Knox Harrington's past comments

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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?

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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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    Police quoted Yokomori as saying he had also been responsible for at least 50 similar acts of vandalism on train seats since April because he was stressed out, TBS reported.

    Forgive me, but I cannot drink this particular Kool-Aid. How many times have I read that police quotes a suspect "confessing", like magic, to plenty of other crimes? 20 times? 30 perhaps. Japan must be the only place in the world where suspects willfully incriminate themselves and admit to crimes of which the police have no evidence. Any critcally thinking person can see that there is something weird with all these "confessions".

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

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    Knox Harrington

    Are these three countries going to grow up some day? Do they even have that idea? Right now, these Asian countries act like immature kids, lobbing insults back and forth and doing their best to provoke each other. Japan probably considers itself to be the more mature of the three, but this place is just as hopeless.

    Posted in: Japan slams Korea-China proposal to jointly mark end of war next year

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    Knox Harrington

    Finally!

    How would the world move on if these events stopped? And what would happen to the CD sales when these middle aged men would no longer buy 40 CDs to try to get one of them tickets?! That wouldn't work out...

    Business, at all cost.

    Posted in: AKB48 resumes handshake events with new security measures

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    Knox Harrington

    New trains are good, I guess. Gotta update at some point. More so-called priority seats are probably to cater to the many ild people who ride the trains in the midday.

    I decided to sit on top of a man's jacket he had thrown next to him...

    Hahaha, brilliant!

    I have always found peoples true character to come out when riding trains in Japan. Rude, elbowing and inconsiderate of others are some fine traits many, many people around here. My personal favorite are people standing in front of the doors on the platform when people are trying to get off.

    Posted in: Yamanote line trains to get new look

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    Knox Harrington

    Meanwhile the whatever-flavor-of-the-month-sagi is underway. Frankly, I've had enough of this pretentious image the Japanese have of themselves and that they love to feed on. No doubt this will be picked up by one of the qualitative daytime tv-shows to explain how the outside world adores and respects Japan soo much.

    Posted in: Saudi Arabian TV tempts would-be thieves in Tokyo to test Japan’s honesty

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