Aly Rustom's past comments

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    Aly Rustom

    "personally, I think that what masako is espousing is discrimination mixed with protectionism. Her comments reek of both but I can't seem to make up my mind whether her end game is pure discrimination or protectionism through the belief that Japanese are inherently different from the rest of the human race. And if the Japanese are inherently different than the rest of humanity, doesn't that mean that in the effort to be different, they LOSE some of that humanity- that they somehow become less human, because after all they are different? Its a double edged sword.

    Nihonjinron filtered into international trade negotiations, Japanese negotiators maddening their foreign interlocutors with one form or another of it in defense of protectionism against the import of foreign food and other products deemed harmful to Japanese, however safe elsewhere

    You know, two can play that game. If I was on the negociating team, here is what I would say to the Japanese delegation: Sorry, we are not going to allow you to sell your cars in our country, because you see, Japanese people are very small and have short legs, so your cars are not suitable for our big people.

    Fighting fire with fire can sometimes work, but what about fighting BS with BS?

    Posted in: Health diets from overseas flooding Japan, but are they right for Japanese bodies?

  • 0

    Aly Rustom

    Therefore, a self-driving car will be faced with exactly the same choices a driver would make. Is that BS??

    Yes actually it is. Humans are no better at making a split second decision than a computer. Therefore my argument still stands

    Posted in: For driverless cars, a moral dilemma: Who lives or dies?

  • -1

    Aly Rustom

    casinos will help revive Japan’s stagnant economy, generating hundreds of billions of yen worth of investment and thousands of jobs, as well as bringing in more tourists.

    That cannot be the criterion for legalizing and promoting something. One must think of the social good as well. Think of marjiuana and prostitution. Both if legalized would do the exact same thing as gambling- revive Japan’s stagnant economy, generating hundreds of billions of yen worth of investment and thousands of jobs, as well as bringing in more tourists.

    But is that the benchmark we choose to adopt? Do we really want tourists to come here because they want to get stoned, get laid, or to gamble? If the end game is just more tourists the legalization of all the above might be the way to go. But Japan does need to ask itself, is the fallout from any of these vices (in this case gambling) worth it?

    That's a question that will require soul searching.

    Posted in: Proponents of the Integrated Resort Promotions Bill that would legalize casinos in Japan say casinos will help revive Japan’s stagnant economy, generating hundreds of billions of yen worth of investment and thousands of jobs, as well as bringing in more tourists. Opponents say casino legalization will add to gambling addiction problems. What's your stance on the issue?

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    Aly Rustom

    Imagine you’re behind the wheel when your brakes fail. As you speed toward a crowded crosswalk, you’re confronted with an impossible choice: veer right and mow down a large group of elderly people, or veer left into a woman pushing a stroller. Now imagine you’re riding in the back of a self-driving car. How would it decide?

    The failing brakes would be moral dilemma on the manufacturers full stop. But this is a BS argument in the first place. How many groups of elderly AND mothers with strollers will be saved because of the elimination of drunk drivers, exhausted people falling asleep at the wheel, and basic human error?

    Self driving cars may not be completely flawless, but compared to human drivers, they are a much better option. Watch and see. The less human drivers and the more self driving cars, the less casualties and accidents will occur.

    Posted in: For driverless cars, a moral dilemma: Who lives or dies?

  • 3

    Aly Rustom

    Not sure why Japan gets so much wrath. It's a global problem with no country free from this scouge. Well maybe because this is a Japanese forum, maybe as well because throughout recent history, Japanese have been known to "import" talent from poor SE Asian countries with the lure of money and jobs in "entertainment" and force these women into prostitution. Maybe too because of the sex-tours to Thailand and other SE Asian nations. But mostly because, THIS is a Japanese forum.

    Exactly! 100% onthe money Yubaru!

    Posted in: 3 arrested for forcing 7 Cambodian women to work at hostess bars

  • 0

    Aly Rustom

    I also know many europeans who can't speak english from a variety of countries.

    Neither can most Japanese, but they can read a word or two the same way many foreigners living in Japan may not speak Japanese but can find the men's or women's toilet with 男 女 Kanji. Even those europeans who can't speak english can read MEN, WOMEN, STOP, FLUSH. Again, like I said before, its not shakespeare in the toilet. Simple easy english signs are universal. You don't have to be conversational to understand it.

    Posted in: Japanese toilets receive new standardised symbols to help foreign tourists

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    Aly Rustom

    However, that's still a far cry from the 30% that nuclear was providing Japan prior to 2011.

    Because big money isn't behind it. Look how much they've dished out to protect Tepco. They could have spent that money subsidizing solar instead of nuclear.

    It seems reasonable to me that the government continues to push for it, especially considering there are existing facilities and reactors.

    Almost all of which are past their shelf life AND were built on seizmic faults, AND are on the shore, meaning another Fukushima is not a matter of if but when.

    If they pass the necessary safety tests and don't present harm to the surrounding population, then there's no good reason to not use them.

    That's a very big IF...

    There's more to the issue than just money and vested interests, it's about what is practical and effective.

    Take a look at the disaster that is Fukushima. Just what part of that is practical and effective? I'm sorry, but it is all about money and vested interests. IF TEPCO and the rest of the energy giants find a way to monopolize solar energy, Japan would go 100% solar in a decade.

    Posted in: 2 more nuclear reactors in Kyushu pass safety checks

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    Aly Rustom

    I know many foreigners who got 0% of english ability, many asians and people from the ME also are new to our alphabet.

    I have lived in over 10 countries in the ME and I can tell you EVERYONE can speak some to excellent english there. A great many of them ALSO speak french in addition to english. Your comment on the ME is incorrect, with all due respect. I cannot comment on the rest of asia.

    The majority of tourists are not from English speaking countries, but that doesn't mean they don't speak English. I don't think the government takes stats on the number of English speakers visiting the country

    Very good point.

    Posted in: Japanese toilets receive new standardised symbols to help foreign tourists

  • -1

    Aly Rustom

    Majority of tourists to Japan do not speak English. Thus, we need universal means of communication.

    We're not talking about shakespeare in the toilet. Most tourists who come to Japan can read stop, flush, bidet, backside. You don't need an eikaiwa for that. Plus I said They can leave the signs the way they are. Meaning the japanese signs are fine. Between the cute japanese sign and the simple English, if you can't understand it, you're intellectually challenged

    Posted in: Japanese toilets receive new standardised symbols to help foreign tourists

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    Aly Rustom

    So, I understand many people are still upset and weary about the nuclear reactors post-2011 but what is being offered as an alternative?

    How about solar panels?
    Germany-

    . Long-term minimum targets are 35% by 2020, 50% by 2030 and 80% by 2050

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solarpowerin_Germany

    California

    Solar power in California has been growing rapidly because of high insolation, community support, declining solar costs, and a Renewable Portfolio Standard which requires that 33% of California's electricity come from renewable resources by 2020, and 50% by 2030

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solarpowerin_California

    The reason we don't use solar is because the energy companies can't control and force us to pay with solar. This is about money and vested interests, not lack of alternatives.

    Posted in: 2 more nuclear reactors in Kyushu pass safety checks

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    Aly Rustom

    If I push a restaurant host to give me a table by the window, he may or may not cooperate, but there will be no hard feelings either way. If I demand a table by the window, he would probably show me back into the street.

    That would be a request or an urge. Not a push. If you pushed the host, he would show you back to the street.

    As commanteer points out pushing and demanding are not the same - Perhaps they are on your planet but not here.

    They are on planet Earth. That's fine if you come from somewhere else.

    Posted in: Japan to press Britain, EU to limit Brexit fallout on Japanese firms

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    Aly Rustom

    If they reallly want to show that nuclear energy is safe, they can start by not cutting benefits to the victims of the first disaster. Otherwise, locals will and should oppose it because that could be them next time.

    Posted in: 2 more nuclear reactors in Kyushu pass safety checks

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    Aly Rustom

    Nowhere in the article does it say Japan is demanding anything. The article says they are pushing for favorable treatment for Japanese business invested in the UK and EU

    The article said pushing and pressing. How is that not demanding?

    If I remember right, UK promised when inviting investment from Japan that they would stay in EU.

    And the Japanese KNEW that there would be a Brexit vote. They backed the wrong horse.

    No demands made, can't you read?

    justauser- looks like YOU are the one who needs to take a reading class. Here

    Japan will continue to press Britain and the European Union to limit the effect of Britain’s exit from the bloc on Japanese firms

    Japan will keep pushing both sides to “keep the effect on the world economy and the activities of Japanese companies as small as possible

    Those are demands. Pft

    Posted in: Japan to press Britain, EU to limit Brexit fallout on Japanese firms

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    Aly Rustom

    They can leave the signs the way they are. provide a small english explanation to go along with the signs, that's all.

    said he hopes the standardised icons will help foreign tourists enjoy the comfort of Japanese spray toilet seats and increase their popularity around the world.

    I'm sure they will. No doubt about it. What they need to do is get rid of the squat toilets in public spaces and replace them with washlets for this to happen.

    Posted in: Japanese toilets receive new standardised symbols to help foreign tourists

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    Aly Rustom

    Yoshihide Suga told a press conference that Japan will keep pushing both sides to “keep the effect on the world economy and the activities of Japanese companies as small as possible

    who are you to demand anything?

    “Many Japanese companies are doing business in Europe, including in Britain, and the Japanese government will continue to take great interest in developments related to (Brexit) reflecting this fact,” he said.

    That's fine. Take as much interest as you like. But you are no position to demand anything. This is a negotiation between the UK and EU regarding the bilateral terms of exit. How dare Japan barge in? Imagine what would happen if the UK tried to get involved and tell Japan what to do regarding its FTA with the EU. Suga is way out of line here. It only goes to show the stupidity, arrogance and lack of diplomacy of this regime.

    Posted in: Japan to press Britain, EU to limit Brexit fallout on Japanese firms

  • -1

    Aly Rustom

    Just finished reading about a Mother arrested for strangling her 1-year-old daughter to death. Now I hear about a son strangling parents and himsefl to death. sigh

    Posted in: 3 family members found dead in apparent murder-suicide

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    Aly Rustom

    What a whiny moaning tosser of a customer. It was an honest mistake, it wasn't personal. Wipe your nose and get on with life. Why is this even a story? Send him to Lawson next year.

    Because in Japan, its not about fixing problems, its about whining about them. That's why nothing ever gets done here. This stupid idea that they always have to complain until the cows come home. The manager AND employee visited the man in his home with a brand new replacement. I wouldn't have expected such good treatment as a foreigner but if I did, I would have had the common courtesy to thank the store manager and employee for honestly trying to fix their mistake, which they did. Seems their actions were alot better than the usual useless empty gestures of teeth sucking and moshi wakegozaimasen BS people here love to do.

    What defines a proper explanation in the man's mind?

    Seiza with a lot of empty stupid MW BS as stated above with useless bows.

    Posted in: 7-Eleven under fire for selling half-eaten Christmas cake to customer on Christmas Eve

  • 0

    Aly Rustom

    Japan has huge contracts in Vietnam and sells an enormous number of products. Japan is hardly getting fleeced. The situation is quite the opposite: If Japan is going to survive, it's countries like Vietnam that will pay the bills.

    Meaning the companies get the profits while the taxpayers get fleeced. Is this money going to go back to the Japanese taxpayer? If you believe that I've got a bridge from China to Japan I want to sell you.

    Posted in: Vietnamese PM urges more investment from Japan

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    Aly Rustom

    Japan’s most powerful business lobby on Tuesday called on corporate leaders to curb the practice of requiring employees to work excessive overtime, and to raise wages for the fourth straight year.

    Why are you calling on the corporate leaders to do that? Why don't you pressure that waste-of-oxegen-excuse of a PM to do something about it? He's made the BOJ print money, he's raised the sales tax on the poor people of this country, and he's giving money away to other asian nations like he was the Joker in BATMAN (1989). Why can't he raise the minimum wage? And who else besides the PM is supposed to tackle the problem of overtime. This is his job. But he's too busy throwing money around asia to give a hoot.

    CruisinJapan -great post. Agree 100%

    Posted in: Keidanren wants excessive overtime curbed; urges wage hikes

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    Aly Rustom

    Its not just the teachers. Why stop there? Everyone in Japan seems to do this.

    Teachers end up bringing ruin on themselves by working long hours out of good intentions to help their students.

    Salarymen and OLS end up bringing ruin on themselves by working long hours out of good intentions to help their companies.

    They have to sacrifice their private lives and are left with little time to learn more for themselves, which will ultimately lead to a degradation of the quality of education.

    They have to sacrifice their private lives and are left with little time to learn more for themselves, which will ultimately lead to a degradation of the quality of their performance.

    You can apply this to any vocation in Japan. This is not a teacher problem and shouldn't be treated as such. This is a Japanese mentality problem. The culture has to change, and how we do that is the discourse we should be having now. People don't understand the law of diminishing returns. The longer you work the less productive you will be. And I cannot tell you people how many times I've explained it to the Japanese people I know. Water off a duck's back. Sigh.

    Posted in: Teachers end up bringing ruin on themselves by working long hours out of good intentions to help their students. They have to sacrifice their private lives and are left with little time to learn more for themselves, which will ultimately lead to a degradation of the quality of education.

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