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Posted in: Law change lets Japanese police crack down on rule-breaking cyclists See in context

Make them use the damn road like in the UK.

I totally agree cyclists (including myself) should be using the road, not sidewalks. But unfortunately most roads just aren’t wide enough for bikes to ride alongside cars, buses, garbage trucks, lorries. When people are riding mama charis with a kid (or kids), it’s a bit risky.

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Posted in: Law change lets Japanese police crack down on rule-breaking cyclists See in context

police will be able to issue people aged 16 and older so-called blue tickets for about 115 relatively minor violations like ignoring traffic lights

I wonder when they’ll start cracking down on drivers running red lights or talking on the phone…

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Posted in: Garbage truck driver arrested for fatally hitting girl in Shizuoka Prefecture See in context

The study I mentioned:

https://japantoday.com/category/national/more-than-90-of-vehicles-dont-stop-at-crosswalks-without-lights-despite-presence-of-pedestrians?comment-order=latest

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Posted in: Garbage truck driver arrested for fatally hitting girl in Shizuoka Prefecture See in context

There was a study done about 5 years ago which found that something like 80% of drivers don’t stop at crosswalks.

I was wrong - it was over 90%.

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Posted in: Garbage truck driver arrested for fatally hitting girl in Shizuoka Prefecture See in context

@JeffLee

Very few drivers stop for the pedestrians at the crosswalk near my house.

Very few drivers stop for pedestrians at crosswalks anywhere in Japan. I’ve been here more than 20 years and it’s so rare to see drivers stop at crosswalks that I feel obliged to bow and says thank you.

There was a study done about 5 years ago which found that something like 80% of drivers don’t stop at crosswalks.

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Posted in: Driver arrested after fatally hitting woman on crosswalk in Hiroshima See in context

who drives/walks at that time of the day anyway? You’re just asking for trouble

Really?? It was 11:30pm on a Friday night. People could be going home from work, a movie, dinner and drinks with friends.

(Maybe you’re being sarcastic, but it’s usually not obvious in a short comment on here.)

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Posted in: Daniel Radcliffe says he is 'really sad' over Rowling's transgender stance See in context

I find it sad that Mr Radcliffe doesn’t care about the rights of real women. What a clown.

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Posted in: Osaka governor suggests lowering voting age to 0 to curb population decline See in context

purple_depressed_bacon

Mmm yes, why not? I'm sure babies toddlers and preteens will be as caught up and interested in politics as their teen and adult counterparts...

Imagine all the politicians promising to improve the local parks, offer ice cream every day for dessert at school, to get the elementary school student vote.

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Posted in: Osaka governor suggests lowering voting age to 0 to curb population decline See in context

Governor Hirofumi Yoshimura… suggested giving everyone the right to vote regardless of age, meaning that even a newborn baby would have a valid vote in elections

As foolish as it sounds, I’ll give the guy credit for coming up with a unique idea. The usual incentives for having kids - subsidized child-care, flexible work hours, longer parental leave - haven’t made a difference. Maybe giving parents an extra vote for 12 or so would work??

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Posted in: Three 18-year-old men killed after car goes off road into rice field in Tokushima Prefecture See in context

I can’t begin to imagine what the families of these boys must be feeling. Eighteen years old… their adult lives were just beginning. This is so sad.

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Posted in: Hamster abandoned at Tokyo ramen restaurant gets new home See in context

What a nice story to read on a Sunday morning!

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Posted in: Trailblazing Black Oscar winner Louis Gossett Jr dead at 87 See in context

Why is the word “Black” capitalized? I’ve noticed this a lot recently in American media, often in articles where the word “white” is not capitalized. The BBC still uses “black” with a lower-case “b”. It’s very strange to capitalize a colour.

I remember Louis Gossett Jr in the Iron Eagle movies when I was a kid. I thought he was so cool. May he rest in peace.

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Posted in: Yen falls to 34-year low against dollar See in context

I’m glad I work in the tourism industry right now. Too bad I can’t afford to leave Japan for a vacation of my own…

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Posted in: Junior high principal in Hyogo fired for stealing seven half cups of coffee See in context

Dismissed over ¥490 worth of coffee? I feel bad for the guy. Sure, it’s dishonest. But the punishment doesn’t fit the crime. There are other teachers and principals doing much worse and receiving little to no punishment. And the politicians who run the country steal millions and get away with it. Not fair!

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Posted in: Couple in their 80s apparently freeze to death in Tokyo apartment See in context

Spidey Today  08:30 pm JST

Japan is one of the most developed countries in the world, however it has some of the coldest houses. No centralized heating, low or no insulation. 

You’re absolutely right about that. Homes here are freezing in winter, and very hot in summer. Why aren’t they insulated?

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Posted in: 83-year-old man arrested for sprinkling flammable liquid at neighbor’s front door over noise dispute See in context

@moonraker

putting their washing machines on at 5:00 am

I lived next to a guy who did exactly that. It woke us up every morning. It was horrible. Fortunately he moved out about six months after we moved in.

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Posted in: Ohtani agrees to record $700 million 10-year contract with Dodgers See in context

I remember watching him play for the Hamfighters 

They’re called the “Fighters”. The company that owns them is called Nippon Ham. Calling them the “Hamfighters” is like calling the Kansas City Royals the “City Royals” or the Tampa Bay Rays the “Bay Rays”.

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Posted in: Ohtani agrees to record $700 million 10-year contract with Dodgers See in context

As a lifelong Blue Jays fan who started to believe the rumours and thought we might actually have a legitimate shot at signing Ohtani, I am gutted.

I hope Ohtani does well, but that the Dodgers continue to underachieve in the postseason.

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Posted in: Is buying a house in Japan a good financial investment? See in context

Aly Rustom Oct. 2  08:18 am JST

Not a good financial investment- but a necessity when you have a wife and 2 kids.

I also have a wife and two kids and completely agree.

A lot of people will argue that houses in Japan depreciate in value. But if you could choose between paying a mortgage for X years or paying rent on an apartment, which is better? At least after paying off your mortgage, you’ll own something at the end, unlike renting.

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

If they really want to punish Johnny’s, give all the publishing rights of past recordings to the artists and let them cash in on royalties instead of the agency. Then let Johnny’s change their name and see if any new artists sign with them. Hopefully that’ll put the nail in the coffin.

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Posted in: Ohtani's RBI triple, Moniak's big night propel Angels past slumping Yankees, 5-1 See in context

EFD Today  08:31 pm JST

Every single one of his stats is well above the MVP year with the exception of WAR and that could change (Is that cumulative? I honestly do not know.)

It is cumulative, so that should go up significantly by the end of the season.

Here’s another question: Who’s the last player to win MVP in a season during which they played for two different teams? And if Ohtani gets traded to an NL team, could he win the MVP for both leagues??

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Posted in: Man gets 10 years for fatally scalding 3-year-old boy with hot water See in context

Matsubara left him in a running shower with the temperature set as high as 75 C.

But Sakaguchi (established) that it could not be said Matsubara was aware of the risk to the young child's life.

This cretin was surely aware of the risk of leaving a little boy in 75C water.

There’s no justice for murdered children in this country.

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Posted in: Back-to-back airings of the movie 'Titanic' put Fuji TV in hot water See in context

Babe RuthToday  08:18 am JST

Nobody, and I mean nobody, is outraged here. 

Its all performative. A quick little self administration of endorphins in the morning showing everyone how caring one is. How empathetic.... 

How virtuous...

Fuji TV has had this on their schedule for weeks. Its a funny little coincidence. Thats it. 

Nobody is outraged in the least. 

This post pretty much sums it up!

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Posted in: Japan beats Italy 9-3 to reach World Baseball Classic semifinals See in context

If it comes down to a US-Japan final, I'm not sure who I'll be rooting for.

I hope we get that final. That US line-up is unreal - Betts, Trout, Alonso, Goldschmidt… it’s scary. But Japan has the pitching advantage with Ohtani, Roki Sasaki, even Yu Darvish if needed out of the pen.

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Posted in: Activists fight Tokyo gov't over historic Jingu Stadium demolition See in context

I’ve been to Jingu many times to see the Carp. It’s a historic and atmospheric stadium. But it’s in need of extensive renovations. One time I splurged on seats along the third base line near the Carp dugout. Instead of facing home plate, the seats faced the centrefield scoreboard. In order to see home plate, you need to turn your head at a 90 degree angle. And the seating area is flat, so you can only really see the back of the head of the person in front of you.

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Posted in: Activists fight Tokyo gov't over historic Jingu Stadium demolition See in context

@Yubaru

Would it matter any less that up until a couple of years ago the Swallows were far from a "top-flight" team. They typically were a basement dweller!

The term “top-flight” refers to their NPB membership. It’s a term used to differentiate teams playing in a top-tier league from those in the minor leagues.

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Posted in: Japanese music stars form band 'to make the world rock' See in context

samuraivunylToday  05:41 pm JST

and the absolute best heavy rock band at the moment….

earthless

Just gave them a listen. I’d never heard of them. They’re good. They sound more 1970 than 2022, which I like.

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Posted in: Japanese music stars form band 'to make the world rock' See in context

AntiquesavingToday  09:00 am JST

Look at Band-maid, lovebites, maximum the hormone, wagakki band

I’d never hear of any of those bands but just checked all of them out. I liked Lovebites. Thanks for the recommendations!

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Posted in: Teacher arrested for putting bleach in school lunch See in context

have arrested a 24-year-old elementary school teacher on suspicion of forcible disruption of business

Isn’t feeding bleach to children far more serious than “forcible disruption of business”? The must be a more serious crime they could charge her with. Kids could’ve died…

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Posted in: Will Smith posts an apology video for slapping Chris Rock See in context

It only took him 4 months. I bet Jada isn’t happy about it.

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