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Posted in: Man arrested for abduction of 15-year-old girl he met online See in context

No we don't need more info before we can judge this is a red flag.

I don’t think you understand what a red flag is. A red flag ia an indicator that something might be wrong, not a sign that it definitely is. Which is exactly what the previous responder was saying, and why he/she felt that more information was required.

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Posted in: Ferry takes trip halfway across Japan… without anyone steering it See in context

fewer accidents

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Posted in: Only 30% of Japanese drivers stop for pedestrians at crosswalks, survey says See in context

yes and your picture highlights the problem. 99% of zebra crossings in Japan are sited at traffic light controlled crossings. Drivers obey the lights and pay no attention to the black and white markings. Not surprising then that when they come across poorly signed (with blue signs not red) poorly lit and often barely visible markings that most drivers don’t consciously notice them and subconsciously don’t think of them as a hazard. Add to that the following situations:

1 you stop, the pedestrian starts to cross but cars coming the other way keep coming, you feel you are luring the pedestrians to their deaths.

2 the car behind you overtakes you and goes over the crossing anyway (more guilt)

3 the car behind has to mount the kerb to avoid running into the back of you as they can’t believe you would just suddenly stop without traffic lights.

4 the car behind runs into you

and it’s easy to see why most Japanese drivers ignore them.

Until all zebra crossings must be removed from traffic light junctions and used exclusively for pedestrian crossings, Japan will never develop the reverence for zebra crossings that exists in the UK.

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Posted in: What ticks off drivers in Japan? New survey reveals top 3 causes of road rage See in context

That does not mean that Japanese children 'are taught that traffic lights are blue not green', it means that you have not grasped the meaning of 青.

That’s true, but I don’t think Japan has quite grasped it either !!

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Posted in: YouTuber indicted for eating sashimi at supermarket before paying for it See in context

Agree 100%, this is theft pure and simple and he should serve some serious jail time. More law and order is required here to fix the growing crime problems.

Are you mental ?? The only slightly sensible thing that comes out of this utterly ridiculous and pathetically laughable case, is the blatantly clear message that this is not pure and simple theft !!

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Posted in: What ticks off drivers in Japan? New survey reveals top 3 causes of road rage See in context

Absolutely shocking that changing lanes is the most annoying thing ?? For me NOT changing lanes is the most annoying thing. People have the right to go as slowly as they want or are able. Many places in Japan are only single lane and there is no choice but to crawl along behind them. On the few occasions where are are two lanes, for pity’s sake if you want to go slowly, move to the left hand lane. The idea that many people are not moving across because they feel they will annoy other drivers for “changing lanes” is so depressingly ironic that I feel almost suicidal !!

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Posted in: Court rules defunct eugenics law unconstitutional, but rejects damages See in context

SpeedToday  08:57 am JST

Give them the money. You took away their life and family line. That's the least you can do (although I think you could do a lot more).

When you say “that’s the least they can do” you are already saying that you think they could do more, no need to say it twice.

When you say “that’s the least they can do” you are already saying that you think they could do more, no need to say it twice.

see how annoying it is ??

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Posted in: Why is Taiwan not called Taiwan at the Olympics? See in context

time to start calling China “Taiwanese China” and describing it as a rogue state off the coast of Taiwan.

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Posted in: Motorcyclist, 2 pedestrians killed in accident See in context

Personally, I never trust anything that has less than three wheels and even more I distrust the ones who even consider ever using such a device.

Sven Asai. But do you describe yourself as tolerant ?

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Posted in: Truck driver admits drinking alcohol before accident that killed 2 children See in context

Hang this animal high, and don’t tie the rope properly. Let him suffer

While I can understand your sentiment, I can't help feeling the unbelievable irony of it being posted by someone whose tag name is the name of the aircraft that inflicted incredible suffering on innocent children in Hiroshima. ???????????

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Posted in: Truck driver admits drinking alcohol before accident that killed 2 children See in context

Two wrongs don't make a right.

What a ridiculous platitude ! No one ever said that 2 wrongs make a right !!! All people want is to have something to help then cope with the ubelievable sadness and grief. Then you come along and try and take even that away ???? smhid

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Posted in: Suga refers to Taiwan as country, drawing fire from China See in context

In response to China’s “Chinese Taiwan” attitude, we should all start calling China “Taiwanese China” from now on. Taiwan should raise an international outcry everytime any refers to “Taiwanese China” any other way. They should also lobby google Earth and map makers all over the world to enforce the name change too.

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Posted in: When you hear the expression "Japan's kawaii culture," what do you associate it with? See in context

hello kitty

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Posted in: Naomi Osaka pulls out of French Open, citing mental health issues See in context

strange that its ok to withdraw from a tournament for mental health reasons with no penalty but if you try to pull out of sn interview you get fined and threatened with career ending sanctions. ???

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Posted in: Naomi Osaka pulls out of French Open, citing mental health issues See in context

Naomi, just play the interviews for laughs. When you win, tell them you just got lucky today. Tell them you thought you were playing someone else and planned for the wrong game and it amazingly all worked out. Tell them you think someone probably paid her to throw the match. Pretend you are Dick Dastardly, and tell them you put weights in her shoes so she couldnt run fast, or swapped her contact lenses over so that she put them in the wrong eyes. Just don’t take it seriously.

When you lose, just tap your hand gently on their forearm, lean forward conspiratorially, and pretend to tell them a big secret. “Don’t write this in your reports, but I believe that “Serena/whoever” didn’t want me to win, and was doing everything she could to try to stop me from winning.” The nod knowingly, as if confirming that you will stand by this revelation in a court of law if necessary.

Start each answer with something like “please dont tell anyone but ....”, “promise you won’t tell anyone.....” “just between you and me ......” “don’t tell anyone I told you but ...” “I would be mortified if this got out, but I think she actually played better than I did today and deserved to win”

If they ask anything about politics, race, activism, private lives, anything other than the game that just happend or the the next one coming up, just say “I don’t think being able to hit a tennis ball qualifies me to say anything about it.”

Just have fun with them and be playful, tell ridiculously obvious untruths and don’t let them know whether anything you say is just a joke or not. “Why do you think everything went so badly today ?” - “Ohhhh I dunno, I heard that Mercury was entering a retrograde phase and that sagittarians shouldn’t even get out of bed for the next few days. I thought I did pretty well under the circumstances.” “But your birthday is in ??? you aren’t a sagittarian ???” - “Yeah that’s right, sorry what’s your point ?”

If you can’t think these things up for yourself, pay someone (me) a lot of money to think them up for you :)

Finally, get yourself in a quiet place, headphones on full blast and play U2, “Don’t let the bas***ds grind you down” At least once a day.

Peace and Love :)

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Posted in: Sympathy for Osaka in Japan over French Open withdrawal See in context

In the history of sports interviews there has only ever been one that was anything other than boring predicable cliches and platitudes. I’ll leave to guess which one it was.

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Posted in: Suga dodges questions on whether Olympics can be held under state of emergency See in context

Suga can't respond because he is getting to much pressure. He is trying to find a creative way to cancel the Olympics. Mark this down, screenshot this.

> Why don’t they just refuse to issue entry visas to any non residents “for their own safety as Japan is now in an ememergency situation” No need to cancel the games, only Japanese athletes and media will be able to attend, but they don’t have to if they are worried about the virus. No need to forfeit any penalty clauses, everyone stays safe, only the big business advertisers lose out and no-one cares that their profits will be down by 0.2 % year on year .....

> Also, how do I exit the “quote” and write my own message ?? Can’t get the keybouard to pop up on ipad unless I delete the “quote” ??

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Posted in: Line ordered to pay ¥14 mil over patent infringement See in context

I asked LINE about the “nearby contacts” feature not working for me. They said it was not available in Japan. I asked why not and they said they couldn’t disclose the information. I asked why was it sensitive information and they said they were not prepared to discuss it ?? Why is it so secret ? Is there another patent case looming, or was it connected to this one ? Does anyone know any reason why being able to reach out to users who are local to you should be restricted and confidential ?

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Posted in: Pop star Demi Lovato identifies as non-binary See in context

shouldn’t that be “selves reflecting” “we’re happy” “our lives” “we identify” “our pronouns” “vulnerability for us” etc etc. ???

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Posted in: Coronavirus speeds up push for congestion charge in cities See in context

If businesses are going to save billions of dollars by motorists paying a congestion charge, then either the businesses should pay the charge or the motorists should receive the billions. They are not allowed to have it both ways.

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Posted in: Tokyo public schools will stop forcing students to dye their hair black, official promises See in context

as of april 2020, cant find any reference to the result of the court case brought against Osaka board of education, is it still ongoing ??

to the mods, I have sent repeated emails to Japan Today asking for information about this case but received no reply, please provide any information that you have.

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Posted in: As coronavirus infections mount, Japan at last expands testing See in context

The person who is concerned about all the negativity, should in fact be worried that most actions, comments and responses have not been anything like alarmist enough !

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Posted in: As coronavirus infections mount, Japan at last expands testing See in context

Interestingly the article explains the instability of the health system on a shortage of ICU beds. Which begs the question as to why/how the Japanese sytem normally functions with such a low level of intensive care capability. I imagine that the low crime rate, low homicide and violent crime rates, no guns, safer traffic conditions, fewer drug and alcohol abuse related incidents may all play a part in reducing ICU needs. Sadly there are higher suicide rates which tragically seldom require the need for intensive care.

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Posted in: As coronavirus infections mount, Japan at last expands testing See in context

There is something very strange here, Italy’s population is roughly half of Japan’s. Japan has 10,000 cases to Italy’s 175,000. Japan has taken 10 weeks to grow to 10,000 cases, with a reasonable chunk of time to prepare. Italy went from 500 to 10,000 cases in about 8 days, much sooner in the timeline with less preparation time. Just using the rough numbers, Italy’s situation is about 35 times as big per capita and about 9 times as intense (speed of growth) as Japan’s. If Japan’s health system is in danger of collapse now, with these relatively gentle numbers, God help us if we get into the same kind of situation as they have had in Italy ????

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Posted in: As coronavirus infections mount, Japan at last expands testing See in context

Don’t worry, those masks will be coming soon.

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Posted in: Postponing the Olympics: Here are some of the challenges See in context

Just postpone it for 4 years - simples :)

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Posted in: Raising relief funds for China means that Japan will aid the very nation taking hostile action against it. It could send a wrong message to the Chinese authorities. See in context

when they stop destroying nearly every species of animal on land or sea we might think about helping them. As things stand the planet will be a lot better off without them and their worse than useless medicines.

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Posted in: Raising relief funds for China means that Japan will aid the very nation taking hostile action against it. It could send a wrong message to the Chinese authorities. See in context

no, I think he just wants to point out that if you poo on our doorstep, don’t expect us to come running when you find you have no toilet paper.

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Posted in: Tokyo public schools will stop forcing students to dye their hair black, official promises See in context

They aren’t in high school yet but this is one of those things that really makes me second guess our decision to raise them in a country where such blatant discrimination against them is accepted as a matter of course. 

“second guess” means to try to predict what the other person is going to do, especially when their behaviour is erratic or inconsistent. I think you mean “think twice” which means to re-evaluate your own previous decision. It’s kind of hard to second guess yourself unless we’re getting into schizophrenia or mind altering substances.

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