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Posted in: Trump claims Hurricane Maria death toll rose 'like magic' See in context

White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said. "President Trump was responding to the liberal media and the San Juan Mayor who sadly, have tried to exploit the devastation by pushing out a constant stream of misinformation and false accusations."

The irony.

How can these people keep a straight face when they say stuff like this?

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Posted in: Facing language barriers, non-Japanese children have fewer opportunities to go to cram schools to enter senior high schools. Teaching in their mother tongues in easy-to-understand ways is necessary, and the project is nice. See in context

Cram schools are a huge part of what is wrong with Japan's education system.

The sooner they are gone, the better.

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Posted in: Over 20,000 ordered to evacuate as rain lashes central, northeastern Japan See in context

May common sense, good decisions, official procedures, and the hard working emergency services protect everyone.

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Posted in: Over 20,000 ordered to evacuate as rain lashes central, northeastern Japan See in context

I recommend everyone use common sense and make the necessary decisions to stay safe.

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Posted in: Hospital fails to report 5 deaths in rooms amid heat wave See in context


I agree. Obviously it shouldn't take 1 month to fix the aircon in a hospital during a heatwave. The problem should be fixed immediately and at whatever cost - but it's not just that. Where was the outcry from all the doctors, nurses, and admin staff who worked in this hospital? Why did it take the death of 4 people before this situation became public?

I understand that being submissive to authority is part of the way of life here, but surely at least one doctor or nurse could see that something was wrong, and speak out about what was happening.

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Posted in: End of an era: Emperor's abdication to reset Japan calendar See in context

"It is easier to imagine what the time was like if you have eras," said Kunio Kowaguchi, president of major calendar maker Todan.

A: When did Roger Bannister run the 4 minute mile?

B: That'd have been... during Queen Elizabeth II reign right?

A: Yes. When was the Mini first released?

B: Erm...during Queen Elizabeth II time wasn't it?

A: I guess. Do you remember when JFK was assassinated?

B: Yes, clearly. It was in Queen Elizabeth II era.

A: You have a good memory! When did Concorde first fly?

B: Queen Elizabeth II era?

A: Yep. Oh Nelson Mandela...

B: ...was imprisoned, released, and died all in the Queen Elizabeth II era!!

A: I'm so glad we have eras. It makes it so easy to remember what the time was like, and when stuff happened.

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Posted in: Hospital fails to report 5 deaths in rooms amid heat wave See in context

The hospital, which specializes in treating the elderly...

Hardly. It should read:

"The hospital, which claimed to specialize in treating the elderly..."

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Posted in: Treated water at Fukushima plant has radioactive substances See in context

Treated water at Fukushima plant has radioactive substances

Of course it does - a nuclear meltdown happened there.

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Posted in: Tokyo tests water sprinklers to combat heat at 2020 Olympics See in context

Waste of water. Waste of money. Waste of time.

Move it to October.

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Posted in: Medical school exam scandal exposes bias against female doctors in Japan See in context

Wouldn't hospitals pretty much shut down if it wasn't for the nurses?

Nurses are what, 90-95% female?

This suggests to me that hospitals could quite easily manage with more female doctors...

...or does a nefarious policy exist somewhere to address this critical problem and employ more male nurses?

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Posted in: Record 70,000 people sent to hospitals over past 3 months due to heat wave See in context

There was a soccer game being played at 12:30pm last Saturday at our local JHS. It was 38C.

I see people walking around in jeans and long sleeve shirts.

I rarely see anyone wearing a hat of any kind.

Every day for the last 2 weeks I've seen road maintenance workers doing the weeding in the middle of the day.

A lot of the heatstroke problems are down to pure stupidity, and lack of common sense.

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Posted in: Companies fighting back against unruly customers See in context


My initial comment was sarcasm. I thought it’d be obvious that I wasn’t including 100% of the population...

...however, the majority of foreign sources from the outside looking in, see Japan as being a bastion of good manners and respect (of course in comparison to their own countries). In addition I frequently hear Japanese people themselves say that Japan is well mannered and respectful (generally - not to a person).

My own personal opinion formed over the last 20 years is that Japan has a veneer of politeness which masks a large underbelly of rudeness. In many cases the politeness is not genuine, rather a necessity of a specific situation. This isn’t necessarily bad as it maintains the ‘wa’ - but it clearly doesn’t transfer to other situations that don’t require politeness as a rule.

This might be controversial, but I don’t see a huge difference in the politeness and manners of Japanese people and British people for example. Japan has more formal situations that require a certain type of behaviour and language, but in the UK people generally hold doors open for each other, say please and thank you more, and would probably help you if you collapsed in the street (I’ve witnessed the lack of these last 3 things in Japan this morning).

*This is only my opinion. Of course there are many Japanese people who are genuinely polite and respectful in all situations.

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Posted in: Companies fighting back against unruly customers See in context

You didn't think that meant every last person in the country did you?

No of course not.

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Posted in: Tokyo businesses may be asked to turn up ACs and open doors to help keep Olympic spectators cool See in context

‘Cool share’?! FFS Japan.

Just move it to October.

Qatar just moved the Football World Cup to winter for the first time - there’s your precedent you can hide behind to ‘keep face’.

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Posted in: French woman missing in eastern Japan See in context

@JapanToday - Can you not embed the tweet, or post a photo etc.?

It’s kind of common sense that such details could be vital in this situation.

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Posted in: Companies fighting back against unruly customers See in context

But but but I thought Japan was such a polite and respectful country...

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Posted in: Gov't urges quick probe into female medical university discrimination See in context

Imagine a massive iceberg, and then imagine that just a tincy wincy bit right at the top is sticking out of the water - that little bit is this story.

The only way it'll ever change is if people start sticking up for themselves, making their voices heard, and demanding that all those even the slightest bit involved are held accountable. The Japanese media should be standing front and center helping all those affected reach the necessary people, and not relent until things start changing for the better.

I work in a private medical university and based on the way it's run, I'm not surprised by this story.

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Posted in: Japan pledges to reduce plutonium, but doesn't say how See in context

They don't explain how because they know they don't have to explain how...because the Japanese media is so meek that they'll never push them on it in the future.

You see this all the time in Japanese politics - they just say stuff that never happens, and no one ever holds them to account over it.

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Posted in: Olympic boss Moriyasu appointed as Japan national football coach See in context

This is a good appointment.

Since 1998, Japan has had 8 different national team coaches of 6 different nationalities and 6 different languages. Arguably the 2 most successful coaches during this time have been Okada and Nishino - the only 2 Japanese coaches.

It seems the JFA has finally understood that communication with players, and the coach's overall knowledge of the Japanese players and system, is better than employing a token foreign coach.

Moriyasu has a great chance to develop a young, exciting Japanese squad ready for the next World Cup.

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Posted in: Over 60% dissatisfied with casino law, Abe's response to heavy rain: poll See in context

I'd oppose Casino legislation if it included me having to pay Y2,000 every time I wanted to play. They should do the same for Pachinko.

¥6,000 isn’t it??

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Posted in: Japan, Poland's foreign ministers discuss security, economy See in context

With all the important issues on the agenda, I wonder if they spent the last 10 minutes of their meeting just having a general chit chat.

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Posted in: Japan enacts law to lower adulthood age to 18 See in context

20? 18? It doesn't really make a big difference.

At the end of the day being an 'adult' in Japan doesn't mean you get treated like an adult. Nor does it mean you are expected to act like an adult.

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Posted in: Janken See in context

janken isnt ‘similar’ to rock-scissors-paper...it’s literally the same thing.

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Posted in: Prosecutors drop charges against ex-bureaucrat over document tampering See in context

So a little bit of forgery / fraud is OK?

ill remember that next time I do my tax return.

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Posted in: Sit and think See in context

In addition to taking a photograph and publishing it in the national media, I hope someone approached the man to see if he was OK.

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Posted in: Gov't to unveil era name for new emperor's accession next Feb or later See in context

I’m so pleased they’ve decided to take this route... Knowing that next year will be 2019 is confusing me already.

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Posted in: Cool Biz campaign begins across Japan See in context

Why are the 5 'models' standing so closely together - is it so we can't see the rest of the office staff behind them wearing their suits and ties?

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Posted in: Man arrested for hitting ‘noisy’ 10-year-old boy with hammer See in context

Did he put a Wacky plaster on the boy's chin too?

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Posted in: Immigration authorities prevented Turkish man with appendicitis from seeing doctor See in context

dcog9065Today 09:43 am JST

This incident would have been avoided if illegals are deported on arrival to Japan.

Keeping these immigrants here and pent up for extended periods is not a good policy and they should all be deported immediately instead.


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