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warnerbroAug. 22, 2016 - 06:43PM JST
Thankfully nobody appears to have been seriously hurt. Looking at the photo, another threat comes to mind, Escherichia coli.
warnerbroAug. 22, 2016 - 06:34PM JST
Concealing and not declaring four million yen in cash would get him detained in many other countries, including Japan.
Posted in: Japan protests to Russia over man detained on disputed island
warnerbroJun. 16, 2016 - 09:31PM JST
I have no direct knowledge of Ichiro's ulcer, but I might add that they can also be caused by excessive ingestion of NSAIDs, which may make professional athletes vulnerable.
Posted in: Ichiro gets 4,257th career hit, surpassing Pete Rose's total
warnerbroApr. 17, 2016 - 10:22AM JST
"If trained doctors and dentists from abroad were allowed to practice in the United States, he estimates savings of about $90 billion a year, or roughly $300 a person annually." Yes, but the same could be said for importing electricians, plumbers, auto mechanics, construction workers, etc. I thought the point was to save jobs for Americans. And, in fact, many doctors trained abroad are practising in the States or coming to the US as students and staying to practise after attaining their credentials. Check the roster at any US hospital.
Posted in: Trump and Sanders are both right: 'Free trade' is killing U.S.
warnerbroMar. 31, 2016 - 09:59PM JST
There are many ways of obtaining someone's name, remembering that in Japan there are only family and one given name in a full name. He might have followed her and her friends one day and overheard their conversation, read her last name on the family mailbox or door plate. He may well have taken her shopping for clothes. It's not strange at all if a juvenile prisoner did not flee in such case. Mistreated adults may actually return to their abuser after being removed or escaping. The phenomenon is well known in psychology. It is not an indication of complicity that she did not escape sooner.
warnerbroMar. 31, 2016 - 09:35PM JST
Strangerland is correct. This is a girl who was 13 when she was abducted. Even adult soldiers who have killed and seen people die may act under the duress of capture in ways that seem implausible to those who have not experienced it. The training and simulations we undertake cannot approximate the experience of long term captivity with mental or physical torture. And hasn't anyone heard of the Stockholm Syndrome? It is based on a situation in which adult civilians developed empathy for their captors after just 6 days of captivity. Does anyone really imagine that what is being reported in the press regarding what she experienced and how she behaved is anything more than a small fraction of what the victim is telling the police? After spreading her name and photo and video images about the country in a desperate attempt to find her, they and her family are now trying to protect whatever slim fragments of privacy may be left to her. Reaching any conclusions based on what any of us knows is absurd.
warnerbroMar. 28, 2016 - 07:03PM JST
We need to be aware of the psychological pressures this bloke could put on a girl barely a teenager, and the changes in attitude captivity can inflict, even on military personnel with SERE training, let alone a child. Those unfamiliar with the psychology of confinement may be able to imagine an earlier escape. But he might have said he had placed audio bugs, video monitors, a friend waiting outside whenever he left, that he would kill her family or her best friend if she tried to leave. An adult might call or flee to the police, or tell a station worker, perhaps, before calling home. But a child who has likely had little to no personal contact with police and been held 2 years by an unknown adult male would probably call the only people in the world the thought she could trust, her family.
warnerbroFeb. 28, 2016 - 11:11PM JST
If the criterion is "cannot be ruled out," it will be necessary to add those with senile dementia who disappear. But the question inevitably arises, what were elected officials, bureaucrats, and the police doing while Japanese citizens were being snatched away? Why did they fail to protect them and investigate their disappearance?
warnerbroFeb. 21, 2016 - 10:49AM JST
It is a reverse peace sign that is considered a rude insult in the UK.
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warnerbroFeb. 06, 2016 - 01:43PM JST
"The arrest of the former power-hitting baseman...has shocked the sports world and fans alike."
Perhaps his arrest shocked some but that he was using illegal drugs shocked nobody. Why did it take the police two years to catch a known addict when they could have stuck a hand in his pocket any night of the week? They must have been waiting for the right moment. This story sucked up most news time as two cabinet ministers, Amari and Endo, are accused of taking bribes. We're not hearing of any police investigations on those blokes, are we?
warnerbroNov. 21, 2015 - 03:17PM JST
But perhaps I underestimate the reservoirs of potential personnel studying Middle Eastern languages taught at two or three elite Japanese universities known for admitting and training unusually well-rounded, fit, flexible, creative, quick thinking youths?
warnerbroNov. 21, 2015 - 03:07PM JST
By all means, announce the location of their duty stations to the world. Why not also have them wear those ribbon corsages which are so popular among dignitaries at Japanese political events? First, where is the government going to find "staff from the Foreign and Defense ministries and the National Police Agency with regional expertise and fluent in local languages"? Precious few can communicate effectively in English, fewer still can read a newspaper in Arabic, let alone understand a local dialect of that or any other Middle Eastern language.
warnerbroSep. 23, 2015 - 11:56PM JST
Most territory used by the US Marines in Okinawa is for jungle training. They are not deployed there to protect Japan or Okinawa, but to train, which they could do in Hawaii or Guam, were there the political will to do so. Henoko is utterly unnecessary. The functions of Futenma could easily fit into Kadena or be transferred to Iwakuni, perhaps, were there the political will to do so. The civilian population around Misawa is much more amenable to the US military presence, so the Marine planes could go there. The Marines would not be needed to defend the Senkakus. Air Force and Naval power could reduce an invader on those small rocks to the point that Japan's incipient Marine force or GSDF could retake them, were any invaders even to survive.
Posted in: Okinawa governor lobbies U.N. body over U.S. base move
warnerbroSep. 04, 2015 - 11:08AM JST
Although I am opposed to this, it is essentially the same as what Americans call the Social Security Number. In my experience when I lived there, the SSN is used for a large number of ID functions that even include drivers licenses, hospitals and other medical care providers. Japan's ID number will also allow Japanese banks and/or tax authorities to notify the US Internal Revenue Service of accounts held by US nationals and green card holders [who are required to file tax returns and pay taxes on nonexempt income even if their green cards have lapsed unless they officially renounce permanent residency status with the embassy or consulate] as Japan has agreed will be done, meaning the IRS can find unclaimed income in accounts.
warnerbroJun. 04, 2015 - 06:37PM JST
The Japanese constitution makes it clear that the emperor is not the head of state, therefore he cannot be the nominal ("in name only") head of state. He is, however, treated by other national governments as the de facto head of state.
Posted in: Emperor's remarks on WWII 'remorse' a prod to Abe, says journalist
warnerbroMar. 08, 2015 - 11:19PM JST
What could possibly go amiss under this change? [Well, perhaps the 1928 Zhang Zoulin murder, 1931 Manchurian Incident, 1937 Marco Polo Bridge Incident...] One thing we should keep in mind is that these generals and admirals, who don't know squat (if knowing squat means knowing nothing, as Wc626 seems to imply, the negation should mean the reverse. But I'm not clear on what I assume is American English) have never been to war. Save for a small handful of Japan's Coast Guardsmen, they've neither fired on an enemy nor been fired upon. They have never implemented military tactics in the field of battle nor seen the results thereof. We would be wise not to assume they are in a significantly more knowledgeable circumstance than the civilian bureaucrats to decide when and upon whom to fire.
warnerbroJan. 21, 2015 - 02:20PM JST
“A significant fraction of Japanese workers are laid off each year and then face long periods of joblessness before finding work, often at much lower wages,” This is true throughout the Anglophone world as well, particularly in the "flexible" workforce of the United States. The NY Times just ran a piece recently about America's middle age unemployment problem.
Posted in: Japanese companies doing more firing than hiring: OECD report
warnerbroJan. 21, 2015 - 02:08PM JST
"the accompanying slowdown is likely to relieve wage pressure."? The government aims for the opposite, urging firms profiting handsomely from Abenomics to increase wages, to no effect. Abe belatedly realised that lowering people's real incomes would not induce them to spend more.
Posted in: Talent gap: The distance grows between jobs and applicants
warnerbroJan. 21, 2015 - 01:59PM JST
I fear Mr. Abe is out of his depth. He initially said the aid was to counter ISIS and then changed the focus to humanitarian purposes as soon as the threats against the Japanese hostages were issued. Normally Japan would pay some ransom but he's just jumped into the deep end and can't extricate himself. He has no intelligence or military assets there and even if he did, the Americans, with infinitely more advanced capacity, weren't able to save their hostages. I hope these blokes will make it out somehow, but that is sadly unlikely. Mr. Abe is likely to use this as a pretence to send the ill-prepared, inexperienced SDF out on American adventures and intensifying existing police surveillance on Muslims in Japan.
Posted in: Abe cuts short Middle East trip to deal with hostage crisis
warnerbroSep. 27, 2014 - 11:08PM JST
"Nine Japanese nationals have joined Islamic State, Japan’s former Air Self-Defense Force chief Toshio Tamogami quoted a senior Israeli government official as saying, but the government’s top spokesman said on Friday it had not confirmed the information.
Tamogami, now a senior official of a tiny new political party, said on his blog that Nissim Ben Shitrit, the director-general of Israel’s foreign ministry, told him this month that nine Japanese had joined Islamic State."
Tamogami says the Israeli official told him that, but the article cites no confirmation from Nissim Ben Shitrit or the Israeli government. The Japanese government says it can't verify it, and I assume Israel's government has the phone number of its counterparts in Japan, and vice versa. We cannot say that the information comes from an Israeli official, only that Tamogami says he got such word from an Israeli official. Therefore, comments on Tamogami's credibility are appropriate.
Posted in: Gov't trying to confirm report 9 Japanese have joined Islamic State
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Sep. 01, 2016 - 08:27AM JST
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Sep. 01, 2016 - 08:25AM JST
Holy carp! Did he jump from the ropes? That's so cool.
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Sep. 01, 2016 - 08:21AM JST
@Nishikat. Check the archives and list the number of quotes I make questioning Obama's legal birth…
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Sep. 01, 2016 - 08:19AM JST
I don't eat pizza to be healthy. I eat it to be comforted and to indulge.
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