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ADK99Apr. 28, 2015 - 10:25AM JST
Knowing the number of women who ran is not particularly helpful. If only 4 women ran, and all 4 won, then the questions remain - why do so few women feel that they can participate in politics?
Posted in: Only 4 women elected mayor in local elections
ADK99Apr. 21, 2015 - 01:42PM JST
Definitely no stabbing or strangling. I think that's good blanket advice for every situation.
Posted in: What advice would you give to someone who has experienced rejection from someone they like, or who has been told by a partner that he/she wants to end the relationship?
ADK99Apr. 20, 2015 - 08:50AM JST
I'm also curious about the comparison with the UK. The vast majority of health sector workers in Britain are public servants, and a very significant portion of taxes collected goes towards health care. I wonder if the writer has failed to include Japan's national health premiums in his "tax" count; technically they may not be a tax, but for practical purposes they are. Japanese health care workers may not be directly employed by the government, but if the bulk of their salaries are coming via a compulsory, income-based charge then they might as well be.
Posted in: Modern Japan - land of small government
ADK99Apr. 18, 2015 - 04:25PM JST
I suspect the writer is ignoring local government, which it significantly bigger in Japan (both in terms of staff and budget) than in some of the countries he discusses.
Interesting article, nonetheless.
ADK99Apr. 09, 2015 - 04:32PM JST
Not sure about the legality of the situation, but I think the board of education could reasonably claim that not having sex with children - any children - is part of his job as a teacher. Certainly they would have been entitled to fire him 27 years ago had he been convicted then. (That may also have been a contractual obligation)
(that they are seeking to do so following his arrest, but before his conviction, is another issue)
Posted in: Ex-school principal held over child porn with Filipino girls
ADK99Apr. 06, 2015 - 05:28PM JST
This was an excellent event last year - great beer, great pizza and a really great cause.
Posted in: BEERS FOR TOHOKU – A Night in White Lycra
ADK99Apr. 06, 2015 - 03:13PM JST
The longest of the holdouts, Hiroo Onoda, wrote a book about his 30-odd years hiding in the jungle fighting a long-finished war. Truly fascinating, and English versions are still available.
Posted in: Peleliu survivors recall horrors of battle
ADK99Mar. 27, 2015 - 11:01AM JST
I would have thought a simple solution to this would be for the stadium to have insurance for such an eventuality.
Posted in: Nippon Ham Fighters ordered to pay damages for foul ball
ADK99Mar. 20, 2015 - 09:58AM JST
I suspect that if he did visit her restaurant he'd be criticised for using his position to promote his wife's business.
Posted in: Michelle Obama tells Abe: 'Let's do lunch'
ADK99Mar. 19, 2015 - 07:51PM JST
Who considers it okay?? That he's been reported, arrested and had his son taken away suggests that it's quite rightly NOT okay!
Posted in: 27-year-old man arrested for kicking 5-year-old son
ADK99Mar. 06, 2015 - 05:03PM JST
Completely different in my opinion.
Certainly were Germany to have a longstanding policy of not entertaining US leaders during US election periods then it would have been inappropriate for Obama to have been invited; and if invited by one side then it would have been wise of him to decline. I don't believe that's the case, nor is there any particular reason for there to be. German support or otherwise for the US is unlikely to subvert US democracy.
Israel, on the other hand, has a very different relationship with the US and in order to preserve bipartisan support for Israel the US has made a rare bipartisan decision to not get involved in their elections. This is a good thing. Sadly, the national or international interest is of little value in the Republican party these days.
Posted in: Why Boehner's invite to Netanyahu was unconstitutional
ADK99Mar. 06, 2015 - 04:52PM JST
I'm all for lowering the age of criminal responsibility. However, my understanding is that the law is clear - they are simply not allowed to publish the names and pictures and until the law changes they shouldn't do it. These young people have been accused, not convicted of a crime and are entitled the whatever protection the law allows them.
As for the psychologist, he's an idiot. They are accused of crimes and until they are convicted there is no rehabilitation necessary.
Posted in: Magazine publishes name, photo of Kawasaki murder suspect
ADK99Mar. 06, 2015 - 01:29PM JST
Aside from the constitutional issue, the US has long had a policy of not officially receiving Israeli leaders during their election process. This is an excellent policy that protects Israel's democracy (notwithstanding the disenfranchisement of the Palestinians) and is one that his been observed on a bipartisan basis.
Boehner's willingness to put this aside in order to embarrass the President (a president unable to seek re-election at that) is precisely why he and most of his cohorts are utterly unfit for office.
ADK99Feb. 27, 2015 - 05:22PM JST
Umm, my point is that there is an ENORMOUS difference between sent to prison for a year (which in my opinion would have been a huge over reaction to his crime) and being told "if you keep doing this, you will be sent to prison for a year". I'm surprised you had to ask.
Posted in: Asahi supporter sentenced for scrawling lavatory editorials
ADK99Feb. 27, 2015 - 04:55PM JST
@Strangerland, he hasn't been sentenced to prison, he was given a suspended sentence.
ADK99Feb. 24, 2015 - 09:02AM JST
What is it with Abe and Agriculture Ministers? In his first stint as PM I think he went through 3 or 4 in a few weeks.
Posted in: Agriculture minister resigns amid political funds questions
ADK99Feb. 24, 2015 - 08:59AM JST
"the team requires a new, youthful leadership,” Ito said, according to a transcript provided by Honda. Hachigo is 55.
Only in Japan....
Posted in: Honda CEO takes the fall for air bag fiasco
ADK99Feb. 23, 2015 - 08:52AM JST
Although I haven't seen any of these films.
Posted in: Cameron Diaz, 'Transformers,' Kirk Cameron top Razzie Awards
ADK99Feb. 23, 2015 - 08:51AM JST
I like her.
ADK99Feb. 12, 2015 - 05:27PM JST
Almost 10% of Americans couldn't get July 4th?!
Posted in: 8 out of 10 Japanese didn't know Feb 11 was National Foundation Day
May. 07, 2015 - 01:23AM JST
A sad thing is, behind these political words, what Abe is actually doing is that he…
Posted in: Abe offers 'eternal condolences' for Americans killed in WWII
May. 07, 2015 - 01:16AM JST
The only issue I have is getting a receipt for absolutely everything - even a 20…
Posted in: The art of giving and receiving change in Japan
May. 07, 2015 - 01:07AM JST
Leave tips well. Minimum 10 % of total bill.
Instead of credit cards, pay with cash.…
Posted in: Michelin-star sushi restaurant in Tokyo defends foreigner rules
May. 07, 2015 - 01:02AM JST
Moon1MAY. 06, 2015 - 09:27AM JST
Japan turns to the UN.....how ironic.…
Posted in: Japan turns to U.N. to pressure North Korea on abductees
May. 07, 2015 - 12:59AM JST
Then why suddenly flock to it after it's become a World Heritage Site
People have been…
Posted in: Visitors flock to UNESCO World Heritage Site recommendations