Michel Morris comments

Posted in: Gov't unveils measures to prevent car crashes caused by elderly drivers See in context

This issue is the result of improper testing for license to operate a motor vehicle. But there also seems to be some confusion in the posts. Yes, young people do have accidents and some people will die. Sadly, this is an inevitable possibility that will always exist with operating a vehicle. Vehicles are dangerous and people are not perfect. There WILL be accidents. But this topic is specifically about reducing accidents caused by older people (not everyone) who may no longer be fit to drive. Other countries have implemented alternate testing for drivers after a certain age targeted at older driver's reaction, sight, and physical ability to operate the vehicle. I'm absolutely astonished that such a "rule obsessed" place like Japan has not considered this. If the test fails they cannot renew their license. Pretty dang simple. Also, if they have been diagnosed with a disease that may inhibit their ability to drive, ie. Dementia, then they are automatically no longer allowed to drive. Mental disability is a huge issue that plagues Japan, even if no one wants to admit it. Older people are especially susceptible to mental impairments.


I've also seen people comment on how older people should get around after a certain age, and that the government should pay the bill. This is really just ignorance. If your too old to operate a vehicle in this society, then you should not. Period. It's a black an white situation. As for their transportation after, that's a separate issue, Why is the government liable? Are you saying that the government should ignore the threat as a whole for the single desires of a few old people? You understand this is a life threatening situation we are discussing, right? People are dying. I would say that trumps the convenience of being able to drive to the grocery store. Find other means.

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Posted in: Nissan to cut CEO's pay for overlooking Ghosn's alleged misconduct See in context

Oh, here we go again. It's like groundhog day in Japan, when a company screws up. Look, it's a little late now Nissan. And besides, it doesnt count if you take his money away today, and then buy him a house tomorrow...

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Posted in: Old partner Nissan left sidelined by Renault-Fiat merger See in context

Nothing but bitter commentators here. I will still buy my Nissan, now and forever.

Ha. Well, your in luck. Nissan cars are about to get much cheaper. Think daihatsu prices...

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Posted in: Kono to ask foreign media to switch order of Japanese names See in context

I wonder why people in Japan think it's disrespectful to use someone's given name. Using your given name is naturally a sign of respect. When you were born your parents thought carefully of a befitting name for the new life they are bringing into the world. They came together and carefully considered hundreds of names before deciding on the perfect name for person that will carry on their legacy. Your surname? Sure, you were born to that name and your family heritage. But, it was automatic, nothing special happened for you to get your last name you just 'recieved' it simply because you exist. Your given name is not the same, that's why it's called a "given name". Your given name is rooted deeply to the escense of your existence. It was given to you by the people who love you most and brought you into this world. Using the name they carefully gave you is the ultimate sign of respect for the love and care that went into making you, raising you, and guiding you. That's why other cultures are happy to use their given name first.

So tell me again, why is it disrespectful to use the first name, first?

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Posted in: Kono to ask foreign media to switch order of Japanese names See in context

You know, since were on the topic, how about someone explain the Japanese version of why the last name is more respectful than the first name but yet, using the first name is considered a sign of friendship, warmth, and the desire to be closer to someone? I hear Japanese people call each other by first name and nickname all the time. If it's so much more disrespectful, why do it? I've asked around the office today, but none of my Japanese secretaries understand why. They say your just supposed to. I know that Japanese schools dont actually teach education during the child's most valuable years, instead they teach what they're calling "manners", well really just another way to politely refer social standards, not actually the correct use of the word manners, but still understood. Could it be that Children are taught this before anything else and now the just 'know', but dont know why? I'm not proclaiming anything, I'm just honestly curious how such a minor thing because so important.

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Posted in: Kono to ask foreign media to switch order of Japanese names See in context

...I just realized I'm paying tax dollars for them to waste time on discussing this.

Can we please worry about more pressing issues effecting Japan, like the importance of mental health and the methodology being used to raise children? I mean it's 2019 and Japan is no longer a lonely island without foreign interaction. Foreign exposure is growing rapidly. What kind of chaos is going to happen if young people are not able to adapt to the new world they'll be exposed to? Does it not bother anyone that young teenaged children believe there is nothing for them in life and hang themselves in front of school gates, or leap to their death?

Please Kono, I'm begging you from my heart... please get back on track.

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Posted in: Japan lifts age restrictions on U.S. beef imports See in context

Oh, that's great news! Actually, the ban was once lifted in 2005, but then reinstated in 2006 when another outbreak of BSE was confirmed in the US. Wait... does this mean I can order beef jerky?! I'm tired of ordering the slim Jim n cheese combos, but only getting the cheese.

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Posted in: Tokyo court denies Ghosn's latest bail request See in context

What a disgrace. I love Japan itself and Japanese people in general but this is really the most shameless mockery of the justice system I've ever seen. I'm astonished Japan would willingly represent their government in such a dishonorable way. Everyone really should look at this by observing the facts first. There are just some facts that cannot be ignored.

A man is accused of a crime without proof backed by direct supporting evidence. He's being held against his will, based on "what if..." contingencies, with little to no respect for his natural human rights.

During this kidnapping, he's not allowed access to any of the outlets that have a high probability of proving his innocence, if he is innocent. This obviously shows that there may actually be something out there that can prove his innocence and he's being intentionally kept from it. This is a strangely a very common thing in Japanese business culture. They cant afford to be wrong so they'll literally use any means to block it or prevent it from being realized. Some people in Japan will even kill themselves to prevent dealing with being proven wrong.

Everytime the statue of limitations for his holding time reaches fruition, another "suprising" discovery of criminal action appears from nothingness. This is obviously the prosecution holding as many variations of each crime as they can find and then reaching up and pulling them out of the 'crime cloud' systematically in an attempt to extend his kidnapping as long as possible.

Beyond these facts almost everything else up till now has been completely single sided. I don't know if Ghosn is innocent. But one thing I do know: The Japanese government in this case has lost sight of right and wrong and "Justice" is no longer the goal in mind. It's now all about who's right and who's strongest.

No matter the final outcome here, Japan has lost significant respect around the world as a leader. And more importantly as a potential prospect for international business. After this case, whatever crime statistics the Japanese government present, can no longer be taken seriously. Especially conviction rates

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