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    Mocheake

    Too many people in one possibly small house. Tensions rise in the summer heat and the old man goes berserk.

    Posted in: 71-year-old man held for slashing 4 family members in Nagano

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    Farmboy

    Time to call in an experienced ice wall contractor to troubleshoot. They actually exist, and it would have been cheaper and better if they had been called in first rather than wait for TEPCO to discover the principles by trial and error at their customer's and government's expense.

    Posted in: Ice wall to contain Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant isn’t freezing

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    Crush Them

    MASSWIPE, good point about the hypothetical apology. I was mistaken to suggest the government apologize. The current government is not responsible and in no position to apologize. They just need to admit the history clearly with a statement, have the Diet approve it, then start teaching the truth to the children of this this country.

    That way, when individual politicians start with their denials, we can all point out that the government holds a different position. We cannot do that now, and the government's actions, and the decisions of the courts as influenced by the government, show that the Japanese government thinks Japan at the time was no more wrong or evil than anybody else.

    Posted in: Japan needs to keep apologizing, making gestures of contrition and seek a fuller understanding of its shared past with Asia. The apologies tend to be vague and lack specific references to atrocities and excesses, therefore not addressing the needs of the victims.

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    EthanWilber

    The incompetence and wrongdoing from TEPCO are no surprise, get used to it.

    Posted in: Ice wall to contain Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant isn’t freezing

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    Silvafan

    Yes, my child is unstable, but it will sound better if I say my child is studying abroad! For the mentally unstable with little cash or time, the common recommendation was to learn English at Eikawa school. It basically, got them out of hair of the family. I can remember the numerous times people who had mental or physical breakdowns saying they were told to take lessons.

    "You can't function in society then go be with foreigners." It is sad when the two most common ways to deal with problems in Japan is either apologizing or ignoring.

    This current incident is just another symptom of a bigger problem here.

    Posted in: Sasebo girl says she wanted to see what it was like to kill someone

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    slowguy2

    And of course, there are the 2channelers trying to spread a rumor that the killer is actually Korean. It's automatic now, I guess.

    Posted in: Sasebo girl says she wanted to see what it was like to kill someone

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    kibousha

    I blame terrible parents. I can imagine that the mother was the "brake" on her mental condition. "教育熱心", this is robbing the child from her childhood. It is the worst preparation for any child. It teaches children that other children are your enemies, you must beat them to win.

    Posted in: Sasebo girl says she wanted to see what it was like to kill someone

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    lucabrasi

    Israel is now resorting to straightforward lies.

    With their new, viciously anti-Arab president, how long before she starts saying

    "Yeah, we killed some kids, so what? They were only Arabs...."?

    Posted in: Hamas, Israel blame each other for deaths of 9 children

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    genjuro

    Here is an US Satellite image released yesterday while Putin still denies and lies. We need to get tough against these terrorists.

    This is the problem when people still watch and believe the mainstream news networks, as in that ABC website you've linked. In this age of the Internet, people should know by now these outlets are controlled by those who own them for their own agenda. There are many alternative news sites there. All you need to do is use a search engine.

    That satellite imagery Washington released was so obviously faked it isn't even funny. Why wouldn't they want to release the real satellite images? The answer lies if you consider the whole geopolitical picture.The imperialist U.S. along with the West has long been trying to contain Russia in whatever way they can. The information war and propaganda they've waging should have been apparent when, within minutes of the MH17 crash, the U.S. government and Western media immediately blamed Russia for it even before any investigators had arrived on the scene. Unless they want to be fed lies, people need to stop getting their news from the major outlets just because it's convenient and more readily available.

    http://scgnews.com/flight-mh17-what-youre-not-being-told

    Posted in: Japan steps up sanctions against Russia

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    bass4funk

    @cleo

    Not only in the agricultural industry. I love how modern-day Americans are so scornful of 'illegals'. Every American who isn't a full-bloodied Native American is there now because their ancestors made the trip without the OK of the original residents (killing thousands of the locals in the process, whether intentionally or through disease), or they had their official paperwork done by someone who did, in accordance with laws put in place by a formerly rebel/terrorist government.

    What?? If you are going to make that silly argument, then we should apply that to almost every country and Brits are the absolute last people to talk about that issue. The US is a sovereign state and as such, we have laws, rules and borders, if you have No borders, you have no country. You don't know what you are talking about. I have been numerous times to Mexico, I am from a border state and it's crazy and deplorable that we have an open border like this that anyone can just waltz in. I am all for legal immigration as long as people play by the rules, wait in line like everyone else that followed the law, gets screened, passes all disease tests, NO problem, but it irks me to NO end how Mexico which is solely responsible for allowing these kids to come without their parents instead of sending them back, knowing full well how dangerous the journey is and it is VERY dangerous. Thousands of children are murdered each year and thousands are raped and the Mexican government is completely complacent when it comes to this issue and yet, Mexico itself has a very strict immigration policy. The problem is, they just don't want to deal with these people.

    As for agriculture: maybe the fruit-picking jobs need to be better paid so that 'real' legal unemployed Americans will be willing to do them.

    I don't mind, however, be prepared to pay $3 for an apple or any other fruit and veggies.

    An added bonus would be that we would no longer have folk on JT crowing how ridiculously expensive

    Posted in: Obama pressures Republicans on border issue

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    gogogo

    hahaha is anyone surprised?

    Posted in: Ice wall to contain Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant isn’t freezing

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    SenseNotSoCommon

    Scary stuff!

    Posted in: New fears about Ebola spread after plane scare

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    yabits

    Here's how Ha'aretz has reported it:

    6:14 P.M. Ten Palestinians killed, most of them children from the Abu Shafka and AlMaqdad families, in an Israeli aerial strike in the Shati Camp west of Gaza City, Palestinian media reports. IDF denies the attack, says casualties caused by errant rocket launches by militants. Government Coordinator in the Territories Maj. Gen. Yoav Mordechai says Islamic Jihad was behind the rocket launches, the Palestinian news agency Ma'an reported.

    CNN had eyewitness reports saying that a drone was heard in the area right before the strike. The IDF disputes this.

    Posted in: Hamas, Israel blame each other for deaths of 9 children

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    gkamburoff

    Perhaps I am biased: I assisted in testing ways to mitigate pool swell and hydraulic shock from the operation of GE Mark I & II BWRs.

    I do not trust them.

    Posted in: Do you support the restart of nuclear reactors in Japan?

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    Crush Them

    Wow. Blame the parents. Blame the father. Accuse the father of not caring, having a mistress, and of course assume that having a mistress, that is where all his time went.

    How about this? The girl has mental problems for being born that way. The mother and father were never trained to recognize or deal with said mental problems. Then the mother gets cancer and is sick and weak for how long? The father has a job to do to support his mental kid and dying wife. He might be a bit on the exhausted side. Wife finally dies after lengthy hospitalization and chemotherapy. Daughter becomes angry at the world during this process and its all worse than we might usually expect because she was born a bit mental.

    Father tries to correct things by finding her a new mom just as fast as he can. But girl does not like her new mom and makes a decision to move away and is very insistent about this. Father figures all he can do is give in to her demand. But he has to stay put so he can work that job that supports his new wife and daughter living away in an apartment not free.

    One might just as well blame her teachers with only imagination as proof, because there were more of them than just two parents. What were they doing? And police? After that poisoning incident, where they called? What did they do? Recommend counseling? Or to have the daughter removed from the home? Or just file a report and forget it?

    Posted in: Sasebo girl says she wanted to see what it was like to kill someone

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    SenseNotSoCommon

    It sounds like Israel is very adept at the propaganda game too

    And much slicker in recent years, if we listen to the likes of arch-propagandist (and UK media bad guy) Mark Regev these days.

    Republican pollster Frank Luntz created a political PR playbook, The Israel project's 2009 Global Language Dictionary, designed to gain maximum effect from the usual distortion, spin and evasion of Regev et al. One gem, when challenged about the death of children, is to ooze newfound empathy:

    I particularly want to reach out to Palestinian mothers who have lost their children. No parent should have to bury their child

    http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/israelgaza-conflict-the-secret-report-that-helps-israelis-to-hide-facts-9630765.html

    Posted in: Hamas, Israel blame each other for deaths of 9 children

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    marcelito

    "* Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin said new fighting that prevented an international police team from getting to the site earlier Monday was the fault the separatists who are trying to cover up their involvement." * Oh I see, so the Ukraine military launches a full scale offensive to retake nearby Donetsk area but somehow it is the rebels at fault for breaking the ceasefire. So, how was it possible that the international teams were able to access the accident site ( granted -in the company, and under the eyes of the rebels) before Ukraine re-launched its offensive a few days ago? One could easily say it seems more like its the Ukranian side trying to prevent access to prevent a full on investigation. Could it be it is they who actually have something to hide? There is more than one theory about who downed the plane and who would most benefit from the outrage at the tragedy.

    Also "Klimkin said the government is making every effort to mitigate collateral damage in civilian areas and blamed the separatists "

    Well, firing unguided Grad missiles on residential areas doesn`t seem like making much of an effort. There are enough videos and photos posted by locals on You Tube of dead civilians ( women, elderly..) in the streets after Ukraine aircraft strikes and shelling. Magically, these images almost never appear in the western media. Balanced reporting is certainly not happening by our press in this case.

    Posted in: Ukraine says rebels still manipulating crash site

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    japonaise

    know so much history about Israel and yet you never heard of their "IDF electronic army" propaganda machine?

    That is true. Please send me a link so I can read about it.

    Posted in: Gaza war rages despite Hamas, Israel truce pledges

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    tmarie

    Anyone who works in the system here knows the "game". Very few universities here will actually support teachers who fail students outside of the 1/3 missing class rule - and seriously, when MEXT has a rule about how many classes students "may" miss before teachers are not questioned about failing students, you know there is an issue. Bums on seats, money in the bank. I once worked for a university that made teachers submit TWO exams - the first one and the make-up one that students got to take if they didn't get a high enough mark to pass the term the first time or missed the first exam. Teachers moan about the students there but need the work and don't want to deal with the pressure from the university if they try and fail students so show up for class, pass.

    Japan is playing a very dangerous game for a country that needs skilled workers. Passing anyone and everyone through the system means crappy hires who can do very little. Very short sighted but nothing new in the land of "academia" in Japan. I won't even start in about academic morals, copying and pasting and handing in crap.

    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.

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    Sensato

    She was living alone as preparations for her studying in Australia next term. (@It"s ME)

    I know of very few junior/senior high schools in Japan that offer dormitory or other student living arrangements, but the schools that do offer this option seem to do a horrible job of ensuring the safety and well-being of the students involved.

    From what I have seen and heard first-hand, well-off and neglectful parents in Japan often pawn off their troubled offspring to these sorts of schools. As a result, some very troubled youth from monied backgrounds live pretty much on their own in dorms with very little oversight and insufficiently staffed. The children may have somewhat structured meal times and study hall sessions, but after 10:00 pm or so the doors are locked and the kids are left completely unsupervised to fend for themselves until morning time. I have heard of some horrible cases of chronic and pervasive bullying at one such school in Japan due to this sort of arrangement (police even had to be called in to settle one such matter).

    Also, a Japanese teacher extensively involved in foreign exchange once told me that many Japanese hs youth from well-off families are sent to Australia when parents/educators in Japan can no longer handle them. I guess they are hoping that people in Australia will do a better job of parenting than adults in Japan. Recipe for disaster. Without going into too much detail, I also know of a U.S. family who had a nightmare experience hosting one such severely troubled South Korean youth on a short-stay program, also from a well-off, educationally-obsessed family hoping that American parents could get a grip on the situation.

    Posted in: Sasebo girl says she wanted to see what it was like to kill someone

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    ulysses

    The Ukranians conveniently forget to mention their own offensive to re-take the area around the crash site. Turning the area into a battle field surely is not going to help the investigators.

    Also funny is the silence from the west on the large number of civilians caught up in this conflict. Looks like all civilians are not equal.

    Posted in: Ukraine says rebels still manipulating crash site

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    japonaise

    As for the Blogspot artwork, one of MEMRI's interns could have thrown that together in half an hour.

    Which links would be acceptable to you?

    Posted in: U.N. Security Council calls for immediate Gaza ceasefire

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    tmarie

    Three years????? For abusing, killing and then tossing away a child like she was garbage? Japan is NOT safe for kids and this is a joke. Life for both of them. People get more for using drugs in this country.

    Posted in: Prosecutors seek 3-year jail term for woman over fatal abuse of her daughter

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    Mirai Hayashi

    A lot of hype for something that runs so infrequently

    Posted in: Express train service begins from Narita airport to Mount Fuji

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    tmarie

    Oh I am shocked!! TEPCO made a promise on something, took millions in tax dollars and it isn't working??? They were told it wouldn't work and it isn't?? Wow! That's a first!

    Posted in: Ice wall to contain Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant isn’t freezing

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    tmarie

    Were you not a student yourself to be qualified for your current job? I've not attended university, except as a working adult attending night school, but it seems I have more empathy than you do.

    I didn't live in a dorm because they are well known to be party zones. Same as Japan. If anyone is serious about studying, they live off campus, outside of campus housing or in a special adult/grad student dorm. How many of these non-drinkers complained and went to officials? The university is offering them help - more than what most would do. Sorry but no, I don't feel sorry for them - more so after reading about what a junk heap the place is.

    Posted in: Tohoku University evicts entire dormitory for rampant drinking

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    sfjp330

    cleo Jul. 29, 2014 - 08:34AM JST I love how modern-day Americans are so scornful of 'illegals'.

    The real problem with undocumented immigrant workers is that flouting the law has become the norm, which makes the job of terrorists and drug traffickers infinitely easier. The economic costs of terrorism can be very high and very real, quite apart from the otherwise positive economic impact of immigration. Many decades of globalization will see U.S. either descend into timid isolation or affirm its openness. Throughout history, great nations have declined because they built up walls of insularity, but U.S. has been the exception for over a century. It would be a tragedy if U.S. were to turn toward a false sense of security just when China is ascending with openness, Western Europe is declining into isolation, and the real solution is so obvious from U.S. heritage.

    Posted in: Obama pressures Republicans on border issue

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    sensei258

    @ Silvafan - Your comment was spot-on. Time for the judges to step up.

    Posted in: Prosecutors seek 3-year jail term for woman over fatal abuse of her daughter

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    jerseyboy

    Choosing quantity over quality has obvious ends

    Crush Them -- so true. IMO it is not a surprise that big Japanese companies like Sony, and many others, are failing miserably in the global economy and having to resort to foreign acquisitions to increase their world-wide share. If you are only competing against other Japanese domestic companies, then basically you are competing against a similar "talent pool" -- folks like yourself who really did not learn anything in college. But once you have to compete overseas, the game changes entirely, and suddenly you are over-matched, because most top Western Universities actually require you to learn something to get a degree. Japan's education system is faling the country badly.

    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.

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    ulysses

    I wonder how long before the Palestinians realize that if you allow snakes like Hamas to breed in your backyard, you are got to get bitten.

    Israel has proved more than once now that stray Hamas rockets have been hitting schools and refugee shelters. Hamas also has been using UN schools to stockpile weapons to be used against Israel.

    Is the Muslim world going to look beyond their hatred for Israel and realize that the real enemy are their own men?

    Posted in: Hamas, Israel blame each other for deaths of 9 children

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    tinawatanabe

    Tina, the call was made by the UN who represent the world, not South Korea.

    So, what is SK 's next step? It can do nothing about it if Japan ignore and Japan will ignore. It's not binding, you know that. I wonder why you don't take this to Int'l court, but fooling around with this non-binding committee.

    Posted in: Japan rejects U.N. committee's call on 'comfort women'

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    tmarie

    When she was in the 6th grade, on one occasion she apparently poisoned the school lunches with a chlorine-based detergent because she had been ridiculed by her teacher (fortunately no students were injured). When in jhs she got in trouble for dissecting (dismembering?) a small animal.

    And what was done about this? Did the school call the cops? Why wasn't she flagged as having serious issues?

    I'm not going to defend the dad on this but it sounds like mom was a "kyoiku mama" who seriously pressured the hell out of her kid to do well. Mom and dad were probably like so many of those marriages are - a contract. Dad works and plays the ATM, has affairs and has nothing to do with the kid. Mom focuses all her attention on the child and has far too high of expectations. The results is a messed up kid with serious issues that gets ignored by both parents - dad because he's unaware as he just supports the family with cash, mom who refuses to deal with the fact that she's helped create a stressed out kid who has mental issues and who will never live up to her expectations. I'm sure anyone here who taught kids at any sort of elite school here as seen similar families. Mom died, dads does what he's been doing for the past 15 years - throw money at the problem and marries his mistress he's probably been with for years. It's not all that uncommon for many divorced or widows men to marry right away.

    Also heard there was a younger brother who died but have no idea how. This kid was failed by BOTH her parents and the system and now two families are dealing with the mess of it all - not to mention the community.

    Posted in: Sasebo girl says she wanted to see what it was like to kill someone

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    Mirai Hayashi

    Stupid laws are too sympathetic to the murder and not the victim.

    Posted in: Prosecutors seek 3-year jail term for woman over fatal abuse of her daughter

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    Ms. Alexander

    Is that what the prosecutor's think the child's life was worth? Three years??? Fricking insane!!! Where is the justice in this??

    Posted in: Prosecutors seek 3-year jail term for woman over fatal abuse of her daughter

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    zichi

    The ice wall technology isn't something new. It was used in New York and Boston to dig new transport tunnels.

    Overchan

    Come on people. This is funny. I myself want to be playing in that project

    Plenty of vacancies for about ¥8,000-¥15,000/day, just apply at your nearest Yakuza office.

    Posted in: Ice wall to contain Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant isn’t freezing

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    Mirai Hayashi

    I don't care if she is 16 or 36 she needs to be put away for good. What a waste of a life!

    Posted in: Sasebo girl says she wanted to see what it was like to kill someone

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    Kazuaki Shimazaki

    Actually he could. The West is just getting a hysterical and hypocritical attitude to the whole Russian-Ukrainian business.

    He just preferred to suck up to the West over geopolitical realities.

    Posted in: Japan steps up sanctions against Russia

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    papigiulio

    No Mark Wahlberg?

    Posted in: Transformed

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    Gobshite

    She was living alone as preparations for her studying in Australia next term.

    Australia got lucky then.

    I'm do not understand why a child who tried to poison her teacher is still at the school and living alone, rather than being assessed by health care professionals in an appropriate secure mental health facility.

    Because this is Japan where people talk about mental health issues, but appear to have no understanding about how to deal with it. She will be back on the streets in a few years, but the worst thing I've read here is that she already showed signs of some mental disorder, but nothing was done?

    Posted in: Sasebo girl says she wanted to see what it was like to kill someone

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    cleo

    It'll be nice when it's finished.

    Posted in: Transformed

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    tmarie

    Abe thought he could be the one developed country that could get along with Russia while most of us sat here and laughed at him while he burned bridges. About time he learned.

    Posted in: Japan steps up sanctions against Russia

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    Disillusioned

    This will bring the total given to the company by the Nuclear Damage Liability Facilitation Fund to nearly ¥4.1 trillion ($42.25 billion).

    Yeah, but nuclear power is cheap, right? It's also safe, isn't it? That's why you only have to take iodine if you live within 5k of a nuclear power plant.

    This failure just shows how much these wombats are gambling with untested technology. It also shows how little they know about it. "Let's freeze the ground in the middle of summer!"

    Posted in: Ice wall to contain Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant isn’t freezing

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    overchan

    Come on people. This is funny. I myself want to be playing in that project

    Posted in: Ice wall to contain Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant isn’t freezing

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    Silvafan

    Prosecutors just want a conviction. They only care about their personal success rate. They are not going to push for sentence that might be rejected by the court or inconvenience the court by extending the trial. These prosecutors want to be judges, so they will follow the status quo. The defense and prosecutors agree on the sentence before talking to the judge.

    The defendants will learn nothing but the courts will feel like they did there job and the prosecutor's record stays perfect.

    Posted in: Prosecutors seek 3-year jail term for woman over fatal abuse of her daughter

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    BertieWooster

    Nice dress she's almost got on!

    Posted in: Transformed

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    toshiko

    Pouring tea must be true but I doubt sake story as you get fired if you drink booze during work hour.

    When I was a young ignorant I tried to pour tea to next room section chief, I goofed. He complained in a big shots' room but he was told not to order me to pour tea. Then, thereafter, office employees were advised to bring thermos, No fresh tea for them. I felt sorry for them for my goofing but when I said to a big shot, he said, Safety reason, Time changed. Many girls go to universities now. Not for window dressing but for jobs, they get hired and they still have to pour tea.

    Posted in: Japan must eliminate misogyny in workforce: UNDP chief

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    cleo

    there is double standards on immigration enforcement policy on the agricultural industry

    Not only in the agricultural industry. I love how modern-day Americans are so scornful of 'illegals'. Every American who isn't a full-bloodied Native American is there now because their ancestors made the trip without the OK of the original residents (killing thousands of the locals in the process, whether intentionally or through disease), or they had their official paperwork done by someone who did, in accordance with laws put in place by a formerly rebel/terrorist government.

    As for agriculture: maybe the fruit-picking jobs need to be better paid so that 'real' legal unemployed Americans will be willing to do them. An added bonus would be that we would no longer have folk on JT crowing how ridiculously expensive agricultural produce is here and how cheap it is 'back home'.

    Posted in: Obama pressures Republicans on border issue

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    MarkG

    No argument here sfjp330. A blind eye approach. Its not only in agriculture work, its increasingly fast food and has been landscaping and construction. Overlooked and wrong in my opinion.

    Posted in: Obama mulls large-scale move on immigration

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    Ali Khan

    how terrible it is ,, apparently she was looking normal,, and why such horrible thinking started in here mind?, was her surrounding violent? was she watching terror game or movie? how she maintain a such horrible act for so long while doing all that staff? was she alone ?what brought her to such a state of mind. very sad for the victim and her family?

    Posted in: Sasebo girl says she wanted to see what it was like to kill someone

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    globalwatcher

    Putin had no intentions of returning ANY of the islands to japan

    He has a silver tongue. He will tell every lie Japan wants to hear.

    Posted in: Japan steps up sanctions against Russia