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Posted in: Japanese Red Cross renews partnership with busty-heroine manga series for new blood drive See in context

Disgusting. And their hospitals in Japan have bad service too. I advise people to look elsewhere for medical care.

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Posted in: Police officer arrested for abusing wife See in context

Hmm...released after only a few hours. They are very lenient I guess. They should have squeezed him for 30 days and forced him to confess to attempted murder.

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Posted in: Twitter bots tout cannabis as a cure-all despite few approved medical uses See in context

It can lead to addiction to alcohol? Wow. That could REALLY be bad!

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Posted in: Survey reveals 70% of Japanese adults believe corporal punishment is necessary See in context

> > bass4funkToday  08:15 pm JST with climate change you have your believers and non-believers...

very true, there are people that think everything is a 50/50 proposition and who won’t accept scientific consensus no matter how obvious. It’s a kind of relativism. What WOULD change your mind if evidence doesn’t? What would you do if you realized that you had put your kids at risk for depression, drug addiction, suicide? It might be too terrible for your psyche. Humans are irrational but laws have to, one hopes, have some rational basis - which is why it absolutely CAN enforce a limit. But if the marks you leave are emotional, then yes, it’s only the future that is your judge.

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Posted in: Survey reveals 70% of Japanese adults believe corporal punishment is necessary See in context

bass4funkToday  07:03 pm JST

If only research supported your opinion. It does not.

There are many debatable opinions and research that agree and disagree depending on where you lean.

In your imagination, perhaps. Find me good research that shows that hitting kids is beneficial and free of risk.

Sometimes talking to children doesn’t work, sometimes you need to give them a lesson especially if they refuse or unwilling to change a behavioral flaw.

yes, the magic word is "behavior." It's very true that you can modify behavior by punishment and even more effectively with violent punishment. Leaving aside that behaviorists don't condone corporal punishment, they also aren't much interested in the inner life of children.

True, but most people I know that were at times physically disciplined turned out to be fine and decent people.

Yes, personal anecdotes are like that. I'll trust the research and experts. Not you who cannot produce any good studies let alone recognize consensus. Scientific consensus affirming the benefits of smacking kids is an impossible dream for you. I wonder why it's so hard for people to give up hitting kids even in the face of reason and even when the risks are so clear? Why? Ponder that!

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Posted in: Survey reveals 70% of Japanese adults believe corporal punishment is necessary See in context


If only research supported your opinion. It does not. As for context, why would people hit a child if they didn’t believe violent punishment produced a good person? Unless they have their own emotional issues - which is very likely in at least a percentage of those doing it.

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Posted in: Survey reveals 70% of Japanese adults believe corporal punishment is necessary See in context

People have a Strange notion that punishment produces good people, that we learn to be ethical, moral, caring people by punishment. Add to that some people here believe only violent punishment can do it. But who refrains from doing evil because of fear of punishment? No one I would want to know.

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Posted in: Survey reveals 70% of Japanese adults believe corporal punishment is necessary See in context

It’s sad that people are willing to risk the mental health of their children. All the relevant research suggests that hitting kids is bad for them.

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Posted in: Ghosn, in Lebanon, says he left Japan to avoid 'injustice and political persecution' See in context


Interpol would send him back to Japan someday for his unfinished trial.

Japan doesn’t respect international rules when it comes to Japanese nationals so why would anybody cooperate with them?

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Posted in: 3 junior high school boys to be sent to prosecutors over classmate’s suicide See in context

More punishment will not solve this problem in the least. Whatever happens to these kids, who may be victims in their homes as well, conflict resolution, restorative justice and counseling are better ways towards instilling ethics and a culture of peace. Prosecution is a way for managers of the system to sidestep responsibility and pretend nothing needs to change. Restorative Justice, BTW, doesn't replace punishment and is not its opposite. It DOES include considering greater causes as well as healing for victims and the community.

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Posted in: Former top farm ministry official admits killing reclusive son See in context

I've never seen newspapers here (JT included) add contact details at the end of related articles for 'suicide hotlines', counseling services etc. I'm sure these kinds of groups exist in Japan, and it would be extremely helpful if the mainstream media (as well as outlets like JT), added such info at the end of articles. In fact it would be more than 'helpful' - it would be socially responsible.

Excellent observation and suggestion. Seconded.

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Posted in: Dentsu again found violating rules on overtime hours See in context

The low fines are tacit encouragement to continue the behavior. Only in Japan would a PR company behave in a way that would seemingly destroy its public image. But in Japan, no irony is too glaring to be missed.

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Posted in: 71-year-old woman arrested for killing husband, parents-in-law See in context

That's a lot of people to strangle. I don't think it's a particularly easy thing to accomplish. I can imagine getting pretty low. But I can't imagine killing someone, let alone strangling three people to death. I'm sure she had a hell of a life. Still...

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Posted in: School bullying cases hit record high in Japan in FY2018 See in context

Restorative justice is a system to address the circle of violence. But it's not intuitive and many people go with their gut (often unproductive). How to counter the punishing bullying? With something better that addresses harms and identifies causes and obligations.

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Posted in: Schoolteacher incited students to create chaos: principal See in context

You need restorative justice to address victims needs, offender obligations, harms and, maybe most importantly, causes. Unless y'all think this is just some bad apples. Punishment is a failed concept here. Punishment in these cases amount to people sweeping it under the rug.

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Posted in: Japanese roboticists predict rise of the machines See in context

"Look at Japanese cartoons and animations -- robots are always friendly. We have a totally different cultural background," noted the professor.

Yes, isn't it curious? There's lots of stuff for kids with friendly dancing robots but of course all the robot propaganda is created by adults. I think perhaps there's a cultural aspect of identifying with and even envying robots and perhaps the fantasy of wanting to be one. It's one step away from the ideal of losing one's self, one's stifled emotions, one's visible desires. And to be controlled, completely submissive and without self...I feel like these commentators will always give you the most literal, pat, answer to things: "robots are friendly"! But I'm more interested in why they are so pushed on young people and the society generally. To me, they're an expression of something.

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Posted in: Elementary school teacher arrested for sexually molesting 4 girls See in context

This is like a rampage. Nothing in this guy's character could be detected before? There are probably lots of criminal pervs who try to get away with stuff. This guy seems begging to get caught. I'm just curious what his past was and if anything previous was swept under the rug.

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Posted in: Teen bullying victim who died in apparent suicide blames school in journal See in context

I challenge anyone to show research that punishment is generally effective or that bullying stems from a lack of punishment and control. What is the behaviorist model? That children are a set of behaviors? It’s a failed and inhumane model. Children are human beings and instilling morals and ethics is a question of humanity, not a set of behaviors to be produced.

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Posted in: Teen bullying victim who died in apparent suicide blames school in journal See in context

I think the system is incapable of dealing with the problem. You need to create a culture of peace through a broad conflict resolution program that includes things like peer mediation and other holistic activities. Part of the problem too, is that teachers work karoshi schedules. Right now, there's nothing to be done but accept hatred, fear and death - as long as institutions remain stubbornly and incompetently unwilling to look around and consider substantive changes.

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Posted in: Kono may move to defense in cabinet shuffle: report See in context

Yes Minister.

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Posted in: Japan, S Korea agree on need for dialogue to repair frayed ties See in context

did they color coordinate for this photo?

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Posted in: Man shot in Kobe in apparent gang feud See in context

This is between them. At least this guys don’t kill anyone randomly because they wake up one morning with the need to kill a stranger on the street.

Yes, they perpetrate drugs, sexual slavery, extortion, and shoot bullets in the street for profit (no skin off your nose if you're lucky enough not to have it ricochet in the direction of your sniffer), but at least you ain't no yankee!

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Posted in: Man arrested for abducting junior high school girl with intent to commit sexual assault See in context

The people that think Japan is safe for young women are delusional. This is the meaning of privilege: to be a dude on the internet declaring how safe it is to be a young girl in Japan. I guess they can go ahead and get rid of those women's only cars! All clear! Raise your hand if you think you'd even bother reporting it if you were raped in this country; just to be re-victimized by Japanese institutions?

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Posted in: Man arrested over fire that killed mother, uncle See in context

True it is very very astonishing to me to read that son killed his mother. How utterly disgusting. Worse type of crime.

I don't see how it's worse. Now the other way around, a parent killing a child, THAT'S bad!

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Posted in: Japan urges caution for citizens traveling to S Korea See in context

It would be great to believe oneself to be all right and the other to be all wrong. If the countries/governments were two kids on a playground, I'd look for someone else to play ball with. While I'm here, can I say that the +/- system is pointless. It subtracts rather than adds to the substance.

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Posted in: Tokyo public schools will stop forcing students to dye their hair black, official promises See in context

Interesting how "educators" see their role as forcing children to submit to mindless (ethnic) dominance in order to get used to being totally miserable. You must be crushed. Nice to know the heart of Japanese education is a kind of sadistic socialization. What an utterly brutal and nihilistic society.

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Posted in: 2-year-old girl falls to her death from 15th-floor window in Osaka See in context

I'm terrified for my child. Is there something we're forgetting? Drives me nuts! It's worse than a nightmare. Leave these parents alone.

I presume you are not a parent. Life is not a Television drama.

Be thankful for what you have. There is something called moral luck. We're probably all beneficiaries of that at one time or another.

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Posted in: Interview with Yuki Hashimoto, former underground idol and Shibuya Ward councillor See in context

A truly awful interview. With all that's going on in the world, couldn't she be asked more substantive questions? What issues did she run on? Why is she there?

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Posted in: Empress Masako conducts 1st official duty in new capacity See in context

What's with royalty and hats always? Just a projection of some notion of royal aesthetics? I get Queen Elizabeth wears them: she's from a way different generation. The Japanese royals have a particular matching style here. Odd in a way. I see Kate and Meghan wear the little ones. Pill hats? These gals wear the big 20's-ish ones?

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Posted in: Ex-LDP lawmaker referred to prosecutors over rape allegations See in context

He offered her an apology and a million yen. He must have been shocked when she declined. Will he be found guilty though? I wouldn't bet on it. Judges see this as yet another opportunity to remind Japanese women that if they pursue these cases, they will be victimized all over again.

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