Tessa's past comments

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    Tessa

    I actually went to Kawasaki and added some flowers to the pile today. Call me a sentimental fool.

    I wish I could've joined you.

    Posted in: 18-yr-old suspect admits killing Kawasaki boy to punish him

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    Tessa

    Good boy, William. I know you've heard this a million times but ... your Mum would be proud.

    Posted in: Prince William meets tsunami survivors in Miyagi

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    Tessa

    Oh no, Teita. Please come home safe and sound.

    And in light of the fact that he is a "special needs" student, surely more info should be made available (such as whether he can speak coherently and answer questions about his name and age, etc).

    Posted in: 6-year-old boy goes missing in Toyonaka

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    Tessa

    I've stopped paying since all the scandals a few years back:

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2005/01/26/national/nhk-boss-exits-as-viewers-stop-paying/#.VPQCAP0cQ5s

    It was easier than I thought it would be. I simply called the company, and asked them to send me an application for cancellation. They dragged their heels about it, and sent an inspector to query me, but a couple of months later I was free and clear. I haven't been asked to pay since then.

    And by the way, some of those NHK men/women (jobs outsourced to collection agencies, I believe) really behave like thugs! I've heard stories of them standing outside doors and yelling "why don't you pay?" or barging into the genkan and demanding to shown the TV remote control, etc. That would be regarded as harassment in just about any other sector.

    I agree that some of their documentaries are good, but not worth 22500 yen a year!

    As for emergency situations? Surely the local govts. have that sorted by now? All I can say is that when it came to a stay-or-go situation such as 3.11 ... I certainly wasn't relying on a govt. mouthpiece to tell me the truth about "no nuclear meltdowns." No, in fact I was getting my information from foreign news agencies!

    Posted in: Don’t want to pay your NHK TV license fee? Beat Takeshi agrees with you

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    Tessa

    This the worst example of how a family and society can fail so bad.

    Yes. Family and society are to blame. The boy slipped through the cracks, and the cracks are pretty wide here.

    I don't know if it's a fair comparison, but in terms of social shock value this whole sorry story can be compared to the murder of 11-year-old gang member 'Yummy' Sandifer in Chicago in 1994.

    According to Wiki, "(Sandifer) became a symbol of the gang problem in American inner cities, the failure of social safety nets, and the shortcomings of the juvenile justice system." I see the same thing happening here.

    Japan needs all the children it can get. It can't afford to let them slip away like that.

    Posted in: 18-yr-old suspect admits killing Kawasaki boy to punish him

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    Tessa

    Aw, he's all right!

    Posted in: Welcome William

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    Tessa

    I'm at a loss for words. I just can't find any words to describe how sad this incident is.

    I know how you feel. This case has been haunting me, probably because some of my students are around the same age, and if anything like this happened to any of them, it would break my heart. Poor little Ryota. I can't stop thinking about how very terrified he must have felt at the end of his life.

    I really want something to be done which analyzes "root causes" of this kind of incident.

    I know. We have to remember (although it's not easy) that the perpetrators were the same age as their victim only a few short years ago. What happened to them to make them turn out the way they did?

    Posted in: Gang leader killed boy, say 2 other suspects

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    Tessa

    Well, that's the long and short of it.

    Posted in: Prince William strikes a friendly contrast to crown prince

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    Tessa

    Asked by a reporter about his receding hairline, she vehemently denied that was a drawback.

    Here we have it, the obligatory hairline remarks! Only Japan and China seem to to do that.

    Posted in: Prince William strikes a friendly contrast to crown prince

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    Tessa

    According to news reports, the boy had recently become fascinated with fire play, and had been warned about it. It beggars belief that the parents still left lighters lying about. They must have been heavy smokers.

    Posted in: Two children, aged 4, 2, die in apartment fire

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    Tessa

    God, just a little boy who fell in with the wrong crowd, and had the good sense to realize that nothing good would come of it, and tried to escape. And he was executed for it? The youths who killed him are evil, evil, evil.

    I have no words.

    Posted in: Police arrest 3 youths over murder of Kawasaki boy

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    Tessa

    I would and all.

    Posted in: Daniel Dae Kim takes control in 'Hawaii Five-0' and beyond

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    Tessa

    Aaaaand that's Friday.

    Posted in: Teacher arrested for molesting woman in Kawasaki

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    Tessa

    I wonder what she sprayed. "For a good time, call - - - - - - -"

    Posted in: 43-year-old woman arrested for spraying graffiti on over 200 telephone poles

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    Tessa

    Sorry Yubaru, you are wrong! Kids must attend school until 15 and nine months old. If they do not the parents must provide reasoning for it.

    And I am sorry to have to say this, but "parents providing reasoning" ends up being a convenient loophole for both parents and schools, as with so many other things here. Very easy to evade.

    In my experience as a private school teacher in Japan, I can tell you that it's very easy for kids to drop out of school. One of my kids refused to go school for eight months from the age of 8. Two of my boys went full hikikomori in the first grade of junior high school. I have heard literally dozens of stories of kids who simply dropped out of the formal school system and never went back, and yet were never recorded as such ... and that's just the public schools. Many schools will do anything to avoid adding to the drop-out rolls, including keeping chronically truant students registered until graduation day.

    It is incredibly easy to evade the school system in Japan, as long as you are registered in it in the first place. And when was the last time that you ever heard of parents being prosecuted for not ensuring that their kids were in school?

    Posted in: Kawasaki boy told friend on Line he might get killed

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    Tessa

    He got in with a bad crowd, and wanted to escape. The violent bullying started after he was ordered to shoplift by his "friends" and refused to do so.

    He was in fear of his life, according to another friend.

    That bruising looks horrific. How can the adults in his life not have noticed that, at least?

    Posted in: Police say burned clothing may belong to murdered Kawasaki boy

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    Tessa

    I actually have great respect for the crown prince for his apparent stand against nationalism in Japan. It really must burn those right-wing nutjobs who long for the glory days of Imperialism.

    I totally agree, and I can't help but notice that our usual apologists and defenders are remarkably silent on this topic.

    Posted in: Crown prince warns of need to remember World War II 'correctly'

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    Tessa

    This guy got lambasted for sticking up for his wife against the press. It only made me like and respect him a great deal. They look like such nice people.

    Wish I could click on this a hundred times!

    Happy Birthday, Prince Naruhito.

    Posted in: Happy birthday

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    Tessa

    "Let me assure you, the situation is under control" - Shinzo Abe 2013

    Preceded by "There has been no meltdown" - Yukio Edano, 2011

    What next?

    Posted in: New radioactive water leak detected at Fukushima plant

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    Tessa

    36 and delivering newspapers? Where I come from only kids do that!

    Posted in: Newspaper deliveryman arrested for threatening TV presenter

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