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Posted in: Japan liquor businesses turn to non-alcoholic drinks to attract Gen Z See in context

Moderation is the key! But pendulum seems to be swinging to the opposite extreme. I wonder how this will affect Japan's issue with low birth rate. Undeniably being irresponsible is not good but relaxing inhibitions may not be a bad thing sometimes. Especially in a society where people are overwhelmed by others opinions.

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Posted in: Gov't shares nationwide info on abusive baby sitters See in context

That's great but what is disciplinary action. Not a mention of criminal charges or prison time.

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Posted in: Man who took entire town’s COVID-19 money now out of jail and turning life around See in context

Something tells me this whole YouTuber story was authored early on in this saga. Most likely before he even turned himself in? Sadly the YouTube audience will eat it up and gush all over the poor down on his luck story. As mentioned before by some one it's grifting in spades. Youtube has many great content unfortunately for the unsuspecting audience such as young adults they will get stuck on garbage due to their algorithm that feeds on itself.

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Posted in: Twitter, in Musk fight, posts surprising drop in revenue See in context

The old social media giants seem to be loosing their luster. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat as much as they try to differentiate the more the start to seem like the same difference. As they beguin to cannibalize each others profit margin not because of competition from each other but because users might be getting tired of the active distraction of having to keep up with their friends. Maybe it's the beginning of the end of social media or it a transition to a more passive type such as Tik Tock where the user can vegetate while consuming all the feeds deemed by the algorithm. Or there is YouTube where people can sit back and be lazily fed video clips as well. Full disclosure I use you tube so I am partial as I can listen to music and basically find how to do just about anything for free. But as any of them if you are not conscious to the algorithm and how it preys on our own addictive tendencies it can suck you in regardless of age, gender etc. Nothing wrong with social media etc. If you are self aware of their tactics to keep you hooked. But if you feel you spend hours on it because it's relaxing looking at other people "living their life" maybe you need to unplug an live your own life. It's beautiful outside regardless of the weather. All the best to all!

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Posted in: Japan gets 120,400 foreign visitors in June, but only 252 tourists See in context

If you are not aware of how stigmatized COVID is here in Japan and how foreigners visiting are viewed you are probably a foreigner sheltered by the high politeness foreigners get as this is a society that goes above and beyond to put their best face to the outside world. If you are ingrained in the community being a foreigner long enough then you will see that indeed there is a huge stigma still. Families only recently started letting their family members from outside of Japan who are japanese know it's ok to come visit without worrying what the neighbors think. In the schools every week there are closures that may only last a day or two isolated by the grade and classes and trace of close contact but who gets sick is still held in secret only leaks out through the children because of course kids are awesome to them it's not a big deal but the adults still have that deep seeded shame. Of course it's not everyone but it's the prevelent mentality. The only thing that has helped sadly was how quickly omicron spread speeding up the process of normalizing in it. So we are at least headed in the right direction as far as accepting it as something we need to live with, deal with and manage. Despite all the criticism Japan has gotten on how it has handled the spread. I feel they whether intentionally or not achieved not overwhelming their medical facilities for over 2 years now. I give credit where credit is due. My take is everyone eventually will get it it's just a matter of time, I wish all stay healthy and if you get it as I already did once may you recover without any major illness as most people will.

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Posted in: Man leaps in front of train; impact hurls him back onto platform, injuring 5 See in context

I see a lot of mention of selfish about how he committed suicide! But these events are more impulsive than premeditated. You don't know what led up to that terrible decision, seconds, minutes, hours before. It is very sad that by standars were there and will need help to recover from the trauma. It's a tragedy all around!

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Posted in: Man gets 2 years in prison for assaulting 17-year-old boy who asked him to stop smoking on train See in context

You never know what's going on with any stranger. Especially if they are breaking some kind of rule, they are already signaling they may not be predictable. What carries the heavier disrespect someone smoking an e-cigarette on a train or a young kid walking up to an unpredictable adult smoking the e-cigarette. Stay safe if no one's life is in danger mind your own or something like this can happen. The guy should have ignored the kid, on the flip side what's to say a young man with such boldness wouldn't have escalated it himself to show off for his buddies but at the least the e-cigarette guy could have walked away then and the kid wouldn't have been hurt. Fyi one of the reason e cigarettes are there was originally for people to be able to smoke without bothering others, but seems this little detail has been missed in Japan. Everyone need to take a chill pill as they say.

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Posted in: Japanese Red Army founder Shigenobu freed after 20 years in prison See in context

Translation:. Hurt innocent people= killed innocent people. Inconvenience makes it sound as if she simply had a bad performing day in a sporting event. No guilt or resent. She is a sociopath and is now just cruising till her long sleep.

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Posted in: Japanese-inspired forests take root in COP26 host city See in context

This movie would only cause confusion because it may lead viewers to expect better content from their network. That may cut into the food binging, self deprecating variety shows that fill the public's time every evening. Heavens forbid.

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Posted in: Suga to resign; says he couldn't run for reelection and handle virus response See in context

Only a person who only cares about themselves could feel accomplished under the current state of the nation. Maybe he is running, or he is honest about his realisation of the gargantuan task at hand. Only he knows. But to humble yourself in such a way cannot be easy in this country.

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Posted in: Japan's top COVID-19 adviser criticizes Bach's revisit to Tokyo See in context

The facts:

To blame one person reentering the country for the current state of emergency is just plain lazy.

Analyse all the ways thoae responsible for the covid response dropped the ball. Example 2 month delay in inoculation.

Omi, Bach it doesnt matter all self serving. But finger pointing doesnt save lives or serve the people.


On December 31, the World Health Organization (WHO) also approved the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for emergency use.

Japan's approval came six weeks later, on February 14, after a smaller in-country test of 160 participants showed results consistent with the international trials. By Japanese standards that approval came quickly -- normally the process can take anywhere from one to two years. But critics say the delay cost the government valuable time.

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Posted in: Fans to be banned from Olympic events in Tokyo, 3 neighboring prefectures See in context

I guess there is always surfing. That will be a tough one to impose restrictions on as it is in a natural outdoor setting. Of course any local feel free to educate me on how they will handle that event.

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Posted in: Japanese cook shaves head in apology after customer complaint See in context

Beats committing sepuku. But only a half mesure if he doesnt become a monk. Just saying.

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Posted in: Premium melons go for ¥2.7 mil at auction See in context

Costco 2 cantelopes: 600¥ . And they were amazing.

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Posted in: Japanese karate champion testifies she was bullied by official See in context

Why would she hessitate reporting abuse and harrasment? Answer: It's a slow progression by the abuser so to disguise and break the victims own swnsw of worth. Which is why she would cry on the way to the dojo etc. Some never realize abuse for what it is and blame themselves until they cannot bear it with dissastrous results. The lucky ones wake up are able to step out of the shadow to recognize they have been taken advantage and seek help and speak out.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympics hit by yet another scandal over demeaning comments See in context

The Olimpics have put Japan on the spotlight longer than they wished. You can only fake it for so long before the true face shows. A ll in all Japan is a great place to live if you can ignore the passive aggressive, superiority meentality that permeates throughout many of its ignorant members of society.

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Posted in: Hyogo gov't worker leaves water running for a month; forced to pay half ¥6 mil bill See in context

Poor guy! Trying to go above and beyong to let someone else go home early makes a mistake that didnt hurt anyone and has to fork out his his hard earned money to appease some nobodies. Love to see that same rattional used on politicians and executives. Like the saying goes " No good deed goes unpunished!" Refund him for the sake of decency.

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Posted in: Japanese firms start to reconsider asking for resumes to specify gender See in context

I guess it's a step in the right direction. Next is the interview which would probably be over video chat. Back to square one. It is unfortunate that looks for the most part drive the decision making of these companies. Its deeper than that. It's a societal norm too. Unfortunately, it is a problem everywhere but I think in Japan it caries heavier consequences for the individuals. Best of luck to all! Like the saying goes " Don't judge a book by its cover."

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Posted in: Gov't urges people struggling to cope to seek help after death of actress See in context


TARA TAN KITAOKASep. 28  11:16 pm JST

My deepest regret is, good people are always the ones to suffer.

I agree Tara. People who are prone to deepression tend to empathize more with others, are more forgiving to others yet less forgiving to themselves. Some say depression is anger turned inwards. Good people care for others they feel the pain of others sometimes to their own detriment.

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Posted in: Gov't urges people struggling to cope to seek help after death of actress See in context

So I found myself watchin the Japan TV show that my inlaws were watching. A mother of two is very distraught over her weight gain and how it makes her feel about herself. She feeds the kids, cleans, eats chocolate and every npw and then breaksdown crying over how she feels. They have cameras recording the husband who comes home from work and imediatly starts railing on her because of his disatisfaction with the house being untidy( toys everywhere kida stuff) then another clip shows the motherinlaw going through the refrigerator while expressing disayisfaction and disapointment about her supposed failure as a housewife. In the show she is chosen for a makeover ( liposucktion, jaw reconstruction new hair and outfit the work) next bam hot mama again walking down the stage the LOVING husband and the kids. Husband is so apologetic happily ever after the whole Tv judge pannel is gusshing over the outcome.

Japan story: well she let herself go and thats why she was treated the way she was treated she's not fat now problem solved.

Me: Did they not just record domestic abuse (psychological abuse at the least) on a mother of 2 by a husband and his mother. Her issue is not the weight. Its her environment of criticism and if they are this bold to show the world how they behave, there is are probably other forms of of abuse passive aggressive types that she's subjected to.

Now she's thin and beautiful again but the real problem was swept under the rug. Her mental state. Given the oldest kid was arownd 5, she's probably been under this abusive environment for years. Honeymoon moment will fade because the abusers wont be able to change their behavior that easy. Her mental state will still be a fragile one. In time husband will come home see toys on the floor and say something that will trigger her mental state to have a flashback of the past experiences, her inlaw visits will trigger anxiety. She goes back to the old ways of coping with her situation in an unhealthy manner physically and emotionally. Cycle repeats.

Shameless and vain. They cant even talk about the mental health issues even when its in plain sight. They are scared to rock the boat and shine the light on the monster that is depression and abuse and how it runs rampant in their society.

Then we wonder why would a woman or men (its not a gender issue) would all the sudden commit suicide.

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Posted in: Can you tell if a Japanese neighborhood is dangerous by looking at its convenience store? See in context

Using these signs as a way of determining how safe a neighborhood might be, is almost as unintelligible as using blood types to determin what type of a character a person would have. What you can be sure is you can bet pretty much any neighborhood you go to you will be safe. You an also be sure that if any crime or nuisance is encountered the gaijin san will be the first suspect.

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Posted in: 4-year-old boy dies after choking on large grape at Tokyo kindergarten See in context

What a nightmare for the poor parents and child! They need to have a talk to whoever designed the menu. Accidents happen but as adults they need to think worst case scenarios. Im on edge everytime school has the mochi making day for this same reason. Im a hawk if my kids are eating mochi or anything questionable. But I've been looked at as over reactive or over worried by my Japanese inlaws for it. But I dont care because its my kid and what they feel means nothing when it comes to their safety.

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

girl_in_tokyo. You have alot of good points. There are a lot of studies that support alot of what you have stated. One of my favorite lectures that talks about this is by a Stanford Professor by the name of Robert Sapolsky. His lectures are available on youtube. Its basically a whole semester of his Human Behavior Course taped and made available fo anyone interested in the complexity of our mind. A few of the lectures are about sexuality. Great series to just listen to. We might not all agree but we cant just close our ears when we dont hear what we want to hear.

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Posted in: Letters from Japan: 'Why is he anti-Japan?' See in context

This is not about look at my foreign girlfriend. This is about control and ownership of another human being. He is trying to have you question your own convictions and deprive you of your basic needs such as social interactions. Soon he will not even let you interact with your own kind because this will weaken his statuss in the relationship. Next will be your family that he will guilt you about in order to get you to distance yourself from. If you let him he willhelp you with your finances to make it easier for you all as a ploy to also controll your ability to be independant. It's a dangerous slippery slope. Narcissists can behave this way they are always right and are cunning at getting what they want while hiding the truth to the outside world. When all is said and done hopefuly you dont allow it you wnt be able to even express your frustration because of your laguage barrier. Keep your loved ones close and dont make excuses for this person. Wish youall the best.

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Posted in: George Floyd was infected with COVID-19, autopsy reveals See in context

COVID-19, heart disease, high blood pressure, why not add high levels of stress too, but all not an assurance of certain death. A maybe one day at best. But a knee to the back of the neck while handcuffed to stop oxygenated blood flow to the brain over an unnecessary amount of time will cause certain death. Trying to taint a helpless murder victim's image, too easy of a target but our eyes are not covered and we can't and don't want to unsee what happened. As some one said it hasn't gotten worst it's just recorded for all to witness.

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Posted in: Price of premium melons plunges See in context

It only took a pandemic for people to wake up and say it is ridiculous to pay so much symbolically for something so basic. But again its just as ridiculous to hear people in other countries who actually believe the prices were a reflection of quality or scarcity. It was just a free pass for a non-frowned upon " Look at me" moment in Japan. People just realized they have better things to do this year.

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Posted in: 'Terrace House' star Kimura likely took her own life using toxic gas See in context

"One is not mature if you can't bear criticism."

Priceless wisdom there folks. Right up there with everyones favorite classics. Such as grow a thicker skin. Unless you have actually experienced real axiety or depression or have a real understanding of the internal turmoil within individuals who struggle with such emotional storms. Then it is easy to make such simplistic statements as to think beyond your own experiences would require empathy. This was a young woman at a still voulnerable age akin to that of a teeneger. Look up pre-frontal cortex development to get a better understanding. Educate yourself about depression don't blindside yourself to think you or your loved ones are somewhat immune.

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Posted in: Jerry Stiller, comedian and 'Seinfeld' actor, dies at 92 See in context

Serenity now! Insanity later, and stop short when necessary!

Rest in peace, Mr. Stiller.

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Posted in: What Japan's 'hikikomori' can teach us about self-isolation See in context

The irony and hipocracy. Hikimori is now a hip thing to be. Great and insightful journalism. Next thing well hear is schizophrenia is a blessing from God too. Have at it. Dig deeper do some actual work in truth finding.

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Posted in: Abe's abrupt call to close schools triggers confusion See in context

Im not a fan of Abe San but to be fair there is no win for him. No matter what he does there is some one waiting to take the opposite side. Like tryig to strike a compromise with narcissistic tendency. You just can't win. Maybe it's a taste of his own medicine or not but it is what it is (politcs) at a bad time.

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