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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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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    HollisBrown

    The author has only looked at a small part of the concept of 'cleanliness'.

    Most office buildings that I've had the pleasure of working in are filthy. Yellow stained walls, from decades of heavy smoking, that have never been repainted. Carpets that are rarely vacuumed. Cobwebs in the corners.

    As for schools and universities, not much difference. I currently work in 8, and all except one have dirty stained walls, and dusty floors. The one exception is a new build which is only 18 months old.

    In my neighborhood there are dozens of derelict houses (the old wooden types). The local stray cats populate them, and live among the rubbish and god knows what else, that lies within them.

    So yeah, compared to London and New York etc. there's not much litter on the streets, and companies mostly keep their trucks clean and shiny, but Japan is far from 'clean'. Compare it to Singapore and its a **** hole.

    Posted in: 8 reasons Japan is so clean

  • 0

    HollisBrown

    @Yubaru - Sorry, I was being sarcastic!

    Posted in: Abe demands world find new way to stop N Korean nuclear threat

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    HollisBrown

    Give it 3.5 years and there'll be a comeback - just in time for the Olympics and the opening or more likely closing ceremony.

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    HollisBrown

    Abe: "It demands a new means of addressing it, altogether different from what we applied until yesterday"

    ...for example?

    Why didn't Abe offer a few ideas of his own during his speech? What an opportunity to do so.

    Posted in: Abe demands world find new way to stop N Korean nuclear threat

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    HollisBrown

    But I thought it was OK, and all under control?

    I thought there hadn't been any meltdown... OK, then there might have been a meltdown, but everything was safely removed... Except the stuff that got into the groundwater and leaked into the ocean...But that's all OK now because they built an ice wall.

    What an absolute farce this is. The government has acted disgracefully, incompetently, and some would say negligently, for more than 5 years now. Common sense said the plant needed decommissioning within months of the earthquake / tsunami.

    This makes me so angry.

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    HollisBrown

    Komeito party members said their study was not an official one conducted by experts as they collected the water themselves Wednesday and asked a private company to test it.

    You can bet your bottom dollar that if the tests had come back 100% clear, the study would've been called 'official'. What Komeito party members mean is, 'we now invite an 'official' company to come and test the water and soil. One that is able to get the 0.1 milligram per liter down to below 0.1 milligrams per liter - maybe with the more expensive equipment and more sensitive measuring devices they obviously have'.

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    HollisBrown

    This will probably be the fastest, most decisive, and most efficient decision the LDP ever make.

    Abe and his cronies symbolize all that is wrong with Japanese politics as well as how society in general works. Special moves to ensure Abe can continue as Prime Minister would be an absolute disaster. It's not surprising though, as he's obviously seen how Putin managed to work the rules out to his benefit.

    Here's hoping that Renho can somehow break through and win the next election.

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    HollisBrown

    Obviously this is due to the Brexit uncertainty, and nothing to do with the way in which the Japanese government continue to run the country.

    Posted in: Japan logs surprise trade deficit in August

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    HollisBrown

    Number 10 is the combination of natto and raw egg. For this one, our foreign readers are probably off the hook, so the less said the better; let’s move on.

    What about your foreign readers who do eat natto and raw egg? What about your foreign readers who don't eat it but would still be interested in the speculation why it's not a good combination?

    Maybe you are 'off the hook' in many cases - but for the sake of two more lines of text, why not just explain the reason why, as you have done for the other combinations mentioned?

    I didn't expect JapanToday to partake in the old 'generalization of foreigners' nonsense. Disappointing.

    Posted in: Don't eat these foods together and avoid possible intestinal distress

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    HollisBrown

    Benzene, a toxic chemical, was not found in water in the basement of a main building at the new fish market in Tokyo’s Toyosu waterfront area

    How about the rest of the site except the basement?

    a private company-led groundwater survey showed Friday.

    What is the name of this private company?

    Article Unavailable

  • 0

    HollisBrown

    @lationz

    HOW does it keep happening?

    I have a couple of ideas:

    1 - Nobody is willing to speak out strongly enough in the media (individuals or institutions themselves) to try and wake people up to the dangers of leaving kids unattended. Stories like this happen, they are reported, then they happen again a few weeks later. Where is the horror, the outrage, the concern, the campaign to raise awareness?

    2 - As a result, although not exclusively because of this, many people go about their daily lives oblivious to the dangers around them and the inherent dangers certain situations pose (e.g. Leaving a 3 year old at home alone, letting kids jump around on the passenger seat while driving - to name just two).

    Posted in: 3-year-old boy falls to death from 9th-floor balcony

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    HollisBrown

    An independent panel commissioned by the Japanese Olympic Committee...

    Posted in: Panel finds nothing illegal in Tokyo Olympic bid

  • 1

    HollisBrown

    Pizza is OK if it is fueling some sustained aerobic exercise - so in that sense I can see some sense in it being part of someones fitness 'diet'. Any respectable health and fitness company shouldn't be promoting 'diet pizza' because people who don't partake in any exercise will see it as a green light to eat 'diet pizza' as a way of dieting. The only responsible form of 'diet pizza' would be to refrain from consuming pizza.

    Posted in: Pizza Hut teams up with Japanese fitness chain to bring you 'diet pizzas'

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    HollisBrown

    No. It's not as simple as this, and to suggest it is isn't helping the problem in the slightest. It's irresponsible of 'a member of education ministry’s council on survey studies regarding child suicide prevention' to come out and say this.

    To imply that this issue is a 'home' issue and can be prevented by better parenting just defies belief. Sure it's part of it, but how about the issue of children feeling safe at school? How about teachers being active listeners? How about head teachers and BoEs taking the issue of bullying seriously? How about schools create an environment where all students feel they can speak up against bullies?

    Then there's the issue of how suicide is represented in popular culture. Maybe child suicides can be reduced if there are fewer manga that contain stories and depictions of children jumping in front of trains.

    It just annoys me when people in positions of authority come out and trivialize an issue, because it gives excuses to people who should be making proactive steps to instead just ignore the issue and continue thinking they are devoid of any responsibility.

    Posted in: To prevent child suicides, parents should not reproach children if they stay in their room or don’t join in family gatherings, and instead show them that home is a place where they can feel safe. When children feel safe, they may begin to open up and talk. When that happens, devote yourself to being an active listener. When children feel, ‘Mom and dad are trying to understand me,’ it leads to trust in their parents.

  • -1

    HollisBrown

    They didn't mention this during their heartfelt apologies yesterday did they?

    It's fraud, on a massive scale. As I said yesterday, the people who knew about it should be arrested and prosecuted.

    Posted in: More Mitsubishi models in Japan found with inflated mileage

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