Toshihiro comments

Posted in: Man whose wife, 3-year-old daughter were killed by speeding car, puts focus on issue of elderly driving See in context

condolence to the guy, I can't even imagine the grief he's in right now. I think a good revision to the 2017 revised traffic law would be that those who are 75 (this could also be moved to 70 or even 65) and older should get an annual cognitive and physical exam in order to prevent more incidents like this from happening.

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Posted in: Stubbed out: Japanese university stops hiring smoking professors See in context

As a non-smoker, while I don't appreciate the smell of tobacco from someone in public, let along inhaling secondhand smoke, I think the university overstepped this one. People are just, well, people. Everyone has their own coping mechanism and smoking is one of the most common. While I understand that the image of someone who teaches people for a living should be a shining example of what one should be (without any vices), they still have their coping mechanisms. I hope the university gives some leeway for professors who smoke, it would be a shame if their skills and experience would just be trumped by a single vice.

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Posted in: Japanese firms less willing to increase graduate intake in FY2020 See in context

I wonder, these Japanese companies don't want to increase their hiring of fresh graduates but are also suffering from personnel shortages, always citing their economic outlook. This just means that they're too stingy to hire more workers to maintain profits with less manpower. If this is the case, then where would the new hires find a job? I wonder if they could apply overseas instead?

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Posted in: Do you think in the future cinemas will suffer the same fate as drive-in movie theaters? See in context

Its the same as asking whether taxis would become obsolete now that there are lots of ride sharing services. I think its unlikely and that internet-based services would make their traditional counterparts obsolete, I think they would compliment each other instead.

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Posted in: Half of foreigners in Tokyo have experienced discrimination: survey See in context

A Chinese respondent who works at a convenience store said that a colleague told the respondent not to speak Chinese when the respondent was asked for directions by a Chinese-speaking customer.

Hey, isn't that advantageous for the convenience store or any other establishment, since some of their staff could act as a translator for those who have trouble speaking in Japanese?

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Posted in: Why does politics divide a country into "us" versus "them" (using the U.S. as an example)? Why can't people on both sides come together on issues to unify their country instead of dividing it? See in context

Two words: Toxic tribalism. A group glorifies themselves for their views is acceptable but when you antagonize those who don't share your group's ideals, that's when the division starts. If only people and groups could keep their differences in check, politics would not be seen as dirty as it is

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Posted in: Teen who allegedly made explosive may have traded uranium online See in context

Its sad for the government to immediately brand people like him as criminals first and resourceful geniuses second. If Japan or any other country does not recruit this guy to work under them, then the bad guys would likely do.

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Posted in: What is your all-time favorite anime series? See in context

One Piece

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Posted in: E-cigarettes haven't made teen smoking cool again: study See in context

Kids are smarter today than the previous generations. They're aware that smoking costs a lot of money, bad for your health and does not make you look cool.

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Posted in: Extra abdication holidays pose dilemma for Japanese workers See in context

"To be honest, I don't know how to spend the time when we are suddenly given 10 days of holidays."

Really, How is that a problem? That is what a vacation should feel like - you have no plans but to rest and recreate. Having a planned out vacation is great but you should not fret if you don't have any - just relax. Although if you're in the service industry, these coming holidays are going to be even more busy.

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Posted in: What do you think about Osaka Gov Ichiro Matsui and Osaka Mayor Hirofumi Yoshimura resigning to run for each other's positions in the April 7 gubernatorial, mayoral and assembly elections, in a bid to form "Osaka metropolis?" See in context

I think it's a good move, maintaining the policy continuity of government officials. If it is going to help the government become more efficient and maintain policy continuity, then why not

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Posted in: Man arrested for goading girlfriend into setting herself on fire See in context

This just does not make any sense, the woman should've fought back in the least and not waste her life with this lowlife

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Posted in: When you were a child, how did your parents discipline you? See in context

Being an only child, I was coddled by my parents but at the same time was taught discipline the old-fashioned way. However, unlike the old fashioned upbringing, I was raised to reason and plead and not just take the brunt of everything.

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Posted in: Why don't societies leave justice in the hands of crime victims (or their relatives and friends)? See in context

Even before the formal justice system was established, people would still do public hearings or at least someone to mediate for the crimes. Leaving the perpetrator in the hands of the victim's relatives and friends would almost always end bad for the perpetrator. In simple words, there won't be any justice.

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Posted in: How do we prepare for our future with robots in our everyday lives? See in context

In my head, I'm imagining a life similar to the Jetson's family. Well for starters, don't rely on robots for everything . IF you can do it, do it. I'd imagine that over reliance on robots even for the most menial tasks would dull a person's skills, strength and attention span since nearly everything would be handed to them on a silver platter, essentially the same thing in the move Wall-E.

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Posted in: Hokkaido police searching for naked man in glasses who groped woman in sub-zero weather See in context

At least he was wearing his glasses. Spring is around the corner and guys like these are starting to wake up from their hibernation. Seriously, were there any cameras to catch the person mentioned?

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Posted in: Teenager ashamed of given name 'Prince' adopts traditional one See in context

Good one for the kid. While I understand that those names truly meant something to the parents, the kids wearing those names often end up getting made fun of up until their working years. This problem however is not confined to Japan as well, I've seen children having odd names like Daenerys. Really ?

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Posted in: March 11, 2011: What are your memories of that day? See in context

I was in high school back then. I remember hearing the news of the mega earthquake later that night to which I immediately contacted my classmate whose mother lives in the Tohoku region. She later told us that her mother was safe thank goodness.

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Posted in: When pedophiles or others convicted of sex crimes are released from prison, do you think residents in communities they move to should be informed of who they are and where they are living? See in context

violent sex offenders should really be databased by the government and local law enforcement. For the safety of the general public and the safety of the offender.

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Posted in: How strongly do you think cultural factors affect the way parents discipline their children? See in context

A lot. I was born and raised in Asia and had a typical upbringing similar to any Asian family (focus on family ties, respect for elders, etc) and when I lived in Canada for a year, I've compared my upbringing with my friends who grew up with Western values. In a nutshell, here's what I've noticed: Asian parents instill more discipline and values to their kids and continue to guide them until even until they're adults, while Western parents allow their kids more freedom and let the kid develop their own sense of discipline and life choices.

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Posted in: Fountain of youth? Study finds new anti-aging compound in plant See in context

My family grows Ashitaba in our garden and eat it for the said health benefits. A few things that I'd like to say to those who would like to start eating this: eat the leaf with other foods (preferably strong tasting foods) if you can't tolerate its bitterness, there's a chance that you might suffer from a mild fever after eating this for the first time (I think its your body's response to the toxins being flushed out), it grows in relatively warmer climates and would do well in colder climates so long as it gets direct sunlight

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Posted in: Mother arrested for abuse after nearly 100 scars found on 4-year-old daughter’s body See in context

Poor child! I would've cried my eyes out even from a paper cut when I was that young, let alone that many scars. Daycare centers would really help in addressing domestic violence as it would allow a third-party perspective on the issue, good on them. Aside from asking the kid, police should ask the children as well. No child should experience such trauma, let alone from someone that should've been protecting and loving them.

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Posted in: Face tattoos: A trend that is here to stay? See in context

I agree that face tattoos are becoming common but would still face stigma from the majority of society but with all of the liberal thinking of the world today, I wouldn't be surprised if it goes mainstream and becomes a trend. It looks good on pacific islanders, but would still look out of place if you'd be in a suit and tie while presenting your bosses

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Posted in: 4 people found dead in tent in apparent joint suicide See in context

Shouldn't the government be able to take down such social media chat groups?

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Posted in: In Japan, Valentine's Day gives women chance to treat themselves See in context

You should really treat yourself and significant others first and the rest would have what's left. Giving something that should've been given with a willing heart kinda defeats the purpose of it all. It's like those middle school anime scenes where guys would compare how much chocolate they got and would gauge their status in the class, its just shallow

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Posted in: Man arrested for attempting to kill 15-year-old girl at her request See in context

So the guy, minding his own business until reading the girl's message, would also kill himself should he have succeeded in killing the girl. Are you serious?

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Posted in: Anti-Valentine’s Day protest march held in Tokyo by Revolutionary Alliance of Unpopular Men See in context

Somebody give these guys some chocolate and a VIP treatment in Kabukicho

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Posted in: Do you think democracy is the best form of government? See in context

There is no form of government that is one size fits all, its a matter whether it goes well with the country. A state that needs a strong leadership would be better off having a limited democracy while a self-disciplined country would be a great fit for democracy. Take Singapore for example, the country's democracy is limited (political censorship, strict laws, etc) but the system works well with the country while Scandinavian countries are democratic utopias that are hard to replicate in other parts of the world. Why? Political culture. A country with an unruly political culture is not fit for a democracy while a country with a mature political culture would become a shining model of it.

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Posted in: U.N. rights committee urges Japan to let children be children See in context

In relation to Japanese present day societal problems, I think the "children have no time to play because they are too pressured by society" problem goes wayyy back. With Japan being one of the countries with a Confucian culture, (along with China, Korea, Taiwan) that one of its main teachings is to pursue the cultivation of man and society, one would really have to expect that the Japanese would really pursue education and social improvement, by instinct almost, at the expense of oneself at times. While Confucian teachings are great, one pitfall it has on modern society today is that people are somewhat being forced to raise the bar way above what they can reach and end up losing time to become themselves and living the way they want to - hence, you get people that are institutionalized, have excessively reserved opinions and mental issues. Culturally-rooted issues are difficult and would take years of re-education to change

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