smartacus's past comments

  • -1

    Brainiac

    It's a problem in our office, which is open, with no cubicles. We need to talk to each other and it is really hard to get someone's attention, without waving a hand and hoping they see you, or throwing something at them. emailing may take too long for them to see it and respond. Most annoying is when you finally have to get up and walk over to that person and tap them on the shoulder.

    My first two jobs were in offices where listening to music was banned and I agree with that policy. I see no reason for anyone to cut themselves off from the rest of the office by listening to music, even if it does help them concentrate. I admit some offices can be noisy with employees chattering, but if your duties require you to interact with your co-workers, then no headphones please.

    Posted in: Do you find it annoying when you're trying to get a co-worker's attention in the office but can't because they are listening to music? Do you think companies should ban employees listening to whatever it is they listen to, especially in an open office where employees need to communicate with each other?

  • 2

    Brainiac

    I was also wondering why the FBI and not the local police.

    Posted in: FBI says it's evaluating abuse allegations against Brad Pitt

  • 1

    Brainiac

    Everytime I saw that movie, I fell in love with Liesl. RIP. You left us too young.

    Posted in: 'Sound of Music' actress Charmian Carr dies at 73

  • -8

    Brainiac

    I guess I am the only one on this thread who feels any empathy for the mother. Posters above seem to be all perfect parents.

    And zones2surf, it was not criminal negligence, unless there are some circumstances we don't know about.

    If any one of you had to console that grieving family, you'd all be useless at it.

    Posted in: 3-year-old boy falls to death from 9th-floor balcony

  • 0

    Brainiac

    It's a shame Nishikori has to play Murray as early as the quarterfinals instead of a semifinal, at least.

    Posted in: Nishikori, Murray, Wawrinka, Serena Williams reach U.S. Open quarterfinals

  • 4

    Brainiac

    Nishikori isn't short either.

    Posted in: Big men

  • 0

    Brainiac

    I am surprised how many readers posting here think it is a simple matter of just letting him resign. Do none of you know anything about the constitution? I'd like to see the emperor retire but it has to be done legally. You can't just ignore the constitution. Every single one of you who are saying just let him abdicate are actually saying ignore the constitution and that is a dangerous precedent.

    Look at what smithinjapan wrote above. Just take a pen, add an amendment to the bottom. No discussion or vote in the Diet. How is it possible that you can live in Japan and yet know so little about Japan?

    Educator60 and cleo explain the complexities of the situation. There is also another factor to consider. Amending the law to allow abdication could also mean that an emperor might be forced to abdicate against his will.

    And papigiulio, if the emperor does abdicate, he will most certainly not speak out on political issues. Akihito is a man with a high sense of honor. He would never say anything contentious, if for no other reason than it would seriously put his successor in an awkward position.

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  • 0

    Brainiac

    In the 1980s, I and some other adults spent a week with a group of expat high children from Tokyo with Mother Teresa in Calcutta and it was an eye-opening experience for all of us, helping with mundane daily duties.

    Mother Teresa did more to help impoverished people than every reader on Japan Today's discussion board combined. When some of you have held a leper in your arms, you'll learn a little more humility.

    Posted in: Mother Teresa: 'Saint of the gutters' canonized at Vatican

  • -6

    Brainiac

    This is not the fault of Prime Minister Abe, no matter what the Abe-haters on this thread think. Nor is it the Tokyo governor's fault. There are many facets to this problem. The solution must first start on the local level.

    For example, we have read stories here on Japan Today about how some communities have objected to proposed daycare centers being built because of the noise the children make. Such attitudes hardly help the situation.

    In my neighborhood - I live in Tokyo's Chuo Ward - there are at least three large unoccupied houses. My neighbor's wife, who doesn't work, says she and some of her friends would like to take over one or two of those houses and renovate them into daycare centers. But they don't know how to go about it. For example, are the owners dead or have they moved away? Would the owners or their relatives be willing to sell the houses to these ladies? If so, then they would need a subsidy from the government (local or central) to purchase and renovate these homes. Then they need to be licensed and finally get some qualified staff.

    So it's not simply a matter of snapping your fingers and presto! A daycare center pops up.

    And it is not a question of Abe saying Japan is not going to invest in Africa and instead give the money to daycare centers. Billions of yen have been allocated in the fiscal 2017 budget for this issue. But it's going to take time.

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  • 10

    Brainiac

    Debucho

    Faulty reasoning. I know many people who still enjoy reading newspapers (I'm one of them). It has nothing to do with whether or not they embrace technology.

    Posted in: Rock 'n' Roll

  • 1

    Brainiac

    gaijinpapa

    From what I read, Abe's Super Mario appearance got a good reaction and was not seen as embarrassing around the world. It gave him some personality. I quite liked it, although I did see some criticism of his performance by online commentators in Japan.

    Posted in: Majority want Abe to stay on until Tokyo 2020 Olympics: poll

  • -4

    Brainiac

    What strikes me the most, if this is a crime, is how, in a small community of 75 residents, there just happens to be a child predator on hand at the very precise moment the girl left her grandparents' home to go after her mother and brother just 30 meters ahead. It's frightening.

    Posted in: Body of child found in river confirmed as that of missing 7-year-old girl

  • 0

    Brainiac

    HollisBrown

    Yes, I agree. Hopefully, it will help those Japanese companies that have stagnated in the domestic market. Exports to Africa or participation in Japanese government projects may give them a boost.

    Posted in: Japan pledges to invest $30 billion in Africa over next three years

  • 8

    Brainiac

    I wish I had a choice about whether or not I would like pension payments deducted from my salary each month. When I make an exit plan to leave Japan, I guess I can forget about including a pension payment.

    Posted in: Gov't pension fund reports Y5.23 tril loss in April-June

  • 13

    Brainiac

    They are the best in the world. Every relative or friend of mine who has visited Japan has been amazed by them.

    Posted in: What do you think of Japan’s high-tech toilets?

  • 1

    Brainiac

    Abe is certainly racking up the frequent flyer points. He was in Brazil last Sunday, came back to Japan on Tuesday, went to Singapore on Thursday and then continued on to Kenya.

    Posted in: Abe in Kenya to launch summit on African development

  • 1

    Brainiac

    Wow, some bloodthirsty types on this site calling for the death penalty. This was an accident, not premeditated murder. The driver deserves and will get jail time but the crime does not deserve the death penalty.

    Posted in: Driver, playing Pokemon Go, hits and kills pedestrian, injures another

  • 5

    Brainiac

    Predictably, Abe's performance sticks in the craw of the Abe-haters here, but the fact is it was well received at the stadium. I thought it was an amusing part of the ceremony. Abe has always described himself as Japan's No. 1 salesman and in this case, he did a good job.

    Posted in: Abe's Super Mario act gets social media buzzing in Japan

  • 11

    Brainiac

    sensei258

    I find it hard to believe that any elderly Japanese would laugh at the USS Arizona Memorial. Perhaps you misunderstood what you saw. I've seen many Japanese there and not one laughed. All had solemn expressions on their face.

    Posted in: Akie Abe visits Pearl Harbor

  • 2

    Brainiac

    It depends on who the producer is. There will have to be a theme and a narrative that blends tradition with high tech. I imagine that from history, there will samurai, geisha, a ninja demonstration, taiko drummers, maybe yabusame (horseback archery); from nature, there will be Mount Fuji and cherry blossoms; then there will have to robots, bullet trains, cosplay, anime, Super Mario, sumo wrestlers, etc. The music and singers will be the big point of contention. Yes, AKB48 will probably be in there somewhere. I hope Seiji Ozawa is still around and able to conduct the orchestra. Anyway, it'll certainly be colorful and exotic to visitors with little knowledge of Japanese culture which is so rich and diversified.

    Posted in: What aspects of Japanese history, culture, lifestyle and tradition would you like to see in the opening ceremony for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics?

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