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Posted in: Mayor considering increasing Himeji Castle entry fees for overseas visitors See in context

Great, then everyone can look at it from the outside, or just skip going.

There's a difference between reasonably raising prices across the board, (while creating the two tiers if he wants), and being greedy, exclusionist, and contemptuous in wording.

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Posted in: Richard Dreyfuss comments about women, LGBTQ+ people and diversity lead venue to apologize See in context

Unfortunate. I enjoyed Jaws growing up, so I'm a little sad to see his real life persona show a lack of understanding.. especially someone of his years and experience.

He could have used to celebrity to do more good. It's not too late.

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Posted in: Plum blossoms See in context

The cell phones seem to be competing for attention

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Posted in: Beyoncé emerges as Grammys queen; Styles wins album of the year See in context

Everyone knows they're rigged.

Even Trent Reznor, a Grammy winner himself, thought so. Nowadays, rather than supporting originality or talent, it's a matter of voting for the most over-produced and overly engineered acts. The same ones for the last several years. Nothing changes, except for what the music actors are wearing.

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Posted in: AI, do my homework! How ChatGPT pitted teachers against tech See in context

Total game over within say 3 years, and that's being conservative. Everything has changed from the day you start using it and understanding the implications and consequences. Am looking forward to watching the spectacle.

"Looking forward to watching the spectacle."

What spectacle, exactly? The devaluation of individual thought? Students growing up without being able to exercise critical thinking ability? The theft of further jobs?

Sounds grand!

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Posted in: Civic group asks court to halt state funeral for ex-PM Abe See in context

first of all it's not a funeral its a memorial !

Memorial/State Funeral here mean one and the same. As found in this news story.

And nah, I don't expect you to do anything. I didn't even expect you to reply to my post. Lucky me! ;)

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Posted in: Civic group asks court to halt state funeral for ex-PM Abe See in context

No leader is without strengths and faults. When he was murdered, there left a void that everyone felt. People lamented his murder. So let him get his funeral, there's enough money to go around and enough money squandered here that a few disgruntled comments aren't really going to make a difference..

As far as Abe's legacy is concerned..he was balanced in that he ran a progressive agenda despite not getting to see tremendous results from it. But in a place like Japan, introducing any change is to be HIGHLY commendable. That in itself is progress.

He at least got the ball rolling and the conversation going. It's a more progressive Japan than it once was.

For a more nuanced view at his legacy, this might be of use for some..


Because we all suffer from short-term memory.

Meanwhile, there appears to be no shortage of great candidates on Japan Today. Let's see what kind of leaders on this forum could be tasked with what Abe was tasked with. Let's see how you'd all fare.

And maybe we all have such excellent knowledge of Japanese politics that we would know how to maneuver that sort of landscape with any bit of success or popularity.

Oh. And the way people on here continue to push his Unification Church narrative... Was he seen at some events? Yeah. That was all. This concept is not new, you can find even the most angelic of politicians in other countries taking money from their choice lobbyists.

It's the way it's always been.

But let's keep harping on the negative without moving forward with the positive. Or, if you choose, we can learn from the negatives, and propose/do something worthwhile.

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Posted in: Pfizer applies for Japanese gov't approval of booster shots for kids See in context


Sad to hear about your situation, pediatricians agree children are benefited from vaccination so this means you are really in need for the medication.

I think a lot of people have short term memory. And they forget the impact vaccines have on the vulnerable.

The Rabble: "My kid's got a HealThy immune System!"

Til they find out it's not so healthy for some reason. After the fact. And that their kid is suffering from Covid and has long term complications because they had some other underlying disease they never even knew about.

And the rabble don't want to be reminded of the perks of vaccination. Or even accept there are any at all. They've got their pride and indignation, which is really just fear.. and that's worth more than anything based in science and data and history. It's like some kind of primitive instinct, they're literally being threatened. I guess we should feel a little bit sorry for em.

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Posted in: Tokyo Skytree marks 10 years as symbol of capital's skyline See in context

I love the aquarium there. It's got the Pokemon Store there which is cute as well. However I would think twice before visiting during a busy weekend/shopping season like Christmas. Even my Japanese spouse had a near panic attack there last winter due to the crowds, because you couldnt fit through doorways with all the people coming and leaving at the same time. Very little crowd control and this is worrisome considering Japan isn't full open to tourists yet..

It'd be nice if the area surrounding Sky Tree could be invested in a little more as well, some of the neighborhoods look literally abandoned. Mainly dilapidated buildings that really ought to be engineered into green spaces or new small businesses wherever possible. But if you look hard there's a few gems like little cafes etc.

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Posted in: Nirvana baby album cover lawsuit dismissed See in context

She appeared as a baby dressed in diapers on a supermarket leaflet in Shikoku.

That's all well and good, but nowhere near as high-profile as being a Nirvana Baby. Comparison ain't the same.

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Posted in: Nirvana baby album cover lawsuit dismissed See in context

As ridiculous as it seems, if my parents agreed to sell my image for such a sad amount, I'd sue too. Or at least agree to some kind of settlement. Imagine all the kids growing up now, how they've unknowningly forfeited all rights to their baby pics as soon as their parents post them on facebook. Exploitation, money..as if only one side was guilty in all this. But it's okay because Nirvana was a good band and they couldn't possibly have been trying to make a buck themselves..they must've just done it all for the MuSic..

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Posted in: MUFJ board beats back climate resolution as activists falter in Japan See in context

Japan has no control over what the shareholders decide. If we're talking about who to blame, well, for starters, shareholders for MUFG include Shanghai Bank...Bank of NY Mellon...

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Posted in: World Wide Web code that changed the world up for auction as NFT See in context

Any article dealing with NFTs and selling NFT artwork NEEDS to also talk about how controversial and awful they are.


Every bid creates 23 kg of CO2

Every sale, 51 kg of CO2

Every transfer, 30 kg of CO2

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Posted in: No time to waste, warns Japanese climate activist See in context

Is she aware of NFTS I wonder? They are truly a nightmare for any environmental activist.


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

Pathetic replies to my comment above.

Everything becomes a crime by now leading to police intervention, demonstrations and suing...grow up.

In the case mentioned in the article, there is no indication she was hurt and neither was he harassing (nuisance is not harassment).

I just commented the level of what is just bad childish behavior where in my country anyother adult would have stand up beside the young woman and educate the silly fireman.

By the way, some commenters apparently sleep with their eyes open on the beach asking to become blind...LOL

Some have never lived.

Regardless whether you think it's nuisance or harassment, no one asks to have sand intentionally flung into their faces when they're out enjoying themselves. It's unwarranted. You get sand in your eye, it hurts. You continue to bestow a childlike connotation to the action, downplaying its severity and main motive..vengeance.

When you're a kid and screw up, you get a pass. When you screw up as an adult, you get educated the hard way.

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

Don’t go too hard on the guy without the story. Maybe he had been rejected a lot recently and this was the last straw. Also, maybe she rejected him in a way that made him feel small.

What did I just read..

Never justification for acts of this nature. I recall being taught, if someone rejects you, you move on until you find "the one". It's worked out pretty well so far.

Also noted..your sympathy is one sided here. Girl in this case could have used a little sympathy as well.

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Posted in: Leaders, gov'ts around world react to Abe's resignation See in context

I personally think his medical condition really has nothing to do with the virus judging by his very quick departure, I think it's worse and unrelated.

Abe's departure has nothing to do with the fact that he was vomiting blood, by chance?

Everyone can say what they will about Abe's policies..but good luck finding someone as balanced and somewhat reasonable as him as his successor. Maybe an extreme nationalistic and regressive policy under Aso will make everyone happy.

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Posted in: #MeToo movement journalist sues lawmaker for liking defaming tweets See in context

I firmly stand behind Ito on this. It's more than just a click, it's from a fellow lawmaker showing no respect to someone's trauma.

Ito claims the tweets that Sugita liked included a post that says Ito should stop pretending to be a rape victim.

For Sugita to do this is lower than low. I would expect more professionalism and deference to the law from someone in Sugita's position. Then again Sugita has a history of discrediting many, such as the LGBT as "unproductive" when it comes to increasing the country's fertility rate.


It's more than just a click. Anyone who chooses to like a comment that is racist, misogynist, or filled with hate, chooses to exercise behavior far from the norms of freedom of speech. Especially from a person in power who is supposedly representing a higher moral standard.

There are groups on the internet that share these posts, with strong, silent support in the form of likes. These groups have the power to wreak serious damage on the vulnerable in society. They feed on likes.

If you think discrediting a victim is okay, then I have serious doubts where society is headed.

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Posted in: Bicyclist arrested for splashing woman with urine as he rode past her See in context

Commanteer ...

And no where does Maria state that ALL men should be locked up?

She's attempting a correlation with regards to a possible motive. She's free to ponder whatever direction it could head in, starting with the seemingly innocent enough act of throwing urine. It could escalate into other violent acts in the future.

Obviously acid flinging and throwing piss are going to be judged separately in reference to the severity of the crime.

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Posted in: Bicyclist arrested for splashing woman with urine as he rode past her See in context

I'm sure everyone has a story or two about near hit and runs here..

Not too far off from where this took place, I was on my way to where my parent's Airbnb was at (old place with an archaic bath water heating system, and the occasional slug..thanks Airbnb). This was out in Hikifune.

I'm walking out in my sundress and taking in the neighborhood when I spot a bicycle coming at me at moderate speed from down the empty sidewalk. Figure they're going to move eventually, so I hold my ground and keep walking because there's ample room for him to pass.

Guy in his late forties/fifties stares me down and and gets real close, within a meter before he decides to swerve past, all the while staring at me. Either he's blind or out looking for cheap thrills, who seriously knows.

Being 9 weeks pregnant at the time I naturally glared him down as best as I could while maintaining composure. Never like to let these guys think their scare tactics actually work.

That being said I wished there could've been a way to identify him..such as a bike license plate at the very least to promote basic accountability in cyclists.

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Posted in: Veteran Japanese action movie star, singer Watari dies See in context

That's unfortunate..

Could his situation have been more accurately assessed as COVID-19 pneumonia by chance?

Who knows, I guess..

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Posted in: Giving birth in Japan: A lengthy yet salubrious hospital stay See in context


Vince Black has no idea what they're on about.

They would never understand the pain, the various procedures and all that could go right or wrong. Thanks for sharing your experience. Keep continuing to heal.

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Posted in: Giving birth in Japan: A lengthy yet salubrious hospital stay See in context

I chose a cheaper local hospital in the city, as paying for a private room was the equivalent to paying for a costlier than average hotel.

Staying in a room of 4, it's pretty rough when it comes to getting rest. You can imagine how each patient encounters issues during/after pregnancy, and you have a curtain separating you and offering a small semblance of privacy.

I had a C section at a hospital that specialized in natural birth, with no English-speaking staff, because I though I could get by on my conversational Japanese. Make sure your hospital has the epidural shot available. The treatment by most was really kind and the breastfeeding tips were very good, but after the C section I couldn't move quickly, and a problematic few of the nurses would get real snappy whenever I needed assistance.

The girl next to me from Nepal looked like she had it worse as she couldn't speak Japanese (her sister could though, when available), but they would aggravatingly try to ask her questions in Japanese anyway.

Mixed experience, but I'd recommend a hospital with access to an epidural and English services, only because you're going to need comfort and security of something doesn't go according to plan.

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Posted in: Sumo wrestler rebuked for eating out during coronavirus crisis See in context

And everyone who attends these tournaments is free to go and eat out wherever they choose? What stops THEM from passing Covid onto the team during these events? Very little if you're in an event that now holds 2500 spectators.

If having one meal out made him feel normal, why give him hell. Treated like children while the bosses are the ones risking everyone's health to begin with.

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Posted in: Asian shares fall as investors mull Chinese growth data See in context

This isn't the same world anymore. China's role in the global economy was always a given, but now we are all in an unofficial state of war against Beijing. Beijing declared war on the modern world by erasing human rights, rewriting the history books in their favor, and pursuing expansionist policies that have no place in a globally run economy. They dont understand intellectual property and have banned Winnie the Pooh for God's Sakes..and anyone who tries to do business with them is spied on the moment they and their smartphone set foot in China. The rest of the world remains hostage to them. We dont grow unless China grows? Get over this insanity.

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Posted in: Japan to allow 1st-time patients to receive medical services online See in context

Finally. Long overdue..

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