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interuni321Jun. 22, 2015 - 07:12PM JST
I don't blame the officer for firing a warning shot, but is it safe to fire shots in the air, presumably they come back down at killing velocity. I guess firing into the ground risks a ricochet. Certainly better than the US where the guy would probably have been Swiss cheese. In the UK I think unarmed police could still have dealt with him safely with pepper spray or tazars.
Posted in: Policeman fires warning shot after truck thief threatens him with hatchet
interuni321Jun. 17, 2015 - 07:03PM JST
I suspect some bitter old manager was particularly irritated by this lady as it sounds from the article like she may be a single mother and she is 40, could be some jealousy at work too. There's no reason why she shouldn't file a case a year or two later, often it takes that long to get over the sick of being treated badly. Dinosaur companies like this in Japan and abroad will only change when they are made to pay up. I hope she holds out for everything she claimed. As someone who has used JAL before it irritates me to hear of such nastiness by the company and makes me reluctant to use them again. Wake up JAL.
Posted in: Flight attendant sues JAL for 'maternity harassment'
interuni321May. 26, 2015 - 03:28PM JST
Oh come on, this is a non-story. If trains can't survive a small light weight toy landing on the tracks then the trains have a problem. This focus on drones seems to be a conspiracy to get them banned thereby protecting industries that don't want to see drone competition.
Posted in: Drone falls onto elevated train tracks in Hokkaido
interuni321May. 26, 2015 - 03:26PM JST
Although the US helped with some of the drafting it was finally determined and agreed to freely by Japanese. It also can't be said that it doesn't match the modern world, if anything it better matches the modern world than it did when it was drafted (the world is far more peaceful now than it has ever been.)
What worries me more than potential changes to article 9 would be changes to the civil liberties aspects of it, currently they're the strongest in the world, Japan can't afford to water those down.
If the constitution must be changed it should be voted on line by line, not changed in one fell swoop with an all or nothing vote.
Posted in: Conservative Japanese want to rewrite the U.S-drafted constitution because they say it does not reflect the realities of the modern world. Would you support a revision of Japan’s constitution?
interuni321May. 26, 2015 - 03:20PM JST
If it's just a brief whisper then it's fine, but if it's a prologued and / or loud conversation then it's not acceptable. There are people sleeping on the train, reading, working and it's not like you can move away so talking loudly into a mobile is inconsiderate. Worth noting 9/10 times it's an older Japanese person doing it.
P.S. It's pretty intolerant criticising someone's language skills when they're speaking to their wife LOL. There are worse things to worry about in the world.
Posted in: Does it bother you when people talk on smartphones on buses, trains or in restaurants?
interuni321Apr. 21, 2015 - 09:26PM JST
The real problem is not marriage in Japan, but work in Japan. Married or not, most Japanese men (and female full time workers) are total slaves to the companies they work for. Women in contrast are forced out of the work force to a large degree and thereafter either look after children (pretty much on their own in most cases) or have the largely forced status of kept women, which is good in some ways and for some people, but very limiting and depressing for others. Most Japanese couples/families hardly get to spend any time with each other, leading to a lot of misery, defective relationships, and in some cases (like above) resentment. This is all aggravated by the fact that many Japanese couples don't really marry out of love, but more the men marry women as trophies and the women marry the husbands for status and income, production of children is like a business partnership. This is not all Japanese couples, but I'd say still more than half, depending on how you measure it.
Primarily Japan needs to free company workers from slave labour conditions (even if they do generally get paid well for their slavery) as well as promoting proper equality in the work place, thus freeing women from dependence on male breadwinners and allowing more marriages to be based on true compatibility.
The concerns about treatment of men in divorces is also a problem that needs addressing.
However, I don't think men in Japan can say they have it any worse than women, not when you consider it from all angles.
Posted in: Japanese men share a list of common male woes before and after marriage
interuni321Mar. 15, 2015 - 02:32PM JST
Leave them alone I say, yes I have serious concerns about the way that while business works, but that's no reason to hate on the women themselves. Seriously if AKB48 are your biggest concern, you are not nearly adequately in touch with the serious problems currently facing Japan and the world.
Posted in: Many Japan Today readers hate AKB48 and insult them every chance they get. Yet the megapopular all-girl group has tens of millions of fans in Japan and Southeast Asia. Why so much hate for the group?
interuni321Feb. 26, 2015 - 01:40AM JST
The TPP will simply accelerate the movement of wealth from the 99% to the 1% or maybe 0.1%
Provisions in the TPP massively undermine democratic sovereign power in favour of rule making by large corporations, it's an affront to democracy.
In Japan though, especially it will have a devastating impact. Pretty much everything that's good about Japan relies on the corporate socialism system, this would be wiped out overnight if Japanese companies had to compete under the TPP.
Posted in: Should Japan join the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade pact, which seems to be stuck over differences between Japan and the U.S.?
interuni321Feb. 24, 2015 - 07:42PM JST
A better and more realistic question would be low paid worker with kind personality vs richer guy who is a sociopath. It was too easy to discount the good looking guy and too easy to accept the rich guy.
Posted in: Magazine asks women if they’d rather date an ugly millionaire or unemployed hottie
interuni321Feb. 06, 2015 - 02:55PM JST
Japan is very safe from day to day sheet violence and petit crime, but it has as many, possibly more mentally ill people. Also because cringe is so low psychopaths address not filtered out early in life by the judicial system. I doubt think it helps that there are so many violent horror movies, often including deaths of children, it gives ideas to psychopaths and other crazy people.
Posted in: 22-year-old man held over murder of 11-year-old boy in Wakayama town
interuni321Jan. 03, 2015 - 11:38PM JST
Almost certainly this woman is suffering from terrible depression, depression that will only be made an order of magnitude worse after what she has done. My heart goes out to the baby, the father and the mother, a failure to identify and offer help to this woman quickly enough.
Posted in: Woman held for trying to strangle 6-month-old son to death
interuni321Dec. 30, 2014 - 12:38AM JST
There's another country famous for locking up artists... Does Japan want to be seen as a worse country than China?! I'm really quite surprised as Japan is usually so tolerant of art and sex.
It is absolutely despicable that she was locked up for a month without charge. I suspect a conspiracy by some group of right wingers to torment her.
Posted in: Prosecutors indict vagina artist on obscenity charges
interuni321Dec. 30, 2014 - 12:35AM JST
The quality of Japanese hospitals varies so much. I have been in some luxurious hospitals that were utterly spotless, I've visited quite a few that were spotless where you could easily see dirt but were quite dirty as soon as you looked a bit harder and I have seen some that look like refugee camps. Not sure why this is. I would say that currently Japan has a fairly good record when it comes to MRSA. Also worth noting that the quality of care and kindness that you generally find in Japanese hospitals is second to none.
I wonder if it's an another example of the Japanese tradition of not hiring professional cleaners but expecting all workers to clean their bit. Which in reality tends to result in them doing a very half hearted job while being distracted from their real work. Glad to see more and more firms contracting proper cleaners. I also notice there are a lot of older people hired as cleaners and I wonder about their eye sight and attitudes to hygiene (I don't mean personal I mean in terms of technical infection control).
Posted in: Shizuoka hospital influenza outbreak leaves 2 dead, 101 infected
interuni321Nov. 08, 2014 - 01:16AM JST
I think there's already enough evidence to detain him if not charge him with sexual assault from the last time he was in Japan, should he ever dare to set for on Japanese soil again.
Posted in: Video of pick-up artist grabbing Japanese women on street triggers online protests
interuni321Nov. 01, 2014 - 05:09PM JST
7 years?! I'm usually the first to advocate liberal, shorter jail times, but seriously making it 30 years would probably be too light in this case. Such a short sentence will almost certainly encourage other crazies to follow in this guys footsteps.
Posted in: Man gets 7 years in prison for kidnapping, confining 9-year-old girl
interuni321Nov. 01, 2014 - 05:05PM JST
Long over due just doesn't quite cover it.
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
Jul. 06, 2015 - 06:32PM JST
@zichi - Again, if you have a problem or doubts about the accuracy of the Kiko…
Posted in: Kyushu Electric to start loading fuel rods into Sendai plant on Tuesday
Jul. 06, 2015 - 06:31PM JST
How do they know she had an 'urge to gloat'?
I agree, but please note the…
Posted in: Japanese soccer fans turn to drink as Nadeshiko sink
Jul. 06, 2015 - 06:26PM JST
Hi M3M3M3, your philosophy, as in the nature of human response to unacceptable hardship is pin…
Posted in: Greek finance minister resigns after decisive 'no' bailout vote
Jul. 06, 2015 - 06:24PM JST
Peeping Tom: "The truth is your Canada has never won anything."
If you're talking about soccer,…
Posted in: U.S. beats Japan 5-2 to win Women's World Cup
Jul. 06, 2015 - 06:23PM JST
Let us put it this way. It depends on your goals in life. If you want…
Posted in: In today's corporate world, how important is an MBA?