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    Bad photo, but fine woman. I don't care about her shoes to be honest.

    Her shoes??!!! Who gives a flying f about her shoes? I would make her see God, man, who cares about her shoes?

    Posted in: Plus J Girl

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    So many replies from people who ought to know better - if you've been in Japan for even a short amount of time one knows that you encounter these difficulties when you ask for something that was outside the parameters of their programming.

    Posted in: In Japan, the customer is not king

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    understand that most parents are doing the very best they can to entertain their children and keep them from being a nuisance.

    This is not always true. The same kids that act up on the airplane are often the same kids that you see pitching fits in the restaurant, supermarket or department store while mom and dad do nothing about it.

    If I see the parents are trying their best, I usually don't say anything, but if the parents are just sitting there, I'm going to start a running dialog with them, usually the father.

    One thing that never ceases to amaze me are the numbers of parents with very young children that don't bring anything on the plane to keep the kids occupied and expect to get through a long flight without the kids getting antsy.

    I'm a parent and I've taken many flights with my kids and never once did we have a problem - because I was prepared and my kids knew from an early age how to behave in public. I would bet that a lot of the parents upbraiding the single people here are the same ones who let their kids do whatever they want.

    Posted in: What's the best way to deal with screaming or badly-behaved children at airports and on planes so that they don't drive other passengers crazy?

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    They talked a lot of stuff without having a clue about how they were going to accomplish it. Still going on to this very day. There are folks that will say that Okinawa did Hatoyama in, Okinawa was just one factor, he resigned because he wasn't able to do anything. Seemed like he enjoyed playing PM after he was elected, went on some trips, and people took him seriously for a while. But when it came time to go to work, he bailed.

    Posted in: When the Democratic Party of Japan, led by Yukio Hatoyama, swept to power a year ago, there were high hopes that they would bring about positive change in Japan. What do you think went wrong?

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    So why is the murder rate in Europe, which has no death penalty, so much lower than it is in America? Why is the rate so much lower in Japan, which uses the death penalty very, very sparingly, than in America, where someone is executed every week?

    Easy question to answer - in America there is an out of control drug problem and anyone can have access to guns.

    Posted in: Execution chamber at Tokyo Detention House opened to media

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    Dark are actually better at protecting you from UV rays.

    The opposite is true.

    Posted in: What can be done to lower the number of deaths from heatstroke?

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    I told her she should have at least one hot meal a day.

    Why?

    By the way, I read somewhere that drinking too much water on a hot day is also not good for you and will make the body languid. Does anyone know if that is true? The report might have been saying that too much water and not enough food leaves the body without energy.

    This is dangerous misinformation. It is not keeping your body properly hydrated to replenish what you lose when you sweat and urinate that causes heat exhaustion and potential heat stroke. The Japanese eat foods that are high in sodium, which require even more water to dilute the level in the bloodstream, combine this with the need to replenish water from sweating and you have a potentially dangerous situation.

    For someone to develop hyponatremia, you would have to drink an excessive amount of water continuously, i.e. really work at it and forcing yourself to drink more than a liter per hour.

    Elderly people often have other medical conditions, and take medications, that make the heat hard to deal with. People with asthma often have attacks in high heat and humidity.

    Posted in: What can be done to lower the number of deaths from heatstroke?

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    Drink lots of water? Turn on the A/C? Don't work outside in the heat of day if you are elderly. Just really use common sense - of course that is often a problem with people.

    Posted in: What can be done to lower the number of deaths from heatstroke?

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    One thing would be to change the child custody laws to keep the father in the child's life.

    Japan already HAS laws on its books but you get this whole "what can we do" attitude towards actual enforcement. Everything from family relations to traffic law is basically letting people do whatever they want until it's too late. Then you get these "tragedy" stories in the newspaper, people sigh and do nothing, and then it just keeps on happening. Look at all of the stories in the last six months about kids falling off of balconies - it's not kids somehow finding their way onto the balconies, it's the parents and grandparents putting them there.

    Posted in: What can be done to stem the rise of child abuse in Japanese society?

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    Wonder how many graduate to actual rape because they know they can get away with it?

    Posted in: Serial groper apprehended through computer profiling

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    Hafu, gaijin, whatever, they're all ways to distinguish true Japanese from everyone else in the country.

    Posted in: What do you think of the word "hafu," the Japanese term used to describe anyone who is half-Japanese?

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    If a black person( easy to identify ) who is later become a japanise citizen and then in the system leagly identyfy as japanise (nihon jin). but in socily he is a still Guyjin

    This is a perfect example of Japanese thinking - Japanese is more than just a nationality, it is also a race, and only Japanese with Asian features are TRULY Japanese. Just ask the minister Renho.

    Posted in: What do you think of the word "hafu," the Japanese term used to describe anyone who is half-Japanese?

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    Why weren't the people who beat him up charged with assault?

    Posted in: Mother of falsely accused groper who killed himself seeks justice

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    If I were a member of the Japanese government I would propose a law that states windows that can be opened on the second floor and higher MUST have bars installed, and that all balcony doors must be self-closing and automatically lock. A method (key lock?) to open the doors can be placed above the reach of an average toddler on both sides of the door - so no one gets locked out on the balcony.

    Posted in: 3-year-old boy falls to death from 13th floor of Nagoya apartment

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    The next day, the Yachiyo police reported the peacock confessed to several unsolved crimes. The police chief commended the force for its exceptional police work n clearing the cases.

    Posted in: Police recapture escaped peacock

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    Every week we have one of these. Sorry folks, it's NOT a tragic accident, it's a death due to negligence.

    Posted in: 3-year-old boy falls to death from 13th floor of Nagoya apartment

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    Well, folks, I have kids and when they were young I never left them unattended in a car even for a few minutes; always made sure (to this day) that they wear seatbelts in the car; and made sure that I did everything I could to prevent accidents - i.e. was diligent about looking for potential trouble.

    It doesn't take a rocket scientist to recognize the potential for disaster when a child is jumping on a bed that is less than a meter away from an open window. In my time here in Japan it's become apparent to me that many Japanese parents just let their kids do what they want to do without disciplining them or ensuring their safety. just look at how many kids under 5 are walking around cars while their parents drive.

    Posted in: 4-yr-old girl falls to death from 6th-floor hotel window

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    Yet another "kid goes out the window/off the balcony because the parents weren't paying attention" story.

    Posted in: 4-yr-old girl falls to death from 6th-floor hotel window

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    Add in the fact that the majority of Japanese (1) want the US military to protect them but (2) don't want the US military anywhere near where they live but (3) don't want the expense/responsibility of providing for their own military and you have a situation that is impossible for anyone.

    Not impossible to solve. Inform the Japanese government that the US will remove its troops and equipment from Japan on a gradual basis and that it is willing to provide support to the Japanese only on an equal and reciprocal basis, which would mean Japan would have to increase its military and staff the bases themselves, and pay for every associated cost.

    Posted in: Do you think Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama knows what he is doing on the Futenma base relocation issue?

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    Why limit the discussion to the Futenma issue? Does anyone think he knows what he's doing on just about any issue? Has he kept one of the campaign promises that he made? And can anyone name one substantive improvement or action that his government has initieated and completed in the 6 months they've been in power?

    Posted in: Do you think Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama knows what he is doing on the Futenma base relocation issue?

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