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Posted in: Koike calls for fewer outings; says state of emergency up to PM See in context


she is the mayor of Tokyo, what do you expect her to do? She legitimately does not have the authority to put the city into lockdown. At least she is actually showing up and pleading with the public as strongly as she legally can.

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Posted in: Over 50% of single Japanese women in their 20s struggle to make ends meet, survey says See in context

Probably due to wage gap they focused on women

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Posted in: Stationery company releases anti-groping stamp See in context

How about giving free karate lessons to every woman over 12 years old?

It happens to children under 12 and not just females...

The least these rail companies can do is install cameras... Like they have been saying for over a decade. With all the tourist money flowing in, you'd think that they could use some of that on camera installation.

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Posted in: 48-year-old man found dead in Osaka apartment See in context


He was beaten about the head by a blunt object and covered by the blanket. How is it a suicide?

This is near my house. Seems like he mightve owed some money and didn't pay up.

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Posted in: 'Skid Row' of Osaka may be a dream for budget-conscious tourists, but is it safe? See in context

Hmm, I live in Nishinari and my part of the 'hood' isn't so bad. It's just run down and needs new blood to take over the unused stores in my local shotengai. However, Hanazonocho near the Nishinari Police Station is pretty rough. Dozens of police and constant fights. Shinimamiya has got a lot of homeless folk but I don't think they're a threat.

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Posted in: Man arrested on suspicion of molesting 11-year-old girl in park toilet See in context

Why are readers blaming the victim? She is a child. Shame on you.

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Posted in: Mother, 4-year-old daughter hit by truck; driver arrested See in context

@vince black

10000% don't have unemployment insurance because all transport companies here in Japan are black af. Just yesterday my partner's company told him to drive two different 10ton dump trucks from south osaka to kyoto then kobe, but still cut his commission by 30% because he doesn't own one of the trucks. Oh, and he had to fill both trucks several times and then drop it off in time or else lower pay out. All within 10 or so hours. This guy has no excuse for running the light, but the pressure on truck drivers in this country is insane and the government needs to step in.

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Posted in: 82-year-old man dies after being bitten by dog in Hyogo Pref See in context

Tosas are usually have very good temperament towards humans and only attack if they feel uneasy or intruders. Perhaps they neighbour didnt know the dogs well enough and he got mad at them. Who knows?

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Posted in: Gov't panel finalizes draft to cut plastic waste by 25% by 2030 See in context

I always wondered why my bananas are wrapped in plastic - They already have their own natural wrapping!

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Posted in: U.S. fashion group calls for more diversity in model size See in context


Mmmm not only that? Some people have naturally muscular, stocky, tall or short bodies, maybe their hips are wider or arms are larger... The point of the demand is that most women do not have the same body as these models, who represent such a small percentage of women in the world. I want to see what some clothes look like on a woman like me, not on a woman who is 6ft and 49kg. Thank u, next.

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Posted in: As Japan OKs law to let more foreigners in, tiny rural town wants to go further See in context

Another idea could be what they do in Australia for working holidays. You're free to stay for a year, and you have the option to extend as long as you do 2(3?) months of farm work.

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Posted in: Osaka mayor to propose ¥14 bil extra budget for Expo 2025 See in context

I still have parts of corregated iron roofing hanging off power lines in my ward from the typhoon in September tho... Please use the money where it's needed first fam

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Posted in: Railway services to typhoon-hit Kansai airport resume See in context


That is such a reach for something negative when it doesn't have to be (and most likely isn't). They're obviously happy that the trains are finally running again. Lighten up.


I agree with you, I thought it was nice to see the workers greeting the first passengers across the bridge.

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Posted in: Osaka's tourism industry hit hard by typhoon See in context

I enjoyed walking through dotonbori for the first time in 3 years.

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Posted in: Japan wage growth hits 21-year high See in context

Yes, the 1%'s summer bonuses alone pushed these numbers up. The class gap just gets wider and wider.

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Posted in: Japan's population declines at fastest pace yet to 125.2 mil See in context

I think if there was a stable demographic this wouldn't be much of an issue, but because everyone is too dang old, us younger people need to pay for their care. So it's an issue.

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Posted in: Hyogo man arrested for backhanding cash register while verifying his age See in context

I don't think the staff actually press a button to initiate this screen, rather if the item is tobacco or cigarettes, the system prompts the age confirmation. Why people gotta be so annoyed with the little stuff??

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Posted in: Japanese tourist dies climbing Australia's Uluru monolith See in context


You're absolutely right. To the Anangu people, Uluru and it's neighbour Kata Tjuta is very sacred. They can claim it as they are the original owners of the land. You can't just half-half something as sacred as Uluru.

If you wanna climb it, you have until October next year.

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Posted in: Powerful quakes more likely to hit Hokkaido, Pacific coast See in context

Those in Osaka: Did anybody notice that the alarm went off halfway through the strongest part of the jolt? I wonder if they noticed this...

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Posted in: Passengers bring tour bus to halt after driver loses consciousness See in context

This has happened before. There was even a re-enactment segment and interviews of the passengers on a tv show not too long ago. The way the bus is set up is that there is no clear view of the driver and they could have been cruising for kms before the bus started to veer off.

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Posted in: 930,000 enter workforce as Japan's new fiscal year starts amid gov't scandal, higher food prices See in context

HarukaApr. 2  05:25 pm JST

There is absolutely no reason to raise beer and food prices. Yesterday on JP news they said the cost of trucking has gone up due to wage increases. None of the truckers I know got raises.

Can vouch for this. Less drivers, more demand, but my partner hasnt had a raise

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Posted in: Times are changing in Japan See in context

zichi I hope you’re not serious

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Posted in: Dump truck crashes on Tokyo expressway, killing driver See in context

My partner is a truck driver and does crazy hours like previous posters have mentioned. They can scarily fall asleep for a second without even noticing it. However I have gone on his trips many times and a lot of the time it’s not the truck driver at fault, but standard drivers here in Japan who merge without looking, no indicator, using their phone/tv and not paying attention or are too slow when entering the expressway which is at times, more dangerous than Speeding. Looking that this accident happened at 3:45am, truck drivers usually -start- at this time to avoid traffic and drop the cargo on time. So who knows what happened to cause this accident...

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Posted in: Miyagi to remove PR video amid sexist criticism See in context

part of which came from a fund for reconstruction from the March 2011 earthquake-tsunami disaster

Seriously? Who is in charge of this money?

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Posted in: Table tennis star Fukuhara announces pregnancy See in context

Why does she have to announce this?

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Posted in: Australian police charge Vatican cardinal with sex offenses See in context

For those who have Netflix, you should watch 'The Keepers'. Shows how wicked and shameless cover ups in the Catholic Church can be.

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Posted in: Finding a half decent gym in Japan: A survival guide See in context

MI Sports provides personal training, martial arts and are tattoo friendly. Which is really hard to come by in Japan, it's nice to work out without having to worry about covering my arms!


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Posted in: Security cameras to be introduced on JR Yamanote Line trains See in context

Why are we suddenly installing cameras now? Groping has been a problem for such a long time, and now that men are taking out false accusation insurance or asking for men only carriages, there's a sudden announcement that cameras will be included... Am I missing something?

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Posted in: Koike takes on Japan's old-boy network, but denies run for PM See in context

@Kazumichi There's no tax on pachinko??

I never knew she could speak Arabic and English. That's amazing. Good luck to her!

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Posted in: Anime critic thinks Miyazaki may be unable to fill Ghibli talent void quickly enough for new film See in context

I was wondering that too, @Jeff Huffman! But as an illustrator, it's always "let's pay you very little or nothing at all for great exposure"... If they provided some kind of rent discount, I'd go for it!

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