LFRAgain's past comments

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    LFRAgain

    children’s lifestyle of playing games in air-conditioned indoor settings has likely contributed to the increase.

    Wait. Is this professor suggesting that the relatively modern phenomenon of children playing video games indoors has, in a thumb-your-nose-at-evolution, removed or somehow lessened a child's supposed natural tolerance of high outdoor temperatures? What utter nonsense.

    Posted in: The major cause of heatstroke is abnormal weather, but children’s lifestyle of playing games in air-conditioned indoor settings has likely contributed to the increase.

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    LFRAgain

    how did she injure herself to the point that it needs 2 weeks to recover

    It really doesn't take much to damage a joint. I've suffered sports injuries that took weeks to heal, and I was doing something I had trained to do. So it's not hard to hard to imagine any number of possible serious injuries occurring when you're fleeing someone in a panic.

    Posted in: NHK apologizes to Obokata after she is injured while fleeing reporters

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    LFRAgain

    Sinister Six? Seriously? Ughhh....

    Posted in: 'Sinister Six' spinoff to come next for Spider-Man

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    LFRAgain

    I, personally, am excited to see it. Can't wait to see Gareth Edward's vision of my favorite kaijyu. From what I've seen from the previews so far, it's going to be fun.

    Posted in: Are you planning to see the new "Godzilla" movie that opened in Japan Friday? Or if you have already seen it, what did you think of it?

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    LFRAgain

    I agree with jpntdytmrow completely. This has gone well beyond the point of absurd to simple criminal harassment. There isn't a rational thinking person in Japan who doesn't realize perfectly well that Ms. Obokata was served up as a sacrificial lamb by her superiors at the RIKEN Institute.

    The research lapses were not entirely of her creation, and everyone in Japanese academia knows it. Far be it, however, for anyone in academia to speak on her behalf. It would upset the apple cart too much for different research pies they all have a pinky finger in, poised to take full credit if the research pans out, or retreat in annonymity if the research falls flat. It's utterly offensive.

    If NHK wants a real story, they should be focusing on the self-serving cowards who are still huddled behind their desks in the offices of RIKEN while Ms. Obokata is being left to the wolves.

    Posted in: NHK apologizes to Obokata after she is injured while fleeing reporters

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    LFRAgain

    Timtak,

    Excellent article, although to be honest, I couldn't finish reading it. It just made me want to cry too much. Yes, it can happen to anyone. But . . .

    This woman didn't forget her child. She knew her child was in the car.

    "The woman told police she thought the child would be alright."

    That's a crime. She needs to be held accountable for murder, via negligence at the very least.

    Posted in: Woman arrested after 5-month-old son dies in car while she plays pachinko

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    LFRAgain

    But what about all the passerby who for sure must have heard and seen the child.

    This is most certainly not a *"let's blame the passersby** situation. As Cleo accurately noted, there's little chance anyone walking by would have noticed r heard a 5-month-old in a baby seat in a sealed-up parked car.

    Based on what we know so far, the blame falls squarely on the shoulders of this woman who scarcely deserves the title mother.

    Posted in: Woman arrested after 5-month-old son dies in car while she plays pachinko

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    LFRAgain

    You know, it's slighly understandable when this sort of perverse selfish stupidity happens when the parent is, say, 19, and dumb. Doesn't excuse it, but I can see where the potential for thinking a child might survive in a hot car might arise. But this woman is 40, for crying out loud. This goes far beyond inexcusable.

    How many more kids are going to die this summer because of this kind of negligence? And when is society going to start taking a harder look at the addiction issues behind gambling that compel people to do something so insane as leave a 5-month-old in a hot car for six hours in order to play pachinko?

    Posted in: Woman arrested after 5-month-old son dies in car while she plays pachinko

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    LFRAgain

    The police found her! Good news indeed. I can't imagine the relief the parents must be feeling right now, but I'm certain they aren't harboring any thoughts of forgiveness towards the man who upended their family. Hope he rots in jail for a very long time.

    Posted in: Missing girl's mother consulted police about same suspicious car in May

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    LFRAgain

    “I had no intention to criticize or disrespect people who cannot have a baby."

    No, but he clearly had every intention of criticizing people who make a conscious choice to not have children. As if he has any right to in the complete absence of genuine debate over public policies -- or lack thereof -- that cause people to eschew having children.

    Posted in: Politician proposes giving newlyweds pierced condoms

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    LFRAgain

    Benesse has the dubious distinction of ranking among the Top 10 Blackest Companies in Japan in 2013, so there may be something to bogva's suggestion that Benesse treat its staff better to avoid this sort of thing. It's no secret that Benesse rakes in money hand over fist from its various enterprises, but what's not well known is that Benesse underpays its regular workers as well as forces them to -- ahem, "strongly suggests" they work large amounts of unpaid overtime, and not only skirts but in some cases flagrantly ignores labor law when it comes to its treatment of part-time employees, giving them little pay, no benefits, and no guarantee whatsoever that they have any degree of job security.

    Also, as others have mentioned, it doesn't take much thought to reach the conclusion that the 10 companies who bought the stolen information knew perfectly well it was illegally obtained. Some here suggest that, so what? A child's name, address, and birthdate being sent to an unauthorized company only seeking to win business away from Benesse? How bad could that be? But if these companies will go so far as to obtain that customer data in what was very clearly an illegal transaction, why then would it be such a stretch of the imagine to see these companies in turn sell that data yet again to unrelated industries with potentially nefarious intent? These companies need to be held accountable for their illegal actions, not only for buying the information, but then also acting upon it.

    Posted in: Police arrest systems engineer in Benesse data leak case

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    LFRAgain

    All indication are that Putin is avoiding Russian involvement in that civil war. Note that the US and EU are slapping Russia with sanctions for allegedly not doing enough to end the civil war. This is BS

    Your protestations in the face of countless credible reports of Russian involvement, both direct and concealed, are what's B.S. Russia had taken precise and calculated steps to destablized Ukraine. Ukraine knows it. The West knows it. And Russia knows perfectly well everyone esle watching this travesty unfold knows it. Russia started this. Anyone claiming anything to contrary is either flat out lying, or lacks certain cognitive functions.

    Posted in: Russia says new sanctions over Ukraine unacceptable; threatens retaliation

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    LFRAgain

    it is hard for the judge to find reasonable doubt with the Defense not really doing its job.

    And it's equally unreasonable for a judge to find with any degree of certainty that this man was in fact the culprit based only on the victim's testimony, i.e., without evidence.

    This is not a "damned if you do, damned if you don't" situation in the least. The issue here is whether the public interest is better served by placing the onus of responsibility on the prosecution or on the defense to prove their case.

    When a person's livelihood, and indeed entire life, is hanging in the balance based solely on the testimony of the victim, then I would say without reservation that seeking to ensure innocent people are not put in jail takes absolute precedence over what, as best as I can tell, is little more than a justice system seeking to "send a message" to would-be gropers, to hell with who gets crushed underfoot on the way.

    The onus is and should always be on the prosecution to build a case that leaves no doubt in the mind of the judge and/or jury. They didn't build such a case. Yet the original judge still chose to convict. That's not justice. That's gross jurist incompetence. There's a reason presumption of innocence is the cornerstone of most modern legal systems in the world today: In order to avoid just the sort of unjust outcome that derailed this man's life three years ago. Without witnesses, without DNA, without video evidence, they took this girl at her word that someone who touched her from behind was absolutely this man. How can anyone call this justice?

    Posted in: Teacher's conviction for groping girl on bus overturned by Tokyo court

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    LFRAgain

    ”死ね” ("Die!") is some pretty strong language in Japanese. I'm trying to think of an equivalent saying in English, but most of them are too foul and/or harsh to meet the terms of agreement for JT. I think the closest approximation would be along the lines of, "The world would be better off if you had never been born." A more memorable permutation of this type of insult is Alan Shore's farewell message to opposing counsel,"Maybe someday you'll get horribly sick and die."

    Harsh, yes, but also rather juvenile. The use of "Shine" is more of an issue related to bullying in Japanese public schools than it is among supposedly mature adults. To use it as an adult suggests a loss of self-control. But then again, the person he insulted did suggest that Japan's unemployed youth be used to the fill the ranks of Abe's new offensive capability-enabled SDF, much like the U.S. armed forces did with its poor and minorities during the Vietnam War. I might have lost it with such an idiot myself.

    Posted in: Tokyo assemblyman quits after tweeting 'Drop dead'

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    LFRAgain

    One solution could be to introduce "Men Only" cars on trains in addition to the "Women Only" cars during peak hours.

    They already have these. It's Car No. 9, right next to the "Women Only" Car No. 10 on the Tozai Line. ;-)

    The thing that's unforgivable in all of this is that the video evidence wasn't introduced -- or at the very least not considered -- in the very first trial. This man should never have been dragged into court if someone had bothered to look at the video evidence. The prosecutor's office owes Tsuyama a profound apology for their appalling incompetence. And they need to explain to the victim that, whoops, the guy who actually did it is probably still on the same line you use every day.

    It’s for this reason that I don’t take issue with the existence of “Women Only “ cars. It’s an incontrovertible and depressing fact that groping of women on trains in Japan is happening, even today, despite a slew of public awareness campaigns. But it still happens. In a perfect world, women should be able to commute to and from work or school or simple travel with a reasonable expectation that some warped asshat isn’t going to start groping them out of the blue. But the Tokyo subways are not a perfect world by any stretch. There are some real creeps on the Tokyo subways, and not just of the perverted variety. Belligerent jerks, sober or drunk, people with clear mental issues, and a host of passive aggressive types with what very clearly is a simmering rage boiling under the surface for whatever reason that they let seep out in small, irritating increments on fellow subway passengers. But hey, it’s a city of 9 million people. You’re going to see some bad apples in such a diverse and populous mix. So, if “Women Only” trains are what it takes to allow women to commute without feeling like prey, then so be it, despite their existence being what I believe to be, for all intents and purposes, a giant sign board screaming out to gropers, “Have at it, boys. Society and the police have neither the time nor will to try and stop you.”

    That being said, I do take issue, as do most here, with the idea that once simply accused, the defendant is essentially screwed for life. Compelling evidence is crucial in any criminal case, particularly when one considers just how packed a morning or evening train can become in urban areas like Tokyo and Osaka. At Mirai Hayashi pointed out, on some days, there’s simply no way to avoid not only being literally pressed into uncomfortable stances and positions that require an almost superhuman display of balance and counterbalance, but there’s also no way to avoid having someone else’s body, hand, or face inadvertently pressed where you would rather not have it.

    Again, I have no doubt that groping occurs, and frequently. But there has to be a better way of investigating them than simply assuming an accusation alone is cause for conviction.

    Posted in: Teacher's conviction for groping girl on bus overturned by Tokyo court

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    LFRAgain

    Who is this genius? what he means is skills, not technologies.

    No. He means "technologies," just as he said it. Adding to Frungy's excellent points about the daunting process of patenting inventions, there are a number of small family-owned businesses that have built their success on technical innovations and inventions that were developed and kept strictly in-house.

    There was an NHK program aired while back touching on a few of these shops where the owners, in order to streamline their production process, would build machines from scratch that simply didn't exist in the broader wholesale market. These machines fit needs that were so task-specific and unique that one couldn't just buy them from, say, a catalog, as one can for automated rice planters, sheet-metal presses.

    The thing about these technologies is that if brought out into the open and allowed to be viewed by a second set of eyes, there's the potential for a cascading host of economy-wide broader applications that could very well revolutionize a number of industries.

    Of course, the originators would need to be fairly compensated for their inventions, but there is that issue of obtaining a patent. The overriding fear that but the fear is that Nishioka is talking about is that these technologies will simply disappear, as if they never existed, because there is no one to carry on the family business, and thus potentially bring these unique inventions to light.

    Posted in: Many smaller companies that have been around for a long time have unique technologies. The biggest problem from this for the economy is that these technologies aren't passed down.

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    LFRAgain

    every one of the representatives who heaped sexist abuse on Shiomura last month have not only kept their jobs but, for most of them, gotten away with it without even stepping forward to apologize

    This is exactly what I though upon first reading this story. That little cabal of asshats got away scot-free, and this guy is asked to step down because he told a particularly myopic and obnoxious constituent to drop dead? Sure, not very neighborly of him. But then again, there seems to be a rash of un-neighborly behavior going on at all levels of Japanese government.

    Sigh…. Japanese politics bring the word "broken" to a whole new level of meaning.

    Posted in: Tokyo assemblyman quits after tweeting 'Drop dead'

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    LFRAgain

    "...they will go into decline...

    I'm perfectly okay with that.

    Posted in: Pachinko companies are feeling a sense of crisis that they will go into decline unless they do something.

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    LFRAgain

    tmarie & Frungy,

    You said it. What's more, there seems to be this dogma among policymakers that by simply saying more women should enter the workforce, that it will magically become so -- instantly overcoming decades, if not centuries, of the kind of deeply engrained social conditioning that compels about 40% of women in their 20s to 40s to say they prefer husbands to work outside while they manage the home as a full-time homemaker. They've been taught that this is the preferred social dynamic from the say they first set foot into this world.

    There's nothing unexpected at all about the results of this Meiji Yasuda Institute survey. What is unexpected, however, is how obtuse public policymakers continue to be on an issue that could very well decide the economic fate of Japan in the 21st century. It's the rampant sexism that permeates Japanese society that one thing to blame for these results. That politicians seem perfectly satisfied with limiting any real commitment to the issue strictly to lip service is another.

    Posted in: The results were unexpected. This, however, may be because many believe that the current situation is not good for women to continue working after childbirth.

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    LFRAgain

    Wow. That we all thought the same thing is a bit scary. Says a lot about our overall opinion of people in general.

    If the cops want to solve this, they should be talking with the husband. 20~30-something women don't fit the profile for break-ins, robbery, or random acts of violence. But spurned lover? Yeah, talk to the husband.

    Posted in: Woman stabbed in her home by stranger in Matsue

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