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Posted in: France launches vaccine pass for cultural venues See in context

If you get vaccinated, why are you so concerned about someone who doesn't? If the vaccine works so well, you have nothing to worry about. Amazes me how much ignorance of facts there are relating to side effects of the vaccine.

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Posted in: Man arrested for organizing rally of 200 motorcycle riders, motorists See in context

I'm a member of a Fairlady Z group that does regular meets and runs. In October last year, we had a meet in South-West Japan, with approximately 130 Z's of various genres. No police, no laws broken, no problems. Was this guy well-known to police already?

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Posted in: Man arrested for abandoning wife’s body in car See in context

 They appeared to have a good relationship, and I never heard them argue.”

My ex-wife would always be about image outside the house - people thought everything was good.

Not saying this woman was the same. But you just never know what is really going on behind closed-doors.

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Posted in: 69-year-old man arrested over murder of wife See in context

This is where I live and surprisingly, absolutely nothing has been heard about this story in the local area!

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Posted in: 'NHK Repelling Stickers' free for anyone wanting to keep away Japan’s public TV fee collectors See in context

“I would get one but I’m afraid of what my neighbors might think.”

but some are concerned that it kind of makes them look like cheapskates.

First of all, I definitely don't try to annoy my neighbours but couldn't give a crap what they think about me. Pretty sure they judge me just for being a foreigner in the first place.

Secondly, if you'd rather pay thousands of yen to what is essentially a forced-upon-you service, instead of growing some kahunas and not worrying about how you 'look' to others, then you're just the type of people NHK love!

I don't have a TV in the house anymore - and only recently moved into my new place. Two days I was here and NHK came knocking. When I showed him I don't even own a TV, he tried to force the bill on me for "having a television on my keitai and in my car!" - Even after showing him that the TV function didn't work on my phone because it requires a special antenna, and that the TV in my car was the old analog version and thus doesn't work but with DVD's, he proceeded to ask if I use Netflix on my computer or iPad! No kidding, he was seriously trying to claim the NHK fee for using my Netflix account!!

After 20 minutes of putting up with his nonsense, I threatened to call the police if he didn't leave. Never seen or heard from him since!

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Posted in: Bitcoin not yet proven as credible currency: Aso See in context

I know many that have fallen for BITCOIN and have lost small fortunes. 

And there's the other side of the coin (pun intended) where people have made a ton of money from Bitcoin!

A friend of mine bought 1,000 of them several years ago at $5 each. He offered to sell me 100 at $12 each. I scoffed. Now he's laughing all the way to the bank!

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Posted in: Japan hangs 2 inmates; first executions since July See in context

The argument that a 19 year old can't understand the consequences of murder because of that, is ridiculous.

Maybe it's just me, but I don't have the same mind-set now at 50 that I did at 19, although I can remember my youth very well. Not saying that his actions are justifiable in any way, but did he spend most of his life on death row regretting what he did as he aged? Probably.

Whether the Japanese like it or not, their system is archaic and needs a very serious reform after some vey serious investigation into how the law works in other first world nations.

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Posted in: 1st driverless car test on public road held in central Japan See in context

So it has to 'memorise' signs et-al first? What happens when new signs go up or old ones are taken down?

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Posted in: Behind bitcoin boom, Japanese retail investors pile in See in context

You can't mine Bitcoins anymore, at least not with your computer. They did away with easy mining 2 years ago.

A friend of mine bought 100 of them back in 2013, at $12 each and offered to sell me 10 at $25 each. I said no. Now he's laughing all the way to the bank!

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Posted in: Man’s life sentence for killing 17-year-old girl upheld by high court See in context

Aoki told the court that prior to the crime, life had become tough for him and he had given up all hope and that he wanted to end it all.

Another shameless coward with absolutely zero credible logic. Hope he rots!

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Posted in: Police step up campaign against drunk driving for party season See in context

Driving home a few nights ago on Route 188, a coastal road, and suddenly, there were about 20 officers lined up along the roadside, randomly pulling cars aside. Not only was it on a blind corner, but they are difficult to see with their non-reflective car paint, dark uniforms and little to no lighting. Damn near caused an accident by flagging down a vehicle that was at the front of the line I was in.

I'm all for cracking down on drink-drivers, but would be good to see their sense of safety being put to use more strategically located!

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Posted in: Geoffrey Rush quits industry job after 'inappropriate behaviour' claim See in context

How about you all stay focused on the story and not berating each other for your opinion?

Spacey admitted to the allegations against him, Rush is denying he did anything wrong.

It is indeed becoming a witch hunt and it needs to be stopped!

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Posted in: Light-up See in context


Just getting over Halloween and now Christmas being pushed on us before it's even the season! And there's still little concept of when Christmas starts and ends here - Christmas doesn't end with Christmas Day!

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Posted in: Do you think parcel delivery services using drones are feasible, either in cities or sparsely populated areas? See in context

Using drones for deliveries is as laughable as it is ludicrous!

How soon before a drone crashes and injures someone, or worse - kills them?

And how many will go 'missing' and wind up on eBay or some other sales site?

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Posted in: Japanese media surveys show Abe heading for big win in Oct 22 election See in context

Japanese media surveys show Abe heading for big win

Of course they do. We are all very aware how much the J-media is nothing more than a mouthpiece for Abe.

And as someone else wrote here - I'm baffled as to how he could possibly be getting any meaningful support, given that not a single person I've spoken with about the upcoming election, can stomach a single thing Abe says!

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Posted in: Doctor negligence suspected over death after delivery under anesthetic See in context

That's way too many! These kinds of births are not popular overseas for this reason. Where do they get their information?

Epidural births are extremely popular and commonplace overseas.

Where do you get your information?

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Posted in: 15-year-old boy jumps to death from bridge onto Tomei Expressway See in context

My heart goes out to the family of this boy and his soul. My son is just a year older and I don't even want to imagine for a second, what that boy was going through and the helplessness his poor father must have been feeling at that moment he got the call. RIP young fella.

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Posted in: Police officer arrested for stealing wallet handed in at koban See in context

Why was he not fired and charged with theft? Theft is theft! It's just the same as if he had stolen the wallet from the old fella himself.

Ever heard of having an investigation first?

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Posted in: Police officer arrested for stealing wallet handed in at koban See in context

Was there really a need to explain what a koban was?

Not everyone who reads JT knows Japanese or what a koban is.

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Posted in: 74% of Japanese happy with their lives: gov't survey See in context

gov't survey

Ah, well, must be true then...

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Posted in: Konami Sports Club receives bomb threats for Aug 25-27 See in context

Would be nice of them to name the gyms for public safety.


Konami Sports Club said Saturday it had received a letter stating that bombs would go off at its facilities in Tokyo on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

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Posted in: 79-year-old man arrested over lewd act with 13-year-old girl See in context

She's not the first victim, I hope others feel strong enough to come forward.

Throw away the key. Scum like that should never be out in society.

Well, nice to know you have strong moral ethics and are ready to accuse someone on such vague details.

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Posted in: High school boy in critical condition after 'penalty' run in heat See in context

This is definitely abuse.

Teachers have zero right to do this - just teach what you're there to teach, shut up and get paid.

Punishment achieves virtually nothing in these kind of circumstances!

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Posted in: Taylor Swift goes blank on social media, sending fans into frenzy See in context

Taylor who?

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Posted in: Jerry Lewis, comedy icon and telethon host, dies at 91 See in context

RIP Mr. Lewis....because of you, my childhood was very often filled with laughter and I often emulate your style of comedy with friends. A true legend of entertainment and charity.

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Posted in: Hiroshima marks 3rd anniversary of deadly landslides See in context

The torrential rains started around 1:30am and lasted for three hours before a warning was given to these residents.

The rain started approximately 4 hours or so before 1:30am. I was standing outside in awe of the amount of lightning that was occurring at that time. It looked spectacular and lasted for several hours. Little did I know that while I was in awe, people were losing their lives. Mother Nature is scary. May they all R.I.P.

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Posted in: Caregiver arrested for stealing jewelry from 81-year-old woman See in context

So instead of budgeting her earnings and changing her lifestyle, she steals from a helpless old lady.

Way to go - another contender for pond-life of the year!

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Posted in: Gifu nursing home inspected after 3 residents die, 2 others injured See in context

Too many obvious injuries here. Broken ribs don't just break by themselves!

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Posted in: Australia's citizenship crisis spreads; key Senator under a cloud See in context

This is comedy gold! Paul Hogan could have a field day with this - material that writes itself!

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Posted in: Former marathon runner arrested for shoplifting See in context

Once the sponsorship and endorsement money runs out for these former athletes...

Most of the sponsorship money given by sponsors for big name events, goes back to the sponsors if their athlete wins. Nothing is free in Japan. Sure, the athlete receives some monetary reward - but it's literally nothing compared to what the sponsors receive back.

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