Toshihiro comments

Posted in: 'Please drink' treated Fukushima water, China asks Aso See in context

"A Japanese official said it is okay if we drink this water, so then please drink it," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told reporters, adding Japan's ignorance of the ecological environment is "totally unjustifiable."

Of all of the propaganda and hollow words that the Chinese government spews out, this is by far the most sensible.

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Posted in: Name some movies that left you so confused at the end that you couldn't really figure out what they were about. See in context

The Matrix! I watched it when I was still in grade school and it never made sense to me until I was already in college.

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Posted in: Police officer arrested over alleged sexual assault of woman See in context

a cop copping a feel. No I was drunk and couldn't remember excuse?

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

I feel sorry for the fisherman and all jobs who will have to suffer for this.

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Posted in: Police find 424 stolen items at suspected underwear thief’s home See in context

This is just taking one's fetishes too far. But at least it's not as worse as that guy who collected bicycle seats or that guy who steals tennis rackets for the smell of sweat. I wish I could ask a Japanese sociologist why fetish addiction is quite hardcore among some Japanese.

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Posted in: Australia says politicians no longer exempt from sexual harassment rules See in context

Nobody should be exempted from this in the first place. A crime is a crime.

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Posted in: On average, how much time each day do you spend on social networking sites? See in context

At most an hour a week. If Youtube is considered a social networking site, then I spend at least 9 hours a week.

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Posted in: Man arrested for attempted murder after woman clings to hood of car See in context

I don't want to turn this into a court room debate but, what would be the most appropriate course of action if you were in the shoes of the guy? pray that the woman can't break through the car as you call for the police? I don't know about you, but even if the assailant was unarmed and appears physically weaker than me, i'd still try to run away. God forbid if the attacker was armed and was stronger.

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Posted in: Man arrested for attempted murder after woman clings to hood of car See in context

This is just absurd, the woman should've been charged. He was the one who was attacked. Another Terminator T-1000 wannabe.

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Posted in: The Japanese government has appointed a minister for loneliness to deal with issues brought about by the coronavirus, among things. The British government also appointed such a minister. Is loneliness something a government can deal with? See in context

I think governments can, but how they can effectively manage will be difficult to determine. This is just my unprofessional opinion here, but I think countries that do well in tending to the mental health of its population would do well in curbing loneliness and other mental stresses the pandemic brought along with it. And, well, considering Japan's stellar performance in addressing the mental health of its citizens even during the pre-pandemic era, I think it would take some time before the government can do anything effective. But hey, prove me wrong.

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

the minister of loneliness and the ministry of children. I wonder what would they come up with next? a government agency for oyaji? oh wait, they have that already.

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Posted in: Do you think self-driving cars will take away the fun of being at the wheel of your vehicle? See in context

I think it's like cruise control and ABS (anti-lock braking system) in cars, driverless options would make it convenient and safer for car owners to drive their vehicles while being less hassled and can probably turn them off to have a little fun on the road and on the dirt. I really do not enjoy driving my car in bumper-to-bumer traffic, and I'm pretty sure nobody does. I'm more of a two-wheeled fan and ABS on motorcycles make them more safe on the tarmac but less fun on the dirt.

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Posted in: Do you think self-driving cars will take away the fun of being at the wheel of your vehicle? See in context

I think it depends on who you ask. If it is someone who doesn't drive for fun and just uses vehicles for utility purposes, self-driving cars would be a boon for them. But try asking this to an off-road enthusiast or a sports car owner, self-driving cars would probably be an iffy thing for them since it takes out the fun and danger factor in driving for sport. I personally would like to have a self-driving car.

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Posted in: Man says he attacked police officer, hoping he would be shot dead See in context

This is just depressing to read, to go to such lengths to end yourself. Fortunately, he's in the wrong country for such. I don't condone suicide but there are many painless ways to do so without harming those around you. I'm willing to bet that it this man had someone to talk to and life gave him more slack, he wouldn't resort to such. I hope the police officer is okay.

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Posted in: Do you feel that you have become complacent about anti-coronavirus measures in one way or another? See in context

Unfortunately yes. I remember wearing a gas mask and wearing plastic gloves whenever I got out and would sanitize everything I brought outside. But nowadays, the most paranoid thing I do is I just wipe alcohol on the shopping cart handle I am about to use and wear a face mask with the nose uncovered if there's nobody nearby. It is inevitable though, we've been at this for more than year and people will grow lax and law enforcement will also grow lax.

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Posted in: Saitama officially forbids walking up and down escalators See in context

i enjoy using the stairs anyway, especially if its cold outside, it helps keep me warm and the best part is that there are less people using them.

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Posted in: If you are working remotely, how do you prevent frequent video meetings from causing you fatigue or adversely affecting your productivity? See in context

I just listen to the audio if possible or if the meeting is not important at all, I just use it as background noise. In my case, video meetings are rare but when they do hold them, they're just your typical monday morning townhall meetings that remind the same stuff every week.

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Posted in: If you could live in any city in the world (post-pandemic), other than where you live now, which one would you choose and why? See in context

Kofu in Yamanashi Prefecture or just any capital city (aside from Tokyo) of Japan's prefectures that is less urbanized and has a colder climate.

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Posted in: Man indicted for rape and murder charged with 2 other sexual assaults See in context

I would pay to be this man's executioner, any jail sentence would be too good for this guy. Just doing it once was bad enough, but doing it several times and killing someone in the process just made him cross into serial sex offender/ killer realm.

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Posted in: Man uses rope to lower himself from building roof in Pokemon card theft See in context

I hear that Team Rocket, Danny Ocean and the Pink Panther are considering on recruiting him. I know this is a crime, but this is just a fun story to read. Thanks, JT!

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Posted in: Who has the better claim to the disputed isles controlled by Japan as the Senkakus but claimed by China as the Diaoyus? See in context

Agree with Kyle. If China does get legitimate rights to the Senkakus, it won't stop them from claiming other islands closer to Japan, and before you know it, you might have Chinese military forces regularly operating near Kumamoto Prefecture, similar to what happened to the reefs in the South China Sea that are recognized as Philippine territory. Considering how hawkish the LDP is, I doubt this will happen. But the good thing is the US is present in Okinawa and Japan won't hesitate to push back when pushed.

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Posted in: Woman arrested over mother’s death, setting fire to house See in context

I can't even begin to imagine doing such a thing to my family. I wonder what forced her to do such a thing.

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Posted in: Bogus electrician arrested over sexual assault of teenage girl See in context

@blahblah222 - Oh yeah, true. It really makes me wonder that in a country that has insanely draconian punishments for super petty crimes (remember the guy who used the wrong coffee cup when getting his drink from the konbini, or the city government employee who got in trouble for punching out a minute earlier to catch the bus?), but are pretty lenient when it comes to crimes like these. Truly baffling.

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Posted in: What are some of the strangest things you have seen sold in vending machines in Japan? See in context

chicken soup lozenges. Imagine consomme cubes in your mouth, it works well with sweets but not with savory flavors. I'm still searching for those that sell used underwear and still couldn't find any. The weirdest but also great find that I made was a can of hot corn soup, it tasted great but felt weird drinking it out of a can.

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Posted in: Bogus electrician arrested over sexual assault of teenage girl See in context

This guys is just plain dumb if he thinks he's going to get away clean from doing such a heinous crime. If he's in Tokyo, he should visit a certain district that has everything that he needs to blow that pent up energy away. This made me wonder if people even ask for identification before letting people in first because I certainly would.

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Posted in: Japan is the only country in the world in which pets outnumber children. The country has just 17 million children under the age of 16, yet almost 20 million cats and dogs, according to the Japan Pet Food Association. What do you make of those figures? See in context

this just tells me that people probably find it difficult or are outright discouraged from raising a family and are considering pets instead, simple as that. You don't need to be a sociologist to know that most of advanced and high-performing countries are seeing declining birth rates and a rise in divorce and pet ownership (just google this yourself) since working-age people in these countries tend to focus on their careers and personal lives more than the traditional route of raising kids and actually having more time, energy and money to live life.

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Posted in: Tokyo Disney parks abandon 'ladies and gentlemen' announcements See in context

I wonder how far will Japan take this gender-neutral stuff, this is just funny.

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Posted in: How do you dress and groom yourself for online meetings during the pandemic? Are pajamas, no makeup, scruffy beards common sights? See in context

I wear a collared shirt or just put on my blazer under my house shirt to make me look more official but I just wear my normal house clothes for the most part. Of course, basic hygiene and grooming still prevails even at this time. I've seen more people wearing face masks, especially girls, during tele-meetings and I think it's to save them from putting on make up, which is understandable.

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Posted in: Some of Japan’s most iconic vending machines will soon be no more See in context

A representative for the company commented: “When we started the Hot Food vending machines over 30 years ago, there weren’t as many convenience stores as there are now. Customers traveling could stop at service areas and enjoy some hot food, even if it was late at night and all other shops were closed. But these days, there isn’t a lot of demand for our services.“

As someone who came from a country where vending machines are quite rare and convenience stores are more common, I tend to favor vending machines more since its quicker and the feeling of buying something from a robot feels more futuristic. I wish several types of vending machines would stay in Japan. I think the weirdest thing I've bought from one was a hot can of corn soup, tastes great though.

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Posted in: What are some of your favorite cherry blossom-viewing spots in Japan? See in context

I tend to look for lone cherry trees in obscure places in parks and just set up shop there. the more secluded, the better.

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