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Posted in: Abe pledges all-out efforts to locate missing people in typhoon-hit areas See in context

The government will do everything it can. We will make all-out efforts in searching for missing people and in restoring rivers and lifeline services," the premier told Nagano Gov Shuichi Abe during the meeting at the prefectural government office.

Yeah, and you said something similar after all the other disasters that have occurred while you have been PM and far too many are still waiting!

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Posted in: 2 men arrested for operating movie theater without permit See in context

Glad they were nailed, yet it's just a drop in the bucket in regards to businesses that do not follow the fire codes here.

I would rather have the cops going after businesses like this!

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Posted in: JICA, Kumamoto tie up to facilitate hosting of foreign workers See in context

JICA, Kumamoto tie up foreign workers

Would not surprise me one bit is if this actually happens! Wonder what Kumamon is thinking?!

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Posted in: Doctor arrested for kissing teenage girl during medical examination See in context

And yes, in suggesting women lie or exaggerate, you are attacking this girl.

And what do you say when in fact they have lied? Do you give women a pass because they are women like you and they should be "trusted" blindly to tell the truth?

There is no evidence either way in the story here, just accusations, and yet you are willing to crucify the doctor based upon the young woman"s accusations.


Every woman will, at some point in her life, be subject to some type of sexual harassment or assault. This takes various forms, including unwanted touching, forced kissing, sexual suggestions, groping, staring, rude noises, catcalling, and rape.

Hmmm.... (part two) Over generalizations on your part here. While many may, it does not mean all will.

There seems to be no middle ground with you, all men, according to your posts, are guilty as accused, even when the "women" involved lie!

It is never a wise thing to speak in generalities when it comes to actions like this. Giving the young woman the benefit of the doubt based purely upon her sex is dangerous to say the least.

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Posted in: Japan to pardon 550,000 petty criminals on occasion of imperial ceremony See in context

More than 10 million people received amnesty and had their civil rights restored in 1989 to mark the death of Emperor Hirohito, posthumously known as Emperor Showa.

TEN MILLION? That means that 1 in 13 or so were convicted criminals? I know, I know, the majority are traffic related "crimes" and while they may have "broken" the law, traffic violations dont stay on one's records forever.

If they did, no one here would have a "gold" license ever, well with the exception of the paper-drivers!

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Posted in: Doctor arrested for kissing teenage girl during medical examination See in context

And people don't get arrested without evidence; therefore, there was evidence.

Once again, problem with the people who translated the article and repeated it here. For this doctor to be arrested their would have to be an arrest warrant issued by the public prosecutor, however there is not mention of this, as he was detained on suspicion of committing a crime.

The wording here matters greatly, along with the time frame of the events and when he was taken into custody for questioning as well.

Not all complaints made by people result in detention or actual charges being filed. The police, as I noted earlier, give all sides an opportunity to work things out between themselves, and the police can not proceed with most sexual assault cases without the consent of the alleged victim. This appears to be a "she said" "he said he didnt" case with no actual physical evidence nor witnesses, so the police have little to go on. But in todays world here, an accusation is often more than enough to convict.

You havent followed much about Japan if you think that people can't get convicted without evidence here. Cops hammer people into making confessions and if they can't get a confession, there are cases where people suspected of murder, have gotten off, because they kept their mouths shut and the cops could get evidence.

If the doctor has kept proclaiming his innocence and the young woman in question here refuses to take back the charges, the police have to continue with the case

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Posted in: Doctor arrested for kissing teenage girl during medical examination See in context

The words "arrested" here imply that he was charged, and yet there is no report of him being actually charged with any crime, just being detained and questioned for suspicion of a crime.

Far too often the articles report that a suspect has been arrested, when in reality they haven't been, they have been taken in for questioning on suspicion of a crime, he will ONLY be formally arrested if he is referred to the public prosecutors for trial.

The public prosecutors will only charge him officially, if they can actually prove the charges or get a signed confession from the man.

More than likely the reason for the extended delay in the case, as there is also no information here on when the young woman actually filed a report, only that she went to the local koban after the incident occurred. Actually filing a report, and the police finding reason to actually investigate the charge took time.

During which time, I am making an educated guess here, that they gave parties involved a chance to work it out, but seeing as how the doctor is denying the allegations, and the young woman has refused to withdraw the charge, they are or have been forced to detain and question the doctor here.

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Posted in: Abe promises special support to rebuild from Typhoon Hagibis See in context

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Thursday the government will take steps under a special law to fully support people living in areas affected by Typhoon Hagibis.

Right, but I hope people dont get their hopes up too high, there are tens of thousands still living life here as refugees from the Tohoku earthquake/tsunami.

The only reason Abe is doing anything is because of the "freshness" of the news, this too shall pass, and he will want to sweep you and the rest under the rug.

If your areas are not "clean" and "respectable" by next July you can bet they will be taken off the "places to see" and "things to do" in Japan list during the Olympics!

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Posted in: Japanese Winter Olympic medalist admits causing collision See in context

Wow, how ironic, a 23 year old, athlete, heading into the prime years of his life, couldn't differentiate between the accelerator and brake pedals.

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Posted in: Doctor arrested for kissing teenage girl during medical examination See in context

Remember, this guy is innocent until proven guilty. 

You forget where you are talking about. And while a nurse is typically present, there is no requirement for it, although it is common practice.

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Posted in: Tale of 2 cities: Sapporo likes race move; Tokyo not much See in context

A report released last year by the national government's Board of Audit said Japan is likely to spend $25 billion overall to prepare for the games. This is public money, except for the $5.6 billion in the privately funded operating budget.

Even better reason to spread the games out over the entire country! WE the taxpayers outside of Tokyo are "spending" a hell of a lot to support these games, we all should benefit!

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Posted in: Tale of 2 cities: Sapporo likes race move; Tokyo not much See in context

Everything Koike is saying has nothing to do with the athletes themselves. Yet she forgets that without the athletes there wouldn't be an Olympics in the first place.

What happened in Doha woke up the IOC (finally) about the hazards that they are facing with the Olympics in Tokyo and they stepped in, even after they had said everything was going along smoothly.

Looking forward to seeing the races from Sapporo!

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Posted in: Sarcastic Koike says: Let's hold Olympic marathon on Russian-held islands See in context

Koike said she is aware that athlete-first arrangements are essential but that the matter should be addressed in a larger context of how to achieve the success of the 2020 Tokyo Games.

In other words, screw the athletes, your prestige and your image are all that count!

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Posted in: School bullying cases hit record high in Japan in FY2018 See in context

Not so much as identifying, but acknowledging and reporting the cases in a timely manner. Used to be a time where too much bullying was going on, and while "everyone" knew about it, including teachers and parents, nothing was ever done.

Teachers, BOEs and everyone else in positions of authority are loathe to have to step in front of any cameras to report about a bullying issue.

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Posted in: Saturday drama: Brexit battle to be decided in UK Parliament See in context

Hopefully, keeping fingers crossed here, that what ever the outcome of the vote, the people on both sides of the issue, plus those in Ireland and Northern Ireland, keep the peace!

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Posted in: IOC wants to move Tokyo Olympic marathons, walking races to Sapporo See in context

Screw the networks.

How brilliant, the Olympics would then be the games that no one saw!

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Posted in: IOC wants to move Tokyo Olympic marathons, walking races to Sapporo See in context

If the weather conditions in Tokyo will make the event "too stressful" for the athletes, why not just run it over a shorter distance?

Then it wouldn't be the marathon that is why. Let's make the 100m race a 50 meter race too, and all the rest as well.

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Posted in: England's Itoje says rugby cannot be complacent about racism See in context

Why the necessity to bring this up here and now with rugby?

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Posted in: IOC wants to move Tokyo Olympic marathons, walking races to Sapporo See in context

Well, interesting turn of "events" here! If the marathon and long distance walk races are moved to Sapporo, and seeing as how the baseball and softball will be in Fukushima, let's move the Karate to Okinawa and make this the JAPAN Olympics.

Seeing as how ALL our tax money is being used for these events, let's get everyone involved!

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Posted in: School lunches keep Japan's kids topping nutrition lists See in context

 work in a school and can't eat the school lunches because of allergies/I tolerances. But my colleagues do not like school lunch. It's mass produced food, made in a school lunch centre for seven schools, which is roughly 2000 kids and a couple hundred staff. The meat and veg are often overcooked, the bread is dry, and the adults usually struggle to finish it.

It's not mandatory for teachers either, and yet the overwhelming majority pay the monthly fees and eat it, more out of convenience than anything else.

Down here the price is different for ES and JHS and ES HRT's have to eat with the kids in the class, so they get smaller portions than teacher who are not HRT's and are served from the "staff" room lunches.

HRT's are STRONGLY encouraged (meaning forced) to eating the school lunches, even though many do not want to, because they are NOT always healthy nor balanced.

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Posted in: Coast Guard searching for North Korean fishing boat reported to have sunk See in context

NK probably going to blame Japan for this sinking too!

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Posted in: 87-year-old man arrested over wife’s murder in June See in context

Police said he has denied the allegations, claiming he “has no recollection” of the incident.

At his age this just might be the truth. Yet it would be nice for once for the cops to present physical evidence connecting SOMEONE to a crime!

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Posted in: School lunches keep Japan's kids topping nutrition lists See in context

If the best example of an exception is something like this, most people will say they are mandatory. Mandatory to most people implies the lack of voluntariness, not that there might absolute no exceptions.

It's just one example, however the problem is when people here hear "mandatory" they automatically think there is no choice and accept the decisions made without question.

It's a part of becoming one of the "sheeples" later in life.

"Mandatory" also implies "absolute" to far too many people

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Posted in: School lunches keep Japan's kids topping nutrition lists See in context

You are incorrect, they cater to those kids with allergies, pls get your FACTS, "about your friends kids" correct.

So you are going to sit here and tell me that the girl who was in my daughters grade for 6 years and never ate one school lunch there is a figment of my imagination?

Did I say they dont cater to allergies? No. And believe me I know quite a bit about compulsory education here and what is "mandatory" and what isnt.

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Posted in: Pence, Giuliani will not cooperate in U.S. House impeachment inquiry See in context

Giuliani's lawyer, Jon Sale, told a lawyer 

A lawyer, needing a lawyer, what a screwed up system. The only point being to tie this all up in the courts, so the process can not go on.

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Posted in: Abe promises action after 2 homeless men denied typhoon refuge See in context

"It is desirable to accept all affected people in shelters," he said, adding he would take measures to prevent similar cases.

Giving himself an out here when things don't go according to plan. The only reason he actually commented on this issue was because of the press this issue got from overseas.

Abe is extremely sensitive about issues like this because of the upcoming Olympics.

Otherwise he would not have given a crap about it!

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Posted in: School lunches keep Japan's kids topping nutrition lists See in context

The lunches are mandatory -- no packed lunches allowed -- and while they are not free for most, they are heavily subsidised.

Cripes, another fallacy being passed along as fact. Gets tiring when the folks who write articles like this don't find the time to actually research the accuracy of the information they are publishing!

It is ASSUMED that they are mandatory. While just about everyone plays the game, and in reality it does save quite a bit of money and time for families, they are NOT mandatory!

When my daughter was in the local ES, there was a classmate of her's that always brought their own lunch every single day. This child had some serious allergy problems that she was being treated for by a doctor, and she had special meals prepared by her mother, daily.

There are exceptions to the rules of "mandatory"

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Posted in: Japan dismisses N Korea's compensation demand for boat collision See in context

I suppose NK demanded compensation for the illegal catch of fish too!

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Posted in: Deluged bullet trains show power of nature over modernization See in context

Japanese need to be more aware of disaster risks and do more to prepare on their own instead of counting on the government to take care of them, experts said.

How ironic a statement. Just who are these "experts" that are being talked about? Let me guess, some Japanese educated academic, who lives in a glass house.

It's BECAUSE of the manner of education and training BY the government that people here do not have the ability to THINK for themselves and depend upon the government and all those koumuin, that get paid literally billions upon trillions of yen through out the country, who can't do their jobs either!

The government created the system, and now has to live with the consequences.

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Posted in: Typhoon victims felt worst was over; then floods came See in context

Build houses etc on strong steel and cement pylons, so the house is one storey above the ground. Cars could have ramps up to that level, or park in a carpark for local residents, again one storey above ground level.

One building houses on stilts in a country that is prone to massive and frequent earthquakes is not the safest idea in the world. The costs to building such a house would be exorbitant.

Costs; it would be a financial benefit to councils, insurance companies and government in damages savings alone.

Costs would not benefit anyone but the construction companies

So, governments could contribute by removing taxes and making financial donations. Insurance companies and councils could waive fees until the houses are built

Governments remove taxes? You gotta be living in Utopia to think that any government would remove taxes. and there is no way any of these businesses or corporations are going to stop collecting profits to allow a person to build a potentially unsafe house or building.

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