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Posted in: JAL pilot, 10 times over alcohol limit, jailed for 10 months in UK See in context

I wonder if the crew were covering for each other? Who usually test the pilots?

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Posted in: Japanese pitcher Kikuchi to be posted in early December See in context

Lets see.... pretty much other than Nomo, and that was decades ago, all of Japan's top "postings", have been a disappointment. Especially when you factor in the massive amount of money that was forked over to the posting team.

I don't think Nomo was posted, he found a loop hole, by retiring in the NBL, then joined the Dodgers.

Ichiro was posted and he will probably be the first Japanese player to be inshrined into the HOF in the States.

Matsuzaka in his first year helped the Red Sox with their first World Series in 89 years. Overall, he had a so-so career with the Sox, but what he did to help win the World Series was worth the posting fee in most Sox fans' eyes

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Posted in: 11-hour waiting time at Mickey Mouse attraction at Tokyo Disneyland See in context

I bring my two kids home to America each year.. We always plan to visit Canobie Lake, our local amusement park on a Monday night. For most rides, there are no lines. My children loved it more than Tokyo Disneyland.

Twenty minutes from their grandpararent's house and it doesn't cost a fortune.

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Posted in: Trump warns that migrants who throw stones at U.S. military may be shot See in context

In my home state in America this year, a criminal on parole struck and knocked out a police officer with a stone. He took the officers gun and killed him and shot another women.

So, a stone can be deadly.

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Posted in: 10 must-visit places to see the autumn leaves in Japan See in context

Mino Park is great place to visit any season. Very easy to get to from Osaka Station via the Hankyu line. If you have more time to explore, there are more trails that are beyond the waterfalls.

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Posted in: NHK to reduce subscription fees See in context

A Chinese or a Korean company should come up with a TV that blocks NHK and make it impossible to receive their signal. I would buy one.

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Posted in: Japanese airlines to offer discount to people with mental disorders See in context

Why should people with mental disorders get a discount?

As a father of a pre-teen daughter who is autistic, I am frightened for her future. My daughter can seem normal about 70% of the day and does well in school when she goes... mostly all A's.. But there are times that she gets all stressed out and her anxieties take over. I wonder what job she can handle a job when she gets to working age, Don't you think people with mental disorders have a harder time find good paying jobs??

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Posted in: Ruling party lawmaker says LGBT couples lack 'productivity' See in context

I think there is a huge stigma of adopting children or putting children up for adoption in Japan. This women's Showa era views only adds to it. In the site, how many times do we read about children getting abused, or how many babies are being aborted by young girls who think that is the only option. If Japan had better views on adoption, there would be more children in loving family, both straight and non-traditional. I'm sure an aported fetus or that cute girl who was starved to death a few weeks ago wouldn't mind growing up in a loving LGBT family.

Also, if a lesbian couple wants children, there iis a higher chance that they can be mothers than a straight couple.

BTW, I did my part, father of two girls.

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Posted in: Royals sign 16-year-old Japanese pitcher out of junior high See in context

If he is 16 he probably graduated in March of this year and decided not to enter high school. So, he isn't a high school student. In Japan, after graduating from JHS, you are free to stop your education and start working. I bet he has been taking English lessons since he graduated JHS.

Japanese high school coaches are known for burning up their young pitches. I am sure the Royals will help him develop in away that is best for his future, plus I am sure he got a huge life changing signing bonus.

Nice to see that young elite Japanese athletes have more choices. I am sure that Japanese high school coaches and pro teams are not happy by this signing. A pro team will miss the chance to sell his rights to a Major league team in a few years.

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Posted in: Social media users praise Japan for spotless locker room at World Cup See in context

Good job soccer team, hopefully this will spread to other parts of Japan. My neighborhood in Osaka is inundated by discarded plastic wrappers and pet bottles. After a heavy rain, you can see hundreds of plastic bottles floating down the Okawa-river.

I can imagine that locker rooms in the States after a game being a pigsty. Many athletes had pampered upbringings, and could get away with anything growing up. Cleaning to these people is beneath them.

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Posted in: Marijuana tops paint thinner as most abused substance in Japan See in context

I bet most people who responded with a "yes", did it overseas. I know a quite a few friends who tried them overseas, but don't use them in Japan.

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Posted in: Game arcade operator found guilty of fraud by rigging claw machines See in context

My daughter played one time at a local mall, and she grabbed a big Snoopy stuffed doll on her first try. I think the game was 300 yen to play, I doubt the Snoopy cost more than 100 yen to buy in bulk.

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Posted in: Trump calls off Eagles visit to White House over NFL anthem dispute See in context

I wonder why taking a knee is considered very rude during the anthem. When a football player gets injured badly in the field, don't players from both teams take a knee to pray for their fallen NFL comrade.. This is a way of showing respect and care. When Colin Kaepernick first sat on the bench for the anthem, he got a lot of criticism. Maybe, with all the social injustices that African-Americans people have to endure, he thought America was "injured" and took a knee to pray that it gets better.

BTW, I am a big Pats fan and I am sad that they didn't win the SB. But what Trump and Fox s trying to do to the Eagles is despicable.

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Posted in: Parents sue funeral firm over use of plastic shopping bag on 5-month-old son's remains See in context

"the couple collected the body of their son from a local police station" Seriously?

A few years back , a kindergarten classmate of my daughter drowned at a beach. After collecting the body from the hospital, the family had to drive back to where they lived. I can't imagine driving a car in this situation.

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Posted in: Family of injured college American football player files criminal complaint See in context

Japanese shouldn't play football. This sport is not meant for players weighing less than 250 lbs minimum, and almost no Japanese player weigh that much.

Do you know anything about football? Most non- lineman are under 250 lbs. I guess Tom Brady (225 pounds), Julio Jones (225) , Wes Welker (185), Darrelle Revis (198) Lawrence Taylor (235) should have never laced up cleats. Brady and Taylor are probably the greatest offensive and defensive players respectively.

A football team has players in all shapes and sizes

About the late hit. Japan does not have much of a football culture. Growing up in the States, I remember seeing in the news about HS, college and Pro players getting life altering injuries. Maybe players don't realize how dangerous of a sport they are playing. That hit was unthinkable in the States. The opposing coach should have yanked his players from the game.

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Posted in: Aichi Pref to get Studio Ghibli theme park See in context

Before it was an Expo, I used to go mountain biking in that forest. It was a beautiful place that was easy to get from Nagoya. Lot's of people enjoyed hiking there, too. It was a quiet place, I was so sad to see how it came out. I wish they returned the land to its original state. I don't think Japan needs more amusement parks.

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Posted in: Licensing system for dog, cat breeders sought in Japan See in context

I got our dog at ARK, an animal rescue shelter in Osaka. I highly recommend them, They have a web page and you can see what dogs are available. Many people travel far distances to adopt their animals.

In order to adopt, you first must pass an interview. The staff listened very carefully to our situation and recommended our dog to us. He is an older dog, whose first owner died. and he is a perfect fit to our family.

This is what they say about pet shop dogs... many times they are cast offs from breeders, they keep the best dogs to themselves to sell. they are taken away from their mother and siblings too young which results in bad immunity and poor social skills, which result psychologically damaged adults and also prone to health issues.

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Posted in: Armed deputy at Florida high school resigns after failing to engage shooter See in context

What a weird country, drink driving a no no, hording military grade weapons OK.

What I like about Japan is you can have an open beer in the park or street, but in most places in the US it is not allowed. But it many places in the US you are allowed to walk around with your military grade weapon..

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Posted in: Gov't considers covering part of overseas organ transplant expenses See in context

My brother died waiting for a kidney match in the States. I think this will only encourage more foreigners coming to the States for surgery at the expensive of the locals. Japan should use this money to encourage transplant donation by its own citizens.

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Posted in: Japanese girl says school forced her to dye hair black; sues Osaka gov't See in context

As a teacher here, I noticed that there are some students who naturally have dark brown hair, and I see some with slightly wavey hair too. Not all Japanese have straight black hair.

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Posted in: Boy Scouts of America to allow girls to join, earn Eagle Scout rank See in context

My daughter is a Boy Scout in Japan. She loves it, and done a lot of cool things in places that I have never knew. It is good to see that Japan is ahead of America on a social issue for once.

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Posted in: Portable alarm to keep laptops safe when working from a cafe smashes crowdfunding goal See in context

Something like this would be good for high end bicycles. Some thieves can crack a lock in a few seconds...

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Posted in: Nursery principal arrested for injuring 2-year-old in Fukuoka See in context

Yaburo wrote

Damn, 75 year old "principal"? Sounds to me like she should have been "retired" a long time ago, I am willing to bet she is the owner.

Yes, many of the private kindergartens are run by wealthy people who have an extra lot of land which they built a school on. Usually the principal is the owner, or a relative.. Usually they know nothing about teaching kids, nor do they care. They act like their kindergarten is their castle, and everybody must bow down to their wishes. More often than not, they pay their young teachers peanuts and overwork them, so they will quit. Then next year they will have new batch of teachers to exploit.

If you have kids, try to put them in a public kindergarten. Usually the teachers are experience, get a descent wage and likely be there for more than one year.

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Posted in: 10 passengers from Hong Kong bypass airport immigration by mistake See in context

It happened to me in China during transit. From the airplane a bus picked us up, I got out and the staff kept on pointing to different ways... suddenly I found myself outside of the international terminal... had a fun time getting back in..

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Posted in: 2 trekkers die on Yakushima See in context

Hiking in Japan is almost exclusively on marked trails, so its generally very safe.

Having hiked a lot, there are always patches that you have to be careful and have steady footing. Japanese mountains are very steep compared to the ones I climbed in New England in my youth, (even the small ones) One slip and it could be your last.

In the mountains trails can easily be damaged by land slides, or typhoons. What was once a marked trail, may no longer be that way.

I am thinking of going back to Yakushima and I did a little research after I wrote my last post. it looks like all of the huts on Yakushima are free with no staff. I have stayed at three of them, they are more of emergency shelter than anything else. No water, or toilets inside. It was dirty and had a few mice that would try to nimble at your food. I would much rather have a nice piece of grass to pitch a tent, but there wasn't. Luckily when I went there was no one else, so I pitched my tent inside the huts. it solved the mice problem.

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Posted in: One dead, 45 injured in bus-car collision See in context

Just watched the video, I amazed that there was only one death.. I guess it hit more of the top of the bus. RIP to the accident victim.

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Posted in: 2 trekkers die on Yakushima See in context

kohakuebisu The question that remains is whether the people running the hut knew they were going down the closed trail and how strongly they discouraged them from doing it in the rain.

Over fifteen years years ago I hiked across the island and the huts were unmanned. Maybe things have changed

I trekked Yakushima two times, once alone and a second time with my wife. On second time we did a stream crossing and that was very difficult, we used ropes to get across.

Sometimes the conditions in nature can get just too difficult. In Hawaii on the Na Pali Trail I hiked six hours with about 45 minutes left to hike. The cliff side trail got too dangerous to pass. I ended up turning around and hiking back another six hours. You got to respect nature and know your limits.

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

Great for two-thirds of the year, but I wouldn't fancy it from June to September. Don't think anyone would want to sit near me, either!

If you have access to a shower it isn't all that bad. I enjoyed biking in the rain more than taking a crowded bus and than transferring to a train. If you have multiple transfers, chances are that if you commute by bike it will be very similar in time. If you have the right gear, riding in the rain is fun because there is way less people biking than normal.

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Posted in: One man stabbed to death, another wounded at BBQ See in context

Just because the people around him think he is disturbed does that give society the right to lock him up because he seems off?

I wrote get the help that they need, this doesn't equal getting locked up.

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Posted in: One man stabbed to death, another wounded at BBQ See in context

man -- who has a history mental illness

If mentally disturbed people don't get the help that they need, bad things can happen.

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