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Posted in: In Japan, pandemic brings outbreaks of bullying, ostracism See in context

Unfortunately this is a sad side of the Japanese culture, happened to many in Fukushima after the meltdown, but not well published. Lack of mental health workers and also the the shame factor.

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Posted in: Sushi Ramen remixes Billie Eilish’s 'Bad Guy' with bod sounds and the result is strangely catchy See in context

Well done, so much energy and creative thought in the making of that. And what's most important, it will make many people smile. Something many people are in need of at the moment

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Posted in: Fukushima mothers record radiation for future generations See in context


I usually read and move on, But your comments have me logging in and saddened.

I can't believe the cold heartedness with which you summed up the work these mother's are doing.

We may as well all quit our beliefs, work and aspirations with people such as yourself so willing to shoot people down.

I wish the mother's all the best in their work and hope more people will support them in the future.

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Posted in: Fukushima child evacuees face menace of school bullies See in context

It would be great to move to Canada or another country, unfortunately it isn't limited to Japan. There are some Japanese in other countries, parents, who also look down, discriminate and judge you for moving your children to a safer place. When we travel home we also have people, who we thought were friends, ignore us and in one instance ask why we came back. There is also massive discrimination for the people who have been forced out of the no go zone but wanted to stay close and have built as close as possible, still in Fukushima. The ignorance and total lack of empathy has shocked me. This is not everyone and I'm not taring everyone with the same brush, but many people out there don't realise just how difficult it has been for those who have evacuated. It isn't a decision that was made lightly but there are many times I wonder if it is the correct one.

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Posted in: Missing Hokkaido boy found alive in SDF hut in forest after 6 days See in context

Wow great news. The little fella walked over a mountain range that the SDF didn't think was doable. At first the search area was only 3km and then expanded. Now what happens to his folks??

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Posted in: Japan fullback Goromaru out for season with shoulder injury See in context

If it was what I saw it was more of a shoulder charge than a tackle. As the other guy was diving to score he tried to push him over the side lin, to no avail

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Posted in: In some countries, there is a ban on adults and children wearing religious clothing and symbols such as burqas, veils, head scarves, skullcaps, turbans and crucifixes in public places like schools, re See in context

I find it interesting that many of those against the ban are using the "freedom of choice"rant to say it shouldn't be banned. I just wonder if the ladies wearing them have a choice or freedom, as we know it??

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Posted in: TEPCO starts removing fuel rods from Fukushima No. 4 reactor See in context

Thunderbird2 Apology accepted, just try and think about it from the side of people like myself who lived in fukushima, for 12 years, have property in Fukushima and was going to live, raise my family, 5 kids, and be buried in one of the most beautiful places in the world. Not a second goes by everyday that we don't think about our family and friends we left behind. By the sounds of it you don't live in Japan? Why did you have to write "Is that being stoic? Being stupid?"? Words are strong and hurt deep. Once again THINK before you write

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Posted in: TEPCO starts removing fuel rods from Fukushima No. 4 reactor See in context

@ZICHI Welcome back and thanks.

@Thunderbird2 Thanks mate for the support!!!! Do you know how hard it is to save your family, wife and kids, knowing that you have left behind other family and friends????? think before you post, PLEASE. It's been over 2 years and we have been shuned by by people who we thought were friends because we did the correct thing for our kids future. Turns out it was jealousy and when asked they too would have evacuated as well if they could. I don't know you, Married, kids, business in Japan so on, so I'm not going to judge you. DO you live in or aorund Fukushime Ken??

@Moomoochoo, thanks for your kind words

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Posted in: Radioactive groundwater under Fukushima plant nears sea See in context

I guess it is impossible to measure the water going in and then coming out due to evaporation?? So just how do they know how much water is leaking out?? Just thinking out loud

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Posted in: Body of 4th S Korean climber found in Japan Alps See in context

Too bad for these guys, I feel for them. But imagine the response, from Koreans, if it was Japanese climbers who died in South Korea.

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Posted in: Woman hit by bullet train at Sendai station See in context

wow, some of you guys have not been to the country. Many stations don't have protective guard rails. travel a little and see this beautiful country.

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Posted in: Cartoon bird warns Fukushima children of radiation See in context

Don't you think those that could, have moved. I have family there and talking to them they would love to be somewhere else, but where and what do they do with their land that they have had for 5 generations? How do you face your neighbours who don't haave the finances to go. Do you all have that much money saved that you could pick up and go?? Don't forget no one wants your property. Many people who have moved get nothing but more problems and stress. It isn't as easy as you all think it is. I have moved out with my wife and 5 kids and it ain't easy starting all over again. at least where I am, not in Japan, the kids don't get picked on. You know the another big worry for parents in Fukushima now, there kids wont be able to get married to anyone outside of Fukushima. There are sooo many things going on....

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Posted in: Cartoon bird warns Fukushima children of radiation See in context

Most of you out there make me sick with all the bitching. What else can they do. Yeah go out there and hit the kids hard, tell them the truth and scare them to death after all they have been through I'm sure that would be a great idea. Just add to the suicide rate. The character has been around for years it is the Fukushima Ken character. If some of you could come up with better ideas of how to educate the children without scaring them any more than they already are, please do. So we all know TEPCO and the J gov are sitting on their hands and when the Ken tries to something positive shoot them down?? I guess this is what J Today was lookingfor anyway.

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Posted in: Fukushima nuclear plant workers face stigma, threats See in context

I returned, to what I call home some 70km from the plant in fukushima, with my wife and 5 kids for a three week holiday in July. Not only are people from Fukushima being discriminated against but now the kids, my kids, have had a tag placed on them and will find it difficult to marry when they get older. I love Japan, but I can't believe the ignorance and quickness in which Japanese change. The bins on the highway rest areas are full of omiyagi from Fukushima. The people in Fukushima are angry at the workers at the plan tbecause they are not given anywhere to vent their anger, What do people expect???? We all need to vent

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Posted in: Water temperature rising in No. 2 reactor at Fukushima nuclear plant See in context


One was an old friend of my wife (aged 36 and living in Izumizaki-mura)

I don't know you, but in future it may pay not to post these types of comments unless you know all the facts or post all the facts you know. The man who passed away lost his father about 2 years ago to the same cause, very good chance it is hereditary. I knew these two men very well. I am not syaing the cause is not from Fuku Dai 1 but.... I to have returned to my country and am worried about my wifes family and many friends I have made in the area but lets not make it worse than what it is. In no way am I trying to make this a lecture and I am sorry if I upset you but this post. take car

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Posted in: 8 graffiti messages pleading for help against bullying found in Shiga See in context

Thanks sakurala, keep us posted about the good and bad things they are doing there.

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Posted in: 8 graffiti messages pleading for help against bullying found in Shiga See in context

poinofview: Yes they should be kicked out, but this is Japan and once they are in they are in for good. I also work in a BOE and have seen a fair share of pathetic excuses for teachers. Once I had a vice principal who often fell asleep at his desk! He may have had a medical problem, I don't know. And at the end of the year when they assign teachers to new classes there was one teacher who they couldn't rely on to be the homeroom teacher, so they made him head of the teachers in the staffroom. And on the other hand the teacher don't know where they stand these days. It is a very gray area, if they are too tough on the bullies, the parents come down on them like a bag of s&%$, but this is another problem, and the good teacher is forced to quit or takes stress compo. Often the bad kids come from the loud mouth, monster parents who don't give their kid enough affection at home. What to do??

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Posted in: 8 graffiti messages pleading for help against bullying found in Shiga See in context

to alladin and warallthetime, get off sakurala's back. This person is working in Hikone and is giving us the scoop, if you like, on what is happening, WITH THIS STORY!! Or maybe you didn't see the post from sakurala; Forgot to metnion...I am teaching in Hikone If this is so I appoligise.

alladin, why be offensive; alladin said If what you said is true, then why is it that there is still a lot of bullying going on with an increase of teen suicides!! I think before you make a comment like you did, you should read the daily news that pertains to this subject. isn't this bulling!!

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Posted in: 5-yr-old girl dies after falling out of car and being run over in driveway at Tochigi home See in context

to ebisen, you said, A 5 year old can not normally use the seatbelt without proper support (height raising special pillow or seat) Well, My 3rd son has just turned 5 and he can strap himself in no problems and he uses a booster seat as well. I guess it depends on what you as a parent think is important to teach your children. Start young and they soon learn, I don't think 5 year olds in my home country have any problems as well. It's just not part of the Japanese lifestyle to strap kids in, I still can't get my wife to enforce it when I'm not around. We can only do our best.

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Posted in: In malt we trust See in context

Well alls I got to say is we love dai 3 beer, when I say we I'm talking bout those of us who have gluten intolerance or celiac disease. To drink beer like this back home you have to pay through the nose, please no bad jokes. Cheers ps for those who can drink real beer nothing goes past a VB

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Posted in: Child abuse suspected after bruised 3-year-old girl dies See in context

Firstly I can't believe this isn't one of the top stories??? This type of crime seems to be on the increase here in Japan. When I first came to Japan I also thought that bathing with kids is wierd, but and a big BUT once I had kids I started doing it. I take a bath with my 3 kids almost every night. It's one of the best times of the day in our house, we talk about many things and the kids ask questions non stop. If I didn't do it I'm sure we wouldn't be bonding as well as we are. It's a good way to relax and wind down after a busy day for as all.

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