Alphaape's past comments

  • 1

    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

  • 5

    Alphaape

    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

  • 1

    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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  • 4

    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

  • 0

    Alphaape

    Ignorance from the bubble knows no bounds.

    Interesting that the editor of the NYT has come out and said that they were showing a bias towards Trump during the process, and that he wants to take the paper back to reporting the news and not trying to set an agenda. Yet as others have said, elections are not over a week old and he is getting more negative press. By the way, why aren't the press really highlighting the riots in cities on his election?

    What is silly about those is that in places like Portland and LA and Oakland, Hillary won the vote. So those rioters are causing traffic problems and destruction of property to people in areas who were "with her" during the election.

    Even as people begin to trot out the "racist" themes about Trump, I don't remember large scale riots in "red states" when Obama was elected, twice. Sure there were some who didn't like him, some because of his color I will say. But they may have had protests, but not like we are seeing now. So much for the GOP being the party of bigotry and hatred and the DEMS being the one willing to "give peace a chance."

    Posted in: Cracks emerge in Trump's campaign promise on immigration

  • -1

    Alphaape

    I find it interesting that when he proposes compromises, the left jumps up and down and says he is breaking campaign promises. He has stated just today that the 3-4 million criminal illegal aliens, who are sitting in jails or awaiting court dates would be the first to go. Never said anything about mass rounding up of persons to be deported, but more along the lines of making it harder to be in the country illegally by following the existing rules on the books like not being eligible for welfare, and other benefits and cracking down on employees who hire them.

    But people get up in a tizzy on how he supposedly is going to separate families. So tell me, when people from Central America send children alone to the US border over the past couple of years to get the proposed amnesty, wouldn't that be a tragedy? Yet, we are told that if we do the exact same thing send them back with their parents we are the bad guys. Also, not to be too flippant, but if someone can make it from Central America to the USA border broke, no money but with the clothes on their back, and wind up getting a job in the USA sometimes not knowing the language, I am pretty sure that if they had to go back to their home countries, they would be able to make it on their own by self deporting.

    Posted in: Cracks emerge in Trump's campaign promise on immigration

  • 3

    Alphaape

    I had a friend who adopted their two kids from Japan. The looks the mother received from other Japanese who asked her whose kids she was baby sitting and when she told them that they were hers were interesting. Some of our Japanese friends who met them insisted that the kids must have been mixed Korean, but having helped with the translation of the documents, they were told that they were full Japanese.

    I often find it interesting the Japanese thoughts on adoption. We hear that family line is important, yet sometimes they will let the kids be raised in an orphanage than adopt them into their homes. Or, I have heard the "we didn't adopt because we didn't want to take the chance that the child we adopted would turn out to be a bad influence on society" to which all I can say is that you take that chance with everyone.

    Posted in: One Canadian woman’s journey to adopting in Japan: Part I -- Deciding to adopt

  • 2

    Alphaape

    He could just say that he was showing his own "tax symbol" to represent his work. Ever look closely at the design of the emblem of the taxation office. Looks like something that's in the pants of a man.

    Posted in: Employee of regional taxation bureau arrested for indecent exposure

  • 0

    Alphaape

    his motivation to inherit his grandparents’ assets was ruled as “shortsighted and selfish,”

    Curious, does he still get any inheritance? Is there a law that says he shouldn't be able to since he killed off the people he was going to inherit from? It would be sad that after 15 years in prison, he walks out with something.

    Posted in: 19-year-old gets 10-15 years in prison for killing grandparents

  • -12

    Alphaape

    If someone was at the polls intimidating people, they would get arrested. Recently a person was driven away from a polling place for wearing a "Make America Great" hat. With the revelations from the videos of the Dem operatives sending their own people or hiring people to disrupt Trump rallies, and cases of dead voters still voting in some places, makes me think that this is just a ploy to draw some of the heat off of the Hillary campaign. After all, it is the Republicans who have been claiming voter fraud, and surprisingly the polls show people can find it believable or not as unfavorable a comment. Just an attempt to get back some polling numbers I think,

    Posted in: Democrats sue Trump for alleged voter intimidation in four states

  • 2

    Alphaape

    Because nationalism is always a source of pride and encouraged, they can hardly ever fight this brand of racism. This is the complexity of the issue in Japan.

    Nationalism doesn't automatically equate to racism. I believe a country has a right to define their borders language and culture. That doesn't mean that just because they have feelings toward their own, that they are racist. For example, America is made up of many different people of different races and creeds. But there is one set of "American cultural norms" or values on what it means to be an American. Because someone has those, doesn't make them a racist right off the bat. True there is prejudice in America and in every nation, but that doesn't automatically equate to nationalism.

    Do the Japanese feel that they are unique and special in their own way, I imagine that most do. That is fine. Where the racism comes into play, is denying others opportunities or discriminating based on the racial/ethnic lineage of another.

    Posted in: Japan to conduct first major survey on racism: report

  • 5

    Alphaape

    Only male members of male lineage in the family can ascend the throne under the 1947 Imperial House Law.

    What was the law before 1947, cold females inherit the crown? If they could back then, when things weren't as "enlightened" as they are now, I don't see it a bad thing that a female could sit on the throne now. Look at England. Anyway, the IHA runs things so no matter who sits on the throne, nothing really will change and those guys in the IHA will have lifetime employment for them and their descendants.

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  • 16

    Alphaape

    Easy to do. Just go to the many drinking places that the average Japanese man can go to in a place like Yokosuka that are near the Navy base, but have the "No Foreigners" sign posted outside, or the touts that don't allow us gaijin to enter. Even when we may be fluent in Japanese, still no entry for foreigners.

    Posted in: Japan to conduct first major survey on racism: report

  • 1

    Alphaape

    I have always said that Marvel makes better live movies, and DC makes better cartoon films. Can't wait to see this one.

    Posted in: Cumberbatch joins Marvel universe in 'Doctor Strange'

  • 3

    Alphaape

    How would you make any money doing that? I imagine that they are not only making up their own beds but beds of others for the free room. If you have too many rooms for free, how do you expect to make any money?

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  • 4

    Alphaape

    Good article that hits the points. Would love to fly more out of Haneda than Narita, but they keep the airlines at bay in not allowing better departure/arrival times.

    Posted in: Narita's main stumbling block is its indifference toward travelers

  • 0

    Alphaape

    Why not ask the guarantor to pay the overdue rent?

    Never understood why as an adult, I would need someone to sign for me to pay my rent if I didn't. What about personal responsibility? But, I guess the actions of this 24 year old prove why this must be.

    Sad for the loss of life and injury, but the woman should not have to worry about rent for a long time now since she will get a free room and meals now.

    Posted in: Woman arrested for killing landlord

  • 3

    Alphaape

    Can you name those "many muslim majority countries"?

    @ cleo: Thanks for posting the answer to this question. My question is, why aren't efforts being made by those countries to bring in the Muslims who are being displaced. In some cases, it would be an easier trip there than going to Europe or America. I don't see Saudi Arabia taking on refugees from Northern Ireland during their religious infighting back in the 70's, so why is it Europe or any other country has to take in people who want to bring their own lifestyles without adapting to their new land?

    Posted in: EU launches tough border force to curb migrant crisis

  • 12

    Alphaape

    Police had spoken to his parents as well and concluded that there was “no emergency threat” due to the fact that the two parties had also involved a lawyer in their negotiations.

    Probably more of a reason that they should be more concerned since a 40 year old man needed to have "mommy & daddy" involved in his business, tells me that he may not have all of the pieces of the maturity puzzle in one place and he may need to be watched. Wish he would have started off by stabbing himself first instead of this poor woman.

    Posted in: Woman stabbed to death by ex-boyfriend in convenience store in Shizuoka

  • 2

    Alphaape

    Change is good, but not all change. There has to be a fine line between rapid automation and jobs. It's fine to automate manufacturing, but if it is done too much, you displace workers. Displaced workers who are only temp employees will have less disposable income to buy luxury items or basic items too. So no one will be buying, or the price will be too high to afford them even though they are easier to make because there isn't enough of a demand.

    I read once where an auto company said that they can make a car using all robots replacing the human workers. The auto union rep is said to reply: "I'd like to see a robot buy and drive one." A balance must be maintained or the house of cards will fall.

    Posted in: By 2030, there will be no full-time employees, report speculates

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