Frungy's past comments

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    Epilepsy medication, like most medications that affect the brain, are slow-acting. On average they take 2 weeks to reach the desired level, and then a daily "maintenance" dose is taken thereafter. Skipping on day's medication would NOT cause the person to suddenly have a seizure if they've been under control for 9 years. The police have obviously misunderstood the doctor or the doctor doesn't understand how the medication works - this being Japan both options are about equally likely.

    The reason here is simple. He drove for 7 HOURS!!! He was exhausted and fell asleep.

    No magical thinking required here people, just a simple case of the typical Japanese "gaman" attitude instead of a little common sense and saying, "I'm tired, I should take a 30 minute nap before I drive so that I don't drift off and accidentally kill some people".

    Experience in Japan has taught me that the vast majority of Japanese drivers are driving exhausted and this is probably the number 1 cause of accidents in Japan - but there are major cultural barriers to giving common sense advice like, "If you can't keep your eyes open then you really should pull over and have a nap"

    Posted in: Ikebukuro fatal accident puts spotlight back on epileptic drivers

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    Japan is all about "normal".

    If 49% of people complain about something they're trouble-makers.

    If 51% of people complain about something then it is "normal" and this thing had better change.

    Japanese politics runs the same.

    Posted in: How come Japan's opposition parties can't mount a credible challenge to the ruling Liberal Democratic Party and its junior partner, the Komeito Party?

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    The recommended voltage for keeping out deer is 4,000 volts, because deer have thick coats that protect them from minor shocks. 440 volts for a deer fence is nothing.

    The police's questioning seems to revolve around whether the farmer cut his own fence and put the end in the river to shock people. ... which is just dumb on so many levels.

    Firstly, why would the farmer have to cut his own fence? He surely has enough cable lying around to run some to the river.

    Secondly, if the farmer knows enough about electricity to build his own electric fence then he probably knows that putting a cable in the river is stupid, because water is a poor conductor of electricity because the water itself doesn't conduct electricity only impure material in the river and because of this the electricity tends to jump around in a box-like pattern much like sheet lightning. As a result he wouldn't be electrifying the whole river, or even a strip of the river (unless it was narrow enough to jump across), just a small square portion where the cable was.

    How that many people got injured? I'd say it was probably an accident. One swimmer swam into the very small electrified area, got into distress and other swam into the area to help them. ... Of course after the second person got shocked someone should have realized it was something to do with the area and that the people would drift out of the area because of the river's current and so it was a better idea to go a bit downstream and retrieve them.

    How did the cable get cut and in the river? Maybe some malicious soul with a poor understanding of electricity did it? Or someone wanting to help themselves to some free veggies did it unknowingly? Or a bear cut it (a bear's claws wouldn't even feel 400 volts)?

    But "questioning" some old man to death? .... there really needs to be an inquiry into exactly what happened in that interrogation room to make his health so poor and him commit suicide.

    Posted in: Man whose electrified fence killed two men commits suicide

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    The presiding judge said the girl, who suffers from an autistic disorder, lacks any sense of morality and that sending her to prison would worsen her mental condition and make rehabilitation more difficult, Sankei Shimbun reported.

    Autism in no way means that people lack a sense of morality. Their moral sense is a little different in that they place more emphasis on consequences than intentions - and to me this is entirely logical. The consequence of an action is demonstrable. Intentions are just stories people make up after the fact to justify why the consequences aren't their fault. In other words, regular people tend to swallow the b.s. lie while autistic people tend to hold people accountable for their actions. ... which would make Jesus autistic "By their actions shall they be known".

    The level of ignorance in Japan about the mind is simply staggering.

    Posted in: Sasebo girl who killed classmate sent to reformatory

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    So she gets to walk away, but will probably be on the first plane back to the U.S. probably as a result of a combination of pressure from the U.S. Embassy and Toyota.

    Justice? Apparently it doesn't live in Japan.

    And all the rest of us foreigners?

    Her arrest, a big embarrassment for Toyota, highlights missteps in its effort to diversify and become more international in its corporate culture.

    ... yeah, the implication here is that all foreigners are druggies. Thanks Julie, you've made it much more difficult for any other foreigner to get promoted to a senior position in a Japanese country and thoroughly reinforced an existing glass ceiling.

    She gets off free, all the rest of us suffer for her criminality. Real fair.

    Posted in: American Toyota exec released without charges

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    Now here's a good use for drones, patrolling areas like this for people about to commit suicide. Possible arm them with little darts full of prozac.

    Posted in: Man held for abandoning body of woman he met on suicide site

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    People love a piece of cloth? How incredibly shallow.

    If you love your country then work hard for it, volunteer, vote responsibly and try to make it a better place.

    Flags are just the lazy man's way of saying, "Look what a good citizen I am!!!" ... and that's where almost all of the slackers stop.

    Ask 99.9% of these flag-lovers to volunteer down at a food kitchen for an evening or get off their lazy butts to go and vote and you'll get a 1001 excuses.

    Posted in: Flags stir intense emotions, but meaning depends on beholder

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    Gold coast, Aussie Oahu, Hawaii (although a big part of the appeal is the culture and ambiance) East coast, South Africa

    Those are my top 3.

    Posted in: Which beaches would you say are among the best in the world for surfing?

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    Ever tried to park an imported car in Japan? Good luck, most of them are simply too long for the tiny kei-car sized parking spaces.

    Posted in: They send their cars over by the millions, and what do we do? When was the last time you saw a Chevrolet in Tokyo? It doesn't exist, folks. They beat us all the time.

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    With all due respect "Dale Carnegie Training Japan", you cannot have succession planning without an integrated strategic management function, including a strategic human resource planning function.

    What you've described in the article above is not succession planning, it is everyday HR - and finance-led HR to boot, which is a common mistake.

    There's so much wrong with this article that I could be here all week, but suffice it to say that trying to summarize something as complex as integrated strategic HR management in a short article is always going to fail, because you have to make things so simple that they're untrue.

    Perhaps if this was a series of articles, dealing first with how to set up a proper HR department it would have been better, but as it stands you've tried to leap in at the highest and most complex level of HR and as a result you've ended up delivering bad advice.

    Posted in: 5 tips for succession planning

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    Made in Fukushima?

    Posted in: 10,000 textbooks recalled over 3-armed girl illustration

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    Hamp is guilty as sin.

    The drugs were hidden in a box labelled jewelry. She knew they wouldn't be allowed. She knew they were illegal in Japan. She tried to hide them.

    These are not a box of tylenol, they're opiods, as in made from opium (or in this case a synthetic opium). These are major-line painkillers used for things like post-operative patients. They're highly addictive and if Hamp was importing large quantites it would suggest that she's an addict.

    Whether she has a prescription in the U.S. is actually completely irrelevant. If she wanted to bring them in legally she could have filled in the correct paperwork and bought in a short-term supply. But its clear that wasn't going to be enough for an addict, so she wanted more. A LOT more.

    As for raiding her Toyota offices, it is just logical. You have to check all the places she might stash stuff.

    ...and despite her being guilty as sin, completely dishonest and a drug adddict she'll probably just be deported back to the U.S. where her money will buy her a few weeks in a drug rehabilitation facility.

    Posted in: Police raid Toyota offices after arresting U.S. executive

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    The U.S. relies on lie detector tests? You mean those tests that have been shown to be less accurate than a coin toss?

    ... and then whines when their tests fail to detect spies?

    Oh my. Mind you, this is the same nation that is aggressively anti-intellectual, where a large portion of the population believes in creationism, and denies science and technology with the fanaticism of a Luddite.

    Are we even surprised their security systems are full of holes? They're probably designed by someone who doesn't "believe" in firewalls and belongs to the Church of Wishful Thinking.

    Honestly USA, you reap what you sow.

    Posted in: Has China learned how to build the perfect U.S. spy?

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    Chikv - I agree that the correct type of mask, correctly fitted, used for a limited time and then disposed of in the correct manner is a useful tool in controlling the spread of disease.

    I think that HaroldBloodaxe's point is that none of the above apply for the way the vast majority of people use masks in Japan. They wear the wrong type, worn the wrong way (e.g. as a chin-strap), for too long, and then don't take care when removing or disposing of the mask.

    In short, the way that almost all people in Japan use masks is largely useless. Its like expecting a condom worn on your hand to help prevent STDs. It might, by accident, be helpful, but in the vast majority of cases it won't be.

    Posted in: MERS sparks mask rush in Asia, but are they effective?

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    The draft legislation would broaden the remit of Japan’s well-equipped and well-trained armed forces.

    ... well equipped? Only for self-defense. This may seem like a small distinction, after all a gun is a gun, but the bigger equipment, like the Aegis, is only really useful for defense.

    And well-trained? Again, for self-defense, search and rescue, and disaster relief. Last time I checked these weren't the skills you needed for war.

    This author needs a reality check.

    Posted in: 15,000 women surround Diet to protest new security bills

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    Is that bullying, or discipline?

    ... what sort of idiot has to ask this question? It isn't either, it is common assault and whoever did it deserves to be arrested. The military is NOT a magical zone where the normal laws do not apply.

    All the medics could do for him, supplies being short

    So they're abusive AND incompetent? ... seems about right.

    Maybe he’s simply a man with a grievance sounding off

    And this is the tin lid on the kettle. Is this reporter too lazy to request some proof, like medical records? We deserve better reporting than this.

    Posted in: SDF said to be rife with bullying, mental illness and suicide

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    "with savings of 20 million yen or more"

    That's actually peanuts. Retire at 60 with 20 million savings to support (one average) one man for 10 years (if he dies at 70) and one woman for 20 years (if she dies at 80).

    That's 20 million for 30 years to supplement their pensions, only about 670k a year.

    That's not good.

    Posted in: Pinched pensions limit Japanese consumer clout

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    Steve CrichtonJun. 18, 2015 - 07:05AM JST Your decision to have the child love. Sorry. Stay home and look after it. I am sure there is a pretty young girl waiting in the wings. Pardon the pun.

    So men can be single and sleep around having unprotected sex, but women can't? .. because there is a man involved in this somewhere who's not living up to his responsibilities as a father, a man who's a manager who's denying her work, and another man who's so blind to the discrimination he thinks it is funny to jokes about it in a public forum.

    ... all these men should have their reproductive rights removed... with a pair of rusty scissors.

    Posted in: Flight attendant sues JAL for 'maternity harassment'

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    JeffLeeJun. 18, 2015 - 05:39AM JST A tragedy there was basically no dissent among the Japanese people at the time, and no one stood up to the madness. The lesson from this should be: don't keep silent if you think your govt is in the wrong, regardless of what nationalistic pressures are at work.

    Sure, because that would have changed everything... just look at Ferguson.

    Posted in: Kamikaze survivors debunk stereotype in stories of sacrifice

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    The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare plans to make workplace harassment of women who are either pregnant or within the first year of child-rearing an illegal act and therefore punishable by law.

    Oh jeez! Does the MHLW even know Japanese labour law?

    雇用の分野における男女の均等な機会及び待遇の確保等に関する法律 Article 9 (3) Employers shall not dismiss or give disadvantageous treatment to women workers by reason of pregnancy, childbirth, or for requesting absence from work

    It is clearly illegal! The PROBLEM is that there's no punishment laid out in the law... in other words the laws for protecting women have no teeth.

    What frustrates me here is that this woman is clearly in deep financial distress and her company doesn't give a damn about her or her baby. This could easily have ended in tragedy.

    The death sentence for whatever misogynist is responsible for this! And no, that's not an over-reaction. Do it once and they'll learn damned fast. One misogynist dead is a small price to pay for women in Japan finally being treated like humans.

    Posted in: Flight attendant sues JAL for 'maternity harassment'


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