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browny1Nov. 23, 2015 - 05:28PM JST
Alba - the less comments the better - eh.
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browny1Nov. 23, 2015 - 11:15AM JST
Awesome and Absolutely.
And of course Absolutely Awesome.
browny1Nov. 23, 2015 - 11:08AM JST
Gallup polls have a general margin of error of + / - 5%, so one could consider the physical unwillingness to go to war of at least 80% of Japanese citizens to be accurate.
Contrary to this, Abe & co would like us to believe all their pro-military, chest puffing and "woe is our poor isle" hype creating a society where 100,000,000 hearts beat as one, marching in step to protect our shores.
Thankfully most don't appear to embracet this narrative and are not willing to follow grandson of kishi down that path.
Posted in: Only 11% of Japanese people willing to fight for their country: Gallup survey
browny1Nov. 22, 2015 - 06:01PM JST
Very disappointing show by the japanese media. Watched 3 games with my wife and daughter and that heart-breaker against Korea. But that's sport. Nothing is ever a given. How disappointing to not know of the broadcast decision and to sit down last night expecting to see the final.
However for the co-host and the host of the world final in Tokyo, to cancel the live broadcast, Japan has showed it is a true "fair weather" sporting nation. It.has little interest in sports in general and just concentrates on Japanese success to the exclusion of others. Posters bringing up other countries bad sportmanship has zero bearing on this case.
Simply, If you want to hold world championsips please accept the fact that your country may not be in the final and show some courtesy to and appreciation of the teams and players that made it to the final. Shoving the live broadcast is an insult.
If you can't do this then stay out of it.
Posted in: Park leads South Korea to 8-0 win over U.S. in Premier12 final
browny1Nov. 22, 2015 - 09:55AM JST
nessie - please read the link you gave then you can understand the corrective statistics you so surely need.
Posted in: Australian court fines Japanese whaling company $1 mil for contempt
browny1Nov. 21, 2015 - 06:37PM JST
As moonraker said.
I'm sure most places in the world in which a similar logistic operation would take place, where the only safe route was on a desiginated track as other lines were still operating, I think you'd find the same behaviour.
To somehow suggest that foreigners - nj - would embark on a free-for-all across active lines just seems extremely naive.
Posted in: In Japan, even the train evacuations are orderly
browny1Nov. 20, 2015 - 04:24PM JST
nessie - your claim re japan not being the largest consumer of seafood is correct - but as always theres, lies, damned lies & statistics.
The 4 places above Japan are low population isands - faroe, greenland, iceland (all arctic circle vicinities where alternative food resources are very limited) and maldives a spot in the middle of the ocean far from anywhere.
Japan is by far the largest consumer of seafood per capita of any place in the world with more than a few hundred thousand people. This is common knowledge - acknowledged by Japan. Why would you try to smoke over that?
And total consumption, regardless of population. will find Japan very near the top, maybe only surpassed by China - but I'm not sure.
And if the total monies expended on the antarctic whaling industry were used to stimulate activity in the general fishing industry, I'd hazard a guess that 1,000s more would benefit much more widely.
browny1Nov. 19, 2015 - 07:46PM JST
Abe - how about coming home and dealing with the mountain of work piling up here, instead of avoiding the hard questions, while sucking up to every foto - op available.
So many critical problems here that need undivided attention / action. Making out you're saving the world by chumming it up is pathetic.
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browny1Nov. 19, 2015 - 09:12AM JST
agree with pidestroika - no guns and limited illegal drug supplies are perhaps 2 of the most critical factors
Of course other factors mentioned all contribute to a general "feeling" of safety, but by removing drugs from the equation a whole world of petty & not so petty crimes are drastically reduced. In my home country, Aust., the level of mugging / bullying for cash, daylight burglaries, break-ins, car theft, shop/business theft etc is much greater than here. Why? most of the stolen items can be exchanged for cash through black market systems or openly through 2nd hand goods sale, garage sales etc. Used TVs, stereos, jewellery, clothes, furniture etc have almost no marketable value in Japan so is not a source of petty money for petty criminals. And often it is the presence of these so called "petty " criminals that create the feeling of a safe or not safe environment. Having dubious bods loitering around to snaffle stuff makes people feel unsafe.
And the relatively non-existence of guns just adds to this feeling of percieved safety. In most advanced cultures, shootings / gun crimes freak people out big time. A few years back some local yakuzas fired a couple of shots from a pistol into the air, in front of a "rivals" building. Took a long while for a sense of calm to return in the local media and folks.
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browny1Nov. 17, 2015 - 12:36PM JST
Simply - the world wide web of media is "western" based and focussed.
And - stories closer to home (ethnically as well as geographically) garner more attention - rightfully or wrongfully.
Hurricane katrina dominated western news for ages.Viewers lived and breathed it. How many similarly devasting typhoons in the Philipines or cyclones in Bangladesh were reported to the same extent and can any one even recall such devastating events.
Headline local media news in my territory last week was a spate of burglaries (3 I think). Does that mean we(us locals) don't care about Beirut? Hardly.
I agree that there is a percieved bias to news by the western media as there is by most media in all locations.
It's always been like this - global society or not.
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browny1Nov. 15, 2015 - 06:41PM JST
shona - everyone I know here washes vegetables thoroughly and peels everything. Why? Because they say the chemicals on them are harmful.
And what exactly is the science behind " they look so clean compared to any other country"???
What a nice clean pretty looking chemical doused apple is better than a pock-marked small organic one?
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browny1Nov. 15, 2015 - 06:33PM JST
Really - a strong commentary on society itself, when men need to take out insurance to protect themselves from the financial etc penalties to be imposed by wrongful sexual harassment.
Posted in: Japanese company offers insurance plan to protect against false train groping accusations
browny1Nov. 15, 2015 - 06:27PM JST
I agree the lack of signals or gates seems strange.
But the law says you must come to a complete stop at all level crossings. Look both ways to ensure it's safe and then proceed to cross as quickly and safely as possible.
Obviously this didn't happen - or it did and there was an element of intent involved. Personally I believe the former to be more likely - rules are for others.
Posted in: Elderly couple killed after their truck hit by train on crossing
browny1Nov. 15, 2015 - 06:20PM JST
commanteer - the UN does focus on such problems. It actually goes from country to country making reports on the state of things in those countries. There are reports for England, Australia, Brazil etc etc.
This report is about Japan and the situation in Japan. It focuses on the acknowledged problems in Japan. It doesn't attempt to balance the degree of "badness" displayed by each and every country in comparison with each other.
Falling into the trap of "well others do worse" adds zilch to the discussion on the problem at hand, ie. the problem of enjo kosai in Japan.
And re your observations of enjo kosai - any links prvding data to "most doesn't involve sex" & "..it's not comparable to the sex trade in other countries" & ".....are just not the norm in Japan" would be appreciated.
Thanking in advance.
Posted in: Japan says U.N. envoy retracts remarks on schoolgirl sex
browny1Nov. 14, 2015 - 04:35PM JST
If hollywood presented a story of this magnitude of evil, no one could ever accept anything less, than this is just the fanciful creativity of gory horror movie makers. Sadly the story is real and impacted on so many. Some particularly heinous portions of this horrid affair took place only kms from where I live in a place as seemingly innocuous as they come.
That a judge could come to a decision that the sentencing was lighter because the accused was in a subordinate position (he killed 3 as a subordinate) is so mystifying. Surely murders are committed by "subordinates" on a regular basis. The cruel Aum killings were all carried out by "subordinates" but I didn't see that influencing the decisions of the court to any great degree.
I am anti-capital punishment, so I don't see any need for revenge killing in this case, but surely judges need to apply a little uniformity across the board in their decision making. I know we are not privy to all details - but this was a shocking case of an evil disdain for human life and needs to be reflected by truly heavy sentences - like life with no possibility of parole. When I think of some who have been executed for far less, I can only question whether judges are as impartial as they try to make out to be.
browny1Nov. 12, 2015 - 08:33PM JST
CH#CHO - if your 1998 % was correct - 2.3% & it may or may not be - then that means out of about 3,500,000 high school girls (not including junior high) that almost 90,000 ere involved.
Shouldn't be acceptable for an advanced society to believe this is an acceptable statistic to tolerate.
browny1Nov. 12, 2015 - 11:26AM JST
The 13% figure for "schoolgirls" was always a ridiculous number as schoolgirls are aged from 6 ~ 18.
But if we focus on highschool girls only - 15yrs ~ 18yrs - ( according to statistics there are about 1,600,000 of them)
a 5% as some have suggested would indicate that about 80,000 girls indulge in EK activities. It could be less or it could be more, but whatever the total number is nothing to brush away.
The problem is not the %, but rather society's / govt acknowledgement that there is a problem and openly discuss the situation and remedial action.
Playing ad nauseum - show us the proof, is just hiding behind reality. Do something.
browny1Nov. 11, 2015 - 10:10PM JST
Tina - thank you. You didn't say anything about only overseas accusations - you said "..in Japan,"
And re inside Japan - really? You don't know of any false accusations made here - esp by police, prosecutors and politicians?
Either you don't read / listen widely or you're taking the mickey out. So no point following up.
browny1Nov. 11, 2015 - 04:59PM JST
tina - you said, "....in Japan, accusing someone without evidence, you'd be finished."
mmm - I guess that doesn't include elements of the constabulary, prosecutors, judges, politicians, corporations etc.
Because a lot of them are far from being done.
browny1Nov. 11, 2015 - 08:52AM JST
With the uttering deliberate detractions, such as "is an 18yr old dated by a 22 yr old enjokosai?" it's no wonder that the crux of the problem is ignored by govt & society.
Oh yes, some things have been done(hardly though, by noticing the ubiquitous nature of the act), but seriously, if the kerb crawling activities of older men lusting after school girls needed to be curbed - it would have been done. From my limited observations this is not primarily an underground activity, but on the street for all to see.
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Nov. 26, 2015 - 01:58PM JST
If true a very sad story.
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