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    Yubaru

    No, children need to be protected until they understand what "the night" really is.

    only problem here is that it takes some of these "children" until they are in their 30's or never to understand it!

    Posted in: Children need to be taught to be wary of the night

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    Yubaru

    What a shame. all kids should be given the best free education available...and it should not be based on where you live or how much cash daddy makes.

    Part of the problem is that unlike other tests or certifications in Japan, each prefecture has different tests with regards to how teachers are hired. So the standards for the teachers themselves vary, which of course affects the teaching methods used is different parts of the country.

    Posted in: Osaka junior high schools move up in national academic achievement tests

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    Yubaru

    Don't worry, within the next 4 years the dreaded college entrance examination will disappear and these standardized tests will hopefully fall by the wayside as well.

    Many schools "allow" their worst students to take a day off when these tests are taking place, thus skewing the results too. Not to mention that a huge number of schools take an inordinate amount of time preparing the students for the standardized test by giving special classes and numerous practice tests too.

    Posted in: Osaka junior high schools move up in national academic achievement tests

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    Yubaru

    The flipping over itself would have caused serious traumatic brain injuries, perhaps even diffuse axonal injuries.

    Not would but could have happened, and it surely seems that being tossed from the car proves no seat belts.

    Posted in: 5 killed after minivan crashes on Nara bridge

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    Yubaru

    I think there has been one murder and one armed robbery at a Family Mart (with a handgun, that was discharged) in my Tokyo neighborhood over the past 3 decades. Both happened in the wee hours of the night.

    This is all that you know about, I will bet any amount of money that there were break-in's, thefts, vandalism, and a bunch of other crime, probably some violent , as well as non-violent, and juvenile crime that you never knew happened.

    It happens, my father-in-law was a JP, I have friends who are detectives, and I worked in one place where we dealt with juvenile offenders on a daily basis, and the overwhelming majority of the crimes committed were never reported by any press of any kind.

    Posted in: Children need to be taught to be wary of the night

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    Yubaru

    It's difficult in a country that is as safe as Japan since the general everyday dangers that I grew up with are just non-existent or tend to be limited to certain areas.

    Sadly this is a false image being kept alive by the media in general. There is plenty of crime that occurs that people never hear about. The police and the press keep a lid on a lot of crime and people only get to hear about the overall statistics vs what actually happened.

    Also the TV shows that drive around 24 hours with cops, showing how they catch their suspects just projects the image of overall safety vs the reality. They rarely if ever talk about their failures or investigations that have hit dead ends.

    Parents BELIEVE that their children are safe and crime never happens to them, it's always somewhere else.

    Posted in: Children need to be taught to be wary of the night

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    Yubaru

    No, we completely hit rock bottom.

    Not even close to rock bottom, there is a hell of a lot more that potentially can happen before rock bottom is truly hit.

    Consider race riots, not a far fetched idea considering the state of the police and many metropolitan areas, a major war, markets crashing, a natural disaster or two tossed in, along with a continuing breakdown in infrastructure, the potential for a comedian president, and that isnt worst case either. All of those could very easily happen with the state of affairs in the country right now.

    Posted in: Bush hit from both sides on birthright citizenship

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    Yubaru

    And a lot of people seem to forget how America came to have over $17 trillion in debt. ( can't blame more than a small portion of that on Iraq and Afghanistan ).

    And how does this relate to citizenship issues?

    Posted in: Bush hit from both sides on birthright citizenship

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    Yubaru

    Children need to be taught to be wary of the night

    Children to to be taught to be AWARE during the night, and day, and any other time! Dont walk around with their heads in their sma-phones, and get some street smarts.

    Oh common sense by parents might help too!

    Posted in: Children need to be taught to be wary of the night

  • 12

    Yubaru

    If the legal eagles cant get this stopped who can?

    Posted in: Lawyers join opposition to controversial security bills

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    Yubaru

    There was nothing the police could do legally.

    Yes there was, they could have kept him locked up for 23 days and checked his story out more thoroughly. Seeing as he was arrested a number of times before that alone should have given the police probably cause.

    Posted in: Yamada was questioned by police in Tokyo 2 days before Osaka child murders

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    Yubaru

    All these pundits seem to forget how America came to be in the first place.

    Posted in: Bush hit from both sides on birthright citizenship

  • 0

    Yubaru

    You are asking a left-brained, logical, scientific question to a person who is right-brained, emotional and faith based.

    This is a poor assumption to make as well, as there are plenty of right-brained emotional folks that have nothing to do with any faith what-so-ever too!

    Here in Japan while you may see the rainbow flag, and hear the companies starting to talk the talk, I will believe it when I see a gay or lesbian openly promoted to a position of power within any one of these companies that say they are "open".

    It's just like the omoteinashi theory, it's a nice thing to think about, and feel like you are one of the collective, but it only lasts as long as it doesnt inconvenience me.

    There are too many that pay lip service to the idea, but dont want to openly accept a colleague who is "different".

    ANd to those who ask the rather ignorant sounding question of "What attracts a man to a man or a woman to a woman" (Notice that question wasnt asked, just about man to man.

    Who gives a crap, really, what's right for you is fine for you, dont push your ideals or morals onto someone else.

    Posted in: Corporates raise LGBT flag in Japan

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    Yubaru

    I don't know about a life sentence, but with a prior kidnapping offense, he should have been serving a much longer prison sentence, and had regular psychiatric evaluations before being allowed to road free.

    How much longer? And from what I know of the system here, there is an evaluation done prior to being released.

    I know it's very easy to arm chair after the fact, but what needs to be done is prevention, AND that is where Japan lacks the will or desire, it seems to me at least, to doing anything proactive.

    Posted in: Traces of blood found in minivan of suspect in child killings

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    Yubaru

    As Strangerland has already pointed out, the article quotes the State Department person as saying, "there was no indication she violated department policy," What part of that do you not understand?

    If this is the case then she seems have used poor judgement. Not a strong point for an ambassador to a country the US claims is one of it's strongest allies.

    The State Department’s Office of Inspector General said that it identified instances where emails labeled “sensitive but unclassified” were sent from or received by personal email accounts. Department policy is that employees generally should not use such accounts for official business, the watchdog’s office said.

    However, this is ambiguous here, it is not made clear whether or not she actually archived the emails in the government system.

    State Department spokesman John Kirby said that although Kennedy did “infrequently” use private email, there was no indication she violated department policy, which allows its sparing and careful use if the information sent or received is then archived in a government system. He said classified information was not sent by private email, and that Kennedy did not use a personal email server.

    Yes it appears that she FLOUTED the laws, in a flaunting manner, typical of a Kennedy, in my opinion.

    Posted in: U.S. Ambassador Kennedy used private email for business: report

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    Yubaru

    Then it's much ado about nothing.

    Then I suppose it's ok for politicians to flaunt the laws that they created in the first place?

    Posted in: U.S. Ambassador Kennedy used private email for business: report

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    Yubaru

    Why doesn't any media ask and investigate the following: "Why were two young kids out all night walking around on their own?" What kind of families did they come from, anyway. Has anyone looked into this?

    As with many things here, this will be done after the fact. Prevention is not a word commonly used here. Plus there will be little, if any news about this issue as well.

    Posted in: Traces of blood found in minivan of suspect in child killings

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    Yubaru

    Think it took long enough?

    Posted in: New pension booklets to be sent to 1.25 mil people

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    Yubaru

    The report says the ambassador is very popular in Japan because of her family history

    As alluded to by countless numbers of posters here, including myself, she got the position because of her name, and not because she would be a good ambassador.

    Posted in: U.S. Ambassador Kennedy used private email for business: report

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    Yubaru

    and was quoted by police as saying he needed money for fun,

    Another import to Japan, the feeling of entitlement.

    33 million yen?! Wow that's a hell of a lot of soapies and pachinko, maybe ponies too!

    Posted in: Man questioned over 130 break-ins in Tokyo, Saitama since Feb

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