Hello Kitty 321 comments

Posted in: Body of newborn infant found floating in river See in context

@Slickdrifter

I hardly think that it is the dark side of Japan, I am sure that the same thing happens in other places too.

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Posted in: Group sues over next emperor's enthronement funding See in context

There they go, ignoring the Constitution again, no wonder they want to rewrite it.

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Posted in: Another Brexit referendum is a terrible idea See in context

Considering the pro-Brexit party lied and broke the finance laws during the last referendum, perhaps it would be a good idea to hold a more honest one.

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Posted in: Abe says he is aiming for constitution change by 2020 See in context

Why bother changing the Constitution, the government ignores most of the time anyway.

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Posted in: Prince's remarks become hot topic in Japan See in context

@ Kapuna

The fuss is not about the use of public funds to install a monarch on the Imperial throne, it is about the government spending taxpayers' money to perform a deification ceremony, which is purely religious and therefore breaches the constitution.

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Posted in: Case dropped against mother whose son died in bicycle accident See in context

@ rainyday: The law says it is okay to use a sling for one child and one in a child seat

幼児用座席に幼児を1人乗車させ、幼児1人をひも等で確実に背負って16歳以上の者が運転する場合

@ Do the hustle: Which law was she breaking?

@ nakanoguy01 Why reckless endangerment?

@ Ascissor What should she have been punished for? Carrying (not using) an umbrella?

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Posted in: San Francisco to vote on taxing rich businesses for homeless See in context

San Francisco has come to be known around the world as a place for aggressive panhandling, open-air drug use and sprawling tent camps,

I hardly think so.

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Posted in: Do you have tatami mats where you live? If so, do you find it hard to keep therm clean? See in context

All our rooms, apart from the kitchen, have tatami and we just use a vacuum cleaner. They are much easier to keep clean than an unhygienic carpet.

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Posted in: Syria: Victory over 'terrorism' is near; U.S. must leave See in context

Why does the article find it necessary to say "President Bashar Assad's government refers to all armed opposition and rebel groups fighting Syrian forces as 'terrorists,' not just Islamic State or al-Qaida militants." ? As the 'rebel groups' use "unlawful violence and intimidation, especially against civilians, in the pursuit of political aims" they obviously are terrorists, whatever their Western handlers may like to claim.

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Posted in: Do you think volunteers for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics should be paid? See in context

If they are paid, they are not 'volunteer workers'. Of course they should all be paid but they should not called volunteers.

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Posted in: Russia holds naval drills in Sea of Japan See in context

@Halwick

The Russians and Chinese are holding military exercises in their own territory and territorial waters. Just because it is called the Sea of Japan it doesn't mean that it all belongs to Japan.

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Posted in: U.S. denounces legitimacy of International Criminal Court See in context

There is nothing new here, Bush's 2002 American Service Members Protection Act authorized 'the use of military force to liberate any American or citizen of a U.S.-allied country being held by the court'

https://www.hrw.org/news/2002/08/03/us-hague-invasion-act-becomes-law

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Posted in: Japan rejoices in having first grand slam champion See in context

Now that she has reached the age of twenty she will have to decide if she wants to be Japanese or not, but considering she only live here until she was three, I think that makes her more American than Japanese.

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Posted in: Taliban say no peace with 'occupation;' want U.S. talks See in context

@Serrano

It is not for anyone else to say. It was outside interference that started the whole disaster to begin with.

In 1977 Afghanistan was transforming itself into an enlightened, modern and democratic society until President Jimmy Carter’s National Security Advisor, Zbigniew Brzezinski decided to arm the Pashtuns (now known as the Taliban) to lure the Soviet Union into the country to give Moscow its own Vietnam.

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Posted in: U.S. hits Russia with sanctions over nerve agent attack in Britain See in context

The headline should read: 'U.S. hits Russia with sanctions over ALLEGED nerve agent attack in Britain' as the UK has yet to provide any proof that Russia was involved.

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Posted in: Aspiring Canadian cosplayer living in Tokyo arrested for sham marriage See in context

@ Hallowed

Since when was the concept of marriage only for convenience and tax purposes? What a weird idea.

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Posted in: Fuchu – A top 5 guide to the 'Mystery City' See in context

But the Ajinomoto Stadium is in Chofu not Fuchu.

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Posted in: Annual eel-eating day becomes pricey treat in Japan See in context

They should also provide eels with a way to avoid all the dams that have been built preventing them from traveling up the rivers.

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Posted in: No. of homeless in Japan falls to 15-year-low See in context

I wonder how many of them are clearing up the mess Fukushima

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Posted in: Shoko Asahara, hanged cult guru, used mixture of charisma and mysticism to lure followers See in context

If the police had bothered to investigate the Matsumoto sarin attack instead of simply deciding that one of the victims (Yoshiyuki Kōno) was the perpetrator, the attack on the lawyer and the subway attacks could have been prevented. This was despite having a tipoff saying that Aum were responsible, but there has never been an inquiry into their failings.

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Posted in: Syria regime advances in south as air strikes kill 15 See in context

"At least eight battered rebel-held towns in southern Syria returned to regime control"

Surely that should read, "At least eight battered terrorist-held towns in southern Syria returned to government control"

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Posted in: Gov't orders check of concrete walls after Osaka quake deaths See in context

@lucabrasi

No, the reinforcements were not fine, the top half of the wall and the bottom half of the wall were obviously built separately and you can see that only about 10 cm of steel reinforcement had been inserted into the bottom half.

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Posted in: Gov't orders check of concrete walls after Osaka quake deaths See in context

@ ReformedBasher/Goddlucktoyou

The safest is to grow a hedge.

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Posted in: Gov't orders check of concrete walls after Osaka quake deaths See in context

Looking at the photographs of the wall, it would appear that the upper half of the wall was added at a later date, probably to prevent dirty old men from looking at the children in their bathing costumes while they are swimming. As a result, the steel reinforcement was very shallow where the old and new walls joined. On the right side, you can see that there is a chain-link fence and originally this probably ran along the road side too.

Regarding the fact that in Japan the blocks are not staggered, this is because of the steel reinforcing. If the rods are very tall, it is impossible to lift blocks over the top, and therefore the reinforcing runs up between the joints.

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Posted in: Gov't to go ahead with sales tax hike in Oct 2019 See in context

Every time they have raised the consumption tax, they say it is to pay for social services, but they continue to reduce benefits while raising taxes.

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Posted in: Why is Akihabara shortened to Akiba? The historical reason may surprise you See in context

When I came to Japan people referred to it as 'Bahara'

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Posted in: Russia criticized at U.N. over Ukraine conflict, Crimea, downing of Malaysia Airlines plane See in context

Of course none of this would have happened if it were not for the American orchestrated overthrow of the democratically elected government. And where is the condemnation of Ukraine for using its armed forces to attack its own citizens in the Donbass region where an estimated 2,839 civilians have died?

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Posted in: Castle restoration plan with no elevators causing controversy See in context

It is (hopefully) supposed to be a historically accurate reconstruction of the donjon, not Disneyland. It was originally made to difficult to access in order to deter would-be invaders so that is how it should be.

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Posted in: Radiation monitors in Fukushima broken; malfunction 4,000 times See in context

One would have thought that they would have had at least a five-year guarantee. Why weren't the manufacturers responsible for the repairs?

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Posted in: Western powers say air strikes crippled Syria chemical weapons program See in context

Syrian children killed, Trump orders a major attack. American children killed in their school, Trump does nothing.

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