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Posted in: Feline good: Cats counter stress at Tokyo firm See in context

Sounds like a right hell for any employees with a cat allergy.

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Posted in: Many rites await Princess Mako and Komuro before their marriage See in context

Each member of the family has an incredibly full schedule of official duties in public and private, travelkibg alk over the country and overseas, functions both at day and night, private religious ceremonies, school for the kids, etc. It's no surprise that visits require quite a bit of coordination and planning.

Ges, none of my family are royal but I saw a lot less of my parents after my marriage due to logistics. I think people read a lot more into the "control" thing than necessary.

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Posted in: Apple growers in Japan see opportunities in cider business See in context

Not sure, but the various types of apple cidre made at the Nikka plant in Hirosaki might be the most readily available of those made in Japan. Anyway you can check out their homepage to see which variety of apples are used for each type etc. some are only avail seasonally.

https://www.asahibeer.co.jp/products/wine/brand/nikka/

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Posted in: Ex-ASDF chief Tamogami found guilty over illegal payments to campaign staff See in context

smithinjapan,

Dont necessarily think the often seen suspended sentences are severe enough but don't agree that a suspended sentences equals " no punishment".

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Posted in: Tokyo police urge go-kart tour companies to improve safety measures See in context

I agree that putting them on a circuit somewhere isn't the answer. The "fun" of it is touring Tokyo while wearing those (silly to me) costumes. I can't imagine paying money to do this but apparently it's attractive to enough folks to make a business of it. I'd prefer to see them off the roads though.

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Posted in: Ex-ASDF chief Tamogami found guilty over illegal payments to campaign staff See in context

smithinjapanToday  04:50 pm JST

"How much do you guys want to bet that despite pleading not guilty and being found guilty on top of everything else this disgusting excuse for a human has done, he'll get a suspended sentence?"

i don't want to bet anything at all. The answer is in the first sentence of the article.

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Posted in: Apple growers in Japan see opportunities in cider business See in context

Trirng,

yes, you're right.

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Posted in: Tokyo police urge go-kart tour companies to improve safety measures See in context

According to the company's site, they require that you have a valid Japanese driver's license, or an International Driving Permit and Passport, or an SOFA License, or a driver's license and official Japanese translation of it if from Switzerland, Germany, France, Taiwan, Belgium, Slovenia, Monaco and passport.

I was thinking when I saw these on TV they had tall poles with little flags at the top but I can't see those in this photo.

As for me, license and flag or not, I wouldn't want to be in or around one of these on public roads.

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Posted in: Skeletal remains of woman found in her residence by siblings See in context

"Skeletal remains of woman found in her residence by siblings"

But from the article it seems it was "their" residence. Quite a different situation indeed.

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Posted in: Many rites await Princess Mako and Komuro before their marriage See in context

"She will unlikely see much of her family again since its very difficult for a common person to gain entry to the imperial palace."

where do do people come up with inaccurate nonsense like this? Mako's aunt, who became a commoner upon marriage, visits her family at the palace both privately and publicly. Plenty of other commoners, such as teachers and friends of the royal family also visit.

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Posted in: Japanese essayist, TV newscaster Sawako Agawa announces first marriage at 63 See in context

"In Japan, women are required by law to take their husband’s name upon marriage."

Hiw is it a writer for this site can get such a fundrmental thing wrong? In the case of two Japanese people marrying they are required to choose and use one or the other surname for all legal/official purposes. It can be the surname of either the husband or wife. This law does not apply to cases of a Japanese married to a non-Japanese.

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Posted in: Many rites await Princess Mako and Komuro before their marriage See in context

sir_bentley28

"Meh, what has she done for Japan or its people?"

She has been performing a variety of official duties as a member of the royal family for many years now.

I wouldnt really consider Komuro's interactions with the media yesterday to be a "press conference". More like, since horses of media people were camped out on the doorstep of his workplace, he went out to acknowledge their presence and let them know he wouldn't have much to say until a as yet unscheduled formal press conference.

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Posted in: Princess Mako's fiance-to-be refuses to reveal relationship details See in context

What an overblown, misleading headline.

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Posted in: Princess Mako to get engaged See in context

goldorakToday  02:30 pm JST

"Never a good idea to marry someone you've never lived with, Kei, just sayin'!"

curious as to why youd give this "advice" to him but not her? I've certainly known women who married "nice guys" who turned out to be mobsters the minute they were legally married.

Find it hilarious that so many here seem to think the princess will be well-rid of the royal lifestyle where she's told by others what to do, but they're also so quick to hold forth on who she should marry, at what age she should marry, etc. I think she's a very intelligent woman capable of making a good choice for herself and I'm happy for them.

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Posted in: Princess Mako to get engaged See in context

Yubaru,

"Sad that she won't be able to stay in contact with her family "

There is no reason whatsoever to think that's going to be the case. She will no longer be royalty but she'll still be a member of the family. Just like her aunt (along with her husband) she can be expected to participate in state banquets for visiting foreign dignitaries as well as family celebrations such as birthdays. Not to mention probably keeping in touch by phone and visits when schedules permit.

Alphaape,

"unless they begin to do as in olden times and marry within the family"

But there are no male royal family members for the princesses to marry!

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Posted in: Accused groper hit, killed by train after jumping onto tracks See in context

Sandiegoluv,

"you better run for it if you are innocent, cause the court will throw you in jail otherwise just on the word of the woman"

maybe not, lawyers on TV recently have been saying that might have been true ten years ago, but isn't these days. That nowadays greater efforts are being made to get impartial witness accounts, DNA evidence, etc. to avoid framing the innocent. And that those heeding exhortations on the internet and elsewhere to run if innocent on the grounds it's their only chance of escaping being wrongly convicted are being seriously mislead. Not to mention breaking the law by jumping onto the tracks and risking being prosecuted for that even if they survive the experience.

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Posted in: Gov't eyes banning entry of gambling addicts to pachinko parlors See in context

So if I understand correctly the three paragraphs beginning with "Under the restricted ...." and ending with "according to the sources.", the addict has to recognize/admit their addiction, get medical certification of it, request the pachinko parlor(s?) to ban them, and then will be banned if the parlor deems their case to be serious enough!?! How likely is it anyone will go through the process? Then there's the bit about family making the request, how will that work? And this doesn't seem to jive with the headline: "Gov't eyes banning entry of gambling addicts to pachinko parlors". The process described sounds more like addicts setting up their own banning.

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Posted in: Protest calls flood police after big cash theft in Hiroshima See in context

Zichi,

"What was the purpose of the money?"

As the article said,

"evidence for a fraud case".

And presumably to be eventually returned to the fraud victim. So one wonders whether the fraud case can still be proven without the actual money and, if so, what money (tax monies?) would be used to reimburse the victim?

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Posted in: Japan's potato chip shortage likely to linger until fall See in context

Did some of the commenters miss the part that tells readers that imports of potatoes from the USA are allowed?

And i I recall earlier reports said Calbee actually did import some to replace the unavailable Hokkaido crop for chip making but had to abandon the plan because of the poor quality of the US potatoes.

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Posted in: Woman arrested after remains of newborn son found in septic tank See in context

tajToday  04:23 pm JST

"flushed = not large enough to be full term? (right? I hope?)"

Not necessarily. Not all toilets connected to septic tanks are flush toilets. And if it was a non-flush squat toilet the hole would be plenty big enough for a full term baby. In fact the vernacular accounts I've read or heard on TV just reported that she said she birthed the baby into the toilet and don't mention any flushing. The "flushed" may have been added by the JT translator.

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Posted in: Ex-actress Saya Takagi gets suspended term for marijuana possession See in context

Bjohnson23,

"The politicians, talent and everyone at the top get preferential treatment, the commoner gets prison."

do do you have a source that shows "commoners" do not tend to get suspended sentences for first time, simple possession or use of small quantities of marijuana. Cases that don't involve having huge quantities, dealing in the drug, causing a car wreck, or some other form of harming other people, etc?

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Posted in: All-cash business a headache for the marijuana industry See in context

Photo caption says they have to use other options like barter, but there's nothing about bartering in the article.

Kurisupis,

As the article says,

"Other cannabis operations have turned to the virtual currency Bitcoin..... "

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Posted in: Ex-actress Saya Takagi gets suspended term for marijuana possession See in context

bonesToday  02:06 pm JST

"Isn't almost customary for TARENTTO and celebs to get suspended sentences!? Stevie wonder could have seen this outcome."

If it's their first offense, yes. But that's because nearly all first offenders get suspended sentences. (See my above comment.)

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Posted in: Ex-actress Saya Takagi gets suspended term for marijuana possession See in context

DaDude,

"She lives on an island, has a nice tan and wants marijuana for medical use? Hawaii is the best place for her."

She used to to live in Hawaii, that's where she set her free diving record. But she and her partner at the time broke up and she moved back to Japan.

gogogoToday  09:12 am JST

"What message does this send? If you are famous you get off with a suspended sentence?"

I haven't looked into the statistics but I have seen lawyers and other experts on TV state that the vast majority of first time drug offenses that don't involve injury to others and such, result in a suspended sentence, regardless of the celebrity of the convicted.

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Posted in: What do you think of the new Japan Today design? See in context

Also think JT should run an article apologizing for the sneak attack (JT could have run articles touting it ahead of time like "We're excited to tell you about the great changes coming up. Look forward to a new fresh user-friendly design coming [date].), the headaches and utter wasted time caused, and the uncompensated use of readers as beta testers. Maybe give each reader a code good for ¥1,000 on Amazon.jp or something.

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Posted in: What do you think of the new Japan Today design? See in context

It's getting better but there are still many annoying aspects. As before, on iPhone.

One is that after opening an article from the main page, it opens up the article and any comments on it simultaneously. That's fine, but after I've finished reading and hit the "take me back to the previous page arrow", it takes me "back" to the same opened article and I have to hit the button a second time to finally get back to the main page. Either consider the comments a separate page or not, but please be consistent. If it took me one "click" to open it, I want to be able to get out of it with one click.

Another is that this this article has disappeared from the main page even though it's still needed as JT is tweaking things (I have it bookmarked). To me that indicates a callus disregard for the readers on top of the unprofessional way this changeover was handled from the beginning and the reliance on readers to tell JT how to make a usable website.

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Posted in: A guide to Japan’s faux holidays from ‘Cat Day’ to ‘Thank You Day’ and everything in between See in context

Fun information for those not familiar with these XYZ Days, but the headline and use of term "faux holidays" is misleading. No one here considers these holidays, real or faux.

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Posted in: What do you think of the new Japan Today design? See in context

apologies to any readers cant be bothered with capialization and correct spelling or punctuation until jt gets the iphone keyboard issues fixed

noticed that on thd main page some articles have the number of comments including zero showing but others do not even those ive confirmed they have numerous comnents

i tend to judge whether to open an artcle again by the number of comnents that have accrued

if i cant see whethef new comments have come in at a glance i wont be bothered to open up an articlemore than once or to follow the discussions

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Posted in: What do you think of the new Japan Today design? See in context

coming back after a day away i notice several if thd priblems have bedn fixed thats goid but as sppardnt frim lack if cspitaluzation pubctuation snd proper soelling incthis post thd iohone jeyboard issues havent bedn fixed making fir a headache inducing experidnce

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Posted in: 1 child dead, 2 in critical condition after condo fire See in context

Disillusioned Apr. 20 06:45 pm JST "Now, they are all dead."

although its very possible the two in critical condition may end up dying, at this point they are still alive.

according to other media, the mother was apparently out because she was at work and the fire appears to have started in the vicinity of a microwave oven that was kept on the floor of the living room.

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