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Posted in: Japan revises law to ban parents from physically punishing children See in context

Physical violence ("corporal punishment") creates frightened and often violent individuals. The pain lasts a lifetime. In my view anyone who supports corporal punishment is in some way perverted.

There are Japanese parents who actually encourage teachers to beat on their students so the study harder.

This new law may not have teeth yet, but it is a good law.

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Posted in: Man held for pushing commuter off Osaka subway platform See in context

No Osaka trains are not mellow compared to Tokyo because Osaka people tend to behave like animals on trains.

The only place I have ever been shoved and shoved and shoved by some be speckled office worker was at Osaka Station. The JR personnel watched and did nothing.

These days I have a disability and need a stick. Going out of the train in Osaka Station is a nightmare because a mob will shove and push its way in before all the passengers are out.

There are seats for disabled people that tend to be taken up by punks who act like the disabled person standing next to them does not exist.

I've not been pushed on the tracks yet. But these days I avoid Osaka.

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Posted in: Parenting book author says school system, overprotective parents killing kids' creativity See in context

Whatever else, Agnes Chan is dead right about the Japanese schooling system. I've worked it. It is stifling and totalitarian and creativity is not on the table. Whatever the kids did learn in their junior and senior high schools is wasted at university. University is the place to expand one's creativity and critical thinking. But by that time students are burned out. They sleep in class, escape, talk, text and do homework. English majors like English when it is fun and games but hate it when it requires reading and critical analysis. The result is that they learn little. When they become teachers and professors a good many become anti-English English instructors. They fake their knowledge of the English language and its literature. And they hate "native speakers."

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Posted in: Abe denounces attacks on tankers near Strait of Hormuz See in context

"All based on a video that has the same picture quality as when the Titanic set sail."

A good point. In this day and age of sophisticated digital photography why should this image be "grainy" like ISO 100 film pushed to ISO 3200? Note that digital photography does not have grain; it has noise, which is different. A point and shoot M4/3 camera would produce better results. I must assume than any camera at sea or in the air would have to be digital.

So will the photographer come forward and explain why this photograph is obscured by "grain" and blurs?

This lousy photograph should not start a war.

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Posted in: U.S. blames Iran for attacks on 2 tankers near Persian Gulf See in context

Remember the "Maine" which was not blown up by the Spanish but was an excuse to start the Spanish-American War? Remember the Bay of Tonkin incident that never happened but was an excuse for the U.S. to escalate the Viet Nam War? Remember George W. Bush's weapons of mass destruction that did not exist but which were his excuse to invade Iraq? History and hysteria is repeating itself. There no proof that Iran is attacking tankers. Furthermore, there is no motive. Please let sanity prevail for once. Neither America nor anyone else needs another war.

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Posted in: Police shakedowns increasing in run-up to Tokyo Olympics See in context

This article is a revelation for me. I had naively assumed that police only targeted foreign-looking people. I was asked for my I.D. twice in Japan: once in Nagoya and once in Tokyo. That was ages and ages ago.

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Posted in: Labor minister opposes banning female dress codes with high heels See in context

There is only one rational for making high heals for women "necessary and reasonable in workplaces,"  High heels supposedly make women's legs look sexier. A part of "business" is men leering at women's legs. Otherwise high heels are uncomfortable and hazardous. High heels put an unnatural strain particularly on the ankle and on the leg as a whole. It is hinders walking and makes the wearer prone to sprains. Then there issues of what do you do if a high heel breaks?

It past time to abolish the requirement of high heels in the workplace.

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Posted in: A bill banning parents from physically punishing children is expected to be passed during the current Diet session. Do you think it should be illegal for parents to hit their children as a means of discipline? See in context

I am all for this law. Physical punishment causes psychological damage into adulthood.

What about teachers? The are already forbidden to use corporal punishment by Article 11 of the Education Law.

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Posted in: Disgruntled city employee kills 12 in Virginia; suspect also killed See in context

The NRA has everything to do with this and every other mass murder in the US. It has fought to fanatic lengths to stop practically any form of reasonable gun control. In so doing, it has created a spurious scenario for everyone to "bear arms." If the NRA is not a "terrorist" organization, it is definitely a health hazard and should be treated as such.

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Posted in: Facebook isn't deleting the fake Pelosi video. Should it? See in context

The fake Pelosi video should have been deleted immediately after it was found to be fake. This is willful misrepresentation. It is actionable.

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Posted in: Japan hopes to avoid trade battle by wooing Trump with pomp See in context

Trump can be wooed all you want but he will stab you in the back if it is in his interests. His own personal narrow interests, not national interests. These personality traits have led him to be a failure in business and in the presidency.

Next we have Abe. A peep squeak in front of the US and arrogant rightist in Japan who has trashed press freedoms and tried on force on us an impossible imperial totalitarianism. interestingly, he is an imperial reactionary up against a liberal monarchy.

What will these two talk about when they meet. Nothing worthwhile is my guess.

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Posted in: 50 children saved after police bust pedophile website: Interpol See in context

Good for Interpol! These vile sub-humans should be tossed into the darkest, vermin infected cells available and never allowed to see the light of day. Any Japanese involved in this? Just asking.

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Posted in: Who's ready for a new Archie Bunker, live on your TV? See in context

I am apprehensive about the return of Archie Bunker. Back in the 70s' we believed we had conquered bigotry and could laugh about it. Well, we didn't. Today we have a not funny Archie Bunker in the White House. There are also a host of Archie Bunkers all over the world who are not funny either. They are murdering people.

I don't know how a present day Archie Bunker could be funny. School shootings? Asylum-seeking children in cages? For profit prisons?

I say leave Archie Bunker back in the 70s'.

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Posted in: 4 found dead in submerged car at Kagoshima Pref port See in context

This is either a terrible freak accident or murder-suicide. If it is the former, the police investigators will need to determine if two or three people were murdered.

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Posted in: Chinese court hands Japanese man 5 1/2 years in prison over spying See in context

This article is a great incentive for staying out of China. But I don't know about "freedom-loving nations like Japan and USA." Japan with it substitute prisons and the U.S. with its for-profit prisons that have a greater percentage of its people behind bars than any other nation on Earth, including China, cannot be ipso facto be called "freedom loving."

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Posted in: 91-year-old driver who hit pedestrians killing one, gets suspended sentence See in context

Life is cheap when you are a pedestrian.

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Posted in: A look at the emergence and development of the Japanese national health insurance system See in context

This is no question that Japan’s national health system is very good.  It has saved my life and wallet a number of times over the decades. A few things need to be clarified here.

Japanese law stipulates everyone must have health insurance.  The law regulates the cost of medical services and prices of medications.  Price gouging is not allowed.  In general, you pay 30% for services and medications.

Japan has private alternatives to the National Health Insurance System.  For years I was on a private insurance system.  I recently changed to National Health Insurance.  The transition took a few minutes at the local city office.

Importantly, Japan has a single payer system.   Your insurance card can be used for all public hospitals and practically all private medical care givers.

You are insured for pre-existing conditions and the single payer system covers everything dental to mental.  

There problems and glitches in the Japanese medical system.  I’ve experiences a few, but only a few.

Note that every advanced nation, except the United States, has some form of socialized medicine.

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Posted in: Police checking dash cam over car accident that left 2 toddlers dead See in context

"How may people have drivers killed today in Japan?"

Good question. Next question who gets it tomorrow? You? Me?

Japanese are bad drivers. They are rotten drivers. If you are pedestrian about to cross the road, they speed up. If you are in the middle of the road they swerve past you with an inch to spare. The light turning red is a signal to speed up. If you see someone entering an intersection you speed up and cut the other car off. If both cars speed up there is trouble, big trouble. As we see in this article.

The police generally do not care about these infractions, of course.

Oh yes, if you just miss getting creamed, forcing the driver to screech to a halt the driver will press mightily down on the horn. Honk, honk: it's your fault.

Japanese are not simply bad drivers.

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Posted in: Teacher’s verbal abuse, threats blamed for 15-year-old girl’s suicide See in context

That "teacher" ought to be fired. He ought to be named in public. He must never be allowed to teach again.

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Posted in: Anti-imperial system See in context

On one hand I do not like the imperial system but I like the current emperor and the emperor emeritus. The irony is that Akahito and son have been among the strongest opposition to Abe / LDP right-wing authoritarianism. They have not confront the Abe gang directly--constitutionally the cannot--but they have quietly stood up for democracy and truth when they could. Pointedly, Abe did not invite the imperial family to the 150th anniversary of the so-called Meiji restoration because he knew Akahito would talk about the dark side of Meiji. Abdication further derailed the "mikado worship" started in the Meiji Era.

Yeah, it's a tough call. I'd first rather see the LDP go before the emperor system.

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Posted in: 160 kms of Hanshin Expressway to be closed during G20 summit in Osaka See in context

What are they going to about emergency vehicles?

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Posted in: Law enacted to recognize ethnic Ainu minority as indigenous people See in context

I only hope Tokyo will not try to turn Ainu culture into a tourist attraction.

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Posted in: TEPCO to employ foreign workers at Fukushima plant under new visa system See in context

Send international warning to NOT work for TEPCO under any circumstances?

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Posted in: Japan ready to support France in rebuilding Notre Dame cathedral See in context

I left our my most important thought. That is for the workman who was seriously injured in the fire. I also express my concern for anyone else who suffered injury, People are more fragile than cathedrals.

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Posted in: Japan ready to support France in rebuilding Notre Dame cathedral See in context

Well, let us hope Japan does remain true to it word and cough ups some cast.

For me, passing Notre Dame de Paris every day was like seeing a reliable old friend whom I admired but never thought about. Now to see my old friend in flames, its spire failing into the inferno, I am sad. Noting can be taken for granted; in a moment all all can be changed utterly.

But fear not. Cathedrals have been ravaged and rebuild over the centuries. Notre Dame was ravaged after the the Revolution. It was refurnished starting in 1831. Do not worry. Notre Dame de Paris with rise again.

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Posted in: Party PM See in context

I suppose when your popularity is unsteady surround yourself with pretty girls

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Posted in: U.S. military serviceman, girlfriend found dead in apparent murder suicide See in context

What on Earth could have caused this horrific and senseless murder-suicide? Love and death should remain the stuff of opera and Bunroku, not real life. In real life this is an act of utter stupidity. I can only assume that the man was totally out of his mind. I hope the child will be well cared for. She'll need a lot of emotional support throughout her life.

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Posted in: Wartime laborer statue removed from near Japanese consulate in Busan See in context

Probably the South Koreans will put the statue where the Japanese can see it.

Right-wing Japanese have problems with statues that remind them of the truth.

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Posted in: Wartime laborer statue removed from near Japanese consulate in Busan See in context

These are the key paragraphs in the above article:

The labor union activists and the government of the Dong-gu district, in which the consulate and park are located, had earlier agreed that the statue could be temporarily erected in the park.

But that idea was subsequently opposed by the Busan Metropolitan City government on grounds that the park is contiguous to the consulate. It suggested they consider another site.

This is apparently the only reason the statue was order removed from that particular site.

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Posted in: NHK reporter laughed at for asking black hole team for more on Japan’s contributions See in context

This is funny. So NHK. Maybe NHK will come out with a news story like "We Japan and what the Black Hole thinks of us"

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