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    Newsman

    Yubaru: Exactly. I wish some local folks down in Satsumasendai could get together and make some noise for a town-wide referendum on the matter. If nothing else, it would have their opinions on the record.

    Posted in: Kyushu town approves nuclear reactor restart

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    Unfortunately, private citizens are unable to hold others criminally negligent, so filing a civil suit is the only option they have to seek justice. I applaud this man for going forward when the pressure against him from others was powerful.

    Posted in: Court orders TEPCO to pay Y49 mil over Fukushima evacuee's suicide

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    I think they could have done a better job of choosing a date to "celebrate mountains," considering that 11 August falls exactly one day before the anniversary of the crash of Japan Airlines Flight 123 into Mount Takamagahara in Gunma-ken in 1985 -- the deadliest single-aircraft accident (with 520 killed) in history. Every year that is going to overshadow any purported reason to go out and take a hike and enjoy nature.

    Posted in: Japan sets Mountain Day as new public holiday on Aug 11 from 2016

  • 9

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    There are days you think Japanese politicians can't surprise you any more with their stupidity ... and then they do.

    What in the world is this man thinking now? First of all, back when there were only 16 teams the U.S. population in 1960 was 179 million; today, with 30 teams it's 317 million people. Where is Japan's equivalent population growth over the same period? Plus, regional centers like Los Angeles, Houston, Seattle, San Diego, etc., were growing and could support new teams; they weren't shrinking like Japan's hinterlands. Plus, the major leagues expanded to another country when they put teams in Montreal and Toronto -- is that going to happen here? PLUS, the major leagues could draw from a talent base that included players from the Caribbean, Central and South America, and now Asia and Oceania. Does Abe also intend to allow Japanese teams to field as many foreigners as they like, or are there still going to be caps on how many non-Japanese can be on the team at one time?

    It's only May, but I'm nominating this for dumbest stunt of the year.

    Posted in: Abe's new plan to beat deflation: more baseball teams

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    Good Lord, who says it's only the ladies? My wife and I both worked, and I was the one who took our daughter to the day care on my way to work (my wife would pick her up on her way home.) It was a struggle getting on the train every morning, and that was with every nearby passenger being considerate almost every time. I don't know what it would have been like otherwise if I'd had to deal with the author of this "article," or some other like-minded people. Trying to get onto a train during the humidity of rainy season with my daughter riding in her stroller while carrying a bag full of her clothes and day care supplies, my own work bag, an umbrella, and my suit jacket folded on top of the stroller to keep me from sweating even more was hard, but I did it. But there's no way I, or any other parent in a similar situation, deserve to be labeled a "hog." I'm not moving a vending machine onto a rush hour train -- I'm taking my child, who is traveling the way she is because she needs to. And I'm traveling when I am, and going where I am, because I have to. Anyone who would have a problem with any of that can go

    Posted in: Ministry says it's OK for 'baby cars' to hog space on public transport

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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

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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

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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'

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    I hope she kept her billing statements and receipts!

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

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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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