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Posted in: Korean Air plane bumps parked Cathay Pacific aircraft when towing tractor slips at Hokkaido airport See in context

It must be very slippery airport during winter. There are lots of snow on frozen runways and taxiways.

Agreed. Wonder if they change tires during winter season.

P.S. A pic would have been nice with this article.

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Posted in: Trump notches big win in Iowa caucuses See in context

I can only say this... If Americans are willing to put this guy in charge... again... then they all deserve what they will get. For the rest of us in the world, we had better be ready.

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Posted in: Prosecutors unlikely to build case against bigwigs of scandal-hit LDP faction See in context

Squash, Rinse and Repeat

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Posted in: Man arrested for assaulting worker over noise caused by snow removal machine See in context

Where I come from (Canadian east coast), generally heavy equipment (loaders, plows, trucks...) remove snow through the night when parking areas and roads are vacant. Something that you just need to get used to and accept.

Better to punch a snowman in the stomach than a snow removal man. Just sayin'.

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Posted in: JAL pilots say they did not see coast guard plane when touching down See in context

Air traffic control and runaway management seem perfectly suited for an AI controlled monitoring system. Might help prevent tragedies like this.

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Posted in: Police panel proposes up to ¥12,000 fine for cycling violations See in context

Japan's police agency plans to fine cyclists between 5,000 to 12,000 yen for traffic violations such as ignoring traffic lights or cycling while on the phone,

There are laws and fines in place to penalize car/ truck drivers for "ignoring traffic lights" and "driving while on the phone." Not to mention laws state that children must be properly bucked up.

But do we see any enforcement? The police here are just as useless as the paper the laws are written on.

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Posted in: Shohei Ohtani has agreed to a record $700 million, 10-year deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers, making him the highest-paid athlete in history. Is any sports star worth that much money? See in context

Projected profits will far surpass the cost of the contract. Money rules in the world of professional sports.

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Posted in: 24-year-old woman arrested over attempted murder of boyfriend in Sapporo See in context

"Heav'n has no rage, like love to hatred turn'd, Nor hell a fury, like a woman scorn'd." - William Congreve

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Posted in: Kishida again denies knowing of Unification Church members at meeting See in context

First rule of Church Club...

Do not talk about Church club.

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Posted in: Common-law couple plead not guilty over death of 2-year-old girl See in context

This poor young child's life seems to have been filled with nothing but terror and pain.

May all those responsible rot in hell!

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Posted in: This townscape, with its small stores and alleys, has been created by local people over decades. I fear the area might lose its unique character. See in context

I was totally expecting to see a pic of some kind.

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Posted in: Driver arrested after hitting woman in wheelchair and her husband in Kumamoto Prefecture See in context

Was it a designated crossing area? Did they have the right of way?

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Posted in: Biden tells Asia-Pacific leaders that U.S. 'not going anywhere' as it looks to build economic ties See in context

The first thing that I noticed is that there is only one woman among the line up.

The world doesn't have a chance in hell as long it is run by an "All Boys Club."

2023 indeed.

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Posted in: What habits have you picked up from living in Japan that you sometimes have to try and stop yourself doing when you go overseas because you don't think it will look right? See in context

Inadvertently saying "Sumimasen" when accidentally bumping into someone.

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Posted in: Takarazuka group head to quit over actress' death but denies bullying See in context

caused by overworking and bullying by senior members of the group

the harsh scolding by senior members toward the actress as being within the scope of guidance, saying that it reflected "thinking based on outdated values" such as hierarchical relationships.

From school clubs to high profile companies... this is pretty much Japan in a nutshell.

Easy to ignore, slow to change.

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Posted in: Ground Self-Defense Force member arrested for breaking into home in Chiba Prefecture See in context

I would love to see how in the world he climbed up to or got on to the 2nd floor balcony.

He's a well trained soldier. (insert rolling eyes emoji here)

quoted him as saying he couldn’t remember what he did.

He's a well trained citizen. (insert salute emoji here)

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Posted in: ‘The Marvels’ melts down at box office See in context

Please enlighten us.

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Posted in: Child in critical condition after elderly driver hits students in Shizuoka See in context

Did you see the road these poor kids are forced to walk on? About 3 feet of clearance with no sidewalk and blocked in by concrete wall beside a narrow two lane road.

Yes. I saw the story this morning and this is exactly what I was thinking.

To allow young children to feel that it is safe to walk on a road where there is no sidewalk, curb or markings of any kind, then the blame should be directed towards the society that allows it to happen. Age may have played a part in the accident but when you see people after people using and watching their smartphones while driving, big trucks using narrow two-way single lane roads, it is anybody's guess as to who or what will cause this inevitable accident. As someone already stated it is an accident just waiting to happen.

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Posted in: Man arrested for assaulting taxi driver and fleeing scene without paying fare See in context

Alcohol is not a drugs!

Umm... it certainly is.

It's just that society has been conditioned to think that it isn't. You are a prime example of that.

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Posted in: Man arrested for assaulting taxi driver and fleeing scene without paying fare See in context

Saw the NEWS footage this morning. The Icelander really let the driver have it! Drunken rage?

That's the LAST thing you wanna do when visiting or working in a foreign country. Deserves whatever punishment he gets.

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Posted in: What is the most effective way to eradicate the sale and possession of child porn? See in context

It's a "Supply and Demand" situation. As long as there is a demand there will always be a supply. Focusing on the demand aspect would be more effective than focusing on the supply. But how to do that is difficult to figure out. I would research cultures that have the least amount of demand and figure out what it is that they are doing and try to apply it to others.

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Posted in: Accused train groper claims he has been arrested on trumped-up charge See in context

Not the sharpest tool in the monooki.

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Posted in: Teacher arrested for filming up girl’s skirt on station escalator See in context

Secondly, seems like this sort of thing happens a lot in Chiba.

Chiba? Since when is Ibaraki Chiba?

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Posted in: Japan school absenteeism at record high of nearly 300,000 in FY2022 See in context

If I got promoted to the next grade whether I was in school or not, I wouldn't be at school either. But if I had a risk of failing and repeating the grade then being in the same class as younger students...not a chance!! I would definitely be at school no matter what!

That being said, this old system of education has become obsolete. A complete revamp to accommodate the new digital generation is needed.

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Posted in: Is buying a house in Japan a good financial investment? See in context

Financially? Low to no

Psychologically or emotionally? Definitely

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Posted in: Man arrested for beating up girlfriend in parked car See in context

A man never has a right to hit a woman for any reason!

Agreed. But...No one has a right to hit anyone for any reason!

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Posted in: 80-year-old driver arrested after hitting 2 girls on street crossing See in context

Sorry but running through red lights is a subconscious act in this country. 18 years old or 80 makes no difference at all. Most of the blame should be placed on a government/ police force that doesn't enforce law and has allowed this behaviour to continue. IMHO the driver is only partially to blame.

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Posted in: Japanese politicians boycott meetings for being told they should wear ties when they didn’t have to See in context

I could be wrong but, I'm kinda getting the feeling that the ojis would have jumped at any opportunity to get this chairwoman out of office. They saw their chance and pounced.

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Posted in: Japan, Indonesia expand cooperation over maritime security, energy See in context

Joko: "Smell my finger."

Kishida: "!!?"

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Posted in: Japanese educators want to allow students to use robot substitutes to attend school See in context

"Spend money on trying to help these students by focusing on the underlying reasons for their anxiety?..."

"Nah."

"Instead let's spend 10 times the amount on a fix that will certainly work."

"Send in the robots!!"

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