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smithinjapanFeb. 11, 2016 - 02:40AM JST
'“The process for attaining the goals is progressing smoothly,” TEPCO President Naomi Hirose told a group of reporters.'
When asked how compensation and decommissioning were going, Hirose said, "Hai. We all must sacrifice for a better Japan. I'm sure they don't mind the temporary shelters, though if they haven't moved back to their homes around the plant soon they'll have to pay rent and get no more money. Dangers? Oh, no, none whatsoever. I visited Fukushima some years ago with my family. Wonderful place. Great produce! Decommissioning is a tough question... I prefer to call it, "recommissioning" to the mission of making the place great, and TEPCO, with it's increased profit -- is looking to get out from under government control so we can keep doing so for you, our valued customer".
Posted in: TEPCO works hard to pull out from government control
smithinjapanFeb. 11, 2016 - 02:32AM JST
tonttu2012: "I just don't understand why they attacked the tax office, which is not responsible for Japan's dolphin hunt"
It makes total sense if you think about it. What are most people in the midst of doing right now (in terms of nationwide things to do this time of year)? preparing their final income tax return. A good deal of people do it these days, after a half decade of government pushing and decades more of being a pain in the butt to go to the tax office, by e-tax and/or online via card readers, etc. If the sites are down when the season has just begun and many people are trying to get out of the way, you affect a LOT of people. Add this to corporations like Nissan getting upset their sites have been hacked, and politicians themselves, also being trying to get their messages across given the elections this year, and all over what... an issue that practically NONE of the nation supports except in reaction to criticism about it? Suddenly you hit them personally and before long there will be a lot of angry people pressuring the government to stop whaling, since there is nothing they can do about the hackers, clearly.
I heard no less than four elderly people complaining on Tuesday and Wednesday that they had to wait for hours at the tax office, and one of them even having to go home and go again the next day because it was too late. Compound that by thousands and the meat in the freezers that they can't sell and the people don't want just doesn't seem worth it.
Posted in: Tax agency's website hit by possible cyberattack
smithinjapanFeb. 10, 2016 - 11:34PM JST
tinawatanabe: "She didn't say that."
Not in so many words, but if you can't see it it's because you are choosing not to.
"The govt has no power over the media. In fact the media have power over the govt."
The case of Amari was because of a HUGE scandal, and even then the government tried to suppress (it was the construction firm who came forward, and still we haven't heard more about the additional money Amari got).
"You failed. The question was what the govt would do if the broadcaster failed to abide by the law."
What law, tina? This woman has given NOTHING but bias, constantly, and has she been arrested or banned from speaking? nope. But I bet you if a newspaper made a report of sex slaves that was not denying it or other Japanese atrocities she'd call it agains the law and biased, as would you (you still haven't answered the question about Japan's wrongdoing in the past!). So, tina, explain what is considered politically bias here? I'll give you a hint -- the wording is so vague that it literally means, "whatever the government decides". And if they failed to abide by it? simple -- the people in question would be fired and replaced by people they know will toe the party line.
It's willing blindness that you cannot see that. I thought you believed in freedom of speech. You seem to when it's racist bigots in Osaka screaming at the ancestors of Koreans and threatening their lives.
Posted in: Cabinet minister looks at possible suspensions over politically biased broadcasts
smithinjapanFeb. 10, 2016 - 11:26PM JST
kaynide: "My point is two-fold: 1) I see no reason why we can't do a 1 or 2 level pyramid for little kids or whatever..."
They already ARE banned beyond a certain limit, but the school in question, KNOWING the limit, went above it anyway saying the students needed to 'gaman' and learn about pain, etc. There are reports that in the past some kids have even suffered nerve damage and spinal injuries -- it is pretty clear that despite a limit already on how many tiers are permitted the school are simply NOT going to follow it if the pyramid is allowed at all (which I'll get to).
"...AND/OR 2) They're just going to find some other equally stupid/dangerous event to replace it...and because it's not a pyramid "there was no way to predict the regrettable injuries".
So, ban sports day all together. I know VERY few kids who actually enjoy it, and FAR more who hate it. It also literally takes away from study time since they practice for months before the main circus show -- and that's all it is, a show for parents and grandparents -- taking entire afternoons off (or mornings) in many cases, and the whole day off the day before for a run-through. This is the same system that is complaining about the lack of study time and the need to reinstitute Saturday classes!
Now, I agree with you on one point -- the schools will not learn. I'm quite sure that some will perform the human pyramid despite it being banned. It is my hope that parents will put their kids' safety above the ambitions of arrogant gym teachers and if they hear about pyramids being practiced, report it immediately. If the BOE does nothing, report it to a higher level, and so on, until someone DOES something besides lip-service.
I hope it's not long before the other areas follow suit, and I hope if any school does it the people responsible are immediately fired and their qualifications removed. It's ridiculous that the kids' safety is put at risk for the aforementioned teachers and Admin to try and please parents.
Posted in: Osaka city to ban human pyramids at school sports days
smithinjapanFeb. 10, 2016 - 07:19PM JST
tinawatanabe: "If you expressed your opinion, then you have to give the opponent a chance to speak. That is a basic rule for a democracy."
Which Japan does not follow; not anymore, anyway. They've fired people who are against nuclear power plant resets, fired people who are against constitution changes, and are now in the process of calling anything against the party line to be a 'potential threat' until the new Secrets Law. This woman wants to limit any opinions against that of the right-wing government, and you know it.
smithinjapanFeb. 10, 2016 - 07:15PM JST
"She felt she was experiencing maternity harassment—a well documented reality for Japanese women who often are bullied, demoted, or sometimes even fired after falling pregnant."
It's a "well-documented reality" because of the "shouganai" attitude that is the underlying problem to begin with. Treating the symptoms will only help individual cases, not the problem, and make the people who practice Mata-hara (a term that goes along side 20 other types of 'hara' in newly coined words to describe harassment that generally is not allowed elsewhere, and where infringements are actually enforced) more defensive and feel more justified in doing it. Laws have changed, but until enforcement methods do not society will not change, but given that society only changes on the surface here, I suspect we'll be reading about mata-hara for the rest of the existence of Japanese culture, which won't be long as long mata-hara exists, and on, and on.
Sue people, sue, and elect only those that will follow up their promises with action, not backtracking (ie. Abe on women's rights).
Posted in: Was falling pregnant a mistake? The question faced by Japanese women
smithinjapanFeb. 10, 2016 - 07:05PM JST
Christopher Glen: "Agreed about the smartphone zombie issue"
It's not just a smartphone zombie issue, it's a zombie issue. Been around a lot longer than smartphones, and haven't changed with them. Like I said, just last night on my way home a jerk went 180 and crashed into me -- NOT staring at a cell phone. I've had people barrel straight at me watching their feet, been bumped into by people leaving banks and staring at bank books, watched people trip while looking at maps/books, etc. A lot of people walking or riding bicycles just veer left and/or right without looking behind them first when you may be passing them from behind, or they suddenly jump to left/right, or start turning. Needless to say cars are just as bad or worse, turning or pulling out of parking lots without look clearly (or if you are not another car they pull out even if they know because they don't care, blocking you completely).
"Japan's tarento could do space-awareness campaigns on tv instead of constant beer commercials"
Wouldn't change a thing. The people who bothered to notice the commercials wouldn't even think they are part of the problem as well. I'm willing to bet that, as they watched the commercials and slurped back noodles, they'd stand up and start taking the bowl to the kitchen while keeping eyes glued to the TV, only avoiding something if it avoided them first.
Posted in: 10-year-old girl dies after being hit by vehicle in Kanagawa; driver arrested
smithinjapanFeb. 10, 2016 - 06:51PM JST
I wish the guy who was on here for half of last year laughing at people and thanking Abe and Co. for intentionally weakening the yen were on here still. I have no doubt he was booted because he laughed and spat on people who said the current policies were going to hurt Japan, and were hurting importers and your average Joe, and he claimed the yen would be 150 on the US$ by now, so where is he? Maybe banging on his desk somewhere, suddenly disliking Abe?
The saddest part is that Kuroda will blame China and other factors on this, and not be willing to take any blame at all, and Abe will talk about a THIRD wave of arrows to restart Abenomics, and the mass spending will begin again.
Posted in: Yen surges as global market rout continues
smithinjapanFeb. 10, 2016 - 03:57PM JST
I read this story last night on my way home, just after some jerk walking in front of me did a 180 without looking (no, not while staring at a smartphone). I tried to dodge, but it was like he was running back because he forgot something at the station. Didn't check at all, and we both nearly fell. Sure, he said sorry a couple of times and then kept on going, but the point is, as with this story, people never check. Even adults are like toddlers who don't understand the concept of space or danger in terms of their surroundings.
So, yes, the girl may well have barrelled into the crosswalk without hesitating or stopping, but even then the man turning sure didn't seem to be aware of his surroundings (and in the Japanese story he said he was not) before making the turn. People never stop at these crosswalks as it is when people want to cross, despite that being the law. And so we hear this tragedy repeatedly.
Be careful, people, both walking, riding, or driving. Don't be hit by stupid people, and don't be a stupid person doing the hitting.
smithinjapanFeb. 10, 2016 - 01:02PM JST
And some people thought (and still do) Kuroda is a genius and not just insane.
Posted in: Japan 10-year bond yield goes negative for first time
smithinjapanFeb. 10, 2016 - 12:59PM JST
Listing his Hollywood achievements, besides The Last Samurai, make him seem like so much less than he really is. The man is an amazing actor, and I hope he gets well soon and can return to Broadway, Japanese movies, and hopefully larger roles in more prominent movies outside of Japan as well (Hollywood or not).
Posted in: Actor Ken Watanabe battling stomach cancer
smithinjapanFeb. 10, 2016 - 12:56PM JST
Or police could do there jobs and visit the parks if people report a disturbance, instead of hounding the people who report it and doing nothing. What are the cameras going to do when the police do nothing about 'nuisances' anyway?
Posted in: We've had reports such as people causing a nuisance by playing in parks at night, and the security cameras should help to prevent this.
smithinjapanFeb. 10, 2016 - 12:53PM JST
chikv: "Please show me your evidence, numbers, statistics, comparisons."
Everyone I know who has come down with the flu has had a flu shot, without exceptions. And vice-versa, along with SOME who got flu shots and have not contracted it, most of the people I know who have not caught the flu never bother with the shots, and never catch it.
" I think is smarter to trust those that not only work for a living fighting the flu"
And don't forget in many cases those people are profiting from sales of flu vaccine and the research to come up with new vaccines and medicines like Tamiflu to combat the stronger strains that are a DIRECT result of abuse of unneeded medicines.
The shots are completely unnecessary.
Posted in: The flu season has yet to reach its peak. It's still not too late to get flu shots.
smithinjapanFeb. 10, 2016 - 12:49PM JST
Here we go again. Is this the fifth time they've reneged already on the third promise to reduce the cost of the games? I'm losing count.
Posted in: If all seats are made of wood to realize the concept of a wooden and greenery stadium, the costs are expected to increase to 5 billion to 6 billion yen.
smithinjapanFeb. 10, 2016 - 10:52AM JST
This is one of the "I love Yasukuni" nut bags, so by this she means shutting down anything that goes against and/or threatens the right-wing view; specifically Asahi. No way it'll mean avoiding the new China.
smithinjapanFeb. 10, 2016 - 09:18AM JST
Should be interesting. As for location, I imagine it's somewhere within the city and not just the prefecture.
Posted in: Kanji Museum to open in Kyoto in June
smithinjapanFeb. 09, 2016 - 09:55PM JST
Magnus Roe: "This is a minor and simple construction and he likely had at least a dozen similar projects running at the same time, so it's unreasonable to expect him to be at the site throughout the entire construction phase, I'd say one or two visits is the norm."
If he was 'too busy' to be checking on his work, then it is hands down his fault. Sorry, but you've admitted he was at least negligent in keeping up on his work because he would rather have it passed off onto others. At best it's negligence. I hope he appeals and the sentence is upheld (maybe they can even remove the 'suspended' part from the sentence).
Japan needs to start charging people responsible instead of letting them off the hook all the time with suspended sentences so this happens ad nauseum. Lives were lost. You can bet that when they nab the people responsible for the building in Taiwan they're not going to let them off with a golden parachute and another job, or a suspended sentence.
Posted in: Court finds architect guilty over supermarket ramp collapse in March 2011 quake
smithinjapanFeb. 09, 2016 - 09:51PM JST
"The rail line is commonly used by commuters heading to work in Munich, and would normally also carry children traveling to school, but they are currently on holiday, the dpa news agency reported."
I'm tempted to see this is the one bit of good news, but it could well be because of the holiday that someone screwed up (ie. mixed up schedules). In any case, absolutely tragic.
Posted in: Two trains collide in Germany; 10 dead, 80 injured
smithinjapanFeb. 09, 2016 - 05:02PM JST
rainyday: Kitsap beat me to it with Franken and his Harvard degree. As for Jesse, well, he started off small as mayor, if I remember correctly, and worked his way up. This woman is going on the House of Councellors ticket with zero experience whatsoever. Same as the others I mentioned, and also the other examples of nepotism that I did NOT mention.
Posted in: SPEED singer Imai to run in upper house election on LDP ticket
smithinjapanFeb. 09, 2016 - 03:19PM JST
I think it's fantastic that she is an active 'promoter' of sign-language, but how on earth does that qualify her to be a politician?
I know that the politicians here are a joke, especially in the LDP, bringing in judo athletes, comedians, and the sons of right-wing novelists to be Economics Ministers or what have you, but really, do you REALLY need ZERO requirements to be in politics here?
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