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Posted in: Since the new academic year started in Japan this month, social media posts have appeared from parents struggling with young children who don't want to go to school. What advice would you give them? See in context

As much as I support, that every child should properly attend school, forcing a bullied child to go might one day leave you with a dead child instead of an educated one. Finding a school your child actually wants to go to is a challenge in Japan, but it might make all the difference in the world.

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Posted in: Japan lifts funding suspension to Palestinian refugee agency UNRWA See in context

Japan, the sixth-biggest donor

Can't it find enough poor Japanese in dire need of help in Japan ?

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Posted in: Should airlines be allowed to overbook on flights (selling more seats than available to account for the likelihood of no-shows)? See in context

I once ended up on one of those overbooked flights. The Airline offered me a free upgrade to business class... No complaints from me !

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Posted in: Should airlines be allowed to overbook on flights (selling more seats than available to account for the likelihood of no-shows)? See in context

"If you paid for a seat you should get a seat" and "let ticket buyers opt on to the "might be denied boarding" overbook seats in exchange for a discount"

sounds good to me.

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Posted in: What will Christmas be like for you this year? See in context

On CHRISTmas we will go to church to honor CHRIST, and then enjoy family time.

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Posted in: Are EVs (electric vehicles) good for the environment? See in context

A very informative article:


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Posted in: Climate change supercharged this summer's record heat: study See in context

Talking about Greenland:


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Posted in: Even frozen Antarctica is being walloped by climate extremes, scientists find See in context

And according to scientists :



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Posted in: What are some of the best museums in Japan? See in context

Otsuka Museum of Art in Naruto Tokushima :



Absolutely stunning and definitely worth a visit! !

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Posted in: World registers hottest day ever recorded on July 3 See in context

Well, and then there is that :


"hottest day ever recorded"

When again did records start, and how old is the world ? They might have missed a few hot days in the past...

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Posted in: Djokovic hopes to play in U.S. despite being unvaccinated See in context

I have no time or respect for anti-vaxers.

Maybe this video might help you to understand them better ?

(It's in English with German subtitles)


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Posted in: Anthem for King Charles III’s coronation written by Lloyd Webber See in context

Waste of public money

I wonder. How many people have a chance to earn a living by being involved in this? Florists, dressmakers, cooks, cleaners technicians, photographers, jewellers... on and on.

I would think, they would much rather be paid for their professional contribution to this historical event, than waiting in the unemployment line for a government handout.

Just a thought.

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Posted in: Our aim is to ensure that people line up in an orderly fashion on both sides of the moving stairway. See in context

What is it with people insisting on walking or running on narrow escalators, especially when the stairs are literally running right along the escalators, are wide and there is ample room to run, if one is in a hurry? No, I do not appreciate to be squeezed in a place meant for people who are tired, may have a handicap, etc. and therefore prefer "the easy way" by "morons" whose wish to go faster than the escalator can do so perfectly fine on the stairs right besides it. Good for Nagoya city !

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Posted in: Japanese players put German friendships in deep freeze for World Cup opener See in context

Best outcome with friendships intact : draw

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Posted in: Car driven by 97-year-old man kills woman, injures 4 in Fukushima See in context

97 is definitely too old to be driving a regular car. That said, I have known drivers in their 90s who were mentally alert and perfectly capable to still drive safely their regular rounds, while I can't say the same about some young guys, who consider speed limits road ornaments.

The solution might be a special car for the elderly with limited speed and range. It should be optional 75-80 and mandatory after 80. That would keep fit elderly people mobile and the speed limitation would prevent most serious accidents.

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Posted in: 2-year-old girl dies after being left inside car for 9 hours See in context

NHK just mentioned a short list of previous cases like this. "Father" seemed to be, what they all had in common. Forgetting your own child in the car seems to be mainly a men's problem.

And a tragic death could have been avoided, had the child care facility contacted the parents and asked, why the child was absent unexcused. This simple act could also lead to an early alert in case of a kidnapping, or a yet undiscovered accident.

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Posted in: 5 things to do in Izumo this autumn See in context

When the gods are absent around Japan, they are gathering in Izumo, same month.

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Posted in: Japan reports 87,410 new coronavirus cases See in context

I wonder what percentage of these new cases are of people who have gotten 3 of the covid shots....

I wonder how many aren't vaccinated and don't wear mask?

Both very valid questions, and I wish real Journalists would investigate and share their findings.

Whatever the answers, it would be helpful in judging the situation based on facts, instead of guessing, which all of us are doing here, because there are no facts available! Why not?

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Posted in: Countries around the world are being increasingly hit by record heat, flash floods and droughts. Scientists say these weather variations are becoming more extreme due to global warming, which is being driven chiefly by humanity's use of fossil fuels. Do you agree? See in context

When the "scientists" warned about the coming ice age, I believed them and was really worried for a while. Next thing I knew, the same "scientists" were all over the news, warning about global warming. Pffft. Fool me once ....

Yes, the climate is changing, as it has always done, without human help.

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Posted in: Japanese firm seeks halal approval for non-alcohol udon soup stock See in context

@ Redstorm

I buy soya sauce from the last man using wooden casks to make it.

There are still a few companies left in Japan, that produce soy sauce naturally in wooden casks. This is one of them: https://kioke.com/

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Posted in: When does the fetus acquire a moral status of a human being? See in context

Bright lines have no meaning. Once conception happened, only one individual human being can grow until it dies of old age. Terminating its life at ANY point ends that one of a kind life. Mrs. Mozart could have had 20 more kids, had she aborted Wolfgang, the world would never have heard the music only he could compose. You do not get a do over with the next kid. The one you aborted will never ever exist again. I do understand that women are in situations, where they cannot RAISE a child and I think that's where the state should step in big time, from helping financially, facilitating adoption, place it in an orphanage etc.. Killing it can never be morally justified.

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