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Posted in: Japan newlyweds can receive up to ¥600,000 to start new life See in context

Is this retroactive? We were married in 2012.

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Posted in: Oscars set inclusion standards for best picture category See in context

Thank goodness the awards are after the presidential election. The acceptance speeches are just political lectures. If a person really wants to know who won whatever, read it on Fox or CNN at real time or the next day. Anyone who appropriates an opportunity to be recognized for any award needs to remember, he or she (not they, which is grammatically incorrect, puts on his or her pants the same way - ONE LEG AT A TIME. You know what people say about opinions!

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Posted in: U.S. vote-by-mail begins See in context

The world population that reads such articles is probably saying, "What is the problem?" Mail in voting means the government mails a ballot to every registered voter in precinct (county, department, or wards in the USA.) The recipient completes the vote and mails it back to the registrar. Absentee voting is done by a written request from the voter to the registrar that is signed and is matched to the original registration which means a written signature (not a hanko) is required. The ballot is mailed to the registered address and returned to the registrar. In the first situation if the voter died yesterday, anybody can vote for the deceased. In the second example, most dead voters cannot sign a ballot so the signature will not match. Many states are sending ballots whether or not they were requested. There are people who go house to house and collect ballots. They ask the voter to sign it, then they vote (complete the ballot) and send the ballot to the registrar. In both situation no photo id is required to vote at the official voting area. This system is called "Vote early, vote often."

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Posted in: Handheld mask for dinner use See in context

In polite Japanese society young ladies are taught to cover their mouths with a fist so that the other person doesn't have to watch the chewing. Yet, slurping/sucking noise is normal for the Japanese men at the noodle shop at the shinkansen train station. A handheld mask can be useful in other situations such as a quick, stolen kiss or a walk through a train station where cameras are everywhere as a couple goes to a more "secluded" environment such as a "sakura picnic."

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Posted in: Japan considers offering COVID-19 vaccines for free to all residents See in context

Do anti-maskers and anti-vacciners believe that a little chlorine in the "gene pool" is good for the survival of the swimmers? In Japan and most of the countries in the world there is freedom of choice. Several countries will require lines of people. Get the vaccine asap or just wait. It is okay in a free country like Japan. But, just remember to wear the mask and social distance, please. Thank you.

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Posted in: 'How dare we not vote?' Black voters organize after DC march See in context

"You reap what you sow.You reap what you sow is a proverb that says future consequences are inevitably shaped by present actions. Vote ONCE, not multiple times through ballot harvesting or for deceased relatives.

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Posted in: Australia blocks Kirin's $430 mil sale of dairy business to Chinese company See in context

Great decision ever made to protect the children. We all remember the Chinese baby formula controversy in China and Japan.

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Posted in: Virus spurs Japan to develop contactless garbage collection system See in context

In Iwata, Shizuoka, a person has to purchase a garbage bag, put his/her name and address on it, then put it under the tarp. ONE BAG per week, unless the city ordinance is disobeyed. Ironically, the garbage man just throws the bags in the back end of the truck. There is no recording, but older people still follow the rule and are afraid.

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Posted in: Princess Mako's marriage to boyfriend in limbo See in context

Yes, spend more than anyone has ever seen spent on the ceremony. Stimulate the economy, make a lot of people happy to work, and, let's hope, give a couple happiness forever.

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Posted in: Trump holds up coronavirus aid to block funding for mail-in voting See in context

Is it true that in Japan a voting card with the voter's name and address is mailed to the voter's registered residence and that card must be presented at the voting area in order to receive a ballot in Japan? If the answer is yes, then that is equivalent to absentee voting in the USA. Is it true that a relative can take the recently deceased grandmother's voting card to the voting area and vote for her? If the answer is yes, then that is equivalent to mail-in ballots. In addition, are there any illegal aliens in Japan? If the answer is yes, then that is equivalent to mail-in ballots. According to law, a voter must be a US citizen to vote. People with green cards cannot vote, but they will be able to vote with mail-in ballots that may have been completed by another person.

Just because a person hates the president doesn't me that person has the right to illegal elect the opponent.

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Posted in: Virus spurs Japan to develop contactless garbage collection system See in context

It has already been shown that the virus last a very short time on any surface. There is no need to sanitize the kitchen, toilet, etc. after every use especially if only the family uses it. So, what is the problem? Sanitation workers always wear gloves. Issue the type of gloves that are very difficult to tear or puncture. It would be better to sanitize the steering wheel and gloves after every stop.

People leave the futons out in the sunshine everyday because it dries any sweat and sanitizes them. Why discard the paper mask after one use? Leave it in the 40 C. sunshine. It is safe to reuse.

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Posted in: Japan's summer holiday begins quietly amid requests to avoid trips See in context

Yes, an interesting picture. Are those fairy wings? Look at it again, it is worth a smile in these very stressful times!

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Posted in: Biden eyes major U.S. foreign policy shifts if he wins See in context

A reversal of foreign policy means another plane load of cash to Iran (he approved it,) a wonderful relationship with our friend, China (anybody seen Hunter lately?), and questionable behaviors at public events (no need to go there!) Mr. Biden needs to learn speak for more than 10 minutes without notes and a teleprompter. He also really needs to know that he has to get approval for all "his" decisions from Ms. Veep-to-be and Ms. Pelosi before he presents them to the public. Maybe it is true, "Behind every successful man, there is a more successful woman (women.)

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Posted in: Chinese man wins ¥1.8 billion from betting on Japanese horse races See in context

The most important is which countries and how much do they get so the winner knows what is left.

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Posted in: Trump's show of federal force sparking alarm in cities See in context

To understand the situation in Seattle, NY, and other major cities, the question is: Who paid for the post office buildings, income tax office, police office, mayors' offices, health department offices, etc. in JAPAN? Answer: The tax payers, many of whom are now senior citizens who expect service and protection. If the governors of the prefectures refused to stop a mob from vandalizing, burning, or destroying these buildings in major cities, does Abe have the responsibility to send in any forces to protect the buildings or does he just look the other way and call it "another demonstration for the betterment of society" or "Summer of love?"

What if the mob attacks a reader's house in the affluent district in Tokyo or another major city after the police department has been defunded? Does that person still call 110 and hear nobody can respond to the call or the danger? It is the responsibility of the reader to defend his/her family and property with a weapon?

The citizens of Japan are very fortunate. They still have respectful protests with no violence, etc. The "What if" question still remains? Let's hope decency and respect for law enforcement continue here. Time will tell.

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Posted in: Roger Stone calls Black radio host 'Negro' in interview See in context

CORRECTION: 39% were black students 39% were Black students, 44% were Hispanic,

11% were Asian/Pacific Islanders

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Posted in: Roger Stone calls Black radio host 'Negro' in interview See in context

"Mo'Kelly" is an offense nickname. His name is Morris. "Mo" was used in the South and implied "boy" another offensive name now. Mr. Kelly needs to use Morris Kelly. Yes, "Big Mo" is the nickname for the US battleship Missouri, an affectionate nickname given to the ship by sailors who served on it. Stone should be old enough to know that the word "negro" is the original word used to describe human beings (slaves to today) whose ancestral history is in Africa and has gone through several changes, finally ending with "Black." However, in the USA today there is the "United Negro College Fund which provides scholarships for black students and general scholarship funds for 37 private historically black colleges and universities." It should change its name and use "Black students" and "Black colleges and universities" to whom scholarships are provided. That begs the question, is the UNCF a discriminatory organization?

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Posted in: Striking medical workers warn pay reduction jeopardizes patient care See in context

If the medical personnel are not happy with their pay or lack of "bonus, " strike. Norms have to go. So, how is the amount of the incentive or performance decided for medical personnel? Less deaths, more positive evaluations by the patients and family members. And, what about the gas station attendants - increased sales, customer loyalty, or drinks by waitresses at night clubs? If you want your doctors and nurses, waitresses, gas attendants, and TEACHERS to be happy, increase the monthly salary.

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Posted in: Striking medical workers warn pay reduction jeopardizes patient care See in context

The concept of a "bonus" pay is archaic and inappropriate to modern business and labor practices. It needs to be abandoned and replaced with an hourly, weekly, monthly, or yearly income so that employee knows exactly how much income is earned and sent to the bank account.

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Posted in: New Zealand mosque gunman to represent himself at sentencing See in context

"A person who has himself as a lawyer has a fool as a client."

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Posted in: Should Japanese schools stop making kids write book reports? See in context

Everyone in any program (Phd or lower) is using Google and other methods to write book reports and research papers. The person only needs to change the word order and use a Thesaurus to pass the computer program that checks the originality of the document. Here is the solution. The student brings one sheet of notes that are reviewed by the supervising teacher to a designated area. The student has one hour to write, and at the end of the hour, it is given to the teacher. Book reports, research papers, etc. are supposed to show what the student learned. In the real world today, nobody can be expected to know everything that is available on the net. Medical doctors can't even keep up with all the new drugs. The real skill is how to search the net for information, then apply it to the student's or society's situation. Book reports differ by countries. The purpose is not to ask what happened in the story, but how does this apply to modern society, the student's life, or some other question. If the teacher is interested is having the student show proficiency in one of the languages used in Japan, then that is another goal.

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Posted in: Survey shows that Japanese couples are trying to conceive earlier See in context

The men need to stay out of hot water baths and keep the testicles cool by not wearing tight fitting underpants or pants. Sitting in the typical 38 C. water for extended time actually weakens or reduces the sperm count in the testicles. Only the strongest sperm can swim far enough to conceive, so don't make them weaker. Take a warm shower, wash, and rinse.

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Posted in: Power spots: The Japanese way to recharge your mind See in context

The best way is to admit yourself to home isolation therapy, HIT. Not the one the government wants, everyone has had enough of that. Turn off Facebook, etc. because nobody really cares about your opinion, and when the talking heads on tv programs start reporting on crime, protests of any kind, or politicians who always have the right answer, change the channel to the weather channel but anything other than the above. It takes about 4 days of the regime, but it works. After that, a free mind matters. You now have one. Good luck, and don't cheat.

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Posted in: Radioactivity hike seen in northern Europe; source unknown See in context

Russian nuclear subs have been polluting since they were invented. Too hot to remove and too hot to leave in their underwater graves was common knowledge in the early 1970s. No Swimming signs in the Kara and Laptev seas unless you want a glowing personality.

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Posted in: Radioactivity hike seen in northern Europe; source unknown See in context

Which way is dominant wind direction? There is the answer.

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Posted in: Kim Jong Un's sister threatens S Korea with military action See in context

In the words of my good friend, Vice-President Biden, "Come on, man, stand up and be counted." So, behind every successful man is a very strong woman. Joan of Arc, Catherine the Great of Russia, Hôjô Tokimasa (married to Minamoto Yoritomo,) Ichiyo Higuchi (5000 yen,) Eleanor Roosevelt who was actually president in his last term, and possibly Hillary Clinton, in many people's opinion. The sister's position may be the reason the NK military continues to praise and applaud Kim's photo ops. “If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.” Sun Tsu, Born: 544 BC, Qi, Died: 496 BC, Wu

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Posted in: Gov't eyes holding university entrance exams in January as planned See in context

Entrance Exams? Why? As the birth rate declines, applicants will decline. As applicants decline, the number of high school teachers and university professors decline. The situation is extremely serious, and the previously mentioned groups need to consider their livelihood and politicians need to consider the economic future of Japan.

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Posted in: California says film, TV production can resume June 12 See in context

Remember director, camera person, and pretenders that you need to be two meters apart. Absence, or is it distance, makes the heart grow fonder!

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Posted in: It's 2021 or never for Tokyo, confirms senior Olympic official See in context

It is 2021 for Tokyo or never? Change the calendar and ask, "What happens in 2024" if there is another pandemic? Change the Olympic calendar to 2025 in Paris. Paris would be smart to not build elaborate new facilities so that it doesn't lose the anticipated revenue. Japan would have been smarter to use it old facilities, spread out the venues and share the wealth though out the nation rather than concentrating on Tokyo.

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Posted in: Silent but cheerful, mannequins enforce social distancing at Tokyo bar See in context

Is it possible to spend more money on mental health? "It's your money" has never been more true.

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