HollisBrown's past comments

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    HollisBrown

    Maybe there are simply too many Japanese people who don't like McDonald's! Good on them! McDonald's having to scale back operations would be a good news story for a host of reasons.

    Posted in: We’re exploring the sale of a portion of our ownership in McDonald’s Japan if we identify a strategic investor who could help advance Japan’s turnaround efforts and unlock our growth potential.

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    HollisBrown

    @John-san - I agree with you to an extent, but go to a language school in London and you'll find Swedish, German, Chinese students and the teachers don't speak Swedish, German, or Chinese.

    It's important to say that being based here in Japan, Japanese English teachers should all be proficient in the language too! The amount of JHS and HS English teachers I've met in my area who have pretty poor English skills is quite shocking. Would you ever meet a maths teacher who can't really do quadratic equations?

    A lot of Japanese English teachers obviously have excellent language skills - but then they are constrained in a way by the curriculum and the awful textbooks.

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    HollisBrown

    @Strangerland - I see what you mean, but until any group starts to have some fundamental political beliefs, and is willing to stick with them for a reasonable length of time, there is no chance of them ever gaining popularity. These small groups re-launch and merge year after year, changing what they stand for, and I don't see any change in their popularity.

    I believe the only way to beat the LDP is to seriously go after and expose the corruption and the inefficiencies of the people running it. You need part of the media on your side too. We all know that this will take some kind of mini revolution in Japan, and a change in attitude from people towards politics. If that is part of their plan, then I'm right behind them. If it isn't, then all they are doing is wasting time and money and 'looking like they are doing something' - which unfortunately happens all too often here.

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    HollisBrown

    In the process of molding kids into 'robots' ready to serve a company, ambition and the curiosity to explore is reduced. Add to this the teachers who fail to motivate their students in any way, shape or form, and instead simply plough through boring textbooks...

    This news is no surprise at all to me.

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    HollisBrown

    Pathetic.

    The leader of the 'Innovation' Party considering getting swallowed up by the ineffective system. If this is the extent of their innovation then there really is no hope.

    Stop making new parties and start OPPOSING odious Abe and his awful, corrupt ministers.

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    HollisBrown

    I think Vietnam losing 8-1 to Man City is a pretty respectable result

    Posted in: Vietnam fires Japanese soccer coach for being too tough

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    HollisBrown

    I can't stand Abe. He's a smug, odious man.

    Posted in: Man at the top

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    HollisBrown

    Ah there's a thought. I wonder how many committee task force hours it took for them to come up with this piece of...er...common sense. I bet they think they've reinvented the wheel!

    Posted in: Public facilities such as hospitals, schools and government buildings could be made completely smoke-free, while restaurants and hotels used by the general public could be required to have separate smoking areas.

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    HollisBrown

    I wonder if he's got the moves like Jagger...

    Posted in: Media mogul Rupert Murdoch to marry Jerry Hall

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    HollisBrown

    Obsessed with elections. Unable to think far enough into the future to make coherent manifestos. Every new idea requires another election posing as a referendum albeit without enough information made available, or debated before hand - and changing greatly in substance when it finally happens. Japanese politics is a joke.

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    HollisBrown

    It's all been said above.

    She is single. He is married. She is dragged and ostracized in front of the media. Japan is really pathetic at times.

    It's as if affairs never happen in this country.

    Posted in: Becky in hot water over rumored affair

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    HollisBrown

    Japanese workers cited “a lack of staff” in their company as a reason for their not taking their owed holidays, suggesting that they worry about delays in meeting their responsibilities and the inconvenience caused to colleagues left at work.

    What a load of rubbish. How on earth have they come to this conclusion? I presume this online survey has been conducted / financed / supported by some kind of union or government department.

    "A lack of staff" suggests to me that they aren't allowed to take paid holidays due to the company not having enough people to cover while they are away. That would certainly fit in with things I've been told by a wide range of Japanese people over the last 15 years.

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    HollisBrown

    @Strangerland - Throwing out that comment again I see!

    If the cops stop someone with an illegal vehicle, and then let them ride away on the same illegal vehicle, then yes, they've basically done nothing. 100m further down the road, the bosoz are riding an illegal vehicle. The cops haven't made the roads safer, they haven't sufficiently punished the riders, they haven't prevented the same thing happening tomorrow on a different road. Ergo, they've basically done nothing.

    Yes, they have probably given them a fine, but whoop-di-doo, with the powers the cops actually have, and the responsibility they have in keeping other road users safe, that is akin to basically doing nothing.

    Posted in: Bad behavior

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    HollisBrown

    @Strangerland - Did the cops confiscate the bikes? If not, then basically the cops did nothing again.

    Posted in: Bad behavior

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    HollisBrown

    ...We want you to give us a supportive push.

    OK. First lets take an LDP group photo - you know with everyone doing the 'ganbaro' pose. New year, new ideas etc. Get everyone in. Abe you too, front center. Right, here we go...Back a bit, back a bit, back a bit more. Oh I'm sorry, I didn't see that cliff face there.

    Posted in: We tend to focus on discussions about immediate challenges, such as pensions and road construction. We want to change the nature of politics into one that looks 20, 30 and 50 years ahead. We want you to give us a supportive push.

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    HollisBrown

    Well, these robbers are idiots. There are old folk with 45m in cash in their homes, with little security, no cameras etc. AWAY on their new year jollies.

    Posted in: Two men rob discount store of Y1.2 mil

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    HollisBrown

    It seems that Japan finds it very difficult to differentiate between things that genuinely deserve recognition as UNESCO heritage, and things that are just traditions.

    The last quote sums up for me why this shouldn't be accepted:

    “We hope local residents will feel proud of the tradition if it becomes part of UNESCO’s intangible cultural heritage and will be motivated to continue it”

    This quote implies the tradition isn't currently hugely valued by local residents, and that they require a UNESCO stamp in order to be bothered to continue doing it. That, right there, is proof that this application should be laughed at and rejected.

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    HollisBrown

    Suspects in order of probability: One of the children, clinic employee.

    It's just ludicrous and irresponsible to keep that amount of money at home in cash - without the necessary security in place, which obviously they didn't have.

    Posted in: Y45 mil stolen from house while owners away on holiday

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    HollisBrown

    So if they found illegally modified bikes, they obviously seized them in order to take them off the road, right?

    No doubt the bosoz were allowed to ride off on them - which I'd be perfectly OK with if the police were stopping and fining them again every 50m. However, surely an illegally modified bike is a danger to other road users by its very definition?

    Can you imagine the police stopping someone carrying a knife, or some drugs, and going through the arrest/fine procedure, only to allow the person to keep hold of the knife/drugs? It would obviously never happen (who knows in Japan), so why on earth wouldn't the same apply to illegally modified bikes that were being ridden down a highway of all places.

    Posted in: Bad behavior

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    HollisBrown

    @OrangeXenon54 - Yes I know - I completely agree with you. I was being sarcastic.

    Posted in: Unhappy citizens

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