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Posted in: Woman gets 9 years in prison for killing husband with lethal dose of insulin See in context

Who needs enemies when you have....

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Posted in: Gov't orders check of concrete walls after Osaka quake deaths See in context

A little too late for little 9-year-old Rina Miyake, isn't it.

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Posted in: 4-year-old boy dies after being locked inside TV stand cabinet by father See in context

Chalk up another one for the toothless child welfare services. I understand they're trying their best but as long as their hands are tied, get used to reading horror stories like this.

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Posted in: Do you think we use too many plastic bags in our daily lives and what do you do to cut back on the use of such bags, especially when you go shopping? See in context

They overuse plastic here like wild animals!

I almost always refuse plastic bags unless I really need them when I'm buying lots of stuff.

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Posted in: Is the wedding bouquet toss a form of harassment? Some Japanese women say 'Yes' See in context

Does everything bother everybody these days? Whatever.

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Posted in: Mexico, Canada welcome hosting 2026 World Cup with U.S. despite frayed ties See in context

Of the 80 games, 60 will be played in the United States with 10 each in Canada and Mexico.

Basically, the US got the WC for 2026. I don't particularly like the multi-national hosting of the WC.

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Posted in: Don't trust the tech giants? You likely rely on them anyway See in context

Facebook, Google, and Amazon - I use all three. I know Google shares info with FB since some recent searches on Google Maps showed up as recommended sites on FB for me to like.

But to be honest, I don't care. They can share all the information they want with each other. So what? Ultimately, I'm the one who makes the final decision as to what I buy or do online.

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Posted in: Actor Sylvester Stallone under investigation for sexual assault See in context

28 years ago. There really should be a statute of limitations on this. Only thing this becomes is a "he says, she says" situation. No DNA, witness accounts are fuzzy at best (Jesus, 28 years ago), and no real proof.

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Posted in: Japan enacts law to lower adulthood age to 18 See in context

Finally! I've never felt that a person should be considered an "adult" from 20. That's way late. I disagree with the following:

....but people under 20 will still be prohibited from drinking alcohol, smoking and gambling.

Make it simple and clear. 18 is the age for adulthood in ALL matters including vices. In addition, I'm sure it will be but they'd better sentence crimes committed by 18-19 year olds as adults and no longer as "minors".

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Posted in: 'Wake up Punchy!' - Trump jabs back at De Niro See in context

As much as I like DeNiro, he should hold himself up to a higher standard than saying a banal comment like "F___ Trump" especially at an awards gala. A little bit of class goes a long way.

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Posted in: 7 injured as car rams into pedestrians in Tokyo See in context

I agree with the above poster that perhaps he wasn't paying attention and used the recently en vogue excuse of "stepped on the wrong pedal".

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Posted in: Shinkansen rampage revives debate over safety and convenience See in context

The shinkansen doesn't need to add metal detectors or have people go through security.

Security is best achieved by strengthening and eliminating the embarrassment and taboo of using and accessing mental health care.

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Posted in: City in Shizuoka Pref removes anime girl manhole covers after repeated vandalism See in context

When they first started putting these manhole covers on, I told my friend that Japan is one of the few countries in the world where this could be done without theft or vandalism. I guess I was wrong.

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Posted in: Deliveryman arrested for sexually molesting woman See in context

Police were able to identify Tamate after the woman said he was wearing a badge with his name on it. 

Note to self - Take off name badge.

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Posted in: Offensive graffiti found in Kawasaki following hate speech scuffle See in context

There are a variety of reasons for the large number of Koreans here but it isn't just one simplified reason as many posters claim.

Some Koreans after 1910 came here because they had way better financial and educational opportunities than what was available in what was then dirt-poor Korea.

Some Koreans came here in what can be described as indentured servitude.

Closer to WWII some Koreans were brought over and forcibly inducted into the military since manpower was scarce.

For whatever reasons Korean-Japanese residents shouldn't be targets of verbal abuse by Japanese hate groups. The govt. needs to quit dragging their feet on this.

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Posted in: Knife rampage aboard bullet train kills 1, injures 2 See in context

I ride the shink all the time and will probably keep an extra eye out for crazies. But the nut in this pic looks like half the young guys on the train.

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Posted in: Man killed after car plows through fence and gets hit by train See in context

I know this happens to be the case with many elderly, but once you feel your car accelerating wouldn't it just be instinct to press the only other pedal (the break)?

I can't even imagine making this kind of error when I get old.

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Posted in: 'Ocean's 8,' a glamorous crime tale for the #MeToo age See in context

Thanks for the warning. I'll be giving this a miss.

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Posted in: Going 'Overboard': Hollywood's glut of gender-swap remakes See in context

Gender swapping movies = no new ideas.

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Posted in: If the abduction issue remains unsolved, Japanese people will never accept giving North Korea large amounts of economic aid. See in context

There's no love lost here between these two countries. No effort by NK on the many they've kidnapped then Japan shouldn't give them a yen. Japan has no obligation to them and isn't their nanny. Why should they get any aid regardless of this issue?

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Posted in: Tourism boom spreads economic benefits to rural Japan: report See in context

I like the large number of tourists finally visiting Japan. I'd like to see a little more of a friendlier attitude towards the Asian visitors by the locals though. Some are friendly but quite a few act a bit distant to them. Stoic service but with not much of a friendly feel to it.

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Posted in: Giuliani says Trump forced N Korean leader Kim to beg for summit See in context

"After the cancellation, "Kim Jong Un got back on his hands and knees and begged for it, which is exactly the position you want to put him in."

"It is pointing out that the president is the stronger figure," Giuliani told the AP.

Diplomacy much?

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Posted in: Fatally abused 5-year-old girl wrote notes pleading with her mother, stepfather to stop beating her See in context

Rack up another point for social services. Another fail.

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Posted in: Tokyo is world city facing greatest risks: Lloyd's index See in context

I'm not losing sleep over any of this.

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Posted in: Public to name new station on Tokyo's Yamanote line See in context

Shin Tama (New Ball)

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Posted in: Long-haul fight: Farmers battle Narita airport See in context

I remember a time before Narita Airport existed and it was so convenient that all flights came in and out of Haneda. I couldn't for the life of me understand why they insisted on making Tokyo's international airport way out in Narita. At the time, and probably still now, Narita was considered way out in the middle of nowhere. Remember, there were no super express trains out to there and hard to get to. It should've never been built.

But if I were this farmer, I'd settle for a huge handout from the government - enough to last me for the rest of my life and enough for a really nice house and a big farm in a location that I really liked (aside from Narita Airport).

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Posted in: Facebook sinking fast among U.S. teens: survey See in context

One problem with FB might be that people often post the same things over and over and it gets old. For example, some people usually just post pictures of their kids, some share political articles (always bent toward their own views) etc. Out of the 3 or 4 hundred friends I have on it, only about 10 to 30 regularly post on it and it gets a bit boring and predictable. The only thing recently that's kept me interested are the pages that I'm interested in related to my hobbies, interests, and local restaurants and so on.

Also, there's very little privacy on FB & Messenger that might be turning off the teen crowd. Snapchat and Line you can erase messages on just your device, while on Messenger you have to erase the comments completely (on both the yours and the other person's device). Also, on FB, on a computer you can easily switch accounts and parents can access their teen's FB/Messenger messengers with ease.

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Posted in: Reducing plastic consumption See in context

It's such a hassle trying to get the stores to not give me plastic. I was buying four pastry items and they were going to put each in a separate small plastic sleeve then put them into a big plastic bag. I told them I didn't need the sleeves and just put them all in the big bag. They just could not understand what it was I wanted them to do. Finally, one of the ladies asked me, "So what do you want us to do?" So I grabbed the one plastic bag and put them all in there. Ta da. They were like, "Oh....".

This is just one of probably five or six incidents a week of trying to get stores to give me as little or no plastic or future garbage as possible. If ask for no bag, they follow up with, "How about a plastic spoon?" or "A wetnap?", "A small plastic sleeve?"

I'm always nice and polite about it but it's aggravating.

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Posted in: Japan sees record population drop amid declining births See in context

The figure was much lower than the rate of 2.07 necessary for Japan to maintain its population, highlighting how measures to reverse the declining birth rate has not yet produced results.

What measures? I mean c'mon.

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Posted in: Gov't eyes stripping ownership rights to unattended land See in context

Why not make it compulsory to notify/register with the local city office your property at least once every 10 years? That way they can track down the owner if they need to.

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