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Posted in: Tiny house by Muji finally goes on sale in Japan See in context

I guess "hut" is an appropriate term, as this is not a house. The idea of a cluster of huts around or by a building with shower/toilet/kitchen facilities makes sense for those who are pressed for cash in an urban/suburban setting, as 35K is way less than what one might pay for a tiny apartment given long-run. If they plan to live in it for several years, that is, and not have kids. For a single person or student working /studying long hours. It's still over priced. I think when all you get is a room, basically, 35K is nuts, unless it's like totally typhoon proof (which mobile homes notoriously are not).

No fricken way I'd buy a place without toilet/bath facilities. I can do without a full kitchen in hard times (a hotplate can work), but a toilet is totally a necessity. You do not want to have food poisoning or the flu and not have a toilet feet/yards away.

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Posted in: Should Japan have its own nuclear weapons as a deterrent against security threats or should it rely on the U.S. nuclear umbrella? See in context

No one can answer this question as it's impossible to say yes or no with how it's set up (it asks TWO questions in contradiction). Is no one editing these survey questions?

Japan should have whatever weapons it thinks it needs to protect itself. It's not my business to tell Japan which weapons to have, frankly. That's for the Japanese to decide.

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Posted in: Minister resigns after saying 'it was a good thing' 2011 quake happened where it did See in context

I still sometimes weep thinking about the horrors of that 2011 Tsunami disaster. Just bawl. Maybe this guy needs to sit in a quiet shady spot and ponder the awfulness of it for a bit of sensitivity perspective. I assume he didn't mean to be offensive....but, dang, that was a really awful thing that happened. Yep, I'm gonna start crying again....

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Posted in: Court finds Miyagi city negligent over schoolgirl's tsunami death See in context

If the child's parent was not there to pick the child up after the quake, I'd think it was a merciful act for a neighbor to take the child with them. I mean, no one really expected a tsunami of THAT level of destructive force and inland encroachment. It was unprecedented. To start blaming administrators who no doubt were thinking the neighbor was a solution to a problem (parent NOT there) seems vengeful and maybe $$-minded.

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Posted in: Bullying keeps youth suicides high in Japan See in context

Make that "digitally" record. Not tape. My age is showing. Old verbal habit.

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Posted in: Bullying keeps youth suicides high in Japan See in context

That photo of the father holding the picture of his daughter just broke my heart. This is a tragedy. I find it hard to believe that there is no will or innovation in schools to stop this crap cold. Zero tolerance for cruelty. Tangible rewards for students who document (everyone has a damn phone, so clandestinely tape record verbal bullying, video record what can be video recorded of physical bullying). Seriously, start offering $$ for video or recorded evidence of classmates being bullied. Get this crap done with. No kids should die over such brutality.

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Posted in: U.S. plans to move 4,000 Marines in Okinawa to Guam from 2024 See in context

I would love to have them ALL out of there by 2020, and out of Korea, too. Just bring them on home. Let Koreans and the Japanese, who are not weaklings or poor, take care of their own defense. They are capable.

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Posted in: Not many shoppers See in context

It's meaningless (other than being a cool photo) unless the time of day is given. Huge difference if it's noon or midnight.

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Posted in: With this cauliflower puree, you won’t miss mashed potatoes See in context

I've had mash cauliflower. It's still not mashed taters. Not even close. it's tasty, though.

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Posted in: Trying to make sense of the Trump win See in context

Among the people I knew who voted for Trump, most had either terrorism or immigration as their main concerns (several lived in border states where illegal immigration is problematic). A few had a fear of religious liberty eroding as a concern. All couldn't stand Hillary, but have no objection to a female president. (I don't know a singler peson who has an objection to a female president, even my very conservative hubby who did vote Trump).

I didn't vote for the first time in my life. I despise Trump. I distrust and dislike HIllary. And none of the other candidates were remotely viable.

I'm a registered Dem. They didn't offer me a female candidate I could back with a clear spirit. Or a male one. Neither did the Libertarians (I'd have given them my vote had they offered one).

In 2020, I suggest the Dems look to someone much younger than Hill or Bernie and give us someone that doesn't make a good chunk of the country--independent, libertarian, green, dem, even swing Repubs--fall into deep nausea.

I look forward to having a female president in my lifetime. But not Hillary.

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Posted in: Tokyo water parks go on code red alert after pool attacks See in context

Amazing how men don't need special train cars to avoid groping and men aren't being attacked on their buttocks in pools. I hope women in the pool find this creep and rip off his bathing suit and have him parade around publicly while everyone takes pictures and Instagrams them. If the expert is right and this is a person who is afraid to mess up their social standing or lose their job, the best revenge is to publicly humiliate them and out them. Naked strut vengeance!

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Posted in: Actor Yuta Takahata arrested on rape charge See in context

I felt relief at seeing he admitted it--for the victim's sake--but what's with this "I could not control myself." It's like some trite manga dialogue. Total bull. What a pathetic self-justification. I hope every dime he owns goes to the victim and he goes to prison.

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Posted in: Madonna again criticized by Australian fans for stage behavior See in context

If a male performer had pulled down a woman's top, we'd likely be hearing about sexual harassment. I don't see why it's any different from a female performer. It's good the concert-goer didn't care and wasn't bothered, but I still don't think anyone has the right to decide on their own to undress others in public.I'd be punching someone's lights out if they tried that on me, celebrity or not. Madonna: tacky, lady, tacky.

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Posted in: Twitter woes deepen as user base fails to grow See in context

Oh, and the lynch mobs on Twitter are scary. I know folks who stopped going because of that nasty habit there.

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Posted in: Twitter woes deepen as user base fails to grow See in context

I sometimes tweet my blogs or retweet stuff, but I hardly go there to read anything. I visit to check on an author or business maybe once a month. I'm kinda tired of that supershort format. I never much liked it.

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Posted in: Video explores gap between ideals and reality for working mothers in Japan See in context

I got teary and the kids are adorable. But are the dads waking the kids up, making their breakfast, rushing them to school in equal time? Or is it that the dads work much longer hours (earlier and later) and are kinda out of the picture when it comes to that stuff?

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Posted in: Angry single men stage anti-Christmas rally in Tokyo See in context

Silliness. They should just start a new Xmas tradition for single men--ie, do something fun with other single guys--instead of being party poopers for everyone else. This protest won't solve the issue. To solve it, they gotta find a new angle. I hope they do that and have fun. :)

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Posted in: Grandparents seen as cash cows in Japan See in context

Parasite children are nothing new in the US, and I guess not in Japan or anywhere. Instead of thinking: My parents raised me and spent a lot on me and now I will serve THEM, they still want to be served and treated. It's a character flaw and it's greed.

If children stop visiting with the grandkids cuz Granpa and Grandma say they can't afford onsens and expensive restaurants or to fund the grandkids school and etc, then those are not real children. They are leeches. Maybe they need to hear a lot of "No, sorry, we love you, but we can't" to get them to face reality.

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Posted in: 12-year-old boy jumps to death in Nagoya subway; leaves suicide note See in context

Someone asked the point of identifying bullies in school, since there will be bullying at work and so forth: to identify the bullies and get them help psychologically so they STOP being abusers. To get the bullying kid support so they move on. Stop the bullies when they are young and maybe the workplaces will improve in future with less jobsite bullying. So, yes, identifying and treating/handling bullying in school matters--for the bullied and the bullies, all. No one should have to be driven to the point of wanting to die.

So, really, I hope the bullies end up with a lot of remorse and many nightmares. I hope this haunts them to change.

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Posted in: For some women, husband's death like a breath of fresh air See in context

The total opposite o fmy experience, and I've been married 32 years. I pray every day I go first, because I do not want to exist in a world without my truly wonderful, sweet, adoring, kind, gentle hubby. He's my sun and stars. Adore him.

But at least these ladies have a time to enjoy being themselves, not bound by a traditional expectation. Some freedom and joy is better than none. Still, very sad. I wonder how many of those men are unhappy with their roles and would happily want to be set free from working long salaryman hours and prefer to be able to spend more time with kids and at home? Grass is always greener, they say.

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