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Posted in: Chiemi Hori posts on blog she has advanced oral cancer See in context

robotxpartyToday  03:14 am JST

“Why do these people feel the need to post every last waking detail of their life. Just tell your friends and family in private - we don't all need to know everything.“

I agree with Maria. Her going public with this, rather than just disappearing and leaving her fans etc wondering what happened to her, was a good decision (Although I’d also respect her decision if she had chosen to just withdraw from public life and deal with it in private. It’s her life and her choice.)

I’m old enough to remember when many women suffering from ailments such as breast or uterine or cervical cancer were sometimes too embarrassed or ashamed to see a doctor until it was far too late. Or too embarrassed to tell even family members when they were receiving treatment. Things began to change when high-profile women, such as actresses or politicians’ wives went public.

There has been a slew of media reports about how to recognize possible oral cancer because of Ms Hori, and that’s a good thing.

If that upsets you, you could of course, choose not to read or watch the news.

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Posted in: Chiemi Hori posts on blog she has advanced oral cancer See in context

One of the reasons the diagnosis took so long is that it was initially thought the sore in her mouth was a side effect of the medicine she takes for her rheumatoid arthritis.

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Posted in: Uniqlo’s new 'communist dictator' jacket has Japanese commenters confused and snickering See in context

And once the wearer starts stuffing the pockets with essentials, it’s going to look even worse.

In principle I believe people should wear what makes them happy and I refrain from making comments about others’ fashion choices. But I’m with Cleo on this one: no, just no.

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Posted in: Extended Golden Week loses luster for working parents See in context

CrickyFeb. 19  08:26 pm JST “Don't you see that an extended holiday raises questions about what to do? And many people have no idea?”

Of course I do. An extended holiday would raise questions as to what to do anywhere in the world. That still doesn’t make it the topic of this article though.

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Posted in: Extended Golden Week loses luster for working parents See in context

CrickyToday  06:03 pm JST

“Really it's so funny! What do I do if I'm not allowed to work? Confusion, idiots.”

This article isn’t about what people should do on their days off.

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Posted in: We try Freshness Burger’s latest creation, the Blueberry Cheese Burger See in context

Bass, “But for the vegans this might be the best thing since sliced bread.”

I guess you didn’t read far enough to get to this part: “composed of a patty topped with bacon, cottage cheese, blueberries, and balsamic dressing”

Or perhaps you don’t actually know what vegan means. The patty, bacon, and cottage cheese are all animal products. And if the bun contains eggs, it would be too.

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Posted in: Ghosn ready to repay cost of Versailles wedding: lawyer See in context

CH3CHO,

“Evaluating intangible gratitude in terms of money is no business of tax office.”

What part of this is intangible?

Renault had signed a 2.3-million-euro sponsorship deal with the palace.

The terms of the deal were that Renault could benefit in return from Versailles access and other services worth a maximum 25 percent of the deal.

Ghosn had a wedding party that would have cost 50,000-euro but the fee was waived.

The waived bill could amount to the misuse of company resources, as well as tax evasion, if the benefit-in-kind was not declared to French authorities.

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Posted in: Mother, two daughters, aged 6, 4, found dead in car in apparent murder-suicide See in context

“But a Japanese mother’s mentality is to kill them because they don’t want to burden / inconvenience others to care for them.”

Or it could be because they don’t want the child/ten to have to live with the “stigma” of a mother who committed suicide. They might think it will affect their job and marriage prospects.

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Posted in: Ghosn ready to repay cost of Versailles wedding: lawyer See in context

Spinning plates, “But if your Lawyers are allowing thier communications to be lost in translation...no wonder they couldn't make a case for bail?”

The lawyer in France quoted here is not the same as the Japanese lawyer involved in requests that He be released on bail.

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Posted in: The world's postal services are struggling with lower demand for letter deliveries. How would you feel if the mailman became a thing of the past? Do you still eagerly look in your mailbox each day? See in context

Pukey2Today  11:14 am JST

“I am so sick and tired of the amount of junk mail in Japan.”

My experience is actually the opposite. In my US hometown scads of local business, such as dentists, landscapers, realtors, jewelers, cake shops, wedding photographers, and on and on, plus all sorts of charity organizations, mail out frequent postcards or letters to every address in the area, unrequested. And in my experience, requests to be removed from their mailing lists as often as not go unheeded.

Here the only such postal items I receive are catalogs and such from companies or organizations with which I initiated contact (by making a donation or buying a product). And when I’ve requested removal, they have taken me off their list. Flyers for local businesses are not junk mail as they are not mailed through the postal system.

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Posted in: No-touch automatic hand sanitizer dispenser See in context

Pukey2,

why was that company selling refills if their jars couldn’t be opened? Where do they expect people to use the refills?

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Posted in: The world's postal services are struggling with lower demand for letter deliveries. How would you feel if the mailman became a thing of the past? Do you still eagerly look in your mailbox each day? See in context

Toasted Heretic, “Also, what's the deal with said postal garbage being delivered by a noisy motorbike in the wee small hours?”

Don’t know exactly what you consider wee small hours, but I highly doubt that anything delivered before 8:00 or so would be postal items. Anything from the postal service will have postage stamps or bulk mail postmarks so it should be easy to confirm. Newspapers are delivered quite noisily to my neighborhood around 4:00 am, and miscellaneous flyers come around 6:00 (but very quietly by an elderly lady on foot).

Just about everyone that I previously exchanged frequent letters with is now dead or too tired. But I still get the occasional nice postcard from a few old friends. It’s always a real treat when they arrive. I also enjoy occasionally rereading some special letters that I’ve kept.

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Posted in: Renault probes gift from Versailles chateau linked to Ghosn's wedding See in context

Kenji FujimoriToday  11:27 am JST

“Interestingly enough his wedding is shown in his Manga:”

I have not, and don’t plan to read that manga but that seems strange. His Versailles wedding party was only a few years ago, but according to your link, that manga was published in 2002. Are you perhaps confusing his two wives?

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Posted in: Nissan board picks Renault's Senard; shareholders meeting set See in context

This was an interesting read about the Renault workers/Ghosn.

https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20190202/p2a/00m/0bu/032000c

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Posted in: Pencil case holder that stands upright See in context

“Pencil case holder that stands upright“

A holder for a pencil case? Or just an upright pencil case?

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Posted in: Japanese mobile pay service PayPay offers new, easy-to-use cashless payment system See in context

Madden, “I guess after getting their rebate everyone stopped using the app so they have to bribe people again but with much smaller amounts”

I’m thinking the credit card info leak and the hassles caused by that also caused people to stop using the app.

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Posted in: Father suspected of forcing daughter to lie about abuse before her death See in context

Papiguilio, “Also im in favor of giving Child Protection services more power to be able to do their task "PROTECT CHILDREN". A knock on the door to check in on someone is NOT protecting.”

They actually have the power to have ask police to go to the home with them, and the power to get a warrant from court to enter the home without the permission of the family and take the child/children into protection without the consent of the family. They need to use that power more often. They are still too stuck in the old idea that the abuser/s can be reformed and that the best place for a child is with the family.

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Posted in: Women living poverty face bleak future See in context

For reference, many prefectures have a minimum wage less than ¥800 yen.

https://www.saitei-chingin.com/ranking/2018/

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Posted in: Women living poverty face bleak future See in context

“Because she got the kid. Such is the 'clean break' system of Japanese divorce.”

Not accurate. The husband is still obligated to pay child support for minor children even if the wife gets sole custody. However there are many deadbeat dads and many women are too reluctant or fearful to take the necessary legal steps. If they do press the issue, wages can be garnished etc.

Alex Einz, “most low pay jobs today pay 1200Y an hour”

In Tokyo maybe. Around here the minimum wage is several hundred yen less and many jobs pay less than ¥900 per hour.

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Posted in: U.S. Navy man arrested after breaking into apartment, taking shower See in context

Merriam-Webster says: “Definition of breaking and entering: the act of forcing or otherwise gaining unlawful passage into and entering another's building”

Seems to me to fit this case just fine. He had no legitimate reason to enter the stranger’s apartment.

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Posted in: Women living poverty face bleak future See in context

Pucky 2, “What the heck is Origin bentos?”

That one was going to be part of my original question but I was able to google and find it’s the name of a chain that sells cheap boxed bento meals. I’ve lived in Japan more than 40 years and don’t recall ever seeing one. I don’t believe they are in my part of Tohoku and perhaps they didn’t yet exist when I lived in Tokyo.

Instant bread is still a mystery to me.

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Posted in: Air Japan pilot bumped off flight after failing breath test See in context

“The problem is the amount of alcohol abuse by the Japanese flight crews.”

Other need outlets reported him as being an American.

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Posted in: Women living poverty face bleak future See in context

“life’s bare essentials – utilities, instant bread, Origin bentos.”

What in the world is instant bread?

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Posted in: Missing university student asked for directions to man’s home on day of disappearance See in context

Its — It’s

Poluce— police

Min — In

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Posted in: Missing university student asked for directions to man’s home on day of disappearance See in context

Sirbently28, “For more details, the police could find the taxi driver and ask him if she spoke about her motives for this travel, was she carrying clothes? A big bag? Suit case? Talk to her friends? That'd be more beneficial than this pointless article!”

Its always a mystery why people assume the poluce haven’t thought of doing such. Or why they think the poluce are going to release all details of an on-going investigation.

Min any case they have arrested the man and have a body that is likely the young woman.

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Posted in: 34-year-old man arrested for killing pregnant ex-girlfriend in 2011 See in context

smartacus “I read on a Japanese site that Onishi's parents didn't report her missing until 2014 .... I wonder where they thought she was between 2011 and 2014, even if she wasn't living at home.”

I also saw that on TV news, I think she was reported missing in Jan 2014, and then it was another 1 1/2 years before the body was identified as her. They mentioned something about difficult circumstances preventing the family from reporting her missing earlier but it was vague. There was no information about even how many family members she had, whether they were on good terms or estranged, etc. I can imagine all sorts of circumstances including lack of communication or serious illness that could be involved and wouldn’t want to criticize the family until I knew more details.

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Posted in: Californian student remains in detention 8 months after breaking lamp in Tokyo bar See in context

“who’d travelled to Japan on a study abroad program,”

I certainly got the impression he was planning or already studying in Japan. Is it true, as some are saying, that he was studying in Bali!?! I’m too sleepy/lazy at the moment to go searching for other articles (and why should I need to anyway?).

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Posted in: Many people still think that politics is for men, and direct their discriminatory sentiments against female lawmakers. See in context

Last night one of the news programs (Houdou Station or News Zero, can’t remember which) featured a village that has never had a female on its local council. And mayor, vice mayor, and all senior buereucrats were all male.

They showed a map of Japan that was blue for areas that had local assemblies with more than 20% female members and red for those that have less. Only Tokyo and neighboring Kanagawa were blue.

In my city, we have two women on the local council (total about 30 members). They have both won election after election for a few decades now but the few other women that have stood have lost. I sometimes wonder wonder what will happen when the current two become unable to serve due to illness etc.

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Posted in: Chinese trainee arrested over abandoning baby for fear of deportation See in context

GarthgoyleToday  09:02 am JST

”If at least if she had had any kind of support she could have heard of the hatches where you can leave your baby for adoption”

There is only one baby hatch in Japan and it is in Kyushu. That said, rather than in front of a private residence, leaving a baby at a hospital, police station, fire station, or even in a home center, department store or mall or such would be a safer option. But she might have been worried about security cameras at such places.

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Posted in: Anti-assimilation claims haunt Latinos, Asians in U.S. See in context

“Anti-assimilation claims haunt Latinos, Asians in U.S.“

This headline makes no sense to me. Shouldn’t it be “Non-assimilation”? And the article itself is strewn with grammar errors and is in serious need of a good proofreading.

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