Lmao the downvotes are telling me there's more than one boomer here, @Fanch.
Imagine being so bitter you have to post negative comments about other people's hobbies on a Japanese news site, and then tell those same people they should spend their time more productively.
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Also, guys, can we not have a console wars over here? Who cares what console you favor. Buy your pick and have fun, won't you? Cheers
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People that say games are mind numbing generally spend their spare time watching TV or movies. By that logic, wouldn't those things also be mind numbing?
Science has shown that games can be very intellectually engaging. If you loosened up a little I'm sure you'd find one worth your time
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Thank you for your service my good sir.
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@John R My intention is far from discouraging people from talking about mental health. If you read my whole comment, you'll see that I encourage people to go to therapy. I don't know how you came to the conclusion that I discourage talking about mental health.
Of course some people here are able to talk about mental health, but in reality it's still a massive taboo and it's being swept under the rug more often then not. I'm glad the people you mentioned were able to find help. It's there if you're willing to reach out.
That being said, I work at a school for special needs. Most of our kids have suffered some kind of trauma and are dealing with mental health issues. Even in an environment like this, you wouldn't believe the kind of things you'll hear from the mouths of teachers. The majority of them belittle our kids for being different, and they constantly make light of very serious issues. When suicide is brought up, they'll go to any lengths to change the topic or laugh it off. "Haha yeah our kids sure are special." Yeah, and some of them want to die, sensei.
No doubt there are people who are more comfortable discussing mental health amongst Japanese people, but I've seen too much to believe it isn't at LEAST a massive, massive taboo here.
Again, mental health is no joke, it's no reason to feel ashamed, and we all could use a hand from time to time. Seek help.
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Man, I really can't type this morning.
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They're going to have to make the vaccine mandatory in the US if they want to beat it. Anti-vaxxers are on the rise, more misinformed and more bold in their claims then they've ever been.
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Can't wait until this useless piece of plastic makes it to it's new home for the next few thousand years: the ocean.
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For many years getting psychological help was stigmatized and Japan has the grim distinction of the highest suicide rate among G7 countries.
But when suicides hit a peak of 34,427 in 2003, alarmed policymakers drew up a comprehensive prevention program launched in 2007.
Was stigmatized? Try telling Japanese folks that you've been getting therapy and see how they react. "Oh, is there something wrong with you? Are you sick? Aaah you'll be fine, you don't need therapy, that's for nut cases!"
Japan is gonna need more than a prevention program to dismantle the toxic beliefs the population has towards mental health.
Therapy is awesome, I loved it. Don't be ashamed to go, especially preventively. Take care of yourselves out there everyone.
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Thanks for the morning chuckles.
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My partner was assaulted twice over the last 2 years. She wasn't drunk or scantily clothed either. She managed to escape mostly unscathed on both occasions. Good thing I wasn't around because I'd be typing this from prison. You know how the system works here.
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It would be nice if they could also pass new regulations for home internet. Those services are also plagues with the same issues described here. I mean they're provided by the same companies, so I'm not exactly shocked.
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The thumbs down on Hokkaidoboy's perfectly reasonable comment are concerning. Do we have homophobic individuals among our ranks?
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Often you'll find that with uber eats, not only are you paying a service fee, but the prices on some or most items have been marked up as well. Is this even a discount, in that case?
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I guess this is incredible to you if you're American..? Meh, better than paying in full of course, but as others have said here, healthcare is a human right, and at the current price, some people still can't afford it.
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Yes, more cases will probably pop up at one point or another, but in the meantime, people are much safer in NZ than most other countries. The fact is, people aren't getting sick and their elders aren't dying. I think they're right to be proud of this achievement, regardless of how long it lasts. I'm sure when that happens they'll be able to keep it astoundingly close to zero.
Good for them!
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@Hiro I agree with all that, but I'd also add that the Switch has been a great system to play my indie games on the go, too! The hardware is good enough to run 95% of indie titles smoothly.
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Kyushu and its wonderful people get battered hard every single year. Like @Aaron says, better be ready. Hope they're all fine.
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As a kid, I used to believe America was a country of scientific literacy, logical thinking, empathy, and just plain general greatness. Now, you've got anti-vaxxers, proud racists, people who believe the Earth is flat, and that big orange baby in the White House. How many lies can you justify, seriously?
Take a long look in the mirror, America. In a few weeks, you better vote. What's it gonna be?
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I wonder if they'll wait 6 seasons to ruin the show or if they'll do that from the start.
GoT fans remember.
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@Hiro Wow, are you me? haha. This year has been stressful as all hell. Luckily I've friends and my precious, oh so precious Switch and PS4.
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Mine went into paying for the ridiculous renewal fees for my apartment. You want to just, you know, stay here? Great, we'll do nothing at all and charge you a month's rent for it.
At least this time, I'm not the one who has to cover it.
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@Monty, if you were inside a station or a train, masks are an obvious requirement to even be there, if you ask me. That being said, let's use common sense. I take off my mask when I'm biking to and back from work. I'm trying not to collapse from heat exhaustion.
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As a Tokyo resident I can only hope the campaign will open up for us when the virus has been beat (if that ever happens). For now, it's all about staying home and hoarding my gold for future travels. Fingers crossed!
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Not exactly related to the article, but when I visited Korea in 2016, I went into a shop and bought an umbrella. On my way out, I mindlessly let slip a ありがとうございました out of habit. The lady who ran the shop got super upset at me and said, in English "This is not Japan. This is Korea." I apologized and explained I live in Japan and I spoke Japanese out of reflex. She gave me a "Yeah whatever" kind of answer and was visibly still upset when I left.
There is still some deeply rooted anger left amongst Koreans towards Japan. It was /interesting/ to experience it (sort of) first hand.
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Thank you Shinzo? What did he do to fix this?
Tune in tomorrow and Wednesday for a number over 300. We'll thank our savior, Lord Abe for his robust anti-corona plan.
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@vanity maybe I wouldn't go as far as saying Tokyo isn't civilized, but I would be lying if I said its people weren't cold. I'm in Itabashi, a bit more on the outskirts, and the people there have are and have always been kind, for the most part. If you're going to live in Tokyo, I suggest you pick somewhere a bit out of the way from the hustle and bustle.
Really cool reading about everyone's dream living situation. Makes me think about my own...
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Ah, America. Land of the free :)
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I am not within a meter of anyone for 15 minutes straight. Not even my wife.
Are you ok, George?
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