Osaka_Doug comments

Posted in: Flying high: Co-pilot's breathalyzer test failure at Heathrow puts JAL into tailspin See in context

What about the other crew covering the pilot? Has anyone spoken to them and why did they feel the pilot was OK to fly? This is an important part of the story too!

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Posted in: Nov 11 is Pocky and Pretz Day See in context

And in Europe, North America, Australasia etc 11/11 has an entirely different meaning, especially at 11.00 am.

Yes and the 100th anniversary this year too! ......"In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row,...."

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Posted in: Trump insults more reporters; claims Acosta video wasn't altered See in context

I am puzzled. Is this type of condescending attitude acceptable in business in the USA? Belittling and talking down others by a person of superiority is not OK, and harassment in my books. I am wondering why are people not calling Trump and others out on this?

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Posted in: Trump says Japan treats U.S. unfairly on trade by not taking more American cars See in context

Oh this didn't take long! After the election loss, Trump seems already started campaigning for the next election by getting his supporters riled up by focusing on Japanese car imports. As others have mentioned, if you have a good product for a market and good sales staff sales increase but you need to make the investment first.

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Posted in: Princess Ayako to retain honorary positions after marriage See in context

No other female imperial family member has ever continued to serve in such positions after becoming a commoner upon marriage, according to the agency.

Nice to see some "common-sense" heading up stream !

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Posted in: Miss International Japan See in context

Yes, rather old fashioned - aren't there better ways to gain independence, travel and promote world peace? Perhaps volunteer or get involved in an internship or working holiday visa. For me, an attractive women need to be more authentic and engaging in personal wellness and awareness.

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Posted in: Gunman kills 11, wounds 6 in Pittsburgh synagogue See in context

Ah! When you have a leadership promoting such hate then people start getting worried about it. Bullying needs to be stopped by the top leadership in the country!

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Posted in: Okinawa sees chances for economic independence without U.S. bases See in context

Any Japanese official thinking about Okinawa's economy if the U.S. military footprint is reduced needs to look at Hawaii.

Ah? The world is large. We need to look outside of the USA for good examples!

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Posted in: Okinawa sees chances for economic independence without U.S. bases See in context

Excellent!

Okinawa has a great opportunity for tech jobs........and wellness eco-tourism. Creative software developers always work better in an area where the lifestyle is balance. Developing high speed open access internet service will bring jobs.

Just replace the city name in this video and you could use it for Okinawa.

https://vimeo.com/239747926

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Posted in: Foreign divorced parents fight in vain for child custody in Japan See in context

It depends on the person I say, there is dragon women both in Asia and outside of Asia, but there are also the ones who can compromise and are more open minded mentally.

Kenji Fujimori's comment is very insightful.

a) I know a Japanese mother whose father kidnapped the two elementary kids after divorcing her. When the two handed in the divorce papers at the city hall no one asked about the children. The police told her she agreed so they can't do anything. After turning 18 the two girls came to visit their mother and now regularly talk to her by Skype.

b) I also know a Japanese father who divorced when his children were very young, however, he regularly sees them because his former wife thinks that is OK.

I gather by these stories the government (law) doesn't want to get involved in family issues and that is a very irresponsible for the population. I applaud all those pushing the government to be more responsible.

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Posted in: China, Japan seek warmer ties against backdrop of U.S. trade friction See in context

If the leaders of both countries put away their egos and treat others as friends things would definitely move forward. There are hundreds of thousands of students and other immigrants moving to Japan and this will not stop. Hope they do focus on their jobs and future of both countries.

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Posted in: Japanese journalist happy after 3-year hostage ordeal ends in Syria See in context

1 Rule of journalism: You're supposed to report the news, not be it.

No that is not the rule of journalism. Global journalism is to investigate both sides of the story in a fair and unbiased view. The fact that this fellow is still alive and released tells me he convinced the other side about the importance of global journalism!

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Posted in: Women demand Tokyo Medical University compensate them over entry test rigging See in context

Yes, compensation needs to be discussed, as well as a public investigation on how they test scores were manipulated!

As others have mentioned, I think the university should at least change its name and management. Other universities that had scandals of this sort could only recover after a complete management change and new philosophy created.

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Posted in: African swine fever virus detected in luggage at Hokkaido airport See in context

Good for the Customs officials at the New Chitose Airport finding the sausage! Some people are just not aware of the dangers are they? One of my J friends once packed some summer fireworks into their suitcase and checked in at Narita. The staff caught it as the bag went through the Xray but I was surprised to see my friend oblivious to the danger! Ah!

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Posted in: 2 firms fined Y380 mil over maglev bid-rigging See in context

Ah! would the government start being accountable to the people and use the taxes to fund services for the people not corporate "friends". Only then will Japan become a respected democracy.

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Posted in: 'Takoyaki' prices soar due to shortage of main ingredient - octopus See in context

I learned what real takyoyaki is supposed to taste like at a 70+ year old shop on Miyakojima-dorie near the railbridge, north of Noe-uchindai station in Osaka. Absolutely delicious! I hope they stabilize the stocks as well.

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Posted in: AI robots may lend hand in Japan's English classes See in context

Didn’t the education ministry recently state that they wanted high school students to reach the level of debating difficult issues in English?

That's the problem. The education ministry seems to feel they are the experts in everything - but then don't provide the training or freedom for teachers to design classes to fit the students. Curriculum design involves daily problem solving skills designed by the instructor.

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Posted in: Tsukiji fish market hold-outs defy demolition orders and trade on See in context

Narita, Okinawa, and now Tsukiji.....

Next is Nagatacho.......

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Posted in: Tsukiji fish market hold-outs defy demolition orders and trade on See in context

No it’s not up to the government. It’s up to the police. These people are trespassers.

Not if you understand a government (and police) is to serve the people not control them.

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Posted in: Saudi Arabia admits Khashoggi killed in Istanbul consulate; Trump finds explanation believable See in context

My comments are expressed nicely in this editorial by the Globle and Mail, Toronto.

Globe editorial: Why we must always denounce countries that silence their critics

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/editorials/article-globe-editorial-why-we-must-always-denounce-countries-that-silence/

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Posted in: Trump says it looks like Saudi journalist Khashoggi is dead See in context

So Canada was correct in raising the bell on human rights abuses back in the summer! The world needs to take some action as to show this type of action is not acceptable and the first step is a boycott.

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Posted in: Abe says sales tax to go ahead as planned in Oct 2019 See in context

Wow! Economics is so easy! Rather than cut out the fat and make reform, just raise taxes for the already struggling middle class. Genius... not!

Agree, there needs to be more transparency regarding government spending of tax money. I would first like to see a report of what percentage of tax money is being spend and where.

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Posted in: Abe renews pledge to change constitution to include reference to SDF See in context

So that's what all the noise was above Saitama today. Apache helis, F15. etc flying by in low formation. I see the lYamato-damashii (大和魂, "Japanese spirit") was in full form in Asaka today. However values change, especially with globalization. This is not the Japanese spirit of today.

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Posted in: German tourist admits to stabbing Japanese man on Nagasaki street See in context

I wonder what Tobias Gross was drunk on. Just curious as to what he drank that made him feel like creating a bit of mayhem.

At a funeral here in Japan I was surprised too to see an ordinarily quite young man become very violent when he got drunk (beer and sake). He went home but the family said they all had to spend the night in a hotel because they feared the violence from this fellow. It seems that for some people, getting drunk turns them into very violent creatures and others it puts them to sleep. This might very well be the same for Tobias Gross.

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Posted in: New governor vows all-out efforts to block base move within Okinawa See in context

@Yubaru. You say "of course"? What a joke, Denny is no different than Onaga at this point, yeah he just started, but all he has talked about, like Onaga when he started too, is the base issue.

I sense something different in the "Denny" wave this time as I watched how he was able to inspire people both young and old. I agree any Governor needs to focus on the economy as well - but he can't do it all on his own. Denny needs the help with some wise and good people with vision to move forward. I intend to help this time. Are you help too?

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Posted in: New governor vows all-out efforts to block base move within Okinawa See in context

How does the governor focus on other issues if he is spending so much time on the base issue?

Of course the governor and his team will address other issues such as diversifying the economy, providing tax incentives, and other social services . These other issues such are ALL related to the providing more autonomy which is the heart of the issue of not proceeding with Henoko.

Okinawa needs more autonomy to manage its affairs if it is to develop from its current client status. I grew up on an island community similar to Okinawa that lost the old manufacturing industries, but now because of the beauty of the area, attracts, eco-tourism, software developers from Silicon valley, innovative educational institutes and retirees. It is now one of the preferred places to live in this world. I can see a similar opportunity with Okinawa. Okinawa was also a diverse and prosperous economy so it will return if the incentives are provided for local management. Okinawa still has a major base Kadena Airbase.

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Posted in: Osaka cuts sister city ties with San Francisco over 'comfort women' statue See in context

Historians say tens of thousands of women around Asia were sent to work in Japanese military brothels, often through coercion and deception.

The words coercion and deception seem to have different meanings in Japan. That is probably the source of the misunderstandings.

I've been in many situations in Japan where people view coercion not as enforcement but only as a suggestion.....Anything that prevents a person from making a decision is considered "force" in my English vocabulary.

Osaka city is illustrating they don't understand what the word coercion means. By trying to coerce or force SanFrancisco to change its policy they are illustrating the problem. I think Osaka should focus on running the city and making things better for the citizens that worry what foreign people think. That's the point of sister city relationships to learn how other people view the world.

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Posted in: Japan faces scrutiny over longer detentions at immigration centers See in context

More scrutiny is definitely needed! And fast!

The issue is that extended periods of long term immigration detention cause mental health issues with the detainees. There is quite a bit of research online about the negative effects on one's mental health.

The question is whether the Immigration Office and government of Japan is committing human rights abuses. Is it OK to cause mental health issues with refugees.? That is the question the article is trying to ask the public. This type of reaction detention reminds me of the same mentality of the concentration camps of previous years from this country!

Good to see the discussion and international pressure.

Reference: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2010.02.042

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Posted in: Okinawa gubernatorial election outcome may weaken Abe's power See in context

"May weaken Abe's power?" It already has hasn't it? - Abe was counting on the old standby tactics of a parent taking care of the kids by offering all sorts of gifts. It is lucky Japan has all this tax money to spend. Did you see how Denny-san inspired and gave hope to the people, especially the youth?

Okinawa now has a leader that can interact not only multi-generations of Okinawa with the world as well, and that is great opportunity to not only to Okinawa but Japan. This type of leadership will expose the problems with Abe's old autocratic leadership and what Japan needs. Inspired youth is definitely an issue for the Abe administration.

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Posted in: Kumamoto councilwoman who took baby to work kicked out of conference for using cough drop See in context

Ah! The I am older so I know better justification appears again. So people in Kumamoto, how do you feel about these people running your city disrespecting a fellow councillor? Even if others felt disrespected is it OK to disrespect the person back? Not in my books.

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