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interuni321Jul. 19, 2016 - 12:31PM JST
Stop saying the Japanese constitution was imposed, it wasn't, it was originally passed by Japanese legislators and has never been seriously challenged, even though it could have been overturned by the Japanese people at any point since it's introduction.
Abe's real intent here is not article 9, it's the civil liberties aspects.
Posted in: Abe says it is his duty to revise constitution; calls for debate
interuni321Jul. 19, 2016 - 12:28PM JST
It's insane Abe's Japanese government is opposing this. It's aspiration anyway, in reality it could be changed in an instant if the situation required it. Just makes JGOV look hypocritical and silly.
interuni321Jul. 18, 2016 - 02:21PM JST
A good article. Yes there are plenty of positives, it could be worse. But ultimately most of it is the inane, lowest common denominator (though admittedly that might be fractionally higher than the UK and US, although the fact that most viewers are over 60 doesn't help much) drivel you get in every country. I certainly don't think things are worse than other countries and dramas and children's TV in Japan are pretty good, albeit we don't have the flashy dramas here you see in the US.
Posted in: The key to loving Japanese TV if you're a foreigner
interuni321Jul. 09, 2016 - 08:05PM JST
There's already loads of space in Japan, certainly outside central Tokyo. Vast areas of untouched forest, and plenty of flat land across the plains, outside Tokyo, the land use is hardly that dense at all. Once all the factory space is reclaimed when 3D printing and other technologies take over, there will be plenty of space left. It's not even like Japan's population is growing or even staying the same.
Posted in: Will smart cities save Japan?
interuni321Jul. 07, 2016 - 12:40AM JST
This wouldn't be nearly such a problem if part time workers and women were properly paid as opposed to exploited for a demeaning and ridiculously small minimum wage thanks to an increasingly neoliberal government deliberately shifting income from poor to rich. When you get such an imbalance, it's only natural that exploitation increases. As the government doesn't even properly cover school fees and expenses for high school students and university students, this further adds to the pressure. I'm not saying some don't do it for luxury items, of course they do, but that's of less concern, we need to worry about people feeling they are forced to do this kind of thing. And being forced to do it is not something people are likely to own up to publicly.
Posted in: More girls turning to sugar daddies to wine and dine them
interuni321Jun. 15, 2016 - 11:45PM JST
Wow, embarrassing. Benji Webb acting like the grandad no one invited to the party, trying to be cool with the kids, but ending up coming across as an immature jerk. Well handled Babymetal, you have class.
At least he has now apologies, might be time to retire though.
Posted in: Babymetal shows maturity as rude UK award presenter repeatedly interrupts speech
interuni321Jun. 03, 2016 - 11:21PM JST
Never been so pleased to be wrong. Thank goodness it turned it ok.
If you look at a nap of the area, its amazing he managed to find shelter, though les lucky that he didn't make contact with a heavy golf course, but the poor kid is 7, maybe he really felt permanently abandoned.
I am amused by all the people saying they can't believe he survived without food for 6 days (I get the impression many people here would be deeply concerned to miss a single meal), most people, even kids, would have little trouble surviving 6 days without food, as long as they had water and out want too cold and they didn't have to exert too much. Still it would have certainly been an unpleasant ordeal. Just glad he's ok.
Posted in: Missing Hokkaido boy found alive in SDF hut in forest after 6 days
interuni321Jun. 01, 2016 - 03:03PM JST
And people wonder why so many idol fans are sick enough in the head to stalk and stab a singer 20 times. Don't encourage these perverts!
Posted in: Want some canned Japanese idol air? Smartphone virtual crane game offering exactly that as prize
interuni321May. 31, 2016 - 10:38PM JST
This really is bizarre story. Surely Japanese police helicopters have thermal imaging. Have the police pulled the cell phone records of the parents to establish their location over the prior days? Have they interviewed the family separately? Have they pulled CCTV images of the family's route? Have they corroborated the stone throwing with other people in the area? Have they searched the parents' house and garden as well as other local areas? Really while I wouldn't accuse the parents of murder, situations like this around the world sadly often turn out to be far from the straight forward explanation the parents offer. The risk of kidnap by a 3rd party is small but not non-existent. The child may also have been knocked down. I really hope the police are being more savvy and competent than it's coming across.
Posted in: Searchers struggle with lack of clues to fate of missing 7-year-old boy
interuni321May. 31, 2016 - 01:15PM JST
Despicable that smokers should kill their partners (usually women looking at the stats) by lazily smoking in their home or car (I assume smoking in offices is not allowed these days, maybe wrong.)
interuni321May. 31, 2016 - 01:12PM JST
Sadly I'm also very suspicious. The sister should be taken into protective custody for the time being and gently questioned if possible. The parents should also be questioned separately.
interuni321May. 30, 2016 - 11:16PM JST
Er, that's not a reason to stab someone.
Where do these pathetic losers get their ridiculous sense of entitlement? She owed him nothing, not even the time of day.
interuni321May. 30, 2016 - 11:07PM JST
Terrible case very fishy.
But I'd point out that there are 120m people in Japan, so one father's actions can hardly be taken as representative by anyone. Also it is absolutely not ok under Japanese law to leave a 7 year old alone, although admittedly many people do it.
Posted in: Missing 7-year-old boy left in mountains by parents as punishment
interuni321May. 30, 2016 - 10:55PM JST
The fact that Japanese tourists and journalists keep getting themselves into these problems suggests something is lacking in Japanese news media or education. I do get the feeling many Japanese have a Disneyesque view of the world and having grown up in such a safe country they cannot fathom the danger that exists in other countries, of course it's not everyone, there are plenty of Japanese who do get it, but in Japan it seems to be a problem that affects even well educated people who should know better. When westerners get caught they seem more likely to have known the risks they were taken it come from religious backgrounds that also make them blind to the risks they face.
Posted in: New photo of Japanese journalist missing in Syria appears with message plea for help
interuni321May. 30, 2016 - 10:44PM JST
Yes, but the president should be there too and while he can regret the loss of life he probably shouldn't apologize either. While Pearl Harbour was a sneak attack and Hiroshima was genocide, the logic of not apologising for Hiroshima applies to Pear Harbour, more so probably. Not to mention Pearl Harbour was carried out by a non democratic regime that had ceased power by violence, Hiroshima was carried out by western democracies that still exist today.
Posted in: Do you think Prime Minister Shinzo Abe should visit Pearl Harbor to reciprocate for President Barack Obama’s historic trip to Hiroshima?
interuni321May. 26, 2016 - 03:47AM JST
Be nice people:)
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interuni321Apr. 19, 2016 - 02:10PM JST
Fine to cover it as an amusing anecdote, but it's just an innocent administrative mistake. There was and is no security threat from this, as it's not an error that could have been predicted, and is unlikely to be repeated. People wishing to enter Japan illegally are most likely to come by sea anyway.
Posted in: 159 passengers enter Japan without passing through immigration at Narita
interuni321Apr. 08, 2016 - 03:01AM JST
I'm not really in favour of the state executing people. In the US for example the justice system seems insane at times and there seems to be quite a high chance some people getting executed are innocent or the crimes are not always absolutely beyond despicable. In Japan every time I read about a death row inmate it seems they are usually clearly guilty, confirmed by pretty much indisputable evidence and often a continuing admission of guilt and their crimes are often completely despicable and while I might not agree with the state using the death penalty I feel so angry at the crimes these people have committed that I feel no urge to make an effort to save them and opposing the death penalty in Japan falls way down my todo list. I know there are lots of counter arguments to this, but I have to prioritize somehow and I suspect others do too. Japan doesn't execute a lot of people for a population of 120 million and I've never seen a case where someone was actually executed and it looked like they hadn't done it or the case was too minor to deserve it.
Finally due to the tiny number of executions, the amount of evidence needed to convict and the level of crime that has to be committed most people will also feel they are not at any risk of being wrongly executed by the state, whether there is actually a risk or not.
interuni321Apr. 07, 2016 - 06:35PM JST
McDonalds Japan has a stinginess problem. This results in host of sins: certainly there is a cleanliness problem, especially in older restaurants, and even in newer ones they lack the required number of staff to keep up. I feel the staff are over worked and under paid as well, generally there isn't a problem with the attitude of staff (like there often is in other countries). The food is not high quality enough or healthy enough, it is still full of trans fats for example which have been eliminated from McDonalds in many other countries (what does that say about their attitude to their Japanese customers). When they do get a winning item on the menu they usually soon retire it (I guess because it had ingredients that cost too much). They also have a problem with their prices which are pretty outrageous, especially on drinks and fries. Their social media and IT strategy is also patchy and stingy, they don't have apps for all devices (not even a windows one) and they changed the apps so that the coupons only work for 40 minutes or so, that's not respecting customers. Finally in some new restaurants they have opened a premium counter for premium items, but service there is extremely slow and takes staff away from their duties in the rest of the restaurant which is just silly. Bottom line is that McDonalds Japan overtly cares only about making every last yen it can from customers, there is no long term strategy or respect for customers. BUT if they really had a change of heart they could turn it around, but that probably won't happen until they get into desperate financial trouble and saving the business in the long term becomes more important than making a few extra yen in the current quarter. McDonalds in the US needs to step in and demand McDonalds Japan sort themselves out before they damage the global brand.
Posted in: McDonald's Japan wonders where its customers went
interuni321Feb. 16, 2016 - 03:30AM JST
Disgusting, it's one thing to kill yourself, but only a total loser kills someone else first.
Posted in: Couple found dead in murder-suicide in Nagoya apartment
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