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    HollisBrown

    @Cleo - So the issue seems to be education in terms of the procedures, and/or support in dealing with death.

    I know there's the criminal element in that many of these people don't report the death because they want to continue drawing the pension, but again that seems to be a problem easily addressed in a simple change of procedure. Just make a rule that people have to appear in person once a month, or every other month. If unable due to illness or old age, then a doctor can supply the relevant office with documentation every so often.

    Care for the elderly, a better social structure whereby people aren't forgotten about until 6 months later when they are discovered rolled up and skeletonized in a futon in a cupboard, and a simple change of procedure that would minimize the chance to commit fraud - but I don't see any desire for these things to happen, despite the fact that these stories are fairly regular occurrences.

    Posted in: 54-year-old man arrested for abandoning father’s dead body at home

  • 0

    HollisBrown

    Another story of 'abandoning a relative's body at home', and another who's reason is 'not being able to afford funeral costs'. It happens again and again, and no doubt there will be another story just like it in the next few weeks.

    What gets done about it? Has the police or the government ever made a concerted effort to address the issue? Has the government / local authorities looked into possible alternatives for those who might not be able to afford funeral costs? Why hasn't the media realized that this is a frequent occurrence and therefore worthy of more investigation? etc. etc.

    It's the same with the issue of mental illness. People just ignore it, and shock horror the same things keep happening.

    Posted in: 54-year-old man arrested for abandoning father’s dead body at home

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    HollisBrown

    @sensei258 - It's most likely the most senior person in the meeting room, and nobody else has the bottle to tell him/her that it's an absolutely ridiculous idea.

    I guess this particular numpty's favorite food is 'hamburg', and he drives a Fairlady Z.

    Posted in: Ramen restaurant offering customers virtual dates with idol singers

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    HollisBrown

    They are nothing but charlatans. They haven't got a clue what they are doing, so they just continue doing the same things over and over again, hoping that either a) issues sort themselves out, or b) issues are delayed until they leave their posts so the next lot of charlatans can worry about them.

    Posted in: Abe adviser says Japan needs Y10 trillion stimulus in each of next two years

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    HollisBrown

    “Compared with around 70,000 tons of highly contaminated water that remain in the basements of the reactor buildings, (the water in the trenches) has a low level of concentration and thus poses little threat in terms of radiation exposure and the environment,” said an official of TEPCO.

    Compared with around 70,000 tons of highly contaminated water, a hand grenade in a kindergarten poses little threat. It doesn't mean that it shouldn't be dealt with immediately.

    What a joke TEPCO is, and the government too for letting them get away with years upon years of negligence, denial, and incompetence.

    Posted in: 10,000 tons of toxic water pools in Fukushima nuclear plant trenches

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    HollisBrown

    Another case of mental illness it seems. Day after day after day I read news stories of people seemingly affected by mental illness, but what is ever done about it?

    Are there any support lines available in Japan - a mental health helpline, a suicide prevention helpline, etc. ?

    If these organisations exist then surely the media (including Japan Today) can add the contact details of all such bodies at the end of these kinds of stories.

    If these organisations don't exist, then surely the media (including Japan Today) can get together and speak out in favour of such bodies being formed.

    Posted in: Mother arrested after 4 children found dead in home

  • 3

    HollisBrown

    Because nothing will WOW the world as much as Prime Minister Abe showing up.

    It was a great idea, but there was no need for Abe to have been used in such a dramatic way. They should've just kept it as Mario.

    Maybe it was decided that Abe was the most recognisable Japanese face (human) worldwide. Can anyone come up with a top 3 of Japanese people who would be recognisable around the world?

    Posted in: Rio throws final Olympic party; Tokyo governor accepts flag, Abe turns into Mario

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    HollisBrown

    “I couldn’t even shed a tear I was so shocked,” said Gay, who has been around for many of the most recent failures. “I couldn’t even cry. Damn, bad luck again. It’s weird. I don’t get it.”

    Karma maybe?

    Posted in: Appeal denied, questions prevail for U.S. relay team

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    HollisBrown

    And of course the national media will be asking all the difficult questions to the necessary people to try and hold everyone to account, right? You know, doing some investigative journalism, keeping the issues in the mainstream, putting pressure on all the government ministers and the corporate executives who have handled this issue horrendously - some would say corruptly, but at the very least negligently.

    There should be absolute outrage over this.

    The Japanese media needs to grow a backbone and start doing its job, rather than just being a mouthpiece for Abe and his cronies.

    Posted in: Gov't to use state funds for cleanup of heavily contaminated Fukushima areas

  • 2

    HollisBrown

    Will there be a gaijin model so we can make our noses smaller?

    Posted in: New product aimed at creating slimmer, taller nose

  • 6

    HollisBrown

    There's no denying she's a legend of the sport, but she's spoilt it a little with her lack of grace in defeat.

    She could have easily explained how devastated she was without blubbing her eyes out, and stated her intention to battle on to Tokyo to try and avenge this dip and go out on a high in her own country.

    Posted in: Shattered Yoshida admits to feeling pressure

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    HollisBrown

    They will get back together within 5 years - probably just around the Tokyo Olympics - and milk a reunion tour, album, etc.

    They are a product of the Johnny's machine, and as they will remain contracted to this (IMO terrible) company, Johnny's will decide when the time is right for them to make a come back - i.e. when it needs a boost to its bottom line.

    Posted in: SMAP singer Kimura says he's 'really sorry' for breakup

  • -2

    HollisBrown

    The irony being the majority of people visiting Japan will have the knowledge and common sense to take measures to prevent heatstroke.

    I'd suggest that the Japanese Government should 'study ways to prevent heatstroke, cool down streets' NOW, as we keep reading that thousands of Japanese people are affected by it every single week during summer.

    (For all those people commenting that September or October would be too late for a 'summer' Olympics, consider that in Brazil it is technically winter now. It'd be no problem to have it start 6 weeks later in Tokyo.)

    Posted in: Gov't studying ways to prevent heatstroke, cool down streets during 2020 Olympics

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    HollisBrown

    Abe is all talk, and this proves it.

    He's quick to talk about peace, and the aggression of other countries towards Japan. He has also talked about the non-use of nuclear weapons whenever speaking about Hiroshima and Nagasaki. So for him to apparently go against a 'no first use' proposal by Obama, which clearly implies he is FOR the potential use of nuclear weapons, shows him up for the hypocrite he is.

    Japan should be the first country to sign up to any 'no first use' policy. I bet if it was anyone except the US then Abe would be praising the idea from the rooftops.

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    HollisBrown

    As Antonios_M said, it depends.

    The people of Athens and Rio would probably say no. London was maybe economically neutral, but sporting wise I think 2012 was a huge success. Beijing was more a political games for the Chinese in the sense that they were able to show their financial power to the world, and possibly connect more with the west.

    Personally I think the IOC with the cooperation of its national members should build and maintain permanent Olympic infrastructure in Greece, and the Olympics should be held there every time. You could still have different countries or continents 'organizing' different elements of the Olympics each time, in order to spread the cost and the responsibility and make it genuinely an international event - e.g. 2024: a European / Greek opening ceremony, a North American / USA swimming pool, an Asian / Japanese indoor arena for Judo etc.

    Such an approach would get rid of the corruptible and unnecessarily expensive bidding process. It would give opportunities to those countries, who would otherwise never get the opportunity to host the Olympics themselves, to get involved in planning and 'theming' an aspect of the games. It would mean all money could go towards maintaining and upgrading 5 or 6 stadia instead of building from scratch every 4 years.

    2012 in London was an amazing games, but ultimately I think the Olympics should be held in Greece with the financial support of every country that wants to participate.

    Posted in: Do you think mega-sports events such as the Olympics are good for the host city’s economy and infrastructure in the long run?

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    HollisBrown

    In many ways a still immature 40 years old. Maybe that's one of the reasons it has remained peaceful.

    Posted in: I'd say Japan is about 40 years old now. Tokyo was burned to the ground. And look at how it has prospered since then, and how it has stayed peaceful.

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    HollisBrown

    Saying “Reflecting on our past" isn't actually reflecting on the past. You need to say specific things that reflect on the past. Maybe people will actually think that you are indeed 'reflecting on the past'.

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    HollisBrown

    So I'm expecting some link between Tamayo Marukawa and construction companies to surface in the next few weeks. Board member? Notable campaign donations?

    Traffic congestion won't be one of the biggest problems - Tokyo has one of the best public transport systems in the world.

    Here are 4 more likely problems than traffic congestion:

    1 Affordable hotels

    2 English / multi-lingual help

    3 The summer heat and lack of shade

    4 Awareness of what to do in the case of an earthquake

    Posted in: The biggest problem in Tokyo will be traffic congestion because there are many narrow roads in the city.

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    HollisBrown

    How long was British beef banned in Japan? 18 years I think. That was a huge overreaction as the BSE/CJD health risks were proven to be over many many years before. But OK, I understand its better to be safe than sorry - Japan is especially good at this when it comes to gaikoku things.

    But it's extremely hypocritical of Japan to want to continue exporting fresh produce that have been grown and farmed in the vicinity of a nuclear meltdown.

    Nobody knows exactly the extent of the disaster because of government and Tepco cover ups, but hey a government minister is saying it's all OK, so fill your boots.

    Here is the view of a few farmers - and the expected dismissive response of a government minister. This is just one example video from many that can be found, and shows why all produce from these areas should be banned indefinitely.

    https://youtu.be/dfaPhmFGvt8

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  • 3

    HollisBrown

    'Nostalgic customers sharing memories of the store'...that had only existed for 6 years. Seriously, get a grip people.

    Posted in: Iconic instant cup noodle restaurant on Shibuya Station platform closes

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