timtak's past comments

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    timtak

    No idea if this was the case here or not, since the article does not go that far, but even so it would have run out of fuel.

    According to Japanese sources, the engine of this car was not running.

    Posted in: Woman arrested after 5-month-old son dies in car while she plays pachinko

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    timtak

    FRAgain

    I could not finish the article either.

    This woman didn't forget her child. She knew her child was in the car. Yes you are right.

    WP article also mentions (and I agree with what they say). "Sometimes, the parent knowingly left the child in the car, despite the obvious peril. In one particularly egregious instance, a mother used her locked car as an inexpensive substitute for day care. When hyperthermia deaths are treated as crimes, these are the ones that tend to result in prison sentences."

    Posted in: Woman arrested after 5-month-old son dies in car while she plays pachinko

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    timtak

    ReformedBasher

    "it's incomprehensible to me as to how anyone can leave a young child alone in a car."

    From the article quoted above.

    The problem is this simple: People think this could never happen to them.

    Posted in: Woman arrested after 5-month-old son dies in car while she plays pachinko

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    timtak

    Due to the time of year, I just received a link to the following excellent, tragic article from the Washington Post on death by hyperthermia of children in cars http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/magazine/fatal-distraction-forgetting-a-child-in-thebackseat-of-a-car-is-a-horrifying-mistake-is-it-a-crime/2014/06/16/8ae0fe3a-f580-11e3-a3a5-42be35962a52_story.html?wpisrc=nl_icymi, which points out this can happen to anyone, even a rocket scientist.

    Due to the death of a child of a NASA engineer, engineers from NASA created a device to warn drivers of the presence of a child in a rear seat but failed to find a maker or market for the product since, their surveys show, people believe it could not happen to them, only to others. So rather than decrying the behaviour of others, let us be on our guard.

    That said, I think that pachinko addiction is probably part of the cause and it saddens me (too @Benji7) that casinos will be coming.

    Posted in: Woman arrested after 5-month-old son dies in car while she plays pachinko

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    timtak

    If this is used as an excuse to start World War III then I feel the onset of a conspiracy theory regarding the coincidence of their being two Malaysian airways Boeing 777 crashes this year, with the other plane still missing, an initial report from rebels on the ground claiming that MH17 passengers were already dead "days before the flight."
    http://news.yahoo.com/rebel-leader-gives-bizarre-account-plane-crash-182256709.html There is more here http://www.webcitation.org/6RBLozt4P But you will have to use Google translate https://translate.google.com to read it unless you read Russian. Tragic in any event. But no matter how tragic, I hope it does not lead to war.

    Posted in: Ukraine, rebels argue over Malaysia Airlines wreckage site

  • -1

    timtak

    Most of the Japanese women I know and teach want to be full time care-givers for a considerable portion of their lives from the time that they conceive to the time that their children no longer need their full time care about 15 to 20 years later. This almost precludes them from top managerial positions, since they will lack the experience, continuity, network of contacts, that their male peers will have built up.

    Most of my students admire their mothers more than their fathers, even the males, and have an ambition to do as their mother did -- raise a happy family. They do not see success in the workplace as of paramount importance and respect the option provided to women -- that of being able to retire at 30 for 16 years -- as much as if not more than any Ghosn who is after all, just another sarari-man - a man who provides salary for a family.

    Why do men feel it their prerogative to "promote" women to managerial positions? If they are taken out of the home, out of their position of authority as housewife and mother, then aren't they being demoted?

    Provide women with jobs to returned to after their children have fled the nest by all means, but top management? Has anyone really been stopping them? Most Japanese women can wither their male peers with a glance, so if they had really wanted to get there, they would be top managers already.

    Does Ghosn recieve pocket money? His Japanese counterparts at Toyota and Honda probably do. In which case they probably have far less disposable income than their wives, making a mockery of the notion that women are paid less than men in Japan.

    Posted in: Nissan CEO: Abe's goal to have 30% of bosses women too ambitious

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    timtak

    I used to work for a British missile developer. They were as advanced as British television sets, and the only reason why the company could make a buck is because the Japanese, under their old constitution, did not compete. Mitsubishi missiles will kill lots more people more accurately, cheaply and with a much smaller form factor.

    Posted in: Japan, Britain to launch joint missile research

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    timtak

    I am with Hide Suzuki but while there are ridiculously low levels of violent crime and theft (and all crimes which can be seen) there is also a fair amount of fraud and corruption (crimes which cake place in language / lies) and Japan's place in the corruption rankings produced by Transparency international (18th) http://www.transparency.org/country#JPN is a lot lower than its place in the OECD crime statistics (typically 1st, or 2nd after Spain this year). http://dx.doi.org/10.1787/550717741440 However I see also that the victimisation stats produced by the OECD now have a consumer fraud and corruption element were Japan is top (lowest rate) in consumer fraud and third after Finland and Sweden for victim experience of corruption.

    However again, I wonder of the extent to which Japanese are aware of corruption or classify behaviours as corrupt. E.g. there are amakudari everywhere but no one bats an eyelid.

    Posted in: Crime declines for 12th consecutive year; monetary fraud up

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    timtak

    "Drop dead" may not sound that harsh but there is a lot of cultural difference in what is considered offensive. The imperative of the Japanese Shinu, to die is probably the second the most thing one can say in Japanese.

    Posted in: Tokyo assemblyman quits after tweeting 'Drop dead'

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    timtak

    In Japan there is a strong culture of everybody has to be the same and people has to be in a box . Have you been to Japan or met any Japanese people? Have you seen Japanese fashion? Have you seen a Japanese town where every house is in a different style to the one next to it? Are you aware of the eruption of creativity in manga, anime, manufacturing? Are you aware that even though Japanese automotive manufacturers have a shorter model change cycle (usually a year) Japan has the largest "make" or after-parts market for cars to make them yet more original. This woman's art is typical of Japanese creativity, which is thriving.

    True that they are not so into "opinions" (words) though which they are more likely to see as being faddish and frivolous.

    Posted in: Japanese artist jailed for vagina boat vows legal fight

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    timtak

    Actually there are/were some schlongs in the Orsay in the exhibition ”Masulin/Masuclin” but none of them were erect or showing veins, unlike some Japanese festival images and sculpture. But 85% of the nudes are the Orsay are female, and a French performance artist, Deborah de Robertis, exposed her vulva in front of the Corbet to address that issue.

    Posted in: Japanese artist jailed for vagina boat vows legal fight

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    timtak

    Igarashi says she began making artwork to address what she saw as a double standard applied to both female and male genitalia in Japan.

    I think that she is very right. But as far as I know there is or was a similar situation in the UK and the US, except reverse: male genitalia are more obscene in the West. A comment to snopes forum opined in 2002, "You still can't get away with it here in the US. A guy's schlong is the most taboo form of nudity in American cinema. A flaccid one is a guaranteed R and an erect one a guaranteed NC-17 or X." There is a picture of "The origin of the world" hanging in the Gare d'Orsay museum in Paris but no schlong and certainly no erection. Even a covered schlong was taken from the walls of an American museum. http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2004/10/299453.shtml

    Posted in: Japanese artist jailed for vagina boat vows legal fight

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    timtak

    Mr. Tsuyama was generous in his interpretation of the girls' intent.

    Posted in: Teacher's conviction for groping girl on bus overturned by Tokyo court

  • -12

    timtak

    Taboos are different. Birth was traditionally the most taboo thing in Japan but it is what our (Christmas, Easter) festivals are about, and sex is at the root of Western taboos but features centrally, in the form of giant phalli or naked men at Japanese festivals. Rice cake beating (mochitsuki), a central ritual in the Japanese Christmas, is a metaphor for sex (amotsuku). Young Japanese girls could read manga about male homosexual sex (Yaoi) because there were no women and certainly no women's sex organs. The difference is upon the sex of what is tabooed. Male in the West. Female in Japan. There is nothing intrinsically indecent about sex or birth, giant phalli or yoni, but this 'artist' fell foul of Japanese standards of decency.

    Posted in: Arrest of Tokyo vagina artist sparks free expression protest

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    timtak

    @ some14some Texas A&M Aggie Goals are nice but I ejnoy watching them play, if they play well as they did today.

    Posted in: Germany scores in extra time to win World Cup 1-0

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    timtak

    When I find a nice bike that appears to be stolen, I take it straight to the Koban were the police contact the previous owner, via the compulsory yellow registration number, for me so that I can keep the bike. I have done this at least twice.

    In the distant past I just picked bikes out of rubbish, and received an informal caution since it is against the law to do so.

    Posted in: Crime declines for 12th consecutive year; monetary fraud up

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    timtak

    Among the dead were...seven children ranging in age from 13 to 28, and a 2-year-old granddaughter, according to the Palestinian Center for Human Rights. Also among the dead were two more children, ages 7 and 12, and a 17-year-old from other branches of the clan.

    "Stirring debate"? Debate? What debate can be held for children dead in rubble?

    Posted in: Israeli strike kills 18 family members, stirring debate over targets

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    timtak

    What is Godzilla doing hanging out with cute girls? Godzilla used to be female, in all the Japanese films, and the 1998 version. Is this Godzillo?

    Posted in: Beauties and the beast

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    timtak

    WilliB

    And I notice that the article does not even mention the phone calls --- before the IDF bombs a terrorist house, the call and tell the inhabitants to get out.

    Perhaps Mr. Hamad did not have a phone

    http://www.btselem.org/testimonies/20140709_gaza_protective_edge_muhammad_hamad

    Tears.

    Posted in: Gaza dead tops 85 as Israel presses offensive

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    timtak

    I bet it was Abe's suggestion.

    Posted in: Australian PM ribbed over 'cringe-worthy' photo with Abe

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