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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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Posted in: 61-year-old man kept father's body at home; says he didn’t want to be separated from him See in context

That's just super sad...

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Posted in: Olympic test events offer chance to assess impact of extreme heat See in context

uncovered baseball stadium^^

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Posted in: Olympic test events offer chance to assess impact of extreme heat See in context

Last week I was at an outdoor music festival where it was 35 degrees all day. I drank about 6 bottles of pocari (which I hate but it was the cheapest and most available drink there) and there were very few shaded areas. Even with my cool sheets, portable fan, cool spray, reapplication of sunscreen, and constant hydration, I still had to be laid down in a shaded area because I felt very ill at around 3pm, and I got slightly sunburnt.

One of the stages was in an unconverted baseball stadium. The plastic seats were burning hot. I could not understand why there wasn't a single shaded area in the stadium.

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Posted in: Tokyo holds test to ease highway traffic during Olympics See in context

The Tomei from Yokohama onwards is a nightmare on a good day.... I don't even want to think about the chaos closing gates would bring.

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Posted in: J-rock star Miyavi on mission to change Japan's tune on refugees See in context

I dunno about that whole 'Japan is becoming more accepting of foreigners' thing...white, college educated foreigners, maybe. I work in a school in an area with non-white, blue collar foreigners and their children are treated like dirt by students and teachers alike.

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Posted in: Big plastic user Japan fights waste ahead of G20 summit See in context

I've finally trained all the employees at my local 7/11 that I want my purchases in the empty tote bag I've placed on the counter, and that if I need chopsticks or a spoon, I'll ask for it. Occasionally a newbie will start to pull out a plastic bag before a veteran employee shakes their head at them.

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Posted in: Over 60% of women face enforcement of wearing heels at work, study finds See in context

ah yes, the necktie, the damager of....Adams apples? yes, wearing a necktie definitely causes as much pain, injury, and all round discomfort as heels do. gimme a break.

(I wore a tie for 7 years of schooling, before anyone tries to tell me how uncomfortable it is. I am well aware. Still doesn't compare to the pain of heels after 8 hours.)

we should all do like schools in Japan do and wear sneakers with suits.

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Posted in: Politician’s birthrate plan: Parents should nag their kids to have at least 3 babies See in context

hahahahahhahaahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha with what money am I supposed to raise one child, nevermind three?

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Posted in: Japan to open up job fields for foreigners graduating from universities See in context

why would a graduate bother working retail/manufacturing in Japan when they can go home and do it for the same, if not marginally better, pay? Good lord, this is insulting to foreign students and Japanese universities.

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Posted in: 13 teen boys caught peeping into girls’ hot spring bath during class trip See in context

Just shows they have no respect for their female classmates and their privacy, nevermind the other women using the hotel. If I were the parent of one of those girls I'd want them to be punished.

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Posted in: Japan's child population falls for 38th year, hitting postwar low See in context

The article isn't clear on it, but I'm curious as to whether or not children born to non-Japanese parents in Japan are counted in this census. I know they're not Japanese in the eyes of the government, but they do contribute to the population numbers of this country.

But as a woman, I wouldn't want to raise my children here, for a plethora of reasons. Lack of childcare, lack of job advancement, education costs for public schools alone are shocking, plus I don't want to dedicate every single weekend to club activities and have to wake up at 5am to handmake a bento because a sandwich, yogurt, and piece of fruit would show my child up in front of the other kids.

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Posted in: Japanese police officer gets pay cut for using dating app to see several men See in context

woman has intercourse outside marriage, woman gets punished. what year is it.....?

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