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Posted in: An estimated 33% of married couples get a divorce each year, according to the Japanese government. Why do you think the figure is so high and do you think this is a worldwide trend? See in context

My wife and I just clocked up 30 years of marriage....with a couple of years co habiting/travelling before getting hitched.

Marriage is like a garden...if you ignore it, weeds will take over .

I'm lucky wife is still a hottie , we make each other laugh, and she never has a bad word to say about others.

People, you have to put in some work to make marriage work.

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Posted in: Ex-student awarded damages over high school rule that banned dating See in context

Just on the "its a private school, they can make whatever rules they like " comments....I'm sure Japanese domestic law and any international treaties Japan has signed over rides the school rules.

If Japan is a signatory to any UN "rights of the person " treaties/documents there seems to me to be a restriction of a students rights/freedoms of association in a ban on dating .

Japanese judges are probably not known for abstract application of law.

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Posted in: Smoking cannabis may be more harmful to lungs than tobacco: study See in context

Dont smoke so much.....pot or tobacco or opium { my fave }

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Posted in: Man arrested for punching mother unconscious on her 100th birthday See in context

How long has he been bottling this up ??

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Posted in: Japan has stopped printing its current yen bills; Mt Fuji only element to be retained in new set See in context

Exterminate with extreme prejudice the 1 and 5 yen coins

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Posted in: Sydney records wettest year since 1858 as eastern Australia braces for more floods See in context

It's called "Climate Change ".

No use cherry picking what Tim Flannery said or didnt say...all the records are being broken.

Ask Pacific Island people if the seas are rising ?

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Posted in: English-speaking-only bar opens in Osaka and Tokyo; yellow cards for those who don’t follow rules See in context

I worked in a central London Pub {during the punk era }

I couldnt understand the "English " of half the customers {native Brits }...the variation from those originally from towns and areas outside London was incredible.

Some geezer ordered a "pint of light and bitter " but he may as well have been speaking Chinese for all the comprehension it conveyed.

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Posted in: Emperor to take prostate MRI test in November See in context

Be a MAN !!!

Take the finger like everyone else !

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Posted in: Australia to rescue families of Islamic State fighters from Syria See in context

Lakemba !!!

A name steeped in notoriety least in the febrile minds of right wing ratbags.

Lakemba is a suburb in western Sydney with as many Chinese, Indians and probably Aussie born as Arab Muslims.

We have a new Government in Australia and the days of name calling and point scoring are over.

Now... Byron Bay ....have you heard that a few years ago it had the highest rate of street violence in NSW ?

Gee, you thought it was trend setters, influencers and Hollywood stars didnt you.?

Dont get me started on Coonabarrabran !

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Posted in: Buying a home in Japan: What you should consider See in context

I've found out there are lots of taxes and costs we didnt investigate, body corporate rates doubled over 5 years,issues like flooding, landslides etc all important as well.

Not sure about the "Japanese dont haggle " idea....depends on the seller.

Broke companies, people owing taxes and the dead all seem to haggle.

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Posted in: What advantages does marriage offer that a single lifestyle doesn't? See in context

Clean underpants...

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Posted in: Two plead guilty over death of 5-year-old boy left on bus See in context

Basically they had one job....safeguard the children...and they failed.

Jail time should be imposed.

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Posted in: Australia holds national day of mourning for Queen Elizabeth II See in context

Nah, we've had holidays for the Queen's Birthday etc's BBQ time not "God Save the Queen " singing time.

Who would turn down a day off work.

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Posted in: Japan's average residential land price rises for 1st time in 31 years See in context

just to compare with Australian house prices, aussies seeing the first downturn in 2 decades.

Prices still sky high by the way.

Some reasons that apply in Australia and not Japan

1/We have immigration at around 200,000 per year not including {long term } temporaries seeking permenant residence. That drives up prices mainly in cities as migrants seek work and countrymen in cities.

2/Retirees from cities move to coastal and regional areas with the gains made from selling at the inflated city prices. That pushes up prices.

3/We had a long term mining boom where average salaries exceeded $200, 000 per year. Lots of people "bought up " in good locations {although mining town prices now at a low ebb}

4/ House loan interest rates where at historic lows for a decade or more. Now interests rates are rising and people crapping themselves.

5/Towns and locations in cities with a certain "cache "saw exponential price gains. At one stage Byron Bay was the most expensive place to buy a house.

And housing was and is a speculative market in Australia, especially cities.

That explains why so many Aussie conversations are about housing and how much you paid .

Pretty boring conversations actually

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Posted in: Higher restaurant prices add to pressure on consumers in Japan See in context

I bought 2 camp chairs and a collapsible wife and I eat out with bento boxes by riversides and beaches.

More fun , cheaper, less Covid doggie always welcome.

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Posted in: 2 dead, over 70 injured after typhoon slams southwestern Japan See in context

Yubaru wonders why people build on slopes.

Good question.

Maybe traditionally, flat land at the bottom of valleys was used for rice cultivation.

But yes, I often see houses in precarious location, meanwhile the Forestry Department does a clean sweep of the trees on slopes above.

No trees, no roots, no binding of the soil.

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Posted in: Over 75s top 15% of Japan's population for 1st time See in context

I'm noticing Doctors and the like are talking to my MiL about various surgeries {she's aged 87 years } as future problems could pop up.

So , I dont know if that is a good thing {prolonging life } but if you want to keep on keeping on, Japan is the place to be.

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Posted in: Man arrested for abduction of 15-year-old girl he met online See in context

Hello Michael could join the Australian Navy aged 15 and 9 months in the 1970.s.

Now the earliest to join any of the Armed Services is 16 years, 6 months of age .'Apprenticeships on building sites {quite dangerous } start around the same time.

Not sure if a blanket "aged 15 and your frontal cortex dont work " is correct in all cases.

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Posted in: When someone uses that trite expression of telling you to think outside the box, how are you supposed to know what the box is? See in context

A successful funeral parlour operator should always think INSIDE the box

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Posted in: Did anything you learned at school prove useful for you in the adult world? See in context

Life isnt fair and rich kids suck.

Sorted this out on the rugby field though

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Posted in: Man arrested over murder of girlfriend at party in Nagano Prefecture See in context

Hey 2Bob above, the claims you make ARE NOT seen in studies done in USA where Trumpistas made various claims about Latinos and crime.

REAL studies showed a lower incidence of criminal convictions among migrants compared to native born Americans.

Sorry to deflate your claim but methinks some misunderstanding/prejudice on your part exists.

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Posted in: Bill Gates: Technological innovation would help solve hunger See in context

Redistribution of obscene wealth probably a better solution Bill.

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Posted in: Iconic French New Wave director Jean-Luc Godard dies at 91 See in context

I studied him .

One of his "devices " was to show the film as a construct....a post modern idea whereby the actual tools of film making process, including editing, or even showing a cameraman at work on the film , were available for the viewer to see.

Unlike a Hollywood film where the film tries to provide a reality and not refer to itself as a "film ", but a slice of real life.


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Posted in: Australian man killed by kangaroo in rare fatal attack See in context

And firearms are NOT banned in Australia.

There is a process to go through to get a licence and buy a firearm , no more difficult than getting a driving licence.

The difference is in Australia most of the things that kill you {snakes, sharks, etc } are protected species and cant be SHOT anyway.

Farmers and sporting shooters have little problem getting firearms.

The rest of the male population likes to fight, not shoot, when sorting out difficulties.

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Posted in: Australian man killed by kangaroo in rare fatal attack See in context

Unsure about the fatality rate for kangaroo/human attacks....but attacks are fairly common.

We in Australia start our killer animals at the "irakunji " size "jelly fish the size of a coin ", move onto spider size

{funnel web }, then snakes {eastern brown, death adder etc } ,angry wombats, cassowaries in North Queensland , white sharks and bull sharks , crocodiles , and yes, now skippy.

Any wonder most Aussies live in big cities.

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Posted in: With all the bad news in the world, whether it is the war in Ukraine, coronavirus, climate change , economic problems or political divisions, do you sometimes get tired of the news and just "switch it off?" See in context

Employers of our posters must be happy to learn they only read JT and post during work hours !

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Posted in: Kayaking eco-tour brings unique cleanup effort to World Heritage Site See in context

Plastic....what a nightmare product.

Garbage everywhere on the planet.

I used to clean my local beaches here in Japan. one kicked in to help......tourists would sunbake amidst flotsam/jetsam.

Locals here clean up for tourist periods only, rest of the year its plastic time.

I once collected a couple of garbage bags full and was reprimanded for putting this with other waste to be collected.

Collected a car boot full of pet bottles, took to the local garbage place and told,...this waste collected outside our area....will accept this one time only.

I gave up.

Even surf beaches were,nt clean.....again, cleaned a whole bloody beach with zero help from surfers.

I gave up and I give up....this problem is too big for me.

Japanese acceptance and apathy are one and the same.

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Posted in: For love or for money? TV star’s views on marriage make waves in Japan See in context

Remind me , didnt The Buddha say "desire is the cause of suffering "?

Marry for love people, the best things in life are free anyway .

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Posted in: Okinawa voters expected to turn backs on central gov't despite China threat See in context

"Voters in Okinawa " means those voting within the existing parameters of the existing democratic system.

A little disingenuous to invent other "realities " based on one's supposition about the "real Okinawan feeling ".

Cant Okinawans' vote for themselves. ?

They seem not to want US bases on their land and the great risks that poses to ordinary people there.

Okinawa's problem is one of geographic location ie close to China, yet part of Japan, should hostilities erupt.

Between a rock and a hard place.

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