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edojinSep. 24, 2016 - 01:50PM JST
About two decades ago it was written that the Aum Shinrikyo cult killers would not be executed because of the slow judicial system here in Japan. It was also pointed out that some of them came from prestigious universities ... and so as not to tarnish the image of these universities, their lives would be spared down the road. And sure enough it seems as if those predictions are coming true. Not one Aum Shinrikyo murderer has been put to death. And if the above story comes true, their lives will probably be spared. And to have such murderers "rehabilitated" and "returned to society" would be an injustice in itself.
So ... abolish the death penalty ... and someday "rehabilitate" the murderers? There's got to be a better way. If the death penalty is outlawed ... make sure the really bad people stay behind bars for the rest of their lives. I, for one, don't want them back out on the street in any form.
Posted in: Japan's bar federation targets abolishing death penalty for 1st time
edojinSep. 22, 2016 - 05:03PM JST
Reason No. 9: I clean up the cigarette butts and other trash that is tossed about carelessly around my home. And my neighbors do the same ... that is, they also clean up litter that is tossed on the roadway. Smokers ... the bane of our area in downtown Tokyo ...
Posted in: 8 reasons Japan is so clean
edojinSep. 21, 2016 - 06:14PM JST
What other chemicals are lurking beneath the new Toyosu facility? The more they test the place, the more stuff they find. Forget the move to Toyosu. Look for a different place. Meanwhile, the Liberal Democratic Party is really looking bad in this fiasco. Just how much "market" money went into their pockets over the time the new place was built? The total bill should be sent to the LDP to pay ... don't take it from Tokyo taxpayers' pocketbooks.
edojinSep. 21, 2016 - 06:03PM JST
I agree with MsDelicious and Disillusioned above. Also, the Fukushima nuclear power plant has to go. It has four destroyed nuclear reactors sitting there melting into dangerous territory. So there is no choice concerning its removal. Get rid of the "breathing" nuclear monster ...
edojinSep. 20, 2016 - 04:13PM JST
Well, that gives me two teams to root for -- the Carp and the BayStars. Hope the BayStars can take out the Giants, then go head-to-head against the Carp in the CL finals. The Giants gotta be the most boring team in Japanese baseball ... and even their manager and coaches are boring. I keep saying it's like watching a wax museum exhibit when viewing the Giants' coaching staff.
Anyway ... go go Carp ... and go go BayStars ...
edojinSep. 19, 2016 - 02:59PM JST
This issue is much bigger than is seen in the English press. It is being blown to pieces all over TV commentary shows. Jiminto, the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan, is the main culprit behind the scenes. Apparently huge sums of money were involved in setting up the Toyosu fish market site. And where lots of this money went is a mystery. Enter new governor Koike-san ... and she has stirred up a hornets nest. At least seven Jiminto members of the Tokyo metropolitan government Assembly supported Koike in the recent election ... and they are being punished by being expelled from the party. So ... Jiminto seems to be applying pressure to do something about Koike's revelations on the new fish market. Jiminto still wants to run the Tokyo government show ... and rake in the big money behind the scenes.
So ... concering the above question ... I say postpone the move from Tsukiji to Toyosu and seriously study the issues at hand. I ... and surely everyone in the Tokyo area and throughout Japan ... do not want to get my seafood from a place that has polluted ground water seeping in the way it is now at the Toyosu site. Like others in the TV opinion shows, I, too, say look for a new site. Forget the Toyosu site ... it is polluted ... and will surely be more polluted in due time. Stay at Tsukiji for the immediate future and look for a safe site to move to. Even if this takes years, I don't care. I want my seafood to be safe to eat ... period!
Posted in: What do you think is going to happen next in the ongoing fiasco over the proposed new Tokyo fish market at Toyosu? Is the relocation still viable or do you think it will be postponed indefinitely?
edojinSep. 01, 2016 - 05:41PM JST
Good story. Visited here several years ago. A fascinating place to see first-hand. The boat ride from Nagasaki harbor out to the island is also an interesting voyage. Lots of things to see going to and from Gunkanjima.
Posted in: Japan’s isle of modern ruin: Past and future of Gunkanjima
edojinSep. 01, 2016 - 05:38PM JST
Nothing illegal ... it's just business as usual. Money flies here, money flies there, money flies everywhere. Just can't trust these panels that are set up by the people at the controls of taking charge of big money outflows. Wonder what an independent panel that should be set up by new Tokyo Gov. Koike could come up with? But the powers that be outside her realm would surely veto such a panel ...
Posted in: Panel finds nothing illegal in Tokyo Olympic bid
edojinAug. 30, 2016 - 06:05PM JST
Been to nine of the listed places above. I like seeing the intact castles themselves ... not the remains. I've been to various places not listed above and have seen what is considered "remains of castles," and although I enjoyed my visit to these old castle towns, the "remains" did not really turn me on.
As for No. 1 on my list ... too many ... I have visited many nice castles and rate them all highly.
Posted in: Top 20 most popular castles in Japan, according to TripAdvisor
edojinAug. 27, 2016 - 06:30PM JST
Wonder how much of this lost money has found its way into politicians' pockets? There's a huge amount of money involved in the overall Tokyo 2020 Olympics program ... and this is why Jiminto is so interested in it. Hope new Tokyo Governor Koike can keep track of all the spending that's taking place.
edojinAug. 27, 2016 - 06:24PM JST
Great inventions. Bet Sir Thomas Crapper would be delighted with what is a high-tech extension of his original invention. I have friends in the United States who used to live in Japan say they installed Japanese-style toilets in their homes ... and love them.
Posted in: What do you think of Japan’s high-tech toilets?
edojinAug. 27, 2016 - 06:14PM JST
Jiminto is responsible for this fiasco. Jiminto lost Social Security money years ago by throwing it away on silly things its members bought just to put their names on their insane projects. Now Jiminto is again throwing away Social Security money on one of its stupid schemes to "make money" on the stock market. Time after time the retirees are seeing their Social Security payments reduced. And nobody gets excited. I know of retirees who are actually suffering because of this ... and nobody complains ... except to me and my wife. Why doesn't somebody, anybody, go after those clowns who are handling our retirement money? Oh well ... same old question, same silence. Can't figure it out ...
Posted in: Gov't pension fund reports Y5.23 tril loss in April-June
edojinAug. 25, 2016 - 04:54PM JST
I come from a family with a strong background in farming in the eastern United States. The children of these farming families -- my nieces, nephews and cousins --- one and all walked away from farming and took normal jobs in towns and cities, away from the farms. Their reasoning: It's easier to be a salaryman ... plus today you make more money as a salaryman. So, what Takeshi Minami said above makes sense.
Posted in: It’s easier to be a salaryman. You can’t be a farmer unless that’s your passion.
edojinAug. 25, 2016 - 04:47PM JST
Throw him in the slammer for 20 years ... but ... hey ... they can't do that. His mother is a famous movie star and he's also a movie star. Instead of imprisoning him, just give him a high-profile advertisement/TV commercial and a starring role in a movie ... preferably about rapes, where he would feel right at home ...
Posted in: Actor Yuta Takahata arrested on rape charge
edojinAug. 23, 2016 - 06:27PM JST
I can think of all kinds of jobs I would not want to do ... and this is definitely one of them. Not hard to do ... but can you imagine lying there for a long time while people watch you "work" ...
Posted in: Resting easy
edojinAug. 23, 2016 - 06:24PM JST
No problem. Come 2020 Japan ... and especially Tokyo ... will be ready for the Olympics. Japan has never failed to host major sports events ... and will again be successful in holding the Olympics in 2020.
Ready or not, here we go ... four years of hard work and all kinds of excitement ... and success ...
Posted in: Tokyo prepares for 2020 Olympics, facing rising costs and new sports
edojinAug. 23, 2016 - 06:19PM JST
Okay everybody ... to see how Abenomics is working ... look in your bank book to see how much interest you have earned since last time. You will be surprised to see how much the interest payment has dipped. This is the result of the BOJ's adoption of negative interest rates this year. Couldn't believe how much my interest return dropped. Bet yours is lower too.
So ... is Abenomics helping you? Your call ...
Posted in: Japan Inc not enthusiastic over Abe's stimulus, BOJ easing
edojinAug. 23, 2016 - 06:09PM JST
Good idea. Soon Japan's Coast Guard will be overwhelmed by Chinese vessels of all types. Gotta keep on protecting the Senkakus ...
edojinAug. 22, 2016 - 05:30PM JST
Near Shinjuku it seemed like just another rain storm. Not much rain and only a few gusts of not-so-strong wind. As "gokai" said above, sure didn't feel like a typhoon (and I've been in many).
Posted in: Hundreds of flights grounded as typhoon makes landfall in Chiba
edojinAug. 22, 2016 - 04:20PM JST
Seems as if Abe-san were imitating Queen Elizabeth when she did the bit role in the James Bond episode during the opening of the London Olympics. Thing is, everybody knows Queen Elizabeth. Wonder how many actually know about Abe-san? Anyway, the whole filmed thing for the Rio closing ceremony was neatly done. A good idea. However, Abe-san shed his Mario uniform too quickly. It was hard to see Mario morphing into Abe-san atop the green opening connecting Tokyo and Rio via the center of the world.
Then when the musical finale to the closing ceremony started, NHK cut it off abruptly and went into other Olympic-related things.
Anyway ... four years from now all of this will be happening right here in Tokyo. Hang on ... these are going to be an exciting four years leading up to 2020.
Posted in: Rio throws final Olympic party; Tokyo governor accepts flag, Abe turns into Mario
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