daito_hak's past comments

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    daito_hak

    As for minors receiving suspended sentences, if this is as prevalent as you say, it shouldn't be hard to come up with a number of examples.

    Well, it's in fact difficult to come with a big list of examples and pretending that they could easily come up with a number of examples is a little bit dishonest. There are quite numerous juvenile crimes in Japan, and it's impossible to follow them and really know what happened for each case and how those minors were treated after their crimes.

    However we do have a reference for judgement and it's the Kobe case in 1997 where a 14-year old boy killed two children and injured three others in brutal attacks that left one of the victim decapitated. This boy then spent seven years in a medical reformatory for juveniles and was released in 2004. Today this is a free man who tries to sell a book recalling his murders. Seven years is nothing in regards to what he did, moreover in medical reformatory. So you would be quite dishonest to argue that this isn't a suspended case and that Japan justice system is broken. If it can't condemn properly such a murder, how could it possibly do for other juvenile crimes?

    I am sure that someone else can find other examples, but I guess you get the idea.

    Posted in: 19-yr-old woman held for murder after body found following apartment fire

  • 7

    daito_hak

    At that time, there were over 200 people playing in the pool.

    I would never, but never put my 5 years old child in a pool with so much people inside and where everything gets just too confusing with that mass of people. This is simply asking for serious troubles.

    Posted in: 10 water-related deaths reported across Japan on Sunday

  • -1

    daito_hak

    Japan is the country with most ferries going everywhere. But its the safest by far

    Total non sense, the busiest single ferry route (in terms of the number of departures) is across the northern part of Øresund, between Helsingborg, Scania, Sweden and Elsinore, Denmark.

    Also note that the busiest seaway in the world is the English Channel that connects Great Britain and mainland Europe with also a dense traffic of ferries that mainly go to French ports, such as Calais, Boulogne, Dunkirk, Dover, Dieppe, Roscoff, Cherbourg-Octeville, Caen, St Malo and Le Havre. Ferries from Great Britain also sail to Belgium, Denmark, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain and Ireland.

    And concerning safety in Japan, without a number backing up your claim, you will have a hard time convincing me. But since I suspect that you are making that up, I am not holding my breath for you to show us some numbers.

    Posted in: Japan ferry on fire off coast, 'passengers evacuated'

  • -2

    daito_hak

    @kickboard

    This was reported by the Asahi Shinbun a few months ago.

    Posted in: Health fallout from Fukushima mainly mental: studies

  • -2

    daito_hak

    In contrast to the 1986 explosion in Chernobyl that provoked an increase in thyroid cancer among children in affected areas and perhaps other cancers yet to be detected, the Fukushima debacle is unlikely to cause hikes in cancer rates due to radiation exposure, according the a 2013 UN scientific report.

    UN report seems according to a lot of experts misguided as it relies on false data largely manipulated by the Japanese government notably because the radiation data are not reliable. It's not possible to establish a direct link between the increase of thyroid cancer and the Fukushima disaster yet BUT an oversight committee looking at the health of people living in Fukushima has determined that:

    1) the thyroid cancer rate in young people has jumped by an astounding 6,000% throughout the region since the disaster first occurred back in 2011.

    2) there is a strong similarity between the age profiles of patients diagnosed during the period of latency after Chernobyl in Ukraine and currently in Fukushima.

    So some real questions remain here and until relievable data is available (which may be never), no final conclusion can be made. But one can still wonder that such an increase is disturbing.

    Now, it also been reported that the difficulties in tracking back the reason of this increase is the regional government actively blocked such research from being conducted in the days and weeks following the disaster, an university professor reporting that he was stopped in trying to measure exposure levels after the explosions by the Fukushima Prefecture, which accused him of stirring up trouble. Sounds Japanese to me, isn't it?

    However another professor could measure 65 Fukushima residents one month after the disaster and 77% of them had radioactive iodine in their thyroid.

    Posted in: Health fallout from Fukushima mainly mental: studies

  • 1

    daito_hak

    You don't know about apples either. Chez cleo we eat a lot of fruit and never, not once, ever, have I paid as much as 250 yen for a single apple. 500 yen for a bag of four is around average. That's a lot more than it could be, but let's not exaggerate.

    I totally believe you when you say you never paid more than 250 yen for an apple, but they do sell some variants of apples that they claim are better at a price higher than 500 yen each. I saw it no later than today in the supermarket, it was around 520 yen, I don't remember the variant name. They definitely looked better than the Aomori apples which were sold for 213 yen each but at 520 yen, I just imagined the ugly face of the oyaji trying to rip me off with this price and hated him a lot.

    And by the way, Japanese farmers are heavily subsidized here, with our tax money. But they still charge insane prices the same people (us) that pay for their subsidies. What to say more....

    Posted in: Japanese butter on the table in Pacific trade talks

  • 5

    daito_hak

    @siniestro

    Here we go again with the Chinese and American argument. Look, just go to Europe, a lot of the production of vegetables and fruits is done there, the quality is way better (including for the part which is imported) and the safety is also better than Japan. But people pay way less than in Japan. The uncomfortable truth is that people are ripped off in Japan by a bunch of crooks, they really are.

    The safety argument is not valid at all because I can pay for 200 yen a kilo of apples in Europe and they are as safe as the single apple they are selling me here for the same price but with lower quality. The two melons that I can buy there for 500-600 yen are as safe and are better than the single melon they are selling me here for a much higher price (often several thousands of yen). You can basically say the same thing for all overpriced vegetables and fruits sold here.

    So you maybe guessed it but the safety argument doesn't hold water at all.

    Posted in: Japanese butter on the table in Pacific trade talks

  • 20

    daito_hak

    I am also sick of paying ridiculous prices in Japan for vegetables and fruits, sick!

    I do understand that farmers in any country need to live from their work, but in Japan they just went too far (distributors having also their share of responsibilities). This an organized racket of consumers, they just don't charge a fair price for fruits and vegetables. The reality is that we get to pay high prices for low quality. I mean a totally basic Apple for more than 200 Yens each is insane. I bought the other day a melon for 1000 Yen, it was basically totally melted inside. A peach for 300-500 Yens each, sold not mature enough (some are sold more expensive that that). A few tiny strawberries or cherries sold between 600 and 1000 yen. Tiny lettuces sold more almost 200 Yens each or sometimes more. Basically we have to deal with outrageous prices for any kind of fruits, and most begetables. Which by the way is also true for meat and milk.

    That's enough. Japanese farmers can't produce enough good quality vegetables and fruits for the country but with the help of government, those "gangsters" locked the market with the result that apathetic Japanese consumers are paying ridiculous prices for small and poor quality products. In fact Japanese are so easy to cheat that's depressing, they still think that they are being sold good quality products.

    Enough with this.

    Posted in: Japanese butter on the table in Pacific trade talks

  • 7

    daito_hak

    Not suitable for kids?

    Yeah sure, seems to me that they are coming up with a ridiculous reason that makes no sense at all in order to hide an outrageous censorship machine driven by an authoritarian government that keeps proving to the world that Japan's democracy is a joke.

    Posted in: Japan artist battles museum over works mocking government

  • -1

    daito_hak

    Show me ONE woman who was regularly murdered. Are you suggesting there are zombie-women in Japan?

    No, no it's more that actually you can't read properly."

    Posted in: Man arrested for killing woman after fireworks date

  • 0

    daito_hak

    You mean in this world. This isn't a Japan-specific thing.

    No it's not of course Japan specific, but Japan likes to call itself an ultra civilized country with the perfect social model. However I do observe that in terms of violence against women (and the lack of equal rights given to them) Japan is closer to India than Europe for example.

    Posted in: Man arrested for killing woman after fireworks date

  • 6

    daito_hak

    ok, the guy is a total eff up, but why in the world would you go back to a guyy's apartment on a first date?!?! and especially someone that you met online

    Could we please stop with this? What? It's her fault now?

    We are not savage, I still hope that people can still meet each other even having previously only be in contact indirectly online without anyone ending dead.

    The problem is not the woman going to a guy apartment, we wouldn't say that a guy shouldn't go to a girl apartment on first date, would we? No the problem is the intolerable violence towards women. There is no reason that a women should risk her life because she decided (for which she has all rights to do so without being judged) to visit someone's apartment, being the one of a man or not.

    The real shame here is that there is way too much violence towards women, and that must stop. Blaming her for going to his place on first date is not going to help women's cause. Really not.

    Posted in: Man arrested for killing woman after fireworks date

  • 1

    daito_hak

    People swim in a giant pool

    Swim? JapanToday should refer to the definition of swimming in the dictionary. Those people are at best wading in water.

    And I would really be interested to know what kind of defect in the brain would push people to conglomerate so miserably in a child pool with balloons hitting their face, dudes with their clothes (which tells a lot on the hygiene level...) and all around women wearing ugly swimming suits. What's even the point?

    Posted in: Packed pool

  • 6

    daito_hak

    Well she joins the long list of women being regularly murdered by men in this country.

    What a waste, some people just come to kill someone so easily and of course we get again the usual losing temper reason. Because apparently in the mind of this sick personage, "losing temper" is an absolutely valid reason to kill a 22 years old woman who had her life before her.... What a society.

    Posted in: Man arrested for killing woman after fireworks date

  • 4

    daito_hak

    Right back at you. I found this useful information.

    How can this be? If they would have been Japanese, no mention that they were "Japanese nationals" would have appeared because the nationality has nothing to do with this tragic accident. So why the need to indicate the nationality for Chinese people? Makes no sense and I don't think that's difficult to understand that it makes no sense, is it?

    It's like that they are saying "ok they are just Chinese nationals so no need to care."

    Posted in: 4-year-old girl dies after falling from 12th floor

  • 1

    daito_hak

    No, there have been other accounting scandals in the past.

    I am surprised the list doesn't include the Kanebo accounting fraud in 2005. There were also hundred of billions of yen involved in the scandal....

    how does Japan do so well in corruption perception index

    That's the all problem of this perception index, it's just trying to measure a perception. But knowing how biased (not to say clueless) Japanese are about what it is going on around them, this perception index is just meaningless.

    Posted in: Toshiba scandal: A blow to Japan Inc's reputation

  • 1

    daito_hak

    19 places broke temperature records in Japan last week

    If you mean that the records were for all time, you are wrong. Those temperature records were for the particular time of the year they occurred. In absolute values, the same high temperature happen every year in Japan in the Kanto and Kansai regions. Like tokyoclambake said, Japan is not Norway, those high temperatures happen every year, it's not like that the population is foreign to it.

    We would then expect far less people treated for heat exhaustion (even though this number is arguably still low when reported to the total population living in very hot areas) which really comes down to a lack of common sense when dealing with heat that the people have here combined with the reason of having abused for decades the air conditioning to a point that they can't adapt anymore to the heat.

    Posted in: 6,165 treated for heat exhaustion in week to July 19

  • 5

    daito_hak

    @Strangerland

    You are right, he basically said that he will resign from his current POST, not that he is walking away from the company.

    And the other astonishing thing is that one of the executive involved in pressuring his subordinates to inflate profits, Sasaki, is actually a member in various government panels, and also a vice chairman of Keidanren, the nation’s most powerful business lobby.

    This is baffling, and when I say that corruption is deeply entrenched int his country, people say me no it isn't. Well it is....

    Posted in: Toshiba president, 7 senior execs quit over Y150 bil scandal

  • 4

    daito_hak

    stepped down after an independent report found senior management complicit in a years-long scheme to pad profits.

    Yeah yeah independent report. They make it appear that an investigation was necessary to figure out who was responsible for this mess. There is no way that this didn't come from above, I hardly believe that a few bunch of minions could have decided one day after waking up to just try to change by billions of yen the company accounting. Makes no sense.

    They are making all this staged media frenzy to make the world believe that this needed an investigation to find who was responsible but they do know that this is basically how Japan Inc. works. Just let's try to make it appear less embarrassing to the world.

    Toshiba had a corporate culture in which management decisions could not be challenged,”

    This is how all Japan works, hardly limited to Toshiba.

    And I notice that none of those high-level executives are being prosecuted right away for what is a serious affair here. However they did put a foreign women (the ex-Toyota executive) in jail for three weeks for no charge.

    the world’s first laptop personal computer

    Hardly true as this self claimed by Toshiba and one can argue that previous machines hitting the market before the Toshiba T1100 were also laptop computers. But anyway...

    Posted in: Toshiba president, 7 senior execs quit over Y150 bil scandal

  • -1

    daito_hak

    @Daniel Neagari

    Go to travel to Europe, you should find what you are looking for.

    And frankly I don’t follow your argument here which I found intellectually limited. What are you saying here? That it’s ok to have two entities with immature people in command of a large military strike force (one of them having a nuclear arsenal)? Sorry the usual argument "it's the same elsewhere" is not convincing at all, moreover being even utterly wrong for this specific topic.

    Posted in: Japan's defense paper slams China's maritime claims

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