Sensato's past comments

  • 6

    Sensato

    She was living alone as preparations for her studying in Australia next term. (@It"s ME)

    I know of very few junior/senior high schools in Japan that offer dormitory or other student living arrangements, but the schools that do offer this option seem to do a horrible job of ensuring the safety and well-being of the students involved.

    From what I have seen and heard first-hand, well-off and neglectful parents in Japan often pawn off their troubled offspring to these sorts of schools. As a result, some very troubled youth from monied backgrounds live pretty much on their own in dorms with very little oversight and insufficiently staffed. The children may have somewhat structured meal times and study hall sessions, but after 10:00 pm or so the doors are locked and the kids are left completely unsupervised to fend for themselves until morning time. I have heard of some horrible cases of chronic and pervasive bullying at one such school in Japan due to this sort of arrangement (police even had to be called in to settle one such matter).

    Also, a Japanese teacher extensively involved in foreign exchange once told me that many Japanese hs youth from well-off families are sent to Australia when parents/educators in Japan can no longer handle them. I guess they are hoping that people in Australia will do a better job of parenting than adults in Japan. Recipe for disaster. Without going into too much detail, I also know of a U.S. family who had a nightmare experience hosting one such severely troubled South Korean youth on a short-stay program, also from a well-off, educationally-obsessed family hoping that American parents could get a grip on the situation.

    Posted in: Sasebo girl says she wanted to see what it was like to kill someone

  • 10

    Sensato

    Correction: The mother died of pancreatic cancer (not brain cancer).

    Posted in: Sasebo girl says she wanted to see what it was like to kill someone

  • 21

    Sensato

    According to Japanese news sources, her mother died of brain cancer in October, the girl began living on her own in April, and the father remarried in May.

    When she was in the 6th grade, on one occasion she apparently poisoned the school lunches with a chlorine-based detergent because she had been ridiculed by her teacher (fortunately no students were injured). When in jhs she got in trouble for dissecting (dismembering?) a small animal.

    She came from a well-off family and lived in an upscale neighborhood before moving out. She also had good grades in school, was intelligent, and her mother had been "education-obsessed" (教育熱心).

    Posted in: Sasebo girl says she wanted to see what it was like to kill someone

  • 7

    Sensato

    Hats off to Tokyo Gov. Masuzoe for his constructive efforts to get the Tokyo-Seoul sister city relationship back on track. This is a much needed step in a positive direction.

    Posted in: S Korean president meets Tokyo governor

  • 7

    Sensato

    @Moderator, @lucabrasi

    I stand corrected! Thank you.

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

  • -9

    Sensato

    Obokata was also followed into the toilet.

    I realize that I'm nitpicking here, but this is the second article where JT has translated toire (トイレ) as "toilet," which usually refers to the device itself (a google image search of "toilet" confirms this). This word would be more appropriately translated as "restroom."

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

  • 5

    Sensato

    a lack of childcare facilities, poor career support and deeply entrenched sexism are blamed for keeping women at home

    These three factors are definitely part of the reason many women opt out of the workforce. Still, from what I have witnessed, an even greater factor is the attitudes of a majority of Japanese women themselves, a majority of whom would prefer freedom from workforce drudgery and the tyranny of the Japanese group mentality if they can find a husband who will foot the bill.

    Even though my Japanese wife and I have had access to exceptional childcare and she works in a prestigious international company where sexism is not an issue, she complains bitterly about how good the housewife types have it and badgers me constantly to earn more money so that she can do the same.

    From what I have seen, a large majority (not all) of the educated women here will pursue a job in a "good" company while in their 20s and early 30s, partially with the explicit aim of finding a husband with some financial means. After getting married most of them leave their careers (even those with no children) and devote much of their time to self improvement in the form of English conversation/tea ceremony/flower arrangement/etc. hobbies. If they do have children, once the children get older the wives have ample leisure time while their husbands slave away in the office for well more than 40 hours a week to sustain lavish expenditures of the wives -- which explains the large numbers of middle-aged Japanese women you see vacationing in Hawaii.

    Given this situation, I think much of the misogyny found in Japan is a result of hard feelings many men have toward the many women who are able to opt out of the workforce and clearly feel entitled to a subsidized lifestyle.

    Posted in: Japan must eliminate misogyny in workforce: UNDP chief

  • 2

    Sensato

    Executives at the multinational companies that sourced food from Shanghai Hsui Food should also be held criminally accountable for putting their customers at risk (McDonalds, KFC, Family Mart, Seven&i Holdings, etc.). A little jail time is deserved, and would help ensure consumer safety in the future.

    When these companies contract production, particularly in developing countries, they are responsible for ensuring proper labor standards and adequate inspection and safety precautions. Executives of these companies have been getting away with improper business practices with no consequences in the name of profits for far too long.

    Posted in: More Japanese firms withdraw Husi-supplied products; 5 detained in China

  • 4

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    I am relieved to see Gov. Masuzoe take constructive steps toward building relations with South Korea, and I hope this mends damage done during the disastrous governorships of his predecessors Ishihara and Inose.

    This type of forward-looking governor is exactly what Tokyo needs, and I am hopeful that his visit will benefit the economies of both countries in terms of tourism (as @zichi noted) and trade flows.

    Posted in: Tokyo governor visiting Seoul for 3 days

  • 2

    Sensato

    TV Asahi said the woman was riding a gentsuki baiku (原付バイク), or 50cc moped/scooter.

    Link: http://news.tv-asahi.co.jp/news_society/articles/000030578.html

    Posted in: Minibike rider dies after hit by car, dragged for 1.3 kms

  • 0

    Sensato

    Higashi Kanagawa Saiseikai?

    The full English name given on the website is Saiseikai Yokohama-shi Nanbu Hospital, located adjacent to Konandai Station on the Keihin Tohoku/Negishi Line. This one looks reasonably well maintained.

    Link to hospital website: http://www.nanbu.saiseikai.or.jp/index.php

    Posted in: 30 Yokohama hospital patients suffer food poisoning

  • 8

    Sensato

    It was not clear who placed the advertisement, which can no longer be found on the newspaper’s official website.

    Here is a link to the ad: http://www.trbimg.com/img-53bc057d/turbine/sns-rt-us-china-japan-20140703-001/525

    Posted in: Chinese newspaper posts map of A-bombed Japan

  • -1

    Sensato

    Professor Walsh’s top tips to improve you sleep while flying: - If you can, book a seat that lies fully flat or reclines as much as possible

    Great advice — if I'd only known sooner. And all this time I've been opting for the seats that barely recline because the rows are sandwiched too closely together. Ahem.

    Posted in: British Airways testing hi-tech happiness blanket

  • 1

    Sensato

    I would estimate that at least three of these pervert with a camera/device on shoe stories appear in the news in any given year.

    They always remind me of the Pee Wee Herman skit where he attaches mirrors to his shoes to see up a friend's skirt when she comes to visit. That was meant to be juvenile humor — but not for some obviously.

    Posted in: Prison guard arrested for filming girl's legs with camera in shoe

  • 2

    Sensato

    I'm not sure of the reason, but it seems to me that people in Japan are much more prone to hysteria and dramatic fits than was the case several decades ago. I have seen this sort of unbridled, adult tantrum-on-the-floor-type meltdown in Japan many times, most often its a woman though.

    Posted in: Lawmaker bawls at press conference over his use of public funds

  • 6

    Sensato

    I heard a story some years back about a pre-interview briefing session for a company's short-listed recruitment candidates, all in their final months of university.

    At the podium, the CEO seemed to be creating a friendly, laid back atmosphere, and told the audience of candidates that they were free to take off their suit jackets. Once a number of them did so, the CEO then announced that those who had taken him up on his offer would not be hired, so were free to leave.

    Posted in: 'Be a blank slate' - The way to get hired in Japan?

  • 4

    Sensato

    'Be a blank slate'

    This article brought back memories. Some decades ago when I was recruited right out of university by a Japanese company in Japan I was specifically told that the company wanted a 'blank slate,' so that I could be molded to conform with the company way. I thought it was odd at the time, and it seemed to me that they felt threatened by anything a new hire might bring to the company from outside its walls.

    The practice of hiring blank slates is/was but one Japanese business practice/strategy — along with just-in-time management, kaizen, kanban and frequent/relentless nomunication — that had much more credibility during Japan's boom years than is the case now.

    Posted in: 'Be a blank slate' - The way to get hired in Japan?

  • 5

    Sensato

    Many of my ancestors lived in a town in the U.S. that traditionally hunted whales. However, unlike in Minamiboso, they did not feel the need to "pass on [whale] hunt traditions" to the next generation.

    He lectures on whaling every year at local schools, and hands out samples of preserved whale fin.

    It seems to me that the only thing keeping this "tradition" alive is propaganda efforts by resentful nationalist types who do this simply as an act of defiance against the international community, not to preserve positive aspects of culture.

    Posted in: Whaling town passes on hunt traditions to next generation

  • 2

    Sensato

    Omachi was quoted by police as saying he just patted the girl and did nothing obscene

    TBS news (Japanese) reports that the girl needed to use the restroom, so Omachi offered to take her there. He didn't tell the police that he "patted the girl" but rather, according to the report, that he "wiped the girl" 「拭いてあげただけだ」.

    News report (in Japanese): http://news.tbs.co.jp/20140622/newseye/tbs_newseye2231529.html

    Posted in: Man arrested for molesting 9-year-old girl in Kawasaki public toilet

  • 8

    Sensato

    Shame on you South Korea — and I would be equally (or even more) unhappy if Japan had pulled a similar stunt.

    I think it is time the U.S. rethink its commitment to protecting South Korea, and be less willing to put lives of members of U.S. armed forces on the line for a nation that seems to be working against peace in the region.

    Posted in: S Korea holds live-fire drill, ignoring Japan's protest

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