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Posted in: New York is first major U.S. city to mandate vaccines for restaurants, gyms See in context

Nice. I hope more cities, schools, and businesses begin requiring vaccines. Let those of us who are vaccinated be together in safety. Let those who want to risk their lives do so with others who wish the same.

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Posted in: School volleyball coach arrested for assaulting student See in context

When I first began teaching at my school, I was shocked to see some teacher's hit students. It was very awkward for me because as a new foreign teacher who doesn't want to make waves, you want to say something, but fear doing so. What was worse is that other teachers seemed to appreciate the heavy hand from a few.

Fast forward a few years and one teacher was fired for kicking a student. He ended up damaging the student's eardrum. And so after that, the heads told everyone that putting hands on a student was not allowed and illegal. And yet, still...a couple of teachers would continue to use a heavy hand, and other teachers would look the other way.

Eventually, I called one teacher out. I told him specifically that hitting a student was not only endangering the student, but also risked harming the school, and more specifically...my family. And that I wouldn't allow him to do something like that in my presence ever again. He didn't talk to me for many years after, but he never laid a hand on a student again. I do wish I had spoken up sooner

I think in this volleyball instance that it was likely that several teachers and students knew that this coach was heavy handed. But the old ways of hitting students still exist here and my guess is that many fear speaking up. As for myself, I will never be silent again. And I don't care where it happens. If I see a student being hit by a teacher, I will put a stop to it right away.

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Posted in: Olympic broadcasters curb sexual images of female athletes See in context

As long as the clothing and material doesn't give an unfair advantage over the sport, let players wear whatever they wish.

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Posted in: Drug recovery facility in Kyoto arouses mixed reactions from local community See in context

Twenty-one years ago, I needed help with alcoholism. The only "home" for me to seek help at in Japan was a mental institution. There was a whole wing dedicated to addicts, alcohol, drugs, sex, even shopping. Today they have even opened up another wing dedicated to those with gambling addiction.

Point is that having that place to temporarily be in a safe haven, away from alcohol, was crucial to my early recovery. Stayed there two months. And have been sober ever since.

I fully support any effort to give addicts the support they need. I have lived a very productive life since then and done my best to help others.

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Posted in: Japanese soccer star Kumi Yokoyama comes out as transgender man See in context

I'm happy that Yokoyama can be open and have those around be supportive. Everyone should embrace who they are.

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

One continuing problem is the unnecessary work hours and meetings that produce absolutely nothing. Japan is still hung up on a culture where being present and visual is more important than actual production. As a result, many employees do not have time to spend doing other things they enjoy or spend time engaging with others socially. Others would also include family.

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

Mental and emotional depressions need empathy, not ridicule.

Such a true statement. And it's perhaps the saddest thing to see anyone downvote a simple post like this.

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

Best wishes, Naomi. Proud of you for sticking to your beliefs and feelings. Lots of posters in here don't seem to have the faintest clue about mental health and anxiety. And I'm afraid that the upper tennis management doesn't really care much, too.

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

Rooting for you, Naomi. Stick to your beliefs.

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Posted in: Athletes should travel to Tokyo with full confidence: Bach See in context

Athletes - Tell your countries that you want to postpone the Olympics just one more year. Come here next year when everyone is vaccinated and it is safe.

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Posted in: Family of dead Sri Lankan woman unconvinced by Nagoya immigration account See in context

Really hope the family gets justice. Been learning myself in an unrelated issue how difficult it is to get justice when any admission of guilt would open the offenders to real legal action. Rather than face repercussions, they will deny, deny, deny. It is such an uphill battle. Don't give up.

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Posted in: Tokyo state of emergency does not affect Games: IOC See in context

I wonder how many countries will decide to opt out of the Olympics again this year? It's sad that athletes have been training for this all of their lives, but I just don't feel Japan is capable of providing a safe venue. And if some countries do not send athletes to compete, can you really say that you were the best of the best? It's a terrible time and I feel for the competitors. But it would be better to postpone the Olympics at least one more year.

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Posted in: One dead, one wounded at Tennessee school shooting See in context

Waiting for gun lovers to pivot the discussion to anything other than guns kill and America has a gun problem.

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Posted in: 'We must end this uncivil war,' Biden says, taking over a U.S. in crisis See in context

Lol. Some pretty sorry losers in this thread. But let's not be a "never-Biden". He's your president now. Please eat your words and deal with your emotions.

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Posted in: 'We must end this uncivil war,' Biden says, taking over a U.S. in crisis See in context

Is it finally over? Been a long 4 years. Here's to hoping respect, honor, dignity, and grace return to the White House.

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Posted in: Twitter suspends 70,000 accounts linked to pro-Trump QAnon conspiracy See in context

Good.

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Posted in: Lawmakers openly discuss ousting Trump, possible impeachment See in context

Looking forward to his arrest. But I can wait until after Biden's inauguration. No pardons for trump.

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Posted in: 4 dead after Trump supporters storm U.S. Capitol, forcing Senate to evacuate See in context

Time to put an end to the Radical Right.

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Posted in: 273 teachers in Japan punished in fiscal 2019 for sexual misconduct See in context

I swear, looking at all my coworkers, working long hours and weekends, teaching in Japan is basically equivalent to working for a "black company".

Long hours and weekends doesn't always mean productive work is being accomplished. It's a real misconception of Japanese workers and teachers. That said, public and private secondary schools in Japan are taking measures to reduce the working hours of teachers. It's required by law that teachers must take off 4 days in a month. That has been heavily reinforced at my school since this school year. Similarly, there are some days where teachers at my school must clock out at 4:30. Clubs are not allowed on these days and school doors are shut by 6.

As to the topic, it would be helpful to have a database of offenders. We had a teacher hired temporarily who was fired from another school for inappropriate relations with a student. Once found out, they were promptly let go. But no one was aware at first.

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Posted in: Supreme Court rejects Texas lawsuit and Trump bid to overturn election loss See in context

Sleigh bells ring, are you listening

In the lane, snow is glistening

A beautiful sight, we're happy tonight

Walking in a Biden wonderland

Merry Christmas all!

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Posted in: States respond to Texas bid to overturn U.S. election at Supreme Court See in context

You trump supporters need to realize that trump lost. Time to accept that and move the country forward.

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Posted in: Nike ad addresses bullying and racism in Japan; riles up debate online See in context

My friend's kid is biracial Japanese and foreigner and a baseball player.The other kids have discriminated him and when his team wins,the opponent kids complain that his team won because there's a gaijin in the team despite him being born here and to Japanese parent.

A similar thing happens to biracial children who grow up speaking some English in their home, or even Japanese children who live abroad for a while. When they do well on an English exam, everyone says, "Of course, you did well. You speak English in your home." or "Well, you lived abroad, that's why." But when you make a mistake, it's the opposite. "Haha. I thought you knew English."

It's like you can't win no matter what you do.

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Posted in: Japan, China restart reciprocal business travel See in context

My school is reconsidering an alternative trip other than the Tokyo region. And when choosing a less populated alternative, the head teacher said, "There shouldn't be any foreigners there, only Japanese." And my jaw dropped.

I approached the teacher afterwards and told them how discriminatory saying that was. They tried to play it off as "I didn't mean you. But parents may worry abut Chinese...tourists." And I proceeded to tell them that if students are going to catch this virus, it is more likely they will catch it from a Japanese person over a foreign person. And did they not know that most countries cannot even enter Japan yet? And those that can, have very strict controls?

I may not have changed this person's mind. But I got a weak apology. And I bet they won't say something like that at least when I'm around. Still blows my mind that no one else in the meeting said anything about that at the time.

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Posted in: Refusing to concede, Trump blocks cooperation on transition See in context

Biden has won. Time for you trump supporters to recognize that and deal with your emotions.

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Posted in: Nissan rolls out new electric crossover to boost image See in context

I'll never buy Nissan. And I'll encourage anyone I know to not buy Nissan as well.

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Posted in: EU to reopen borders to 14 nations, including Japan but not to U.S. tourists See in context

I hope Japan keep its borders closed. At least until a vaccine or treatment is found.

The Virus in Japan is so far under control, but to open the borders will make the things worse.

I'm afraid it's going to be some time before a vaccine is found. And we cannot keep borders closed until then. But keeping them closed to countries where the virus is still rising is responsible. And we can still continue with life as long as we wear masks and be careful in public.

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Posted in: Gov't seeks more inclusion in education for foreign children in Japan See in context

I'm sorry to hear that.

But, knowing what we know, I think any foreigner who actually marries and has children with a Japanese person has to be nuts. Date? Sure. But marriage? No way.

I guess you meant well. But what a terrible thing to say. I've been happily married to my Japanese wife for 21 years and I've never thought twice about having our daughter with her. I also know quite a few happily married international couples.

I guess you are referring to divorces and some foreigners not being able to see their children. And I fully sympathize with that situation. But things can happen in any marriage. Life can be difficult anywhere. It has nothing to do with being with a Japanese person.

REALLY???? My son who is mixed Japanese is struggling in the elementary school because of me and has since grade 1 because I am a single mother. I have been begging for extra help for him and I MEAN nobody wants to give him that help at the school. With my income get him a private juku teacher once a week its expensive and so on help my son and others who are in this position before helping, outsiders. I stayed here so my son could grow up knowing his father's culture even if father chose not to be part of his life I did not want him to grow up not knowing. I know many other mothers like myself in the same boat go back make less money and struggle and or stay make a better income and struggle there is no win/win.

I'm so sorry to hear about your situation. My daughter also struggled in elementary school and junior high. Thankfully she has ended up at my high school and since my fellow Japanese teachers have known her since she was a child, they are looking after her. Her mother is a big help with her studies as well.

The biggest difficulty is going to be your son's Japanese ability and understanding the material. And he could likely use extra help. I wish I had been more insistent on working on my daughter's Japanese when she was younger, whether from my wife or someone else. (We speak mostly English at home). There are local groups sometimes that will help foreign children with their studies. There was one in my city but we didn't take advantage of that. Big mistake. But we are doing what we can now. It's never too late. Even an older lady in your neighborhood might be willing to help your son with his studies. Don't just rely on the elementary school. Reach out. And best wishes.

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Posted in: Trump asking Supreme Court to bar demands for taxes, bank records See in context

There is absolutely no reason to continue hiding trump's taxes from the America people. Only reason would be if he was really trying to hide something. And trump supporters know 100% that is why.

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Posted in: Etiquette a hot topic as social distance jogging gains momentum See in context

I've been jogging nearly every day. But there aren't that many people at the park when I go. And if I must pass someone, I put quite a bit a distance between us. But I noticed some runners on the weekends (when it's busier) just not caring about space or the amount of huffing and puffing they do when passing others.

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Posted in: Coronavirus outbreak sparks harassment at workplaces in Japan See in context

What the heck are you doing in school in the first place?

While I agree with you, I'm a tenured teacher who must follow the directions of those above me. They have reduced the number of days we must come in and the number of hours when we do, but you know, Japan still has a hard time giving up the belief that work must be done at the work place. And they still feel the need to micro-manage everyone.

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