Tatsuwashi comments

Posted in: 17-month-old boy drowns in bath at daycare center See in context

(Why do some parents need to leave their kids in 24-hour facilities?)

shift work, single parent I would guess

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Posted in: Why libertarianism is closer to Stalinism than you think See in context

Here is very coherent rebuttal to this article, please read it if you have time: http://reason.com/blog/2015/06/17/why-libertarianism-is-closer-to-stalinis

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Posted in: Why libertarianism is closer to Stalinism than you think See in context

Sooo, I missed the part where tied Libertarianism to Stalinism.

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Posted in: Man arrested over about fatal car crash, hit-and-run See in context

Waiting for the self driving cars to reduce this nonsense...

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Posted in: Gov't to strengthen measures against MERS See in context

Confusing article here. What does incubate mean? Stuffed in a heated room? Seems like they meany "quarantine"? Also, it says that people from an outbreak area will be monitored around the clock for 2 weeks?!?! How will this be done? Bad translation, me thinks.

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Posted in: We need to stop this obscure and corrupt process whereby things are decided among an inner circle of people in the sports world. We need to involve the public, hold a debate and reach a public consens See in context

That sound you hear is the suck of public money going down the Olympic drain. The sound will continue until 2020 and probably beyond.

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Posted in: Diet enacts bill to create Olympics minister See in context

This is most definitely NOT a waste of money ;-)

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Posted in: Michelin-star sushi restaurant in Tokyo defends foreigner rules See in context

It is the very definition of the word "discriminatory". Now, it might not be racist or xenophobic, but it is certainly discriminatory. have been living in Japan for 15 years and Westerners are certainly much looser with things like reservations and showing up punctually for social engagements. It is to the point where when I make an event like a hanami party, I tell the Japanese guests a time one hour later than the Western guests, and everybody shows up around the same time. So, I can understand the feelings of this restaurant. At 20,000+ a head, a cancelled 4 seat table is big dent in the pocketbook.

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Posted in: Wearable device to track your child See in context

Belt? You mean strap?

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Posted in: LED traffic lights too cool for snowy Aomori See in context

Weird that those lights in the picture are vertical. Where I live the lights are horizontal. Horizontal lights can't get snow built up.

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Posted in: Taxi app Uber starts ride-sharing service in Japan See in context

It's been going on for 25 years and has done wonders here for the music industry, movie theaters, local coffee shops, high-end department stores, cable TV, onsen, etc, etc, etc

I've been here for 15 years, and the price of movies, coffee, CDs has been very steady, but expensive. Sooo, I'm not sure what you are talking about.

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Posted in: Hokkaido town buried under nearly 2 meters of snow See in context

The sky is falling....climate change...the sky is falling...climate change!

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Posted in: Nagasaki theme park to open futuristic hotel staffed by robots See in context

Try 25 years...

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Posted in: 1,789 file Y100 mil damages suit against Benesse over data leak See in context

I'm not sure how the plaintiffs can show damages to the court. "Your honor, I got 5 extra pieces of mail due to their dastardly actions!"

And why aren't the companies who bought and used the data getting into trouble? Did they think some random dude just hand compiled a list of 10 million names?

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Posted in: Sayuri Yoshinaga shares feelings for Fukushima through poem recitation CD release See in context

Sooo, do the proceeds go to restoration work or a victims fund? No mention of that at all. If not, this seems worse than war profiteering to me. Also, 3,024 yen?!?!? Really? Wow...

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Posted in: Japan vows not to give up on hostages until very end See in context

Paying for the hostages is a terrible, terrible idea. Sure, those 2 lives might be saved, but it would mean that all Japanese citizens all over the planet would suddenly be fair game for hostage takers. Japanese people in places like South America, which has a high rate of kidnapping for ransom, will suddenly have big fat yen signs on their backs. Will the Japanese government pay for all of them, too?

It is sad for these 2 men, but paying kidnappers/terrorists is never a good long-term strategy for protecting one's citizens abroad.

Actually, Japanese people have a pretty good reputation around the world and are rarely the target for these kind of attacks/actions. A Japanese passport is safer in many more countries than most Western passports are.

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Posted in: Haruki Murakami to be online agony uncle See in context

Why would anybody want advice from this hack?

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Posted in: Chiba woman kills 13-year-old daughter See in context


Is this another failure of the japanese welfare system

the article states:

Matsutani had defaulted on her home payment approximately two years ago

How long do you want the banks, courts and government to let people live rent -free before there are consequences to their actions (or non-actions in this case)?

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Posted in: Akie Abe discusses sales tax, nuclear power, life with PM See in context

tattooed backwards so they can see it in the mirror every morning!

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Posted in: ASKA pleads guilty to using, possessing drugs See in context

There sure is a lot of vitriol being spewed about for a victimless crime. He wasn't caught driving or giving it to kids, I am not sure what you are all up in arms about. Do you have the same feelings about alcohol?

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Posted in: 'Modern Family,' 'Breaking Bad' win Emmy Awards See in context

Fargo was horrible, I can't believe it won anything.

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Posted in: Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art forced to cover up 'obscene' photos following complaint See in context

This article seems to negative towards the police. The police are just enforcing a ridiculous law. We should be aiming our vitriol towards the lawmakers who haven't gotten rid of this arcane rule. Some might say that the police have the option to not enforce the law, but do we really want to live in a society where the police arbitrarily decide which laws to enforce or not, that sounds more like the 3rd world to me.

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Posted in: Violent video games linked to risk of crime, alcohol abuse See in context

Here is a nice graph which pretty much refutes the whole study.


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Posted in: Controversial TV drama on orphanages goes ahead without sponsors See in context


AC is not a company. It stands for Ad Council, I think. It is a bunch of public service announcements that various stations air. Again, I am not sure, but broadcasters probably have to air a certain number of PSAs per month or year (it may be a self imposed industry agreement, or a govt imposed one).

After the Tohoko earthquake, all of the stations had NO ads to air, and were only left with AC PSAs to fill the air time. Same with this show. The show is probably only 40 mins long, so they need to fill the time. It is a good chance for NTV to hit their PSA quota for the month.

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Posted in: 10 tips on giving birth in Japan See in context

Just had my 2nd kid 2 weeks ago. Private clinic with a private room. After the govt. money we paid 23,000yen total for everything with a 4 night stay with excellent food. We did have bring towels, but that kind of thing is pretty standard for all kinds of hospital stays in Japan.

No epidural, but my wife got a pain medicine injection towards the end when it got bad, she did suck down a lot of oxygen too.

Not sure how it is/could be better in other countries, but I am a dude, so what do I know?

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Posted in: TEPCO says it was reluctant to worry public over toxic water leak See in context


If you think the top 2 execs are only getting 400,000 yen a month, it is more likely several times that amount. Still, a 10% fine is pretty pathetic.

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Posted in: Japan pledges $14 bil in aid to Africa over 5 years See in context

This kind of aid is often a disguised subsidy for Japanese companies. A few years ago I was in Tanzania and when we came to a very nice new stretch of road, our guide told us that the Japanese government paid for it and Japanese construction companies had come and built it. Good for Tanzania, good for the company that built it, very bad for us taxpayers here in Japan, business as usually for the cronies.

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Posted in: Sensational $1 bil art gift transforms New York Met See in context

“He now stands shoulder to shoulder on that list with the likes of Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Eli Broad, George Kaiser, Michael Bloomberg, George Lucas and others,” Forbes reported.

So he dedicates some paintings with a paper worth of a billion and suddenly he stands shoulder to shoulder with somebody like Bill Gates, who is giving serious money to causes like eradicating malaria? SHEEZ, gimme a break! I don't really consider donating art as philanthropy, it helps very few people.

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Posted in: Author Murakami to give rare public speech in Japan See in context

I don't like his books, I have read Norwegian Wood and 1Q84. But if other people like him, whatever. I have only read the English versions, so he might be better in his native Japanese.

I don't feel like the translations are well done. In 1Q84, a character was supposed to be described as wearing a warm up suit or a track suit (depending on where you are from). In Japanese, they are called "jyaji", which is a very commonly used word. But the translator described the character as wearing a "jersey", like a soccer or basketball uniform, I suppose. It made no sense in the context of the story and displayed an enormously embarrassing lack of translation skills.

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