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Posted in: Average working hours of teachers in Japan longest in OECD survey See in context

Holding “club activity” everyday in the holidays... Why? The student don’t want it! You don’t want it..... Just to look hard working? Seriously, its sad the number of times I ask kids. “How was your summer?” To here...”Boring, just badminton club everyday

Teachers don't want it, kids don't want it and the parents don't either. Yet the Japanese can't stop themselves. And if anything, they are getting worse, not better.

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Posted in: Get your fax right: Bungling officials spark nuclear scare after quake See in context

Why are such people in the gov't ???.

They aren't.

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Posted in: Gov't unveils measures to prevent car crashes caused by elderly drivers See in context

 the best answer for this problem should start a few years before, say at the age of 50 Years old,

Are you joking? 50?

Perhaps 60, but 50 is absurd.

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Posted in: Gov't unveils measures to prevent car crashes caused by elderly drivers See in context

Banning people because of their age is ridiculous - banning them on whether they are fit to drive is sensible. So many younger people cause accidents too.

@Luddite - but we ban people aged under 18 from driving - is that ridiculous too? Surely we should judge them on their ability to drive.

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Posted in: Gov't unveils measures to prevent car crashes caused by elderly drivers See in context

Wow. You really hate old people. What happened to make you that way? And how will you deal with it when you are old yourself?@

@Commanteer - I agree with your sentiments. Of course, many younger commentators are unable to properly distinguish between different types of old people.

A 70 year-old may have slightly slower reactions, but not yet so slow as to seriously impede driving ability. Over 75 is when people typically begin to deteriorate. However, I think it is reasonable to have driving tests from about 70+ to check drivers' ability.

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Posted in: Sandy Hook families put hoaxers on defensive See in context

The people who spread and promote this particular conspiracy are pure scum.

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Posted in: Man who shared NZ mosque shooting video gets 21 months in prison See in context

Spot on - who makes the decision of what objectionable material is???

Ultimately the jury.

In case you were under any doubt, this material in this case was objectionable.

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Posted in: Reverence for tradition threatens same-sex marriage in Japan See in context

Then why are Christian wedding venues, bakers, florists, photographers etc being sued, harassed, forced to close etc because they are not interested in participating in LGBTQ weddings?

Because they are in jurisdictions with anti-discrimination laws about who businesses may refuse to serve.

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Posted in: Reverence for tradition threatens same-sex marriage in Japan See in context

You can love who you want, but the law should apply equally to all people.

You can't marry a relative, a minor, someone of the same gender or a mentally retarded person.

For once we agree - the law should apply equally to consenting adults who wish to marry and are not in the immediate family.

And as you correctly observe, there are a number of people you can't marry - like minors. However, a number of mentally disabled people do marry - although I note that you use the pejorative expression "retarded". While it may have escaped the moderator's delete key, I am glad that it was left in - it says so much about you. Although I never thought you would be a supporter of gay marriage given that you normally have an ultra conservative agenda

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Posted in: Reverence for tradition threatens same-sex marriage in Japan See in context

Passing laws about what people do in the bedroom? What a rediculous thing. It is like passing laws about burping or passing gas. We have had none of that in Japan.

Did you actually read the article? This is about equal marriage. The article makes clear that homosexuality is not illegal in Japan

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Posted in: Reverence for tradition threatens same-sex marriage in Japan See in context

I used to not care about what people do concerning their own lives--I still don't--but this constant beating over the head with gay agenda is slowly eroding my sympathy and support for the lgbt 

For those of us who have survived this constant beating by the agenda, could you remind us what it says?

I thought that it just had one word: equality

Is that agenda so bad?

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Posted in: Ailing woman dies at home while son spends month in internet cafes See in context

My reading of the article is that she was physically dependent upon him and that he made a deliberate decision to leave the house until she died, presumably of heatstroke combined with dehydration. A particularly nasty way to die.

If he was registered as her carer in some way and would have known what would have happened if he left the house, then it is as good as murder.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic CEO reminds visitors that cannabis is banned in Japan See in context

https://japantoday.com/category/national/hokkaido-wild-marijuana-removal-efforts-can%E2%80%99t-keep-up-with-rate-of-growth

In fact, their day’s haul of hemp plants was already ten times that of the same day last year. “No matter how much we pull, it keeps growing,” one of them told Yomiuri Shimbun, “it grows and we pull it out, over and over again.”

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic CEO reminds visitors that cannabis is banned in Japan See in context

Hemp used to grow freely Japan. Shinto shrines have rope made from hemp on them. It has some holy status.

Then came an erradication campaign - inevitably inspired by America. But now America is growing up past its cannabis panic, yet Japan stays rooted well in the past.

I think that we a have a duty to go into the hills and plant cannabis seeds and reintroduce this recently extinct fauna.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic CEO reminds visitors that cannabis is banned in Japan See in context

SMART DECISION !

Cannabis is a lethal drug.

It is far more potent than alcohol and cigarettes --- as a mood-altering drug.

It is equally addictive

And has far more chemicals that are not only carcinogenic, but also impact body chemistry and hormones.

Cannabis is not lethal. There are no recorded deaths from cannabis ever. Unlike alcohol that kills thousands every day

More potent than alcohol? Really? Drink as much alcohol as you can you will be legless and incontinent within short order. Not cannabis.

It is less addictive than tobacco and alcohol. The former is pretty addictive for anyone. The latter, can be very damaging to the lives of addicts

And so you know how many chemicals are in tobacco! The most damaging thing about traditional cannabis is the tobacco people mix it with to smoke

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Posted in: Do you consider dress codes forcing women to wear high heels at work power harassment? See in context

If you think this is harassment, you have no idea what harassment means.

It is still harassment, even if some forms of it are even more egregious.

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Posted in: Illustrator shows different types of perverts encountered on Japanese trains See in context

Putting a used condom in your bag.

Ewwww :(

In other news:

DNA analysis identifies suspects in record 3,146 cases in 2018

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Posted in: Spreading the joy of marmalade across the sea from Ehime See in context

I love marmalade. Where can I buy this?

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Posted in: Queen honors 'The Crown' actress Olivia Colman See in context

She may be a CBE but she'll always be Soph from Peep Show to me

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Posted in: Japan's commercial whaling to restart July 1 after 3-decade hiatus See in context

Japan's country, Japan's rules.

If they really want to kill a few minke in their own waters, who is stop them? But it won't be long before they head out I to international waters.

Whale meat will never really catch on again - it doesn't taste good enough and Japan is too rich now.

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Posted in: 19-year-old arrested for stalking 9-year-old girl See in context

He liked her first but didn't know she was under age. Sometimes under age looks adult esp in western world.

He didn't know a nine year old was under age? Don't be absurd - nine year olds never look grown up; not in the West and especially not in Japan. You may occasionally get some who are beginning to go through premature puberty but they are not grown up in any sense. You sound like an apologist for a very disturbed individual.

He can tell that he wants to make her his sister but should know stalking is illegal at his age.

Make her his sister? Given your earlier comments I am now even more disturbed

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Posted in: I understand that I should not be ashamed of my daughter. I know that I should not keep it secret. But I do all the time because I’m afraid my daughter will cause trouble outside the home. I have been depressed, hating myself. See in context

She didn't want her daughter inconveniencing others? THAT was her biggest fear!?

I think it is as much a pattern of speech in Japan as anything else. Of course her concerns are primarily for her daughter but it is expressed through not wishing to create problems for others.

This maintains the facade of always putting the needs of others before your own and is an ironic pattern of speech. I think most Japanese would understand the honne here.

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Posted in: Converse’s new Japan-exclusive sneakers made with actual cherry blossoms See in context

I wonder how much actual cherry blossom is in the dye. A purely symbolic amount I expect.

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Posted in: Ready for rainy season See in context

Rainy season - don't forget to remind Japanese that there are actually 5 seasons in Japan.

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Posted in: Japan's commercial whaling to restart July 1 after 3-decade hiatus See in context

At least there is less bare faced hypocrisy about doing this than "scientific" whaling. However, I expect that anti-whaling protests will step up too, perhaps using the Olympics as the opportunity to make Japan look bad

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Posted in: Taiwanese supermodel Lin Chi-ling marries Exile dancer Akira See in context

The lesson to draw from this pairing is women shouldn't put off getting married by age 30, even if they are big shot superstars.

What a massively negative post. As though marriage is nothing more than a financial transaction.

Perhaps when she was younger she wanted to be more than the trophy bride of some slimy billionaire. She is probably satisfied with the millions that she owns in her own name and the luxury lifestyle it brings. Why would she want to exchange that for more material wealth and a tedious life?

And hardly anyone gets married much before they're 30 these days. And they certainly shouldn't take a lesson from you

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Posted in: Labor minister opposes banning female dress codes with high heels See in context

WOW!!!!A need to be passed ???.What a male dominated society. It says a lot abt Japanese men, which is stereo types and square. Poor minded.

You should read some of the comments above too. Pertussis not so surprising from some ageing oyaji but more surprising from a usually more cosmopolitan crowd in JT. Admittedly the supportive comments come from the usual pool of ultra conservative posts who lurk here below the line.

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Posted in: Entire day's play washed out at French Open See in context

Shocking weather this year. It's normally Wimbledon that gets rained off.

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Posted in: Labor minister opposes banning female dress codes with high heels See in context

Would it be acceptable to force men to wear high heels? Could it also be closed as "necessary"?

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Posted in: Automated train travels in wrong direction, injuring 20 in Yokohama See in context

Computers and software still break down and crash often. Can't trust them too much.

Automated systems are evidentially much safer than manually driven modes of transport.

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