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ukguyjpJul. 29, 2014 - 08:13AM JST
I am a university teacher in Japan. On one occasion I was pressurized by university authorities to give a passing grade to a student who had attended hardly any classes and turned in no work in my course.
I vehemently protested, refused and resisted. I pointed out that this was unfair to students who had worked hard and passed the course fairly. It also undermined the academic credibility of the university, which claimed and still claims to have high academic standards.
I asked, "Why do I come to work? Why do I work hard to prepare courses if students can not show up and still pass? Can you not see how this drastically undermines teacher motivation?"
In the end I was compelled by the university to prepare a special test which the student in question could easily pass. Thus the university were able to offer up the pretense that the student had satisfied the course requirements and they were given a passing grade.
Posted in: The number of academic degree holders produced by universities is seen as a measure of the schools’ value. Therefore, universities may grant degrees to students even if they don’t deserve them.
ukguyjpJul. 07, 2014 - 06:10AM JST
LFR Again: "English as a threat to Japanese language and cultural identity"
Yes this is exactly right, isn't it...the old Japanese 'culture as ideology' meme.... and this is where Japan compares badly with other asian nations. The Japanese establishment fears that, by acquiring English skills, Japanese will lose part of their essential Japaneseness. A ridiculous concept which illustrates how Japan cannot modernize meaningfully or take on board the notion that national identity is something which can develop and evolve.
Posted in: Entrance exams for English must be changed for Japanese people to keep up with global society. There is too much emphasis on reading and writing. Listening and speaking should be equally tested.
ukguyjpJul. 07, 2014 - 12:06AM JST
Here we go again.
ukguyjpJun. 22, 2014 - 01:01PM JST
In the 1930s the nationalists who led Japan into a calamitous war banned western music, including jazz, as being "un-Japanese." What we have been suffering through this ridiculous ban is the latest manifestation of an ideological imposition of 'traditional' cultural values by Japan's old farts.
This law has been incredibly embarrassing for Japan, showing how out of step it is with other modern nations, and very harmful for its image around the world. It's just another example of how youth culture is marginalized, emasculated and homogenized by the ossified Japanese system.
Ken Ishii is right, dancing is not a crime, but the authorities want to ban it because it's a symbol of freedom and personal expression.
The sooner this nonsense is overturned, the better.
Posted in: Japan's nightclubs weather dancing ban
ukguyjpApr. 26, 2014 - 08:55AM JST
The medical care I've received in Japan has mostly been very good.
However I do agree with two points raised in the article and the first comment:
I also had a herniated disc and was not given adequate pain killers, even as I was screaming for them!
My nearest hospital's emergency room is closed on weekends! It's right next to Kyoto station.
Posted in: Hospitals: UK vs Japan - Length of stay, language, birth, kids and pain relief
ukguyjpApr. 23, 2014 - 07:40AM JST
Everyone knows Japan is a self-policing society - your neighbours will always turn you in if they think you are doing something wrong - but this is crazy and demonstrates the depth of mind control in the society.
Posted in: Driver turns herself in to police for failing to stop at yellow traffic light
ukguyjpApr. 01, 2014 - 10:02AM JST
WHAT the hell is going on!? Seems very suspicious. There should be an official inquiry.
Posted in: Two detainees die at immigration center
ukguyjpMar. 09, 2014 - 07:19AM JST
This week I had to report a stolen ATM card to UFJ bank. Since my Japanese is basic, I asked for help in English. The customer assistant said, " Oh, we aren't allowed to speak English,"...in perfect English,
Posted in: Are Japan’s efforts at internationalization succeeding or not?
ukguyjpMar. 06, 2014 - 02:54AM JST
FFS!! Hasn't this crap been dead and buried already!???
Posted in: Japan’s curious obsession with blood type and personality
ukguyjpAug. 20, 2013 - 10:49AM JST
SMAP advertising a product? Who'd - a thought it!?
Posted in: SMAP impressed by 'Alien Jones'
ukguyjpAug. 18, 2013 - 01:06PM JST
The article is right about one thing: Japan as a 'self-policing' society. If I were doing anything even the least bit illegal, I'd never confide in a Japanese person. With their healthy, indoctrinated respect for authority, they'll turn you in for sure.
Posted in: Why do Japanese people obey traffic laws? Chinese students give their opinion
ukguyjpJun. 15, 2013 - 04:53AM JST
Kyoto City has a "three free hours of wi fi" program in place for tourists. But you can only get the free service by first registering for it on the internet! So first, as a tourist, you have to find a place which has internet service so that you can apply for this free access. There is easily accessible free internet all over Asia, Thailand,Cambodia, you name it......this is just embarrassing for Japan!
Posted in: Free Wi-Fi for tourists to become available at 11 JR West stations
ukguyjpMay. 10, 2013 - 07:38AM JST
Good and getting better, though I would say generally French is better than Itailan here.
Posted in: What do you think of the quality of French and Italian restaurants in Japan?
ukguyjpMay. 10, 2013 - 07:34AM JST
Who needs a police force when you have civic minded members of the public who are willing to turn you in?!
Posted in: Teacher suspended for taking part-time job as call girl
ukguyjpMar. 27, 2013 - 04:10AM JST
Of course. If you are straight, and opposed to gay marriage, you are denying gay people a right which you yourself enjoy.
Posted in: Do you support same-sex marriages?
ukguyjpMar. 21, 2013 - 02:58AM JST
Depressing. Maybe Oprah has encouraged reading among her fan base, but she has caused untold harm thru her uncritical promotion of all kinds of claptrap: the paranormal, psychics, new age spiritualism, conspiracy theories, quack celebrity diets, past life regression, angels, ghosts, alternative therapies like acupuncture and homeopathy, anti-vaccination, detoxification, vitamin megadosing, you name it.
Posted in: Oprah named most influential celebrity for 2nd year
ukguyjpFeb. 09, 2013 - 08:43AM JST
They are generally good and not necessarily expensive. My barber charges 1600 yen for a good cut.
Posted in: What do you think of barber shops and hair styling salons in Japan?
ukguyjpJan. 17, 2013 - 08:17AM JST
"Irasshaimase". Isn't only a way of welcoming customers. It also has the function of letting customers know their presence has been noted, thereby also detering possible thievery, and also alerts other shop workers to be on their toes.
Posted in: 7 services that don’t make sense to foreigners in Japan
ukguyjpJan. 03, 2013 - 10:18AM JST
Of course these prisoners have the right to be informed when their punishment is to be carried out.
I am amazed at the cruel and vindictive lust for revenge expressed by some comments above.
When we decide public policy, we do not look to vengeful, vindictive, " eye for an eye" emotion for moral guidance. Rather, we aspire to a higher morality, one which is considered, sensible, humane and compassionate.
In Japan, death row inmates may wait, year in, year out, never knowing when their time will come. Though we may despise their crimes, prisoners DO have human rights.
Posted in: Death row inmates want prior warning instead of being told on day of execution
ukguyjpDec. 29, 2012 - 11:05AM JST
Shame on these men for such a cowardly and ferocious attack, and shame on men anywhere who perpetrate violence against women. My heart goes out to this young woman and her family.
Posted in: Indian gang-rape victim dies in Singapore hospital
Jul. 29, 2014 - 11:34AM JST
which means, "Japan, Don't act like a sovereign nation. Just do as USA says
Posted in: Japan steps up sanctions against Russia
Jul. 29, 2014 - 11:32AM JST
Suddenly a lot of psychologist, sociologists and criminologist around here....
Well I'm guessing some of us…
Posted in: Sasebo girl says she wanted to see what it was like to kill someone
Jul. 29, 2014 - 11:31AM JST
Isn't that what a pool of experts were saying before TEPCO even attempted to waste more…
Posted in: Ice wall to contain Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant isn’t freezing
Jul. 29, 2014 - 11:30AM JST
So, why does she get three years and the boyfriend eight when the only 'proof' the…
Posted in: Prosecutors seek 3-year jail term for woman over fatal abuse of her daughter
why do you even comment on a Japan site when you obviously enjoy bashing the country.…