at TEPCO officials will serve no ultimate purpose.Of course, people ultimately should be held responsible for their actions (or lack of action) at that level, but we need to be looking at the failures higher up the ladder.

People need to hold their governments accountable. The Japanese government is only too happy to hide in the shadows, shirk responsibility and let others take the fall. Where there is full and clear accountabilty in government, governments make things happen. It is this government's responsibility to make things happen, i.e. to make this mess go away. I'm pretty sure the Americans or the British would've sorted it out by now, ACTION would have been taken swiftly and decisively at government levels to address the situation and their TEPCO equivalents would eventaually have been properly disciplined, criminal charges filed where appropriate and brought to justice (and investigations would also have been opened to look at the failure of the regulatory system and any misdoings of individuals therewithin. Not to mention looking into the failings at local and national government levels). So that in future such disasters can be prevented if at all possible and if not so that the response to such disasters will be much better.

That is where the focus should be.

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Posted in: TEPCO workers quitting due to threats, sense of despair See in context

...and I still respectively disagree SmithinJapan, it is not TEPCO management that the public wrath should be aimed at (they should no longer have been players 12 months ago), the government is 100% responsible for the whole mess now...and it was from Day 1.To waste your energy "hounding" the management of TEPCO "no end" is going to achieve exactly what?

TEPCO is simply the scapegoat, a lamb left out to the slaughter by the government. It just serves to illustrate the failings of the mechanisms of government in this country and the weakness of its democracy that this farce is still allowed to continue. Do you think a private utility would still be running the show in the US or western Europe? Hell, no! The Japanese people don't need to be setting about the straw man with matches. They need to be taking a knife to the heart of government and the beaurocrcy in this country. Weak, indecisive, irresponsible, corrupt. Throw 'em out. Overhaul the system. Japan needs a second renaissance. Badly. This is the moment where the voice of the people could force change. TEPCO are puppets.

Having said all that however, its slightly dispiriting that the voice of the people tends to be an emphatic "shoganai jyan" accompanied by a disinterested shrug of the shoulders. My crystal ball tells me that young Japanese of today will in 50 years time be saying, "Ah, life used to be so good in the old days, maybe we should have worked harder to preserve that." And their kids will just mumble, "shoganai, jyan" and get back to watching crap TV while their Chinese homework lies unattended in their schoolbags.

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Posted in: TEPCO workers quitting due to threats, sense of despair See in context

Of course, they would never get voluntary retirement if they had mentioned anything to that effect, would they?

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Posted in: U.S. Coast Guard cannons sink tsunami ship after 4 hours See in context

I bet there is still a fridge full of Asahi Super Dry on it.

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Posted in: U.S. Coast Guard cannons sink tsunami ship after 4 hours See in context

Telephone conversation:

US: You wannit? Japan: er, nope. US: Alrighty then.

Good job, all in all, Japanese government shirking its responsibilities though...no news there.

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Posted in: Japan rejects N Korean invitation to send observers to rocket launch See in context

Perhaps they are afraid the inspectors may go the same way as Hans Blix...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fSXNJMP8ir4

or, seriously;

a) they don't want to be humiliated when they fire a missle over Japan anyway.... b) they don't want to be humiliated when they find out it actually er, is...a rocket like NK says it is.

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Posted in: New nuclear regulatory agency delayed amid political infighting See in context

Currently, the main regulatory body, the Nuclear Industrial and Safety Agency, is under the control of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, which also promotes nuclear power in the resource-poor country.

And it is these guys who are responsible for the mess we are in now.

And it is this government which is responsible for fixing these guys. It shouldn't take this long.It appears that wareware once more don't have a clue what wareware are supposed to be doing.

An autonomous and independent regulatory body, armed with a real mandate and powers to enforce compliance (and not merely an advisory role) might be a good start.

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Posted in: Owner of boat swept across Pacific by tsunami doesn't want it back See in context

Blow a hole in it and let it sink to the bottom. And Bob's your uncle.

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Posted in: Tokyo Disneyland to allow Cinderella Castle to be used for weddings See in context

Market forces people. If you want to spent 7million yen on a Mickey Mouse wedding, and they are willing to provide it, then why the hell not? ! It isn't really that expensive for a wedding in Japan. Not everybody's cup of tea, but hey. This is my 4 year old daughter's dream. I hope she grows out of it but if she doesn't (and I can afford it), then there I'll be, a proud father in a goofy costume.

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Posted in: What are some of the weirdest examples of English used in ads or on T-shirts, bags, etc, that you have seen in Japan? See in context

I like the local "Woops" hairdressers and "SPAZ" clothing store too. .

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Posted in: What are some of the weirdest examples of English used in ads or on T-shirts, bags, etc, that you have seen in Japan? See in context

A girl of 8 or 9 skipping down the road in America mura in Osaka, hand in hand with both her (presumably) parents wearing a T-shirt that read, "I'm a c*t." (uncensored). No sht.

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Posted in: Bold and beautiful See in context

Wouldn't mind getting my hands on one of those.

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Posted in: Woman arrested for abusing 2-week-old twins See in context

I think most parents understand the frustration and anger that can build up with new babies, especially if they feel they are inadequately equipped to cope, and many will also realise how close they have come to snapping or lashing out in some way. Yes, this is a terrible crime which should be properly punished, yes she should have punched a pillow or taken a walk and that's easy enough to say in hindsight. (Avoid slamming tables by the way...dang!) Luckily these babies (unlike so many others) survived and one day, somewhere down the line I hope they will enjoy a happy and loving relationship with their mother. We obviously don't know the full circumstances, but I doubt she is a monster and she is probably living in a seriously dark place right now.

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Posted in: Scientists begin mission to probe seabed fractured by March 11 quake See in context

One is "quite high," the other is going on a "cruise". Sounds like the start of a Godzilla movie to me.

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Posted in: Things that foreigners find annoying about life in Japan See in context

That whole one leg rolled up thing.gets me going every time.

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Posted in: Man arrested for calling 110 number 109 times to insult police See in context

I wonder how he swore at them. "baka yaroo!"?

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