Knox Harrington's past comments

  • 14

    Knox Harrington

    The press should do a special tv report...

    They would. If Japan was a democratic nation.

    I, too would love to see that, but unfortunately, nobody of the locals seem to give an ounce of a f. They are too busy going to Disneyland and repressing reality to care...

    Posted in: New whaling plan will prove hunt is for scientific purposes: negotiator

  • 1

    Knox Harrington

    Disgusting read.

    I wonder if he would have taken out his stress on the foreman at work, had he been around? Perhaps given him some of the same treatment?

    I have these kinds of cases back in my country as well (of course) but doesn't this seem to happen a little too often here? Why is that? My guess is that ut has to do with the Japanese way of not being able to fully cope with emotions and not speaking up to superiors or bosses and alway, always supressing real emotions. That, plus a nation of immature people makes for a dangerous cocktail of abuse.

    Maybe the government should invest in its people first, then focus on the amakudari and nepotistic measure, yes? This nation is not healthy...

    Posted in: Man arrested for abusing 4-month-old daughter

  • 16

    Knox Harrington

    But it finds unpalatable the idea of quitting the IWC, fearing it would send a message that Tokyo does not respect international rules.

    They don't respect international rules, so why not just quit? Because they want to keep up the illusion that they are a member of the international community with all of what that brings. In reality, they just want to do as they please and have those pesky outsider shut up and mind their own business.

    However, the vehemence of the anti-whaling campaign has emboldened supporters, who charge nations like Australia with cultural imperialism.

    Funny, I remember another nation that, in a state of hubris, practiced that some years ago all over east Asia...

    Posted in: New whaling plan will prove hunt is for scientific purposes: negotiator

  • 0

    Knox Harrington

    Japanese media is pretty pathetic. No har hitting questions or investigative journalism at all in the mainstream press. And a punlic who take to to 2ch to do some mudslinging or gossiping. European press hits harder and I feel many outlets are both more respected and feared than over here in Japan. American press, for all I know, has some good outlets butboverall seem filled up with sensationalist views an opinionated pieces.

    Even so, I would definitely prefer US news over the quasi-stuff they serve up here!

    Posted in: What do you think are some of the main differences in the way Japanese and U.S. media report the news?

  • 0

    Knox Harrington

    Scrote and A.N.,

    Yes, the real news is probably more about constant ongoing policial malpractice. Here, they got caught with their pants down, but as we all know, Japan and its people never understood that this was the interesting news. Nobody (as far as I know) has lurked into this case and asked why Katayama did this in the first place and what his motives were. It is embarrassing to witness a press in a so-called democracy so blatantly ignoring the hard issues. As Scrote said, the vengance from the police is out of proportions. This BS "crime" doesn't deserve 10 years in the slammer.

    Posted in: Prosecutors seek 10 years for defendant in PC death threat case

  • 0

    Knox Harrington

    No doubt it was something along the lines of, "Shoganai! Ganabatte!"

    Am thinking the same way here. Probably some lame-o comment about being an adult and how it's her responsibility and whatnot. Throw in a few gaman there and this turned into a tradgedy.

    As said above, the Japanese sure do seem to kill their own offsprings at an alarmingly high rate. Perhaps someone should look into this? I can to some extent understand the pressure of raisig a child aone and how it is very stressful, but I can never understand how anybody could do this to their own kid. It is such an alien concept to me.

    Japan needs to lose this shame/honor culture and step into the modern world.

    Posted in: Woman held for murder after dropping 3-year-old daughter from bridge into river

  • 1

    Knox Harrington

    This is an interesting case. Partly because of the way some of the arrested innocent people admitted guilt and partly because Katayama has had some run-ins with the law before (if I'm not mistaken). This guy's actions has been so random and out of it, and I find it hard to understand if this guy's a genius or a nut. Movie material, right there. Would love to read a more in-depth profile on Katayama, but being in Japan, where difficult wuestions are never asked by the press, I don't exactly hold my breath...

    Posted in: Prosecutors seek 10 years for defendant in PC death threat case

  • -3

    Knox Harrington

    SpeaklikeGandhi,

    Well, then, as you should know, when Japanese kids use the word "baka", they get told not to use that word. It's not an affectionate word at all and, as you can imagine, a foreigner, a Chinese at that, on a construction site with a bunch of uneducated working class people is in no way called "baka" in a good way. Don't defend and try to deflect frim his clearly racist and exploitative behavior.

    Posted in: Aging Japan struggles to make immigrants feel at home

  • 5

    Knox Harrington

    I have played pachinko. One time.

    Find it incredulous that anybody can be addicted to this most boring of boring pasttimes... Then again, I don't find the charm in smoking 2 packs a day and ingesting a few super sweet canned coffees either.

    Posted in: Nearly 5% of Japanese addicted to gambling – even though it’s still 'illegal'

  • -2

    Knox Harrington

    The headline is a bit misleading... He didn't "rob" any apartments of stuuf, he broke in, threatened the women inside with death and left with their underwear. He's a Class-A pervert and should be tried as such. Who hires these clowns anyway? Seems like they take it n anyone who practiced judo atbsome point in life. Don't they have tests rootingnout the weirdos from the mentally sane in the Japanese Police force? Aptitude and all that has not yet arrived here?

    Even though this guy got caught, it's slightly troubling to know there are plenty of people like him walking the streets and "protecting" us...

    Posted in: Cop arrested for robbing two apartments in Chiba

  • 0

    Knox Harrington

    I have my own businesses, and without our Japanese clients, we would never have succeeded. The very fact that our Japanese clients are paying us tens of thousands of yen per month says to me that they take us seriously - why would they give us their money if they didn't?

    Japanese people have money. They always try to buy their way to happiness and understanding. They have tried this since the economy started growing. In my opinion, this exactly why they fail to understand and empathize with other people. Japan as a country (on governmental level) spends huge amount on support to regions who need help, but again, they buy their way out. The people "giving you money" don't donit out of any sort of respect for you as a foreigner or person. Watch how Japanese treat people they perceive to be "below" them. Aleays condescending and rude. Konbini staff and supermarket staff are treated with the least amount of respect most people can muster.

    I find it completely believable that so called "trainees" are mistreated on a regular basis in Japan. I see how many Japanese treat their fellow Asians - like they are lesser human beings. It disgusts me to no end...

    WilliB,

    The "open-ended immigration" you talk about does not exist. Japan will change greatly when the unavoidable immigration starts, of course. I think there will be trouble. This nation, however, is so narrow minded it is probably necessary. There is nothing so great here that it can't be improved.

    Posted in: Aging Japan struggles to make immigrants feel at home

  • 1

    Knox Harrington

    jpn_guy,

    How I would live to see these questions asked. This kind of journalism is regrettably non-existing in Japan. Responsible parties should not be let of the hook with ridiculous soundbites, but should be demanded of to answer tough questions. One of the problem here is that the public care not about their fellow person, and if this person is a foreigner, they care less still.

    Posted in: Aging Japan struggles to make immigrants feel at home

  • 4

    Knox Harrington

    Ask any Japnese over the age of 40: "How are you?" And you will in 9 out of 10 cases get the memorized reply: "I'm fine, thanks, and you?". It's almost comedic in a way.

    As most people here understand (but few locals can ever seems to grasp) there is something the matter with educational matters here. I honestly do not believe for a second that this country wants it's perfect people to think too much. That might make things uncomfortable. People might start speaking the hell up.

    Problem is, to understand a language, you have to think. That includes understanding language roots and etymology. This will Never happen in Japan, a country that borrowed much of it's language systems from other parts of Asia. Instead, it seems the rote learning and the "do as I say, not as I do" mentality is what's popular around here.

    I absolutely agree that abolishing katakana would be a good start. It mauls so many of the world's languages into a horrible mush of liguistic okayu and does not benefit anything that has to do with pronounciation or understanding of languages.

    I know that back in fascist Spain, one of the tools they used to control Spanish people's view of the outside world was dubbing of foreign films. That way, the Spaniards couldn't get the original information, but was instead left to the cleaned up version of the censors. In my opinion, thing work very much the same way here. If you have masses that can only receive information from one source, things will be much easier.

    Posted in: Education minister proposes English education for 3rd grade

  • 7

    Knox Harrington

    This place really is the illusion of democracy. Disinterested populace combined with selfish politicians make for the perfect mix. Most people here are happy in the ignorance, being told what a great place Japan is. Compare this to Hong Kong, where young people took some action and took to the streets en masse. Well, I guess it will take a few more years of recession and perhaps a flirt with poverty for the Japanese to wake up.

    Posted in: Abe's support rate at lowest ever

  • 6

    Knox Harrington

    "Near-native proficiency" is simply not achievable by the average compulsory language learner...

    Agreed. I'm not even sure it's desirable. Many of us here are non-native speakers. Some of us speak with heavier accents, some with less, but what we have in common is that we can communicate. Even if it might sound different. I feel Japanese students are indoctrinated with this BS, unachievable, "near-native" crap, and get unmotivated when they realize they can't get there. Any language training takes practice. Your have to be ready to make a million mistakes (and being laughed at) to improve.

    Posted in: Education minister proposes English education for 3rd grade

  • 12

    Knox Harrington

    He said the goal is to have junior high school students proficient in English, which will, in turn, help make Japan more competitive on the global stage, TBS reported.

    and

    Also proposed was making Japanese history courses mandatory for high school students as opposed to an elective.

    A few thoughts here: Give up in English already. Forcing kids to endure stilted English lessons, with uneducated so-called English teachers will do nothing more than up their resentment towards this language at an even earlier age. The problem is not that kids here don't get interaction with English early, but rather that the teaching methods are based on the very typical (and boring) reading/writing proficiency and tests, tests, and more tests. I am aware of Japanese politicians being old-fashioned and no-understanding of how things work, but it would have been nice if they took a step forward some day. Soon.

    Furthermore, English skills in Japan are not encouraged in any way whatsoever. Just saying that this will "help make Japan more competitive on the global stage..." Means nothing at all as long as actions point in the other direction. I suggest a different road. Hire good English educators at top levels. Make an effort to educate usable English, ie, learn how to speak first, then have your tests. Until that happens, Japan might as well stop teaching this language that people all over the world manage to speak.

    As for the Japanese history being mandatory, I guess this goes well with the revisionistic tendencies we see from this government, yes? Kinda like the NHK being mandatory but not truth-telling. Perfect for make Japan more open minded and more "competitive" on the "global stage". Good luck, Japan. Tell me when Sakoku v. 2.0 will begin...

    Posted in: Education minister proposes English education for 3rd grade

  • 2

    Knox Harrington

    How can it take the police 7 dead partners to take action and figure this stuff out? I know privacy is important and everybody are afraid of speaking up and all over here, but for dog's sake, couldn't you have started the engines at dead partner number 3 or 4?!

    Posted in: 'Black widow' with seven dead partners arrested

  • 0

    Knox Harrington

    I find Japanese in general (maybe it's a Tokyo thing?) to be pretty good at being unaware of their surroundings, even without this vice. How many times have I had to alert idiots walking forward and looking in another direction? I've lost count... It seems to be popular around here. I think this smartphone thing suits this country very well. Japan is an uncharming place where people try to buy their way to happiness and do their best to avoid interaction with fellow humans the best they can. Perfect!

    Posted in: Japan's smartphone 'zombies' wreak havoc on the streets

  • 0

    Knox Harrington

    90% of the time, the screen is filled with colorful candy game characters...

    Yeah, what's up with those ridiculous games? I guess Tokyoites are easily amused or have incredibly boring lives if this is what many of its inhabitants are into. Personally, I find myself more and more putting the phone away when on the trains. If you look up ince in a while, there's so much fun to look at...

    Posted in: Japan's smartphone 'zombies' wreak havoc on the streets

  • -1

    Knox Harrington

    I love pushing a low slung cart around and having phone zombies trip over it. I get at least 4 a day. It is hilarious! I should start taking videos.

    Perhaps yet another use for one of them GoPro's? Bet they would work great for that.

    Posted in: Japan's smartphone 'zombies' wreak havoc on the streets

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