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    Alphaape

    From what I heard the depth around the area is about 45m making it very shallow and there could have been an underwater reef in which the ship could have hit.

    That's still pretty deep at around 150 feet. These types of ships don't draw that much of a draft, maybe 30 feet at the most. Most of this type of ferry is above the water, so I doubt that they ran into something that caused the damage. These types of ferries have the tranist nailed down to the wire to meet a schedle. If they were on their normal course, then they should be aware of any navigational hazards.

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    Alphaape

    Japan's education system needs to take a step back and chill out... once kids graduate, they rarely look back at these ceremonies other than to see the pictures of their friends and families.

    So true. I did have favorite teacahers in high school, and often saw them when I went back home to visit. But the most important people that I made sure to visit when I went back home after high school was my family. Teachers did have a positive impact, but they had their lives and families and I had mine.

    I doubt that any children will be scarred at not having their homeroom teacher present. If they think that because she was not there, and that means that the rest of their life will be a failure, then those kids and parents have much bigger issues to tackle.

    What would happen if this teacher left for a better job or won the lottery and said "I quit!" Does that mean that the kids in her homeroom are "doomed" since she will no longer be there? It is up to the individual and their parents to make their way in this world. Some have said that the homeroom teacher is responsible for assisting in setting up stuff for the students post high school and making connections for them, that is what parents and students themselves are for.

    Posted in: Teacher criticized for attending son’s entrance ceremony instead of her own school’s

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    Alphaape

    Ummmm....where is the Dad in this story? Maybe he could have attended the son's entrance ceremony allowing his wife to focus on her important responsibilities as homeroom teacher.

    I read a book that discussed this side of the story. It seems that when a man tries to attend some of these events instead of the wife, he gets shunned by the other parents (i.e. women0 and often time the schools request that the mother come instead of the father. I guess some people are just stuck in their ways and if they see someone doing something different, they feel upset.

    Some students of her may not have mother, or may not have a good relation with mother, or may be desperately lonely . She should have stayed with students or quit the job. There're many people who want to be teachers but couldn't.

    She is being paid to be a teacher and not a mother. I feel sorry for kids who may have a bad situation at home, so does that mean she must sacrifice her own home life in order to make someone else's better? Along with those who say it is her job to be there, I tend to disagree. Me personally, if I have the time to take off for important family matters, I will let my supervisor know and I will take off. What exactly does the Homeroom teacher do at these ceremonies? Just stand on the stage to be introduced? If she is not there to do that, and some parents/students fell that they are going to fail from the fact that she was not there, they have a lot more to be worried about than if a teacher was present at a ceremony. I bet if you ask any of the students that were there, they couldn't tell you what happened there an hour after the event.

    Posted in: Teacher criticized for attending son’s entrance ceremony instead of her own school’s

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    Alphaape

    Disgusting. Every muslim female should be issued a small knife she can hide on her person and be trained how to use it.

    These were non-Muslim women who were kidnapped. It seems interesting that Muslims will require women to dress a certain way and define the relations between men and women and what is appropriate for their women, but yet they feel that they have free range on any woman who is not a Muslim. Pathetic!

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  • 3

    Alphaape

    It was an entrance ceremony, not a graduation ceremony.

    Regardless of the ceremony, if the teacher needed to be with her family, then she should have gone. After all, some of the people who complained are parents of students at the ceremony. So they have the right to be at their child's event, and yet this teacher doesn't have that same right?

    The primary error was made by whoever let the students and parents know why the teacher was absent.

    I agree completely. If the parents need to meet the teacher, than a teacher/parent conference should be set up at some other time. It would be unfair to the parents and teacher to try to set up parent/teacher conference on that same day. The teacher would be swampped meeting 30 plus sets of parents, and the parents would not get anything useful out of it meeting with a teacher for only a few minutes, when a private setting with dedicated time for each would probably be better. Also, it's none of their business. I as a parent assume that if a teacher can't be someplace that there is a process that makes sure that if needed someone who is qualified will be able to supervise and teach on a substitute basis. Just for a ceremony for the parents/child why does a teacher need to be there.

    Posted in: Teacher criticized for attending son’s entrance ceremony instead of her own school’s

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    Alphaape

    But in this case, I feel the teacher was in the wrong. Her job is a teacher, and attending entrance ceremonies is a major part of the job

    From what I remember of my graduation, it is more of a family event. Maybe some teachers were there, but their job was done, gettting the students to the point where they could graduate.

    These ceremonies are for the students, and their parents/familes. Those are the ones who suffered through the countless extra study hours to get into the school, and not the homeroom teacher. Yes it is her job, but her job is to be that of a teacher and supposedly educate and supervise during the school hours. You can have a seperate ceremony for students/teachers at any date.

    So what happens if the teacher was sick during the ceremony? Would she be expected to come anyway even though she may have been ill?

    Posted in: Teacher criticized for attending son’s entrance ceremony instead of her own school’s

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    Alphaape

    Personally I think that Japan deserves this win. The country as a whole has managed to avoid going to war for the last 70 years, a feat that no other G8 country can claim. That's impressive and a positive example of how peace CAN be a reality. And this wasn't easy. Japan is surrounded by hostile powers and countries that are constantly saber-rattling.

    This is in part to the fact that the US has said that it will protect Japan. Japan had no need to go out and send it's military to at least seem to support their foreign interests.

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    Alphaape

    Why don't they just give it to Switzerland. They managed to miss out on both World Wars.

    Posted in: Japanese constitution nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

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    Alphaape

    Seen a few of he previews and it looks like an interesting movie. Plan on seeing it. Not to just jump on the "Japan bashing" wagon, but in some of these camps, Koreans were used as guards and they were just as vicious as the Japanese gurads. Yet I don't see SK brining that up at all. Still it seems like a good movie and i will watch it.

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    Alphaape

    None of these collectors are NHK employees. They're paid on commission based on how many people they extort.

    Let's say that this is true in this case, and the guy was actually collecting for NHK. If I understand, the law says one has to pay, but if they mark your house, there is nothing that says you can just paint over it. If they leave a bigger mark, then I would take them to court for vandalism. People can put up with that little "idot reminder" showing up on NHK if you don't pay, but I think if they strated tagging houses that don't pay with marks, then even the timid Japanese public would hopefully rise up and join in a lawsuit to pt an end to the forced consumption of NHK. One person without the media backing in terms of brining this case to the public probably will not have the money to sue successuflly in court. But, if these collectors start doing this en masse, probably enough people will join in a class action (if they have that type of thing in Japan) and put a halt to it.

    Still, you don't have to answer the door at 10 pm and since Japan has deemed it that you can't defend yourself at home, I would call the police and have them take the person off my property for trespassing that late at night.

    Posted in: NHK tags house of man who refuses to pay fees

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    Alphaape

    This is sad all around. I wonder, whose idea was it to join the police force? If it was the girl's then maybe the guy followed suit. I bring this up because maybe if the guy did it to just follow the girl, he may not have realy been mentally prepared to continue on in the police since as some have suggested that she may have wanted to cool things off. Or it could be the other way around (but I doubt it).

    I remember back when I was that young and a guy I knew who had been with the same girl sicne high school broke up with "the one" and what a sad situation that put him in. While it is great that you may be able to find "the one" at a young age and can stick together, if he was truly dedicated to her, he probably didn't fool around on the side. That means that all during those formative years of becoming a man, dating and getting turned down and learning the right manner to approach the opposite sex is very crucial to a youn man's development. Not saying that one should just sow their seeds everywhere, but 24 is staill a very formative age. More so probably here in Japan since one is not really an adult until 20.

    The fact that they were both rookies on the force, probably just finished their basic and still under training and probably came to the point where their initial assignments was given. My guess is that they were going to be in seperate areas, and probably the girl was looking forward to some "me" time and the guy was not ready for it, as I mentioned above. Just my rough stab at trying to analyze this senseless tragedy.

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    Alphaape

    If I were the home owner I would have told him to come back during normal business hours. As far as the tagging goes, I would report it, document it, and cover it up. The next time he comes by, I probably would give him more than a simple "I am not going to pay."

    If NHK wants the money, then they should just bill the cable companies, and then they in turn would just bill the subscriber pay the fee. I have never paid, yet I get the screen warning when I do watch NHK on the need to subscribe. If they have that much technology to tell that I haven't paid via JCOM, then they should work out a deal with JCOM to collect from them and just add it as part of the basic cable fee. But I guess that would probably be thinking too outside of the box for some.

    Posted in: NHK tags house of man who refuses to pay fees

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    Alphaape

    I knew a woman (in Yokosuka too) once who told me that she had a "boyfriend" who was a J-Cop. She met him due to the fact that he was one of the officers responding to her home because of her "screwed up" son. A few days after the call, this cop called her up and started to press her to go out with him, which after repeated contact she did. Knowing full well that the cop was married. So I guess he was pretty sure that knowing the lay of the land, this woman would not press back against his pressure and report him so he comes and goes as he pleases. Too bad a cop like that one and this one screw up the image of all the J-cops.

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    Alphaape

    A few of those like the desk seating I can see as being a bit over the top. But the ones where they didn't want to go drinking or wanted to go home after putting in a regular days work, I have no problems with. Probably the ones who complain the most are the ones who have nothing but work to show for their life.

    Overtime is required at times, but if you can't get the work done in 8 or 9 hours, then maybe the company needs to look at what they are doing or the person may need to find another line of work. Just saying that I worked 12-13 hours a day doesn't mean that you are the best. The company will go on if you dropped dead, so why put all of that effort without taking care of yourself at times.

    Posted in: Outrageous behavior of 'monster' new company recruits

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    Alphaape

    the Fos show

    Correction, that should be "Fox." But this incident seems eerily similar to what has been going on in the show "The Following." I hope that this will not lead to more people copy catting the show and this kid and start going on stabbing sprees.

    I know people like ot blame the media, it is not all their fault, but they do play a factor. You see the same thing with the types of crimes committed here in Japan from people who follow the magna characters too closely, and some of their crimes committed.

    Posted in: 16-year-old boy stabs 22 at Pennsylvania school

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    Alphaape

    This whole incident reminds me of the latest episode of the Fos show "The Following" for season 2. Joe Caroll's cult are going about NYC and other locations on stabbing sprees killing people. I am sure that when they delve into this kids mind, they will try to place some of the blame on this show and it's influence on him. That may be true to a point, but I would also bet that the reason why he felt he may have needed to copy-cat the show was the fact that he probably was on some type of drug for his supposed mental condition. If you peel back the onion on most of the mass killings in the US, you will find that all of them were on some type of anti-depressant or some other mental medication. That is the bigger issue, not so much gun control (since guns were not used in this case) or the effects of TV (the following is in its second season and we have not seen mass stabbings from viewers watching the first season).

    More powerful than the NRA, the big pharmacutecal lobby will try to pin this on TV and not their products.

    Posted in: 16-year-old boy stabs 22 at Pennsylvania school

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    Alphaape

    Or, maybe a vicious industry of weapon manufactures who own the government?

    One of the most popular guns glamorized in the so called "gangsta" videos is a Glock 9mm. This gun was designed and named after Mr. Glock who is an Austrian, and Austria is the primary producer of the gun. So much for him owning the US Government.

    You have to go all the way around the globe to find an example of mass killings with a knife, but you can go in any state in the US and find recent examples of mass killings with guns.

    So you prefer people to be massed killed by guns in the USA just to prove your point? I don't. The incidents of mass shootings even though they do make the news are not as common as one believes. However, if you were to study crime reports from various cities, you will see that people are killing each other with a vairety of weapons from knives to fists.

    Posted in: 16-year-old boy stabs 22 at Pennsylvania school

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    Alphaape

    Removing access to guns is clearly the only logical solution to create a civilized society. The idea that access to guns is a freedom is propaganda flowing through the mouths of the brainwashed.

    And if someone like a principal or security guard on the campus would have had a gun, maybe this nut job could have been stopped sooner. Also, you do remember what happened about a month ago in Yunan, China where a muslim seperatist group attacked innoncent people at a train station and killed 29 people just using knives, or a few days after that in Hunan, China where this time a dispute between vendors resulted in 6 people killed from a stabbing spree.

    No matter what the weapon, if people on intent on killing they will kill. Just because this happened in America and the perp didn't use a gun that normally fits the so called "profile" of the violence in America, no need to try to deflect that it is not about the weapon, but the lunatic intent on killing.

    Posted in: 16-year-old boy stabs 22 at Pennsylvania school

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    Alphaape

    For the past several years, the three most fashionably ideal body types in Japan have been “slim,” “slender” and “easily tossed about by a light spring breeze.”

    Once while gathering my luggage in Narita I noticed this concept. A group of young Japanese men were there gathering their luggage and it looked as if their heavy and large luggage pieces were too much for them to handle, they were actually acting like some "teenage girls." I compared that to a group of foriegn guys probably from theUSMC (I could tell by their haricuts) and the demeanor and how they carried themselves side by side with the Japanese guys, and one could see the difference. Oh well, it takes all types.

    Posted in: Heavy-set men set to become Japan’s most eligible bachelors

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    Alphaape

    Then they spend a tour of duty under fire, not knowing if they will live or die.

    I find it interesting that when you deploy to places like Afg or Iraq, everyone is armed. You carry your weapon with you all over the bases, when you eat, when you shop at the Exchange, office clerks, mail orderlies, even when you go to Chapel services you go with your weapon on you and rounds nearby.

    Yet when you fly back to the States from deployment, your weapon is taken away from you, and you are deemed not capable of being able to carry your weapon around. There haven't been mass cases of shootings going on overseas at the bases where everyone has weapons. There was a case, but the guy had turned into a so called "jihadist" and wanted to pay back America for its wars.

    Just saying.

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