Knox Harrington's past comments

  • 2

    Knox Harrington

    ...>saying his bag had hit him

    Many Japanese are a bit volatile, getting all worked up over nothing. Here we seem to have a prime example. Sure, I also find it annoying when all these so-called 'well mannered' people fling their bags around inside trains, but how are you wired if it comes to pushing a fellow person onto the train tracks, potentially killing them?! That's what's scary over here - many mentally- or semi-mentally ill people walking around like ticking bombs, flipping out over nothing.

    Posted in: 19-year-old arrested for pushing man off train platform

  • -8

    Knox Harrington

    seriously? why does Japan seem so eager to engage with this ideology?

    Because there's money to be made... Nota bene that this sudden caring style is for tourists, ie not any residents who might be helped by foreign language instructions. Again, money.

    Posted in: Japan to issue disaster response guidelines for foreign tourists

  • 0

    Knox Harrington

    Japan needs to start thinking long-term and let go if ridiculous ideas like this. It feel like the old geezers in power (74-year old assemblyman?! Come on...) want to feel good about themselves befir they drop off, one by one. Forget that.

    Casinos will be like beehive for organized crime, especially in Japan where no real will to deal with this pest seem to exist. They will of course drain the Tohoku region and use all their connections to uglify even more of Japan.

    Japan should start embracing its beautiful nature, creating sustainable living, farming and seeking tourists who would like to see some real, untouched nature. That would benefit the region and the country in the long term. Neon and concrete seems very 1960's, when Japan was still on it's way up. Those days are long gone.

    Posted in: Lawmakers in tsunami-hit region eye casino to hasten recovery

  • 5

    Knox Harrington

    Letting a 3-year old run around in a parking garage... Without knowing the details, I'll draw from experience and say that this is lax parenting. Sure, this driver might have been at fault as well but, as we all know, far too many Japanese parents let their kids fly around like there's no tomorrow. It's like kids are being taken care of by slightly bigger kids.

    Posted in: 3-year-old boy dies after being hit by car in Chiba

  • -10

    Knox Harrington

    Goodness, I have had to endure this quasi-news three days in a row on state television... Love how Japan always have to put a nationalistic twist on everything and how insecure they come across: "whaoah, DISNEY was inspired by JAPAN. Because Japan is FANTASTIC and UNIQUE!!!"

    Yawn.

    Posted in: Disney pens love letter to Japan with robot film

  • -3

    Knox Harrington

    Women or not is not really the issue. They are far right-wingers, first and foremost. That's why they are in the positions they are in.

    Posted in: 3 women cabinet ministers visit Yasukuni Shrine

  • 0

    Knox Harrington

    ...you become a zombie not giving a hoot.

    I bet that, plus the fact that no store employee would ever have the courage to question a customer, has something to do with this.

    Posted in: Bogus Y10,000 notes passed in Tokyo's Ota Ward

  • -2

    Knox Harrington

    Far to many men innthis country seem to be mentally unfit. Shooting at you kid, hitting them, shaking them violently... I don't know how many times I've read if boyfriends or "acquaintances doing this. This can only mean one thing (since a normal adult UNDERSTANDS that shaking a small child is unwise): mental problems. I know they bulid up a lot of stress and all here due to not being able to deal with emotions but this is sick. The other day, I watched a mother, engrossed in her "smart"phone (what else) pushing a supermarket cart in front of her with a small baby just lying there like a piece of meat. Boggles the mind to think how such a person treat said kid at home when societal pressure is all but off.

    Posted in: Man arrested for abusing girlfriend's 1-year-old son

  • 3

    Knox Harrington

    Garbage in, garbage out. As the zen madter said...

    Nepotism, back patting, amakudari and what have you...? Japan sure knows how to pick its politicians. The docile masses have no clue, no yaruki, no will, it seems, to take the reins and actually improve this country.

    Obuchi apologized at a Diet panel for the controversy after the reports of misuse of funds, possibly violating electoral and political funding laws, hit the newsstands on Thursday.

    Great. If I violate some laws of my choosing - can I also apologize and bow my little bow, squeeze out a few fake apologies and get off the hook?! Japan is such a quasi-democracy. Makes me sick to my stomach...

    Posted in: Obuchi apologizes after political funds misuse reports

  • -1

    Knox Harrington

    Japanese are a fatalistic bunch...

    That is my impression as well. One of Japan's (many) problems is that the yes-man ratio is very high. Many people accept what they are told and try to do what they are told and that only. Initiatives and going one step further seem like a weird concept. Anybody can sit and squeeze in the office, that is not taking initiatives.

    I believe they younger generation will no longer take the BS corporate lifestyle of Japan kabushi gaisga. That pleases me greatly.

    The problem that still exists is that people have a really hard time standing up for themselves and their ideals. I frequently hear at work: "Okoru yo", which to my ears sounds absolutely ridiculous. People, grownups, are afraid of being scolded or told off at their place of employment. The notion of argumentation and actually having a differing opinion from your boss is all but nil. That's pretty scary...

    As all things in Japan, changes will take a long time. Sure, it might change on the outside but real change takes forever. That is really typical of a closed society. Afraid of anything their imagination, Japan will keep hugging the comfortable.

    Posted in: Japan's sozzled salarymen: the lost tribe in a modern pickle

  • -1

    Knox Harrington

    DanielJP:

    That's not how I read it.

    I can really only speak for myself, but I see this as a symptom of all things Japanese. There is a tendency not to deal with problems, real problems, and instead cover it with something else to make a temporary solution. Japan (and especially Tokyo) is a pretty coldhearted society and to think that anything gets better from producing a 'hugging' chair is naive. The only ones benefitting from this is the company that cleverly marketed it as some kind of social deed.

    Gadgeds can never replace humans. Never.

    Posted in: Unicare unveils 'anti-loneliness' hugging chair

  • 2

    Knox Harrington

    This many times seem to be the Japanese solution to everything: spend hard earned money on something that normal, human contact would solve just fine. Invent gadgets that no one really needs and market them for the gullible. Japan would do well with some good old fashioned use of feelings and emotions from humans.

    Posted in: Unicare unveils 'anti-loneliness' hugging chair

  • 0

    Knox Harrington

    Only thing upsetting here is that A: Japan thinks all can be done by a friggin survey. Suicdal tendencies, eating disorders, cell phone/school grades... Anonymous and safe but a survey doesn't tell you sh-t! It's just the lazy old oyaji version of pretending to do actual work. What kind of survey was this? Who took part? Isn't a survey, by definition ,something based primarily on opinion? How can this possibly carry any statistical weight (it can't). B: Bureaucrats drawing actual salary for this as I am sure they have spent many hours of meeting and banging their bald, fat heads together one-upping their yes-men-ship while coming up with this ridiculous idea. This is what we pay these people for? Handing out surveys that show no proof, no statistical certainty, no nothing...

    Posted in: Survey shows longer periods of smartphone use can lead to lower school exam scores

  • 1

    Knox Harrington

    The Environment Ministry is planning to install special water sprinkler systems on the tracks...

    ...construction of special roads that absorb large amounts of rain water and through the evaporation of the water into the atmosphere, force the temperature to drop significantly...

    Environment Minister Nobuteru Ishihara told reporters, “I want the world to experience all the technological and engineering marvels that Japan has to offer.”

    All ideas born at meetings full of comb-over yes-men! Humidity (of which they seem to want to create MORE, is what makes it tough for the body to cool off. Additionally, these are solutions Inwould expect from Japan. Throw some gadget or other constructed thing at the problem and hope it'll work. Use of common sense and simple solutions disappeared sometime in the Meiji time, I hear...

    Posted in: Heatstroke countermeasures already being prepped for 2020 Olympics

  • 0

    Knox Harrington

    Good. One less yak is always positive. Saynonara.

    That he kept a gun can only mean some joker looked the other way - either the police or the hospital staff, probably both.

    Posted in: Ex-gangster locks himself in hospital room and commits suicide

  • -1

    Knox Harrington

    Japan: Yebisu or Super Dry. Elsewhere: Estrella Galicia, VB.

    One of the many good things about Japanese summers are cold beer and edamame. I could eat that every day.

    Posted in: What’s your favorite beer?

  • -5

    Knox Harrington

    Way to extrapolate...

    Hey, it's bad enough they have one guy like this, and knowing the Japanese societal preference for hentai, I strongly suspect there are a bunch of people like this joker, just waiting to jump out.

    Even among your "hard working" people.

    Posted in: Prison guard arrested for filming girl's legs with camera in shoe

  • -5

    Knox Harrington

    Filming legs?! What is this? 1923? Does that really do it for anybody?

    He might have been 42 on paper but mentally, he sounds like a kid, attaching a phone to his shoes. Makes me feel good to know that they hire people like this to take care of prisoners. Doesn't at all lower the quality perception of Japanese public institutions...

    Posted in: Prison guard arrested for filming girl's legs with camera in shoe

  • 0

    Knox Harrington

    You see this all the time overseas with violent criminals.

    Sorry Panda, but you would have to be a lot more specific than that... Where overseas, for example? And in which examples do we observe people spilling the beans like the Japanese supposedly do?

    No, I don't believe, not for a sec, that these are somehow voulantary confessions. They are... Hm, shall we say extracted? It just doesn't add up that all criminals somehow want to get caught. My guess is that the police try to pin unsolved crimes to the ones caught in many cases. And, since social stigma is a big thing in Japan, they succeed in getting these "confessions".

    On top of this, how come a suspect for such a relatively minor crime gets named and shamed without being convicted?

    Posted in: Man arrested for cutting seats on Keisei line trains

  • -2

    Knox Harrington

    As per usual here, police catch the small fish and let the whales slip through their nets. As said above, what about the dealer, the distributors of these drugs? Mendokusai? Probably.

    ...after being detained for 48 days...

    How do they possibly motivate such a long detention?

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