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Posted in: Gynecologist arrested for sexually assaulting pregnant woman See in context

Yeah, but he won't get prosecuted or face any prison time.

After all, he is not an "unemployed" lower class. In this case, Japan "law" will say it is 100% the woman's fault.

And, he's not a foreigner. Apologies (however fake) will suffice.

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Posted in: 'Dependency syndrome' is all around us See in context

If it gets that bad I would suggest trying religion.

Alas, religion is another dependency which can become a full on addiction which often deeply damages people and at its most extreme can trigger genocides and "holy" wars.

On the plus side, for many folks it can temper their negative tendencies and prompt good works on behalf of others while giving them a community of like-minded individuals for social, psychological and spiritual support.

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Posted in: Japanese maker pushes umami overhaul for much-maligned MSG See in context

The reaction to ingredients of any kind is highly personal. Individual bodies react differently. And while beliefs as well as discrimination regarding some cultures over others can also contribute to perceived reactions, they aren't solely responsible.

For example, I react negatively to nightshades--a fact that went undiagnosed for more than a decade. Throughout that time I had no idea what caused the ongoing reactions which contributed to my often extreme discomfort. I also reacted negatively to MSG--decades before learning it was a "thing". Naturally, I make an effort to avoid both. As a result I enjoy life and food without discomfort.

This attempt to rehabilitate a specific product extracted from naturally occurring flavour (which is designed to give a boost to those whose taste buds demand a greater punch because they've been defiled by dependence on chemically enhanced "food") is a marketing ploy. Nothing more.

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Posted in: Man arrested for leaving father’s ashes in toilet at Tokyo Station See in context

Yes, of course some of the suggestions for disposing of ashes are illegal in Japan and elsewhere. However, it's possible to be creative and dispose of ashes illegally without being noticed in the act. But be aware of surveillance cameras and be discrete.

One mother wished to have her ashes strewn in Butchart Gardens in Victoria, Canada. When her son asked permission it was denied. It's strictly against their policy. So he put her ashes in a 2 liter pop bottle, attached a wide hose with a clamp which he fed under a pair of baggy pants and a large jacket. He walked casually around the garden leaving little bits of her ashes in all her favourite spots, and no one ever knew. How did I find out? It was part of a CBC radio documentary on how people dealt with the ashes of loved ones in which he was an anonymous participant.

As for bones being gruesome, Alex Einz, they're no more gruesome than chicken bones. Once the ash has blown away they could go in the compost along with other bones routinely picked up on garbage collection day since neither the mother or son had any feelings of respect for the deceased man. The only difficulty in my proposal in that instance is the possibility that the ash could blow onto someone else's laundry.... You need to pick your spots carefully.

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Posted in: Harry, Meghan to quit royal jobs, give up 'highness' titles See in context

But they angered senior royals by revealing their plans on Instagram and a new website without advance clearance from the queen or palace officials.

More tabloid trash talk. As the Queen's statement indicates, the discussions had been ongoing for months before. Most unfortunately, the details were leaked to The Sun--likely by a trusted source within the palace--precipitating the details going to the press in advance of any statements from Buckingham Palace. The Instagram/website move was an attempt to establish the other side. The malicious British papers made up the rest. And now the world believes it because they read it. Alas, that's how the brain works.

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Posted in: Man arrested for leaving father’s ashes in toilet at Tokyo Station See in context

Or be a little creative. Put the ashes into a plain bag and go to the beach when it's deserted. Dig a small hole, add the ashes and build a sand castle. Let the tide do the rest.

Or find a little used pathway and scatter them under the shrubbery,

Or leave them in an open tub on the balcony and let the wind carry them away.

Or take them home, stick them in a flower pot beside the house and lie to your mother.

People have so little imagination...

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Posted in: Moonstruck: Japanese billionaire's girlfriend applicants top 20,000 See in context

If Maezawa farted in front of you what would you say?

The question should be: What should he say?

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Posted in: Neo-NEETS: Living on other people’s money See in context

On the plus side, it seems neither of the two blokes mentioned have targeted vulnerable and lonely women with wealth to support them. Perhaps it's a matter of time. But managing so far with simplified needs, day to day jobs and a zine sounds as if they are not complete parasites. To each his own.

However, I'm less magnanimous toward those who simply mooch off their parents without contributing anything to house and yard work, preparing meals or other tasks that are part of maintaining a household.

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Posted in: Near-death experience gives Naomi Osaka perspective See in context

I still don't understand how some people don't know how to swim. On the day my kindergarten classmates and I went to the public pool to be taught how to swim, I just got in the pool and started swimming around. I actually didn't know that people have to learn to swim. So, I spent a couple hours enjoying swimming unaided while my classmates were flailing around wearing waterwings, which I have never worn. The teachers just assumed my parents had taught me. They hadn't.

Good on you, N30. You're a natural swimmer. Some people play instruments by ear without lessons. That doesn't make them superior to others who "flail around wearing water wings or have to practice a sh*t ton of scales before they can twinkle a little star.

For those quibbling over the "near death experience" statement, perhaps bear in mind that she may have meant that in her attempt to have some fun instead of grinding at training for a change, she got into a situation where she could have died. How close to death she actually was isn't relevant. Even though the term NDE is defined differently, it's also used casually in various contexts. For example: I died laughing. Context is everything.

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Posted in: Ghosn seen on security camera leaving Tokyo home alone on Dec 29 See in context

Not much imagination is required to figure out plausible ways he may have escaped detection at an airport. The near New Year timing and his going alone made it less likely to raise suspicion or to be spotted.

Here's but one possible scenario. Suppose a locker enroute contained a standard bag as well as the uniform of a cabin crew for a private jet. At some point he could enter a washroom and change into it. Suppose a false passport and ID tags were also in that locker. Security would be less vigilant about examining the documents of someone dressed as (say) a co-pilot or flight crew as they'd be operating on assumptions that they were legit. Though not without risk, it would not be without possibility to blend into a flight crew and board such a flight without suspicion.

Now if I can think of that in less than half a minute, sophisticated, international smugglers and their hierarchies of operatives can do a whole lot better in multiple creative ways.

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Posted in: Survey reveals rudest behavior seen on trains and at stations this year See in context

Personally, I'd put booger mining ahead of applying makeup for rude behavior. So disgusting.

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Posted in: Koishikawa Seven Lucky Gods walk – exploring a forgotten corner of Tokyo See in context

These may not be your/my "God/gods" but I've often found that they bless you/me all the same.

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Posted in: Impeachment forever changes Trump's legacy See in context

The letter, rife with exclamation points, random capitalizations and scores of grievances, portrayed the president as the victim of an unfair and politically motivated attack.

Yup! No surprise there. That's exactly how narcissists play it. Every. Single. Time. #poorme

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Posted in: Japan gov't eyes new law to draw more tourists to museums See in context

For the life of me I dont understand why a "law" is needed here. 

Perhaps the word policy might have been used instead of the word law to describe the various subsidies and incentives being provided by the government. I'm guessing that this might be a question of literal translation, and law was chosen where a more nuanced English word would have been a better fit. Nothing more.

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Posted in: Japanese photographer captures stunning images of 'time-traveling samurai' See in context

Romanticized brutality. Nostalgia for power and glory that was brutal and harsh and brief.

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Posted in: Royal meet and greet See in context

Why the ageism? People with long-standing service to their country and the high levels of experience needed for the position are excellent candidates for this type of role. Her Majesty is a fine example of that fact.

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Posted in: Japan enacts law to introduce flexible working hours for teachers See in context

...add five more days off to August.

Unless they plan to lock the schools during the holidays, adding overtime in April in order to gain 5 days in August is ridiculous as people don't take the overtime they're allowed because of peer/cultural pressure.

How about these measures?

Make it illegal for principals to require teachers to stay until they are dismissed each day instead of allowing them to go home when their tasks are done. Often they sit there "looking busy" because they must wait to be officially dismissed.

Make it illegal for teachers not to take the allotted time--all the allotted time to which they entitled.

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Posted in: Forcing children to sit 'seiza' style to be recognized as punishment under new law See in context

Is it really necessary to have a law to tell people what is acceptable punishment? 

Sometimes, yes. When I went to school corporal punishment was permitted. Usually, if given the strap at school students were also spanked at home. By the time I became a teacher the practice was illegal and parents spanking children is not legally permitted now either.

I can do it pretty much indefinitely myself. It hurts when I stand up, because I'm old and my knees tighten up if I've been sitting in seiza for a long time.

My kids are not feeling pain when they do it - they are kids who don't do anything painful willingly. They just do it because that's what they do - they've grown up seeing others doing it, and they do it naturally without thought.

In yoga seiza is called virasana or hero's pose and is touted as relief for tired legs. However, if one is not accustomed to the position, it can be painful. In the early days when I first began to travel to Japan, I worked up to it by increasing the amount of time I held the position.

It can be quite comfortable once conditioned to it and stretches the quads nicely. That said, levels of discomfort in the position can vary as it depends a good deal on a person's natural flexibility, the muscular structure of the body, and weight. A light, flexible person likely will not have the same difficulty holding the position that a tight heavy person might.

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Posted in: Japanese company officially bans employees from licking fingers when handling papers or money See in context

Teachers lick fingers to hand out papers, too. Also gross. It's easy to wear a little rubber cap on the index or middle finger. Then handling money or papers without 'spitting' on them is easy. Cashless transactions are looking better all the time... .

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Posted in: Famed Tokyo sushi restaurant Jiro dropped from Michelin gourmet guide See in context

The restaurant is run by sushi maestro Jiro Ono, well into his 90s, helped by his eldest son Yoshikazu.

The restaurant is run by Yoshikazu and has been for years. Jiro Ono helps by presiding over the service, a role he had already assumed in his mid-80s. Thus he continued to give the restaurant his name and its cache. Once he passes, it's not even guaranteed that Yoshikazu who will inherit won't lose his clientele because "it isn't Jiro anymore." It hasn't been Jiro for a long time as anyone who has seen Jiro Dreams of Sushi can attest.

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Posted in: Tradition and technique meet in new match style incense sticks See in context

Lovely for travel when you want to enjoy the cleansing and relaxing effect of incense in a hotel room. Also a great way to time a soak in the tub or a meditation. Great idea.

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Posted in: Poor hand hygiene may be biggest transmitter of superbug E.coli See in context

Handwashing and the hygiene etiquette consciousness is seriously lacking in Japan. It mystifies me because so much attention is given to washlets or face masks or removing shoes but almost none to coughing and sneezing into the air or into one's hands and touching all sorts of surfaces touched by others with impunity.

I've witnessed those who do "wash" their hands dampen and flink their fingers before drying them in a towel carried in a purse or pocket. Brilliant. Doing so gives the offending bacteria a breeding ground. And the "good news" is that there are more of those under the fingernails than on toilet seats.

Though soap and water are the better anti-bacterial measure, I carry individually wrapped, sanitizing hand wipes and scrub hard with them when other options do not exist. The key is scrubbing as that's what dislodges and kills the bacteria.

It only takes one person to infect hundreds when handling mass-produced food or spread contagion. Or when helping themselves from the cases of deli-foods at the supermarket, or the cutlery, chopsticks or toothpicks commonly found in restaurants. That, for me, is a much greater "ew" factor than removing my shoes.

Zichi is correct. We also need to properly clean our phones and computer keyboards.

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Posted in: 71-year-old woman arrested for killing husband, parents-in-law See in context

There is NO WAY anyone of that age should be forced into taking care of 3 other elderly people!

husband is ill and can't walk, in laws are too old to move, a 70 yo takes care of 3 elderly. Prison is better.

Yokoso Japan. This happens all the time.

Just another dog's body daughter-in-law who suffers all her life. She was likely relegated to this role from the moment the marriage was sealed. A colleague was already in this situation in her 30s with a husband who did not love her and a mother-in-law who was a mean bully.

When asked, my colleague expressed her gratitude that she didn't have the additional burden of children and that her teaching job required her to work long hours. She didn't have to sit in the house all day under these circumstances. Just another of millions of shoganai moments in Japan.

In prison she will receive food, a bed, a circumscribed routine and because of the attempted suicide, perhaps some psychiatric care that will allow her to tell her story to someone. That doesn't mean anyone will necessarily care, but she's already accustomed to that.

I have nothing but compassion for this poor woman and a great deal of disquiet over a society which perpetuates the mindsets which allow it to happen.

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Posted in: Hyatt will remove small bottles from hotel bathrooms by 2021 See in context

There's no reason to place such toiletries in every room in hotels. If upscale places don't want to install the large, wall-mounted options (which is easily done with luxury brands as well), they could offer the customer a toiletries package at check-in for a low fee.

I don't know about other people, but I always carry my own preferred brands in the 100ml size allowed by airlines. Those easily last 2 to 3 weeks which covers most travel itineraries.

If guests have forgotten toiletries, Japan which has a combini within a short distance and sometimes within the hotel complex itself; therefore this perk isn't strictly necessary. Recognizing that it is not environmentally friendly and working to change the disposable culture which has been allowed for decades is a good thing.

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Posted in: Top of Tokyo: Observation decks offer panoramic city views See in context

You got that right, JonathanJo. Though I've done a number of the other main views once, I go back every time I'm in Tokyo for that one. Bonus, a great indoor city view is included with admission to the Mori Art Museum--well worth seeing. Another 500 yen gets you to the roof. Gorgeous as the sun begins its descent behind the mountains in late fall and winter.

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Posted in: Simple can be gorgeous when setting a holiday table See in context

Throw away paper and plastic are falling out of favour, Zichi. It is easy, but perhaps a strategy that is obsolete. I know plenty of families who choose to go out for dinner and let the restaurant deal with the prep and clean up instead. They can concentrate on each other. Bonus, for the most part people behave better in a public place. Fewer chances of family tantrums that way.

I think people should do what they like. I know those who feel intimidated the moment something is "fancy." Or worse, they consider the host pretentious for "showing off" when all they may have wanted to do is to add a little glamour--even rustic glamour--to an occasion that is a notch above day-to-day ordinary.

Personally, I'm a huge fan of Christmas. I savour and indulge in the whole season from Advent through Epiphany. For that reason I adore creating a unique centerpiece for the dining table every year simply because it's something I enjoy doing. I do it even during those Christmas seasons I have celebrated alone. I'm quite happy to do it up just for me. As a friend once said to me, an occasion doesn't feel festive without the festivities.

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Posted in: Symbolic night with 'goddess' to wrap up emperor's accession rites See in context

Under force after the loss of a war a past emperor "gave up" his divinity. However, what he held in his mind or what his descendants or the people still choose to believe is anyone's guess. Maybe he made some secret "fancy fingers" or carried a talisman in his pocket which negated what he said or signed and made it meaningless. All that mattered was that his behaviour satisfied the optics for the occupying forces.

Just as it did when Admiral Perry "opened" up Japan by setting his guns on the nation, Japan has continued to maintain a closed shop. Try getting in--even if you are born here or have lived here for decades there are always new "insider" rules you discover. Even if you have Japanese ancestry, you're shut out if it's mixed (tainted) with something else. Sure, Japan is grudgingly happy if millions of you drop your tourist dollars here and keep kitty pawing for more, but after you've spent them they're happiest when you go home.

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Posted in: 7 taken to hospital after mini-truck plows into group of children in Tokyo See in context

Don't tell me - a venerable elder who mistook the accelerator for the brake ?

The article cites that the driver dropped something and bent to pick it up instead of keeping his attention on the road. That's distracted driving. That has nothing to do with age.

Systemic ageism which has been entrenched and widely reinforced in societies world wide and with impunity since the 1880s has not yet been called out the way sexism and racism have. Frankly, that's long overdue especially since the science contradicts what continues to be held as fact regarding how people age.

Read the research, folks. Learn the facts. Remember it when you reach your 60s and are just fine to drive. We elect people that age to preside over countries and influence global affairs, but we aren't going to allow them to drive based on utterly erroneous beliefs and prejudices?

Better driver education, consistent reinforcement of the law, and severe penalties for infractions are required. People run amber and red lights or choose to focus on a distraction because they are not properly educated and receive no punishment for their life-threatening actions. If it works for driving under the influence, it would work for other infractions as well.

Do you know that people will crash a $50,000 car because of an insect inside instead of pulling over to get rid of it? Or because they drop their phone or are putting on makeup or they're making eye contact with passengers in the car? Put that way it makes no logical sense to risk personal safety, the safety of others or serious damage to an expensive vehicle. People do not think.

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Posted in: 'Wearable kotatsu' lets you walk around in Japan’s favorite heating furniture See in context

The heat in the bag is probably more even than with a kotatsu. In those the shins tend to bake and flake while the back remains chilly (unless you aim another heater at it or lie down under the kotatsu). The bag probably eliminates the risk of burns for those who fall asleep under the kotatsu as well. Though I suspect that temperatures over 35 aren't ideal for the body's functioning while asleep.

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Posted in: Passengers, restaurants struggle with water cut-off at Haneda airport Terminal 2 See in context

A good reason to travel with individually packaged sanitizing wipes. You never know when you might need them.

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