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Posted in: Central Tokyo logs 28.1 C on Sunday; record-high temperature for March See in context

Well, that's what you get with all that concrete. A few more trees in Tokyo wouldn't hurt.

It was a pleasant day here in the park in Osaka, with a chilly breeze and lovely sun rays.

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Posted in: Japan's moon lander survives second lunar night, beating predictions See in context

PTownsendToday 09:11 am JST

@bush: remember the Apollo moon landings

Unfortunate that the anti-American right, US and foreign, have claimed the moon landings were fake, but that's typical of those pushing a firehose of falsehoods in attempts to dupe the more poorly educated and others favoring totalitarianism.

Doubting the authenticity of the manned mission to the moon has nothing to do with politics, though.

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Posted in: U.S. vetoes Arab-backed U.N. resolution demanding immediate humanitarian cease-fire in Gaza See in context

zibalaFeb. 21 07:32 am JST

U.S. vetoes Arab-backed U.N. resolution demanding immediate humanitarian cease-fire in Gaza

Let's see a U.N. resolution demanding an end to the genocide the Arabs are perpetuating against Israel since October 7. The terrorists are still shooting rockets and missiles into Israel on a daily basis. Israel needs aid and security for its people.

The victim mentality is strong with this one...

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Posted in: 71-year-old man arrested for groping teenage girl in convenience store in Toyama See in context

Bobs Your UncleToday 10:02 am JST

And curious how in Japan they don't call it for what it is sexual assault, they soften it by calling it chikan or groping. That is a reflection of how unseriously sexual assault is taken in Japan.

Also, note how sexual assault of this nature is categorised under the seemingly modest title of the Nuisance Prevention Ordinance.

In most cases, sexual assault is sexual assault and categorized as such. It's not a 'nuisance' it's a violation of an individual's bodily autonomy, dignity, and rights. It constitutes a form of violence and abuse, characterized by any unwanted sexual contact or behaviour that occurs without the explicit consent of the victim. It can involve a wide range of actions, from unwanted touching or groping to rape or other forms of penetration.

Sexual assault is not only a violation of physical boundaries but also has significant psychological and emotional impacts on the victim. It undermines their sense of safety, security, and trust in others.

So here's the correction for the sake of this women and women everywhere:

71-year-old man arrested for ***sexually assaulting* teenage girl in convenience store in Toyama**

Also known as 'copping a feel'.

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Posted in: Death sentence likely in Japan anime arson trial See in context

TaiwanIsNotChinaJan. 23 06:14 pm JST

Lethal injection is pretty good. People claim they see wincing with it but I doubt it if it is administered correctly. Same thing is done for euthanizing pets and people as I understand it.

The problem is it's often NOT administered correctly. Doctors sign the Hippocratic oath, so they are not allowed to take part in the execution of people. Instead, unqualified/un(der)trained personnel are left to administer the lethal injection, and they often botch it, leading to hours of immense suffering. It's pretty horrible, really.

I reckon the guillotine is still probably the fastest way to bite it.

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Posted in: Woman alleges Jamie Foxx sexually assaulted her at New York bar; actor says it 'never happened' See in context

Shunryū SuzukiToday 02:15 pm JST

Ahh okay, chief. Many men will take advantage of women given the opportunity. Women are prone to be sucked in by fame and flash. That sets up a common situation where the male, for what ever reason, becomes demanding and aggressive when there is a hint the women is no longer interested or getting wary. Then he forces himself on her - she may not always openly reject this, but it's clear to her and him if he cares that she does not want to have sex.

This has happened to me on a few occasions usually after I had a few too many.

It's date rape and many men will admit that they have committed it, possibly unknowingly.

Can't say I have. Nor do I know anyone that has.

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Posted in: Can factory chicken really help save the climate? See in context

Filled with growth hormones and antibiotics, no doubt.

What a joker.

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Posted in: Japan lagging world in introducing livestock welfare standards See in context

When asking for 平飼い卵 at an AEON adjacent supermarket the other day, I just got a blank stare from the staff. They had absolutely no idea what I was talking about lmao

I'm glad that at least LIFE Supermarkets carry a couple of different brands of free-range eggs.

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Posted in: Student arrested for alleged possession of cannabis, stimulant drug See in context

CaptDingleheimerAug. 5 09:17 pm JST

Japan needs to light one up.


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Posted in: Sweden close to becoming first 'smoke free' country in Europe as daily use of cigarettes dwindles See in context

As long as I can remember most Swedes were all about snus over cigarettes anyway, so this doesn't really come as a surprise.

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Posted in: Japan eyes ending COVID border control measures on Saturday See in context

Roy Sophveason Apr. 27  08:19 am JST

When was the last time you saw an advertisement to get vaccinated, a news article about the government asking for you to, or received a letter from your municipality on the matter?

Pfizer has been pretty aggressively advertising their product in Japan. Their ads are common on YouTube and various radio stations here in Osaka.

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Posted in: Singapore hangs prisoner over cannabis trafficking See in context

@Mr Kipling

Cannabis =/= Hash

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Posted in: Police urge cyclists to wear helmets ahead of mandate on April 1 See in context

What the hell? Already wasn't a fan of Tokyo, but this is insane.

I'd love to see them try to pull this nonsense in Osaka.

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Posted in: Japan postmortems of COVID-infected patients finds virus stays in half See in context

DaninthepanToday 08:20 am JST

A virus that lives in your body after you are dead. It really couldn't get any uglier.

Yup, they really cooked up something awful in that lab :(

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Posted in: Lizzo wows in orange, Doja Cat dons black Latex at Grammys See in context

Taylor Swift looks pretty classy. The rest not so much.

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Posted in: Gov't considering mask-free school graduation ceremonies See in context

Burning BushFeb. 4 03:01 pm JST

No one is being forced to wear one. They can be removed as and when people wish.

Please tell that to the staff at gyms etc...

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Posted in: Japan reports 57,264 new coronavirus cases See in context

I mean, in Europe at least they haven't reported infection numbers in the media for like a year. One would hope that once COVID finally gets reclassified here they'll drop it here as well.

Agreed that masks won't magically disappear overnight, but I'm certain more people will feel emboldened to leave theirs off. Also, once the official government guidelines change gyms should no longer have any reason to enforce mask wearing.

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Posted in: Japan reports 185,472 new coronavirus cases See in context

Y'know, if you stop testing, you stop seeing these high numbers.

Let's move on folks :)

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Posted in: Return to maskless world still only in realm of fantasy in Japan See in context

The prospects of the mask nonsense not going away anytime soon is pretty depressing. I miss seeing people's faces. I try to lead by example and don't wear a mask except in the gym and during meetings at work. Of course, the damn thing doesn't go over my nose.

All we can do is lead by example and hope that slooooowly more people will opt out.

> Tom SanToday 02:17 pm JST

You will learn to love your mask.

Also, you will own nothing and be happy.

Oh, and, you will eat ze bugs :P

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Posted in: Japan's 8th COVID wave could surpass previous wave's peak, say experts See in context

Michael MachidaToday  08:20 am JST

My beautiful mask has been my SuperPower! I have had no covid since the beginning of this pandemic. I love my mask and it loves me.

Two can play that game!

My beautiful immune system has been my SuperPower! I have had no covid since the beginning of this pandemic. I love my immune system and it loves me.

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Posted in: Japan starts COVID vaccination for children aged 6 months to 4 years See in context

Absolute insanity!

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Posted in: Number of female university teachers in Japan at record high See in context

While not a university, but over half of the teachers at the translator/interpreter vocational school I attended in Osaka were women. Never really gave that a second though but I suppose that was pretty progressive.

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Posted in: We’ve been receiving inquiries in recent years from an increasing number of schools about swimwear that can meet demand from sexual minority students. See in context

Sexual minority refers to people individuals who identify as gay, lesbian, or bisexual, or who are attracted to or have sexual contact with people of the same gender.

Not sure I understand where sexuality comes into play when talking about students' (kids) swimwear of all things.

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Posted in: CBD takes root in Japan as gov't mulls easing laws for cannabis meds See in context

Mark July 4 07:24 am JST

Anyone who has any doubt about what these product will do to any society just go visit any major cities in Europe, USA, Canada, Russia, where people are literally dying on the streets.


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Posted in: Japan eyes shortened isolation period for close Omicron contacts See in context

Aly RustomToday 07:50 am JST

To be sure teleworking is ALWAYS a good thing. Even if the pandemic is over, teleworking should be the norm. It can lead to not only minimization of Covid spread but also the spread of the common cold and the old fashioned flu. Options for students to study from home should also be explored as many students who suffer bullying at school may see this as a good solution, not to mention students who suffer from Short Attention spans could benefit greatly from having classes and lectures sent to them by email which could then allow them to revisit the class over and over again, which would help them internalize the material better.

In short, we should get it into our heads that there has to be a new normal. especially working and studying from home should be explored more in a country which suffers from overwork and overschooling. We have a chance to fundamentally change society for the better, and the biggest pity will be if we let that opportunity go to waste.

Never let a good crisis go to waste...

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Posted in: Man dies in Japan after receiving dose of recalled Moderna vaccine See in context

AntiquesavingToday 11:50 am JST

Big difference one is backed up by science and fact, the other is from rumours spread by anti vaxxers with zero facts, zero science and frankly unbelievable to anyone that can think.

It's pretty common knowledge that the vaccine doesn't prevent infection, but merely weakens any symptoms. That's literally how it is designed to work. Both vaccinated and unvaccinated can get infected and spread the virus.

My point was that quite often unvaccinated and infected get conflated, which is of course nonsense. No person, whether vaccinated or unvaccinated, is in a continuous state of infection.

People that want to take the vaccine to feel protected should totally do so. Likewise, those that feel they don't benefit from it should be free to pass. Pretty simple.

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Posted in: Man dies in Japan after receiving dose of recalled Moderna vaccine See in context

AntiquesavingToday 10:24 am JST

And I rest my case!

You actually believe that somehow a Vaccinated person can cause illnesse in others just by being vaccinated.


Not any more outrageous than believing that somehow an unvaccinated person can caulse illness in others just by being unvaccinated, though. Which is something that I see being perpetuated.

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Posted in: Man arrested for torching luxury car in Kitakyushu See in context

Haha, burn the rich. Reminds me of my 20 year old self.

Although, I'd never be stupid enough to actually go through with it..

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Posted in: Osaka request for emergency will include store closures, online school classes See in context

People are continuing to conflate someone not wearing a mask with someone being sick I see..

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Posted in: Fukushima locals criticize government for tone-deaf tritium mascot See in context

Please don't ever change, Japan!

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