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Posted in: Japan enacts law to make coronavirus vaccines free to residents See in context


My hope is that THESE elected officials, get in line first to get the virus vaccination. Then I will decide whether or not to get one myself!

Yup! I’m more than happy to let others get the vaccine first. Once we know it’s safe, I’ll join the queue!

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Posted in: Tokyo gov't to ask older people not to use travel campaign amid virus spike See in context

From what I’ve been hearing, it’s mostly older people who are using this campaign. They’re the ones with free time and money to travel. And I’ve also found that older people are less concerned about the virus than people in their 30s and 40s.

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Posted in: Japanese firm, ex-employee reach rare settlement over LGBT outing See in context

BurningBushToday  09:04 am JST

As I understand it, the law is quite rightly based on the premise that "we" must respect a person's wish as to whether "they" want to be "outed" or not - a right I would've thought anyone had, both ethically and legally, not to have their sexual orientation broadcast in any public place if they don't wish it, including where they work.

Does that right apply to everybody in society, or just some people?

I think it applies to those to wish to keep their sexual orientation private. There is still a stigma towards homosexuality in Japan, so I can understand why someone would want to keep that private.

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Posted in: Leukemia-diagnosed swimmer Ikee to return to competition this month See in context

Wonderful news. I hope that she provides courage and inspiration to anyone facing hardships in life.

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Posted in: Blast in Fukushima restaurant kills 1, injures at least 18 See in context

Tom Today  12:42 pm JST

It is this restaurant:,140.3470449,3a,75y,124.47h,83.48t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1s0QKWfK5Iayb9gbuInpSnHw!2e0!7i16384!8i8192

I know this place and heard the explosion :(

Thanks for the link. It looks to be in a fairly busy (by Koriyama standards) area.

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Posted in: Mother arrested after death of 3-month-old daughter left alone for 16 hours See in context

@blue in green

3 months old baby sleeps through the night, so she probably thought it was OK.

WHAT?!? I hope you’re being sarcastic, because a three-month old most definitely DOES NOT sleep through the night. Some might, but neither of my kids did at that age. She’s a terrible parent for leaving an infant home for any length of time. Sixteen hours is unbelievable.

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Posted in: Parents arrested after leaving daughters, aged 3 and 1, at home alone for 11 days See in context

The 3-year-old is an absolute hero for surviving this and keeping her little sister alive.

The parents, on her other hand, are absolutely despicable. Lock ‘em up and throw away the key!

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Posted in: Japanese actor Haruma Miura, 30, dies in suspected suicide See in context

Very sad news. I enjoyed the show Bloody Monday in which he had a lead role.

Thirty years old is so young.

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Posted in: Brad Pitt discusses how a visit to Japan changed his view on face masks See in context

I like Brad Pitt. He seems like a good guy.

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Posted in: Trump defends John Wayne legacy over airport 'racism' row See in context

So a guy born in 1907 says some stuff that you’d expect a guy born in 1907 to say. Does this surprise anyone? If you think John Wayne was scum for what he said, then I guess you must also think your granddad was scum . Because he probably also said the same things.

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Posted in: Will streaming be theater's death or its savior? See in context

After having an unpleasant experience at the cinema, I avoided going back for 8 years until taking my daughter to see Frozen 2 last December. It was great. The huge screen, the sound, then smell of the popcorn - I loved it.

It’s easier and more comfortable to watch at home on my big TV, but the cinema is a lot of fun, especially for certain movies.

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Posted in: Mother suspected of killing son by wrapping him with futon See in context

This is sickening and heartbreaking for that poor child.

As I write this, the top three crime stories on JT are:


4-year-old boy fatally struck by station wagon in Tokyo; driver arrested

Woman arrested over attempted murder of 5-month-old daughter

It’s been another bad couple for days for kids in Japan.

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Posted in: 40 MLB players and staff test positive for COVID-19 in week: report See in context

Bye bye, 2020 MLB season. And for the second time in my life, no World Series. This is so disappointing.

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Posted in: European lawmakers chide Japan over parental child abductions See in context

Do the hustle

My daughter turned 16 in May. I sent her a present and it came back a month later with ‘return to sender’ written right across the front of it in her handwriting in red marker pen

That is absolutely heartbreaking. I hope that one day, when she’s mature and independent, you’re able to reconnect with her. It won’t make up for missing her grow up, but it might fill that hole in your heart.

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Posted in: Bob Dylan releases first original album in almost a decade See in context

Play some Dylan most days when I'm in my studio painting.

Sounds like a great way to spend a day!

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Posted in: European lawmakers chide Japan over parental child abductions See in context

I wish them luck in their plight. I was barred from seeing my kids while I lived in Japan and they only lived 5k away from me. I spent 8 years battling to see my kids and the harder I tried the less I saw them. She eventually just banned me altogether and threatened me with a stalking order if I continued. I dunno how these guys are gonna get on from overseas.

I am so sorry to hear that you’ve experienced this. It’s sickening that it’s allowed to happen here. I can’t begin to imagine how it must feel...

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Posted in: Tokyo ranked 3rd most expensive city in world for expats See in context

Go visit any country which has had real inflation over the last decade (ie USA) and you’ll go back home thankful how affordable it is to live over here.

But are salaries in Japan as high as they are in the US? I’m not American, so I don’t know. But these cost of living indexes include average salaries and purchasing power. So what appears to be affordable or expensive to a foreign visitor, may be very different for locals. Japan has low inflation, but salaries are also stagnant. My own salary has increased a mere 3.2% in nearly 10 years with my company (and I received a small promotion). My wife’s salary is the same after 4 years with her company.

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Posted in: JK Rowling responds to critics over her transgender comments See in context

“People who menstruate”?? This is an absurd phrase that deserves criticism!

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Posted in: Do you think the closure of a bookstore or a newspaper's print version is a sad thing? See in context

I voted ‘yes’ not because of newspapers going out of print, but because of bookstores closing down. I still love going into a bookstore and and browsing through all the different titles, often finding something I wouldn’t find on Amazon. I love being able to read a few pages before deciding on a purchase. I love the smell of bookstores. I love the calmness.

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Posted in: Priyanka Yoshikawa: From Miss World Japan to entrepreneur in the wellness world See in context

Half is a negative

I kind of agree with you here. “Half” implies that something is incomplete. And if Priyanka has kids, what would they be labelled? “Quarter”? “Three-quarters”?

I’ve never really liked the term, although it doesn’t bother me when people say it. But I prefer that people don’t refer to my kids as half.

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Posted in: Delivery of 'Abenomasks' starts in 34 remaining prefectures See in context

Still waiting in Yokohama...

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Posted in: Limited edition cricket crackers from Muji See in context

I’d eat these. I’m always looking for ways to get more protein. And I love eating snacks!

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Posted in: Snell now poster child for spoiled MLB players See in context

He made $573,000 last season, not a lot by MLB standards, but a huge salary nonetheless. His salary this season has gone up to $7.6 million, and is going up to $11 million next year and $16 million in 2023. So I don’t think a pay cut this season will hurt him much

Meanwhile, essential workers are risking their lives for a small fraction of what Blake Snell makes.

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Posted in: Singer Bryan Adams apologizes for coronavirus conspiracy rant See in context

Amy Go, president of the Chinese Canadian National Council for Social Justice, told the Canadian Broadcasting Corp that the singer's comments were "just so, so, so, so racist."

How were his comments racist? Most people would agree that eating bats is not a good idea, and that wet markets can be extremely unsanitary. That has nothing to do with race.

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Posted in: Lengthy school closures may be fueling internet, game addiction See in context

smithinjapan Today 05:50 pm JST

No doubt a conclusion drawn by a bunch of old men addicted to their televisions, and even watch while eating rather than engage in conversation with family.

This is a good point. Adults who are critical of kids gaming or net-surfing need to look at themselves. It is rare to enter the home of a Japanese person when the TV isn’t on. If someone is home, there’s a good chance the TV is on.

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Posted in: Tokyo governor asks residents to grocery shop only every 3 days See in context

bass4funkToday  08:01 am JST

They could do like in the States to cut down on crowding, they could limit the number of people coming in to 2-3 and set up a time for the elderly in the mornings, 65 and older first,

It’s the same in Canada, or at least in my hometown. Only seniors are allowed from I think 7-9am, and after that it’s only one member per family. Additionally, they’ve taped off a route up and down every aisle that every shopper must follow, grabbing what they need on the way. It’s pretty strict, but at least they’re trying to keep things safe.

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Posted in: Tokyo governor asks residents to grocery shop only every 3 days See in context

since1981Today  07:00 am JST

In addition, don’t bring the whole family food shopping!

I’ve been saying this for weeks. Only one family member needs to go food shopping. It shouldn’t be treated as a family day out!

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Posted in: Abe says Japan at crucial stage for lifting of state of emergency See in context

One thing people need to stop doing is going to the supermarket EVERY DAY! 

Most people go to supermarket for family every day is their long time way of life. They don't want to keep a lot of food in very small house/apartment. They may need another fridge and closet to keep a lot of food. They don't want to keep such things at front door/living room/bed room.

I agree with you that it’s a habit, but that doesn’t mean it’s necessary. My family of four lives in a 45 square metre apartment with a fridge that’s a bit on the small side, and we’re completely fine with going every 3-4 days for groceries. It’s during times like this that we need to adapt and do things the safe way, even if it’s only for a couple of months.

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Posted in: Abe says Japan at crucial stage for lifting of state of emergency See in context

allowed in

(stupid auto-correct)

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Posted in: Abe says Japan at crucial stage for lifting of state of emergency See in context

One thing people need to stop doing is going to the supermarket EVERY DAY! And stop going as a family. Two trips a week to the supermarket is enough. And only one member per group/family should be aloud in (with the exception of small children).

I and my wife each go once a week (separately), and we can’t believe how many more people have been there recently. And they’re not buying a lot - most people I see are queued up to pay with a basket that’s maybe half full.

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