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Posted in: Mount Aso volcano erupts See in context

Residents of Aso, Kumamoto: "Oh... it finally erupted. Enjoy the view, but let's get back to work."

This level of eruption is nothing to the locals.

While I partly agree, the eruption is not "nothing." It's the fallout from ash that causes a lot of difficulty to the locals in the area. Aso has a lot of agriculture, cows, fish farms. Aso also depends on tourism to sustain its economy. If non-locals worry about Mt. Aso, then they will likely stay away.

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Posted in: Vaccine mandates: Is no jab, no entry into restaurants, cafes, bars, sporting and event venues discrimination? See in context

Nope. Businesses have a right to protect their employees and customers. If you wish to smoke, not bathe, or not get vaccinated, then don't expect to enter establishments that have policies against those things.

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Posted in: Biden announces sweeping new vaccine mandates for 100 million Americans See in context

Excellent!

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Posted in: Japan considering vaccine passports for commercial activities See in context

Ok. So I assume they will also be refusing entry to anyone that has not been vaccinated against influenza, tuberculosis, mumps, chickenpox, measles, etc. too?

Many countries and even schools refuse entry to people who haven't been vaccinated against some diseases. I remember a Japanese exchange student who somehow entered the U.S. without having been vaccinated against tuberculosis. Luckily, the college she was attending found out and she was immediately quarantined.

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Posted in: Japan considering vaccine passports for commercial activities See in context

I suspect that there will be pushback. But according to the latest research, those who are vaccinated are much less likely to be infected than those who aren't. Similarly, those who are vaccinated are much less likely to require medical care than those who are not. Those who still do not want to get vaccinated by choice do have that choice, but businesses should have a choice as to who to do business with.

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Posted in: Man dies in Japan after receiving dose of recalled Moderna vaccine See in context

Jay, there are good websites that offer good information for the questions you ask. And if you still have doubts, ask a medical professional or your doctor. If you trust them to take care of you when you are sick, then trust them to help you prevent from getting sick. Here is one website I visited when I was still concerned: https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/vaccines/vaccines-faq

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Posted in: Osaka smashes racket in U.S. Open loss; says she is considering taking break from tennis See in context

Nah, man. That's not a result of taking citizenship. If anything, she calculated things and took Japanese citizenship because she knew it would mean much more money in commercial revenue in the short term, and she'd be more fawned over so long as she won and played to the culture when it suited her, whereas taking American citizenship would be nothing special for her.

Naomi has a right to choose whatever citizenship she wishes. It is not for us to judge.

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Posted in: Biden's new evictions moratorium faces legality doubts See in context

I'm glad Biden and the CDC stepped in. People need a bit more time. But in the end, those facing evictions do need to figure out what to do next.

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Posted in: Premier League players to continue taking a knee this season See in context

I'm very happy to hear this. Would be nice to see this happen more in other countries, too.

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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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