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    timtak

    Sorry about "inmates" clients. It seems his parents move had nothing to do with his dismissal, sorry 2. His murderous rampage was described by him as motivated by ill feeling towards his dismissal but, sorry 3, it transpires his dismissal was due to the fact that he wrote to authorities saying he would kill 470 to 600 disabled starting at his own institution. He was then sectioned and dismissed, but released. After the tragedy he tweeted, "May there be world peace. beautiful Japan." The latter is the slogan of PM Abe who promotes the integration and valuation of the disabled.

    Posted in: 19 dead, 25 injured in knife attack at Kanagawa facility for disabled

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    When arrested as well as expressing a murderous hatred towards the disabled in general, as reported in the article above, he also said "I regretted the day I was made to quit," and "I got them," which at least one Japanese article took to mean that he focused his attack on a certain subset of the inmates.

    He lost his job at the centre three or four years ago, due (it is rumoured) to having been violent. He lived in his family home 10 minutes walk from the centre. His parents moved out at the time of his dismissal so not only did he loose his job, but also his parents felt (presumably, unless coincidental) obliged to move out their own home. He would have lost any dreams he might of had of a three generation family.

    Posted in: 19 dead, 25 injured in knife attack at Kanagawa facility for disabled

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    The start up screen shows a child walking along looking at a smartphone.

    And there was a Pink Pokemon in my research room on Sunday. https://www.flickr.com/photos/nihonbunka/27931835483 I caught it.

    Posted in: Pokemon Go frenzy causes accidents, traffic offenses in Japan

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    lBouhlel, the Nice murderer, sent £84,000 to his family in Tunisia immediately prior to the attack. This is a lot of money for an unemployed truck driver to have saved up.

    Posted in: Terror attacks a growing economic threat: G20 ministers

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    Plato argued I think, that populism is the end of democracy. Populism is revolting, and it will result in all sorts of unpleasant policies and rampant government spending in particular. It seems he is right. I think that we need to respect undemocratic, paternalistic (or maternalistic) countries in which the populace are not given the option of making revolting decisions, such as China, our countries where the populace seem more inclined to leave decisions to decision makers, such as Japan, more.

    Posted in: The populists are revolting

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    Since one of the objectives of the game is to survey ones environment for pokemon and catch them, I think it is inevitable that people will use the game on the move, and not only walking. I just looked out the window of my office and saw one pedestrian and two cyclists, three cyclists, all staring at their smart phones.

    Prhaps if Nintendo includes some lock such that any device that has been used on the move can not catch pokemon, perhaps after there have been a few casualties.

    Posted in: Japanese fans flock to Pokemon Go; police concerned about accidents

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    @battambangbound The latter, 'tasteless' candid camera affair is or was a regular, weekly, staple of the comedian Atsushi, of the duo London Boots, in thrirs show London Hearts. In similar such segments even famous persons, including Atsushi's partner, were similarly entrapped on camera. I found it so real and osiful that it was difficult to watch but at yhe sane time excellent television. It always ended with the guy apologising and seemingly regretting his lapse. Thete was also a similar segment in which the number of times a husband stole a glimpse of a scantily clad flirtatiuo woma were counted agsin via candid/hidden camera again by the wife. I think the sjow may have made me a better person, less likely to be unfaithful. I used to descrube London Hearts as my favourite show.

    Posted in: The key to loving Japanese TV if you're a foreigner

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    Could she have chosen a more inappropriate section to plagiarise?

    MO "that your word is your bond and you do what you say you’re going to do; that you treat people with dignity and respect. " MT "that your word is your bond and you do what you say and keep your promise; that you treat people with respect. "

    I have a real problem with plagiarism ("copi-pe" copy pasting) at university and this is not going to help.

    It was only a couple decades ago or so, that people around the world used to look up to America.

    Posted in: Trump speechwriter takes blame for Melania Trump's speech

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    I think the biggest differance is that Japanese TV tells is viewers how to feel via facial expressions and gestures on the face of people eating and in the waipu (Atilla above) wheras Western TV tries to tell is views how to think via phonemes. The torrential canned laughter made watching UK TV impossible. https://www.flickr.com/photos/nihonbunka/10569777855/ Anytime I think something is better in my culture than another, I try to stop myself and look for the differences.

    Posted in: The key to loving Japanese TV if you're a foreigner

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    The ARM business model is outlined at https://www.arm.com/about/company-profile/arms-innovative-and-pioneering-ecosystem.php with downloadable PDF. The whole model is based on trust. The concept of "just enough" (taking just enough profit so as to benefit investors in ARM and the innovators "ecosystem") is laid out in oh so plausible detail from page 85.

    The first problem is that the major stakeholders in ARM, who claimed to want to take only "just enough" of a cut out of the innovative ecosystem, opted to sell themselves to a Japanese company. The main stockholders of ARM became therefore presumably opted to become million/billionaires. Is this "just enough"?

    The second bigger problem is, the question as to whether trust can be purchased. As soon as one sells trust, then I think that this may imply that the trust has ended. NVIDIA and other Taiwanese and Chinese innovators who created the ARM technology in the hope that the ARM 'gentlemen' would continue to oversea the innovation exchange, may be feeling very upset. The 'gentlemen' decided to retire to enormous wealth leaving their innovations in the hands of normal voracious Asians (Softbank).

    Likewise, the third problem is that the remaining ARM employees (who are presumably as "just enough" as those that sold out) are likely to be feeling miffed and ready to form BRM or MRA or any other acronym and I think that they will do so. When Nomura bought Lehman Brother's European arm the cool Lehamites left. I fear that the the core of ARM may migrate en masse. They will slag off their new owners. And to an extent they will be being 100% honest. And to an extent they will be hoping to do sell out #2, to Sony next time!?

    I don't see this working. You can't buy trust especially when it was a shell game in the first place.

    Posted in: May says Softbank-ARM deal shows Britain can be a success post-Brexit

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    I feel that there is a problem in that, ARM, like for instance the underwriters, Lloyd's of London, or the financial services in the CIty of London, are successful due to high levels of trust felt towards the promises that these institutions make.

    As I understand it, ARM managed to grow to the largest chip licensor in the world, because it succeed in encouraging its customers to (help) design its products! ARM said 'share with us your ideas for improvement, and we promise that we will not attempt to make these ideas our property, nor will we attempt to sell them to one of your competitors, but rather make all innovation available to everyone fairly, taking only the same percentage that ARM has always taken for compiling, maintaining and sharing the chip architecture'. At the very heart of ARMs business is trust, transparency, and compliance. Basing ones business model soley on these intangibles is also at the same time, a very risky move.

    I think that the Japanese are great at many things, even at most things, but trust, transparency, and compliance may not be an area in which Japanese companies, perhaps including Softbank, excel. Japanese companies, perhaps with the exception of Softbank, often tend to be risk averse.

    Posted in: May says Softbank-ARM deal shows Britain can be a success post-Brexit

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    Jackson said he was physically and emotionally tired and complained that while in uniform, he gets nasty looks. When he's out of uniform, he said, some people consider him a threat.

    I know this can be rathet sad. The fear is palpable. The empty seats on crowded buses and trains can be counted, one, two, next to me on either side. People refrain from sharing the elevator. Now that I am largely Japanese shape I know the horror emanates from my face! Meeting people up close in doorways, their gaze moves upwards from my feet, past by torso, until, at my face they let gone a shudder and gasp, "It's a... gaijin da!"

    I have not fought for Japan. Imagine that, being treated like a monster though you put your own life on the line to protect. I am not depressed. I have social support. The fear does not impact (rather improves) my employment situation. The fear is somatic. The gaspers gasp before they have had time to think.

    The murderer that drove a truck into the crowded Akihabara crossing felt ugly. He was part of another minority group, the prematurely balding. http://ks.c.yimg.jp/res/chie-que-1293/1/293/970/587/i320 There will always be fear, depression and trucks.

    Posted in: Former Marine kills 3 Baton Rouge police officers, wounds 3 others

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    For those attentive, or retentive people who want to leave their seal at just the right position and alignment on form.

    I was told to redo a form when I got the orientation very wrong, which would be harder with this device, so I'd like one.

    Posted in: Japanese firm develops 'previewable' seal

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    There has also been talk, and act, from time to time of distributing directlty to the populace. http://www.japantoday.com/category/business/view/govt-weighs-shopping-vouchers-promotions-to-boost-consumption#comment_2185986

    There is also a strange simiarity between "helicopter money" and "fuda-ori" the periodic Edo belief that Ise's sacred amulets were falling from the sky which lead to the millenial "Anything Goes!" (eejanaika) dance-pilgrimage movement and lead in part to the overthrow of the goverment. In the case of fuda-ori, enterprising priestly-tour-guides blew the amulets onto rooves of house, and folks were said to have brought out their old amulets and scattered them. Since the rest of the populace went wild and came to Ise en mass, sing and dancing, with most of then ending up buying amulets, this was a rare example of Keynsianism working.

    Posted in: No chance Japan will adopt 'helicopter money,' say officials

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    why is this a problem?

    Not being in thrall of 'due process', I am not sure it is necessarily a problem, but it is an issue, and a first on US soil. I fear drones may used to execute more people on US streets in future, for lesser offences, till eventually they may even be used to take out people suspected of being about to commit violent acts, like the aforementioned Dylan Noble (gruesome, like the rest of the channel's videos. Probably best not to watch) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jgIvaRwVUFE And then there is the possible lack of sensitivity. If it had been the Dallas police commissioner, I would have been very reticent to escalate to execution by drone at a Black Lives Matter rally. It will be remembered, and it does not bode well. May they all rest in peace.

    Posted in: 5 Dallas police officers killed, 6 wounded at protest

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    timtak

    “We don’t exactly know the last moments of his death but explosives did blast him out,”

    Or rather, the police executed him with a drone.

    Posted in: 5 Dallas police officers killed, 6 wounded at protest

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    timtak

    Unless something is done to prevent this in future, this means that those accused in J-jury trials can have a retrial when they do not like predicted outcome.

    It is nice to hear the opinion that jury trials are not necessarily the best legal system! Thanks thetoleratedone.

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    timtak

    Pat is right, Japan is still the best country to live in, and that is why so few Japanese vote or vote for anyone different. They know that they are living in a comparatively equal, peaceful, crime free society, with no drugs, low taxation, low polution, low cost of living: a utopia. JTGs may wail and gnash their teeth but the Japanese electorate know what they want and how to keep getting it.

    The problem is we may all have been deceived.

    Posted in: Japan's ruling bloc wins landslide in upper house: exit polls

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    PTownsendJUL. 10, 2016 - 01:14PM JST

    Because we realise how lucrative it also was, we will do it again, and again.

    There are those of course who would kill oil producers, their families and children to make money (and it becomes easier with weapons that you point out we use these days) but in general it has to be framed as self defence so that we do not disgust overselves.

    Posted in: Iraq war was illegal, says Blair's former deputy

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    Until we realise how lucrative it also was, we will do it again, and again.

    Posted in: Iraq war was illegal, says Blair's former deputy

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