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smithinjapanOct. 07, 2015 - 09:15AM JST
Hope these people know that when an accident occurs its them that will suffer most. The company sure isn't going to help them then.
Posted in: Town assembly OKs plan to restart another nuclear plant in Japan
smithinjapanOct. 07, 2015 - 09:04AM JST
International backing isn't the problem. Having the majority against it at home IS, and rightly so -- no one wants this forced on them the way the government did.
Posted in: Abe to seek broader support for security laws in upcoming summits
smithinjapanOct. 06, 2015 - 05:58PM JST
Guess they learned from Indonesia that they have to be accomodating to get the contracts, instead of like the last time on this issue where they told the Aussies they don't have the know-how to build them here. 'Tis a shame they already made their thinking on the matter rather clear beforehand.
Posted in: Japan says it can build subs in Australia 'from day one'
smithinjapanOct. 06, 2015 - 03:47PM JST
I guess they learned from the "Brave Blossoms" name.
Posted in: Japan's Super Rugby team to be named Sunwolves
smithinjapanOct. 06, 2015 - 03:44PM JST
Spanki: "If they are made to do it then it's a different matter."
They are made to do it.
Posted in: 8 students suffered broken bones over 3 years in 'human pyramids' at school
smithinjapanOct. 06, 2015 - 11:09AM JST
TheFu: "In 2013 in the USA, about 33000 people were killed by motorized vehicles on the roads."
Quick question. When you wake up, shower, then leave your house and sit on your guns, how long does it take you to get to work? Because we all know that cars were not created for killing people, but as a means of transportation. Now, what purpose do guns serve aside from shooting people? When you're preparing dinner, do you cut vegetables and meat with your guns? That's a purpose that knives serve. Are you one of those Americans that puts his gun in his left hand and the fork in his right while eating??
You see, all of the things you mention are not at all for the purposes of hurting others, but serve as tools in everyday society. Guns have absolutely no place at all except for killing. Period.
As for smoking, you don't realize you are defeating your own argument, do you? Most people would be happy if further laws were put on tobacco restricting sale and use -- and it is already quite regulated in case you missed that, too. Same with alcohol. What gun nutters are suggesting, if you want to make the comparison seriously, is that alcohol and tobacco be available at schools, that there be no ID for sales because it infringes on your rights, etc.
Good on Hillary for her determination to finally address and go after one of The US' serious diseases.
Posted in: Clinton pitches new gun control laws following Oregon shooting
smithinjapanOct. 06, 2015 - 10:51AM JST
bigfujiyama: " It is a surprise that someone hasn't been paralyzed."
Actually, some have. There are reports of some children suffering nerve damage.
smithinjapanOct. 06, 2015 - 10:26AM JST
"To avoid accidents, the Osaka city board of education has limited the height of human pyramids to five tiers and of human towers to three tiers."
And yet EVERY SINGLE school in my area did a human period with a minimum of seven schools. One school near my office did one with 10 and, sure enough, a few kids fell while making it, one getting a serious concussion. According to his mother the school refused to call an ambulance, saying the boy would be okay and that one of the teachers would drive him to the hospital 'if needed'. They did not want the 'embarrassment' of having to call the authorities for their sports day.
And yet, despite the "5-tier limit", and board of education officials attending the events, as usual in Japan no one said anything, and nothing is being enforced. And for what? Most of the kids I know who I ask don't even ENJOY the event at all, and it takes away from learning for about two weeks IMMEDIATELY following summer vacation (or now in May for some areas).
Kazuaki: "Frankly, we'll soon not be doing sports at all at this rate of paranoia."
Ridiculous! It's not a sport, first of all. And second, it's not 'paranoia' when bones are breaking and children are getting nerve damage; all so grandma and grandpa can stand in the sun all day after fighting for a spot to stand and watch (which, again, many would rather not do anyway).
smithinjapanOct. 05, 2015 - 03:52PM JST
Yubaru: "For one thing she isn't a porn star, and 2ndly a women dressed is many times more beautiful than naked..."
I'd modify that to say "can be every bit as beautiful as naked", because the female body is a work of art and can be far more beautiful in the buff than with any kind of clothes on. Agree with the rest, though.
Anyway, I think TheGodfather was joking, or yes, being hopeful. Lots of candids are taken where it looks like the person is naked, or could be (since we know they are very unlikely so). This is not the most flattering close up, and so it might also be a comment on how close the camera was and why the photo was cropped to actually NOT show any dress.
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smithinjapanOct. 05, 2015 - 03:47PM JST
“The biggest meaning is ‘inclusive growth.’”
Ah, so then no ruling out at all that it is a sympathy for pre-war and wartime Japan and that Abe is harkening us back to a dark era? Not surprised, given that there is absolutely no doubt that Abe the clown is in love with 1930's "beautiful Japan".
Posted in: Abe's new slogan stirs memories of wartime rhetoric
smithinjapanOct. 05, 2015 - 11:14AM JST
I think some 24-hour routes should be offered in high density population areas, and from airports to city centers, etc., but definitely not all across the board. They should be less frequent than during the day, of course. If not 24-hour, then I think extending the last train times in many areas would be beneficial to many.
Posted in: Do you think trains and subways in Japan should operate 24 hours a day?
smithinjapanOct. 05, 2015 - 11:08AM JST
The good old Japanese justice system. Forced confessions, then no retrials.
Posted in: Death row inmate seeking retrial over 1961 wine poisoning case dies
smithinjapanOct. 05, 2015 - 10:47AM JST
1glenn: I wouldn't worry about it. He appears in there, with Rashoman as #2 of all times, in fact. His name just isn't mentioned in this article (it was in previous) because it only lists three Japanese, all for top awards; #1 on the list, top animated movie, and oldest. There are another 23 besides, and I have no doubt Kurosawa accounts for a good many of them and easily as Japan's best director of all times.
Posted in: Busan marks 20th anniversary with 100 best Asian film list
smithinjapanOct. 05, 2015 - 09:58AM JST
Well earned! Now, looking forward to many movies to come.
Posted in: Schwarzenegger takes 'Golden Icon' award
smithinjapanOct. 05, 2015 - 09:56AM JST
cleo: "Makes one wonder what the law-abiding, respectable gun-owners simply availing themselves of their 2nd Amendment Rights have to hide?"
Exactly. Gun nutters on here and elsewhere claim that there is no problem with law-abiding citizens owning and collecting guns, even though it is moronic to own 14, or 25, or even ONE; and yet they complain every time legislation is suggested that would make things SAFER for everyone!
The bottom line is, guns are not necessary. If people THINK they are, then there need to be better safeguards put into place. If they can't follow those, the shops need to close, like this one. Good riddance.
Posted in: San Francisco's last gun store closing doors for good
smithinjapanOct. 05, 2015 - 09:51AM JST
"She said the two killings were similar and that the same people were likely behind both of them."
So, even if it wasn't IS, then, how is it an 'isolated incident' if both were done by the same people?
Posted in: Suga expresses outrage at killing of Japanese man in Bangladesh
smithinjapanOct. 04, 2015 - 07:26PM JST
DaDude: "Yep, an isolated innocent is correct in a country of 160 million and 2 towns 300KM apart."
Distance and size of the nation have nothing to do with it when terrorists are targeting people from nations who support people who wage war against them. The "isolated incident" comment is just an attempt at damage control by the Bangladesh government.
Posted in: Japanese man shot dead in Bangladesh
smithinjapanOct. 04, 2015 - 07:23PM JST
Stuart: The whole nation and region, really, can thank the US and GWB in particular for destabilizing the area with the illegal invasions and wars.
Posted in: Doctors Without Borders leaves Afghan city after airstrike
smithinjapanOct. 04, 2015 - 07:20PM JST
Congrats to the Swallows, and the fans. I was watching the last few innings of this game at my gym, and while I was rooting for the choke-artist Hanshin Tigers, I was very happy for the Swallows when they won. Not only did they deserve it, it was nice to see all the fans holding sings of "First time in 14 years" rewarded with it actually happening.
Could have done without all the usual tears from the players and fans, but oh well.
Posted in: Swallows fly to 1st CL pennant in 14 years
smithinjapanOct. 04, 2015 - 07:08PM JST
WilliB: "Apparently he singled out Christians to be shot and killed. But that is hardly ever mentioned in the articles, including this one."
What's also not mentioned, since you mention it, is that he considered himself "non-religious" and was completely against organized religion, period.
Jimizo: "So, you don't want to address your wildly inaccurate and hysterical idea that 'everyone wants to take our guns away'? It's just that you said we should keep emotion out of this debate."
Point out the hypocrisy of gun-nutters and/or radical wingers in general and they're only answer is no answer at all, or to put fingers in ears, close eyes, and shout "I know you are but what am I?" So far he's said "You are too emotional" and then given an emotional plea to keep his guns and contradicted himself otherwise at least four times on this thread alone. But point that out and he'll just say, "I feel the same about libs". I mean, I point out how wrong he is about the gun control issue and his answer?
"Yeah, you guys said the same thing in 2010 and 2012 as well, so much for that argument."
I mean, what the heck kind of answer is that to pointing out how wrong the opinion of gun-nutters is? It's like he's picking his replies out of a paper hat... and there are only to or three of them total.
bass4funk: "That would never change my mind about guns, so don't know what to tell you."
Then I feel very sorry for you indeed. Seems guns are more valuable to you than human life. It's that way with a lot of gun-nutters, actually. But again, it always is until they lose their own, and then they have the gall to ask "Why?"
"Neither is the selling of baby parts"
And there you are, deflecting again because you have no answer. Way to prove my point.
Posted in: Gunman in Oregon massacre committed suicide
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Oct. 07, 2015 - 11:23AM JST
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Oct. 07, 2015 - 11:18AM JST
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Posted in: Police raid offices of yakuza gangs over street parades
Oct. 07, 2015 - 11:17AM JST
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Posted in: California adopts bill ensuring equal pay for women
Oct. 07, 2015 - 11:15AM JST
I think he's legitimate in the form of a voter backlash against the standard, cardboard, comically…
Oct. 07, 2015 - 11:07AM JST
Is the Japanese Supreme Court going to rule on these laws. Someone please sue.
Posted in: We now have laws that are unconstitutional. To fix this problem, we must oust the Abe administration.
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