Rosalind Harris comments

Posted in: World Rugby advises teams to cover up tattoos at 2019 World Cup in Japan See in context

That's ridiculous. Japanese people know foreigners with tattoos are not yakuza. Like they know fellow Japanese with Western style tattoos are not yakuza. Most younger people don't even care. It's just outdated rules around onsen.

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Posted in: Threat of typhoons, earthquakes reality for 2020 Olympic planning See in context

...What in the world is Daylight Savings going to do? Changing the clocks by an hour isn't going to suddenly make it cooler.

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Posted in: 9 dead, 33 missing after M6.7 quake hits Hokkaido, knocks out power See in context

Still no power as of 3pm. Out for about 12 hours now. Seems most work and school was cancelled. No public transport running today either. It was crazy at the convenience store this morning with people stocking up on emergency supplies.

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Posted in: Typhoon death toll reaches 11; thousands being transported from Kansai airport See in context

Got woken up by the wind and rain around 2 or 3am up here in Hakodate. It was so loud, and I think the typhoon had been downgraded to a tropical storm by then. Must have been so scary down south,

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Posted in: Happy Halloween in September See in context

My local Seria had Halloween goods out straight after Obon vacation finished. ...I know because I bought a bunch of it. /I have to take advantage of the limited time to purchase so many cute ghost, black cat and bat goods.

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Posted in: Scorching heat continues for much of Japan See in context

Reasons why I don't want to leave Hokkaido in the summer.

/I'm confused why everyone is wondering why these people are 'swimming in their clothes'. They just look like they're wearing regular 'rashies' (or 'rash guards' for non Australians). Everyone at home wears them to avoid sunburn.

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Posted in: Ruling party lawmaker says LGBT couples lack 'productivity' See in context

Being LGBT doesn't magically make you infertile. Just like being heterosexual doesn't make you fertile or want to have children. Her comments are nonsense.

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Posted in: 8 die Wednesday as heat wave engulfs Japan; mercury tops 40 C in Gifu See in context

Terrible. Makes me very glad I left North Queensland to come to Hokkaido. It's ridiculous that those kids were outside. When I was in school at home, if it was over 35 the news would always recommend people stay inside or in the shade between 11 and 2.

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Posted in: Justice minister says she ordered Aum executions after 'careful consideration' See in context

The death penalty is wrong, no matter what. Japan (and the US) need to follow other developed countries in outlawing it. It’s not justice, it’s just revenge.

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Posted in: 3,473 taken to hospitals nationwide due to heatstroke from June 25-July 1 See in context

Sounds horrible down south. We’ve had rain nearly every day for the past couple of weeks, and into next week, with most days a top of under 20 degrees. Some of the trees in my street even started to get autumn leaves because it was so cool two weeks ago.

Sometimes seems like Hokkaido is a totally different country.

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Posted in: Japanese tourist dies climbing Australia's Uluru monolith See in context

They shouldn't have been climbing it in the first place. It's highly disrespectful, and notoriously dangerous. Why would anyone, let alone a 76 year old do it?

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Posted in: Gov't to go ahead with sales tax hike in Oct 2019 See in context

It would be much preferable if Japan had a variable sales tax rate like many other countries. Essentials such as fresh food should be reduced or tax free, and luxury goods should be higher.

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Posted in: On sale See in context

The "BAG" is cracking me up. I guess they're not really bags? :P

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Posted in: Fukuoka begins recognizing LGBT partnerships See in context

It's something. I hope Japan joins the growing number of countries in allowing marriage equality soon.

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Posted in: U.S. naval officers at Japan base removed over 'misconduct' See in context

I can understand the anti-US army base sentiment. We also don't want US army bases at home in Australia and we're actually culturally similar. I admit, because I come from an army town, my perception of soldiers (especially foreign forces) is really negative.

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Posted in: Freezing Tokyo sees most ambulance calls for 80 years See in context

It's been below -10c up here in Hokkaido, and we got 44cm of snow yesterday. Business as usual. Haha.

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Posted in: Who's next: End of an era as 'Doctor Who' gets a new star See in context

So excited for the Christmas special and the new series! Even though I have no idea where to watch it in Japan. Haha.

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Posted in: Calls for same-sex marriage legalization growing in Japan See in context

Equal marriage will hopefully be legalised in my home country of Australia by the end of the year. I would love to see it in Japan too. Though local governments recognising couples is a nice step.

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Posted in: Japanese whalers head to Antarctic See in context

'will conduct the hunt until March to study whale behavior and biology' ...Studying behaviour of dead whales?

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Posted in: 3 million Americans carry a handgun daily: study See in context

America scares me. Not because of the guns themselves. It's the amount of stupid people with guns I'm concerned about.

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Posted in: Japan fails to toughen passive smoking ban due to resistance See in context

Stupid. I don't mind smoking myself, being good friends with smokers and having dated smokers in the past, but a lot of friends comment on it when they visit Japan. I've ended up just hoping that my favourite restaurants are nearly empty when I take friends there so they won't have their dining experience ruined by the smoke. It's not going to be a good look come the Tokyo Olympics.

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Posted in: Pharmacies, drugmakers take steps to better serve foreigners See in context

Luckily for me being in Japanese is not a problem. I just wish Japan would have a better range of medications and stronger doses. That would also be convenient for foreigners. :P

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Posted in: What you'll be wearing in 2018 See in context

I'm torn over if this is better or worse than the terrible culottes everyone actually wears.

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Posted in: Take cover - but where? Japanese helpless over N Korean threat See in context

Here in Hakodate, Hokkaido, most people don't seem to care. The missiles are flying directly over us, but it's so high up that it doesn't matter. And as everyone said, we can't really do anything if a missile was to actually land in Hokkaido. So... Life continues as usual, minus people complaining about getting woken up too early.

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