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Posted in: Gov't panel finalizes draft to cut plastic waste by 25% by 2030 See in context

Japan is usually very good about recycling and usually only misses the mark when it comes to plastic. I try to avoid using as much as possible but everything here comes in a plastic wrapper, it's so confusing. Especially when it comes to grocery shopping... everything is already wrapped, then everyone puts each individual thing into its only little plastic bag, and then puts that plastic bag in another bag... and then put that bag in an eco bag. shrug

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Posted in: 'Earth Burger' project launched in Tokyo See in context

A step in the right direction. More vegan and vegetarian options would be better for the earth of course, but that's quite a thing to ask of a country like Japan (actually for most countries and people). Anything to help at this point!

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Posted in: Mother arrested for abuse after nearly 100 scars found on 4-year-old daughter’s body See in context

My daughter fell off the swing and bumped her head when she was 4 and still has a small scar and I still feel so bad about it because I couldn't catch her quick enough. I can't imagine how you could deal with your own child being covered in scars especially ones that you caused yourself. Unbelievable.

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Posted in: How should teachers deal with young children who come to live in Japan without being able to speak Japanese? See in context


Is that so? Because I lived in a really rural town in the Bible belt and we had 5-10 Japanese students per grade who all came during elementary school knowing no english. For the first year or two they attended parallel classes conducted in Japanese along with ESL classes until they picked up English and were integrated into the regular classes. In a public school. In Nowhere Indiana.

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Posted in: Abe nominated Trump for Nobel Peace Prize on U.S. request: Asahi See in context

If this is true and it sounds like it is, then it’s one of the most cringey things that had ever happened. For both countries. Blech.

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Posted in: Japan to recognize indigenous Ainu people for first time See in context


Not really sure what you're getting at, I didn't mention genocide. In fact forced assimilation is a pretty darn good way to explain it. I take it then that you are all in favor of the forced assimilation of indigenous peoples then?

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Posted in: Japan to recognize indigenous Ainu people for first time See in context

The complaints the Ainu have against the Japanese government are legitimate. It doesn't matter what happened to other native peoples across the world in this context. If someone cuts off your hand I doubt it's a comfort to you that someone half a world a way had their entire leg cut off.

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Posted in: Trump makes his case for Nobel Peace Prize; says Abe nominated him for it See in context

Is this an Onion article

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Posted in: Japan to recognize indigenous Ainu people for first time See in context

@OssanAmerica and @Pepping_Tom

If this article were about any of those countries, I'd have much more to say about their own histories. But it's not, so I didn't. Not sure what's confusing about that?

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Posted in: Japan to recognize indigenous Ainu people for first time See in context

Good thing you waited until you almost completely wiped them out culturally and genetically first :/ good grief

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Posted in: 24-year-old mother arrested over death of 2-month-old daughter See in context

This seems like an every day news story now. I'm pretty sure it's just coincidence but it's becoming very painful to read the news these days. Poor child. Poor children.

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Posted in: Man arrested for attempting to kill 15-year-old girl at her request See in context

The news is really getting me down these days

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Posted in: Man arrested for beating girl after she helps woman who vomited on bus See in context

Lonely, cruel people hate seeing others be kind or happy. It reminds them of their own misery.

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Posted in: Aso retracts remark about people who don't have children See in context


I wonder how you would feel if someone said the same thing about your grandfather or grandmother.

I love my grandparents to death but there's absolutely no way I would trust them to run a country. My Grandmother is only 69 and she can barely work a cell phone. Sorry. Certain professions require sharp, youthful minds if not bodies and someone pushing 80 is unlikely to have either.

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Posted in: AI-based medical diagnostic services to be launched in Japan See in context

I won't say all doctors here, since my favorite doctor in the world is an old Japanese man and he's been a literally God send to me and my family... but there's some here that should really update their medical practices.

My local doctor just diagnosed me with asthma a few days ago after a few years of random bouts of coughing and wheezing, bronchitis every few months, etc. That should have been a really bloody easy diagnosis looking back. I should trust my own instincts more than I do now, I think.

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Posted in: Aso retracts remark about people who don't have children See in context

Dear Japan,

Give me my husband back from work at least 2-3 hours a day and maybe you'll get another baby from us.

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Posted in: Aso retracts remark about people who don't have children See in context

Turns out I did remember incorrectly above, seems like he didn't say elderly women should hurry up and die, he said all elderly sick people. My bad.

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Posted in: 'Giri' (obligation) chocolates seen as power harassment; more Japanese companies ban practice See in context

I'm all for sharing cultures and and putting your own spin on foreign holidays... but Japan always seems to take western holidays, turn them into something else, and then complain about what they've turned them into. Same for Halloween (all these foreigners and their violent halloween street parties... what?), same for Christmas (it's discrimination against single men for not having enough money to spend on a date for Christmas imposed on us by foreign imperialists... what?) and now Valentines Day. It's not a gift if it's obligatory ffs. God help us if Easter ever becomes a big thing here, I wonder what weird and costly celebration it will turn into and how foreigners will then be blamed for that. C'mon Japan I love you but stahppp you don't need Valentines day, you already essentially turned Christmas into Valentine's day just leave it at that.

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Posted in: Aso retracts remark about people who don't have children See in context


Aso said that the elderly should "hurry up and die". He's now calling himself "strange".

Dementia coming for the 78 years old Taro ?*

Actually, and I could be remembering incorrectly, but I think he said that elderly women need to hurry up and die.

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Posted in: Japan too soft on sex offenders, vast majority of survey respondents say See in context

You don't say

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Posted in: Labor ministry officials knew of improper wage survey since 2006 See in context

That, is a great photo.

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Posted in: Flu infection rates surge to record-high in Japan See in context

About a quarter of the nensho kids at my daughters school are out with it. I get my daughter the vaccine every year and she's never gotten it (knock on wood). I usually get it every year and I tried so hard to get it this year from October but every doctor I went to was out. From October. So either there's a REAL shortage of these things or theres actually a lot of people getting them.

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Posted in: What is the most acceptable way to reduce the burden of poverty within the cultural norms of a society? See in context

Birth control. Giving women control of their own bodies and future is always a start. Especially for country's with emerging economies.

Free or nearly free education, from pre-k through to university.

Secular governments would also help, world wide.

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Posted in: Baby with umbilical cord attached found in convenience store toilet See in context

Oh man, this was really close to my old house. This is terrible. Thank god the baby survived.

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Posted in: Woman killed by train after falling from platform at Nakameguro Station had influenza See in context

Poor woman. This is horrific. I wonder why she felt she had to go to work when she was that sick? Oh wait...

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Posted in: 7 die as influenza epidemic hits Hyogo nursing home See in context

That's a pretty large proportion of people contracting the flu despite being vaccinated. There's always a chunk of vaccinated people that get it because it wasn't covered by the vaccine or they were vaccinated after they contracted the virus, etc... but 5% of all of the residents (a vaccinated population) dying in 2 weeks is excessive. Must be a really nasty subtype. RIP.

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Posted in: American man gets 8 years for killing, dismembering body of woman See in context

That's it?!?!?!?!?!?

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Posted in: Japanese teacher punches high school boy in face; social media on his side See in context

Yeah the teacher shouldn't have hit him and should be punished.

Also I'm not shedding any tears for this little brat.

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