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Posted in: Law change lets Japanese police crack down on rule-breaking cyclists See in context

I think most commenters are in major urban areas. In suburbs and rural areas, it’s a very different story, where roads are very narrow, and cars are zooming along, often over 70km, and a lot of the drivers being over 75 years old.

It’s a tough call for bicyclists. It’s often impossible to safely bike on the roads. So it’s necessary to use the “sidewalks,” such as they are. But then, in rural areas bicyclists seem much more civil and accommodating than in the city.

However, having the same rules nationwide, regardless of road conditions, put the rural bicyclists in danger of large fines. So far, the police have been very understanding. But with these new fines, we’ll have to see.

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Posted in: SDF officer denies shoplifting at drugstore, saying ‘I just forgot to pay’ See in context

METATTOKYO,

Yes, me too. Luckily I wasn’t quite out the door with the single item before I realized.

Having a bunch of meds, hmmm. Seems rather unlikely you could forget a handful

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Posted in: Trash tidal wave coats normally pristine Bali beach See in context

Daniel san, hahaha

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Posted in: Why Taylor Swift is an antihero to GOP See in context

Moonraker, they are the same age

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Posted in: Kabuki actor Ennosuke gets suspended term for helping parents' suicides See in context

Suspended, on condition that . . . He never does it again? Oh wait, he can’t do it again. He already helped them to die.

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Posted in: Ibaraki ranked ‘least attractive’ among Japan’s 47 prefectures in survey See in context

Perfect publicity to keep out tourist overload. We know great places here!

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Posted in: Japan eyes shift to 'quality' experiences as inbound tourism recovers See in context

Japan Rail pass price increasing by 77% says it all

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Posted in: Massive price increase announced for Japan Rail Pass; cost to jump by up to 77% See in context

It’s been a poor deal from the beginning, with the forced consecutive days rule. Compare to Eurail pass, which is cheaper, and can be used day by day.

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Posted in: Medvedev tops Rublev in Dubai final for third straight title See in context

Rublev's trophy is much cooler looking

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Posted in: When you drink coffee or tea in Japan, do you prefer the chains like Starbucks, Tully’s, Doutor, etc, or do you prefer the traditional “kissaten?” See in context

Where's the third choice — independent coffee shops that aren’t traditional kissaten?

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Posted in: One way to keep warm See in context

Concrete floor & walls, big open wall for the wind, lovely

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Posted in: Neil Young drops rift to praise Crosby as 'soul' of CSNY See in context

David Crosby was great, and one of a kind. Context is important: He came on the scene when “Dominique,” by the singing nun was #1 (https://youtu.be/EO7cD6qmydo)

Like a miracle, he arrived full blown

I will miss him

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Posted in: Tokyo exhibit showcases Dior's passion for Japan See in context

Tokyo exhibit showcases Dior's passion for ¥apan

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Posted in: Tokyo District Court dismisses damages suit by same-sex couples See in context

Just very sad

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Posted in: Families unleash grief and anger on Parkland school shooter See in context

I wonder if anyone put half the blame on courts and politicians for their cowardice in not standing up to the NRA and stopping the gun epidemic.

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Posted in: Social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter don't just connect people; they can isolate them from reality, say some sociologists. What do you think? See in context

Just now it seems that isolation from “reality” seems like a dream come true.

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Posted in: Caster Semenya is back; so is her sport's thorniest problem See in context

This would probably baffle King Solomon!

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Posted in: Woman indicted for pushing 9-year-old son to death from Tokyo hotel See in context

She’s “indicted.” It’s not up to JT readers to convict her, even before the case had gone to trial.

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Posted in: Tokugawa Japan wasn't nearly as isolated as history books teach See in context

Smart to have kept the Christians out. Look what the devastation they did to indigenous in the Americas, Africa and Asia.

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Posted in: COVID outbreak 'extremely grim' as Shanghai extends lockdown See in context

Rodney, I think your figures are a bit wacky

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Posted in: LGBTQ safe space opens in Osaka See in context

Happy to read this positive news.

Amazing to see how many people here are Gaslighting experts on the LGBTQ+ situation in Japan, without research or experience.

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Posted in: GSDF marks launch of new electronic warfare unit See in context

Judging from the number of down votes, it seems like they're already operational

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Posted in: Japan enjoys cherry blossom season despite COVID-19 worries See in context

Can you see the ghost face between the two females, hovering just above them?

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Posted in: Turn your apartment’s bathroom into a place of tranquillity See in context

Then the cleaning…

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Posted in: Japan's top court orders TEPCO to pay damages over Fukushima crisis See in context

¥350,000 for a life lost. It would be laughable if it weren’t so sad

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Posted in: Up you go See in context

Scary!

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Posted in: Medal men See in context

I suppose Kobayashi-kun already showed he can jump high enough

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Posted in: Japan to speed up booster shots See in context

Speed up?! Friends and family in Europe and North America have already gotten their booster shots. Japan as usual is just talking about it. Just like they did for the first vaccines.

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Posted in: Japan's crown prince says royals should refute extreme attacks See in context

Back in the day, we would have called his complaint “pi$$ing into the wind.”

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Posted in: Japan's Go To Travel subsidy program to resume possibly in February See in context

If we need a Covid test, as was indicated, that will eat up a lot of that savings

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