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Posted in: Do you believe marijuana, which was legalized in California on Jan 1, is a harmless drug? See in context

The answer to this question will make itself evident in the increase in the number of automobile accidents involving marijuana usage. Colorado residents are just beginning to see this trend.

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Posted in: 4 Chinese ships enter Japanese waters around Senkakus See in context

The Japanese will continue, as usual, to "negotiate" with China over this issue, because it's the only thing they can do. And China knows is has the upper hand from a military point of view. End of story.

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Posted in: Are you financially better off than you were this time last year? See in context

In addition to my regular job, I may have to resort to teaching English part-time to keep up with my goals for 2018. Hopefully the stock market will remain strong.

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Posted in: Asian shares at 10-year peak on upbeat data See in context

Yes, Japan is doing quite well. In fact, Asian stocks seem to be taking off.

Hope the trend continues.

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Posted in: Woman slashes 7-year-old girl, mother at supermarket See in context

When will Japan increase its funding for mental health? Too many people doing crazy things is taking it toll on Japanese society.

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Posted in: Abe urges sticking to diplomatic action on N Korea See in context

Unfortunately, "diplomatic action" has NOT worked for the past 13 years. I am not advocating war, but if North Korea continues to develop and launch its nuclear weapons, there will be no opportunity for diplomatic action.

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Posted in: Video of passenger getting dragged off flight in Chicago sparks uproar See in context

Overbooking should be prohibited. There is no reason to overbook, since the airline has supposedly filled every seat with a PAID customer. Standby is the way for the airlines to make extra money if they wish, since they can re-sell a seat left vacant by a "no show".

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Posted in: 2 men killed by train in failed rail crossing rescue attempt See in context

Some people say that the Japanese are oblivious to those around them. Once again, this proves how wrong those who think that way are.

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Posted in: Sanders urges fans to rally behind Clinton as Democratic convention heats up See in context

After Bernie said that Hil LIAR y was not qualified to be president, he now shows his two-faced nature and supports her. No wonder politicians have such a low favorability rating! The Democrooks offer nothing new - just keep the people under their thumb by offering them "free" benefits - what a false sense of reality these people have...

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Posted in: Ichiro gets 4,257th career hit, surpassing Pete Rose's total See in context

Couldn't be happier about this news. Ichiro is an outstanding athlete and deserves the fame. Wish we had more players like him in the Major Leagues.

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Posted in: Harajuku Station to be rebuilt ahead of 2020 Tokyo Olympics See in context

The station expansion is long overdue. Efficiency over aesthetics, please.

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Posted in: How would you compare American animated films with Japanese ones in terms of technical quality and story-telling? See in context

As for technical quality, Japan wins, hands down. On the story line, I would rate both countries as "even".

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Posted in: Police officer arrested for filming up skirts of high school girls See in context

The qualities of the Japanese police have disintegrated in recent years, as have the qualities of Japanese society. Yes, there are still many good officers in their organization, but many of them seemed to have lost pride in their work. They must be reminded from time to time that they are public servants and that their behavior is being scrutinized all the time.

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Posted in: Seniors bowl for a healthier life See in context

Quiz: What's the name of the only sport where you can roll a ball, sit down, eat a sandwich, drink a beer, and roll another ball? (Just joking).

Bowling is fun because you can enjoy it at almost any age.

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Posted in: Suicide bomber kills 23 at funeral in Iraq See in context

Also time for me to get a new computer! Sorry about the previous error.

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Posted in: Suicide bomber kills 23 at funeral in Iraq See in context

Time to train the Iraqis to defend themselves and say our good-byes. This region will never taken a liking to democracy, so why should the West waste their time?

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Posted in: Man arrested for attempted murder after pushing woman off platform at Tokyo station See in context

How deplorable mental health assistance is in this country! The Japanese still consider counseling to be a stigma, and the number of qualified counselors are few.

Yet the government continues to ignore the problem. How sad....

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Posted in: There needs to be a dedicated high-speed rail line linking Tokyo Station with Narita airport in 20 or 25 minutes. See in context

No truer words were ever spoken. The Yokosuka line is very slow. It could be made into a semi-express with the elimination of stops at a few of the smaller stations.

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Posted in: Man, 74, stabbed at bus stop in Yokohama See in context

Have you thought about the inordinate number of crimes committed here in Japan with a knife? It seems like the stabbings are increasing each day.

When will this country address the important issue of mental health care? Counseling may be taboo to the Japanese, but it is absolutely essential to the well-being of society!

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Posted in: Family restaurants face uncertain future See in context

Yes, it is sad to see them go. Denny's had some great dishes on their menu. Loved the coffee and desserts at Johnathan's.

Maybe the solution is to drop the 24-hour open time and limit it to 1 a.m. That would certainly cut down on overall costs.

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Posted in: Shikishima to raise bread prices again in May See in context

We shouldn't complain. Japan does indeed produce some of the best bread in the world. And when it comes to cake? Ah yes, - Castella!

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Posted in: X JAPAN to perform at Madison Square Garden See in context

Considering who the younger N.Y. crowd goes to see in concert these days, it could prove quite lucrative for X Japan to give it a shot. Why, just look at the trash (no, I'm not talking about the kind you find on the ground)that has appeared in Central Park shows recently.

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Posted in: What do you think of the new Japan Today design? See in context

Pretty good. Agree that the bright red is a bit overbearing. Could you please update the articles on Kuchikomi and Shukan Post more frequently, especially since the latter is a weekly publication, and some of your current articles have been on the site almost a month.

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