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Posted in: Man held for making over 50 threatening calls to university See in context

timeon, thanks for adding those details. I'm in the humanities, particularly sociology, but your list is fairly close to what we looked for at my university. People typically get into trouble with (1) and maybe (2) and (4)--particularly degree-seeking study or research at a foreign institution, and publications done in minor journals (of which there are many in Japan) which are outside the speciality of a majority of the existing faculty. I have seen/heard of numerous cases of faked or altered degrees and faked publications in the time I spent in Japanese academia.

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Posted in: Man held for making over 50 threatening calls to university See in context

Having been involved in the hiring process at the university I used to work for, a couple of things stand out in this story:

(1) Since hiring decisions are usually made by the faculty or board of directors, it doesn't make much sense to threaten the receptionists.

(2) The academic hirings I have seen in Japan have not been subject to extensive background searches before the decision is made, making it relatively easy to fake information and pad resumes--at least at first. The truth often comes out later, leading to dismissals (of contract teachers) or, as may have happened in this case, the retraction of the job offer before the contract begins.

My own speculation is that sometime after the initial hiring, a red flag went up, somebody did some checking, and the lack of qualification became clear.

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Posted in: Hungary See in context

The one time I had a chance to meet him (at an environmental protection forum), he spoke with my students and I about our research into sake making and water preservation. They explained their research to him, and he listened attentively and kindly. We also gave him a bottle of our sake, which he accepted. I was also impressed by his keynote address at the forum. Overall, a positive, unforgettable experience, and one of my fondest memories of Japan (albeit slightly unreal, with all the security measures surrounding him...)

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Posted in: Deer character unveiled as Kusanagi’s successor for digital TV commercials See in context

In other news, Kusanagi is being replaced in SMAP by a singing pencil. It likes washi but not the plain white paper that other pencils write on.

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Posted in: Saga woman arrested for forcing daughters into prostitution See in context

Moderators: I'm not sure that "services" is the best word choice in the second to last sentence above. Call it prostitution, an indecent act, or sexual assault--it isn't a "service."

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Posted in: Sexy female reporters mobilized to cover L&G chairman See in context

You can see a slightly larger image here:

http://mainichi.jp/select/jiken/graph/enten/10.jpg

To me, it just looks like a group of (primarily but not exclusively) Japanese women, professional in appearance, doing media work. "Beautiful female reporters surrounded him like hostesses" seems like a bit of a stretch for anywhere but here.

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Posted in: Tokyo’s thriving Ainu community keeps traditional culture alive See in context

The article might have mentioned the Ainu Rebels upcoming event:

http://www.ainurebels.com/

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Posted in: Six arrested for kidnapping 15-year-old girl for ransom in Aichi See in context

Sounds kind of like a Japanese "Fargo," except everyone survived.

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Posted in: 2016 Tokyo Olympic bid See in context

Regarding Ms. Kotani--she certainly seems like an attractive woman.

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Posted in: Votive tablets See in context

There is someone behind a camera invading her privacy, too.

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Posted in: 18 people to be prosecuted over insulting messages on comedian's blog See in context

If the police start reading JT I imagine they'll be "sending papers" every day.

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Posted in: Setsubun See in context

About the enka singer, a quick google search yielded this:

http://jp.youtube.com/watch?v=PPDtMHjgCvs

Not much, but there are other clips too if anyone is interested. He has a nice voice, and I like the look of his stage performance.

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Posted in: Archers See in context

"Shoot that poison arrow..."

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Posted in: Professor stabbed to death at Chuo University in Tokyo See in context

"Is this just another typical news day in Japan?" Well, it's another typical news day on JT, anyway.

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Posted in: 70-yr-old man held for molesting 17-yr-old high school girl in Saitama See in context

"The daily dose of this kind of news that we get on JT shows how degenerate the country of Japan truly is."

I think you have it the other way around, pathat. Cross-check with a proper Japanese daily newspaper for balance.

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Posted in: Firefighting drills See in context

Even with no hands, I suspect their jobs have more "stability" than the average Toyota worker.

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Posted in: Che See in context

When did Benicio ever look crepit?

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Posted in: Blue Man Group See in context

JT--to be completely fair, you should put comedian in quotes, too.

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Posted in: Princess Aiko See in context

Oh, yes, Crown Prince Naruhito. I was just chatting with his younger brother about sake making the other day.

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Posted in: Santa parade See in context

Where's Waldo?

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Posted in: Man attacks schoolgirl with knife in Nagasaki See in context

Red motorbike might be postal delivery...

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Posted in: 46-yr-old man held for kidnapping 20-yr-old girlfriend in Chiba See in context

I would guess the word "girlfriend" should be put in alleged/doubtful "quotes."

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Posted in: Mass despair permeates working class See in context

onewrldoneppl: Great advice! Except for the squatting, it's almost exactly what we've done up in Niigata. No despair here.

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Posted in: Ex-Nova teachers finding work at onsens See in context

Cleo: LOL!!

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Posted in: Two people attacked by bear in Niigata See in context

Nessie--from what I've read in Niigata, it's an average year for nuts, not like 2 years ago when the beech nut shortage brought bears down out of the mountains just before hibernation, causing all kinds of problems. I don't know what the situation up in Hokkaido is this year.

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Posted in: Two people attacked by bear in Niigata See in context

I live in Niigata, and this morning's paper (Niigata Nippou) reported it as probably 2 different bears--one was reported to be a meter, the other reported to be 1.6 meters. Has the story changed since then?

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Posted in: Speedo See in context

perfectly good and made in China=cognitive dissonance

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Posted in: Swimming See in context

Fine photo. Looks like something my students might take of themselves at the beach. I don't really understand the complaints. Posed? Only in the sense of "Let's take an interesting, memorable photo that will make us smile when we look at it later." Fake? I'd say absolutely not. "Big legs"? "Better in Miami"? You're looking at a small selection of average Japanese females between high school and college age (I guess). I don't see anything unusual here. Again, it's a fun, sweet photo.

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Posted in: Newcomers to Tokyo get a Welcome Furoshiki See in context

DenshaDeGO, You may be lucky--our next community grass cutting is Sunday at 8 a.m. for 4 hours--on the side of a steep mountain!

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Posted in: What are your views on parents hitting young children as a means of punishing or disciplining them? See in context

It's hard to make a comprehensive case in the space of a forum entry, but for anyone interested in non-violent approaches to discipline and child-rearing (whether the violence be physical, verbal, or psychological), I would recommend the works of William Sears and his wife. Especially, "The Successful Child" is concise and applicable from children from infancy to teens. Of course, the question is not simply hitting as a means of discipline--there are many ways of "hitting" without actually making physical contact--but rather what consistent (yet evolving) system of child-rearing a parent chooses. My wife and I are believers in Sears' attachment parenting--it has allowed us to have wonderful relationships with our 2 beautiful children. Oh, and to answer the question, there is never a need to hit a child. As a Christian parent, I'm also concerned how the "spare the rod" verse is misinterpreted as a mandate to use physical punishment on children. To answer that, I would recommend a good work on Biblical-based child rearing, "Heartfelt Discipline."

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