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Posted in: Suga to designate Tokyo for stronger anti-virus steps as infections spike See in context

how about some vaccines


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Posted in: Japan getting more Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines to immunize elderly faster See in context

And what about the rest of us? I have two autoimmune disorders as well as asthma. I would like to go out without being on the edge of a panic attack every day.

Most of my friends back in the States have already gotten the vaccine.

I would really like to go back to my home country and see my elderly grandfather. He doesn't have much time left (cancer). Are we even going to get the vaccine for regular (non-elderly) citizens this year? What about us permanent residence? I wonder if foreigners will ever even be in consideration to get the vaccine.

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Posted in: Demi Lovato reveals teen rape as tell-all documentary opens SXSW See in context

@Frankie Meatballs

Gotta love the "I was Raped" but I'm not going to name the person logic.

And? Most people who are sexually assaulted don't come forward. Not only does it happen a lot when people are very young and can be incredibly shameful to be labelled a victim for your entire life (thus falling outside of the statute of limitations)... look how you've just reacted to her even mentioning it? Do you think she's lying?

It's no wonder more people don't come forward.

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Posted in: Australian police commissioner suggests app to prove sexual consent See in context


Lets face it, if a women is attracted to a guy (especially if he's an alpha or has money) they normally aren't concerned the least with consent. They'll let the guy do whatever he wants. Its when a guy they don't like does something that they find creepy or uncomfortable that they call inappropriate or an assault.

So what you're saying is... women aren't allowed to choose who they do and do not want to engage in sexual activity with? I don't understand the problem?

No, most women don't let a guy do whatever he wants even if they're attracted to him. You're projecting, possibly your own failures, onto women.

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Posted in: Does a guy lose all chance with a Japanese woman if he doesn’t pay for the first date? See in context

Lucky man in that case. Filter out the gold diggers first round.

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Posted in: Swimmer Seto to sit out rest of year as punishment for affair See in context

Nonsense. Who care's about their private life?

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Posted in: 17 killed in Thailand bus-train collision See in context

Horrific. RIP.

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Posted in: Japanese swimmer Seto apologizes for extramarital affair See in context

This is very sad. I know both Daiya and his wife, they're incredibly sweet people. Wouldn't have seen this coming, but they're both very young and young people make mistakes.

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Posted in: McConnell vows quick vote on next justice; Biden says wait See in context

Oh really? Right before the election?

I heard somewhere that that's not kosher... hmm...

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Posted in: 48.1% feel healthier due to coronavirus outbreak See in context

Good for them. Silver lining I guess.

I now have to spend 1500$ a month to see a therapist twice a week and take insanely strong medication that makes me a zombie just to keep from offing myself due to the social isolation.

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Posted in: Japan considers offering COVID-19 vaccines for free to all residents See in context

@Peter Neil

*No, everybody does not win. Your neighbors will have to pick your tab for hospitalization if you need it. Hospitalization for Covid-19 is expensive.

Let's think beyond our owns noses.*

They don't care about others whatsoever. I wouldn't even bother.

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Posted in: Make your face sparkle like shimmering stars with Disney’s space-themed cosmetics lineup See in context

Not to be a bummer, but Witch's Pouch is essentially crap. Quality of children's makeup but tied up with Disney will have the price tag of luxury brands. Don't waste your money.

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Posted in: Remains dug up from Osaka mass grave suggest epidemic in 1800s See in context

I'm embarrassingly uneducated in Japanese pre-WWII history so forgive me if I sound ignorant here...

In most contexts I can't imagine why there wouldn't be records from the late 19th century of an epidemic. If the outbreak was large enough to require mass graves that certainly should have been recorded.

From an article I read:

*At the same time, scientific researchers in Europe touted the sanitary benefits of cremation, including its use in helping control the spread of disease. And so, opponents of Japan’s ban framed Europe’s growing interest in cremation as approval from the West, rejecting the claim that it created more pollution than burial and, effectively, in the minds of the government, separating cremation from Buddhism. Rather than a spiritual practice, people came to view it as a sanitary one.

In May 1875, less than two years after it passed, the ban was reversed. Two decades later, in 1897, the Japanese government ruled that anyone who died of a communicable disease had to be cremated. In an ironic twist, government officials began actively promoting the cleansing power of fire and its ability to destroy diseases.*

So the gravesite/epidemic certainly came and a strange time for Japanese burial practices, socially speaking. Will be interesting to keep following up on this burial site, it could offer a lot of contextual insight into Japanese society during the Meiji period/urbanization.

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Posted in: Vegan Japanese barbecue 'meat' is now a thing See in context


I just think in general it's better to reduce our meat consumption wherever we can. Especially cow meat, as the environmental impact is pretty bad.

Also meat substitutes, if done well, can introduce people to the idea that sometimes it's not necessary to eat meat, like a stepping stone towards a healthier diet. A lot of people completely shun plant-based meals because they think of like boiled vegetables or chashew-milk 80 ingredient sauces, etc. so anything that will bridge the gap or just get someone interested in reducing their meat consumption is a net positive I think.

Obviously things like the Impossible Burger... they're still junk food but I think they can get people to open their minds a little bit instead of shunning the idea entirely.

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Posted in: Delivery Hero seeks to challenge Uber Eats in Japan See in context

Just remember the German one is the one without the word Uber in it.

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Posted in: Anti-mask group in Tokyo slammed for 'cluster festival' See in context


The mask prevents people who are asymptomatic from unknowingly spreading. It's useless to only wear it if YOU are the one that is sick.

Yes, for now, it's a part of life. Grow up, deal with it.

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Posted in: Vegan Japanese barbecue 'meat' is now a thing See in context

It's really too bad that you cannot buy Impossible of Beyond meat in Japan. I'm not a vegan but theres no harm in going meatless as much as you can, when it's realistically possible.

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Posted in: Giving birth in Japan: A lengthy yet salubrious hospital stay See in context

@Britta H

Yes, it was a religiously run hospital in Tokyo.

It came highly recommended at the time.


I'm not necessarily in favor of elective C-sections as they're more dangerous but there's very few places in Japan that offer an epidural or any pain relief at all so I can appreciate the sentiment of someone not wanting to repeat the process if they had a traumatizing natural birth. Then again I had a traumatizing C-section so...

I wanted another child, but I don't see it happening. If I did I would want to avoid the doctor as much as possible and have a VBAC but that's not possible in Japan.

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Posted in: Giving birth in Japan: A lengthy yet salubrious hospital stay See in context


Thanks, mate.

It's just infuriating to see over and over again that if you didn't have a perfect pregnancy/childbirth than something is wrong with you. Must be your fault. You're mentally unstable. Pregnancy is a crazy ordeal even if everything goes perfectly right and yet people (men no less) think it's perfectly reasonable to pass judgement on something they'll never experience.

My daughter is 6 and I still cant lay on my left side because of the painful scar tissue from my botched emergency C-section. I suppose somehow that's my fault as well.

And people wonder why women are having less children.

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Posted in: Giving birth in Japan: A lengthy yet salubrious hospital stay See in context

@Vince Black

What a disgusting way to think. Genuinely.

Women don't have traumatic births or get PPD because they're mentally unstable.

I honestly hope you're not married because clearly you neither understand the effects of pregnancy/childbirth on women and obviously have no empathy for people in circumstances different than your own.

Incredible that a comment like that can remain on this site without question.

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Posted in: Giving birth in Japan: A lengthy yet salubrious hospital stay See in context

@Vince Black

That's my own experience.

I even prefaced my point by saying you're more than likely to have a good experience than a bad one, but just to be on your guard.

And postpartum depression, by definition, starts after you've given birth.

The PTSD was from being in labor for 10 full days, denied pain medication and a dozen other medical consequences that could have been avoided by the doctors and midwives listening to me.

Oh and a botched c-section sutures that led to internal bleeding and a second surgery to fix - that was only discovered after I kept throwing up from the pain and my doctor brushed it off as me being "pain intolerant".

...... and a million other things.

Presumably you've never given birth so you have no right to call me or any other mother "entitled" for wanting to be treated with common decency.

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Posted in: Giving birth in Japan: A lengthy yet salubrious hospital stay See in context

I've gone over it a dozen times on this site so I won't go much into it again... but while, probably, most Japanese hospitals/birthing clinics will provide you with a good experience, mine was traumatizing from start to finish. I dealt with PPD and PTSD from the experience and was in therapy for years afterwards. Just thinking about getting pregnant or giving birth in Japan again can trigger a panic attack for me.

If you're a woman (especially a foreign woman) giving birth in Japan, please make sure your 100% comfortable with your doctor. If you feel negatively about your treatment, say something. If the rules of the hospital feel too restrictive or even mysogynistic, say something. If you feel you're being treated cruelly/unfairly by staff, say something. Change doctors. Change hospitals. I know it's hard but I "shoganai'd" enough during my pregnancy that it basically destroyed my mental health for years and disturbed the early relationship I had with my baby so much that I contemplated suicide multiple times a day for a few years.

Above all, if you're financially capable, get a private room that will allow your spouse to come and go as you need them too.

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Posted in: Int'l school teachers in Japan exempted from entry ban See in context


...remember permanent residency means you are permanently allowed to live here

Exactly. They've got permission to permanently live in Japan, and yet are being barred from coming back home. You seem to understand the point perfectly well?

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Posted in: Int'l school teachers in Japan exempted from entry ban See in context

@Richard Gallagher

mmmmmmm absolute nonsense.

Permanent residency is supposed to be permanent. As in, you can't just throw them out willy nilly.

So being the parent or the spouse of a Japanese citizen affords you no rights?

How far are you willing to take that statement? It's fine for them to be barred from their families? From their homes? Their livelihoods?

What if there were war... I wonder what you would find acceptable to do to non-citizens in that case?

Would you find it acceptable for other countries to do the same to Japanese citizens living abroad?

It has nothing to do with the virus, obviously, as Japanese citizens are welcome to come back from these countries as long as they quarantine themselves.

Not to mention I think a lot of us would apply for citizenship if Japan allowed for dual citizenship. But they don't. So most won't.

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Posted in: Int'l school teachers in Japan exempted from entry ban See in context

Amazing how permanent residency essentially means nothing to Japan.

It actually means nothing. Doesn't matter how long you live here, if you have children and a spouse here, a house here, pay taxes here for most of your life, are a law abiding, contributing member of society...

You don't matter to Japan at all.

This proves it without a shadow of a doubt.

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Posted in: The survivor: Last Korean war criminal in Japan wants recognition See in context


The average conscripted soldier wasn't convicted of war crimes.

This man was.

No sympathy.

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Posted in: The survivor: Last Korean war criminal in Japan wants recognition See in context

Well today I found out that Japan gives a military pension to convicted war criminals.

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Posted in: Do you think the Japanese government should impose another state of emergency for all of Japan to try and contain the coronavirus, and if so, how should it be different from the last one that ended on May 25? See in context

Yes, especially night life. Masks should be mandatory and social distancing strictly enforced. Also anyone who can work from home should, and those who have to work outside of the home should receive hazard pay.

But they do any of that won't so it doesn't matter.

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Posted in: Exec from idol singer group SKE48’s management company arrested on child prostitution charges See in context


*I would blame both side. The girls also tempted him. Is wrong for him to accept but is also wrong of them to offer.

Just arresting the guy isn't gonna solve anything. Man will always be man. *

Congrats on the absolute worst take of the day.

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Posted in: Trump floats idea of election delay See in context

Good thing it's not his choice.

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