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  • 5

    borscht

    In the US anyone selling alcohol to a minor is in some serious trouble; bars can be closed down for a month or more, bartenders can lose the license to sell alcohol; stores can be fined. In the Japan I suspect they will be 'encouraged' not to violate the law again.

    As for a parent who smokes trying to forbid a child from smoking, good luck with that. However, if conservatives and libertarians really want a smaller government, they could well start with getting the government out of our lungs and livers.

    Posted in: 23 people in Kanagawa face charges for allowing minors to smoke, drink alcohol

  • 28

    borscht

    If it wins, Abe will be hard-pressed to get rid of it which is Takusu's point, I believe. But if it wins, shouldn't the award go to the US Army who, under the direction of General MacArthur, wrote it?

    Posted in: Japanese constitution nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

  • 1

    borscht

    Even pedophiles say there is no 'cure' for pedophilia; after a stint in prison, many are still attracted to children and, sometimes, have no control over their urges. Society should treat them as having a mental problem and provide treatment. Meanwhile, neighbors should be aware of the danger pedophiles present to them.

    I worry, however, how pedophiles will be bullied and shunned even if they control their urges.

    Check out The Woodsman starring Kevin Bacon.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sst041HiCUA

    Posted in: Do you think local residents should be informed when child sex offenders, released from prison, move into their neighborhood?

  • 2

    borscht

    In related news, the ministry of education is trying to figure out why bullying exists in the schools. 'Name and shame' is what you do with criminals, not businesses. Finger-pointing and yelling nya-nya nya-nya is what most five-year-grow out of by the time they are 10 or 12. Not so, apparently, Amari.

    Posted in: Ministry to name firms refusing to raise wages

  • 1

    borscht

    Dismiss also means, for us non-lawyer folks, not important or ignore; it also means allowing students to leave a class. So, technically, the use of dismiss is correct, but in an article about a lawsuit it should have been changed to any of the words suggested by Jeff Ogrisseg.

    Posted in: Cruise's lawyer dismisses $1 billion 'Mission: Impossible' lawsuit

  • 2

    borscht

    There seems to be a typo in this sentence:

    I knew he was deceiving people,

    I believe it should be: I knew we were deceiving people,

    Also, isn't it nice that Takashi Niigaki came out with his confession after 18 years just a Few Days before Takahashi was set to use his music ~ probably after several months of practice. Way to screw with Takahashi's head just when he needs to concentrate the most. I guess waiting until the Olympics was over wouldn't have the same impact. On Takahashi or the public.

    Posted in: Ghost composer questions whether Samuragochi is really deaf

  • 1

    borscht

    Utrack,

    They are.

    Posted in: In trickle-down Abenomics, some Toyota suppliers come up dry

  • 0

    borscht

    Fad diets are effective for a short time but not over the life of the participant. If the goal is to lose X kg by a certain time but NOT keep it off, then any fad diet will probably be effective.

    Posted in: Do you think fad diets are effective in helping to lose weight?

  • 13

    borscht

    tmarie,

    Kids (and adults) have been told by educators for so long that Japan is 'small' that my university students automatically say 'Country X' when I ask them "Which is bigger: Japan or Country X?" Sometimes Country X is a place like Singapore or Monaco. They are shocked to discover that Japan is actually bigger than Germany and Italy because, as one student said, "Those countries are famous!"

    Of course, students have also been told Japan has four seasons because no one actually thinks the Rainy Season is a season, although it interrupts summer. If that is a reason to like Japan, would they be happy living in any country with four seasons (like Germany or Italy?) or dislike living in a country with only two (like Singapore)?

    Posted in: Japanese kids rate their own country in survey

  • 3

    borscht

    I say "Merry Christmas" to all my Buddhist/Shinto friends/students and they love it. Because it means cake, not Christianity. I say "Happy Buddha's Birthday" to them and get mostly blank stares because it means, uh, nothing, really.

    I also say "Happy Hannukkah" and "Merry Eid Al-Fitr" to them but mostly just get the same blank stares. Once these religious holidays start getting associated with cake or love hotels, I'll get more smiles, I'm sure. Looking forward to it. Happy Malkh, everyone.

    Posted in: U.S. lawmakers once again fight 'war on Christmas'

  • 6

    borscht

    Since we're speculating without evidence as to why the driver hit these people, I will just add my fantasy by saying:

    Maybe the couple were wearing dark clothes on a dark street and moved slowly as befits many elderly people on this planet. Thus, the driver didn't see them until it was too late to avoid them.

    Which raises the question, does Japan have a phrase like "At night wear white"? Obviously not or high school uniforms wouldn't be black.

    Sad for the family to lose grandma and grandpa just before New Year's and sad for the driver who will probably lose his job. No winners here at all.

    Posted in: Elderly couple die after being hit by truck on crossing

  • 3

    borscht

    They pulled him out of his car and one of the assailants hit him on the head with a pistol butt, then stabbed him before pushing him to the ground and driving off in his vehicle.

    Sounds more like a violent carjacking than an anti-'western' assault.

    Posted in: Japanese diplomat in Yemen stabbed

  • 4

    borscht

    I think they could use the land in and around the Diet and TEPCO's headquarters fairly effectively. For an interim solution, of course.

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  • 7

    borscht

    One of the problems with teaching English in English is that the teacher has to use their creative minds to communicate the concepts they are trying to teach. If the class is in Japanese, teachers just have to say the same thing they've been saying in past years. "English is SVO." For example. And assume the students know what SVO is.

    If they are to teach completely in English, they will have to show - multiple times, perhaps - what an S is, what a V is and what an O is. Or abandon the teacher-centered lecture methodology and come up with something different; something students can learn the language from; something that will require teachers to understand the learning process.

    Posted in: There are students who can't even understand when the class is run in Japanese, so can classes conducted in English truly be possible?

  • 13

    borscht

    another teacher picked up the gun and while pointing it at a chair, it went off, Fuji reported. Nobody was hurt in the incident.

    I'm sorry but revolvers don't go off when you point them. You have to pull the trigger.

    Posted in: Father arrested after boy brings handgun to school

  • 2

    borscht

    This

    The nationwide report, the first of its kind,

    and this

    carried out after legislation to prevent such abuses went into force

    seem to mean the legislative process is backwards. First, ban X then find out if X exists. I'm glad, however, that Japan has finally determined that abuse against the weak is not good.

    Posted in: Report finds serious abuse of disabled by relatives, caregivers

  • 4

    borscht

    Sounds like Japan doesn't want to be left out of the NSA spying scandal. "Hey, how come we're not being spied on? What's wrong with us?" Whine, whine.

    Besides, it was a rhetorical question. The CIA has been spying on everyone since it was the OSS.

    Posted in: Is U.S. also spying on Japanese email, phone calls?

  • 1

    borscht

    Mombusho doesn't understand education. It isn't the number of hours in the classroom that matters, it's the length of the students' hair, the color of their underwear, and the length of the girls' skirts. Plus, whether the teacher is actually singing the national anthem or merely lipsyncing. These are the important details.

    Hours in the classroom is, however, good practice for the hours students will spend at a desk pretending to be working in a company after graduating.

    Posted in: The Education Ministry plans to reintroduce Saturday classes starting on a monthly basis by the 2017 academic year in an effort to improve students’ scholastic ability. What do you think about this?

  • 3

    borscht

    Three opening sentences (Story of nutso girlfriend, Back in January, I went to a workshop). Choose one and then get to the story.

    raise it in the air, yelling “Chikan!” (pervert). I talked to a Japanese man about this practice and he said it's true...

    What's true: the practice of grabbing a hand and yelling? or groping women on the train? One person saying it's true makes it true?

    I agree with Sensato, those 'facts' are skewed by the indifference of the police prior to 2000 and many police are probably still indifferent (despite stalkers murdering their victims) so the 19,920 is probably under-reported, too.

    Posted in: Practical tips for dealing with stalking in Japan

  • 2

    borscht

    Why did they name it after a cigarette?

    Posted in: Kyushu Railway unveils super-luxury train

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