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    A read about the development of nuclear weapons and power plants in the US since post WWII is very interesting. In the West, some plants were built "out in the middle of nowhere." Then the workers came for better salaries the plants offered...homes...families...schools...hospitals....other companies.....shopping malls....more homes for descendants of early workers...more schools....more companies....more and bigger shopping malls....more land needed to house them, getting closer and closer to the plants until residential areas actually border(ed) the perameter of the plants. Some people actually live(d) within walking distances of these places often playing in nearby lakes and runoff streams playing in soil dug up to build more homes, roads, or malls, etc. Thanks JT for providing a link.

    Posted in: Fukushima offers key lesson for U.S. nuclear industry

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    Will it run on a different line than the Chuo Line? It could disrupt their schedule if the like the average bloke, they have to endure hours and hours of disrupted travel due the not-so-infrequent "jinshinjikos". But, maybe it will be a different track or zip by really fast and they won't notice. 14,080 yen round trip for 7 hours on a train to see Mt. Fuji and buy manju. Yep, could happen!

    Posted in: Express train service begins from Narita airport to Mount Fuji

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    Enough is enough. This has gone way beyond the reason of science. It is now just plain harrassment. When Hitler said that he had gathered 100 scientists to disprove Einstein, Einstein replied, "Why 100? If I am wrong ONE would be enough."

    "...a reporter riding a motorbike followed her, TBS reported. She got out of the taxi at a Kobe hotel where she was pursued on an escalator by five NHK reporters, including a cameraman, Miki was quoted as saying. Obokata was also followed into the toilet.

    Miki said Okobata sustained injuries including a sprained right elbow and neck pain requiring nearly two weeks of recovery time. "<

    Posted in: NHK apologizes to Obokata after she is injured while fleeing reporters

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    That is the difficult point, isn't it? Often, if a woman or girl or boy or man want to have a sexual assault taken seriously, it is necessary for there to have been penetration. Unless that is the extent of the act, it is often seen as less of a crime, even if the person was held down, forced to do or endure certain unwilling acts, experience violence or intimidation or even pain. But, whether it can be considered rape, a crime, is up to whether or not he penetrated. That would make sense for would-be attackers to avoid that one point to get a lesser sentence. If that were the definition of rape, and not his goal , then even "attempted rape" may not be the correct label. Attempt has to have intention. What did he attempt to do? Does he do this often but never penetrates? For her, it will nonetheless be a traumatic and wrongful experience. We will see what the courts decide. He could be out on the streets again. Here is a book we might well read to understand what a person of an "attempted rape" must go through to see a trial to the end. The recipient of the act is often-times more scrutinized than the aggressor. "What was she wearing?" "Why was she alone?" "Had she been drinking?" "Did she give off the wrong impression?" And on and on. If she was our wife or daughter or sister or mother, where would we draw the line of relief? Many crack under the pressure. Taking the Stand: Rape Survivors and the Prosecution of Rapists By Amanda Konradi. Praeger Publishers, 2007 ISBN 0-27599-718-9. $49.95 Hardcover.

    Posted in: Man held over attempted rape of woman in park toilet

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    As someone who has experienced "molestation" of various levels at various ages, I can tell you that this is not going to be easy for her to overcome. I do not really like the use of the word "molestation" because it in no way even comes close to the degradation and sometimes horror that a child or adult experiences when they are violated in some sexual, mental way. Add to that the terror of being trapped, alone with a perpertrator in a public toilet in a park late at night while he ejaculates, the only good point of that would be that she actually got his semen enough on her somehow to have the DNA checked so that he could be caught, identified and somehow brought to justice. Her sense of security and dignity was removed. Her joy of life was taken away by that 30 minutes of terror she experienced. Okay, until the police and justice system bring it to trial, we can refer to it as "attempted rape." But, for her it won't matter what the legal system decides.

    Posted in: Man held over attempted rape of woman in park toilet

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    I wish these articles were not written in past tense but instead in future tense so that those of us "out of the loop" could decide whether or not we could attend. I am sure many of us would like to attend events that bring people of like minds together. If JT finds out that an event happened, perhaps it can also find out what will happen and announce it? Thanks to the readers who post articles where we can read more. Bless all the children and people born wherever they happen to be born and under whatever label they/we are born to carry.

    Posted in: Silent protest held in Tokyo against Gaza bloodshed

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    Thank you Lowly for adding the second book to read. It is true about the grooming and the de-stranger-izing. These people are smart. And the children are naiive. They do willingly go with a person who has cunningly gained their trust, if the adults they know have relations with the perp. "How could she have gotten in the car" people ask. But, it happens. Even as adults, one can find oneself in a situation that is completely unbelievable to others. "He would NEVER do that" and the person, child or adult, learns to just not tell. I don't know about this case and I am interested in the rest of the story. Anyway, it looks like the mother and daughter have a strong and open bond. That will be a real asset in her getting over this experience. The worst thing is having things swept under the rug.
    And also, about his not "doing anything" directly. That is a great strategy, isn't it? He just is "with" her but doesn't actually harm her or even touch her. Lets him off the hook to hang around looking for other children "not to touch or harm."
    Very difficult situation.

    Posted in: Missing Okayama girl found unharmed; 49-year-old man arrested

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    LowlyJul. 20, 2014 - 02:07PM JST

    "Great she's back, and in good health.

    I agree w/ some there is something else going on here? The guy is an acquaintance of the family? Or had previously made contact and groomed her?

    re the "don't talk to strangers" ppl, some of that is ok to say, but in fact not always useful from a child's perspective, and furthermore not usually the biggest threat, i.e. if you are worried the most about "strangers" you will end up missing the times/ places that are most dangerous. Fact is, often strangers are exactly who you should turn to in a time of need.

    I read a book, Protecting the Gift by Gavin De Becker, really eye opening about protecting kids' safety."<

    Thanks for posting about the book. I will read it. Yes, I have personal experience with known people being more dangerous than strangers. It is really difficult when a child may be doubted for even suggesting that a known person may be a threat and no one believes him or her. Look at how many adults are coming forward about perps who are in charge of certain places of worship who were less than respectable. It is sad but not really anything new that children in reality have to be careful of even the kind person next door. This happens and they do not go after every child. They are attracted to a certain kind. One can spend years wondering what "was wrong with me" or "what did I do to bring that on". Paranoia and caution should be clearly separated. There are adults or teens or other children who bring harm to others. They do not have fangs and claws. Sometimes, they look really normal and liked by others... "a wolf in sheeps clothing" which is not a new phrase, and Little Red Riding Hood is not a new fable. We really need to help our children help themselves when we are not there to protect them. Awareness and caution without fear.
    So glad she is home. Never want this to happen again, but we all know it will.

    Posted in: Missing Okayama girl found unharmed; 49-year-old man arrested

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    Please go out and see the construction. Fascinating! Hear the booms from the making of tunnels! Some towns in Yamanashi are having water problems! Animals are being displaced and having to find homes and water to drink elsewhere. Bear sightings are becoming more common. I was glad of the booms in February when it helped loosen up the stuck blocks of ice on the roof so that they could fall off and bring the gutters with them! BOOM!

    Posted in: Gov't OKs plan to to build maglev line, despite environmental concerns

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    Nothing better to start the day with than good news of a child arriving home safe after being kidnapped! Schools must educate parents and children about these dangers. These things do happen. Sometimes they are random, sometimes they are planned, sometimes the person is a complete stranger and other times a respected or known member of the community. When the person is known, the adults often do not want to cause trouble or stand out.One hopes that times have changed. Her trauma may not actually show up immediately and things will seem all right, even for years. But, she is home and that is everything!

    Posted in: Missing Okayama girl found unharmed; 49-year-old man arrested

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    I think that this article appears here is fascinating. Most of me thinks that it is a great thing to have the people decide which restaurant stays and goes based on their tastes. THat is the height of supply and demand. Supply all you want, but if people do not like it, they stop consuming and that is the end of the supplier. Limpy, lifeless sticks of oil... you can get bigger, thicker potatoes at Subway with various flavors along with a very healthy and huge menu to choose from, 4 types of breads even toasted or not, two sizes, vegetarians are happy, people with organs that do not deal well with oil can get a satisfying sandwich. Other sandwich joints entertain the customer with ever changing menus like Mos Burger. Never know what is going to show up next, even a not-so-healthy chorito on a glazed donut! Not condoning that, just saying they are innovative. I never eat at these places and I prefer cooked meals and healthy drinks instead of colas. I also have noticed that it is very hard to actually find a Mc D's in areas I frequent (not inner Tokyo). In one week of going to various train stations, there is only one that has a Mc D's nearby. More with drive thrus on streets that have heavy car traffic. So, well, not to dwell, but it is a testament to the Japanese market that the people can still decide whether a restaurant stays in business or not. I personally do not have the system needed to digest their food. I got my fill of it growing up.

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    A friend told me that a suspicious cyclist was regularly seen following her daughter and a friend in Tokyo.The same time after school and the same place. The mother went to report it to the police. She was told that it was not in their jurisdiction and she would have to go to a much further station to report it despite there being a "koban" right near the school! The girls changed routes home and got hair cuts to change their appearance. Even 35 years ago, we were told how to keep our eyes open for suspicious cars, not to talk to strangers near cars, run to crowded areas, try to avoid the same time and the same route home and use the eyes in the back of the head and ears. I grew up in an area where girls were latch key kids and we were not free from pedophiles. It amazes me to no end how schools do not teach kids about protecting themselves here. We were told to yell, "fire" instead of "help," carry keys, pepper spray, etc. In our area, kids have loud emergency buzzers and people are pretty aware of predators around schools. They are often not random. They seek out targets and plan for weeks. The police should have been patroling the area after the report of the silver car. Really naiive. May she arrive home safely. May she get the help she needs if she does arrive home. That's another area this country needs more care with... the after effects of rape or molestation.

    Posted in: Missing girl's mother consulted police about same suspicious car in May

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    Just talking with my no-longer-impressionable daughter who just said, "She should get together with Ms. Obukata of the STAP cell research fame and grow a real vagina from stem cells. Maybe they can encourage its growth with words of empowerment. "

    Posted in: Arrest of Tokyo vagina artist sparks free expression protest

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    I think this is a very unique idea and would enjoy seeing the Vagina Kayak team in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics! I don't see a problem accept that instead of being a target of unsolicited discrimination or mental or physical harm, this is a woman who is expressing joy over a part of the body women are told to hide or pretend doesn't exist. One day, my at- the -time -young daughter walked to the restroom at a convenience store with me. (Ever notice how the "adult reading" section is on the way to the restroom?) She pointed out all the "unhappy naked women" on magazine covers. Yep, she noticed that the "women" on the porn magazines were not laughing and full of joy. I do also wonder why men can't buy porn where a woman is really just having a good time and smiling. How many sculptures are there of naked women, buttocks and breasts and no pubic hair standing alone out in the hot humidity or covered with snow all throughout Japan? Lonely, isolated, naked women statues that some city council, (no doubt full of old cronies) coughed up some tax money to erect!
    So let Ms. Igarashi enjoy her Vagina Kayak and market it and become rich off of it. She deserves as much a shot at being rich because of her art as anyone else who makes a living off of objectifying women or men.

    Posted in: Arrest of Tokyo vagina artist sparks free expression protest

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    High school seniors are sent recruitment cards from the SDF. It may be based on high school records. Not sure if it is across the board. I have seen more posters up at certain train stations recently. Not all.
    I remember getting a call to join the army as a senior in high school in my home country.

    Posted in: AKB48 singer recruits for SDF as Abe boosts military

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    All 296 AKB48 members and their sister organizations could be the very first new recruits to ship out!! Get your fatigues on, Shimazaki, and go show 'em what ya got!! Be the true role model. you'll come home singing a different tune in a year!

    Posted in: AKB48 singer recruits for SDF as Abe boosts military

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    The history of this and other similar companies is so fascinating and the areas in which they have been involved makes for some great and necessary reading. More than household cleaning products to be sure.

    But, this man has a good management style that could be great for this society if it became the norm. "What is your management style? One of my goals is to encourage staff to work smarter, not longer. Dow has progressed globally in terms of flexible work hours. We should not measure a person’s performance based on how many hours their light is on at their desk. Let’s measure productivity. I am always pushing for staff to be happy at home and pursue personal interests outside of Dow. "

    He's right to tell the employees not to worry about 5 years ahead. Good point!

    Posted in: Dow Chemical Japan building on 60-year history

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    TessaJul. 09, 2014 - 06:01PM JST "It's entirely possible that the police, in this case, are acting so swiftly because in the 90s, Kobe was the scene of a horrifying and calculated murder, and one of the characteristics of the 14-year-old perpetrator (Seito Sakakibara) was that he left a trail of mutilated cat corpses lying about. So yes, it's newsworthy."

    Yes, Tessa, I agree.

    Posted in: Body of cat with both eyes gouged out found in Kobe apartment building

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    What can we do about this situation? There just is no time out room for these groups!! Stop the mutual murder of humans on a regular basis already!! These people on either side of the issue just want to have normal, sane lives...kids..... We get so much more upset over the bloodshed of dolphins and whales (that I am NOT condoning!!!) but the murder of Palestinian or Israeli or other kids worldwide has become just another news item. I am really fed up with this!! I am not willing to feed flames of "he said/ you said" even between, Japan, Korea(s) and China..... Beyond sad. Really.

    Posted in: 6 Jewish suspects arrested in slaying of Arab teen

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    I think it is great that New Zealand keeps the culture and has Maoris do the "meet and greet!" No different than the Hawaiian gals with the leis as dignitaries step off the plane. Sure it is unnerving, but livens things up a bit! I agree that the Ainu should be given more spotlight. Is there just one Maori custom of this or are there various different groups with different languages as in North America or Australia for example? Even the Ainu have different groups and customs. Just wondered. Anyway, maybe PM Abe is thinking about the less expensive weapons of choice here....

    Posted in: Maori welcome

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