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    tinawatanabeJUL. 26, 2015 - 09:36PM JST I never defended Toshiba, I said in the other thread that Toshiba should be severely punished. I am only saying it is wrong to conclude as if all Japan inc was corrupt.

    The evidence is mounting up every year - it is hard not to conclude that. I don;t think the western media is making it up. There is a very serious corruption problem in Japan inc. Japan is not yet as developed as western countries in some regards, but they will improve I think.

    Posted in: Toshiba scandal exposes Japan Inc's governance flaws

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    The TV news presenters always start a few meters from an incident then run at it dramatically. Never see that in the western media, except maybe Saturday night live or Daily show.

    Posted in: What do you think are some of the main differences between the way Japanese and Western media report the news?

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    tinawatanabe

    I think this book might be useful for you and others unfamiliar with Japan's culture of covering up to save face and doctoring accounts. Yes, it happens in other countries, but evidence from books like this suggest it is a tradition and an ingrained part of business for centuries in Japan.

    http://www.amazon.com/Introduction-Japanese-Society-Yoshio-Sugimoto/dp/0521705193

    Posted in: Toshiba scandal exposes Japan Inc's governance flaws

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    baroqueJUL. 25, 2015 - 11:12PM JST I am shocked that this kind of incident occurred in East Asia let alone Japan because this region of the world has a lower incidence of violent crime than other regions.

    What 'other' regions would those be?

    Further Japan has koubans scattered all the way from Naha to Wakkanai, You really think koubans are going to make a difference? In other countries you have mobile police in patrol cars ready to attend an incident in minutes. Seen how fast those kouban cops get off there butts and onto those hanky white bikes?

    strict laws regarding firearms Same everywhere else except the States.

    educated population. Depends what you mean by 'educated'.

    Posted in: Armed man tries to rob bank in Fukuoka Pref

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    Torakichi

    Can you people just stop complaining for once?

    Can you just stop complaining about complainers for once! (See where you went there?)

    There is a lot to like about Tokyo, a lot, but the 'best city' in the world? There's not THAT much to like.

    Posted in: Tokyo named most liveable city in world by Monocle magazine

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    No different from what Obama and crew have been saying for years, but always good to hear other leaders putting the pressure on.

    Posted in: Asia should put WWII behind it: Singapore PM

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    YubaruMAY. 30, 2015 - 06:56AM JST and to ban it from continuing to use violent and dangerous actions to protect its illegal activities from volunteer activists defending the whales. Sea Shepard saying this? Pot-kettle-black! Yes the whaling has to stop, but their assertions here are based upon their actions against the whalers, two wrongs do not make a right. They are the last people that should be complaining about violent and dangerous actions and it's hypocritical to think otherwise.

    Fair enough, but the same could be said of Japan's whaling Antarctic programme. Pretty sure given the recent developments, Sea Shepherd holds the moral high ground in the eyes of the world, despite their aggressive record.

    Posted in: Sea Shepherd seeks U.S. court injunction against Japanese whaling

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    “I am angry and sad that the court did not accept my side of the story,” Tomita

    Right, I think they decided to go with a little thing called 'the truth', rather than your 'side of things'.

    Posted in: S Korean court finds swimmer Tomita guilty of stealing camera

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    Once again Gaiyatsu determines Japanese policy. Should have taken the step earlier without being shamed in front of the world.

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    gokaiwomanekuMAY. 20, 2015 - 09:26PM JST From the Guardian, Oct 19, 2011: None of this has been, during the 60-year post-colonial period since 1947, the generally accepted view of the empire in Britain. The British understandably try to forget that their empire was the fruit of military conquest and of brutal wars involving physical and cultural extermination. So Japan again follows in the foot steps of its inspiration for modernization. Why is only Japan supposed to apologize. The rest of the article is pretty graphic about what the British did in the name of Empire. You could substitute "Japan" and get the same story. I am no denier. I just don't think it is fair to be singled out. It just energizes the right.

    How did you get the idea the UK isn't regularly criticized for their colonial rule? They are. We are not children here. It's not playground fighting we are talking about here. You commit a crime you face the consequences - you don't cry "but HE is a criminal too!!".

    Posted in: 450 mostly Western scholars press Abe on war history

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    I am convinced more humane attitudes towards animals are all part of social and cultural development/progression just like attitudes to gay marriage, women's rights etc. Japan will get there eventually with a gentle push here and there.

    Posted in: Japanese aquariums still rely on controversial dolphin hunt

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    Japanese bidet toilets are great; for some people. We have one in our house in NZ but people who come to our house see them as unnecessary or even unhygienic (spraying the air with a feces mist - "gross"). They will never take off in the West.

    Posted in: Japan proud of its high-tech toilets

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    No mention of setting up training and teachers college like they have in most other developed countries? The intention is good, but how exactly are they going to 'fully support' their educators? Specifics would be good.

    Posted in: LDP panel proposes new teacher recruitment system

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    Oh no, there's no problem with infanticide and child abuse in Japan - it's the same in other countries. Have. to. keep. telling. Myself.

    Where is the outrage!?

    Posted in: Woman, four children found dead in Aichi home

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    Just like in WWII, a docile and submissive Japanese population are being led down a path on a path of nationalism and authoritarianism. They have had 70 years to develop and participate in a full democracy but failed. Shame.

    Posted in: Cabinet OKs security bills, but voters wary, confused

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    I get the feeling the Japanese public have become blase about child abuse and infanticide and that there is an epidemic that little seems to be done about it.

    How many Japanese kids have to die before the government starts investing more time and money into support for Japanese mothers!?

    Posted in: Mother admits throwing 5-year-old son from 13th-floor apartment

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    Oh no, who would ever say there is a problem with infanticide in Japan. This happens every day in other countries too. NOT!! Let's get on the streets and demonstrate for the rights of innocent children in this country!! Where is the movement!?

    Posted in: Mother admits throwing 5-year-old son from 13th-floor apartment

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    johansbachMAY. 11, 2015 - 07:41AM JST Lies, lies, and more lies from the corrupt Chinese Communist Party. Why are they bringing all this up again and again and again? They want money from the Japanese government... it is as easy as that. For example, the family of last premier Wen JiaBao....has at least $2.7 billions. New York Times stands by this figure. The Chinese leaders want money.....MONEY. And they even admit...there is corruption among them. Think about it...$2.7 billion. Wen JiaBao has quite an enterprising family.

    Um, I don't think any Chinese leaders are in need of money these days. They are probably bringing it up repeatedly for political reasons, nevertheless it's important to understand there is still very deep pain felt from Japan's wartime aggression among the Chinese population - they are in no way making that up.

    Posted in: China newspaper slams Japan for lack of WW2 contrition

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    Japanese monkeys are really aggressive but I wonder if the relationship they have had over the years with people has contributed to it.

    Posted in: 9-year-old boy attacked by monkey in Fukuoka

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    Where are the reports of more government work to reduce this problem?

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