Tony W. comments

Posted in: Fears grow Japan-U.S. alliance may be affected by Osprey crash See in context

On the other hand, would Japan want an ally whose equipment isn't sound; apart from these helicoptors, think faulty Iran rescue ones, poor maintenance on that space shuttle that blew up, was they've not won (Vietnam), ones they've started on dodgy intelligence (Iraq), and so on.

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Posted in: Cargo ship operated by Japanese firm seized in Red Sea by Iran-backed Houthi group See in context

As I said before when the same thing was happening with the Somali pirates, arm the crew and double the watch in the Red Sea. Otherwise, have a Japanese Navy gunboat on duty in the Red Sea for, say, six months at a time until this Middle-Eastern nonsense stops.

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Posted in: Japan decides to strip Unification Church's religious corporation status See in context

Good job, though not before time it would seem.

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Posted in: Bodies of 4 elderly hikers found near mountain trail in Tochigi Prefecture See in context

I wonder were they people who kept themselves fit in the normal course of their lives, because if so then, accidents aside, climbing a mountain shouldn't have been a problem, even in those temperatures. But if not in this case, then they were being irresponsibly adventurous and risking not only their lives but those of the rescuers.

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Posted in: Asian Games open with more participants than Olympics See in context

Cricket, in the Olympics, what is the world coming to, waste of a field!

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Posted in: Kishida, in U.N. speech, vows to spend ¥3 bil to help achieve world without nuclear weapons See in context

Unfortunately he'll be wasting money, no country currently with them will want do that, especially those ruled by communist dictatorial presidents so the rest can't afford to.

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Posted in: Gov't may seek to dissolve Unification Church: source See in context

Religions in general can have a history of getting funds by dubious means from their followers. Centuries ago the Catholic Church was selling pardons for sins! Henry VIII fixed that when he started the Church of England and took over Catholic churches. Recently the ban by the Catholic Church on the use of contraceptives has itself been banned by the Irish Government. So hopefully we will see governments everywhere, including the Japanese one in this case, taking action against unreasonable behaviour by religions that disadvantage their followers. (And, just for the record, a colt is a young horse!)

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Posted in: U.S., Japan to develop hypersonic missile interceptor: report See in context

Dammed good idea, hopefully they can sell them to Taiwan too!

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Posted in: Japanese high school kids average 12% correct answers in English oral test See in context

My late friend spent most of his life teaching English in Japan, to children initially, and then the bulk of his time there to students in a technical university in Kitami. He always maintained that the students were difficult to teach well because they found it so hard to learn and many probably wished they didn't have to. Having attempted to learn Mandarin as an adult myself and given it up, I'm not surprised, the two languages are so dissimilar to English verbally and graphically. However, as has been pointed out, English is the most widely spoken language over the world, especially if you include it learnt as a foreign language. This obvious if you go almost anywhere in Europe; it's routinely taught as a second language in many Asian countries too, like Malaysia, and pretty much all over the globe: and why? Because English IS today's international language, like it or not, so it can benefit children to learn it if they end up in business, science, travel....or teaching it! But it does seem that the teaching method needs an overhaul in Japan. I did seven years of French at high school, but found I improved much more much later on in life with conversation classes with adults, so that, and better testing techniques, is what Japan could look at I think. I wish them luck with any overhaul it does.

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Posted in: Decapitated head in Sapporo case was filmed at home: source See in context

Maybe the psychiatrist needs a diagnosis!

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Posted in: In Japan, which bans dual custody, a table tennis star refuses to hand back her son to her ex See in context

This is another sad case, only occurring because of an unfair and outdated law. Children should know their fathers and mothers if possible, provided that there is no reason, like family violence for example, why it's best if they don't. I write as someone who never knew his father, and was put in foster care virtually from birth vwith a single lady. I write also as a father of a son who had enormous difficultirs with an ex-partner over access to their daughter. If access had not been successful through the courts, he (and uus) may never have seen her growing up. Fairness is the name of the legal game, be fair to both parents AND the child!

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Posted in: 3 schoolgirls drown in Fukuoka river on 1st day of summer vacation See in context

The headmaster "requested" students not to go to the river? He should have BANNED them from going! The more emphatic statement might have made a difference.

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Posted in: Campaigners slam Japanese government forced sterilization report See in context

Having worked in the Intellectual Disability sector in two different countries, I can clearly see the need for some method of reducing the number of such people born. However sterilisation is not a decent answer, far better if more effort could have been put into in utero (pre-birth) diagnosis so that parents could have been advised in advance of conditions, and offered, but not compelled to accept, abortion. That way much parental distressed would have been saved, and, after all, not all conditions are 100% inheritable, and they could have the option of not trying to have any more children if they wish, as has been done by the Jewish community with the Tay Sachs syndrome.

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Posted in: Japan says it will destroy any North Korean missile that violates its territory See in context

Or even better, if they had the capability to turn it back to where it came from!

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Posted in: Japan's new 5-year ocean policy calls for tougher maritime security See in context

Typical Communist country reaction to justifiable concerns about its incursions into others' territories, counter with a threat; bolsters its image in the state-controlled minds of its own citizens, but is inflammatory internationally and totally unproductive. Wlll they ever learn? Probably not, short of an internal revolution or a sharp lesson!

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Posted in: More dolphins found on east Japan shores a day after 33 beached See in context

I wonder how dolphins navigate. It is known that geese navigate by feedback to the brain from magnetic elements in their nervous system, so if the whales have that too, the eastward wandering of the magnetic North Pole could cause faulty navigation, though the Pole's directional change would suggest it would more likely take them further out to sea, but then we don't know exactly how it's used by wildlife.

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Posted in: Kishida snubbed China envoy farewell meeting amid strained ties See in context

Could be that the Foreign Minister told the ambassador that it was nothing personal, but that the PM felt that in view of the contentious political issues between the two countries he felt that.........etc. Diplomatic games!

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Posted in: Top court acquits Vietnamese trainee of abandoning stillborn twins See in context

The Supreme Court judgement is very fair. The poor woman was in a terrible dilemna, being in a foreign country. It would be interesting to know who the father of the children was, was he another trainee, or was he an employer who took advantage of her? She would have been especially vulnerable to the latter.

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Posted in: Secession is here: States, cities and the wealthy are already withdrawing from America See in context

Whilst personally not caring if another civil war broke out in America, solutions might be to do away with State Governments or at least reduce their authority, and improve the tax laws and the power of the federal authority to enforce them so that tax evasion is minimised. Can't see the vociferous Right coming to terms with that though.

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Posted in: World Athletics set to tighten transgender rules, lift Russia doping ban See in context

Whatever transgender athletes think or "feel" they are, biology is overriding, and that criterion should be applied by all sporting bodies where events held are for a single sex. That way the only source of problems for officials will be hemaphrodites, like the Russian Press sisters were said to be, but they were decades ago. In any case testosterone assessment could be relevant here.

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Posted in: China opposed to 'exclusive blocs' after Japan, S Korea leaders meet See in context

Well of course China would, wouldn't it. I'm sure the Yellow Emperor would have said something about individual opponents being easier to conquer, but there again, China is a bloc in itself!

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Posted in: China tells Japan it is troubled by Tokyo's military build-up See in context

Troubled is it? Well, isn't that the idea?

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Posted in: Japanese Americans who won redress, now fight for Black reparations See in context

Whilst I wish them luck if they can get it, I am rather surprised that they are asking for it, as it was common in wartime for foreign nationals from an enemy country to be imprisoned, in fact I used to know an Italian who was working in England when the Italians joined World War two, and he spent the rest of the war working on a farm. where he told me he was very well treated.

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Posted in: Japan's Indigenous peoples fight stigma to reclaim identities See in context

It seems Japan has quite some ground to make up compared with some other developed nations. Watch a rugby match with the New Zealand All Blacks team in it, and see both the Maori and non-Maori players performing a Haka with enormous enthusiasm (and seemingly intimidation!). There are Maoris in all areas of society, including parliament.

In Australia, which may have made slower progress initially towards inclusion, indigenous people are increasingly active in politics and in legal challenges against destruction of sacred sites by big business. Their art is sold worldwide. They are being consulted about bushfire prevention as they've had their own techniques for millennia. In the U.K., the Welsh language is still taught in schools, both Scottish and Irish Gaelic are still alive. Moreover Cornish, which almost died out in the last century, is once again being revived by enthusiasts. These are languages originating in the Celtic tribes that came over from Europe as the Ice Age retreated. Celtic music is widely appreciated, in Europe as well as the U.K. So what does this mean for Japan and the Ainu and other minorities? It seems to me that the minorities have to become more publicly and politically active so that the Japanese government can no longer be able to ignore them.

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Posted in: Japan weighs lifting age of consent from 13 See in context

About time too!

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Posted in: Chinese woman's 'purchase' of uninhabited Okinawa island causes stir See in context

There seems to be some information missing from this. She's bragging she's bought it, but has she? Where is the evidence? Is it only at present a verbal agreement between the current Japanese owner and her, and why doesn't the Japanese government step in and stop it being formalised?

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Posted in: Toyota to replace Akio Toyoda as president and CEO See in context

Having had to buy the expensive RAV4 Edge recently to get AWD, maybe Toyota could consider offering AWD as an option on some of the cheaper variants, and indeed on smaller models too. It gives even more safe handling in the wet, and especially in the snow.

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Posted in: Mother, holding 2 children, jumps off platform into path of train; all 3 dead See in context

There are reasons why people commit suicide and infanticide. Psychosis is certainly one of them, but a very abusive partner can drive a woman to despair and desperation as to how to resolve the situation. Cases like this need thorough investigation to find the history of them, and public education and readily available resources to be alerted by the public or concerned relatives are essential.

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Posted in: North Korea slams Japan's military buildup; vows counteraction See in context

Typical communist bullying tactics. Is the sister the one mooted to take over from her brother if someone takes him out? Rather worrying!

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Posted in: 'Work without limits': Japan's teachers battle for change See in context

This is criminal negligence by the Japanese education department to treat their teaching staff like this. It is taking gross advantage of a profession that consists mostly of people dedicated to helping children grow mentally and physically, and who love their work. No way should staff be involved in cleaning, cleaners who come after school should be emoyed for that. Responsibility for the children should cease when they leave the school premises, and only commence when the kids arrive the next day. Exceptions should only be on school-day outings or outside-hours activities, in which second case overtime should be paid. Lunch breaks should be standard and coincide with children's playtime if possible, or pay in lieu given if not. I cannot imagine that in any western country these stressful working conditions would prevail, not even in private schools where I suspect more is expected of their staff to attract parents to send their children there (and get better exam results for the same purpose!).

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