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Posted in: Japan's lower house passes child care aid bill to tackle falling births See in context

Making it with no income limits would just be throwing money away. Increase the allowance for the lower income families.

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Posted in: 63 doctors, dentists sue Google for keeping reviews they say are unfair See in context

The only thing I didn't like about doctors in Japan was that there was no privacy - other patients were waiting and could see and hear my consultation! That and the doctors I had did not say much.

I have not had that experience. Always in a private doctor's room in the hospital. I fully discuss my health with my doctors.

This was in the mid to late 1990's so not not sure if you were there then.

Maybe that was the old way of doing it. it was very weird to talk about my physical problems in ear shot of ten other people and then have the doctor examine me while other patients looked on.

This was in Tokyo.

On my second stay in Japan during the 2000's I didn't need to go to the doctor and I went to the density when on holiday at home.

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Posted in: 63 doctors, dentists sue Google for keeping reviews they say are unfair See in context

wallaceToday  04:03 pm JST

Health Care Index by Country 2024

Japan is ranked third.

https://www.numbeo.com/health-care/rankings_by_country.jsp

The mystery for me is how do they have enough practitioners without having any immigrant doctors!?

And wait times seem reasonable.

I guess the declining population helps but that population is ageing. So are the number of patients remaining the same perhaps?

The only thing I didn't like about doctors in Japan was that there was no privacy - other patients were waiting and could see and hear my consultation! That and the doctors I had did not say much. :)

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Posted in: 63 doctors, dentists sue Google for keeping reviews they say are unfair See in context

JohnToday  03:09 pm JST

I often use hygienist in japan, they are substantially better than those in US and Australia. EU dentist are terrible, no need for comparison. In England, they cleaned only single tooth and charging 800 pound. I had a fight with dentist.

in Australia, they try to clean under gum meat every so often and i always had problem. It was a horrible thing done just to get money. It costs over $1000. Since i move to japan, i have never had any problem. Just a simple hygienist cleaning once in 6 month was enough, costing less than 100 Japanese dollar (100yen is kind of a dollar).

Thank You Japanese Dentists.

Dentistry practice is pretty universal and any differences will be superficial. It's the same with medical practice.

It's amazing how our own personal expenses colour our perceptions and experiences of an entire industry.

I think it's more a case of where you go. There are not-so-good dentists and hygienists in Japan like anywhere else and excellent dentists in the US, UK etc. as well.

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Posted in: Arrest proves a common Japanese saying about apologies and police See in context

I've seen too much abuse of service staff in Japan by ojiisans. It makes me sad to see those hard-working staff get yelled at and even have things thrown at them and threatened but stepping in would not be good for most of us.

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Posted in: 63 doctors, dentists sue Google for keeping reviews they say are unfair See in context

It's pretty easy to detect unfair reviews. And if most of the other reviews are different you can decide.

Positive reviews can be unfair too.

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Posted in: 'Go home': Overtourism sparks backlash in Spain See in context

opheliajadefeldtToday  12:41 pm JST

As a person living near Oxford UK I see the tourist problem every time I have to go there, it is mind boggling, they do not use the local shops but some times the cafes. Most just mill around the streets in large numbers getting in the way, and they contibute nothing but that.

What is the appeal of Oxford to tourists?! It's a student town.

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Posted in: Snake found on bullet train delays service See in context

Just glad I live somewhere there are no snakes not even at the zoo.

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Posted in: 30-year-old man arrested for shoplifting snacks from convenience store See in context

> garypenToday 12:08 pm JST

WA4TKG

> I know someone who’s son did this sort of thing repeatedly, stealing things of very little value, all the while actually having the money to pay.

> Some people have a mental condition. It’s not always about money and a thrill.

> METATTOKYO

> It could be a combination of things such as boredom, frustration and ADHD.

> Except the perpetrator has confessed, and stated "he didn’t have enough money to buy something to eat." Add to it that he was "self-employed", and it appears to be an economic issue, not a mental/emotional disorder.

Oh, okay, Sure, because a criminal's word should be accepted without question.

I forgot criminals are known for their impeccable frankness and honesty.

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Posted in: Foreign English teachers in Japan pick their favorite Japanese-language phrases See in context

> dagonToday  08:31 am JST

The third-most common response, with 12 votes, was “Daijobu desu.”

Cringeworthy.

Better off investigating this massively exploitative pseudo-industry and its ties especially the above mentioned institutions.

Agree it's an exploitative industry of workers and clients.

It does very little to improve most people's English skills.

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Posted in: 30-year-old man arrested for shoplifting snacks from convenience store See in context

> WA4TKGToday  10:13 am JST

I know someone who’s son did this sort of thing repeatedly, stealing things of very little value, all the while actually having the money to pay.

Some people have a mental condition. It’s not always about money and a thrill.

It could be a combination of things such as boredom, frustration and ADHD.

I have ADHD and shoplifted for the dopamine rush in my youth along with other risky behaviours (i.e drugs, speedway).

I was arrested once on Oxford Street London in 1997 and never did it again so maybe this guy has learned his lesson too.

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Posted in: Man arrested for breaking into swimming school and stealing swimsuits See in context

You know you're in Japan when .....

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

rcchToday  08:32 am JST

PaulToday  06:58 am JST “ Interrogating every foreigner of color they see is doing their job, I see! Is that what my taxes are paying for?! “

Unfortunate, but understandable and not something out of this world (btwyour comment is extremely exaggerated). Japan is (still) safe (one of the safest countries in the world ) and I’d like it to stay that wayAt the end of the daythe J police is just trying to keep this country safe.

Just because they are doing an important job does not excuse them for being racist.

Their job is to protect all people, not just those who look Japanese.

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Posted in: Over 100 hotels in Japan fall victim to Booking.com phishing scams See in context

> GuruMickToday  09:11 am JST

Oh crap...I have just used this service to make a booking.

Better of dealing with the service provider {hotel etc. } directly.

Saving grace is my c/c is always maxed out with little room for theft.

Dastardly computer hackers !!!

Curious, why DID you go to booking.com instead of going direct to the hotel?!

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Posted in: Over 100 hotels in Japan fall victim to Booking.com phishing scams See in context

We have never used Booking.com or any booking site - what's the appeal?!

You never get a better deal than what you can get going directly to the hotel/ryokan or airline. It's a msytery to me.

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Posted in: Police probe killer's targeting of women in Sydney mall attack See in context

AnonymousToday  05:21 pm JST

I can honestly say that I have not experienced “intrusive thoughts”. Do they seem like voices heard? Scary thought that there are people walking around among us who are experiencing this.

For me, I don't mind them because they act as a reminder that I intend to do the opposite (i.e., love my family and other people), and I often act on that instead. When incidents like this or murder and other violence, including suicide, occur, I can totally understand the experience the person went through so I have perhaps greater empathy than the average person.

You can't act without such thoughts, so most of the crimes that occur are based on intrusive thoughts rather than planned, calculated and rational thinking.

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Posted in: Police probe killer's targeting of women in Sydney mall attack See in context

Quo PrimumToday  03:20 pm JST

METATTOKYOToday  12:33 pm JST

**first post: **"on a bad day I could see me getting to the planning stages but never going further because I like people too much"**

*second post: "**Many people, including myself, experience such thoughts"*

No, they don't.

It's not true that many people experience the thoughts of actually planning a mass murder or even a lone one.

So if that's truly what your thoughts are, even if only rarely, you should seek immediate professional help.

I would certainly consider you a very real and potential threat, and I would not want my family or myself to be anywhere near you.

If you're actually at a planning point with something like this, or even skating close to it, I just wouldn't want to chance it.

Don't think I said I'm planning anything Quo.

It's quite common for people who are neurodivergent to have intrusive thoughts but we never act on them.

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Posted in: Police probe killer's targeting of women in Sydney mall attack See in context

> AlongfortherideToday  01:23 pm JST

METATTOKYOToday  12:33 pm JST

There is nothing much you can do about lone wolf random attacks like this. The guy has schizophrenia, by all accounts. There were no warning signs. He probably didn't wake up that morning and say to himself, 'I'm going to go stab some people'. As a person with a divergent brain myself, I can tell you that ideas like that can pop into your head randomly with seemingly no cause or origin.

For me, I hear that and say, 'WTF no way!' but on a bad day I could see me getting to the planning stages but never going further because I like people too much.

Then you should commit yourself to a permanent hospital.

Thanks, I appreciate your concern, but I believe it's important to clarify that having intrusive thoughts, including thoughts of violence, is not uncommon and doesn't necessarily indicate a need for hospitalization. Many people, including myself, experience such thoughts without acting on them. It's crucial to destigmatize mental health issues and encourage open discussion without immediately resorting to drastic measures like 'go check into a hospital'.

That being said, seeking professional help when necessary is always a valid option, but it's also essential to recognize the nuances of mental health experiences. Let's continue with a bit more empathy and understanding for all perspectives okay?

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

SpeedToday  12:32 pm JST

My JHS kid spends about two hours chatting on Line - phone and video calls - and a couple of hours watching the stupidist things you can possibly imagine on TikTok. So yeah, this survey matches my kid's amount online per day.

These kids have to be getting dumber watching TikTok though.

Do you set limits?

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Posted in: Police probe killer's targeting of women in Sydney mall attack See in context

There is nothing much you can do about lone wolf random attacks like this. The guy has schizophrenia, by all accounts. There were no warning signs. He probably didn't wake up that morning and say to himself, 'I'm going to go stab some people'. As a person with a divergent brain myself, I can tell you that ideas like that can pop into your head randomly with seemingly no cause or origin.

For me, I hear that and say, 'WTF no way!' but on a bad day I could see me getting to the planning stages but never going further because I like people too much.

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Posted in: 3-year-old girl dies after being hit by car; driver arrested See in context

> Mr KiplingToday  12:23 pm JST

He couldn't stop in time therefore he was traveling too fast. That is how the law works in Japan. This is Japan not the US or anywhere else. That is why he was arrested.

Driving in Japan carries some risks.

No kidding, It doesn't help that commercial drivers drive until exhaustion, it's common practice to speed well over the limit, run red lights and act like cross-walks are invisable.

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Posted in: Japan seeks to reclaim tech edge with overseas help See in context

For Japan, the horse has bolted for most sectors of the tech industry, including TV, phones, wearables, computers, etc. However, I think it can capture small niche products that may not yet have been invented.

I think Japan and New Zealand thoiugh very different in size have a simailr potential to be niche tech leaders.

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Posted in: Japan seeks to reclaim tech edge with overseas help See in context

I still think AI is simply the next bubble along after VR, AR, Blockchain and the metaverse. It will find a use in various small niches and be widely hated as a fifth rate alternative to real people in customer service. That doesn't merit the investment.

Anyone with even a basic understanding of AI wouldn't dismiss it as a passing trend. AI's potential impact on the world is likely to surpass that of the Industrial Revolution – a belief widely shared within the tech industry. Its ability to replace jobs and evolve at an unprecedented pace sets it apart from any previous human-created technology.

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Posted in: 3-year-old girl dies after being hit by car; driver arrested See in context

> TokyoLivingToday  11:29 am JST

One of the reasons I wouldn't want to bring up children in Japan - too many places where you have to walk among the traffic.

Juat take care of kids..

No drama..

No drama? Tell that to my wife - she will rant and rave about how drivers in these narrow lanes barely notice or care about kids and bikes are a constant threat.

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

Our children (5 and 8) have had no contact with any social media and they don't even know what it is.

No TV or games except for maybe 30 minutes a week. They are both ferocious readers, going through dozerns of books a week, they draw, paint, build things and make up creative imaginary stories that they play out together. They are both very active in sports, rugby, tennis, soccer, gymnastics, karate, and horseback riding, riding their bikes and scooters every day; they play musical instruments; and my daughter does ballet.

They are smart, confident, outgoing, and socially and academically advanced for their ages, but almost no internet and screen time.

I could go on but you get the point. We know a lot of kids who do none of this and spend most of their time in front of a screen.

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Posted in: 3-year-old girl dies after being hit by car; driver arrested See in context

One of the reasons I wouldn't want to bring up children in Japan - too many places where you have to walk among the traffic.

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

Yet, to my surprise, many of them (I work with) don't know what chatGPT or Google Scholar is.

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Posted in: Man who killed 6 in Sydney mall stabbing rampage had mental health issues, police say See in context

JohnApr. 14  08:20 pm JST

They suspect he must have mental disorder since police didn’t find any motives. It’s not like he was getting treatment of mental disorder. I suppose you can say this for anyone who would try to do such a horrible action.

Those who wanted to know about the murderer’s religion, he was a Christian. Gaza was not his motive.

schizophrenia 

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Posted in: Man who killed 6 in Sydney mall stabbing rampage had mental health issues, police say See in context

The man had a history of schizophrenia and was not supposed to have access to weapons.

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Posted in: Man arrested for assaulting woman as she walks home in Ehime Prefecture See in context

> wallaceToday  11:09 am JST

Japan is considered a "safe country" because of low crime rates but it does not mean there is zero crime. "Safe" is relative to other countries.

Yes, all Western nations except the US are recognised as safe and some developing nations are too.

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