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Posted in: Future of nuclear power brighter than ever, despite Fukushima See in context

What is this? 'You are all going to believe that nuclear power is safe whether you like it or not' week? 'Despite Fukushima..' as in 'let's just ignore that unsightly mess'? I am no nuclear expert. Far, far from it but one thing I have learnt. As long as companies and various official bodies are more interested in lining their own pockets rather than ensuring safety procedures are adhered to, nuclear plants are ticking time bombs. For all the technology, the state of the art architecture or equipment,it is most essential that companies run the plants to the highest safety standards. And an outside independent body with no vested financial interests ensures they do. As we have sadly learnt this last year, that was most certainly not the case with Dai Ichi.

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Posted in: Cyndi Lauper brings cherry blossom seedlings to Ishinomaki See in context

She brings warmth and sunshine. I love her music. What a lovely gesture! I applaud her!

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Posted in: China calls on Japan to be sensitive to history issues See in context

Okay China! Why don't you lead by example? The top two news stories on this section both mention China asking two different countries to be more sensitive! I am not in any way downplaying what has happened in the past but I do feel that China should also start cleaning 'her' own act up while asking the same of other countries. Tibet and human rights issues come to mind as an example.

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Posted in: Police looking for suspects after string of attacks on Kobe homeless men See in context

I hope they catch them too. And soon. As already said, what a bunch of cowards to gang up on one older person. Sickening.

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Posted in: Fukushima residents seek immigration to South Korea See in context

I must say I was a little more than surprised to read this at first! I wonder how the Japanese government feel about this? I wish nothing but the brightest future for all those touched by this terrible predicament. And by that I mean all of the poor souls who have lost so much and are now enduring so much up north. If anyone deserves some great luck and a better life, it's them.

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Posted in: Monk guards remains of unknown tsunami victims See in context

Miyabesan is doing a truly wonderful thing. It's profound to think that whole families have been wiped out. Nearly one year and I stil cannot comprehend the level of destruction and tragedy the earthquake and tsunami unleashed. May all the souls, those still living and those who have passed on into the skies, find peace.

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Posted in: Gov't to set up new child care facilities to support working mothers See in context

@timeon. I am perfectly aware that life has moved on in the last hundred years. I too, a well educated woman with a career, dreams, ambitions and currently 3 kids.

I too took umbrage at your 'lazy mothers' remark. Believe me when I say that all the studying and qualifications in this world cannot prepare you for the steep learning curve that every parent experiences. You and your wife might be surprised how it can change your perception on life.

I've been a 'stay at home' mum, worked part-time, now full-time. None of it has been easy but I'd rather concentrate on all the joy and delight my kids have given me and my husband. Bringing a child into this world is a huge responsibility. I feel it's a terrible loss when choosing to stay at home to raise your kids, especially in the early infant and toddler years seems more and more to be looked down upon. Sometimes, if you are lucky and have the choice, becoming a parent is about putting your own needs on hold for a while or adapting your lifestyle to some form of compromise.

I do understand about a woman wanting a career, I am that woman myself but coming out with such a tactless remark such as 'lazy mothers just shows how ignorant and naive you are about parentdom.

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Posted in: Gov't to set up new child care facilities to support working mothers See in context

@timeon. 'lazy mothers'. Is this your first child? I ask because you sound like first time parents who don't have a clue how hard....and rewarding....being a stay at home parent is. Seriously, if your career means that much to you, why bother having a child at all?

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Posted in: 12-year-old girl killed after lying down on railway tracks See in context

@ Bill Page. I cannot tell you how sorry I am to hear about your son. Thank you for being strong and telling us about him. I cannot even begin to imagine what you have been through and in all fact, are still going through. My three are the light of my life and I couldn't imagine being without them.

I agree with what you have said. It is upto adults in the child's immediate life circle to protect and nurture them. My kids are past the age where they spend all day under my supervision as they go to primary school. I hope that if the teachers at their school noticed anything odd in their behaivour or any problems at the school, they would inform me and work with me to sort it out. Somebody somewhere must, if even for a second, looked at this little girl and seen in her eyes that all wasn't well. We are talking about a little girl of only twelve. I cannot believe there wasn't a warning sign somewhere.

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Posted in: M5.4 quake jolts Ibaraki, Tokyo See in context

Yeah, we seem to having quite a few recently. My IPhone alarm has been on overtime! Kids didn't want to go to school after this morning's greeting from Mother Nature. Keep stocked up and be safe.

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Posted in: Tsunami survivors healing but still scarred See in context

Yeah Zen. Totally agree. Enjoy every moment and love the family you have knowing we are truly blessed.

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Posted in: 12-year-old girl killed after lying down on railway tracks See in context

Heartbreaking. That poor little girl to be in so much anguish to end her life and in such a way. It brought tears to my eyes thinking about her last day on this earth and the hopelessness she must have felt. I don't really have any other words....

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Posted in: One year on, 'ghosts' stalk tsunami-hit Ishinomaki See in context

Apologies to the skeptics Herr but I totally believe in ghosts. I myself have had many experiences since I can remember. You are all entitled to your own opinion and I respect that. I would like to add that I have a clean bill mentally health wise. Naturally, thousands of people dying in one area is going to create an atmosphere, real or imagined. Either way, my heart goes out to anyone who was directly affected in that area and those trying to help them overcome the myriad of emotions being experienced!

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Posted in: Gov't feared nuclear crisis would engulf Tokyo, report shows See in context

@Nicky. Totally agree! It was a surreal situation that none of us expected to be in.

I think Kan did the best he could.

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Posted in: Chocolate with a twist See in context

Kudos to anyone who goes out there and is successful. I can't wait to try some of their choccies!

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Posted in: 32-yr-old man held for hitting father with baseball bat See in context

It's like the woman who stabbed another lady in Shibuya the other day, the son who killed his father over watching TV, the reasons given are probably just the straws that broke the camels back. There seems to be a lot of simmering resentment around here. At work and within hubby's family, I've seen people get away with some really quite horrendous behaivour just because of the whole sempai/kohai group mentality. You are expected to just suck it up to keep the whole 'wa' thing going. Sometimes, even at great emotional and financial cost and the cycle seems to just keep repeating. I was treated like a piece of dirt when my time comes, I am going to do the same mentality. A nation that has more than it's fair share of big adult bullies. As economic woes deepen and folk feel that their future is uncertain, we are going to unfortunately see more of this type of incident occurring. Japan cannot really be described as a warm, fuzzy wuzzy country with great mental health support systems.

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Posted in: Woman, 4-year-old son found dead in Tachikawa apartment See in context

People have literally been known to drop dead from cerebral aneurisms. And as for this mother 'living a hopeless life with a mentally handicapped child'. He might have been the light of her life who gave her joy and hope everyday.

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Posted in: Digital technologies reversing extinction of languages See in context

Wonderful!

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Posted in: Woman, 4-year-old son found dead in Tachikawa apartment See in context

Both hubby and I sat, trying to hold back tears when we saw this on the news last night. The hand that Fate deals some poor souls just sucks mega big time. I don't want to think about that little man's last days and hours, it's too heartbreaking to even think about stepping over that portal.

I hope there is a heaven and that mother and son are together.

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Posted in: Woman stabbed by Shibuya Station in Tokyo See in context

God, I turn my back for a minute...and another story pops up. And here was I, worried about high school kids wandering around with mummified animal parts hanging as trophies from their sports kits.

Jokes aside.......She flipped out because she didn't like the way the other lady stared at her? And she just happened to have a knife on her? Handy! Random attacks. They terrify the he'll out of me. No way to really prepare for one of them. What's the bet we have a copycat in the next couple of days?

Japan sure is changing. I hope the poor lady who was attacked pulls through this and gets the support she needs.

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Posted in: Man fatally stabs father over TV channel argument See in context

@JapanGal~ Now if we were talking 'House' or 'Mefium' oe 'Supernatural' , I think it was probably self defense!

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Posted in: TEPCO to cement 73,000 sq meters of seabed off Fukushima See in context

Well, TEPCO are pros when it comes to covering up things so maybe we should let them get on with it!

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Posted in: Man fatally stabs father over TV channel argument See in context

@Hoserfea~ You cracked me up there!

Tmarie~ Couldn't agree more. Breaks my heart every morning seeing Mum or Dad marching along in front, eyes superglued to phone with really young kids trailing a few feet behind. It's not normal or maybe that's what normal is becoming. Call me old fashioned but I like to communicate with my family and before my kids hit the terrible teens where mummy becomes one of the 'uncool presences' in their lives for a few years, I am going to seize every moment to keep those communication channels open.

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Posted in: Top court upholds death sentence for man who killed 2 when he was minor See in context

@Aliasis~ Whilst I am with you on the death penalty, I don't think any of us could imagine being in Mr Motomura's place and how we would feel. I can honestly say that if the same horrific situation had happened to me, I'd want the perpetrator dead. The anger, the rage, the loss, the pain...I am amazed and humbled by people whose lives are ripped apart by tragedies like this and manage to carry on. But that's why it wouldn't be up to me to decide the fate of the perpetrator. Or any victims of a crime. As you said, that's why we have the law. The law shouldn't be governed by public opinion and baying for blood. Lynch mobbing has been defunct for quite a while now.

This case has set a precedent and I wonder which path it will wind future cases down now.

As Tmarie rightly pointed out. What about other high profile cases, equally as horrific. Can their relatives push for the death penalty now too? And off on a tangent slightly, what about people who are incarcerated for a crime it is later found out, they didn't commit?

Jailed for life isn't getting away with anything and it costs the taxpayers a lot more dosh to execute someone than feed them in prison for life.

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Posted in: Man fatally stabs father over TV channel argument See in context

Is it just me or does it seem like there are a lot more crimes where members of family are killing/attacking/hurting other members of their family in Japan than other countries? I am not talking about crime in general, which is lower than other countries. There just seems to be quite a lot of incidences of family flipping out and going mentally AWOL on their relatives.

And I agree that it probably wasn't being able to watch Takeshi Beat or whatever that set the son off. There will be history there of some sort. I mean, my hubby drives me wild surfing the channels during commercial break when I know that that movie I've been dying (no pun intended) to watch has probably already resumed but never to the point of stabbing him...or hurting him in any way whatsoever!

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Posted in: Radiation from disaster detected 643 kms off Japan's coast See in context

Good news so far and I do emphasize 'so far'. I'll only agree with the '..but we expect the situation will not become worse' when the plant is finally and totally shut down.

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Posted in: Olympus executive in India dead in apparent suicide See in context

I am sorry but I am surprised we haven't had folk committing suicide earlier. I feel sorry for his family.

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Posted in: 3 people found dead apparently from starvation in Saitama apartment See in context

@ Paul Arenson. Thank you for that moving post.Reading some of the comments, it is apparent that some folk have never had to endure hardship. I always thank my lucky stars for what I have as I appreciate that life could always be harder.....to unimaginable limits. There by the grace of God go I.

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Posted in: Top court upholds death sentence for man who killed 2 when he was minor See in context

Thanks, Nicky! Now I know I am going to get thumbs down but....here goes.I am not saying that children who were abused should as adults be exonerated. I know plenty of people who were abused as children and they wouldn't even hurt a fly. I have also met a couple of individuals who endured horrific childhoods and are 'damaged' beyond repair by it. I was raising a point. Not stating that in this particular case, the perputrator should get off scot free. He should be locked away from the general public...for our own safety. We don't know the full details of his childhood and I agree that responsibility should be taken.

I have every respect for Mr Motomura. I admire his strength and courage to carry on and wake up each morning but let me just play devil's advocate. What if Mr Motomura hadn't coped as well. What if he had gone off the rails and killed someone? Or a couple of people? Where does the sympathy lie there? With the new victims's families or with Mr Motomura?

I actually believe that most people who commit crimes and then wheel out the 'Well, I was abused...' spiel are just seeking an escape route from any culpability. There are a few though who survived childhoods none of us could ever imagine here, they fall through the cracks and reach adulthood carrying on a cycle of a dysfunctional lifestyle.

Again, I am not condoning what this person did.

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Posted in: Record-high 384 child abuse cases reported in 2011 See in context

@Wurthington~ Thank you! That is the point I have been trying to make. Child abuse is becoming a huge problem in the world and Japan unfortunately, hasn't been overlooked.

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