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Posted in: Law change lets Japanese police crack down on rule-breaking cyclists See in context

Bradenton1963Today  06:52 pm JST

I visit Japan every couple of years and the first time I saw cyclists using pavements mixed with pedestrians I was shocked. Pedestrians have to jump out of the way for cyclists who seem to have priority, why is this legal? It wouldn't be allowed in Europe. For a civilised country like Japan they need to create cycle lanes or get cyclists off pavements, it is unacceptable.

I ask myself the same thing all the time. Very rarely do I see many bikers here who don't seem to expect the pedestrians on the sidewalks to get out of their way! Recently, I watched a young woman on a bike nearly knock a walking elderly woman over. If that elderly woman hadn't jumped out of the way in time, she would very surely have been hit - ridiculous that she had to move like that at all at her age. And the young woman on the bike didn't even stop to say a quick apology, she just sped on. I mean, it's called a sidewalk, not a sideride. Get in the road! And like Redemption pointed out above, the electric bicycles that I see in double-digit numbers now in my small neighborhood (usually for Uber Eats) are a genuine danger to pedestrians. They don't stop, and they don't care.

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Posted in: Man arrested for killing 90-year-old father, says he was worn out from caring for him See in context

The poor elderly father, to have to go out like that. May he rest in peace. There are always other ways, other things a person can do instead of murder the person in their care, murder a family member. I have no sympathy for the son here. Care-taking is a job that takes a physical and emotional toll on you, yes -- but even thinking murder could be the answer instead of getting help is just unacceptable.

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Posted in: Man arrested for allegedly having sex with minor at welfare facility where he works See in context

Also, this is the second article in a day on here where the title includes the word "allegedly", despite the arrested perpetrator admitting that he committed the crime.

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Posted in: Man arrested for allegedly having sex with minor at welfare facility where he works See in context

Police said Hiroyuki Uemoto is accused of having non-consensual sex with the girl at the facility in Hakui City at around 11 p.m. on March 14, NHK reported. 


The phrasing used in the title made me assume that the minor had consented to the act (even if minors can't really give their consent), hence using the term "having sex". If the minor did not consent, which the article states, then the term you are looking for is "rape".

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Posted in: Japan's real wages fall in March for record 24th month See in context

Really wondering how much longer Japanese people (and foreign residents) are expected to endure this...

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Posted in: Noto Peninsula quake volunteer arrested for allegedly molesting woman on bus See in context

Why does the title say "allegedly molesting" when the perpetrator has admitted to the actions and even gave his reason? ("I had a sexual urge to do it.") SMH

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Posted in: 63 doctors, dentists sue Google for keeping reviews they say are unfair See in context

Honestly, I've had quite a lot of bad experiences with doctors in Japan, even had one who shouted at me because he didn't believe me when I explained my symptoms. I've used reviews in the past to get an idea of whether it's worth visiting a clinic or not, and it's been very helpful for me. I've also left reviews when I've had a good or poor experience for others like me who check the reviews first. I've found some great doctors here as well, but I would say 60 to 70% of my experience with doctors in Japan has been negative. I suppose you get what you pay for, though.

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Posted in: 52-year-old man indicted for raping teenage daughter between 2013 and 2016 See in context

This young woman's future children will thank her for doing this. My mother was subjected to the same horrifying sexual abuse from her father, but she never said anything about it. Because of that, he went on to molest his grandchildren, myself included. He lived his life without any punishment for his horrific crimes, and ruined the lives of his descendants. Hearing this story makes me feel relieved that at least here, justice will hopefully be served. May the young woman find some peace, too.

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Posted in: One-third of Japan's unmarried adults under 50 have never dated See in context

Take it from me, for some people, this is a better way to live. Whether the reasons be financial, or because the person is introverted and independent, or because they lived through years of familial abuse…whatever the reason, some people are happier single. That’s it - there’s no reason to act holier than thou just because you personally decided to get married and are happy with your


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Posted in: Ex-school principal kept obscene videos of female students in his office to prevent his wife from finding them See in context

"it would be a waste to delete the data"

Easily the most disturbing part of the whole article. This sicko clearly sees nothing wrong with his owning and there existing OBSCENE video and photo footage of his underage female students. No remorse whatsoever. Lock him up for life. He clearly can't be trusted around children in any sphere.

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Posted in: 22-year-old man gets 23 years in prison for murder of sex worker at hotel See in context

opheliajadefeldtToday  12:48 pm JST

Autism spectrum disorder is not classified as a mental disease. It is a developmental disability and a type of neurodivergence, not a mental illness. My girlfriend is autistic, but also so very intelligent and aware of her surroundings, her learning capabilities are mind boggling. She gets really upset when she hears autism being used to excuse a crime.

That's exactly the same thought I had. I have a friend who is very high up on the autism spectrum - one of the smartest guys I've ever known. We performed in a play once when we were kids, which was super long (ex: the main character alone had 300 lines). This kid memorized the entire script. It is despicable to use "being autistic" as an excuse for committing murder, as though it's some kind of mental illness - especially in a case like this, where he was actively seeking to murder someone.

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Posted in: Woman gets life in prison for killing woman, tossing her body from bridge into river See in context

Actual killer: 27 years in prison.

His female accomplice: Life in prison.

......The accomplice obviously also deserves to be tried and sentenced to prison time, but holy crap, what a failure of a justice system!

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Posted in: Technician arrested for taking voyeuristic images of woman during electrocardiogram See in context

And this is why some women ask for female doctors and nurses, especially for required routine checkup procedures like electrocardiograms. It's already uncomfortable enough, but then you have to worry that your doctor or nurse is a perv who will try to sneak naked photos of you. Shameful behavior - amazing he even got into the position. Hope he pays for it and becomes a lesson for future "would-be doctors" who "can't control their sexual desires".

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Posted in: An elegy to Tokyo’s doomed Jingu Stadium and its fans See in context

The thing that concerns me most about this is all the nature that will be lost - those hundreds-of-years-old trees. In a city that already has a severe lack of greenery (as evidenced by the unbearable heat in the summer), and enough empty office buildings (post-pandemic) to meet any demand. That this development project is still being rammed through despite going against the will of the residents really says it all about how much Tokyo/Japan cares about its citizens.

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Posted in: Elementary school janitor arrested for using camera to spy on girls in toilet See in context

Holy crap. It's always disgusting when these perverts go after minors, but to do this in an elementary school? This guy can't be locked up for long enough!

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Posted in: Japan to OK train fare hikes for holidays, weekends due to 'overtourism' concerns See in context

Foreign tourists aren’t following Japanese holiday schedules - they follow the holiday schedules of their own countries! As many have already said, the only people who will feel the full impact of this are the locals. It’s like a slap in the face for those who might want to have a nice day off outside their home.

And many of us work on weekends! There are some companies that have a set budget for how much commuter transportation they will pay, and others that expect their employees to bear the cost themselves. How is this fair to such people?? Does Japan want more workers, or not??

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Posted in: Charges dropped again over death of detained Sri Lankan woman See in context

Sadly not even remotely surprised. This feels like Japan's usual M.O. Make it seem like you are doing something, when from the get-go you never planned to change the initial results anyway. I hope the family gets justice. Despicable.

(Also despicable if anyone here really believes overstaying a visa warrants death as punishment.)

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Posted in: Parents arrested for shoplifting by stashing items in baby stroller See in context

The only thing I find mind-boggling is this: if you're going to shoplift because you don't have enough money to live or care for your child, why wouldn't you shoplift essentials like food or baby items? If you're going around shoplifting toys to re-sell them at a recycle shop, that seems a little suspicious.

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Posted in: Michael Gambon, who played Dumbledore in Harry Potter movies, dies at 82 See in context

We’re losing all the greats recently…So sad. May he Rest In Peace.

(As for Gambon as Dumbledore, a lot of children learned of who he was from the Potter films, and became fans of his. So hardly “wasted” in the role. He brought his own wonderful and unique charm to the character.)

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Posted in: Tokyo's threatened Jingu Gaien park placed on 'Heritage Alert' list by conservancy body See in context

When I first came to Tokyo over a decade ago, I was wholly impressed by scenes of nature and Japanese architecture (ancient and futuristic) intermingled. Now I honestly find myself horrified by how quickly and easily they destroy the nature that made this city beautiful.

By the way, I heard that they want to build office building towers over where these trees stand, but at the present moment, the number of vacancies in current office buildings has already increased significantly since the pandemic. Why tear down the few pockets of nature we have left to build something you already have abundantly available to you??

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Posted in: Japanese educators want to allow students to use robot substitutes to attend school See in context

dagonToday  07:38 am JST

Japanese educators want to allow students to use robot substitutes to attend school

Sounds like the set-up for the next hit anime series.

"V-Tube! Tokimeki Heartbeat Classroom"

There is, in fact, a Japanese movie from 2005 about this very thing. "Hinokio", a story about a boy who uses a robot to go to school! Now in his case, he uses it because he is physically disabled. But the story does warn us that using the robot (understandably!) turns him into something of a recluse.

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Posted in: ‘That ’70s Show' actor Danny Masterson gets 30 years to life in prison for rapes of 2 women See in context

To the people who think 30 years is too much:

The crime committed against the victim affects that person for the rest of their lives. They can't live fully normal lives or have complete peace, ever again. If you don't want to spend 30 years in jail for committing a crime and taking away the potential for your victim to ever have a healthy quality of life ever again, then maybe don't commit the crime in the first place. The fact that people would defend this is sickening.

P.S. I intimately know a rape survivor, and what was done to her genuinely messed her up for life. She can never feel genuine happiness, and she consequently has hurt (emotionally) many loved ones in her life because of it. Rape is no small crime. It destroys lives and has a ripple effect.

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Posted in: In Japan, a third of today's 18-year-old women may not have children: study See in context

It's pretty much already been said, but a (poor) stipend for parents of three or more children misses out on the fact that many people cannot even afford to have the first child, let alone make it to three and finally get some financial help in raising them! That policy sounds like it's purely for show, because it's very clearly not going to do anything to help this situation.

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Posted in: Baby goods in Japan facing steeper price hikes See in context

The government has unveiled measures such as removing the income limit for parents to receive child allowances and increasing the benefits for families with multiple children.

What is honestly the point when parents can't even afford to have their first child??

This half-baked scheme for helping with the aging population would be hilarious if it wasn't so painful for those of us living it.

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Posted in: Nearly 30% of Japan prefectures saw crowds surpass pre-COVID levels See in context

mountainpearToday  01:42 pm JST

Of course, they're crowded. With the low yen nobody can afford to go abroad! You keep trying to put a good spin on it!

This right here. I think the only reason why crowds have surpassed pre-pandemic levels in some places is because 1.) you've got the foreign tourists coming here and taking advantage of the incredibly weak yen, and 2.) you've got the domestic tourists (Japanese) who simply can't afford to leave the country due to said incredibly weak yen. It honestly sucks. I'd like to be able to afford to go home and see my family again some day.

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Posted in: Japanese pop star Shinjiro Atae says he's gay See in context

To the multiple people commenting, "Who is this guy?" and assuming he isn't famous...As I commented above, I am a fan of Shinjiro Atae, and I am also a Westerner. He (and the idol group he was a part of, AAA) are actually quite famous, especially in Japan. Maybe the world of J-Pop is just not your scene?

(Also, you'll have surely seen his face around. A lot of drugstores in Japan used to have his face plastered up for skin care products there.)

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Posted in: Japanese pop star Shinjiro Atae says he's gay See in context

I'm a long-time fan of Shinjiro Atae, so the news is pretty surprising. Nonetheless, I can fully understand why he's bringing up his sexual orientation, given there has been a lot of talk recently about LGBT+ rights and discrimination in Japan. Maybe he is throwing his own hat in the ring to let people know that even a beloved idol out here is gay, in hopes that it might help with better acceptance for LGBT+ people. I fully support him on this and don't see the harm in him speaking up. You do you, Shinjiro!

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Posted in: Hong Kong-born singer Coco Lee dies by suicide at age 48, her siblings say See in context

What a shame. She had such a beautiful voice. May the poor woman rest in peace and her family find solace.

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Posted in: 70-year-old man injured by home intruder in Tokyo See in context

The 70-year old man is tremendously brave. Good on him for scaring away the cowardly, would-be thief, and may he recover swiftly! Hope they catch the thief soon, as well.

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Posted in: High school student arrested for extorting money from woman by threatening to release video of her naked See in context

Lol all the dudes in the comments defending the criminal pervert in favor of blaming the victim! The clear hatred of women in these comment sections never ceases to disappoint me.

By the way, to the victim-blamers claiming the victim is “a grown woman” and thus it’s her fault what happened to her, pretty sure the article states she is a “teenage woman”, which means she is either 18 or 19 years old, and effectively the same age as her attacker. The only difference I suppose is that unlike him she is no longer still in high school.

Hope he gets charged to the fullest extent of the law - and that he gets to find out how it feels to be on the other side of this story when he ends up in jail.

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