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Posted in: Ukraine-born Miss Japan relinquishes crown after reported affair See in context

Antiquesaving

As opposed to what?

Or more appropriately phrased - in addition to...

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Posted in: Ukraine-born Miss Japan relinquishes crown after reported affair See in context

The bigger problems is that these misogynistic competitions still exist.

The persistent issue with these beauty pageants, often characterized by participants conforming to narrow and idealized standards, raises serious concerns. These events promote a manufactured perception of beauty that excludes and potentially harms the vast majority of women who don't fit such unrealistic molds. The relentless pressure to achieve this unattainable ideal fuels the body shaming industry, pushing unrealistic expectations that prey on insecurities and exploit desires for anti-aging solutions and quick fixes.

Instead of perpetuating these harmful narratives, let's encourage critical thinking and empower our children to recognize the constructed nature of these competitions. We can emphasize the importance of appreciating diverse beauty standards and individual strengths, celebrating what makes every person unique, rather than chasing manufactured ideals.

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Posted in: Toyota to continue partial production halt until Friday See in context

What happens when you sell you soul and cave for profit over quality.

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Posted in: Mount Fuji climbers from Yamanashi side to be charged ¥2,000 as tourism rises See in context

They should charge ¥5000, but then you’d probably get hikers scrambling up the scree to avoid paying!

This experience should not be limited to those with the means to pay. 5000 yen, Xs family of 4 - Fuji san is a huge profit center as it is - see previous post -500 yen for water.

If the concern is over use, then just limit the amount of climbers to a lottery/reservation system. Issues a tag, easy enough to monitor.

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Posted in: Mount Fuji climbers from Yamanashi side to be charged ¥2,000 as tourism rises See in context

They should have started charging this way sooner. Mt Fuji is overcrowded and way too much garbage lying around.

This is not true at all.

Very few scraps here and there. In addition, many people, including myself pick up what we can while doing the climb. I think this is a testimonial that many people really care and respect the outdoors enough to keep their trash to themselves and lend a collective land to gather those scraps of trash that slip out here and there.

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Posted in: Mount Fuji climbers from Yamanashi side to be charged ¥2,000 as tourism rises See in context

"Bullet climbing" Mount Fuji isn't dangerous. It was a piece of cake and I was well past my 21st birthday. I was up and down in no time

This needs a bit of qualifying-

Don't take this climb lightly. It can be dangerous if you are not prepared. People do die trying to climb Fuji. This is not a leisurely walk in the park. It is strenuous both uphill/ascending and downhill/descending. Weather conditions change abruptly between the 5th station and the summit. Temps can drop to below 0 degrees in July, not including the wind.

If you have access to a 5 to 10 story building nearby, take the stairs to the top. Repeat this two or three times to get a sense of your overall physical condition and what it will take to summit Fuji.

Fuji is climbable, just respect the mountain. Nature doesn't take fools lightly.

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Posted in: Mount Fuji climbers from Yamanashi side to be charged ¥2,000 as tourism rises See in context

 Any person serious about hiking will tell you that it’s a boring mountain - nice from afar but far from nice.

add to that 500 yen for a small bottle of water, literally an essential to avoid altitude sickness, and maintain adequate hydration. Fuji san, a sacred place dominated by pure greed. BTW, don't give me the difficulty it is to transport water up the mountain excuse. They seemed to have no problem installing and filling the vending machines at every level.

The good news, thousands of beautiful hikes all over Japan.

Sorry for the repost - JTs antiquated message board lacks editing capability.

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Posted in: Mount Fuji climbers from Yamanashi side to be charged ¥2,000 as tourism rises See in context

 Any person serious about hiking will tell you that it’s a boring mountain - nice from afar but far from nice.

add to that 500 yen for a small bottle of water, literally an essential to avoid altitude sickness, and maintain adequate hydration. Fuji san, a sacred place dominated by pure greed. BTW, don't give me the difficulty it is to transport water up the mountain excuse. They seemed to have no problem installing and filling the vending machines at every level.

The good news, thousands of beautiful hikes all over Japan.

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Posted in: China overtook Japan as world's top vehicle exporter in 2023 See in context

 as reported by the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers this month.

Yeah, it must be true, china said so.

The bigger question not answered, who is buying these made in china, chinese cars?

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Posted in: China orders Japanese fishing boat to leave waters near disputed islands See in context

and several patrol ships

I missed that part

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Posted in: China orders Japanese fishing boat to leave waters near disputed islands See in context

Obviously they kept right on fishing. It is Japanese territory and there were Japanese patrol boats there to protect the fisherman's rights to fish there.

How do you know this? Nothing in the article supporting your statement.

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Posted in: China orders Japanese fishing boat to leave waters near disputed islands See in context

Like two spoilt toddlers fighting over a ball.

No, is it is a made in china dictatorship trying to take something that does belong to it.

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Posted in: Japan's foreign worker population tops 2 million for first time See in context

the technical internship program comes as the government considers scrapping the controversial scheme, which has been criticized as a front for importing low-cost labor.

Fact

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Posted in: China orders Japanese fishing boat to leave waters near disputed islands See in context

Time for Japan to have a fill on showdown with this made in china, tyrant. China is a spineless bully that needs to be smacked down. While it's easy for China to abuse its own people, it's quite another thing to go up against the western war machine. China knows which side of the bread is buttered. Any assertion that china would risk economic calamity over a full-on confrontation with Japan is absurd. Remember Japan is not alone.

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Posted in: Reining in AI means figuring out which regulation options are feasible, both technically and economically See in context

Regulation: A Cat Chasing Its Tail?

Throw all the rules you want at AI-generated content – the black market and clever workarounds will always be a click away. But the real puzzle lies deeper: how do you even regulate what you can't recognize?

Soon, AI-crafted art, essays, even news and videos, will be indistinguishable from the human-made originals. Is that a revolution or a Pandora's box? It depends on your view of atomic energy – a brilliant spark or a ticking time bomb.

Knowing our penchant for mischief, the future AI landscape might not be pretty. Buckle up, friends, it's gonna be a bumpy ride.

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Posted in: Navy officer who was jailed in Japan over deadly crash released from U.S. custody, family says See in context

Desert Tortoise

Glad I won't have to hear about this any more. It is frankly embarrassing as an American.

Why? The Japanese legal system denied him his basic legal right to have an attorney present during questioning. Their standard tactic is to hold someone three weeks with no access to any attorney and question them harshly for 11-12 hours a day without breaks. 

The problem with this is you offer no evidence to support your hyperbole. Without support, you only feed the flames of extreme arguments. Unless you can offer anything to the contrary, this is what is posted on the US Embassy web site.

Under Japanese law, you may be arrested and detained without bail for 48 hours by the police on suspicion of having committed a crime. During this period, the police are required to inform you of the crime of which you are suspected, of your right to remain silent, of your right to hire a lawyer at your own expense, of your right to request a court-appointed lawyer, and of your right to have the Embassy or the Consulate notified of your arrest.

Add to this, the guy was i the military and has a family - You don't have to like the system, but he had access to qualified representation. Your cut and paste rhetoric brings nothing to the debate as to whether or not foreigners are afforded the same treatment as Japanese when applying the rule of law.

Unfortunately, neither did this article.

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Posted in: Navy officer who was jailed in Japan over deadly crash released from U.S. custody, family says See in context

What is conveniently left out, most certainly to encourage clicks through controversy. What gets more clicks than an American in the title? Right JT?

The question is, how are Japanese treated for the same type of offense? Is the sentencing and release guidelines applied equally?

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Posted in: Man arrested after assaulting father with sake bottle See in context

The reason you shouldn't have discuss politics.

Just kidding, hope the family recovers.

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Posted in: JAL pilots say they did not see coast guard plane when touching down See in context

The airline said Thursday that it will book a loss of 15 billion yen on an operating basis due to the plane being destroyed, although the loss will be covered by insurance.

Who cares!?

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Posted in: U.S. to provide Japan quake support See in context

I am sure that the folks suffering through this disaster really do not care where the help is coming from.

It is times like this when it is good to see the good.

-empathy and unwavering love-

A good message to carry forward into 2024

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Posted in: Many people these days opt for more personalized burials, such as scattering ashes in natural surroundings, as it becomes difficult to expect younger generations to continue tending to family tombs due to a shift toward the nuclear family. See in context

We need to accept the fact that when we are dead, that is it. Our remains are no more meaningful than that of discarded chicken bones from a KFC family bucket. If it is about remembering our ancestors, then think of something more personal and simple, plant a tree. Every surviving family member can do it in their own community. Find other reasons to gather as a family other than to give respect to a meaningless pile of ashes.

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Posted in: We want to ensure the safety of climbers by implementing these measures. See in context

Four times I've scaled Fuji-san, each ascent a testament to its majesty. But the mountain's soul is being choked by the venomous tendrils of commercialism. Five hundred yen for a thimble of water? On a climb where dehydration can turn fatal? Unforgivable. It's a slap in the face to the spirit of the mountain, a blatant betrayal of its life-giving essence.

For those chasing a checklist, Fuji might still tick the "bucket list" box. But the true heart of the mountain lies beyond the fifth station, past the suffocating grip of greed. Climb there, and you'll witness the breathtaking panorama, the silent communion with nature. But venture further, and you'll find only a hollow shell, where the once-sacred journey becomes a grotesque carnival.

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Posted in: Foreign English teacher in Japan calls student’s ability garbage; says it was an 'American joke' See in context

Why is this a story? Maybe stir up some racism.

I am sure that Japanese teachers have done worse in the same school by some full of themselves jerk.

I tell a lot of what I call "American" jokes. Most bad. none ever included insulting anyone.

Lets address the real elephant in the room. The failings of the BOE and the joke that passes for an English language curriculum. Had it not been for that failing, the kid would not have been put in that position.

I would bet everyone reading this who taught English was paired with a English teacher who could not speak English. Why this is accept acceptable is inexcusable.

And the idiot who insulted the student should be deported. He is an embarrassment to all foreigners living in Japan. The English language curriculum is an embarrassment to Japan.

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Posted in: Man arrested for filming up 14-year-old girl’s skirt See in context

. I grabbed an upskirt photographer taking photos up the bum of one of my high school students at the train station a few years ago. 

Was there a reason they did not check the camera to verify your claim?

At any level of racists cop, the victim was a Japanese female child, so maybe there was no evidence on the camera to support your accusation?

It is just hard for me to buy into a anecdotal claim without more support to verify or give us a better understanding of the circumstances surrounding the incident.

This is not to say I don't believe you, it is more to say that I hope that a racist cop was not so blinded by racism, that he ignored the fact that a child is being exploited by some podophile.

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Posted in: China plans to keep ships near Senkakus for 365 days in 2024 See in context

nik

because if there are no Chinese warships there, then American ships will quickly come there. What is not clear here.

Your comment -

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Posted in: Japan travel warning: Buses can and will leave you behind at highway rests stops if you’re late See in context

Best advice, don't travel by coach. The worst mode of transport. Take the train instead.

Disagree completely - Well maybe, I enjoy the bus for the shorter 2 hour rides. Beautiful scenery, wifi, electric outlets to plug in my laptop, makes for a relaxing two hours of guilt free do nothingness travel option

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Posted in: 76-year-old man arrested over death of 81-year-old wife in Kobe See in context

So many thumbs down for the folks suggesting that more should be done to offer support and an option other than to murder/euthanize a loved one to those who feel there is no other option.

Hey, you want to thumbs down, okay - Other than what is your solution?

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Posted in: 76-year-old man arrested over death of 81-year-old wife in Kobe See in context

Mark -Try asking the people who spam the same thing every article pretending to care about the victims.

Exactly how does your comment relate to my specific question?

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Posted in: One-year-old boy killed in car crash in Shizuoka Prefecture See in context

I think it would be easy to use this story to rag on all the possibilities of why this tragic event occurred or what could have done to prevent it.

However, we don't know what and or why this happened,

What we know is a baby boy lost his life and a mom and 5 year old sister have has their lives traumatically impacted that will haunt them for the rest of their lives.

I hope they can heal and one day once again see the rays of hope through the clouds of despair.

For the rest of us, use this occasion to be grateful and vigilant about our own existence. It only takes a second and Poof, its gone.

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Posted in: Japan to spend ¥164.7 bil on 2025 Osaka expo amid public skepticism See in context

Can't deny a politician its take..

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