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Posted in: Police recommend charges against driver in Prius crash See in context

the guy was probably texting on his phone and didn't go anywhere near his brakes....

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Posted in: Continental Airlines to charge for food on some flights See in context

That should have been, from Tokyo to Guam....

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Posted in: Continental Airlines to charge for food on some flights See in context

Since Continental do flights to Guam, which is only 3hours 40minutes, this article is relevant. However, I couldn't confirm if those flights are Continental themselves or a code-share....

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Posted in: Students using stand-ins for online employment exams See in context

Easy way to solve this, the companies select at random 10 questions which the student got correct on the web-test, and ask them again at the next round of the hiring process. If you get any of the 10 questions wrong, you are kicked out and the company lists you on their web-site as a web-test cheater. Nothing like a good list of rule breakers to get everybody to play by the rules...

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Posted in: Man falls from Ueno station platform but avoids oncoming train See in context

I just wonder, are some of these incidents attempted suicides??? Get drunk, decide to kill oneself, jump onto tracks and then, rightfully so, realise the enormity of their actions and quickly jump into the space unde the platform.... Maybe there is more background to these incidents....

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Posted in: Continental Airlines to sell seat assignments See in context

I really think the airlines should have net auctions for these extra leg-room seats. Once they have there 200 or so passengers/tickets sold, then at online check-in you can join an auction for these premium seats, with prices starting at 0. If your lucky you might get it for that, if your not you might pay double or even triple than what the airline would think to charge.

I also agree with northlondon, emergency exit seats should only be assigned to people who can actually open the doors. I was on a flight from Tokyo to London once, and there were 3 idiot girls sitting in the emergency exit seats. How do I know they were idiots, they didn't even know how to open the door to toilet... they had to ask the in-flight attendant to show them.

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Posted in: Man arrested for speeding on motorbike after friend posts footage on YouTube See in context

As timeon said, there are open weekends at Suzuka every now and then, if you want to speed then go there and do it, if you skid out there are trained professional emergency crews, and hopefully you won't die. Enjoying speed is one thing, but consider the potential for an accident and on the open road you'll bleed out before the ambulance gets there....

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Posted in: Woman fired, another quits as abuse at nursery school surfaces See in context

Why can't child-care facilities install 'nanny cams', or parents insist on them. It is so easy these days to have a web-cam set-up and that way working parents can just have a quick look to see how their kids are doing in day-care. My brother has 2 little girls, and he has nanny-cams all over the house, which are in use anytime he uses a babysitter.

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Posted in: Law may be changed to reduce number of long holiday weekends See in context

Here's a more sensible suggestion. You have women-only commuter cars, so why doesn't the government enforce for women-only national holidays?< Beelzebub: They already have that, it's called "Woman Hardship Leave", they get 1 day in the month for it....

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Posted in: Child abuse suspected after bruised 3-year-old girl dies See in context

More often than not, families living outside Tokyo bath together. This does not make them paedophiles. It is an old tradition of Japan which has not survived in Tokyo, partly because of western influence but mainly from a move to showers rather than baths.

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Posted in: Child abuse suspected after bruised 3-year-old girl dies See in context

@dolphingirl, The report does not say he drowned or abused the little girl, it only says,

police are questioning her mother and stepfather after learning the girl’s body was covered in bruises<

again, reporting of facts and details is very poor. Where were the bruises, could these bruises have been caused by attempted CPR? Unfortunately, we all tend to jump to a conclusion that foul play is involved. Lets try and keep with the facts, albeit very few of them being reported. And here there is only a suspicion of abuse reported.

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Posted in: Bodies of two infants found in supermarket freezer See in context

This report is the typical vague and lacking in facts report. All we know is that the babies were not still born and they had been in a freezer for 2 days. What we don't know is, How old are they, days, weeks, ??? How did they die? no cause of death has been reported?

I can imagine a distraught mother, having given brith to 2 beautiful babies, got home from the hospital and a few days later to find them dead in their crib, from natural causes. And this mother, out of her mind, placing them in the freezer. As one possible scenario.

To think of the worst scenario, just makes me sick to my stomach, where the babies were alive when they were put in the freezer.

So we don't have enough facts to presume to know what really happened. Lets wait to see if the tabloid reporter who posted this can put together some more facts.

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Posted in: Bodies of two infants found in supermarket freezer See in context

I just finished reading about the parents who sealed their 2 year old in a trash can, now to see this report. One begs the question, where are the child welfare workers?

In this case, how did someone do this without being noticed? I would suspect an employee at the supermarket...

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Posted in: American White wins halfpipe gold; Kokubo, Aono finish 8th, 9th See in context

Kohei Kudo didn't make it to the finals.... Finals start at 12:15pm today (Japan time)

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Posted in: Mieko Harada to play widow in sarin subway attack drama See in context

@Professor I'm with you, life goes on and I have had no problems with the subway since. Sorry to hear you had your own experience, and glad to hear that you didn't become overwhelmed by it. (I had ending a sentence with a prepisition). As they say "That which doesn't kill you makes you stronger", but sometimes can drive you absolutely barmy at the same time.

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Posted in: Mieko Harada to play widow in sarin subway attack drama See in context

@AzabuSamurai whether the media decide not to call it 'terror', I can tell you it was pretty damned "terrorizing" for me....

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Posted in: 4-year-old girl dies after fall from 9th-floor balcony in Osaka town See in context

Just wait till summer, then they will be a stream of stories were parents lock their kids in the car, while they go play pachinko, resulting in the children's death from heat stroke.... These are acts of neglect no worse than drink driving, and they now have public informercials on tv about that, but they don't them for child abuse/neglect..... If any of you are from the UK, last time I was over that way nearly every 30 minutes on tv there was an informercial about child abuse/neglect.

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Posted in: Mieko Harada to play widow in sarin subway attack drama See in context

I was on the Marunouchi Train which was gassed. But I was fortunate in that I got out of the station before the gas went off. The the following week, they tried a cyanide gas attack on the public toilets beside the Marunouchi line in Shinjuku, I just missed that one as well. It was nearly 3 months before I was able to use the subway. Fortunately my employer at the time was very understanding and paid for bus and taxi so I could get to work. I still have nightmares of "what if, I had stopped to buy a newspaper???"

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Posted in: Mieko Harada to play widow in sarin subway attack drama See in context

I am definitely going to watch this. I am one of the survivors. Didn't know this new docudrama was being done....

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Posted in: 4-year-old girl dies after fall from 9th-floor balcony in Osaka town See in context

For a lot of people posting here, even ones without children, we automatically ask the question, "Can we leave a 4 year old home alone?". We, that is the posters here, seem to have some common sense, and know that the answer to that question is most definitely "No". For the rate of incidents like this, remember the little boy drowned in a puddle last week, it is clear that Japanese parents don't have the same level of common sense. A law which defines ages and some types of neglect with minimum prison sentences might help these parents do the right thing. However, when news media reporting fails to inform the public that a parent is charged with neglect and face #years in prison, nobody will learn. Besides a law, maybe the news media should, with out question, print the full name and approximate location of the parents and family members. Parents would be more inclined to do the right thing for fear of the public humiliation if an accident should occur.

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Posted in: Actor-director Kevin Smith ejected from plane for being oversized See in context

So let me try to understand this.... Probably the most objective way to sort this out is to get a medical check-up before flying. The doctor fills out a form assigning an "Airline Seat" value to you and when buying your airline ticket you must provide them with this document. The value can cover, height, weight, disgusting habits, smell etc...That way, no inexperienced minimum-wage airline staff can prejudicially penalize you. It could also allow airlines to seat all the smelly people together....

Spike

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Posted in: Do you support damages suits filed by former smokers who argue they have developed health problems, including lung cancer, because tobacco companies sold them cigarettes? See in context

When it came to the lawsuits against big tobacco in the US, the basis for the suits were that the Tobacco Companies KNEW that cigarettes caused health problems but did not warn the consumer. Since JT has not had severe health warnings on their tobacco products until very recently, it is conceivable that some members of Japanese society did not realise that smoking was bad for you, becuase they trusted a company where 50% of its ownership was/is the government.

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