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Posted in: Python thought missing found inside car See in context

As a person with a fear of snakes living near Kurashiki, I'm glad I read this after it was found.

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Posted in: Scandal at SMBC Nikko widens with vice president's arrest See in context

@Mocheake

You forgot the token 10% decrease in wages for about six months.

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Posted in: In your experience, how hard or easy is it to get a driver's license in Japan? What were the written and driving tests like? See in context

I learned from scratch here. I took the tests through my driving school and passed both the theory and practical first time. I did the theory test in Japanese because I figured the phrasing in the test would match the textbook used in the lessons. I recommend doing practice tests first, as they help you notice patterns in the questions and to avoid trick questions. The practical test was straight forward. I've heard stories about people failing for reasons like not checking under the car for babies and not going ridiculously slow around corners, but I didn't experience any of that. I guess it depends where you take your test.

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Posted in: Invasive bird species battle for supremacy over Tokyo's skies See in context

Crows are definitely the king of the castle here and an absolute menace if you grow fruit and vegetables. They'll swoop in, peck a few different fruits (spoiling them all), pick up one and fly off, take one bite, and then drop the remainder onto the street. Really wasteful.

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Posted in: How do you feel about all the surveillance cameras being used in public and private spaces? See in context

A lot of these security cameras (and doorbell cameras, baby monitors, etc.) are connected to the internet, often with minimal security, so they can be hacked. That makes me uncomfortable.

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Posted in: Many of the problems Japan faces could be resolved by making use of digital technology ... The key to post-corona growth is to revitalize broader digital investment nationwide. See in context

"Digitalization" (or its trendy cousin "DX") comes up in my translation work several times a day at the moment. It is the perfect buzzword for Japanese government/upper management types as it sounds impressive but is also conveniently vague. I recently engaged in digitalization by replacing our wind-up kitchen timer with a digital one from the 100-yen shop.

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Posted in: There was ‘007’ at the end of the subject line of an email, but I thought it was a reference number. See in context

Haven't seen the movie. I hope Bond remembered to remove his slippers before stepping onto the tatami.

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Posted in: Serbia, Spain qualify for 2022 World Cup; Portugal stunned See in context

Mitrovic is one of those players who has incredible talent accompanied by an unstable personality. Great for a neutral fan as the chances of drama of one kind or another are high.

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Posted in: Pandemic hits sweet potatoes in Japan; prices rise See in context

Hope it doesn't reach here. We grow them every year (Bein Haruka and Naruto Kintoki this year). They are pretty low maintenance while growing and produce a big harvest on a small patch of land. The kids have fun digging them up too.

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Posted in: Soccer defenders more at risk of dementia in later life says new research See in context

Thanks. I can now chalk down all those missed headers as a preventative health measure and not just a lack of skill.

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Posted in: Yosozumi wins another skateboarding gold for Japan See in context

Managed to catch about 15 minutes of it, including Yosozumi's 60-point run. I think the oldest of the competitors I saw was about 19. I don't really understand the scoring system but it was a good watch.

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Posted in: What's your favorite coffee shop chain in Japan? See in context

Mr. Donut for the free refills.

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Posted in: SoftBank says Pepper robot remains 'alive' and well See in context

I remember taking one of my daughters to hospital with a fever when she was about two years old and they had a Pepper in the waiting area. She took one look at it and started screaming the place down. They had to let us wait in one of the empty examination rooms. Thanks Pepper.

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Posted in: Do you check work emails on your days off, after you wake up in the morning or at night after you return home? See in context

I run my own business, so I check my emails a few times over the weekend, but unless something is really urgent, I won't respond until business hours begin again.

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Posted in: Why doesn't Father's Day carry the same importance as Mother's Day? Or does it? See in context

Mother's Day was started as a way of raising awareness of the work mother's did in keeping children alive back when infant mortality rates were high in order to get them more support (e.g. medical supplies). The whole card and flowers thing came later. The woman who founded the day lived long enough to despise what it became.

As far as I can tell, Father's Day was started in order to try and hawk cards for Dads too.

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Posted in: Do you think professional sports stars should be required to attend news conferences after their game or event? See in context

No. I don't like modern sports press conferences. The players have all been media-trained to give safe (i.e. uninteresting) answers. The journalists, desperate for clickbait headlines, then start asking questions about more controversial topics, often unrelated to the sport, in an attempt to trip the athletes up. Very often you end up with interviews that are either boring or unpleasant.

If an athlete enjoys talking to the media or wants to use their platform to say something, then fair enough, but I don't think it should be a requirement.

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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

@Mocheake

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

@HBJ

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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