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Posted in: Woman stabbed to death in Amagasaki; ex-husband detained See in context

May she rest in peace.

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Posted in: U.S. sets new lower salt target for food industry See in context

The AMA in the States previously recommended 2G per day for adults.

I was hospitalized in Japan several years ago, and asked that my meals be from their "reduced sodium" menu. The first evening, when the reduced sodium meal came, the nutrition label said it had 6G of salt . . . 3x the recommended level in the States, yet, I assume it was still several grams below the Japanese daily average, which must be crazy high.

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Posted in: Mother arrested over murder of 21-year-old disabled daughter See in context

"It is called empathy. Empathize with them."

Actually, it's called sympathy if one has never been in the same situation and experienced it themselves. Empathy is when you have the same or very similar experience as the person you share the sorrow with.

Not having been in her shoes, I can't say murder or mercy killing was/wasn't the right answer, but it seems wrong to me, given other options.

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Posted in: LDP president candidates vow to double spending on children See in context

Kono said, "I will realize zero child suicides, deaths from abuse and poverty of children."

So weak-willed. Why stop there? How about world peace, cancer breakthroughs, etc. ? You get my drift...

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Posted in: Ben Affleck, Jennifer Lopez make romance official in Venice See in context

She cheapens herself with a dress top that shows 99%. Why bother with the top, at all?

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Posted in: Japan Fish College, to open in 2023, will offer curriculum integrated with the sea See in context

I think it's a very good idea; liked the curriculum, as well.

Just hope they're totally honest about Fukushima waters.

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Posted in: Luxury kuromitsu matcha frappe hits McDonald’s Japan’s McCafé for limited time See in context

May I have 1 or 2 . . . thousand of these, please?

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Posted in: Nike’s newest addition to ISPA sneaker line blends Japanese tradition and contemporary style See in context

Nike is non-bizsona (non-persona for businesses) since they featured Kaepernick. They can fall off the planet for all I care. Threw away any Nike items I had.

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Posted in: Man arrested after urinating in drink bottle of woman coworker because 'he liked her' See in context

Maybe it's just me . . but I'm thinking he may not be her Mr. Right.

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Posted in: Since the outbreak of the coronavirus, there has been talk of a basic universal income. Do you support the concept? See in context


Do there need to be programs and some funds available for those who are -unable- to function in society? Yes.

Do we need universal income? No. There will always be those who don't even try to make their own way and expect the gov't to bail them out. 'Tis socialism. Never!

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Posted in: Diner leaves $10,000 tip at Florida restaurant See in context

Ha! For those who think this story is about tipping . . you've missed the point. It's about philanthropy.

Tipping itself is a nasty custom; I think most would prefer to have a system of pricing built into costs and do away with tipping. Why should customers have to step in where the owner of an establishment shirks responsibility to pay a reasonable wage?

I hope tipping doesn't become a custom in Japan, where virtually all min. wage workers don't think the job at that level is a permanent career.

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Posted in: Japanese transport firm makes diesel fuel using ramen broth See in context

Surprised it took this long. Always thought ramen had toooooo much oil in it, anyway. Unnecessary; takes away from the taste of the noodles themselves.

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Posted in: Man arrested for stealing ¥1.2 mil from woman in elevator See in context

(Wherever he's employed..) "Mr. Takahashi, the boss would like to see you in his office.

"Gee, I wonder what that's about?"

"Oh, I don't know.....something about your employment status."

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Posted in: Immigration agency admits to mistreatment of Sri Lankan before her death See in context

There is still, most unfortunately, a small number of callous, small-minded gov't employees/bureaucrats in Japan who think that non-Japanese in their custody are sub-human, not worthy of human decency and respect, when in fact, they are the ones not worth of same. Eye for an eye: they should be put in the very same detention room/cell where the young lady was held until they become sick and die. May their souls (oops...my bad. This assumes they even had souls.) rot in hell for eternity.

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Posted in: New Harajuku-themed hotel room promises to surround you in pink and zany kawaii-ness See in context

No thanks; I'll pass.

First thought that comes to mind: Barf!

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Posted in: Canada stuns U.S. 1-0 to reach women's soccer final See in context

I'm American, but after the team took a knee during the national anthem, I'm glad Canada won (Geaux Canada)!!!!!

And yes, "You never want to lose to Canada." ??? Huh? Whut? Megan Rapinoe: Not only did we lose, but I'm an idiot!

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Posted in: 4-year-old boy dies after being hit by truck outside supermarket See in context

Ditto baktaka. Japan, by default, faults the operator of the larger/stronger vehicle. ex: truck vs car, car vs bicycle, bicycle vs pedestrian. This is wrong. Japanese justice and law enforcement need to grow up. (1) as others have posted, the driver can't control what others do, i.e., darting out in front of them, and thus, shouldn't automatically be arrested. Stupid. (2) Where does Japan get off calling drivers, because they have a license and drive over to see their aunt and uncle or go somewhere, "professional"? Geeze

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Posted in: BMX Freestyle See in context

I can't believe this, and a couple other things, are olympic sports.

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Posted in: What is umami, the mysterious taste of Japanese cooking? See in context

Hmm . . it's not an "old wives' tale" about MSG when, after eating something with MSG in it, it triggers chest pain and causes BP to go up. Those who haven't experienced it (yet) can easily call it an old wives' tale, but my cardiologist (renowned btw) says to stay away from it.

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Posted in: Russian PM visits Pacific islands claimed by Japan See in context

in this case, Power = Position. The US will never go up against Russia to assert Japan's position/claim on the islands, and Japan isn't strong enough, even if they changed Article 9 radically, on her own. Russia is pouring investments into the islands. Though Russia entered the war against Japan as a waaaaaay Johnny-come-lately, return of the islands t'ain't never gonna happen. Yet . . . Russian likes to dangle the carrot out..:(

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Posted in: What is umami, the mysterious taste of Japanese cooking? See in context

I don't believe "umami" exists as an extrasensory receptor in/on/ or near the tongue. It's a combination of other receptors already known to exist. Oh, and we all known how beneficial MSG (mainly made by Ajinomoto) is for health . . . . . Not! That stuff will kill you . . . literally!

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Posted in: Former councilman re-arrested for 3rd time over sexual assault of minors See in context

Kobe White Bar Owner: Really sorry you accidentally slipped, but it does happen. Admire your control even when slipping . . . I mean he wasn't accidentally kneed in the family jewels repository.

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Posted in: Crowdfunding opens on Japanese version of a gadget that makes any canned beer easier to drink See in context

Yep. Finally, somebody saw past those little pesky issues the world has (China, Covid, geopolitics, hunger, wokeness, etc.) and saw what the world really needs . . an easier way to drink beer, a problem which has plagued mankind for eons.

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Posted in: Toyota reaches settlement over bullied engineer's suicide See in context

Father to Toyota President: I appreciate your coming by and your words of encouragement that bullying, etc., and thousands of years of power harassment in Japanese culture will be addressed. Um . . . to that end, how about an advisory committee to your office, comprised of a majority of outside civilians with access to the Labor Dept. and the media, to ensure current and future Toyota employees are protected and being led by competent leaders, not being forced to work, which may or may not be barely a step above slavery?

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Posted in: Seoul court rejects slave labor claim against 16 Japanese firms See in context

It was the right decision by the judge, but agree it is a temporary measure which will likely be overturned higher up.

Interesting that this is an AP article, which vainly tries to say that this wasn't possible under Trump, but is possible now under Biden. Ah, the vagary. It is precisely because Biden is so weak that SK now realizes they'll have to be nice and play with others to resist the elephant in the room - - China. Biden and his son, Comrade Hunter, are currying favor with China, so SK can either go it alone or be a reliable partner in the US-Japan-SK partnership.

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Posted in: China criticizes Western brands' toys, clothes as unsafe See in context

Hmm . . . Is this the same China that had poison in their baby milk products back in 2008, but withheld the info until the olympics of that year were over? Yes China, please continue to lecture us on safety . . . Your opinion is of such value.

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Posted in: Gov't refers to possible state of emergency extension as Okinawa added to list See in context

Hey, I know! We were so successful in spreading Covid-19 with the GoToTravel campaign, let's hold the olympics during the state of emergency! What could go wrong?

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Posted in: Marian Anderson sings for the Empress of Japan in 1953 See in context

Glad she rose above the racial fray to focus on and exhibit her art. Anyone who tries to inject racism into it is incapable of understanding art and freedom.

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Posted in: Can therapy ease the trauma of U.S. racist attacks and systemic racism? See in context

Racism, in any form, is pathetic. Virtually all Americans, of any ethnicity, don't hate Asians; it's the 0.0001% that are racist, do terrible things, and grab headlines, thus inculcating the rest of us.

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Posted in: As seen in young people drinking on the street, people are losing trust in the government and they’re not listening to it. If the situation goes on like this, it will be impossible to stop people from traveling even though a state of emergency is declared. See in context

Though there's not much trust in gov't officials, the daily #s of covid infections is, IMO, at a crisis level in Japan and temporary draconian measures, such as a complete lockdown for 2 weeks and capacity of the shinkansen and other travel modes at 50% are needed, with significant fines. This "please don't go out and drink" and "please don't travel" don't cut it.

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