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Posted in: 28-year-old man arrested for abusing 10-month-old son See in context

Police said they are questioning Sakurazawa and his wife about whether the child was regularly abused.

Why bother? The man will vehemently deny it and the woman will probably cow under his wuthering gaze. At least she called the police so that they now have it on record that he physically assaulted the poor kid. Slap the cuffs on him and haul his despicable, vile carcass off to a dark, dank cell. Then throw away the key.

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Posted in: KFC Japan develops new fried chicken designed to taste great with beer, other alcoholic drinks See in context

Talk about trying to reinvent the wheel...almost anything fried goes well with booze. No need to tweak a tried and tested formula.

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Posted in: Social media sites have become a phenomenal means of communication for hate groups, conspiracy theorists and deranged individuals and groups. Do you agree with this statement? See in context

People become shockingly bold when they hide behind their keyboards and screens. One of the many drawbacks of the internet is the easy ability to spread misinformation, hatred, and nonsense. It's also getting harder to discern what's "news" anymore.

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Posted in: What's the best way to salvage your day after a bad night’s sleep? See in context

I try to sneak in a power nap after lunch if possible. It doesn't erase the sleep debt I've accumulated but it does refresh me enough to get through the evening until I go to bed at hopefully, a sensible hour.

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Posted in: Japan starts trial sales of over-the-counter 'morning-after' pill See in context

Medicine is not free. I don't think this would be free in any nation. I hope the trial is successful and it becomes widely available.

Certain brands of the morning after pill are free in the UK as part of the NHS emergency contraception scheme. The NHS is far from a perfect healthcare system but at least they aren't trying to make you go skint.

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Posted in: Japan starts trial sales of over-the-counter 'morning-after' pill See in context

They're starting over-the-counter sales of the morning after pill?? No wonder there's so many stories of women with unwanted pregnancies resorting to heinous and desperate measures to get rid of the baby. And Japan, being Japan, they can't make it this an easy and simple transaction - it's absurd that women have to take the pill in front of the pharmacist; and even more absurd that you have to pay for it.

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Posted in: Japan's new foreign trainee program to enhance rights protection See in context

I thought they were going to scrap this "program" aka. modern slavery, not try the "lipstick on a pig" approach because we all know the chances of them enforcing any of these "rights" and "protections" is slimmer than seeing a unicorn prance down the street.

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Posted in: It is necessary to deepen the knowledge and understanding of how teachers approach students who are not attending school, understand their feelings and respond to them. See in context

Well, considering what I've heard about how teachers treat students in Japan, I'm not surprised the kids skived off. Kids are in school to get an education and foster their socialisation skills, not to be terrorised and have their every move and appearance dictated by a bunch of out-of-date and out-of-touch teachers drunk on power.

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Posted in: 18-year-old married couple arrested for burying body of newborn baby See in context

This is such a disturbing trend in Japan. Why is that so many people's go-to solution instead of heading to the hospital? Matter of fact, why aren't they calling an ambulance the second the woman goes into labour? Is it really that easy to hide a pregnancy in Japan? The whole thing is so confounding.

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Posted in: The Japanese twist on American fast food chains See in context

Denny's in Japan is an absolute travesty. I went in thinking I could get a nice greasy spoon breakfast and ended up being so disappointed.

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Posted in: S Koreans sit for key exam as flights halted to limit distraction See in context

a) the test is how long?!?!

b) is this test really worth grinding everything to a halt? Seems a bit dramatic and honestly abusive, given how it's linked with teenage depression and suicide in South Korea.

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Posted in: Which country's national anthems do you find the most stirring? See in context

Bit cliche but America's Star Spangled Banner comes to mind. It's such a rousing anthem and various artists have done great renditions of it. Also, not their national anthem? but Singapore wrote a song for their National Day called We Are Singapore; and the song, especially its second chorus is quite moving. Lastly, as others have mentioned here, Russia's national anthem really makes you sit up straight and pay attention. I remember hearing it played at the Olympics and was like "wow!".

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Posted in: Studio Ghibli’s 'The Boy and the Heron' now has English dub trailer from its Hollywood-star cast See in context

Some English dubbing for Ghibli films were okay; others not. I didn't mind the English dub for Spirited Away and Ponyo for example. I'll give this one a shot because the English voice cast is pretty stellar.

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Posted in: Outside of families, few relationships are as intense as those between sports teams and their fans. Do you agree and if so, why is that? See in context

Depends on the sport but yeah, some sports fans are quite intense, especially the football ones.

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Posted in: Security tight for Halloween in Shibuya See in context

They could save themselves a lot of grief if they actually planned an official event somewhere, like in a park with proper security measures in palce. "Imploring people to stay away" instead of implementing and enforcing an actual law does nothing.

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Posted in: I apologize to the Japanese people if we made them feel bad, that was not our goal. From now on, I am going to make more research into the cultures we go to and try to prevent this from happening again. See in context

He doesn't need a lesson on culture; he needs a lesson on what constitutes a crime. All of his actions, which he stupidly and foolishly recorded on camera are illegal in any country.

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Posted in: Bear bounty introduced by Akita governor pays ¥5,000 per bear to hunters See in context

Less than 50 bucks to track and hunt an apex predator? Yeah...hard pass. I doubt you could even buy ammo with that stingy amount.

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Posted in: Japan to OK train fare hikes for holidays, weekends due to 'overtourism' concerns See in context

They do know that tourists are prevalent and present on weekdays too, right? They just stinks of a money grab and they're affecting the locals more than the non-locals since many Japanese people only have time to go on holiday during said weekends or holidays. What silly reasoning.

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Posted in: There isn't much Cher hasn't done in her career. A Christmas album is new territory, though See in context

Yes! Another sure to be fun album to add to my Christmas playlist.

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Posted in: What are some of your favorite Japanese snacks or sweets? See in context

Those spicy Calbee chips are nice. Pocky and the Panda cookies are fun too. Oh and all the mad Kit Kat flavors they put out are interesting to try.

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Posted in: Michael Caine announces retirement from acting See in context

The Great Escaper was absolutely brilliant. If that's to be Michael Caine's swansong then he's leaving on a high note.

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Posted in: 10-month-old baby dies after falling from 2nd floor of house in Toyama Prefecture See in context

Seems a bit suss to be honest. At 10 months, the baby is crawling about, sure; but climbing up a shelf, onto a window and then falling out of it? Quite a feat for one who is just learning to move about.

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Posted in: 54-year-old man arrested for walking naked in Sapporo See in context

Eh, the man wanted to commune with nature. Leave him be.

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Posted in: Nagasaki police OK use of sunglasses by officers See in context

Do they need permission to go to the loo as well? Companies and organizations in Japan really have this obsessive need to control every little thing their employees can and can't do. How more of them haven't snapped under this is a mystery.

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Posted in: Advance ticket sales for Taylor Swift concert movie top $100 mil See in context

Who listens to TS?

I have never hears one of her songs or seen her perform anywhere online or TV etc.

Then you are either from another planet or you live under a rock.

Her current Eras tour and the hype around it is something I haven't seen before. An article on the Grammys website called it "the tour of her generation" and there's truth to that. She's making history with this tour and people want to be part of that experience.

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Posted in: Fake monks scam foreign tourists out of their cash in Tokyo See in context

Thinking it to be a gift, the tourist thanked the monk, who then insisted they needed to pay for it, with the price being 10,000 yen.

If you actually fall for this, you deserve to be scammed. A little common sense goes a long way.

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Posted in: I wish everyone would eat an additional five scallops a year. See in context

Someday Japan will clue into the fact that "wishing", "urging", "encouraging" etc. people to do this and that is...useless.

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Posted in: Top court upholds ruling in favor of Japan's ban on dual nationality See in context

Japan shooting themselves in the foot again. They already have an aging and dwindling population. Not allowing dual citizenship when so many marriages are international nowadays is just silly and counterproductive for a country so desperately trying to up its birth rates. Ah well, ya snooze, ya lose.

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Posted in: Johnny's abuse scandal giving fresh Japanese talent a chance to shine See in context

How the agency didn't get shut down for good is mind boggling. Who'd want to do business with these scum? Changing their name (Smile Up is an absurd name btw but very par for the course in Japan) isn't going to change the fact that their reputation is mud.

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Posted in: Hospital in Tokyo’s Sumida Ward announces plan for ‘baby hatch’ See in context

The hospital said it plans to implement projects, including “confidential childbirth” that allows pregnant women to only reveal their names and contact information to medical staff

I don't think the hospital quite understands the meaning of the word "confidential". Or anonymous for that matter.

Also, the fact that it has taken 16 years to provide a second baby hatch in all of Japan is absurd. There should be such a service in every city and every ward.

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