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Posted in: Nagasaki Prefecture won't appeal damages for sexually harassed U.S. teacher See in context

"We are extremely sorry that the woman suffered great emotional anguish," a prefectural official said.

Really. Well you can always top off the extra million and a half to show how extremely sorry you really are...

crickets crickets....

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Posted in: Man arrested for sexual assault after spiking woman’s drink with sleeping pills See in context

Hold on..............

The Police actually did some work?

I immediately looked up at the sky to see if pigs were flying..

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Posted in: Florida mass shooting suspect killed during police pursuit See in context

Thank God I don't and I will never live in that failed lost country..

What makes you think you would be allowed in??

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Posted in: Navy divers begin pulling up Chinese spy balloon debris See in context

regardless of what that balloon carried and what it managed to capture, I would hope I that we can all agree- no matter what side of the fence you sit on that it is time to start seriously sanctioning China

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Posted in: ‘Yankii’ teacher arrested for threatening female acquaintance in Line messages See in context

Or saki ni dozo!

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Posted in: ‘Yankii’ teacher arrested for threatening female acquaintance in Line messages See in context

Miwa threatened the woman by posting comments such as “I’ll take you to hell” on Line.

I personally would have responded with "Itterashaii"

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Posted in: Man, ex-wife arrested for brainwashing girl with view to sexual assault See in context

Shibuya was arrested Tuesday in connection with an incident that took place on Dec 12 last year at his home in Higashiyamato, west Tokyo where he lives with his current wife and eight of his ex-wives, including Chiaki, as well as three children, investigators said

Shibuya then told the girl that she "would be abducted by aliens" unless she entered into a relationship with him.

Just when you thought the news couldn't get anymore downright BIZZARE....

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Posted in: Whenever you read about random knife attacks in public places, does it make you more attentive to what people around you are doing when you are walking along the street, waiting on train platforms or shopping? See in context

You never know if some xenophobic nut behind might wanna push you off in front of the train. I have sometimes been deliberately barged into at stations by some guy with a loose screw and something against aliens.

Same. it was almost a daily occurrence for me. Luckily, after buying a house that is a bit far from the station, I drive to work, and pretty much everywhere now. I drive to go to the market as well, and besides that, we don't really go anywhere, so we don't use trains anymore. But even at the market I am aware of my surroundings.

I personally feel that the pandemic has messed up what was already a messed up society even worse and increased racism and xenophobia by leaps and bounds, and that makes me nervous.

So yes, I am more cautious out in public and I am more aware of my surroundings as a foreigner.

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Posted in: Who are the best new artists? Check TikTok See in context

I agree, Tiktok should be avoided at all costs if you want to keep your sanity...

Agree 100% but that's not the only reason...

Tik Tok, the ccp's SPY software.

THIS! Well said Wesley! Nailed it!

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Posted in: Quake kills at least 3,000, injures thousands in Turkey and Syria; bad weather worsens plight See in context

as the people of that region haven't suffered enough...

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Posted in: Missing captain found dead after freighter accident off western Japan See in context

RIP

Sad and tragic accident

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Posted in: New unmanned hotel opens in Japan that requires check in and check out by Suica train card only See in context

That's Japan's future. Consider yourself lucky to get served by a robot. Most likely, you'll have to do everything yourself.

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Posted in: Manga artist wants Japanese teachers to feel how dumb their girls’ dress code is See in context

disgusting. not only fetishizing the HS girls but making them suffer in the winter.

“One of my classmates got hives on her legs because of how cold they were.”

Seriously?? Seriously??

That Japan Public Schools in some areas regularly check students underwear for color violations is beyond nuts and borders on sexual deviancy.....as does requiring female students to wear skirts in cold weather. The old men that dream up these rulings obviously read too much racy manga in their "spare" time. I'm surprised that female lawmakers haven't called this spade a spade.

Hear! Hear!

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Posted in: Global-mindedness and employee well-being: Two major challenges that will shape Japan's future See in context

rcch- I do admire your optimism, I really do. I just wish you're right.

yes, it takes time…, but Japan will move forward.

I agree. But the rest of the world is as well. So the question is will we ever catch up or will we forever lag behind as Japan tends to change alot more slowly than the rest of the world.?

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Posted in: Is it the end of Japan’s conveyor belt sushi as we know it? See in context

Meanwhile, Hama Sushi, yet another conveyor belt sushi chain, abolished the public conveyor way back in March 2020 due to the pandemic. Instead, they rely solely on the express belts used by most major chains in which the customer orders from a touchscreen at their seat and their desired dish zooms right to their table. 

My family and I have been loyal Hama Sushi fans since day one. When they switched to the express belts we thought they were really cool having your order swish right to you. Love it.

kaiten sushi can still exist- but I would guess it would be more successful in smaller establishments where the conveyer is one circle, everyone can see each other, and the chef is in the middle. Incidents like the one above are less likely to occur in that setting.

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Posted in: Why are Japanese homes so poorly insulated? See in context

Kotaro Iwano

excellent post!

bathroom" In Japan "toilets" are separate from the "bathroom" 

that's the best thing about Japanese homes for me. I personally believe you shouldn't poo or pee where you shower or bathe.

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Posted in: Canada withdraws proposed measures banning certain rifles, shotguns See in context

Back at you. Thanks for the discussion.

anytime. I hope we can have more. You are always welcome to contact me via Facebook if you like. Would love to chat more.

Sorry I was a bit dismissive/combative early doors.

Its ok. Had a lot worse believe me.

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Posted in: Canada withdraws proposed measures banning certain rifles, shotguns See in context

You're not, but I'd prefer not to say.

If so I apologize.

No need.

No problem. I totally understand.

Cheers.

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Posted in: Canada withdraws proposed measures banning certain rifles, shotguns See in context

fatrainfallingintheforest

Can I just ask where you grew up? Where was the family farm?

Hope I'm not being intrusive. If so I apologize.

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Posted in: Canada withdraws proposed measures banning certain rifles, shotguns See in context

I agree with all of that. And I was wrong about semi-automatic rifles being good for beginners, not many people recommend that. Although a small .22 rimfire (the Ruger 10/22 does occasionally appear on recommended lists), properly handled, should be OK for target practice and small game. Under close supervision, and with a gun safety course under the belt, obviously.

Agree 100%

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Posted in: Global-mindedness and employee well-being: Two major challenges that will shape Japan's future See in context

You’re talking about the older generations…; fortunately, younger generations are the future of Japan.

(… as the article points out: )

Yes but the problem in Japan is the seniority system where the old lead and the young follow. By the time they are old enough to lead, they have been so jaded by the system they literally become the old generation and the cycle repeats itself

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Posted in: Canada withdraws proposed measures banning certain rifles, shotguns See in context

One of the arguments is that lots of semi-automatic rifles, like the SKS, are used for hunting, and are good for beginners or certain types of pests which can scatter at the first shot

Yeah but i don't if I want a beginner holding a gun- especially a semi-A at that! If someone wants to own a gun, they should get licensed first and show that they can actually shoot. We require licenses for people to drive, and so hunters have to show that they actually know how to handle a weapon.

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Posted in: Canada withdraws proposed measures banning certain rifles, shotguns See in context

Cool. For me, the hunting came secondary to tramping and camping out in the mountains.

For me, it came second to Martial Arts and Bodybuilding. Although I love camping very much.

Although it was great when we (more accurately, my dad or brother) got a big stag and we had to get it helicoptered out.

You are so lucky. Venison is my favorite meat hands down.

I don't think semi-automatic rifles have any place in civilian hands. For whatever purpose you "need" it for, there are just as effective alternatives.

Absolutely. To answer your first question above, any hunting firearm should be legal, but with checks and balances and proper qualifications. Any firearm that is not used for hunting should be outlawed.

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Posted in: Canada withdraws proposed measures banning certain rifles, shotguns See in context

And by the way, rifles shoot bullets through a rifled (grooved) barrel, hence the name. If you are going to use rock salt, and you wouldn't for hunting as it's preferred as a 'less lethal' round in home defense, you'd use a shotgun.

Less Lethal Loadout: Rock Salt Shotgun Shells (ammoman.com)

I think it would depend on what you are hunting.

I grew up on a farm. I've hunted ducks with a pump action, 12-gauge shotgun, deer and pigs with my grandfather's .303 Lee-Enfield. I have used AR derivatives for pest control on the farm (my brother has a huge Heckler and Kock) but I find lever-actions more pleasurable to shoot. Semi-automatic fire is too video gamey for me.

Interesting. My father was from Syria and we had a farm as well, though I didn't live there for extended periods of time since he worked for WHO, but our summers were spent there hunting. My father hunted ducks and quail as I did, but only he had deer hunting experience- I didn't.

Semi-automatic fire is too video gamey for me.

Agree 100%

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Posted in: Canada withdraws proposed measures banning certain rifles, shotguns See in context

I don't think you did.

I did.

The first three entries on the list; best overall, best over/under and best side by side are all double-barrelled shotguns. Rifles fire bullets.

The rifles I used NEVER fired bullets. They fired shots. Usually rock salt.

Shotguns fire shot. (or slugs, which is where I think you are confused)

I'm not confused at all. Like I said, I used to hunt AND had to take courses to be allowed to hunt with my father. I have a hunting license (don't know if its still valid)

What I said was criteria and classifications MAY change over time.

I'm curious to what experience you have with guns and hunting.

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Posted in: Panasonic says stop wearing socks while you sleep See in context

the cold helps me sleep better, so I never wear socks to bed.

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Posted in: Global-mindedness and employee well-being: Two major challenges that will shape Japan's future See in context

Work styles and education are changing around the world. But what about in Japan where global-mindedness and well-being among employees are becoming more essential?

Nope.

Global-mindedness and well-being among employees?? In Japan?? I'm sorry, but I do not AT ALL share the optimism of this article.

Japan was already retreating from the international community from before the pandemic. I personally would say it started during the Fukushima Disaster, accelerated under Abe, and finally when the pandemic arrived, made a complete return to the Edo Period way of thinking. Nationalism, Xenophobia, and distrust of the outside world is on the rise, so the idea that Japan wants to increase global mindedness is just ridiculous. It's the other way around.

As for the well-being of employees- consider the fact that a third of the work force is full time with any degree of job security. They are subject to insane amounts of overtime- to the point of Karoshi. They have no work-life balance and are expected to work as slaves. The other two thirds are struggling to keep their heads above water. No financial security. No livable wage. No Shakai Hoken. No days off with pay. Not to mention that the Japanese workplace is infamous for being toxic with bullying and harassment being rampant.

Watching programs as to how people work since the pandemic, I would say that in the west, it's been mainly positive with employees being more empowered. I cannot say the same for Japan, unfortunately. Most of the changes in Japan since the pandemic, in my personal opinion, have been for the worst.

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Posted in: Judo Grand Slam See in context

congratulations to all. well done!

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Posted in: Should Russian and Belarussian athletes be allowed to compete in the Olympics and other international sporting events? See in context

No. I think banning them sends a strong message that Russia's aggression is not tolerable.

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