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Posted in: Parents get virus jitters as their child-care leave nears end See in context

The government has to stop "urging" and start "ordering" people to stay home!

And perhaps not just on weekends. The virus also spreads from Monday to Friday!

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Posted in: Japan sees record number of 105 suspected animal abuse cases in 2019 See in context

When I first moved to Japan in 2003, I had a neighbour who left their dog outside 24 hours a day, 12 months a year. The dog was tied to a two-metre chain and would bark all night and day. I always felt so bad for that dog, especially in winter.

Sometimes I hear people (always foreigners) criticize dog owners who dress their dogs in expensive clothes and push them around in little buggies. When I hear that criticism, I always think about that poor dog left outside on a short chain in the middle of winter. I bet that dog would’ve traded places in a heartbeat with the ones in fancy clothes being pushed around in a buggy like royalty.

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Posted in: Father gets 16 years in prison for fatal abuse of 10-year-old daughter See in context

I don’t know what Japanese prisons are like, but I hope the other inmates make these the worst 16 years imaginable!

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Posted in: Out in the park See in context

So funny watching those people trying to collapse and fold those tents again, There's a way to do them but most forget.

I have one of those tents, and I forget how to fold it every time!

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Posted in: Abe's abrupt call to close schools triggers confusion See in context

In addition to all the working parents affected, I’ll feel bad for the kids - and their parents - who could miss out on a graduation ceremony because of this decision. Also that final month with their elementary school mates before they head off to junior high school...

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Posted in: Tokyo Marathon to restrict entry to elite athletes due to coronavirus See in context

I applied for the Tokyo Marathon but didn’t get in. I feel so bad for the general entrants. Training for a marathon requires so much time, effort, and commitment. Now, less than two weeks away, the dream is over.

I can’t say I agree with the decision. There are thousands of people entering the country every day who could be contributing to the spread of the virus. Riding packed trains at rush hour is probably worse than the marathon.

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Posted in: NBA legend Kobe Bryant, daughter among 9 killed in helicopter crash See in context

Well that was shocking news to wake up to this morning. I’m still trying to process it. I don’t follow the NBA much now, but throughout the 90s and early 2000s, I was obsessed with basketball and the Lakers. I remember having a Kobe Bryant poster on my wall during university. It’s huge loss to the sporting world. Kobe was an absolute legend.

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Posted in: Couple arrested for neglecting their four children, resulting in one death See in context

Just saw on the news that city officials had visited their home something like twenty times because the kids had missed their health checks and vaccinations. It seems like the neglect was happening for a long time.

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Posted in: Princess Kako turns 25 See in context

Happy Birthday to Princess Kako. But today I celebrate a more important birthday - that of my four-year old daughter, the only princess I care about!

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Posted in: Christmas in Japan is a time for love, preferably romantic See in context

Stay annoyed! Japan managed to take all the religious BS out of Christmas and made it their own!

And you know nothing of your own religion to suggest that Christmas is the birth of Christ! It's not,

Thank the pagans for December 25th!

Thank you, Yubaru! Best comment on this story so far. I’m sick of Christians claiming Christmas is theirs. None of the main traditions have anything to do with Christ, so let Japan celebrate how it wants.

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Posted in: 2-year-old girl falls to her death from 6th floor of condo See in context

My daughter has been able to lock and unlock our balcony doors since she was 1.5 years old. A 2 year old should NEVER be left alone at home for any length of time. They’re much smarter that most people think.

It can be tough taking kids to hoikuen/yochien in the mornings, especially when you have to drag a second child along. But it’s just not worth the risk. Parents, always choose the safest option.

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Posted in: Japan's beer shipments to S Korea dive 99.9% in Sept See in context

It’s Korea’s loss. The Korean beer I’ve had is terrible. More Kirin Ichiban and Suntory Premium Malts for us:)

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Posted in: 19-year-old woman arrested for murder after throwing newborn boy from window See in context

My second child, a boy, was born four days ago. I can’t imagine someone doing this to any child, especially a newborn. She’s scum and deserves severe punishment despite her age.

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Posted in: 19-year-old woman arrested for murder after throwing newborn boy from window See in context

Was the child stillborn? That could make a difference in sentencing...and may even extend to her "choice" in such a case, depending on legal interpretations.

Why would she throw a stillborn child off of a balcony? You’d think her intent was to kill the child, so why throw him if he’s already dead?

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Posted in: 19-year-old woman arrested for murder after throwing newborn boy from window See in context

All life is precious.

Even "unwanted" babies deserve a chance at life.

Even though the umbilical cord was still attached, this constitutes murder, regardless of what other people will say.

I don’t understand why this comment has 11 downvotes and only 6 upvotes. What is not to like?

Life is precious.

Murder is murder.

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Posted in: Pregnant woman takes teen boys to task for calling their friend 'lame' for offering her his seat See in context

Good on the boy. The only people who offer their seat to my pregnant wife are elderly women who probably need a seat just as much as she does!

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Posted in: Man arrested for allegedly molesting young girl in car See in context

The Asahi Shimbun refers to her as an early-grade elementary school student, which makes a huge difference. I hope she recovers from the trauma of this experience.

I can remember when I was in elementary school in the 1980s and early 90s being taught to never accepting candy or rides from strangers. I wonder if this it taught at all in Japanese schools.

Hopefully they have the right guy and lock him up for a long time.

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Posted in: 18-year sentence sought for stepfather over fatal abuse of girl See in context

He deserves life in prison at the very least. Hopefully the other prisoners make it the worst 18 years imaginable for him.

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Posted in: Man arrested for allegedly molesting young girl in car See in context

Why did she get in the car in the first place???

Victim blaming.

It’s is absolutely not victim blaming. The pervert who lured her into his car is in the wrong and should face serious punishment. But what the girl did was stupid! Any 12-15 year old girl or boy should know to not get into a car with a stranger.

The perp is 100% wrong to molest a teenage girl. But don’t put yourself in a dangerous situation. Someone has failed to educate her, it seems.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic organizers look for advice to battle heat next year See in context


I often commute in Tokyo at around 6 a.m. In July and August I arrive in the office drenched in sweat. The early morning idea probably won't make a big difference.

Completely agree. The sun rises at 4:30 a.m. and it’s already hot then. I’ve gone running at 6 a.m. in summer and it’s not comfortable. Maybe they should hold the events from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. It’s still so humid at that time though...

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Posted in: Kim Kardashian's Paris robbery to be made into movie See in context

Definitely won’t watch this. But at least someone is trying to make a film that’s not a sequel, prequel, remake, reboot, or spin-off, which is what most movies seem to be these days!

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Posted in: Schoolteacher bullied by colleagues; curry rubbed against eyes See in context

When teachers are bullying each other, it’s no wonder that bullied students don’t get the help they need. These teachers should never work in education again.

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Posted in: No kidding: Japanese airlines offer seat maps to avoid bawling babies See in context


Travelers with kids chose to have and travel with those kids.

The travelers who chose to live or travel without, but are exposed to it anyway, have it worse.

The same could be said for people like you. People without kids also choose to travel despite knowing that there will probably be children on the same flight. You don’t want to be near children? Stay home in your little adult world.

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Posted in: No kidding: Japanese airlines offer seat maps to avoid bawling babies See in context

I have no problems if people want to avoid sitting near kids. But as a father of one small child (and another on the way), I have a hard time sympathizing with travellers who get annoyed by small kids and babies. I do, however, feel for parents travelling with young children, especially on long haul flights. It’s not easy. I’ve been vomited on during a shinkansen ride - and I mean completely covered - and had to scoop up vomit off the floor with my bare hands as passengers were boarding in Nagoya. And my wife got covered on a flight from Tokyo to Toronto. Who has it worse, travellers with kids or travellers without?

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Posted in: Everton could lend inadvertent hand to Liverpool's title charge See in context

Everton had chances but City were too much for them in the end.

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Posted in: Everton could lend inadvertent hand to Liverpool's title charge See in context

Everton... could now come to the aid of their local rivals on Saturday when Manchester City travel to Goodison Park.

Can’t see this happening, Liverpool fans. While City’s defence isn’t at its best at the moment, Everton have been poor recently. Can’t see anything g other than a win for Man City. Although anything can happen in football!

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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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