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smithinjapanMar. 27, 2015 - 11:59AM JST
While it would not change the outcome of such a horrific crash, you can't help wishing it had not been an intentional crash as that makes it even more horrifying. RIP to those lost, except the co-pilot. Can't imagine what would drive you to take out an entire plane full of people with you if you wanted to end your life, especially if there are no political and/or religious issues (and we're not hearing about the latter intentionally, so he can't be Muslim or that would have been the news yesterday).
Posted in: Co-pilot deliberately slams plane in Alps; families ask why
smithinjapanMar. 27, 2015 - 11:32AM JST
I think it'll be fun to watch, but I think ultimately though shouldn't have touched the amazing, much-beloved Mad Max series (well, much loved aside from Thunderdome, perhaps, although that movie did give us some memorable quotes).
I will admit the trailers have got me pumped a little, but I'm a little weary of the aforementioned and also the overuse of CG.
Posted in: "Mad Max" to make long-awaited comeback at Cannes
smithinjapanMar. 27, 2015 - 11:29AM JST
Ossan: "...the Koreans somehow think that they are the victims. Amazing to see a whole country in denial of reality."
Substitute 'The Koreans' for "the Japanese" and you would be 100% correct. There's only one difference between the two arguments, the Koreans being victim is FACT. Japan being the victim is a fiction you like to tell to help yourself get to sleep at night.
Posted in: Boehner invites Abe to address U.S. Congress on April 29
smithinjapanMar. 27, 2015 - 11:26AM JST
Another mother murdering her child. It's the same with the men: please seek help FIRST. If then you feel you are so desperate you need to leave this life, PLEASE don't take others with you. What a selfish, horrible woman.
Posted in: Mother, one-month-old child dead in apparent murder-suicide
smithinjapanMar. 26, 2015 - 08:11PM JST
“Japan is asking China to improve the transparency of its military budget, so it’s impossible for the prime minister to attend,”
Non-sequitor. Not surprising he wouldn't attend, though. Even if Abe were sincere, which he most certainly is not except for his efforts to CHANGE historical fact, I don't think it would necessarily be a good move for a Japanese politician to attend what is merely a propaganda event for the government of China.
Posted in: Abe expected to skip China's Victory Day parade
smithinjapanMar. 26, 2015 - 02:02PM JST
I wonder if people seriously think this is some list limited to Japanese women, as though they are differently evolved than other women, and not just a list of things men and women in general can doubt when their partner (or friend, or even coworker) says.
Posted in: Japanese women list top 10 lies they can spot the second a guy says them
smithinjapanMar. 26, 2015 - 01:59PM JST
"We suspect that it could be due to new factors that were not present before."
This guy SURELY must be a professor and a genius.
Close the aquarium down until you figure it out. That might get the vested interests working faster.
Posted in: Tokyo aquarium still baffled by mystery fish deaths
smithinjapanMar. 26, 2015 - 01:56PM JST
Pretty useless fence if you can just walk over to a place where there isn't one. So, now that two little kids have died will they seal off the walkway but open another part with a latch that you can easily open? The stupidity! I feel horrible for the parents.
Posted in: 5-year-old boy drowns in same pond where his sister drowned 5 years ago
smithinjapanMar. 26, 2015 - 01:54PM JST
No details, and yet if they're already charging him with that it sounds like another pretty clear cut case of a truck speeding through the intersection and expecting everyone else to work around it instead of the driver paying attention to the road himself. RIP to the little boy.
Posted in: 11-year-old dies after being hit by dump truck; driver arrested
smithinjapanMar. 26, 2015 - 01:53PM JST
You have to love how they "can't decide on history", and yet there are still those, like tina above, who say there is no proof Japan has altered things to fit its desired image. The only way they can be 'split' is if they are not sure how to rewrite it. Period. And that says a lot about how these wingers take history and just make it a fictional story. There is absolutely no doubt that Japan waged a war of aggression. More than 10 million murdered, most innocents, at the hands of the IJA and they claim it was a war of 'defense' and for 'freedom'?
Posted in: Abe's advisers split over how to describe Japan's WWII actions
smithinjapanMar. 25, 2015 - 09:00PM JST
The odd thing about the descent, of course, is that there was no radio for help or to even report the descent. I wonder if they somehow lost coms, or power altogether. I could see them descending if the weather was bad and then not seeing the mountains, but again if descending like that they would ask permission or report it if they decided without permission. There was also no alarm signal sent out. So again, loss of power? If the weather WAS bad at the time could they have been hit by lightning?
Posted in: Black box recovered from Airbus crash site in French Alps; 150 dead
smithinjapanMar. 25, 2015 - 08:49PM JST
Ah_so: "Smithinjapan: discipline the teacher yes, but cannot see what a law suit would achieve. Are you suggesting that the the prefectural board should effectively sue itself? And for what financial loss?"
No, sue the individual. The prefectural board is going to suffer if they don't make some moves pretty quick, and the parents could well try and sue the school and/or the board for suffering. Maybe it's not possible for the board to sue the teacher, but if they can -- and again it's about reputation, and theirs is going to suffer if they don't act -- they should sue the man himself.
And I meant to add that after he gets sacked and his license revoked, the police should then also charge him with the maximum of whatever they can charge him with. I don't want to hear about how 'losing his job was enough' when he killed four little kittens without a care in the world until after he was caught (and then the care is about himself, not the poor little kittens).
Posted in: Chiba school apologizes after teacher buries kittens alive
smithinjapanMar. 25, 2015 - 08:44PM JST
CH3CHO: "As a taxpayer and electricity bill payer, I am seriously angry with the waste of money and the Westerners who pressured TEPCO into buying good for nothing gadgets from France."
So you're outraged about the waste of money for ONE machine from a foreign company (and mistake a for-profit company's greed for actual help and expertise offered and refused by foreign workers!), but no comment on: Hitachi, Toshiba Corp,TEPCO itself, and TEPCO subsidiary Tokyo Power Technology?
Seems you're just angry that TEPCO and the government have mismanaged this so badly that the nation is embarrassed, and need to try and deflect by pointing at ONE machine imported at great cost when no one at all is surprised by the usual Japanese money-wasting, monopolizing, and general ineptitude. Sadly, we're about as surprised by your comments as we are by the fact that so much money has been wasted by TEPCO.
Posted in: Auditors say billions of yen wasted in Fukushima cleanup
smithinjapanMar. 25, 2015 - 03:22PM JST
Dear prefectural board: The solution is easy. Fire him effective immediately, and revoke his license to teach. Following this file a lawsuit for damages to both the school and the students asked to help with such a disgusting travesty.
I am sick and tired of reading about these 'teachers', who seem to have so little common sense, doing stupid crap that should NEVER even come close to entering the mind of someone qualified to teach. Last week it was a teacher showing his porn to students (accidentally, but still pretty stupid), and then of course the moron showing terrorists beheading victims, teachers who not only ignore but engage in bullying, etc.
smithinjapanMar. 25, 2015 - 01:10PM JST
It's time Suga just had the cahones to say it flat out to the protesters: Futenma or Henoko. Which one? Until then, they should shut up and be thankful they are safe from China thanks to the US presence. They want the money from the government, but not the costs of getting it. Plain and simple. The government should also further cut funding to Okinawa and let the people know it is because of the illegalities of the Governor.
Posted in: U.S. base dispute worsens as Tokyo refuses to bend
smithinjapanMar. 25, 2015 - 01:05PM JST
They won't do it -- at least not on the scale they are suggesting. I can see the politicians who are for this getting the green light, and HEAPS of cash (some ear-marked for Fukushima, I bet!), but basically they will only do it, and quickly, around key areas that will be seen. The other areas will be paid for (ie. the companies will get some money) but nothing will be done and it will just be forgotten once the Olympics are done.
It would be nice, though. In my town there are utility poles DEAD in the middle of where you are supposed to walk on the narrower roads. I measured the actual "sidewalk" space in such a place once and it was 2cm on either side of the pole. So, people walk around and into traffic, often being honked it. And then there are the illegal parkers whom you have to go around as well, but that's another story.
Posted in: Tokyo considers removing overhead power lines in run-up to 2020 Olympics
smithinjapanMar. 25, 2015 - 12:58PM JST
Horrible stuff. RIP to those lost.
Posted in: 2 Japanese among 150 killed in German plane crash
smithinjapanMar. 25, 2015 - 12:57PM JST
You get a longer sentence for having marijuana, if that tells people anything about the justice system in Japan. I'm glad for a change he was given a jail sentence instead of being sent to a reformatory, but still -- this is pathetic. It should be 20 years, minimum.
Ken Doyle: "This is highly irregular."
No, it's far TOO regular, unfortunately. Life is not worth much here.
Posted in: Youth gets 5-9 years in prison for killing Mie schoolgirl
smithinjapanMar. 25, 2015 - 01:10AM JST
some14some: "In Japan Postman knocks the door at 9:00p.m. ? never knew, i shall be careful too :)"
You can get parcels and registered mail delivered to your door until 9:00 p.m., by request or if they are at the end of their rounds before heading back to the office. If it's regular mail they don't knock on the door or ring the bell, they just stick it in the mailbox.
That said, I hope they catch this coward -- punching a 66 year-old woman and robbing them! How shameful can you get?
Yokota: There's no evidence he was actually wearing one, despite the somewhat sensational headline. The victims said he was wearing what appeared to be one, and given what they endured there's a good chance it was just literally something else that slightly appeared to be a postal uniform. Wouldn't be hard to make.
Posted in: Man dressed as postal employee robs elderly couple at home
smithinjapanMar. 25, 2015 - 01:03AM JST
Wc626: "In the States, your pals' homes usually welcome you in for a couple days."
I think it depends on the situation. If they know there is abuse, certainly, but if they think the kid has just run away I would like to think that they take into account the parents' feelings on the other side.
Posted in: 14-year-old boy missing since March 19 turns up unharmed
Mar. 27, 2015 - 05:04PM JST
Minimize the significance at your own risk. It's part of the beginning of the end of…
Posted in: U.S., Japan isolated as allies line up to join China-led bank
Mar. 27, 2015 - 04:51PM JST
When asked if he was guilty, Kusaka said "Ore ore ja nai."
Posted in: Leader of big-time fraud group arrested
Mar. 27, 2015 - 04:50PM JST
In his speech Abe will first thank the United States for pardoning his war criminal grandfather…
Mar. 27, 2015 - 04:48PM JST
It is arrogant to assume that we can look at suicide and pass judgment in what…
Mar. 27, 2015 - 04:45PM JST
Keep selling them rice cookers!
Posted in: Foreign tourist spending tops Y2 trillion for first time ever