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Posted in: Nintendo chief unimpressed with iPad See in context

What else was he going to say? Wow, can't wait to get one?

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Posted in: Clinton says critics of U.S. relief effort in Haiti misguided See in context

I can't believe the criticism against the US effort.

Why? I expected as much, especially from the countries crying the loudest. It happens everytime the US helps anybody. First the accusations of trying to invade and then the criticism of response time and scope of effort.

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Posted in: Clinton says critics of U.S. relief effort in Haiti misguided See in context

On Sunday, Italy’s civil protection chief blasted the U.S. military intervention as inefficient and out of touch with reality on the ground. In an interview with state-run RAI television, Guido Bertolaso said the overall relief effort was a “pathetic” failure

C'mon now folks, we should listen, I mean the French and the Italians have a lot of success to speak of when it comes to military operations.

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Posted in: Hatoyama says he'll start from scratch on Futenma relocation plan See in context

It is not out of the bounds of reality for the U.S. to provoke a war in order to justify its continued presence.

I have read some pretty stupid things on this site, but this has to take the cake.

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Posted in: Hatoyama says Nago mayoral result shows will of the people See in context

I can imagine it hurts the feelings of a lot of Americans that think they "fit in" at the local snack bar even though they sit there like an idiot not speaking the language. A lot of Americans in Japan/Okinawa suffer from the "I want to be accepted" syndrome.

Where do you get this idea from? You keep saying this but do you really speak at all to your average soldier/airman/marine stationed here? Most of the young kids here could give a damn if they're stationed here or not, you certainly don't see them crying when they PCS out, do you? To most of these young fellas Japan is easy duty, a place to party with a lot of willing young girls. They go where their branch orders them to go and move on at the end of their tour. When I was a young guy in the Army, I was stationed once in Germany, and several times in Korea. I enjoyed my tours immensely, had a great time, saw a lot of the local sites, and, except for friends I made, didn't give a rat's ass if the locals really liked me or not.

Perhaps it would be a different matter if you are wanting to stay in Japan long-term as a permanent resident w/o SOFA status and not affiliated with the military, but for most SOFA status Americans that come here this is just a two or three year tour they have to get through.

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Posted in: Hatoyama says Nago mayoral result shows will of the people See in context

Listen up Americans this is a wake up call.

To do what?

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Posted in: Hatoyama says Nago mayoral result shows will of the people See in context

i just wanted to add:

One thing that has amazed me for a long time about Japanese politics is that no one from the press seems to ask hard questions here. J politicians come up with vacuous or empty platitudes like "I'm going to work really heard for our country" but no one ever seems to say "ok, that's really nice but how do you propose to do that specifically?"

Hatoyama specializes in these kind of pronouncements, and no one calls him on it.

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Posted in: Hatoyama says Nago mayoral result shows will of the people See in context

Hatoyama for years has advocated the removal of US forces from Japan - so this whole ongoing saga doesn't come as a surprise. What DOES come as a surprise is that Hatoyama is so unprepared and doesn't seem to have a strategic plan for Japan.

The only "decision" you will see by May is that Futenma will not be located in the prefecture of Okinawa, there won't be much of a "plan" beyond that. Look how long it took to negotiate the original one and tell me how everyting will be resolved by May?

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Posted in: 15-year-old boy arrested for Saitama school bomb threat See in context

Not the sharpest knife in the drawer.

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Posted in: Japan, U.S. discuss ways to resolve custody disputes See in context

How would you know? What a bitter statement.

why do you paint Japanese spouse as the monsters here? I can assure you that most divorces in discussion happen after the foreign man cheats on the Japanese wife.

There are men who trade their kids willingly for a night with a younger woman. Men who do that lose their kids and start crying about how hard done by they are. These same men cannot pay child support because they spent the money chasing tail and drinking beer and then cry that their ex wife shut them out.

In almost all of the divorce stories I have heard in Japan and I have heard a lot of them due to the nature of my work, The foreign guy got busted cheating.

Bobbafett, it's great that you have an arrangement that seems to be working for you when quite a few of us will never see our kids again. But don't come here and say that because of your experiences that 100% of all divorces are caused by the men and that revenge by the wife in the form of denial to see one's kids is justified by the husband's actions/inactions. Why do you believe that it's the right of one spouse to deny access to the children? For your information a lot of the problem is caused by a Japanese spouse that doesn't care much for their children's feelings and just shuts the foreign spouse out of the kids lives.

I've known of Japanese women who are physically abusive, openly cheat on their husbands and then dare them to do something, knowing the guy doesn't want to lose his kids. I've seen younger guys marry a younger Japanese girl and the girl's parents work on the girl to leave the husband and raise the child in their house with their help. Or the woman originally wanted to live in the foreign country and got homesick and decided that she had the right to take off with the kids. Read some of the stories on the internet. Maybe some of the posters here have found themselves in that situation and then you tell them that they are simply bitter? I'm astounded by that.

I don't know why you got divorced and I really don't care. It could have easily gone a lot differently for you if your wife thought that your presence in her kids lives would be an inconvenience.

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Posted in: Japan, U.S. discuss ways to resolve custody disputes See in context

Japan has argued that signing the convention may not protect Japanese women and their children from abusive foreign husbands.

Of course 100% of the cases involve this assertion. Let's not forget that it's not only foreign men that the courts automatically rule against, they rule against foreign women also. So this thing about always ruling in favor of the mother is just crap, it should read always rule in favor of the Japanese spouse.

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Posted in: Would you be willing to pay for access to newspapers' online content? See in context

no

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Posted in: Lightweight suitcases See in context

Why are suitcases always so expensive?

Why are many things so expensive here? Because people are willing to pay through the nose without protest.

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Posted in: GOP's Brown wins Massachusetts Senate race in blow to Obama See in context

If they do, it will prove they care more about what's right for the vast majority of Americans than they do about a key percentage of angry white voters.

Yabits, it's rhetoric like this that's makes me want to run out and vote Democrat. BTW, angry white voters are often angry because they're thinking white voters who can recognize BS when they see it, but of course diehard Democrats will label anyone that disagrees with what they say as "angry" or just "stupid".

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Posted in: GOP's Brown wins Massachusetts Senate race in blow to Obama See in context

Proven to fail? The centerpiece of the Republican plan is Tort Reform. That has never been tried, much less 'proven to fail'. Again, spin, not reality.

The people pushing this healthcare plan never mention this, Molenir, because people would see that by doing so it would lower the cost of malpractice insurance and change the way that healthcare organizations operate thereby lowering costs. It's not the health insurance plan that should be the priority, it's the legal system that needs fixing first.

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Posted in: Why is there so much criticism of the quake relief effort in Haiti, whether it is of the U.S., Japan, China or others? See in context

I thought the "take-over" has been going fairly well. It will only be a matter of days before the U.S. has complete control of Haiti. How long will it be before these people are appropriately taxed and enslaved?

You're exactly right, it's those Americans with their nefarious plans for world domination that used their secret ray gun to create the earthquake in the first place, just so they could exploit the Haitian country. Amazing how well they hide by inviting the rest of the world under the guise of helping Haiti - but that didn't fool you Badsey!!! Good job!!

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Posted in: Why is there so much criticism of the quake relief effort in Haiti, whether it is of the U.S., Japan, China or others? See in context

Because people are petty and just love to complain. People complain about the US no matter what it does, or doesn't, do. Now other countries are getting a taste.

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Posted in: Baby girl taken from car while mother shops in Nagoya See in context

Chotto, I guess we'll just have to disagree. I'll stand by my words and you can continue to justify this woman's actions that made it possible for her kid to be kidnapped. Fortunately for the child it turned out well.

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Posted in: Do you think Democratic Party of Japan Secretary General Ichiro Ozawa is a liability for Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama? See in context

Does a bear crap in the woods? Does the water ripple when a duck farts? Of course he's a liability, but it does focus the attention away from Hatoyama saying he had no idea his mom gave him all that money.

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Posted in: 66-year-old woman dies after being hit by truck in Tochigi See in context

Well, borscht, I feel bad that someone lost their life and the driver didn't stop. That lady was someone's mom or grandmother and now she's gone. And you're right, based on the scant info in the story, can't really be 100% sure what happened. But based on experience gained from driving here for a total of 6.5 years and seeing first-hand how bicyclists are here, I have a pretty good idea of what happened.

Everytime you get in a car here to drive, you're betting your life that you can drive and successfully avoid hitting someone no matter what circumstance their stupidity puts you in. No matter how well you drive, adhering to the principles of defensive driving, trying to predict situations and react, there's just no defense to someone riding their bicycle in front of your car. Like being a conductor in a train and having someone jump in front of the train - not the conductor's fault, right? Not so when you're driving a car - and that's just wrong.

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Posted in: Baby girl taken from car while mother shops in Nagoya See in context

Well, oddly enough, if she knew some sh!t would take her baby, I doubt she would have left it. Fact is, it was more practical to leave it there, asleep, (as I assume it was) rather than (as has been mentioned umpteen times above) wake it up, unbuckle it, place it in a carrier, walk across an icey car park, grab a pack of toothpaste with one hand etc.

The best way to ensure your baby is not taken by a stranger is to not create that possibility by leaving the child in a unsecured car by itself. What you've described is a matter of convenience, not practicality - just how much trouble is it to take a child out of a car seat (assuming she had one, of course)and take the baby in with you to the store? Is that really a big deal? Apparently so for you and a few others. The ONLY time you leave a 1 year old child unattended is when the baby is asleep in his/her crib in the next room and within earshot.

BTW, before you accuse me of self-righteousness again, know that I work in healthcare and have had the unfortunate experience to see this type thing happen with the worst outcome more than once. Entirely preventable and the result of parents not ensuring that their child was safe and accounted for. Ever had to put a kid into a morgue drawer, chotto?

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Posted in: Baby girl taken from car while mother shops in Nagoya See in context

Thanks for stopping by.

You're most certainly welcome. Glad that I could help.

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Posted in: 66-year-old woman dies after being hit by truck in Tochigi See in context

Two things:

I won't bore everyone with yet another diatribe about Japanese bicyclists, my views are pretty clear. Yes, Japanese drivers are terrible but the pedestrians and bicyclists are much worse.

You want the hit and runs to stop? Change the law so that the driver is not automatically at fault. This was probably an accident caused by the poor woman who died, but it automatically is a crime committed by the driver. The thought of your life in ruins through no fault of your own flashing through one's mind in the space of 2.5 seconds is often enough to overwhelm one's sense of morality, and so the person takes off. Not saying I would do this, but can understand the motivation.

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Posted in: Anger, frustration hindering Haiti quake relief See in context

In Paris, French Cooperation Minister Alain Joyandet expressed concern about the major U.S. military role in the country, saying it should be clarified: "This is about helping Haiti, not about occupying Haiti," said Joyandet, who last week complained about U.S. handling of the airport.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/34915151/ns/world_news-haiti_earthquake/

Why am I not surprised? Gotta love it.

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Posted in: Anger, frustration hindering Haiti quake relief See in context

There are PLENTY of news stories on the internet detailing the many countries and organizations trying to help. Here are a few detailing the problems that have been encountered.

http://www.alertnet.org/db/an_art/55076/2010/00/18-135718-1.htm

http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N18147232.htm

http://www.alertnet.org/db/an_art/55076/2010/00/18-173943-1.htm

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Posted in: Baby girl taken from car while mother shops in Nagoya See in context

What amazes me is the number of people who are trying to justify leaving an infant in the car for any amount of time - and the justifications being used are that it is inconvenient for the mother to take the child inside with her or that it's a socially acceptable practice here.

LOTS of things about raising and caring for children are inconvenient. Like getting kids to wear seatbelts - that's inconvenient too especially when they cry about it AND it's a socially acceptable practice here. It doesn't even take an accident to kill a kid standing up in a car without a seatbelt, all you have to do is brake suddenly. But then that's a tragedy here not a preventable accident resulting from stupidity and neglect to safeguard your children.

What this woman did was NEGLECT - plain and simple and NOT justifiable. Yes, I am a parent, raised three kids, never left them in a car, and the car never moved unless they had their seatbelts on.

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Posted in: Anger, frustration hindering Haiti quake relief See in context

As I said on the other thread, it was just a matter of time before people started criticizing the US yet again for not doing enough and quickly enough and accusing us of trying to take over the country.

What surprises me are the Americans here criticizing the Japanese - who, btw, are trying to help.

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Posted in: What do you think of the international response so far to the Haiti earthquake? See in context

I'm waiting for the accusations that the US is not doing enough and that we are there as an invading force.

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Posted in: JR employee caught taking up-skirt photos with mobile phone camera See in context

Imagine having to explain this to one's wife, family, and friends.

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