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Posted in: Woman arrested after asking police for advice on how to deal with smell of son’s corpse See in context

Someone asked this question here before, but I am gonna repeat it: is there an estimate on how many people in Japan are currently living with a corpse? The madness...

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Posted in: Man who forced plane to land in Japan by refusing to wear mask continues stance at hotel See in context

He´s a real life troll!

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Posted in: Spike in calls from empty houses to fire department in Akita City baffles authorities See in context

My first thought was, "telephone prank anyone?"

Especially since they say it only happens in Akita City, it might be someone sneaking into other peoples houses and calling 119 as a prank?

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Posted in: Taste the traditions of Kyoto with these matcha and hojicha cookies from Gion Tsujiri See in context

Or simply order online:

Stay home, stay save!

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Posted in: Hotline service to begin for foreigners in Japan for virus inquiries See in context

However, only Tokyo and major prefectures such as Osaka, Aichi and Fukuoka have multi-language services available.

Other prefectures have multi-language services too, e.g. Tottori:

English, Chinese, Korean Hotline since the end of January.

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Posted in: Free counseling and therapy available online in Japan See in context

They are the Police on 011

Shouldn't that be 110?

Moderator: Yes, that has been corrected.

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Posted in: Olympic crowd crush expected as Japan Inc rules out work from home See in context

At Government Offices right now, they are introducing a "Flextime System" with fixed hours, where you can choose from 4 time windows (7:30~16:15, 8:30~16:45, 9:00~17:45 or 9:30~18:15).

Flextime. With fixed hours. That still confuses me. Is that how it usually works?

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Posted in: Foreign student/cosplayer arrested in Tokyo for having fake Self-Defense Forces ID See in context

What is bothering me most, is that someone was able to forge a realistic Japanese Self-Defense Forces ID for 2000yen...

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Posted in: Japan soul-searching over freedom of expression See in context

If it were foreign artists painting a black picture of Japan, I would kind of agree to how they dealt with it, but looking up the Japan Unlimited website, it is mainly Japanese Artists-in-Residence exhibiting their art there:

So what the Japanese government is doing is basically censorship of their own artists, and has nothing to do with international relations, if you ask me.

And does "mutual understanding" mean to only look at the good sides of the the other country? I think not.

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Posted in: Foreign visitors fascinated by emperor's enthronement ceremony See in context

Foreign visitors fascinated 

Eternally fascinated.

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Posted in: Man with HIV awarded damages after being denied hospital job See in context

A hospital that discriminates against people with an illness...what kind of world are living in?

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Posted in: Man arrested for beating son 'to discipline' him See in context

Such an amazingly brave kid! Imagine the courage he needed to walk into that koban, defy his dad and tell the policemen what happened. The kid is more of a man than his dad.

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Posted in: 34-year-old man arrested for assault after allegedly hugging 2 high school girls See in context

savethegaijin I totally agree. Especially if you think about the fact that they were in a Karaoke store. It is not specified yet where in the store they were, but they might have been in a karaoke box, suddenly this random guy comes in and hugs you....I would be scared shitless.

It is an automated reaction, scientifically called "freezing behavior" I believe.

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Posted in: Over 60% of women face enforcement of wearing heels at work, study finds See in context

I am too shocked about what's happening in this comment section to comment about the article....

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Posted in: 71-year-old arrested over threat to attack 'noisy' kindergarteners See in context

He should receive mental care. If you are getting aggressive because you see/hear happiness, then you most likely have some kind of issue.

I don't like children, but it never once has made me angry when I could her them playing in the park behind my apartment. On the contrary, it is nice to know they are having fun.

He should get that looked at.

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Posted in: TEPCO urged to be cautious about using foreign workers in Fukushima See in context

Neither foreigners, nor locals should have to clean up that mess. TEPCO officials should be crawling around there in their suits.

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Posted in: Man whose wife, 3-year-old daughter were killed by speeding car, puts focus on issue of elderly driving See in context

I agree with everyone here lamenting about the Japanese inability to protect traffic rules. Our intern got driven over when crossing a pedestrian green light. And she was only here for 2 months...And I had to save myself by jumping and falling from those kind of cars. Scary.

Old people driving, a problem I agree. But not the only problem.

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Posted in: Stubbed out: Japanese university stops hiring smoking professors See in context

Reading the comment section, it seems that the biggest concern for some people is that "smokers stink".

I am not sure if that is really the worst about smoking, thought it was the possibility of cancer (through passive smoking as well), but oh what do I know.

If the smell is really the worst part of it, the University should then also ban all smelly people from working there?

I am NOT saying they should keep things as they are. They should ban smoking on campus, except for e.g. little smoking booths cut off from non smoking people, have a system where you clock out of work when you get a smoke (so you will have to start earlier or stay longer or reduce your break time) or the likes.

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Posted in: Competition for talent forces Japanese firms to revamp recruiting process See in context

But universities have expressed concern that allowing recruitment activities throughout the year will make it hard for students to concentrate on their schoolwork.

God, at least pretend that you are educating adults at your universities....this is like admitting that you keep them at a grade school level, regarding independence.

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Posted in: How to create connections at work in the age of isolation See in context

In Japan, every Japanese citizen gets the right to take Monday mornings off.


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Posted in: Safety steps for foreign drivers introduced amid rise in accidents See in context

Funny that you can come here as a foreigner on vacation and drive with an international permit, which does nothing but validate that you already have a drivers license in your home country, but then if you want to actually get a Japanese drivers license as a resident, they make it nearly impossible to pass without trying multiple times.

Not true. Japan has agreements with several countries, where you can just walk in, fill out a form and do an interview +eyesight test and you will get your Japanese license without any driving tests and minimal costs.

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Posted in: Virgin territory: Study shows heterosexual inexperience rising in Japan See in context

I find it very strange, since I feel that Japan is more oversexulized than my home country e.g. porn magazines in sight height for little children at conbinis, giant anime tits even in children animes, sexualisation of highschool uniforms, chikan, or simply the notion, that if you and a guy spend time together alone in a room, people will assume that you would definitely have had sex (since there is nothing else to do between adults of different sex).

...or wait, is this the origin for the problem?

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Posted in: Options for next era name include terms adapted from Japan classics See in context

様進 Yoshin, a word I just made up, implying: improving a situation.

oh, or 改善 Kaizen - changing for the better.

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Posted in: Microwavable potato chips go on sale in Japan See in context

Love the introduction of this article!

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