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AustPaulJan. 20, 2017 - 09:24PM JST
@Burning bush, 4 dead in the middle of Australia's second largest city...on all the news here, so would expect it to make global news too. JT seems to have a lot of other stories that often seem less globally significant.
Posted in: Car hits pedestrians in Melbourne; 4 dead, 15 injured
AustPaulJan. 20, 2017 - 01:37PM JST
CCTV is a handy tool to have but should not be relied on completely to nail the suspect. Additional avenues of enquiry are also important.
Wrembreck, that's disappointing. The police could have at least spoken to her as a suspect (reasonable suspicion here) or at the least as a witness.
Posted in: Security camera footage helps spot suspects in over 10,000 crimes
AustPaulJan. 16, 2017 - 05:49PM JST
Thanks Tamarama, you took the words out of my mouth.
@quirkyJapan, care to elaborate on those comments? As stated this is a discussion fora and in the years I've been a member I don't believe we stick our noses into things or control the comments as you state.
Whaling is a topic of great significance in this country, and yes, it feels like a slap in the face in light of the ICJ ruling.
Posted in: Sea Shepherd finds Japanese ship with slaughtered whale
AustPaulJan. 07, 2017 - 06:59PM JST
Suspended sentences for intimidating the judiciary? That definitely does not send the right message..
AustPaulJan. 01, 2017 - 05:34PM JST
Poor guy, but I doubt doctors can reattach his leg Hawkeye
@Frank, agree..who cares how long the trains were disrupted for, geez, if that happened here yes people may be inconvenienced and frustrated but if they knew the cause then I'm sure it wouldn't be an issue.
Posted in: Man's leg severed by train after he falls onto subway tracks
AustPaulDec. 31, 2016 - 12:00AM JST
We don't have aircraft carriers, but LHDs (Landing Helicopter Dock) - HMAS Canberra and Adelaide. They only carry choppers as we don't have any VTOL aircraft
I think Japan has the same type of vessel
Posted in: Come and have a look, China says as carrier skirts Japan
AustPaulDec. 15, 2016 - 04:38PM JST
Robert, puzzling how they work out you are 15% to blame!
Agree, if the whole world uses the standard octagonal shaped sign then why didn't Japan adopt it?
Also sounds like some better enforcement of the road rules is required too..
Zed, might have a point there, people not used to driving on the left side of road..
AustPaulDec. 04, 2016 - 11:20AM JST
That's a pretty naive statement to make. Although we don't know the exact cause of the accident I'd challenge your assumption that the driver was 'stressed' at the time and lay blame at the taxi company. When you get behind the wheel of a vehicle you and only you are responsible for the manner in which you drive.
AustPaulNov. 30, 2016 - 05:51PM JST
Good work on the part of the officer but I don't agree with firing warning shots, that's a recipe for disaster.
He could just as easily shouted a clear intention to use his firearm unless impracticable. Dcog, police shoot to stop the threat, it's not all about shooting to wound or kill.
Posted in: Police shoot man after he attacks woman, 5-year-old son with knife
AustPaulNov. 27, 2016 - 07:47AM JST
Yes, 90yen off the price is not a huge saving. Annual driving tests are a good idea as well perhaps offer discounted or in the case of here in Australia, free public transport for senior citizens.
Posted in: Police offer ramen discounts to elderly as incentive not to drive
AustPaulNov. 25, 2016 - 05:09AM JST
..refugee crisis. I think Japan still needs to be doing more in this regard, seem to be a few posters on JT who have been outside of their birth countries for a bit too long to be out of touch with things.
Not suggesting an open door policy but a system more commensurate with an economy and member of the international community like Japan - 27 out of 14,000? That's disgraceful.
Posted in: Japan forces a harsh choice on children of migrant families
AustPaulNov. 24, 2016 - 07:24PM JST
Whilst Australia's system has become stricter it is still considered fair and I'd like to say we are doing our bit to help with the worldwide rec
AustPaulSep. 30, 2016 - 08:13PM JST
I''m baffled by what people get 'arrested' for in Japan! It's a copyright breach and would most likely be dealt with civilly in most countries.
If there was a specific criminal offence then don't Japanese police have the power to summons people? Surely this would be a summary matter.
AustPaulSep. 27, 2016 - 07:19AM JST
Yes- Snakes on a train!
Posted in: Snake on bullet train causes unscheduled stop in Shizuoka
AustPaulSep. 11, 2016 - 09:11PM JST
Ron, what kind of a comment is that? Are you saying that our involvement in Syria, which is a minor one, is to blame for this? A bit more to it than that..
FYI this country has accepted up to 12,000 refugees from the region.
Posted in: Man charged with Sydney attack 'inspired by IS'
AustPaulApr. 29, 2016 - 03:34PM JST
sfjp330 at Apr. 29, 2016 - 02:53PM JST
I'm clueless on the subject? Having lived here for a number of years I dispute that.
The point I was trying to make is that it doesn't do much for Japan's international image when an immigration policy is seen in a negative light. Can you imagine how that would be perceived elsewhere?
Yes, I know Japan is quite homogenous, but the world is changing.
Posted in: Japan eyes more foreign workers, challenging immigration taboo
AustPaulApr. 29, 2016 - 02:39PM JST
Here we go again..perhaps Japan could take a leaf out of other countries books and develop an immigration policy once and for all. It could have a quota system with preference given to skilled workers. Make the conditions attractive for people - housing assistance, language classes, options for permanent residency after a certain period.
It's been happening abroad for many years now, why can't Japan have a go at it, even on a small scale? It's 2016, time to step up to the world stage.
If this was reported abroad, it would make Japan seem xenophobic, not a good look for a nation looking to welcome more foreign visitors to its shores.
AustPaulApr. 22, 2016 - 11:30AM JST
Doesn't really make sense to record some interviews...legislate it (like many other countries) that all interviews and subsequent admissions/denials be recorded to make them admissible in court.
Simple stuff really
AustPaulApr. 19, 2016 - 07:44PM JST
@ Bongoboy - do you think making it illegal will stop people?? It was decriminalised in Australia many years ago, I'd say many other countries wouldn't classify it as an offence.
@Brian - fair to say it was by his own hand. Don't think there is any evidence based on the article of foul play and yes, most modern firearms don't just 'go off' unless the trigger is pulled.
I do agree with others that the country needs to address this as a matter of urgency, it seems to happen far too often.
RIP, hope his family is supported
Posted in: 23-year-old police officer dies after shooting himself in head in koban in Ibaraki
AustPaulApr. 01, 2016 - 04:59PM JST
Perhaps the father should have enlisted the help of Police and mental health experts?
Posted in: Man stabs father, security guard after being urged to visit hospital
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Jan. 21, 2017 - 03:11PM JST
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Jan. 21, 2017 - 03:09PM JST
Is he chanting? shouting hora kora.....?!
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Jan. 21, 2017 - 03:03PM JST
“Japan’s economy has shown clear signs of recovery in exports and industrial production,” he said.
Posted in: BOJ's Kuroda offers upbeat view on Japan, global economies
Jan. 21, 2017 - 02:58PM JST
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