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Posted in: Man gets suspended sentence for causing plane to divert after refusing to wear mask See in context

Why doesn’t the article say he was asthmatic like most others output there?

Asthmatic individuals are more likely to die or suffer permanent symptoms from COVID, so it is ironic when they use that as an excuse for letting the disease spread like wildfire.

The size of the virus is astronomically smaller than the size of particles masks can block. It is like a grain of rice being thrown out of the window. Policy is not really based on science but for control.

Anti-maskers talk as if coronavirus particles magically teleport through masks, so masks are useless.

Virus particles are indeed tiny, and it is true that some masks allow for some virus particles to pass through due to the type of material used or leakage around the edges, but even without a deep understanding of science it should be obvious that blocking as many virus particles as possible (especially larger droplets) will help reduce transmissions throughout the population.

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Posted in: Infant’s body found in Yokohama park; 20-year-old mother arrested See in context

Empathize with the young women.

I empathize more with the neglected and/or abused babies and/or children who suffer and/or die.

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Posted in: Survey says kids struggle with Japanese toilets, contributing to constipation See in context

Squatting is the natural way to do it, and more sanitary in the sense that your skin should never be coming into contact with any foreign surfaces.

I can understand if there are some elderly who struggle with it, but for this many children to be struggling seems to suggest an issue with physical fitness, coordination, or balance.

Most homes probably do not have squat-style toilets, but it seems like children would be learning how to use them elsewhere, unless they are actively avoiding it.

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Posted in: Uber Eats delivery worker arrested for smearing curry on apartment door of customer who gave him low rating See in context

You have to have a very hard mindset for this delivery business and even still, it really gets to you with how bad the Japanese customers treat you both directly and undirectly.

Anecdotal evidence to be sure, but all the Japanese people I know that use services like Uber Eats refuse to leave any tip, while I (non-Japanese) always tip at least a nominal 5% or 10%.

The separate delivery charges are usually not very generous, and I am not even sure that all of them go to the deliverer. (Charges for the food order itself are usually quite high, but from my understanding 60% of the food charges go to the restaurant, and the remaining 40% go to Uber Eats the corporation and not the deliverer.)

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Posted in: Uber Eats delivery worker arrested for smearing curry on apartment door of customer who gave him low rating See in context

How did Ichikawa know which delivery it was that had given him the low rating? Did he figure it out because he realized that there had been a problem with that delivery earlier that day? Uber Eats is simply opening the door to incidents like this if it indeed allows the deliverer and/of food preparer to see specifically which customers gave bad reviews.

It would be safer to simply not rate any orders or deliveries if you don't want sp*t in your food. Or, better yet, don't use Uber Eats at all. They apparently keep 40% of the fee you pay for the food (not even including delivery charges), so restaurants have to either prepare orders at a loss or reduce food quantities.

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Posted in: Mandarake used bookstore branches banned from selling adult entertainment items for 180 days See in context

Just watch you tube and this AD will come at some point.

I watch YouTube for hours every day, and see many ads in Japanese, but haven't seen this one. I am pretty sure they tailor the ads to your target demographic and/or viewing history.

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Posted in: Professional go player arrested for allegedly assaulting wife See in context

Couples fight

There is a huge difference between a fight and abuse.

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Posted in: 69-year-old man arrested over death of upstairs neighbor after noise dispute See in context

I get it. I had a day job, lady next door had a night job and would crank up the bass at 2 am. There was no escaping it.

Definitely. Sometimes the door slamming or music is so loud that the vibrations wake you up even with good earplugs in. Not condoning violence in any way, but it can literally drive you crazy when you can't get the sleep that you need because your neighbors are being inconsiderate. Japanese landlords are pretty powerless to help you, typically, so you may have no other choice but to move.

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Posted in: 69-year-old man arrested over death of upstairs neighbor after noise dispute See in context

And btw aren’t their enough tools nowadays to make or have it more quiet, like let’s say, sleeping pills, ear plugs, noise-canceling headphones or earbuds etc?

Some upstairs neighbors make noise every night, all night by stomping around, playing loud music, or slamming doors. You can't expect people to mess up their health by taking sleeping pills every night, or go to bed with headphones on every night.

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Posted in: 81-year-old man arrested for murder after pushing wife in wheelchair into sea See in context

@Padraig Bohannan

Maybe. Maybe not. We just don't know. But I tend to try and put a positive spin on stories that are ambiguous (as many are here to provoke debate) for my own mental well-being.

peace:)

Thank you. I appreciate your positivity, and did not mean to call you out personally. I just have a fear of drowning, and personally have spoken with people who nearly drowned; and for many people, those moments can feel like an eternity. Yes, these articles are often very vague and ambiguous, but in this case I can't help but think that there would have been a better way to end a life (whether mutually agreed upon or not).

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Posted in: 81-year-old man arrested for murder after pushing wife in wheelchair into sea See in context

More likely out of mutual love but still, a very difficult thing to agree to for both of them.

It might seem like a quick end to you, but to the handicapped person drowning it must have been a long and terrifying way to die. Until we know that the wife actually requested this specifically, I assume that the husband was completely in the wrong and "love" was not a factor.

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Posted in: Halloween revelers fill Shibuya with security tight after Seoul disaster See in context

Great to see so many Japanese no longer wearing the anti-social and restrictive face masks.

What's so "restrictive" about the face masks? Are you going to claim that they prevent you from breathing? The only thing that the masks really restrict is the spread of the virus, which in some cases can literally stop people from breathing.

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Posted in: How bad is red meat for you? Health risks get star ratings See in context

So far I’ve lost 8 kg going on a low carb diet. I’m eating red meat too and plenty of vegetables!

I lost over 12 kg in 3 months by going on a ketogenic diet. My cholesterol, blood pressure, and triglyceride levels all improved too, despite the fact that I ate much more red meat and cheese during the diet.

There seems to be something bad about eating animal fats and processed high-carb foods together, though. It has been theorized that all that fat in your bloodstream has more of an adverse effect when your body is simultaneously releasing insulin after all the carbs. So if you do eat the high-carb foods, you might want to avoid fatty meats.

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Posted in: Man arrested for alleged sexual assault after drugging girlfriend’s tea See in context

They are in a relationship since April? So it seems that she really is his girlfriend.

Not sure about this particular case, but it's possible that they had been meeting only once every few weeks or so, and hadn't had intercourse yet. I personally know Japanese people who use dating apps and have "relationships" go on like this with multiple partners for months.

I can't imagine that any boyfriend would do this to his girlfriend in a proper, committed, or stable relationship, so my only way to process this is to assume that he only wanted one thing from her and decided to do this depraved act if /when he couldn't get his way.

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Posted in: Man arrested for assaulting wife after she asked for divorce See in context

The D word is too easily thrown around these days during arguments.

Being physically abused on a regular basis is no "light" matter if you are the victim.

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Posted in: Japan to roll out Omicron booster shots free of charge from Tuesday See in context

Thousands of people contract COVID, and hundreds of people die from COVID every day, even in Japan where masking and vaccination metrics are relatively high. Does this mean that masks and vaccinations have no efficacy? No, this means that even more people would be contracting COVID and dying from it without the masking and vaccinations.

If in doubt, please study how viruses mutate and how they are actually contracted, and you won't have to rely on conspiracy theories. Scientists and medical experts have known about coronaviruses long before COVID-19, while the general population just went about their business spreading and contracting the traditional cold and influenza viruses.

Mask up. Get the Omicron-variant-targeted vaccine. Even if you don't care about your own health and life, care about the health and lives of others. Science has proven from the start that there is never a 100% guarantee of protection, but the pandemic overall will be less devastating if people stop resisting scientific truths.

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Posted in: Japan OKs distribution of Omicron booster shots from this month See in context

Already had the Omicron variant so why would I need this?

Vaccinations have been proven to stimulate your body to produce more antibodies than it would if you had gotten infected from exposure to the actual virus.

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Posted in: George Foreman sued for alleged sexual assault See in context

They waited 45 years before suing him??? This is beyond ridiculous!!!!

I have no idea whether Foreman is actually guilty or not, but it is a fact that a lot of abuse by famous or power individuals goes unreported due to the shame and power dynamics involved.

The social climate has become more favorable for victims to speak out, lately, though. The claims need to be investigated regardless of how much time has passed.

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Posted in: Kishida resumes work remotely after contracting COVID-19 See in context

But I really don’t see how a mask can protect you.

Airborne viruses spread when virus molecules travel from the respiratory system of one person to another. If both persons are wearing a proper mask that filters out most of the virus molecules, and that mask is worn over the nose and mouth with minimal leakage, the virus has an extremely reduced chance of spreading, and if infection does occur the case tends to be less severe.

Note: Any cloth mask without a proper filter, any mask worn just over the mouth or chin, or any mask constantly being taken off or adjusted is not going to stop the spread of infection because it won't stop the virus molecules.

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Posted in: Cases of people getting unwanted crabs skyrocketing in Japan; salmon too See in context

kani kani sagi

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Posted in: Man turns himself to police, saying he killed woman in love hotel See in context

Police quoted Miyagi as saying he met Yamaguchi, who lives in Shinjuku, at a maid cafe event about a year ago and that they had met three times since then. He told police he got angry when he learned from looking at her smartphone that she had been seeing other men.

They only met 3 or 4 times in one year, despite him living in Saitama and her presumably working in the Tokyo area. He was clearly delusional to think that the "relationship" was serious enough for her not to see other men, and desperate and jealous enough to check her smartphone without her permission.

But obviously the real issue is that he was cruel, angry, and deluded enough to murder her.

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Posted in: 'The world's gone mad': Kate Bush on 'Stranger Things' and chart reprise See in context

Great series, great song. Can't wait for Season 4 Volume 2, and hope it features a remix of the song like we heard in the recently released Volume 2 trailer!

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Posted in: Kishida, BOJ chief discuss rapid fall of yen See in context

The central bank will closely monitor currency movements and respond appropriately in coordination with the government, the BOJ chief said.

This sounds a lot like how the J government handled the coronavirus: Just "monitor" it and let is run its course, without taking any action that would involve too much cost or effort.

Only this time, there is nothing that the common people can do to protect themselves.

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Posted in: School vice principal arrested after miniature camera found in women’s toilet See in context

But is the camera in the actual toilet or just in the restroom? There is a difference here.

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Posted in: 'Top Gun' stays aloft with $86 mil in its 2nd weekend See in context

This is what happens when you focus on what the fans want, not what message you want to push onto fans. Take note Disney.

Not sure what you're implying here.

Having movies like the new "Top Gun" is fine, but many fans also want to see a diverse range of characters, or else you are pushing the message that only straight white men matter.

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Posted in: Man wanted for beating girlfriend in Tokyo in March arrested in Okinawa See in context

The glorious effects of alcohol, if only someone would admit it might be a problem instead of putting a commercial on every 10 minutes and glorifying it

Alcohol may have exacerbated the man's violent behavior or at the very least reduced his inhibitions, but this is an issue of violence rather than alcohol. This man has a psychological problem if he punched a woman in the head 20 times, whether he was drunk or not, and whether she started the "argument" or not. Alcohol does not have this effect on most people, and can even have the opposite effect of pacifying people.

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Posted in: Man wanted for beating girlfriend in Tokyo in March arrested in Okinawa See in context

But let me take a guess… he got drunk and the girlfriend got mad, instigated an argument or started yelling at him which triggered him. No logical person would start a fight with a drunk. I’m not justifying his actions but it’s usually the women who initiate the fight. 

We have no idea whether she started the argument or not, and you are in fact justifying his actions by suggesting that starting a fight with a drunk person inevitably justifies that person beating an innocent person nearly to the point of death. Being drunk is never an excuse for such violence. This man is obviously abusive, and may have been triggered by something that wasn't even her fault.

At least he didn’t kill her.

He punched her in the head 20 times, and may easily have killed her. This monster needs to be put away, for the protection of innocent lives.

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Posted in: Lebanese judge questions Ghosn after Interpol notice See in context

Can Ghosn defenders please explain why the support?

Do you think that foreigners in Japan should be allowed to be as greedy and criminal as they want and get away with it, because it's all foreigners vs. Japan in your mind?

Or do you think that Ghosn was really that ignorant about Japanese laws despite holding such a high position and no one at Nissan advised him?

I can personally verify that greed and corruption are the norm at the executive level at corporations in Japan, and most of the execs know exactly how much they can get away with and how to get away with it. The enabling needs to stop. But that doesn't justify the most greedy and corrupt of them all getting away with it just because he is foreign. He either knowingly broke Japan's laws and arrogantly went beyond the accepted norms for corruption, or wasn't qualified to hold such a position in Japan to begin with.

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Posted in: Lebanon receives Interpol wanted notice for Ghosn See in context

I hope they get Ghosn.

I realize that this comment is going to be dislike-bombed by the Ghosn supporters who only see this as a "Japan bad, foreigner good" issue, but evidence strongly indicates Ghosn is in fact guilty of everything he has been accused of in Japan and France.

If you think he is not guilty, then you also admit that he is an idiot for being so oblivious of Japanese law, and that he is incompetent of having held such high-ranking corporate positions in Japan and elsewhere. Even lowly peons would be more aware of the legal reporting standards in Japan that he blatantly ignored.

No, it is not fair that other officials at Nissan and other Japanese corporations constantly get away with what he did, and Nissan pretty much sacrificed him for their own agenda, but Ghosn is as guilty as they come received more illegal remuneration than legal.

His vehement denial and strong desire to flee are a strong psychological indication of his guilt.

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Posted in: Battle for Mariupol draws toward close after surrender See in context

The Ukrainian troops were likely starved and miserable inside the plant, but I fear for them even worse now that they are in Kremlin custody. The Russians could further starve, torture, or kill them, and Putin seems to be too unwilling to negotiate for a prisoner swap to be arranged.

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