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Posted in: 'Manhunt,' about hunt for John Wilkes Booth, may make you wish you paid attention in history class See in context

Booth's corpse was photographed but the copies of the glass plates and paper prints vanished. Stanton had ordered it and Alexander Gardner took the picture. Harper's Weekly had a woodcut of one of the images.

Booth is buried in Greenmount Cemetery in Baltimore as his brother Edwin asked President Johnson permission for a reburial. Johnson allowed it. People put pennies on the grave.

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Posted in: 22-year-old man arrested over murder of 18-year-old ex-girlfriend in Yokohama See in context

My student. RIP. Cannot believe this.

She was absent two days ago.

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Posted in: Life in the shopping 'slow lane' helping aging Japan stay independent See in context

Even for people who cannot read Japanese.

Self-check out is not always easy.

I am the customer. Why should I do everything? I appreciate customer service,

especially when it is done properly.

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Posted in: 4 Japanese universities to apply for ¥10 tril gov't fund See in context

I think it is money for lab equipment as I heard it is better in America.

i tell my students to go to Germany as there is an exchange with Bonn University.

No tuition to pay.

But still they waste money. Some professors with research and miss a few classes so they can travel overseas

during the term.

Salaries for full-timers at 700,000 per month or more, and part timers get 100,000 or less? What a joke.

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Posted in: How has Japan changed for the better since you have been here and how has it changed for the worse? See in context

People used to get rid of things and just throw them away. There was an obsession with brand names. People used to not care for Uniqlo since it was judged too cheap.

Now we have recycle shops, Mercali, Jimoto, etc. Motainai rules.

People had more money. Now there is too much inequality.

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Posted in: What was the best thing that happened to you this year and what was the worst? See in context

Best - got to mostly work at home

Worst - dogs had health problems. One with dementia and kidney disease. Give a daily IV.

The other dog cannot walk and uses a wheelchair. Wakes me up at night sometimes.

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Posted in: Osaka arson suspect identified; all similar buildings to be inspected See in context

The doctor is a victim, Eight people were reported dead on NHK.

Very few made it out alive,

No fire escape. Such lax standards.

No sprinklers either.

To murder a doctor and nurse during COVID is so evil.

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Posted in: Partial lunar eclipse See in context

Depended where you were. In the west of Japan the view was better, like in Shimane.

Before six p.m. I could see it but then it got cloudy.

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Posted in: New Zealand police kill man after he stabs 6 people at supermarket See in context

I have a feeling some in NZ will wonder if the prime minster focuses too much on keeping the county safe from COVID. and not enough on keeping the country safe in terms of crime.

Maybe some will think Australia's policy on terrorism is better.

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Posted in: New Zealand police kill man after he stabs 6 people at supermarket See in context

This guy was in jail but got let out. Why? What was the charge?

In 60 seconds he stabbed six people, three in critical condition.

Seems that NZ should ask some questions before giving away citizenship so easily.

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Posted in: I find it hard to believe such a thing could happen in this day and age. See in context

If you move in Japan once you get a new car, you need new license plates if it is in a location with different license plates.

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Posted in: What ticks off drivers in Japan? New survey reveals top 3 causes of road rage See in context

Speeding should be mentioned. Nagoya is terrible for this.

In Japanese it is called 名古屋 bashiri。

Between Kobe and Osaka is bad too, but probably more with tailgating.

I used to drive in west Tokyo and the jaywalking by the elderly really annoyed me.

My wife said drive 10 km over the speed limit, since it is what people do.

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Posted in: Safety concern aired as Japan rushes to evacuate nationals from Kabul See in context

The embassy staff went to Turkey via Doha.

There are British, French, German and other foreign NATO troops.

The Japanese need to hurry up. After the 31st who knows what will happen?

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Posted in: Which is more popular in Japan: British English or American English? See in context

Must be car-MEL, not CAR-mel. The JTE should use a website like dictionary.com, which shows where the proper stress is, instead of insisting that the English textbook published in Japan is free of mistakes.

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Posted in: 10 passengers stabbed on Tokyo train; suspect detained See in context

I heard that this criminal wanted to stab a woman who looked happy or was smiling.

So he stabbed one woman seven times and now she is in critical condition in a hospital.]

Most people on a train are alone and could be tired after work, and would not smile.

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Posted in: 10 passengers stabbed on Tokyo train; suspect detained See in context

Most Japanese in this situation would just kill themselves, suffer in silence or play pachinko.

They would not harm others, and might just harm themselves instead. . But a few just snap, and harm others because they are unhappy with their lives.

I really wish the government would focus on job training and mental health counseling.

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Posted in: 10 passengers stabbed on Tokyo train; suspect detained See in context

36 year old man. On a train going to Shinjuku. Stabs 10 people. Runs away to Suginami.

He worked in dispatch. Seems like mental health has got to be given more of a priority.

The devil makes work for idle hands.

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Posted in: To say ‘get vaccinated’ when there are no vaccines available shows that she has no understanding of the situation at the local level. See in context

Yes getting one at a company could be better, if available.

Seems that some places like Kita ward (Tokyo) are just slow or give priority to people older than 60.

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Posted in: Social isolation spreading in Japan See in context

I am thinking of retiring in Osaka in the future. I will not miss living in Kanto. Live is just work here.

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Posted in: Japan eyes vaccinating people under 65 at state-run mass centers from Thursday See in context

In western Japan more people are getting the vaccine. In Miyazaki and Fukuoka city anybody can get it.

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Posted in: Suga regrets having to take all the heat for hosting Olympics during pandemic See in context

He really has a thin skin but Abe said Japan wanted the Olympics in 2021 even though Bach said 2022 was possible. Suga ia on the hook.

Suga is gambling it can go well. It may not.

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Posted in: Anger in Tokyo is just latest example of how unpopular hosting Olympics has become See in context

Bach told Abe that 2022 was OK but Abe insisted that Japan would be ready by 2021. The Olympics could be a super spreader event with people coming from the entire world to Tokyo with not enough Japanese being vaccinated.

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Posted in: Sri Lankan's death in detention in spotlight as Japan debates immigration bill See in context

I know. The problem is the lack of medical attention that led to the death of a 33 year old.

Her visa expired and she refused to leave Japan, so she got put in detention.

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Posted in: Sri Lankan's death in detention in spotlight as Japan debates immigration bill See in context

She was a afraid of DV from her husband in Sri Lanka.

There is talk about having people like her stay in Japan if they can find someone to sponsor her.

I think a Nigerian woman was willing to do that, although she lives in Ibaraki and the Sri Lankan woman was in Nagoya.

The family stopped paying for her tuition, so that is where it started.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 376 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 2,026 See in context

What is going on in Ehime, Yamagata and Miyagi? I did not expect that. When are people going to start getting the vaccine?

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Posted in: It's official: Spectators from abroad will not be allowed at Tokyo Olympics See in context

As it is, people in Tokyo are going to pay more in taxes. Ticket prices will be cut to get spectators in the seats.

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Posted in: Calls grow for Cuomo to quit from top New York lawmakers See in context

I want an investigation about the deaths at the nursing homes. About time people look at shoddy governors like Cuomo. CNN just gave him a free pass. Cuomo is just worse than his father was as governor. I am a registered voter in New York.

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Posted in: Arguments for 'right to disconnect' from work draw more attention amid pandemic See in context

Yes I got an e-mail late on Thursday with a deadline on Sunday even though I am on vacation and not at home. Ridiculous. Cannot reason with such people. The amount of e-mail during the pandemic is too much.

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Posted in: Japan's foreign workers hit hard by pandemic See in context

I think the problem is that people get complacent. When there is a crisis people have to learn to adapt. The longer you stay here the harder you have to work. That means study more, network, etc. A driver’s license is nice as an ID but if one cannot afford a car I guess it is not a priority.

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Posted in: Japan's foreign workers hit hard by pandemic See in context

It seems that if you want to get better at Japanese you need to pay for it. It helps if you have the time.

I know a teacher who studied at a school for 6-12 months to get to N2, but you have to work at least part-time and use your savings. I just go to the volunteer places but it is hit or miss. Just being Japanese does not mean they know how to teach.

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