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  • 1

    slumdog

    didn't say to go out and buy that particular model. My point is that there are models for every need, if you look for them.

    You certainly seemed to be using it as an example of a solution and I am just telling you that that solution is much too expensive and unrealistic. Moving out of the way or helping is much more realistic.

    There is a difference in expecting common courtesy (i.e. thank you's and pleases) from people, and expecting complete strangers to drop whatever they're doing during their commute and help you and your child aboard a crowded train everyday.

    I never suggested people have to 'drop whatever they are doing'. I am suggesting they should stop complaining and start helping make things better.

    You are asking way too much from society if you expect personal valet service everyday.

    I don't believe that is what this discussion is about. It is about letting people use strollers on trains. If they do not have to fold everything up and carry it, it certainly means they need less help, not more.

    If you can't be self sufficient, and get through your day without the help of complete strangers, then you really need to reconsider your lifestyle.

    Who is saying anything of the sort? I am just suggesting that helping people is better than whining about them.

    The people in the article just want the mothers to be more courteous to other travelers and fold up their strollers before getting on. I

    People are trying to explain to you that this is not always an option. Not folding is generally easier than folding and carrying everything. Even if a person can't help or does not want to help another human being, one would think that they could at least size up the situation and understand how difficult it is to bring a small child/baby with a stroller on a train. You don't even need to have a child to be able to figure that out.

    Posted in: Ministry says it's OK for 'baby cars' to hog space on public transport

  • 11

    slumdog

    I hope we don't now have to read about some people in the US complaining that Obama bowed to a robot.

    Posted in: Robot diplomacy

  • 2

    slumdog

    well, you don't hit a baby's head when you're trying to burp him

    Worse yet, according to the article, the babysitter hit the baby in the face. So, her excuse is really dismissed.

    Posted in: Babysitter arrested for abusing 5-month-old boy in Kawasaki

  • 1

    slumdog

    Well, sometimes what "should be", isn't, so you shouldn't have an unreasonable expectation that things should go your way just because you want it to.

    Well, you and I want to live in two different societies, it appears. I think it is perfectly reasonable to expect that I should be kind and considerate to others and I think it is also perfectly reasonable that I expect others to do the same. I would hope that that is not just 'my way' but most people's way of behaving. If it isn't, it should change. Helping the weakest among us should be the halmark of a good society. Letting them struggle, should not. This goes for men or women negotiating trains with strollers.

    Posted in: Ministry says it's OK for 'baby cars' to hog space on public transport

  • 3

    slumdog

    Mirai,

    That stroller costs 128,000 yen. I would think that is way too extravagant to be within the budget of most families. Courtesy and understanding are free.

    Posted in: Ministry says it's OK for 'baby cars' to hog space on public transport

  • 16

    slumdog

    But a report Thursday said instead of making small talk and savoring Japanese delicacies at Sukiyabashi Jiro—dubbed the world’s best sushi restaurant and the subject of the 2011 documentary “Jiro Dreams of Sushi”—Obama jumped straight into discussions about trade

    I see absolutely nothing wrong with President Obama keeping his mind on the reason why he is in Japan. In the end, it comes down to whether trade talks are more important than how much sushi he ate and I would have to agree with him that trade talks are more important.

    Posted in: Obama ate only half the sushi course: media

  • 0

    slumdog

    that's not the way society works.

    It is the way it should work.

    Posted in: Ministry says it's OK for 'baby cars' to hog space on public transport

  • 4

    slumdog

    He may be smarter than people give him credit.

    I think you may be giving him too much credit.

    Posted in: Justin Bieber says sorry after visiting Yasukuni shrine

  • 1

    slumdog

    shrien= shrine

    Posted in: Justin Bieber says sorry after visiting Yasukuni shrine

  • 2

    slumdog

    As funny as this is, it really is kind of understandable. I would imagine that if you can't read the signs, it is just a beautiful shrien as felguard mentions above. He saw it and took a photo. In fact, I would guess that if you asked most Westerners what Yasukuni Shrine is that they would not have a clue.

    Posted in: Justin Bieber says sorry after visiting Yasukuni shrine

  • 4

    slumdog

    Unbeliebable.

    Posted in: Justin Bieber says sorry after visiting Yasukuni shrine

  • 1

    slumdog

    Technically, the photo shows an example of road marking, not road signs.

    Posted in: Fukuoka town experiments with new road markings

  • 4

    slumdog

    The value of Japanese companies’ investment in China dropped by half in the first quarter of this year from a year earlier to about $1.21 billion, Chinese government data said.

    I don't know enough specifics to comment on the merits or lack thereof of the case, but I have a feeling this move will help to take a big chunk out of the remaining half of the value of Japanese companies' investment in China.

    and either way PRC isn't in charge here, the courts do.

    They are pretty much the same thing.

    Posted in: China seizes Mitsui O.S.K. ship over unpaid wartime contract compensation

  • 1

    slumdog

    Both.

    Well, I disagree on the absoluteness of both.

    As a high school student, the boy does not need his mom there at the ceremony. He needs his homeroom teacher, and so do the students of the teacher who was not present.

    He probably only has one mother. She wanted to be there and he probably wanted her to be there. The teacher's students also have an assistant homeroom teacher.

    When I said "he can take care of himself" I meant before and after that ceremony, because that is pretty much the only time a student really needs his or her mom.

    Really? So, no one came to your entrance/graduation ceremony (either will suffice)? I mean, you did not need any help, but I would think you would like to have had people there to share the experience with. I know I did and I was glad they came.

    Posted in: Teacher criticized for attending son’s entrance ceremony instead of her own school’s

  • 2

    slumdog

    but to jump in with such a comment before investigation is finished is totally unpresidential.

    Very true. Then again, so is refusing help when people are dying, which it seems like her government may well have done. So, she's two for two in being unpresidential.

    Posted in: S Korean president says ferry captain's action 'tantamount to murder'

  • 5

    slumdog

    I am not sure what to say here. To be honest, my first thought was there is no way these shoes were left this way after the tsunami hit Kashima. My second thought is that it is nice to see the wind turbines in the background. Lastly, I hope more and more people can get their lives back to normal in the affected areas.

    Still, I am not sure what this photo is supposed to be saying.

    Posted in: Reminder

  • 2

    slumdog

    Are there no assistant homeroom teachers or anything like that. Someone who can replace the teacher when need be?

    Yes, there are. The assistant homeroom teacher was there at the ceremony.

    She did the right thing.

    I think so. too.

    Posted in: Teacher criticized for attending son’s entrance ceremony instead of her own school’s

  • 12

    slumdog

    If I had family on that ferry and found out the Korean government refused help, I'd want that government leader's head on a plate.

    Posted in: Officials vague on rumor Japanese support was refused for S Korean ferry

  • 13

    slumdog

    I hope it is really is not a case of misplaced pride and that needed help was refused based on such pride.

    Posted in: Officials vague on rumor Japanese support was refused for S Korean ferry

  • -1

    slumdog

    But this is a high school and the entrance ceremony is that much more complicated. Her son is in high school and he can take care of himself surely.

    Which is it?

    Posted in: Teacher criticized for attending son’s entrance ceremony instead of her own school’s

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