Very tragic story that could have had a different ending if there were stricter and more critically thought out fire prevention/ fire safety regulations and a greater emphasis on mental health in the society. These things plague other countries as well but I can’t help but think: “were there no sprinklers?!” “Why do they need to go upstairs to the roof? Don’t people learn that heat rises?!” Why isn’t there an escape exit on every floor?!”.
Maybe a lot is being excluded from the reports but 30+ people are dead.
I hope people question the safety of their homes and workplaces and actively make changes.
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Anybody think of "Jurassic Park" after reading?
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I think that if they want people to pay for NHK they should make them sign the contract when they buy any device capable of receiving a broadcasting signal. I refuse to pay based on this principle alone. My purpose of owning a tv is not to watch shi**y slapstick comedy, J dramas or people eating grotesque ammounts of food. It's to play the occasional video game, the use of YouTube, Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime. So they can cut the connection to my apartment because it is of no use to me.
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I wonder if any preventative measures are being taken to secure other mountainside towns from future natural disasters. It's very sad that even with all the warnings of heavy rain, the death toll continues to rise.
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If only homes were more properly insulated, gas and electricity usage wouldn't be so high...Sigh
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The real reason for the who "My Number" Personal ID system. For all the creepo's in town to have easy 1-stop access to the information of anyone they choose!
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I feel that there is over coverage on celebrity affairs in Japan. There a multitude of problems that will affect Japan in the coming years that the media could place their energy into but, as @glasshouse has stated, media giants aren't interested in things that 1. Don't sell and 2. People already know about but the feeling of ”しょうがない” ("nothing can be done") is too strong to even make a difference. Why blast people with information that will make life seem even more grim, when you can brain drain the masses with useless info about celebrities minor infractions and how many acronyms can be made to explain ones recent marriage.
I do watch TV here in Japan (Before the backlash) but I find it repetitive at times and boring. I liked seeing Kiyohara on different variety shows and understand that his image will be smeared after this, but I personally could care less. Robert Downy Jr returned from a serious drug addiction and became Iron man. So everyone should give support rather than saying negative things like "やっぱり。。。" (Of course he is) or "そうだと思った！” (I thought he was on drugs). Celebrities are humans too and are capable of making mistakes.
GOOD LUCK KIYOHARA!
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