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Posted in: Health experts back treatment for kids with peanut allergy See in context

extanker, but from my (albeit limited) reading of allergens listed on foods here, Peanuts are in a lot of foods, and it is highly likely that kids here will have had exposure to it by the time they are 3-4. I believe its something else, another food or chemical which causes it (no, i am not a conspiracy theorist, but in my mind its feasible that one of the pesticides used there, or perhaps common kids medicine or vaccines which are prevalent there but not here).

I hear now that the advice is to expose kids to peanuts as early as possible. If thats the case, and peanuts are everywhere in the US, then they would have been exposed from conception (I know my wife ate peanuts/peanut foods while pregnant with my kids - and they have no issues).

Either way i really feel for those kids (and adults) who have allergies to common foods; and their parents who have to watch out for whatever they eat. Hoping that they find a definite cause, or cure during our lifetimes.

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Posted in: 13-year-old Japan skateboard sensation cools Olympic talk after world title See in context

Ah, this explains why all my bids for tickets to the skateboarding events at the olympics fell through. Figured its a minor sport, should only be a few skater diehards wanting to watch it; but no, its gonna be full of people who have no idea what an ollie is, but are desperate to hear kimigayo being sung on the podium.

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Posted in: Health experts back treatment for kids with peanut allergy See in context

I find it interesting that you almost never hear about peanut allergies here in Japan. It just isnt a thing here.

But in the US, and also Australia it seems to be a major problem? Surely they can look at environmental differences to see why that is the case?

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Posted in: Police issue arrest warrant for driver over air gun incident on expressway See in context

Can she be arrested for aiding a fugitive?

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Posted in: Koizumi seeks further innovation in Japan to fight climate change See in context

Everyone complaining that he was selected only because his dad was a prime minister; did anyone even read what he is promising? He sounds like the kind of polititian that they need more of in this country.

Is it possible, even in the slightest bit, that he got into politics not because of his dad's connections, but because he looked up to his dad and wanted to do the same thing? I know I wanted to follow in my dad's footsteps to become a doctor; unfortunately i didnt have the discipline for it and ended up in IT.

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Posted in: Apple reveals triple-camera iPhone; $5 monthly streaming TV undercuts Disney See in context

That bump, a square with three lenses in it disturbs me more than it should. 3 lenses, make it a triangle, or make it a circle or do anything to make it symmetrical... but no a square with three lenses in it. Very un-Apple-like to ignore basic design issues.

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Posted in: Everything you need to know about Disney Deluxe See in context

Does anyone know if the disney content can be displayed in English with Japanese subtitles (or no subtitles at all?) Netflix and Hulu both often only have the dubbed titles, which makes it VERY hard to find English kids content here in Japan (except Peppa Pig and Sesame Street on Youtube).

Sucks when all you have available to show the kids is in Japanese.

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Posted in: Father's story about parenting on a train highlights Japan’s hidden prejudice against male parenting See in context

“I mean, you don’t need to hear this but, there’s the argument that if you were raising your kid well they wouldn’t cry in front of people or in public places. That’s probably why they called the cops, because their kids don’t act like that in public.”

That is terrible. A 2 year old kid is struggling with all sorts of new feelings and emotions without proper speaking abilities to communicate their stresses. Tantrums are unavoidable at this age and forcing your kid to suppress these feelings is most likely going to mess them up internally. Of course there are ways to avoid it and calm things down; but toddlers cry. Its a fact of life.

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Posted in: Record 832 foreigners in Japan lose residency status in 2018 See in context


Could "Child of a Japanese National" be a 45 year old born and raised elsewhere? Is there a special visa for those people, so that they can look after aging family, etc?

A Japanese person can adopt you as their child (普通養子), no matter what your age. Question is, would this make you eligible for the child or spouse visa? Not sure, but i guess so? It isnt the easiest thing to do though (paperwork, and also informing your real parents), probably easier to find you a desperate middle aged woman to marry for that visa

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Posted in: Record 832 foreigners in Japan lose residency status in 2018 See in context

Norman, once you are married to a Japanese spouse, and especially if you have children, you can apply for permanent residency (which reminds me, i should do that!)

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Posted in: Record 832 foreigners in Japan lose residency status in 2018 See in context

I am pretty sure that the "Child or Spouse of a Japanese National" is considered one residency status. So 80 people who were either a child or a spouse, but i bet that all 80 of them were here as a 'spouse'

Last time i was on the bus heading to the hell-hole in Shinagawa, i remember an older Japanese man with his (newly wed?) slavic wife, they were posing for pictures to be used as evidence of a real relationship for their marriage visa. Did they just marry 30 minutes earlier? how do you not have enough pics for that?

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Posted in: For our readers who live in Japan, what are some items you always make a point to bring back to Japan after you return from a trip abroad? See in context


Anything mexican or tex-mex because the crap they sell here is overpriced and underflavored.

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Posted in: Return rush See in context

We unfortunately tend to visit the in-laws during new year; at least the shinkansen doesnt price-gauge. But Obon and Golden Week is either working, or staying put.

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Posted in: Road rage suspect arrested after dashboard camera records assault See in context

Strangerland, i totally agree. Of course there is some aggression here or there, but most drivers happily wait while someone is double parked or blocking the road (where i am from the whole line of waiting cars would be on their horns).

Having said that, i think its time to invest in a dash cam.

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Posted in: Return rush See in context

While it was a bit frustrating seeing all the families with their backpacks heading off for their vacations last week, i am glad that i worked that week, and that my daycare is open during Obon. I much prefer to take my summer holidays at a time of my own choosing, not when prices are through the roof and transit terminals are packed to the rafters!

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Posted in: Double disqualification after heat shortens Olympic triathlon test event See in context

what a farce, why didnt they reschedule the olympics like they did in 1964

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Posted in: What sort of wearable tech do you see being developed in the near future? See in context

Whatever happened to Microsoft's Hololens, that looked so promising. I want to be at work acting like i am on Minority Report with virtual screens all over my desk.

On a different tangent, wearable airconditioning/cooling units. Or perhaps a material that acts like a regular inner shirt, but cools to

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Posted in: Fewer fireworks events in Japan next summer due to Olympics See in context

Who benefits from that????

The poor from Japan???

I think not....

Probably not going to be the same effect this time, but the 1964 olympics had a massive impact on both rich and poor. Well, at least thats according to some of the TV programs i watched. The obvious ones being the bullet trains, but also shutoko which was approved to ease traffic congestion. And prior to the olympics, it seems that Japan was not the clean and trash-less society you see today - they showed videos of trains littered with used bento boxes, rubbish through the streets and just generally a filthy society. But before the olympics they started ad campaigns, and improved trash collection, and it was a huge success. According to the show i watched it turned Japan into the clean and respectful society tourists love today

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Posted in: Fewer fireworks events in Japan next summer due to Olympics See in context

zones2seurf, the sumida fireworks has been completely rained out more than a couple of times; regardless of the rainy season timing. And some rainy seasons have been sunnier than the rest of summer. The Sanja matsuri is typically in the middle of rainy season yet it is almost always good weather.

However shifting all of the fun stuff around the olympics, when most people in Tokyo didnt even get any tickets is a bummer. Moreso that i bet some of the tourists would have loved to see some amazing fireworks displays while here

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Posted in: Police arrest another Chinese man over 7pay fraud See in context

Fair enough on the being sacked. But being arrested as mmwkdw suggested is a bit over the top.

People make mistakes, there was no ill intent behind it. There was ill intent behind those who took advantage of those mistakes.

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Posted in: What are the pros and cons of teleworking? See in context

Interestingly i get many of the benefits of teleworking just by working flex time. I start at 8, finish at 4:30. Trains are relatively empty at 7am/before 5pm, and i am home just after 5pm giving me plenty of time to interact with my family. I also only have 6hr span of dealing with the other colleagues, plus i am away from all the snacks and sweets that i have at home.

Having said that, i have toyed with the idea of switching to full telework for 6 months/a year, and doing a very long road trip with the family. I could work on the road as long as i have internet access!

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Posted in: Police arrest another Chinese man over 7pay fraud See in context

mmwkdw, i suspect that entire team was restructured. But who should get the blame here? The low level developers who only worked on individual modules? The development manager who decided to implement the separately developed 7pay app into their existing members app (where the security hole allowing you to specify an alternative email address to recover your password was probably already present, but posed no real threat)? The bucho that approved that decision to combine the apps to save time? or the CEO that pressured the IT team to get their solution out the door ASAP? Arrest all of them?

And in that sense, should women who wear sexy clothes also be charged if she gets attacked?

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Posted in: Police arrest another Chinese man over 7pay fraud See in context

Rather than victim blaming (which is easy because the 7Pay team obviously left some security holes and were clearly not competent in managing this project), lets focus on the scumbags who saw the security hole and decided to try to STEAL from innocent people. What sort of upbringing do you have to have in order to think this is a good idea?

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Posted in: Body donations surge in Japan amid changing views of death See in context

A friend here passed away and he had signed up to donate his body. There was still a funeral, though his wife chose one of the most simple ceremonies with few flowers or fanfare. The body was also cremated and returned recently; and although they are not going to put him into the family grave, donating the body does not proclude this part either.

Its more of a break between the funeral, and the receiving of the bones/ashes after cremation. Everything else is the same.

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Posted in: Theme-park food to be taxed 10% if eaten at table; 8% if eaten while walking See in context


What are you on about? There is no way that in Japan 400 yen will get you three meals worth of food at a supermarket. Hell, it wouldn't even at Daiso.


Sorry no way and I don’t even live in Tokyo. I plan our meals and buy the food and do the cooking. We eat healthy foods including fresh veg, salads and fruits. I bake my own bread every other day. I buy foods when the prices are marked down especially meats.

I didnt say healthy and nutritious, let alone gourmet. I'm talking about eating to survive. This guy was eating 2 onigiri and a pokari sweat. He wasnt trying to eat healthy. A 5kg bag of rice is about 1500yen these days. This makes 10kg of cooked rice (will disregard cost of water since that would be in the order of 10 yen or so). A satchet of furikake is about 100yen. And With that you can already make 100 onigiri (100g each) for less than 16yen a piece. You could eat much more than 2000 calories a day for much less than 400yen.

Want to jazz it up a little? Nori sheets for 200yen, probably less than 10 yen per onigiri. Some umeboshi if you are Japanese (not really my idea of tasty), or 100 yen for a can of tuna, 100yen for some mayonaise to make tuna-mayo onigiri. Want to eat something other than onigiri? Buy chicken breast at 50yen/100g, bag of moyashi, shiokosho, and some spinach or hakusai for 100yen or so.

I plan my meals and do the cooking. I aim for 250yen/per serving and can do so with an amazing variety of healthy food. This is more than his budget obviously, but i am not struggling like he is.

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Posted in: Theme-park food to be taxed 10% if eaten at table; 8% if eaten while walking See in context

There are other ways to alleviate the extra burden on no-to-low income earners. Creating all these extra rules for people who are rich enough to visit theme parks, is more proof that the politicians, bureaucrats, and other supporting a multi-rate sales tax, took their eyes off the ball.

And there you go. My comment on this motivating you to get a better job may not be fair. But if you are on a knife edge, and going to a theme park, then you have your priorities wrong.

Minimum wage here is laughable. But the tear-jerker news piece they showed for this was a guy who can only afford two combini onigiri and a pokari sweat to eat all day, because didnt earn enough to buy lunch/dinner.

But, going into a combini to buy 400yen worth of onigiri and drink, which is less than 1/4 of your daily calorie requirements? Idiot, you need to cook at home where 400yen can stretch out to 3 filling meals. I think the number of people who's budget would be genuinely broken by the 2% increase would be down to a few families. Give those families some assistance, and everyone is happy.

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Posted in: Theme-park food to be taxed 10% if eaten at table; 8% if eaten while walking See in context

Unpopular opinion: Make it all 10%, and do it yesterday. 2% is not going to hurt my budget, but having to wait until i see the bill to know the total cost will impact my budgeting ability.

I know Americans are used to having random taxes thrown in at the end, variable tip amounts etc. But when i see a price on an item, thats the price i expect to pay! And if you insist on showing the pre-tax price, then at least make the tax easy to calculate (5, or 10%).

What about those living on a knife-edge budget? Well for starters, thats not a very good way to live. Maybe this will motivate you to find a better paying job. Or maybe the govt should introduce a 2% welfare rebate if its such a problem.

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Posted in: Tokyo 2020 organizers to open 2nd-chance ticket lottery on Aug 8 See in context

Douglas. Yes, residents will spend more than tourists in any that year. But they will spend that amount regardless of whether they get seats or not at the Olympics. So not only do they get the money from the resident (who has to spend to live), they will also be getting money from that tourist.

From what i saw on the overseas sites, the ticket sales are exactly the same as the Japanese lottery, but without any of the transparency, plus a healthy markup. You tell them which events you want to go to (and you have no indication of whether you got those tickets or not), and then the reseller wait for tickets to be allocated to them for resale. Then, when tickets are allocated they decide who sell those tickets to.

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Posted in: Tokyo 2020 organizers to open 2nd-chance ticket lottery on Aug 8 See in context

Kobe White Bar Owner - it sucks for us here, but i can understand that decision (it is actually much less, but still yes there are a lot reserved for people outside of Japan). Tourists bring more dollars into the economy, tourism is the main goal of spending so much on the olympic facilities.

I anticipate this will be one of the most popular olympics in recent years. Not only do so many Japanese want to go, but Japan as a destination is quite popular overseas, and what better excuse to finally make that trip here.

FYI they were explaining last night that the second lottery has a couple of caveats and if you dont choose your sessions correctly, your application is turned down automatically, with no warnings. Something about having your first and second choice be events on the same timeslot.

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Posted in: Tokyo subway car provides child-friendly space See in context

Ganbare Japan, i would love to see that. Even this thomas carriage, would keep my 2 yr old entertained. Almost worth making a trip on this train line to see it!

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