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Posted in: Hokkaido care home requires sterilization of mentally disabled couples See in context

Please correct the headline and the first paragraph.

These people are being asked to use contraception.

There is no demand for them to be sterilized.

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Posted in: Average condo price in Tokyo area sets new high in fiscal 2021 See in context

Condos in Tokyo are cheaper than in Toronto!

Average condo price in Toronto, $740,000 CDN = ¥75,562,613.

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Posted in: Kishida leaves for one-day trip to COP26 See in context

One-day trip, followed by 14-day quarantine?

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Posted in: University exec arrested over diversion of funds to dummy firm See in context

Typical of Nihon University's violations of rules and regulations.

Board member(s)" illegal shenanigans - on the same dismal moral level as their American football techniques in 2018.



Sleazy school!

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Posted in: Saitama's new ordinance banning walking on escalators gets off to a standing start See in context

So we're not allowed to walk on escalators in Saitama?

In that case, we'll have to run!

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Posted in: 7,943 taken to hospital to be treated for heatstroke from Aug 2-8 See in context


Japan DOES have Gatorade - liquid or powdered.

I've seen it on Amazon Japan.

So you can avoid Pocari Sweat and Aquarius if you wish.

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Posted in: Thatch: humble yet elegant roofing material in search of a new lease of life See in context

Thatching a roof is also illegal in many parts of Japan.

When I bought my house in rural Chiba prefecture, one of the conditions of the purchase contract was "no thatching permitted".

There's no hope for a revival of thatching under the current regulations.

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Posted in: Anti-Olympic petition tops 200,000 signatures in just 2 days See in context


Probably no one in Japan is reading the Washington Post article because it's necessary to be a subscriber to read it.

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Posted in: Man robbed of ¥3 mil on Nagoya street See in context

Bags of cash are indeed necessary.

When I bought my house here, I was unable to get a mortgage. The real estate company demanded cash for the price of the house.

To be paid at their office on a Sunday, when of course the banks are closed.

I requested that millions of yen be taken out of my account at Japan Post Bank. After answering all their questions about whether I'd had a phone call from someone posing as my child or grandchild in desperate need of money, or if the money was going to Iran or North Korea, and what I was planning to use it for, etc., etc., they had the cash ready for me to pick up a couple of days later, on a Thursday.

I took a friend with me for protection.

Hid the wad under the cat toilet until Sunday.

Got it safely handed over to the real estate agent, who then paid the previous owner, who was sitting there waiting for it.

He gave me the keys and headed for Yokohama with his bag full of cash, much more than three million yen.

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Posted in: Mizuho restores ATMs, online services after glitch See in context

Mizuho suggests that people whose ATM cards have been eaten by Mizuho ATMs should use convenience store ATMs?!?

But those unfortunate people don't have their cards now, so they can't use any ATMs!

Out here in the inaka in Chiba-ken cash is a necessity.

For example, my doctor (G.P.) and ophthalmologist, and the pharmacy associated with their clinic, the local acupuncture/moxibustion/massage clinic, dentist, and orthopedic clinic, are all cash-only.

Food purchases can be made using cards or e-money if you shop at a supermarket or convenience store, but the small shops that sell local produce all take only cash.

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Posted in: Trump makes 1st public appearance since his hospital stay See in context

In the second paragraph, "flaunted" should be "flouted".

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Posted in: Worried by pandemic, unmarried Japanese couples want legal protection See in context

Regarding hospitalization and consent for treatment, etc., there is a way in Japan, even if you're not officially related to each other.

Go to a goseishoshi lawyer and make a "power of attorney for personal care" contract.

No need to be related or married - My best friend and I made one of these contracts, and got it notarized, so when he was hospitalized I was entitled to authorize or refuse treatment for him, meet with doctors and get updates, etc., etc.

There is also a similar contract agreement for property (I was able to access his bank account and pay his bills) and another for post-mortem mandates and post-mortem gifts (in lieu of a will).

Once notarized, these gave me the authority to arrange for cremation and take his cremains to the temple of his choice, sell his property to cover funeral expenses, etc., and keep any property he wanted me to have.

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Posted in: You can now get stick-on salon masks for haircuts See in context

The title is wrong.

You CANNOT get stick-on masks.

I checked the website, and they're all sold out.

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Posted in: Japan aims to revive tourism industry by subsidizing people to go on vacation See in context

Banned from Japan - travellers (including permanent residents of Japan) arriving from almost anywhere


Areas subject to entry ban

Strenghtened quarantine

Those who are allowed in (including Japanese returnees) must stay for 14 days "at a location designated by the quarantine station chief" and "refrain from using public transportation".

14 days in a cardboard cubicle at NRT?

Not much of a holiday!

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Posted in: In cash-loving Japan, banks still busy despite coronavirus See in context

Cashless didn't work out here in Chiba-ken after the typhoons last year.

No electricity = no way to pay.

No cellphone coverage because the signal relay towers were knocked down and the ones that hadn't been knocked down didn't function because their electricity supply was cut.

No way to recharge phones except at the city office.

Ten and a half days in my area, longer in others.

Age had nothing to do with the need for cash.

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Posted in: Abe to declare state of emergency for Tokyo, 6 prefectures See in context

Surge of infections?

It seems to be just a big-city thing.

Wikipedia shows a gradual increase nationwide - not an explosive jump in cases.


(data from Japan Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare and WHO)

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Posted in: Nearly 20% of Japan households using e-money but cash still king See in context

You still need cash (wads of it) for legitimate, on-the-record big-ticket items in Japan, especially if you're retired.

As a pensioner, I'm not eligible for loans.

I bought a used car - I had to pay in cash.

I bought a house - I had to pay in cash.

(after answering many questions before I could extract it from my bank account)

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Posted in: Japan wants to go cashless, but elderly aren't so keen See in context

Cashless requires electricity.

After Typhoon 15, our local 7-11 (for example) had no electricity (no electricity for the store, no cell phone towers in the area functioning). Therefore, cash was the only way to shop.

Power wasn't restored in this particular area for more than ten days.

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Posted in: Ouija satchel lets you talk to a Shinto spirit while you shop See in context

"4.5 centimeters by 2.3 centimeters"


Then it's barely big enough to store the 10-yen coin!

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Posted in: Post-typhoon blackout raises disaster readiness questions in Japan See in context

Here in Sanmu-shi, the SDF has been at my closest city office (Sanbu no Mori Araragikan) for at least a week, providing generators, water trucks, and hot baths in army tents behind the office.

I got my power restored last night, after ten and a half days of no lights, no street lights, no water, no landline or computer, and constant "out of area" messages on my cell phone for both calls and one seg.

The Araragikan had staff there on Monday, hours after the typhoon, working without electricity, but with running water available from outside taps so we locals could fill our water containers. I've learned that it takes at least two 2-liter PET bottles of water to fill a bucket with enough water to flush a toilet.

Once they got a generator going, there were lights and air conditioning and outlets to recharge cell phones and laptops.

By yesterday, things were positively luxurious - handouts of 500 ml and 2-liter PET bottles of water, vegetable juice, wet wipes, baby food, crackers, candies, 100-yen size bread, free Indian curry with fresh-baked naan from restaurant truck volunteers, free omusubi (3 types), free yakiniku and yakisoba and cup noodles, and, and, and...

Seeing the lengthy lines for water, etc., in places like Ichihara and Togane, I'm gladder than ever that I live in the "inaka". In the longest line here for filling containers from the outdoor taps there were 4 people ahead of me.

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Posted in: Japan's food self-sufficiency rate lowest in 25 years See in context


There is Cinnabon in Japan, at least in the Tokyo area.

Google "Cinnabon Tokyo" for locations.

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Posted in: Over-75s caused twice as many traffic fatalities as younger drivers in 2018: gov't report See in context

Does anyone know what the fatal traffic accidents rate is for people in their 20s?

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Posted in: Japan grapples with traffic jams, visitors' manners amid tourism boom See in context

About not flushing toilet paper:

In some countries/cities in Asia, you're not supposed to flush it.

For example, Taipei.


So without signage like the one Yubaru cited, Asian tourists might not know how things work in Japan.

The world map on the following site shows that countries where you SHOULD flush the paper are definitely in the minority.


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Posted in: Need someone to watch your cat while you’re away? Try the new Japanese cat-lover’s site Nyatching See in context

Or you can just call (ordinary phone call) your local "Jinzai Shiruba Sentaa" (Silver Center) and get one of their over-60 folks to come to your home and take care of your cat(s).

No LINE necessary.

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Posted in: Sakura jelly desserts are back on sale See in context

"in 1883, when Japan was still ruled a shogun"


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Posted in: Car driven by 79-year-old man runs onto sidewalk near Tokyo's Shinjuku Station; 5 injured See in context

"Don't drink and drive."

Obviously applies to ANY drinks!

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Posted in: Classic British stories get sudden burst of popularity in Japan thanks to Empress Michiko See in context

No need to translate for her - she speaks English fluently, has a B.A. (summa cum laude) in English Literature, and has done several Japanese - to - English translations.

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Posted in: Language learner-friendly Japanese textbooks See in context


Sorry, I left out an "r" in your user name in my first message.

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Posted in: Language learner-friendly Japanese textbooks See in context


Here you are.





No. 8 and No. 19 on the best-sellers list

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Posted in: 11-year-old girl killed after wheel loader hits kids with impaired hearing See in context

Another fatal accident - another one NOT caused by a senior driver!

And what does the kids' impaired hearing have to do with anything?

From the photo it looks as though they were on the sidewalk, separated from traffic by a hedge.

Hearing ability has nothing to do with walking on a sidewalk.

It would be sufficient to state that they were walking home from school with their teachers.

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