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Posted in: Taxi driver arrested for running over pigeon See in context

I actually did that once but it was an accident and I really thought the bird would fly away, plus I couldn’t slow down or swerve. Looked in the rear view and it was just an explosion of feathers. Felt kind of bad.

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Posted in: 'Wonka' movie holds remnants of novel's racist past See in context

And funny enough, I always thought James and the Giant Peach was much more disturbing lol!

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Posted in: 'Wonka' movie holds remnants of novel's racist past See in context

Then I guess we need to sanitize Romeo and Juliet and most works of Shakespeare and his contemporaries as well. Totally inappropriate in the lens of today!

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Posted in: Narita or Haneda: Which airport should I fly into? See in context

I’m my experience, unless you’re wealthy enough, most people don’t care and will book the cheapest ticket without caring which airport.

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Posted in: Man arrested after leaving ailing 86-year-old mother to die in park See in context

Most caregiver late middle age children are not parasites. A lot of them quit their jobs to take care of their parents full time. But what this guy did was low.

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Posted in: Rakuten's mobile misadventure: From ambitious plan to millstone See in context

Rakuten Mobile sim is great. Never had coverage problems even in the countrysides and mountains. Problem is Japanese will never change carriers or numbers. I know Japanese people I met 18 years ago as a student and they still use the exact same number and carrier today.

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Posted in: Doctors warn of New Zealand health tragedy after smoking ban scrapped See in context

Yeah tobacco kills. So does alcohol in excess too. It’s a slippery slope once a country starts banning something that is, come on, not illicit drugs, it’s a slippery slope. They’d be much better off taxing cigarettes through the roof so that only the wealthy can afford it everyday and the working class can afford a pack a month.

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Posted in: Shop employee fights off three robbers with polearm in Tokyo's Ueno district See in context

Idiots. Anyone ever buy gold in Ueno? Those shops are all yakuza owned or backed.

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Posted in: Do cheese and matcha go together? We find out with Starbucks Japan’s limited-time customization See in context

For the love of Christmas, why won’t Starbucks release gingerbread and peppermint mint lattes? I’ve been here 18 years and still don’t understand. Japanese seem to buy anything, even terrible, if shoved in their face.

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Posted in: French man says sister missing in Japan since 2018 a victim of crime See in context


A Japanese woman did disappear in France and was murdered in 2016. French authorities found her killer. Just not her body. Not sure what you’re talking about.

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Posted in: Mother arrested for leaving 11-year-old son at home for 3 days while she stayed with boyfriend See in context

As far as mothers go on here, she seems like one of the better ones. The boy’s alive. Anyone on here see that old 2004 Kore-Eda film Nobody Knows?

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Posted in: The Japanese twist on American fast food chains See in context

Really sad because Japan can’t even get western junk food correct. And pizza in Japan isn’t expensive because of the ingredients. It’s expensive because the Japanese are willing to pay exorbitant costs for garbage. That’s why they don’t sell pizza by the slice. Best breakfast I ever had was at a McDonald’s in Indonesia. It was this chicken and rice pottage. I don’t even think it was junk food.

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Posted in: Man claiming to be 'a woman inside' arrested for entering female bath at resort See in context

Years ago a MTF trans friend of mine had the balls (pun intended) to go into a male hot spring because she didn’t want to cause trouble. She was asked to leave and use the female onsen instead. When she explained that she was anatomically male below the manager looked confused and told her to just cover with a towel and use the woman’s hot spring because she was making the men uncomfortable. True story.

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Posted in: Takarazuka theater actress' suicide due to overwork, bullying: lawyer See in context

Takarazuka is on the same level as Johnny’s. It’s actually a much stranger organization wrapped up as a “national treasure” and highbrow entertainment. Did anyone not know this??

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Posted in: Kishida to return part of salary amid backlash over planned pay raise See in context

So what? American presidents and members of congress and the senate are paid much more.

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Posted in: Japan's ever-faithful dog Hachiko turns 100 See in context

Well, it makes for a better story than what actually happened…. That the dog came back everyday most likely because the station left out food for him everyday at the same time.

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Posted in: Murder suspect to undergo psychiatric tests until February See in context

It’s not an exact science. But the Japanese courts recently determined the American guy who murdered his wife in front of a Tokyo court house a few years ago not culpable because a psychiatric evaluation deemed him him to have schizophrenia and hearing voices therefore not responsible for his actions at the time of murder. Just saying.

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Posted in: Japan hospital denies LGBT woman support for IVF pregnancy See in context

I’m not surprised. Most obstetricians in Japan are old men who don’t have a lot of sympathy. With my two kids, each time, when my wife went the first time to check if she was really pregnant the first question they asked was if she wanted an abortion.

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Posted in: Letters from Japan: 'Finding & ending relationships' See in context

51 and single coming to Japan looking for love is better than all the 75yo western grandpas with 19yo child brides in the Philippines.

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Posted in: Former pro baseball player gets 16 months in prison for stealing whisky from supermarket See in context

There was a friend of my family growing up. Former major leaguer. He blew out his arm in his third game in the majors and could never pitch again. The guy had no marketable skills other than baseball. He kept on good terms with team owners, went back to school, got an MBA and has had a very successful career working in the owners office of one of the east coast MLB teams. This guy had a lot of options to work with baseball after his playing days were over. Sad.

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Posted in: 38-year-old woman arrested over death of newborn daughter See in context

That’s not postpartum. Postpartum doesn’t kick in seconds after birth. It’s a pathetic excuse. The woman wasn’t alone and, seemingly, had a mom for support.

Anyone on hear a parent? We all think at times we’re failing our kids or that we’re not good enough. No confidence in raising a child is also a pathetic excuse.

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Posted in: Starbucks Japan serves up 'Merry Cream' in its new Christmas Frappuccino for holiday season See in context

A peppermint latte would be nice. Oh right Starbucks Japan doesn’t use any traditional holiday flavors for their drinks:(

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Posted in: Brazilian scientists developing new 'vaccine' for cocaine addiction See in context

I thought it was the long term crippling depression, not short term withdrawal symptoms, that drive most recovering coke addicts to use again?

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Posted in: Abused ex-GSDF member attends Time event; says speaking out is key See in context


Japan is an extreme case of a matriarchal society? If that were the case, Ms. Gonoi probably wouldn’t have much to complain about.

I think the original poster meant patriarchal society.

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Posted in: Man arrested after stabbing ex-wife in the back multiple times See in context

I’m sure there are a lot of divorced guys who give this kind of thing a passing thought in bitterness but thinking and doing are two completely different things.

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Posted in: Japan's top court rules law requiring reproductive organ removal for gender change unconstitutional See in context

Do any of the folks on here posting negative comments about men in women’s bathrooms even personally know any transgender people? If they did, I don’t think they would say such horrible things.

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Posted in: Kishida cautious on same-sex marriage, separate spouse surnames See in context

I have a feeling Japanese politicians don’t want to legalize same sex marriage not because they are anti-gay per say but rather they don’t want to deal with the hurdles of changing a myriad of other laws like child adoption for same sex couples.

I have no idea what the problem with separate surnames is though. They allow it for Japanese - non Japanese couples and with marriages of two foreigners they also allow it if your relative country of origin allows it.

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Posted in: TikTok moms nurture 'detox for kids' misinformation See in context

Humanity really is not that smart in general but Americans take gullible to a whole new level! (I’m a self deprecating American so it’s ok, no need to take down my post JT for insulting others!)

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Posted in: The Rolling Stones show time’s still on their side with crackling ‘Hackney Diamonds’ See in context

Well if it it takes them another 18 years for their next album, I wouldn’t be surprised if Mick was still on stage at 98!

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Posted in: 5 personality traits that can guarantee success See in context

I know a few people personally who would fit the definition of this kind of “successful”. The good ones are the ones who openly acknowledge they’re sociopaths. The others just have narcissistic personality disorder. This list of traits, anyone can do. Empathy though, that’s a hard one to fake. Sociopaths have empathy, they just don’t care unless it serves a purpose.

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