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interuni321Oct. 08, 2014 - 11:23AM JST
This is all true, but let's show a little appreciation for the fact that almost all Japanese leave school with at least the ability to attempt the pronunciation of English words and have some kind of a basic understanding at worst, others of course do learn enough to allow them to become proper speakers with a bit more experience or tuition. Unless you've tried to teach English to people who have never had any English education you'll take this for granted.
Posted in: What’s wrong with English education in Japan? Pull up a chair
interuni321Oct. 08, 2014 - 11:17AM JST
It's not really a matter of opinion is it? The factual answer is that the higher quality digital downloads do offer better quality than either vinyl or CD.
Posted in: Which offers the best sound quality for listening to music?
interuni321Oct. 03, 2014 - 04:06AM JST
Yes of course it should. Other countries should be grateful Japan has cooperated with the UN to such an enormous degree without demanding it up to now. A huge part of the UN budget comes from Japan, the is no excuse for Japan not too have a seat.
Posted in: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wants Japan to have a permanent seat on the U.N. Security Council. Would you support such a move?
interuni321Sep. 28, 2014 - 01:33AM JST
Whatever the history and whatever the risks, you just can't leave something as evil as ISIL roaming around raping and committing genocide with impunity. You have to do something, even if you don' t know the outcome and risk making things worse and indeed even if you caused the problem with your own greed or stupidity in the first place. People that say we should sit back, have no comprehension whatsoever of what its like to be a civilian on the ground when these kinds of people come calling.
Posted in: Britain votes to join U.S.-led airstrikes against jihadists
interuni321Sep. 28, 2014 - 01:30AM JST
I can't imagine falling further than giving up life in Japan for life in the Islamic state. Nightmare just wouldn't do such an experience justice. They really are naive fools, whatever their motivation. But every country has its ignorant and mentally unstable I'm afraid.
Posted in: Gov't trying to confirm report 9 Japanese have joined Islamic State
interuni321Aug. 22, 2014 - 11:07PM JST
Japanese people are not stingy at all, Japanese companies are rather stingy though.
As for the "science" around serotonin, sounds like utter rubbish to me. All humans are extremely closely related, so such a large difference in brain chemistry is highly unlikely.
Posted in: Anxiety makes Japanese stingy, says psychologist
interuni321Jul. 21, 2014 - 09:08PM JST
These kinds of incidents happen in every country every day, and always have, it is simply someone who is mentally disturbed, there has never been a time in Japan's history that this kind of thing didn't happen. Japan is still one of the safest countries on earth, if not the safest.
Posted in: Knife-wielding man arrested on bus in Fukuoka
interuni321Jul. 21, 2014 - 08:36PM JST
Surely 4 numbers from a plate cross referenced with the description of the car and the local area would have only brought up a manageable (even it was a few hundred) number plates, sure in this case the police managed to find her in time, but in many cases this might have been too late.
Posted in: Kidnap suspect said he threatened to kill girl unless she got into his car
interuni321Jul. 10, 2014 - 07:38PM JST
Many police officers are not better than the thugs they are supposed to be stopping, both want the power to bully and abuse others.
Posted in: Mie police officer arrested for indecent acts with school girl
interuni321Jul. 06, 2014 - 02:15AM JST
Of course it wasn't just him, it turns out a significant proportion of children's entertainers over the last 40 off years were serial abusers of children. Makes you wonder if anything like this is going on in Japan, seems hard to believe it isn't and as in the UK everyone is in denial or covering it up in one way or another.
Posted in: Rolf Harris jailed for 5 years, 9 months over sex assaults
interuni321Jul. 06, 2014 - 02:09AM JST
I suspect that this guy is a narcissistic sociopath and honestly believed this would convince people he was innocent or should be let off. It looks like partly an attempt to fake remorse, but at the same time he seems genuinely angry in a toddler tantrum kind of way that he has to explain himself.
Posted in: Lawmaker bawls at press conference over his use of public funds
interuni321Jun. 25, 2014 - 12:43AM JST
I don't see nay mention of a resignation here. For something like that surely any honourable person would resign and seek re-election if they think they deserve a second chance.
Honestly its worse than little school boys.
Posted in: Abe apologizes for LDP member's sexist jeering
interuni321Jun. 09, 2014 - 01:13AM JST
Given the dire lack of the most basic common sense health and safety precautions in Japan, I think it is inevitable that parents will want to use these. For example barriers around drops into rivers and off bridges are often completely inadequate to prevent a toddler falling through, then you have a lack of barriers on train and subway stations and frequent situations where only stairs are available and no elevators. Then there are the crazy drivers in Japan that make every road (most of which have no side walk) death traps.. the dangers go on and on...
Posted in: Should you put your child on a leash? Japanese mothers weigh in
interuni321Jun. 08, 2014 - 09:38PM JST
It's one of the areas Japanese behavior fails in. Drivers here are just so often not paying attention, can't remain calm and make unnecessarily dangerous maneuvers.
I don't have all the answers but starting by banning drivers from watching television at all times when driving a car and ensuring there is not a substantial gap between passing the driving test and actually driving would be two good ideas. Drivers should see driving as being as serious as flying a jumbo jet, people's lives are in your hands, it shouldn't be seen as a mad scramble either physically or socially.
Posted in: 66-year-old driver kicked to death in Osaka; motorcyclist arrested
interuni321May. 25, 2014 - 11:21PM JST
Now is not the time to negotiate over these islands, it is only an attempt to drive a wedge between Japan and its western allies, Russia will just string Japan along and then force it to choose between some of the islands or its alliance with the US and of course Japan will go with the alliance, so a complete and humiliating waste of time. Furthermore Putin is the last Russian leader that will give up any territory.
Posted in: Putin says Russia ready for talks with Japan over disputed islands
interuni321Feb. 01, 2014 - 12:58AM JST
So, so tragic, my heart goes out to the father/husband and family left behind.
Posted in: Mother, 6-year-old daughter killed after car-truck crash in Gifu
interuni321Jan. 20, 2014 - 01:14PM JST
A rather shallow article with some strange examples. I don' t know a single foreigner who has lived in Japan for more than a week that has a problem taking off their shoes in the house, indeed plenty of people in the UK and Europe always remove their shoes when they enter a house. This article just has more of the same old cliches about non-Japanese thinking and indeed Japanese thinking. Not impressed.
Posted in: Foreign men sound off on difficulties of having a Japanese wife
interuni321Jan. 06, 2014 - 12:33AM JST
Don't worry about article 9, it is the other revisions Abe wants to make at the same time, the ones restricting freedoms the Japanese people have enjoyed for 60 years.
Posted in: Abe says it is time to revise pacifist constitution
interuni321Nov. 26, 2013 - 08:24AM JST
Extreme nationalism is ridiculous and dangerous whichever country you are affiliated to. Such thinking and activities only serve to keep politicians in office (on both sides), provide cover for violence that primarily hurts the most vulnerable in society and funds weapons manufacturers and other war profiteers. People need to grow up.
Posted in: China praises Korean assassin whom Japan calls a 'criminal'
interuni321Nov. 26, 2013 - 08:08AM JST
Her brave actions may have saved some very vulnerable people in future from abuse - a rescue worker could well come into contact with vulnerable children and adults in situations where police protection is greatly reduced.
Posted in: Emergency services worker arrested for exposing himself in subway
Oct. 21, 2014 - 07:44AM JST
End of an era. I remember that tumultuous time very well.
Posted in: Former Australian PM Gough Whitlam dead at 98
Oct. 21, 2014 - 07:41AM JST
Suicide? Robbery? Homicide?
Posted in: Woman found dead in car; 11-year-old son also found with stab wounds
Oct. 21, 2014 - 07:37AM JST
The women are just not as experienced as the men in covering their tracks.
Posted in: Justice minister undone by cheap paper fan
Oct. 21, 2014 - 07:36AM JST
Probably pushed to some degree. Now the old boys can say ,"We tried women in politics,…
Posted in: METI Minister Yuko Obuchi resigned Monday over a political fund misuse scandal. Did she fall or was she pushed?
Oct. 21, 2014 - 07:33AM JST
Politicians here have an enormous need for money for gifts to constituents. Legislators have to attend…