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KanadeApr. 29, 2013 - 09:47PM JST
I'm Russian, and I don't share those parents' opinion. There are crazy people all over the world, but it kinda saddens me to see that this article is just a cause to put Russia down. I'm not a patriot, nor I agree with lots of things that happen here, but it's still kinda sad.
As for @Yuri's comment: Actually I've always thought that since the Japanese had the biggest suicide rate in the world, they were the most influenced ones, no? It's a bit weird to see a comment like that, as if you don't know what's going on in your country.
As for Russia, suicides (particularly, teenage ones) don't happen here often. So when someone commits it, it's always huge news. Yes, bullying is present, like it is everywhere, but it's still a pretty rare thing here.
As for the parents, I think it's really stupid, and I doubt the president will pay attention to it, because it's impossible to prove the connection between the girl's death and the series. I myself love the series, and it's pretty popular here, but it's awesome in terms of suspense, plot and characters, neither me nor anyone I know would ever have any idea of trying to connect the series to the real life.
Posted in: Parents in Russia request ban on 'Death Note'
KanadeFeb. 08, 2013 - 03:31PM JST
I'm a big fan of Sony despite their lack of security scandal not long ago. I have Vaio for a laptop, Cybershot for a camera, Xperia S for a smartphone, and a PSP. Going to buy PS3 in summer, and maybe a tablet. I hope that the company will stay around for a long time.
Posted in: Sony's April-December loss shrinks 75%
KanadeJan. 22, 2013 - 04:02PM JST
I also dislike Hashimoto and his often show-offy actions, but isn't he kinda right on this one?
They can't just go and change the programme, the senpai/kouhai system, etc right away, because it means changing their mentality. It's impossible, at least for now.
In this case, Hashimoto just wanted to punish the school for allowing such a thing to happen, I think it's pretty reasonable, because a kid actually died. By suspending entrance exams, he decreased the number of prospective students, and I'm sure that will lead to declien in the budget, and also all the teachers will be replaced.I think it's not a bad idea.
It might take forever to find out who was aware of acts of violence and who was not. Besides, it's not like those teachers will be fired, just transfered.
No, seriously, what's so bad about the decision? Now all schools know what will happen to them, if such severe bullying occurs on their grounds. Since neither the BOE nor the teachers seem to understand the whole seriousness of the issue, I suppose Hashimoto decided to control them with fear? In this case, I think, his dictatorship is reasonable. You can't always solve everything diplomatically.
There's a lot more I want to right regarding this topic, but I hope no one misunderstands my comment.
Posted in: Hashimoto pressures school to cancel some entrance exams
KanadeNov. 28, 2012 - 03:02PM JST
Is it the Japanese definition of beauitful? Maybe it's just me or the girl looks super generic?
Posted in: Former AKB48 singer Atsuko Maeda one of Vogue Japan's Women of the Year
KanadeOct. 05, 2012 - 03:11PM JST
Almost all the titles in the article remind me of Japanese tv shows, especially the manne in which they're voiced. So maybe it's to be expected?
Posted in: Fans rank the 10 anime to watch out for this fall
KanadeOct. 05, 2012 - 02:59PM JST
Yeah, why are the 90% of these titles the otaku type?
I'm looking forward to Zetsuen, KK (this one especially, loved the trailer).
Shin Sekai Yori looks awesome, at least the first episode.
And of course, GINTAMA. Everyone's been waiting for it.
KanadeSep. 06, 2012 - 03:33PM JST
As if Japan has no other major issues to invest its money into. This is ridiculous. What about the N-energy? How about increasing the number of jobs? But NO, it has some spare 2 billion yen to spend on two islands even if it could lead to strained relations with other countries.
Maybe the government drinks a bit too much?
Posted in: China pledges to defend territory after Japan says it will buy islands
KanadeSep. 06, 2012 - 03:23PM JST
Does it influence Sony clients in other countries? Everything I have is by Sony - my laptop, PSP, Sony Cybershot and Sony Xperia S. I love love love its gadgets and its quality but just what the hell is going on with its security??? I'm never gonna enter my credit card number anywhere within the limits of Sony network.
Posted in: Hackers hit Sony again, stealing info from 400 mobile clients
KanadeSep. 03, 2012 - 03:25PM JST
I really don't get it. What else can you see there except for panties? Panties from that angle aren't even arousing. They must surely be sexually unsatisfied if even such tiny things turn them on.
And what's more, a metro employee. Oh wow.
Posted in: Tokyo Metro employee arrested for taking upskirt photos
KanadeAug. 27, 2012 - 03:25PM JST
This is a great idea but for not so popular mangaka would that be an option? You can do that when it's an award-winning series, but what if you just draw minor... let's say, shoujo stories? But on the other hand, it's one of those ways of ealing with internet piracy, so it's not a bad idea. I wonder if anyone's gonna follow his example. I bet only male mangaka would. But I don't think Naruto or Bleach-type of manga would ever do that.
Posted in: Award-winning manga to be available for anyone, anytime; author won't request royalties
KanadeAug. 08, 2012 - 05:48PM JST
Oh and (Sorry for another comment) Android version 4 (At least on my Sony Xperia) has a very nice version of Youtube application. I use it all the time. I've seen the iPhone version of it, and it's kinda different.
Posted in: Apple won't include YouTube app in new mobile software
KanadeAug. 08, 2012 - 03:16PM JST
I have Sony Experia Arc S anyway.
Honestly speaking, I find it a lot cooler than iPhone. Its menu has a lot more useful programs than iPhone and the screen and the camera are SUPERB, just like a normal camera. I'm a fan of Sony through and through, having PSP, Sony Cybershot and a Vaio laptop. But of course there are some pros and cons like there always are.
KanadeJun. 28, 2012 - 06:04PM JST
That's exactly what I said. I'm curious myself which country they would choose.
When I said that I think they would choose Russia over Japan, it's not because Russia better than Japan or anything, but simpyl because they might not want to become part of another country all of a sudden, because it means huge changes in everything, and I don't think it will be accepted easily by people. Just based on psychology.
Posted in: Russia's Medvedev to visit disputed Kuril isles
KanadeJun. 28, 2012 - 05:56PM JST
Hm, well, I'm a complete amateur here, but at least Russia hydro-power plants are in majority, so we don't really pay much for electricity, so that's why I was proposing them. But I know some people that work in that industry and they say that hydro-power plants are harmful for nature in long-term, but I still think they're the least dangerous.
Posted in: Seismologists warn gov't against restarting nuclear reactors
KanadeJun. 28, 2012 - 04:38PM JST
Agreed. I also think something has to be done. But I also wonder if there actually IS anything that could make the government change this law.
I think Japan's been stripping people of privacy recently. Starting with tattoos and followed by this law. I wonder how far it's gonna go.
Posted in: Japan probes website attacks by Anonymous hacker group
KanadeJun. 28, 2012 - 04:32PM JST
Don't start your comment with mocking people. I wasn't blaming or laughing at anyone iny comment.
I compare the price to my country's energy price and we pay a lot less. But we mostly use hydro power stations here.
About safety. from the engineer's point of view, yeah, all plants are equally dangerous. But I'm talking about the nation here. I'm not talkign about 10 people, I'm talking about millions of people. And radiation is scary because it's invisible, and you can't fight it. And cancer is one of the worst deseases possible.
You're saying a similar thing to what one guy said to me not long ago. He said that nuclear plants are not any more dangerous than riding a car, a plane or a train. I personally think such things can't be compared.
And if choosing to save energy by blackouts or to use nuclear energy, I'd choose the former. But it's just my choice.
Being sick is one of the scariest things.
Thyroid cancer can also be the result of radiation. Like after Chernobyl disaster, 60-70% of kids born nearby had thyroid cancer for the next 10 years or so.
Coal plants have never been an option for me.
KanadeJun. 28, 2012 - 04:06PM JST
I don't think what this group did will have any effect on the government. I highly doubt anyone would change this law about ilelgal downloading. But it feels creepy that some old men from the ministry have all my PC data. I feel violated as a girl.
Good job, dudes! There are so many organizations in Japan that need to wake up, that I can't even foresee where the hackers group is heading next xD
KanadeJun. 28, 2012 - 03:56PM JST
My gut feeling's telling me it's not gonna end good - the restart of the reactors.....
But you know, if looking at fro manother angle: Japan is an island, nuclear energy is the cheapest here, but it's still not cheap at all (just look at your energy bills at home). If they choose a hydro-power plant it might do serious harm to nature and Japan doesn't have that many rivers to begin with.
But then again, nuclear plants are probably one of the most dangerous things.
So it kind of depends on how you look at it.
But I'm personally against restarting any of the reactors. Well, maybe only in Shizuoka, since there can't be a tsunami there?
But if putting safety first, then I'm totally against nucear stuff.
KanadeJun. 28, 2012 - 03:50PM JST
The Kurils are living happily without belonging to Japan, and I'm really curious what its inhabitants would say if asked what country they'd prefer - Japan or Russia. I somehow think they wouldn't want to change their nationality. [espcially seing the tax hike which will come to life really soon].
Declining population? Isn't Japan the one with the fastest declining population with one fifth of it being old people? In a 1000 years? Are you sure Japan will still exist in 1000 years with its growing old trends?
If we start taking about "taken by force", then should I bring up the Kwantung Army which did whatever it wanted and is probably the embodiment of violence, greed and horror during the Sino-Japanese war and how it triggered the war itself by participating in the Mukden Incident? Or maybe I should also mention how the Japanese wanted to take Manchuria for its natural resources but couldn't do it peacefully, so had to do it cunningly and trigger the war by making the Chinese at fault here?
Or should we start talking about the Japanese government which is probably the most ridiculous government I've seen recently with prime minsters and the cabinet being changed like women's gloves? The government that thinks that everything can be solved and the rsponsibility can be taken just by apologizing. And the citizens' trust level towards the government decreasing rapidly.
The more I read about the politics the easier it is to compare various governemnts, beit the US, Russia, Japan, France, Greece, the UK, Germany, Italy, etc. All governments have their own flaws, sometimes big, sometimes not, but Japanese government looks really amateur. They're more concerned about illegal downloads, their income and not even their own islands, rather than making their country a safer place in case a disastrous earthquake starts.
You seem to close your eyes on what goes on in Japan, while blindly pointing out the flaws of other countries. It's not patriotism, you know.
KanadeJun. 26, 2012 - 09:41PM JST
And honestly speaking, we're a civilized community now (more or less), how long are we gonna continue on deciding what land belongs to whom? Just like barbarians, jeez.
May. 22, 2013 - 05:50AM JST
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