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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
interuni321Nov. 09, 2015 - 12:25AM JST
Obviously this kind of thing doesn't happen without good reason, let's hope the mother and baby end up getting the help they need.
Posted in: 24-year-old woman arrested for leaving newborn baby on road in Ibaraki
interuni321Oct. 18, 2015 - 07:58PM JST
Japan needs to be very careful about who it invites in. While I wouldn't say that immigrants should be required to adopt Japanese culture wholesale, immigrants should not be committed to cultures or religions which are incompatible or at odds with the existing population. I would argue that immigrants who are committed to religions which require their members to spread their religion and in particular to attempt to gain political power are at odds with Japanese culture and the constitution and should not be invited in unless they make a binding commitment to be loyal to Japan and Japanese people over any other loyalties, be they religious or otherwise. Unbelievably the UK managed to accept a small but significant number of immigrants who openly consider western culture depraved and want to overthrow it and install a theocratic dictatorship. This can't be allowed in Japan too.
I think Japan should prioritize immigrants who have a good grasp of Japanese and/or have shown themselves to be of good character when living in Japan on limited visas, such as student visas. It's ridiculous that at the moment many foreigners who have lived in Japan for several years, learned the language and assimilated are required to leave.
If Japan must take more immigrants, it should start early and do it slowly and carefully, prioritizing those who already have strong links and loyalty to Japan. Immigrants also need to be treated with full respect so they don't end up turning on Japan or getting involved in crime to support themselves. Current 'trainee' schemes are often tantamount to slavery.
Posted in: Ready or not, Japan on the way to becoming a nation of immigrants
interuni321Oct. 18, 2015 - 07:22PM JST
Frankly I suspect this is largely nonsense. There's no shortage of labour, if you are offering the right amount of money. Japan Inc just wants cheap labour with low demands and ability to complain about conditions to increase profits, this will be at the expense of Japanese citizens and residents who require and deserve a living wage or better to support themselves and their families. Japanese people would move to the countryside if farming jobs were highly paid and they would move into construction if salaries there were higher too. There are many women who would be happy to rejoin the work force if pay was good and hours more flexible. There are also far too many people employed in non-jobs in Japan, freeing up those people would also help. It doesn't really makes sense that an economy should need to bring in workers from outside en masse.
Posted in: Japan Inc supports bringing in low-skilled foreign labor: poll
interuni321Sep. 24, 2015 - 02:14AM JST
Peace out. Really how can you be turning at a junction at the kind of speed where you can first miss a pedestrian and second hit them hard enough to kill them? Car drivers are licenced because they are a select group of road users, given limited privilege to drive a vehicle, pedestrians are all shapes and sizes and of all ability levels including mentally impaired, blind and deaf. Priority has to be with pedestrians. I'd have slightly more sympathy if someone had stepped out onto the middle of a highway, but this was an intersection with pedestrian crossings, the vast majority if accidents are caused by poor driving and poor concentration, even the better drivers don't leave adequate stopping distance and drive too fast.
That said I agree you can't trust the police in any country on this kind of thing.
Posted in: 91-year-old woman hit and killed by car while on her way to Respect for Aged Day ceremony
interuni321Sep. 23, 2015 - 11:32PM JST
They aren't foreigners, they are Japanese citizens or permanent/long term residents. Same with most international teams.
interuni321Sep. 19, 2015 - 07:27AM JST
I'm not defending the stance, but I would point out Japan effectively accepts far more than 11 refugees a year, because while it doesn't give many people full refugee status it does give special residency permits to more than half of the people that apply which does allow them to stay in Japan and make some kind of a life here.
Posted in: Japan announces changes to refugee system
interuni321Sep. 19, 2015 - 07:23AM JST
Suspect this will turn out to be a case of an untreated schizophrenic, or one that for some reason came off medication. Schizophrenia is more common among adult immigrants, possibly because of the stress moving to a different country puts on the brain. Schizophrenia doesn't seem to be that well treated in Japan among Japanese or immigrants (I'm not sure it's that well treated in most countries). A schizophrenic Japanese woman once burst into the place i was working brandishing a very sharp, long pair of scissors, turned out she had just been allowed to walk out of the institution she was being treated at.
interuni321Sep. 07, 2015 - 02:45PM JST
It would be nice, but remember non citizens in most countries can't vote on most things. That said it would be nice. It is true that most people with PR would probably have applied for citizenship if dual citizenship was allowed. Koreans with Special PR surly deserve a vote too. So given that PR is like Japan's citizenship light I can see an argument for allowing voting.
Posted in: Should permanent foreign residents in Japan have the right to vote?
interuni321Sep. 07, 2015 - 02:33PM JST
I'm no fan of these kinds of groups, but in reality if Japan were to eliminate the Yakuza, the vacuum might well be filled by foreign groups, groups that might be far more insidious and difficult to control.
interuni321Sep. 05, 2015 - 04:53PM JST
The biggest scandal at McDonalds Japan which is yet to break is that they have carried on using transfats in food they serve to Japanese customers despite removing it completely in most other countries such as US and UK.
Posted in: McDonald's Japan hit by another food scandal
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Nov. 25, 2015 - 07:05AM JST
@DieRealityC Pursuit of Truth Institute
I checked the link you sent (scholarsinenglish) and found the source…
Posted in: Lawmakers from 5 nations form coalition for victims of sexual slavery
Nov. 25, 2015 - 07:01AM JST
I'm really not sure of the point of this - other than to earn money from…
Posted in: Green campaigner readies to swim from Tokyo to San Francisco
Nov. 25, 2015 - 06:59AM JST
According to Reuters: Russian President Vladimir Putin said the plane had been attacked when it was…
Posted in: Turkey shoots down Russian warplane
Nov. 25, 2015 - 06:51AM JST
@BurningB The plane went down 4 km inside Syrian territory.
What is your source?
Nov. 25, 2015 - 06:40AM JST
Due to Japan being so far North, it is not very cost effective to launch. But…
Posted in: Rocket with Japan's first commercial satellite lifts off
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