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Posted in: Man arrested after 32-hour hostage standoff at internet cafe in Saitama See in context

I would imagine the young lady's parents or significant other would have been extremely worried about her being confined with a guy like that. Hope she recovers, but it will likely leave mental scars.

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Posted in: Judge rejects effort to return MLB All-Star Game to Georgia See in context

the War of Northern Aggression

Is that actually what some people call it?

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Posted in: Jails emptied in the pandemic. Should they stay that way? See in context

Why on earth would you send someone to jail for a $63 shoplifting offense?

Give him fee weekends of community service if you want to , but jail is not for offenses like that.

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Posted in: Japan sees no impact on Olympics from U.S. travel advisory See in context

At present, we can see no particular impact,

You would have to be willfully blind to make that statement.

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Posted in: Doctors charged in euthanasia case suspected in another death See in context

Safeguards, there you go. If it was so clean and simple, why would you need safeguards? And who defines these safeguards, and can they be abused or not. Certainly if euthanasia is an easily available and promoted option, you yourself would feel a bit obliged to use it, would you not?

You are putting words in my mouth. Everything has safeguards..examples would be cars, elevators, trains.

Who defines them? The government of the country in conjunction with public input.

Would I feel obliged to use it? Obliged is a strange word to use for that, but no I would not feel "obliged". I would however like it as an option.

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Posted in: Doctors charged in euthanasia case suspected in another death See in context

Euthanasia is a moral dilemma

I don't see it that way at all. I am thankful my native country allows assisted death (subject of course to some safeguards).

If you have a terminal disease, you don't want to suffer in agony waiting for death. We treat dogs and cats better than that.

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Posted in: Arizona town readies for tourists after 'Nomadland' movie See in context

Been to Arizona a number of times over the years, but take a look at that town on google maps. Not much going on there at all.

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Posted in: Woman arrested for animal cruelty kept 58 pets in Tokyo home See in context

the center of the room was covered in trampled feces about two centimeters in height. The remaining animals were kept on the second floor in cages that contained decomposing food and feces.

Imagine the smell of that place. Disgusting.

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Posted in: Death of man attacked by bear sparks conversation about what to do when facing one See in context

A very effective defense devise against a bear attack is a shotgun. It won’t kill the bear, but it’ll blind it and cause it agonizing pain. This is far safer than what the article recommends:

Not that many people walk around with shotguns. For hikers, get bear spray.

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Posted in: Flash in the cam: Canadian MP sorry for baring all on parliament Zoom See in context

So much for Canadians being reticent and conservative.

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Posted in: Retiring in Japan: What’s the best strategy? See in context

Saving up ¥20 million is a formidable task.

I don't think that's a formidable task at all..I mean you have many years to do that before you hit retirement age.

Just wonder what others think

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 545 coronavirus cases; Osaka logs 905 See in context

The only reason cases are increasing is because more people getting tested. 

Uh, no. Cases increase or decrease independently of how many tests are conducted. Unreported cases (ie not tested) are still cases.

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Posted in: Australia says politicians no longer exempt from sexual harassment rules See in context

Even the kings and aristocracy of other countries (Eg France in the revolution) figured out that they were not above the law.

Why did it take Australia to 2021 to figure this out?

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Posted in: Man bitten by pet dog in serious condition See in context

People should not be allowed to keep pets,

Really now. So all the benefits pet dogs and cats give us should just be discarded because you don't like them?

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Posted in: McDonald’s Japan brings back its duo of Samurai Mac burgers as regular menu items See in context

 with a crisp ginger flavor..... No actual ginger used.

Says it all, doesn't it?

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Posted in: Railway company employee arrested for voyeurism at train station See in context

I see this happen every day here in Japan and I always call the police too.

You call the police every day? About this? Man, I must live a sheltered life as I don't see behaviour like that every day of the week.

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Posted in: China approves radical overhaul of Hong Kong's political system See in context

My days of visiting Hong Kong are over. I won't even transit in that airport

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Posted in: More people abandoning aging parents due to financial and emotional strain See in context

That was three years ago. Yoshiyuki married. His mother remarried. Yoshiyuki is 34, his father 64

So the father was in his early 60s begging his son for money. Disgraceful.

I am in that age group(the father's) and there is not a snowballs chance that I would ever mooch off my children.

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Posted in: What are some of your favorite cherry blossom-viewing spots in Japan? See in context

Kajo Park in Yamagata-usually not very crowded

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Posted in: Woman says she left husband’s body at home because she thought it wouldn’t fit into coffin See in context

Sounds like the old lady suffers from dementia

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Posted in: M6.9 quake hits northeastern Japan See in context

Philly-Tsunami had wide English acceptance by the mid 60's.

In University in the 70's, it was always tsunami, never tidal wave (and yes, I took some geology/earth sciences/climate courses)

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Posted in: M6.9 quake hits northeastern Japan See in context

 And what's a temblor for the non-American-centric amongst us?

You know you can always google a word you do not understand.

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Posted in: Monkey man See in context

There is nothing more irritating that a fool dressed up as a monkey standing at a zebra crossing.

Oh, there are a lot more things irritating than that.

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Posted in: A sobering strategy for pandemic times - brewers bank on alcohol-free beer boom See in context

Last time I tried a non-alc beer was at some matsuri where some company reps were handing out free samples. Terrible..would never buy it.

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Posted in: Foggy-eyed glasses-wearers have suffered through the pandemic; now there is relief See in context

 I used to use glasses that cost 100 yen, but they got cloudy and scratched easily.

No kidding. Why would anyone expect quality in a 100 yen pair of glasses?

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Posted in: The increase of 10,000-yen notes in circulation is a reflection of the growing sense of anxiety. See in context

I own a house which I bought four years back and paid way less than I would have for something similar when I first arrived in Japan.

But is not the general case in Japan. A house depreciates over the years...they don't increase in value unlike most other countries.

Not sure your home country, but when I look at grocery prices in mine and I compare it to Japan, Japan is never cheaper (with one exception, liquor)

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Posted in: Mystery man donates bags of cash to local schools in Nara See in context

It is really not that much money, but I hope the office staff are honest.

Not that much money? Did you contribute more than that?

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Posted in: The increase of 10,000-yen notes in circulation is a reflection of the growing sense of anxiety. See in context

Actually in Japan they do buy as much as they used to, inflation is basically non existent here. The consumer price index today is about the same as it was in the 1980s.

Today there is a consumption tax of 10%. Did not exist prior to 1989, and when it was introduced it was 3%.

And as for price inlation--they can say what they want in the stats, but a 10,000 yen to me does not buy as much as it used to...that includes travel, food, hotels.

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Posted in: The increase of 10,000-yen notes in circulation is a reflection of the growing sense of anxiety. See in context

So the volume of these notes are increasing? That's because as time goes by, the don't buy as much as they used has nothing to do with anxiety.

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Posted in: Tokyo high schools ask students to certify hair color not altered: NHK See in context


All the students have to do is submit a personal affirmation that they did not dye their hair.

To what end or purpose? All in all they're just another brick in the wall.

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