HollisBrown's past comments

  • 3

    HollisBrown

    The lives of road users and pedestrians are worth a 90 yen discount on ramen in one restaurant in Aichi.

    Yep, that sounds about right Japan. Well done.

    Please update us on the negotiations surrounding drivers using their smartphones, and kids not wearing seat belts etc. 3 for 2 at Mr. Donuts? 10% off kaitensushi on Thursdays? 25,000 yen off funeral costs?

    Posted in: Police offer ramen discounts to elderly as incentive not to drive

  • 4

    HollisBrown

    Abe said: Alliances cannot function without trust. I am now confident that President-elect Trump is a trustworthy leader.

    After 90 minutes...with a sociopath? Really? That's a shocking statement from Abe.

    Posted in: Abe says he is confident of building trust with Trump after 90-minute meeting

  • 0

    HollisBrown

    This week, police handed out fliers and spoke to senior citizens seen behind the driver’s wheel in parking lots at local hospitals and other places at 97 locations nationwide, Fuji TV reported.

    Police said they wish to raising awareness among elderly people about the dangers of driving.

    So awareness was raised and the elderly listened politely - but the whole encounter was more than likely forgotten 500m down the road.

    Posted in: Police urge senior drivers to drive safely, voluntarily return licenses

  • 17

    HollisBrown

    Once you walk in the door to your domicile, the first thing you want to do is banish all thoughts of work-related problems. Sleep beckons. But to snuggle up in the futon, only to have one’s spouse dump on you with matters related to the household budget, or the kids schooling, is a surefire way of missing out on a good night’s rest.

    ...or instead of separate beds, how about a better work culture that means people can go home and have quality time with their families - time to discuss and deal with household matters; time to spend with the kids; time to relax before going to bed etc.

    This solution of having separate beds to improve sleep, is similar to the story yesterday of the apartment committee banning people from greeting each other in order to improve safety for their children. It completely ignores the main underlying problem (overworking in this case, and people not communicating enough in the first place yesterday).

    Posted in: Separate bedrooms best for a good night's sleep, expert advises

  • 4

    HollisBrown

    The elephant in the room is it's not just Pokemon Go that is going on inside cars. I regularly see people holding phones on the top of the steering wheel while driving, tapping away.

    Also, every week I see drivers reading comic books, kids standing on the passenger seat leaning on the dashboard, kids literally walking between front and rear seats rather than sitting down and wearing seat belts, and female drivers putting on make-up while traveling at speed.

    Preventing Pokemon Go from working in the car is a good thing, but lets not pretend that it's even scratching the surface of the main issues.

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  • 5

    HollisBrown

    He wins the Nobel prize for medicine and presents Abe with a bottle of sake - why?

    Shouldn't it be the other way round?

    Posted in: For medicinal purposes

  • 3

    HollisBrown

    @Aly Rustom 12:28 - I know! I meant specifically in response to these latest figures. Abe always has an excuse for negative news. These figures yet again show that Abenomics isn't achieving anything - so I expect him to come out with more excuses next time he speaks publicly.

    Posted in: Consumer prices in Japan fall for 7th straight month

  • 2

    HollisBrown

    How long will it be before Abe implies this is due to Brexit and we need to stick with Abenomics because it is working?

    Posted in: Consumer prices in Japan fall for 7th straight month

  • 12

    HollisBrown

    News: Grown up, rational ladies, who are able to participate in meaningful and constructive conversation are more attractive than childish, speak in high pitched voices, think everything is kawaiiiii, Disney obsessed, pout while blowing cheeks out for photographs, ladies.

    ...So lets give them a childish, kawaiiii, tag of 'Penguin Girls'.

    Posted in: Japanese men showing an increasing fondness for women they call 'penguin girls'

  • 3

    HollisBrown

    Don't punish all the good officers with hours of 'ethics training' for the actions of an idiot.

    The thief appears to have been fired. How about arresting and prosecuting the thief and maybe this act of implementing the law will show all police officers that they aren't above it.

    Posted in: It is extremely regrettable that a police officer would commit this kind of crime. We will thoroughly instruct our officers in the ethics of their work.

  • 1

    HollisBrown

    Mental health issues...violent crime...again.

    What will happen? Nothing.

    Posted in: Woman arrested for stabbing 3 people in Chiba

  • 1

    HollisBrown

    If only the 'system' gave workers a decent amount of holiday time so that they could take meaningful holidays with their families.

    That means 7, 10, 14 consecutive days off - not an extra day after a National Holiday Monday so they can only drive somewhere and spend hours upon hours sat in traffic jams, or 4 day trips to Hawaii where 2 days are traveling.

    Posted in: Japanese airline takes us on a trip with commercial focusing on family togetherness

  • 2

    HollisBrown

    Whatever the estimate is, double it, and the answer will be nearer to the actual expense come 2020.

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  • 0

    HollisBrown

    There's an article further down the page today titled "BlackBerry lesson: Adapt or die in the internet age". 'Adapt or die' sums up these 'mom and pop' businesses. It seems that a large number of these businesses just expect to go on and on without changing anything. Not changing with the times, not having a succession plan in place, continuing to head up the business well past retirement age, not diversifying etc.

    Is it really a surprise that a company making chalk for blackboards has gone out of business? No.

    Is chalk for blackboards the only thing that can be made from chalk? No!

    Look at Nintendo - they didn't start off making video games.

    Posted in: Small firms dying out as aging owners struggle to find successors

  • 3

    HollisBrown

    It seems to be a slippery-slope that law-enforcement are heading into that could lead into several other areas. For example, would selling any car that has had some customization work done on it technically be illegal if the vehicle still had the automaker’s logo on it?

    So what is the answer to this? Why can people customize their cars and then sell them on?

    Posted in: Toyama man first person in Japan to be arrested for selling jailbroken iPhones

  • 0

    HollisBrown

    The rowing venue, estimated to cost 6.9 billion yen, now comes in at 49.1 billion yen, the panel noted.

    This is going to cause some rowing about rowing

    Posted in: Panel urges Olympic venue changes as 2020 Games costs likely to top Y3 tril

  • -1

    HollisBrown

    Excuse my ignorance, but what exactly are the 'seasonal changes in landscapes unique to Japan'?

    Is this just another one of those 'Japan has 4 seasons' comments, or is there actually something unique about it?

    Posted in: Hato Bus announces new courses for foreign tourists, offering ninja experience at theme park

  • 0

    HollisBrown

    I'm going to go with 'none', unless you can find something to show otherwise. Because just saying without any evidence or research whatsoever is tin-foil hat talk.

    Here's a link citing NPA stats along with quotes from people in insurance companies as well as a police medical examiner as to how and why the number of reported suicides may not be what they seem.

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013/02/03/national/media-national/japans-suicide-statistics-dont-tell-the-real-story/#.V-klwdyWjAg

    I'm not suggesting that this accounts for the whole drop, but it shows there are ways in which the government could attempt to give the figures a boost in the right direction - without having to actually deal with the issue properly.

    I stand by my original comment that the government could and should be doing more - and the media should be all over the issue.

    Posted in: 17-yr-old boy jumps to death in front of train in Saitama

  • 0

    HollisBrown

    @Strangerland - I get that, but it requires more than just white papers and bureaucracy.

    Also, lets be honest, how many of those new stats are due to new ways of counting and recording suicides?

    Why is it not becoming a mainstream talking point? Why is a bullying culture still rife throughout society? Why do many schools still not understand how to deal with bullying? Why are mental health issues taboo? Why could only one family of the Sagamihara attacks openly talk about their murdered relative?

    It's time for Japan to get serious about this issue. It's one of those things that paperwork, hankos, and government funds alone won't fix. It needs to become more personal and more talked about.

    Posted in: 17-yr-old boy jumps to death in front of train in Saitama

  • 1

    HollisBrown

    @DiscoJ - Yes it absolutely should be reported more - but more than that there should be a sustained campaign running through all mainstream media, along with the publishers of all the leading manga and magazines etc about suicide. As far as I can see there is nothing. Not a ripple. Yet day after day after day there are scores of people committing suicide - approximately 70 per day if I remember correctly.

    Elderly people, stressed out salarymen, school kids - it runs throughout society. All ages, both sexes. It's a clear problem that the government doesn't seem bothered to try and fix. It's an issue that people generally don't talk about. Mental health is an issue that people seem afraid to confront.

    Someone needs to take a lead. Some media organization needs to say enough is enough and at least attempt to make the issue a national talking point.

    Posted in: 17-yr-old boy jumps to death in front of train in Saitama

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