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tmarieOct. 21, 2016 - 09:16PM JST
Matsui is Hashimoto's lap dog. No doubt Hashi is very proud right now.
Posted in: Okinawa, Osaka governors at odds over police officer's insult
tmarieOct. 21, 2016 - 09:05PM JST
I'm guessing Aiko has watched her mom get out of things by complaining she's tired and has followed suit. This is the child that missed ele school for a year (longer?) because boys near her were rough housing and it caused her stress.
I don't doubt there are mental health issues but sorry, 14 year old kids don't need or want their mommy hovering over them and Masako certainly has support far beyond what your average mother has. Just come out and say "I'm no going" rather than continue to give these type of excuses. I feel very sorry for them both and yes, the media certainly has an interest - as does the public as we're paying for this all - but I'm rather over supporting this crew. Up and do your duties or get off the pay check from the public. If that means divorce, go for it. It would do the world of good for many women to see the royal family isn't perfect.
Posted in: Crown Princess Masako drops plan to visit Iwate due to fatigue
tmarieOct. 20, 2016 - 12:42PM JST
Well, the Okinawans can just say, "well ok. You think we're not Japanese? Ok. give us our independence."
They aren't dumb enough to do that - they'd have China on their doorstep in minutes and those in charge know that. IF there are Chinese protesters (and I doubt there are many if any) this is exactly what China would want. That would be very alarming to Japan and I fear the end game would not go well for Okinawa. i'm not a huge fan of fear mongering and China but many places are dealing with China coming a little too close.
This Osaka pig You look just as bad as the cop when you throw slurs around like this. Bertie, I expect better from you.
Posted in: Riot police officer dispatched from Osaka insults protesters in Okinawa
tmarieOct. 20, 2016 - 10:06AM JST
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, the government’s top spokesman, said Wednesday afternoon the officer’s remark was “inappropriate” and “unforgivable,” and that police have already reassigned the officer and issued him and his immediate superior with strict verbal cautions.
Well I guess they can't really punish him because there is no "hate speech" law and nothing that really protects people from such things being said. Says a lot about the law and how the government views those who they don't consider Japanese.
I can't help but feel very few Japanese would care if this cop said "gaijin". Just yesterday I had to tell a bunch of students not to use it.
tmarieOct. 17, 2016 - 10:41AM JST
Japan is going to need more than liquid formula to help with this. How Japan starts by insisting that all workers go home before 7:00 pm?
Posted in: Japan to allow liquid baby formula, hoping more men will join in child rearing
tmarieOct. 17, 2016 - 10:40AM JST
** But Kondo came out of the train and fell onto the tracks from the opposite side of the platform.**
So the guy got out of the train, walked across the platform and fell off? I'm not sure why his family members didn't do anything. Tragic all around but I'm failing to see why his family didn't help him.
Kuri, there might not have been anyone around to see him.
Posted in: Man with impaired vision killed after falling onto railway tracks
tmarieOct. 17, 2016 - 10:37AM JST
Though, not sure what a 15-y-o was doing out at 4am.
While I hate to say it, indeed. I will most certainly get voted down for this but if our 15 year old is out at 4am chances are, they aren't out with "good" people. A tragedy indeed but folks, 15 year olds shouldn't be out, more so was idiots with guns or in places there are guns.
but Trinity joins close on 100 gun fatalities each and every day.
100 deaths a day? You sure about that?
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tmarieOct. 14, 2016 - 09:58AM JST
I can't help but think the low speed limit is why there are so many accidents. No one here uses the passing lane to pass. The "fast" folks drive in the passing lane and god help anyone who drives slow in that lane as they will have a car on their bumper and basically be scared to death so will move over into the "slow" lane. The folks driving 60-80 are the cause of road rage and why no one uses the lanes to pass. I am guilty of this myself. Once in the passing lane, I will stay there because a) the ones in the slow lane drive like they are out for a sunday drive and b) if you dare to use the passing lane for passing, once stuck in the slow lane, you're never getting back into the passing lane because it is a stream of cars doing 120. Road rage builds up and people tailgate. Why the limits haven't been changed in decades is, while not shocking, just Japan in a nutshell.
Posted in: Japan to raise speed limit on parts of two expressways to 110 kph
tmarieOct. 13, 2016 - 09:50AM JST
This is so rich considering professors in Japan are probably the laziest group of them all,,,
Perhaps the ones YOU know are? The ones I know are working their butts off.
This guy sounds like an idiot. However, and not to slight the woman who died, when are people here going to learn to stand up and walk out when employers make insane demands? Things will never change unless people start demanding better treatment.
tmarieOct. 13, 2016 - 09:45AM JST
kobe is fine if your using KIX, you can take the Kobe~KIX ferry takes only 31minutes and you can park your car at the ferry terminal free up to 30 days, longer if you tell them in advance.
IF you live near downtown Kobe it is great. People out in places like Sanda... It's a nightmare.
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tmarieOct. 12, 2016 - 10:31AM JST
Narita has no serious foreign food restaurants, even in their international wing.
Have you been to Chubu or KIX??? Shockingly poor. Honestly, someone needs to go to Singapore and take a look at what Changi offers. For a country that keeps harping on about wanting more tourists, Japan really does not get that the "omotenashi" they offer is NOT what foreign tourists want or need.
tmarieOct. 12, 2016 - 09:54AM JST
For people in Kansai, KIX is convenient to use.
Seriously? It's in the middle of nowhere. Osaka Airport is in a much better location. I always feel sorry for those who live in Kobe or Kyoto/Shiga when flying out of KIX. The bus service is great but it isn't cheap.
tmarieOct. 12, 2016 - 09:38AM JST
Every airport here that I have traveled through has been pretty poor. Narita is in the middle of nowhere and immigration lines are bad. Kansai has limited options if you need to check in hours ahead - both in and out of the gates. Chubu is great OUTSIDE the gate but once you go though, there is nothing. Not even a coffee shop/Starbucks - is one for domestic though. You go to places like Singapore, Korea, Hong Kong and there are a million shops, things to do, places to charge your phone (Chubu is actually good for this), free computers... The only positive thing I can say about all the airports here is that they have a place for kids to play. That and they have water fountains.
tmarieOct. 11, 2016 - 10:16AM JST
I think a lot of this is because folks haven't figured out they don't need to sell there soul to the devil. Companies here expect all workers to behave like they are the sole income earner. Mothers here are usually married and have a partner but neither company seems to care that they don't need to sit, look busy and waste time in hopes of a promotion or overtime like the others who don't have a partner working. I see it at my office all the time.
There is also the assumption that there is someone at home looking after the house and/or the kids. Why? Because of the way men are expected to work in this country.
I get tired of this topic being a "female" topic. This is a family issue and men suffer as well. It will NOT get better for the women until the men step up and demand better. Thing is, many men are too scared to because they are the only income earner and fear losing their job. I'm glad my partner sees the light and doesn't play this silly game.
tmarieOct. 11, 2016 - 10:12AM JST
Why are they called "men" and "women" when by law they are minors? Why not call them "youths" instead.
No doubt the girl wasn't wearing a seatbelt and knew her friend had been drinking. A silly thing to do and certainly not worth the death sentence she was given.
Throw the book at all of them. Underage drinking, driving under the influence...
I'm happy the driver of the other car was not injured. I have very little sympathy for anyone who drinks and drives and anyone who allows it to happen or encourages it by getting into a car with someone under the influence. A horrible life lesson these youths have learned.
Posted in: 18-year-old man arrested after fatal car crash
tmarieOct. 09, 2016 - 01:24AM JST
What numbers? The stats that are given by the Japanese cops who are known to fake crime stats to look good? Or the number of train lines with women only cars because women get molested so often here that train lines are aware of the issue and caging women in one car is their solution rather than teach men how to behave? How about you ask your female friends how many of their friends have reported such incidents to cops. It better yet, ask them if their friends have been groped. You claim that your wife and her fruit da haven't had issues and I can tell you they are lying. I've yet to meet any female under the age of 40, Japanese or foreign, who has not gent unsafe at some point. Your asking for numbers and "proof" that doesn't exist because women don't even bother to report things because it happens all the time. I've never once reported any of the times I was assaulted. Did go to the police about a stalker. They didn't bother with a report and told me to change my number. The numbers you want don't include such things.
And please, why not tell this victim's family how safe Japan is. I doubt they'd agree.
Men staring that Japan is safe for women is part of the issue. YOU are part of the issue by always insisting Japan is safe when others point out it is not.
tmarieOct. 08, 2016 - 10:31AM JST
apan is safe even for women and children.
No, it is not.
tmarieOct. 07, 2016 - 11:55AM JST
Sugiyama’s death might raise questions about whether the police properly handled the woman’s complaints about her former boyfriend, whom she had been living with but wanted out of her apartment after breaking up with him.
How many women have to be attacked and killed before Japan does something to protect women from these the of guys? The laws here DO NOT protect women in these situations. Seriously, how many in the last few years that we know about? I can think of three off the top of my head. The poor HS girl killed by her ex who stalked her will haunt me forever.
Japan, safe if you're a man. Not safe if you are female or a child.
tmarieOct. 07, 2016 - 11:48AM JST
People always go on about how change takes time in Japan. Nope. Folks drag their heels on things like, oh, the declining birth rate, the crumbling of infrastructure, the imbalance of gender in the workforce... because these guys don't care as it doesn't affect them. Something that dares threaten the oyaji in power? Snap, snap and things are changed in the blink of an eye. Fully expect dual folks to be deemed unable to hold positions of power within the next few months. Idiots.
tmarieSep. 23, 2016 - 11:00AM JST
No foreigner working in the university system will be surprised at this. Frankly, i'm always amazed at how well Japan ranks. I get that Todai is supposedly THE best here but graduates I met are often socially inept. Intelligent and book smart for sure but not someone I would ever want to hire, let alone work next to.
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