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Posted in: What to do if you are stopped by the police in Japan See in context

I’ve been in Japan for 15 years and only been asked for my ID twice - once when asking for directions at a koban (I was quite intoxicated) and once while drinking a beer in an alley in Shibuya. I was polite in both cases, as were the cops, and there were no problems at all.

Regarding carrying an ID at all times, I’m a runner and NEVER carry an ID while out for a run. If a police officer ever did stop me to ask for it, I’d just invite them to my home and show it to them. I think common sense would prevail.

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Posted in: Mother gets 8 years in prison over fatal abuse of 5-year-old daughter See in context

It's likely the mother didn't know the difference between a cold and pneumonia.

You’re probably right. But I’m sure she knew that a bowl of soup a day wasn’t enough for any human to survive on. How can anyone make excuses for this woman? Because her husband was worse, we should feel sympathy for her? She could’ve left and she didn’t. She let her child be abused and she deserves to be severely punished for this.

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Posted in: Mother gets 8 years in prison over fatal abuse of 5-year-old daughter See in context

I’m guessing the ‘trial by media’ contributed to her sentence

If that’s what it takes to lock these monsters up, than let’s hope the media continues to publicize future cases to the same extent as this one.

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Posted in: Mother gets 8 years in prison over fatal abuse of 5-year-old daughter See in context

Eight years is much less than she deserves, but it’s more than I was expecting them to give her. I wonder what will her deadbeat husband will get? He deserves the rope, but I can’t see him getting it.

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Posted in: Test marathon gives Tokyo a taste of what to expect at 2020 Games See in context

It’s funny how this article repeatedly refers to the race as a “test marathon”, but the Japanese-language news on TV refers to it as an Olympic qualifying race without any reference to a “test”.

The top two finishers in Sunday's race won spots at next year's Summer Games.

The article does give the qualifiers a brief mention at the end of the article. Could it be that the main purpose of this race was Olympic qualification and NOT to test runners in weather conditions?

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Posted in: Sam Smith announces new pronouns of 'they' and 'them' See in context

Smith said they finally decided to go for it.

This sentence is so confusing. “They” is a plural pronoun, so it sounds like he’s talking about a group of people.

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Posted in: Lampard's Chelsea homecoming ruined as Leicester earns draw See in context

Chelsea have played well in all three games this season despite failing to win any of them. The second half against Leicester was difficult, but they’ve played some entertaining, attacking football. It’s a nice change from the sideways passing, faux tiki taka of last season!

In Frank We Trust!

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Posted in: Mental illness issues could make death penalty impossible for Kyoto Animation arsonist See in context

If he truly thinks that people are extracting ideas from his head and that’s what led him to do this, there surely can’t be any hope for rehabilitation. So give the guy the rope. What point is there of keeping him sedated in a psychiatric institution for the rest of his life? That won’t give the families of the victims any sense of closure.

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Posted in: 4 drown in waters off Kanagawa beaches; 2 missing off Chiba See in context

I thought all Japanese were heavily into swimming lessons. I guess not

How well you swim is irrelevant when the wave and rip currents are as strong as they’ve been these past few days.

I’m glad my family and I decided to leave the beach as soon as we saw the conditions on Saturday. The water was fierce!

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Posted in: Woman in critical condition after trying to save 11-year-daughter at beach See in context

I went to Southern Beach in Chigasaki with my family yesterday. There waves were high, and the lifeguards wouldn’t let anyone past ankle-deep water. Even that was too much for my 3-year-old daughter as a small wave knocked her over. We were only in the water for about a minute before deciding to leave. It’s just not worth the risk. But most people didn’t seem fazed by the waves or the lifeguards’ warnings and just kept running out into the water as the waves crashed in.

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Posted in: 'Macho Ice' serves up refreshing iced treats from macho hunks this summer See in context

Yesterday I bought my daughter a cup the same size as what’s in the photo for only ¥200.

¥650 for ice and syrup is a rip off.

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Posted in: Tokyo subway car provides child-friendly space See in context

Badlishah Halimi,

I’m not sure which countries and cities you’ve been to with your kid(s), but I find Tokyo to be fairly kid-friendly. Yes, trains can be crowded at times. Yes, some of the older subway stations have no elevators for strollers. But I’ve never had trouble finding changing/feeding areas, restaurants are kid-friendly, there are parks and small playgrounds everywhere, and there’s so much to do with kids I feel spoilt for choice. Also, you’re never far from a convenience store, where you can buy essential items like wipes, diapers (sometimes), milk, etc. And most importantly, it’s clean and safe.

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Posted in: Tokyo subway car provides child-friendly space See in context

This is a nice idea. My three-year-old isn’t a big fan of riding the train. But at the very least this carriage would give her familiar decorations to look at and talk about, and the journey would be much more pleasant for all of us. Hopefully other trains add similar carriages.

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Posted in: Campaign encourages commuters to stand still in two lines on escalators See in context

Escalators were designed to help us get up and down stairs faster, not to be lazy and stand.

One change I’d like to see is young, healthy people staying off of elevators. They’re for the disabled, elderly, and people with young children. Yet I regularly see people in their 20s to 40s queuing up for a lift when there’s an escalator nearby.

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Posted in: Lampard 'won't look backwards' as he takes over Chelsea See in context

Abramovich isn't even allowed into Britain, denied a UK Visa.

No, but Maria Granovskaia is, and she’ll follow Roman’s orders. The supporters won’t turn on Lamps, but the board might. I just hope he’s given a couple of seasons at least.

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Posted in: Lampard 'won't look backwards' as he takes over Chelsea See in context

With all the loanees we have returning (including £72m Pulisic), we’ve got a decent squad which Lamps and assistant Jody Morris know well. I do worry about where the goals will come from though. I’m going to both friendlies here. I can’t wait!

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Posted in: Tokyo sees record 18th straight day with little sunshine See in context

I couldn’t agree more with ClippetyClop. I’ll take the sunny 35C weather of August over 25C with rain any day. The recent weather is fine if all you want to do is stay home. I prefer to get outside. Summer can’t come soon enough!

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Posted in: Labor minister opposes banning female dress codes with high heels See in context

Here’s an idea. How about all women just stop wearing high heels? What are their employers going to do? Fire them all? Probably not.

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Posted in: Dual nationals feel cast adrift in Japan See in context

BTW you don't need to have a Japanese passport to go through the immigration lines at Japanese airports if you have permanent residency status here.

Actually you do have to wait in the immigration lines even if you have a permanent resident visa. Not only do I have to wait in the line for non-Japanese passport holders, but my wife and daughter, who are Japanese - not dual citizens - have to wait with me and the foreign tourists. It’s happened twice in the past two years.

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Posted in: Japan to spend more on defense, refit 1st aircraft carrier See in context

Why are they expanding as the region gets safer?

Because this is what Donald Trump wants, and Abe & Co. will do anything to please him.

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Posted in: Foreign travelers begin returning to Japan after natural disasters See in context

While the extreme weather and natural disasters may have deterred some travellers, I’d imagine that so many Asians who can afford to travel have been here already and are now exploring different countries.

I seem to recall in about 2013 that the government target was set at about 20 million visitors by 2020.It’s crazy to think than they’re now targeting 40 million! I really hope that they take the chance to explore Tohoku, Shikoku, and other places off the beaten path!

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Posted in: A reminder of why you shouldn’t be quick to judge who’s sitting in Japan's priority train seats See in context

When my wife was pregnant and commuting to work in Tokyo, she was never offered a seat. Although she never flashed her pregnancy badge, her very large bump made it clear she had a baby in her tummy. Weekends were a different story, with people (usually men accompanied by their family of girlfriend) regularly offering her their seat.

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Posted in: High school volleyball player beaten by coach, teammates for violating no-dating rule See in context

kicking him in the chest repeatedly and striking him on the back when he toppled over

If I did this to someone in public, I think I'd be arrested for assault. So when are the cops going to come knocking on this scumbag's door. And it they don't, when is the boy's father going to inflict a similar punishment on the coach. I can think of a few things I'd like to do to the person who hurt my child!

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Posted in: Japan forces a harsh choice on children of migrant families See in context

This is a very sad and troubling story, and I feel awful for those families. But I honestly can't understand why anyone seeking asylum would come to Japan. Why not go somewhere more accepting, like Australia, Europe, or Canada?

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Posted in: More than 90% of vehicles don't stop at crosswalks without lights despite presence of pedestrians See in context

This isn't surprising at all. One of the things that surprised me when I moved to Hiroshima in 2003 was that drivers didn't stop at crossings. I now live in Yokohama, and it's the same. One evening last week, I was waiting at a crosswalk with about 4-5 other pedestrians. I counted four cars that passed by us without stopping before I stuck my arm out and stepped out forcing the fifth car to stop. He stopped but looked extremely annoyed.

There are so many traffic laws that get broken every day. The police could make a fortune in fines if they took the time to issue tickets!

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Posted in: 41-year-old man arrested for sexually molesting 8-year-old girl See in context

was quoted by police as saying he doesn’t remember the incident.

Gee, I haven't heard that one before! Hopefully the police got the right guy so Tokyo's streets will have one less paedophile.

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Posted in: Becky remains secluded at home following enforced leave from show biz See in context

So Becky, an unmarried woman, has a relationship with Enon Kawatani, a married man. The relationship is exposed, her career is ruined and is just continues as if he's done nothing wrong, despite cheating on his wife.

Something is wrong there, and I feel bad for Becky.

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Posted in: Man sues solar panel plant over glare, heat from reflection See in context

I feel bad for the guy. Imagine you owned a home and were living peacefully in it when a development like this went up and caused this much trouble. It'll be hard to sell a home next to a solar power plant, and Japanese homes have such a low re-sale value that it'd be a financial loss for him. I'd be frustrated if I were in his shoes.

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Posted in: Tooth found in stew at Tokyo hotel restaurant See in context

had a silver filling.

This was on "Sukkiri" yesterday morning. It looked more like a silver-capped tooth rather than a tooth with a filling.

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Posted in: Don’t want to pay your NHK TV license fee? Beat Takeshi agrees with you See in context

I used to get regular visit from NHK collectors until about 3 years ago when I decided to answer my door. They had been interrupting me 2-3 times in the evening while I was having dinner or watching a movie.

When I answered the door, the woman let me know that I had to pay a fee of ¥2,900 per month. I said I didn't watch NHK. She responded, in the way an adult would to a child, that everyone had to pay and if I didn't like it, I could take NHK to court. I said that I felt the price was too high and suggested that NHK show commercials to raise money. I also told her that I knew people who didn't pay but never received visits from NHK collectors, so the collection system is hardly fair. Her response: "Atama warui desu ka?" ("Are you stupid?" or something like that.) She then went off on a rant for about two minutes which ended with "Kuni ni kaere!" or "Go back to your country!" My wife, who was listening from another room, said she couldn't believe how rude the collector was.

They stayed away for about two years, and have been back 2-3 times in the past year. But I just avoid them now. I pay ¥2,900 a month for J-Sports and ¥1,000 for Hulu, and that's all I need. Why the hell would I pay ¥2,900 for NHK? They'll never get a single yen from me.

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