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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
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.
interuni321Dec. 13, 2015 - 07:17PM JST
The first thing the government should do is fully support the children it has this would raise the birth rate as parents wouldn't worry about his they could afford to raise additional children. The government should also pay cash to families directly for each child they have.
It's crazy to focus on immigration as the primary policy. Japan should make it easier for those who have studied at a Japanese university or who have made an effort to study Japanese to get residency as well.
Posted in: Japan needs immigrants to boost population: minister
interuni321Nov. 24, 2015 - 10:33PM JST
Japan probably has the best educated population in the world and more or less the highest standard of living and peace having avoided war for 70 years so of course they are going to be highly skeptical of their government going to war. Of course the problem is these days countries don't need to have the population behind them in order to start and engage in war. I expect more would be willing to defend Japan against an actual invasion on Japanese soil (which would almost certainly never happen).
Posted in: Only 11% of Japanese people willing to fight for their country: Gallup survey
interuni321Nov. 24, 2015 - 02:02PM JST
News flash, most western employees hate these "western style" end of year parties. Sometimes they have themes like 70s style, yuck.
The key is to view these parties not as a real party where you can have fun ir relax but as a chance to impress your bosses with your charm and eloquence, and sobriety.
Posted in: Survey shows most Japanese employees don’t like Western-style work socials
interuni321Nov. 10, 2015 - 08:31PM JST
I share concerns about nationalism etc... But to be fair nothing this ex-sdf guy said that is mentioned in the JT article seems that unreasonable to me. It's quite a relief to hear there is a sensible system for controlling firearms, not 100% failsafe, but it must be one of the best in the world. I also agree a fully volunteer army is preferable for many reasons. And while I don't support conscription, he's probably right that a little discipline for young adults would benefit them, though the violation of their freedom by conscription might also do damage to them.
Posted in: Ex-JSDF commander: Mass murders by disturbed soldier could never happen in Japan
interuni321Nov. 10, 2015 - 12:41AM JST
Sad to see some people blaming the victims as usual. Also considering how many people use smartphones for innocent purposes on escalators, this guy must have really been going at it for someone to have spotted it and taken action. Good to know this guy will no longer have easy access to children and a position of authority over them.
Posted in: Teacher arrested for taking upskirt photos of schoolgirl
interuni321Nov. 10, 2015 - 12:34AM JST
Depends what you mean by eventually... depends what you mean by win too actually....
Posted in: Which side do you think will eventually win the dispute between the central government and the Okinawan government over the planned relocation of the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station from Futenma to the Henoko area of Nago?
interuni321Nov. 09, 2015 - 01:07AM JST
I don't support the death penalty on principle, but I think a certain level of offender (i.e. serial or child murders) should be kept in a facility where any attempt to escape will be met with immediate, unrestrained lethal force, some people are so dangerous they must never have a chance to kill again.
Posted in: Do you support the death penalty?
interuni321Nov. 09, 2015 - 01:00AM JST
I would say sometimes, in some situations with great concern for the animal's well-being. Researchers must avoid suffering (notice didn't say unnecessary). Animals which have a high likelihood of being sentient such as great apes and dolphins should probably be as well protected as humans. We should certainly phase out animals tests as soon as there are alternatives available.
Posted in: Do you support drug companies using animals for testing in order to develop new medicines for humans?
interuni321Nov. 09, 2015 - 12:54AM JST
Bullying is a terrible problem in every country, at least in Japan it rarely amounts to direct threats to a child's life, although obviously that's no comfort when it is so severe that it drives a child to suicide. There are huge pressures on children from 12 in Japan, they change schools at that age and many get sent to Juku on top of regular school emphasizing the difficult struggle they are expected to compete in in the future. Parents need to ensure children feel able to speak to them about trouble they are having, and gaining that trust is not something that a parent can achieve by words alone, parents need to build up a history of going to bat for their kids and getting results - sometimes that might mean taking on teachers or changing schools etc... of course not all parents are up to that either and so can't always be blamed. Really schools and teachers are the professionals, they have a responsibility to assume that bullying is going on and be proactive at stamping it out.
Side note: Although it's true there is a tenancy to sweep trouble like this under the carpet in Japan, that tenancy is very much alive and well within schools in the west too. I don't believe there is a special problem in Japanese schools.
Posted in: 12-year-old boy jumps to death in Nagoya subway; leaves suicide note
interuni321Nov. 09, 2015 - 12:45AM JST
Absolutely horrific. The murderer was obviously very mentally ill. I'm not sure if anyone is to blame, anymore than a natural disaster, seems like this guy's DNA may have had an unlucky combination from birth. Not sure the police could be blamed here, he wasn't quite foaming at the mouth, and they can't just detain anyone acting a bit strangely, and then the question is whether this guy tried to seek help for his mental illness, but that seems very unlikely. If Peru was rich enough to have a very good health system then it might have been picked up earlier, but plenty of people with bad mental health go untreated even in Japan. Just a very sad case. Only improved technology to help screen for mental illness and treat it can prevent these kinds of incidents happening again in future.
interuni321Nov. 09, 2015 - 12:30AM JST
I hesitate to advocate blanket public CCTV because we don't want a surveillance state, but clearly we need blanket CCTV, at least on lines where there is a chikan problem. Couldn't the police put in temporary hidden CCTV, or operate stings, or something?! I mean it's not like they have much other real crime to deal with is it? And for those caught more than once (why more than once? Because accidents and malicious accusations can happen) the penalties have to be pretty harsh, i.e. prison, and big fines. Attacks like these can destroy the lives of victims.
Posted in: Schoolgirl seeking crowdfunding to produce anti-train groper pins
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Apr. 30, 2016 - 06:34AM JST
996+172=1168 It seems the protesters ensured Trump will capture enough delegates.
Posted in: Trump makes case to GOP insiders amid chaotic protest scene
Apr. 30, 2016 - 06:29AM JST
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Apr. 30, 2016 - 06:27AM JST
I wonder how many took him up on the offer? It's strange that one of the…
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Apr. 30, 2016 - 06:18AM JST
sad to hear
Posted in: North Korea sends another U.S. citizen to prison
Apr. 30, 2016 - 06:14AM JST
nice to hear, enjoy and release some stress, even stay home and rest is nice
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