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Posted in: Teacher disciplined for drinking alcohol during class in Okinawa See in context

Getting tanked in class, writing 'die' on students clothing, bullying, corporal punishnent, hiding cameras in toilets, pulling a gun on your students. . . What do you have to do to actually get fired in Japan?

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Posted in: Death of man attacked by bear sparks conversation about what to do when facing one See in context

I thought the advice was "If its brown lay down, if its black fight back"

The idea that playing dead and hoping it'll eventually leave you alone is the best course of action for brown bears and trying to scare them off works better for black bears.

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Posted in: 'Please drink' treated Fukushima water, China asks Aso See in context

And please wear a Tritium-kun t-shirt while you do it.

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Posted in: Assemblyman in Mie reveals same-sex couple's address online See in context

I hope Kobayashi's sleazy intimidation tactic backfires and he receives many more letters open letters. Disgusting behavior for a civil servant.

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Posted in: Education ministry hosts Twitter campaign to recruit teachers, but it backfires right away See in context

Maybe the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology should rename it #passthebuck.

The sad thing is that it seems very few professions are untouched by Japan's culture of overwork and de-humanizing of the workforce to make up for management inefficiencies and overbearing beaurecratic red tape.

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Posted in: Nurseries, kindergartens mull how to teach issues of gender identity See in context

I'm all for ex-ed and cultural awareness being taught in schools buy as someone who has worked in kindergartens for nearly 15 years and someone who has a child who has recently graduated kindergarten, trying to teach gender awareness to kindergarten age children is about as effective as giving pilot lessons to fish.

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Posted in: Valentino sparks outrage with apology for disrespecting Japanese culture in photo shoot See in context

They outraged Japan by giving the traditional Japanese style responsibility evading apology.

"We're sorry that you misunderstood and thought it was an obi."

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Posted in: Japan spends billions on technology for absent Olympic fans See in context

7.3 billion for a $700 lunch. NTT got a good deal on that one.

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Posted in: Suga pledges he'll do utmost to prevent virus rebound See in context

Suga goes through more vows than drive-through wedding chapel.

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Posted in: No overseas spectators at Tokyo Olympics mirrors Suga's weak standing See in context

The IOC offered to postpone the Olympics until 2022. Abe refused and insisted on 2021. He was still the prime minister and assumed he would fill out his term which ended in the Autumn of 2020.

-Richard Gallagher

Is that true? I thought the IOC wouldn't allow it to be delayed to 2022 because it would clash with the winter olympics.

But yeah, I do think a very large part of Abe's resignation was to avoid taking responsibility for the olympic debacle. A responsibility shilling coward to the very end.

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Posted in: No overseas spectators at Tokyo Olympics mirrors Suga's weak standing See in context

Still amazes me that the IOC won't allow the olympics to be delayed to 2024. They must be aware of how much money the host country has invested and stands to lose because of this situation.

Many nations are already shying away from hosting the games due to the massive cost involved and this will only make countries even more wary.

The IOC is sending the message that countries are expected to foot the bill and take the fall.

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Posted in: Suga vows to step up rebuilding of quake-hit Tohoku region See in context

Well now that the important construction work has been done for the olympics the government can get back to rebuilding the destroyed lives of the people they exploited as leverage to become olympic hosts.

At first I thought this was an accidental republishing of a 2012 article. But no, 10 years later and after the massive construction for the olympics the PM is 'pledging' to do more.

There was an article in the Mainichi about a week ago how trillions and trillions of yen in aid had been appropriated for non-Tohoku related activities. As with any disaster the government is extremely adept at profiteering for its closest business friends. See Abenomask etc.

Why the Japanese people don't flush this whole corrupt government and its friends down the toilet is beyond me.

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Posted in: 2 high school students sent to prosecutors for shoving shopping carts down mall escalator See in context

The worst part about being a budding social reprobate and under 21 is that the "I was drunk and don't remember" line will only get you in more trouble.

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Posted in: PR chief at center of scandal involving Suga's son hospitalized after resigning See in context

Looks like she pulled an Abe. Scandals start piling up, suddenly I don't feel so well. I'm going to resign for health reasons.

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Posted in: Man arrested for stealing more than 100 slippers, shoes from schools See in context

A slipptomaniac?

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Posted in: With Olympics at stake, Mori seen as too influential to push aside See in context

"If he resigns, there'll be no Olympics..." a government source said.

Given that polls say that 80% of Japanese people want the olympics canceled or delayed you may have just given people a second big reason to call for his resignation.

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Posted in: Mori scolded by wife, daughter after saying women talk too much at meetings See in context

"We have about seven women at the organizing committee but everyone understands their place."

Wow. . .

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Posted in: Beer beating See in context

Jas anyone ever conducted an empirical study to determine whether posters actually influence behaviour? - expat

Well I for one was fully intending to spend my Monday morning getting tanked and fighting people but having seen that poster I have been fully dissuaded from the idea.

The real question is whether a poster can be more effective than a cuddly mascot.

Please forward all drunk brawling mascot designs via fax to the Government Committee for Superfluous Public Spending.

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Posted in: Miniseries 'HodoBuzz' explores dark side of Japan's media industry See in context

Japan needs TV and media like this that goes against the grain and challenges the status quo. There's a complete absence of counter culture like this in Japan and it suffers for it.

Just a shame that this is an independent production being made outside Japan as no producer in Japan is brave enough to dare challenge the rotten and stale media establishment and hegemony.

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Posted in: IOC's Pound wants to examine reasons for Japanese public's concerns See in context

"It's the 'rona, stupid"

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Posted in: Kono to handle coordination of coronavirus vaccinations See in context

Kono was a rival to Suga during the post Abe resignation PM chair shuffle. I,d say this is more of a shrewd move by Suga to put Kono in position where he can be blamed for any upcoming issues, delays, problems with the vaccine rollout ( and you can bet there will be ) and by extention deflect blame for the whole corona response from Sugalin. Political opponent elimination in the works. Hope Kono can sail through it.

100% agree.

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Posted in: Kono to handle coordination of coronavirus vaccinations See in context

Feels like a political maneuver to tie Suga's fast sinking ship to the next PM hopeful. A good way to ensure someone does a good job by putting their reputation and future prospects on the line.

I'm dubious about all the love that Kono seems to get. His English is good, he's slightly less out of touch than many of his prehistoric contemporaries and seems to be marginally more competent but make no mistake he's deep in the old boys club. He's not the progressive people seem to portray him as.

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Posted in: Man arrested over murder of 73-year-old father See in context

Police in Nagoya said Monday they have arrested a 52-year-old unemployed man on suspicion of killing his 76-year-old mother at their apartment on Sunday.

According to police, Takeshi Yamaguchi beat his mother Kazuko about the head and face between Dec 30 and Jan 3 at their home in Meito Ward,

Yesterday

Police in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, have arrested a 44-year-old unemployed man on suspicion of killing his 73-year-old father.

According to police, Seiichi Sato beat his father Saburo multiple times about the head and stomach on Dec 30 at their home in Hodogaya Ward

Today

Just copy, paste the story and fill in the blanks. When will the government acknowledge that this is a national problem?

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Posted in: Politician voted out after accusing mayor of sexual assault See in context

The fact that she was removed because "She damaged the dignity of the council" and not because the allegations were claimed as false is rather disturbing. Exactly the sort of social shaming that prevents victims coming forward.

Shame the victim for rocking the boat and causing trouble.

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Posted in: Human rights panel: Japan was wrong to detain Carlos Ghosn; owes him compensation See in context

Japan's justice is indeed infamous and a laughing stock throughout the world.

https://youtu.be/WYfHWsWJhtg

Unless there's domestic pressure from within Japan to change its detention laws and address its unrealistic 99.9% conviction rate nothing will change. Japan doesn't like foreigners telling them they're wrong.

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Posted in: Trump's vaccine team will not brief Biden administration See in context

Gustave Perna and Dr Moncef Slaoui, leaders of "Operation Warp Speed," the administration's vaccine-development effort

More like "Operation Warped Morals". More childish, selfish behaviour from Trump.

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Posted in: Yakuza have their fingers in Go To Eat campaign See in context

'Yakuza have their fingers in Go To Eat campaign'

For some reason my first conclusion from reading the headline was that Yakuza are selling their severed fingers for food. Man, times really are rough.

Ugh, Mondays. I need more coffee.

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Posted in: Woman arrested for attempted murder of ex-husband See in context

I guess he’ll be moving out now

I think she'll be the one moving out. Problem solved I guess.

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Posted in: Abe says he didn’t want to cosplay as Mario at 2016 Olympics See in context

I'm surprised Nintendo ever let their mascot character be politicized in such a way.

Wario would have been a better fit given his legacy of corruption.

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Posted in: Man loses 200 times at crane game, calls police to investigate; staff member loses 300 times too See in context

So the police stood around and "investigated" someone playing a crane game 300+ times? Aren't there more important things to be doing?

That staff member must have been sweating buckets.

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