Newsman's past comments

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    Public discussion of lawsuits? Having the audacity to seek other vendors? Whatever else, you have to admit Ueki is one unconventional Japanese CEO.

    Posted in: JAL eyes legal action against gov't over Haneda landing slots

  • 4

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    The real world is a perpetual surprise to TEPCO.

    Posted in: Radioactive water overflows barriers at Fukushima plant during heavy rain

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    Could the issues dividing a private utility and the public good be any clearer? Of course no company wants to be in charge of a disaster. No company makes money off of a crisis of this proportion. Yet TEPCO was stunningly allowed to mismanage Fukushima for more than a year after the meltdown. Time and again they dragged their feet every time they had an opportunity to make things better. Why? Because what was in the public interest was never in TEPCO's interest. The simple fact that no one in government understood this very elementary issue -- and that no one had the stones to confront TEPCO regarding a public health and environmental emergency -- speaks volumes about an utter inability on the part of the government to DO THE RIGHT THING.

    Posted in: Ex-U.S. nuclear regulator says Japan was slow on Fukushima leak

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    More information would indeed be welcome. We don't know whether it is two or 20 children a year who die in childcare; we don't know if it is because staff are not trained to deal with children with special needs, or food allergies, or poor playground equipment, or simple accidents, or vindictive staff. I have noticed, however, that some day cares are not unlike private universities in Japan in the sense that the head of the school (the president or head teacher) runs the place like a personal fiefdom, and all of the other employees are too cowed to challenge the leader's authority. Certainly not a good recipe when there are some tyrannical day care owners out there!

    Posted in: Families, professionals attend symposium to discuss child care in Japan

  • 0

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    "There have never been any health problems, and what's more there won't be any more ever again."

    Posted in: Abe's claims to have Fukushima under control criticized

  • 0

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    I only have ears for you.

    Posted in: Hughman interest

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    To the Shukan Post writer: You're not paying attention. The Washington Post was personally purchased by Jeff Bezos and not by Amazon.com. Also, the $250 million that Bezos paid is 1 percent of Bezos' net worth (roughly $25 billion) and not the net worth of Amazon.com.

    This is an error of such colossal magnitude -- it's almost as if the Shukan Post reported that, since the U.S. is a republic, Obama must be the leader of the Republican Party. And yet this simple, easily avoidable error (for starters, you could have tried reading the Washington Post for the correct information) leads you to write copious amounts of speculative drivel.

    I particularly love your unnamed source who in one sentence says that Bezos' restructuring is part of a worldwide phenomenon, and then in the next breath says Bezos will be visiting Japan soon. Most times, sources want to remain unnamed because their comments are controversial. Considering how mild these comments are, is it possible you did not name your source because you didn't want your source to correct you by saying, "Hey, the only reason I said Bezos would be visiting Japan soon is because the Shukan Post asked me if Bezos wouldn't mind trying a hot spring in Japan"?

    That's just rank speculation, of course -- I haven't done any research to back it up. Thought you'd appreciate it, Shukan Post.

    Posted in: Is Amazon.com in market for a major Japanese daily?

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    And the name of the "idol group" is ...?

    Just an idol question.

    Posted in: Meet and greet

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    Morita cited a similar period that history records extended from the Hein to Kamakura periods, between 800 to 1,300 years ago.

    At first I thought this was just a typo and should have read "Heian Period" instead of "Hein", but then I thought it might refer to a time when the temperatures were particularly "heinous" ...

    Posted in: High temperature readouts may be a foretaste of 'epochal heat'

  • 10

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    I hope she kept her billing statements and receipts!

    Posted in: Woman sues yakuza boss, seeking protection money refund

  • 0

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    To be honest our whole entertainment system seems to be obsessed with the end of the world.

    Not to mention a few politicians trying to raise money and stay in office ...

    Posted in: Comic book writer bows out from Batman after killing off Robin

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    Apart from any moral issues that people want to argue about, I would simply say that Ando's decision, in a tiny, incremental way, might be beneficial for the entire country. There are too many women here who can't even conceive (pun intended) of having a baby unless they have found the perfect husband with the perfect income and the perfect life support situation. Which in turn means that they hit their mid- to late 30s and suddenly find their options for starting a family severely limited. Until more women can de-link the idea of having children from marriage, as Ando has done, you will continue to see the birthrate continue down the ski slope to the very bottom.

    Posted in: Figure skater Ando announces she is a single mother

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    Kudos to the police officer, who actually got up and left the koban to walk around and see if anything was wrong in his neighborhood ...

    Posted in: 1-yr-old girl left in car for 4 hours while mother plays pachinko

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    The mannequin's body makes the picture for me. I mean, who knew Colonel Sanders liked to wear low-riders?

    Posted in: KFC Japan chief buys Col Sanders' suit at auction

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    Unfortunately, a lot of diplomats do care about silly stuff like this. What's the difference between diplomatic events and Olympic junkets in search of the next venue? Diplomatic events don't have cute mascots greeting you in the foyer ...

    Posted in: Japan losing diplomatic banquet battle to China

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    No, Jeff Lee has it right: The Boeing maintenance crew unbelievably forgot to remove the tape covering the sensor, which made the sensor indicate there was a problem when there really wasn't one. It was a case of the sensor giving a false alarm; it was NOT a case where the sensor was taped up to prevent any sort of warning whatsoever.

    Posted in: Problem found in Japan Airlines 787 jet: NHK

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    @ Genkigonzo: Yes, it's a translation error; same kanji, but different readings. The story should read "Kokura Station," not "Ogura Station."

    Posted in: 2 men stabbed on Kitakyushu street

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    Why do the authorities have a problem with bicycles? Simple:

    1) They're not made in Japan.

    2) One more bike rider means one less bus or train passenger.

    3) One satisfied cyclist means one less possible Toyota, Nissan, or Mitsubishi owner.

    Posted in: Rules are made to be broken

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    What else would you expect from a Mickey Mouse operation?

    Posted in: Fuel-rod cooling halted by rats at Fukushima plant

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    What ...? The judge himself labeled the attack "vicious". It was a murder. And he can get out again when he is just 24 years old? Something is seriously wrong with the penal code here.

    Posted in: American to serve 5-10 years for murder of Irish student

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