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    Alphaape

    @ Daniel Naumoff: Japan has changed their constitution several times since the Occupation ended. I really doubt if they were to change it, or he quit that the US would really care at all.

    Posted in: Political parties divided over emperor abdication legislation

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    If he is the Emperor, then why doesn't he just quit himself? What are they going to do to him? All of this bickering by the legislature over this issue, and the succession since the next in line only has daughters is only going to make the people less interested in the "myth" of the Emperor and come to see it as just a guy put in place by legislature and the whole house of cards will come crumbling down. I get he doesn't have any real power and represents Japan, but hard to represent Japan if your fate is determined by a bunch of politicians running around in circles, but then again maybe that is a fitting image of Japan.

    Posted in: Political parties divided over emperor abdication legislation

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    I hope you remember to say they were slaves as well. This place should never have been given UNESCO status.

    They should be, as a reminder of what happened in the past in regards to the conditions that some of the people had to go through so that we remember and hopefully don't do it again.

    Posted in: Japan's 'Battleship island' haunted by ghosts of its past

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    Alphaape

    Between these women and the guys who are unattractive and want to end Valentine's Day as posted here on JT, I weep for Japan's future.

    Posted in: No sad endings for Japan's virtual romance fans

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    Can the sickness of paedophilia be treated?

    I don't think so. Just as gays say that they can't be "deprogramed" to be straight, and vice versa, if a person has an inclination for young boys/children, then that is how their brains are wired. You can't just make them stop their desires, just like you can't make a straight person not want a person of the opposite sex (within the proper age limit).

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    Although the Musashino store has told part-time employees that it is their responsibility to find a replacement if they are unable to work their shifts

    That's why managers get paid the extra bucks to handle these types of issues. If a person calls in sick you don't want them in to possibly expose the rest of the work force, so you call around and see who can cover her shift. That's what being a leader means. If people have personal leave plans, then it is on them to make sure that they try to plan out as far in advance as possible, to allow management the time to work the schedule so one can go. If you can work out an exchange of work hours between employees and then notify the manager for final approval, I can live with that since I have done that before. But never when I was sick did I have to call around and ask if someone could cover for me.

    Looks like the management needs to go back to training to learn what they can do within the law and better management skills.

    Posted in: 7-Eleven penalizes 16-year-old part-timer for taking 2 days off due to illness

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    CBC and Toronto Star report that witnesses heard the attackers shout "Allahu Akbar!" before opening fire. The first media reports were quick to suggest an anti-Muslim hate crime. Sounds like it was instead an intra-faith act of barbarity.

    I read this and the reports of condolences sent out by Canadian leaders. I hope that they will continue to denounce this type of behavior if it comes out that those who did it were extremist Muslims. I noticed that they have captured two, and since they have not been shown my guess is that they may be Islmaists themselves, who probably were at odds against the Mosque. They picked a bad time to do this, since immigration has been in the news lately. My guess, they wanted to do this and have the world think that some Americans or right wingers drove up to Canada to do this. Since they spoke with a local accent, they probably became radicalized over the years.

    Posted in: 6 dead, 8 wounded in shooting at Quebec City mosque

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    Alphaape

    "We believe America is exceptional because of our historic role — first as refuge, then as defender, and now as exemplar of liberty for the world to see."

    Funny how when someone from the Dems says this, it's ok and America can be exceptional. But if a Republican says the same thing, in a manner that says 'make America Great" or "Put America First" they get called a xenophobe or a Nationalist and hell-bent on taking over the world. Which is it? You want America to be an exceptional country, then you have to realize that we are because of the way our laws work in allowing those whom other countries tend to step over or mistreat, and also just because we take refugees, doesn't mean that we can't look out for our own interest and try to solve the issues inside our country first, without it being said that we are turning away from the international community.

    Posted in: U.S. judge bars deportations under Trump travel ban

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    Alphaape

    He's not backing off, but simply doing what he said he would do. Never did he say that he would start mass deportations, that was only a talking point from his detractors. He refined his views during the election by saying that first he would go after the criminal illegal aliens who are in US jails, and send them back to their home countries.

    That alone is roughly about 1.9 million according to ICE. So start there and then see what happens. But what will happen, is we will get the sob story, of how a families loved one who was in jail, was deported away and because they are illegal they can't go and visit them in jail back in their home country, and this will be viewed as cruel and unusual punishment and an injunction by the ACLU will be in the works.

    Posted in: Trump backs off pledge of immediate immigration change

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    Alphaape

    offered to return half of his retirement money — approximately 300,000 yen

    Is this what he gets per month or is that all of it? If that is all he gets to retire and live off of, that's not much. If that is a per month amount then that's fine.

    Another employee noticed that the number of printed tickets did not match the recorded number of visitors to the park in the database.

    What's this guys excuse? How long had he noticed this discrepancy and why did it take him so long to say something. I would imagine that at the end of the day, you count the numbers of tickets issued to the amounts of revenue collected and after about 1 day you should be able to see a trend of them not matching. Must have been not only a fear of foreigners, but an overall hostile work environment also.

    As for the foreign visitor, shame on him for being obnoxious.

    Posted in: Park employee didn’t collect admission fees from 160,000 foreigners over 2 1/2 years because one scared him

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    @ Simon Foston: Rushing to "sign it so we can see what's in it" got us to the point that we are at now. Trump even told the Congress to think hard on a replacement before going forward. You are right there has been a lot of time to come up with a replacement, but you seem to forget that even if a detailed plan was generated, it would not have had any chance in getting passed under Obama. Congress had other issues to govern on, sad but true. Also, if this had been a dream of Democrats since Hillary was First Lady while Bill Clinton was President back in the 90s, wouldn't they have come up with a much better plan when they gave us this law back in 2010? Blame to go around on both sides rushing to get their ideology passed without thinking through this thing and making real changes.

    Posted in: Obama calls on Democrats to fight to preserve his health care reform

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    Alphaape

    well this plan is useless but i Have to have Some Plan or PAY a $650.00 Penalty! God Help America-

    @ Bartholomew Harte: I would think that if Obamacare is repealed or replaced, the provision to have mandatory health care and if not pay a tax penalty would also go away. Keeping something like that kind of goes against Trump's plan to redo the US tax code and make it easier. It's ok if you don't like him or the GOP plan to repeal it, but use a little reasoning before making comments.

    Posted in: Obama calls on Democrats to fight to preserve his health care reform

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    Alphaape

    The problem with the US health system is that for any one hospital, the same procedure can cost different prices. If your insurance is part of their healthcare group, then you get one price for a procedure, out of network, you get another price. On Medicaid or Medicare, yet another price. Hospitals in the US are running at about a 60% occupancy rate now. To fix the health care system what needs to be done is a one set of prices needs to be made for procedures. Once you have a set price, then we need to treat health insurance just like any other insurance. If you have home owners and something happens to your house, when you go and get repairs done, you are not limited to going only to Lowe's, or Home Depot, or any other store based on your insurance plan, you get set amount, and you find the materials within your price and you get the work done. Same needs to be done with health insurance.

    At one time before the onset of the OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Admin) there were various industry safety standards and not one unified set of standards. When the law passed in 1973, it set up a codified set of standards for safety for all industries to adhere to, and has been modified over the years. The same can be done for healthcare costs, if the healthcare industry and governments really put their minds to it.

    Level the prices, make the insurance mobile (if your car is insured in one state and while driving in another state you have an accident, you are still covered without paying some penalty) so that plans like auto insurance can be offered nationwide and you may see a decrease in the costs and coverage more affordable.

    Posted in: Obama calls on Democrats to fight to preserve his health care reform

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    Alphaape

    Get his blood type out and see what patients need organs donated to them and send this guy to the gallows to be harvested. There is no need for him to go and stab innocent children, and frankly doesn't deserve to be on this earth.

    Posted in: 11 children wounded in China kindergarten knife attack

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    Alphaape

    Actually it was a well written article. Though I didn't really like all of the policies of Obama, I at least had hoped back I n2009 when he was sworn in that the GOP could work with him and the Dems. But all we got was more partisan bickering, and when the GOP took over the House and Senate, even the Dems in the Senate wouldn't want to work with them, thus leaving the GOP with really no viable option but to try to veto anything that Obama put forth. Some on merits of the cases but a lot on just plain political spite.

    Posted in: On recent elections: Contrasting America and Japan

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    Alphaape

    You don't know how bad it was. Humiliation in front his peers? Sticking his head in toilet full of crap? It must have bad IMO.

    Yes it must have been pretty bad. But I have had some things occur to me over the years that are pretty embarrassing. But, I was able to move on. One of the best ways to do that I found was to simply move on physically from those same people. Not saying he should just pack up and move across the country, but it would seem to me that if he is still able to find these guys after all that time, that he probably hasn't broadened his life circle too much, and is in the same area, with the same friends, going to the same reunions, etc.

    I would have recommended to branch out more, get off the same path and try something different. And if you are not speaking with these people why bother with them.

    Posted in: Man arrested for mailing more than 500 garbage items to former bullies

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    Alphaape

    A couple of comments on this. He must really have had a hard time letting things go to the point that he did this. But what I find more interesting is that he knew the addresses of the people that he despised. If I don't like someone, I put them out of my life and don't go and try to find their address later in life over what happened 30 years ago. I could see with trolling them of FB or social media after finding them, but actually getting their mailing address is a bit too far.

    Overall, when we hear the comments on how Japan, China, Korea, etc need to get over the past acts of aggression against each other, keep in mind this guy. He won't let bygones be bygones and went this far, yet how many times do we see and hear about how the rest of Asia is still worrisome of Japan because of what happened in the 1940s. This story kind of puts that into perspective.

    Posted in: Man arrested for mailing more than 500 garbage items to former bullies

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    According to police, the incident occurred at an elevator maintenance company in Seya Ward at around 8 p.m.

    Why on earth would you conduct an interview at 8 pm? I could see if they wanted to see him perform on the job for an evaluation and do so after a business has closed to watch him do maintenance work, but a sit down at 8 pm? That should tell the guy to stand by to be worked unmercifully.

    Posted in: Man arrested for stealing cash from company president's wallet during job interview

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    Alphaape

    The 18- and 19-year-olds attending schools or universities would be obliged to pay residential tax and money for pension to the government, further increasing their parents’ burden, he said.

    Then they need to change this law. Never understood why my spouse had to continue to pay income taxes even after she had stopped working to have our children. At least in America, while I was in college and my parents were paying for it, I was still under them for tax reasons even when I had my little jobs that paid minimum wage. If the kids don't work, they shouldn't be forced to pay taxes.

    I think that a lot of the learning about adulthood should come from the parents. It is not up to the school to tell children how to be adults. They should teach them what is expected and their civic duties, but the preparation for life after school and learning how to interact and deal with people and situations that training begins at home.

    I look at it this way, if 18 and 19 year olds are old enough to go out and party or take trips abroad with their friends, they should be able to be an adult in Japan.

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    Alphaape

    This is turning out to be a very informative series.

    Posted in: One Canadian woman’s journey to adopting in Japan: Part II -- How they did it

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