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Posted in: Trouble mars skateboarding's rising popularity in Japan See in context

Skateboarders have taken over a quiet corner of a local park that has a couple of concrete benches and small steps. They are there almost every weekend and evening, practicing hard. They are polite, friendly and always stop when we need to pass through.

Personally I think it is good to see teenagers enjoying themselves outside and I think their dedication will probably benefit them in the long run.

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Posted in: If you have been working remotely since the pandemic began, what kind of work style would you prefer after (if) the pandemic has been eliminated? See in context

I've been self-employed and working from home for many years now but one of the first things we did once we were sure this was sustainable was quit Kanto and move to a small town in the country. Our cost of living is way lower and quality of life is better. We also decided to have a third child, which definitely would not have been possible while I was doing the salaryman thing in the city.

I think if people felt confident that they could work remotely and relocate without losing their job, it would benefit the country enormously in terms of regional revitalization and higher birth rates.

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Posted in: Kyoto police investigating cream puff attack on Bentley See in context


I was surprised the announcer could keep a straight face while reading. This is a choux-in for non-story of the year.

It's a puff piece.

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Posted in: Japan to conduct 1st major survey on myopia among schoolchildren See in context

Yearly eye tests are a good idea for young kids. They often don't realize they have a problem. My brother struggled at junior school. One day my Dad asked him to read a number plate of a car a few metres down the road and he couldn't. Turned out he was shortsighted and had trouble reading the blackboard. As he didn't know any differently, he had just assumed it was the same for everyone.

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Posted in: School lunch noodles fried so hard that children and teachers chip teeth See in context

That being said, the not being allowed to ask for help thing is a bit weird.

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Posted in: School lunch noodles fried so hard that children and teachers chip teeth See in context


If it is like my daughter's school, the eat in silence thing is a temporary COVID rule. The kids have to take their masks off to eat, so they all sit facing the same direction and eat silently. Once they have finished and put their mask back on, they are free to go back to normal.

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Posted in: Do you think film awards like the Oscars, Golden Globes, Emmys and so on will eventually go "gender neutral" and replace Best Actor and Best Actress awards, for example, with Best Lead and Best Supporting Lead, or something like that? See in context

I don't really care either way, but dividing acting ability by gender is arbitrary to begin with. It's not like your gender gives you any competitive advantage.

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Posted in: Nike ad addresses bullying and racism in Japan; riles up debate online See in context

Who died and made Nike a human rights NGO?

I thought they were a shoe brand.

This is a fair point and I'm sure the main reason for making the advert is to try and improve Nike's image. However, they have a far bigger reach than any NGO and this ad will be seen by lots of people who have probably never thought about the issues before. The motive may not be pure but hopefully it will result in a little more understanding and acceptance for mixed race kids and kids of Korean descent. I'm glad its out there.

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Posted in: '3Cs' Japan's top buzzword for 2020 See in context

@ obladi

There are a couple of translations for 3つの蜜 around but "confined spaces, crowded places and close-contact settings" is the one being used by the government, so it has become the standard. I'm a translator and this has come up a lot in my work this year.

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Posted in: The art of moving See in context

When moving, ask the sales rep whether the people who will be doing the actual moving are full-time employees of the company. The properly trained company employees like the ones in the photo are amazing, but a lot of cheaper companies just hire untrained part timers for the day.

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Posted in: K-pop girl band pulls video after backlash in China over baby panda See in context

Holding a panda while wearing too much makeup. What is the correct amount of makeup for holding a panda?

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Posted in: What do your Japanese family, friends or acquaintances think about the U.S. election? See in context

My wife was surprised that both candidates were so old.

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Posted in: Quarter of LGBT people in Japan have experienced outing: survey See in context

The survey also found that 66.9 percent of respondents said that "compared with five years ago, diversity of sexual orientation and gender identity is better recognized by society."

I think this trend will continue. A lot of the ignorance concerning LGBT in Japan seems to be from a lack of awareness or general resistance to change, rather than a belief that it is immoral like in many Christian and Islamic countries. As awareness grows, it will hopefully lead to better representation and understanding, which will then lead to even greater awareness. Fingers crossed it will also lead to legal change regarding the rights of same sex couples, although I'm less optimistic about that.

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Posted in: No jail for parents who left daughters at home while they used COVID cash handout for hotel stay See in context

At least the kids are still alive. I've read too many stories recently where this kind of neglect has led to heartbreaking deaths. Although I'm not too sure about the decision to leave the children with their parents, that is what has happened, so I hope for their sake the mother is sincere about changing.

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Posted in: Parents facing hard choices as nurseries stop tours amid pandemic See in context

This is probably more of an issue for people with the money for private nurseries because in most places, if you go public, you get what you're given. Due to a mix of waiting lists and a move, my kids have now been to four different public nurseries in two prefectures. Although one was significantly better than the others, the standard in general has been pretty high.

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Posted in: If you live in a house in Japan, is it Western style, Japanese style or a bit of both? See in context

A bit of both. We bought a second hand house from a family who lived with the husband's parents. Most of the house is Western, but the rooms where the parents lived are washitsu, including a really nice wooden carved relief above the door separating the rooms. I really like having the mix, although shoji doors are not the best idea when you have small kids.

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Posted in: Traffic safety campaign See in context

I'm still waiting for them to enforce the no tailgaiting rule.

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Posted in: If you have young children, how do you control what they have access to on social media? See in context

I have young children and I'm usually fairly flexible with them (if they make a good argument for something, i'll consider it). However, social media is going to be one of the areas where I will draw a line. No social media until they are at least high school age. There is a growing body of scientific evidence that social media use leads to greater rates of depression and suicide among teenagers (which seems to level off when they get to around high school age). It seems that younger brains are more susceptible to the addictive and negative aspects of social media. Basically, they need to get more life experience and a greater sense of perspective first.

Thankfully, they are still too young for it to be an issue yet. We'll see how it goes when their friends start going online.

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Posted in: As sports embraces activism, what should Tokyo Olympics permit? See in context

Of course not. We don't want athletes shoving their personal politics down our throats. It would distract from the true meaning of the Olympics, which is to shove the brand messages of the "official sponsors" down our throats.

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Posted in: What is your stance on doctor-assisted suicide? For example, should a doctor accept money from the person wishing to die? See in context

I remember seeing a documentary about Dignitas many years ago. The process leading up to the death is rigorous and explores both the medical and psychological situation of the person who wants to die (most of the cases featured in the documentary were refused). Even then, the doctor that actually administers the fatal dose can stop the procedure at any moment.

There will always be grey areas, but I think this kind of system is better than nothing. It is certainly gentler on the person's family.

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Posted in: AKB48 member tests positive for coronavirus See in context

They have so many members this was statistically inevitable.

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Posted in: Godzilla slide See in context

Looks like you have to climb in through his groin.

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Posted in: Shinrin-Yoku: The Japanese art of forest bathing See in context

As much as I love being out in nature, Japanese forests in July are dens of mosquitoes and ridiculous humidity. Maybe wait for the autumn.

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Posted in: Have you lost your job or has your income dropped because of the coronavirus? See in context

Some projects I was due to work on were postponed, but now they are starting up again, alongside the ones I was due to be working on anyway this month. As a result, I had a couple of quiet months which are now being followed by a couple of crazy months. Hopefully income will balance out over the year.

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Posted in: Japan battered by more heavy rain, floods; at least 58 dead See in context

"I didn't want my house to be washed away in my absence."

How exactly are you going to stop that happening? Evacuate and reduce the risk and workload of the emergency services.

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Posted in: Aichi man arrested again after having slashed over 1,000 women’s tires to get to know them better See in context

He's pretty much consigned himself to being single now. Even if he meets a women in a normal way, sooner or later the tire slashing history is going to come up.

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Posted in: Right time to 'get stupid again': Beavis, Butt-Head comeback See in context

With the coronavirus panic buying of TP, I predict hard times for Cornholio.

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Posted in: Which current world leader do you respect the most? See in context

The question asks about respect so I've thought about what I respect in a leader (even if I don't agree with their political stance). Decisive, proactive leadership but with a willingness to adapt if the situation changes. Clear communication so you can understand why they are doing something, even if you don't agree with it.

I think Ardern fits these criteria the best out of the current world leaders that I can think of.

Johnson and Abe are the worst fits (especially when it comes to communication).

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Posted in: A long way from home See in context

I have a vivid memory of seeing this mask in Cairo when I was five years old. I would love to go back there some day with my own kids.

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Posted in: Who would you like to see become Japan's next prime minister after Shinzo Abe? See in context

Somebody who isn't the child or grandchild of a politician and has grown up outside of the political bubble. Some experience of a normal working life before they became a politician would also be a plus.

I won't hold my breath though. It'll be one of the old guard as a placeholder until they feel confident enough that the younger Koizumi will toe the party line.

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