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kwbrow2May. 23, 2013 - 10:14PM JST
Japan has orphanages in every prefecture and many of the orphanages take newborns. Most people don't know this. As one person said, more advertisement/education is needed to let mothers know about their options after birth.
Posted in: Kumamoto baby hatch says it received 9 infants in fiscal 2012
kwbrow2Feb. 05, 2013 - 09:00PM JST
Over the 27-year period between 1983 and 2009,** 108** students aged 12 to 17 **died **as a result of judo accidents in Japanese schools, an average of four a year,” Uchida said. Not even close to the worst thing that has happened to Japanese sports. These coaches need to do jail time for their crimes.
Posted in: Minister calls judo beatings Japan's worst sports crisis
kwbrow2Jan. 29, 2013 - 07:22AM JST
How about the Ministry of Education use one of their may lawyers to create and pass a bullying law. A law with teeth that has consequences for bullying.
Posted in: Education ministry aims to connect schools with police to deal with bullying
kwbrow2Jan. 24, 2013 - 08:22PM JST
Another sad day for Japanese society or lack there of. I guess on some level she wanted to be caught. Surely, she knew someone, sooner or later, would find the baby and come knocking on her door. RIP little one.
Posted in: Woman throws newborn baby out of toilet window
kwbrow2Dec. 01, 2012 - 10:13AM JST
Hashimoto forced public workers to reveal information about tattoo's and their location on the body. (Of course there is no law that requires public servants to comply). Now, Hashimoto says he will ignore the law. Clearly he thinks the law does not apply to him. Hashimoto seems to be lawmaker, judge, jury, and executioner.
Posted in: Hashimoto refuses to stop tweeting during campaign
kwbrow2Nov. 23, 2012 - 06:00PM JST
Bullying is not that hard of a problem to deal with. A few minor changes in the way things are done at school will make a big difference. Now kids have 10 minutes of free time between classes. This is too much time. They one need 2 minutes to get to there next class. The other 8 minutes are wasted time. Kids goof off, punch their friends and sometimes their enemies. Teachers need to be in the hallways and classrooms to prevent kids from misbehaving. Deterrence is the key. If there is a chance of getting caught kids won't do it. There has to be punishment for bullies. Expulsion, Suspension, & detentions. If you coach a sport you need to supervise the kids. Unsupervised kids are a recipe for disaster. These are things teachers in the US have been doing to reduce the number of problems that happen between classes. Kids know there are consequences if they get caught and it is a deterrence for most of them. But bullies are patient. They can wait for the opportunity when a teacher is not around. You can never stop bullying completely but there are many things schools can do to cut down on bullying. I hope Japan makes the changes to reduce the number of bullying cases.
Posted in: No. of reported school bullying cases tops 140,000 in April-Sept period
kwbrow2Oct. 13, 2012 - 08:02PM JST
If Japan had a joint custody system that allowed both parents and grandparents access to children after divorce I think less of this would happen. If Japanese courts required a parenting plan before divorce took place I think fewer parents would take their children's lives. Change can be a good thing. I hope the government take appropriate action soon.
Posted in: Man kills son in failed murder-suicide bid
kwbrow2Aug. 26, 2012 - 01:09PM JST
he passed hundreds of drug tests during his career and followed the rules in place at the time of his Tour de France victories. I don't see how it fair to take anything away from lance if he played by the rules!
Posted in: Banned Lance Armstrong back on bike
kwbrow2Aug. 23, 2012 - 05:27PM JST
The above link talks about "German solar power plants produced a world record 22 gigawatts of electricity per hour - equal to 20 nuclear power stations at full capacity - through the midday hours on Friday and Saturday, the head of a renewable energy think tank said." "The German government decided to abandon nuclear power after the Fukushima nuclear disaster last year, closing eight plants immediately and shutting down the remaining nine by 2022. "................................
Japan has only used one nuclear power plant this summer. It is obvious that most nuclear power plants are not needed. Japan could build and start using solar and geothermal power in less than 5 years if they could make decisions as quick as Germany did.
Posted in: Noda's meeting with anti-nuclear camp gets mixed reviews from media
kwbrow2Aug. 20, 2012 - 06:33PM JST
As Maria said this is a step in the right direction. Raising awareness, reporting the incidents, and going to the press when the school won't take appropriate action are all steps forward. Citizens need to complain more. How does the saying go "the only thing needed for evil to succeed it that good people do nothing." Of course the next step is to have schools implement a zero tolerance policy on bullying. Expulsion should be mandatory. Students should be encouraged to report bullies and teachers need to do a better job in regards to preventing bullying.
Posted in: More bullying victims turning to police to file criminal charges
kwbrow2Aug. 01, 2012 - 08:57PM JST
It is plausible to assume a strong earthquake would damage the seawall and leave the power plant at risk. 100 billion yen is a lot of money to spend on something that might not work. And more likely will never be needed. The more logical and much safer choice is to invest in alternative power. Anyone read about Germany setting a world record for generating the most solar power in a day. 22GW of power. That is more than 20 nuclear power plants running at full capacity. Article can be found at the following link.
It is time to go green. Geothermal power is also another great choice for Japan. It seems clear that a large percentage of Japanese people are against nuclear power. The demos in Tokyo keep getting bigger. Listen to your people PM Noda.
Posted in: Completion of Hamaoka plant tsunami seawall delayed
kwbrow2Jul. 23, 2012 - 03:10PM JST
There are some points that I think are relevant. One, the anti nuclear demo is not making headlines in the Japanese papers. Maybe it will now. Two, hatoyama's presence may encourage others to participate. three, there are alternative power sources in Japan such as geothermal power that could be used instead of nuclear power. Four, Hatoyama's presence may be a political ploy but he could be sincere. I prefer to be an optimist.
Posted in: Hatoyama joins anti-nuclear demo outside Noda's residence
kwbrow2Jun. 17, 2012 - 11:07PM JST
@YuriOtani, it is not the kids choice. Kids can't choose anything until they become 18 in the US. Until that point we (adults/parents) have to make choices for them. If your 8 year did not want to go to school would you let him. If your 12 year old wanted to drink and smoke, would you let him? I hope not. We adults/parents have to make choices for our kids and we have to watch out for their best interests. We run into problems when one parent makes unilateral decisions that are bad for the child but OK for one parent. A good parent would not prevent the other parent from seeing their child. A good parent (even if divorced) should encourage their child to see and spend time with the other parent. A bad parent would discourage the child from contacting the other parent. A bad parent would often make up stories that influence how the child behaves around the other parent. In this case Dr. Garcia is the better parent. Inoue has made choices that were bad for Karina but good for herself. Even after being let out of jail, she has continued to violate court orders. So yes bad things are probably going to happen to her now. Yuri, you don't seem to have all of the facts on this case or you are just conveniently ignoring them. It is not a matter of US law vs. Japanese law. It is a matter of treating people with respect. Do unto others as you would like done unto yourself. Let's not turn this into a cultural issue or Japan vs. America issue. It is about how everyone (all over the world) should treat children. Dr. Garcia has the right idea!!!!!!!!!
Posted in: American father wins custody of child after divorce from Japanese woman
kwbrow2Jun. 08, 2012 - 04:35PM JST
If you have been in Japan long enough you have seen houses located just centimeters from busy streets. If you trip coming out of your house you will literally fall onto the road. There is no room for a sidewalk in many places. Others are correct. More emphasis needs to be put on safety. Driving safety, child safety, road safety, and safety from abusive parents all need to be addressed.
Posted in: Driver arrested after 7-year-old boy run over, killed in Chiba
kwbrow2Apr. 30, 2012 - 02:17PM JST
If this boy is actually 2 months old he should not be able to crawl yet. How can he fall into the river? He was either placed in the river or they have the age wrong in this story. More info is needed as usual.
Posted in: 2-month-old baby boy drowns in Nagano river
kwbrow2Apr. 29, 2012 - 09:59AM JST
Only buy from Costco or another import food store that you trust. As Tmarie alluded to this probably happens more than you think.
Posted in: Fukushima cucumbers relabeled and sold in Tokyo
kwbrow2Apr. 12, 2012 - 06:29PM JST
Could it be big fish little pond syndrome? I know a guy who was number one at his Junior High School but when he got to High School is grades were terrible in comparison to his new top notch classmates. He could not handle the pressure/competition. He ended up in the hospital with mental problems and dropped out of school. Going from best to worst can take its toll. I have no idea if this is the case but it is another scenario.
Posted in: 15-year-old girl jumps to death from Yokohama school building
kwbrow2Apr. 04, 2012 - 05:43PM JST
OK, I have to say something. I can understand hitting someone in a moment of anger. But locking a 4 year old outside for an extended period of time without clothes is premeditated torture.
Posted in: Man arrested for assaulting girlfriend's 4-year-old son
kwbrow2Apr. 04, 2012 - 05:32PM JST
So many things I want to say about this situation, mostly bad. But I will only say, I hope the boy gets the love and attention all kids deserve.
kwbrow2Mar. 12, 2012 - 05:29PM JST
American never should have gone into Iraq or Afghanistan. It tarnishes the image of America and creates bad publicity for America and American's when crap like this happens. America needs to stay out of other peoples business. To much money (tax payer money) has been put into this so called war. Is there any benefit in the future?
Posted in: U.S. assures Afghanistan probe under way after rogue soldier kills 16 Afghans
May. 26, 2013 - 01:15AM JST
Why haven't you disappeared off the face of the earth yet?
Posted in: If you could ask one question at Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto's press conference Monday at the Foreign Correspondents' Club, what would it be?
May. 26, 2013 - 01:14AM JST
Oh yes, the economy was in fantastic shape in November 2008, and then Obama took…
Posted in: White House: Obama is no Nixon
May. 26, 2013 - 01:13AM JST
I bet the Reuter journalist is working with Korean or Chinese money.
I do not buy…
Posted in: Japan's wartime brothels were wrong, says 91-year-old veteran
May. 26, 2013 - 01:09AM JST
THere are like 80 people arrested. 75 of them have been arrested previously.
Posted in: Stockholm police get reinforcements as Britain, U.S. warn over riots
May. 26, 2013 - 01:06AM JST
It´s not so much dealing immigration but dealing with a tiny minority who no one…