Educator60's past comments

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    Educator60

    "Please stop with the "Click here to read more," BS"

    Hey katsu, I share your feelings about this annoying aspect. Another annoyance is that on a site named Japan Today, the news is often as not at least a day behind and so much has not even the remotest connection to Japan. Grumble grumble.

    Posted in: The Japanese way of disciplining children

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    Educator60

    DaDude at Mar. 23, 2017 - 08:50PM JST "I am from California and never heard of this burger chain. The ones I knew that were Cali-based are In-n-Out and Fatburger."

    When did you leave?

    "Umami Burger, which was founded by Adam Fleischman in Los Angeles in 2009, "

    Posted in: California hamburger restaurant chain Umami Burger to open 1st Tokyo store on Friday

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    Educator60

    Akie Abe made a statement on her Facebook tonight, again denying the allegations Kagoike made today in his testimony before the Diet regarding a donation. They can't both be telling the truth. I've been thinking for days that she should be called to testify under the same conditions as Kagoike. Some people are saying Kagoike probably wouldn't kid under oath because it's too risky if he's got nothing to lose but some people are compulsive liars, some are delusional, and some want to be a martyr. If Kagoike is lying it wouldn't be the first time someone has committed perjury. It also wouldn't be the first time Kagoike's been caught bending the truth. Still not convinced one way or the other.

    Posted in: School operator head testifies in Diet he got Y1 mil donation from Akie Abe

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    Educator60

    "One of the great misconceptions I had upon moving to Japan was that its children were perfectly self-disciplined from birth. "

    An astonishing statement. Can't imagine how or why an adult would have such an idea.

    Posted in: The Japanese way of disciplining children

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    Educator60

    Only a month after the guide from Nes Zealand living in the Niseko area was killed in an avalanche while in an off limits area. Also leaving behind wife and young child. Very sad for the children.

    Posted in: Canadian man dies in snowboarding accident in Nagano

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    Educator60

    ""Abe has said neither he nor his wife made any donation and analysts quoted in local media said even if they had it was not illegal."

    But we already know that they did. As for its legality, let the courts decide."

    Do we know that?

    Posted in: Support for Abe falls over scandals: poll

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    Educator60

    asdfgtr at Mar. 19, 2017 - 02:31PM JST "Anyone playing rock and roll music owes him a huge debt."

    Would only amend that to say "Anyone playing or listening ..." to include those of us with no musical talent but who love to listen to the great Mr Berry.

    Posted in: Rock 'n' roll legend Chuck Berry dies at 90

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    Educator60

    "Of the 22,435 patients, 14,747 are those registered female at birth but identifying as male, and 7,688 vice versa"

    Interesting as nearly all that we see on TV or in other media are those born male but identifying as female.

    Posted in: Over 22,000 transgender patients visited medical facilities in 2015: study

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    Educator60

    "BTW, he wasn't an aide, he was the vice-governor of Tokyo"

    He became vice-governor after being Ishihara's aide for many years.

    Posted in: Tokyo Gas suggested backdoor talks for new fish market: ex-official

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    Educator60

    "Appeared" being the key word there."

    But is there any evidence that he knew about it?

    "It's Abe's word against Kagoike's, and I don't place very much value on Abe's word."

    I certainly wouldn't put more value on Kagoike's compared to Abe.

    "That's a couple of big "ifs". "

    I disagree. I haven't seen any news or evidence that the order is as you wrote.

    "Incidentally, when DID he tell them not use his name for the school? After Moritomo Gakuen became front page news or before?"

    What I've seen on the news indicated that he said not to use his name well before any of this became news.

    "The fact that Kagoike didn't stop would suggest that either Abe was not especially insistent or didn't say anything at all." "If Abe wasn't aware of it he's clearly an oblivious imbecile or just didn't mind enough "

    Or that Kagoike is a real piece of work and that Abe was unaware of what was happening, not because he's an imvecile or didn't mind but because he's a busy person with bigger things to deal with and (perhaps naively) assumed that Kagoike was a normal enough person to desist when told "no".

    Posted in: Abe battles scandal on two fronts as questions swirl

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    Educator60

    "Wasn't that the other way around? Abe said his wife told him it was excellent.

    No, apparently she said that when she visited the kindergarten."

    Ah, now I remember something about that although I seem to remember Akue said that Abe was favorable after she'd told him about the school but I'm not sure. I was basing my comment on Abe's answer in the Diet that he had heard from his wife that it was a good place.

    "Unaware? Is that right?"

    In the Diet he appeared to have only just recently have learned that his name was used on the donation forms and literature. And he said it was unacceptable.

    "He says he told them not to use his name but that would make it all the more strange that he would even consider making a speech at the school, wouldn't it?"

    Not if the order is the reverse of the way you've written it. I would also think if he had said, no, he didn't want the school to be named after himself, that normally one would think that would be the end of it. Why would he be expected to assume Kagoike would go against his wishes and use his name unauthorized?

    I also don't know at what point he became aware of the cheering aspect so I'm not inclined to criticize him for that until I know.

    Posted in: Abe battles scandal on two fronts as questions swirl

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    Educator60

    "what we do know is that Akie Abe said her husband thought Moritomo Gakuen's education policy was "excellent," "

    Wasn't that the other way around? Abe said his wife told him it was excellent.

    "He also admitted that he'd been planning to make a speech at the school."

    I believe he stated he had said he'd consider doing a speech if the opportunity arose. It's a subtle nuance maybe but there's a difference between actively planning and saying "sure if I have a chance I'd be happy to do a speech".

    "Then there's the matter of Kagoike wanting to name the school after him and getting the kids to cheer him. "

    Abe said he rejected the idea of naming the school after himself and was unaware that the school used his name in raising donations. I haven't heard that Abe was aware of or approved of the cheering.

    Even though the Abe's have let themselves in for speculation by (especially Akie's?) actions of associating even a bit with these people, it's still unclear to me as to whether it was actually a cosy relationship and or was it a slimy operator taking advantage of their names and exaggerating and falsifying the situation.

    It's still not a crime to share ideology.

    Posted in: Abe battles scandal on two fronts as questions swirl

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    Educator60

    "As I said, it's the history of his relationship with Moritomo Gakuen up to the time of the scandal breaking"

    Which I believe is not exactly clear yet. There's a lot of innuendo but what exactly was that relationship?

    Posted in: Abe battles scandal on two fronts as questions swirl

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    Educator60

    Gaijinplaya, "A woman's life is defined by men,"

    In your dreams.

    "The good men (like myself) will pay her to be a companion."

    Men who have to pay to get a companion are seldom good.

    Posted in: Where super-thin is still in: Attitudes to body image in Japan

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    Educator60

    gaijin playa at Mar. 18, 2017 - 11:58AM JST "theres nothing wrong with girls controlling their weight for the purpose of attracting men..."

    Not girls attracting boys, or women attracting men?

    Posted in: Where super-thin is still in: Attitudes to body image in Japan

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    Educator60

    Simon Foston, "We really ought to presume people are innocent until proven guilty, I just find that with LDP politicians I tend to do the opposite. "

    I understand the emotional urge to automatically assume the LDP members are all rotten to the core. But I think it's an extremely dangerous slippery slope. And if those of us who consider ourselves liberals (or any political stripe really) indulge in it, then we can't complain when the shoe's on the other foot. I certainly don't want to be considered guilty of something I haven't done just because someone thinks I look suspicious or because of my political beliefs, or because some slineball started a rumor about me, "just because",

    Posted in: Abe battles scandal on two fronts as questions swirl

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    Educator60

    She was on her way to her parents' home (maybe because of the holiday this weekend, one in which families traditionally gather to visit their family grave). When she didn't show up as planned, her family went looking for her and discovered the car. Too sad.

    Posted in: 2-month-old boy dies after car goes off road and down embankment

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    Educator60

    lucabrasi, "Why would Abe's office have any records of what Akie did as a private individual?"

    The "Abe's office" referred to here is Akie Abe's office.

    Posted in: School operator head to give sworn testimony in Diet next Thursday

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    Educator60

    Hope Ted Empress --- Hope the Empress

    Posted in: Empress suffering from shingles after trip to Vietnam, Thailand

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    Educator60

    thepersoniamnow,

    "and I'm not getting my news from English websites only. "

    Good! Neither am I.

    "As a Japanese citizen and a resident of Toyonaka-shi, I can think what I want based on what I've heard"

    No idea what your citinship has to do with anything. We're all entitled to our own opinions. Im interested in what you have heard (but not if it's just conjecture and rumors). As I've said before, I dislike Abe and would be happy to see him go but I don't believe it's right to consider him guilty of anything without some convincing evidence. By all means enlighten us. I'm willing to be convinced.

    "Do you know what I'm thinking? I am saying they knowingly supported (financially..."

    I understand you believe they gave money to Kagoike et al. I'd like to know what has convinced you of that.

    Posted in: Abe battles scandal on two fronts as questions swirl

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