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Posted in: Premarital medical tests spreading as Japanese tie the knot later See in context

I’d want to know why it wouldn’t be a good idea to check for diseases before marrying someone- wouldn’t you?

Especially since not many people here get regularly tested for STDs - or always use a condom! I'm pretty sure a lot of young Japanese go through their twenties without ever getting checked! STDs are often symptom less and can cause infertility, so really, checking before getting married - at the very least - should be encouraged! In an ideal world, everyone should get checked every year... I wish the Japanese government would make all STD checks free. Unless you have symptoms, it's not covered by insurance and you have to pay everything out of pocket. We're talking 20,000-30,000 to check for the main ones! Insane!

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Posted in: Police step up search for missing French woman in Nikko See in context

Nakimushi-Yama is a nasty mountain... I’ve climbed it a few times. It’s extremely steep with narrow paths. One wrong step could cost you your life or leave you seriously injured. It’s also poorly maintained and few people climb it. If she wasn’t an experienced hiker with the proper gear, things could have gone wrong for her. An experienced hiker I know got severely injured there after a bad fall. She had to stay in the hospital for months...

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Posted in: Athletes, bakers continue to be favorite jobs of Japan's 1st-graders See in context

They did a similar study in the US (not only limited to 1st graders) and the girls’ answers are completely different. The most popular answer for girls in the US was doctor, not baker. I think girls in Japan really need stronger females role models.


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Posted in: Japan's average adult height declining for those born in 1980 or later See in context

So, they have determined the connection between height and smaller babies, but haven’t done anything to investigating why babies are getting smaller? The fact that babies are getting smaller should be much more concerning than a drop in average height.

That would seem to be the next logical step after they figure out that babies are actually getting smaller. You know, like they are reporting they just figured out in this article.

We already know why. Doctors here bully pregnant women into gaining very little weight so they give birth to smaller babies...


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