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ADK99Jun. 22, 2015 - 10:13AM JST
It would be really nice if someone would come out and say "Yes, we paid various monies characterized as development loans etc. We knew that this was effectively a bribe. FIFA is so corrupt that there was no other way for us to get the World Cup. We're sorry but that's the way it is." There surely isn't a single person on the planet who believes that any of the last few world cup bids were "clean" and the constant denials are becoming really grating.
Posted in: Japan soccer exec denies payment over 2002 World Cup vote
ADK99Jun. 19, 2015 - 11:19AM JST
What a fool. If she had just carried them into Japan herself it's highly unlikely that she would have been searched, and even if she was, it's highly likely that an explanation of "I have a prescription and didn't know it's illegal" would have been accepted at face value. Seriously, of all the millions of people who pass through Narita every year, how many get arrested for this?
Posted in: Toyota's American PR chief arrested for suspected drug violation
ADK99Jun. 12, 2015 - 04:16PM JST
I suspect a significant part in Tokyo's rise in the rankings might be down to the collapse of the yen. When comparing things like lunch or a cup of coffee they presumably convert to a common currency and Tokyo will be looking significantly better than in the past.
I think it's a fabulous city for me but I am surprised to see it at the top of a "most liveable" list.
Posted in: Tokyo named most liveable city in world by Monocle magazine
ADK99May. 19, 2015 - 12:33PM JST
Classic bait-and-switch (although to be fair, the trimming is a good idea given the overblown nature of the original proposal)
Posted in: With time running out, Japan to scale back stadium for 2020 Tokyo Olympics
ADK99May. 19, 2015 - 08:04AM JST
The BBC & British museum made a superb take on this question. All 100 radio shows are still available and they're tremendous listening.
Posted in: If you had to pick 10 objects that would go on a history of the world list, which 10 items would you pick?
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.
Jul. 02, 2015 - 09:56AM JST
From an LA Times (a very liberal newspaper) article back in 2002:
95% of warrants for…
Posted in: Emmitt Smith, Flo Rida out of Miss USA; Macy's dumps Trump
Jul. 02, 2015 - 09:55AM JST
erggg selfie sticks.... they are in the same category as crocs
Posted in: Look at me
They’re the latest to distance themselves from Donald Trump following his remarks about Mexican immigrants.
cevin7: They don't care, keeping it a problem allows them to milk more and more money.
Posted in: Toshiba's 'scorpion' robot to look into Fukushima reactor
Jul. 02, 2015 - 09:52AM JST
With people living on 60 Euro's per day, things look bleak. Perhaps they are now ready…
Posted in: Greece proceeds with referendum plan as creditors rebuff overture