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HollisBrownNov. 24, 2015 - 03:44PM JST
This story is according to the daughter. For all we know she might have some mental health issues herself. In fact, I'd suggest that might be the case, what with being 47 years old and thinking this was the only option.
Whatever the truth of the story is, it's terribly sad - and yet another example of how Japan could do with reconsidering how the welfare system works (mental health, elderly, the poor etc.).
People keeping dead relatives in cupboards, people with mental health issues committing serious crimes, high suicide rate, elderly people working well beyond retirement etc etc.
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HollisBrownNov. 18, 2015 - 06:56PM JST
It'll be interesting to see what sentence this big fat bully gets.
Anything less than about 8 years would be extremely lenient.
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HollisBrownNov. 18, 2015 - 06:51PM JST
Sorry to sound so blunt, but if institutions were more willing to teach (or even just allow) people to use common sense when growing up, these kinds of panels / studies etc wouldn't be so necessary.
Posted in: Gov't panel discusses baby stroller use on public transportation
HollisBrownNov. 17, 2015 - 06:14PM JST
@Steve Crichton - "The only thing needed for evil to succeed is for good men to do nothing."
Posted in: Gov't to step up measures to prevent terrorism in Japan
HollisBrownNov. 17, 2015 - 04:01PM JST
@Speed - I completely agree.
What was the point of having the first design contest when none of the other designs are even considered when the first choice gets scrapped? Surely you just go with the second place design (if that's how it worked), or reconvene the panel and make another choice from the ones that didn't originally make it.
No extra costs, time, research needed. Do it tomorrow.
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HollisBrownNov. 17, 2015 - 03:51PM JST
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HollisBrownNov. 17, 2015 - 03:40PM JST
If the police stopped me in order to check my ID card, what exactly are they looking for?
There's nothing on my ID card that would indicate my religion (not that that would mean anything anyway).
There's nothing on my ID card that would suggest any sympathies I might have with certain groups.
If it's simply just to check whether or not I have an ID card, what does that achieve? If a tourist without an ID card is stopped - what next? Ask them the same Qs they were asked at immigration in the airport? - They'll get the same answers.
As many have said previously, Japan is doing all right with regards terrorism. The only incidents that have occurred in Japan have been by the hands of Japanese people. The majority of ISIS related incidents occurring overseas have been committed by local nationals (who have also been known to the authorities). By that reckoning I would suggest the Japanese intelligence agencies / police should spend the majority of their funds and time keeping a close eye on its own.
Japan had no problem holding the 2002 World Cup the year after 9/11 happened. This proves they basically know how to approach such large security issues. A huge over reaction regarding the 'upcoming' 2020 Olympics is not necessary as it's still 5 years away.
HollisBrownNov. 14, 2015 - 08:10PM JST
'Minna no Olympic' / 'Everybody's Olympics'- because then Sony can make a bucket load from selling the game and further boost the economy.
'Tokyo Olympic - Fight' (with 'guts pose') - because it mixes the English 'fight' with the Japanese fighting spirit symbolized by 'guts pose'.
'3, 2, 1 Hustle, Hustle' (adapted to 'Bronze, Silver, Gold, Hustle, Hustle') - because then Ogawa Naoya can perform it at the opening ceremony and really confuse... I mean amuse... the whole watching world.
'Tokyo 2020: ♥' (shinzo) - because not only would it represent 'kawaii', but what better way to honour our dear leader Shinzo Abe.
Posted in: Gov't looking for new catchphrase to replace 'omotenashi' for Olympics
HollisBrownNov. 10, 2015 - 08:18PM JST
@Polar - I agree completely.
And this is why I can't believe that she had 15m+ yen in cash in the house.
Surely family should be making sure that elderly family members and their belongings are safe and secure, and that appropriate financial arrangements are in place - especially when things like 'ore ore' scams are a possibility.
It seems that a lot of Japanese people are either oblivious or ignorant to the 'ore ore' scams, in which case the government / media need to do more to publicize the cases, or they just don't really care about their elderly relatives enough to bother trying to make sure they aren't possible future victims of such crimes.
Whichever way you look at it it's a sad state of affairs.
Posted in: 80-year-old woman conned out of Y15 million in telephone fraud
HollisBrownNov. 10, 2015 - 03:33PM JST
I thought banks had put measures in place to stop elderly people withdrawing huge sums of money, so the question is: Where did she get 15m yen in cash from?
Surely she didn't have it all at home?
HollisBrownNov. 04, 2015 - 09:46AM JST
What? You mean I'm supposed to stop when high school kids suddenly ride off the sidewalk and into the road?
On a serious note, if the above happened in a 100% 'self-driving car', and the kid was hit even though the car came to a stop as designed, who will be liable? I presume it won't be the driver as the technology will have superseded any possible driver action. So the car maker? The software maker?
It's all very well aiming to make self-driving cars, but liability for accidents (that will surely happen even if they are different in nature to most common accidents that occur now) needs to be considered. If you are going to take away control from the driver then surely the driver cannot be expected to be liable for any accidents that might happen.
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HollisBrownNov. 04, 2015 - 09:24AM JST
My kindergarten students are still wearing shorts. 2 fingers up to the government from them today!
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HollisBrownNov. 03, 2015 - 07:33PM JST
Japan, wake up to mental illness.
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HollisBrownOct. 30, 2015 - 10:27AM JST
I thought that must be the reason, but surely there will be much more devoted to that at the closing ceremony (as they usually do in the Olympics).
If they've decided they want a Japanese person to help carry out the trophy, and that person should be female, then I don't really understand how they come up with Tao Okamoto (unless she's a brand ambassador for Louis Vuitton - in which case sport has really started to lose touch with reality).
The captain of the Japanese ladies rugby team would've been most appropriate, however just in terms of 'sport' Saori Yoshida, Aya Miyama, Homare Sawa, Kimiko Date, are all internationally recognized and would be more appropriate choices than Tao Okamoto.
Even Yoko Ono, Haruko Arimura (Minister for Gender Equality), and Jenson Button's missus would've been less random choices than Tao Okamoto.
Posted in: Japanese actress to carry World Cup trophy onto field at Twickenham
HollisBrownOct. 30, 2015 - 08:42AM JST
It's true, ICJ judges are not necessarily experts in marine resources.
However what this Foreign Ministry Official's brain fails to consider is that the ICJ will select a judge who does have the necessary expertise and past experience handling such cases.
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HollisBrownOct. 30, 2015 - 08:34AM JST
Can't she do it in 2019?
If John Eales is one, surely the other one has to be Sean Fitzpatrick.
If for some bizarre reason they need a Japanese lady to do it, there are much more appropriate choices as Sensato pointed out above.
HollisBrownOct. 30, 2015 - 08:07AM JST
There is clearly a huge pedophile problem in japan, and it's scandalous that more isn't done to address it.
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HollisBrownOct. 24, 2015 - 04:25PM JST
I'm self employed and work at a number of different institutions. I really don't want them all knowing how much I earn, because (a) It's private, and (b) I negotiate terms independently with each one - and I expect that information to be kept private.
My wife is in a similar situation and as a family it's nobody's business except our own how much we earn as a family.
The justification given is that each employer needs to be able to charge the correct rate of tax. Rubbish. Overtaxed or undertaxed, corrections can be made via the self assessment system.
I can see what's going to happen already - I'll go to renegotiate a contract with someone and they'll factor in how much my family is earning as a whole. (i.e. No we aren't going to increase the value of the contract because he's already earning X per year and we think that is enough for him).
It's seriously making me consider my long term future living and working in this country.
HollisBrownOct. 24, 2015 - 04:00PM JST
Erm...how about doing it next Saturday, what with it being Halloween and all that?
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HollisBrownOct. 22, 2015 - 11:23AM JST
The one thing I always think when reading this is OK, I understand that in Japan tattoos are associated with Yakuza - but foreigners are clearly not yakuza so why on earth would you make that association and ban foreigners with tattoos?
The only logical reason is that Japan is so narrow minded and insular that people are ignorant to the outside world.
I hate to say that, because I do meet people everyday who buck that trend - but there aren't enough of them, and a blanket ban on patrons who have tattoos (in the majority of surveyed onsens) is just one example of this ridiculous closed mindset.
Ban Japanese people who have tattoos if you link having a tattoo to yakuza membership.
That's my opinion about it anyway.
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Nov. 29, 2015 - 03:53PM JST
I love all the comments wagging their fingers on the pronunciation.
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Nov. 29, 2015 - 03:52PM JST
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Nov. 29, 2015 - 03:50PM JST
@smithinjapan...Mao was very sick when she performed during NHK. But at least she was able to…
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Nov. 29, 2015 - 03:49PM JST
So many gullible fools.
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Nov. 29, 2015 - 03:47PM JST
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