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kringisMay. 15, 2013 - 06:17AM JST
H&S compliance in Japan? You must be kidding if you think anyone takes it seriously.
Posted in: 7-year-old girl seriously injured by school goalpost collapse
kringisMay. 06, 2013 - 07:29AM JST
Considering 1 in 80 of Japanese women have at some stage in their life worked in the sex industry, this is no surprise. There's probably dozens, if not hundreds, of poorly paid teachers sidelining like this.
Posted in: Teacher suspended for taking part-time job as call girl
kringisMay. 02, 2013 - 01:30AM JST
Oh my, a human is being manipulative to gain something for themselves. Stop the press!
Just because it's using a smartphone doesn't make it news. Japanese media at the moment really seems to be attacking smartphones as if they're the blame for everything wrong in Japanese society. I guess it's easy to find a scapegoat rather than admit that actually, Japanese society's entire history is broken.
Posted in: Women use smartphone games to lure men into paying for their food expenses
kringisApr. 09, 2013 - 12:03AM JST
Cleo - I was referring to the impact of the war on the election, not on the individual lives (or anything else), in response to Jimizo's post about the war being used to win the 1983 election. Of course the impact was not minimal for those it affected, and considering I have family that were affected by it, I would never say such a thing. Please don't skew my words to mean something else.
Posted in: Former British PM Margaret Thatcher dead at 87
kringisApr. 08, 2013 - 11:32PM JST
Thumbs down, but the facts are clear. The first past the post electoral system and the Labour split into Labour and LDP-Liberal alliance show quite clearly how the 1983 was won by the Conservatives (Labour/LDP-Liberal would have needed over 75% of the vote, which is impossible). History also shows us that war success is by no means a positive electoral factor, considering Churchill lost power after the Second World War. Soldiers did not die in the Falklands to win an election in the UK, and saying so insults the families and the memories of those who died.
kringisApr. 08, 2013 - 11:16PM JST
She requested not to have one.
kringisApr. 08, 2013 - 11:12PM JST
Jimizo - I won't comment on the societal impact you mention, but I will say that modern political studies and analysis of popularity polls, etc, have proven that she would have won the 1983 election without the Falklands War and actually the impact of the war was minimal.
kringisApr. 08, 2013 - 09:45PM JST
She was a polarising figure. Some loved her, some hated her.
Whichever side of the fence you sit on, there's one thing you can't deny: she was true British grit, the last true Prime Minister of Britain, before politics in the UK became nothing but populist driven rubbish.
kringisMar. 28, 2013 - 07:56PM JST
She's one of the few good ones alright.
Posted in: Kurara Chibana: A work in progress
kringisMar. 27, 2013 - 07:16PM JST
I think Japanese people lie so much they don't even know they're lying. I once saw a friend across a station concourse and jokingly called him to ask where he was, to which he replied he was at work and would be for several more hours but we could meet up at 9pm as we always did on a Friday. When I then walked up to him and patted his shoulder he was quite shocked. I asked him why he lied, and he said it was because he didn't want me to think he was lazy and had left work before 7pm.
I could give another hundred examples. I just genuinely believe Japanese people lie without even thinking because they think it's socially normal.
Posted in: Japan 4th in world liar rankings
kringisMar. 23, 2013 - 06:20AM JST
Japan will be long dead as a nation before this stuff is mined.
Posted in: Rich rare earth deposits found on seabed
kringisMar. 06, 2013 - 08:10AM JST
Congratulations to them.
It's unfortunate however that the air of publicity around this is gives it a somewhat shambolic outside appearance and will probably insult a lot of homosexual couples who don't need to be in the spotlight to feel justified for who they are.
Posted in: First gay wedding held at Tokyo Disney Resort
kringisFeb. 25, 2013 - 08:07AM JST
3-4 hours in CostCo? 1050 parking spaces not enough?
The Japanese must really like their CostCo and enjoy wasting time. In my country the car park is always half empty and half an hour is ample time to buy what you need.
Posted in: Hiroshima to finally get a Costco - too bad you have to pay Y3,000 for parking
kringisFeb. 20, 2013 - 08:01AM JST
I wouldn't say everything above is more civilized (most are, but some things listed are actually quite antiquated or just perks of a different kind of society).
Posted in: A Chinese perspective: Some surprising cultural differences upon coming to Japan
kringisFeb. 15, 2013 - 07:58PM JST
Look at the stupid look on her stupid face.
Posted in: Gun tourism
kringisFeb. 13, 2013 - 11:08PM JST
It's lose, not loose.
Posted in: Yen stronger after G-7 warning over exchange rates
kringisFeb. 13, 2013 - 12:17AM JST
Unfortunately this article is trying to sell these house shares as places where you can meet and have sex with random strangers. That's all fun and games until a) someone gets an STD, b) someone gets jealous and uses a knife in an incorrect manner, c) a dead baby turns up in the garbage. This article is irresponsible writing at its best.
Posted in: More young people try communal living in 'share houses'
kringisFeb. 13, 2013 - 12:11AM JST
Mindless comedy is fine, but it has to be one thing: funny.
Posted in: Soak in a nice hot spring bath with Ted
kringisFeb. 08, 2013 - 09:40AM JST
It's a social acceptance.
Society is partly to blame for the attitude of these women, because it dictates the role of men and women.
These women are partly to blame for the way society is, because they do not challenge the status quo and prefer the easy option (the socially acceptable option).
The result? Too few people get married, and those that do often end up unhappy.
Posted in: What Japanese women think about money and marriage
kringisFeb. 07, 2013 - 09:24AM JST
Kyoto is not upmarket.
Posted in: Top 5 worst places to visit in Japan
May. 22, 2013 - 05:26PM JST
If you had a terminally ill pet, you wouldnt put them down?
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May. 22, 2013 - 05:21PM JST
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Posted in: White House: Obama is no Nixon
May. 22, 2013 - 05:20PM JST
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May. 22, 2013 - 05:19PM JST
What you don't seem to understand is that it is not only Saitama ken that…
Posted in: 39-year-old man arrested for beating 1-month-old son to death
May. 22, 2013 - 05:06PM JST
Who needs an app to bully anyway? There is always the good old fist-in-the-face, and making…
Posted in: Phone app ‘Line’ under fire from school after incidents of bullying