Some commentators here seem to feel that suicidal people should be more considerate and not jump in front of trains, and should go find a nice tree out in the woods instead.
Suicidal people are in extreme mental distress. They are not thinking normally. They are about to take their own life after all. If this man couldn't think to go to a hospital to seek help, he's certainly not going to be rational about his suicide method.
That day a person in terrible mental anguish couldn't live anymore for some reason that we cannot fathom. Unfortunately, he involved and badly affected others with is method. If he were mentally healthy, he would not have.
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She was travelling on an Australian passport. She's Australia's responsibility.
(I'm neither an Australian nor a New Zealander)
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In some countries, pharmacists are able to give shots to the public. I wonder if Japan could get around the shortage of nurses and doctors by enlisting pharmacists as part of the vaccination campaign?
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Nice social distancing again in that photo.
They're all outside face wearing masks and not touching each other. How will the virus spread? By magic?
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If there is 1 meter of snow on your neighbours garage, they probably need to clear that, then clear it again when it hits the ground.
People don't need to clear their garages. In the Hokuriku region most newer garages are reinforced for heavy snow. When I bought a shed it was rated for up to 2 metres of snow. Garages are similar. YKK AP, a garage maker, is from Toyama. The garages are snow and wind speed rated.
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My neighbourhood has over one metre of snow. Digging out the car took two hours today. I envied my garage owning neighbours. My wife went shopping around 3pm and the supermarket was out of most daily groceries. Fun times in yukiguni.
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Misleading headlines are unhelpful. The medical system here in Japan isn't overloaded or about to collapse. Hospitals not designated as a COVID facility are fine. My wife works in a large hospital that isn't designated to take COVID patients and everything is running as usual.
Meanwhile, 77 percent of the 4,000 available hospital beds for coronavirus cases in the capital had been filled as of Jan 6
That line tells you what you need to know. 4000 beds are not all of the beds in Tokyo, but the beds set aside for coronavirus patients.
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It's disturbing how many people here think it's fine to yell at, berate and bully employees. Mr Cruise has problems if that's how he deals with people he's unhappy with. He's not worried about people's houses or their health. He's worried about his movie and his ego. In August, Mr Cruise saw Tenet in London at the cinema and the social distancing in the video coverage looked pretty minimal. You can find it on YouTube.
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I was lying in bed still awake. The TV was on in the living room and I heard the news announce that John Lennon had been shot. My mother gasped from the kitchen and ran past my room to the living room. She was shocked and upset. I still remember that evening at home clearly.
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Bonenkai, shinnenkai, sayonara and good riddance.
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Since the government gave foreign residents ¥100 000 each a few months ago, I think the government can spring for a vaccine.
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Why is it always restaurants that are made the subject of these restrictions?
Ah, because people aren't wearing masks, and are eating and drinking, and talking, laughing, and spitting bits of food, beverage, and saliva everywhere.
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Biden has lost. He has no path to victory at all. Trump has solid leads in Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Georgia. Trump is leading in North Carolina, too. Biden has simply run of states to cross the 270 line. I want Biden to win, but I see no way for him too.
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Of course suicide is going to be one of the leading causes of death among the young, along with car crashes. Young people don't drop dead from heart attacks or strokes nearly as often as older people, nor do they succumb to cancer, dementia and other diseases at the rate older people do. When you eliminate those causes of death, there are not many other causes of death for young people other than suicide or accidents. What are the young dying from in other developed countries? Accidents and disease? Japan sounds pretty safe for young people then. That said, let's hope we can reduce the number of suicides.
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As Alfie Noakes said, Japan is a monarchy. The wife of the PM is not the first lady. If we must call someone the first lady of Japan, it would be the Empress of Japan. The wife of a prime minister is not called the first lady in any constitutional monarchy.
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I wonder if all of the medical diagnostic features of the new Apple Watch will be available in Japan? They haven't been in the past if you bought a watch in Japan.
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Suffocation by occlusion of the nose and mouth with duct tape as a method of suicide is more common than people know. What a terrible way to die. Poor young man.
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Is this a job in Japan? In America, it's simply a license to sign certain things but it isn't a job. I'm a notary public and so are many lawyers, accountants, secretaries, bankers, accountants, and everyday people.
Yes, it's a job. In some places outside Japan, for example, in Louisiana in the USA and in British Columbia, Canada, notary publics are their own profession with significant responsibilities and legal powers.
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It'd be nice if they left a few non-automatic break ones for us that don't want it.
Speed's grandfather circa 1968, "It'd be nice if they left a few without seatbelts for us that don't want it".
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The chance that this will have any effect at all is infinitesimally small. If I have to show ID and explain why I'm buying gasoline I'm going to a different gasoline stand.
If you're filling your car, they are not going to ask for your ID. Also, where are you going to find gasoline if every station asks for your ID?
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And Japan is the victim of drifted wastes from China and Korea
I live on the Sea of Japan, and when I've been to the beach the washed up garbage is all in Japanese. I rarely see anything with Chinese or Korean on it.
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0.00434426% of passengers failed to return home. Now that is a crisis.
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They don't accept the 2015 deal, but they accept the money. Interesting.
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Rather than foul play, it's more likely that she's decided to disappear or even kill herself as the suicide rate in Canada is about five times higher than the murder rate, and even higher in Japan. Sadly Japanese women who have gotten themselves in the news in Canada harmed themselves or others. Google Rie Fujii (Calgary) and Ayano Tokumasu (Niagra Falls) as sad examples.
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