Bogi's past comments

  • 4

    Bogi

    The old rich pensioners should be means tested before receiving the pension, if they are creaming it off the stock market, have a second home down in Izu, travel to Hawaii and drive a benz then do they really need the pension from the govt ?

    If people haven't saved for their old age, that is their look out, why should my working family support people who have been irresponsible? If I had been financially irresponsible I would not expect a single yen from the government.

    Do you understand how the pension system in Japan works? These people have all paid into the system. Don't you agree that they are entitled to at least what they contributed?? Perhaps you also propose that banks offer minus interest for people with mid-high incomes! If not, I do not understand your point at all.

    Posted in: Gov't to use sales tax hike revenue to expand welfare spending

  • 0

    Bogi

    Never take your eyes off your children in unfamiliar territory. Very few Japanese children have experience with swimming in the sea. Some may call this an accident, but I call it negligence.

    Posted in: Japanese girl dies in possible drowning at Guam beach

  • 12

    Bogi

    Maybe someone realised she can't actually sing.

    Going by the lineup, I don't think so.

    Posted in: Ayumi Hamasaki to skip 'Kohaku Uta Gassen' for first time in 15 years

  • 0

    Bogi

    Even CNN reports celebrity scandals ahead of elections and war.

    Even CNN? I agree with the point you're trying to make, but CNN is far from a good example.

    Posted in: 'Black widow' with seven dead partners arrested

  • 43

    Bogi

    The fact that the country's leaders and experts all find this surprising is what disturbs me the most.

    Posted in: Abe adviser calls for stimulus after 'shocking' GDP

  • 0

    Bogi

    Many of the comments here suggesting that she was forced into this marriage/lifestyle are somewhat confusing. The expectations and sacrifices that one makes when marrying into the Japanese Imperial family are both clear and well-known. It is natural that that the Prince would be interested in a classy woman like her, but the decision to accept the proposal was made by Masako herself.

    They ruined a good woman.

    Who did? I have immense sympathy for her given the heartache she has suffered, but let's remember she was a 30 year-old adult when she made her decision.

    Posted in: Recovering crown princess attends 1st imperial banquet in 11 years

  • 2

    Bogi

    Highly likely she would have been killed. But, impossible to prove. Unfortunately, he'll get off lightly.

    Dad, you've been given a second chance which you probably don't deserve. Don't EVER let her out of your sight again.

    Posted in: Man arrested for kidnapping 5-year-old girl

  • 5

    Bogi

    Why did the cops take the time to weigh this dropped load?

    Can't beleive the police actually weighed it all!

    Large amounts of non-burnable waste are weighed in Japan. Very standard.

    Posted in: Pensioner arrested for dumping 200 kgs of porn in park

  • 3

    Bogi

    Considering Hanshin just won the series, the story seems awfully played down, JT.

    Posted in: Japanese baseball results

  • 7

    Bogi

    Japan needs more news like this. Enough kidnappings and murders. I love this story!!

    Posted in: Nobody at subway station in Tokyo for first train after two staff oversleep

  • -1

    Bogi

    @Cleo

    Why would any kid spend their time studying something that they are not tested on?

    Because it's fun/interesting? When I was a kid I spent lots of time learning stuff that I wasn't only not going to be tested on, but that wasn't even in the school curriculum - because I found it interesting. Lookit all the kids today who will happily spend hours reading a comic book or playing a video game just to get to the end; that's not stuff they're going to be tested on. They do it because it appeals to them.

    Gee Cleo, don't you think that's just a tad idealistic? I was a kid once too, and I memorized lots of fun stuff as did all the other kids. And when we were at school, we learned/memorized multiplication tables, periodic tables, historic facts etc because we needed it to pass tests and get grades, NOT because we thought it would benefit us 20 years later.

    Make English (or maths, or history, or chemistry, or literature) as exciting to a kid as a Monopoly board or a video game, and kids will study without being nagged or tested.

    Ah, the old "Japanese kids can't learn English because it's not fun" argument. Do we really need a world full of teenagers who don't take things serious unless they're "fun"? I'm all for kids enjoying school/learning, but no matter how "exciting" you make your English class, 99% of the 15-year olds would still rather be doing something else. The biggest motivation to study for teenagers all of the world is still the short-term goal i.e. passing tests (or the consequences of failing). That is why speaking should be included in tests.

    Posted in: What’s wrong with English education in Japan? Pull up a chair

  • 0

    Bogi

    Why would any kid spend their time studying something that they are not tested on?

    Change the tests (i.e. include speaking) and all will be solved.

    Posted in: What’s wrong with English education in Japan? Pull up a chair

  • 1

    Bogi

    Whenever I see news like this (a lot), I can't help but feel that we have failed as a society. I hate the world we live in.

    Posted in: 47-year-old man arrested after body parts of missing 6-year-old Kobe girl found

  • -3

    Bogi

    the mid-nineties wouldn't have been the same without them.

    Agreed. It would have been a lot better.

    Posted in: First ever exhibition dedicated to Oasis coming to Tokyo

  • -2

    Bogi

    Perfect! When she's in her 50's, she'll be filthy rich, still hot and he'll probably be gone. Then she can marry me!!

    Posted in: TV announcer Mariko Oe to marry Monex billionaire Oki Matsumoto

  • -2

    Bogi

    I've seen the film and I don't recall her being in it. I may be missing something, but why is she there?

    Posted in: Full bloom

  • 6

    Bogi

    Fill the streets with some nice outdoor cafes. Can't buy those online.

    Posted in: Business is bad

  • 2

    Bogi

    I find it ironic that consumers of McDonald's would be concerned about what they put in their bodies.

    Posted in: McDonald's Japan halts sales of Chinese chicken items

  • 11

    Bogi

    a Japanese embassy official in Beijing, who declined to be named

    declined to identify the individual, citing reasons of privacy

    Am I missing something here? What's with all the secrecy?

    Posted in: China executes Japanese man for drug offenses

  • 2

    Bogi

    A non-American perspective.

    I can see how Beyonce would be up there, but Lebron James? Is this really a "world" ranking?

    Posted in: Beyonce, LeBron James most powerful celebrities: Forbes

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