InControl's past comments

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    InControl

    A key reason is probably the amount of time spent studying in Japan rather than some naturally higher or gifted intelligence. Don't get me wrong, not bashing. My children are J/UK, go to a Japanese school, and they do longer school hours and get much more homework than they would in the UK. Through to 6th grade their homework also had to be reviewed and signed off by a parent...every day.

    Posted in: Japanese adults top in reading, math skills: OECD study

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    I'm a married guy with a stay at home J-wife/mum for 15 years. I/we have been fortunate to earn a salary that supports this. It is difficult to articulate but I feel my wife serves as an anchor or secure and reliable point for the children and even myself. I work/commute the typical 12 hour days but my wife works equally hard to ensure the home and family is taken care of. In fact, when she has been sick and I have had to take over, I found it much tougher than my own (but also more rewarding re: time with children). I sincerely appreciate her hard work and never consider her lazy or a leech. And I think our children have enjoyed a happier, closer, more secure childhood because of her always being there for them.

    Posted in: 1 in 3 Japanese women want to be housewives: poll

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    The guy who saved this woman is a hero. And a quick thinking one at that.

    Posted in: Man jumps onto train tracks to save woman

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    InControl

    The point of this article is unclear but it seems to be that the drivers used their mobile phones for non work reasons....not (like most comments imply) that using a mobile phone whilst operating (driving?) a train is dangerous.

    For those who have not worked for Japanese firms in Japan, doing anything personal during work hours is a major no-no. Email. Phone calls. But I think it is even more than that. One time I had a business trip to my home country so I asked to travel on the Friday evening (10pm) so I could spend the weekend with my family but management (and J-worker friends) was absolutely shocked that I would even suggest such a thing and refused. But then they required me to travel on the Sunday so I would be at work for the Monday morning. Go figure!

    Posted in: JR Central: 8 shinkansen drivers used cell phones while on duty

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    But at 19 years old he is only a child in the eyes of Japan's legal system. Poor thing didn't understand the knife would hurt anyone.

    Posted in: Yamagata university student arrested for murder of fellow student in May

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    As a generalization, I think a woman's reason for an affair is love and affection....to feel special and appreciated. And they feel they have more to lose than men because, in Japan, they are probably stay at home mothers.

    Posted in: Few married women interested in having an affair: survey

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    It seems many posters here spout the low brow rhetoric of unions and left leaning politics. Saying how the corporate tax will help the decrease rich and the sales tax increase will hit the poor (or middle) class.

    A sales tax hike will impact everyone and the more you consume, the more it will impact you. Therefore one can reasonably assume that those with the highest incomes (extravagant lives) will pay substantially more sales tax than lower income earners. This tax goes to the government to be spent on services for all (or pay down the massive debt created for historical funding). It would be interesting to see statistic to show just how much the sales tax income from higher income earners subsidises the poorer masses.

    And lowered corporate tax rates help the company accounts. No necessarily any specific rich person in the company. Assuming a company is profitable for the year, a corporate tax decrease will immediately leave more profit in the company, not in a person's pocket. Now, that company is likely to use that extra profit to reduce debt, purchase or upgrade assets, expand the business, pay a bigger bonus, increase salaries or hire new staff. Yes, the top managers could write themselves big cheques but in the vast majority of companies, they will use profit sensibly to maintain and build the business.

    So my view is that Japan has to increase the sales tax and those that spend (consume) more will be the biggest contributors. And reducing corporate tax will have a positive impact on jobs, wages and business expansion.

    Posted in: Abe may sweeten sales tax hike with corporate tax cut

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    Tessa, (I've inferred you are a teacher from your post) whilst your story sounds charming to me, I could see how such actions in Japan could be viewed as immature for a teacher or police or doctor....all being viewed as positions of authority and responsibility here. The provactive angle was a surprise.

    Posted in: Lipstick company conducts survey on first kisses

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    @Sangetsu03 - "I will enjoy a drive through Japan next weekend in my American car. The gas station attendants love it, they think it's "cool".

    For those Japanese who idolise America, the perceived cool factor must be the only reason they would buy an American car over a Japanese or German model.

    I cannot think of one US built car (not a Ford built in UK or EU for those markets) that would offer a compelling package (style, performance, handling, eco, build refinement, price etc) over the Japanese or EU built rivals. But the US car would probably win on how many cupholders is has!

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    It must take a very deranged (brainwashed?) mind to plant and set-off a bomb in public places where innocent people are the targets....and most scary is that there seems to be so many of these 'people' who are willing to do it. How utterly valueless life must be to them. If they hate each other so much, maybe it would be more realistic to create autonomous regions for each main group (Shiite, Sunni etc) and let them run their lives how they see fit without bothering each other.

    I know, naive and wishful thinking. I just hope to see a day when this type of news is rare or, better still, non existant.

    Posted in: More than 60 dead as Iraqis mark end to Ramadan

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    If he released a hard hitting movie about current US actions, e.g. collateral civilian deaths from drone strikes, he may get more reaction than from dramatic portrayals of historic events. However, I think most American's would still believe that the US fights the good causes of freedom and democracy and in doing so, has to sometimes make difficult decisions for the greater good. Like Jack Nicholson's character in A Few Good Men said, "You can't handle the truth!" (That to protect freedom & democracy and keep a nation safe often requires the nation to do things that Joe Public would rather not think/know about).

    Posted in: People like me have tried to write something, put something out there - the questions, the sovereignty and the tyranny of the United States. But we feel sometimes very weak and helpless, with no chance.

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    10 'men' armed with baseball bats to beat down one (assuming) unarmed man. What a bunch of cowardly thugs. These conspirators should have gotten some jail time. And the 2 year jail//300,000 yen fine maximum, even for those who did the beating, is a joke.

    The article doesn't speculate on the reason for the attack. It suggests possible mistaken identity but nothing to say what the motivation for the attack was.

    Posted in: 6 men given suspended sentences over Roppongi club attack

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    InControl

    The article makes it sond like they are introducing these measures out of concern for the prospective lay judges but I'm sure it is just to avoid being sued again.

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    InControl

    @afanofjapan - I think those standing up for the US Government think about it like this:

    1) What Snowden disclosed should come as no great surprise; most Americans and plenty of others had a good idea that the NSA is watching/reading/listening to all communications. Just look at the movies like Enemy of the State.

    2) However, for Snowden to make public specific details of the how & what the NSA does....this is not only embarassing but will probably limit the effectiveness of the program and by doing so help 'the bad guys' (terrorists, foreign states, domestic criminals etc).

    3) He held trusted positions at government agencies and had probably agreed in writing never to disclose information he had access to.

    For these reasons they argue he is a traitor, helping (maybe misguidedly) enemies of the US and their allies.

    Bass4funk, please correct me if I'm wrong?

    Posted in: Snowden walks free in Russia; Obama-Putin summit in doubt

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    In most other countries, the corporation, government and judiciary would all want to move fast and decisively (for different reasons) with tough action (huge fines, executives fired, whistleblower rewarded) to make this embarassment go away and give the impression of zero-tolerance for bad guys and rewards for whistleblowers. Olympus & J-Gov must not care how ridiculous this makes Japan Inc look. Abe should be concerned as a key part of his structural reforms are attracting foreign investment. How many US or UK firms would want to partnwr or invest with Japan corporations when they've watched this Olympus circus playing out for years?

    Posted in: Whistleblower says Olympus ignoring court order

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    InControl

    Immediately call an ambulance for the person then see if you can get your passport, park deep in long term car park at Narita and be gone before you're caught. That's if you are completely sure it was the other person's fault. If you are the one who ran a red light or something clearly putting you in the wrong, then pull over, give whatever help you can, call an ambulance and wait to take responsibility for your actions.

    Posted in: Man arrested over fatal hit-and-run in Ibaraki

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    Who is betting the reason he gives when caught is something like "I was feeling stressed and wanted to hurt someone"?

    Posted in: Woman hit from behind on Tokyo street; attacker gets away

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    CrisGerSan - you summed it up perfectly in terms of the linkage between student actions and their universities. Also, not calling for them to be thrown out but given a punishment that lets them know not to do that stuff again. For their own safety and others as pranks like that may lead to competition to see who can do more & more crazy/risky things.

    Posted in: Antics of 3 students at Universal Studios Japan result in charges

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    InControl

    Wipeout, I have a feeling that a large percentage of Brits abroad would be net contributors to where they go. For Spain perhaps many are retirees buying property, spending savings and shifting UK pension payouts to the Spanish economy. Others might open pubs or fish & chip shops etc. I'm sure there are also criminal or yob-types but generally speaking a poorer, unskilled, low wage earning Brit is probably better off staying in the UK with its welfare entitlements than they are going to another EU location? But Britain has attracted too many people who are not net contributors from poorer EU countries.

    I'm not sure if this view is accurate, but it's the impression I have.

    Posted in: New immigration laws hinder some married expats returning to UK

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    Just to add to my earlier comment, I think the visa being referred to in the story is a Settlement Visa. I guess this is similar to a permanent visa in Japan. Is this different to a Green Card for USA?

    And when I recently enquired about a settlement visa for my foreign wife, I was told that even though I own a property in England (our intended residence), this would not result any discount to the required £18,600 wages noted in the article.

    Posted in: New immigration laws hinder some married expats returning to UK

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