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Posted in: Man arrested for abusing girlfriend’s 1-year-old son See in context

Poor child. Thank God I did not grow up with the capability to physically hurt a child.

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Posted in: 2 children found dead, mother wounded in Gunma home See in context

GaijinjlandToday  09:35 am JST

So sick and twisted. Why would anyone do that to a child, let alone their own children???

The power of egocentric conditioning of the mind. We are all capable of such atrocities, luckily most of us do not succumb to those evil voices in the head.

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Posted in: 2 children found dead, mother wounded in Gunma home See in context

Well, I am impressed with JT. I commend you for showing care with your words when covering cases of suspected self-inflicted death. Research has shown care with language can prevent copy-cat incidences.

It probably just a coincidence that I sent a message to JT specifically appealing to do this yesterday but I hope it continues.

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Posted in: Woman, baby die in suspected murder-suicide after fall from bridge See in context

Again, I continue to urge JT to NOT provide descriptions of suicides. This has been shown in research to contribute to copycat suicides. Please reconsider the newsworthiness of an actual description of the method of suicide. E.g. "Woman takes her child and her own live".

No more information is really necessary. I would again argue you don't actually need to report this at all. There are on average 100 suicides every day. Why not report on the actions being taken to reduce such a rate?

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Posted in: Woman sues Hokkaido gov't for not giving benefits to same-sex couples See in context

Michael MachidaToday  08:27 am JST

"Woman sues Hokkaido gov't for not giving benefits to same-sex couples"

Why would same sex people get the same rights as married people?

Um, because we want to live in an egalitarian society where everyone gets the same rights and opportunities, maybe?

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Posted in: Members of media from abroad covering Olympics to be tracked by GPS See in context

That all too familiar Japanese attitude that foreigners can't be trusted is evident here.

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Posted in: Members of media from abroad covering Olympics to be tracked by GPS See in context

Meanwhile, you have thousands of invected people walking freely around Japanese cities mingle in close quarters with everyone else.

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Posted in: Global crackdown on organized crime after high-tech U.S.-Australia sting See in context

> Michael MachidaToday  04:50 pm JST

U.S. and Australia. Good on them both!

Um, New Zealand was also a major player in this sting operation.

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Posted in: Japan Olympic official dies after jumping in front of train See in context

Thank you JT for including a helpline at the end of the article.

It would also be great if you can not use descriptive language of suicide (especially in titles e.g. 'Jumped in front of train") in articles on suicide as research has shown a clear link between such language and copycat suicides (such language is banned in some countries for this reason). Please consider the newsworthiness of the method of suicide and use alternatives such as 'took their own live".

Thank you.

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Posted in: Local governments striving to minimize waste of COVID-19 vaccines See in context

A Japanese doctor friend of mine said that if a patient doesn't' doesn't turn up for their shot they have to throw the dose away.

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Posted in: Japan births hit new record low in 2020 See in context

letsberealisticToday  11:38 am JST

Sadly, the Japanese ethnic group could become extinct in 1,000 years if current population trends continue, according to researchers. We won't be around when that happens but sad for future generations to see their people disappear.

Is there sth people don't like about this comment? I'm just curious and don't want to offend anyone.

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Posted in: Facebook suspends Trump for 2 years See in context

Why not a lifetime ban?

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Posted in: Japan births hit new record low in 2020 See in context

Sadly, the Japanese ethnic group could become extinct in 1,000 years if current population trends continue, according to researchers. We won't be around when that happens but sad for future generations to see their people disappear.

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Posted in: Virus lockdown in Australia's second-largest city extended by a week See in context

To those who are saying long full lockdowns destroy the economy, New Zealand had a full 7 weeks lockdown (everyone stays home and strict social distancing) and their economy is now booming.

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

It's fascinating the connection the Japanese feel for an athlete that has practically never lived in their country and barely speaks the language or really understands the culture. Osaka is breaking all traditional boundaries of nationality.

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Posted in: Vietnam to test all 9 mil residents in largest city See in context

EBPToday  03:49 pm JST

What a disheartening waste of resources for a developing economy. And what will it accomplish unless you test all 9 million simultaneously and get the results back immediately? Even then, what will you do with those who test positive? Lock them in boxes? There are ample precedents for lockdowns hard (Wuhan), medium-hard (Victoria, Aus), medium (California), and soft (Japan). They all work in their own ways. Use one of them. I'm glad I'm not there.

Right, so you'd prefer to be in an environment where you, your family and friends are at greater risk of being infected by a deadly, and in some cases lifelong debilitating, disease.

Got it.

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Posted in: Osaka fined $15,000 for skipping French Open news conference; could face disqualification See in context

Asiaman7Today  07:02 am JST

With fines of “only” $15,000/day, Naomi can skip French Open press conferences every day and still clear over $1.4 million if she wins the tournament, or about $700,000 as runner up.

Yes, but being banned from tournaments is going to stop her from playing at all.

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Posted in: High schools to begin mental health education amid rise in suicides See in context

Kay BowToday  01:08 pm JST

@letsberealistic

This line of thinking - while sounding benign and enlightened at first look - is really a way to place blame upon people who may still be working on their mental illness. It basically blames them for not being strong or good enough.

It’s like that old invalidating hollow platitude for people facing major depression to “just get over it” or “just be positive.” It fails to acknowledge 1. that some mental health conditions have a large organic or genetic factor (eg schizophrenia) that may require more than just a feisty spirit to overcome, and 2. It fails to recognize that severe adverse life experiences, like abuse, in your early childhood years are some of the most robust predictors of future mental health diagnoses. Knowing how to “just love yourself” is something we usually develop from the support of our families early on in life.

If you’re formative years - when both brain and a general sense of self - are spent in a home where caretakers actively degrade your sense of self through abuse or neglect, then yes, it might take more time for others to achieve and it might require help from professionals. So, please stop pathologizing what might be valid emotional expressions of real suffering.

As Frankl said: sometimes, an abnormal reaction is normal, when it is in response to an abnormal situation.

I would argue that achieving the goals mentioned in your email can happen through social support, health education, and professional help.

I'm not sure what it is about what I said that you disagree (I certainly never said depression suffers should just get over it!), but I agree with most of what you say above.

Again, learning the skills of self-respect and unconditional self-love will, in most cases, weather any external or internal life occurrence.

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Posted in: High schools to begin mental health education amid rise in suicides See in context

socrateosToday  01:09 pm JST

letsberealistic:

I like the approach NZ is going in, kindness and love throughout society...

NZ's suicide rate is 11.0 (per 100k pop) in comparison to Japan's (15.3). Perhaps Japan can learn "love" from NZ.

Here are the 10 countries with the highest rates of suicide in 2021:

Lesotho (72.4 per 100k people)

Guyana (40.3 per 100k people)

South Korea (28.6 per 100k people)

Kiribati (28.3 per 100k people)

Micronesia (28.2 per 100k people)

Lithuania (26.1 per 100k people)

Suriname (25.4 per 100k people)

Russia (25.1 per 100k people)

South Africa (23.5 per 100k people)

Ukraine (21.6 per 100k people)

USA's suicide rate is higher than Japan's in 2021 (per 100k pop).

United States 16.1

Finland 15.3

Japan 15.3

Estonia 14.9

Solomon Islands 14.7

Moldova 14.7

Sweden 14.7

Austria 14.6

Switzerland 14.5

In comparison, Honduras, Venezuela, Syria and Jordan are among the countries with least suicide rates (1.6 to 2.1), not exactly a paradise.

I think you misunderstood the premise of my comment - I was not suggesting NZ was a 'paradise' I was simply pointing out I agree with their approach to suicide as it is in its early stages.

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Posted in: High schools to begin mental health education amid rise in suicides See in context

Depression does not happen to those who actively love and respect themselves unconditionally.

Teach and demonstrate unconditional self-love.

I like the approach NZ is going in, kindness and love throughout society, from the government (our PM constantly preaches love and kindness), education, work and the home.

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Posted in: High schools to begin mental health education amid rise in suicides See in context

Love is all they need.

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Posted in: High schools to begin mental health education amid rise in suicides See in context

People are saying all these external factors such as COVID, family, bullying etc.) are the cause of depression and suicidal tendencies. No!

The main reason people (esp children) become depressed is not what is happening outside, it's what's happening inside (or rather, what is not happening inside).

Children need to learn skills of resilience, self-coping, respect, compassion and love for **themselves.**

Please shift the focus from trying to change the external (which of course, should never be ignored) to the internal for our children.

From a lifetime awareness practitioner.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 684 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 4,139 See in context

100 deaths per day is no small number. I recall back in Feb 2020 New Zealand we had a peak of 4 people in a day and people were in shock. As NZ leader said at the time, 'one death is too many'.

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Posted in: Actor John Cena faces backlash in China for calling Taiwan a country See in context

And who in the world, apart from the Chinese, doesn't think Taiwan is a separate country?! He's just expressing the view of the majority of the world's population.

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Posted in: Man gets suspended sentence for killing deer with hatchet in Nara See in context

Yeah, that's pretty depraved.

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Posted in: Record low number of pregnancies reported in Japan in 2020 See in context

Edging closer to the inevitable extinction of the Japanese ethnic group (no, Japanese is not a 'race' despite what they may say in Japan).

There are only two options, more immigrants marrying Japanese or a sudden increase in the fertility rate.

I can't see either of these happening, can you?

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Posted in: Gov't to decide Friday on extending state of emergency See in context

Interestingly, Japan is now ranked behind many developed nations in its handling of COIVD.

Coronavirus Pandemic: Ranking The Best, Worst Places to Be (bloomberg.com)

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Posted in: New Zealand health systems hackers release patient details to the media See in context

Probably either Russian or Chinese operatives testing out future attacks on more prominent targets (i.e. Japan, US, UK).

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Posted in: Gov't considers new cash handout for needy households See in context

ScarceToday  06:56 am JST

America has payed out over 10k USD to me. Japan gave a few bucks...give me more Japan!!!

Okay, thanks for admitting to scamming a system (in two countries) meant for people who really need it.

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Posted in: Premium melons go for ¥2.7 mil at auction See in context

What a terrible investment.

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