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aisaiJan. 10, 2013 - 09:16AM JST
tmarieJan. 10, 2013 - 08:50AM JST
Any place list the flights these are used for so I can avoid booking tickets!
You could just ask your travel agent or the airline itself to find out for you, but I don't think you'll have to worry too much since the Dreamliner is not being used by LCCs (low cost carriers).
Posted in: ANA cancels Dreamliner flight due to brake glitch
aisaiJan. 09, 2013 - 07:33PM JST
LunchboxJAN. 09, 2013 - 06:17PM JST
Nessie and Aisai,
If you've heard the new song, you'll realise why there is no point mentioning Bowie's old stuff. The new song is a poppy balad, nothing like the real good Bowie stuff. eg. Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars!
Perhaps that is true, but the sentence was
The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer 's hits include "Let's dance", "China Girl", "Fame" and "Dancing in the Streets".
Just think there were better songs that were bigger hits for Bowie that could've been used instead.
Posted in: David Bowie readies 1st album in 10 years
aisaiJan. 09, 2013 - 03:37PM JST
The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's hits include "Let's Dance", "China Girl", "Fame" and "Dancing In the Street".
I like Bowie, but couldn't this writer refer to any of his much better songs? Bowie made his name long before he did the comparatively bland "Let's Dance" and "China Girl" in the 80's; moreover, "Dancing in the Street" was just a lame cover of a Martha and the Vandellas song that he did with Mick Jagger just to screw around and make a few extra bucks.
This writer could have really been a hero (even just for one article) if they had just bothered to take their protein pills and put their helmet on.
aisaiJan. 09, 2013 - 11:58AM JST
gogogoJan. 09, 2013 - 11:52AM JST
Can the US courts please rule that the Japanese ships stay 500 yards away from whales!
You should find a lawyer or lawyers willing to represent the whales and petition a US court on their behalf!
Probably wouldn't be the first time something like that has happened. If the SSCS hasn't already tried that, then maybe they should.
Posted in: Fugitive Sea Shepherd founder hands over reins
aisaiJan. 09, 2013 - 11:46AM JST
Outta hereJan. 09, 2013 - 10:45AM JST
Lets see. The SS ships are foreign registered not US registered. As stated in the article SS Australia is running this campaign not SS US so any actions by an Australian run operation using foreign registered vessels puts this beyond the jurisdiction of the US courts. As US law does not impact Australians or what they do.
That is true but it might impact SS Australia ability to conduct business in places where US law is in effect. Once again, I'm pretty sure that the 9th District realized that their ruling would most likely have little direct impact. They were just trying apply pressure indirectly via the SSCS which has it's headquarters in the US. Even if Australia SS is running the campaign, money to help support that campaign might becoming from the SSCS HQ. SSCS has non-profit status in the US so this could possibly be taken away which would seriously hurt the SSCS's ability to raise funds in the United States.
aisaiJan. 09, 2013 - 09:19AM JST
**The only way to stop this is by the police and prosecutors deciding to make an example of couple of morons like this. Charge him with twenty-one counts of assault and throw his ass in jail and this stuff will come to a screaching halt. **
Not so sure. People are punished all the time (some quite severely) for doing things that are illegal and yet there are still people commiting these same crimes. Punishing the offenders would be a start but it's probably going to take much more than that to make an enduring change.
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aisaiJan. 08, 2013 - 08:33PM JST
gogogoJAN. 08, 2013 - 05:43PM JST
aisai: The ship is registered in The Netherlands I can't see how a US court has any rule over a boat that is registered to another country in international waters.
Thunderbird2JAN. 08, 2013 - 05:47PM JST
Sea Shepherd Australia are now taking over, not the US arm.
The Sea Shepard Conservation Society is a non-profit organization based in the United States. Their non-profit status is very important to them. My take on things is that the 9th District perfectly understood that any ruling they made would most likely have very little direct impact on any of the activities of the SSCS's ships. However, the ruling can make it difficult for the SSCS to continue to maintain it's non-profit status and continue to raise funds within the US. This ruling was just laying the groundwork for possible future legal action against the SSCS. Sort of like drawing a line in the sand and daring them to cross it. By indirectly applying pressure on the SSCS people operating in the US, the court is hoping that the SSCS HQ will try and restrain the activities of those out on the front lines like Watson.
Upon first glance it appears that 9th District's ruling along with all of the other legal actions against Mr. Watson have at least given those in the SSCS who might not totally agree with his approach the courage to try and push him to the side for at least the time being. Also, the Australian Govt. appears to be taking more of an active role. There is really no way the could have done this if Watson was still leading the charge.
Watson still may be deeply involved in the SSCS's activities but somebody somewhere obviously decided that he needed to be less visible in doing so. It could've been him, but my guess is that it was pressure from others within his organization led to this change.
aisaiJan. 08, 2013 - 05:03PM JST
gogogoJan. 08, 2013 - 04:31PM JST
Under a ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit Sea Shepherd must stay at least 500 yards from whaling vessels and is prohibited from physically confronting any vessel engaged by the Japanese
This is why he stepped down, so they can now without any legal issues get within 500 yards.
Sure, the 9th District's ruling may in reality be non-enforceable outside of US jurisdiction, but the ruling specified Sea Shepard and not Paul Watson. The court ruled that "Sea Shepard must stay at least 500 yards from (Japanese) whaling vessels" and that "Sea Shepard is prohibited from physically confronting any vessel engaged by the Japanese." Makes no difference whether Paul Watson is in charge, just along for the ride, or back at home watching TV.
wtfjapanJan. 08, 2013 - 04:01PM JST
see plenty of willing connected & well funded people to take his place, SS is more than just Paul Watson, and will still be there when hes gone. BRING ON THE PAIN SS!!!!
Yes and I would imagine that many of those well funded and well connected people slowly came to the realization that Mr. Watson had become more of a liability than an asset. His legal troubles (justified or not) seen to have been hurting the anti-whaling movements cause. Removing him from the equation, helps eliminate the bad PR he generated and makes it seem that they are interested working within the law to achieve their goals. Rather than "bringing on the pain" and looking for loopholes, they seem to be looking for a more constructive way to win this struggle. If the Australian Government was to get more involved in this fight, they could not have an alleged eco-terrorist such as Paul Watson leading the charge. The is most likely why he stepped down.
aisaiJan. 08, 2013 - 03:28PM JST
YardleyJan. 08, 2013 - 01:33PM JST
@aisai - I agree about changing the Anthem.
Actually, I have no problem with the US national anthem. I was just trying to point out that some people do and the comparison being made by Serrano wasn't totally off the mark.
There are even some who aren't overjoyed with "God Save the King/Queen". Johnny Rotten offically went on record (pun intended) about his feelings regarding that back in the mid 70s.
Posted in: Abe sings national anthem as LDP prepares to 'take back Japan'
aisaiJan. 08, 2013 - 01:21PM JST
It sounds big but this article does seem to be a little misleading, no?
Scientists and broadcasters said Monday they have captured footage of an elusive giant squid, up to eight meters long that roams the depths of the Pacific Ocean.
Was the squid captured on film really up to 8 m long?
Modern-day scientists on their own Moby Dick-style search used a submersible to get them into the dark and cold depths of the northern Pacific Ocean, where at around 630 meters they managed to film a three-metre specimen....Kubodera said the creature had its two longest arms missing, and estimated it would have been eight metres long if it had been whole. He gave no explanation for its missing arms.
Apparently not. Of course, 3 m seems big and maybe it is for a squid, but it's not as interesting as 8 m, is it? All we have is Kubodera's estimate on how big he thinks the squid would be if it hadn't lost it's two longest arms. It may be an educated guess, but it is still a guess. He wouldn't be the first scientist to use a bit of exageration to try an increase interest in something.
Posted in: Giant squid filmed in Pacific depths by scientists
aisaiJan. 08, 2013 - 09:42AM JST
banz10Jan. 07, 2013 - 10:40PM JST
Serrano, c'mon! Who thinks that of the Star Spangled Banner? Apples and oranges...
Isn't the US flag often burned in anti-American demonstrations? Why do you think that is? One possible reason could be is that it is seen as an example of imperialism and militarism. Why is it so hard to believe that some may feel similarly about the Star Spangled Banner?
Even among Americans, there are some that feel that the US should change her national anthem to something else simply because the Star Spangled Banner is (1) not really an original American composition (the lyrics come from a poem by Francis Scott Key but the music is from a old English pop song), (2) it is primarily based upon a military act (the attack on Ft. McHenry during the War of 1812) and (3) it is difficult to sing (even by professionals).
There are some that would prefer something more American in origin and less about bombs and rockets such as God Bless America or America the Beautiful instead. The Star Spangled Banner only officially became the US national anthem in 1931. Before that it and quite a few other songs were unofficially used.
aisaiDec. 29, 2012 - 06:26PM JST
Ms. AlexanderDEC. 29, 2012 - 03:57PM JST
All this talk of her being a minor is beyond words. While there is no denying that she was under 20, are they going to bring the whole story into court? As in, yes, she was under 20, and although she was with an adult, SHE chose to drink and get drunk. She didn't consider herself a minor when she made the decision to drink.
If it's beyond words, it 's simply because it can't be disputed according to the Japanese Civil Code. Her decision to drink alcohol may have been wrong, but it has nothing to do with her being attacked or her being a minor. If they want to charge her for underage drinking then so be it. Her being drunk when she was attacked is no more relevant than the type of clothing she was wearing at the time. The only thing that matters is if he consented to have sex with Uchishiba. She claims she didn't, he claims she did. The court's job is to determine who is telling the truth.
While I agree he's a dirtbag, you can't say it's rape just because he's the older one and she was drunk. He definitely took advantage of a drunk girl. Maybe she consented and didn't remember when she woke up. Maybe she didn't consent thus making it rape.
Whether he is a dirt bag is irrelevant. He is not charged with be a dirt bag. His age makes no different as to whether he raped her or not; it could however make his sentencing a bit more harsh simply because the court could say that as a teacher and an adult he should have exercised better judgement. He is charged with violating #178 of the Japanese Criminal Code which says that if you force yourself sexually on another against their wishes while they are incapacitated and unable to provide resistance then you can be charge with rape (#177 of the Crimminal Code). Whether the woman got drunk of her own accord or Uchishiba got her drunk is the same according to #178. The thing that matters is whether she said no. She claims she did; the prosecutors have to prove to the court that she is telling the truth and the defense has to show that she's not. The whole "She just doesn't remember" defense has been tried over and over in "date-drug" rape cases and almost always never works as long as the victim says that they did say no.
I'm not defending him at all. I'm just saying she can't be a minor only when prosecution wants her to be.
Being a minor is not something you choose to be. It's something that you are if you are under 20 years of age according to Japanese law. A minor doesn't get to decide when they are or are not a minor according to Japanese law. Only the courts can do that.
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aisaiDec. 28, 2012 - 04:48PM JST
An adult engaging in concentual sex with somebody under 20 is still considered to be having sex with a minor.
Sorry, I meant "consensual".
One more thing, even if a minor over the Age of Consent does willingly agree to have sex with an adult (for example, a high school student has sex with their teacher), I still think it's possible for the student's parents (guardians) to bring the matter the police and ask them to arrest the adult for sexual conduct with an underage person. I'd also imagine some parents might also try the same thing in cases of sex between two consenting minors.
aisaiDec. 28, 2012 - 04:29PM JST
tmarieDec. 28, 2012 - 03:33PM JST
Lfra, I've never heard about two consensual minors. If true, Japan has a huge issue with statutory rapists.
I think you are mixing up the definitions of "Age of Consent" with "Age of Majority".
"Age of Consent" essentially means what it says: it is the minimum age in which a person is considered to be legally competent to consent to a sexual act".
"Age of Majority" refers to the age in a person is legally considered to be an adult. Those who have not yet reached the Age of Majority are considered minors.
In Japan, the Age of Majority is 20. Two 18 year olds can consent to have sex with each other, but they still would be legally considered minors. An adult engaging in concentual sex with somebody under 20 is still considered to be having sex with a minor. (this does not imply rape-- they are completely different). Whether or not this is a criminal act depends upon the age of the minor and other circumstances. However, a minor who is legally able to get married will be legally considered an adult once they do so.
aisaiDec. 28, 2012 - 03:56PM JST
tmarieDec. 28, 2012 - 03:30PM JST
Yes there is a difference between rape and consensual sex. My issue is with the poster who claimed it was statutory rape. It wasn't IF the rape actually occurred.
Is it possible for two minors to have consentual sex? If so, does the fact they change the fact they are minors?
According to Japanese Civil Code Section 2 Article 4, a minor is considered to be any person under the age of 20 (the age of majority). You are saying that this woman is not a minor, but according to Japanese law she is.
Uchishiba is being charged with rape because he is alleged to have committed sexual acts against this woman without her consent. More specifically, is being charged with violating Criminal Code 178. Doesn't matter what her age was.
The definitions of "minor" and "rape" are not dependent upon one another. They only connected in this case because the woman in question appears to have been under 20 years of age (and therefore a minor) at the time and claims to have been raped by Uchishiba. Being a minor has nothing to do with the Age of Consent.
aisaiDec. 28, 2012 - 03:04PM JST
tmarieDec. 28, 2012 - 02:41PM JST
The age of being able to marry isn't the same as the age for consensual sex. Perhaps you'd care to search for that because I believe prefectures are different and are as low as... 13.
True your link says the age of sexual consent for males ranges by local from age 13 to 17., but the women in question is not male.
Also, Uchishiba is not be accused of having consentual sex. He is not being accussed of having a consentual romantic relationship with this woman. She is accusing him of raping her. Seems a bit different somehow.
"‘Constructive compulsory indecency and rape’, Art. 178 Penal Code
" A person who commits an indecent act upon or has sexual intercourse with another by taking
advantage of loss of consciousness or inability to resist, or by causing a loss of consciousness or
inability to resist, shall be punished in the same way as provided for in the preceding two
Which is essentially what I posted above. The link you provided also says this.
‘Rape’, Art. 177 Penal Code
" A person who, through violence or intimidation, has sexual intercourse with a female person of
not less than thirteen (13) years of age commits the crime of rape and shall be punished with
imprisonment at forced labour for a limited term of not less than two years. The same shall apply
to a person who has sexual intercourse with a female person under thirteen (13) years of age. "*
Which is also basically what I posted above. Key point to remember is "a female person of not less than thriteen years of age."
aisaiDec. 28, 2012 - 01:45PM JST
tmarieDec. 28, 2012 - 12:34PM JST
If she was a uni student 99.9% chance she's at least 18 hence my comments about her not bring a minor. The guy is scum but there is no need to accuse him of sex with a minor if that isn't the case.
To-may-toe, to-mah-to for whatever your personal definition of a "minor" is but Japanese Civil Code Clause 4 defines a "minor" ("miseinensha" - 未成年者) as being anybody who has not reached their 20th birthday. This most likely why the same Civil Code says that a miseinensha needs to have their parents permission to get married. So even if this woman was under 20 when this happened then she would still be considered a miseinensha. This definition also applies to inheritance law, alcohol and tobacco related laws, labor law, etc.
aisaiDec. 28, 2012 - 11:21AM JST
The Criminal Code also says the following:
So even if he didn't use force or threats but simply kept giving this woman alcohol in order to make her more pliable towards his advances, it seems that 178(1) applies. Moreover, even if she was already drunk and incapacitated in some way (by her own doing), and he still took advantage the situation sexually than it looks like 178(2) applies.
aisaiDec. 28, 2012 - 11:20AM JST
And regarding crimes such as rape, the Criminal code says this
If he had he used force or threats to sexually assault this woman, then 177 applies.
aisaiDec. 28, 2012 - 11:16AM JST
Also, regarding the crimes of a sexual nature involving minors, the Civil Code says this.
So, if this women was under 18 at the time, then it appears Uchishiba is in some trouble.
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