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Posted in: Tokyo: A wonder of the modern world fed by its 'konbini' See in context

women can walk home late at night without fear of being robbed or attacked 

There are articles posted on this very site weekly that highlight the fact that walking home late at night as a woman isn't exactly 100% safe.

I'll give you that it is safer for women here than in many other cities, but even then, it ain't perfect.

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Posted in: Japan should weigh safety net for pandemic-hit firms, says Suga aide See in context

Already lost my job, heard hello work might help me out for 3 months, then what?

Sorry about your job. My partner lost hers back in March and had to take up a job way below her abilities just to stay afloat.

Restaurants are getting paychecks for closing early (which I am not against, of course) but the average Joe gets a silly mask and 100,000 yen. Things are about to get worse, I fear.

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Posted in: Japan’s Chubby Airlines offers box of Infinity Fried Chicken 'as big as your face' See in context

That's gotta be the weirdest business strategy I've seen in a while

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Posted in: Sony's PlayStation 5 goes on sale, pre-orders overwhelm supply See in context

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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Posted in: Sony's PlayStation 5 goes on sale, pre-orders overwhelm supply See in context

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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Posted in: Sony's PlayStation 5 goes on sale, pre-orders overwhelm supply See in context

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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Posted in: Suga vows to secure enough vaccines as hopes rise for breakthrough See in context


Thank you for your service my good sir.

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Posted in: Suicides in Japan rise in October for 4th straight month See in context

@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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Posted in: Suga vows to secure enough vaccines as hopes rise for breakthrough See in context


Man, I really can't type this morning.

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Posted in: Suga vows to secure enough vaccines as hopes rise for breakthrough See in context

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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Posted in: Release a rampaging Godzilla into your home with this ‘Burning Godzilla Humidifier’ See in context

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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Posted in: Suicides in Japan rise in October for 4th straight month See in context

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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Posted in: Japan's 'Jo Baiden' gains fame after Biden's U.S. election victory See in context


Thanks for the morning chuckles.

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Posted in: Man arrested for sexually assaulting woman in bicycle parking lot in Tokyo See in context

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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Posted in: Gov't unveils action plan to lower mobile phone fees See in context

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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Posted in: Tokyo ward assemblyman apologizes for remarks against LGBT rights See in context

The thumbs down on Hokkaidoboy's perfectly reasonable comment are concerning. Do we have homophobic individuals among our ranks?

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Posted in: Uber Eats Japan offering strange discount just for people who don’t really need Uber Eats See in context

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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Posted in: Japan’s healthcare system summed up in photo of hospital bill for father’s heart surgery See in context

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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Posted in: New Zealand PM says 'we beat the virus again' See in context

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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Posted in: Nintendo's Switch faces French claim of 'planned obsolescence' See in context

@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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Posted in: Typhoon injures 20 in Kyushu as stronger storm approaches See in context

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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Posted in: Trump encourages supporters to try to vote twice, sparking uproar See in context

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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Posted in: Handheld mask for dinner use See in context

This triggers me so hard haha.

Like @drlucifer says, why bother at this point. I'll have friends over instead, thanks.

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Posted in: 'Thrones' creators join 'Star Wars' director for Netflix series See in context

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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Posted in: Convenience store worker arrested for assaulting customer over handling change See in context

@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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Posted in: Gov't says 98.6% of households received virus relief cash handouts See in context

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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Posted in: Tokyo reports 182 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 704 See in context

@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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Posted in: Over 2 mil people used Japan's travel subsidy campaign in 1st month See in context

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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Posted in: U.S. envoy to Seoul shaves off controversial mustache See in context

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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Posted in: Tokyo reports 131 new coronavirus cases; under 200 for 1st time in week See in context

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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