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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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Posted in: Dentist arrested for groping woman on bike in April See in context

this is actually a defense here

It most absolutely is not.

Stop confusing quotes of excuses with acceptable legal defences.

And stop being so obtuse for the sake of it

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Posted in: 82-year-old man killed in suspected robbery and murder in Tochigi See in context

Not sure why people are so quickly accusing the son?

Here's a scenario:

One or more persons see a quiet looking house late at night. It's looked quiet for a few days now... Let's rob it. After breaking in they come across the son, knock him out. Then find the old man... Where's the valuables old man? Knock him about a bit to see if he'll give anything up. But he's old, poor old sod. It was enough to kill him.

That's equally as hypothetical a conclusion as yours from the brief article. But let's be realistic for just a moment...

Story doesn't mention bruises on son... But it doesn't say there were none. Even the most incompetent police cadet would soon put 2 and 2 together if there were no injuries on the son and we would be reading a different story.

You honestly believe you can glean more facts and logical conclusions from 7 sentences than a police investigation?

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Posted in: Harried kids turning to energy drinks for a needed boost See in context

@Reckless: I suppose its similar but there are two differences to point out...

1) coffee is not naturally as sweet and tasty to kids. Sure it can be loaded up with sugar... But as its usually made at home its quite easy for you as a parent to notice the amount of coffee and sugar disappearing fast. Less easy with energy drinks. Very difficult to gauge the amount of caffeine and sugars in these drinks compared to n spoons of coffee and n spoons of sugar.

2) applying for uni implies your son was 16 to 18 at this time? Still young but a bit more hardy. Significantly more developed than a 12 year old.

I get your point... But I think significant enough a difference in age and ease of access.

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Posted in: Harried kids turning to energy drinks for a needed boost See in context

According to the mother quoted in the first paragraph, her daughter attends juku four evenings a week, returning home after 10:30 p.m. Afterwards she still has to do homework, staying up past midnight

You push your 12 year old child in to this routine and then criticise the energy drinks.

I'm no fan of energy drinks and they should definitely be regulated and restricted from easy access by children. But let's look at why this poor child drinks them habitually first.

"It surprised me at first, but I suppose she drinks them because they give her a lift."

I am hoping beyond hope that the real quote has been somewhat lost in translation and this mother is not, as the quote implies, allowing the habit to continue.

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Posted in: Kirin unveils new vending machines with built-in security camera See in context

Would work much better if they didnt tell the general public.

No they wouldn't. Not at all. The whole point is its a deterrent.

Which is better... Predators do not grab kids on their way to school because they know there's cameras everywhere... Or we were able to use the secret camera hidden in a vending machine to find the guy that's killed some poor kid.

Look beyond whats immediately presented to you and figure out why things are done.

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Posted in: Leprosy patients' relatives seek damages, apology for discrimination See in context

Hmmm...

While this must have been awful and an outdated policy was being followed for too long, not all these complaints can be directed solely at the government.

A child being bullied by her Aunt while her mother confined?

A wife leaving her husband after finding out his mother had the disease?

Shame on them. Shame on this proud unforgiving prejudice society. Discriminating against people just because a family member is suffering with a treatable isolated disease.

Sorry for the poor child who was helpless to defend herself.

As for the unfortunate divorcee? While it may seem tough right now... At 30 you're still young and you will recover and find someone better. F*k that woman who left you. In a few years she may tell her story in passing to others and hopefully enough of them will tell her how shameful she is.

Again, not all of these complaints can be directed at the government. This aging society has some rotten elements at its core. Stop fostering such discrimination and teach your children better.

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Posted in: Woman assaulted, robbed while walking home See in context

but it does seem to get reported a lot on JT.  

A simple count of the articles proves this wrong.

Rather it is the natural tendancy to search for and interpret evidence to validate and confirm an existing prejudice.

There will be exceptional days where the volume of articles may appear to be more for any single area. But anyone with the slightest bit of common sense will realise this is because police agencies report events in batches. This happens with all prefecture and regions... Not just saitama. Some days there will be a burst of reports from a different region. The actual date of the offence is always given which will confirm this.

As for the notion that the offences from Saitama are particularly worse than an other area... Again... Simply not true. Even if you use this site as your only source.

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Posted in: Woman assaulted, robbed while walking home See in context

Maybe Saitama gets more coverage 'cause their crimes are more unusual. 

Not even that. Just simple confirmation bias.

Despite the continued evidence to the contrary many posters fail, or refuse, to see through it.

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