kringis's past comments

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    kringis

    A Japanese friend of mine used to get a real kick out of getting into cars left running and moving them a few parking spaces along in a car park. Was always funny seeing the reaction of the person coming out of the store, if they noticed, considering some didn't even notice.

    The guy wasn't a typical Japanese person by any means, but he was married to a foreign woman, so go figure.

    Posted in: Car stolen with two young children in back seat

  • -3

    kringis

    Tokyo is a great place to visit once, but once is enough.

    Once you venture out into some of the other great cities/towns of Japan, you soon realise that Tokyo pales in comparison to what others have to offer.

    But sure, Tokyo has wow factor for the first timers, and offers an easy/accessible holiday destination that will keep you busy (with a few side trips here and there) for 7-10 days.

    Posted in: Tokyo rated No. 1 city in the world in Trip Advisor survey

  • -2

    kringis

    Won't be an issue in 30 years time, since there will be virtually no babies in Japan by then, other than the big ones.

    Posted in: Ministry says it's OK for 'baby cars' to hog space on public transport

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    kringis

    Eye for an eye right? In that case, anyone involved in a wrongful conviction, holding and execution of an innocent person should be executed for murder. I am sure as a prison officer you have had some involvement somewhere. What would you like for your last meal?

    Posted in: World's longest-serving death row inmate freed in Japan

  • -1

    kringis

    No one really cares about "internationalization" or "globalization" at the moment because we live in a world where sovereign states are still viable. Until that changes, the status quo is fine.

    I also see comments about these things washing down the culture of other countries. No, that's just not the case. What is washing down the culture of those countries is a youth entranced by whatever fad is currently on TV, and the fact that there is a difference between culture and tradition and a lack of understanding around how culture works -> culture changes and tradition always becomes extinct.

    Anyway, there will come a time when as a planet we will HAVE to live together - but for the moment, we don't need to, therefore I would expect a country like Japan with a strong sense of tradition to continue to resist change until there comes a time when they WILL need to change.

    Posted in: Are Japan’s efforts at internationalization succeeding or not?

  • -5

    kringis

    Indeed, I'd rather bury my head in the sand and not care about anything in the world other than myself.

    Posted in: JAL Dreamliner makes emergency landing in Honolulu

  • -1

    kringis

    They should be proud of largely relegating religion to tradition, not something which is taken seriously enough be a cause of public violence.

    Yeah, just a shame they replace religious bigotry with other things.

    Posted in: Malaysia bans Ultraman book over use of Allah

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    kringis

    A number of the key advantages of independence that Salmond is laying down have already been debunked.

    Scotland can keep the pound - nope. Scotland will be a member of the EU - nope, it will need to get in line behind the other nations already waiting to get in. Scotland will be able to continue to charge English students massive student fees and give everyone else free University education - nope, not if they want to be in the EU; it's called discrimination Scotland will have low unemployment - not when the Scottish army/naval/airforce regiments are all disbanded by the British army, and jobs are lost in cross border industry as London/England based companies bring jobs back into England

    If Scotland wants to be independent, lots of other countries have done it very successfully. At the moment, the SNP is lying through their teeth to get a positive vote and hoping to the almighty God himself (William Wallace apparently) that everything works out.

    I'd love to hear some real policies/strategy, not just the lies of a fat racist git.

    Posted in: British cabinet to meet in Scotland amid independence fears

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    kringis

    Who cares if it's Korea, Japan, China, France, Russia, Germany, Canada...

    Sore losers and sore losers. Seen enough of them in my time to know them. At least Asada had some dignity in her failure, unlike the American skater who also moaned. There's no place in sport for people like that.

    Posted in: Angry Koreans demand review of judges' scores in figure skating after Kim's silver finish

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    kringis

    Two footing is different to falling and only results in a minor reduction. Kim clearly didn't have enough meat in her routine to score the points necessary. Just because I can walk in a straight line with perfect poise doesn't mean I'll beat someone over the same distance who runs imperfectly. Kim's routine was flawless because it was safe, too safe clearly.

    Ultimately, there were 9 judges, and the marks of the other 7 would have outweighed the allegedly corrupt two. This is just bitterness, and you don't hear Kim complaining. Why? Because she's a sportsperson, and a sportsperson acts with dignity when they lose, unlike these "fans."

    Posted in: Angry Koreans demand review of judges' scores in figure skating after Kim's silver finish

  • 6

    kringis

    but the Russian skater fell during her routine

    She didn't fall! That was the other Russian. Geez!

    Posted in: Angry Koreans demand review of judges' scores in figure skating after Kim's silver finish

  • 6

    kringis

    The performance was not flawless.

    The commentators on the stream I was watching (both of which were Olympic medal winners when they competed), both pointed out mistakes with her jumps and step sequences. I'm no expert, but these commentators had no reason to not be impartial. In fact, during the live performance one of them even said it was a Gold medal winning performance, but when he saw slowed down replays said he didn't notice the mistakes in real-time.

    I am no Korean basher, but seriously, this reaction is pretty pathetic and cries of "sore-loser."

    Posted in: Angry Koreans demand review of judges' scores in figure skating after Kim's silver finish

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    kringis

    It was good to see her do a decent free skate program, but even had her short been better, she would have had to score over 80 in the short to have a chance at gold and over 70 to even get a bronze. The standard is so high, it's unbelievable really. Adelina Sotnikova was amazing.

    Posted in: Triple axel backfires for Asada

  • -6

    kringis

    Whether you realise it or not, you have just illustrated my point perfectly, by applying your Western Perspective filter to a Japanese cultural attitude, and judged it as being non-sensical.

    Not really. And I don't get how you got that from what I said to be honest. Also, I'm not from a "Western" country, so I don't have a "Western Perspective filter."

    What I have is a common sense filter, that has an opportunity to exist everywhere, and does exist in Japan. They just choose to ignore it out of arrogance, much like you are choosing to do so now. Which ironically, makes you the one with this "Western Perspective filter." You're using your freedom of choice/personality/thought to act Japanese (which is of course, in itself, an act).

    Posted in: Female Osaka school clerk's pay docked over tattoos

  • -3

    kringis

    Where I am from (Australia), immigrants and foreigners are often criticised for being unable to 'fit in' to the Australian way of life, and that they must 'adopt our ways' if they are to be accepted.

    This isn't about East vs West or Individual vs Group, this is about common sense, which there appears to be a serious lack of world-wide apparently.

    There's plenty of egocentric, individualistic people in Japan anyway. Most people fit this category, and only use the group mentality when it suites them (ie, they want to escape repercussions for their failures). But don't get me wrong, it's the same in the "West" too. Individual when it suites you, group when it suites you.

    Posted in: Female Osaka school clerk's pay docked over tattoos

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    kringis

    In 2014, it's truly astounding that so many people feel others shouldn't have a right to do what they want with their body, and make snap judgements about a person's personality/ethics based on what they look like. It's no different to thinking a ginger person is evil or a person wearing glasses is intelligent. It's a shame so many bigots still exist in this day and age.

    Posted in: Female Osaka school clerk's pay docked over tattoos

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    kringis

    Yep, tattoos are bad, but a pregnant girl getting crapped on by a dog is fine.

    Go Japan!

    Posted in: Female Osaka school clerk's pay docked over tattoos

  • -3

    kringis

    Not sure why I get the thumbs down. I for one am glad I live in a country with proper food safety regulations, in both the mass production industry and at all stores/restaurants/etc that sell/make ANY food. Never had food poisoning in my life when at home.

    Posted in: Bread identified as source of food poisoning at Hamamatsu schools

  • -4

    kringis

    It disgusts me that in an "advanced" country, industrial sized food manufacturers are not baking in a cleanroom environment.

    Posted in: Bread identified as source of food poisoning at Hamamatsu schools

  • -1

    kringis

    Anyone that argues that guns have a place in society to protect themselves or to prevent crime, is deep down someone who wants to use that gun to go into a forest and shoot squirrels. Not to kill, but to see them suffer.

    Posted in: Retired cop kills moviegoer for texting in Florida theater

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