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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
interuni321Sep. 26, 2013 - 01:21AM JST
I'm still good friends with my ex's, one was serious. But after more than a decade I never cheated on my wife. Still I know people that did go back to exes so I guess while it's not an absolute it could be a risk, depends on the person. You can't eliminate all risks and if you try to control someone too tightly it creates its own serious problems.
Posted in: What Japanese women discreetly check out when on a hunt for a husband
interuni321Sep. 25, 2013 - 11:43PM JST
Parents that irresponsibly give their spoiled rich kids sports cars when they are new drivers should be held liable for the inevitable accidents that then follow. There are so many stories of rich kids getting powerful cars for their 18th Birthdays and then within hours killing themselves and others as they aren't able to handle them competently and responsibly. AS such an accident is reasonably foreseeable the parents should share civil if not criminal liability. Also would it not be a good idea to age restrict (or experience restrict) powerful cars as they do motorbikes?
Posted in: Car plows into group of children, injuring 5
interuni321Sep. 25, 2013 - 11:39PM JST
Either the Japanese government have made promises he will not face the death penalty, or he has been extradited on a technicality, that being that they are only after him for a passport violation that doesn't risk the death penalty - not Canada's fault if they then also investigate the murder....
interuni321Sep. 25, 2013 - 11:35PM JST
That woman needs to seriously take a look at herself, realise she has been acting like a spoiled brat and spend the rest of her life trying to make it up to the man that is obviously a lot kinder than she is. Some people can never admit they are in the wrong.
Posted in: Osaka man saves wife after she tries to kill him in fire
interuni321Aug. 28, 2013 - 07:58PM JST
This childish argument over the Senkakus is ridiculous and really just an excuse for both countries' governments to boost defence spending and crack down on progressive elements at home.
That said, a clear, tough stance on the Japanese side might be the best way to prevent a situation over the Senkakus escalating. If the Chinese see any sign of weakness, they might, in the case of internal crisis decide to challenge Japan over the islands. It's very unlikely under current circumstances, but in the event of unexpected trouble in China or worse a change of leadership to more authoritarian individuals, there is a risk. If they know there would be no hope of taking the islands they may hush up an issue they know they cannot win.
It wouldn't hurt to declare the islands some kind of national park though and ban all development of them and the surrounding waters, kick the issue into the future by at least 50 years...
Posted in: Aso compares Senkakus dispute to Falklands
interuni321Aug. 28, 2013 - 07:51PM JST
Once these cars are proven to be safer than human drivers (as the google car has already anecdotally done), it just won't be possible to argue that we are better off keeping humans in the loop, of course we need to avoid the risk of hacking as may have been involved in the death of journalist Michael Hastings in the US recently.
Posted in: Nissan to have self-driving car on market in 2020
interuni321Aug. 28, 2013 - 07:47PM JST
Perhaps 38% is a bit high, but these are taxes on profits, so if companies want to reinvest revenue they can, they won't be affected by the 38% tax. Reducing taxes on company profits really only benefits the rich, whereas increasing sales tax hurts the poor the most. The last thing Japan needs is inequality to rise as it has in a despicable and frightening way in the US and more recently the UK. Inequality is at the root of most of the problems in the west and the lack of inequality in Japan underpins most of the relative peace, prosperity and social harmony seen in Japan today.
Posted in: Corporate tax cut in Japan: Be careful what you wish for
interuni321Aug. 26, 2013 - 11:02PM JST
I caught a young lady a few months ago who was falling towards the tracks after being struck from behind by a collapsing drunk salaryman. We were nearly both pulled onto the tracks. The guy was obviously a danger to other passengers, but despite the drunk being flagged up to station staff before the incident happened, the guards on the platform refused to take any action. They really need to ban legless passengers from the station. I am surprised they want drunks vomiting all over the trains and platform anyway, never mind knocking people onto the lines. The incident I referred to was also in Nagoya, not sure if they deal with things differently in Tokyo?
Posted in: Man jumps onto train tracks to save woman
interuni321Aug. 02, 2013 - 05:11AM JST
Thanks to Aso, the Japanese people can see the true intentions he and his colleagues have regarding constitutional change. The aim is to remove the modern democracy that has served Japan so well for 60 years and return it to fascism where a small elite control the destiny of the population who work themselves to death for their masters. In Japan, much truth is said in gaff. These remarks are unretractable as they clearly explain the true motivations behind constitutional change.
Posted in: Aso retracts Nazi remarks amid criticism
interuni321Jul. 21, 2013 - 09:08PM JST
That's so ridiculous, I've been all over the world and Japanese women are pretty much the slimmest, healthiest look women in the world, on average at least, the vast majority would look fine to stunning in a swimsuit. There is a problem in Japan with women idolising a western figure which not only barely exists in the west itself these days (a huge proportion of western women are extremely overweight), but is simply incompatible with their own genetic inheritance. To modify the phrase "You fight with the army you have, not the one you wish you had", "you need to live life with the body you have, not the one you wish you had."
Posted in: 94% of Japanese women don’t feel confident in a swimsuit, survey reveals
interuni321Jun. 17, 2013 - 11:39AM JST
This "You will never be Japanese" thing is a mantra repeated so often people start to believe it, it's attractive because it provides justification for people who can't be bothered to keep an open mind or make an effort to learn Japanese or assimilate some aspects of Japanese culture. What exactly do people mean by "You will never be Japanese"? There are plenty of Japanese who are less Japanese than many so called non Japanese. Asians can with a bit of work completely pass for Japanese, I know several who do, of course people that don't look Japanese may always trigger an initial assumption of being foreign to most Japanese, but if your Japanese is good and your attitude not at right angles to Japanese etiquette, most Japanese will quickly treat you like any other Japanese. There are foreign born legislators too, how can they not be Japanese?
Posted in: Planning to move to Japan? Change your Westernized mentality
interuni321Jun. 09, 2013 - 10:44AM JST
HFCS might not be more calorific than other sugars but it is metabolised differently and may have certain negative effects especially on the liver. Yes many drinks manufacturers outside the US do reformulate to avoid HFCS (e.g. Coca Cola in the UK), but unfortunately most seem to have a disdain for their Japanese customers and don't bother to do so in Japan. A bit like McDonalds Japan and their blase attitude to trans fats, but that's another story...
Posted in: McDonald’s Japan to offer any soda of any size for Y100
interuni321Jun. 09, 2013 - 02:21AM JST
Seriously, some old people need to grow up. I'll take the noise of children playing over certain old people moaning any day...
Posted in: Aging Japan complains over the noise of children
interuni321Jun. 09, 2013 - 01:53AM JST
Agree about the super sized fries, but don't knock the cheap large sized sodas - as long as you order Coke Zero, it is calorie free and won't be adding anything to your waistline, in the sweltering summer heat, here I for one welcome reasonably priced drinks...
interuni321May. 18, 2013 - 02:52AM JST
This guy just doesn't get it, Japan had a state sanctioned system of abduction and sex slavery, the Americans had nothing of the kind during the occupation of Japan, and neither have any other army in modern history as far as we know. He needs to resign and go back to being a blood sucking lawyer.
Posted in: Defiant Hashimoto says U.S. troops abused women during occupation
Mar. 09, 2014 - 08:02PM JST
That's quite the turn!
Posted in: JAL Dreamliner makes emergency landing in Honolulu
Mar. 09, 2014 - 08:00PM JST
Terrible for all involved, a lot of us travel often too and this really brings it…
Posted in: Malaysia launches terrorism probe over vanished jet
Mar. 09, 2014 - 07:59PM JST
Excellent, more holidays to sleep :)
Posted in: Gov't considering to create a new public holiday
Are Japan’s efforts at internationalization succeeding or not?
Can you eat natto?
Posted in: Are Japan’s efforts at internationalization succeeding or not?
Mar. 09, 2014 - 07:58PM JST
Well, they forgot we live in 2014!
Posted in: China says Germans fine if their war atonement is compared to Japan