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Posted in: Court upholds constitutionality of gaming addiction ordinance See in context

Are we also going to limit the amount of hours that we can watch TV, read books, play sports? Gaming is no longer just a waste of time endeavor. It is big business and another social outlet for people. A recent study has even found that playing video games boosted children's intelligence by 2.5 IQ points.

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Posted in: Over 100,000 foreign visitors came to Japan in July for 4th month in row See in context

Japan needs tourist money. The country cannot sustain without it.

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Posted in: Japan reports 195,161 coronavirus cases See in context

Yeah well, that's the reality - Japan leads the world in mask wearing and it doesn't seem to make a slightest difference

Nonsense. The reality is masks do work, and work well. But many Japanese have become lax when eating out and drinking. But do what you wish. Go out without a mask and risk it.

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Posted in: Japan ranks 116th in 2022 gender gap report, worst among G7 See in context

I'm ashamed to say that my wife is a harder worker than me and knows both English and Japanese so much better, and yet she makes 1/3 of what I make. I wish I could see what comparable employees make at her company, especially in regards to male vs. female pay. I've got a strong suspicion that all is not equal there.

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Posted in: Japan reports 94,493 coronavirus cases See in context

in Japan almost everyone wears a mask and today’s new cases are 94,493 (0.075% of the population). In the USA almost nobody wears a mask. And yesterdays new cases were 95,342 (0.029% of the population. I’m becoming increasingly convinced that mask are not working for various reasons

Nonsense. Masks have been very effective in containing the Flu, regular colds, and even Corona. Now, the number of Corona cases has been rising. But from my understanding, these largely occur when someone is in close contact with another, with neither wearing masks. So has been the situation with every one of my students.

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Posted in: Japan honors Abe with highest decoration; wake held in Tokyo See in context

The question is - Would Japan have honored Abe with the highest decoration if he had died of natural causes? If so, then this is appropriate. If not, then this is a farce.

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Posted in: Relaxed mask usage guidelines barely spread among Japanese public See in context

I do not wear one when walking the dog in the park. I’m the only one....

I go jogging every weekend with my wife to a park. We have never worn masks when jogging. In fact, most of the people we encounter are not wearing masks either. Not sure what park you are going to, but I'd say it's an exception to the norm.

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Posted in: U.S. Senate OKs landmark gun violence bill; House passage is next See in context

particularly with the US Supreme Court's latest ruling regarding carrying guns

Isn't it silly that I should have to worry about not just criminals, but idiots around me carrying guns? The ones who shout and yell that they need guns are often the ones that are the scariest to me. If anyone shouldn't have a right to carry a gun, it should include them.

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Posted in: U.S. Supreme Court expands gun rights, with nation divided See in context

When a country is ruled by the minority, it is no longer a Democracy. Sad day for America.

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Posted in: Japan judo hits crisis point as bullied, burnt-out children quit See in context

Parents and coaches have been known to berate referees during matches and corporal punishment still exists, despite reforms in a sport that has been plagued by abuse and bullying scandals over the years.

I was just telling my wife the other day about all of the problems the U.S is having with out-of-control parents at youth sports, about how games and tournaments are being cancelled because they cannot find referees. I told her it was just a matter of time before Japan begins to have similar problems. I guess there are already some incidents.

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Posted in: Tokyo ward rejects couple's marriage registry under separate surnames See in context

It's sorta funny. When I married my Japanese wife in Japan, we couldn't decide what last name we wanted to use. The city hall clerk said to not worry that we could decide later. So we kept separate last names. Later when we went back to choose one, we were told that we had to amend it within a certain time period and that the time period had passed. So rather than going to court, we just kept separate last names for the last 25 years.

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Posted in: 'Top Gun' stays aloft with $86 mil in its 2nd weekend See in context

We're almost there. Top Gun is a step in the right direction.

Based on your comments, we're not.

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Posted in: 'Top Gun' stays aloft with $86 mil in its 2nd weekend See in context

Loved this movie as I commented. But sad to read comments about "woke" culture. Can anything be commented on and enjoyed without bringing politics or intolerances into it? Geez, people.

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Posted in: 'Top Gun' stays aloft with $86 mil in its 2nd weekend See in context

These days, it is sometimes hard to justify going to the Movie theater as we have our own big-screen TVs and sound systems. But I thoroughly enjoyed watching this at the theater. For those who intend to see it, I'd suggest watching the original 1986 movie first.

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Posted in: 19 children, 2 adults killed in Texas school shooting; Biden says 'we have to act' See in context

Even if the country wasn't named, we would all know where this was.

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Posted in: Yoshinoya refused to let 'foreign' student attend recruitment event See in context

So your family register here is in your wifes maiden name?

That it is. It happened as sort of a mistake at the time. But we just continued having separate last names. But when deciding a first name, we specifically chose kanji. Of course, kanji is cool. And we did think about the sound and meaning of the name. But one of the reasons was to make her invisible / blend in when others were just looking at paperwork.

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Posted in: Yoshinoya refused to let 'foreign' student attend recruitment event See in context

It sounds a bit discouraging. But one of the reasons my wife and I gave our child a name in kanji was so they would always appear Japanese on any paperwork. Of course, she is Japanese. But we didn't want any school or business to discriminate in advance by knowing she was "half."

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Posted in: Record 54% of Japanese students not eager to study due to COVID: survey See in context

It's been a rough couple of years. My school has had school closure a few times. Clubs have been cancelled at times as well. Even mid-terms have been cancelled. It's just hard overall to envision a society like it once was, where everyone could mingle without worry about catching an illness. I also don't usually like to compare countries, but I do occasionally remind my students that given the hardships, they have many things to be thankful for here in Japan.

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Posted in: Japan to scrap licenses for electric scooters See in context

@Mat I agree with you completely about how they can be a good thing, but I disagree with the "few bad apples" thing. I would estimate that 5% of cyclists in my areas follow the rules. Pretty much every cyclist seen is breaking some law, either too fast, wrong way, using phone, holding umbrella etc etc. It's not "a few bad apples", it's almost everyone.

I don't see that being any different with unlicensed electric scooters on the sidewalk. How could it be? Break a "law" and still be allowed to continue to ride.

I do share your concern. I guess it partly depends on where you live as to how many follow the rules. I cycle nearly everyday. I wear a helmet. Travel on the correct side of the rode. And I am very careful about pedestrians. Most of the cyclists I see are also very courteous.

Much time is spent in junior high and high schools enforcing the rules when commuting to school. Unfortunately, we still have kids who do not. But it just means that adequate punishments should be put in place and more media attention should be given to help relay the message of safety. Even confiscating the bicycle or scooter would quickly crack down on rule breakers.

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Posted in: Japan to scrap licenses for electric scooters See in context

This is great. Enabling people to use other means of transportation that is more eco-friendly should be encouraged. Sure, we are all concerned about those who ignore safety. And they should be fined and punished. But don't let the few bad apples ruin what is overall a good thing.

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Posted in: Ukraine evacuees to get up to ¥2,400 a day as living allowance in Japan See in context

So we are paying for them through our taxes?

If I had more control over where my taxes went, helping those in need would be one of them. I also agree with @Rivera, though. Our taxes should also go to help those already in Japan who are struggling day by day.

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Posted in: At least 2 shooters kill 6, wound 12 in Sacramento See in context

Guns kill. But let's make any other argument to distract from that fact.

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Posted in: Germany to face Spain, Japan at World Cup; Iran and U.S. in same group See in context

Tough group, but I've never thought that we should be excited about having an easier group. The goal is to win the World Cup. Not make it to the quarter-finals. I want Japan and its supporters to have this attitude.

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Posted in: Will Smith, Chris Rock confrontation shocks Oscar audience; 'CODA' wins best picture See in context

Will Smith was way out of line. I hope Chris Rock eventually presses charges. People are commenting on that his joke was out of line considering Jada's struggle with Alopecia and hair loss. But she is smiling and cheerful in her latest video just two months ago. And she definitely looks like GI Jane in the video. Will and her could've talked directly to Chris after the awards, and I'm sure he would've apologized. Chris Rock didn't mean any ill will. He's a comedian. Comedians make jokes. And yes, they sometimes miss. But again, Jada was smiling and cheerful about her just recently.

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Posted in: Black hair, white shoelaces: Japan's school rules under fire See in context

My daughter has naturally brown hair. She wears it in a tidy cut, nothing outlandish.

When she started JHS, some jumped-up martinet tried to humiliate her and demand she dye her hair black. "You are in Japan now! You must respect Japanese customs!"

My daughter was born in Japan and raised in Japan. She's on the Koseki Tohon. She is Japanese. But she has naturally brown hair.

She came home from school in tears.

The next day, I went to school with her and explained to the 5'6" Small Man Syndrome teacher who'd given her the grief the day before that she was not going to be dying her hair, and if he spoke to my daughter like that again, there would be an issue between us.

There were no further problems regarding my daughter's hair.

I'm embarrassed to share this. But during my child's last year in high school ( at my high school no less ) a couple of the teachers were giving my child similar problems. It was ridiculous. And as they wouldn't budge, my wife intervened and talked directly to the head third year teacher. But even after that, it happened again. So she went to the Vice-principal, who's known my child since she was five. And he took care of it.

You'd think that I'd have some sort of pull. But unfortunately, even after working here for over 20 years, there are multiple occasions where some teachers are never able to see me as equal.

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Posted in: Black hair, white shoelaces: Japan's school rules under fire See in context

Japan has been traditionally slow to change, but unfortunately Junior and Senior High rules are outdated when comparing to Japan's society today. Though many companies still require some form of uniform and dress standards, there is more freedom with hair color, makeup, and style than in the past. Furthermore, the old thinking that "students should be focused on studying and worrying about appearance will interfere with that" is just not true. Some of my most diligent students are the ones who get in trouble for appearance. lol.

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Posted in: Japanese Youth Conference petitions government to end compulsory after-school club activities See in context

Being at a private high school, I have met many students who have no desire to join a club after their junior high school experience. It was often too much for them, both in time and expectations. I often encourage them, though, that if they have no specific hobbies, to at least consider a culture club that might only meet 2 -3 times a week. Clubs do give students opportunities to make friends. But it is their choice in my mind.

Unfortunately, many clubs are just another example of Japan's insistence of quantity over quality in my opinion. They are often way too long, and there is a lot of wasted time in the process. Also while some students may wish to play a sport seven days a week, mandatory practices shouldn't be so.

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Posted in: Services open doors for minorities in Japan looking for housing See in context

One of my first experiences in Japan was taking over for a foreigner who was leaving for another country. Two days before his departure, he handed me his apartment keys and said he was staying with a friend the next two nights. I felt strange, and so I went over to his place. He was gone and the place was a trash heap. I, along with the help of my wife, spent hours cleaning the place up. I know. Not my responsibility. But my wife being Japanese just couldn't let the apartment stay that way. I'm glad she insisted.

It always those bad apples that make things difficult for the rest of us.

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Posted in: Americans in Japanese prison for helping Ghosn escape seek to go home See in context

As much as I have praised and defended Japan, their justice and criminal system is lacking and seems quite corrupt.

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Posted in: Students in Fukushima get free point on entrance exam because of typo See in context

I make many university tests. It's hard to keep them mistake-free.

It's the same for private high school entrance tests. You make a correction. Then the teacher in charge must retype that correction. Then it is sent to a business that creates the booklets for the test, and as their software is different, they must also retype the correction. Things get retyped incorrectly along the way.

By the way, many readers may not know this, but high school entrance tests for English may not use a word that doesn't appear in a junior high school textbook. What makes this difficult is that when a prefecture uses multiple junior high textbooks, the amount of words available becomes even less. For example, several books uses the word "culture", but one of the textbooks doesn't use it. So that means you cannot use the word "culture" unless you provide a Japanese translation at the bottom. It also means that word cannot be part of the answer.

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