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Posted in: See-through toilets See in context

Enough about the see-through toilettes already. Japan comes up with the oddest distractions.

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Posted in: Cancel culture: Positive social change or online harassment? See in context

This is also about the academy and journalism. If you have the "wrong" point of view, you may find yourself fired and employable in the future. This is not about the big names on the letter but the people who can't risk signing such a thing. Well-known professors like John Mcwhorter can get away with criticizing BLM but many lesser-known people cannot. When something is beyond critique, then it becomes a sort of propaganda. Of course this is not black and white and there are obviously some things that are out of bounds, out and out racism, antisemitism, pedophilia, etc. But those should be the exceptions that prove the free-inquiry rule.

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Posted in: What Japan's 'hikikomori' can teach us about self-isolation See in context

We should learn how to address mental illness, from which shut-ins generally suffer. Leave aside people who just work at home.

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Posted in: Home of ex-mayor searched over lawmaker's election scandal See in context

Voluntarily? He should be kept in solitary and away from his wife, a coconspirator. Why keep in on the street?

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Posted in: Bodies of 2 missing boys and uncle found in Gunma river See in context

I don’t know anything about rivers but I see these deaths from time to time. How exactly do people die so quickly in rivers and what are some rules of thumb to avoid danger?

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Posted in: 4-year-old boy hit, killed by bus; driver arrested See in context

Everyone is quick to blame but in truth, there is something called moral luck and bad luck. having kids is hard just like driving a bus involves microsecond decisions. People make errors every day, even people you will say have spotless character. This is sad for everyone involved, even the bus driver who also has to live with something horrible beyond imagination.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 91 new cases of coronavirus infections See in context

Ah Tokyo. Never been there. Meanwhile Osaka endures but I’ll look elsewhere for news of it.

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Posted in: Back to school See in context

I wonder how many parents didn’t send their kids.

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Posted in: Woman arrested for fatally stabbing husband See in context

This was bound to happen.

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Posted in: Man arrested for abusing 1-month-old daughter See in context

Beyond the fact that this guy is an animal, I wonder if a change in expectations as well as life coaching in schools could prevent morons from doing this. I mean young men learning parenting skill. What can you do to comfort a crying baby? Well, several basic things. Perhaps it’s asking too much for fathers like this to utilize a brain cell or two.

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Posted in: Osaka governor asks residents to refrain from making non-essential outings See in context

What’s a weekend going to do? I’m no expert; I’m just reading the news. From what I gather, you need a few weeks to make a dent in this and buy time. Seems to me we do not get daily reports here in Osaka but I hope the government is reassessing daily. I fear we will be in lockdown soon but it’ll be too late to control it.

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Posted in: 3 Hanshin Tigers players test positive for coronavirus See in context

This is the kind of news that really depresses me. Once famous people start getting it I can’t help but thinking it’s just out there and there’s going to be a an uptick and we’re going to end up on lockdown.

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Posted in: Kyoto University dorm pamphlet advises residents on how not to commit sexual harassment See in context

Hmm...#4 is a little iffy. How is “gender” in Japanese? If you’re talking about “sex,” then I doubt you could complete a medical degree with this restriction. I suppose if “gender” is very clearly referring to a social construct, it might do. Yet, can’t we talk about it? Can’t we discuss it?

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Posted in: #MeToo author slams publisher for estranged father Woody Allen's memoir See in context

Mia Farrow is a child abuser. Shockingly, she's still a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF. Heavens forbid we hear the other side of the story. Ronan Farrow is a journalist, yet he's got a funny idea about speech.

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Posted in: Junior high school students filmed up skirts of female classmates, sold images See in context

There has to be a restorative aspect to the response with these young perpetrators. People might mistake that for "being lenient." It is not. It means they should have to do more to understand and work towards righting the wrong they did. People don't really change their moral selves for the better through punishment alone. They may behave better but even that won't lead to a deep or lasting improvement in society. Restorative approaches aim to do more.

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Posted in: Japanese Red Cross renews partnership with busty-heroine manga series for new blood drive See in context

Disgusting. And their hospitals in Japan have bad service too. I advise people to look elsewhere for medical care.

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Posted in: Police officer arrested for abusing wife See in context

Hmm...released after only a few hours. They are very lenient I guess. They should have squeezed him for 30 days and forced him to confess to attempted murder.

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Posted in: Twitter bots tout cannabis as a cure-all despite few approved medical uses See in context

It can lead to addiction to alcohol? Wow. That could REALLY be bad!

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Posted in: Survey reveals 70% of Japanese adults believe corporal punishment is necessary See in context

> > bass4funkToday  08:15 pm JST with climate change you have your believers and non-believers...

very true, there are people that think everything is a 50/50 proposition and who won’t accept scientific consensus no matter how obvious. It’s a kind of relativism. What WOULD change your mind if evidence doesn’t? What would you do if you realized that you had put your kids at risk for depression, drug addiction, suicide? It might be too terrible for your psyche. Humans are irrational but laws have to, one hopes, have some rational basis - which is why it absolutely CAN enforce a limit. But if the marks you leave are emotional, then yes, it’s only the future that is your judge.

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Posted in: Survey reveals 70% of Japanese adults believe corporal punishment is necessary See in context

bass4funkToday  07:03 pm JST

If only research supported your opinion. It does not.

There are many debatable opinions and research that agree and disagree depending on where you lean.

In your imagination, perhaps. Find me good research that shows that hitting kids is beneficial and free of risk.

Sometimes talking to children doesn’t work, sometimes you need to give them a lesson especially if they refuse or unwilling to change a behavioral flaw.

yes, the magic word is "behavior." It's very true that you can modify behavior by punishment and even more effectively with violent punishment. Leaving aside that behaviorists don't condone corporal punishment, they also aren't much interested in the inner life of children.

True, but most people I know that were at times physically disciplined turned out to be fine and decent people.

Yes, personal anecdotes are like that. I'll trust the research and experts. Not you who cannot produce any good studies let alone recognize consensus. Scientific consensus affirming the benefits of smacking kids is an impossible dream for you. I wonder why it's so hard for people to give up hitting kids even in the face of reason and even when the risks are so clear? Why? Ponder that!

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Posted in: Survey reveals 70% of Japanese adults believe corporal punishment is necessary See in context


If only research supported your opinion. It does not. As for context, why would people hit a child if they didn’t believe violent punishment produced a good person? Unless they have their own emotional issues - which is very likely in at least a percentage of those doing it.

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Posted in: Survey reveals 70% of Japanese adults believe corporal punishment is necessary See in context

People have a Strange notion that punishment produces good people, that we learn to be ethical, moral, caring people by punishment. Add to that some people here believe only violent punishment can do it. But who refrains from doing evil because of fear of punishment? No one I would want to know.

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Posted in: Survey reveals 70% of Japanese adults believe corporal punishment is necessary See in context

It’s sad that people are willing to risk the mental health of their children. All the relevant research suggests that hitting kids is bad for them.

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Posted in: Ghosn, in Lebanon, says he left Japan to avoid 'injustice and political persecution' See in context


Interpol would send him back to Japan someday for his unfinished trial.

Japan doesn’t respect international rules when it comes to Japanese nationals so why would anybody cooperate with them?

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Posted in: 3 junior high school boys to be sent to prosecutors over classmate’s suicide See in context

More punishment will not solve this problem in the least. Whatever happens to these kids, who may be victims in their homes as well, conflict resolution, restorative justice and counseling are better ways towards instilling ethics and a culture of peace. Prosecution is a way for managers of the system to sidestep responsibility and pretend nothing needs to change. Restorative Justice, BTW, doesn't replace punishment and is not its opposite. It DOES include considering greater causes as well as healing for victims and the community.

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Posted in: Former top farm ministry official admits killing reclusive son See in context

I've never seen newspapers here (JT included) add contact details at the end of related articles for 'suicide hotlines', counseling services etc. I'm sure these kinds of groups exist in Japan, and it would be extremely helpful if the mainstream media (as well as outlets like JT), added such info at the end of articles. In fact it would be more than 'helpful' - it would be socially responsible.

Excellent observation and suggestion. Seconded.

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Posted in: Dentsu again found violating rules on overtime hours See in context

The low fines are tacit encouragement to continue the behavior. Only in Japan would a PR company behave in a way that would seemingly destroy its public image. But in Japan, no irony is too glaring to be missed.

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Posted in: 71-year-old woman arrested for killing husband, parents-in-law See in context

That's a lot of people to strangle. I don't think it's a particularly easy thing to accomplish. I can imagine getting pretty low. But I can't imagine killing someone, let alone strangling three people to death. I'm sure she had a hell of a life. Still...

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Posted in: School bullying cases hit record high in Japan in FY2018 See in context

Restorative justice is a system to address the circle of violence. But it's not intuitive and many people go with their gut (often unproductive). How to counter the punishing bullying? With something better that addresses harms and identifies causes and obligations.

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Posted in: Schoolteacher incited students to create chaos: principal See in context

You need restorative justice to address victims needs, offender obligations, harms and, maybe most importantly, causes. Unless y'all think this is just some bad apples. Punishment is a failed concept here. Punishment in these cases amount to people sweeping it under the rug.

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