I thought these buses would be cheaper than flying or even the Shin, but they're actually right up there in price. Not to mention more bad things can happen on a bus, like a car swerves into the wrong lane, driver falls asleep, guy next to you starts "borrowing" things from your wallet, etc.
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I take it none of those electric gates at the edge of the platforms there?
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And here I was thinking a scooter would be grand way to jet around Tokyo.
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OOH! PICK ME!
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wtfjapan - In your situation, the paramedic was wearing a uniform. The Samaritan in this case was wearing what? He could have been sporting a beard and combat fatigues. See the difference?
And to say "severe lack of education"...speaking of education, learn to spell "absent" correctly. Secondly, to suggest that "common sense" would prevail in a situation where a lot is happening and it's hard to think straight shows your lack of education or common sense.
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Tokiyo, the driver could have been in a daze, not thinking straight, etc. And all of this so far is one side of the story - the Samaritan's. I'm sure the driver has his own version but chooses not to share it with the world on Twitter.
So I pose this to you...If you see your significant other unconscious, kind of confused as to what to do, and then you see some dude cutting the girl's shirt open, you're initial reaction would be what?
Time for you to buy me a steak dinner for educating you on how not to pass judgment too quickly or before hearing from both sides.
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All of you bashing the driver are WAAAAY too quick to judge. The female was a passenger in his car, so likely she was his girlfriend, sister, whatever. If you see someone cutting through your girlfriend's top, wouldn't you be just a bit like, "Wait a second!" There was certainly no time for the Samaritan to explain to the driver what he was doing. The driver in that situation did the right thing - called the police (rather than beat the Samaritan to a pulp). A simple case of a misunderstanding where the media blows it out of proportion in order to get simpletons to make quick judgments. Yes, the driver should apologize to the Samaritan, and even take him out for a steak dinner. And all of you bashing the driver, well hang your head in shame, and apologize to the driver (because we all know this driver reads this website).
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A lot of rice exported to the U.S. is from Thailand, not China. I'd like to see cheap bags of that in the stores here, but tempting the Japanese palate is another story. Still, with cheaper rice, we'll see cheaper food. 99 yen gyudon anyone?
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Cyclops, sean, and smith, if I need people to jump on my bandwagon, I'm relieved to see that there are people with your level of, uhm, "intellect" - the type which causes you to take one incident and make a sweeping generalization of the people in that prefecture or of the state of society.
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I'm pretty much going to have to disagree with everybody who's commented so far...
The sound of a laughing kid or two, great. The sound of 10 kids screaming their heads off, not so great.
I would guess most of these neighborhood residents who are complaining ARE old, so don't fault them for wanting to relax at home in peace in quiet.
The argument that Tokyo is already noisy...well, then two wrongs make a right? I`m sure these residents would be just as upset if there was any noise of substance blasting their neighborhood.
So here're my solutions...
1) Use Japan's capacity and tendency to reclaim land, and build a "kid island" - get Disney to pay for it.
2) Put the daycare centers in business districts, so that company workers with kids can just drop them off on the way to work and be able to check in on them during the day.
3) If daycare centers must be built in neighborhoods, require a certain amount of soundproofing in the facilities. "Well, what about kids playing outside?" you ask...simple, don't let them go outside. Again, use Japan's state-of-the-art technology to create the outdoors indoors - yes, I'm talking virtual reality, complete with the sights, sounds, and smells of the outdoors. So Monday could be forest day, Tuesday beach day, Wednesday the zoo... you get the drift. And the best part, no need to take the kids to the real outside where there are real hazards. Let Japan engineer its way to happy kids.
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They could have just replaced her with one of the millions of clones walking the streets of Seoul.
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One incident and you guys are bemoaning "what is going on with Japan?" Weird people are everywhere. Adding more mental health workers won't make people go see them. You need to just accept that if you're in the wrong place at the wrong time around the wrong person, you might, just might have some urine poured on your leg. Just thank goodness he wasn't crazy enough to pour that stuff in her hair, because, you know, that would be wrong.
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Good luck gals! I wish I had such options when student loan repayments came around.
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Note to self - do not go hiking near an active volcano.
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Nothing will change - people have jobs if they really want them, streets are mostly secure, and yes, you are free to say what you want in Japan about Japan without the fear of some henchman dragging you off to the gallows in the middle of the night without a trace.
The nuclear fear is overblown. The tsunami, not the earthquake is what caused the meltdown. TPP - the government will protect businesses from collapse, period - fact of life in J-land. The military? The meager forces Japan has are no match for any legitimate threat to Japan. Conscription? Ain't gonna happen - too many vege-guys or grass-grazers or whatever the term of the week is. I do agree that spending more money on the military is a horrendous waste of taxpayer money, especially when the U.S. has got your back. Let the Japanese men focus on engineering the country into happiness with their robots and cars and gadgets. They also keep the economy afloat by filling the izakayas night after night because going home just doesn't seem that appealing.
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Just keep making money for the government and Beijing will be happy.
Mito, Taiwan is a different ballgame. The U.S. has got their back. They'll be there to take care of business if China steps over the line. Look how well things are going down in the Middle East, so no problemo.
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Parents should teach their kids "Don't kill the parent."
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Japan is still a safe country for kids. I've seen kids her age walk around Tokyo alone, and that shouldn't have to change because of one incident. Just teach kids how to yell "fire" or "help," and people will help.
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This incident brought to mind perhaps the best line ever uttered on the silver screen: "Man, you come right out of a comic book." (2nd best: "I'll be too busy looking good.")
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If they can get the robots to look like me, I'll order one right now to sit at my desk at work, while I jet off to some SE Asian location.
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There is a video of a Chinese guy who tried to mail himself to his girlfriend as a surprise, but he forgot to punch holes in the box and he was found unconscious but still alive after the box was delivered. Unfortunately, I think this woman, perhaps trying to surprise her husband, met an even worse fate for not punching holes in her box.
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That takes some serious balls. Those planes are pretty high up, and I didn't know it was so easy to open the plane's door.
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