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Posted in: Couple arrested for leaving 2 children unattended while they played pachinko; 1 child dies See in context

We don’t know what age she was when they actually got married, but we can calculate she got pregnant with her first child at age 14/15 max, with a guy who was 32/33? Isn’t there something wrong with that? If that is legal, it shouldn’t be.

Now at most she is 17, which is legally not an adult. He should be fully responsible for the death of this child.

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Posted in: 'We must change': Japan's morning-after pill debate See in context

Unlike the US where it is a religious issue to allow women access to any form of abortion methods or not, in Japan this debate is simply about money.

Surgical abortion is not being debated. This is available even late term. The issue is about allowing women to take the morning after pill, which then would negate the need for surgical abortions, therefore reducing a huge financial stream for gynecologists.

Gynecologists simply want to keep abortions under their control so they can get financial benefit. Their excuses for not promoting the pill are laughable.

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Posted in: Japanese man jailed for attacking Thai dissident See in context

@Michael Machida. 20 MONTHS, not years

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Posted in: 2 Japanese die in Shanghai during COVID lockdown; causes unknown See in context

A couple of my Chinese friends in Shanghai are on day 54 or so of lockdown. It’s like prisoners scoring on the wall each day that passes by.

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Posted in: Japan starts 4th COVID vaccine shots for seniors, at-risk groups See in context

People need to remember the point of the vaccine is to help avoid serious complications, hospitalizations and death. It has never been to protect 100% from catching it. No vaccine does that.

My 84 year old mother was diagnosed just 4 days ago with Covid in the San Francisco area where cases are shooting up now, but hospitalization numbers are flat. She got 4 doses and says she just feels a little fatigued with a sore throat. Without the vaccines I fear her condition would be much worse.

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Posted in: Ohtani's Fenway debut a success with 11 Ks, RBI in 8-0 rout See in context

@gogogo. If you watch a game you can also see a backwards K. That indicates a strikeout looking (no swing on the third strike), as opposed to a regular K

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Posted in: 7-Eleven now has make-it-yourself smoothies in Japan, and they’re amazing See in context

I’ll definitely try it at least once

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Posted in: Get ready to pay more: Over 40% of Japanese firms to raise prices within a year: survey See in context

How ironic that the Japanese government has been hoping for inflation for decades to combat the deflation we’ve had.

Unfortunately it’s bad inflation now (prices of necessary goods go up due to supply issues - Covid lockdowns in China, backlog of supply chains, war in Ukraine etc ) as opposed to good inflation (wages go up, demand for goods, companies hire more workers, people have more spending money etc)

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Posted in: Japan should ease COVID border controls for foreigners: panel members See in context

For those who do not live in Japan and are hoping to come when the borders are open fully, I think the main mindset of Japanese people is that foreigners are welcome as long as they try to follow the way of life here.

Remember Japan has NEVER, throughout this pandemic, imposed government mask mandates or lockdowns, only requests. These requests have been followed dutifully by the vast vast majority of those living in Japan. It is credited with keeping Covid cases low compared to those of the US and Europe, taking into account population size.

When the borders open, people shouldn’t expect to be able to come to Japan maskless and not be met with some distain.

Some people have commented to me that before Covid, they found Chinese tour groups to be irritating due to their loudness and pushiness. Ironically they expect post Covid Chinese tour groups to be much better, regarding Covid policies such as masking, than US or European visitors.

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Posted in: Japan should ease COVID border controls for foreigners: panel members See in context

Funny. I would guess a lot of the posters here are not actually living in Japan. Absolutely none of the Japanese people I come in contact with here are excited about opening the borders to hordes of foreigners. Some comments told directly to me:

“they won’t be able to follow the rules”

“I’m afraid foreigners will refuse to wear masks”

“covid will increase”

“I don’t want Kyoto to become so crowded again”

“it’s been so nice traveling without crowds in Japan”

“look at the number of Covid cases abroad compared to Japan”


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Posted in: Padres 1st MLB team to reach uniform ad deal, with Motorola See in context

Sounds like it’s optional. I wonder if teams like the Yankees, Cardinals and Red Sox, who have been so traditional with their uniforms over 100+ years, will go for it as well?

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Posted in: Fox News star Tucker Carlson widely mocked for show on masculinity See in context

I’d love to see all these Trump supporters with their beer bellies getting naked tanning their testicles like the guy in the video. Lol. You really have to see it if you haven’t, so funny

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Posted in: 7 in 10 Japanese support Russia sanctions even if they feel impact: survey See in context

These price hikes and shrinkflation have nothing to do with the sanctions on Russia. Even if Japan refused any sanctions on Russia prices would still go up

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Posted in: Average value of Japanese lawmakers' assets grows to ¥29 mil See in context

Of course the numbers in the article are probably way understated, but people saying that Aso and Abe have 4 or $5 billion is laughable. Somebody wrote that in Wikipedia and there is no source. According to Forbes etc. it’s in the tens of millions of dollars. Nowhere near billions

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Posted in: 'Drive My Car' wins Oscar for best international film See in context

I’ve watched Drive My Car. I don’t know but I didn’t really get it. The three hours went by pretty quickly but I found it rather underwhelming personally. I loved other Japanese nominated movies like Departures and Shoplifters much more

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Posted in: 2nd black box of crashed China Eastern plane recovered: state media See in context

The way the plane dropped out of the sky but still in one piece (not blown up by a bomb etc) is most like the silk air crash which was eventually deemed to be a pilot suicide. Wonder if that was the case here too.

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Posted in: Should you place miso soup on the right or the left? See in context

I’m right handed and always move the miso soup to the back left. I hate it in the front right

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Posted in: 2 dead, over 160 injured after M7.4 quake hits northeastern Japan See in context

Seeing that last night‘s earthquake happened in roughly the same area as 2011, according to an online magnitude calculator, you can imagine what 2011 felt like if you take yesterday’s quake and multiply it by 39.8.

For those of you who weren’t here in 2011, you might wanna take time to think about what you would do in that situation, prepare what you would grab and where you would hide.

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Posted in: FamilyMart to ban plastic forks ahead of ordinance enforcement See in context

When I go to the supermarket now, overwhelmingly people have their own bags. A big change from 20 years ago

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Posted in: ‘Lost Daughter’ wins top prizes at Independent Spirit Awards See in context

So far I have watched Power of the dog, The lost daughter, Drive my car, Being the Ricardos, House of Gucci. None of them were bad but only House of Gucci was actually entertaining. Looking forward to The Batman

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Posted in: Uniqlo defends decision to stay open in Russia See in context

Unfortunately by trying to avoid World War III, the US and other countries cannot get involved by bombing Russian tanks etc. The only way to try to stop the war, which is Putin‘s doing, is by trying to crush the Russian economy, inflicting pain that way on the Russian public so that they will rise up and get rid of Putin themselves.

This “harm” that Russians will feel is hardly anything compared to the harm that Ukrainians and the people living in Ukraine are feeling at the moment.

Companies like Uniqlo, McDonald’s and Coca-Cola need to get on board ASAP

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Posted in: Signaling a shift, 'Drive My Car' rides into the Oscars See in context

Watched it on US HBO Max over a VPN yesterday. 3 hours passed quickly. Not a LOTR/Avengers type of movie so don’t bother if you only like those things. Makes you think and feel. Won’t say it was my favorite, but it was worth 3 hours of my time for sure

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Posted in: 19.3% of Japan's population have received booster shot: gov't See in context

This Friday for me. No plans for the weekend since I expect I will have side effects as I did after the second shot

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Posted in: Russia suspended from all international soccer See in context

Sad for the athletes, and everyday Russians who I am sure mostly don’t approve of the invasion of Ukraine, but it’s this type of punishment on every day Russians that can lead to an internal uprising which is the only way they will get rid of Putin in their own country.

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Posted in: Rakuten launches new marketplace and sales platform for NFTs See in context

Ok. I really am too old, or these people are crazy

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Posted in: Japan seeks to further ease border controls as COVID 6th wave wanes See in context

@Elvis. Easy to find a testing location. Just google or ask in the Facebook group “Return to Japan support group”. They are very helpful and have tons of people who have travelled back and forth during the pandemic

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Posted in: Valieva skates into first place after Olympic short program; Sakamoto third See in context

As many top retired figure skaters have said on the Internet, there is no drug that will provide her with the raw skill that she obviously has, but having tested positive, she should definitely not compete.

Most of the blame is being put on her coach Tutberidze, and the adults/ROC machine. Foreign coaches have said if Tutberidze were coaching in their country, she would be arrested for child abuse.

Reminds me of the East German athletes in the past. Of course they knew what they were taking, but they had no choice if they wanted to be on the team. As a 15-year-old in Russia, I really don’t see how she has much power over what happens to her. Sad because she obviously has a lot of talent. Other major figure skaters have said she could be the greatest figure skater of all time. However now she will be forever tainted

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Posted in: Cost of uneaten ehomaki sushi rolls in 2022 estimated to be over ¥1 billion See in context

@gaijinjland. I don’t think you realize the environmental impact of food especially when it comes to the amount of water used. It takes about 380 L of water to make 1 L of almond milk. This amount for an ehomaki seems in line

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Posted in: Japanese, S Koreans in China hold mixed views on Beijing hosting Olympics See in context

Whether it’s against China, Japan, or the United States etc., it seems that South Korea is always complaining about other countries. Typical technique of politicians trying to stir up nationalism to avoid discussion of problems in their own country which are their responsibility

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Posted in: Marriott Bonvoy and American Express launch 2 cobranded cards in Japan See in context

Whether you can get a US card or not, people in Japan are getting the short end with these small sign up bonuses etc. 75,000 SUB, free night ticket and auto gold status now in the US.

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