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    senseiman

    The one in the photo is actually more depressing looking that most pachinko parlors, which at least have a bit of color. This looks like it is located in a generic high school cafeteria converted to hold pachinko machines.

    Posted in: Pachinko parlor politeness

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    senseiman

    Robert Whiting in his book You Gotta Have Wa devotes a chapter to the underside of Koshien, more or less the description he wrote in the 1980s sounds about the same as what this article describes (although his book has a bit more sleazy bits in it). Kind of sad that things haven`t changed much in 30 years.

    Posted in: Fanatic fans oblivious to sleazy side of Koshien high school baseball

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    senseiman

    I felt a lot of sympathy for him watching the video and I hope that he is released. Having said that, the more I see of him on TV, the angrier I get that he was even there in the first place. He sounds like little more than a war tourist looking for a thrill in a country full of misery and despair. They had a journalist on TV who had met him a couple of weeks ago in Syria who said he made him feel very uncomfortable - dressing up in military style clothing and carrying weapons around, which normal people (journalists, doctors, aid workers, etc) no is something that will get you killed. The man is clearly an idiot and only for that reason have I not completely lost all the sympathy I initially felt for him.

    Posted in: Islamic State claims responsibility for detaining Japanese man

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    senseiman

    I can name you a few hundred of these shows with patriotic themes.

    The big difference being that, despite whatever influence the government or large companies might have over selection of themes (way less than in China at any rate), at the end of the day programming in the US and most other countries is driven by market demand. They keep close tabs on viewership and the second people stop watching a program, that is it for it. And while there are a lot of patriotic/nationalist TV shows in the US and Japan, there are also a ton of shows with other themes, even a large number which are explicitly critical of the state.

    In China though, market demand has nothing to do with program selection - the government literally tells everyone what to watch. Forget about programs critical of government policies, even stuff that simply doesn`t promote whatever mindset the government wants to promote is outright banned.

    Its absolutely ridiculous to say that Chin and the US (or even Japan) are the same in this regard.

    It is kind of interesting how the Chinese government is basically incentivizing investments mainly in nationalistic/anti-Japan dramas at the expense of other types of programming. Might explain why Chinese TV is so unpopular outside of China (whereas Korean dramas and even some Japanese ones are popular throughout east Asia).

    I also wonder if it won`t backfire. Keep hitting people over the head with the same message (Japan is bad!) over and over again and at some point they must just tune it out.

    Posted in: China orders 'patriotic' TV series targeting Japan

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    senseiman

    Wanted posters are different to evidence submitted in a trial - which is what this photo would be. Eyewitness testimony ,line up identifications and the like -are- in fact subjected to this argument in court. That's why convictions come from physical evidence and confessions, much harder to dispute those..

    Right, except that in this case the video is in effect being used as a wanted poster and it is that use, and not its potential use at trial, that seems to be driving the police objections.

    True though, in Japan almost all convictions are based on confessions. Which kind of reinforces my confusion over what is wrong with what Mandarake did - if this type of evidence isn`t particularly useful at trial then why the objections? This is more a general rhetorical question rather than one directed at you.

    Posted in: Retailer decides not to post suspected shoplifter's face online

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    senseiman

    A defense lawyer could say that by publishing the photo a jury of lay-judges would be unduly influenced to convict a suspect who resembled the man in the photo.

    I dont think that argument would hold any water - youd be able to use the same argument against wanted posters after all. And line-up identifications. And eye-witness descriptions. Actually its such a broad argument you could use it against almost any piece of evidence identifying a suspect, to the point of absurdity if you were to apply it in cases like this.

    Plus the lay judge system is quite different from a common law jury system - professional judges sit alongside the lay ones and more or less guide the decision making process.

    Posted in: Retailer decides not to post suspected shoplifter's face online

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    senseiman

    I am a little confused as to how publicizing the photo of a criminal suspect could in any way, shape or form impede a police investigation into the crime.

    Doing exactly that through wanted posters, etc is, after all, one of the main ways in which police identify and catch suspects after all.

    Posted in: Retailer decides not to post suspected shoplifter's face online

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    senseiman

    There is a precedent for this - Greece regularly demands the return of the Elgin Marbles from the British Museum (and those were taken a lot longer ago than this stele was). Same with Belgian claims regarding Flemish art in French museums taken by Napoleon.

    Normally I`m not a fan of Chinese complaints against Japan, but with stuff like this they have a point. Cultural property of importance like this really should be returned - its basically just a souvenir to the emperor but is an important piece of history in the place where it originates.

    Posted in: Chinese group appeals to emperor for return of 1,300-year-old artifact

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    senseiman

    It is pretty insane how little they make, given the obvious revenue machine the group is. I`m guessing the more famous ones make a lot more money but the majority must get nothing.

    Mind you, assuming they at least have a shot at making the big time, it might not be so bad - kind of like the way minor league baseball players don`t make much money but do it for the shot at making it big.

    Posted in: AKB48 recruiting part-timers for Y1,000 per hour

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    senseiman

    At least the next 5 years?...

    I think the explanation lies in the fact that, as mentioned in earlier comments, the birthrate in Japan has actually been increasing rather than decreasing for the past few years. Though still below replacement levels, we`ll probably reach a point in the next few years where one cohort entering elementary school will be larger than the one which preceded it (though still low by historical standards).

    In other words, the title of the article is factually misleading.

    Posted in: Lowest number of elementary and junior high school students ever as birthrate continue to decline

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    senseiman

    I'm afraid your faith in peer review is somewhat misplaced.

    Yeah, I dont want what I said to be taken as a defence of the peer review process in general (Ive been through it and had papers rejected by reviewers myself), rather I just mentioned it because a lot of the objections raised towards this specific paper in the comments here struck me as things peer reviewers would have commented on due to their obviousness. I think this would apply regardless of any biases in regard to editorial selection of reviewers (even if they were favorably disposed to the conclusions in the paper they would likely request the authors to address these issues to avoid criticism).

    Posted in: Violent video games linked to risk of crime, alcohol abuse

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    senseiman

    I tried accessing the original study, but it is behind a paywall. It is difficult to evaluate the criticisms of it in the comments here without accessing the original- they may have accounted for these other causative variables in the study, we just don`t know.

    It is in a peer-reviewed journal and all of these potential objections would likely have been brought up in that process if they weren`t addressed directly in the original paper. For reasons of simplifying things this AFP news article just gave the basic conclusions without fully describing their methods, etc.

    Abstract of the original study http://psycnet.apa.org/journals/psp/107/2/300/

    Posted in: Violent video games linked to risk of crime, alcohol abuse

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    senseiman

    Gotta bring up my big pet peeve about Japan: Just stop sending the city workers out every summer to hack off every limb off of every street tree in sight and you`ll probably produce some beneficial shade while at the same time saving money.

    Way more sensible than building roads which absorb water.

    Posted in: Heatstroke countermeasures already being prepped for 2020 Olympics

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    senseiman

    So just because Hamas ensures a daily parade of dead body of children, you expect this to become a war crime???

    Israel is the one ensuring the daily parade of dead children, being the one which is actually killing them. As far as I know, Hamas for all its faults hasn`t actually killed any children in this conflict. Israel has killed over 300. That anybody can defend that sickens me. That is my final word on this.

    Posted in: Israel declares missing soldier dead as Gaza toll rises

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    senseiman

    This is not a prize fight where you pull for the underdog.

    I`m not rooting for the underdog, I think Hamas is a horrible group. Criticism of Israel for killing massive numbers of civilians does not equal support for Hamas.

    In an area run by criminals who routinely bump off their opponents, mostly of their own kind, who will judge what is a war crime and what is not?

    Ummm...international law? Pretty crystal clear as a legal proposition that an army which knowingly bombs schools full of children is committing war crimes. Hamas has probably committed them too, but that fact in no way serves as an excuse or justification for Israeli atrocities.

    Posted in: Israel declares missing soldier dead as Gaza toll rises

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    senseiman

    Unfortunately the ones that have rockets raining down on them, dont have any 'comfort'.

    1) Unless you have rockets raining down on you, then you are in the same boat and that point is meaningless within the context of this discussion.

    2) Even if we are to use your suggested lack of comfort as a basis for legitimizing one side in the conflict, surely this would lead one to sympathize much more for the Palestinians who have had way more rockets (etc) raining down on them than the Israelis have.

    Posted in: Israel declares missing soldier dead as Gaza toll rises

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    senseiman

    Do you expect them not to react at all ????

    When it is a choice between a reaction that kills dozens of innocent children and no reaction then yeah, I`m pretty comfortable with saying that they should hold fire in that situation.

    Posted in: Israel declares missing soldier dead as Gaza toll rises

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    senseiman

    And once again the article doesnt mention in a word the thousands of rockets fired from Gaza on Isaraeli cities. Hypocracy

    A few points:

    1) the article does mention the rockets, twice.

    2) the lead element of the article is the life of a single Israeli soldier. The lives of the 110 Palestinians killed in the operation Israel launched in response to that incident is only mentioned in passing at the bottom of the article.

    3) I think what you are suggesting, albeit without any connection to facts or reality, is the existence of a double standard rather than hypocricy.

    Posted in: Israel declares missing soldier dead as Gaza toll rises

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    senseiman

    The double standard being applied here is just plain ludicrous. Hamas attacking Israeli soldiers is "barbaric", but Israel literally blowing up a school full of children is, judging by the reaction in the US government, perfectly OK?

    Posted in: Gaza: US condemns 'barbaric' Hamas ceasefire breach

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    senseiman

    Its encouraging to see and I think it is believable. Cigarettes are still cheap here compared to North America, but the taxes on them went up considerably a few years back so in the minds of Japanese smokers they are a much more expensive habit than they used to be (I agree though, the taxes should be raised much higher on them).

    The restaurant thing is one of my major pet peeves about living in Japan. There are a lot of restaurants which I would like to eat at but mostly avoid due to them either having no smoking area or a completely ineffective one. They really should be completely banned from all restaurants.

    Some of the policies here are actually ridiculous. I have seen a lot of cities launch no smoking on the sidewalks campaigns while at the same time completely ignoring the much more obnoxious and threatening to health problem of smoking in restaurants. Their priorities are completely out of whack.

    Posted in: Japan's smoking rate drops to record low

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