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Posted in: End of an era: Emperor's abdication to reset Japan calendar See in context

Isn't it about time we moved on from this anachronism?

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Posted in: Florida shooting suspect was twice hospitalized for mental illness See in context


It is due to mental "health" institutions that this situation arose.

The guy had plenty of mental health "help," but it didn't work. That's the point of this article.

Reopening institutions that weren't effective in the first place is not going to solve the problem.

The U.S.A. leads the world in psych drug use.

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Posted in: Florida shooting suspect was twice hospitalized for mental illness See in context

Andrew Crisp,

Take a look at how many mass shooters were on similar drugs - research needs to be done on the role that these drugs had.

You make a very good point.

The whole psych/pharma connection needs to be investigated and the actual effect of the drugs they are dishing out.

Between 2004 -2012 there have been 14,773 reports to the US FDA’s MedWatch system on psychiatric drugs causing violent side effects including, 1,531 cases of homicidal ideation/homicide, 3,287 cases of mania and 8,219 cases of aggression. The FDA estimates that less than 1% of all serious adverse events are reported.

Read more:

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Posted in: Florida shooting suspect was twice hospitalized for mental illness See in context

Florida shooting suspect was twice hospitalized for mental illness

Shows you how totally ineffective psych is, doesn't it?

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Posted in: Five reasons there’s no tipping at restaurants in Japan See in context

The ticket in the photo above shows "Chip."

I wonder.

Do they give you a complementary chip with your meal.

Or is it a spelling mistake for "Tip?"

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Posted in: Food expert's advice: When in Japan, do as the French do See in context

Not just the French, Latin people recognise the value of eating together. Japan may have lost this, but in Okinawa it's still common for families to eat and drink together. Pubs and restaurants are full of groups of people, often extended families.

Less TV, more live communication.

I love it!

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Posted in: Card devised to help communicate developmental disorder symptoms See in context

So the psychs admit defeat. Incapable of actually changing any mental condition or actually treating anything, they put out these cards.

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Posted in: Premarital medical tests spreading as Japanese tie the knot later See in context

Take the tests freely and fully informed of what you’re getting.

When you marry someone you aren’t "getting" anything. Your partner isn't a service or something that you pay for. That arrangement exists, but it's not called marriage.

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Posted in: Gov't conducts evacuation drill in Fukui for multiple nuclear accidents See in context

This wouldn't be necessary if they used some less potentially disastrous and sustainable method of supplying power.

They do exist.

Problem is they don't make money for Abe's friends and relations.

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Posted in: Why doesn’t the U.S. adopt the metric system? See in context

The military and the science department uses the metric system.

In other words, those with any intelligence.

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Posted in: Why doesn’t the U.S. adopt the metric system? See in context

Because getting Americans to actually agree on anything is almost impossible. There'll always be a minority group who screams blue murder against it, whatever it is.

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Posted in: Gov't to pay ¥10 bil for Osprey deployment in Saga Pref See in context

It'll all end in tears, I know it will!

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Posted in: Japan's economy minister says Trump misunderstands trade See in context

We have a proverb for this situation in English, "The pot calls the kettle black."

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Posted in: Trump says market would 'crash' if he were impeached See in context

Whether he's impeached or not, don't forget that the people who put him into office and who put Bush into office TWICE were the American people.

I don't hold out much hope for anyone who comes after Trump.

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Posted in: Trump says market would 'crash' if he were impeached See in context

Truly a Kennedy-esque speech that is sure to unite the nation and bring closure to this issue.


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Posted in: Parents, schools asked to be on alert for potential suicidal children as summer vacation ends See in context

You'd think, wouldn't you, that if children show suicidal tendencies on going back to school, that they would examine what they were doing wrong in school.

Japanese education needs to be scrapped and rewritten from the ground up.

And NOT by people who have graduated it.

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Posted in: U.S. military to deploy 5 Ospreys at Yokota in October See in context


Why would you chat with him if you dislike the US military?

Who said I don't like individual people working for the US military?

Just for the record:

I'm not anti-US.

I'm not anti-military.

What I am for or against isn't part of this discussion. But to answer your question:

I was talking to this guy in my business. He was a good guy. Since there is a lot of controversy about the Osprey, I was glad of the opportunity to find out first hand. He thought the design was terrible and that it is a deathtrap - that was the way he described it, not me.

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Posted in: Many people take drugs that interfere with their blood pressure pills See in context

Patients who need blood pressure medicine should ask their doctor if any of the other medications they’re taking might interfere.

How come it's the patient's responsibility?

Most Japanese doctors I've been to, when asked about the medication they are happily prescribing for you, look at you with an attitude of "And what would you, a complete idiot need to know that for?

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Posted in: Reminder: Your smartphone is likely tracking your location See in context


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Posted in: U.S. military to deploy 5 Ospreys at Yokota in October See in context

I met someone the other day whose job is repairing aircraft for the US military. A good opportunity, I thought, to find out what they think about the Osprey. So I asked him what he thought about the craft. His face changed and he became serious. "It's a deathtrap," he said. "You wouldn't get me near one. I wouldn't want to work on one. Too much responsibility. It's a disaster waiting to happen."

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Posted in: Have you ever experienced discrimination when trying to rent an apartment in Japan? If yes, what were the circumstances? See in context

I remember going into a real estate agent's office in Shimokitazawa. The lady behind the counter took one look at me, crossed her arms in the Japanese "no!" gesture and said, "Gaijin, Dame!"

Was that discrimination?

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Posted in: AI robots to help teach English in 500 classrooms next year See in context

What an utterly stupid idea and waste of money! Or perhaps it's the LDP old boy network and someone giving SONY a leg up!

English is an international language. There is no ONE pronunciation to check.

If they want to improve English skills, all they need is: 

A decent curriculum - which they don't have.

To practice English instead of the students sleeping while the teacher drones on and on and on.

To understand and practice each step so that the whole is mastered.

Mind you, thanks to the utter failure of the Japanese Ministry of Education, gaijin like you and me can make a living here.

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Posted in: 5 of the coolest Studio Ghibli movie locations you can visit in Japan See in context

Why do they pronounce it "jiblee?" "gh" is never pronounced "j." We don't say "spajetti," do we?

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Posted in: ‘Super volunteer’ who found missing child helping residents in flood-struck area See in context

He certainly should be acknowledged for this. Wonderful story. Great man.

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Posted in: Japan eyes economic aid to N Korea in policy overhaul See in context

In other words, Abe and crew don't have a clue what to do.

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Posted in: Prosecutors not to indict mother who dropped 2-year-old daughter from balcony See in context

Three months for a psychiatric evaluation?

It's going to take them three months to decide whether she is responsible for killing her child?

Of course she was insane! By what possible stroke of logic could deliberately dropping a child off a balcony be consider an act of sanity?

That doesn't change the fact that she ended her daughter's life.

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Posted in: There are budgetary limits to increase tree shade, but we can spread portable 'shade' much easier. See in context

How about swapping the three piece suits, neckties and dress shoes for more appropriate wear? Short pants, open necked shirts and sandals?

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Posted in: Pentagon says China military 'likely training for strikes' on U.S. targets See in context

Contrary to popular belief, it takes THREE to start a fight. The two about to dook it out and the other one smiling sweetly in the shadows. Why is it that we'uns have to gird up to protect usselves against them'uns, while them'uns gird up to protect theyselves against usns?

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Posted in: Serious rail congestion expected during Tokyo Olympics See in context

Cycling to reduce congestion, as several people pointed out in the incredible humidity and heat of Tokyo mid-summer?

Can you see the salarymen in their three piece suits and dress shoes, getting off their bicycles and walking into an office smelling like a rugby locker room after the match, leaving a trail of sweat behind them?

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