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Posted in: Tokyo running out of beds and gear, medical staff say See in context

Where are my naysayers at? How are they going to twist the facts this time, I wonder.

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Posted in: Record 1,957 child abuse cases investigated by police in 2019 See in context

@roylance.norton

I was thinking the same thing. Can such a sudden and drastic increase can only be due to, well, an actual increase in instances of abuse?

I'm of course not denying an increase either, but I'm sure there's more to it than just that. Have people stopped closing their eyes on instances of abuse? Has the police been doing a better investigative job? Has Japan, as a whole, reconsidered the very definition of what constitutes an instance of abuse vs what doesn't?

Surely only an expert could answer these questions. We can only speculate. Nevertheless, genuinely hope there is more to those numbers than what they imply at first glance.

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Posted in: Billie Eilish: the edgy pop radical rewriting stardom's rules See in context

If all you listen to is mainstream pop music, then yes, I bet she sounds very fresh and unique. However, if you've been around the musical block and have opened your mind to different genres, I don't think you'll think of her as THAT innovative of an artist. Her music's not half bad, though! Let's just not exaggerate here, yeah?

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Posted in: Mother, son arrested for canceling hotel reservations 2,200 times See in context

No matter how hidden or untraceable you think your online actions are, there's always a fair chance you'll get caught.

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Posted in: Japanese prosecutors hit back at Ghosn's '8 hours of questions' claim See in context

@sakurasuki

Thank you for the link. It's a lot more enlightening and believable then the MOJ's finger-pointing and he-said-she-said tactics.

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Posted in: Downtown Tokyo's homeless fear removal ahead of Olympics See in context

In this country where appearances matter more than anything else, the homeless won't be spared. It's all about keeping face, isn't it.

I'm not sure what services are in place, aside from food banks and shelters, to help these people not only to get by, but also to potentially get them out of this precarious living situation.

Hopefully some can get the mental health counseling they need.

This article is also a good reminder that I should be doing my bit and find a way to help.

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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

I know he's just musing with the idea, but this is so impractical. Would the government be relying on the parents to enforce the law? If they're not parenting properly now, I don't think a law would change that.

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Posted in: Foreign student/cosplayer arrested in Tokyo for having fake Self-Defense Forces ID See in context

@OssanAmerica

"Treat this guy as a foreign spy, If anyone did this carrying a fake PLA ID Card in China, what would happen?"

Sorry, I must have misunderstood you. So, you were saying that we should treat him as a foreign spy for the time being, like they would in China, and then proceed to an investigation.

Aaaanyway.

Maybe you could clarify what your comment about how China would handle the situation was meant to suggest. And while you're at it, what does that have to do with how things are and should be handled in Japan?

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Posted in: 'Sad' Harry says he did not want to end royal role; Meghan's father criticizes them See in context

They made a joke of the monarchy? Oh, please. A monarchy in 2020 is already a joke as it is.

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Posted in: Foreign student/cosplayer arrested in Tokyo for having fake Self-Defense Forces ID See in context

@OssanAmerica

Are you suggesting we should behave like China and imprison the guy without even investigating first?

I can think of a few problems with that kind of logic.

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Posted in: Kagawa politicians want to set daily limit on how much time kids can spend playing video games See in context

Do you seriously need the government to enforce such laws to keep your kids from playing games too much? Can't do that yourself, as their parent?

How ridiculous of an idea.

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Posted in: Kagawa politicians want to set daily limit on how much time kids can spend playing video games See in context

I'd rather have my kids playing video games than sitting around mindlessly watching TV. Games can teach you all sorts of things, like critical thinking and time management. They're also a great way to bond with someone, especially one's own kids. I grew up with games, I'm still playing myself, and I really don't think the government has ANY business putting their nose in people's homes.

Here's just one article of many that touches on this topic:

https://www.manhattandigest.com/2017/06/22/video-games-improve-skills/

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