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Posted in: Japanese gov't creates YouTube channel on N Korea abduction issue See in context

Please provide a young professional "New Face" Japanese female government official to deliver this message with a contemporary modern voice. Have both video versions available on the government channel. Also allow comments.

Thank you.

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Posted in: 1,805 suicides reported in Japan in September See in context

Thank you so much for providing the counsel phone number..

If you or anyone you know may be in need of counseling, call TELL at 03-5774-0992.

I don't have much information about effectiveness of helplines but I wonder if there is a reticence in Japan to dial them by those who would benefit or might need counseling.

I would guess they are well thought through but I really have no clue.

I also suggest confiding in a friend for all. I do have limited experience with acquaintances confiding in me with their personal trouble which had them seriously considering suicide or suicidal action.

It is sad news for me to see here today but there are alternatives and for that I am thankful. I'd also like to thank those involved with such alternatives.

Any one of us could be that friend or acquaintance our neighbor needs.

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Posted in: All participants in Osaka 'orgy party' arrested See in context

Well, if you think about it, All participants in Osaka 'orgy party' arrested sounds fairer than

Some participants in Osaka 'orgy party' arrested..

Whatever that means.

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Posted in: No panty shots, under any circumstances, please, says anime’s creator to animation staff See in context

Reading it in print and feeling it from your heart is great.

The only problem is when you look at the shot in the article it is almost worse than her panties being shown there instead.

Like going from wearing underwear to not wearing underwear. I would question the need for any upskirt shots, with or without panties, and probably wouldn't use any in my animes.

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Posted in: Threatening letter with razor blade sent to economic revitalization minister Nishimura See in context

Find out who sent the letter. Rule out Nishimura san if possible.

Thank you.

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Posted in: China wary of Japan's pro-Taiwan defense minister's moves See in context

China needs to say to themselves - "China is wary of China".

Not only are they not saying that to themselves, they aren't saying that to anybody. They aren't saying it to Italy, Brazil, Spain, etc. They might not be saying it to Chinese covid-19 pos people either.

Is the Coronavirus their population troubles answered prayers?

They didn't seem to mind sharing Covid-19 with the international community. I wonder if Xi has any regret or remorse for the damage to other international communities...

Anyway, I don't expect an apology any time soon so I'd like to thank my conscientious neighbors here and abroad who have had to trudge through this mess and for their sincere well wishes.

I am becoming very fond of the hand sanitizers, I love the stuff. I was considering bathing in it with a friend. No more soaplands only sanitizerlands. A newfound love.

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Posted in: Dress more motherly? Japanese TV talent, single mom Kuran rejects criticism of revealing photos See in context

Will she be upset when JAL greets her with "Good Morning" and not as a Lady? Is the real question.

I like her in the first top most.

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Posted in: 77-year-old man arrested for stealing money from shrine donation box See in context

So society will donate to a box but not to a man? Strange.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympics Q&A: Should athletes be priority for vaccine? See in context

Which is worse?

Forcing Olympics on people - 1

Forcing vaccines on athletes - 2

Are they both evil?

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Posted in: JAL ditches 'ladies and gentlemen' for gender-neutral greetings See in context

Safety first please JAL. Thank you.

Safe passage outweighs gender.

Love and peace .

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Posted in: Bach gives pep talk to Tokyo Olympic organizers, Koike See in context


I am beginning to worry about the beautiful Koike sans health, seriously.

I want her to have time off to refocus on what is good for her.

Bach needs to back off and stay out of Tokyo.

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Posted in: Suga holds talks with IOC chief, Koike about Olympics See in context

You know those spoiled children that insist on having ice cream ?


Ugly and uglier.

Suga and Koike need to think more deeply about Japan and Japanese people and the foreign residents here than they need Olympics.

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Posted in: Japan to require COVID-19 tests for Olympic athletes, draft shows See in context

What kind of message are you sending Japanese people when you constantly insist the Olympics are more important (to you) than they are?

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Posted in: Don't pursue strike capability or NATO-like Asia, scholars tell Suga See in context

Sounds like it is coming straight from the CCP mass mind control germ warfare department.

Don't pursue strike capability or NATO-like Asia,

If you had a satellite broadcasting subliminal messages - probably label that one CCP.

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Posted in: China must back off, says Taiwan See in context

It is refreshing to hear Taiwan tell China to back off. It would be more refreshing for Taiwan to give the CCP orders. I love it.

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Posted in: Does Burger King’s Ugly Beef Burger taste as bad as it looks? See in context

The Big Ugly?

Let's do this thing.

Yum yum, were doin the Big Ugly.

I love it, catsup with the onion rings please.

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Posted in: Abe tweets that he has visited Yasukuni Shrine See in context

It might be good for him to spend more time there. There could be some relief for him there now that he is free to be himself first and not the PM first.

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Posted in: Japan commits ¥17.2 bil to WHO's global coronavirus vaccine program See in context

Don't sign the check ..

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Posted in: Japan commits ¥17.2 bil to WHO's global coronavirus vaccine program See in context

Hedging bets on China ~

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 191 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 442 See in context

This proves Tokyo is the biggest problem for Japan on the covid-19 front.

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Posted in: Elderly people's manners increasingly deplorable See in context

"Not everyone of course" it hastens to add.

That's where ya lost me. So basically ya want to vent and you need to write an article.

Good news is others need to vent too so you're article will be popular with commenters.

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Posted in: Again, no female contenders in Japan's leadership race See in context

The tug of war. People and societies struggle with the confines of structure and culture. That's not enough, let's throw gender and race in the blender too without neglecting sports and politics.

Modern societies may need to be both gender specific as well as androgynous. Then just as you get everything prepared a virus or natural disaster comes along there ya go, down the drain.

So realistically, ability serves people and advances societies most.

Gender and race balancing seems to look good on paper and in some areas but I'm not sure it produces the best performance and result even though I would like to see more female politicians. I am thankful I can say I am not the reason there are no women contenders in Japan's leadership race. Moreover, I encouraged and taught many intelligent Japanese females who would be perfect for the role.

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Posted in: Prince Hisahito turns 14 See in context

We are fortunate young prince.

It is good to have your own vision. It is better to share it with others.

Learn from the wisdom and experience of your father and cherish the kindness and patience of your mother.

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Posted in: Koike says postponed Olympics should be held 'by all means' See in context

No, the Olympics ought not be held - "by all means".

Stubbornness meets obsessive fixation.

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Posted in: BTS hit 'Dynamite' worth $1.4 billion to South Korea: gov't See in context

Artists and musicians used and sold as national exports. There have been many success stories. Often the "product" is happy with the arrangement.

Of course I wish all pop bands success. I can't listen to them for an extended period of time though.

A flash in the pan ~

Are we all flashes in a pan?

Anyway get rid of the virus and remember where it comes from.

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Posted in: 50-year-old man arrested for beating 20-year-old wife to death with fishing rod See in context

The guy is a loser at any age. Now he is is more trouble than he had before. Geesh.

Let's move on to the wife. Oh, we're in Japan... we can't support her or her family because we don't know her name ~

So yeah, maybe social networking needs an overhaul so support pages could be setup for actual support for actual humans...

Never mind.

It seems to be habitual error that wields "50 year old blah blah 20 year old" as news.

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Posted in: Japan considers offering COVID-19 vaccines for free to all residents See in context

Please consider international frameworks other than anything co-led by the WHO particularly if you are concerned about the entire population of a nation.

Good ears will perk at talk of effective vaccines.

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Posted in: Man arrested for throwing sand on woman who rejected his advances at beach See in context

@Bugle Boy of Company B

They are there to take selfies. Got it? Good.

They want the sunset and beach and ocean in the shot too. Naturally.

They never know the best spot and frankly I get bored after watching so many ocean going sunset viewing beach questers settle for a mediocre image.

Nah, I'll pass on the more confidence thing.

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Posted in: Man arrested for throwing sand on woman who rejected his advances at beach See in context

I approached three women on the beach yesterday and told them where they could get some good selfies of the water and sunset and they appreciated the information.

I dug out quickly because I thought they'd enjoy the view to themselves more than with me hanging around.

Throw sand on someone? Nah, not my style.

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Posted in: Woman drowns while trying to rescue girls in river See in context

Very sad indeed.

If you are in a position to educate people about swimming I encourage you to do so. Encourage them to help others also. Water knowledge could possibly have prevented this tragedy.

I have trained many in my area and it has not been enough. Even here locally there are a surprising number of people of all ages who are not comfortable with water and we live on the beach.

Too sad.

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