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Posted in: 3 high school students arrested for assaulting, robbing man See in context

If you're ever alone and get jumped by three guys, you're going to the hospital. Just try to make sure that at least one or two of them come to the hospital with you.

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Posted in: 'Sesame Street' tackles addiction crisis See in context

I saw lots of online outrage over this puppet, but more outrageous is how many kids are stuck in positions to be comforted by this.

Heroin is beyond out of control here where I live, in New England.

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Posted in: Top court upholds damages over students' tsunami deaths See in context

I read Richard Parry's book on that, 'Ghosts of the Tsunami', and it was absolutely insane how the entire sequence of events were handled; from the terrible event itself, through the months and years that followed.

For a parent, no amount of money could bring closure to that. Perpetual trauma. But I'm glad for this outcome.

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Posted in: Typhoon warning from NHK 'to all foreigners' causes controversy online See in context

Goofy? Sure.

Worthy of getting one's undies in a twist over it? Not unless one enjoys getting "offended".

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Posted in: Yamanashi police end 16-day search for missing 7-year-old girl See in context

I'm convinced that this was a random abduction.

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Posted in: Transportation secretary to represent U.S. at emperor's enthronement ceremony See in context

Those who are questioning this choice are overlooking why the decision was likely made.

As a person of Japanese ancestry, Secretary Chao will be more familiar with Japanese customs such as taking her shoes off indoors, eating rice for every meal, and using the pit toilets. Also, the Secretary will probably feel some simple comradery to be around other people who speak English with heavy accents.

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Posted in: Japanese whalers complete first commercial hunt in 31 years See in context

In other words, this was the first time in 31 years they forgot to paint the word "RESEARCH" on the side of the commercial whaling ships.

When I was on JET years ago, there was a big beach bash at which a dozen or so of us had a 'Whale Cook-off BBQ Showdown' off to the side. The contest ended a bit prematurely when some of the social justice JETs got wind of what we were up to, and a rather large, angry Canadian gal came bounding over in a fit of shouted obscenities and kicked our grills and their contents over into the sand. It was hard to be too angry when our stomachs hurt from laughing so hard.

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Posted in: Police officer arrested for repeatedly clogging women’s toilets in convenience stores See in context

Toilet paper? If you're gonna clog up a toilet, clog it up like a man.

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Posted in: Junior high school girl attacked by man while on her way to school in Ehime See in context

Crazy Japanese men who commit random attacks never seem to challenge themselves much... they always seem to go after little schoolgirls.

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Posted in: Hong Kong police slammed as 'trigger-happy' after teen shot See in context

Swing a bat at a cop, you might get shot- dictatorship or no dictatorship.

Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.

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Posted in: Kansai Electric admits execs' acceptance of gifts; president won't resign See in context

That photo looks like they're waiting for the starting bell at the county fair pie-eating contest.

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Posted in: Pager services to end Tuesday in Japan after 50 years See in context

Some physicians in the US still use pagers.

Not sure why...

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Posted in: Foreign tourists in Kyoto reminded of etiquette via smartphones See in context

So Japanese people don't use tourist information apps, and if they do, they inherently know not to break any of these 'rules'?

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Posted in: Two Irish men arrested over heroin possession in Tokyo karaoke parlor See in context

When I came through Narita a few weeks ago, there were 6 or 7 handlers with dogs sniffing around by the baggage claim. Not sure if it was doggy training day or something, but I'd never seen that before.

Made me glad I didn't have any THC edibles in my prison wallet...

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Posted in: Japan fans explode with joy after Ireland upset See in context

The question is, was rugby even popular in Japan before this whole jamboree? Or could they just as well be having the Tiddlywinks World Cup and everyone would be all gassed up like this because Japan is winning something on the world stage?

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Posted in: Japan stun world No. 2 Ireland with 19-12 victory at Rugby World Cup See in context

Couldn't care less about rugby, but this news makes me happy because I just know my niece and nephews in Chubu were glued to the TV for the game and danced all around the living room for 15 minutes after the victory.

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Posted in: Takanofuji says punishment for off-ring violence 'too heavy' See in context

Should have slugged him in his big belly or kicked him in his fat rear end, where he'd get his point across without leaving a mark.

Hazing is a part of sumo that wrestlers basically submit themselves to and accept by attempting to climb the ranks.

When it comes to intensely competitive athletic environments with military-like teamwork mindsets, I don't have a problem with moderate hazing. Made me the man I am today and I'm the better for it. But punching someone in the head and leaving an egg on his dome, that's over the top.

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Posted in: Anti-NHK party head suggests genocide to solve overpopulation See in context

That's a pretty nutty thing to think and say, that "we need to wipe out"' anyone. Quite evil, actually. Too bad it was an evil crazy guy who started a worthwhile conversation.

We DO need to be able to at least TALK about people who, in pockets of the world, have lots of kids they can't afford to take care of. A population chart of several sub-Saharan African countries show them each having over a billion people within 100 years. Obviously that isn't going to happen; something will give and it likely (and hopefully) won't be genocide. But we're not allowed to talk about that.

Right here in the US, there are communities where multiple generations of people tend to start very young having a lot of kids out of wedlock they have no intention of supporting on their own without 100% reliance on public services -kids who grow up and demonstrate the same mindset- but we aren't allowed to talk about that. We're not allowed to talk about that at all. You'd be immediately canceled from your life by words that end in '-ist' and '- phobic'.

We're just supposed to smile like fools and hand our tax dollars over to Uncle Sam's and the states' coffers on April 15th year after year. The hope is that the trend will produce millions of new Democratic voters, so discussion of and negative effects is off limits.

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Posted in: Paris fashion week braces for climate change and animals rights protests See in context

Unlike the people who have time for that, I'll be at work that day.

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Posted in: Abe vows to improve social welfare amid graying population See in context

Here's what Abe REALLY needs to do to save this country: Aggressively promote, encourage, and incentivize WORKING REMOTELY.

They did the whole 'CoolBiz' thing for energy conservation, and now office buildings have the AC set noticeably warmer and people have shed their neckties and unbuttoned their shirts.

Well, now it's time to send people who moved to Tokyo to live in rabbit hutches back to the heartland to live in big, cheap houses, where they can do their menial paper shuffling jobs online, and communicate with their colleagues via conference calls and webinars like the rest of the civilized 21st century world. Use tax incentives to subsidize their shinkansen trips back to the mothership when their presence is truly required.

Everybody wins: Quality of life is improved for the transplants, companies save on real estate, and people might actually have kids when they realize they'll be able to play outside, ride their bikes to the park, and fall asleep to songs of crickets and cicadas.

I work from home in rural Massachusetts and commute into Boston a couple times a week. For raising my kid and enjoying life with my wife I wouldn't have it any other way.

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Posted in: Rice village See in context

Beautiful photo of a beautiful little place. Drone?

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Posted in: Abe vows to improve social welfare amid graying population See in context

I did JET about 15 years ago in northwestern Tohoku and ended up marrying a local girl, so we're currently on our yearly visit to Japan.

It is nothing short of depressing to see how this place has withered over the years, as viewed from my annual snapshot.

The place has become one big geriatric ward. Half the place is boarded up. Many a rice field have been abandoned and left to the weeds. 15 more years of this trend, and we've got a genuine impoverished little Asian country on our hands once again.

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Posted in: Famous race horses found with their manes partially cut See in context

Probably some scheme to make tea out of it in a desperate bid for an extra centimeter or two.

Give it up lads, you're born what you're born with.

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Posted in: 'Ghostbusters' sequel to focus on a family of original film See in context

I'm sure there will be 'woke' undertones this time around.

Proton packs redesigned to have a smaller carbon footprint to fight global warming, a transgender Dr. Venkman, the main protagonist ghost to have an uncanny resemblance to Trump...

Then when the film flops in at 60% under box office sales forecasting, it can be because the knuckle-dragging public was too bigoted to appreciate its progressive message.

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Posted in: 'SNL' adds 3 to its cast, including an Asian American comic See in context

Wow, you guys are so woke.

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Posted in: Father appeals to public for help in solving daughter’s murder in 1996 See in context

Police questioned 75,000 people? What's that mean; they handed out packs of pocket tissues by the station with her face on it with a phone number to call? Sounds like amateur night.

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Posted in: TEPCO will have to dump radioactive Fukushima water into Pacific, minister says See in context

I wonder if there's a way to at least pipe it out into a current away from shore so it will dilute quicker...

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Posted in: Johnson's Brexit plans in crisis after 3rd defeat in 2 days See in context

We had a referendum here in Massachusetts to legalize recreational marijuana. It passed.

However, the state dragged its feet and it took the better part of 3 years before you could actually buy marijuana. For awhile, it looked as if they were just stonewalling the voters, that they were never going to allow it.

During that time, there was a lot of sentiment expressed to elected officials on op-ed pages of newspapers and whatnot from people basically saying "I voted AGAINST legalization, but I am much more concerned about living in a society where a government that thinks it knows best disregards the will of the people, than I am concerned about living in a society in which marijuana is legal."

I don't see the same in the UK. The Remainers seem more interested in winning however they can than in their democracy being respected by the ruling class. They don't seem to realize that this disregard for a vote could just as easily happen again with their side on the losing end of things.

And that's more likely to happen now that the government sees that it won't be held accountable for telling voters to go pound sand.

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Posted in: Johnson's Brexit plans in crisis after 3rd defeat in 2 days See in context

Democracy 2019: The will of the people shall only apply if the liberal elites approve.

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Posted in: Nagoya exhibition defends pulling 'comfort woman' statue; opponents say it's censorship See in context

Call it censorship if you want.

You might also call it "Preventing us from having dozens of black buses out in the parking lot speaker-blasting all the visitors with martial music and incoherent 90dB microphone ramblings of a bunch of 45-year old unemployed virgins who still live with their parents".

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