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zabutonsenbeiDec. 03, 2014 - 09:33AM JST
Not only dogs and cats, but the pet industry in general is bad. I remember the squirrels stuffed into cages at the pet shop when I first came to Japan. They could barely move around. Very sad. And the chicks and rabbits at the festivals. Madness.
Posted in: Discarded dogs show dark side of pet boom
zabutonsenbeiDec. 03, 2014 - 09:18AM JST
Unbelievable. I also wonder if they purposely select a spokeswoman for these things, in order to "soften" the news. I hope this series of accidents will get a lot of international press, but I'm afraid it will be buried. RIP to the three who have recently died unnecessarily, and to the others who have had a similar fate in the past. Sad.
Posted in: Sri Lankan man dies at immigration center after being denied medical attention
zabutonsenbeiDec. 02, 2014 - 03:57PM JST
I believe Alistair has hit it on the head! (-_^)
Posted in: 'Shudanteki jieiken,' 'Dameyo, Dame Dame' voted top buzzwords for 2014
zabutonsenbeiNov. 19, 2014 - 09:01AM JST
Very sad. He was one of the very few true movie stars in Japan, and one of the most modest. His work will live on forever. RIP Ken-san.
Posted in: Actor Ken Takakura dies at 83
zabutonsenbeiNov. 13, 2014 - 08:42AM JST
These guys are great. I wonder why they refer to World Order as a band. Group, yes, band, no.
Posted in: World Order robot-dances their way around London
zabutonsenbeiOct. 18, 2014 - 08:51PM JST
If they find that she knowingly broke the law, then she has to be prosecuted. If it was the people running her affairs, then she should probably step down, and the people responsible should be prosecuted. Then I say they should put every single member of the Diet, including the accusers, under a microscope. If wrongdoing is found, more prosecutions. Of course the latter will never happen...
Posted in: Obuchi under pressure to resign over political donations misuse
zabutonsenbeiOct. 08, 2014 - 04:26PM JST
Governments should not be involved in labeling foods as healthy or good for high blood pressure (as some teas are in Japan). Bad idea. Could be held libel.
Posted in: 'Health food' certification mark to be placed on prepared foods
zabutonsenbeiOct. 02, 2014 - 05:48PM JST
I'm a little surprised at these results, with all the news about how bad it is for senior citizens in Japan. Years ago I would agree, but not now.
Posted in: Norway named best place to grow old; Japan 9th
zabutonsenbeiSep. 20, 2014 - 02:39PM JST
I am glad they finally caught this guy! There are still others out there though. I hope the judge will be able to charge him with something that'll give him a long time to think about what he did. Alas, I am afraid that he will get off with a much lighter sentence than we would give him...
Posted in: Man arrested for poisoning over 40 cats in Tokyo's Ota Ward
zabutonsenbeiSep. 11, 2014 - 08:45AM JST
If they are going to try out new players, they should start with the goalie. Kawashima is ok, but it's time to bring in some new blood. These internationals are great matches to test the next generation.
Posted in: Goalkeeping blunder by Japan lets Venezuela grab 2-2 draw
zabutonsenbeiSep. 11, 2014 - 08:40AM JST
I really can't believe nobody saw this. It was 8am, train stations are usually pretty busy. I hope they find him, and charge him with assault.
Posted in: Visually impaired school girl kicked from behind in Saitama
zabutonsenbeiAug. 13, 2014 - 10:42AM JST
Thanks to turbotsat and timeon for the info. I'll have to check out the Discovery documentary.
Posted in: 29th anniversary of JAL jumbo jet crash marked
zabutonsenbeiAug. 13, 2014 - 09:28AM JST
A horrible accident. Does anyone know if there was a design problem, or if it was a maintenance problem, or just metal fatigue that caused the damage?
I didn't know about the U.S. Marines being the first to find the wreckage. If they were, they should have gone in anyway. I'm sure they were thinking screw saving face, let's save people. Watching the documentary last night on Fuji, it appears that there was a lot of confusion as to where the plane went down, and I'm sure the Marines told them where it was, but they probably had to confirm it.
According to my wife, the first on scene on the ground were the locals, because they knew the mountains. The JSDF in their helicopters showed up later. Of course the JSDF were given most of the credit. I couldn't believe that the JSDF weren't in the air that evening, at least to locate the wreckage.
Come to think of it, the JSDF response to the Kobe Earthquake was very similar. They have to cross all the t's and dot all the i's before anything can be done. It has gotten a little better since then. I'm not saying the men of the JSDF are bad, far from it. The bureaucracy and red tape at the time was bad.
zabutonsenbeiJul. 27, 2014 - 10:17PM JST
Because the suspect is 15, her name will probably never appear in print, much like Kobe's Sakakibara, who at the time was known just as Shonen A in the press. His real name and photo did appear on the internet, but not officially. Then again, in 2000, the Diet lowered the age for criminal responsibility from 16 to 14, so maybe they'll release her name and photo. Both are horrible cases.
Posted in: 16-year-old girl arrested for beheading classmate in Sasebo
zabutonsenbeiJul. 24, 2014 - 08:09PM JST
The McDonalds inspection team is shown in one of the videos. After they leave, the reporter asked, "It must be hard to work when they are here." The factory worker said, "Yeah, we can't do what we usually do when they are here." So, the inspection teams seemed to have been fooled by the factory. They even had special yellow clothes. rather than the standard white clothes. I imagine so that all the workers in the factory would know that there were inspectors in the factory. Madness.
Posted in: More Japanese firms withdraw Husi-supplied products; 5 detained in China
zabutonsenbeiJul. 17, 2014 - 03:24PM JST
Justice has been served, and he's happy with the outcome. I don't think the girl was trying to get him, for cash or anything, I think it was a case of mistaken identity. Someone else probably touched her buttocks, either on purpose or by chance, and he happened to be behind her. It's an honest mistake, but I can't believe the video was not used before by the defense. It would have avoided a guilty verdict in the first place. HIs statement at the end really says a lot about his character, "Almost anyone could find themselves caught up in such a misunderstanding. Although there was no real case, that girl genuinely believed she had been sexually assaulted, and her feelings are real, which I believe makes her a victim of sorts. It must be difficult to believe that such a thing has happened to you, so I do feel for her." I'm glad he was found not-guilty, but as many have said, he will have to start rebuilding his life now.
Posted in: Teacher's conviction for groping girl on bus overturned by Tokyo court
zabutonsenbeiJul. 16, 2014 - 04:45PM JST
She may have been abducted in a car. Whatever the case may be, I hope that she is found and is safe. Unfortunately, I fear that may not be the case.
Posted in: 11-year-old girl missing in Okayama
zabutonsenbeiJul. 03, 2014 - 01:24PM JST
Is Pierre Littbarski available? He speaks Japanese, and I think he'd fit in great!
Posted in: Japan's soccer chiefs play hardball with Aguirre
zabutonsenbeiMay. 15, 2014 - 02:06PM JST
Australia was playing well, but Nadeshiko were lucky this time around. If it hadn't been for the own goal, NJ would have lost. I hope the remainder of their games will be much better. Go Nadeshiko Japan!
Posted in: Japan fights back to draw 2-2 with Australia in Women's Asian Cup soccer
zabutonsenbeiMay. 11, 2014 - 11:31PM JST
Gaijin Dilemma, agree with a lot you said, but I think you're confusing Greenpeace with the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. SSCS is the group that is responsible for the "appalling, aggressive and confrontational methods" you spoke of. (They are often called eco-terrorists.)
Posted in: Japan imports 2,000 tons of whale meat from Iceland, Greenpeace says
Dec. 22, 2014 - 09:35AM JST
could of killed him the second they new
Could have, knew
Posted in: Gunman, 2 hostages killed as police storm Sydney cafe
Dec. 22, 2014 - 09:34AM JST
A lot of you JT readers are the most cynical bunch of people I have ever…
Posted in: Ryoko Yonekura's 'Doctor X' garners highest rating this year
Dec. 22, 2014 - 09:33AM JST
“Gutsy move, but you can’t argue with what the kid said.”
If they think leaving an…
Posted in: Man parks over sidewalk guide for the blind; gets lesson in manners from 4th-grader
I think the fear of being identified as a contributor on this anonymous site will deter…
Posted in: Japanese activist challenges secrets law with whistleblower website
Dec. 22, 2014 - 09:30AM JST
The Left wants anarchy
What a ridiculous statement.
Posted in: Two New York policemen shot dead