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Posted in: Couple arrested after remains of miscarried baby found in refrigerator See in context

* “**Miscarried” means ‘not carried to full term” while “suckling” tends toward mean “successfully delivers, alive & breastfeeding”. - Which was the deceased in this scenario? A stillborn “fetus” or a newborn “baby”?*

Exactly, the meaning is unclear/contradictory in both Japanese and in English translation.

乳児 is literally a newborn/suckling infant, while 流産 is a miscarriage, ie spontaneous, pre-term birth of a non-viable foetus.

No doubt they could have called it a miscarried foetus (流産した胎児), but I think people do tend to refer to anything vaguely baby-like as a baby.

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Posted in: Meghan and Harry visit with students at a Harlem school See in context

And those tears from some of the students?

Tears of frustration at being forced to waste time pretending to be thankful for the attentions of a couple of entitled phonies. The time would have been better spent catching up on their schoolwork, tending the school gardens or going home and hugging their own families.

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Posted in: Couple arrested after remains of miscarried baby found in refrigerator See in context

Reuters/Kyodo are saying the child consultation center called it a 流産した乳児 - miscarried (suckling) baby.

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Posted in: 3 Japan PM hopefuls urge elderly to stay on job for pension system See in context

fwiw, every stay at home mom who raises an under three without using a public hoikuen saves the state at least 1.5 million yen a year in subsidies

-which is why I wrote ‘full time housewives’ and not ‘stay at home mums’. Looking after little kids adds a whole new dimension.

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Posted in: Kraft fuses cheese with Japanese dessert ingredients for something very different See in context

Mochimochi Kinako is a leaner alternative to snacking on regular processed cheese wedges.

Who snacks on those awful wedges of processed plastic?

If that’s not a good enough reason to pick up a pack, just do it to support much needed diversity in the cheese sections of Japanese supermarkets.

This is so far off the mark it would be funny if it weren't so sad.

You don't/can't support diversity in the cheese section by adding yet more rubbish that isn't cheese. It's like supporting gender equality in the workplace by putting a Barbie doll on the reception desk.

Just try stocking some real mature Cheddar, Caerphilly, Stilton, Red Leicester, Double Gloucester, at less than robber baron prices.

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Posted in: 3 Japan PM hopefuls urge elderly to stay on job for pension system See in context

You'd think a former gender equality minister would want to do something about the totally unequal system whereby full-time housewives get a pension equal to the fill kokumin nenkin without having paid a single yen into the system, while their husbands (earning enough to afford to have a stay-at-home wife) at the same time get tax relief for having a non-earner at home.

As for the politicians' pensions; put them on the kokumin nenkin, then sit back and watch as that scheme gets better and better.

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Posted in: Vaccine mandates: Is no jab, no entry into restaurants, cafes, bars, sporting and event venues discrimination? See in context

This question must to be clearly answered:

Can an infected vaccinated person spread the Virus in the same way like an infected unvaccinated person?

An infected vaccinated person can spread the virus, but apparently for a shorter period than an infected non-vaccinated person.

A vaccinated person is much less likely to become infected than a non-vaccinated person.

So a vaccinated person can spread the virus, but not quite ‘in the same way like an infected unvaccinated person’.

An analogy some might find easier to understand: A man wearing a condom can still get a woman pregnant (accidents do happen), but not as likely as a man not wearing a condom, who as well as making babies can also spread the cooties and worse.

And if the woman is on the Pill and stays well away from the condomless man, she’s on pretty safe ground with regard to both pregnancy and cooties.

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Posted in: Vaccine mandates: Is no jab, no entry into restaurants, cafes, bars, sporting and event venues discrimination? See in context

if you don't,you're prevented from being able to do normal things.Like go to bars/restaurants,gyms,indoor or outdoor facilities.

All those places require the payment of money (with the possible exception of outdoor facilities, depends on the facility). Is it discrimination to refuse service or entry to people who have no money?

As others have mentioned, some places require a certain dress code: is it discrimination to refuse entry to a restaurant to someone straight off the beach, dripping wet and wearing only trunks and flip flops?

Businesses and facilities impose restrictions to maintain standards for themselves and their customers. If they charge an entry fee, you either pay up or don’t go in. Same applies if the entry ‘fee’ involves showing proof of vaccination.

If you’re mentally strong enough to put up with not being vaccinated in the middle of a pandemic, then suck it up and be mentally strong enough to put up with being denied entry to vaccinated-only venues.

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Posted in: The service will be available only for small dogs and cats. During flights, they will be required to be kept in cages placed on seats at the end of the row, with their owners seated next to them. See in context

If you want to travel with your dog, drive with your dog on the passenger seat and his head on your lap.

I was with you until I read this.

If you want to travel with your dog, drive with your dog in a crate in the back, or securely tethered (with a harness, not his collar) in the back/on the back seat.

An untethered dog on your lap can jump up and obstruct your view if he sees a cat/squirrel/'nother dog, and can become a flying projectile if you have to stop suddenly for any reason, or heaven forbid, get hit by another car.

Don't forget to stop for frequent breaks.

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Posted in: 'Who the hell are you?' Japanese man asks bear while it’s attacking him See in context

Whether a bear that has been shot end up as Kuma Nabe depends on the customs of that specific region.

Akita Prefecture. It's a thing there.

http://www.pref.akita.jp/fpd/shokubunka/shoku-00.htm

humans all over the world eat worse things than bear meat.

Worse, I would contend.... just as bad, absolutely.

Does that somehow make it OK for the poor animal that gets shot?

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Posted in: 'Who the hell are you?' Japanese man asks bear while it’s attacking him See in context

In most cases like this the bear is hunted down and euthanized

The bear is not euthanised. It's shot in cold blood by members of the local Hunters Association, after either being chased to exhaustion or caught in a trap.

Then it becomes kuma nabe.

There's nothing humane about it.

A bear coming into human living areas at this time of the year is looking for food. There's probably little to forage in the woods and mountains after the disastrous weather we had this summer.

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Posted in: 107-year-old Japanese twins certified as world's oldest See in context

I meant the second oldest living twins.

I see. But I don't think Guinness do seconds, do they?

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Posted in: Chris Rock says he has COVID-19 See in context

This is NOT a political matter, it's common sense.

You know that, I know that.

Seems some folk who rant about the leftist discourse, whatever that is, don't know that.

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Posted in: 107-year-old Japanese twins certified as world's oldest See in context

Also, if the second oldest twins were Japanese, I’m sure AP (and JT) would have told us.

As indeed they did. The article states clearly that the sisters broke the previous record of 107 years and 175 days set by famous Japanese twin sisters Kin Narita and Gin Kanie.

The stories they must have and to have seen the world change throughout the years must be truly beautiful.

WWI, Spanish flu, the Great Depression, the Sino-Japanese war, WWII, American occupation….also outliving their husbands and possibly their children too.

Amazing, fascinating, yes. Truly beautiful…I’m not so sure.

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Posted in: Chris Rock says he has COVID-19 See in context

Doesn’t seem very intelligent to let politics influence whether or not you should take measures to keep you out of the ICU.

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Posted in: Chris Rock says he has COVID-19 See in context

in line with 98% of the population vaccinated or unvaccinated.

*80.9% of infections are mild** (with flu-like symptoms) and can recover at home.*

*13.8% are severe**, developing severe diseases including pneumonia and shortness of breath.*

*4.7% as critical **and can include: respiratory failureseptic shock, and multi-organ failure.*

in about 2% of reported cases the virus is fatal.

https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/coronavirus-symptoms/

Around four in five hospitalizations for COVID-19 occurred in unvaccinated people in Wisconsin, translating to a vaccine effectiveness of 73 percent in preventing hospitalizations. For preventing death, vaccines proved 91 percent effective, as only one in twelve Wisconsinites who succumbed to COVID-19 was vaccinated.

https://www.statista.com/chart/25589/covid-19-infections-vaccinated-unvaccinated/

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Posted in: Chris Rock says he has COVID-19 See in context

"trust me you don’t want this."

Doesn't sound like the sniffles to me..

Well, it doesn't say 'he came down with covid' or 'he's sick with covid' or 'he's hospitalised with covid'.

It says 'he has been diagnosed with COVID-19' and 'I just found out I have COVID'.

He didn't tweet, 'Hey I got vaccinated and still got the virus, what's the point?' He tweeted that folk should get vaccinated.

Sounds to me like he took a test and it came back positive - which is indeed what the Guardian is reporting. Likely very mild symptoms if any.

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Posted in: Chris Rock says he has COVID-19 See in context

An intelligent person would hear "Im vaccinated and really sick.

I don’t hear him saying he’s ‘really sick’.

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Posted in: Feeding time See in context

Disgusting, flying rats they are. Defecate over everything. 

They’re birds. Their droppings fertilize the earth.

It’s not their fault that lumbering naked apes are covering the earth in asphalt and concrete, polluting the air we all have to breathe and filling the life-giving oceans with deadly plastic waste. Not to mention totally overturning the balance of the Earth’s ecosystem.

Maybe ‘disgusting’ depends on your outlook.

Leave the birds alone, they’re the least of our problems.

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Posted in: China, pandemic, energy top Japan's leadership race debate See in context

People whine about the LDP, but the only time it wasn't in power Japan became a mess.

I came to comment on this totally tone deaf claim, but see that Marcelito has said it all.

The LDP were responsible for the Dai-Ichi disaster, refused to take acknowledge responsibility and did all they could to block Kan at every turn.

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Posted in: Feeding time See in context

Why aren’t the couple wearing masks….?

Couple from the same household, no need.

No one else within social distance, no need.

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Posted in: Matcha popularity sees competition brewing among Japanese producers See in context

When Ifirst came to Japan I did the tea ceremony thing, for the culture rather than the taste. Decided I didn’t like the taste, tend to avoid it now.

Already asked my wife whether she can bake a matcha cake for my upcoming birthday 

You could try baking your own?

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Posted in: Princess Mako's boyfriend to return from U.S. to register marriage See in context

Her official title is ‘Mako Naishino’ 眞子内親王 so perhaps she could use Naishino as her surname?

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Posted in: Woman chips tooth eating McDonald's burger containing metal See in context

I don't know what I would do if the same thing happens again,

Make sure it doesn’t happen again. Stop eating Junk.

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Posted in: Thousands of Haitian migrants converge on Texas border town See in context

You mean like charter planes and buses that are taking these people and dropping them off at night and avoiding the media at all cost?

If they’re avoiding the media at any cost, how do you know about these night-time movements?

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Posted in: Princess Mako's boyfriend to return from U.S. to register marriage See in context

a lawyer in America is a dime a dozen

But if that’s the path they’ve chosen, what business is it of the Japanese taxpayer?

the princess has to deal with Immigration, they have strict criteria, who they let in the US

They have strict criteria about poor folk who really need to get out of a bad situation. You really think US immigration is going to make a fuss about a princess?

this guy may of committed Immigration fraud, by lying about his intent, most study are expected to leave the US after studies*

Why would anyone study US law, except to practice law in the US?

It really doesn’t matter where they decide to settle. They can effectively fade into the dark, like the Emperor’s sister did.

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Posted in: Princess Mako's boyfriend to return from U.S. to register marriage See in context

The sum for the Princess Mako marriage should be held in perpetuity.

Why? I’ve got nothing against her at all, but I don’t see how she deserves a stack of taxpayers’ money. The rest of us only get what we earn (minus what the govmint takes).

As a lawyer in the US, he’ll have a good, steady income. What’s wrong with them living on that?

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Posted in: What’s in a name: Honorifics, titles and nicknames in Japan See in context

But usually it’s not a problem with -San for children and the same -San or more respectfully -Sama for adults.

Be careful how and when you use -Sama. In Japanese as in English, being over-polite can be taken as sarcastic, or as an insult.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 782 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 5,091 See in context

I would say the fact that deaths have been low compared to Western countries that implemented lockdowns mean their policies were rather successful. 

Policies my eye.

People in Japan wear masks without needing to be told to and without kicking up a fuss about freedumbs and lack of oxygen, they don’t shake hands so much or go around hugging all and sundry.

The virus had/has a harder time spreading here mostly because of social customs, not political policies. The GoToSpread the virus campaigns, the decision to hold a major international sporting event come what may, the decision to cut train services, close restaurants early, etc., etc., were moronic and led directly to every single spike Japan has experienced.

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Posted in: What’s in a name: Honorifics, titles and nicknames in Japan See in context

As for using surname with -san for adults in polite situations….does anyone else have the experience of being addressed by given name plus-san, on a regular basis? I find that overwhelmingly people tend to call me by my given name, regardless of the relationship.

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