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Posted in: Road rage suspect arrested after dashboard camera records assault See in context

expatToday  11:29 am JST

“Sounds like an entitled jerk. Wonder how he got that building from his relative.”

It was his mother’s. I’m not sure if she died and left it to him or was still alive and just turned it over to him.

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Posted in: Road rage suspect arrested after dashboard camera records assault See in context

Alexandre T. IshiiToday  10:56 am JST

“That's strange to see what the media in Japan (on tv) has shown this kind of no-life guy (and that lady) not cleared in vision, many times with mosaic. And days passed to completely show their faces.”

Japanese media routinely blurs faces of alleged suspects on videos submitted by viewers or other sources until the police have either arrested them or put them on the wanted list. The minute Miyazaki went on the wanted list, the blurring was removed.

np completeToday  09:40 am JST

“Yea, ironically, this rose to make their wanted list..?

I never knew Japan had such a thing...”

Why would you think Japan wouldn’t have a wanted list? If you’ve ever been in Japan. what would you think those posters with photos of people wanted for murder and the like that are seen at every police box, train station, etc would be if not people on a wanted list?

I’m glad they arrested this piece of work quicker rather than later and hope he is put away in prison or a mental institution for the extent the laws allow. I suspect serious mental problems and/or drugs are involved.

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Posted in: Aichi Triennale Art Festival receives 770 threatening emails See in context

“That decision has become a heated topic as the Aichi Triennale proves itself as a cutting-edge international art festival that celebrates the values of freedom of expression.”

Proves? Was that meant to be “prides”?

I hope the threats are all traced and the sender/s prosecuted.

Moderator: Thank you for pointing out the error.

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Posted in: Father arrested for attempted murder of 30-year-old disabled son See in context

Even if a family member is mostly living in a care facility, there can still be a lot of paperwork, decision making, financial aspects, providing necessary items like clothing, etc to be dealt with. And we don’t know how long the son has been living in an institution. It could have been as of recently or it could have been most or all of his life. We don’t know exactly what the family was dealing with.

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Posted in: Japan braces for powerful tropical storm during peak holiday period See in context

Nandakandamanda, “I could be liable for any accidents caused.”

Or it could be like a typhoon I experienced. The whole town and surrounding areas was littered with uncountable sections of mangled roof tin (with an occasional actual roof itself) and all sorts of other debris. It was impossible to tell which bits of tin were from which roofs. As far as I know, no one tried to hold anyone responsible for anything.

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Posted in: Portable fans a breath of fresh air in sweltering summer heat See in context

Although as noted above I’m a frozen gel pack person myself, I will concede that for people who are traveling for pleasure or business that may be a difficult option and so these electric fans have a place I guess. Just hope people will use them for years and not trash them quickly. However since they keep coming out with new improved versions, the temptation to replace the old one with a newer model might be hard to resist.

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Posted in: 4 drown in waters off Kanagawa beaches; 2 missing off Chiba See in context

Headline I saw this morning said there’s been 15 or 16 water accident deaths around Japan this holiday.

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Posted in: Man arrested over illegal 'One Piece' manga-viewing website See in context

I’m confused. Maybe it’s the heat. But what’s this talk about retroactive laws? Didn’t copyright laws exist before 2017?

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Posted in: Portable fans a breath of fresh air in sweltering summer heat See in context


When it’s really hot, depending on where I’m going and for how long, I also often carry some larger gel packs (about the size of two cake shop ones side by side). They are handy for cooking armpits, groin, neck in an emergency. I sometimes sandwich a wet hankie between two of them in the cool bag which is lovely to pat the face with etc. I think I bought those at a home center or large supermarket. I have a large collection of sizes, hard and soft, that are quite useful around the house too in the summer.

Anyway, whatever method you use, hope everyone stays safe.

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Posted in: Democratic 2020 contenders slam Trump for spreading Epstein conspiracy theories See in context

“Last month, Epstein was found unconscious on the floor of his jail cell with marks on his neck, and officials were investigating that incident as a possible suicide or assault.”

That’s the one he survived isn’t it? The possible suicide attempt.

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Posted in: Woman in critical condition after trying to save 11-year-daughter at beach See in context

The mother has died.

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Posted in: Portable fans a breath of fresh air in sweltering summer heat See in context

I carry an old-fashioned folding fan but physical problems force me to use it for very short times only (old injury, not arthritis). And that injury also forces me to limit the weight of things I carry about so I don’t want to add even one of these lightweight new-fangled battery powered fans.

I do something similar to hooktrunk2, wrapping the small frozen gel packs from cake shops in a large bandana or hankies and wrapping it around my neck. But I also first wet the hankie in cold water and then wring it out (this can be repeated at public fountains etc if it dries while out. Also I put two of the gel packs in and position them on the front sides of the neck (according to the MD expert in heatstroke that I see frequently on tv this is more effective than the back of the neck).

The gel packs were “free” when we bought some cakes and last for years. I keep a small tub of them in the freezer. If I’m going to be out long enough for them to warm up, sometimes I carry some spares in a small cool bag.

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Posted in: Epstein suicide sparks fresh round of conspiracy theories See in context

How would Epstein’s death save the rich and famous men from being named? Surely at least some of the girls/women involved knew who they were and can still testify as to what happened.

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Posted in: Universal cancels controversial 'Hunt' in wake of shootings See in context

theFu, “Movies are meant to help us escape our daily lives.”

I don’t see any point in “escaping” into something far more worse than my daily life. Seeing something beautiful, fun, or educational would be more enjoyable and a plus and not give me nightmares to boot. On the other hand, for people whose daily life is far worse than the contents of the movie I can understand seeing it could be a plus for them.

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Posted in: Stations, roads packed as travelers leave for summer holidays See in context

Whenever I read that most of France is on vacation for August I wonder how they survive? No police, firefighters or ambulance drivers on duty, all the hospitals closed, supermarkets and restaurants all closed, no farmers harvesting crops, no trash collection, no one maintaining the gas and electricity supply, waterworks and sewer systems? Or is it that there’s actually a lot of people working?

In Japan saying people shouldn’t take vacation at Obon is like saying to people in the US that they shouldn’t take Christmas off. Some people don’t care and would gladly take vacation at another time, but for many it would be unacceptable.

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Posted in: Universal cancels controversial 'Hunt' in wake of shootings See in context

“a gory, R-rated political thriller that depicts liberal "elites" hunting people in red states for sport.”

Sound like a movie I’d have no interest in seeing, regardless of the timing.

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Posted in: Lying down on the job See in context

“Lying down on the job“

What is his job job at the station?

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Posted in: Disgraced money manager Jeffrey Epstein found dead in jail cell in apparent suicide See in context

Last month, after he was found unconscious, did he tell anyone that someone had tried to murder him? What did the investigation into that incident reveal? I’m inclined to think this time was a suicide but whether it was murder or suicide it makes the jail look incompetent at best.

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Posted in: 4 injured as patient with knife escapes from hospital in western Japan See in context

Tom Doley, “Japan has the highest number of psychiatric people”

What are “psychiatric people”?

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Posted in: Former Empress Michiko has early stage breast cancer See in context

TheLongTermer, “If you sample most salarymen, I think the stat would reflect a different number.”

Longevity statistics are for the population as a whole. If you only survey a certain portion of the population you’ll get the longevity rate for only those people, not the general population. If you only count the ones who die, of course you’ll get a high death rate.

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Posted in: 4 injured as patient with knife escapes from hospital in western Japan See in context

kurisupisu, “What sane person stabs hospital workers?”

A patient hospitalized in a hospital that does inpatient treatment mostly of psychiatric patients. Why would you think “sane” has much to do with this incident?

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Posted in: Japanese KitKats swap plastic bags for paper packaging with new origami feature See in context

“But I wonder if the Kit Kats inside the paper packaging, are individually wrapped in plastic or paper, or are they gasp unwrapped?”

If they are unwrapped, those origami cranes are going to have melted chocolate and crumbs on the inner side.....then people will need to use another precious resource like water or wet tissues to clean the package before folding the crane...

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Posted in: 28-year-old man dies while sunbathing in his home garden See in context

William77, “People should stay indoor if possible during the hottest hours,or at least drink as much fresh water as possible.”

That depends on the conditions. It can be better to be sitting on a bench under a gazebo or shade trees in a park or square than to stay indoors in a hot box of an apartment without good ventilation or an air conditioner. If you look at the statistics you will see many of the deaths have been in the home.

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Posted in: 28-year-old man dies while sunbathing in his home garden See in context

garypenAug. 8  11:36 pm JST


Mugicha is good. Buckwheat tea doesn't have as much caffein as green tea so less diuretic. 

“Why would mugicha have any caffeine at all?”

Neither mugicha, barley tea, nor sobacha, buckwheat tea, contain caffeine.

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Posted in: Finally vegans can join Harajuku bubble milk tea trend See in context

“Finally vegans can join Harajuku bubble milk tea trend“

Finally? I haven’t been to any of the bubble tea shops in Tokyo but I’ve seen them featured on tv and some of them mentioned soy milk versions months ago.

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Posted in: 1,000-km relay to honor 2011 disaster victims ends in Tokyo See in context

“But that did not stop over 1,700 people from participating in the sixth edition of the event which began on July 24.”

This event is the Road to Tomorrow 1000km Relay to Tokyo, which goes from Aomori Prefecture down through Tohoku and ending in Tokyo. It has been held annually since 2013 and this year’s was the seventh relay.

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Posted in: FamilyMart apologizes after rodent video goes viral See in context

I once watched a documentary about the (non-human) rats in Tokyo and didn’t sleep for about three nights after. That’s one reason I don’t plan to watch this FamilyMart one. But I wouldn’t want to smear the entire chain. The three FM locations that I go to about 2 times a month each appear very clean, although I of course am not going into their back rooms so can’t totally vouch for that.

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Posted in: 'A star is born!' Golf-mad Japan salutes 'Smiling Cinderella' See in context


One tv program I saw this morning said it was the overseas media that gave her the nickname.

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Posted in: Shibuno holds off Salas to win Women's British Open See in context

Not only is she the first Japanese to win a major in 42 years, she is the second to ever do so. Shibuno and Higuchi Hisako are the only Japanese to ever win a major.

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Posted in: Why do Japanese make fewer charitable donations than people in other countries? See in context

Mocheake, “Not once did I see something showing people where they could donate or give help.”

Perhaps you need to pay more attention or change where you look. Every time there is a major disaster the TV news programs and newspapers repeatedly give information about how to donate. And every convenience store or large supermarket I’ve ever been in has boxes for donations that are labeled as to where the money goes. When there’s been a disaster the money will be designated for that, other times it will be for guide dog training or something similar. If you have an interest in a particular cause you can go to the homepages of groups working on that and read their instructions on how to donate. Just a couple days ago Kuroyanagi Tetsuko’s program Tetsuko no Heya gave the account information for her Uniceff fund, information which can be found year round online. At certain times of the year people will be standing outside stations with collection boxes for the Red Cross. Soon the 24 hour charity program run by a TV broadcaster will be on and people can take money to designated spots at shopping malls and such around the country. That information, as well as information on how the money was used is available online also. I could go on but this should be enough to get you started.

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