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Posted in: Will the year-end party season make a comeback from COVID? See in context

These parties are expensive and boring in my experience. I do not drink so I shell out a lot of money so the boozehounds can drink all they want. My reward is to listen to stories I heard during Monday through Thursday. Some people like these parties and please enjoy if it’s your thing but I did not them during the pandemic.

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Posted in: Japan to provide $65 million additional humanitarian aid to Palestinians See in context

You guys are hilarious. They want to live in their holy land and they are pretty determined to do so. Economics or safety have nothing to do with it, apparently.

@TaiwanIsNotChina. You are probably correct about the desire of the Israelis to live in their holy land. As an agnostic on my best days and an atheist on my worst ones, I do not understand all this talk about holy lands and God’s will. I do know the world would be hard pressed to find a people as universally oppressed and slaughtered as the Jews. As one poster pointed out, the fighting will never end, namely because the other said wants the destruction of Israel at all costs. The idea of moving Israel to the US was just that: an idea. And why not? Lots of religious followers live far away from their lands and carry on. Perhaps the promise of peace and economic prosperity and being able to worship without fear of a terrorist attack may be worth the consideration of moving to America. Again, just an idea…

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Posted in: Japan to provide $65 million additional humanitarian aid to Palestinians See in context

 I asked to my Jewish friend who is an American what about Israel move to America and become one state of USA? 

I think that would be an excellent idea. I would even be open to the possibility of taking a section of US territory and giving to Israel and allowing the Israelis to form their own government. It would certainly be a better situation than what the Israelis now suffer through.

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Posted in: Japan to provide $65 million additional humanitarian aid to Palestinians See in context

Japan will provide $65 million in additional humanitarian aid to Palestinians out of concern over the conflict in Gaza

Personally I’d like to see a little more concern for the citizens of Japan, but that’s just me.

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Posted in: Man arrested over alleged sexual assault of woman at home gym See in context

Right, because we wimmens just love falsely accusing men of rape after getting into a disagreement.

It does happen. I can give you a list of prominent cases if you would like to see it. One pro baseball player is currently in Japan because a woman falsely accused him of sexual and then bragged about it on social media.

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Posted in: The board of audit understands that there were times when such purchases were inevitable. See in context

I wonder if the same board would be sympathetic to a person who miscalculated their taxes. I know the IRS in the US would not…

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Posted in: Train gropers who fall to temptation intentionally targeted by extortion squads See in context

On the rare occasions that I ride Tokyo trains (I live in Hokkaido), I hold the hand rails with both hands. I am terrified of bumping into someone inadvertently and being accused of being called a chikan.

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Posted in: Growing number of Japan municipalities ban outing LGBT individuals See in context

Honest question: what does “outing” mean? Does it mean posting this information on a website or announcing it in a meeting? Telling other people? Again, an honest question.

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Posted in: Palestinians in Gaza struggle to follow Israeli evacuation order and face dire water shortage See in context

For the innocent people to be able to not be punished for the actions of others of course. It's not that hard a concept.

Unfortunately and dispicably, Hamas is using these innocent people as human shields.

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Posted in: Hosting Asian Games will 'wipe away' Japanese doubts, says top official See in context

Bribery and bid-rigging allegations in the aftermath of the Tokyo Games have implicated major companies and seen several business figures convicted.

What the west calls “bribery” and “bid-rigging” is seen as just doing business in Japan and it will never change.

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Posted in: I wish everyone would eat an additional five scallops a year. See in context

Count me in. With fall here smoked scallops hit the spot.

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Posted in: Sex abuse scandal-tainted Johnny's eyes setting up new firm See in context

Takuya Kimura ( formerly of SMAP) proved on some level that a talent agency is not necessary to achieve and maintain success. Perhaps entertainers can use this tragedy and guidance from people like Kimura-san to end the stranglehold that these dubious talent agencies and scouts have on the entertainment business.

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Posted in: New wave of price hikes, tax-related rule changes await Japan in October See in context

This article should be taped to the collective forehead of anyone in the committee tasked with raising the number of childbirths.

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Posted in: Kishida unveils gist of new economic package as support for his government dwindles See in context

“Lions and tigers and bears, oh my,” Dorothy in Oz. “Arrow pillars and promises….oh, s#@t,” the average Japanese citizen.

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Posted in: Asian Games open with more participants than Olympics See in context

Waste of time and money regardless of the location. Sports and entertainment should not be given any tax money for the time being. There are far more important issues that need to be addressed.

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Posted in: 91-year-old man referred to prosecutors over hit-and-run of dog See in context

I could have probably been a bit sympathetic if he had not run away. Since he did, I can it…

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Posted in: China flies 103 military planes toward Taiwan in a new high of activity the island calls harassment See in context

China’s military sent 103 warplanes toward Taiwan in a 24-hour period….as is customary, they turned back before reaching Taiwan.

I think that says it all; China will not invade Taiwan. They know what likely awaits them if they try.

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Posted in: Prince Hisahito tests positive for COVID-19 See in context

Wishing the prince (and anyone else infected) a speedy recovery.

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Posted in: Prince Hisahito tests positive for COVID-19 See in context

They do this for the flu sometimes so I'm sure they can do it for Covid too. Perhaps people are just burnt out on seeing it from the last three years.

I think that’s the case. People are just flat out sick and tired (no pun intended) of anything related to Covid.

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Posted in: Gov't stresses BOJ's independence after Ueda's remarks sway market See in context

Where are all of the “raising wages” government officials keep talking about? My pay is the same as it was in 1998.

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Posted in: 51-year-old man arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting elementary school girl in Chiba See in context

Perhaps I am not reading this post correctly but one person seems to be suggesting that a young girl who “goes astray” is responsible for a sexual encounter with a man in his fifties. I don’t care if the elementary school girl took off her clothes and laid down on a bed; a decent man would have walked away.

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Posted in: 51-year-old man arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting elementary school girl in Chiba See in context

She should have known better than to what? To let herself get molested?

Very well said. The girl would be 13 at the very most and in no way, shape or form mature enough to handle such a situation.

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Posted in: Nihon University suspends football team again over cannabis allegations See in context

Fact:  Marijuana is not harmless at all. Come, let us count the ways…

If you do not smoke or drink alcohol of any kind then I understand your aggressive stance against marijuana. If you do smoke or drink then your position doesn’t make much sense.

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Posted in: Kishida vows steps to ease gasoline prices, now at record high See in context

People posting about how we should be grateful about the relatively low gas prices seem to ignore all of the other taxes and expenses residents in Japan must pay.

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Posted in: Brick thrown at Japanese embassy in China in Fukushima spat See in context

Stay classy, China.

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Posted in: Woman questioned by police over DJ Soda groping case See in context

The fact that DJ Soda was allowed to get close enough to be touch/grabbed/groped by anyone in the first place suggest her security detail needs a serious rethink. When a mob of people are grabbing for you and you are within reach, it is almost certain something you don’t want touched is going to get touched.

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Posted in: Woman dies after being hit by car driven by 90-year-old man See in context

Obviously not all the information related to this case is included in this article but could the pedestrian also be partially at fault. According to the article, there were no traffic lights at the intersection. Did the pedestrian suddenly ride out in front of the car without checking to see if the road was clear—-something that is common with Japanese people of all ages due at least partially to the law that states the driver of the automobile is always at fault?

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Posted in: China launches drills around Taiwan in angry response to VP's US trip See in context

Perhaps the United Nations should air drop diapers and pacifiers over China.

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Posted in: Babysitter sent to prosecutors for abusing 1-year-old boy See in context

Police said the woman has admitted to getting irritated with the baby after he kept pulling her glasses off her face, despite her telling him to stop.

Then take the glasses off you stupid person. This person appears to have the same level of maturity and self-control as the baby she was watching.

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