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Posted in: For readers in international marriages, what are some of the biggest challenges you have had to face? See in context

Convincing the in-laws and neighbors that we aren’t in an ‘international’ marriage but two humans from different countries who met and fell in love.

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Posted in: Man arrested for keeping body of 94-year-old father at home See in context

Hard to live off a dead relative’s pension when the relative died Earlier this month.

Income went to the 94-year-old who spent it as he wished, which could have been for food and utilities for him and his son.

No word in the article about whether the 64-year-old son was ‘unemployed’ or retired and had a pension, too.

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Posted in: Married manga artists tell story about life with disability See in context

with fights and quarrels lasting until dawn almost daily, 

Then, why did they get married? Didn’t they know each other before they married?

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Posted in: Tokyo's Shibuya district raises alarm against unruly Halloween, even caging Hachiko statue See in context

If the powers that be in Shibuya ran it like a festival with oyaji-organized dances, oyaji-organized music, and oyaji-organized contests for Best Costume complete with Governor’s Choice prizes, it would die within two years and the crowds would disperse to the Yamanote line like they did in the past.

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Posted in: Bankruptcies had been low thanks to the interest-free, unsecured loans extended during the height of the pandemic, but failures are on the rise due to a delay in earnings recovery from the pandemic and higher costs. See in context

Is the feasibility on the borrowers ability to pay back the loan or on the feasibility of the business making a profit?

I see businesses open and I have to wonder if the owners have done due diligence. Then a year later they’re closed and the space for rent again.

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Posted in: Japan SDF planes head for Djibouti to prep for Israel evacuation See in context

How many Japanese nationals are in Israel?

I hope the SDF takes other nationalities, too, like South Korea has done. I also hope everyone is safe.

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Posted in: No. of foreign residents in Japan rises to record 3.2 million See in context

The one thing I'm afraid is if war with Taiwan and China starts all those Chinese living in Japan might behave like the inside army.

That’s exactly what the US government thought about the Japanese living in the US during WWII, even if they were US citizens.

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Posted in: According to Japan's Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry, 106,000 people left their jobs to care for their families last year. Noticeable were those in their 40s and 50s. What can be done to address this issue? See in context

It seems about 100,000 people would prefer to take care of their loved ones rather than work for peanuts in a mind-numbing job. And that's a problem? Taking care of family is less important than working your life away?

In other words, how many people quit working because they couldn't afford care givers? How many quit because their family member was so bad even the hospitals wouldn't take them? How many of the 100,000 are female vs male? How many families have a steady wage-earner so that another family member could quit their job to spend the remaining days, weeks, months, years with their ailing family member?

So many questions about this question and the reasons 100,000 (out of 125,000,000) people have stepped off the rat race to join the medical care of an ailing loved one. Maybe a news agency (cough JapanToday cough) could do a follow-up report. I'll be over here holding my breath.

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Posted in: 18-year-old arrested after slashing 3 people at mall in Niigata Prefecture See in context

Eight or so comments complaining the culprit is a man not a boy and should be named.

As if that was the most important thing about the article.

He slashed three people for ‘no particular reason’. This is worrying and troubling. What caused him to believe knifing people was a suitable reaction to life? What mental disorder might he have? What will the prosecutors do?

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Posted in: Naked man arrested after buying underwear and stealing scooter while drunk See in context

I wonder how many crimes are dismissed by the police and a sucking on teeth because the culprit ‘couldn’t remember’ committing the crime.

Police: You were drunk. You stole a car. You caused an accident. You injured three people.

Culprit: I don’t remember. I was drunk.

Police: Oh, well okay then. There’s nothing we can do. You’re free to go. Have a nice day.

Culprit: Hey! This isn’t my beautiful home.

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Posted in: Foreigners fleeing conflict zones to be eligible for Japan long-term residency from Dec 1 See in context

Japan's immigration agency said Tuesday that foreigners fleeing conflict zones

I wonder why Kyodo used ‘foreigners’ instead of ‘people’ in their headline and first paragraph.

Because the world outside Japan is populated by ‘foreigners’ and not people?

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Posted in: Japan broadcaster to acquire Hayao Miyazaki's Studio Ghibli See in context

Oh dear.

When an NTV executive suit is given the job of managing Studio Ghibli will the death of creativity be far behind?

Will Ghibli be made more ‘efficient’ and ‘profitable’ by NTV standards? Will Ghibli animators be forced to work in NTV corporate offices?

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Posted in: Sex abuse-tainted Johnny's discussing talent agency name change See in context

Here’s what I think:

Julie should be forced to keep the name and retain ownership forever but all the ‘talent’ should be transferred to other agencies with the ‘biggest’ talent going to the smallest agency and the ‘smallest’ talent to the biggest agency. Even out the playing field a bit.

On top of that, any Johnny’s staff member who knew about the pedophilia should be fired or arrested.

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Posted in: Japanese rock legend Yoshiki to be honored with a handprint ceremony in Hollywood See in context


A Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame costs $50,000 usually paid for by supporters that nominated the celebrity.

So the idea of $100,000 for wet cement and handprints I pure Fantasy

The last I read, about 20 years ago, those handprints cost $80,000. I just added a few thousand for greed and inflation. Thanks for showing the prices have been lowered.

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Posted in: Japanese rock legend Yoshiki to be honored with a handprint ceremony in Hollywood See in context

Those handprints often cost the owner of the hand or his friends about $100,000.

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Posted in: Japan-founded project changing perceptions of cancer patients See in context

I applaud their efforts to change the perception of cancer patients in Japan. But with this:

Miho, who asked not to be identified by her real name, 

It seems they have a ways to go.

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Posted in: Orient ties up with banks on service to help purchases of empty houses See in context

Aside from all of the above, when the grandparents die off all the children inherit the house.

If the children die off all the grandchildren inherit it. In order to rent, renovate, or sell the property, all the grandchildren have to agree. If one objects, nothing can be done. So the house sits empty.

Secondly, who wants to go into debt to a loan shark to finance a 50-year loan?

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Posted in: Paper exams, chatbot bans: Colleges seek to 'ChatGPT-proof' assignments See in context

Flipping homework is an option. Students do the homework in class and read/listen to lectures at their leisure.

For written homework in my ESL classes I no longer give one subject to all the students. I ask them to write about their personal experiences relating to our subject.

I also ask “What do you think about…?”

AI can’t answer those questions. Yet.

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


You do not [need] to take ANY mind-altering drug of ANY type

You are generally correct about “needing” weed or booze.

However, on a chat room I belong to the use of cannabis is being explored as a way to cope with chronic pain (as opheliajadefeldt mentioned), depression, and other debilitating symptoms of diseases.

Alcohol doesn’t have the ability to alleviate this kind of pain without severe side effects (car crashes, murder, losing jobs, alcoholism).

While some (healthy) people need neither weed or booze to survive daily life some people need cannabis in order to function in society.

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Posted in: What are some scenic sites or nature spots in Japan that you had long heard about, but disappointed you when you saw them for the first time? See in context

Hokkaido. I was told it was large and beautiful but I had just come from living in Iowa, so it was just more of the same. Maybe I should go back after living in a crowded Kanto city for awhile; might change my perspective.

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Posted in: Woman stabbed at convenience store in Fukui See in context

Feel sorry for the woman stabbed, but why, recently, do news agencies insist on adding what unrelated people says?

A woman who lives near the scene said, "I learned about the incident after hearing sirens. An ambulance and three police vehicles were dispatched to the scene.

I learned about this stabbing when I read it in an online news article.

Can I be in the revised edition?

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Posted in: Number of working women in Japan hits record 30.4 mil in 2022 See in context

More women are working (mostly part-time) because their spouses wages aren’t keeping up with inflation.

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Posted in: Japan allocates ¥300 bil for science, tech education at 111 schools See in context

Of the 67, about 30 percent are primarily arts institutions that will establish science or technology departments for the first time.

While I understand the ministry trying to upgrade STEM education, relying on art schools to start teaching it is not the most efficient way to do it. Primarily because students already interested in STEM will go to established science schools.

The ministry should start with providing competent STEM teachers in elementary, middle, and high school. Then put money in proven and established STEM universities.

Unless this is an LDP boondoggle for ‘friends’ of the ministry, in which case, never-mind; carry on.

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Posted in: Kyoto river tour resumes after fatal boat accident in March See in context

They have perfect and safe control…

Evidently not considering they had an accident resulting in the deaths of two people.

Now, though, it might be safer, especially for the boatmen.

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Posted in: Man arrested over death of 65-year-old father in Fukuoka See in context

stabbing his father Akihiro several times in the chest with a knife between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday

This sentence can be interpreted a couple of ways. Marc took one way; the other being the stabbing took place sometime while the mother/wife was not at home which was from 9:00 to 1:00.

Which do you think JapanToday meant? Which do you think a reasonable reader would believe?

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Posted in: Ex-employee of building management firm referred to prosecutors over landslide that killed girl in 2020 See in context


The police must’ve been very confused as the landslide was in Kanagawa but they were in Kanazawa Prefecture, which, to my limited Japanese knowledge, doesn’t exist.

Moderator: Thanks for pointing out the typo.

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Posted in: Record 18,709 people with dementia reported missing in Japan in 2022 See in context


The overall number of missing people in Japan stood at 84,910 in 2022,

That’s the total in all Japan, not just those with dementia. That are reported. The younger ones could’ve just run away from home or moved out with no forwarding address.

But yes, not clearly written.

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Posted in: Chinese aircraft monitored naval drill by U.S., France, Canada, Japan: report See in context

Of course they did. Anyone who thought they wouldn’t is naive at best; dangerously obtuse at worse. Or a politician.

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Posted in: Glam rocker Simmons tells Northern Ireland parties: KISS and make up! See in context

At least Lemmy had a concrete proposal; Gene merely regurgitates platitudes.

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Posted in: 13% of students in Japan prone to depression due to pandemic: study See in context


it’s low because kids with depression don’t answer surveys.

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