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Posted in: Man sent to prosecutors for posting abusive comments online about mother of late ‘Terrace House’ star See in context

What is "hate speech" and "bullying" is completely subjective.

If that were the case the nations that have laws in place to address hate speech within the context of free speech would be unable to prosecute hate crimes. However, they do. Successfully. With the burden of proof. Any freedom that social order affords also carries the burden of responsibility and must not be confused with anarchy.

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Posted in: U.S. tennis star Sloane Stephens shares abusive social media posts See in context

When advising people to "get off social media" those who do so may be forgetting that the fans' hunger for tweets and posts is a cash cow for anyone with subscribers in high numbers. As for managing the abusive messages that invites, that's harder to navigate. You'd need to be a psychopath to shrug it off.

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Posted in: TEPCO to build undersea tunnel to release Fukushima water; gov't to buy marine products See in context

U.N.B.E.L.I.E.V.A.B.L.E.

Make that number one on the "unique" to Japan roster.

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Posted in: U.S. flight attendants report high frequency of unruly passengers See in context

Airplanes are the new Greyhound bus 

They have been for years. People simply haven't phrased it that way. Tubes that travel on air where highways aren't available. Nothing glamorous about it. Simply a means to get from A to B in a short period of time.

Conditions have become infinitely worse as airlines cram more people onto flights, decrease the space and remove comforts such as cushioning and leg room. Even average sized people's knees now butt into the backs of the seat in front of them. This does not help to encourage civility.

People, too, are problematic. Hour after hour with a shrieking baby that cannot be calmed. Intoxicated and belligerent adults. Inability of people to self-soothe or find serenity for a few hours under less than optimal conditions. A general lack of empathy and manners.

I doubt there are easy solutions for any of it.

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Posted in: What is umami, the mysterious taste of Japanese cooking? See in context

Must be something unique again.

Funny how easily unique can be boring.

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Posted in: You can find green tea ice creams all across Japan, but it’s extra special when you make it yourself See in context

And my heart and arteries say sinful!

Sure. If it's daily fare it would be. An occasional indulgence won't cause harm, but it will deliver joy.

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Posted in: You can find green tea ice creams all across Japan, but it’s extra special when you make it yourself See in context

 It's basically double cream and evaporated milk! I might as well just eat a tablespoon of lard.

Whether you buy ice cream (not frozen yoghurt, gelato or ice milk) or whether you make it, the* **cream** is what makes it ice cream***. One of my favourites is Betterwith brand's Cream Ice Cream which is sourced from Jersey cows at a single Abbotsford dairy farm in British Columbia, Canada. Nothing artificial. No whipped air. No gums or preservatives. No chemicals masquerading as flavors. Simple full-fat custard made from cream, sugar and egg yolks.

Call it "lard" if you like. I call it sinfully delicious. It doesn't come with a warning, but it probably should.

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Posted in: The 10 best places for young, single people to live in and around Tokyo See in context

Though it wasn't cheap, I lived in Aoyama near the cemetery three minutes from Gaiemmae Station. A quiet neighborhood with all the amenities one could want and green space in the cemetery. Exquisite during sakura season.

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Posted in: Walk but don't text See in context

Quite amazed that Japanese women riding bicycle with their child at the back handles them perfectly.

Indeed. Texting cyclists--with our without toddlers on board--weaving between pedestrians on the sidewalk (even when they have a dedicated lane) are beyond irresponsible.

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Posted in: Can you handle the heat? Japan’s one and only Curry College now enrolling new students See in context

Agreed Pukey2 and bass4funk. Most Japanese food is too sweet. Diabetics have a very hard time in Japan unless they cook for themselves 24/7/365.

Not a fan of any of the reinvented for Japanese tastes foods or wine. They did well with whisky and some beer and didn't screw up with tonkatsu. However, nothing as annoying or disappointing in Japan as going somewhere "French" or "Italian" and finding strong notes of dashi, soy sauce, an overload of sugar or fish flakes making an appearance at a party where they have no business being. The places that do it right, with chefs trained abroad who aren't interested in too much fusion, however, are a delight.

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Posted in: As passengers return to air travel, bad behavior skyrockets See in context

Too bad that airlines can't offer masked and mask-free flights. Cost prohibitive, I know; however, it might assuage people's fears and frustrations if they felt they had a choice.

Flying--especially on the longer haul flights--crammed into a tin with other people crammed in more and more closely as airlines try to fill planes for grater profitability is not fun. I'm petite and slim and have noticed the discomfort of shrinking space and less comfortable padding. A person who is 6 feet or 183 cm tall has knees jammed into the back of the seat in front. That's a problem that airlines have created because they don't wish to raise prices.

It's not a workable solution for everyone, but for long haul flights I find a combination of custom made earplugs, self-hypnosis, meditation and a mild sedative helpful. I get to my destination refreshed.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic Village considering ban on alcohol See in context

Just cancel the whole mess....

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Posted in: Mount Recyclemore See in context

It would have been more entertaining to see what they would have done with Trump.

No thank you. Happy to give that a pass.

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Posted in: Shinkansen driver leaves controls for toilet while train running at 150kph See in context

So much for relaxing because you can trust Japan's penchant for "safety."

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Posted in: Naomi Osaka conflicted over holding Tokyo Olympics See in context

@ Lamilly Well said. All Osaka has done is present the facts. There are two sides to the argument. The athletes hopes and lifelong aspirations on one side and significant concerns for their health and safety on the other. Those also extend to the host country, its citizens and the spectators. Of course, in the end a choice will have to be made. But to call her out or disparaging speculation about her motives for not taking a stand at this point is not warranted.

At this point her comments are reflective and an honest assessment of the situation. August is some time away. During that interval the issue may be decided for her and the Olympics cancelled. Whatever the call made by the IOC, when it comes then there may be a burden of choice on Osaka. Not before.

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Posted in: Even among Japanese convenience stores, the Daily Hot makes this chain especially awesome See in context

Typical of the endless, fluffy and not that tasty carb loading baked goods offered up as food in Japan. Healthier food is more expensive and cooking at home (often without sufficient kitchen space to efficiently prep items) a discouraging hassle. Still, Japanese "food" from convenience stores holds this mystique and allure.

Don't even get me started on the tongs used by thousands in a day. As well as table top chopsticks, toothpicks, condiments and the like. Are those still being used in the midst of the coronavirus crisis?

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Posted in: Queen enters 'twilight' of reign after farewell to Philip See in context

...so retaining a powerless head of state has advantages. At least we can never have the likes of Mugabe, Putin, or Trump.

That extends to the Commonwealth nations as well.

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Posted in: Japanese companies utilize Manthan wellness programs; report increased productivity, staff happiness during pandemic See in context

A crash course for 6 months duration and when the hype simmers down then what...?! Mind meditation to levitate your conscienceness is never to be trained - it's self disciplined.

It is surely no bad training but one needs more personal psycological support if you are in fact in need for courses over several months.

Not necessarily. Seven years ago I undertook a similar program. There were two components: a weekly focus with exercises and homework for 8 weeks and a 30-day, incremental regimen designed to establish a meditation practice.

I have not missed a day of the meditation practice since. That brief but effective program gave me the strategies and tools to approach and navigate numerous challenging circumstances and extraordinarily difficult life events with grace, compassion and calm. In addition, I was able to manage without additional (and often costly) psychological support.

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Posted in: Imperial poetry See in context

Stuff like this shows how out of touch the Japanese royal family and those in the halls of power really are...

And those geeking-out on numerous other art forms or some of the more outré opportunities for entertainment and self gratification available in Japan are "more" in touch? With what exactly? How is this fundamentally different from a group of people reading salacious material in the aisle of a convenience store? To each their own, ne?

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

For those inclined to dance on the heads of pins, like many other words borrowed from other languages which have become common in English usage, tsunami entered the English dictionary some time ago.

Though a quick Wikipedia check didn't pinpoint the date it gained that status, this was offered:

The term "tsunami" is a borrowing from the Japanese tsunami meaning "harbour wave." For the plural, one can either follow ordinary English practice and add an s, or use an invariable plural as in the Japanese.

Wikipedia also offered this:

In recent years, the term "tidal wave" has fallen out of favour, especially in the scientific community, because the causes of tsunamis have nothing to do with those of tides, which are produced by the gravitational pull of the moon and sun rather than the displacement of water. Although the meanings of "tidal" include "resembling" or "having the form or character of" the tides, use of the term tidal wave is discouraged by geologists and oceanographers. 

I guess that means we can safely wave less than acurate terminology good-bye and use tsunami.

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

Can we go back to calling it a tidal wave?

This is a Japanese focused news site, reporting on an earthquake that occurred in Japan, where a "tidal wave" is called a tsunami, and even though this is an English language site, basically every english speaker on the planet understands what a tsunami is... not sure I get what you are complaining about.

For those inclined to dance on the heads of pins, like many other words borrowed from other languages which have become common in English usage, tsunami entered the English dictionary some time ago.

Though a quick Wikipedia check didn't pinpoint the date it gained that status, this was offered:

The term "tsunami" is a borrowing from the Japanese tsunami津波, meaning "harbour wave." For the plural, one can either follow ordinary English practice and add an s, or use an invariable plural as in the Japanese.[14] Some English speakers alter the word's initial /ts/ to an /s/ by dropping the "t," since English does not natively permit /ts/ at the beginning of words, though the original Japanese pronunciation is /ts/. 

Wikipedia also offered this:

In recent years, the term "tidal wave" has fallen out of favour, especially in the scientific community, because the causes of tsunamis have nothing to do with those of tides, which are produced by the gravitational pull of the moon and sun rather than the displacement of water. Although the meanings of "tidal" include "resembling"[16] or "having the form or character of"[17] the tides, use of the term tidal wave is discouraged by geologists and oceanographers. 

I guess that means we can wave that good-bye and use tsunami.

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Posted in: Race, title and anguish: Meghan and Harry explain royal rift See in context

When a Japanese royal female marries out of the family, she leaves behind her royal status, lives quietly (and, we hope, happily) and we never hear from her again, end of story.

@ Cleo This holdover from patriarchal pre-history lingers on across cultures in the 21st century. The expectation for women remains the way it was when they (like land, cattle, concubines and children) were nothing more than property. Women are expected to shut up. Be silent. Their opinion and their truth are not required. Alas, this misogyny is perpetuated not only by men but also by women against other women.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympics add 12 women to executive board to reach 42% See in context

I have seen this strategy employed before. When a program or project is in decline prior to its discontinuation, the powers that be give it (especially the grunt work parts) over to women to handle. Why waste up and coming ambitious men's effort on something likely to fail?

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Posted in: 72-year-old woman gets 18 years in prison for killing 3 family members See in context

Getting the impression that familial bonds are weak in Japan.

Or perhaps after decades of undervalued servitude to a husband and in-laws (based on the hierarchical nature of Japanese society and the role of a wife and daughter-in-law within it), the poor woman thought that death was a better option than life. Sadly for her, the murder-suicide did not go as she planned. She did not get her release.

I feel so much compassion for people in such situations. They do not get the support they need for their own physical and mental health which is fundamental but too often unavailable for caregivers. And not just in Japan. After years of caregiving, as Zichi said, in prison she will receive care--likely more care than she may have known previously. I hope that she finds some serenity and peace in her remaining years.

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Posted in: Mochi may be even more dangerous in 2021 due to coronavirus See in context

Mochi, the most boring bland food of all. Hard to believe it is even a food. Best avoided in my experience.

The only thing worse is konyaku imo--slabs of tastelessness slathered in gooey sauces.

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Posted in: Emperor thanks medical professionals in video message See in context

My OCD really wishes that bonsai was positioned between them rather than over his right shoulder.

Asymmetry is preferred in Japan.

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Posted in: Man referred to prosecutors over 'Terrace House' star's suicide See in context

Seems these days the only reason people are on these platforms is to boost their egos. It goes the other way too.

With all due respect, that's a bit too simplistic. SM platforms are a way to communicate, to post creative content that would otherwise not see the light of day, to generate income and yes, sometimes become a 'star' with millions of followers.

However, if you have your head in a romantic cloud about the reality of all that, you might be in big trouble. Obviously, for whatever psychological and mental health conditions at work, Hana could not blow off her critics. Others on the show who have left it to continue their careers in other ways have made similar criticisms as Hana's mother about the pressures to "act" in certain ways on what purports to be an unscripted show. Others on the show have spoken of their SM accounts blowing up after certain episodes and comments.

Producers should be held accountable for the health--physical and mental--of their content creators. They need to provide a safe working environment--which could very easily include third party monitoring of social media feedback to block harmful, bullying trolls. It wouldn't affect their bottom line on a franchise as popular as Terrace House in all its incarnations.

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Posted in: Lawyer for 89-year-old driver of car that killed woman, 3-year-old daughter blames faulty brake See in context

Driver error and infraction number 1:

I can't tell you the exact number of times that Tokyo drivers--young and old--blasted through intersections to beat a red, threading their way through the pedestrians already in the crosswalk. The first time it happened I was just stepping off the curb. After that I was consistently cautious, always hung back a few seconds and double-checked that it was safe before crossing.

Driver error and infraction number 2:

The responsibility of the owner of the car to insure that the vehicle is sound and properly maintained. With mandatory 2 year inspections that record should be accessible to any court. Here the vehicle's owner/driver is at fault if indeed the brakes were faulty.

Driver error and infraction number 3:

If that indeed is what may have happened, hitting the gas instead of the brake is on the driver.

Free pass in spite of the law and the circumstances:

The driver is former senior bureaucrat with a weasel lawyer.

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Posted in: New Santa look See in context

Definetly not Santa.

Neither is the 1930s Coca Cola version in the 20th century.

Saint Nicholas is another entity entirely.

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Posted in: Nike ad addresses bullying and racism in Japan; riles up debate online See in context

“Is Japan really such a country full of discrimination? It feels like you’re creating a false impression of Japan.”

Yes. Sadly it is full of such discrimination. No. It' isn't a false impression. Rather it's a point of view that the Japanese don't wish to comprehend. It doesn't fit the Four Seasons Land of the Rising Sun with Uber Cool Technology and Always Polite People narrative.

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