Stephen Knight's past comments

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    Stephen Knight

    "...those punishable by a maximum of four years or more behind bars."

    Posted in: Scope of new conspiracy bill reined in, targeting fewer crimes

  • 0

    Stephen Knight

    Looking forward to this, but as usual, no release date announced for Japan... :-/

    Posted in: Gore Verbinski -- born to be a horror director

  • 17

    Stephen Knight

    I was at a shopping mall in Yokohama the other day, and my friends and I were commenting on all the young mothers with baby carriages--some of them with one baby strapped to their front, another in a carriage, all weighed down by additional baggage,purchases, etc. While there may be some insensitive or even downright abusive use of carriages, we all agreed that it must be a struggle even to get out of the house and onto public transportation with all that--many of the women looked downright exhausted--and none of us understood, really, all the animosity directed at mothers, most of whom are just trying to get their business done. Small-minded selfishness seems to be the rule rather than the exception these days...

    Posted in: Insults fly back and forth online over baby carriages

  • 4

    Stephen Knight

    Maybe it'll be the death knell for the driver training industry that's such a rip-off here--though I imagine the government will find some way to require licenses (and expensive training) even for operators of "driverless" cars.

    Posted in: Which jobs will be made obsolete by driverless cars?

  • 12

    Stephen Knight

    AND... the hotel chain's site is down for "system maintenance."

    Posted in: APA hotel chain under fire over book denying Rape of Nanking

  • 10

    Stephen Knight

    I wouldn't stay at an APA hotel, but without public shareholders to answer to, I guess they're not worried about damaging their stock price or anything. The president looks every bit the part, too. https://www.apa.co.jp/company/company02

    Still, the “History can never change over time, and facts will not fade away despite deliberate evasion" comment is pretty rich coming from the Chinese side, too, given China's long record of altering or simply erasing vast swatches of its own history.

    Posted in: APA hotel chain under fire over book denying Rape of Nanking

  • 3

    Stephen Knight

    Kazuhide Sekiyama and his fellow scientists at Spiber Inc. have been working successfully on a similar effort for several years now...

    https://www.spiber.jp/en/endeavor

    Posted in: Scientists say they can produce spider silk in lab

  • 1

    Stephen Knight

    What's incredible is that they made it through 48 countries in 400 days and got home safe with their drone intact!! Some really remarkable images -- and they look like a very nice, very interesting, very adventurous couple! Hat's off to them, however they managed the journey.

    Posted in: Japanese couple capture their 400-day honeymoon around the world with spectacular drone footage

  • 1

    Stephen Knight

    Sagawa haven't done business with Amazon for a few years now.

    Perhaps not directly, but they still handle shipments for third-party merchants that sell on Amazon (but don't ship from Amazon's own warehouse), the number of which has grown enormously in recent years.

    Posted in: Sagawa employee caught on YouTube throwing, kicking parcels

  • 13

    Stephen Knight

    Sagawa has a long history of abusing its workers, but also of letting its workers get away with a remarkable level of malfeasance. A friend who used to work in the office of their main Tokyo dispatch center said incidences of parcel theft, boss-on-driver violence, etc. were rampant. They supposedly cleaned up somewhat after going public, but the sheer volume their drivers/delivery personnel have to deal with (along with Yamato and the rest) as Amazon and others expand same-day delivery service represents a level of pressure even these long-time players in the industry haven't dealt with before. None of which excuses this guy's blow-up, but sometimes I think people sitting at their computers, clicking their online shopping carts don't have any idea of what it takes to get their goods from one point to another.

    My local Yamato guy, who mostly delivers by cart from a neighborhood substation, says he lost 20 kg in his first six months of work.

    Posted in: Sagawa employee caught on YouTube throwing, kicking parcels

  • 3

    Stephen Knight

    "We're all about food." "A restaurant-like quality."

    Well it IS a restaurant; you'd think those two things would be the minimum requirements, not marketing talking points.

    Posted in: Mexican premium fast-food restaurant Guzman y Gomez opens 4th store in Japan

  • 9

    Stephen Knight

    Actually he said it was because of threats to use "sexuality issues" against him--his statement said nothing about drug use. So instead of standing up and saying "I'm gay, so what? Oh, and I don't use drugs," he chose to conflate a legal issue with one that has nothing to do with the law. A coward's way out, and so 1950s Hollywood.

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  • 9

    Stephen Knight

    I'd swear at least 50% of drivers I saw on the metropolitan expressway the other day (and I watched for about an hour as a passenger in a minivan) had their phones balanced on their steering wheels and were only intermittently looking ahead...

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  • 0

    Stephen Knight

    I guess there's some reason they can't call it a "mass slaughter of chickens."

    Posted in: Japan begins chicken cull on 3rd bird flu outbreak in less than a week

  • 1

    Stephen Knight

    I guess Rocket News missed out on the obvious connection to nure senbei, a "moist" version of the traditional crunchy rice cracker, popular in some parts of Japan.

    Posted in: 'Wet potato chips' -- A moist revolution or soggy defeat?

  • 4

    Stephen Knight

    Pretty sure that's 1.05 trillion yen in annual sales.

    Posted in: Nissan sells auto parts firm stake in corporate shake-up

  • 2

    Stephen Knight

    An awfully misleading headline. Retail is no better or worse (and certainly not "hell") than most other industries in this respect--it's an issue for business in general.

    How many pop stars are openly gay in Japan?

    I honestly can't think of a single one, though there are always rumors.

    I don't believe that people's personal lives are relevant to the workforce. Workplace discrimination is therefore illogical.

    Try being an LGBT individual in any company with a hyper-macho culture and see how you feel then.

    Posted in: LGBT’s retail hell: Despite progress, sector lags behind

  • 5

    Stephen Knight

    I'm tempted to book a room just to find out if they still place that book/magazine in their guest rooms.

    Posted in: The APA way - Always Pleasant Amenities

  • 0

    Stephen Knight

    As one of their 11,808,804 card members, always found it odd that the front desk staff don't like to handle money!

    My understanding is that it's mainly a theft-prevention measure (internal and external).

    APA is doing well, but as others point out, they have some decidedly odd--if not downright odious--quirks. And, at least a couple of years ago, the English-language materials in their rooms (hotel guide, etc.) were some of the poorest translations I've ever seen. Hopefully they'll fix that before the Olympics, if they haven't already.

    Posted in: The APA way - Always Pleasant Amenities

  • 0

    Stephen Knight

    Odd, the Guardian says it only took two days.

    Posted in: Hakata street reopened after huge sinkhole filled in with sand, cement

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