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Posted in: Japan takes fresh look at education, work styles See in context

In one scenario, married couples will not need to think twice about having children because education and day care services for preschoolers will be free while students will be able to start paying college tuition once they build their own careers.

This, THIS, is doable. Edit out the assumption that married couples will no longer have to seriously think about having children but offering free day care is just about the money. It's not asking anyone to hurry up and get busy in the child-making department. Same with the college tuition - it's just about the money.

In 2008 the birthrate of children 'out of wedlock' in the US was 40%, France 53%, Sweden 55% in Japan the rate was 2%. Changing something like that? Good luck.

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Posted in: 8-year-old girl on bike killed after being hit by minibus See in context

The 'road' the girl emerged from had no 'yield' sign no '止マレ' painted on the road - nothing. Surely either or both of those are required to describe a junction as an "intersection" (in road traffic parlance).

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Posted in: 8-year-old girl on bike killed after being hit by minibus See in context

"Crossroad" or "intersection" doesn't accurately describe the location (according to this screen-grab from a Japanese news report). If the poor girl rode straight out onto the main road there would have been nothing the bus-driver could have done. I can't even see a warning sign indicating emerging traffic. https://postimg.org/image/n53a3tsyb/

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Posted in: Truck driver arrested over hit-and-run death of 7-year-old girl See in context

Watching the television news reports the accident occurred at a 'typical' Japanese intersection where road traffic can turn left and right at the same time that pedestrians cross the street ‘on the green man”. I don’t know if the driver was turning or going straight but crossings like this don’t offer any margin for error and he clearly wasn’t paying attention. Would it inconvenience road users so much to have ‘staggered’ signals so pedestrians could cross in complete safety?

BTW according to NPA monthly statistics another ten people were killed in RTAs across Japan on the same day.

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Posted in: Critics question economic impact of Abe's maglev decision See in context

I have purely selfish reasons to want the 'Chuo Shinkansen' to proceed. One of the stations along the line will be located 5 minutes from my house. I'm hoping it will help improve this 'one-horse' city - redefining it as a 'one-horse, a dog, a cat and 2 goats' city . That aside, I perfectly understand the skepticism surrounding this project (but pretty please let it go ahead?!)

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Posted in: Padres hire Hideo Nomo to boost presence in Pacific Rim See in context

One of my earliest memories in Japan was watching Nomo's first Dodgers game live on NHK.

Excellent Robert Whiting article about Nomo from the Japan Times in 2010 http://www.japantimes.co.jp/sports/2010/10/03/baseball/japanese-baseball/nomo-blazed-trail-helped-mend-fences-with-move/#.Vr1xefl96Uk

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Posted in: Japan bows out of Rugby World Cup with 28-18 win over U.S. See in context

And even without the bonus points Scotland would've still progressed based on better goal difference.

In the event of a points tie Scotland's victory over Japan would have seen them progress before 'goal difference' was considered.

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Posted in: Japan bows out of Rugby World Cup with 28-18 win over U.S. See in context

Very well done Japan! its only the British team that should fall on there swords! can someone explain to me how on earth can Japan win 3 out of 4 matches but still go home? shurley they had enough points/goals to qualify? Beating Samoa by 25/5 points is worth a medal by its self!

Not quite right there squire... The 'England' rugby team are indeed wringing their hands as the first host country to exit in the group stages. The two other 'British' sides - Wales and Scotland progress (though I don't recommend using the 'B' word in either country on match-day.)

Japan's exit, while sad, was a question of maths and a four-day turnaround before facing a fresh Scottish team.

I'm pleased by Japan's success, but concerned that without it AND without the Olympic stadium crisis the Japanese general public still wouldn't have any idea they were hosting a major sporting event in FOUR years.

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Posted in: Policeman injured after being dragged along by car of fleeing suspect See in context

I had no idea that fake police IDs were such a problem in Japan. Whatever, a routine stop and question escalates into attempted murder. Hope the suspect doesn't have any pressing engagements for the next 5-8 years.

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Posted in: New defense bills may create Abe's version of a 'back-door draft' See in context

Could someone from the USA explain how you guys (is it just men?) still have to register for 'the draft" and what are the consequences if you fail to do so? I've heard it can disadvantage you when applying for public sector jobs or even house loans.

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Posted in: Chinese envoy urges Japan to stick to past apology See in context

From March 9th, 2015

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, referring to Germany’s own experience, reminded Japan on Monday of the need to squarely confront its wartime past but also signaled that neighboring countries must do their part to achieve reconciliation.

Is today's statement from China "their part to" achieving "reconciliation? It does seem like a opportunity for Abe to extricate himself from a 'revisionist' position. Can he deny his obvious need to absolve his grandfather?

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Posted in: 2 pedestrians killed after minivan hits car; driver arrested See in context

Intersections should have staggered lights so when pedestrians are crossing ALL road traffic is stationary – and vice-versa. There’s a new-style set of lights like that outside my local elementary school. In theory it’s safer but 6 or 7 times, when I’ve been waiting there on a red light and the pedestrian light has changed to green, I’ve seen cars not just ‘jump’ the lights but drive right through a full red! The drivers only pay attention to the pedestrian lights and not the traffic signals.

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Posted in: NHK’s U.S. election banner amuses Internet users See in context

I have to say it: If the US elections are cartoonish, how do you describe Japanese elections?

While I agree in principle, Japanese elections do have one major advantage - they are short!

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Posted in: Police to charge suspect with murder of Kobe girl See in context

I know in the past the courts made mistakes, but it happens in other counntries as well.

What happens in other countries is irrelevant. It seems clear that the suspect in this case has failed to confess to the crime but the public prosecutors feel confident they can achieve a conviction based on physical evidence and eye-witness statements alone. This is unusual in Japan and places a greater burden on the jury. Japan is not used to anyone being acquitted of a crime once the case is brought to court.

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Posted in: Police to charge suspect with murder of Kobe girl See in context

I often see in Japanese crime reports that the suspect 'speaks to police but refuses to discuss the case'. What on earth do they talk about?

Suspects are allowed to be interrogated for up to 23 days before charges have to be filed. The Japanese legal system relies on confessions to guarantee convictions. Add those two together and you'll get a pretty good idea what they've been discussing for the past three weeks.

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Posted in: Emperor, empress cut short Nagasaki trip due to typhoon See in context

Good, sensible decision. But I wonder how many regular people will be expected to ‘do their best’ and come to work as normal on Tuesday morning?

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Posted in: Maglev train reaches 500 km/hour during first public test See in context

Who cares about earthquakes and the cost. One of the stations is going to be a 10 minute walk from my house. A night out in Tokyo then back home before work in the morning! Although 2027? Better make that back home before playing mallet golf in the morning.

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Posted in: Marchers in Ikebukuro fete Hitler's 125th birthday anniversary See in context

Party Guest: Oh,but really biting satire is always better than physical force. Isaac Davis: No,physical force is always better with Nazis. Insults or bats or both?

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Posted in: Abe sends offering to Yasukuni shrine, but has no plans to visit See in context

The opinion of the late Emperor Hirohito is fascinating http://fw.to/0wjthlS

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Posted in: March 11, 2011: What are your memories of that day? See in context

In Nagano Prefecture – it was a quiet Friday afternoon. The earthquake hit but it didn’t FEEL like an earthquake – it seemed like I was on the deck of a ship during a moderate swell. Forceful moving from side to side but no violent shaking. I immediately felt this was indicative of something more serious – how I wish I had been 100% wrong.

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Posted in: Yamato deliveryman kept 2,723 packages at home because he was 'too busy' to deliver them See in context

Fully expect these packages were "Kuroneko Mail-Bin" items which don't require a name-stamp for delivery. I get about a dozen every week - all freebie magazines and shopping catalogues. If they suddenly stopped I would notice - and then breath a sigh of relief.

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Posted in: Eagles beat Giants 4-2 in Japan Series See in context

In no way do I claim to know anything particularly relevant about baseball, nevertheless I found myself wondering why - in the top of the 10th inning with one out in a tied game - the Eagles had their pitcher on 2nd base and an injured batter on 1st base. Was this some sort of super secret strategy? It worked so it MUST have been the right thing to do.

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Posted in: Unusual punishment lands Hiroshima elementary school teacher in hot water See in context

The teacher's actions were unprofessional and totally inappropriate. I don't care what others 'suffered' in the past, it's 2013 now and children are treated differently. For forgetting something that students should 'always' carry - one demerit. For forgetting something they were reminded NOT to forget - two demerits. Three demerits in a week (or four over two weeks) = detention. Detention to be held after school hours and children must be brought to and picked up afterwards by a parent or guardian. That way there's no confusion about parents being unaware of their child's behavior.

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Posted in: 104 traffic fatalities reported during Obon holidays See in context

The average rate of road traffic fatalities in Japan is 34 a day.

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