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jpntdytmrowApr. 18, 2015 - 07:48AM JST
This is not a sign of there not being enough real news coverage of of oversensitive animal lovers bemoaning a dead cat. It is news because there is a recorded and recent history of any number of crimes against people, specifically children, murders if you will, where the murderer had on at least one occasion murdered a cat or two. There is a link between the gruesome murder of cats and the potential ensuing crime.
More than any other animal, feral cats seem to be the target of anti-social behavior. They represent something that the person resents or longs for and can't have. What? Independence. Inner peace. Freedom. Even community among other cats.
There are any number of jounals online where experts show the link between animal abuse and human abuse. There are links between dog fighters and domestic violence.
Posted in: 2 dead cats found in Tokyo neighborhood within a week
jpntdytmrowApr. 10, 2015 - 07:15PM JST
Two non-Japanese customers were at Subway's yesterday. They did not speak Japanese at all. I observed them ordering. Very interesting. They were not native speakers of English themselves. They gave their orders in very clear, succinct English phrases. The Japanese sandwich makers (proper term??) spoke according to their Japanese manual asking in Japanese if they wanted all toppings, French fries, anything to drink, and even the amount to be paid was said in Japanese.
After receiving the food, the two non-native English speaking non-Japanese said, "Thank you" cheerfully to which the reply was "domo arigatou gozaimashita".
And so it goes.
English was completely unnecessary for the workers. Zip. Nada.
Posted in: Pronunciation anxiety: Many Japanese people don’t want to speak English unless it’s perfect
jpntdytmrowApr. 10, 2015 - 01:56AM JST
Well, yes, in a sense you are correct in saying that legal procedures ARE different in Japan. I have yet to hear about a police officer chasing down a person and shooting him in in the back instead of arresting him and letting him have that much coveted US court of law. I am glad there are citizens like yourself who will, being State side, do what you can to make sure that that US court of law and the justice system is upheld for ALL. It would be a travesty if people were to get the wrong idea that one could be shot in the back at any given moment without having their day in court.
Here is a little something .......about 35 pages on the Miranda Rights from the Miranda vs. Arizona case ....1966
Not many of will take the time to read it...I just copied it and will see if I can get through it. Probably not before the NEXT person is SHOT to DEATH without receiving their right to remain silent....in the sense of not talking not in the sense of,.....being too DEAD to talk!!
May all human beings residing in the USofA be legally tried of a crime in a US court of law with an appointed attorney if necessary and a jury of their peers (of a VARIETY of backgrounds!!!!) and not just be shot a multitude of times on an assumption!!!
This is a problem and even today, some 3rd graders asked me why Americans love guns so much..... I certainly was at a loss so I just said, "I really haven't the slightest idea."
Texas A&M AggieApr. 09, 2015 - 05:36PM JST
"@Mirai: Only in your mind (and of others) he's guilty. Guess legal proceedures are different over there in Japan. Here in the U.S., he's yet to be convicted of a crime in a U.S. court of law."
Posted in: Video of South Carolina police shooting inflames debate
jpntdytmrowApr. 09, 2015 - 11:19AM JST
I completely agree. We have a legal system with justice decided by a court. I don't know why comments about prisoners serving justice in the form of murder or rape or physical abuse is constantly raised. I am not denying that injustices toward prisoners happens, but cheering those acts of violence is not part of our justice system.
It is likely that anyone writing of the "prisoner justice" acts has never stepped foot into a prison and knows of no actual case of prisoners serving "justice" other than a lot of Hollywood films from the 1930's onward.
kcjapan wrote "prisoners are not society's executioners." Excellent.
I also have no sympathy for this person nor do I deny his crimes. Prisoners are likely in there trying to do what is necessary to be released from prison at some point, not in there to commit a crime that would only extend their term.
kcjapanApr. 09, 2015 - 10:42AM JST
*"I would completely disagree." with "There is no justice if justice is left to prison vigilantes." - comments
The point of the statement: 'There is no justice if justice is left to prison vigilantes.' is an important distinction. It isn't justice to release the guilty party into the prison system for the inmates to murder in retribution.
Justice means the guilty answers for their crime and society imposes the penalty.
In this case, the guilty is deserving and qualifies for the death penalty in seventeen counts. Inmates aren't societies' executioners. The assumption that they should be or that their murder of the guilty is justice is appropriate is flawed.
Prisoners are prisoners. An executioner exacts the justice the court determines*
Posted in: Tsarnaev guilty on 30 counts over 2013 Boston Marathon bombing
jpntdytmrowApr. 07, 2015 - 05:02PM JST
It is a reality for a great many US citizens that the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki only sparked the onset of the realities of living with nuclear weapons for another 50 years during the Cold War, in the process of working with the production or storage or the release of other chemicals necessary in the production process, or in the case of having family members in the factories, the military and even nearby neighborhoods live with long drawn out cases of Cancer and the compensation that has only come to some far too late, some not alive to receive it, others working after the arbitrary cut off date given. But, more and more, the people involved with this part of US history are gaining recognition. Part of that is seen at the Trinity memorial focused on in the article.
May they and others who deserve it benefit from the
1990 Radiation Exposure Compensation Act.
Posted in: Thousands visit Trinity on anniversary of A-bomb explosion
jpntdytmrowApr. 06, 2015 - 01:24PM JST
We also need to remember those who continued to work in the A-bomb factories in the USA in several states who were in charge of making the small plutonium pits that were to be used to test in the Pacific Ocean and in Nevada, Utah and Colorado. Some places mined the uranium throughout the western US, processed the plutonium and shipped it by train through residential areas to be made into the pits that were later shipped to other facilities for storage... some waste stored outside in rusting barrels! Some of the plutonium is actually missing or unaccounted for! Where'd it go?
Many communities were developed because of these A-Bomb factories and dependent upon them for work and they led to further development of even more communities even closer to the factories that sometimes had documented but hush hushed fires or leaks. Some of these communities even got drinking water from reservoirs that got water from sources that flowed under these factories.
Fascinating and frightening to know that so few knew what was happening so close to their communities, literally within a few miles!
Kudos to those who research and care.
Some luxury homes are being built in areas that were once off limits to people.
Definitely should ask "what was this land say.... 50, 40, 30, 20, 10 years ago? Why wasn't it developed?" before purchasing a home built on "pristine land!"
A lot of people are buying homes only to find out after they move in that they are next to atomic weapons manufacturing land.
jpntdytmrowMar. 25, 2015 - 03:18PM JST
"Last month, Japanese authorities said they had laid coral-poaching charges against crew from a record 16 Chinese vessels in 2014.
The maximum fine for poaching in territorial waters tripled in November to 30 million yen."
There are Japanese coral gathering boats as well. Are they poaching or do they have a legal quota? Check out some of the fishing ports or tourist sights in Shikoku that sell coral jewelry and cuff links or necklaces or art. Always wondered about that. Some fishermen sell them little by little to Chinese buyers to supplement or replace their fishing income.
Posted in: Chinese skipper avoids jail term in Japan coral poaching case
jpntdytmrowMar. 24, 2015 - 09:45AM JST
This is a new era!!
I was in 2 public school high school classrooms yesterday and there were....about 7 Japanese students with parents or grandparents from outside Japan (Philippines, Columbia, US, Brazil, China, Korea, Peru) but who were by birth, race, citizenship, culture, language, JAPANESE.
They were so happy to see ARIANA (I think we should use her name here) be chosen to represent Japan as a Japanese. My own adult multiracial children are happy and so are their other multiracial friends in Japan.
Japan. A land of various kinds of people. They even have recognized that AINU are indigenous.
Go, Ariana! GO!
Posted in: 'Haafu' to represent Japan at Miss Universe 2015
jpntdytmrowMar. 21, 2015 - 10:07AM JST
Somehow a letter I sent was not printed (nothing controversial).
We are really excited for Ariana to have been chosen. Students I have of various racial combinations are excited,
our own multiracial, multicultural children are excited.
She has a great gift for communication, said she had to lose a lot of muscular bulk needed for her hobby of heavy motorcycle touring, and she is really a great role model and is not from Tokyo, but from Nagasaki and on and on.
I think she is really just a young person whom we can watch with enthusiasm. Never cared much for Miss Universe pagents but watching this one for sure!!
And, it is not the last thing Ariana will be doing with her life. In ten years, she will surely be doing something else and enjoying whatever it is!
GO, ARIANA! GO!
jpntdytmrowMar. 16, 2015 - 09:36PM JST
In the afternoon, around 4:30, I drive on a small road and know where to slow down as a mother and her son play catch ball in the street in front of their house. She listens for cars and gets out of the way! But, still! It is so dangerous. The shrine park nearby doesn't allow ball throwing!
Another street, I have to remember the older women who swap leftovers after dinner around 8p.m. THey cross the street back and forth to a relative's or neighbor's home with a pot of food!
Posted in: 6-year-old boy playing tag with friends hit and killed by car in Tokyo
jpntdytmrowMar. 14, 2015 - 09:51AM JST
A sign of a great deal of loneliness and isolation.
Good that a service that meets this need exists.
If only people could hug more.
Ever notice how many train posters show women alone with a beer?
Posted in: Butler dentist will let you lay your head on his lap as he brushes your teeth, m’lady
jpntdytmrowMar. 10, 2015 - 11:16PM JST
My dear friend, the most open-minded woman I know in Japan, who has been so helpful and kind to me and my children here, told me stories of her leading and carrying her younger siblings to safety in Hachioji and stepping over the dieing or dead bodies and still has nightmares about the groaning and moaning living victims they had to circumnavigate.
They had a lot of potatoes that were completely scorched.They ate them later and she can still (at 80+years) remember the flavor! She was about 11 or so.
I rent an apartment from a man who was forced to leave his home in Shinjuku for the countryside when the air raids started. He was a young boy then.
They know what they saw as small children.
Posted in: Japan mourns victims of Tokyo firebombings
jpntdytmrowMar. 06, 2015 - 10:44PM JST
Thanks, great way to wind down the day, watching deer "clear" fences on You Tube.
Posted in: Transport ministry to investigate how deer got on runway at New Chitose Airport
jpntdytmrowMar. 06, 2015 - 01:34PM JST
Dirk TMar. 06, 2015 - 10:04AM JST
"White, English-speaking women living in Japan long-term with Japanese husbands do face "difficulties," namely, depression. I have seen it again and again: women arrive in Japan to teach English in their 20's, marry a Japanese man, have kids and live in a nice house, but as the years roll by the see their peers back home well into successful, engaging careers while they are exactly where the were when in their 20's (but only teaching part-time now) except no one calls them "kawaii" any more, makes them feel special anymore, and they experience depression".
Wish I could disagree with you on that point, but I can't. Life with educational opportunities for all women and men here to pursue their deeper interests that would lead to certification in a variety of fields that open doors to career opportunities and independence would be great. Imagine learning and growning and gaining social and career responsibilities and advancement?
Posted in: Increase in foreigners points to diversified future for Tokyo
jpntdytmrowFeb. 18, 2015 - 08:49AM JST
How very sad.
I noticed when visiting Hokkaido that there are many areas in need of repair, mostly due to the extreme temperatures.
Surely, a continued cycle of ice, snow, freezing, melting, winds, causing rust, expansion, contraction would lead to strict rules about things attached above walking people below. Things fall.
Like so many things, it is only after someone is injured that things get fixed. I suppose Chicago is in a similar climate. Wonder if they inspect old signs. (Wasn't someone in a high rise in Tokyo tossing computers out his window recenlty)?
We had NTT come and drill for a huge electric pole at the BOTTOM of neighborhood sidewalk. They were really going to put that in, forcing us to slide into it on an icy day, or having to go into the street and risk being hit by a car to get around the pole! We put notices of potential death in a basket for them to read! An NTT man came and read the notes to his supervisor..... and voila! NO pole was put in!
"An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" is still a relevant adage.
Posted in: 21 year-old woman in coma after building sign falls on her
jpntdytmrowFeb. 17, 2015 - 10:06PM JST
Where were the neighbors or the friends of the relatives or the school faculty, doctors who saw this coming in some form in her behavior, stress or is being overwhelmed something for women to have to put up with alone in silence and only be noticed when it is too late and death of a child is involved.
In the local drug store there is a HUGE poster for parents to call if they feel overwhelmed. "Call without condemnation" it says, just call, we will help you. It says that child abuse can be prevented and offers a kind hand to a potentially fatal situation. Wonder if anyone calls?
"the husband who was still at work..."
That has so many interprtetations in Japan:
1. Still tied to his desk at 10:30 p.m.
2. At an "important meeting" in a pub or yakitori or snack bar or,....with a customer."
3. At a farewell party for employees leaving the company.
4. At a welcome party for employees entering the company.
5. At whatever the company deems important in addition to the large amounts of paper work they do.
I know many women who have small children and who have to get up at 4 a.m. to prepare bentos, breakfast, get kids to school or preschools and then even get themselves to a job and get home and pick up kids on the way and get them fed and bathed and to bed with homework.
There is no father in the picture for days on end. He comes home drunk, unattentive and uncaring. The stress level rises. This has been going on for decades! I asked about this trend some 24 years ago at a baby health care check up. The cases of mothers killing children was high then.
The welfare people didn't say anything then. What have they learned now?
So sorry for this family. Unnecessarily cruel.
Do we have any friends who need help? How can we help?
How do schools help?
It has to stop but what is causing this decades old phenomenon? How do Japanese mothers get a break?
Who is educating fathers and husbands and families to let the woman have some time off!? Let her chill on the housework for a bit!
No excuses, but common causes.
Very sad and preventable. People do not get the help they need.
Posted in: 29-year-old woman arrested for killing 2 young daughters
jpntdytmrowFeb. 13, 2015 - 09:48AM JST
I mean anyone specific. oops of course it was a male! ;o)
Posted in: 17-year-old gives birth in toilet; dumps infant by river
jpntdytmrowFeb. 13, 2015 - 09:47AM JST
We cannot assume the person who got her pregnant was anyone. Unless she tells, someone, related or unrelated is free. Coerced or willing, a young girl can keep a secret for a very long time.
jpntdytmrowJan. 29, 2015 - 08:25AM JST
On religious gatherings....
Our university student had been targeted by any number of religious groups on campus. It should be one of the things universities warn students about upon entering any school along with alcohol and drugs. They seem very innocent, often "Christian" and then they start inviting the student(s) to "snack and tea," then to join a "chorus group" and then to "attend a very nice trip at a mountainous camp or small resort area." It was surprising to find out how many students became involved in these groups in the first year.
Sometimes they hover around on weekends and claim (or maybe really are) alumni of the school. It was really hard to get the exact name of the group. They say, "Oh, we'll talk about all that in detail at the tea or dinner. Let's just enjoy singing." But, we did have enough clues to look one group up on the Internet and then study about identifying cults on campus. Any number of Internet tutorials. Worth watching with your teen while they still value your opinions or concern.
Posted in: 19-year-old girl arrested for killing 77-year-old woman in Nagoya
jpntdytmrowJan. 13, 2015 - 11:16AM JST
It is interesting to remember that when the Germans came to Japan in the late 19th Century, they brought beer making skills, found medicinal value of hot springs, and the medical system was directly related to the extent that all students of medical and science fields were expected to study German until recent decades.
They were here long before the turn of political events after WWI.They stayed during WWII (a time when most foreign residents were sent home or sent to certain areas like Karuizawa). After WWII, the Japanese government along with the GHQ rounded up all people of German descent, including those who had come here during a peaceful time and likely had no connections to political events and they were sent back to Germany,a divided Germany many of them did not know...many were from parts of Germany that no longer existed.
So, my point being that history shows that there are no distinctions made between foreign residents of Japan who came with skills, proper papers, and new and future immigrants who come here to work. Foreign is as foreign does when anti-immigration sentiments rise.
For a while, one might find security in being of one color and not another or in dressing in a more "acceptable" way, but if it starts to turn, all foreign-looking persons, including Japanese with more facial hair or deep set eyes will be suspect. I have seen the latter first-hand when a relative, Japanese, was stopped on numerous occasions and asked for his papers.
Posted in: Le Pen urges Japan to avoid making same mistakes as France
Apr. 27, 2015 - 12:30AM JST
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Posted in: Why do Japanese people seldom hug friends or family in public?
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actually the first patent and inventor of…
Posted in: Maglev train sets world record speed of 603 kms per hour
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Posted in: Japan's view of WWII history rankles some U.S. veterans
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