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Posted in: Man arrested for spraying NHK fee collector with fire extinguisher See in context

Just say no, shut the door, or better yet,

don't answer it.

No need to injure a guy doing his gig,

no matter how crap it is.

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Posted in: Omar: Go to Israel, see 'cruel reality of the occupation' See in context

> What does Israel have to do with her job as a politician in the US?

Nothing. She is not a politician, she is an activist, using her elected position in Congress,

to further her anti-Trump, anti-Israel agenda.

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Posted in: Short look See in context

An affluent bimbette displaying her nationalistic assets.

What's the rumpus?

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Posted in: Harassment book seeks to raise awareness of minority discrimination See in context

If you want everyone to love and accept you,

you are looking in the wrong place-

It starts with yourself.

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Posted in: Can Tokyo's efficient rail system handle Olympic strain? See in context

Japanese people and those who live here bear the train crowding, 

but at Summer Olympics with foreign guests, it will be ugly. 

They have put new bars between 2 seats (what used to be between 4) 

to guarantee the "right" amount of people squeeze in seats.

These bars hurt as they press on hips, legs. 

I give up a seat often, as the other person already sitting is too large for me to fit

without a "cutting" bar...

Before the bar, it was easier to find a seat.

They "welcome" tourists here, but then build new trains less accommodating,

for small Japanese people only.

Foreigners having to stand in jam-packed trains might boost taxi service.

In any event, I will leave during the Olympics!

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Posted in: Man arrested for molesting elementary school girl See in context

A perv is a perv is a perv is a perv...

Separate and tag.

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Posted in: Aichi Triennale Art Festival receives 770 threatening emails See in context

People were pretty aggravated when they added a statue of a defiant little girl facing down "The Charging Bull" near Wall Street, it made headlines, and drew much controversy.

https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/04/12/523592057/sculptor-of-wall-street-bull-says-fearless-girl-horns-in-on-his-work

I don't know why art has to pander.

It seems creating art high in technique and appearance is never enough,

there has to be a gimmick, a way to "truly" catch attention...

I wonder if there was no "comfort women art" would there be another thing that would set someone off to this degree...

Stirring the pot brings more attention = more customers.

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Posted in: Double disqualification after heat shortens Olympic triathlon test event See in context

There is such a thing as a pool water cooler.

Why Japan has never considered it is a mystery.

In such a competition, in sweltering weather, to bring down pool water temps

it might become a necessity.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic construction worker dies of suspected heatstroke See in context

Sad news about this worker.

At least 57 people died across Japan from the heat between July 29 to Aug 4 and 18,347 were taken to hospital. Some 45 people have died in Tokyo alone since Aug 1, NHK said, many of them elderly living on their own.

I think there should be a fuel subsidy for low income/elderly people during the summer/winter.

I wonder how many don't turn on the ac due to making a choice of eating or paying the electric bill? Wasn't electricity invented to make life easier?

And yet to use it, in some cases, is an extravagance.

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Posted in: Mayor of city in Saitama Pref arrested for punching female bar employee See in context

If you're going to allow drunks in your bar, you better hire a bouncer.

Young girl working shouldn't get the brunt of a drunken bully.

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Posted in: Students take stand against sexual violence at Japan's universities See in context

 why would you suggest that women are able to avoid sexual assault? It's not possible - sexual assault happens even under circumstances that would be called "safe" - at home, with doors locked; out with close friends not even drinking alcohol; taking a walk in the park in the daytime; going into a public restroom; riding to work on a train; visiting with a friend or family member - these are all normal, every day activities that women and men both do, yet even then we are not completely safe!

It's possible to learn how to defend oneself.

Please, do not lecture women about "keeping out of situations" when we simply cannot know when, where, or who will assault us. We already take all kinds of precautions, and we do not need lectured on the topic. To do so is both condescending and presumptuous.

How many women have been assaulted at karaoke bars during drinking parties?

And who is "we"?

If you mean women, I am a woman, and I'm lecturing no one.

I am not victim-blaming or doubting the plight of any victim.

And putting consent into parenthesis, as if it is not a real thing? Just WOW.

Wow?

Does a drunk person care about consent?

Does a rapist care about consent?

You are riding a high horse of feminism, with nothing but a victim banner.

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Posted in: Students take stand against sexual violence at Japan's universities See in context

Be pro-active.

Learn how to protect yourself,

defend yourself, and keep yourself out of situations

that could easily turn ugly, no matter if people understand "consent", or not.

Drink only with friends, near a wide open door.

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Posted in: Japan's food self-sufficiency rate lowest in 25 years See in context

Cucumbers, one piece almost a hundred yen in summer, due to poor weather?

Japanese celery, bland and expensive.

Watermelon, tomatoes in summer, through the roof.

Import!

Consumers are meant to absorb exorbitant produce fees, for bad weather?

If you can't grow it, import!

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Posted in: Ghosn's wife denounces restrictions on contacts See in context

She's right.

This persecution of this man and his family

without proof or basic rights, should be a wake up call to us all.

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Posted in: Man arrested for molesting flight attendant See in context

Just once I'd like to hear that a young girl thwarted an attack by a molester with a swift kick to the gonads.

You never hear it.

Too bad.

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Posted in: Man arrested after stabbing 15-year-old son with fork See in context

Get well, young man.

I pray your future gets brighter.

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Posted in: Reports say suspect in deadly Kyoto arson attack had grudge See in context

Earlier reports said that the arsonist did send threatening emails to KyoAni.

I wonder why they were not addressed, evaluated, or reported to police.

Along with over-crowded working conditions, no sprinklers, locked exits,

narrow stairs, KyoAni is not blameless.

RIP innocent people.

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Posted in: Japan sees worst suicide rate for those under 20 in 2018 See in context

Separating kids after sixth grade is the beginning of life-long pressure

with loss of support from friends kids once knew and trusted.

The pressure to get into a "good" school ruins everything.

As long as a school is accredited,

let kids go to their own districts, retain their friends, develop their friendships,

more inter-action between girls and boys, dances, school plays,

and fun activities, rather than obligatory hour-sucking clubs.

Parents, TALK with your kids every day, and know what's going on in their lives.

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Posted in: Man arrested for beating son 'to discipline' him See in context

You want to beat on something pick up some boxing gloves and go to the g'damned gym,

you don't beat on your child.

Brave boy, he has respect for himself.

I hope he doesn't ever have to make a return trip!

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Posted in: Local gov'ts struggling to verify child abuse info in 48 hours See in context

There need to be safe houses created.

A place to go with your child to escape abuse,

and figure out a plan of action.

Many spouses of abusers are between a rock and a hard place, with no where to turn.

In schools, there needs to be someone there to be a child advocate,

to make sure an abused child's voice is heard, and action is taken.

More education in dealing with stress.

The photo on the top of the page is so awful.

The clenched fist of that parent looks like he's at the end of his rope,

and hits his child instead of a boxing at a gym.

No more battered children!

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Posted in: King coal rules for power utilities in Japan See in context

Electricity is too expensive, and power bills are dreaded.

We have been fortunate to have an extended rainy season, or else

it would be harsh...

Since the 2011 earthquake, trains, stores, offices, et al, are have been cheap about turning AC to levels that actually cool.

If coal can get it done, fire it up.

Summer in Japan is hell on EARTH.

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Posted in: Deer in Japan's Nara died with numerous plastic bags in stomach See in context

Stop having the deer fed by anyone other than the park.

Have trash bins more readily available so plastic with the scent of food on it

is not left on the ground.

Both ideas call for more money spent on the park, so next thing is,

a rise in ticket cost.

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Posted in: Stevie Wonder says he's getting a kidney transplant See in context

I hope it is a complete success!

XO

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Posted in: Japan to import Ebola virus for research See in context

Disease exposure is an inherent risk for any event where people from many countries assist, importing a pathogen to develop measures against it actually reduces this risk.

So, you have to risk lives, to save lives?

Your complain is like protesting against buying fire extinguishers for a festival because they "may explode and hurt the people". The reason is not logical and ignores the very important role they have reducing real risks.

"My complain"?

You are trying to intellectually beat down anyone who has genuine concerns, with the "you're not logical" argument.

But when Ebola virus has to be imported to study, in case of possible contamination due to an international sports event that must be held regardless of any current Ebola travel risks,

logic has left the building.

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Posted in: Japan to import Ebola virus for research See in context

That is the part where it becomes irrational, dozens and dozens of pathogens are imported into Japan every year, many of them absolutely capable of originating deadly outbreaks, and they have been managed without problem until now because it is not that hard and because there are controls over controls to avoid problems (or wasting the pathogens because of accidents) but you are only worried now?

What do you imagine they have been doing in the BSL4 lab all these decades?

TBH, I have been blissfully unaware that this facility even existed, in Western Tokyo, no less.

It's existence is not a widely publicized thing.

The Olympics so far, is a very scary prospect- Extreme heat, over-crowding in an already crowded city, language issues, transportation issues, security, water, limited trash bins in summer...

But none of these things are on the same scale as possible disease exposure.

While I appreciate the govt. saying they are attempting to be "prepared", 

( by importing life-threatening pathogens to study, ) this all seems to me like one straw too many to endure for an international sports event.

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Posted in: Japan to import Ebola virus for research See in context

Not importing the pathogens will put you at more risk, so the bureacrats should not be trusted to inform the public because it may lead to people that ignore the whole thing and base their knowledge on fictional movies and books to protest and then choose for you the more risky option?

I am not basing my concerns on books or films, I am not engaging in "magical" thinking, I am a person who has concerns about the need to import deadly viruses like Ebola as "protection"

and what the implications are of the Tokyo Olympics as an event that inspires this need.

Ebola in some countries in Africa is not contained, but the WHO is not declaring it a "global emergency".

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/06/who-unexpectedly-declines-again-call-ebola-outbreak-global-emergency

Yet in Japan, this importing of viruses "for protection" is happening:

 It is a major stride toward protection against the potential threats of the viruses as the country prepares to welcome spectators of the sporting event from all over the world, Nemoto told reporters.

I'd really like to know if Japan will ban travelers from Ebola affected countries.

virusrex,

Try being a little less smug, and realize why people have concerns.

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Posted in: Japan to import Ebola virus for research See in context

"We have come to a good level of understanding on the matter. It is a major stride toward protection" against the potential threats of the viruses as the country prepares to welcome spectators of the sporting event from all over the world," Nemoto told reporters.

WHAT?

Be we, the general public, do not have any information except what is here, now.

I do not blindly trust bureaucrats in decisions that could put me and mine at risk!

Does anyone else here get a very real sense of what they are saying here?

The Olympic Games could carry a threat of possible exposure

so Japan will import these life threatening viruses, as a way to study them. as protection?

Are you kidding me?

I feel like this is as scary as the nuclear accident, and the fact that the public is only informed

after the decision was made is outrageous!

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Posted in: Japan to import Ebola virus for research See in context

Its officials have repeatedly held meetings with local residents and invited them to the facility to explain about the planned virus studies.

And yet, this is the first time I've ever heard of this.

This is in western Tokyo.

I object 100%.

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Posted in: Japan to import Ebola virus for research See in context

Since this is something that concerns the population of Japan,

shouldn't the public have a say in wether or not this should happen?

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Posted in: Netflix announces 2 more seasons of 'Queer Eye' See in context

It used to be mainly a show about helping people who were otherwise clueless on how to

do it themselves, by this group of talented people who happened to be gay...

Now it half helping, the other half political grandstanding of all things rainbow.

Meh.

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