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    browny1

    No order but the best I can recall - Adams family, Monty Python, Mash, Fawlty Towers.

    Posted in: What are your most fondly remembered TV shows?

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    browny1

    I know Onan town well. Beautiful place, lovely people.

    Been on many of those roads - never imagined a boulder rolling down.

    Yumi must have just began uni in neighbouring Yamaguchi and came home for the holidays.

    So Sad for all.

    Posted in: 18-year-old girl killed after falling boulder crashes into car on mountain road

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    ghoneim - thanks for your reply.

    No I don't have a background in economics so I won't offer any insider suggestions. But I'm a willing listener and learner - so please tell me what you think Abe has got right (technical is ok - I like learning) and how the people of Japan are benefiting from his programs?

    I live in regional Japan - as do most Japanese - so what goes in Tokyo & major urban-opolises does not necessarily go for the other 80+,000,000 of us.

    Thanking you in advance.

    Posted in: Merkel, Abe differ on how to fix world economy

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    ghoneim - interesting comments.

    Could you elaborate a little on the success stories of Abe and his -nomics. Especially a few facts and data showing how Japan has improved markedly over the last 4 years and in particular how the ordinary good citizens of Japans lives have prospered?

    Posted in: Merkel, Abe differ on how to fix world economy

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    CH3 - nice try - but wrong.

    It clearly states in your own post -

    " Rocks which cannot sustain human habitation or economic life of their own shall have no exclusive economic zone or continental shelf. "

    Nuff said.

    Posted in: Taiwan sends patrol ships after fishing boat seized by Japan

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    presto - based on what?

    Of Australias total population, at the present, almost 30% were BORN overseas. That's right - 30%.

    In the decade to 2013, 140, 000 people were recognized as refugees and admitted to Australia.

    In the 35 years to 2013, humanitarian and refugee grounds were granted to almost 500,000 people.

    In addition the current permanent migration numbers average around 200, 000 per annum.

    As much as I dislike the severity and at times inhumaness of the "boat people" camps, Australia is one of the true multi-cultural societies in the world. It has its fair share of bigots to complicate the process, but it is way, way ahead of many other countries in it's resettlement / migration programmes, esp including this one.

    Posted in: Australia talks tough on asylum-seekers

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    CH3 - I believe nitpicking over the definition of what is a rock, is not what was intended by the original law - article 121.

    I assume they never imagined countries arguing over rock or coral, and that the spirit of the law was that uninhabitable outcrops in the sea can not draw a 200 nautical mile eez.

    As in Portia's "pound of flesh" , I doubt that the Japanese govts view would hold up well in international court.

    And giving legitimacy to okinotori's status as an island must be comforting to China's claims in the south china sea.

    Simply as stated a myriad of times, okinotorishima is Japanese territory and has a 12 nautical mile surrounding zone. Just nonsense to suggest otherwise that a tiny outcrop of a few sqmtrs,can claim 100,000s of sqkm of ocean as soveriegn territory.

    Posted in: Taiwan fishermen protest seizure of boat by Japan

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    Okinotorishima doesn't qualify for island status according to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea which Japan has signed.

    The "island" is a table top sized coral atoll which cannot sustain human habitation on it's own, hence doesn't attract an EEZ status(Exclusive Economic Zone) allowing it to claim territoriality over an area of 200 nautical miles radius from it's shoreline.

    But Japan claims otherwise and has been aggressively concreting for decades. That the atoll belongs to Japan is not in dispute, but as an uninhabitable atoll it can only claim status as a national territory, affording it a zone with a 12 mile radius (I think - I stand to be corrected).

    Regardless, the Taiwanese boat was not in internationally recognized Japanese territory.

    One reason Japan has not joined the public fray with China over it's development of reefs in the south china sea, is that it would attract attention to it's similar development of Okinotorishima. Also US is reluctant to comment because it views the sea / zone around Okinotori as militarily valuable aiding in denying access to China.

    Posted in: Taiwan fishermen protest seizure of boat by Japan

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    A particularly despicable act made with intent.

    Now I'd like to see this carried further to the wider world of education and prosecute some of the teachers / caregivers responsible for causing grievous bodily harm to students in their care - esp in the torrid world of school sports clubs, where broken noses, cheekbones, bruised ribs, swollen ears etc are dealt with a "stern" warning if at all.

    Posted in: Nursery school teacher who forced boy to eat wasabi-laced chicken gets suspended sentence

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    browny1

    jji067 - thanks for your reply.

    As others have suggested random polls don't always reflect reality - but thanks for the info.

    Re your statement most Japanese support Abe - results of the last national election - as I recall - saw Abe garner only about 25% of all possible votes. His party won , in part due to a textbook gerrymander.

    The weakness of an opposition is certainly unwelcomed in any democracy, but one sides lack of support doesn't mean all support flows to the other side.

    As I see it, Abe doesn't have a believing support of the majority.

    Posted in: LDP-backed candidate wins Hokkaido by-election

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    jj1067 - could you qualify your comment re most Japanese like Abe's work, please. Some facts and stats would be helpful.

    Many of the local people I know here loathe him and are not afraid to say so.

    Posted in: LDP-backed candidate wins Hokkaido by-election

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    ghoneim - good luck for your success in your new country. I'm happy you got through the system where 10,000s of others before you have failed.

    But re your statement - why the analysis, just accept the result is a little baffling to say the least.

    Analyzing a topic on a public forum, sharing views, opinions, facts, data, comments etc is what "opening a topic up" is all about. It is part of the democratic process. I'm not sure if you're used to this or not, but often you come across as a flag-waver for Abe with little supportive content, hence some people probably think you are just trolling. And they are probably wrong.

    But in this case - the Hokkaido election - analysis & discussion is very much at the forefront of understanding the political processes and systems in place in Japan.

    Heaven forbid if it comes to "shoganai".

    Posted in: LDP-backed candidate wins Hokkaido by-election

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    daito - agree the Paris 24 logo is about as apt and sharp as they come. Clever.

    Just saw on NHK a spokeperson commenting that the simple design reflects the simple quiet nature of Japanese people. And I'm sure the designer had that in mind.

    All a messy process from start to finish.

    Posted in: Organizers opt for harmony in new Tokyo 2020 Olympic logo

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    CH3 - thanks.

    Those stats puts a more realistic "spin" on grass roots supporters.

    Posted in: LDP-backed candidate wins Hokkaido by-election

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    pauli - agree. More a reflection of an inadequacy in the govt. supported disaster relief process.

    And the money used by yakuza to sponsor such "wonderful aid" comes from illgotten criminal gains - extortion, drugs, pimping, fraud, stealing, racketeering, etc.

    No glory in their actions.

    Posted in: Yakuza quick to mount rescue operations in Kyushu

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    Just a perpetuation of the dynastic psuedo-political machine ideology that wraps much of the country.

    The son in law just step into the shoes of a ready-made.

    Duchamp would be impressed.

    Posted in: LDP-backed candidate wins Hokkaido by-election

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    . How could it have reached this stage and why weren't the powers to be on top of this from the start???

    A big miss in so many areas

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    Tina -

    the rate was over 200 for much of the 80's (high of 270+), strengthening in the bubble peak to 120ish and finishing at around 150

    Posted in: 'Japan as Number One' author Vogel still upbeat on country's future

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    browny1

    The addictive urge to steal - often sundry low value items - is a more serious than acknowledged problem reflecting on other personal and social issues.

    Clinical depression, stress, sense of worth, feelings of entitlement etc can all trigger "out of the blue" unexplained actions. Such troubles are often manifested in minor anti-social actions such as shoplifting as the perpetrator often experiences a brief high and escape from other pressing issues.

    The principal's excuse that times are tough was probably just a blurt to cover up more serious mental worries.

    Kleptomania can be as debilitating an affliction as drug/ alcohol / gambling etc dependency, but society in the main has yet to recognize it as such and lumps it in the "criminal" category. Unfortunately.

    Posted in: School principal arrested for shoplifting in Ehime

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    More Abe ? Suga double speak.

    Amazing how often over the years they have stated we were not understood or the media mis-represented us.

    Politicians the world over hate to be criticized, but Abe & co take the "we're right and you're wrong" to new levels on almost any topic.

    This govt needs to accept there have been some failures with it's economic policies and direction, express the fact and move differently. But spoiled kids don't like to be told.

    Posted in: G20 pact does not rule out currency intervention by Japan: Suga

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