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interuni321Jul. 21, 2014 - 09:08PM JST
These kinds of incidents happen in every country every day, and always have, it is simply someone who is mentally disturbed, there has never been a time in Japan's history that this kind of thing didn't happen. Japan is still one of the safest countries on earth, if not the safest.
Posted in: Knife-wielding man arrested on bus in Fukuoka
interuni321Jul. 21, 2014 - 08:36PM JST
Surely 4 numbers from a plate cross referenced with the description of the car and the local area would have only brought up a manageable (even it was a few hundred) number plates, sure in this case the police managed to find her in time, but in many cases this might have been too late.
Posted in: Kidnap suspect said he threatened to kill girl unless she got into his car
interuni321Jul. 10, 2014 - 07:38PM JST
Many police officers are not better than the thugs they are supposed to be stopping, both want the power to bully and abuse others.
Posted in: Mie police officer arrested for indecent acts with school girl
interuni321Jul. 06, 2014 - 02:15AM JST
Of course it wasn't just him, it turns out a significant proportion of children's entertainers over the last 40 off years were serial abusers of children. Makes you wonder if anything like this is going on in Japan, seems hard to believe it isn't and as in the UK everyone is in denial or covering it up in one way or another.
Posted in: Rolf Harris jailed for 5 years, 9 months over sex assaults
interuni321Jul. 06, 2014 - 02:09AM JST
I suspect that this guy is a narcissistic sociopath and honestly believed this would convince people he was innocent or should be let off. It looks like partly an attempt to fake remorse, but at the same time he seems genuinely angry in a toddler tantrum kind of way that he has to explain himself.
Posted in: Lawmaker bawls at press conference over his use of public funds
interuni321Jun. 25, 2014 - 12:43AM JST
I don't see nay mention of a resignation here. For something like that surely any honourable person would resign and seek re-election if they think they deserve a second chance.
Honestly its worse than little school boys.
Posted in: Abe apologizes for LDP member's sexist jeering
interuni321Jun. 09, 2014 - 01:13AM JST
Given the dire lack of the most basic common sense health and safety precautions in Japan, I think it is inevitable that parents will want to use these. For example barriers around drops into rivers and off bridges are often completely inadequate to prevent a toddler falling through, then you have a lack of barriers on train and subway stations and frequent situations where only stairs are available and no elevators. Then there are the crazy drivers in Japan that make every road (most of which have no side walk) death traps.. the dangers go on and on...
Posted in: Should you put your child on a leash? Japanese mothers weigh in
interuni321Jun. 08, 2014 - 09:38PM JST
It's one of the areas Japanese behavior fails in. Drivers here are just so often not paying attention, can't remain calm and make unnecessarily dangerous maneuvers.
I don't have all the answers but starting by banning drivers from watching television at all times when driving a car and ensuring there is not a substantial gap between passing the driving test and actually driving would be two good ideas. Drivers should see driving as being as serious as flying a jumbo jet, people's lives are in your hands, it shouldn't be seen as a mad scramble either physically or socially.
Posted in: 66-year-old driver kicked to death in Osaka; motorcyclist arrested
interuni321May. 25, 2014 - 11:21PM JST
Now is not the time to negotiate over these islands, it is only an attempt to drive a wedge between Japan and its western allies, Russia will just string Japan along and then force it to choose between some of the islands or its alliance with the US and of course Japan will go with the alliance, so a complete and humiliating waste of time. Furthermore Putin is the last Russian leader that will give up any territory.
Posted in: Putin says Russia ready for talks with Japan over disputed islands
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
Jul. 23, 2014 - 11:12PM JST
@Goals0 - The Haj is outside my experience, they wouldn't let me in there (or any…
Posted in: 3,179 people taken to hospital for heatstroke July 14-20
Jul. 23, 2014 - 11:09PM JST
This is a living canvas by Kobori Enshu and should be worth a fortune.
Posted in: 400-year-old garden in Okayama to be replaced with condominium complex
Jul. 23, 2014 - 11:01PM JST
Abe recently did a deal with aussie too, have you ever thought that perhaps the deal…
Posted in: Japan, Mongolia sign free trade deal
Jul. 23, 2014 - 10:56PM JST
This CSI stuff at the site seems over the top when you consider the whole world…
Posted in: Rebels return 80 fewer bodies than promised from MH17, experts say
Jul. 23, 2014 - 10:51PM JST
"We got destabilization of the Middle East"
Remind me again how that happened?
Posted in: Do you think the world is more dangerous today than, say, 10 years ago?