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Posted in: Billing scam suspected over surge in dubious int'l calls See in context

A Chinese woman in her 40s in Akita, northeastern Japan, was forced to pay 4.11 million yen ($39,000) into a bank account after answering a call from a number with nonexistent country code "+885" on Sept 10, investigative sources said.

She wasn't 'forced' to do anything.

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Posted in: Skin trouble on rise as face masks become essential See in context

One of the worst cases was when the back of one of my patient's ears was cut on the top and bottom because of the friction of elastic bands on the mask

Do some people need to be told everything? Can they not figure out anything by themselves?

This would take some time to happen. Hours maybe at the quickest?

After 10 minutes the same thing was irritating me. So I cut the string in the middle... And tied extensions with the offcuts from an old mask. Making two bands that went round the back of the head. No more discomfort on the ears. Took 2 minutes and all I needed was a pair of scissors.

There's people in the office complaining of the same thing. So I turn my head and said 'try this'.

After much surprise and sugoi they go off to their desk and have the same thing done in minutes.

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Posted in: Mother arrested after leaving 3-year-old daughter alone for week to die See in context

when I say local services I include the daycare. Private or not they have a responsibility.

Pointless the daycare turning up at this stage and quoting to investigators. If a child was missing from attending for a year they should have a moral obligation to pass that info on before this happens. Private or state should have nothing to do with it

No. You're wrong. Daycare is not a mandatory service allocated to each child. They are an on-demand private service that parents use when required.

They did not turn up at this stage, offering information to police... The police went round gathering all evidence trying to find patterns of behaviour.

Its no different to the local combini saying they had not seen the girl for months.

Yes this is a horrible thing. And the 'mother' is a terrible person. But you are wrong on the daycare point. Clearly you do not have kids in Japan and have no experience of how daycare works here.

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Posted in: Ending coronavirus emergency raises hope, sparks some concern See in context

I'm alive and so are all my friends, that's all I care about.

Pretty much, yes.

Why would I care about you or choose to listen to any more of your bleating?

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Posted in: Japan's small clinics driven to brink as virus-wary patients stay home See in context

Maybe now more people will realise they don't need to go to the clinic for every minor little thing... And also wake up to the long running scam of being advised unnecessary tests and procedures every time they walk through the door.

There's no need to have an x-ray, blood test, cat scan and two weeks of ultra low dose placebo medicine for a sniffle that you shouldn't have been there for in the first place.

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Posted in: Häagen-Dazs 'Matcha Ensemble' combines four matcha sensations in one See in context

How come every 'new' flavour of anything is green tea.

Tastes like someone took all the end bits of vegetables you normally cut off and throw away and boiled them up with a handful of hay.

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Posted in: 7-year-old boy finds gun and kills little sister; mother arrested in Colorado See in context

"Guns don't kill people", children do.

Stupid.

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Posted in: Man arrested after keeping body of mother at home for 10 months See in context

Yuck.

She hadn't 'gone', she had 'gone off'. Green meat.

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Posted in: Asbestos found at Tokyo Olympic water polo venue See in context

I worked for the world's most renown company of microscopists has a microscopist in a London lab

One day we will come across an article about a field you haven't worked in and know everything about.

There's an expression you may be familiar with... Jack of all trades...

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Posted in: Thin line between neglect and independence for Japanese kids See in context

That's the mentality in all of East Asia seemingly; everything is the teacher's problem and fault. Add in the home room system and teachers are inundated with parents and students pestering them at all hours with every single one of their little life problems. Because asking the parents might make them lose face.

This article has nothing to do with teachers. Every opportunity possible all the under-qualified, overly-self-entitled English teachers start bleating on about how hard their life is.

Give it a rest.

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Posted in: Lake Suwa: Climate change unravels 600 years of history See in context

Well that was a drawn out, overly dramatic, tedious read.

I've also been there, unfortunately. I found the whole area dilapidated and made typically ugly by rusting roadside barriers. Didn't enjoy it at all and won't go back. Just like most young people from the area when they come of age.

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

Not really required. Teachers in Japan don't work that hard anyway.

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Posted in: Japan's new working visa acquired by only 219 foreigners in first 6 months See in context

Or maybe japan is not that desirable a place after all.

Unskilled workers from poor backgrounds are attracted to any developed nation. Don't let the (relatively small) number of those confuse you that japan is such an enviable place everyone wants desperately to migrate to.

I'm sure any skilled worker with no pre-existing attachments to Japan will weigh up the package and quality of life offered by multiple countries and choose the best one.

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Posted in: KFC opens all-you-can-eat-and-drink buffet restaurant in Tokyo See in context

This idea is really trying to make you obese with its thinking.When did eating a boatload of chicken and drinking unlimited amounts of grog become healthy?

Where in the article, did anyone say anything about it being healthy?

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Posted in: Tokyo ward barred homeless from evacuation shelters during typhoon See in context

I agree with the policy, for the same reasons as those people quoted in the article. There are security and health concerns.

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Posted in: 19-year-old woman arrested for abandoning corpse of newborn son See in context

What is shocking me is that the mother screwed her daughter bringing her to the police instead of hospital !

Indeed. Because the hospital wouldn't ask any questions if you bring them a dead baby in a bag that's been decomposing for 3 weeks.

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Posted in: Typhoon warning from NHK 'to all foreigners' causes controversy online See in context

However the address "To all foreigners"... I have a problem with that. It makes me feel like a perfect outsider even though I am a part of my community and pay taxes.

You're foreign. Fact.

You're a foreigner.

"Dear all foreigners, one of you is a fairy and particularly easy to offend"

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Posted in: Typhoon warning from NHK 'to all foreigners' causes controversy online See in context

外国人の皆様へ

台風19号が12日~13日に西日本~北日本お近くに来そうです。

台風19号は大きくて、とても強いです。気をつけてください。

(↓読んでください)

This sentence is written with Chinese characters, a reading Japanese for primary school up 3d grade level.

What's your point?

I'm sure many people could repost the message in hundreds of languages... In both simple and complex versions.

The broadcaster wanted to post an easy to understand warning accessible to all.

No one cares how good you are at editing Japanese. It adds nothing to the warning except making it less accessible.

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Posted in: Typhoon warning from NHK 'to all foreigners' causes controversy online See in context

You can't do a damn thing without someone complaining.

Are you one of those 'superior' foreigners who continually beats on about how great your Japanese is (as if anyone cares) and offended by the simple language? Well if you are... 'k off. You can understand the warning so job done.

Is your Japanese a bit poor, and like kindergarten/elementary level kids you can read in hiragana but struggle with kanji? You can understand the warning so job done.

Message sent, message received, job done.

@Jenna Wilson in the tweet screenshot... Get over yourself. We don't need Japanese lessons from you, or instructions on what Japanese people would do. We needed a simple warning and a simple warning was sent.

Job done.

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Posted in: Eating nuts might help limit weight gain See in context

I'll jump on this bandwagon. I already keep a large bag of raw almonds in my workdesk and by my bed. I shall add walnuts to that - even though i find them too drying to eat a lot of, a handful a day is doable. And hazelnuts too, just because they are my favourite nut.

You sound like a really fun person to be around

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Posted in: Man arrested for molesting woman as she walked home in Tokyo See in context

He will not be prosecuted and he will do it again.

> If a woman fights back against attempted rape she will be put to prison for years.

> That is just how Japanese courts and law works. Woman should expect zero help even if they get beaten half dead and sent to hospital the police will claim “not enough evidence”. If the woman gets killed the police will rule it as “suicide”

Absolutely wrong on all points

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Posted in: Mother arrested for murder after 4-month-old son dies in attempted murder-suicide leap See in context

Also does it appear that places like Saitama, Chiba and Ibaraki are more overly represented in crime statistics?

No. Not at all. Its just simple confirmation bias.

Its very easy to disprove, even using this single site as your only source, count up all reports by location over a reasonable time period (1 month to 3 months). There's plenty of history.

You can go one step further and categorise them if you like... Violent, Fraud, Sexual. Again the numbers will prove you wrong.

Any one looking at a single day can form any number of false conclusions. Remember that stories are not reported in real time, but in batches, whenever that prefectures press team reports the last couple of days stories to the media.

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Posted in: Visually impaired woman hit, killed by train after falling off platform See in context

When I see a person with a blind stick walking near the edge when a train is coming, I often say out loud to to the person that one's coming and please be careful.

You're so wonderful and it's great that you told us so too.

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Posted in: Anniversary of Las Vegas massacre renews gun control debate See in context

Americans and their guns. When will they learn.

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Posted in: 9 prefectures selected for pig vaccination to tackle hog cholera See in context

@Christine Loughead

Great Post! Very well said! You've hit the nail on the head and got it summed up perfectly.

I love the taste of yummy pig flesh, nicely heated and singed to delicious perfection and don't give a damn about the pig's life.

That's my right. My wonderful meaty choice.

Scrumptious mouthfuls of muscle and fat. Boiling the bones releases all the marrow in to the water to make a thick oily soup too.

By god, its good to be me.

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Posted in: Court rules TEPCO execs not guilty of professional negligence over nuclear crisis See in context

It was unclear if they could have completed preventive measures in time for the tsunami.

and

... if TEPCO had taken steps based on the projection, it would not have prevented the disaster.

But that's not the point. The point is they didn't even try

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Posted in: 12-year-old girl jumps to her death from Oita condo in apparent suicide See in context

Where is building security???

Don't be stupid.

Or do you think the solution to this continuing problem is locking all stairwells, installing impenetrable fences along train tracks and roads, banning the sale of charcoal, collecting all spare medication, forbidding the presence of anything sharp in the home, banning the sale of rope and stools...

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Posted in: Americans love snacks. What does that mean for their health? See in context

Breakfast-lunch for me is 1pm

Dinner 8pm

That's it.

My longest time without ea

Gosh you're so amazing

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Posted in: Google bans ads for 'unproven' therapies, including stem cells See in context

Don't be ridiculous. Why get so upset and start harping on about 'freedom' just because it's the Internet?

We have had rules and regulations to protect against false advertising for generations in newspapers, radio and television.

If there was a television or magazine advert claiming a cure for cancer, and desperate people spent money on it there would be arrests and fines and all sorts.

This is no different and long overdue

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Posted in: Nearly 600,000 advised to evacuate as tropical storm makes landfall See in context

We prepared for the storm. Stocked up on Tuesday. Beer, sake, water, ice cream.

Baked bread and made tandoori chicken, tandoori large prawn. Made a beef stew with potatoes.

Closed all the metal shutters and turned the ac on. Checked out the nearest evac center.

You're so great

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