How is this obvious? I haven't seen any pictures showing this, are we supposed to just accept it as fact based on you thinking it's obvious
Only a few people died on the first floor, where the fire started. The vast majority died on the 2nd and 3rd floors. This means there was no way out besides going down the stairs to the first floor. If there were fire exits, dont you think people would have used them? Smh..
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It also highlights the shoddy construction practices that is typical of buildings in Japan. Obviously no fire exits in a three -storey building that housed 60 + people.
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As the population ages, and decreases, the demographics and statistics are of course going to show changes.
uhhhhh...that's a big fat no. there's no correlation to an aging society and the suicide rate. this is just gobbledygook.
there really is no real explanation for the sudden increase in suicide for people under 20. this could just be an outlier year. quite possibly there is no real solution for this problem unfortunately.
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Interesting that moon didn't call for a diplomatic solution to the ridiculous court rulings South Korea handed down regarding compensation from Japanese companies. But now that japan has the upper hand, suddenly diplomacy is urgently required. Hand meets face...
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In 25 years I'm still yet to meet a Japanese person who says he/she likes eating whale meat.
quite a few old school izakayas have whale sashimi on the menu in tokyo. and when i go to my local, people are always ordering it. so not really sure if your anecdotal evidence would be more convincing than mine, but it's a reality that people still eat it.
and subsidies exist for many industries in every country (cars, agricultural products, solar panels, etc.) so what's the big deal if whaling is subsidized in japan?
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Neither the TOEIC nor EIKEN exams are accurate in judging a student's ability to understand English.
that's utter nonsense. it's a great way to measure a student's listening and reading comprehension. for work, that's all most will need.
it's a horrible way to measure their speaking communication ability. but that's not what the tests are really designed to do.
The TOEIC test, in and of itself, is basically a test initially developed in the US but taken over by a Japanese man to be a rival to the EIKEN Step exam.
what does this have to do with anything regarding the topic of this article?
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Seems like blatant racism is fine as long as it's said by a white dude.
The freaking post has been up since 9 am. You effing wankers.
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3 days? the trauma and fear that her daughter must have felt during that time is unimaginable. but then again, i'm sure the two short years of her life spent with her mom equally if not more traumatic. i hate starting off my day like this. i'm vowing never to read these types of stories again.
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since when does bipolar disorder prevent you from stopping the death of your own child? give me a break. she is just as culpable in the murder of her daughter as her husband. lock them both away and sterilize them.
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people are hardly "risking their lives" to produce or sell coca. the product is totally controlled by FARC, so farmers aren't being killed because they grow or don't grow coca.
columbia (sic) has not been "facing it alone" for the past several decades. don't you think the world, led by the US, has been trying to stem the flow of cocaine from colombia? but nothing has worked because the country has a weak and corrupt central gov't.
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shouldn't all of you be blaming the mother of the child and her relatives and not the government? they should bear the brunt of your indignation.
and this is a key line in the article that many of you willfully ignore:
But as she started saying she wanted to go home, the center concluded the abuse was not serious and ended her protection as of Dec. 27 that year so she could stay with relatives.
the gov't released her to her relatives, not the father. and the relatives actually agreed to give the girl back to her parents 2 months later. so did the system fail or did her mother and relatives fail her?
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this tight labor market is benefiting me already. my company just started allowing all employees to work from home twice a week. and microsoft yesterday announced a 4-day work week. hopefully all these benefits will trickle down to many other firms.
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I think a lot of people don't understand transgender because even they don't know what being one is. Some transgender people completely "cross" over, and they have no problem with having surgery to remove all of their former gender. But some transgender people only dress the part or get hormone treatment, etc. So how do you classify these people? 1/2 Trans? 3/4 Trans? It gets so overly complicated so why not have just one definition like Japan and the majority of the world has? The author, and some commentators make it sound as though japan is unique or barbaric to have this law, but this is how gender is viewed in the vast majority of the world.
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surprising to see such negative comments on something the gov't is trying to do...you complain when they don't help and complain when they try to help. is it any wonder why even foreigners hate foreigners?
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but elin essentially divorced her wife when she became transgender since the marriage was registered between elin's former name and midori. i just don't get why elin expects her marriage to remain legal since japan doesn't recognize gay marriage. fine, change your gender, be happy but don't expect your life to be exactly the way it was before if you chose to live in japan.
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Yes it is, look what's happened in Canada
So you actually believe that Canadians who were antigay marriage before it was legalized suddenly welcomed it? That's hogwash. Most Christians will never change their minds about this subject.
Ms. Ogawa was trying to say that if she had been legally married at the funeral then suddenly her parent's friends would not have asked questions or would have been accepting of her lesbian relationship . That's BS. Those people who acted like arseholes still would've stuck their nose up at the arrangement. Making something legal doesn't necessarily make it acceptable to all of society. That's my point.
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Ogawa said many relatives quizzed her on who Oe was.
She explained: "I was tired, sad, and in such an extreme situation it was agonizing to explain that we are a lesbian couple, that we are the same as a regular heterosexual couple."
wait, you don't need a marriage certificate to explain to your parents and their friends that you are a lesbian with a girlfriend. this has notihng to do with the main issue here. and legalizing gay marriage isn't going to suddenly make people more accepting of gays. look what's happened in america.
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if it's a person's initials, then what's the problem? this is PC culture gone too far. people need to grow thicker skins or learn to ignore the small stuff that doesn't really affect them.
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Gone With the Wind not in the top 5? 100 times better than that H. Potter rubbish.
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Typically if someone is THAT drunk the should be a hell of a lot easier to subdue!
not really. usually the more drunk someone is, the more agressive and dangerous they become once pissed off. it's called liquid courage, or in this case liquid idiocy.
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and a Koban on every second corner, and brand new police cars abound
what does that have to do with catching burglars? lots of the kobans are just one-man operations.
the combined population of ota and suginami wards is over one million people. throw in yokohama and you have several million people. it's like trying to find a needle in a haystack.
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in other words, it's just a big, fat vending machine.
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If this case makes it to trial I would be shocked.
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the honchos at sekusui better start stretching their backs because the bows and apologies are gonna be raining down soon.
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I don't get it. So many of you rail against Japanese parents being so reckless with their children (e.g. not buckling them up in cars, not placing helmets on them while biking , etc.), but when one of their reckless actions causes the death of their child, suddenly it would have been unjust to prosecute them. FYI a 16 month-old child is old enough to sit in a bike seat and definitely old enough to wear a helmet. This was a preventable tragedy on so many levels if the mom had any common sense.
So I'm not sure she should have been charged with manslaughter, but at the bare minimum reckless endangerment of a child.
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offer economic plans that benefit all citizens and will win over swing voters.
you mean like the one's the republicans passed that benefited the rich and corporations?!
violent and bully tactics of ANTIFA
unlike the peaceful tactics of white supremacists.
racism against whites
wow, i mean it must be so hard to be white, and male, these days. the suffering that you must go through on a daily basis is unheard of compared to people of color and the lgbtq community.
How sad the corruption and demise of the formerly working class Democrats.
how sad the total capitulation of conservative values by republicans. you used to be the law and order party, but you have given trump carte blanche to run his mobster-like presidency without the checks and balances of the house and senate. you no longer care about free trade, about being the beacon on the hill, or about international organizations. reagan is turning over in his grave right now.
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for those of you who are advocating putting her in prison, i'd like to see you care for a mentally disabled son for for 49 years, and for the last ten years that child was bed-ridden. i'm sure you'd change your mind after a few weeks!
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this hiring system works in almost every developed country, but some japanese people think it can't work here? give me a break. what's needed is year-round hiring, the ability to be promoted based on skill and not seniority, and hiring middle-aged workers to fill in any gaps that a company has. i could go on and on.
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dumb question but can okinawa secede from japan? because honestly that is the only solution. electing all these governors who will try with "all their heart[s] and body[ies]" to withdraw the bases from okinawa has done, and will do, nothing. the governors are trying to give the impression of the "immovable object meeting an unstoppable force" scenario, but that's a false premise. the central government has the power to do whatever it wants whenever it wants. when push comes to shove, the immovable object will be moved.
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