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VIDEO: Japanese TV Amazed At Children's Game "Tag" Suspended (Massachusetts) [Streaming Clip]
JNN News Tokyo (in Japanese) short video clip 300k ^ | 20 October 2006 | JNN News Tokyo (Video Clip)

Posted on 10/20/2006 9:36:21 AM PDT by AmericanInTokyo

The stupidity of the Massachusetts school decision to 'outlaw' such children's games as "tag" at school has hit the news in Japan.

(VIDEO REPORT ON TONIGHT'S NEWS IN JAPAN)

There is a slight tone of incredulousness.

Clip at above URL link and here:

http://meta.cdn.yahoo-streaming.jp/cgi-bin/yahoo/news.asx?cid=20061020-00000066-jnn-int-movie-001&media=wm300k

Puzzled parents interviewed, too. The clip will be up for a few more hours...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Massachusetts
KEYWORDS: dodgeball; kids; massachusetts; pc; tag; willett
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It is interesting when things like this about changing American culture and over-litigiousness are viewed from abroad. They must think we are nuts.
1 posted on 10/20/2006 9:36:21 AM PDT by AmericanInTokyo
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To: AmericanInTokyo

"They must think we are nuts."

Then they must be very astute.


2 posted on 10/20/2006 9:39:12 AM PDT by brownsfan (It's not a war on terror... it's a war with islam.)
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To: AmericanInTokyo
The report says this "Willett Elementary School" previously had outlawed 'dodge ball'.

I think the report must be viewed with great interest by the Japanese; some must wonder if the PC germs will be infecting the archipelago soon, too.

3 posted on 10/20/2006 9:39:39 AM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (..is an American allright, but is not in Japan, folks. Thanks for letting me keep the moniker.)
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To: AmericanInTokyo
Japanese TV Amazed At Children's Game "Tag" Suspended (Massachusetts)

Get used to it. Massachusetts is screwed up.

4 posted on 10/20/2006 9:40:29 AM PDT by BigSkyFreeper (Karl Rove you magnificent bastard!)
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To: BigSkyFreeper

Oh, believe me, I know all about Taxachusetts!


5 posted on 10/20/2006 9:41:05 AM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (..is an American allright, but is not in Japan, folks. Thanks for letting me keep the moniker.)
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To: AmericanInTokyo

It is strangely enough, nice to know that even in Japan, they can be dumbfounded by the foolishness and sheer idiocy here in America when it's on full display. :)


6 posted on 10/20/2006 9:44:36 AM PDT by BigSkyFreeper (Karl Rove you magnificent bastard!)
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To: AmericanInTokyo
Japanese kids are very studious and hard-working. Their country is successful. And...they are capitalistic and 99% percent homogeneous racially.

I guess one doesn't need cheap immigrant labor and multiculturalism to have a successful society.
7 posted on 10/20/2006 9:44:58 AM PDT by TeenagedConservative
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To: AmericanInTokyo

Considering the ratio of lawyers to normal people is much lower in Japan than in the US, they may avoid this disease for a while.


8 posted on 10/20/2006 9:45:00 AM PDT by razzle
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To: AmericanInTokyo

American public school system......laughing stocks of the world once again !


9 posted on 10/20/2006 9:45:36 AM PDT by patriot_wes (Pray for the peace of Jerusalem - may they prosper who love thee...Ps 122:6)
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To: AmericanInTokyo

LOL

I believe that you believe that. But I don't think that you know that even dedicated liberals here have had it.


10 posted on 10/20/2006 9:46:57 AM PDT by saveliberty (I'm a Bushbot and a Snowflake :-)
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To: AmericanInTokyo

I hope it doesn't give them ideas ... last time they thought we were weak, we had to nuke them to prove otherwise.


11 posted on 10/20/2006 9:47:40 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilisation is aborting, buggering, and contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: BigSkyFreeper

I hope this can be seen as global embarrassment and filtered back to the administrative nincompoops over there at that school! They should be ashamed.


12 posted on 10/20/2006 9:49:04 AM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (..is an American allright, but is not in Japan, folks. Thanks for letting me keep the moniker.)
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To: AmericanInTokyo

Massachusetts school system administrators are the Zhirinovsky's of the USA.


13 posted on 10/20/2006 9:49:12 AM PDT by Centurion2000 ("Be polite and courteous, but have a plan to KILL everybody you meet.")
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To: ArrogantBustard
funny (well, that's not a good word) but it is amazing to think 60 years later, we may well be shedding blood together as comrades in arms in fierced pitched battles with the DPRK
14 posted on 10/20/2006 9:51:05 AM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (..is an American allright, but is not in Japan, folks. Thanks for letting me keep the moniker.)
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To: Centurion2000

So umm why did the stop kids from playing tag???


15 posted on 10/20/2006 9:51:33 AM PDT by silentknight
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To: BigSkyFreeper

I am glad I now live in a State that will never outlaw Dodgeball or Bombardment. Now that was a game!!


16 posted on 10/20/2006 9:52:23 AM PDT by Holicheese (Beerfest could be the greatest movie ever made!)
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To: AmericanInTokyo
It is interesting when things like this about changing American culture and over-litigiousness are viewed from abroad.

The U.S. has more lawyers per capita than any nation on earth. It follows that the U.S. is the most litigious country in the world ... it impacts to one degree or another every facet of our everyday living. Major tort reform in this country is absolutely necessary ... lawyers and their frivolous lawsuits need to be reined in a dramatic fashion.

17 posted on 10/20/2006 9:52:33 AM PDT by BluH2o
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To: AmericanInTokyo
They must think we are nuts.

Like the Japanese have any room to call us crazy. LOL

18 posted on 10/20/2006 9:52:38 AM PDT by Sir Gawain
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To: AmericanInTokyo

That thought has also occurred to me ... I am reminded that our first great war, as a nation, was fought against Great Britain.


19 posted on 10/20/2006 9:53:46 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilisation is aborting, buggering, and contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: AmericanInTokyo
Thanks Massachusetts!

Now the Japanese are laughing at us...and this from a culture who's schoolchildren like to play "Kancho"

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kancho
20 posted on 10/20/2006 9:54:58 AM PDT by Gator101
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To: AmericanInTokyo

And banning dodgeball and tag is by no means the most stupid thing I've read of schools doing. I recall right after Columbine, this airhead fluffybunny-type elementary teacher explaining how she would not permit ANY child to work or play alone-Children who wanted to sit quietly and read would be FORCED to team up for group play. Always. No exceptions. She actually seemed to believe that not only would this automatically prevent school shootings, but there's something intrinsically wrong with people who are studious, quiet, introverted (which is NOT the same as shy at all), avid readers, or loners. She seemed to believe it would be a great thing to turn all her students into twolegged herd animals incapable of doing anything by themselves and scared to even try.(And y'know, I do know people who can't stand the idea of going to a restaurant or a movie alone. I don't see how they're better off than those of us who can-and do-both these things on occasion.)


21 posted on 10/20/2006 9:55:45 AM PDT by Verloona Ti (Moslems are sensitive to everything except the screams of their victims being tortured)
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To: AmericanInTokyo

Should I even bother to ask if they allow kids to play "Smear the Queer" in Massachusetts?


22 posted on 10/20/2006 9:55:53 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: silentknight
So umm why did the stop kids from playing tag???

Their claim/excuse is that 'uncontrolled chase' games can result in accidents and injuries for which the school can be held liable.

23 posted on 10/20/2006 9:56:32 AM PDT by Bob
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To: BluH2o
I am a fairly easy going person. After a very minor fender bender, wasn't even a scratch, and it wasn't my fault, the other driver was all nervous, overly defensive, fidgeting, asking over and over if i felt it was not a problem, would I sign that i would not come after him legally later, etc. etc. There was sheer FEAR in this chap's eyes, when no fear was needed at all.

I HATE what lawyers, lawsuits and litigiousness have done to our country and its people...they have broken down all walls between us where we can just 'work things out' as we did in the past.

24 posted on 10/20/2006 9:56:54 AM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (..is an American allright, but is not in Japan, folks. Thanks for letting me keep the moniker.)
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To: BluH2o

"It follows that the U.S. is the most litigious country in the world ..."

I read somewhere recently that 95% of all lawsuits in the world are in the U.S.


25 posted on 10/20/2006 9:57:28 AM PDT by L98Fiero (Evil is an exact science)
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To: Gator101

The game 'tag' is "oni gokko', fyi. All japanese know and love this game.


26 posted on 10/20/2006 9:57:51 AM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (..is an American allright, but is not in Japan, folks. Thanks for letting me keep the moniker.)
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To: AmericanInTokyo
There is a slight tone of incredulousness.

I am sure you have noticed the reaction when American stupidity is revealed for what it is in the foreign press. Our friends favorite is still the "coffee too hot" lawsuit. However, I am sure to hear about this absurdity -- Kids being kids now illegal in America.

27 posted on 10/20/2006 9:58:02 AM PDT by JimSEA
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To: dfwgator

OK. Now this thread is REALLY moving! ;=)


28 posted on 10/20/2006 9:58:53 AM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (..is an American allright, but is not in Japan, folks. Thanks for letting me keep the moniker.)
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To: TeenagedConservative

"And...they are capitalistic and 99% percent homogeneous "

Take care in how you present that point. It's not a huge leap to infer racism by the presenter.

The things the left trumpets, multiculturalism and diversity, are very good things that have contributed to the greatness of this country. What the left has done is to pervert the idea, and use multiculturalism and diversity as code for political correctness and social engineering, (both very bad things).

I am not implying you are racist. I'm just trying to be helpful.


29 posted on 10/20/2006 10:01:11 AM PDT by brownsfan (It's not a war on terror... it's a war with islam.)
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To: JimSEA
Oh yes. The 'koboreta macudonarudo kohi jiken' (Spilled McD Coffee Incident) has made all the rounds in Japan. They are generally very afraid of being sued as business people or even as tourists to our country.

Dems always complain about America's negative image overseas, but by and large the worst images, such as over-suing (not to mention Hollywood's images) are created and permeated by DEMOCRAT type people!

30 posted on 10/20/2006 10:02:21 AM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (..is an American allright, but is not in Japan, folks. Thanks for letting me keep the moniker.)
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To: razzle
Considering the ratio of lawyers to normal people is much lower in Japan than in the US, they may avoid this disease for a while.
31 posted on 10/20/2006 10:02:54 AM PDT by LoneRangerMassachusetts (The only good Mullah is a dead Mullah. The only good Mosque is the one that used to be there.)
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To: silentknight
So umm why did the stop kids from playing tag???

The boys kept winning. The women principal blamed it however on lawyers.

32 posted on 10/20/2006 10:04:36 AM PDT by LoneRangerMassachusetts (The only good Mullah is a dead Mullah. The only good Mosque is the one that used to be there.)
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To: Holicheese
Let's not forget Smear the Queer.
33 posted on 10/20/2006 10:07:19 AM PDT by eyedigress
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To: brownsfan

What seems to come out of the state of Massachusetts and pass for common sense amazes me these days:

I was up in New Hampshire a few months ago around their primary, and there seemed to be a candidate for Mass atty. gen that was advocating PUTTING Drug Dealers (Convicted of course) ON the Registered Sex-Offenders List


34 posted on 10/20/2006 10:08:35 AM PDT by JSDude1 (www.pence08.com)
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But a Registered (Convicted) DRUG DEALER Offenders List IS a great idea, I think!!


35 posted on 10/20/2006 10:09:57 AM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (..is an American allright, but is not in Japan, folks. Thanks for letting me keep the moniker.)
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To: TeenagedConservative

"Japanese kids are very studious and hard-working. Their country is successful. And...they are capitalistic and 99% percent homogeneous racially."

They don't know the joys of a diverse multicultural society such as a welfare underclass of fatherless thugs, endless whining about victimization, privilege, and discrimination. Not to mention the joys of watching all of your educational institutions being degraded by affirmative action.


36 posted on 10/20/2006 10:11:27 AM PDT by BadAndy (You want a magic bullet to fix your problem, but I only have hollowpoints.)
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To: AmericanInTokyo

A considerable percentage of us are certifiable and we don't need Michael Savage to tell us that. But, look, unsupervised play in kindergarten is one step from Lord of the Flies. Just turn your back for a minute and they'll be driving SUVs and having their tongue pierced.


37 posted on 10/20/2006 10:15:07 AM PDT by RightWhale (Repeal the law of the excluded middle)
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To: AmericanInTokyo

Not when it involves increasing government spending/massive beaurocracy, that sound idiotic to me (with all dues respect to your differenc in opp.).

I think there would be a much better way to handle this such as change sentencing laws.


38 posted on 10/20/2006 10:16:27 AM PDT by JSDude1 (www.pence08.com)
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To: Verloona Ti

You're right. Outlawing tag is only the tip of the lunacy iceberg of which our schools are capable.


39 posted on 10/20/2006 10:17:47 AM PDT by raftguide
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To: Holicheese
I am glad I now live in a State that will never outlaw Dodgeball or Bombardment. Now that was a game!!

We had another name for it... it would make the PC crowd freak if the they heard it though.

40 posted on 10/20/2006 10:18:13 AM PDT by piasa (Attitude Adjustments Offered Here Free of Charge)
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To: AmericanInTokyo
The Thai people have a love of offbeat and weird news and America's legal system keeps them amused!!
41 posted on 10/20/2006 10:20:38 AM PDT by JimSEA
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To: Gator101

I think I'll stick with baseball.


42 posted on 10/20/2006 10:20:42 AM PDT by piasa (Attitude Adjustments Offered Here Free of Charge)
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To: RightWhale
Just turn your back for a minute and they'll be driving SUVs and having their tongue pierced.

Here in Austin, the kids wait 'til second grade for that.

43 posted on 10/20/2006 10:22:12 AM PDT by green iguana
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To: eyedigress

There you go. Great game.


44 posted on 10/20/2006 10:23:15 AM PDT by piasa (Attitude Adjustments Offered Here Free of Charge)
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To: piasa

We convinced our aged Gym teacher, Mr Pauli, to allow us to play bombardment with frisbees. The game would be enshrined with his name, Paulie Ball, after he retired.
The game lasted exactly 13 seconds when a girl took a frisbee off the bridge of the nose. Kind of like Marsha Brady getting hit in the nose by the football.
She too would never become a teen model.


45 posted on 10/20/2006 10:23:21 AM PDT by Holicheese (Beerfest could be the greatest movie ever made!)
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To: AmericanInTokyo

Here is the school email address. I suggest people to write respectful letters of disapproval to Mrs. Heppe.

For example, I will tell her that were I a parent, student, or teacher at her school, I would organize active resistance to her decision. Quite frankly, I don't believe schools have the moral or legal right to impose a permanent ban on tag or touch football during recess.

willettschool@attleboroschools.com


46 posted on 10/20/2006 10:23:45 AM PDT by zook (America going insane - "Do you read Sutter Caine?)
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To: silentknight

Competitve games are viewed as "bad" because some kids aren't good at it and might feel disenfranchised. This, from the collective "mind" that rejects archaic notions of good and bad, lol.


47 posted on 10/20/2006 10:24:01 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: Holicheese

At least they weren't throwing stars.


48 posted on 10/20/2006 10:24:30 AM PDT by piasa (Attitude Adjustments Offered Here Free of Charge)
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To: AmericanInTokyo

True story: This past Saturday an acquaintance who is originally from Hungary told me that her mother was an elementary school teacher in Hungary and there was always a government representative sitting in the back of the classroom to monitor to make sure she never said anything negative about the Communist regime, or said anything to the children that was not 'approved'. This is the direction in which we are heading - robot (translation: moronic) teachers to produce robot children.


49 posted on 10/20/2006 10:24:33 AM PDT by hardworking (Just once, I'd like to vote for a candidate who's actually had to meet a payroll.)
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To: AmericanInTokyo
And what else could one reasonably expect from the morons up there who continually reelect THIS moron (and his slightly thinner clone, Kerry)? Image hosting by Photobucket
50 posted on 10/20/2006 10:25:58 AM PDT by Dick Bachert
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