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BrainiacJul. 24, 2015 - 08:07AM JST
I don't think I have ever seen an American, European or Australian CEO bow at a news conference after a scandal. It wouldn't look sincere. With Japanese, on the other hand, whether or not the bowing as an act of apology is sincere is secondary. It's the appearance of contrition that is paramount.
Posted in: Bowing is an important outward sign of contrition by Japanese company executives caught up in a scandal. But how sincere do you think the act of bowing is, as an apology?
BrainiacJul. 22, 2015 - 03:49PM JST
The government has warned journalists countless times to stay away from Iraq and Syria, and I clearly remember even many JT readers saying that they should sign a document clearly absolving the government of any responsibility concerning their fate, if they choose to go there.
So if he turns up in an orange jumpsuit on YouTube, can we all agree this time that it is not Prime Minister Abe's fault?
Posted in: Worries grow about freelance Japanese journalist in Syria
BrainiacJul. 21, 2015 - 08:16AM JST
Sounds like she might have been a runaway.
Posted in: 13-year-old girl from Fukushima Pref missing since June 24 turns up at police station
BrainiacJul. 20, 2015 - 03:53PM JST
This was not a yakuza killing, no matter what you think you know about yakuza. Look at the psychology. My guess is that this 17-year-old youth snapped for reasons we don't know. He killed in a frenzy, stabbing the poor guy more than 10 times.
Posted in: 17-year-old boy arrested for fatally stabbing man on street in Aichi
BrainiacJul. 20, 2015 - 08:07AM JST
Interesting that 80% of readers agree with Abe's decision (including me). Yet when he made that decision on Friday, most of Japan Today's readers were posting insulting remarks about Abe.
Posted in: Do you agree with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's decision to start the Olympic stadium design process from scratch?
BrainiacJul. 20, 2015 - 06:57AM JST
I have been in Japan for decades and have never heard of any case where yakuza used a minor to carry out a murder. I think this is just another angry youth who snapped and took it out on the first person he saw.
BrainiacJul. 19, 2015 - 12:56PM JST
I know of no civilized country where a court determines whether a defendant is mentally competent during a trial. That must be determined in advance by psychiatrists. Certainly, the suspect's lawyer can have their own psychiatrist conduct an evaluation as well, but it should never be done during a trial, "no matter what," as you put it.
The purpose of a trial is to determine guilt or innocence, nothing else.
Posted in: Woman who stabbed 15-month-old grandson to death ruled unfit for trial
BrainiacJul. 17, 2015 - 03:36PM JST
Whatever they decide, they better start building the stadium soon or they won't even make the deadline for the Olympics. Having to move the Rugby World Cup is a major embarrassment, but at least Yokohama has a world-class stadium.
Posted in: Abe says Olympic stadium to start from scratch; Rugby World Cup misses out
BrainiacJul. 15, 2015 - 01:29PM JST
Abe and Suga are probably saying, "Why are we wasting time with this riff-raff? Let's go and have lunch."
Posted in: Ruling bloc pushes security bills through lower house panel
BrainiacJul. 15, 2015 - 07:19AM JST
Fantastic achievement. I wish I was on that space probe for a few hours.
Posted in: Pluto close-up: Spacecraft makes flyby of icy, mystery world
BrainiacJul. 14, 2015 - 06:34PM JST
Very good news. Now I'd like to see the U.S. and Iran reestablish diplomatic relations and then hopefully Iran will help to destroy Islamic State. The fly in the ointment, of course, is Israel, which Iran won't recognize.
Posted in: Iran, 6 big powers clinch landmark nuclear deal
BrainiacJul. 13, 2015 - 10:31AM JST
I really wish some readers would learn how budgets are disbursed before making clueless comments, as Wakarimasen does above. The funding for subways is not being taken away from Tohoku reconstruction.
Posted in: Tokyo to get two new subway lines amid redevelopment boom
BrainiacJul. 13, 2015 - 09:32AM JST
I wish they would connect Roppongi and Shibuya with a subway line.
BrainiacJul. 10, 2015 - 12:51PM JST
It's scary. The police have to be lucky every day in foiling terrorist plots, but terrorists only have to be lucky once.
Posted in: FBI says it thwarted Islamic State-inspired July 4 attacks
BrainiacJul. 09, 2015 - 07:16AM JST
People hurl the words "racist" and "bigot" too easily these days.
Posted in: Boston museum cancels 'Kimono Wednesdays' after racism protests
BrainiacJul. 06, 2015 - 04:20PM JST
Kevin Lee Brooke
He won't get off as lightly as you think. He is not a minor. By the way, why do you think he would be sent back into society with another name?
Posted in: Man arrested for kidnapping 11-year-old girl in Nara
BrainiacJul. 03, 2015 - 08:50AM JST
Well, I agree that milk is an odd combination with miso soup, for example.
Posted in: City in Niigata drops milk from school lunches
BrainiacJul. 02, 2015 - 04:59PM JST
That makes no sense at all. There will always be retirees. Too large a population decline is not a good thing. And it certainly does not mean more space for everyone else, that the trains won't be crowded and that everyone can live in big houses.
Honestly, some of the readers above really need to study economics.
Posted in: Japan's population marks steepest decline ever
BrainiacJul. 02, 2015 - 09:16AM JST
What do you mean? The police would have arrive don the scene minutes after the crash was reported.
Posted in: More details emerge about horror car crash in Hokkaido
BrainiacJun. 30, 2015 - 06:14PM JST
It is not unusual for a prime minister to set up a task force in an incident like this, especially if there is some concern that it might have been a terrorist act, unlikely though that is. It is a prudent decision.
Posted in: Man dead after setting himself on fire in bullet train; woman passenger also dies
Aug. 03, 2015 - 03:09AM JST
Clutching at straws much?
You regularly make totally erroneous statements and when called on your…
Posted in: Zimbabwe: American lion killer's extradition being sought
Aug. 03, 2015 - 03:08AM JST
I agree that we don't know whether the man was obese. But I also think…
Posted in: Couple found dead in Tokyo apartment
Aug. 03, 2015 - 03:01AM JST
wtfjapan: Japan surrendered in August 10th, the day after the Sovoet Union entered the war. It…
Posted in: Japan releases master recording of emperor's war-end speech
Aug. 03, 2015 - 02:46AM JST
I am baffled that a mentally ill person of this degree is roaming the streets. Surely…
Posted in: Man stabs 17-yr-old girl in back, cuts her hair as she walks home
Aug. 03, 2015 - 02:41AM JST
And that's why my cats are housecats. Too many weirdos out there.
Posted in: More decapitated cats found in Kobe