Alphaape's past comments

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    Alphaape

    Probably the same people who get upset if they walk into a shop and don't get the loud and annoying "irashai" when they walk in. I would imagine that some of it is probably guilt. Those who hear the noise of the kids may regret not having spent the time with their own if they had them, or the life they could have had. Whatever the case, I can understand to a point, but I don't think that complaining and banning them is a solution.

    Posted in: New daycare centers held up by residents opposing noisy kids

  • 3

    Alphaape

    When they follow them in their cars, they are usually filming the bikers for identification purposes and collecting evidence of their crimes. Since it is both difficult and dangerous to actually try to catch them in the act, they dont try (which makes sense actually).

    I doubt that. If it is a dangerous job to arrest them, then what are the police here for? So by your logic, if a guy is speeding away, the police should just get his license number and then show up to his home and ask him to turn himself in. On the same note, the police are able to just walk into your home if you are a registerd gun owner and count your bullets to make sure you haven't taken the gun out and shot it. So law abiding citizen who goes through the paperwork to own a gun in Japan, is subject to random searches, while guys that are openly riding Helter Skelter and making loud noises are only followed at a safe distance? Doesn't make any sense.

    To the poster that says that there is no law against noise pollution in Japan, I see all the time where local residents have submitted complaints to the local J-cops about noise coming from local bars near the Yokosuka base on noise complaints. the J-cops respond and will try to find out and ask them to tone it down, but of course they are foreigners who are making the noise. They have to exercise the full weight of their authority then.

    Posted in: Biker assaulted by iron bar-wielding Nara innkeeper

  • 6

    Alphaape

    Nakamura, currently a professor at University of California, Santa Barbara, never lived in Tokyo and was not from an elite university or a giant well-known firm.

    He once said students looked down on him when he was studying in the United States—where he had been sent by the company—as he did not have a PhD.

    That is the crux of the problem in Japan. If you are not from Tokyo or some "big named" school, you are a nobody. I am sure that in his peer group, some who did come from the right places are still at the same level, progressing slowly until they reach their rightful places (as they believe) but just putting in the time and showing up.

    When on considers that UCSB is not a really "big time" school but has a Nobel winner (I know he didn't do the work there, but they get to claim the credit), is probably unheard of in Japan. Many of the so called smaller places and schools have produced some of the biggest names, and they were not hampered by the mentality sometimes seen in Japan in regards of "where you come from."

    Posted in: Nobel winner Nakamura was salaryman who took on bosses

  • 2

    Alphaape

    Reading the J news today and according to a journalist who interviewed him he said he will commit suicide if the authorities stop him going. He wants to die anyway, but thinks that it will be more interesting to go and fight and die for a completely different culture and religion.

    If he has a death wish, then I say let him go. Better for him to die from 500lb laser guided bomb deliverd via the US than to jump off a building in Tokyo and kill an innocent bystander.

    BTW, he should see who ISIS has next up for the "ISIS haircut." A former US Army soldier, who went to Syria to "find himself" so to speak and actually converted to Islam. Still I guess that wasn't good enough for them so he is due to get the scalp treatment. The thing with these guys who come from places like Japan and other First world, they think that with their backgrounds, they will be seen as some sort of reverse "Charisma Man" to borrow an expression and wil be reverred. But in actuality, these people hate anyone who is different from them. They even have divisions among themselves, some of the so called leaders of ISIS are living it up, while those who are not in on the inner circle are the ones out getting shot at.

    Let him go, one less person who will cause a train delay or some other collateral death due to his wanting to exit the gene pool.

    Posted in: Police question university student, others over plan to join Islamic State

  • 0

    Alphaape

    Sorry, if you want to talk sense and use logic, there's other websites available for that kind of behaviour.

    I recommend that you go to Mecca and look at the people going to the Haji (oops you can't enter Mecca if you are not Muslim).

    You will see not only "Arabic" or Middle Eastern looking people, but people of every race and creed. Muslims are not an ethnic group. So could they be Japanese natives, possibly. There are Japanese who are Christian, Catholic, and other religons so it is not too far a stretch to say that these guys may be Japanese.

    Posted in: Police question university student, others over plan to join Islamic State

  • -1

    Alphaape

    Agree that Japanese laws shouldn't apply outside Japan, but The offence is "preparing for private combat", with no reference to where that combat might take place. And merely by buying a ticket and going to the airport he'd be technically breaking the law.

    So I guess technically if one does push ups and extra physical fitness training and runs an obstacle course before he travels overseas, could that be considered as "preparing for private combat?" If he bought a ticket to Syria, though it may be silly if one doesn't have any relatives there, I don't see why that woud be a violation of Japanese law, since Japan has not declared war against any of the parties, nor have the declared them off limits.

    Posted in: Police question university student, others over plan to join Islamic State

  • -1

    Alphaape

    In Japan, the penalty for someone convicted of preparing for private combat is up to five years in jail.

    That's what I find more troubling. I can see somewhat if they were going to go to war domestically, but if one leaves to go fight, how is that breaking Japanese law? So you are saying that Japan laws travel world wide? If that is the case, then why are so many in Japan upset when a military member does something wrong in Japan and they want to try the person under US law?

    If the kids had any sense, they would have just booked travel to Italy or Greece, and gone through to Turkey from their outside the Japanese authorities. Something tells me these guys are probably not too bright, and don't really understand what they may be getting into. If they do understand, like others have asked, are they Muslim converts or from that part of the world origninally.

    Lesson learned, never post what you plan on doing on the internet.

    Posted in: Police question university student, others over plan to join Islamic State

  • 0

    Alphaape

    I've had two procedures done. One was similar to this case but was a cornea transplant. The other was knee surgery. In both cases, before I went under, the medial staff asked me multiple times which body part would be operated on, and had me even sign statements attesting to that. For the knee surgery, before I was put under, they marked my knee with an "X" and it was the same doctor who was going to do the surger doing the marking.

    No excuses here. Sloppy on the doctors and staff part.

    Posted in: Doctors perform cataract surgery on patient's wrong eye

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    Alphaape

    I guess I can thank the "terrorists" for making me use only digital for my media. Think about it when one flies these days, before you even get to the plan you are basically stripped down and all your possessions inspected. You wear shows and clothing that make it easier to get inspected. You find that you don't pack as much stuff in your carry ons these days since you have to go through all the process of unpacking and packing back for inspections.

    For a long flight to the US or other destinations from Japan, if you bring CD's or DVD's to watch that will mean at least 4 or 5 discs, along with a player. Digital media, just use your phone and some ear plugs and you can watch or listen to your hearts content until your batteries die. Digital media is just so easy to use and so portable over physical CD's or DVDs.

    Posted in: Japan overwhelmingly favors CDs to digital music

  • -2

    Alphaape

    Japan seems to be moving "slow in the fast lane" at times when it comes to technology. I haven't bought a CD in years. Funny thing, I was walking in one of the base exchanges looking for a children's CD, when I realized that they don't have a music CD section anymore. All they have now are movie DVD's and games. I guess people have just shifted to the download age. Can't even really find a decent portable CD player on base, but walk out to any Japanese electronic store, you can still find them

    Digital downloads are convienent, and lets you the buyer pick what you want and not have to buy the "whole thing" for just one song. But, I do miss going into the old "record stores" like Moses, Camelot, Tower Records, etc. to just browse the album covers.

    Posted in: Japan overwhelmingly favors CDs to digital music

  • 14

    Alphaape

    And if it's Japanese it's 100% distorted propaganda like the rest of their approach to the war

    A few moths back, I posted a comment on the Japanese approach to Angelina Jolie. When the movie Malficent came out, she was feted like Hollywood royalty and there was a big press push for everyone to go see the movie and she was the darling of the J-media. Her new movie that she produced "Unbroken" which comes out on 25 Dec and tells the true story of the American POW who was an Olympic runner and his story of being used as a propaganda piece and the treatment he received in the Japanese POW camps, is a bit to "uncomfortable" to the J-press so they have slammed it and her. Just like the movie "The Railway Man" another movie about life in a Japanese POW camp, no matter if they have big named stars in them, broach the subject of Japanese atrocities in WW2, and it will not get much play in Japan.

    Posted in: Battle lines

  • 2

    Alphaape

    two 17-year-old boys who have known the victim since junior high school.

    Looks like these two were trying to make their "bones" to get in good with the bad guys since they knew the victim.

    This is outright scary. Japanese are honest and kind people in general, so hearing such things is kind of unnatural for me.

    That's jsut a sterotype. Bottom line is that they are all humans just like the rest of us, subject to greed and vice. No particular race/ethnicity is immune.

    Police said that earlier in August, the same gang had intimidated the boy and forced him to lie to his father that he owed a debt of 1.2 million yen in cash to different debt collectors, which the father paid.

    I would start off by reporting the debt collectors to the police. If a kid is a minor, they aren't allowed to enter contracts (at least where I'm from) and then go from there. If someone is preying on the young that should be illegal. I imagine they knew the dad/family would pay in order to not "cause a scene" and they preyed on this. Time for people to start standing up.

    Posted in: Gang of 4 arrested for extortion of Y2 mil from student's father

  • -2

    Alphaape

    They just follow the rest of the sheeple and become haters of something they know nothing about.

    @ Disillusioned: I think you need to look at the story line and the photos and then reevaluate your comments about "sheeple." Of all those people in line, I wonder how many had a good Apple phone that is still working fine, and just downloaded the iOS update and still want to drop down the yen to buy a new one.

    Posted in: Apple core

  • 2

    Alphaape

    I guess the public servants of Fukuoka see how the American service members feel with their prohibitions on drinking now in place. The vast majority didn't do anything wrong, yet they must suffer for what somone else did.

    I don't see how the lawyers let the mayor get away with this. I know that the company is all important but I don't believe that they can really regulate your life like that. And who was going to police this?

    Posted in: Civil servant suing Fukuoka for one yen over employee drinking ban

  • 12

    Alphaape

    At age 65 I figure that this is a payoff position for him for doing the "party work" for so many years. To an outsider looking in, I think that is the problem with Japan politics. Not enough positions to go around for the "political elites" in terms of the children of long time politicians and their family members. As a result, you get people whose only thing they know how to do is to graft to politics as usual because it is expected of them to go into that field and if they hold on long enough, something will come up to reward them.

    Probably why it is hard for an outsider (not foreigner but outsider Japanese to the political families) to get ahead and that is why Japan keeps getting stuck with these boobs who really shouldn't be in a position and people who may have real solutions will not get the chance to rise up and make a difference.

    Just my opinion.

    Posted in: Gender equality chief makes light of sexist jeering in Tokyo assembly

  • 1

    Alphaape

    If I were a fan, I would just get my entertainment elsewhere. Now I see why the governent has it's hands in trying to regulate what people can download and see from the internet. Why bother with this ridiculous crap when there is a world of entertainment out there that is much better.

    Fans should just vote with their pocketbooks and not see the talentos from these companines.

    As some have posted, what better way to build up a fan base than to think that you may have a "chance" at dating to keep the faithul wanting to see them.

    Posted in: Pop idols’ management demands Y8 million in damages after two members caught dating fans

  • 0

    Alphaape

    “Success looks like an ISIL that no longer threatens our friends in the region, no longer threatens the United States,” he said, using an alternative acronym for the Islamic State, which has declared a “caliphate” straddling Syria and Iraq.

    in WWII, victory was beating then enemy period. Now we have this sort of "desired end state" sort of statements that helps us define what "is" means (to borrow a phrase). I think it is time to drop the PC and call things as they are. Not go off and kill them all and let God sort them out, but to just deal with them as they deal with others. They behead a journalst, then start treating them the same way. Show them no mercy like they don't show no others. But what we have now is focus groups on the side who are somehow "offended" if we say we will cover our bullets in pig oil and when you get shot you will not enter heaven, or say that we will rub their bodies with pig oil (stuff that came out from the infamous Abu Gharab so called torture). Yet those same groups will not get upset when their side lobs off a few heads on the internet.

    I would have a lot more respect for Obama if he just said, ISIS, you're going to be dead soon and those who follow will also. Here's a hint, we don't say words like that, and they still do the bad things to people and don't follow civil rules, so why should we?

    Posted in: Kerry says 'all bases covered' in coalition bid to crush IS

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    Alphaape

    Part of the problem is that probably not a lot of foreign men in Japanese porn. Don't watch that stuff much anymore but when I did see it, I would see scenes of "group sessions" and some of the homeliest looking guys partaking. So I am not seeing what the issue is here.

    Posted in: Japanese male porn stars rarer than Bengal tigers, actor says

  • 1

    Alphaape

    In 2012, a Chinese teenager had his kidney removed to fund the purchase of an iPhone and an iPad. That led to the arrest of members of an illegal organ trading group.

    Well hopefully he still has his other kidney to give up for the new model. Just think, he gave up an organ 2 years ago for an Apple product, and now it is going to be obselete. I just hope he did at least get the insurance plan in the event that he dropped it or broke it, hate to see him give up body parts just to have someone steal his devices.

    Posted in: Japanese fans already lining up for Sept 19 release of iPhone6

  • -4

    Alphaape

    There are photo ops of famous politicians in USA who were blind sided by Mafia and Hells Angels affiliates who simply got pictures of themselves shaking hands with said politicians,no political or social affiliations whatsoever at all,just photos like any American citizen can take with a politician.Politicians will take photos with any "Joe citizen /potential supporter".It's probable that this could be the truth

    I agree. I remember seeing a photo of Nancy Reagan taken with some serial killer (Ted Bundy I think) who was dressed in a clown outfit. Did Nancy have anything to do with him and his killing, no. She just happened to be in the same picture as the guy. I would be more concerned if this lady had a paid membership card to the organization and was very active in their political beliefs. Then, I think that would be cause for concern. Just snapping a picture with some guy is no grounds to claim that someone holds those particular beliefs.

    I wonder, if she had taken a picture with Steve Jobs, and was then seen working on a windows device, would this be an issue? No, then this shouldn't either.

    Posted in: Two of Abe's new picks deny neo-Nazi links

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