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Posted in: Japanese comedian Ken Shimura dies from coronavirus-caused pneumonia See in context

His programs with Pan kun (the little chimpanzee) were so funny. RIP!

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Posted in: Shinjuku Ward official accused of stealing personal items from unclaimed bodies See in context

because storing them at the office is troublesome. 

Ha, what a lame excuse!

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Posted in: Tokyo governor says people can enjoy cherry blossoms next year See in context

The security guards should stay farther away from each other even if they are wearing masks.

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Posted in: 26-year-old mother gets 10 years over death of 2-year-old daughter See in context

She should have gotten the number of years that Hinata couldn't live. If the average for Japanese women is about 86 or whatever, the "mother" should have gotten 84 years in jail.

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Posted in: Nara deer leave park; head to station for food as tourist numbers tumble See in context

These deer should not be in that park in the first place. They should be out in the wild.

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Posted in: Many local gov'ts short on volunteer interpreters in emergencies See in context

Why would interpreters or translators work for free? Do others work for free? Of course, not.

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Posted in: Gender gaps deeply ingrained in Japanese society: U.N. official See in context

Sweden is one of the top countries when it comes to gender equality, so she is "lucky" to be married to a Swede.

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Posted in: 19-year-old arrested for assaulting man outside convenience store See in context

So it took the police 15 minutes to come? Because I guess the store employee called the cops right away.

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Posted in: 6,000 hygiene masks stolen from Japanese Red Cross hospital in Kobe See in context

Was the door locked at all times? If yes, then it was an inside job.

What about the security cameras at the hospital? Those four boxes must have been relatively large, so the thieves probably used a car. Reading the number plates can help solve this theft.

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Posted in: California to apologize for internment of Japanese-Americans See in context

Better late than never.

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Posted in: 18-year-old high school student arrested for stabbing classmate See in context

Well, the fact that the teachers said "there had been no evidence of any trouble between the two" shows how little the teachers know what is going on in the school. This incident can hardly be the result of some whim on the part of the perpetrator.

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Posted in: Thai SEAL dies of blood infection a year after cave rescue See in context

RIP, hero!

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Posted in: The Tokyo taxi driver: Suit and tie — white gloves optional See in context

And still, the drivers often asks the passengers how to get to the destination, although they have GPS devices.

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Posted in: China sentences former Japanese politician to life for drug smuggling See in context

Did he go to China specifically to pick up that suitcase? Or did he happen to be in China on a group tour and was approached by the African guys, who then asked him to take the suitcase to Japan? Quite relevant difference.

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Posted in: Japan to pardon 550,000 petty criminals on occasion of imperial ceremony See in context

According to my dictionary "penal servitude" is "the punishment of being sent to prison and forced to do hard physical work" and "imprisonment" is "being locked up or kept somewhere, usually in prison." Does Japan still have hard physical labour punishment? Like Gulag-style? All prisoners in Japan are forced to work anyway, aren't they? I'm just curious.

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Posted in: Gov't to require mobile carriers to lift SIM locks immediately See in context


100 days with the so-called SIM locks in exchange for allowing them to purchase handsets on installment.

If you buy an iPhone directly from an Apple store you cannot buy it on installments, as far as I know. If you pay the whole sum upfront, you can buy an unlocked iPhone at the stores mentioned in the article too, it seems. But the article doesn't say if the 3000 yen one has to pay now to unlock the phone will stay in place or not.

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Posted in: Honda urges Man Utd to sign him in Twitter plea See in context

Not the most standard way to apply for a job, but I wish him good luck! I think Manchester United need somewhat younger players, though.

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Posted in: Japan stun world No. 2 Ireland with 19-12 victory at Rugby World Cup See in context

This wonderful victory will build up the Japanese team's self-confidence and, hopefully, lead to more great victories. Congratulations!

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Posted in: Osaka wins Toray Pan Pacific title See in context

Congrats!! Well done!

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Posted in: Afghan wedding suicide blast kills 63, wounds 182 See in context

When will this madness stop I wonder.

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Posted in: 33 dead after man sets fire to Kyoto anime studio See in context

Some news outlets are saying that the criminal had accused the studio of "stealing his ideas".

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Posted in: Saudi Olympic official reportedly hugged female hotel worker in Tokyo See in context

If he is a Saudi Arabian official, he is most likely related to the Saudi royal family, and will get away with a slap on the wrist.

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Posted in: Self-Defense Force chopper makes crash landing in Tokyo; crew unharmed See in context

The emergency landing training exercise became suddenly too real.

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Posted in: Photojournalist reveals unheard voices of 'Japanese wives' in N Korea See in context

While North Korean guides or interpreters attended each interview, Hayashi said she did not feel too constrained by them.

The interviewees definitely felt constrained by the presence of the North Korean minders. They knew that if they said something negative, it would be later reported to the North Korean authorities.

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Posted in: 19-year-old arrested for stalking 9-year-old girl See in context

He has most likely a developmental disability.

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Posted in: Ex-ambassador arrested over murder of son See in context

My guess: the son had mental health problems.

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Posted in: EU fines MUFG, other banks over $1 billion over foreign exchange cartel See in context

Not surprised at all that banks do these kinds of things. And it's probably just the tip of the iceberg.

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Posted in: Shibuya to ban drinking on streets during Halloween See in context

Drinking alcohol on streets should be banned in Japan too, like it is in many countries.

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Posted in: 76-year-old woman stabbed while walking home; suspect turns herself in See in context

Mental illness.

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Posted in: Man arrested for attempted murder of 90-year-old grandmother See in context

Mental illness is my guess.

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