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Posted in: Main parties agree on anti-bullying draft bill See in context

Behind closed doors the Socialist Party of Japan was told to sign onto the bill and give up all their lunch money or else.

The Communist Part of Japan was approached with the same ultimatum, but negotiated to only having to give half of their lunch money.

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Posted in: 26 members of motorcycle gang arrested over brawl See in context

Tahoochi,

Sorry if I misinterpreted you. I agree with all your points in general. I don't believe in nanny schools nor monster parent philosophies myself.

I wonder, though, if we aren't talking through different prisms. You mention the consequences of having these type of young people around (public damage costs, hospital expenses, etc.). Though I agree that is a concern, I am more concerned about stopping them from acting in ways that would put them in such positions in the first place. If the parents do not or cannot take on their responsibilities as parents and nothing is done at a societal level, then we have resigned ourselves that this is going to happen sometimes and just accept it and move on.

This seems counterproductive to the outcome that I believe everyone wants. If it's not the parents though then who? Schools could be one possible option. I have witnessed a number of problem youths that have turned their lives around because of the guidance provided for by teachers who cared for them. I am not saying this is the answer (I don't THE answer exists), but it could be one strategy to fight the problem.

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Posted in: Gamer outrage prompts Xbox One policy change See in context

Fortunately we have a product for people who aren't able to get some form of connectivity. It's called Xbox 360.

Don Mattrick June 12, 2013

Way to backpedal, Don.

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Posted in: Main parties agree on anti-bullying draft bill See in context

Behind closed doors the Socialist Party of Japan was told to sign onto the bill and give up all their lunch money or else.

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Posted in: University of Tokyo gives up on plan to start academic year in autumn See in context

What is "modern" or "enlightened" about starting in September instead of April? Just because America does things one way, doesn't mean Japan has to copy.

This comment misses the point. It's like saying just because America speaks English doesn't mean Japan has to. While on a certain level that thinking might be true, it doesn't change the fact that world business is generally conducted in English. And if Japanese companies cannot conduct business in English, they will miss out on global shifts.

The same goes for transforming education and employment cycles. Japan doesn't have to change, but they may miss out on missed opportunities due to forces bigger than Japan (or America for that matter).

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Posted in: 26 members of motorcycle gang arrested over brawl See in context

Tahoochi said

The main job for schools is to educate, and the main job for parents is to 'parent' (guide, discipline, encourage, develop), and yet so many parents rely on schools to 'bring up' their children. Schools also provide many options (as papasmurf mentioned) as far as extra-curricular activities are concerned (not just soccer or baseball) to keep students from straying off the path.

I disagree that the premise of schools is simply to educate. I believe that if the students spend the majority of their waking hours there, the school also shares those jobs you assigned exclusively to parents.

But even if the burden lies completely on the parents, what happens when parents can't or simply won't accept any of the responsibilities of the 'main job' you have described? It is easy to blame the parents and leave it at that, but it accomplishes nothing. Japan has issues dealing with a certain sect young people who for whatever reason feel they have no place in the current societal strata and therefore create their own parallel society.

And having worked with such young men and women, I can assure people these young people do not want to emulate the yakuza or any other such nonsense.

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Posted in: University of Tokyo gives up on plan to start academic year in autumn See in context

As long as the view is Japanese universities are mere "leisure lands" for students and real career education is conducted in the first 6 months on the job, companies and society will not seriously think about aligning the education cycle with the rest of the world.

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Posted in: Fake fingers help ex-yakuza lead lawful life See in context

And they have been well worth the initial outlay, allowing him to build a house renovation company that does legitimate work.

It's good he got into an industry that has no historical links to organized crime.

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Posted in: NPA to hold hacker contest See in context

Anyone who tries to hack outside of the prescribed rules will be disqualified.

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Posted in: Singapore-bound JAL Dreamliner turns back due to anti-icing system glitch See in context

First too hot then too cold? This is reading like Goldilocks and the Three Bears.

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Posted in: Fuji climbing fee likely to be Y7,000 See in context

smithinjapan wrote

7000 yen is a bit steep, given they are also going to charge from now on to use the toilet as well

They already do charge for toilet use. Unless I just somehow found the yakuza-controlled toilets by mistake...

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Posted in: Osaka cop arrested for assaulting police sergeant girlfriend See in context

With cops like these, who needs criminals?

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Posted in: Malaysian police say Japanese man hanged himself in cell See in context

Either completely an open-and-shut case involving an out-of-control illegal foreigner or completely a cover-up with a trail leading to the highest levels of government. Choose your narrative.

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Posted in: Driver arrested after car hits mother, daughter on bike, killing girl See in context

Alphaape wrote:

Even going at the posted residental speed limit, if someone just jumps into the street of an oncoming car simply for the fact that they are at a crosswalk, a car may not be able to stop in time and the end result could be tragic for the pedestrian. I have actually had to speak at a local Japan traffic safety campaign as part of my job here, and the main emphasis was for the pedestrians and bicyclist to be aware of the road.

If you really do speak at such traffic campaigns, I hope you know that it is the driver's responsibility to slow down to under 10 km/h when a person is near a crosswalk, regardless of any perceived intention to cross or not on the part of the pedestrian.

Though it couldn't have hurt, being stuck to a bike and dragged 100 meters then hitting a wall is tough for any adult to take let alone a 2-year-old.

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Posted in: Another contaminated water leak found at Fukushima nuclear plant See in context

Are they just copying and pasting the same article everyday and changing the dates?

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Posted in: 'Mother, help me' fraud: NPA, public select new name for bank transfer scam See in context

In Japanese kaasan tasukete sagi

The official name of the crime is furikome sagi

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