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Posted in: Woman arrested over abuse of 5-year-old daughter See in context

Sad, but its nice to see a mother being charged with child abuse in the news, because when its a man or a father, the "men can't take care of kids" crowd gets all excited and tries to use it as evidence that shared custody is a bad idea in Japan.

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Posted in: Scientists race to study variants in India as cases explode See in context

Meanwhile, Indians are covering themselves in cow poop believing that it protects them from the Covid. https://www.reuters.com/world/india/indian-doctors-warn-against-cow-dung-covid-cure-2021-05-11/

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Posted in: Biden expected to nominate Rahm Emanuel as ambassador to Japan See in context

He sure isn't a Caroline Kennedy thats for sure. Its more likely that Rahm will function as a go-between in terms of how Japan responds to the growing crisis in the Middle East (Israel vs Iran) given Rahm's deep ties to Netanyahu and other far right political groups in Israel.

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Posted in: Kyoto families angered by new policy forcing high school students to buy tablets at own expense See in context

Whats crazy is that these kids probably already own a smartphone or already have a pc or laptop at home. So, its not just the cost, but also the constant need to be around electronic devices all day. Sure, high school might not be compulsory in Japan, but free public high school education should be a right.

Its looking like the ipad is the new randoseru for senior high students.

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Posted in: Japan's child population hits record low after 40 years of decline See in context

It doesn't help that many Japanese women don't want a relationship with a divorced man who has kids from a previous marriage. Believe me, they run when you tell them that. I was told just the other day by a woman that she wants to be "prioritized" and not my kids I see once a month. Anyways, I'm all for starting a family again if I get the chance, but powerful cultural norms are pushing against me.

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Posted in: Cruise ship returns to Yokohama after one passenger tests positive for COVID-19 See in context

I’ve come to the sad conclusion that people are too stupid for us to ever overcome this virus.

Thats exactly why some countries are harder hit than others.

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Posted in: Summer bonuses at Japan firms to fall 1-3% on year due to coronavirus See in context

Fat cats at the top still raking it in though!!

Yup, and they probably would have retired last March but Covid-19 gave them an excuse to stay on longer given their many years of experience.

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Posted in: 3 nuclear reactors to become 1st in Japan to operate beyond 40-year limit See in context

We need AI doing that.

AI can't prevent earthquakes, dispose of spent fuel, or fix backup diesel generators after they breakdown. If AI can solve those problems, I'd be pro-nuclear too.

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Posted in: Suga orders defense ministry to set up large-scale vaccination center in Tokyo See in context

It would probably be faster to design a robot that goes around innoculating people at the Shibuya Crossing.

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Posted in: Mayor forced to quit over bringing personal sauna into office See in context

"finding himself in the hot seat"

Good one!

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Posted in: Suga says tackling COVID-19 takes priority over general election See in context

The Tokyo 2020 Olympic theme song should be "Nothing Else Matters."

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Posted in: Pooping at supermarket checkout lands Kitakyushu man ¥300,000 fine See in context

In normal cases you would just make an exemption and open that damned toilet door for 5 minutes.

In normal countries that would likely happen. But in Japan, rules are rules. The part-timer who unlocked the door for a drunk would probably lose their job. Management would not have expected the guy to poop at the check-out. Its a lose/lose situation.

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Posted in: High school kendo coach caught forcing students to pay birthday-tribute money See in context

Its shocking that this went on for so long. However, perhaps the "birthday money" was seen by some parents as compensation for the coach's time volunteering. Doesn't sound like he was a teacher at the school, but just an outside volunteer from the community. I assume that the students were afraid to report the coach because it would be obvious who told the authorities (because they hadn't paid) and they may have feared the consequences.

Even parents though don't often question behavour like this from oyaji coaches. If a coach is making the students practice more than 6 days a week etc, parents rarely get involved with what goes on at "crub".

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Posted in: Teacher disciplined for drinking alcohol during class in Okinawa See in context

A Chu-hai (often rendered as “Chu-Hi”) combines shochu, a distilled spirit, with carbonated water and a flavor like fruit juice, and can contain as much as 12-percent alcohol.

Traditionally they contain shochu, but as you can see on the yellow can in the picture, that one uses "high purity vodka".

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Posted in: Japan says Chinese military likely behind cyberattacks See in context

If you're a country or government and you're worried about a cyber attack, stop putting all our info on the internet.

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Posted in: Teacher disciplined for drinking alcohol during class in Okinawa See in context

when I very first came to Japan, I strolled into a new morning class of six students with a can of grapefruit chu-hi thinking it was grapefruit juice, to their shock/amusement

I did the same thing, although classes hadn't started yet. I strolled into a new teacher orientation meeting thinking it was grapefruit juice. That was back when chu-hi's were only 5% alcohol. I don't think I even got a buzz from it.

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Posted in: If the Tokyo Olympics are held, who do you think would be a good choice to light the Olympic flame? See in context

Be nice to see Ichiro up there, or Naomi Osaka (-:

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Posted in: JLo, A-Rod split, saying 'we are better as friends' See in context

I got the impression A-Rod was a tad bit controlling from their interactions on screen and J-Lo doesn't strike me as the type of woman that wants to follow orders. But I am curious as to what really put A-Rod in the "friend zone" because you can bet it wasn't him that ended the relationship.

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Posted in: 4 die in fire suppression system accident in Tokyo parking garage See in context

Tragic that a system designed to save lives just took lives. You can bet that the company that designed this system didn't take every scenario into account when they began selling their extremely dangerous product.

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Posted in: Matsuyama makes history by winning Masters See in context

gonna have to be careful of the oyajis on the train platforms swinging their imaginary golf clubs extra hard today...

Spot on!

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Posted in: Matsuyama makes history by winning Masters See in context

Golf, Tennis, Baseball, Soccer. Japan is really turning into a major sports powerhouse.

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Posted in: Would you support a boycott of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics? See in context

Yes, but lets not forget about the athletes that have trained hard for years to compete at the Olympics. They'll be the ones who take the hardest hit, not the CCP.

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Posted in: Couple arrested over robbery of real estate agent during condo inspection See in context

I'm curious as to why the real estate agent gave the perps the correct pin number. Maybe she thought they would return if the pin number was wrong? Hopefully the woman gets her money back quickly from the bank and they don't haggle. I've heard stories.

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Posted in: Chinese tech company develops robo-dogs See in context

Its actually called Boston Dynamics, not Boston Robotics. But yes, it does look like a copy of their robo pooch. I think the Chinese are trying to create an edible version though.

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Posted in: Gov't to release Fukushima nuclear plant water into sea despite fishermen's objection See in context

Someone once said that Japan hosting the Olympics is like having a house party with a plugged toilet because of Fukushima.

Now its almost literally true.

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Posted in: Police report record number of cannabis offenders in 2020 See in context

nothing beats a good old smoke when you get home, as in home home, as in not here

I'll second that!

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Posted in: Health minister urges Tokyo to remain vigilant as virus cases soar in Osaka See in context

I think we are going to see a tsunami in the coming weeks. Hanami parties, entrance ceremonies, "drink with the new boss and coworkers" parties and new variants of Covid-19 are going to cause a significant ripple in the kiddy pool.

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Posted in: S Korea reports 668 new coronavirus cases; highest daily count in 3 months See in context

With all the variants, anti-maskers and anti-vaxxers, its looking like this pandemic is going to last not 1 or 2 years, but maybe 5 to 10 years.

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Posted in: Suga willing to establish 'children's agency' See in context

I'm pretty sure if you asked many Japanese children what would improve their lives, they would say something related to spending more time with their fathers.

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Posted in: New Zealand-Australia travel bubble to start on April 19 See in context

Japan needs a travel bub with Taiwan or South Korea.

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