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Posted in: Japan criticizes Russia's 'illegal occupation' of disputed isles See in context

Good on PM Kishida... Russia did nothing to stop Japan during the War but as soon as they got the chance they went after everything they could get their hands on in both Japan and China. They'd have taken all of Hokkaido if the U.S. didn't get vocal. My Japanese mother in law's father was a Doctor in China during WWII. Yes, Japan was the aggressor and Yes they deserved repercussions after the war. But what happened to many Japanese soldiers in China after WWII was tragic. Russia came in at the very end and carted them off to Siberia to work in concentration camps. This is what happened to her father the Doctor... taken by the Russians and disappeared forever. When the Allies beat the Germans they treated regular German Soldiers much better than the Russians ever did. Russia is an evil country... one that does not work by the moral standards of the West. Yes, much of the West has done some pretty bad crap, but the Russians... they're evil and they are criminals.

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Posted in: Why are Japanese homes so poorly insulated? See in context

We built our Japanese home using a company that specializes in keeping homes energy efficient. Basically we have solar panels and very good windows and insulation. Our monthly electric bill runs around Y5,000 a month and that is with keeping the home at 70 degrees throughout the house.

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Posted in: Random street stabbings reported in Saitama, Kanagawa prefectures See in context

Some disgruntled idiot/s out there trying to bloody the streets because life ain't going his way.

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Posted in: Groper arrested in Nikko insists he did not grab both breasts, but just one See in context

I laughed when I read that he "only grabbed just one". What the hell is the difference... and he incriminated himself. What a fool!

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Posted in: Chemicals found in Tokyo residents' blood may be due to contaminated water from U.S. base See in context

These results are extremely random, extremely. To all of a sudden first point the finger at a U.S. Military Base without hardly and real investigation is just irresponsible. They only point the finger there first because they know they can get a heavily read story without any consequence of being sued. If they had pointed the finger at a large Japanese corporation with factories in the area... they they would have needed so much more proof first.

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Posted in: Japan to allow unlicensed electric scooter riding from July See in context

While other countries enjoy unfettered access to many types of recreational vehicles Japan has continued to require strict licensing and rules. Here is hoping that it works out and that young Japanese (over 16) can enjoy something fun for once.

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Posted in: Man arrested over fatal stabbing of ex-girlfriend in Fukuoka See in context

It is just like the American guy in Saitama and his family just before Christmas... short of jailing someone there is very little that can be done. I wonder how many of these anti-stalking orders Japan issues yearly?

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Posted in: More youth tournaments banning angry coaches See in context

I play baseball in a Senior over 60 league... we use the rubber "nanshiki" ball. Our coach... or at least one of them is one of those guys that just has to yell at players when they make a mistake. I mean, it is an over 60 league and we all just want to live out the rest of our years enjoying ourselves doing the hobbies we like. Most of the players are used to him but he does grind on others, including me. I know, I know, I should take it but I'm a grown man that does not like to be yelled at when I make an error or mistake. Especially if I'm there to play and try to enjoy it. I talk back to him and I confront him, because he makes errors too. The last time I spoke to him I told him, you need to speak to me in a regular polite way or do not say anything at all. Interestingly he somehow developed an injury after that and stopped coming.. the rest of the team seems to have no problem with that. Now we're all enjoying fun practices and games without some noisy bully yapping at us all the time.

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Posted in: China halts short-term visas in South Korea in first response to COVID curbs See in context

Agree with Roy: It is possible that the Chinese Govt. is doing this so it can look tough for its own people. Making it appear like they've got their back so to say. Support for the Chinese Govt. in China itself it at a pretty low level right now.

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Posted in: Families in Tokyo to get ¥5,000 per child to address falling birthrate See in context

We have 3 son's and I payed a hefty sum for all of them to graduate from U.S. Colleges debt free. And that said, I don't begrudge the U.S. Govt. cancelling college debt one bit. I'm not rich, and even lesser so because of what we did, but I feel good that I sacrificed for them. Heck... what would I have done with the extra money, buy a bigger house, a sports car, RV... just things I really don't need. I'd rather see college students graduate debt free than to see Corporate America get massive tax cuts that the very next year increased the deficit by $1 Trillion. Then covid hit and they were still crying for more. Give it to them that need it.

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Posted in: Families in Tokyo to get ¥5,000 per child to address falling birthrate See in context

Maybe all the distractions is the problem? Too much this, the internet. People can go back to their one room and go anywhere they like while surfing the web.

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Posted in: Record-low 2,610 traffic-related deaths reported in Japan in 2022 See in context

Here is the statistic the equals the playing field when comparing various countries regarding road safety. Deaths based upon a certain distance travelled. For example, in the USA in 2020 there were 1.46 deaths per 100 million miles driven. I found a statistic from 2016, Japan had 6.4 deaths per 1 Billion Vehicle KM's driven. Under the same parameters the USA was 7.3 deaths in 2018. The UK 3.8, Australia 5.2, Germany 4.2, HK 7.3, Malaysia 16.2, Mexico 27.5, South Korea 13.8... many other countries do not publish the data.

Japan is doing a great job and it is great to see the numbers continue to drop. When I drive Japanese roads and highways, (knock on wood), I feel they are more orderly and the drivers more careful than my home country the USA. My biggest peeve here is the number of people that stop their car on blind curves... people don't do that, wait until there is at least a straight away, it is much safer.

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Posted in: Suspect denies killing family of 3 in Saitama on Christmas Day See in context

Authorities have been questioning him, most likely night and day, about his motive and for a confession but to no avail. The guy knows he's 100% guilty, he knows he's going to prison forever or to be executed at sometime so why even bother to confess, just play dumb. I'm not in any way, shape or form supporting this poor excuse for a human, but Japan's obsession with getting a confession can be both good and bad... and quite often bad. Often innocent people are forced to sit in prison for time unknown until the confess to something. This guy was arrested 3 times, authorities probably asked him at the time for the reason he was targeting Bishop, but they never got an answer. If they did they might not now be looking for the motive. That said, the Japanese Police probably did as much as they could... you can only do so much if it is just rocks being thrown. The probably chalked him up as a bit crazy and never thought he'd go as far as he did.

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Posted in: Japan's 'anti-Russian course' makes treaty talks impossible: TASS See in context

The only way to negotiate with Russia is with a strong capable army before you.

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Posted in: Anger in Russia as 63 troops killed in one of Ukraine war's deadliest strikes See in context

Wait... Russian "boys" were targeted, is Russia sending "boys" to the front now? Military Soldiers were targeted at a military installation, not civilians. Putin sent those young soldiers into war to kill Ukrainian soldiers. A lot of Russians will also see it that way. I'm just hoping that the U.S. Govt. fully and unequivocally backs the Ukraine going forward by sending more and more weapons and equipment there. The Russians deserve to be bled dry.

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Posted in: 60-year-old man arrested for stealing ¥1,000 from shrine donation box See in context

There were prior thefts... at some point they had to do something about it.

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Posted in: Ioka-Franco unification bout ends in draw See in context

It was a well judged fight by the end I couldn't pick a winner myself so the decision was a fair one in my estimation.

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Posted in: Asia rings in New Year See in context

Happy New Year!

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Posted in: Mother, holding 2 children, jumps off platform into path of train; all 3 dead See in context

Why? This poor woman... what could have driven her to do this? Who was the father, where were her parents, her in-laws? What was to terribly wrong to have pushed her to that far? So many questions but authorities never seem to dig into the why's? Their afraid the answers will incriminate Japanese society overall.

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Posted in: Men urged to train themselves to notice household chores: study See in context

Without trying to sound like a super husband... for the last few years, and we've been married for 37, I've slowly been trying to do more to help ease the housework burden on my wife. She started working full time about 5 years ago... since then I started doing more. I work, but it is in the late evenings and from home, so it isn't that big of a deal. When she gets home from work, the house is spotless. She likes to prepare her own dinner sometimes, when she's done, I clean up. In addition I always sit down with her to talk about her / our day and life for about an hour on a daily basis. Sometimes marriage isn't work, sometimes it just comes natural, but I've got to think those "natural" type of even keel relationships are very rare mainly because the roles early on are quite different and defined. The hard part is after the kids leave and the roles reverse or change drastically. That is when we need to think about what is important. For me it is about being equal partners, a team with my wife to work our way towards a happy, healthy and loving relationship that includes keeping our kids and grandkids independent buy close.

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Posted in: Halloween revelers fill Shibuya with security tight after Seoul disaster See in context

I wonder it there is good enough technology whereby a drone could fly overhead and count the number of people in a given area?

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Posted in: Japan sees sharp rise in drunken driving cases linked to e-scooters See in context

There has to be a way... a way were drunk people can get home fast, cheap and in a safe manner. Uber helps massively in the USA but Japan won't allow it.

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Posted in: Man arrested for cutting high school girl’s skirt, groping her on train See in context

@starpunk... the Women's March in DC was about overall women's rights across a wide spectrum and other countries did something similar but Japan was not one. Yes, the "disgusting Caligula" like figure sparked the March but it was barely about incidents involving groping... which again, isn't as big of an issue in the USA. Rape, on the other hand is. I don't mind being quoted and corrected but this article and my comment were within the parameters of the subject until you brought the DC March. I'm still trying to figure out why you felt it necessary to add that.

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Posted in: Shibuya Ward to ban drinking in public spaces during Halloween period See in context

Ultimately Halloween should be more about the costumes and less about drinking... especially drinking heavily and causing a nuisance. If people in the past had maintained decent orderly conduct this probably would not be needed. We all know or have at least seen these idiots... they get drunk and do amazingly stupid crap and ruin things for everyone else. It just proves that Japan is no different from anywhere else... just maybe that they have less tolerance for the disorderly.

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Posted in: Man arrested for cutting high school girl’s skirt, groping her on train See in context

Not just a Japan problem, totally agree, but in many other countries it isn't as big of a problem. Heck, in the USA, you grope a woman on a bus or train and you're probably in for a fight with her and some of the passengers. I've witnessed two incidents of weirdos going after girls / women on trains and both times I walked up to the guy and told him... 'not today, not when I'm around'. And they both walked away. Women need to immediately shout out and alert others or at least shout out.

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Posted in: Slain teen parents hope U.S. gun control fight will continue, 30 years on See in context

Unless someone starts targeting politicians, the rich and their families U.S. gun laws will not change. Look, I don't want that to happen but change usually comes when the rich and powerful have something to lose or after total war.

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Posted in: 79-year-old man arrested for selling 290 porn DVDs in Osaka’s Airin district See in context

At almost 80 he finally lost interest... must have been single all his life!

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Posted in: Israeli charged with smuggling drugs into Japan dies in detention center See in context

I know it is the Law but it don't make it right. Holding a person for over 2 years without ever having the opportunity to see family. Sure he may be a criminal but sometimes these detentions do not fit the crime at all. I love Japan and I love living here but this ability to detain a person almost indefinitely and not allowing them to talk to family, that is so scary. I'm honest to a fault, went out of my way at the gas station yesterday to give back 43 yen that the machine gave me extra after pumping gas, but really, I almost live in fear of ever getting into trouble in Japan.

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Posted in: N Korea confirms nuclear missile launches were tests to 'wipe out' enemies See in context

If the press would stop covering N. Korean missile launches... just don't bother to even write about them, well that would be perfect. Kim would be fit to be tied.

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Posted in: 'America's Got Talent' going global with all-stars version See in context

I think they tried an AGT type show in Japan but it didn't work. Do you think it might be because people would rather, for whatever reason, watch so called Geionojin do their stuff versus seeing a total unknown hopeful performing? You'd think a country as big as Japan would have good talent show. And I'm not talking about the crap at the end of the year or on NHK Sunday mornings.

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