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Posted in: Seinfeld speech at Duke commencement prompts walkout protesting his support for Israel See in context

I wish they'd keep walking - all the way to their dream paradise in Palestine!

Why can't people live in peace together? Blame Hamas? Okay. Blame Netanyahu? Yep, him, too. Both are guilty here. But right now, Netanyahu is showing little care for any Palestinian innocents.

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Posted in: More Japanese workers turning to job resignation services See in context

Mismatches in values between younger workers and companies with old-fashioned cultures are also said to have contributed to the trend.

Just a small issue, but my daughter came home upset yesterday because her assistant manager at a child's clothing store didn't like her pink hair. She was told that her previous blonde hair (also dyed) was acceptable because it matched her skin tone. But pink would make some customers uncomfortable. My daughter said that she always had a good relationship with customers and would continue to do so. So in the end, she was told she was being selfish and if someone complained during the next month, she would have to change her hair.

It's hard to advise in a situation like this. In the end, it may come down to keeping a job or moving on. And that's life. She's done some hair modeling in the past year, so I told her to let them see some of her modeling pictures. Perhaps, that might help.

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Posted in: Netanyahu on U.S. threat to withhold arms: Israel will fight with its 'fingernails' if needed See in context

It's a shame to see a people who were once so terribly persecuted, now become the persecutors. I think the current regime in Israel has lost the respect and support it once had.

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Posted in: Cool Biz campaign begins across Japan See in context

Last year, my private high decided to let students wear uniforms based on their own body temperatures. There is still an appropriate way to wear the uniform, but if they want to wear the summer outfit in winter time, it's their choice. After this, some of us teachers also began to whisper about Cool Biz and how if that dress attire is acceptable, then why isn't it acceptable year round. Some of us teachers have warmer body temperatures. Well, I'm pleased to announce that from this year, the school decided to allow teachers to wear outfits according to their preferences. There is still an appropriate way, like if you wear a long sleeved shirt, you must wear a tie. But if I choose to wear a polo shirt all year long now, it's okay. Japan can change. It's nice.

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Posted in: Trump meets former Japanese PM Aso; criticizes strong dollar against yen See in context

Birds of a feather...flop together.

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Posted in: Biden suggests he may block Nippon Steel deal, seeks to triple tariffs on Chinese steel See in context

I know little about steel and marketing. But why would the U.S let another country control their steel? Wouldn't that make them beholden to the other country like Europe was to natural gas from Russia? I'm just asking.

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Posted in: Kumamoto, Oita mark 8th anniversary of deadly quakes See in context

It might be tempting when you are young, or your kids are young, to just stick em in a cheap and cheerful old apartment block like this one.

The apartments weren't old and cheap. They were just next to the University which was next to the fault line. On the other side of the bridge there, the entire side of the mountain came down and destroyed the bridge.

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Posted in: Testimony begins in lawsuit accusing Japanese police of racial profiling See in context

The Japanese police can be annoying, it's true. But, the vast majority of them are not scary, like police in the U.S.

I don't know why we should compare how Japanese police behave to how another country's police behave. It's not helpful. The fact is that racial profiling does exist in Japan. Some foreigners or Japanese who look foreign have been stopped unnecessarily based on their appearance alone. Japanese police who engage in this should be held accountable for harassment. I wish the plaintiffs the best.

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Posted in: Japanese youth spend around 5 hours a day online: gov't survey See in context

Saw my son's YouTube history last week (he's 12) and it was some of the dumbest things I've ever seen, lol.

lol. Now I have coffee on my desk from laughing. For real.

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Posted in: Japanese youth spend around 5 hours a day online: gov't survey See in context

I don't know about you but I can't screw around at work and if I stayed up all night with devices I would be a complete zombie in the morning. The latest generations are severely addicted and need help.

Most people who work can't goof off either. It's a priority issue, really. I'm a gamer. Play nearly every day. But it's no different than my parents watching TV as soon as they get home. The only part I think that's drastically changed is the need for constant visual stimulation. It is a real problem. I even find myself watching a movie while playing a game. But again, as long as I put family, work, and my health before every thing else, I see no harm in gaming or using the internet to enjoy things.

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Posted in: Japanese teacher beats up student for making fun of his body by calling him anime character name See in context

Since starting work at the school in the spring of 2022, the teacher had been repeatedly made fun of by male students because of his physique, something other school employees were reportedly aware of but did not see as a problem.

This is a big failure by the school and the other teachers. I've experienced "being made fun of" at my own school a few times over the years. And it is one of the reasons why I began lifting weights and working out. I'm now much bigger than most of my H.S. kids, and being bigger does make a difference. However, schools need to be more vigilant in disciplining students who bully, no matter who it is directed at.

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Posted in: Soccer player Ito sues accusers for ¥200 mil over sexual assault claim See in context

Good for Ito.

If these claims are bogus - and were collaborated between the two women to try and gain money from Ito - hopefully this lawsuit will force them to drop their accusations, and therefore the police investigation will be dropped.

This is a terribly damaging thing to be hanging over Ito's excellent reputation.

But what if the accusations against Ito are true? What if he and the other guy did take advantage of the two women while they were drunk? I feel bad for anyone falsely accused. But twice as bad for anyone that was raped.

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Posted in: Foreign-born Miss Japan sparks debate on what it means to be Japanese See in context

So happy for you, Shiino. You deserve the win and the opportunity to represent your country, Japan. Best wishes at the next competition!

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Posted in: Japanese passport back among world's most powerful: survey See in context

Well, guess that is a good thing for the less than 20% of Japanese passport holders. :)

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Posted in: Nihon University football player convicted of possessing drugs See in context

Regardless of whether you agree or disagree with the laws or rules governing drug use, you still have to follow them or risk punishment. I remember in college that I had to sign an agreement about drug use for my soccer scholarship. And that is likely one big reason I never did anything. I really needed the scholarship to help pay for school. So I was not willing to risk losing it. I'd also fathom to say that's a large part of the reason I've never used anything in Japan. Why risk my ability to live in Japan?

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Posted in: Ex-doctor gets prison term for consensual killing of woman with ALS See in context

I believe that I should have the right to determine how and when I die, and if I cannot make that decision, then my next of kin should be allowed to make that decision. Not a doctor, hospital, or government. I think that a DNR should not only apply to CPR, but also to medicines that prolong unnecessary life. I do not want to continue living if I am in constant pain or cannot live a somewhat productive life. I especially do not want my family to feel a financial burden or see what they could have inherited being drained by some nursing home or hospital.

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Posted in: Renault sells Nissan part of its stake to rebalance alliance See in context

Basically what Japan and Nissan wanted all along. They were scared to lose control over their Japanese company, even though Ghosn and Renault bailed them out from bankruptcy. Should've just let Nissan fail.

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Posted in: Sour grapes: Japan battles to protect premium fruits See in context

How many things were invented by European scientists and later on being ‘stolen’ by Asian nations, including Japanese?

Years ago, I remember watching a program on TV talking about Japanese inventors. On one episode, they introduced a Japanese man who was supposedly the inventor of the potato peeler. And I was like, "What!?" You didn't invent the potato peeler. You saw that abroad and recreated it here in Japan." It was just so unbelievable how they tried to claim the potato peeler as a Japanese invention.

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Posted in: Teacher to plead guilty over drowning deaths of Japanese teens in Australia See in context

The teacher apparently failed in his responsibility to monitor his students to prevent them from being in the situation that caused their deaths.

And that may be. But if you've ever escorted students on a trip abroad, the tour company is responsible for providing the safety necessary. For example, when I took students to Hawaii, the beach we used required a hired, licensed lifeguard to be there. They were also coned into one area. Thus, I would assume that the responsibility was with the tour company, which is likely why they were fined.

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Posted in: Teacher to plead guilty over drowning deaths of Japanese teens in Australia See in context

I'm not sure how the teacher exactly contributed to this, but I hope it isn't just remorse and feeling guilty for something they may have had no control over. Usually when swimming, the tour group is responsible for providing a lifeguard or safety operator as teachers may not have the related life-saving credentials. Anyways, it's a sad outcome. Sad for the boys and their families. Sad for the classmates. Sad for the teachers and school.

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Posted in: Naomi Osaka set to make her tennis return at the Brisbane International See in context

Cheers to you, Naomi! Love to see you back!

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Posted in: Former pro baseball player gets 16 months in prison for stealing whisky from supermarket See in context

Sending a gambling addict, I think its fair to say anyone going as far as stealing is an addict, to prison is not going to remedy the situation. Japanese prisons cost the taxpayer a fortune but do not do rehabilitation. It would be better to punish him with community service, forced counselling, and ban him on all gambling sites.

This is the unfortunate situation of addicts. As an alcoholic, I was told numerous times that I had three roads I could take - seek help, go to prison, or end up dead. Only one of those roads leads to rehabilitation because the desire to overcome the addiction has to be from the person. Sometimes it has to be hitting a "bottom" when the addict feels life is so low that they finally have the desire to start going up. It took me fearing I was going to die before I finally sought the help I needed. I was either going to end up dead or in prison, and I didn't want that to happen.

Hopefully, being in prison will be Ono's "bottom". Maybe when he's out or while he's there, he will begin to seek help. Honestly, best wished to him.

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Posted in: Former pro baseball player gets 16 months in prison for stealing whisky from supermarket See in context

For those saying it is harsh, its important to note that a 16 month sentence in Japan usually doesn’t involve any actual prison time. Sentences under three years are generally suspended, meaning that he is free to go and will only be incarcerated if he re-offends during the period of the sentence.

He was already under a suspended sentence for stealing. So now that he has stolen again, he will go to prison.

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Posted in: Over 40% of workers in Japan sleep less than 6 hours per night: survey See in context

Japan = "Work long, not hard." This seems to also apply to a lack of sleep. Not getting enough sleep reduces performance. Reduced performance means more time to get things done. It's a vicious cycle.

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Posted in: Japan asks Iran to talk to Hamas and try to calm tensions with Israel See in context


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Posted in: Israel says it won't allow aid to flow to Gaza Strip until Hamas releases hostages See in context

It's always the extremists who cause the harm of others. Israeli extremists. Pakistani extremists. I'm getting tired of it all.

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Posted in: 1,590 kgs of newly harvested rice stolen from two Ibaraki farms See in context

It's rough. My wife's family raises fresh-water fish in the mountains. They do have security cameras installed, but they are not the clearest. And right now, our grandparents and a dog live there to help keep watch. But being in the mountains, it's really secluded. With everyone becoming older, neighbors are becoming fewer. So it becomes harder to protect what you have.

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Posted in: Japan labor market set for change as huge worker shortage looms See in context

They kind of need to revamp the education system, not just for students but for teachers. While testing is important, there is too much revolving on scores and not enough focus on creativity and using learned knowledge. Labor output from teachers is hampered by unnecessary red tape, unproductive meetings, and again, too much emphasis on useless scores.

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