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Posted in: How much money do you need for a studio apartment in downtown Tokyo? See in context

Rent prices seem to be going up, but I still see that the average monthly salary for an ALT or English teacher is around 250,000 yen, same as it was 10 years ago.

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Posted in: NZ's largest city Auckland back in 7-day lockdown after 1 new virus case detected See in context

Seems a bit harsh. Why they didn't bother testing everyone during the AIDS epidemic? Far more people were killed.

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Posted in: Lady Gaga's dogs recovered safely; no word on $500,000 reward See in context

I strongly suspect that the doggy knappers got someone they know to return the dogs and they'll split the money 3 ways. Just a hunch.

I'd be a little hesitant to hand over the reward money until a full investigation is done as to how the dogs were recovered.

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Posted in: HondaJet becomes top-selling small business aircraft for 4th year See in context

Personally I'm waiting for the Type R model to come out.

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Posted in: Tokyo high schools ask students to certify hair color not altered: NHK See in context

At the school I work at, the day right after graduation, about 50% of the students that visit the school have their hair dyed already.

Japanese teens are so desperate to stand out or look cool because of the strict rules schools and society has placed on them.

No wonder University life is party time for most of these kids. Sadly, most don't have a clue what they want to do with their life because they haven't had the opportunity to find themselves. So, they inevitably end up just working for some company because they have no dreams or pursuits. Entrepreneurship is dead in this country too. Just mindless robots being created for a country that desperately needs new ideas.

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Posted in: Survey shows many seniors undecided about vaccination See in context

Lets ask these seniors and and anti-vaxxers then what THEIR solution is. More lockdowns? More isolation? More businesses being closed? Herd immunity?

If they've got nothing to offer, then they shouldn't expect society to cater to their demands.

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Posted in: Paul McCartney memoir due out in November See in context

I wanna read the part that explains his experience in Japan.

He has imprisoned and later deported in 1980 for marijuana possession.

Thats the first thing I thought of. Sad thing is that absolutely nothing has changed in Japan in terms of how they treat marijuana possession. In fact, if it happened 'yesterday', PM would be looking at a far greater punishment.

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Posted in: 50 LDP lawmakers urge local members to oppose separate surnames See in context

...and argue the move may have an impact on family unity as well as children.

If they're so concerned about family unity and children, perhaps they should have a look at dual custody and father's rights in this country.

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Posted in: Forest fire in Tochigi burns 76.5 hectares; still spreading See in context

It is pathetic how NOTHING is known in Japan about aerial fire fighting!

Forest fires are rare in Japan, especially in the winter months. Using large tankers to fight forest fires requires special equipment and natural resources, like a large fresh water lake or a local airport equipped with a pumping station. Even on large fires in California or British Columbia where wild fires are quite common, helicopters with small buckets are used. The Japanese generally take great care of their forests, pruning and spacing trees etc. that help with eliminating the fuel load. It just happens to be a very dry winter in Eastern Japan and so these things can happen. No need to spend billions of yen on large air tankers. I think comments like yours are just ignorant.

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Posted in: Biden aims to distribute masks to millions in 'equity' push See in context

Hopefully the Biden Admin sends out quality masks and not the infant sized small moist stained cloth squares like Abenomask sent out.

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Posted in: 72-year-old man arrested for calling police station 1,700 times over 8 days See in context

Wow. Call 119 once and they trace the call and send the police. Call the police 1700 times and they might visit your home.

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Posted in: Toyota begins building smart city near Mt Fuji See in context

Just sounds like lots of apps, devices, WiFi, monitors, panels, sensors, and other fancy electronics, gizmos, and gadgetry that consume electricity. Sure, they've got solar and hydro-oxy power, but thats still a pile of radiation being emitted from all that tech. I wouldn't want to work there and stare at a screen all day.

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Posted in: Emperor feels grateful for strength of Japanese people over pandemic See in context

Thankful for the day off, but my wish is that Japanese public holidays be on a Friday or a Monday instead of middle of the week.

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Posted in: Man gets out of taxi on Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge; then jumps to his death See in context

He got out of the vehicle without paying the fare.

I wonder if the Taxi driver would have just driven away had the man paid the fare.

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Posted in: John Travolta selling $5 mil Maine mansion with 20 bedrooms See in context

Is this the house that backs onto a runway? I've seen pictures, but not sure if this is the same house.

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Posted in: Kono warns of slower pace of COVID vaccine shots for elderly after supply delay See in context

Its a total sham that the entire world is at the mercy of a private company. This shouldn't be happening. This should be a global effort. Instead, its a greedy one.

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Posted in: Japan finds new COVID-19 strain, while immigration faciliity reports infections See in context

Can you imagine the number of new Covid-19 strains that would emerge if you brought people from all over the world together for two weeks?

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Posted in: Rush Limbaugh, ‘voice of American conservatism,’ dies at 70 See in context

I used to listen to Rush, then Ed Schultz on AFN radio for a few years on my commute home from work. As a Canadian, I found both shows to be quite eye opening in terms of how politics work in America. While I can't say I was fond of Rush, I did enjoy the show and his perspective. Sadly, AFN stopped carrying both shows and I was stuck listening to horrible overplayed music. Well, its not all horrible, but I wish AFN would carry more radio talk shows in the evening.

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Posted in: Olympic minister Hashimoto reported to be top pick to replace Mori See in context

I'm pretty sure the old boys club will be sitting back with their arms crossed, smirking, waiting for her to make a mistake. Even hoping she makes a mistake. Thats what they do in this country.

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Posted in: Why a Japanese man proudly took his wife's last name See in context

I have a co-worker that took his Japanese wife's family name, mainly because his name "Jones" was just too common. He is getting a divorce though, and I think he has decided to keep his Japanese ex's family name.

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Posted in: Federal lawsuit accuses Trump, Giuliani of inciting deadly Capitol riot See in context

Lock'em up!

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Posted in: Kono says supply will determine vaccination progress See in context

Japan fell behind after it asked Pfizer to conduct clinical tests with Japanese people

Just imagine if every country thought this way. We'd still be inoculating people with the small pox vaccine.

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Posted in: New Zealand-Australia row erupts over 'terrorist' dual national See in context

Dirty move by Morrison. Cut and run. Doesn't surprise me though.

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Posted in: Thousands march in Tokyo to protest Myanmar military coup See in context


Look at the placards, they're all the same.

Who paid for this and organized it?

Probably "Myanmar people living in Japan".

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Posted in: Saturday's quake brings back memories of deadly 2011 disaster See in context

I was snowboarding in Hakuba over the weekend. Didn't feel I thing. Glad I didn't experience it as earthquakes scare the bejeezuz out of me since the 3/11 quake.

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Posted in: Activists call for more reform by Tokyo Olympics organizers See in context

If I look around, I can’t see such a big male dominance in most fields. Salaries are also widely leveled to an equal nothing, so that it’s irrelevant if you get some coins more than a woman because you have to eat more instead, for example. You can see women in all professional areas, also as truck drivers or JSDF personnel, even some on construction sites and so on. And if you walk around in your city you will see only women , in cafeterias, shops, department stores and much more, but you won’t find a single store that would be interesting for men to walk in and shop with pleasure and is filled with a majority of men, not even one. Every bet... Or switch on the TV, only romantic dramas and dancing boy groups. You can surely easily continue and complete the list of what I am telling. That’s why I think, that this discussion is simply a fake and a media bubble. Only in political fields or in some top positions you may find some more men than women, that’s true, but obviously the very last resort they have left.

I was in the bank the other day and there were a few dozen women working and perhaps 5 men, but it was clear who the bosses were. Its not that fields are dominated by men, but men seem to be the ones that either manage or own these businesses, getting the big paychecks, behind the scenes. You see this in schools too. Men dominate admin positions or serving on boards. You might only see women in cafeterias, shops, cafe's etc, but if you wait long enough, you'll eventually see a man come in too see how his business is doing.

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Posted in: Activists call for more reform by Tokyo Olympics organizers See in context

I'm not an English expert but that spelling looks a bit Engrish to me.

Give him a pass. That word is obviously not in their vocabulary, in English or Japanese.

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Posted in: A look at what quarantine is like in Japan See in context

All athletes are being asked to arrive only five days before their first competition and leave two days after. They are being told there will be no tourism and little social contact — even in the Athletes' Village.

Geez, whats the point of even having an Athlete's Village? Just put them in hotels. Sad, I've heard the Olympics tend to be a romp fest for the athletes.

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Posted in: Mori to resign over sexist comments; Kawabuchi, 84, tipped to replace him See in context

A man loses his job because he voiced his views. The death of Freedom of Speech.

So if he said "I think women really belong in the kitchen, not on the track" You would be ok with that too?

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Posted in: Australian court rules extremists can be kept in prison after they have served their sentences See in context

One man's freedom fighter is another man's terrorist. This law seems extreme, although I do understand why some people need to remain incarcerated if they remain a threat to the public. Even in Canada, criminals can be denied parole after serving 25 years if they are deemed dangerous offenders. Paul Bernardo for example will likely never be released.

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