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Posted in: 39-year-old man arrested for beating 1-month-old son to death See in context

@bgaudry What you don't seem to understand is that it is not only Saitama ken that needs improving their social services. If you look at the statistics ( easy to research) Saitama is actually in the middle of the prefectures for crimes ,abuse etc. However its proximity to Tokyo , puts it under attention for news.

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Posted in: China trying to strengthen its claim to Okinawa See in context

Lets rewind the clock back to , say, 1800 AD. Give Okinawa to China, New Zealand to the Maoris , Australia to the Aboringals, and China ,why don't you give Tibet back to the Tibetans, and the Uighur autonomous region back to the Uighurs. But this won't happen, as China,s Government is extremely hypocritical in their border skirmishes.

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Posted in: Japan protests to China over Okinawa claim See in context

I have an Okinawian friend and the only comment was " what! The only choice is Japan and China? $€%# we really are screwed."

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Posted in: Japan pulls back on denials of WWII sex slaves See in context

@tony Ew Right at this moment , I have my sons Chinese social studies book from junior high school in front of me. Shall I start quoting the Chinese version of history verbatim from it ? For example , the first man to conquer Mt Everest was Chinese!! As far as I can see, China, Japan and the two Koreas all need to revise their textbooks to more accurately portray history.

Your complete comments cover all 4 countries and also some other countries in the world as well.

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Posted in: China career boost can come with health risks for expats See in context

@ mama humane Ultimately it does come back to the government, as most of the worst culprits are government owned industries who don't follow the regulations in regards to pollution. Profitability at any cost. England was the same in the 1900 s and other countries have been thru this as well. The problem is the government does try hard , but like an octopus , the number 4 tentacle doesn't know what the number 8 tentacle is up to.

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Posted in: China career boost can come with health risks for expats See in context

Also , my son spent 6 weeks in Beijing on an internship, he said it was absolutely disgusting having to breathe outside His comment was " it's like sitting in a car with 5 chain smokers "

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Posted in: China career boost can come with health risks for expats See in context

I have been going to Shanghai since 1989, and lived there for 7 years. Believe me when I say that the air pollution is not so bad, it's the contamination of the food supply that is the main problem. There are so many cases of contamination and also deliberate cases ( usually to enhance profitability ). We left in 2005 after my wife and child were poisoned by the Plaster of paris found in the carton of milk. Shanghai I found, was comparable to most large cities, including Tokyo before they brought in the Diesel engine regulations in approx the year 2000. All of my chinese in laws have visited us in Japan and the Uk , and the first thing they comment on ,is how clean everything is ! . Also ,the quality of the food.

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Posted in: Police ignore complaint from man who stabs neighbor See in context

Also I am being affected by electromagnetic waves, I totally blame NHK. Tokyo TV and the most insidious of them all - Saitama TV. For some reason, I think I am turning Japanese.

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Posted in: Teacher suspended for taking part-time job as call girl See in context

Thinking more of this story, the double standard is way out there. She is disciplined , 6 months suspension, and she hands in her resignation but teachers who assault their students usually seem to get away with it.

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Posted in: Teacher suspended for taking part-time job as call girl See in context

I am more surprised that she had time to take on a part time job . High school teachers work long hours , and are expected to run the school clubs in the weekends. The salaries for teachers for the first 5 years are really quite low.

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Posted in: Car goes off bridge after being rear-ended by Ferrari See in context

The speed limit was 40 kph in that area. Even if the car that was rammed was going at a lower speed, there is not enough Kinetic energy in the Ferrari to do that amount of damage if it was doing 40 kph. There fore the Ferrari was travelling at a much higher speed .

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Posted in: Woman held for throwing 2-yr-old daughter from 4th-floor balcony See in context

Actually I agree with the naming of the persons nationality rather the just using the usual " foreigner" label. It gives more background , for example it is most unlikely for either of them to have family here in Japan. My wife and I are both foreigners and can understand the extra pressures of living in a foreign country.

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Posted in: Woman held for throwing 2-yr-old daughter from 4th-floor balcony See in context

The mother obviously was in a fit of rage when throwing the daughter from the balcony, so what was the underlying reason? The family has two children, which means that they are settled in Japan and not here for a short term stay. Very likely have permanent residence as two children are still a big no- no in China particularly the main cities. The reason I mention this , is that she has committed a criminal offence and very likely will have their visa status revoked and deported. Therefore this was not a premeditated crime. She obviously was aware of what she did to her daughter, as she was apologising afterwards., so the opinion she needs psychiatric care is wrong. More like anger management is appropriate.

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Posted in: U.S. study sees China using 'coercive power' on Japan See in context

One has to wonder, if the Central Chinese government has full control or has consolidated their control over the People's Liberation Army. If they didn't , that could some way in explaining the Senkaku spat, the incursions in to Indian Territory( not sure if incursion is the correct term , as the Chinese have erected army tents and look like they are there to stay until Indian patience is tested)

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Posted in: U.S. study sees China using 'coercive power' on Japan See in context

I suggest to all of the contributors , to take a look at the recent across the border aggression from China against India. Any suggestions in the above comments that China is a principled , decent, farsighted nation is so far from the truth, it is self evident .

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Posted in: Abe's 'stealth' constitution plan raises civil rights fears See in context

@tony Ew Also ,I do agree that in the future, The USA will shift closer to China than Japan. ( or maybe that China will shift closer to the USA). There are many similarities. Particularly the upward mobility of people is encouraged and the spirit of entrepreneur ism. The government may be communist but underneath capitalism is thriving. Maybe China is trying to hasten this shift by testing constantly the bonds between Japan and The USA. Also to change perceptions of China through out the world.

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Posted in: Abe's 'stealth' constitution plan raises civil rights fears See in context

@tony Ew. I would hardly call China a traditional Asian society. Your communist leaders during the Cultural Revolution managed quite well to transform China. As I too, having lived in China,Japan and Western countries, I find China is going down the path of Americanism, so one shouldn't throw stones. Young Chinese are very similar to western youths. No respect for elders, materialistic etc. So I do agree with your comment about the erosion of core cultural values, but this applies to every country , I have lived In and experienced. My only peeve with people commenting on these websites is hypocrisy. Humans are just human and cultural values are A thin veneer over being human. We all have the same needs and requirements in life. For you to criticise western values Is narrow minded as many English countries have different values and cultural norms. That would be similar to a western person to lump all Asian countries together while criticising their culture. I for one dislike using the word Asian as it smacks of British colonialism . How can Indians , Chinese, Japanese etc be classified under one category? Asian = Western You are using terms which are in my opinion , old fashioned.

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Posted in: Why do Japanese work such long hours? See in context

I think that most of these comments refer to salarymen in offices. Workers in factories and other manual jobs that are paid hourly tend to work quite hard.esp school teachers.

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Posted in: Black smoke detected from Monju reactor during test operations See in context

Sorry. Sile = simple

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Posted in: Black smoke detected from Monju reactor during test operations See in context

@daito hak. Thanks for explaining it in a sile and concise way. My question is- If Japan has been quite relaxed about handling nuclear power plants, how in the hell can they operate a fast breeder nuclear power plant?

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Posted in: China says U.S. should be concerned about Japanese nationalism See in context

@tony Ew. It is very interesting to read all of your comments put together from over the past 3 months. I have a long list of questions to ask, because I can't quite get a handle on the reasoning behind your comments.

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Posted in: Leafy Yasukuni shrine stirs raw emotions See in context

Cenotaphs in NZ ,Australia, UK, Arlington cemetery in the USA , what do they all have in common? Mao Tse Tung ''s shrine is the worst example of a dictator being venerated. Lenin, Stalin, etc.

Once again , this issue is deeply emotive. One must actually go to Yasukuni Shrine before commenting, As you will return none the wiser. There are many people commemorated there , not only the 14 war criminals. Many Japanese have their own private reasons to visit, just like Americans visiting Arlington cemetery.

Have you asked how many war criminals are buried at Arlington cemetery, or how many are inscripted on cenotaphs? The howls of protest would swamp this server!

The only way forward, in my opinion is for the 14 war criminals to be removed from Yasukuni shrine and its nearby environment.Then other countries should do the same.

When communism eventually fails in China, then Mao Tse Tung' s shrine can also be removed, as he also ranks as one of the worst tyrants in history, with parallels to Lenin,Stalin, etc.

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Posted in: Leafy Yasukuni shrine stirs raw emotions See in context

@joe Biggs. I read your comment over breakfast and couldn't stop laughing as I completely agree with you. Very succinct.

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Posted in: Most Muslims want sharia law, but divided on interpretation See in context

The fundamental differences between Islam and Christianity are- Jesus is the son of god, Islam states he was a prophet but not the son of god. Mohammed is the last prophet in Islam, but in Christianity there is another prophet yet to come. Until these fundamental differences are resolved, these very similar religions will never see eye to eye

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Posted in: Mass food poisoning outbreak reported at elementary school in Fukuoka See in context

The big question is , are these meals prepared in the school kitchen or at the local lunch preparation center? Most schools are slowly building their own kitchens and doing away with outside companies.

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Posted in: Disputed islands covered by U.S.-Japan accord: Hagel See in context

@hide Suzuki I completely agree with you.I have met Chinese within China, in Japan, and in the Uk who have had fantastic educations But are completely mesmerised by their nationalistic patriotism. Actually it reminds me of Japanese during the 1980 's and Americans before.

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Posted in: Disputed islands covered by U.S.-Japan accord: Hagel See in context

Regardless of the arguments for and against of who the Senkaku Islands belong to, they are administered by Japan until this question is resolved through legal channels. This means China must abide by international law and stop harassing Japan by illegal border crossings. On a side note, my Chinese father in law used to me stories about how the PLA army use to harass the Soviets across the border in the era after both governments fell out with each other. It seems like nothing has changed in 50 years.

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Posted in: Disputed islands covered by U.S.-Japan accord: Hagel See in context

Dignity and China together in one sentence- best example of an oxymoron in a long time. Just waiting for someone to argue against this assertion, then I can start giving examples. Bring it on !

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Posted in: Silver bullets won’t help Japan, and neither will JET See in context

Just checked on the claim that JETs don't have to pay city tax. According to the local City Office , all employed people in Japan must pay city tax. Maybe what the author is claiming is that first year residents don't have to pay tax as their previous years income is zero in Japan, but this applies equally to all first year residents. I suggest that the author sticks to the facts and not twisting them to make an emotional argument. The ALTs that are directly employed are qualified Teachers with experience and do actually make a contribution. Also I have meet JETs that have teaching qualifications , so it isn't appropriate to label everybody under the one label. The Japanese Government hasn't actually stated what the minimum requirements for a JAT will be under the new scheme yet. This is what will make or break the JET scheme.

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Posted in: Japanese teenager equals world junior 100-meter record See in context

Absolutely amazing, now to cheer him on to going under the 10 sec mark!!

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