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Posted in: Japan's Pacific coast hit by tsunami after Tonga eruption See in context

Tragic time for Tonga. Hope they recover fast. Nature can be so beautiful, yet so violent at the same time.

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Posted in: Djokovic loses deportation appeal in Australia See in context

He lied about his travel, so for that it was right to deport him. Many Australians didn’t want him there. However, the vax free are no more of a danger than the vaxed. From news articles I have read, it seems to be the vaxed that are spreading this thing.

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Posted in: New Zealand to end lockdowns early next month See in context


While your NZ friends may be comfortable with the current situation, there are plenty who aren’t. I have relatives and friends who are fine living there, but my opinion isn’t from a selection of friends and family. There have been huge protests over there like I have never seen before in NZ.

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Posted in: New Zealand to end lockdowns early next month See in context


Do you follow New Zealand politics? Last election was before this COVID mess started. The Labour Party (current NZ government ) took a big hit in the latest poll. While still ahead, I will be surprised if they get in next election.

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Posted in: New Zealand to end lockdowns early next month See in context


The New Zealand Government is not in any way competent or sensible. They are a nightmare for many living there. I am from New Zealand and have family / friends there.

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Posted in: Comiket will require proof of coronavirus vaccination or PCR test results for admission See in context

@Paul It will not keep the event safe because vaccinated people can still carry and spread the virus just as much if not more than unvaccinated people.

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Posted in: 4-year-old girl dies after falling from 25th-floor balcony in Osaka See in context

Tragic news. Although living so high is dangerous with toddlers around, why did they leave a chair next to the balcony wall? No chair and this wouldn’t have happened.

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Posted in: Man arrested for attempted murder of common-law wife See in context

This story is next to the one about the woman who murdered her common-law husband. It is dangerous to be a common-law in Japan.

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Posted in: Girl sues Tokyo high school that made her drop out for breaking no-dating rule See in context

Although the culture is different and I may never understand, Japanese schools do seem to weld an unhealthy control over students life. It would seem that some students have had enough. I wouldn't have wanted to go to school in Japan.

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Posted in: Nurseries' attempts to cut operations during pandemic spark confusion See in context

Imagine that. Parents actually have to look after their own toddlers. What a novel idea. I understand that parents have to work these days, but when you have kids, you have to be prepared to have your life interrupted.

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Posted in: Ex-bank employee arrested for stealing ¥52 mil; blames it on stress See in context

Just when you thought that you have heard every excuse under the sun, a new / creative one pops up. Greed got the better of her for sure.

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Posted in: High school student arrested for sexually assaulting 4-year-old girl in toilet See in context

When will this kind of news stop! What a sick thing to do. Pretty hard to police, as it would have been assumed that he was a sibling. I hope that some good can come of this.

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Posted in: Man to be extradited to Japan for aiding Ghosn's escape accuses U.S. of 'betrayal' See in context

The Japanese criminal system may or may not be better than some other countries mentioned above, but it does not change the fact that it is generally unfair and that there is psychological torture practiced regularly. While daily life for many foreigners is not too bad, I definitely do not want to get caught up in the criminal system here.

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Posted in: 49-year-old disqualified exam-taker arrested over refusal to leave toilet See in context

A little childish for a 49 year old to be acting like this. He definitely needs some help.

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Posted in: Heavy snow causes 130-vehicle pile-up on Tohoku Expressway; one dead, 17 injured See in context

Tragic. It looks like a big mess. Driving to the conditions is important.

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Posted in: Tokyo raises healthcare alert to highest level after virus cases soar to 822 See in context

I wonder if the Tokyo Olympics will go ahead with COVID19 out of control like this. Do the athletes really want to come over and compete?

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Posted in: Woman arrested after stabbing sleeping husband and setting fire to his futon See in context

It is hard to imagine being driven to a point where stabbing someone and trying to set them alight is an option, but there are better ways to deal with situations. I wonder if the wife will ever talk.

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Posted in: Japanese fashion company develops fabric mask with velcro-edge eating technology See in context

Seems a little inconvenient to have to hold your mask while you eat. Not sure this was a great idea.

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Posted in: SDF deployed as record snowfall blankets parts of Japan See in context

Where is the snow!! I want some snow. I live in view of Mount Fuji, and there is not much snow up there at the moment.

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Posted in: Cram school teacher arrested for attempting to film up student’s skirt during class See in context

Another day, yet another sex offender. Come on Japan, get your act together.

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Posted in: Man told he owes unpaid adult web site fees, ends up giving scammers over ¥100 million See in context

With the number of scams increasing all the time, it is surprising that he didn't double check before paying. Although, often in Japan, people pay money without questioning first. Unfortunately, the scammers knew they had found easy money with this guy.

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Posted in: Wearing someone else's face: Hyper-realistic masks to go on sale in Japan See in context

Surely this is not legal! It opens up so many doors for criminals or identity theft. Do we really need that?

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Posted in: Japan to raise medical fees for some aged 75 or older See in context

It may curb the 'patients' who visit the hospital for conversational purposes. It is difficult though to get a balance between putting pressure on the younger generations and putting it those who are older.

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Posted in: Wakayama woman arrested for switching price tags at supermarket See in context

Wow, One smart 83 year old. If you find something that works (not that I support stealing), don't overdo it.

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Posted in: 74-year-old woman with dementia killed in hit-and-run See in context

A sad situation. The driver should have a least stopped and check. You also have to wonder why the day service allow a woman with dementia to walk home alone!

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Posted in: SUV driver arrested for hit-and-run involving motorcyclist See in context

I have always wondered why people choose a Hummer in Japan. Many of the roads are way too narrow and you are just asking for trouble when you drive one here.

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Posted in: Nike ad addresses bullying and racism in Japan; riles up debate online See in context

Bullying doesn't always have to be verbal. Can also be through isolation too. I have 3 children who go to a club outside school. Majority of other kids at the club come from the same school which is different from my children. The boys in the club, ignore my children. This can be just as bad as verbal bullying.

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Posted in: Road rage case involving 44-year-old man in Yamagata sent to prosecutors See in context

Road rage is never good, but I have seen some creative driving in Japan. It has ranged from driving well below the limit, to red light running and cutting across lanes sharply just to get to an off ramp (with no regard for traffic in the other lane). Parking on the side of the road on corners is also pretty common where I am. I often have a tight schedule and feel frustrated by the driving in my area. While not condoning road rage, I can see why it happens here.

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Posted in: Delivery of 'Abenomasks' starts in 34 remaining prefectures See in context

The state of emergency is being lifted, and many stores restocked on masks so they are widely available now. Seems a little late to receive a government mask now.

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Posted in: Gov't OKs cash handout to struggling students See in context

I think accessing the ¥100,000 depends on your local administration. I recieved the application form and sent it off yesterday.

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