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Posted in: Growers bring their produce direct to Tokyo consumers See in context

As a consumer I don't have much fear about the safety of the food in the markets, Japan has a very good country and area of origin labeling system on all their foods as well.

There have been quite a few food-labeling scandals in this country!

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Posted in: Growers bring their produce direct to Tokyo consumers See in context

I'm always amazed at how trusting Japanese people are- who wants to feed their children with vegetables from Fukishima?! Even if it said to be safe, why take the risk? It's important to support those farmers, but not by eating their potentially poisoned goods...

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Posted in: Bio drinkable yogurt See in context

Too bad Danone Japan are out of milk and you can't get any of their products anywhere!

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Posted in: 2 men arrested for growing hemp in Tokyo park See in context

Too bad you have to die to be eligible for a Darwin award, these guys deserve some sort of a prize...

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Posted in: Don't forget your pets when disaster strikes See in context

@Harry and Sarah, I don't know if they tried to notify their landlords... I know some were expecting their helpers to take care of the animals but apparently many of their helpers ended up leaving for the Philippines...

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Posted in: Don't forget your pets when disaster strikes See in context

Some expats I know left the country but left their cats, birds, goldfish in their apartments with some extra food, thinking they would be back in a couple of days...it's already been 10 days since most of them left... horrible, horrible....

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Posted in: Taking precautions See in context

My kids' primary school has those (because their heads are too small for hardhats): each child has one in a little bag that hangs at the back of their chair, it's fire-proof and they put it on in case of an earthquake. They had to put them on last friday...

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Posted in: Why are Tokyo cabbies so clueless? See in context

A lot of cabbies are old guys who lost their jobs and find driving a taxi is the only work they can get. As a policeman told us when a friend got hit by a taxi while riding a bike: "you should watch out for taxis, most of the drivers are very old and don't see well"!!!

A must-read about what can happen if you get into it with a J-cabbie: google "prison in japan, taxi stippy".... incredible story!

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Posted in: NTT developing wristwatch-like device to monitor seniors See in context

Smart microsystem technology is the way of the future! Pretty soon we'll all be implanted with wireless nano-sensors that will transmit our health data to our doctor and send us emails when something's wrong! Biohealth is revolutionary but quite scary too... Big brother is watching you!

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Posted in: What do you think of school uniforms in Japan? See in context

I grew up in Australia, and had to wear a butt-ugly uniform.

Same here (everything was grey including the nickers!!!!) but at least it was age-appropriate and it didn't appeal to perverts! Japanese sailor-moon uniforms are cute on 5 year-olds but quite ridiculous on 16 year-olds... On the whole though, uniforms are great as an equalizer of status but an added cost for families who are already paying high school fees, so I'm on the fence!

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Posted in: 3-year-old boy's ankles and wrists bound with rope for 20 hours See in context

Another week, another child abuse story... how many kids have to suffer before politicians decide it's time to radically reform social services, family law and child protection laws? Everything needs an overhaul: contraception,adoption, divorce, the foster-system, social services etc. There is something rotten in the kingdom of Japan and this is it.

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Posted in: Monster cyclone pummels northeast Australian coast See in context

Thanks for the tip GJDailleult !

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Posted in: 2 semi-automatic guns, 37 rounds found at garbage treatment plant See in context

I love the incombustible garbage part! An eco-conscious potential mass-murderer....

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Posted in: 9-year-old girl slashed in face and neck in Osaka See in context

AGAIN? Hope this isn't turning into a fad...

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Posted in: Man arrested over knife attack on 8-year-old girl in Yamaguchi Pref See in context

There are a lot of crazies around and not much preventive policing- we went to the local police to report a creepy guy following our kids to school everyday, they said they couldn't do anything about it until he actually did something!

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Posted in: Groupon CEO apologizes to Japan customers for 'osechi' mess-up See in context

Why is Groupon apologizing for Bird Cafe trying to rip off its customers?

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Posted in: Baby girl in critical condition after getting head trapped in car window See in context

"Emergency services personnel released Kaho from the electric window"....

Does this mean no-one thought of releasing the window before the ambulance got there? That's just pathetic...

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Posted in: Happy birthday See in context

Is having a first name ending in O a pre-requisite in this family?

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Posted in: Man broadcasts own suicide live on video streaming site See in context

you'd think by now he police would be monitoring 2channel for suicide/murder threats...

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Posted in: French strikes disrupt life, shut Eiffel Tower See in context

Even a teacher at the French school in Tokyo was on strike!

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Posted in: Choosing a seat on a plane: Not just about legroom See in context

Beelzebub, you're forgetting the guy who reeks of alcohol, the one who had a curry just before boarding or the one that tries to grope you while you're sleeping...

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Posted in: Japan issues travel alert for Europe See in context

Because of the exchange rate with the Euro, there is no better time for Japanese people to visit Europe! The odds of a terrorist attack over there are probably on par with the odds of a big earthquake here....

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Posted in: The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet See in context

A fantastic book and a great pleasure to read! I highly recommend it!!!

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Posted in: Wives still have passion, but how to get their husbands to realize it? See in context

and they know the chemical contraception is highly carcinogenic.

what a load of bull...!

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Posted in: 40% of child seats in cars remain unused: police survey See in context

@borscht : No!!!!! After driving on the highway and seeing cars speeding in the emergency lane, motorcycles driving the wrong way in the emergency lanes, guys driving while reading a manga or watching tv, I'm totally amazed at how low the figures are for deadly accidents and! Although maybe the statistics are false... statistics are easily manipulated...

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Posted in: 40% of child seats in cars remain unused: police survey See in context

And yet there are less traffic deaths in this country than in other countries where the seat-belt and child-seat laws are better enforced... http://www.nationmaster.com/graph/hea_mot_veh_dea-health-motor-vehicle-deaths

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Posted in: High school girl arrested for stabbing older brother in Nagano See in context

Who hasn't wanted to stab their brother? Siblings fight! It just doesn't usually escalated to such violence... but in this society extreme violence is ok!

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Posted in: Dear Angry Western Guy See in context

I'm all for adapting to the customs of the country I'm living in, but not when these customs are not always respected by the people living in this country. I've seen Japanese people screaming in public! When I'm riding my bicycle and a guy almost runs me over by running a red light or a stop sign, should I refrain from screaming at him (in my native language) because I'm in Japan and I should be polite in all circumstances? No! Because the Old Angry Japanese Guy doesn't refrain from yelling "@&"!§ Gaijin" at me when I pass him by with my bicycle! Should foreigners be "better Japanese" than the Japanese themselves? It's an ongoing debate at my children's intl school, where the Japanese children from the neighboring school can run and play in the street but not those from the intl school...

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Posted in: Dear Angry Western Guy See in context

Recently I saw an Angry Japanese guy verbally abuse his 2-4 year old son in the parking of a supermarket. It was so violent (he was miming to hit the kid in the face as he was screaming at him) I was shellshocked. I've never seen that kind of public violence against a child in any western country I've lived in. People were just walking by and pretending to see nothing.... Let's stop pretending Japan is a perfect country with perfectly behaved people who never scream or abuse their spouses or their children. It's not true! Japan is just as flawed as everywhere else....

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Posted in: Dear Angry Western Guy See in context

Mind your own beezwax Melissa Feineman!

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