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samwattersJul. 30, 2014 - 08:17AM JST
@serendipous. I thought so,too. Still kudos to the swimmer for keeping his wits about him and making it home safe.
Posted in: Man adrift at sea swims for nearly 40 kilometers before being found on beach
samwattersJul. 25, 2014 - 07:31PM JST
"The girl hurried to the school and notified the principal who called police.
The man is described as being about 165 cms tall, chubby, in his 30s with close-cropped hair. He was driving a black station wagon, according to the girl."
Good job to the parents who are raising this young lady. And good job to the girl for having the presence of mind to retain all of this information and relay it to the principal.
Posted in: Man reportedly tries to get 9-year-old girl into his car in Chiba
samwattersJul. 21, 2014 - 05:43PM JST
Folks, this is happening all over Japan these days. I have counted four separate incidents during this year alone. Two weeks before this incident we had what could have been a smiliar situation in my neighborhood in Tomakomai (Hokkaido). A man in his 50's~60's was parking his car near the elementary school/nursuery school/kindergarten area for hours at a time. Members of the neighborhood would look inside the car while they walked by but the man would not make eye contact. More chilling was that he was in our neighborhood everyday with a different car. I started going house-to-house and asking the other families if they had seen this guy. Their answers made me feel better and worse at the same time; "Yes, we've seen him and feel uneasy but we don't want to cause any problems." After a group meeting, we contacted the police who started patrolling the neighborhood and found this guy sitting in his car directly in front of the kindergarten. The police ran a check on him, found no prior records nor warrants for his arrest and had to let him go. This guy's answer for why he was parking around the neighborhood? Just killing time. The neighborhood knew better and we made a plan; the next time this guy arrived in the neighborhood a number of mothers were at their windows taking photos of the car, the license plate and his face. The following day he was back again and I walked out of my house wearing my GoPro head camera and got into the passenger side of the man's car. He told me to get out or he would call the police. I said that was a swell idea and then pointed to the surrounding houses and told him that he was being watched and recorded. I then placed an A4 sized paper with all of the pictures of his face, car, etc. on the dashboard and asked him what he was doing (a few fathers had told me that he may be scoping out an ex-wife or trying to see grandchildren taken from him in a divorce or a laid-off worker who hasn't yet found the courage to tell his family that he lost his job). The man said nothing. I then told him that the paper on his dashboard was one of many copies distributed to every local school and every neighborhood committee (chounaikai) and if he was thinking of snatching a kid, he should reconsider. I then got out of the car and walked back into the house and the man drove away. The neighborhood committee then made a report complete with a copy of my head cam video and took it to the police. We have not seen the man since. I hope this story illustrates the need for us to work together to protect our children from bad adults. It's not about being tough but rather about keeping your eyes open and talking to your neighbors.
Posted in: Kidnap suspect said he threatened to kill girl unless she got into his car
samwattersJul. 20, 2014 - 10:58PM JST
@Laguna. I am ashamed to say that I am not familiar with the issue or Russian pirated software but if that will help the cause of making sure the downing of this aircraft does not get swept under the carpet then I am with you.
Posted in: Rebels have taken away all plane crash bodies
samwattersJul. 20, 2014 - 09:53PM JST
No more talk. This (the carrying of bodies to secret location and refusing entry to assistance by the rebels) is proof-positive that Russia is involved. Let us common citizens around the globe use the same social media that put the spotlight on Putin and his band of animals (which, I want to emphasize, does NOT include the average Russian citizen) and demand things some of our spineless political leaders won't do.
1.) Boycott and protest Russia hosting of their World Cup whenever it may be. I suggest printing t-shirts, posters, etc. and selling them with all proceeds going to the families of the victims.
2.) Copy/record anything on YouTube that pertains to this crash/attack. Great amounts of files on Twitter, etc. have already by deleted. Got any? Share them. Makes sure this act is not swept under the carpet.
samwattersJul. 18, 2014 - 09:55AM JST
"Population decline is caused by a decrease in the number of women in their 20s and 30s, and the outflow of young people to Tokyo."
Ah, no. Here are some of the intelligent reasons why the population (and childbirth rate) is decreasing.
1.) Children are expensive. Last count said the average cost of a first-born is about 25,000,000 yen (US$250,000) and that gets you to the beginning of college. Hence, the drop in number of children which is leading to population decline.
2.) No affordable day care. We live in an era where two incomes are necessary more often than not and you can't have two incomes if one of the parents (usually the mother) can't work. Hence, the drop in number of children which is leading to population decline.
3.) Marriage on the whole sucks. It was fine when you got married at sixteen and died when you were in your thirties but to get married and have to stay with the same person (and his or her family for forty or fifty years----more on that later) is a drag most of the time. Hence, the drop in number of children which is leading to population decline.
4.) Women's rights. Women are slowly and finally starting to be allowed to earn a living on their own and do not have to rely on a man for financial support and social acceptance. Of course there are still some gold-diggers out there but the majority of women are not in that group and want to enjoy a life of independence. Hence, the drop in number of children which is leading to population decline.
5.) In-laws. These days when you marry your spouse you marry his or her family. The increase in life expectancy means that as your children are walking out the door to begin their lives they will pass their grandparents who are walking in so they can be taken care of. This is physically, emotionally and financially exhausting for "the sandwich generation." Hence, the drop in number of children which is leading to population decline.
6.) The insatiable elderly. This group, for a number of reasons, consumes far more than they contribute which is leading to increased taxes (which are often wasted) to pay for them. The ever increasing amount of taxes combined with the ever increasing rate of taxes is more than the average person can financially bear. Hence, the drop in number of children which is leading to population decline. And finally....
7.) Idiot politicians like Masuda whom I bet has never changed a diaper, cleaned a house and got his seat from a relative. As long as Japan is run by fools like this, we will continue to decline but at least be treated to a steady supply of comedy.
Posted in: Population decline is caused by a decrease in the number of women in their 20s and 30s, and the outflow of young people to Tokyo. We need to implement measures to stem the low birthrates and over-concentration of people in Tokyo.
samwattersJul. 16, 2014 - 09:13PM JST
My friend (a woman) told me this story. She was being mercilessly pursued by a loser-type guy and when she was at her wits end she finally gave in a went on a date with him with the understanding that she would choose the restaurants. They first went to an unagi (eel) restaurant and ate two bowls unagi-don (grilled eel on a bed of rice). Then it was off to a Chinese restaurant for a huge helping of ebi-chilli (sweet-and-sour shrimp) followed by a visit to a donut shop for a few glazed donuts. Then they hit the bars for a round of screwdrivers, cocktails and shots of Jack Daniels. On the ride home in the taxi, she then leaned over and barfed in this guys lap. While the taxi driver was yelling at the man, she quietly got out of the cab and went home. She has never heard from that guy since.
Posted in: If you are the object of unrequited love, what is the best way to deal with the situation so that it doesn't worsen?
samwattersJul. 14, 2014 - 07:54PM JST
@Laguna. I see your point about the law regarding physical presence on US territory but just as the courage of Rosa Parks forced a ratified law to be repealed (we must remember that at one time that segregation was legal as disgusting as it is to admit that) we US citizens must find the courage to demand that this outdated law of physical presence guaranteering hearings and placements and etc.that lead to citizenship also be changed. I truly fear if it is not then the US will be on a irrevocable path to ruin. This issue is not about Republican or Democrat; it's about the US retaining its soverignty.
Posted in: Obama seeks governors' support on immigrant kids
samwattersJul. 14, 2014 - 12:25PM JST
I feel sorry for these children but they should be put on a plane and returned to their origin of journey. If these children are allowed to stay it will invite more illegal immigration and spit in the faces of those immigrants who come to this country legally. The US did not create the problems in South/Central America and cannot solve them. If ever strong leadership from Washington was needed, it is now.
samwattersJul. 13, 2014 - 10:15PM JST
"Shukan Josei introduces the 73-year-old mother of a 49-year-old man who’s been a “hikikomori” for 20 years. One day she got an idea whose novelty was stunning. If her son wouldn’t leave the house, she and her husband would. Perhaps the shock of his parents’ absence would force him to take stock and put his life on a somewhat more active footing? It seemed worth a try."
JapanToday, I would really, really appreciate an update on this woman and how her situation turned out.
Posted in: Society's shut-ins are getting older
samwattersJul. 09, 2014 - 12:38PM JST
"Democratic vote? If you meant a "due process" in the US Constitution, yes, we are doing the Democratic vote."
No, I'm sorry. I wasn't clear on that. I meant that the majority of illegals will vote democratic when the receive voting rights. The showing up at Texas and funds requested from Congress are really a dog-and-pony show; the democrats wants the future votes and the business leaders want the cheap labor. Nothing will really change and you and I will be expected to adapt unfortunately. I hope I am wrong and I agree with you 100% we should not go the route of Australia.
Posted in: Australian court bars return of Sri Lanka refugees
samwattersJul. 08, 2014 - 07:27PM JST
"Obama is sending back all 52,000 refugees arrived since October last year, and 9000/month arriving will follow the same route to go back. We have more than 20,000,000 illegal aliens living in US at this moment."
I don't think so. Every illegal alien is a guaranteed Democratic vote. Those illegals are going anywhere. Check out the photo op at the White House with the children if you need further proof. Don't get me wrong; I am 100% against illegal immigration and favor immediate deportation but the powers-that-be are another story.
samwattersJul. 08, 2014 - 12:30PM JST
I have a suggestion. Put the refugees on a flight to NY where the UN headquarters is located and have the UN deal with the situation. Repeat as refugees show up. The US will not be able to refuse them and the UN will have to actually create a refugee center.
samwattersJul. 07, 2014 - 04:20PM JST
"How long before the 'pot' apologists start commenting and saying this would never have happened if 'weed' was legalised."
I honestly don't see what the difference is; he was under the influence of something that anyone with a functional brain would know impairs motor skills. He should have his license revoked for a substantial period of time, pay all hospital fees and replace damaged vehicles for those he injured and then maybe do a stint in prison. Doesn't matter if it's alcohol or pot, does it?
Posted in: Another accident blamed on driver who inhaled loophole drug
samwattersJul. 07, 2014 - 01:31PM JST
'It led to the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR expressing “profound concern” about the situation.'
Time for the UN to put up or shut-up. Either put fly away from the palace and come and get these refugees (and take them with you to the UN Refugee Center that should have been created the day the UN began interfering with the immigration policy of other countries) or let each country handle refugees in a matter that suits the best interest of each country. I, too, feel sorry for the refugees but Australia is not to blame for the problems in Sri Lanka and therefore not responsible to solve them.
Posted in: Australia hands 41 asylum-seekers back to Sri Lanka at sea
samwattersJul. 02, 2014 - 12:07PM JST
I agree Cracaphat. I once saw the following message inscribed over the door of a high school principal's office; "Anger at your failures does not justify agression towards other people." I wish this could be inscribed over the door of every courthouse in the world. Sorry, Chad, no sympathy from me.
Posted in: Mother of Guam rampage suspect describes depression
samwattersJun. 23, 2014 - 01:56PM JST
Could it be that this group of fools, ranging from the putz(putzes) who said these sad things to the morons who say it can't be proved, help, etc., have inadvertently done Japan a favor by pointing out that another reason for the falling birthrate is that there appears to be a lack of decent men with whom to create children?
Posted in: Leadership does nothing despite sexual harassment of assembly member
samwattersJun. 14, 2014 - 10:19PM JST
"Of COURSE FIFA is going to defend this! What else are they going to do? admit they made a mistake that could well have cost Croatia the game?"
@SmithinJapan. My following comments are not directed at you solely but your quote highlights the whining that is one of the reasons the US really doesn't like soccer. I'm not a soccer fan so I cannot intelligently say if Nishimura botched the call or not but Croatia lost 3-to-1. That means that if you subtract the one goal from the penalty kick they still would have lost. Bad calls happen in all sports and good teams shake it off and fight back. Bad teams, like Croatia, fold and all of the crying and whining combined with the fake injuries and dive-taking really detracts from the sport even more than the zero-zero draws that some people enjoy.
Posted in: FIFA defends Japanese referee in World Cup storm
samwattersMay. 30, 2014 - 02:23PM JST
I think Washington made the unfortunately and honest mistake of choosing a word that originated as a racial slur but morphed into something different. I've checked three dictionaires and two of them offer this definition; "Red skin, n, a No. American indian." Another dictionary says, "Red skin, n, a slur regarding Native Americans." I must admitt that until reading the final definition that I saw no problem with the term "Redskin." Now, I am not so sure. Jack Kent Cooke, the iconic former owner of the Washington team, said the term "Redskin" was chosen because it represented the kind of bravery and loyalty the team wished its players to possess. I am certain that Mr. Cooke, previous owners, etc. never intended to use a slur to represent his team but it appears that may be the case. Here is my suggestion; keep the iconic logo and change the name to a tribe that actually has roots in the Washington area (in my native Michigan we have the "Chippewas, the "Hurons", etc.) and maybe even consider donating 0.5% of the revenue the club makes (Washington is one of the richest clubs in any sport) towards providing better opportunites to native americans in this Washington area.
Posted in: What do you think of the nicknames that sports teams use? For example, in the U.S., the NFL's Washington Redskins are under pressure to change their moniker because it is now seen as being disrespectful to native Americans.
samwattersMay. 12, 2014 - 09:20PM JST
"samwatters, I think there is about as much chance of the world Muslims taking you up on your request as world Christians rose up in unison to distance themselves from the Lord's Resistance Army"
I'm an atheist so I cannot comment intelligently on what Christians would or would not do.
"The fact is if people like you have already equated them, there is little chance of changing your mind. The equating is already preposterous."
I beg to differ. I react to information and events and change my opinions accordingly. My (low) opinion of Islam as a religion/cult is based on a number of events over the past ten or so years. And it would change if Muslim behavior changed.
"You should know better without being told."
I'll form my own opinions, thank you.
Posted in: International effort widens for abducted Nigerian schoolgirls
Jul. 30, 2014 - 08:06PM JST
Well, you got me there.
I bow to your ready wit and clever arguments....
Posted in: China's war games don't faze Japan but disrupt civilian air traffic
Jul. 30, 2014 - 07:55PM JST
I am still not having it.
Japan has been extremely, dangerously hot in summer every year…
Posted in: Heatwave kills 15; more than 8,000 hospitalised
Jul. 30, 2014 - 07:49PM JST
Haha, my mate works as an English teacher and he said that for the end of…
Posted in: Politician's weepy video spawns Internet parodies, commercial spin-offs
Jul. 30, 2014 - 07:47PM JST
OK, I imagine I want a working Atari 2600. Can you whip one up on that…
Posted in: Amazon launches 3D printing store
Jul. 30, 2014 - 07:46PM JST
This man is directly responsible for the killing of 140,000 people, the vast majority of them…
Posted in: Last crew member of Enola Gay dies in US