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Posted in: Japanese love doll mistaken for drowned corpse; saved by emergency services anyway See in context

I stumbled across one of these on a wooded trail once. Scared the heck out of me until I realized what it was.

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Posted in: Man’s body left in house since Jan; wife, 2 children arrested for collecting pension See in context

Sadly, this is very common in Japan. This is why you need life insurance!

Generally true, but these were three people, all of working age. Two of prime working age. I find it hard to believe they couldn't make ends meet all living together like that.

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Posted in: Bear shot dead after rampaging through Sapporo See in context

There is a high likelihood this black bear had rabies and there was no chance of treating or sedating a rabid bear

Not very likely, since there are virtually no rabies in Japan. It is essentially rabies-free.

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Posted in: Teacher in Japan literally picks up truant kid, carries him out of house to make him go to class See in context

A lot of assumptions here. Lots of kids have "interpersonal trouble" with classmates that has nothing to do with bullying. You can work to stop bullying, but issues such as not fitting in are a a part of life that kids have to learn to deal with - it's not an issue of bullying but an issue of learning to adjust in life. Normally you can figure out which by talking to your child and talking to the teacher.

That said, if a child very strongly doesn't want to go to school, I don't think it's a good idea to force them. I think the detrimental effects of non-attendance are overblown, while the detrimental effects of attending what is (to the child) a daily prison are never considered. The actual education that takes place at school can be made up in a fraction of the time by anyone who wants to catch up.

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Posted in: Man on trial for murder of wife and 5 kids says he has no memory of it See in context

There are cases that people don't remember due shock but is that in this case also?

I knew someone who killed his wife in a frenzied and very violent attack. Said he didn't remember a thing. He genuinely missed her and wanted to die and join her again. People have psychotic episodes, especially if they are already taking drugs to treat depression or anxiety. Then there is the shock. Even though they committed the violence themselves, it's still traumatic and can cause memory loss. I can hardly remember anyone from an early period of my life because of bad memories from that time, and it was nothing so horrible as this. The brain locks these things up sometimes. Though I think it comes out a bit later, as a modified memory.

Stabbing your wife and 4 children to death is simply insane. There is no getting around that.

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Posted in: Paris Jackson says paparazzi caused her long-term trauma See in context

Shouldn't that read adopted daughter?

No.

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Posted in: Ned Beatty, who starred in 'Deliverance,' 'Network,' dies at 83 See in context

Deliverance was, and still is, an awesome piece of cinema. Not many actors could have taken on that rape scene.

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Posted in: What event did you hate most in elementary school? Survey asks Japanese adults See in context

What a negative attitude. I have attended all of these multiple times with my kids and they never complained and I enjoy seeing their school and other activities. I guess negative parents lead to negative kids.

I guess it's all OK then, if you say so.

One of my kids pulled out of school because of all this forced rigamarole. I am proud that he is making his own path, and didn't meekly submit like so many others do.

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Posted in: Japanese company develops no-contact touch panels for hospitals See in context

My Android phone already has this option. Nothing new at all.

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Posted in: Minister admits coercing Olympics app developer into cutting costs See in context

Why do governments regardless of the country always seems to pay ten times more for something than private industry would.

5% goes to whoever does the actual work, 95% to all the "middlemen" in between (of course that includes the politicians and their cronies who make these decisions).

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Posted in: Photos show Chinese rover on dusty, rocky Martian surface See in context

The real question is why a country that can land a ship on Mars still benefits from "developing nation" trading status.

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Posted in: China's factory prices soar in May but consumers avoid cost surge See in context

"China's factory prices soar in May but consumers avoid cost surge"

Ridiculous headline - of course prices will be passed to consumers. That's like saying my wife charged a fortune on my credit card yesterday, but I have so far avoided receiving the bill. Inflation is coming, and this is just the start.

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Posted in: 3 men who posed as women on dating apps arrested over assault and robbery See in context

You do realize that women are not going to send personal photos to a stranger, do you? It is non-starter.

They sent a heck of a lot more than that when I was still in the game, and I doubt women are more modest today than they were then.

And if you are asking for photo that does not show a persons body, the scammers can do that too.

Not these scammers. They were clowns. There are guys who do this more professionally - you can visit websites where they talk shop and trade tips if you are curious. It's an amusing read.

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Posted in: Uber Eats deliverer arrested for exposing himself inside convenience store See in context

He did this where there was certain to be a camera, while wearing his Uber backpack? I guess on some level he wanted to be caught.

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Posted in: Biden warns Russia it faces 'robust' response for harmful actions as he begins European visit See in context

Translations provided:

"We're not seeking conflict with Russia," - We are seeking conflict with Russian, but hope to confine all wars to helpless third nations.

"We want a stable and predictable relationship ... " - We want a stable relationship the way a master has with his slave. We say jump, and Russia jumps. Plus we get to bomb whoever we want without interference.

"It’s so nice having a president that stands up to our adversaries" - It's so nice having a president who does what the military-industrial-spy complex tells him to do - which is mainly creating conflict and war around the world so we can make blood profits while draining the American taxpayer dry.

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Posted in: France's Macron slapped in the face while greeting crowd See in context

Hating politics is one thing fully understood, using violence is unacceptable. 

The government uses violence all the time. That's acceptable?

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Posted in: Man charged with assisting 13-year-old girl to commit suicide See in context

If I had children, I would be 100% sure they are always safe.

Easy to say. People who don't have children often think they are experts at raising them. What are you going to to do, implant a tracking device on your kids? Keep them locked up? Without more details, there is no reason to blame the parents, who are doubtless suffering enough.

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Posted in: Several of your next food orders might be from the same 'mega ghost restaurant' See in context

I find that invariably, almost every food I like at convenience stores is discontinued within three to six months of its introduction.

I find that, too. But the sandwich section remains pretty much the same boring combination of ham, eggs, cheese and pork katsu. Been that way for decades, despite sandwiches becoming more mainstream in Japan, with very few variations.

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Posted in: Yokohama begins inoculations at mass vaccination center See in context

Pfizer has had just as many "side effects"

Actually, no. That could change though.

(which actually mean it has properly trigger an immune response)

It really depends on which side effects you are talking about. Long term side effects at this point are essentially unknown.

over 30 people only 2 got Pfizer 5 hit Moderna and the rest AZ all completed their shot no one had any problems.

That's great. No short-term side effects. But, as you know, that number is fairly insignificant as a sample population. Something like only one in 30 people are likely to catch Covid this year, for example.

I got my shot, but it was after carefully weighing the risks and rewards. Both Covid and the vaccines present different risks, so everybody needs to make their own decision. Informed, hopefully. Considering both the government and the drugs companies have a long (and proven in court) history of lying, it would be silly to take them all at face value.

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Posted in: G7 back steps to deter tax dodging by multinational firms See in context

Aso Taro, the hero of the common man?

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Posted in: G7 back steps to deter tax dodging by multinational firms See in context

Tax the rich, feed the poor,

'Til there are no rich no more.

Look at the picture again. You really believe that when 12 wealthy insiders get together and work for their even wealthier bosses that they are thinking about the poor? Really?

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Posted in: Naomi Osaka pulls out of French Open, citing mental health issues See in context

I'm not a fan, but have sympathy. Not everybody is comfortable being famous and dealing with all that comes with it. It can be very disorienting and uncomfortable. Unfortunately, the reason she gets millions instead of a normal salary (like a tennis coach, for example) is because of her entertainment value as a celebrity. And being a celebrity today can be pretty unpleasant at times. She has to either learn to deal with it or just turn her back on it. I imagine she has enough now that she doesn't need to do tournaments anymore. She could still make a good income teaching and playing only in tournaments that don't require press conferences.

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Posted in: Mass vaccinations in Tokyo, Osaka get into full swing; Kobe opens large center See in context

Got my vaccination, and I feel finnnsdshdishdw9wy4yhwd nnd..........

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Posted in: In visions of post-pandemic life, Roaring '20s beckon again See in context

Republican presidents led to market crashes.

You should write a book. People like easy-reads.

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Posted in: In visions of post-pandemic life, Roaring '20s beckon again See in context

the overall lack of restraint across the nation including financial restraint led to the Great Depression and all the suffering that followed

The lack of restraint led to the market crash. But the extended depression was solely due to the response of the Hoover and Roosevelt governments. Extended depressions are almost always cause by governments - markets otherwise naturally bounce back.

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Posted in: 'Super Fan' prepares for Tokyo Olympics without overseas fans See in context

This is what she's built an identity on, the random chance to purchase a ticket to a ceremony?

Why not? Most people's lives have been heavily influenced by one or two seemingly trivial random events. If you think of your own life, it's probably the same. A friend suddenly had a free night because her boss's flight was late for a meeting, and suggested we go out to an event - I met my wife there. We have a family.

All because a friend's boss who I never met had his flight delayed.

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Posted in: Man arrested for stealing women’s shoes and replacing them with new ones See in context

He could have easily posted an ad offering new shoes for free. I am sure he would have had many woman to choose from.

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Posted in: In Japan, you can now earn money for turning your car into an anime itasha See in context

Good idea, but I doubt there is zero effect on the paint job - no matter what they say. Just the difference in exposure to the sun might leave a mark.

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Posted in: Man arrested for stealing women’s shoes and replacing them with new ones See in context

I'm having a hard time understanding the crime here, much less why police are looking to add more charges. It's weird, and he should get a slap on the wrist. But the women all got new shoes identical to their worn-in shoes. He gets the old shoes to sniff. Win-win.

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Posted in: Suga planning visits to India, Philippines to counter China's growing clout See in context

run with the foxes and hunt with the hares

Mixed metaphor. "Run with the hares and hunt with the foxes" would work. "Hunt with the hounds" is even better (for the alliteration).

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