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Posted in: Body of baby boy found at garbage dump in Yokohama See in context

I truly wonder how many more cases of babies literally bring thrown out with the garbage there needs to be before the Japanese government installs easily accessible baby hatches in all prefectures and implements Safe Haven laws.

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Posted in: New bill will block convicted sex offenders from jobs involving children See in context

Why is the article using phrases such as "nonconsensual sex" and "nonconsensual photography"? Call it what it is: rape and *exploitative / revenge porn".

Cram schools and afterschool clubs can voluntarily sign up to the program. By participating, they will receive official certification that can be used in marketing materials.

Why is the program voluntary? Any organisation or institute involving children should be told that signing up for the program is mandatory.

If the agency confirms the jobseeker was handed a prison sentence for a sexual offense in the last 20 years, or a fine in the past 10 years, it will notify the individual and give them the option of declining the job offer.

If the individual chooses not to decline the offer, the agency will inform the prospective employer of the outcome of the background check.

Why is this bill giving sex offenders the option to decline the job offer? If they have a record, it should be an immediate no. What kind of toothless, spineless bill did the Japanese government just cook up?

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Posted in: 24-year-old man arrested for abusing one-year-old daughter, breaking her leg See in context

Police said the welfare center had contacted them once before about the possibility that the child was being abused at home.

How many times has this happened when we read about a child abuse case in Japan? Too. Many. Times. Do the idiots at the welfare center have to wait until they find a body to sign it off as abuse? There is clearly something wrong with the welfare and child protective services system in Japan if they keep sending these poor kids home to their abusers. And where was the mother at 12:30am? If she was at home, she surely would not only have heard her daughter's body hitting the futon but heard her cry out. Why wait until morning to go to the hospital. This whole story reeks of suspicion.

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Posted in: What effect do you think the increasingly bitter U.S. presidential election campaign is having on the U.S. image around the world? See in context

That they really need to sort out their priorities because right now it's a whole "choose the lesser of two evils" dilemma. Every time any news about the US presidential election campaign pops up in my feed, I wince, take a quick peek to make sure it's not announcing Armageddon, then try to get on with my day.

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Posted in: One dead, 30 reported injured as Singapore Airlines flight hit by turbulence See in context

This is why cabin crew always advise you to keep your seat belts fastened even when the seat belt sign is off. I've experienced my fair share of rough turbulence and it's not fun. Hope all the passengers on this flight are recovering well and got to their destination okay.

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Posted in: How often do you use self check-outs at supermarkets and convenience stores? Do you prefer them over human checkout counters? See in context

Can't speak for check-out systems in Japan, but I love self-checkouts where I am. Quick, efficient, and easy to use. In and out; no muss, no fuss.

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Posted in: Locals in central Japan near Mount Fuji count on UFO craze for tourism See in context

And when the tourists do come in droves, will they too start whinging and whining about them being a nuisance and making a mess?

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Posted in: Woman arrested on suspicion of abandoning baby at home after giving birth in toilet See in context

She was quoted as saying, “I called a hospital because my baby wasn't breathing, and they told me to call the police.”

Why in the hell would she call the police for a medical issue?!?! Are hospitals in Japan really that incompetent? They should have sent an ambulance ASAP and then called the police themselves to report a possible crime.

Also, the mother not knowing that their child was pregnant is extremely suspicious, especially considering that they live under the same roof.

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Posted in: Tokyo’s beckoning cat temple asks foreign tourists to stop writing on the beckoning cats they buy See in context

Imagine telling people off for writing on their own personal affects, which they bought.

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Posted in: Visit Fukui Prefecture for fossils, fish and fantastic views See in context

Don't forget the Tojinbo Cliffs. They're gorgeous.

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Posted in: A step by step ALT escape plan See in context

Considering all the horror stories I've heard about people who've gone to Japan to teach English, I think this is a route best avoided.

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Posted in: Luggage manners See in context

No one is going to be using those overhead bins when they can barely squeeze onto the train. You'd be knocking people out left and right just attempting such a feat. It would be nice if trains in Japan had a dedicated luggage space. Even the luggage spaces on the bullet trains are tiny and limited.

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Posted in: Why aren't sunglasses as popular in Japan as they are in other countries? See in context

They aren't? How peculiar. Perhaps the sun isn't as strong because they're more up north? I got used to wearing sunnies when I was in Australia because you could practically go blind without them. Take care of your eye health!

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Posted in: ‘Angry’ parent arrested after smashing window at high school See in context

Great model for his kid, he is. Three guesses why the principal called him in...

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Posted in: Cool Biz campaign begins across Japan See in context

Setting the A/C to 28 degrees C in Japan's humid, hot summer is just useless. They might as well just turn the A/C off and open all the windows. At least there'll be fresh air circulating inside.

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Posted in: Osaka governor suggests lowering voting age to 0 to curb population decline See in context

Mmm yes, why not? I'm sure babies toddlers and preteens will be as caught up and interested in politics as their teen and adult counterparts...

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Posted in: Taylor Swift's 'The Tortured Poets Department' hits No. 1; experiences largest streaming week ever See in context

The fact that she basically dropped TTPD as a double album is astonishing - 31 songs!. There's some great storytelling with beautifully written lyrics in this latest release of Taylor's; and it's been wonderful lounging on the sofa listening to each track and soaking up the introspective, haunting, and sometimes melancholic atmosphere the songs conjure up.

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Posted in: Yakuza lieutenant arrested in Tokyo for stealing Pokemon cards See in context

That's one way to permanently tarnish your big, bad reputation - steal Pokemon cards. Jokes like this don't just write themselves apparently.

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Posted in: Yen sinks to 34-year low past 160 per dollar See in context

The greenback bought 160.17 yen in morning trade -- its weakest since 1990 -- fanning speculation that Japanese authorities would step in to support their currency.

The Japanese authorities didn't do anything before when the Yen started to dip and now that it's full on tanking into the toilet, they're probably still not going to do anything.

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Posted in: No child will ever want to keep playing sports if it's giving them scary, painful experiences. See in context

No child will ever want to keep playing sports if it's giving them scary, painful experiences.

No really?! Gosh, what an eye-opening revelation! Too bad that many teachers, trainers, and coaches fail to grasp the concept that threats and intimidation make for poor motivators.

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Posted in: Does beer taste better from a bottle or a can? See in context

Draught beer straight from the cask or keg is the best but the next best thing would be bottled beer. Canned beer should be your last resort.

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Posted in: What smartphone habits by some people bother you the most? See in context

Parents and guardians who are too busy tinkering away on their phones instead of keeping an eye on their kids and making sure they're not being a nuisance in public or getting into mischief really frustrates me, especially when you're in close quarters with them. I've seen such irresponsible behaviour on planes for example, where the parent had their nose in their phones while the child was kicking off in their seat, disturbing everyone onboard. Cabin crew should not have to waste their time coming over to tell you how to parent your child.

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Posted in: Golden Week holidays start amid post-COVID tourism boom, weak yen See in context

Japan's Golden Week has never made a lick of sense to me. Firstly, it's not a consecutive period of holidays; people are off for what, 2-3 days then back to work for a few days, then off again? How does one plan a proper holiday around such an absurd schedule? Secondly, if everyone is taking their hols at the same, it's just unreasonable, uncomfortable, and unenjoyable because roads are jam-packed with cars, prices for hotels and flights skyrocket, and everywhere is busy and crowded. Even cities and businesses suffer because of overcrowding, noise pollution, rowdy out-of-towners etc. Why not just give people proper amount of paid time off and let them holiday whenever it suits them?

Also, for commenters whingeing about the interviewee stating that they wanted to go to "a night safari", that's literally the name of the zoo in Singapore, which is world-famous for being the first nocturnal zoo in the world. The article just forgot to capitalise the words to make a it a name. That combined with probably a poor translation may have resulted in confusion. It should have said, "I want to enjoy The Night Safari in Singapore" or "Singapore's Night Safari".

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Posted in: Japan's declining attractiveness from the perspective of foreign talent is starting to become reality. Companies must improve salaries and other benefits. See in context

Forget the weak currency. Who wants to work in a country with such a rigid, toxic and stressful work culture? Not to mention discriminatory and xenophobic. I'll keep my 7-hour workdays and 4-week paid hols thank you very much.

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Posted in: What do you think is the best plot twist in movie history? See in context

Hide and Seek and Orphan really took me by surprise. Did not see the endings coming.

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Posted in: What advice would you give to someone who shows signs of becoming a stalker to help them stop their obsessive behavior? See in context

Seeking counselling ASAP and/or turn yourself into the police if you feel that you're going to be a danger to others and/or yourself.

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Posted in: People used to dress up when they traveled on planes. What do you think about the way passengers dress today? See in context

As long as you're not trying to scandalise or indirectly the passengers via t-shirts with rude sayings or scraps of material pretending to be a t-shirt, I honestly couldn't give a toss what people wear onboard an aircraft. Personally, I always wear jeans or cargo trousers (because pockets), sneakers, and a hoodie. For long-haul flights, I pack a pair of sweatpants to change into once the seatbelt sign has gone off. Sitting for hours on end isn't comfortable or healthy so I always dress with comfort in mind.

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Posted in: If a job applicant is not sure how to dress for an interview, what should he or she wear? See in context

Can't ever go wrong with a suit.

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Posted in: When you were a teenager, did you think much about issues concerning the environment, such as climate change, pollution, recycling, energy and water conservation and so on? See in context

Yes, my school made great efforts to involve its students in local environmental conservation organisations and events by tethering it to school projects, extra curriculars, school trips, working with said organisations to enlist volunteers, and scheduling days where students could raise money and awareness for XYZ charity or cause. I also feel like a lot of cartoons and TV shows revolved around environmental and pollution issues and its consequences when I was a teen (Captain Planet).

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Posted in: Different sorts of activities lead to learning. We hope this new system will enhance family interaction. See in context

Allow? Is this a joke? When my folks wanted to pull me out of school early, they'd scribble a note to give to my teacher and that was that.

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