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cornbread1Mar. 08, 2014 - 11:36AM JST
Laws need to reflect the changes in society. Minors back then rarely behaved in such brutish ways, much less, Japan rarely had suspects such as the guy in Kashiwa who simply was bent on killing people before the night was over. Today, however, we have all kinds of criminals across all age groups and the laws need to reflect these changes such as in California where juveniles can be tried as adults.
Posted in: 7 high school students face charges over suicide of classmate
cornbread1Mar. 08, 2014 - 11:21AM JST
Ask any US academic what their globalization strategy is and they will reply along these lines: "X% international students with exchanges with X numbers of universities." Yet, the issues they are currently grappling with are among others inclusion of the international students. The only "international" they have going for them is their language, English, which comes as default.
Posted in: Are Japan’s efforts at internationalization succeeding or not?
cornbread1Feb. 14, 2014 - 03:39PM JST
As with everything cyberspace, there are some shady ones as well as some reputable ones. Then, you always have to understand that people will ONLY write their good points...so it is up to you to peel the onion to find their core.
Posted in: What do you think about online dating sites?
cornbread1Feb. 13, 2014 - 12:51PM JST
As if this matters...it's like asking Americans the popularity of Kim Jong Un or asking Malaysians the popularity of Barack Obama--it has no relevance!
Posted in: Abe as unpopular as Kim Jong-Un, S Korean poll shows
cornbread1Feb. 10, 2014 - 09:33AM JST
bilderberg_2015, don't think anyone can upend Sochi and Russia on that one!
Posted in: Masuzoe says he wants to make Tokyo No. 1 city in world
cornbread1Feb. 10, 2014 - 07:15AM JST
Another empty claim with no action plan...for the sake of Japan and neighboring countries, I hope he does an about face with regard to his stance on nuclear energy.
cornbread1Jan. 06, 2014 - 08:19AM JST
What a big time cop out by the Pentagon chief. Where was such statements when China decided to unilaterally create their new air zones?? It's all about politics and whats in their own interests.
Posted in: Pentagon chief urges Tokyo to improve ties with neighbors
cornbread1Dec. 19, 2013 - 10:41PM JST
Inose actually had a pretty clean record for a politician and he did quite a bit during 3/11. From the outside looking in, this was a case of one poor judgement and going after the low-hanging fruit...you sell your soul to the devil and one day he will come to collect.
Posted in: Inose resigns as Tokyo governor over loan scandal
cornbread1Dec. 18, 2013 - 06:25AM JST
Very very unfortunate that Japan is responding to the regional territorial disputes in such as way...such actions can only worsen any future negotiations and eat up tax payers money on unnecessary weapons.
Posted in: Japan to buy stealth fighters, drones and submarines
cornbread1Dec. 17, 2013 - 05:13AM JST
A wonderful heart-warming story...we could all do this in some way shape or form in our immediate communities!
Posted in: Mystery man puts smiles on kids’ faces with gift of 3,000 books
cornbread1Nov. 28, 2013 - 12:17PM JST
Most of the crimes being committed today are not by serial criminals, but by 'regular' folks who make impulsive and poor choices.
Posted in: Teacher arrested after entering girls' toilet at university at night
cornbread1Nov. 26, 2013 - 03:16PM JST
gaijininfo: on whose scorecard?
It seems to me that the focus of the Japanese airline companies is not their egos, but on the safety and well-being of their passengers. Having said that, in my scorecard, they (the J-airline companies) are more mature and matter of fact about this than how China is coming across--like children.
Posted in: Japanese airlines say they will obey China's air zone rules
cornbread1Nov. 21, 2013 - 08:29AM JST
Lots of half-truths in this poorly thought out article. The real issue is not one of 'nationality' but that of 'organizational culture'--work at any western government organization or college/university and time how fast decisions are made. Probably no different from a J-company. The organizational culture and layers of bureaucracy drags decision making to a snail's pace. Hurdles to decision making need to be first separated into 'organizational' and 'individual' categories, and then analyzed.
Posted in: 8 reasons why Japanese workers are so slow at making decisions
cornbread1Nov. 04, 2013 - 08:09AM JST
Congrats to Tohoku Eagles for their first win! My hats off to Hoshino Manager as he went with Ma-kun to redeem himself after the loss in game 6 to close out a superb season. This was nothing short of a team victory!!
Posted in: Sendai rejoices in Japan Series title
cornbread1Oct. 30, 2013 - 04:41AM JST
This is the least senior execs need to do after blaming their staff for this scandal. The Ritz-Carlton Osaka also need to follow suit for blaming their staff. Reputation takes years to establish but can fall in an instant: customers will stop going to these establishments, as they would stop buying Kao/Kanebo scandal.
Posted in: Hankyu Hanshin Hotels president to resign over menu scandal
cornbread1Oct. 22, 2013 - 09:55AM JST
Uehara is a great example that success is not innate, reserved only for the gifted and talented, but acquired through hard work and practice.
Posted in: Uehara the last choice for Red Sox as closer
cornbread1Oct. 18, 2013 - 08:43AM JST
Hind sight is always 20/20. In the comfort of our security and safety today, anyone can second guess decisions they cannot fathom in the heat of the moment.
If anyone caught the Close Up Gendai last night, NHK crew had footage of the whole ordeal. City officials were up all night when the typhoon hit and several times considered issuing evacuation; however declined due to 2 reasons:
1) It was pouring cats and dogs already for several hours
2) The rain was so heavy that even with the evacuation siren, much less at 2am, officials believed it would cause more harm than good, IF they could even hear the siren from the downpour.
After watching Close Up last night, I really felt thankful to those city officials who do work hard in service to their residents.
Posted in: Izu Oshima mayor under fire for not issuing evacuation order
cornbread1Oct. 02, 2013 - 04:27AM JST
Yes, I do agree that his choices are limited in terms of the sales tax hike, but this is just one piece of the puzzle. He left out the austerity measures such as cuts in staff in Kasumigaseki and Nagatacho. There are so many layers in govt orgs that need to be cut and for once get rid of the Amakudaris. So far, no PM has the guts to tackle this issue.
Posted in: Abe says Japan has no choice but to hike sales tax
cornbread1Sep. 25, 2013 - 07:57PM JST
When Spore was run by Lee Kwan Yew, it was governed very well, but since then, gov't officials--probably the highest paid in all the developed nations--have not only lived off the success of yester-years but have been tactical (as opposed to strategic) and needless to say have lost loads of their citizens money all at the expense of the middle to low class Sporeans and the low-income immigrants:
Posted in: Singapore to tighten rules on hiring of foreigners
cornbread1Sep. 23, 2013 - 06:33AM JST
When one is deluded and deceived, such words come out even as 13 people died last week from assault wepons--we need more guns::
Posted in: 13 dead in shooting rampage at U.S. Navy complex in Washington
Mar. 10, 2014 - 11:22PM JST
The articles always say "loopholes". I don't know what that means but I don't think Japan's…
Posted in: Sea Shepherd claims Japanese whalers attacked its vessels
Mar. 10, 2014 - 11:20PM JST
I have a dog a silky terrier smarter than most people! I can tell my dog…
Posted in: Barking can bite at relationships among neighbors
Mar. 10, 2014 - 11:15PM JST
North Korea is a JOKE and a BAD JOKE at that! Elections?? Hahahaha! They do not…
Posted in: N Korea: Not a single vote cast against Kim Jong Un
Mar. 10, 2014 - 11:13PM JST
This kind of quake for California is no big deal, as long as it is far…
Posted in: M6.9 earthquake strikes off California coast
Mar. 10, 2014 - 11:11PM JST
I don't have an annual salary, i'm one of the innovators helping Japan recover and…
Posted in: Taxzilla's coming! What to do?