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Eve AphaybounDec. 13, 2013 - 04:17AM JST
Lost in all this discussion is the perspective of outsiders like those in North America or Europe. There are HUNDREDS of sickos here in Canada that people would LOVE to get the death penalty because you see, prison here unlike Asia, is a joke. Prisoners get wifi, computers, tv time, nice cooked meals, reading time, etc.
Why should a man who killed or raped a child be allowed to live?
Posted in: Japan hangs two death-row inmates
Eve AphaybounJan. 01, 2013 - 01:16PM JST
I wouldn't have expected anything less from China, really. I would like to know more about this though...
Posted in: China requiring people to visit their aged parents
Eve AphaybounDec. 28, 2012 - 12:17PM JST
I'm not saying it's entirely healthy but having a McDonald's menu item once a week or month, cannot be bad. Of course, I say that since I do exercise daily, and am pretty careful about my daily intake. However, one day to pig out every couple of weeks is not bad.
Although if you're eating McDonalds daily, then there's an even bigger issue...
But this, is pretty interesting... Good luck, you poor souls.
Posted in: McDonald’s guarantees your order in 60 seconds or you get free burger
Eve AphaybounDec. 27, 2012 - 12:31PM JST
My family bought into the Toyota brand many decades ago, and it is still our number one choice (trucks, vans, SUVs, and sedans). We have never once had a problem with Toyota. Not one! And most of our cars were driven until 400k+ from child birth all the way until high school, college, and so forth. It's a shame that a select few are making it so hard for the rest.
Toyota produces some of the safest, most reliable cars on this planet. And they do it at an incredibly fair price because they know how good their products are, and it's shown over the years due to them being consistently ranked number 1 (which in turn also drives their growth).
Posted in: Toyota reaches $1.1 bil deal with U.S. owners over recalls
Eve AphaybounDec. 18, 2012 - 10:14AM JST
Oh, the irony.
Posted in: China highly concerned over direction Japan may take
Eve AphaybounDec. 12, 2012 - 01:18PM JST
You are absolutely right. English is, the language of business, global business. And it would appear, Japan still does not really grasp that concept very well. Whether it's due to the educational system or society, they need to understand and really take on the English language.
@ Ms. Alexander
Very excellent point. Where would they be without jukus...? I'd speculate theyd place a bit lower. Same with the other Asian countries. Obviously there are private schools and tutors here in North America as well, but definitely not as prevalent as in Asia.
Posted in: East Asian students top in math, science, reading: studies
Eve AphaybounDec. 07, 2012 - 03:23AM JST
@ rickyveeDEC. 06, 2012 - 01:21PM JST
You've never been on the wall have you? I have, and it can be pretty bad.
First off, the company should have known how bad the wall is, and it's been like this for a long time now, even with redevelopment projects. Knowing that though, the business wanted to make some money, and low/behold, a "trek through the wondrous great wall of china".
It really depends on which sections you visit, but many of the sections are just traps waiting to happen.
On another note, after that first incident in 09, this business should have been shut down permanently...
Posted in: Operator of Great Wall trekking tour in which 3 died to close doors
Eve AphaybounDec. 06, 2012 - 11:36AM JST
How about they starve her in jail and she sees how it feels? That's CRAZY... 5 dogs per tatami mat.... Where do you even FIND 160 dogs? Heck, I cant even recall the last time I saw a dog without it's owner, let alone 160+...
Posted in: Woman arrested for keeping 160 starving dogs in house
Eve AphaybounDec. 04, 2012 - 01:10PM JST
I didn't think one could get stabbed so many times in one spot... Nose, eyes, mouth, cheeks, forehead...
The first officer to have seen this man better be getting counselling and or therapy for the year...
Posted in: Murdered man stabbed 20 times in face
Eve AphaybounDec. 04, 2012 - 01:06PM JST
Oh, North Korea, trying to flex their muscles again for some attention? I'm starting to feel sad for them. They really need to stop this posturing, and come into the 21st Century. There's no reason in this day and age for a 3rd world nation to be threatening the surrounding countries who are much more advanced...
I highly doubt it will get very far to be honest. Appropriate response by the Japanese government.
Posted in: Japan readies missile defense over N Korean rocket
Eve AphaybounNov. 29, 2012 - 11:28AM JST
@ papigiulioNOV. 29, 2012 - 11:03AM JST
That's just your opinion. You can find good quality food anywhere, finding great, or exceptional quality can be very difficult. If every Japanese or Italian chef uses the same ingredients to make the same dishes, but why do they not come out the same? It's because of the skill level, and their understanding of food. While you may not be able to tell the difference between a 1 star restaurant and a 3 star restaurant, don't look down on people who can, and who want to increase their taste palette.
While there are obviously some restaurants that are questionable... I've been to a couple Michelin star restaurants myself before-- they were awarded stars and also a few that I didn't even know had stars. I'd say yes, you can just tell the quality from the moment you take that first bite.
Posted in: Tokyo retains title as Michelin's world gourmet capital for sixth year
Eve AphaybounNov. 22, 2012 - 12:47PM JST
I think the Japan of today needs not nukes. They got their second chance, after the war, to reestablish themselves with a new identity. And they've done just that without the help of nuclear armed weapons.
Let's face is, should Japan go to war any time soon, they'd be absolutely demolished. This isn't 1940 anymore. Thus, their best role is a supporting role, and working alongside US intelligence, rather than on the battlefield. They don't have the manpower, technology, or equipment as countries that have HEAVILY invested into those things like... The super powers. Should there be war in the coming future will make it a battle between U.S, China, NK, and Russia-- not Japan.
Posted in: Ishihara calls for nuclear-armed Japan
Eve AphaybounNov. 12, 2012 - 04:49AM JST
Not too surprised by this. Indonesia is a sprawling nation, with millions of people who are willing to work for much less than their counterpart in Malaysia or Singapore. Toyota is wise to slowly, but surely, back away from China.
Posted in: Toyota to invest $1.3 bil in Indonesia over 5 years
Eve AphaybounNov. 12, 2012 - 04:33AM JST
"Also not sure what is up with all the negative comments about education in Japan. The Japanese are a highly educated people that produce some of the best, if not the best, products in the world."
Hmmm... Can you name some recent ones? In my opinion, it seems like they've stood still for far too long (past decade). What have they contributed to the world recently that has had massive effects aside from Toyota's/Honda's global dominance? I'm really curious to know, because I cant think of anything off the top of my head. If you think about the technological advancements and new products that have been introduced in the past decade, most have come from South Korea, North America, and Europe. IE: Facebook, Twitter, Samsung, Apple, Android, Angry Birds, etc. I could go on, but the point is, I can't seem to recall anything big coming out of Japan.
It seems to me that Japan still seems to believe in hashing out drones of salarymen to work their lives out at a big corporation. What they've failed to notice is that while major corporations still are important, it's the innovative start-ups are the ones leading the way in countries like America (which has one of the best education systems in the world, on only 5 days a week).
Someone made a comment earlier about how education system's globally are still the same... That's not entirely true though. Many First World countries are constantly trying to improve their systems, without even a thought of adding an extra day. Sure, there will be delinquents, but there will also be successes. Education systems now is very much different than when I went to school. If you go into some schools in Canada for example, the students in primary school all use tablets like the iPad, to do their work (allowed to take home instead of heavy textbooks). Even in Finland, there are NO tests assigned for primary school students, and one free meal is given out a day. And this is public school, as there are only a handful of private schools. Not to mention that different schools have deployed private social networks for the students to submit their homework online (and where parents can ask questions and monitor).
It's unfortunate that while the rest of the world is producing students to go live in a global and connected society, Hashimoto has chosen to do the opposite, ensuring that these students remain in Japan, and think only of Japan.
Posted in: Osaka to reintroduce Saturday classes for elementary schools
Eve AphaybounNov. 06, 2012 - 01:45PM JST
Suzuki lacked in the ultra-competitive North American market due to their blatant disregard for marketing, and just how important marketing is to the success of products overseas. I was recently car searching, and actually ended up deciding between a Suzuki and a Mitsubishi, which I ended up buying due to being impressed by the quality of the car and the brand image. Although, the Suzuki I was interested in wasn't bad, it just didn't "fit" me personally... I probably would have picked it over say a Subaru or Kia though!
Also, if I recall correctly, American Suzuki Motor Corp. is not owned by Suzuki right? They are just distributers of Suzuki products... So the Japanese side is not very involved in the American operations if I am correct.
Posted in: Suzuki to pull out of U.S. car business
Eve AphaybounOct. 10, 2012 - 11:18PM JST
First of all, yes it is a massive recall, but it's for an incredibly minor thing. It just goes to show how much they care. NO one has died from having non-automatic windows. And this first was reported in 2008? Four years now...
Secondly, people need to do some research before bashing Toyota/Japan. Where do you think some of these models were manufactured? America. Canada.
Still one of the most reliable cars, folks.
Posted in: Toyota to recall 7.43 mil vehicles globally over fire risk in power-windows
Eve AphaybounOct. 10, 2012 - 11:13AM JST
I really like what Zaccheroni has done with this team, and the direction they are going. I have confidence that they will come out strong against both France, and Brazil, to send a message to the rest of the world.
Posted in: Zaccheroni says Japan not afraid of going up against France, Brazil
Eve AphaybounSep. 18, 2012 - 01:27PM JST
And when the Chinese wake up a week from now, they will realize not only have they damaged their own property, many will have lost a week of work $$$. Oh, and they will probably return to buying Japanese products, considering a large majority of domestic goods produced by local Chinese companies are TERRIBLE.
Meanwhile, Japan continues to function as if there's nothing going on...
Posted in: Japan embassy, businesses shut as more protests erupt in China
Eve AphaybounSep. 06, 2012 - 08:33AM JST
This is Japan's team.
I'm expecting them to go through qualifiers with flying colours.
Posted in: Japan coach gets tough for World Cup warm-up
Eve AphaybounAug. 26, 2012 - 12:34AM JST
@ avenger "It took apple 4 years to come up with the iphone and Samsung 6 months. On the other hand, was Samsung supposed to close their eyes to everything on the iphone. Its like Play Station suing Xbox because they are similar."
That PS to XBOX comparison is stupid. One is black and rectangular, the other is grey and square (hence BOX) with a giant X as part of its design. Now even if you are talking about the 360 x PS3, one curves IN the other curves OUT, not to mention the materials are clearly different. The only thing that makes them similar is the color black.
It's clear that Samsung not only idolized the iPhone, but after seeing Apples success, decided to blatantly copy it because then they TOO would make money. Just look at their own designs before, and now. You know there are other ways to design a phone right? Flip phone, sliders, keyboards, etc. Look at how Windows innovated, and what Blackberry is doing.
This was a fair decision, even Google told them not to copy.
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