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Posted in: Report names and shames countries cozy with Big Tobacco See in context

The US is on this list because most people think only of the biggest states. But there are 50 states and the smoking laws in many states are horrible.

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Posted in: 6 doctors referred to prosecutors over death of 2-year-old boy in 2014 See in context


If they signed a waiver, they have no case. Death is one of the risks of surgery.

This isn't some just some mistake that happened during surgery. This is murder. Not only did they dose the baby over the legal limits, they took it further by going over the adult limits, and even further by more than doubling the adult limits.

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Posted in: A Japanese government panel has proposed amending the juvenile law to put 18- and 19-year-old criminal suspects on trial as adults. Do you agree with this? See in context

I believe 18 and older should be tried like adults because they know what they should and shouldn't do. The justice system also won't leave them in prison for the rest of their lives so I am for it. In the US, kids being tried as adults may never see the outside of a prison again.

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Posted in: Trump to make court pick by Saturday, before Ginsburg burial See in context

What can't understand about America is how they are all shifting focus on judges when their death toll has started to rise sharply and there are still so many people struggling and/or starving. Do the people not mean anything to the government? Is their focus only on establishing power for themselves?

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Posted in: Japanese study shows that persimmon tannin juice may render coronavirus harmless See in context


Hopefully Trump won't hear about this and start recommending people inject themselves with persimmon juice.

I'm sure he thinks its a new tanning product.

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Posted in: Black Lives Matter rally held in Tokyo See in context

Racism is not systematic.

Bugle boy company b

If that were true then the previous South African regime would have never existed. They are one of the first openly racist systems out there. America pushes much further back but they have kept it silent. South Africa studied the American system in order to perfect a racist system.

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Posted in: Coronavirus testing to be covered by national health insurance See in context


One of the main differences between Japan and those countries above it is the mandatory testing.

Everyone in Daegu is being tested. Everyone in a surrounding area of an infected person is being tested. Europe is also starting to conduct more tests. Japan still are not readily testing people. The US is now being forced to perform more tests so their numbers will rise as well.

I have coworkers that are sick in Japan and a few friends. Even though they all had fevers and/or flu like symptoms when they went to the doctor, they were told it's probably X illness and given medication. They were not tested and recommended to visit a testing area.

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Posted in: Lawson donates 'onigiri' to daycare centers after school closures See in context


cant imagine many shops in other nations donating their goods to citizens in a crisis.

Really? You had to be the one to turn donations and goodwill into a competition between countries? Do you honestly believe it's never been done or not done often in other countries? Even in Japan, there will always be regular people and companies that try to help others during trying times. Happened during the earthquakes in Japan. Hurricanes in the states. Terror attacks in Europe.

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Posted in: Leipzig apologizes after Japanese fans asked to leave stadium over virus fear See in context

The two situations don't need to be compared. They are both horrible situations. Doesn't matter if you are barred from a restaurant or asked to leave a game. It's a horrible feeling, unjust, and improper regardless of where it takes place. The restaurant owner is no better or worst than the club.

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Posted in: Japan to close all schools until early April to control spread of virus See in context

@jj jetplane

I work for the Osaka city public school system. We are closed until the 13th. But teachers still have to go in. Students are off from the 2nd to the 13th. Its only elementary school and junior high school. High schools are still having their normal schedules.

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Posted in: Environment minister Koizumi takes 12 days of paternity leave See in context

He needs to be careful. Japanese male public figures that take maternity leave don't have a good reputation. They tend to end up in an adultery scandal.

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Posted in: 55% of visitors to Japan given no coronavirus info at hotels: survey See in context

Not everyone gets your joke @Bugle Boy

I would understand if you arrived in Wuhan province. But why would Japan be informing you of a virus that didn't originate and is not rapidly spreading around Japan?

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Posted in: Graduating from marriage: The Japanese phenomenon of 'sotsukon' See in context


This is unfair. Majority of women are pushed out of the workplace in Japan so they have no proper savings or retirement. Also, imagine having to begin your career from the beginning once again when you are in your 40's or 50's. Your prospects are very slim.

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Posted in: State of the nation: Trump misplaces Kansas City Chiefs See in context

Interesting how the media jumps on something so trivial, must be a slow, slow day again when something like this makes the news round, but you do what you must to get them clicks.

Presidents always take heat for not knowing their geography. People believe that a person in charge of a country should know their land. Obama took a lot of heat for not correctly knowing the Gulf Coast cities. Also, with a team of people behind you people don't expect mistakes such as this.

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Posted in: Japanese billionaire Maezawa seeks girlfriend for SpaceX voyage See in context

This guy dropped all that money to get laid? This must be a world record.

When you have money to burn and you are bored

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Posted in: Queen agrees to let Harry, Meghan move part time to Canada See in context


Suits wasn't all that popular. I'd never heard of Meghan before the wedding announcement. I'm guessing that she doesn't understand the meaning of "duty

Are you saying the second highest rating show its first 2 seasons only behind Game of Thrones wasn't that popular?

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Posted in: Ghosn's wife says she wasn't in the loop about his escape See in context

@Herve LEisa


Please research the definition of the word.

You can't seek asylum in your own country. Also, you can't seek asylum running from a foreign country. Lastly, Ghson persecution doesn't fall under any of the grounds for asylum. These are race, caste, nationality, religion, political opinions and participation in any particular social group or social activities.

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Posted in: Japanese lawyer comments on legality of tattoo ban at hot springs See in context

 think tattoos are unappealing and lament the rise in popularity of this 'art' on people's skin. Seems like the herd mentality is alive and well in my neck of the woods where something like 75% of people have visible tattoos.


Tattoos are not a new thing. Also, its not a recent trend when people have been getting tattoos as a popular sentiment for over 70 years. Also, in many cultures, even today, tattoos serve great significance to one's culture and religion.

Ancient Egyptians, Samoans, Native Americans, Inca, Mayans, and even the Ainu of Japan, long before it became a negative stigma used tattoos.

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Posted in: Japan enacts law to introduce flexible working hours for teachers See in context


You are missing the big picture. You're working that hard and going through all of that so you can work your way up to the BOE where you get to relax and do nothing but listen to the complaints.

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Posted in: Bar association says long-term detainments of foreigners on the rise See in context


Why do you think Alcatraz failed or why Rikers is closing? Remote island prisons are even more costly. You now have to pay additional travel costs in salaries. It's not a desired working location so you have to pay people higher salaries to want to work there. Getting food and supplies sent there is another cost. Building and maintaining a distant infrastructure is another large cost.

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Posted in: Japan looking for big ‘medal bounce’ as Olympic host nation See in context

Sports is an interesting thing. Home field advantage tends to help bring out the best in athletes. Something about having the crowd on your side allows you to go out and show out. You want the cheers. You want the energy and recognition that comes along with it. Athletes don't compete to represent their country. They compete to be the best and the high they get from winning.

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Posted in: Famed Tokyo sushi restaurant Jiro dropped from Michelin gourmet guide See in context


Silver is considered valuable and it's a rare earth metal. Also, the age is part of the reason its value is that high. The same way a piece of armor is highly valuable.

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Posted in: Japan looking for big ‘medal bounce’ as Olympic host nation See in context

30 gold medals? That's a lot. Japan will only compete in 33 events. So the government wants them to win 91% of their events?

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Posted in: Court rules against divorced parents seeking access to children See in context

This ruling doesn't just affect foreigners. It also affects the many Japanese fathers that want to have a relationship with their children but are denied that right by the mothers and the government. Finally, this just makes things harder for children.

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Posted in: Seoul faces major decision over military pact with Tokyo See in context

with a nation seems to have the hobby of terminating them on a whim

@Baxter I think you have your countries confused. The Japanese terminated Korea from its list on a whim. The Koreans said they wouldn't renew a deal once it expires. That isn't terminating anything on a whim. The deal is still in place. It simply won't be renewed.

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Posted in: New acts rule Grammys as Lizzo, Lil Nas, Eilish lead in nominationss See in context


being that overweight is unhealthy and unattractive. Sorry.

Please don't speak for the world. There are many men that look at models and skinny women and think its unattractive and unhealthy to be that thin. But at the same time look at Lizzo and think she is sexy.

It is interesting how Adele came out at a bigger weight than Lizzo but she was often called beautiful and sexy. But Lizzo isn't.

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Posted in: Japan may slide toward recession as Abenomics impact fades See in context


"The Olympics is just around the corner, and will provide a huge boost in construction, tourism, retail and so on."

The olympics saddles a country with a huge amount of debt. Also, the jobs created for the Olympics don't stay around after the olympics. Brazil still hasn't recovered from the Olympics.


You are correct that the entire world is suffering from the rise of nationalism and trade wars. However, one specific problem that has happened due to Abenomics that hasn't befallen other countries is the wage issue. While the world was making record profits wages were also going up. While Japan was making record profits, wages were falling. A recession doesn't necessarily mean a country will be in bad shape. Recession is a natural part of the cycle.

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Posted in: Trump asked Tokyo for $8 bil to keep U.S. troops in Japan: Foreign Policy See in context

Its interesting that when the similar article about Korea came out yesterday everyone's tone was Korea needs the military. They need to pay more. The military is only in Korea because Korea needs the military.

Switch to Japan. Japan shouldn't pay more. Japan doesn't need the military. The military isn't in Japan for Japan's sake. They are here for their own interests.

This is what is really happening behind the scenes. Japan wants a military. Abe can't get his bill passed. However, if the US requests an obscene amount of money, which sounds realistic because the US president is Trump, then the others would see a need for Japan to properly develop their military instead of US reliance.

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Posted in: University entrance exam to test reading, listening for English See in context

English education in Japan. An interesting thing to know is that most doctors in Japan know a fair amount of English. However, they won't use it at all even if their patient speaks no Japanese because they are of the way they might sound.

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Posted in: FamilyMart to allow shorter operating hours policy across Japan See in context

We can all agree that not all convenience stores being 24 hours are necessary. I live in a residential areas. Families are normally in by 10. The streets are empty at those times. I've had a few nights that I have gone to the convenience store late at night but simply because it was open. The store was a ghost town. Many of these stores don't need to be 24 hours. Maybe when some of them close for the night, they can find ways that people can work shifts at other stores to help with the labor issues.

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