Paul14 comments

Posted in: Int'l school teachers in Japan exempted from entry ban See in context

Unlike in countries like UK, in Japan, school is not compulsory for foreign children

Despite common believed, school isn't compulsory in the U.K. Any parent can homeschool.

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Posted in: Yasukuni Shrine a symbol of haunting wartime legacy See in context

If Shinto turns war criminals into god's it's not much different than the teachings of modern day Isis. I'm surprised to hear that Japan encourages it's people to act brutally to attain spiritual rewards.

Secular peaceful Japan should forcefully remove the bodies of the war criminals from the Yasukuni shrine and bury them at sea at a secret location. Then the shrine can be redevoted to commemorate all war dead in all wars in all places.

Japan should also build something similar to Germany's peace center constructed in Berlin on the site of the former Gestapo HQ and admit to the war crimes conducted by their ancestors. Then finally maybe we can all move on.

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Posted in: Japan to lift virus ban on re-entry of some foreign residents from Aug 5 See in context

And yet a work colleague of mine was able to fly into Narita from the USA two weeks ago. Yes, that place with lots of coronavirus. So is this article accurate?

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Posted in: Japan's governors want more areas cut from travel program as needed See in context

Despite the exclusion of Tokyo residents from this subsidy I'm still holidaying over August outside Tokyo. I'll wear a mask and hopefully won't bring you any virus.

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Posted in: Employee at home for elderly arrested for assaulting 78-year-old resident See in context

Some of these old folks can be really ratty to the staff and make their lives hell. Can’t blame the worker for snapping. A stable condition after having your ear lobe pulled? I should think so

You'll be old one day. And maybe you will also be vulnerable and totally dependent upon others to support you. I wonder if you will then think it acceptable for 'carers' to physically harm you?

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Posted in: Have you lost your job or has your income dropped because of the coronavirus? See in context

Personally no. But my partner has had his work opportunities curtailed by around 80% and so I have had to spend a proportion of my income supporting him.

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Posted in: Under the emerging impact of global warming, there is an increasing risk or potential that rainfall amounts could be at a level that we haven’t experienced in the past. So I think that citizens must realize that their previous experience may no longer work. We have to act even earlier or faster than what we have experienced in the past. See in context

As global warming gathers pace it is guaranteed that such devastating rainy seasons, as just hit kyushu, will almost certainly become more frequent. Therefore, the government needs to ban all rebuilding on the flood plains and move all those towns currently situated on the flood plain to much higher ground. This will incur high upfront costs but it's the only way that old and vulnerable people can be truly protected. In the long term it will also save lives and money as those new towns built on higher ground will no longer be flooded. Of course, allowance will also have to be made for landslides and slopes stabilized.

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Posted in: ACCJ urges Japan to end 'double standard' re-entry rules See in context

Let's face it, if one person on a plane has coronavirus and sneezes, or coughs, the recirculated air will soon ensure that every passenger is breathing the virus in. Therefore, any air passenger arriving from a coronavirus infected nation is a threat to Japan. So, even people who left Japan before the country they traveled to was placed on the list of restricted countries shouldn't be allowed to return yet.

I could have gone back to the U.K in my end of March break but it had been utterly obvious since January that there was a pandemic underway and borders were going to start closing. So I stayed in Japan. And I am glad I did. I would much rather be here than trapped in the U.K for all this time. I'm no genius so if I could see that borders were going to close then those who chose to travel should have too. They should face the consequences of their actions rather than be allowed to bring coronavirus with them into Japan.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 107 new coronavirus cases on Thursday See in context

And yet apparently they're now allowing people to fly into Japan from the USA. Europe has just banned all flights from there.

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Posted in: Facebook frustrates advertisers as boycott over hate speech kicks off See in context

Don't leave it to the advertisers. Quit Facebook yourself. It's loss of users that really hurts.

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Posted in: Mandatory charging for plastic shopping bags starts in Japan See in context

The majority of a cars parts are manufactured from plastics so I guess their owners think nothing of arrogantly chucking plastic packaging out of the window. Many car drivers think that because they pay road taxes they can do as they please.

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Posted in: Mandatory charging for plastic shopping bags starts in Japan See in context

Its not just plastic bags that are a problem in Japan. Almost every item I buy seems wrapped in several layers of plastic during manufacture. The government should gradually increase sale taxes on items including plastic to encourage innovation and all manufacturers to use other biodegradable materials instead.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 57 new coronavirus infections See in context

Perhaps Japan should stop abandoning people at 1.30 a.m miles from home as it's deemed too late for people to be out? My last train home only got me half way there so I spent the last four hours unnecessarily breathing all over a karaoke and seven eleven. I'm now on the first Morning train and it's full of people just like me. We are all sharing the virus. All of us could have been safely home hours ago. What a joke Japanese public transport is.

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Posted in: Man gets 15 years in prison for murder of woman in Saitama love hotel See in context

How do Japanese law makers decide on such lenient sentences? Do they spin the wheel of justice and see where the bastxxd stops? 15 years is a disgrace for strangling to death another human being. When he gets out and does it again which law maker will be held responsible?

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Posted in: Scarce medical oxygen worldwide leaves many gasping for life See in context

Capitalism and the free market at its worse. Governments' should manufacture essential supplies and store them well in advance not really upon the profit incentive to provide whats needed in a pandemic.

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Posted in: 'The Simpsons' ends white actors voicing characters of color See in context

All the Simpson's characters are characters of color. They are mostly all yellow. What race type will be doing the voices of those characters?

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Posted in: Japan gives UK six weeks to strike a post-Brexit trade deal: report See in context

That's a big ask of the Japanese. Do they not realize the utter incompetence and ineptitude of Johnson and his Brexit cabinet? There's a no deal Brexit on the horizon and there is no way in the world the current UK government will be able to achieve anything in just six weeks. If I were Japan I would just wait until the inevitable crash in the UK economy coming early next year. Then when the Brexits' are most desperate for a deal, any deal, Japan can secure a much more favorable deal as the UK will be desperate.

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Posted in: Hug me tender: Japanese scientists unlock secret to the perfect cuddle See in context

It always amazes me when scientists declare that loving and hugging are good for us. Did they really have such barren upbringings? Next they will be telling us that kissing and having sex with a trusted life partner is good for us too.

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Posted in: Japan to tighten regulations on dangerous bicycle riding See in context

Bjorn Templeton: I changed the air filters in the vents of my Tokyo apartment today. After only four weeks they were black with particulate matter from the motor vehicle exhausts outside. You will be breathing the same deadly cocktail. Will you at least acknowledge that, compared to motor vehicle transport, cycling is a clean and green way to travel and should be encouraged?

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Posted in: New Zealand city removes statue of its 'murderous' namesake See in context

Personally, I'm not a fan of statues so couldn't care less if all of them are removed. However, whilst people spend time arguing and fighting over statues of long dead people I wonder if the issues of climate change, nuclear weapons, destruction of the rain forests and oceans of plastic are being forgotten. Therefore, I would argue that whilst equal rights and equality are also a current and pressing issue the statues are a huge distraction. Protesters should also consider that removing statues they consider offensive actually contributes to the burying of history. I would suggest that such statutes should be given a plaque explaining why they were first erected and why we now consider these characters to be infamous people. Or put the statues in a museum where they can be viewed in a historical context. Meanwhile, people really need to start protesting as equally strongly about present day racial abuse and inequality. And not forget that without fully protecting Earth's systems there won't many of us left alive to argue about statues anyway.

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Posted in: Japan to tighten regulations on dangerous bicycle riding See in context

Despite the fact free protestations of the likes of Bjorn Templeton the facts are as follows.

Most cyclists are highly responsible and try their best to travel safely and considerately.

Cycling is a growth activity and industry in Japan. It provides many jobs in manufacture and sales.

Cycling is a clean, green way to travel as no pollution is produced. Nobody ever died from breathing the fumes from a cyclist.

Millions of people cycle in Japan every day without incident. Very few people are ever killed or injured by cyclists.

If dedicated cycle lanes were built cyclists would not use the road.

Most cyclists using the pavement do so at just above a walking speed and always give way to pedestrians.

I regularly see motorists watching TV or using their mobile phones when driving.

I regularly witness motor vehicle drivers running red lights and failing to give way to pedestrians on pedestrian crossings.

Car drivers kill many, many more people than cyclists do.

Car drivers pollute the air with their foul exhausts and tyre wear. This not only causes the premature death of thousands of people every year but also contributes to global warming.

Despite car drivers seeming to pay more taxes than cyclists. In fact the importation of oil to convert into petrol in Japan is a drag on the Japanese economy as it has a negative effect upon the balance of payments. This negatively effects the value of the Yen and means all of us have to pay more for everything we import. So, we are all massively subsidizing motor vehicle drivers.

It's time Japan embraced cycling as the Netherlands has and encouraged more lazy, selfish, arrogant and dangerous car drivers out of their vehicles.

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Posted in: Japan to tighten regulations on dangerous bicycle riding See in context

Paul14 time you left Tokyo, Cars are staying, cars are needed, for the economy, the employment, the tax and many other factors, bicycles contribute nothing to the economy, no ongoing tax revenue, nothing towrds the road ways the cycle lanes or anything, just users and takers who think it is their RIGHT to do as they like how they like when they like where they like with no regard for anyone else using the footpath or the roadway.

Bjorn Tomention it's time that you realized that cars are unsustainable. The manufacture and use of bicycles also contributes to the economy, and employment, as well as purchase tax when they are bought. Meanwhile, the import of oil to Japan to produce petrol to power your favorite mode of transport is actually a drag on the economy as it is an import and affects the balance of payments negatively. That means a lower value yen which makes all of us in Japan poorer so actually everybody in Japan is subsiding your obsession with driving a car. Also, as I stated in an earlier post... in my experience cycling in Tokyo it is the motorists who are the takers. They think it's their RIGHT to do as they like, how they like, when they like, where they like whilst polluting the air and hurting all of us, as they are too lazy to walk or cycle. They drive over pedestrian crossings whilst pedestrians are still using them and they treat left turns against a red traffic signal as a give way. Only this morning I was almost wiped out by a black taxi doing an illegal U Turn.

It's time motorists got real and recognized that they are the problem. They are the polluters. The murderers of countless people in road accidents. They should get real , learn to cooperate and understand how the road and road users behave and move. If they learnt some basic sense , awareness , laws and exercised some common sense all of them would leave their cars at home and use public transport, cycle or walk.

Cars don't obey the traffic rules and why you think it acceptable to describe your fellow road users as numb skulls on a bike just further demonstrates your supreme arrogance and lack of care. You shouldn't be allowed on the road.

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Posted in: Japan to tighten regulations on dangerous bicycle riding See in context

cracaphatToday  09:02 pm JST

Good luck with that.Japanese for the most part, don't bother with looking left or right or checking for other riders when riding.Gives me the shiz.

You should try cycling and you will see that car drivers are just as bad. This morning a black taxi did a U turn right in front of me and it was my right of way. He forced me to brake sharply and almost come off my bike on a busy road. it seems that there's a disease that car drivers have that makes cyclists invisible to them. Or it's just dangerous, inconsiderate and lazy driving coupled with a King of the Road attitude. The police and authorities should massively clamp down on dangerous car drivers in Japan. You only have to read some of the comments here to witness the absolute ignorance and arrogance of many such car drivers and their feelings of superiority over cyclists.

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Posted in: Japan to tighten regulations on dangerous bicycle riding See in context

Get out of the god damn way, learn the road rules, stick to them, stop impeding the flow of traffic , learn how to SHARE the damn road which also means pay your fair share, either you are behaving like a pedestrian therefore you are in the same classification ( so stay off the damn road) or you are a vehicle ( so act like one and move with in the bounds of the traffic) or stay the F home.

What a hypocritical comment. It's car drivers who present the greatest danger to other road users in Japan. They kill many more people than cyclists as well as contributing to climate change and asthma, allergies etc. They also regularly drive across pedestrian crossings whilst the green man is still lit and drive through red lights when turning left. Roads are also paid for from general taxation so cyclists also pay for roads. Everybody pays for the roads. Any taxes on motorists are used to repair the constant damage motor vehicles do to road surfaces and to treat those made ill by road pollution. That;s where your car taxes go. So, get off your high horse, and off your lard axxe and get on your bike.

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Posted in: Japan to tighten regulations on dangerous bicycle riding See in context

It's time the government recognized that motor vehicles are the problem in Tokyo. They pollute the air and they are always driving across pedestrian crossings whilst pedestrians are still on the crossing. They also treat red lights when they turn left as give way signs. The authorities should reduce traffic speed limits to 20mph/32kph and build a dedicated bicycle lane along every road so that cyclists don't have to take their lives in their hands at the mercy of lazy polluting car drivers. People should celebrate clean cycling.

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Posted in: Cyclist killed in hit-and-run in Chiba See in context

None. But my car did hit a cyclist once and he fell to the ground.. It was on a blind T intersection. I was at the bottom. When the light turned green I started forward turning left. Then a cyclist came at great speed running the red light right in front of my car which bumped him and knocked him to the ground. Luckily he knew he was the idiot in that picture and he apologized. Had he called for police the system here would have put me in jail. Had he killed himself I would have gone to jail.

Why am I not surprised you've hit a cyclist? You're whole attitude is that it's everybody else's fault when road accidents happen. You should have seen that cyclist and braked in time so as not to hit them. You were clearly not paying attention. You were at fault.

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Posted in: Cyclist killed in hit-and-run in Chiba See in context

Don't assume that kind of road like Tokyo residential area where you expect pedestrians or bicycles in any corner of the street. On the other hands on national highways you can drive on same roads for several days without seeing any bicycles at all, so drivers will expect a car with all light head and tail light but suddenly when encountering a slow moving bicycle that quite often without night time reflector or sufficient light will lead to accident.

Motor vehicle drivers should not be behind the wheel if they are not prepared for the unexpected. And if you encounter a cyclist on a narrow road you should be patient and wait until you have room to pass safely i.e by giving the cyclist a wide berth. Anything else is just impatient dangerous driving and motorists deserve to be prosecuted if they fail to be courteous, considerate and patient towards other road users including cyclists.

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Posted in: Japan opts not to join U.S., others in criticizing China for Hong Kong law See in context

Japan is right to do this as statements by the UK are utterly meaningless. The UK is currently suffering from its own suicidal decision to do brexit and by not taking the corona virus seriously. The UK is a far, far away place from Hong Kong and the UK is allowing the Chinese to build its 5G network and a nuclear power plant. So Hong Kong is low down on its priority list. Talk is cheap and brexitard UK is looking for a trade deal with fascist China at any cost. So why should Japan sign up to such a UK proposal? Japan should make its own decisions and its own criticisms.

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Posted in: Cyclist killed in hit-and-run in Chiba See in context

This is for you Artemis Rodgers

If the car driver had passed a driving test and wasn't drunk or speeding s/he would have known to give a cyclist s/he was passing a wide berth so that even if the cyclist was drunk and fell suddenly from their bicycle then the car would not harm the cyclist. This is considered in law in all modern nations the responsibility of drivers and as an ex cop I know its a fact.

One wonders why you are so quick to blame the cyclist? How many cyclists have you injured or killed? Do you think getting behind the wheel of a motor vehicle makes you king of the road ? And be damned anybody on two wheels?

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Posted in: Japan opts not to join U.S., others in criticizing China for Hong Kong law See in context

All of you who bought cheap Chinese goods and turned a blind eye to the human rights abuses are about to reap what you sowed. The evil authoritarian Chinese dictatorship will first impose its will upon Hong Kong and on all who trade with her. Stand up to this new fascism now or watch it roll over your dead corpse.

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