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browny1Mar. 21, 2013 - 09:20AM JST
Romeo - the games were broadcast live here - BUT unfortunately the final was NOT broadcast in my prefecture. It was written in the weekly tv schedule but mysteriously disappeared from yesterdays tv guide. One can only guess that it followed the line, "Yes it may well be the world championship, but Japan's not playing". Pretty damn weak.
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browny1Mar. 13, 2013 - 12:12PM JST
Perhaps it's been mentioned, but I've missed it.
This gas field (the largest) lies along the Nankai trough/fault line which has only recently been assessed as the most dangerous region for a massive earthquake / tsunami to occur in Japan.
Hopefully no tepco "amakudari" handshakes take place in this opaeration.
Posted in: Japan extracts 'fire ice' gas from seabed
browny1Jan. 11, 2013 - 08:58AM JST
Sadly this case of teacher - student sports violence is not rare.
I personally know of a case in a leading prefectural baseball high-school, where 3 punches to the head by the coach - 1st stunned the boy, 2nd buckled him, 3rd floored him - was not followed up on, even after reporting, because it might, "all get messy and you(my witness friend) will get dragged into it."
And if it's not direct attacking abuse, then excessive punishing physical training or belittling mental abuse which don't show bleeding lips and broken bones.
Samurai spirit - eh?
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browny1Jan. 05, 2013 - 04:05PM JST
All indications of no seatbelts on in the rear.
The deceased were thrown out of the vehicle.
The driver & front passenger who bore the full impact of the head on collision were not killed.
Posted in: 3 killed after minivan crashes into truck in tunnel
browny1Jan. 03, 2013 - 05:36PM JST
The "surprise it's death day" often after decades of solitary confinement, is surely an absurdity that has little rationale in a modern state of the 21st century.
As others have stated, if you want to kill them, well be up front and kill them.
This clandestine system, cloaking all in secrecy is more befitting of darker non-democracies.
Posted in: Death row inmates want prior warning instead of being told on day of execution
browny1Jan. 03, 2013 - 05:23PM JST
While the fall is to be welcomed, Tokyo is not representative of all Japan.
My prefecture has notched up another shameful year, either leading or in the top 3(pro rata) for deaths, injuries and accidents involving pedestrians, bikes, cars.
The thoughtless, the selfish and the down right bewildering actions I see every day makes simple driving in my mid-size city a real chore at times.
And across all age zones.
Posted in: 2012 traffic accident death toll in Tokyo lowest since end of war
browny1Nov. 29, 2012 - 09:15AM JST
gonemad - are you suggesting Woodforde is compromising investigations?
Seeking personal compensation, whatever one may think, does not necessarily lead to interference in official procedures.
And as I have a whiff of inside info re this case, there is no spat between Woodfordes actions and those of the authorities. By all accounts they have a very good working relationship, more than could be said of the now defunct Olympus board puppets.
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browny1Nov. 27, 2012 - 12:56PM JST
mu-da et al -
Woodfoorde has acknowleged Factas outing of the story on numerous occasions. Again as recently as this past week.
The problem was NO, read NO, mainstream media would pick up on the story until Woodforde's more public display.
And then, and only then - was it taken up at a snails pace after still being initially ignored.
Even the "liberal" Asahi network didn't touch it for days, but it's tv media continued playing full on Olympus CMs.
And what other BIG scandals involving World Wide household name state-of-the-art-blue-chip Japanese companies were ignored by the international media?
Your tilt at racial stero-typing fits just that, with your sly on the "hollywood hero" foreigner.
browny1Jun. 15, 2012 - 09:23AM JST
Samurai Blue - please a little more on that big height advantage?
Do you mean those giants Cahill & Brosque who had the Blues squirming?
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browny1Jun. 09, 2012 - 10:43PM JST
TigersTD - you haven't quite latched onto it yet.
And what do you really know about Woodfords intentions that we don't know?
Have you got some inside info not privy to others?
In it for the money? lol
Pittance compared to another 10 ~ 20 years in Exec heaven + mountains of benefits.
Posted in: Woodford to receive Y1.2 billion in settlement with Olympus
browny1Jun. 09, 2012 - 01:08PM JST
Cos - you don't really understand the background of the story at all do you?
Most people know about facta and how the whole saga unfolded and the position of Woodford throughout.
browny1Jun. 09, 2012 - 09:54AM JST
Some very little insider info -
Olympus were DESPERATE beyond DESPERATE to settle out of the public / media eye. They bent over backwards for an out of court settlement, persuading(?) Woodford to accept , so as to not damage the company and it's employees any further, devaluing stock & status again.
Woodford's target was the executives - not the company and it's 1,000's of workers, many many of whom he knows and respects.
He wanted to excise the grub that had bored into the apple, poisoning the fruit and he was succesful.
browny1May. 19, 2012 - 03:19PM JST
Is this a case of Tokyo = Japan?
In my part of the Kuni, graffiti is as rare as rare can be. Even travelling to other regional cities this side, I have hardly spotted graffiti.
My 17yr old Aust. nephew visited for a month recently and couldn't believe the "clean" walls, bridges, underpasses, pillars, paths, benches etc. His first experience.
Posted in: JR East to remove graffiti from walls, pillars next to train lines
browny1May. 17, 2012 - 07:48PM JST
Tokyokawasaki - I think you'll find Samsung already has basically that number.
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browny1May. 08, 2012 - 04:52PM JST
Dog - Thanks again.
But I beg to differ. I would never say, "the fa ka tin the ha sa to ne rat" when introducing spoken sentences to chiildren.
And I would never expect children to.
Enunciation with Clarity never will diminish the chance of a child being able to speak fluent English in the future.
Introducing basic phonics with the explanation of "English is full of irregularities" can do little harm to childrens progress.
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browny1May. 08, 2012 - 02:14PM JST
Dog - thankyou.
As a professional teacher of 30+years experience, I wouldn't be so absolute in my claims to suggest something is a fraud without acknowledging it may have some benefits to some.
eg Is there no benefit in teaching for arguments sake - The fat cat in the hat sat on a rat. - to children?
browny1May. 08, 2012 - 10:35AM JST
Dog - your dismissal of any legitimacy in teaching phonics as means of teaching spoken English smacks of the absoluteness of a dyed professional.
Many of my elementary students who have enjoyed the fun/interest of phonics as one aspect of a language learning endeavour would disagree.
browny1May. 03, 2012 - 10:14AM JST
Sensei - I agree.
The issue should be not be teeth, but rather -
"Does Japan need another fairy floss(pun), creative-challenged, fluffy girls group?"
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browny1May. 01, 2012 - 09:37AM JST
Robert - aside from your troll references, I think the point trying to be made is, how many times have we seen situations such as this where "shutting the gate after the horse has bolted" actions are carried out to give the impression we're right on top of this one.
The industry has been advised / pressured / legislated to enact new work practices to help alleviate the exact case has unfortunately unfolded. And as I last recall - the police force are responsible for enforcing the law. Also they have significant input towards safety / traffic issues, and it seems such input to be lacking in several related quarters.
My town is notorious for inactive policing re traffic laws resulting in accidents - not heresay - official govt statistics.
Police had better do more than roll their collective shirts up and lump boxes befroe the cameras.
browny1Apr. 21, 2012 - 09:51AM JST
This was a man-made triple tragedy.
The needless tragic loss of the two womens lives.
The needless tragic loss of the bears lives.
And after witnessing on the tv the deplorable conditions these animals were kept in, a tragic revelation that animal protection laws in this country have advanced so little over the years.
The words Inhumane & backward don't even begin to describe that hell-hole.
Jun. 19, 2013 - 07:34PM JST
So then dog if that is the case then what is being reported on this site…
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Jun. 19, 2013 - 07:23PM JST
So is this basically a copy of US NRA regulations? Are there any notable differences?
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