Knox Harrington's past comments

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    Knox Harrington

    wowyz,

    Brilliant, thanks for that link! I have searched for a term for "Taijin Kyofusho" for a looong time. Now I am enlightened. That "illness" is so common in Japan

    Posted in: Woman attacks group of young boys with knife

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    Knox Harrington

    Crazy #139 of the year.

    Good to know there are many like this loon around. Mental illness stigma, anyone?

    Posted in: Woman attacks group of young boys with knife

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    Knox Harrington

    Suckers. I would have liked it if they told this joker off, politely refusing his 'food' offers. That would have been nice.

    BTW, if this food is so heavenly good and all that, why don't the government do its part and mandate that all ministers have to eat Fukushima produce while working? Instead they play on ignorant and weak peoples ridiculous feeling for furusato or other ideas and try to squeeze this sh*t out to the masses. Well, it might work. Good thing it only does so in Japan.

    Posted in: Reconstruction minister promotes Fukushima food to 4 ambassadors

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    Knox Harrington

    "Unseasonable"? First time I come across that word. I like it. Will use it frequently from now on...

    Posted in: Unseasonable temperatures hit Sapporo Snow Festival preparations

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    Knox Harrington

    Mentally unstable person of the year #138! Irrrrassshai!

    It's funny to me that many acts like this, usually performed by youngsters who doesn't know any better or havent yet found their place in life in other countries, in Japan are performed by oldies. That a 67-year old goes around like this and want to retaliat tells me there is something not quite right up there.

    Posted in: Man arrested for spraying graffiti on cars and walls in Sapporo neighborhood

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    Knox Harrington

    (Da)Saitama...

    So what, he is just one of the many Saitama/Chiba people without sense of style. Probably wore his LV wallet sticking out of his right back pocket (as per inaka regulations) too. Crocs on days off. Perhaps those Adidas jump suits with gold stripes on them. No big deal.

    Sounds like a person not fit to be a police officer. What business does a guy like this have wearing a watch that requires repair costs for ¥700'000? Much less while on the job? And Rolex? Not only is he lacking in good judgement, he also lacks in style. That ought to be an offense, no? Mmm, the HR department in the NPA hire some fine people...

    Posted in: Police officer breaks Rolex wristwatch during arrest; sends suspect repair bill

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    Knox Harrington

    One problem is that the Japanese government doesn’t use much foreign expertise to promote tourism. Most of the tourism staff are Japanese who are not good at communicating on a global level. We have to value the foreign perspective rather than doing promotions by ourselves, just using big Japanese advertising agencies.

    This.

    Many times, I wonder if there are any foreigners or people with outside experience working in JNTO or the tourism industry at large at all. Japan has a boatload to offer foreign tourists, but many times I feel the locals just don't have any clue as to what those things might be. Me, for example, I like to travel alone, without tour guides or fixed schedules. I think many other people would enjoy this as well. I don't care about the official 'omotenashi' (dog, how I hate that word!) sticker being plastered on some shop window, telling me how they're officially sanctioned and promoted by clueless official. I can feel if I receive hospitality.

    Posted in: Revitalizing the inbound tourism market

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    Knox Harrington

    I have always said that just below the surface is a Japan that could turn on a dime & go straight back to blind allegiance.............damn this is scary.

    I have to say I believe the same thing. This society is scary because so many people actually seem to choose ignorance and narrowmindedness over informing themselves of what has happened (and what might happen). They don't vote, they don't speak English, they accept what they're being told (by daytime TV) without so much as a hint if critical thinking. People like that exist in other nations as well, but there is always opposing forces, keeping these deniers and apologists at heel. Not so in Japan.

    Unlike many other "bad" nations from WW2, Japan seems to be one of the few that actually tries to forget by denying. That is not the way of a modern, progressive nation wanting to be a part of the global community.

    Posted in: More than 8,700 people sue Asahi Shimbun over 'comfort women' stories

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    Knox Harrington

    It always makes feel feel bad when I hear Japanese people blame kidnapping victims for their situation. When I hear people mention tax money and when these clowns utter their unempathetic opinions I get a clearer uderstanding of how Japanese people are. It's quite pathetic. But it says alot about this place.

    Posted in: What Japanese think about the hostage crisis

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    Knox Harrington

    Haha. A bunch of deluded hikikomori, led by a loon of a "professor", thinking their pride has been hurt by a newspaper. For reporting the truth. I know the island mentality is strong on these isles, but come on... Good thing the world doesn't give a crap about what happens here, because most (educated) people see crazies for what they are. One can only hope that no court takes this BS seriously, for it would be a terrible waste of tax money.

    Seriously, will this nation ever wake up? If not, close down, go all out sakoku again and see how well things turn out...

    Posted in: More than 8,700 people sue Asahi Shimbun over 'comfort women' stories

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    Knox Harrington

    Goodness. This is the physical version of slackerism on facebook, likes and groups and what have you. How about, instead, people here pressure their government, you know the old, self-serving oyaji, into taking action and fixing the Fukushima problem once and for all. Just standing on a stage screaming "We have it under control" doesn't make it so. Poems are good, but how do they really help people deep in the sh*t? I would be offended if some celeb did this. This cowering and pretending to care, kizuna BS makes me want to throw up...

    Posted in: Sayuri Yoshinaga shares feelings for Fukushima through poem recitation CD release

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    Knox Harrington

    Talent is a fictional thing. Especially when it comes to writing. What matters is perseverance and practice. I can bet you no writer who is/was successful had an easy time, just sitting down and putting words to paper.

    Posted in: Haruki Murakami’s advice on how to be a great writer: Be born with talent

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    Knox Harrington

    No it won't. Japan is going down since it has nothing new to offer. It will be surpassed by other, hungrier nations.

    Posted in: Japanese economy will show a powerful upward trend in 2015: Abe adviser

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    Knox Harrington

    Well, consider this, the people who are hired are Japanese police are government employees, commonly called "koumunin" , and nothing of what you wrote here counts with regards to how they are hired.

    Koumuin are hired based upon entry test results.

    The " job" attracts only those who can pass a specific test system and not what you are inferring here.

    Wait, what? I can't understand what you're trying to say here.

    Posted in: 300 police officers subjected to disciplinary action in 2014

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    Knox Harrington

    all forms of transport (from trucks and cars thru bicycles to even pedestrians) in Japan appear to be frequently used (is that right??) by folks who are oblivious to their surroundings, heedless of the applicable rules and laws or just downrifgt mentally deficient. the number of dangerous or foolhardy acts one sees on the rodas and pavement and even indoors in buildings is truly amazing.....

    I get the exact same impression. At first, I was surprised. I had pictured Japan as a country with polite, rule-obeying people. Now, I have come to understand that not everything is what it seems in Japan. Rules are only followed if there are concequences. Riding a bike like a Neaderthal renders no punishment, hence people do as they please and the Koban Boys can sit on their asses and pretend not to see or hear. Much like those famous "see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil" monkeys in Nikko...

    Japanese bike riders must be the most ignorant in the world. As was said above, some actual training for kids might improve this. Considering, though, that parents seem completely oblivious to respecting pedestrians, there's probably not much hope of those people teaching better skills/manners.

    I have come to think, that to get bicyclists to wake the hell up, you have to collide with them, squeezing them against walls so that they cannot ride. As they get all agressive, you get their attention and can take a discussion, right there on the street, hopefully inconveniencing these incredibly selfish a-holes.

    I have a crossing where I live, and it is like stuff I have seen from India on YouTube. The cars drive OK, but the bike people ride like there's no tomorrow. If the coppers would just taken an hour a week, standing there catching offenders, they would have brought order to that place quickly. But they don't. Beats me why. Mendokusai, perhaps.

    Posted in: Gov't to tighten penalties for dangerous bicycle riding

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    Knox Harrington

    The Olympics would be a great chance to showcase to the world how progressive and green friendly Japan has become, especially after it showcased its failed approach on 3.11.

    Exactly. It would be a great opportunity. Unfortunately, I don't think the boys in power at all understand what would impress people from some other countries these days. The geezers here love to talk about how to impress the world with 'Japan's engineering skills' and whatnot. Just like back in '64. Some social evolution would impress more.

    Regarding the bike lanes, they are there. Where I live, they painted some of thos a few years back. Of course, no campaigning for that, resulting in most people not using them. Also humorous is seeing cars parked in those lanes with the youngish omawarisan navigating around them, not so much of a word.

    Posted in: Gov't to tighten penalties for dangerous bicycle riding

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    Knox Harrington

    Yeah, yeah...

    Sounds beautiful and all, but, until these clods called police officers find some incentive for actually taking action, not one thing will change. It just won't. They have plenty of law as it is to back them up and dealing with idiots riding recklessly, ignoring anyone/anything but their selfish selves. This fanatsy idea of putting people in classes to get them to change their ways is ridiculous. To deal with bicyclists going crazy, the only thing that will work are fines. If money isn't involved, Japanese won't take it seriously, so fine the sh!t out of them.

    Posted in: Gov't to tighten penalties for dangerous bicycle riding

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    Knox Harrington

    ...>and many are descendants of forced laborers shipped to Japan during its 1910-1945 colonial rule of Korea.

    Shouldn't this be called comfort laborers in Japanese vernacular?

    Posted in: Gov't to launch campaign against hate speech

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    Knox Harrington

    Good.

    For LDP. And Abe-kun. And his cronies.

    Okada has less charisma and presence than most people currently in politics so the ignorant masses can now safely keep sticking their heads in the sand and keep voting for Abe & Co.

    Posted in: Okada elected leader of main opposition DPJ

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    Knox Harrington

    This guy could team up with the 'YouTube prankster'... They seem to come from the same background and be mentally ill. How come so Many people seen frickin' unstable in Japan? Is there something in the air?

    Posted in: Man arrested for stomping on 11-year-old boy, breaking his leg

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