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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:)
Posted in: Obama arrives for summit
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
interuni321Feb. 16, 2016 - 03:24AM JST
And people want to build casinos all over Japan. I'm usually a libertarian, but allowing gambling is a disaster for everyone except the owners. If it's not about money set a limit on stakes of under 100 yen or something, otherwise just get rid of all gambling completely. We don't allow cocaine or heroine, so why gambling? Why do we need it?
Posted in: Couple arrested for locking up 6-year-old boy in bathroom
interuni321Feb. 16, 2016 - 03:21AM JST
The constitution could use with being tidied up, but unfortunately the risk that some rights and freedoms will be taken away from the Japanese people in the process is far too great. At the very least any referendum should allow votes on every single line/issue, not be an all or nothing change. If it's just yes or no to lots of changes, they are going to slip in some really horrific things alongside the reasonable ones.
Posted in: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who wants to amend part of the war-renouncing Article 9 of Japan’s Constitution, argues that the Constitution was created during the U.S. occupation after World War II, and that some parts of it do not fit into the realities of the current period. Do you agree with his statement?
interuni321Feb. 02, 2016 - 03:37PM JST
It's really none of the public's business, we should respect the privacy of all parties in this matter. It certainly shouldn't affect their careers. Japan is NOT the Islamic State or Saudi Arabia. People should be able to manage their personal lives however they see fit (genuine criminality aside). Also why is it always the woman who gets blamed? We don't know who is responsible in this case, it could be any of the three people involved, all or none.
Posted in: Becky in hot water over rumored affair
interuni321Dec. 24, 2015 - 03:34PM JST
There is no reason why over 65s should not face rigorous retesting procedures, surly the right to life of our kids is more important than the privileged of the elderly to drive. When I got my license renewed last time, there were quite a few elderly people in front of me who were clearly struggling on the eye test but were still passed through, I think it would be pretty easy for them to cheat at it as well. Importantly it's not just eye sight, they need to test for early signs of dementia as well.
Posted in: 80-year-old driver arrested after his car hits, kills 15-year-old girl
interuni321Dec. 24, 2015 - 03:31PM JST
If they couldn't find him on the immigration data base using his finger prints he either came in without going through immigration (very easy to do via a small boat) or he came in before Japan started taking finger prints (I think they take eye scans now too don't they). It's amazing these people can cruise around Nagoya in the small hours in their dodgy cars dealing drugs and virtually never get stopped by the police. I'm glad we live in a fairly liberal country, but even so.
I don't think this has anything whatsoever to do with funding terrorism.
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Jun. 25, 2016 - 05:15AM JST
Maybe US military officials are trying to avoid Okinawans people may decide to become independent from…
Posted in: No July 4 fireworks at U.S. bases in Japan after Okinawa murder
Jun. 25, 2016 - 05:06AM JST
Gives a new perspective to "head in the park".
Posted in: Human body parts found in Tokyo park pond
The remain camp have always been bourgeois as can be and the the temper tantrums on…
Posted in: British PM David Cameron to resign after Brexit humiliation
Jun. 25, 2016 - 05:04AM JST
There's not enough detail to ascertain, but if her father had been abusive or had emotional…
Posted in: Woman jailed for 4 years for murder, assisted suicide of parents
Jun. 25, 2016 - 05:02AM JST
So the yen is rising again, after Japan artificially tried to devalue it. Good. Time to…
Posted in: Asian central banks, policymakers wade in to calm markets after Brexit vote
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