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browny1Mar. 11, 2014 - 03:32PM JST
Stephen K - some non-anecdotal info - statistically in my prefecture the # of belt users is less than 50% , with a somewhat similar % for non use/correct use of childrens seats..
I have many anecdotes supported by police data re abysmal safety sense and habits by road users here.
Posted in: How much attention do you think drivers in Japan pay to child safety seats or making sure their kids wear seat belts when they are in cars?
browny1Feb. 27, 2014 - 01:35PM JST
HB714 - thanks for your comments.
No I don't live in Hokkaido.
Did the people who sadly died last year have their engines running?
If yes, Did they open their windows regularly for a minute or 2?
Or Did they go outside at intervals to clear away snow from exhaust pipes?
If no, Did they open their windows regularly for a moment or 2?
Or did they have safety/survival gear in the car?
My point before was about the difference in temperatures inside a vehicle (without the engine running) as opposed to outside temperatures where wind chill factors (it was a blizzard) will drop the temp by 30c in an instance.
Common sense will tell us that the best option is to stay inside.
It may well not be perfect and there could be a level of risk involved, but balanced with the horrendous alternative prevailing conditions, I know what I would choose.
In Australia my home country, similar things occur at the other extremity - severe heat conditions. People in isolated places in temps over 45c leave their cars after breaking down and sadly perish trying to make it to a house/town/help etc. Having enough survival goods and staying with the car, in many cases would have seen these people survive.
I agree - when using hindsight it is easy pass comment. So I wish people would use more foresight.
Posted in: Girl who lost father in last year’s deadly Hokkaido blizzard pens heart-wrenching thank-you letter
browny1Feb. 27, 2014 - 01:16PM JST
As terrible as this pollution is - esp for the citizens of China - the PM2.5 levels recorded in Japan yesterday were minor in comparison to tobacco smoke.
Everyone freaking out over 80+microg when restaurants with smoking allowed will commonly exceed 5X that amount.
Smoking in cars will be 10X that.
Even drifting 2ndhand smoke will get you the same results or higher.
Don't let te kiddies play outside, but it's ok to go to Mcdonalds and soak in PM2.5 baths.
Posted in: Government warns of increased pollution in 10 prefectures
browny1Feb. 26, 2014 - 11:55AM JST
Yes it is possible the car may well be covered in snow, but a few minutes outside clearing away the snow - even multiple times - would surely be better than all night exposed to the elements with zero protection.
As I recall he knew the area well and he thought they could foot-slog it to his friends house. Sadly in raging blizzard conditions this was not to be.
If one lives in areas subject to such hazardous conditions (it's not rare in Hokkaido) you need to keep survival items in your vehicle such as thermal blankets, lights, biscuits, water etc.
And my comments in no way are meant to diminish the tragedy of the the young girl and her father.
browny1Feb. 26, 2014 - 09:20AM JST
Star - thank you.
I just read the article. Please forgive me, but I can't find any requests for Hanyu to cry for help in front of hospitals for the sick people of Fukushima. A reference is made when mentioning the media moguls - CNN, BBC, NHK and the like - to do mmore.
And as opinionated as Pesek can be, this time he hits a raw nerve for many. Droll as it may well be - Actions speak louder than words.
Wide show hosts sipping tea with the dispossessed, shedding on camera tears, generating great sympathy yet doing nothing of real substance to alleviate the plight of the victim.
Those with voice have a responsibility to confront the powers to be (govt authorities, major industries, tepco etc) and commit them to large scale comprehensive restructuring plans. Now!
Phfffing on about how 2020 olympics - et al - will help the people of Tohoku is disengenuous in the least.
And I admire Hanyu as a great achiever in his field and believe his heart is in the right place.
Posted in: If Yuzuru Hanyu genuinely wants to serve the people of Tohoku, he should bring their challenges before the eyes of the world and demand that Japan's government stop ignoring the disaster-struck region.
browny1Feb. 26, 2014 - 08:59AM JST
A remarkable young girl who is here today through the selfless actions of her father.
One tragic BTW in this story is the father didn't follow the "rules" of the conditions.
In a freezing blizzard never, ever leave your vehicle. Inside might well be -2 but outside will surely be -20c.
Sadly, there is the great possibility he never had to die.
I wish her all the best for a challenging life.
browny1Feb. 25, 2014 - 08:43PM JST
Star-V - he wasn't asking anyone to be his mouthpiece.
As has been stated Hanyu said to the effect, that his victory is for the suffering people of Tohoku.
Some have suggested that "Famous People" should use their positons of influence to get direct and assertive action esp from govts in order to help those in need.
A well intended spiritually uplifting comment's positive frame will soon break down and the lives of the recipients of such, will soon return to the incredible toil and hardships of deprivation, despair and uncertainty.
browny1Feb. 25, 2014 - 08:28PM JST
Mitsuo - your data is as wrong as your logic.
How on earth did you arrive at 60,000 casualties???
At least 50 TIMES that figure were killed, let alone the millions maimed and brutalised.
And re the true number of fatalities in Nanking we will never know, but to believe a military force of 100,000's couldn't kill 10,000's + is really quite naive.
Posted in: China aims for Nanjing's history to speak loudly on Japan
browny1Feb. 14, 2014 - 03:59PM JST
Am I missing something here???
A guy says he is going to kill a woman, later on he threatens her with a knife and the police take action by making him write a "I promise to be a good-boy note".
Guarantee 100%, if I threatened a woman with death and than confronted her brandishing a knife, I wouldn't be seeing daylight for a long time - but hey I'm not suggesting keystone competency is based on ethnic profiles.
I truly hope the poor woman recovers fromm her wounds physically & mentally - but it'll be a hard road.
Posted in: Woman stabbed by stalker despite consulting police 5 times
browny1Feb. 09, 2014 - 01:07PM JST
Homeland - Thank you.
Personally though, I have difficulty with those leaders of the world (and others) who preach peace while at the same time help escalate tense situations, increase miltary spending and arms sales and who see national strength and character as synonomous with military might and status. Our place in the world so as to speak.
I'm perfectly happy with Japan's almost stand alone renunciation of war constitution. It demands great character for a persons or a nation to stand tall affirming such, while bearing the pressures and mockery of others. Something Japan should be exporting is it's constitutional peace ethic and be proud of it. The naysayers will cry "weak", as their peace comes from the number of barrels.
If Abe and other leaders were men (as most are men unfortunately) of true peace perhaps we would see a marked change of atmosphere.
As for your esteemed elevation of Abe to the ranks of Santayana - we all know Santayana's most famous words expressing the sentiments of those who neglegct to remember history are apt to repeat it - as an indeed surprising analysis of character esp in light of many of the current administrations officers memory lapses.
But I'll leave that for further assessment
Peace be with you.
Posted in: Gov't blames translator over Abe's World War I remark
browny1Feb. 07, 2014 - 12:28PM JST
Abe supporters as yet, have still not given a reason why he brought up a WAR analogy.
I earlier flippantly suggested - arrogant, naive or dumb.
But perhaps someone more learned can enlighten me as to WHY?
browny1Feb. 05, 2014 - 09:21AM JST
jpn_guy - agree with your sentiments.
I can't understand why others refuse to acknowledge the more serious mishap in Abe's comments was the referencing of the pre WW1 Germany - UK state of affairs, which escalated into horror.
Avoiding the core utterances and focusing on semantics and inferred or not inferred words is of little importance.
Could some of the apologists for Abe please suggest why he felt it necessary to bring up the subject of WAR as a comparison when asked about the Senkakus?
browny1Feb. 04, 2014 - 09:50PM JST
Sorry - but can't abide by some comments that still justify Abe's reference to the Eng. / Germany pre ww1 situation.
In light of all the controversy over the last year esp re China, a leader more adept in diplomacy and common sense would have not alluded to something which easily can add fuel to a smouldering fire.
When watching the interview, I got the impression Abe was in casual mode and speaking his true mind ( on a roll so as to speak) and not realizing the implications of his utterances. Bit like Mr NHK the other day.
Bottom line is to take responsibility - Own your words. The weasle's way out is to blame others. Nothing to do with "similar situation". Referencing ww1 foes on a sensitive topic in an internationally broadcasted interview is just plain arrogant or naive or dumb.
browny1Feb. 04, 2014 - 09:50AM JST
I agree with other commentators who suggest that the real controversy relates to Abe using an analogy of pre-war England & Germany as an example of how things can "get out of hand".
As I understand his comment was a direct response to a question about Japan & Chinas increasing tension, so referring to a pre-WW1 state, in itself is inflammatory and invites obvious comparisons with the current situation.
If not, simply then, why mention it ???
An attempt to ameliorate the situation by later saying to the effect "I want world peace" is weak.
browny1Feb. 02, 2014 - 05:31PM JST
Had a lazy, hazy day - beers, wine and socializing in the garden.
Came in and checked the news & read the headline as "Insect themed TV anime sparks decency investigation"
Wondered what could be indecent about bugs.
Took me through most of it without nary a mention of a hopper or flea, before I scrolled up to the title again.
Posted in: Incest-themed TV anime sparks decency investigation
browny1Feb. 01, 2014 - 09:45AM JST
Homeland - good luck with your crusade.
But not everyone shares your sentiments of finding joy in following Mr Abe and his cronies nationalistic bent.
Many of my Japanese friends are extremely disturbed and Momii's comments (illegal btw re nhk's charter) and the almost jocular manner in which he made them and spoke in the diet, is enough to sow seeds of doubt in any concerned persons mind about the dangerous agenda on display.
Posted in: NHK chief apologizes in Diet for 'comfort women' comments
browny1Jan. 30, 2014 - 08:11PM JST
As I understand it's the iPS system that has a high ratio of cells turned cancerous and this newly developed STAP system reduces the chance of cancer developing considerably.
Altho many human trials are required in the future. It's early days.
Posted in: Scientists hail breakthrough in embryonic-like stem cells
browny1Jan. 29, 2014 - 09:42PM JST
Of course the situation is under dispute.
It's being argued about and the validity of a status is being questioned.
Doesn't matter if one side disagrees whether there is a dispute or not, because by virtue of the fact of the disagreement a dispute has come into existance.
Posted in: Japan revises teaching manuals, says disputed islands its territory
browny1Jan. 29, 2014 - 11:52AM JST
It's Me - my comment has nothing to do with preferences.
I just said you can't lump the 2 re level of creativity.
I didn't say one is better than the other.
Posted in: Many Japan Today readers hate AKB48 and insult them every chance they get. Yet the megapopular all-girl group has tens of millions of fans in Japan and Southeast Asia. Why so much hate for the group?
browny1Jan. 29, 2014 - 09:12AM JST
Equating AKB48 with GaGa is Waayyy off the mark.
One is formulaic fluff, One is dynamic creativity.
Mar. 12, 2014 - 04:12PM JST
The issue with China, which really was Ishihara pushing the issue, hasn't been handled well and…
Posted in: Is Shinzo Abe doing a good job as prime minister of Japan?
Mar. 12, 2014 - 04:08PM JST
Thank Goodness it was not worse....
Posted in: Homeless men pelted with eggs by youth gang in Matsuyama
Mar. 12, 2014 - 04:03PM JST
This suggests that something was happening inside the airplane that didn't affect the mobile phones, but…
Posted in: Wild theories fill void left by missing Malaysian plane
Mar. 12, 2014 - 03:49PM JST
How does the person that came up with this question know for a fact that Japanese…
Posted in: How come Japanese couples don't say "I love you" to each other as often as their Western counterparts?
Mar. 12, 2014 - 03:48PM JST
People can make all the excuses they wish for China, but no excuse changes the fact…
Posted in: Japan, U.S. differ on China in talks on 'gray zone' military threats