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Posted in: Osaka mayor wants to legally control when kids can and can’t use smartphones in their own home See in context, playing on their phones at night and being sleepy the next day probably isn't even in the top 10 most common reasons as to why chronic truants aren't going to school

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Posted in: Japanese firms join global calls to ditch coal-fired power See in context

funny, my area has embraced solar panels and wind turbines without much complaint - though I guess our local nuclear power station looming over us is probably an influence on the lack of complaints

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Posted in: Plain Japanese key to inclusive, multicultural Japan See in context

I have a friend who only speaks Japanese - but has lots of foreign friends. She knows that I can hold a conversation about most things, but will immediately switch to 'simple' Japanese for me when the topic exceeds my level. It's really not that hard to do, and I do agree that it would be extremely useful for disaster situations. Probably more useful than the butchered English that NHK puts out.

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Posted in: Survey reveals 70% of Japanese adults believe corporal punishment is necessary See in context

If you need to use violence to parent/discipline your child, you're not doing a good job. My parents never raised a hand against me, and I still received punishment appropriate to my bad behaviour. A child can be taught consequences without the threat of violence.

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Posted in: Disgraced Weinstein says world forgets he 'pioneered' women in film See in context

does he think that excuses his terrible actions? also cmon dude, no one is buying the zimmer frame shtick

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Posted in: 1-year-old boy dies after being hit by car driven by mother See in context

what a tragic accident, I can't imagine how the mother must be feeling

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Posted in: Japanese, Korean, Chinese: Which language is the easiest to learn? See in context

Really it all boils down to what your personal strengths are. I know myself that I can pick up a language just by listening and speaking, but I have a very hard time learning a new writing system. Which is why my Japanese colleagues get very confused that I write like an elementary second grader when I am much more fluent while speaking.

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Posted in: Department store reviews plan for staff to wear menstruation badges after outcry See in context

I'm actually all for being able to openly talk about being on your period, and removing the stigma surrounding menstruation, but start that in schools and education, not with some silly badge.

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Posted in: Abe urges China to maintain free and open Hong Kong See in context

Ricky: yeaaahhhh I don't believe that 'urging' China will make them change anything. Condemnation doesn't do anything, either. Tibetans and the Uyghur people can testify to that.

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Posted in: Abe urges China to maintain free and open Hong Kong See in context

Oh yes well done Abe for doing the absolute bare minimum, such a great and wonderful leader, whatever would Japan do without your completely empty and meaningless words

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Posted in: Conservatives submit ex-imperial member restoration proposal to Abe See in context

Amaterasu forbid that a woman becomes the head of a constitutional monarchy where the monarch is supposed to be nothing more than a figurehead...unless these ossans are still living with the idea of restoring an empire or something

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Posted in: Sex crimes remain significantly underreported in Japan: gov't survey See in context

When people are told to 'gaman' harassment and bullying from a young age, why would they trust any authority figure enough to report it sexual harassment/assault?

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Posted in: University entrance exam to test reading, listening for English See in context

ALT here. y'all should see the English textbooks for elementary and junior high school. It's boring. It's difficult. I don't blame my junior high schoolers for completely giving up because this language is already hard enough to learn, without the fuddy duddies at MEXT deciding what obscure vocabulary and grammar they think should be taught and not giving a second thought to actual teaching techniques or anything that might interest children. The system is failing them from the primary stage.

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Posted in: 'Queer Eye' mini-series takes detour to Japan See in context

I binged the Japan mini series in one night and my face was so swollen the next day because of how much I cried. Especially for episode 2 and 3, with the young man and woman who were so full of self loathing because of the pressure from people around them.

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Posted in: 10 detainees go on hunger strike at Japanese immigration center See in context

lord, the lack of empathy in this comment section is depressing. is it nice to live in such a black and white world, where all laws are fair and just, and all people are either good or evil? I guess it must make things more simple, especially something as complicated as immigration.

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Posted in: U.S. upset by ASEAN's 'effort to embarrass' Trump via partial boycott See in context

the mental gymnastics that the White House had to perform to make this statement would be almost impressive if it weren't so farcical

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Posted in: Direct-to-consumer genetic test results may be unreliable See in context

I saw an investigative video on YouTube where identical twins sent their dna into a variety of these different genetic services to see how the results would differ between services and the twins themselves. The conclusion was that they're highly inaccurate because they don't have a wide enough pool of 'control DNA'. I'd never pay for one myself, even though I'm mixed race and very curious on my ancestral history. (plus I'd really like to know if the diabetes from dad's side or the heart disease from mum's side is gonna get me first)

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Posted in: Man robs convenience store, then asks employee to call police See in context

A government has failed when voluntarily giving up your freedom is the easiest road out of poverty

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Posted in: 15-year-old girl sprayed in face as she walks to school See in context

They target young girls and women because they won't fight back. Manly hey

on top of that, in cases like these the perpetrator often has a mentality of being angry at women for the things that aren't going well in their lives - eg; no girlfriend? it's all women's fault, not theirs.

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Posted in: Typhoon highlights need for multilingual disaster alerts in Japan See in context

Okay so I can speak Japanese well enough, but reading the disaster alert messages that came to my phone during Hagibis? First, they're multimedia messages so you can't copy and paste them into Translate, noooo, gotta screenshot and then put them in. Then there's the issue with Translate not being perfect, misreading some place names, and just occasionally leaving out entire grammar points that change sentences. I also have the Japan Shelter app which gives me disaster alerts for wherever I want and automatically translates them but that makes the text lose all its formatting which makes it near impossible to read.

Foreigners living here could get by if they're tech savvy and know a decent amount of Japanese (that's not to say many are). But if you're a visitor who only knows how to stiltingly say 'arigato', none of this is useful. AND the NHK news channel had a translator with poor pronunciation and grammar skills when translating into English. There was only one translator who had a decent grasp of the English language.

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Posted in: Lawmakers eye restoration of ex-imperial members to ensure male succession See in context

I think my eyes just rolled so far back into my head that I saw an alternate universe where these old men were voted out of power

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Posted in: School lunches keep Japan's kids topping nutrition lists See in context

I work in a school and can't eat the school lunches because of allergies/I tolerances. But my colleagues do not like school lunch. It's mass produced food, made in a school lunch centre for seven schools, which is roughly 2000 kids and a couple hundred staff. The meat and veg are often overcooked, the bread is dry, and the adults usually struggle to finish it.

To contrast with my own experiences, I went to school in the UK when the Jamie Oliver rules were beginning to be implemented. We had an on site cafeteria, with fresh healthy food prepared on site on the day.

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Posted in: Canadian father sues Japanese firm for paternity leave harassment See in context

women: get demoted, ignored, or fired for taking maternity leave

men: get demoted, ignored, or fired for taking paternity leave


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Posted in: Users tell us they don't want their children to see tattoos. We don't want Japanese customers to leave us. See in context

I've been told I wouldn't be allowed in to a few onsen places, and I've been told 'of course you can come in, we welcome everyone' by others. The ones that were welcoming were of the 'slightly old but not old enough to be traditional' style of onsen, though. I have yet to find a proper traditional ryokan that will let me into their public onsen.

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Posted in: Hong Kong police slammed as 'trigger-happy' after teen shot See in context

I saw a comment from a Hong Kong protestor on a video last week - 'peaceful protests didn't work in 2014. look at the Umbrella Movement. It changed nothing'. A certain amount of violence in protests is probably necessary for change. This could very well be the metaphorical bullet in the foot of the Hong Kong police force.

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Posted in: No kidding: Japanese airlines offer seat maps to avoid bawling babies See in context

I can block the noise of screaming children, snoring, and toilets with my headphones. I can't stop the middle aged passenger punching the back of my seat because they underestimate the sensitivity of the touch screen. I can't stop the guy elbowing me in the side because he's taking up both the arm rests. Babies are the least annoying thing about flying tbh.

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Posted in: Almost 20,000 foreign children in Japan not attending school See in context

I work in a school district with quite a large number of foreign children with low levels of Japanese, and parents who have even lower, if any, Japanese ability. I'm 100% certain that if the district didn't employ a translator for the school, at least half of those children would not be coming to school. The translator is constantly writing school notices in different languages and ringing families, on top of being an interpreter for parent teacher meetings and going to class with the children to help them with math and Japanese.

And even with the translator's help, the staff at the school talk to and about the foreign parents like they're dirt on their indoor shoes. The foreign parents might not understand Japanese but they don't need to to understand the contempt that some of the teachers have for them, for the apparent crime of being not-Japanese. The only reason these kids aren't attending the local international school is because their parents are blue collar workers who can't afford the fees.

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Posted in: On the go See in context

hate those things, the noise plus the smell of the gasoline they use is an instant migraine trigger. plus they tacky af

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Posted in: Shinkansen to require reservations for large suitcases from next May See in context

Just install a dang luggage rack in each carriage, for crying out loud it's not that difficult.

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Posted in: Month-long release of Kyoto arson victims' identities ends See in context

I'm torn, to be honest. I understand the families' desire for privacy to mourn, but I also understand the desire of fans of the animators to know if a person they admired is alive or dead. Especially the more we'll known directors and animators, as artists like that absolutely have an impact on people.

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