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DisillusionedMar. 12, 2014 - 11:31PM JST
Hey Kickboard! I guess your experience was much different to mine! All I saw was people standing I the street totally dazed and confused. I saw one bloke standing in a vacant block and as I walked past he said, "jishin da!" Then, as I was walking down the street one of the stronger aftershocks came and all the people in the street ran to hide under a vinyl awning, which just happened to be across the road from the fire station. All the firies ran out and told them get out from under the awning. I was standing in the middle of the street laughing at the 50 or so people that had no clue what to do. That is why I said the drills mean absolutely nothing! It's because, at he time of the earthquake, it was only common sense that will save you, which is something that most Japanese people lack, unfortunately. Should I go on about the panic buying that proceeded in the next few days that emptied most of the supermarkets? The drills didn't prepare anybody for the main event and many people are still suffering from shock and have become hypersensitive to earthquakes because of it. Maybe the kids have an idea what to do, but the adults I saw were just running around like headless chickens!
Posted in: Earthquake drill
DisillusionedMar. 12, 2014 - 03:40PM JST
Join the thigh-high club!
Posted in: Mini-skirt turbulence at Skymark Airlines
DisillusionedMar. 12, 2014 - 03:35PM JST
Slow news day, huh? Maybe the point of the article is, the homeless could have eaten the eggs instead of having them pelted at them. Let's hope these hard boiled criminals are captured quickly and their charges are not eggagerated.
Posted in: Homeless men pelted with eggs by youth gang in Matsuyama
DisillusionedMar. 12, 2014 - 11:15AM JST
To attract more customers? Which demograph are they focusing on? Dirty old men? I think they just lost all their female customers.
DisillusionedMar. 12, 2014 - 11:12AM JST
This is not the native Japanese hornet. It is a completely different species, which is much more aggressive. So now, there are two species of potentially deadly wasps to watch out for. Oh joy!
Posted in: Asian hornets seen for first time in Japan
DisillusionedMar. 12, 2014 - 10:12AM JST
It's a little disappointing that Japan includes all these drills into every level of schooling every year and community centers run similar drills for adults, but when the big quake came nobody had any idea what to do and Tokyo virtually shut down!
DisillusionedMar. 12, 2014 - 10:10AM JST
Disgusting! As long as the Olympics stay on schedule screw Tohoku! It will be so embarrassing for japan when the thousands of international tourists come to japan for the Olympics and want to tour the the devastated areas and they find it's still a desert and tens of thousands are still living in cardboard shelters. おつかれさま 日本!
Posted in: Construction crunch slows Tohoku rebuilding
DisillusionedMar. 11, 2014 - 09:23PM JST
Yes, it is a day of remembering those that perished, but their problems are over. The plight of the families of those who perished and the tens of thousands that have been displaced is much more of a cause for concern, especially when they are virtually being ignored by the government that swore to help them. That is the same government that vowed to get the Fukushima victims their compensation and relocation help. But, Abe has been too busy lying to get the Olympics and stir up trouble with Japan's Asian neighbours. This is also the same person that pilfered reconstruction funds into security ships for the whaling program. What a guy! I often wonder how he sees himself. I be the sees himself as the saviour of Japan and believes it.
Posted in: Emperor, Abe speak at memorial service as Japan marks 3rd anniversary of disaster
DisillusionedMar. 11, 2014 - 04:44PM JST
His political policies are based on a 30 year old mentality in a world economy that does not exist anymore. His foreign policies are based on an even older mentality. These can all be summed up by his campaign platform of wanting to return Japan to its former glory. By his thinking, the way forward for Japan is to go backwards. Fail!
Posted in: Is Shinzo Abe doing a good job as prime minister of Japan?
DisillusionedMar. 11, 2014 - 04:40PM JST
Abe vowed the same thing nearly two years ago when he was elected and, what has he done? Bugger all! He also vowed to get the Fukushima clean up done. All he did there was, sweep the mistakes under the carpet and tell the world, "it's under control!"
DisillusionedMar. 11, 2014 - 02:56PM JST
Personally, I'm pretty well disgusted with the lack of attention to child safety in cars in Japan. I can't count the amount of times I've seen a little kud's face planted on the windscreen of a family wagon while mummy just cruises along oblivious. Yesterday I saw a young mother in the front passenger seat with no seat belt nursing her crying two month old baby. And, don't get me started on kids being left in cars while their parents go shopping.
Posted in: How much attention do you think drivers in Japan pay to child safety seats or making sure their kids wear seat belts when they are in cars?
DisillusionedMar. 11, 2014 - 12:20PM JST
The Red Cross are out in force today collecting money for the Tohoku refugees. Personally, I think they should be picketing the parliament to get them to release some of the accumulated funds for the disaster and protesting them using it to support the whaling.
Posted in: Japan marks 3rd anniversary of quake-tsunami disaster
DisillusionedMar. 11, 2014 - 11:22AM JST
Yeah, the tsunami was a tragedy, but the plight of the refugees is the catastrophe.
Posted in: Patience running out among Japan's disaster refugees
DisillusionedMar. 11, 2014 - 11:19AM JST
Yeah, three years today and very little has changed for most of the tsunami refugees. They are still scattered all over the country and receiving very little financial or emotional help the tsunami was a tragedy, but the lack of help from the government is the real catastrophe.
DisillusionedMar. 10, 2014 - 03:41PM JST
Ha ha! Here it comes! The beginning of the failure of Abenomics. The Japanese economy and the financial well-being of the Japanese public are doomed because of a total lack of insightful and creative thinking by a bunch of bureaucratic cronies. If you think it bad now, wait until September after a few months of the sales tax increase. It's gonna get much worse!
Posted in: Japan racks up record deficit; lowers growth estimate
DisillusionedMar. 10, 2014 - 03:37PM JST
This photo should be hung in every TEPCO and political office around the country to remind them they are a bunch economically motivated ass holes!
Posted in: Thyroid examination
DisillusionedMar. 10, 2014 - 03:35PM JST
It's always the kids that suffer the most in any disaster. Here we have a whole generation of kids whose lives have been totally screwed by one nuclear disaster and yet, the j-gov is desperately trying to reinstigate nuclear power as Japan's main energy source. Governments have a long history of putting economics over environment, but when they start putting economics over the well-being of the population it is time to change your government and oust its policies. That is the whole point of democracy. Japan is a democracy, isn't it? (Sarcasm) I feel sorry for these kids growing up in a country that doesn't give a shit about anything besides money.
Posted in: Children of Fukushima battle an invisible enemy
DisillusionedMar. 09, 2014 - 07:03PM JST
Yep, 80% of the population are against nuclear power, but only 50% of the population can be bothered to get off their butts and vote! I wonder how many of these protesters voted and who they voted for.
Posted in: Thousands protest in Tokyo ahead of Fukushima anniversary
DisillusionedMar. 09, 2014 - 06:58PM JST
Yeah, it does seem like a good thing, but even if tuna fishing was banned for ten years it would make very little difference. The populations of tuna have been decimated and will never recover.
Posted in: Japan to halve tuna catch in northern Pacific
DisillusionedMar. 09, 2014 - 02:03PM JST
So, Abs's only response is to state Japan needs a stronger military. Spoken like a true diplomat, NOT! Abe and the j-gov need to take a more mature approach instead of just relying on military strength, which will mean nothing in the event of war. China will swat Japan like a fly, even with the backing of the US.
Posted in: China says no room for compromise with Japan on history, territory
Mar. 13, 2014 - 03:22AM JST
@hb714: That is not my imagination. It is Russian proposal. Kishida will go to Russia very…
Posted in: Japan calls for Russia to open Crimea talks with Ukraine
Mar. 13, 2014 - 03:16AM JST
A pet psychologist to the rescue....:). So glad they are not giving up on their…
Posted in: Cat takes Oregon family hostage
Mar. 13, 2014 - 02:58AM JST
More lies coming from a country that is perfect in lies.
China will never change unless…
Mar. 13, 2014 - 02:57AM JST
he dispute between Japan and China should be viewed objectively, positively, historically, legally and peacefully.>
Posted in: Japan, U.S. differ on China in talks on 'gray zone' military threats
Mar. 13, 2014 - 02:56AM JST
@toshiko- u have quite the imagination.. How do u suppose Japan build a pipeline from the…