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limboinjapanFeb. 12, 2011 - 06:26PM JST
Pixilated:" I think the main reasons for keeping the girl's uniforms the way they are is because men find them to be a fetishy sexual symbol;" and "the image of the "genki" and "kawaii" sailor-suited school uniform high school girl has become a symbol of Japan.
My daughter's Junior High had different uniforms for boys and girls but the girls could wear either skirt or slacks all but 2 (my daughter being one of the 2) chose to wear the skirt.
Most public schools have or are moving away from the sailor style uniforms in favour of a blazer skirt/slacks combo and when it come to the skirts they are now enforcing knee length or longer, no more short short skirts in public schools and many are now encouraging the girls to wear tights instead of socks.
This is Japan and yes things are slow to change but things are changing, not long ago it would have been unthinkable to even offer a choice of skirt or slacks to girls, not all schools are doing it and it depends on the ward or city but if a complaint is made and it is a public school then due to legal precedent the school is more or less obligated to offer a choice, you won't make any friends if you are the one making the request but you should win, it was just such a challenge that made my children's school offer a choice and now it is just a normal thing.
Posted in: What do you think of school uniforms in Japan?
limboinjapanFeb. 11, 2011 - 09:48PM JST
If you look at movies and TV shows over the years you will find that there has always been one group or another as the main bad guy at one point it was the native Americans, next the Nazi and Japanese and during much of this time right up to today the Italians (Americans) have more often than not been portrayed as gangsters, blacks are often the drug dealers and pimps, Latinos the drug dealers and gang member along with blacks and Asians who are often the modern slavers and white men are the guys that are always the conspirators running the assassinations and behind the illegal control of governments and agencies.
The big problem with Islam is that unlike the 3 other main religions where movies about the founding or about important event in their founding have been made ( life of Buddha, life of Jesus, Moses, Abraham, etc...) there has and will never be a movie portraying the foundation of Islam and the reasons behind much of the misinterpreted "Jihad" and all the rest because to make a movie about Mohamed would mean some one either portraying him or even if he is never seen (as many early movies about Jesus) and only hear his voice both of these situation would lead to death threats and even riots or killings as both the portrayal of the figure and voice of Mohamed are blasphemous and punishable by death.
The best example of this was a few years back a man thinking that he would be nice and create a set of illustrated books that explained Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism and Islam for children found that even though he only showed Mohamed in silhouette or from the back and never any real picture or drawing of him just the fact that he made Mohamed "speak" in the book got him on a death list even after he apologies and recalled all the books.
How can this group hope to change thing as long as it is forbidden to use the media they wish to change to explain who they are and where it comes from.
In 3 recant Law and Order CI episodes one portrayed Islamic terrorist and the others right wing and Washington Christian nut terrorist and Latino drug cartels murder spree, this trend will continue as long as these 3 groups are in the news for these activities.
Posted in: Muslims seek change in way Hollywood movies portray them
limboinjapanFeb. 11, 2011 - 09:01PM JST
When I first came to Japan I was not for the idea of uniforms but since then I have had a change of heart.
As a single parent I have found that having done the no uniform elementary school and then the uniform J/S high school, uniforms turned out to be a god send no arguments as to what to wear each morning.
The price was a bit of a shock but being a single parent on low income I was reimbursed for the most part.
I find that some school need to change and move away from the military style uniforms and for those that still have elementary school uniforms the short pants for boys all year long is a bit strange looking as well as a bit abusive on cold days.
The one thing that I have noticed is that back in my home country many public schools are moving back to uniforms ( usually just a shirt with logo and the same colour slacks for all) because of convenience for the parents and to avoid other problem like peer pressure and gang colours.
I once asked a city official why the uniforms could not be simpler and cheaper and his reply was interesting, he said:
" The city covers the cost for those without the means and those with the means pay this way all the children have nice good quality uniforms and in some cases the uniform is the first and only nice thing they own, but no one is the wiser and in the event these children must attend an event, a funeral or even a wedding they and their parents do not have to worry that they do not have appropriate clothing"
This was a bit of and eye opener for me, I have had to attend several funerals and weddings here in Japan and it never dawned on me that without the school uniform I would have definitely been in a bind to find something for the children to wear.
limboinjapanFeb. 06, 2011 - 10:48PM JST
Correction the latest figures are that USA oil supply from Canada (at preferential prices) is now 37% as of the end of 2010
Posted in: U.S., Canada agree to work on border security
limboinjapanFeb. 06, 2011 - 10:45PM JST
SolidariTea:"Border security will ensure that whopping 70 percent of Canada's exports continue to be bought by US citizens."
It seems that the USA and it citizens have forgotten why free trade came about.
It was because the new Canadian constitution in the 80's gave more control to the people and the provinces which ended the great low cost raw materials (such as 1 cent the raw ton for iron ore the USA auto companies and steal manufacturers were paying) prior to this much of the mining and other raw material industries were under USA corporation control.
And as for the 70% of Canadian exports going to the USA you seem to forget that the vast majority are still raw materials including oil, gas and platinum (for the auto industry) all at lower than standard market prices not to mention preferential pricing on all shipments going through the St Laurence Seaway.
The facts are that without free trade and open borders the USA and much of its remaining manufacturing industries as well as its exports in the beef, pork and grains would grind to a crawl because raw material entering the USA would be delayed and cost significantly more and exports from the great lakes region that rely on the St Laurence seaway would also be subject to long delays thus leading to greater spoilage in food exports and higher cost.
I find it interesting that the right never like to mention these facts when talking about the border issues or free trade.
SolidariTea:"They done tricked us, back in '89, when they fooled us into a-signing that U.S.-Canada Free Trade Agreement . Bilateral "trade"
I wonder how the USA would fair if Canada decided that free trade would end and that the oil and natural gas which make up 25% and 80% respectively of the USA supply and that under NAFTA Canada is prohibited from cutting back energy exports to the USA, with closed borders and no NAFTA how long would the USA low gas and oil prices last and how fast would the USA freeze once Canadian oil and gas is exported to higher paying markets like Japan, the EU and others.
limboinjapanFeb. 06, 2011 - 04:46PM JST
SolidariTea:"A testimony to the genius of English Common Law and Anglo-Saxon respect for rule of law and property rights" and "suhisake3 thinks I am Canadian.Thats pretty funny. More proof that he is incapable of understanding anything about America."
After your previous remarks I would say it is you who is incapable of understanding anything about America.
You seem to have forgotten that a good deal of Canadian laws are based on the French law and that nearly half the Leaders and founders of what is now Canada and its own unique form of governing to include multiple languages and cultures were not Anglo-Saxon but of French-Latin origin.
I could go on but that would most likely be a waste of time trying to clarify the normal USA right ignorance of things.
The reason that Canada is civilized as it is is because it was never exploited by USA corporation and USA banana republic dictatorships that insured the peasants had nothing and the corporation and elite owned 90% of all land and businesses.
Moderator: Readers, please keep the discussion civil.
limboinjapanJan. 26, 2011 - 04:25PM JST
Piglet:"He's been charged with the murder but not condemned yet. As such, he is still officially innocent until proven guilty by the judges. Therefore he is allowed to publish this book (since no judge deprived him of civil rights yet)."
That is true but if my memory serve me correctly at least in Canada and the USA there are provisions for such a situation and any earnings would be held in escrow until a verdict and if found guilty the money goes to into a victims fund.
Posted in: Ichihashi's book goes on sale; says he hopes to give royalties to Hawker family
limboinjapanJan. 26, 2011 - 04:02PM JST
sarahsuz25:"Exactly, there's nothing unique about this. It happens in every country."
Actually I think Canada, USA and a few other EU countries have past laws that forbid prisoners or criminals from profiting from their crimes in just such a manor, I am not sure of the details but there are certain crimes and restrictions.
limboinjapanJan. 23, 2011 - 11:50AM JST
It seems that now the lady in the fountain is in hot water.
She has a criminal record and is in court for credit card fraud and theft.
Their is even speculation that she may have staged the fall.
All we know for sure is that she now only wants an apology (dropped the lawsuit) and the security guard has been fired.
This crap of texting while walking, riding or driving has got to stop and the laws need to be changed in accordance.
Last years while driving this idiot on a bicycle while texting drove strait into my car, I was driving in the right direction on a one way road and he was coming up the wrong way right in the middle of the road while texting I stopped my car beeped my horn but he just kept on texting and drove right into my car.
Luckily it was right in front of the Koban and the cops yelled at him because normally under Japanese road laws the car is always responsible.
Posted in: Smartphones foster dumb habits among pedestrians
limboinjapanJan. 21, 2011 - 08:15PM JST
SolidariTea:"So I think limboinJapan, you want the solution your country adopted ?If the US adopted the long-gun registry you have in Canada the US government could steal billions in taxes. But it wouldn't make a dent in the gun fatality figures."
The long-gun registry is but a small part of what Canada adopted and if you knew anything about Canada you would know that Handguns are extremely restricted that is where the difference is, most crimes are not done using long-guns but using handguns, something Canada eliminated and if you look at the figures violent crime dropped after the crack down and end of legal sales of handguns in Canada.
Posted in: The gun control debate: Do you support the right of citizens to own and bear firearms?
limboinjapanJan. 21, 2011 - 07:33PM JST
@techall:at 07:17 PM JST - 21st January
First can you come up with even one sensible example not at least 60 years old or not from non-democratic unstable countries?
Second you are late with the Swiss thing and as your predecessors wrong on your statement.
Switzerland issues guns to every active duty person in the military (military service is mandatory yearly from 19 to 34 or 52 depending on rank) and during that time they must keep and maintain their military weapon.
They are also required to have it properly stored under lock and key and are not permitted to go around with it without permission, they are also required to present it for inspection whenever requested and to surrender it if requested (no questions asked).
Basically GUN CONTROL!
limboinjapanJan. 21, 2011 - 06:59PM JST
One more point the USA violent crime figure only count aggravated assault as the UK and the rest of the developed country count all violent crimes in their numbers (e,i, assaults without injuries or weapons) I would venture to guess if the USA counted violent crime in the same manor as the UK and the rest the USA figures would be even more than the present 2 times that of the UK and 4 times that of Canada.
limboinjapanJan. 21, 2011 - 06:41PM JST
Vulcan:"The German government decided that Germans can't be trusted with firearms. Same with the government of Japan. When Germany or Japan manages to annex the U.S., then German or Japanese laws will apply. Until then....."
Not sure what your trying to get at by singling out Germany and Japan but they both have way, way way lower crime rates, lower murder rates, lower guns deaths and much, much, much safer countries.
And again I seem to need to pint out that the question does not mention the USA so why do you and others form the USA always think everything has to be only about the USA.
And despite all your rhetoric you have still avoid addressing the one major point.
If guns make you so safe then why does the USA have the worst record on violent crime, murder and gun deaths of all developed countries? For once try and address this point!
As for your little " licenced EMT.. If you're in trouble you'd be lucky to have one of my type around than the "I'm scared of self reliance types" usually the ones who hate guns."
I am a licensed paramedic trained in search and rescue (air, sea and land) I have work in the arctic and major cities, I was the first responder on several major disasters as well as one bombing that killed 4 people and a mass shooting that killed 14 and injured 14 I know what guns can do, after this massacre laws were tightened in my country and nothing like it happened again until some nut case bought guns in the USA and tried doing the same thing had the USA not had such easy access to guns the second massacre would have never happened, as for wanting to have someone like you around in a crisis NO THANK YOU I will be happy to rely on EMTs, rescue workers and police from countries where people have cooler heads.
limboinjapanJan. 21, 2011 - 05:06PM JST
I have seen "monster parents" and had to deal with them, I have also seen and dealt with "monster teachers"
Real monster parents are the ones who's child is more often than not the trouble maker in school and they refuse to acknowledge it they will complain and in many cases call the teacher at home, on their cellphone late night on weekends and at all hours "demanding" special treatment or the removal of a disciplinary note, I have seen many times where the child was the bully but the parents refused to believe everyone and demanded that the victims of their bully child apologies for "lying" despite several witnesses including teachers other students and parents not directly involved.
"Monster teacher" are luckily getting rarer they are the old guy who still believes that all Japanese are the same and that have never worked in the real world they tend to talk to parents like they are children and treat any child that is not "Japanese" enough in their eyes mixed race, foreigner or just not conform to their view of Japanese, and especially if their parents are part of a group that they view as un-Japanese ( Christian, Muslim, anti Flag and Kimigayo).
So after having worked in many schools here and having raised ( Still raising) 2 children on mu own in the Japanese system and having had problems on both side of this issue my only solution and my conclusion is to have webcams and recordings of all classes and all meeting with parents, video evidence does not lie.
Posted in: How should schools deal with so-called "monster parents" who verbally abuse or complain about teachers for the way they treat their children?
limboinjapanJan. 21, 2011 - 04:28PM JST
sarahsuz25:"One of the senators from my home state is Muslim, and I don't see a problem with that either."
If my memory serves my right wasn't there a big controversy regarding taking the oath of office when a Muslim senator was going to use a Qur'an instead of a Bible during his swearing in?
Posted in: New Alabama governor apologizes for remarks on Christians
limboinjapanJan. 21, 2011 - 04:14PM JST
jagadeesh at 03:28 PM JST - 21st January.
Next time you see your USA friend remind him that The UK, Canada, NZ, Australia, were all fighting the Nazi and the Japanese for 3 years while the USA cowered in their little corner with all there guns and bravado and only entered the war when they had no choice, had the British and it allies not held their ground for 3 years the USA would have had a much harder time with a Nazi controlled government right on its door step with control of all the resources of the Crimean and Canada. All the little gun toting people of the USA would not have made much difference at that point.
limboinjapanJan. 21, 2011 - 04:13PM JST
Japlan at 03:02 PM JST - 21st January
Suicide is a social problem and nothing to do with guns, guns are just one means of committing suicide and suicide is the "choice" (for lack of a better word) of the individual and not and attack on others, why not try and justify guns based on the impact of the violence towards other in society if you want to try and show guns are not the problem, I am guessing you used suicide because if you used violence and murder then you could not do anything but agree with those opposed to gun ownership.
arrestpaul:"How many of the "other developed Nations" vote in the U.S.?"
Ah yes I forgot I was dealing with someone from the USA and that they usually think everything is about them and only them.
Let me enlighten you on a few things the world does not revolve around the USA (Rome thought that and where is Rome today?).
The Question is:Do you support the right of citizens to own and bear firearms?
Could you please show me where it says "in the USA"?
You keep going back to self defense but you never (let me repeat that) NEVER address the fact that in all the other developed countries violent crime and murder are at least half to 10 times lower than that of the USA which disproves your theory about guns being needed for self defense or even a deterrent because if guns ownership had any impact on reducing crime then in theory the USA should have the lowest crime rates, murder rates and be the safest country which it is not it is the most dangerous.
limboinjapanJan. 21, 2011 - 09:38AM JST
You are wasting your time, I have already asked this question several times now only to be met with silence, the 2nd amendment or self defense, not one of the pro gun group even attempted to answer the question actually they all just ignored it.
limboinjapanJan. 21, 2011 - 09:33AM JST
I wrote this before on a similar subject.
Use technology and the fact that every school is wired and install webcams in all classrooms, that way the principal can monitor classes without anyone knowing and parents with a password could look in on things and by keeping a backup recording teacher can show parents how their children behave in class as well as protect themselves against any false accusations.
May. 23, 2013 - 12:13AM JST
The problem is Japan doesn't really recognize this type of kidnapping as a crime.
Posted in: Diet approves child abduction treaty
May. 23, 2013 - 12:09AM JST
Probably good for killing time with a miniature screen on an airplane, though.
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