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BrainiacOct. 09, 2015 - 09:29AM JST
Haaa Nemui and Akula
Thanks but wouldn't Japan also get a bonus point if they beat the U.S. by a huge margin?
Posted in: Final Rugby World Cup pool games loom with last-eight spots up for grabs
BrainiacOct. 09, 2015 - 08:50AM JST
What happens if Scotland beats Samoa and Japan beats the U.S.? That will mean South Africa, Japan and Scotland each have three wins and one loss. Which two teams will advance? Is it on total number of points scored, or number of tries or something else?
Can anyone figure it out for me?
BrainiacOct. 07, 2015 - 02:11PM JST
If you had not shown up for work when you were expected, maybe to give an important presentation or meet a client, or did not answer your phone, it would be quite proper for your boss or a colleague to come to your home to see if you were OK, especially if you live alone. You could have had a stroke, heart attack or even worse.
I live alone and if I had a stroke, for example, and was incapacitated, I would certainly hope someone would come to see if I was OK.
Posted in: Ex-cop gets 18 years for murdering girlfriend
BrainiacOct. 05, 2015 - 07:12PM JST
I certainly hope you told those girls that going abroad and "wanting to marry a foreigner" is certainly no guarantee of happiness. Those are the wrong reasons to go abroad. They do have a future in Japan and Japan needs bright young minds.
Unfortunately, the student who robbed the convenience store probably began a downward spiral a long time ago and may not have had a support network to help him.
Posted in: University student robs convenience store hoping to be sent to prison
BrainiacSep. 29, 2015 - 08:48AM JST
There are some good documentaries. I also like NHK's "Close-Up Gendai" with Hiroko Kuniya and "News Watch 9."
Posted in: What do you think of Japanese TV programs? Seen anything you like?
BrainiacSep. 23, 2015 - 11:24AM JST
I don't understand how these scum know about their intended victims' finances. How do they know she has 30 million yen in the bank? How do they know she even has a son, where he works, how old he is, and so on?
Posted in: Woman conned out of Y30 mil by bogus call from man pretending to be her son
BrainiacSep. 23, 2015 - 09:53AM JST
The problem is there are too many opposition parties. How many now? At least 6. I can't think of many countries where there are this many opposition parties. Some are formed a few weeks before an election (as in 2012) and then disband right after. There needs to be one or two (at the most) opposition parties with a strong leadership. Though I don't agree with many of his policies, I think Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto would make a strong opposition party leader. Unfortunately he is aligned with the LDP.
Posted in: The public doesn’t think that opposition parties will be able to take over from the LDP. We have to promote political reorganization to create a strong opposition party.
BrainiacSep. 21, 2015 - 07:58AM JST
A very insensitive comment. That's not always possible. My mother had Alzheimer's and needed special care. We were fortunate to be able to find a wonderful facility with genuinely caring staff.
But please don't criticize children of such elderly people because one day your parents may be in the same situation and you will be desperately looking for help.
Posted in: How rampant is abuse in nursing homes for elderly?
BrainiacSep. 19, 2015 - 07:44AM JST
I think the quality has improved a lot in recent years. The pasta and chicken salads are good and the coffee has certainly improved. I'd like to see a better selection of pastries and muffins for the mornings.
Posted in: What do you think of the quality of food sold in convenience stores in Japan?
BrainiacSep. 16, 2015 - 10:05AM JST
I am always puzzled by comments from Japan-haters like smithinjapan, who say Japan is a dictatorship. How is it possible that you can live in Japan and yet know nothing about Japan? Please learn something about the country you live in.
And please study your history. I know what real dictatorships are like and what it is like to live under one and I am telling you that conditions in Japan are nothing like a dictatorship.
By the way, I wonder what all those protesters would start yelling if North Korea were to lob a missile into Japan.
Posted in: Japan set for historic defense policy shift
BrainiacSep. 14, 2015 - 09:35PM JST
I hate this kind of democracy. Australia is one country where people can vote directly for prime minister and yet this happens. Let the people vote the guy in or out at the next election. This is a bloodless coup d'etat which has happened too many times in Australia.
Posted in: Australian prime minister ousted in internal party challenge
BrainiacSep. 14, 2015 - 01:34PM JST
He was probably trying to stop the guy from turning on the ignition but his arm might have got stuck after the guy rolled up the window..
Posted in: Policeman injured after being dragged along by car of fleeing suspect
BrainiacSep. 14, 2015 - 08:44AM JST
I voted no, and not for ideological, religious or racial reasons. It's not just a question of taking them out of compassion. You have to have a workable plan, otherwise things are going to get ugly, which countries like Germany, Austria and Hungary are about to find out.
Suppose Japan accepted 10,000 Syrian refugees. When they arrive, where do they live? In apartments in neighborhoods all over Japan or in enclaves? ho pays for their food, clothing and lodging? What about their children? Where do they go to school? Most likely they only speak Arabic. How will the parents find work, especially since they, too, most likely speak Arabic?
Communities will ostracize them and they will just stick together.
The only solution to the refugee problem is for peace in Syria so that the migrants can return home. I'd wager most of them don't want to leave in the first place.
And for peace in Syria, that means Western powers stop trying oust President Assad and help him destroy the IS threat. Better the devil you know.
Posted in: Would you like to see Japan take in asylum-seekers from the Middle East to help alleviate the crisis in Europe?
BrainiacSep. 14, 2015 - 07:41AM JST
When I was growing up in Australia in the 1960s and 1970s, it was quite common for young children to go to and from school by themselves, or walk to the park, beach etc. Then there were some horrific crimes in which children were kidnapped and murdered (the Beaumont case being the most notorious). That case completely changed the way parents thought about letting young children go out by themselves. It had a profound effect on society and I still remember it today.
Now, in Australia, it would be rare to see children under 10 walking to and from school by themselves.
Interestingly in Japan, despite the child murders we've read about this year, I have yet to see the sort of change in society about letting youngsters go out by themselves that took place in Australia.
Posted in: Documentary looks at why Japanese parents let young kids walk to school by themselves
BrainiacSep. 12, 2015 - 06:57PM JST
I see no problem with the prime minister visiting the flooded area. He is exercising good leadership, just as any leaders would in similar situations. Unfortunately, it sticks in the craw of the Abe-haters on JT. They can't bring themselves to say he did the right thing. If he didn't go, you would criticize him. If he does go, you criticize him. Some of you should learn to be objective.
Posted in: Abe visits flood-hit city as rescuers search for missing
BrainiacSep. 06, 2015 - 07:16AM JST
I'd say there is no shortage of the Hateimus Japanicus category posting on Japan Today's discussion boards.
Posted in: Five types of foreigner you’ll meet in Japan
BrainiacSep. 03, 2015 - 04:02PM JST
There is no "proper" or right or wrong way of celebrating Christmas. Everyone celebrates it in their own way. For me, it is a spiritual way; for others it's dinner with family and friends; for others it is about charity. The Japanese have their way with their Christmas cakes, KFC, romantic dinners and illuminations and they enjoy it every much as bit as you or me or anyone enjoys our way.
Posted in: Early visit from Santa
BrainiacAug. 31, 2015 - 07:12AM JST
I can understand people referring to pets as part of their family, but calling them children seems strange to me. I know one Japanese woman who has a son and a "daughter" - the daughter being a cat. When people ask her how many children she and her husband have, I have actually heard her say two. She actually calls the cat her daughter.
Posted in: What do you think of people who refer to their pets as their children?
BrainiacAug. 29, 2015 - 04:33PM JST
I sympathize with the people, but the problem is, the waste has to go somewhere. But where?
Posted in: Protesters block inspection of waste disposal site in Miyagi
BrainiacAug. 29, 2015 - 07:38AM JST
But we are talking about you, not "other people." What are you personally going to do when you are at Narita airport to catch a flight? Are you going to throw a tantrum, refuse to go through the scanner as instructed, or are you willing to miss your flight?
Posted in: Gov't to introduce full-body scanners at Narita, Haneda, Kansai airports
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Posted in: Prosecutors seek 20-year sentence for man who let 5-year-old son starve to death
Oct. 11, 2015 - 12:54AM JST
Bombing a peace rally huh? Just how low can we go?
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Posted in: 30 killed, 126 injured in Ankara bomb attacks
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