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Posted in: 2 shots fired at house in Toyama See in context

Is something missing form the story? Strange to close all schools due to two bullets being shot at a house. Now, if several buildings were shot at I would understand.

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Posted in: Ghosn says he does not want to make false confession: sources See in context

@Goodlucktoyou: I've been living in Japan for 37 years. Though I've had a couple traffic violations, and stop and check riding my bicycle, have never been arrested or detained. It's very simple, corporate with the police and show them some respect and most of all follow the laws of the land and you'll never have any problems. If one can't do that, then I recommend leaving Japan.

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Posted in: Police arrest 11 Chinese for working without visas; 47 others missing See in context

Interesting how the company that did not properly ensure immigration paperwork was up to date was not named in this article. Speaking from experience in the Eikaiwa Industry, is the sole responsibility of the employer to ensure its employee's visas are up to date. It's all part of the contracting procedure.

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Posted in: 64-year-old man arrested for stealing a roll of toilet paper from hospital toilet See in context

Seriously??? A roll of toilet paper? A fine of 200,000JPY?? Why did the staff even report this? I'm sure he had his reasons. Just can't believe that Japanese can not show any compassion and sympathy for an old man that may be in need. It's just a roll of toilet paper!!!!

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Posted in: Children to be given priority for iodine tablets against radiation See in context

I'm confused. (sarcasm) Didn't we just see an English video giving a tour for the world to see regarding how safe it is? Contradiction after Contradiction. When will people wake up and see the reality of this man made disaster and the misinformation to the public?

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Posted in: Woman puts best foot forward in Japan's farming culture See in context

Great to see a positive story. God Speed Durrants.

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Posted in: Japan to simplify banquets to celebrate new emperor's ascension See in context

The committee also decided to procure a new convertible car with enhanced safety features and fuel economy for a parade slated for Oct. 22 next year to introduce the new emperor to the public.

Perfect timing to divert everyone's attention away from the tax hike.

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Posted in: Going solo: 'Ohitorisama' or the Japanese art of doing it alone See in context

Bintaro, If we can't learn to live with others what will become of our society. Whether I like it or not, I do things with others. To see a smile on other's faces is priceless and helps us live on harmony. We must all learn to give and take.

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Posted in: Jimmy Page looks back at 50 years of Led Zeppelin See in context

I still have my original vinyl records bought back in the 70s. The greatest band of all time. I still listen to them on my recorder player. Nothing beats the sound of an original LP.

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Posted in: 10,000 or 1,0000? Japanese schools are starting to move commas on big numbers, but why? See in context

First it's not "like English". It's like the rest of the world. Second, If you have time to "count the hairs on your cat" you have too much time on your hands. Get a job. Third, Loan words in Japan are already confusing and incorrect, why add fuel to the fire. Finally, Japan is a country that conducts business internationally. Why confuse the rest of the world?

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Posted in: Ex-Kobe assemblyman found guilty over public funds fraud See in context

former member of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party

So this means he got away with it while an LDP member. Guess he is wishing he stayed an LDP member. Does he have to pay it back.......to the people?

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Posted in: Who is to blame for America's toxic environment? See in context

Internet and one sided media spreading the hate. Things started getting really crazy since the start of the internet. The internet, too often, doesn't show the full story of many things that have happened. Stop believing everything you see on the net!!

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Posted in: AI robots may lend hand in Japan's English classes See in context

Bring them on I say. They'll me in business until I can retire.

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Posted in: Agriculture ministry employee arrested for assaulting bar employee See in context

Police said Minami has denied the charged and quoted him as saying he was drunk and can’t remember anything.

Is Japan the only country that tries to (not sure if it is accepted) use this as a defense? Imagine if government employees could use that in the states.

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Posted in: Murakami says writing is what he can do for disaster sufferers See in context

socrateos; How do you know he does not do that already?

If he does, I am most positive that it would have been included in the article.

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Posted in: Tokyo to 'screen off' bacteria for Olympic swimming in bay See in context

From my understanding the screens would keep the algae/bacteria at the bottom therefore showing the surface clean and below levels but wouldn't all the algae/bacteria be stirred up when the athletics start swimming through the water?

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Posted in: Gov't starts work on new growth strategy, with focus on labor reform See in context

Said it before and I'll say it again, Enforce the present Labor Laws. Anything they come up with will not work! Enforce the present Labor Laws!!

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Posted in: Abe faces host of diplomatic, economic issues after cabinet revamp See in context

Akie, would be quicker to answer the question, "What did he do right?" Start by asking the thousand still waiting for government assistance in disaster hit areas. Oh wait, we can't the Olympics is more important.

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Posted in: America's image worsens under Trump See in context

How can you come to such a conclusion based on 900 opinions in multiple countries?

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Posted in: GaijinPot Travel wins Japan Tourism Award for web initiative with inclusive content See in context

Congrats! I remember when it started in the 90s. Was every helpful and Eric was/is always a great person. Good on you guys!

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Posted in: Kyoto introduces lodging tax on tourists See in context

Hope they exempt residence of Japan. We already pay enough in taxes!

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Posted in: Over half of survey participants unfamiliar with katakana words used by government See in context

I thought Katagana was originally only for words that do not have a Japanese name i.e. fork, spoon, golf jargon and so on. I think they should keep it that way. On the other hand the more the government confuses Japanese with these inappropriate uses of English words, I'll continue to be successful in my business.

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Posted in: Water stored at Fukushima nuclear plant still radioactive See in context

I found an interesting documentary on Netflix. Dark Tours/Japan. I believe it was filmed last year or the year before. Pretty scary stuff.

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Posted in: Trade wars: Is Trump lining up Japan next? See in context

gokai; Your parents are correct. The 80s was the best time (for me) of living in Japan.

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Posted in: Trade wars: Is Trump lining up Japan next? See in context

gokai; And Toyota alone has sold just over 900,000 vehicles from August 2017 to August 2018 in the USA. Most European cars are seen as luxury cars and easier to drive as most are already right hand drive. US cars are left hand drive. To convert is costly. And to not convert makes driving for some Japanese uncomfortable. In addition, maintenance costs is high as parts are so expensive which is why I have, in Japan a Japanese car and motorcycle. Harley parts are so expensive here and Harley shops charge an arm and a leg for services. Then you have very strict inspection process and high vehicle taxes.

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Posted in: SDF recruiters struggle as applicant pool dries up See in context

Those leaflets have got to go. As a Vet, I've got to say that those leaflets are childish and misleading. The girl in a sailor uniform is ridiculous and an embarrassment the the men and women of the SDF who face tough times to defend their country.

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Posted in: Japanese ad showing mom doing all the housework and childcare has people steamed at dad See in context

Educator60, I grew up doing household chores and as a father continued. I know what is involved in keeping a home and know that it is not a 5am to 9pm job. My kids woke up on their own, prepared themselves for school, prepared their own breakfast, kept their own room cleaned, folded and put away their own laundry, help with dinner dishes and also helped keep the house clean. Perhaps mothers do too much for their kids these days and don't teach their kids the responsibility of doing household chores.

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Posted in: Japanese ad showing mom doing all the housework and childcare has people steamed at dad See in context

The ad is so misleading. As one with weekdays off, I always see shopping centers full of at home wives/mothers enjoying their free time while dad is at work and kids at school. So yes, the stay at home mom or dad should do the household chores. In addition, I often hear from my male friends that they take care of the home and kids on their days off so mom can take a break with her friends. I find this ironic as she already does this during the week. I would love to be an at home dad.

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Posted in: Abe re-elected LDP leader, setting stage to become Japan's longest-serving PM See in context

Mahesvara of Japan; Crush any invasion? Are you aware that the availability military personnel in China is larger than the Japanese population of Japan?

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Posted in: Tokyo Medical University chooses 1st woman president after sexism scandal See in context

Jenna, I have to disagree with you. I have work in Japan for many, many years and as Japan promotes a lot based on seniority, males are often place in positions of discussion making without any skill and/or knowledge of their industry. One clear example is me training my boss. Because of his age he was placed as Bucho with no knowledge of the industry.

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