Ah_so's past comments

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    Ah_so

    I am going to give the demented orange baboon the benefit of the doubt here - he was talking off the cuff and speech patterns are rather different. And despite his claims to "know the best words" he is fairly poor at using them. So let's assume that he was talking about a Fox news report on Sweden.

    I wonder where he gets the time to watch rolling news. I barely do and I am not president of the US. And nor do I have access to a huge civil service and intelligence service that could give me balanced reports.

    But having been in Stockholm quite recently, you can see the impact of mass immigration on the place. In the city centre itself, there are a large numbers of gypsy beggars (most likely legally from Romania). It is quite staggering - almost every hundred yards there is a woman dressed in rags begging. I had no idea what the men were doing.

    In the outskirts there are communities of non-EU immigrants. While I had no reason to suggest any were a threat, it was clearly very different to the Sweden of old.

    The country has been very accepting of immigration traditionally but this is clearly now being challenged, as can be seen in opinion polls.

    Posted in: Trump comment about immigration 'problems' baffles Sweden

  • -1

    Ah_so

    Not know who the previous customer was, I folded the $50 note in the receipt and placed on top of the ATM.

    Most ATMs are programed to suck the money back in eventually if it is not taken and recredit the account, so your well-meaning action may not have been the correct thing to do. Even not knowing that, how would your actions have helped?

    Posted in: Record Y3.6 bil in cash reported as lost property in Tokyo in 2016

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    Ah_so

    Maybe just maybe if they actually gave lengthy prison sentences to convicted people it would deter others from committing serious crimes!

    No, it wouldn't. But better justice would be done.

    Posted in: Man gets 9 years for killing his 3-year-old stepson in 2015

  • 2

    Ah_so

    Casinos are nothing but parasites, sucking the lifeblood out of those they profit form. They add nothing to the economy, but redeploy resources that should be better used elsewhere.

    Yes, they can be a fun escape for some as part of a holiday - the Las Vegas visit - see a show, have a few meals, spend a couple of hundred on Blackjack. But casinos make their money from the small percentage of customers who are enslaved to them, who throw everything they have at them and then more.

    Avoid them. If the Chinese want to gamble, they can go to Macau. For the Japanese, at least the slow trickle of shiny balls in pachinko and the prizes on offer limits the speed of losses and perceived rewards of success.

    Posted in: Who will casinos hit hardest?

  • 10

    Ah_so

    Without enough evidence to extradited him, how do they expect to convict him? The French police need to do a better job first. Unfortunately...

    @TokyoTanuki - it would be far easier if they had the ability to arrest and question him. I am sure that you would expected to be arrested and questioned by the police if you were the prime suspect in a murder case. But because he managed to skip the border, the police now have to come up with a much higher standard of evidence, just to be able to further their investigations. This is not extradition to face trial, it is extradition so that he can be investigated for a crime for which he is rightly the prime suspect.

    Sorry, skipping across a border should not be a way of escaping justice. He should be arrested, returned for questioning, and if the French police find no case, released.

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  • 4

    Ah_so

    Where I am from, the murder of a child is considered worse than the murder of an adult. This may be a cultural thing, but sadistic murders are always considered utterly evil.

    What I cannot understand in any sense is how the murder of a child, paticularly a sadistic one, could be considered less than the murder of a child.

    It is usually through the law that I appreciate that Japan is a very foreign country, which has very different cultural assumptions at its core. Ones which I will never understand and never like.

    Posted in: Man gets 9 years for killing his 3-year-old stepson in 2015

  • 3

    Ah_so

    Wow. I've always fallen asleep in the afternoon in dull situations, like meetings. We should be glad that I never became a train driver.

    Posted in: Train driver dozes off between Yokohama and Kamata stations

  • 1

    Ah_so

    The barriers can take ages to open after the train has gone through.

    Posted in: Land ministry calls for improvement of rail crossings that make cars, pedestrians wait a long time

  • 2

    Ah_so

    Pepper Spray and Stun Guns, afaik, are not legal in Japan

    They are largely a psychological support rather than a practical one. Unless you have an attacker who holds off while you ferret around in your handbag.

    Posted in: Man attacks woman, steals her underwear as she walks home

  • 0

    Ah_so

    Rather have 100 people eating my 100 cake then 10 people eating my 1000 yen cake.

    As both add up to 10,000 yen, I would rather have 10 buying my 1,000 yen cake. I would be making a better quality product and production and sales costs would be lower.

    Posted in: 'Depachika' -- Japan’s underground food emporiums

  • 0

    Ah_so

    seems pretty high considering that Japan is now world's third largest economy.

    I don't follow this argument at all.

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  • 2

    Ah_so

    Just about all of the Sea of Japan coast region of Honshu can get shockingly high amounts of snowfall, with one exception: Niigata, where the snow mostly falls on Sado Island offshore.

    Quite incorrect. Niigata the prefecture gets some on the heaviest snowfall in Japan. It has loads of ski resorts.

    Niigata City gets relatively little and neither does Sado island.

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  • 3

    Ah_so

    Chilean prosecutors have ended their investigation for the time being. The French side is now expected to analyze the information and decide whether to make a fresh call for the handover of the suspect, but no deadline has been set for such a move, the official said.

    Even reading between the lines, I cannot work out exactly what is going on. What have the Chilean investigators done? Why would the French need to make a "fresh call" for his handover - what was wrong with the old one? What analysis can the French do on the work done by the Chileans?

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  • 24

    Ah_so

    I haven't read anything here that wasn't commonly accepted 20 years ago by anyone who had been anywhere near English teaching in Japan. However, I hope Mr King had a nice, funded trip to Japan to put exactly what he knew already into an academic paper.

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  • 1

    Ah_so

    Regardless, the school is responsible for insuring the safety of students. If they still wanted to continue the 13KM walkathon, it should have been within school grounds where immediate attention is available.

    A walkathon within the school grounds? That would be a joke.

    13km is a pleasant walk that would take about 3 hours at normal walking pace of 4km/h. This should be no difficulty at all for a teenager in mild weather conditions. The average PE lesson will be more threatening.

    What we do not know in this case is the student's underlying condition and I am not going to speculate. But if she was walking she probably did not travel more that 5km - a modest stroll. If she was unwell enough for this to amount of exercise to hurt her, she should not have been on the walk.

    Posted in: Family sues Saitama Prefecture after daughter dies during school walkathon

  • 0

    Ah_so

    Japanese do like conversational banter - almost the whole television schedule is made up of it, so you might think that there was a role for American-style quick-fire comedy, like Big Bang. But it would be difficult to merge that kind of humour with situations that Japanese relate to; it would end up in slapstick.

    I think that there could be more room for sitcoms like The Office where everyday situations and societal norms are challenged, by the proverbial nail that stands up yet fails to be hammered down.

    Looking back to the original Mr Bean comedies of the 90s, it was loved in Japan, in part because of the clowning aspect but also because of the idea of someone who does not fit in society properly. He tries to live within social norms but fails utterly to do so. That is the aspect that really appealed in Japan beyond the clowning around thing.

    There is an aspect of Japanese society that could be brought out in dramatic comedy but it is still untapped. Television producers here are too nervous to try anything new and will keep in producing the same superficial rubbish for ever.

    Posted in: At 70, sitcoms stand firm against wave of TV changes

  • -1

    Ah_so

    Japan has behaved disgracefully towards thus boy and shown that it is ultimately a cold, selfish country.

    Yes, rules are rules, as some have pointed out, but that does not mean that a country cannot have some degree of compassion in their application.

    Posted in: Court upholds deportation order for Thai teenager born and raised in Japan

  • -1

    Ah_so

    Even more vulgar than a Range Rover. A hideous car. I hope we never see it on the streets of Britain.

    Posted in: Nissan's Armada SUV returns with upgraded engine, look

  • -2

    Ah_so

    It does not add up - once the baby boomers retire it is going to be unsustainable.

    Posted in: What do you think about Japan's pension system?

  • 2

    Ah_so

    Over 75s should be retested regularly, even if only on their eyesight and reaction speeds.

    Posted in: 8-year-old boy hit and killed by truck; 79-year-old driver arrested

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