Susan Elizabeth-Marsh Tanabe comments

Posted in: Tokyo hospitals and clinics welcoming birth partners See in context

This is shocking and disappointing. When preparing for the arrival of our first born in 1984, we spoke with a few hospitals. It was not easy, however my Japanese husband was allowed to be in the birthing room. He was also with me during contractions and afterward, with our son. This has been the norm in many nations for decades. Only NOW is this becoming an acceptable step? Astounding! I suppose I congratulate Japan on finally doing the right thing, however I am concerned this might be limited to Tokyo. Truly disappointing.

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Posted in: Families moving out of Tokyo to get up to ¥1 mil per child See in context

What about.... the young couples who mindfully chose to live in smaller communities? They are already there, inspiring and motivating others to stay, or to try it anew. They have struggles specific to smaller town life. Might they not have some financial benefit/tax cut/bonus?

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Posted in: Miss International 2022 See in context

@Jack, I believe those four women are Latina or AfroLatina. Certainly Asians do live in these nations, especially Peru, however I wonder how you have learned these women are Asian. Was that information in an article, elsewhere?

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Posted in: Woman leaves 3-year-old daughter tied up at home while she goes skiing See in context

This young woman's actions are despicable, disgusting, inhuman... and at 19, a teen parent, she was likely too young to be a parent. HOWEVER we must also ask WHERE was the father? Is he in the child's life at all? Why are women forced to take on this sort of responsibility when the father has NO burden? And the child suffers most of all. Sad.

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Posted in: Outgrown or unwanted? See in context

Yrral --not sure of your point however in Japan once anything is set out as garbage it is common for others to take a look and take an item (or two, or more) home. This amount of gomi is a bit frightening, as some as said perhaps one of the residents is unwell.

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Posted in: 72% of survey respondents say border controls reason for not visiting Japan See in context

Testing and masks? No one minds. The requirement to be with a guide based in Japan, always? Definitely keeping thousands away. Many teachers and guides in the US, Oz, the UK, Canada, etc. etc. take groups to Japan regularly and are perfectly capable of keeping the rules while there. It is insulting to infer non-Japanese are more likely to spread CoVid and are incapable of guiding a group in Japan. Drop that requirement!

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Posted in: Over 80% of university seniors in Japan secure job offers See in context

kaimycahl, spot on. Incentives, a signing bonus, a bonus for continuing in a job, all are rather new to North American workers yet they are becoming more common. College grads in North America are being courted by corporations and firms of all types, schools (quite the teacher shortage), hotels, companies large and small, etc. etc. Whether in Japan or North America, the job one obtains immediately after school is rarely the exact thing one hoped to find and will keep for one's entire career. In North America it is said adults will change their job five times during their careers. Change, by the way, is NOT necessarily a bad thing.

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Posted in: Japan second-most popular country to move to, according to Google Search analysis See in context

Interesting. This is according to Google searches... not reality. In reality the US warmly accepts thousands of immigrants and refugees daily and has for many years. Young people in the US are often interested in a move to Japan, and many have tried it, however the reality does not reflect that "Japan is #1". Particularly not at this time, when even sincere and well-prepared visitors are not accepted to visit! Japan, work on this! And yes, I think it'd be grand to welcome more to live in Japan!

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Posted in: Japanese travel agency reveals summer 2022’s most popular destinations domestically and abroad See in context

How very absurd that Japanese can travel freely yet travellers from safe nations with steady CoVid numbers, and low hospitalization/death, are not allowed to travel TO Japan. Test all you like, require masks, but allow travel! Japan's reputation AND economy are both suffering.

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Posted in: Last of Japan-made matchbooks to end production this month See in context

Somewhere I have a large Mexican pottery piece filled with matches, mostly from Japan in the late 1970s through the 1980s. Must do a search of the basement and locate these.

You may recall how lovely some were... coffeeshops, pubs, "jazz kisa", izakaya, etc. each had their unique designs. Sometimes we'd visit an eatery on the recommendation of how cool their matchboxes were.

I miss smoking... never smoked more than a pack a month, only for a few years, but i did enjoy it.

For our fireplace, outdoor firepit, and candles, we now use the more environmentally friendly giant boxes of wooden matches.

Just not the same, but it'll do.

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Posted in: Japanese musician Ryuichi Sakamoto battling stage IV cancer See in context

A survivor of colorectal cancer, my prayers are for Sakamoto Sensei to feel peace rather than pain, know how much and how long he has been appreciated, and that his loved ones will find ways to spoil him in the months (years?) he is able to stay here, on earth. The beauty and beautiful sadness he created will last, just as his beloved Bach and Debussy. Our own children, in their 30s, discovered his work and love it just as we do. I hope and pray he somehow knows this, knows and gains comfort from it.

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Posted in: Rice-planting event See in context

ea, Why you ask? Fresh air. Fit bodies and minds. 9-5 desk work is an unhealthy lifestyle, and as a retire educator I know would have hated sitting all day...!

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Posted in: Tucker Carlson: Voice of white America's outrage and fears See in context

"Modern Liberals hate Fundamental, Conservative, Hateful, Violent, Racist Fake Christianity"...? There. I edited it for you. "Modern liberals" are often Christians. You'll find, the official stance of Episcopalians, Methodists, Quakers, Presbyterians, Lutherans, and more is officially progressive. These liberals take actions to improve the lives of their communities and the nation. Example:

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Posted in: Lemonade by Lemonica tackles food waste with lemon peel jam See in context

Is this the old favorite, Lemon Curd? Or, something completely different?

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Posted in: Tokyo hotel criticized for 'Japanese only' notice for elevator use See in context

Hmmmm... considering the low vaccination rate for Japan (no fault of the Japanese) and the higher rate for many other nations, perhaps travellers are more safe NOT riding the elevator with Japanese...!

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Posted in: Social isolation spreading in Japan See in context

Shallow lives… in many communities there is simply no time for anything else. Since my teen years I’ve made time to volunteer as an activist for progressive causes, enjoy gigs, concerts, museums, and galleries…read, exercise, attend church and volunteer in that community. Creating a well-rounded life is not difficult, however it requires mindful decisions and choices. Well worthwhile. At 64, retired, active and involved, i have friends and colleagues of all ages. Sadly Japan usually does not allow one time to do so.

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Posted in: Richardson will miss Olympic 100 after marijuana test See in context

Absurd. Although cannabis is NOT my relaxation of choice, it is harmless for nearly all who use it. Far less damaging than alcohol. Do they test for beer? For wine? Those have about the same (or more) effect on the athlete. If anything, cannabis would slow her down. Archaic rule. In much of the world, having/smoking a bit of cannabis is legal.

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Posted in: Teaching kids social responsibility – like how to settle fights and ask for help – can reduce school bullying See in context

Do you truly want separate schools? Segregation? In that scenario, no one learns the benefits of empathy, curiosity, diversity. I’d rather those who continue to bully be schooled.

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Posted in: Two Tokyo Olympics: Father, son design aquatics venues decades apart See in context

The work of Kenzo Tange inspired me to first visit Japan. I love St. Mary's (near Mejiro), Tokyo Union Church (on Omotesando), and of course the Yoyogi Aquatic Centre. Thrilled to read of the family tradition! I am curious as to Tange, Jr.'s name... Paul? Might he be a bicultural/bilingual/dual citizen?

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Posted in: 'Girl from Ipanema:' Re-imagining a classic for today's Rio See in context

”Tall and tan and young and lovely, the girl from ups ELA goes walking, and when she passes each one she passes goes...’ah!’... When she walks it’s like the samba that sways so cool and sways so gentle...” never does it say she is slender. I’d say that is an assumption of non-Portuguese speaking listeners.

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Posted in: Japan’s healthiest ‘fast food’ restaurant – PROTEIN LAB. opens new store in Umeda See in context

Perhaps I am reading this incorrectly, however it seems there will be two eateries in Osaka and two in Tokyo. Why then is NO information on the Tokyo sites given?

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Posted in: Tokyo, as you've never seen it before See in context

Humans need green, however for daily life I'm quite satisfied with lots of indoor and deck plants, the gorgeous hydrangea and other greenery on sidewalks all over Tokyo, and local parks. Building vertically and infill (using property in the city, tearing down old buildings and using the space for new ones) allows natural green spaces outside the urban growth boundary to flourish. We can easily get to wilder spaces, parks, hiking areas.

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Posted in: Neo Kimono releases innovative traditional heel covers made from artisanal fabric See in context

Lovely, honestly i think these are fun, however the price is absurd. Surely some are available for under 3!

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Posted in: 59-year-old 'eternal idol' Seiko Matsuda amazes fans with hasn’t-aged-a-day self-cover See in context

Recently, both Twyla Tharp (80) and Carole King (70) posted photos of themselves in the 1970s and today. Each has aged beautifully, healthy and strong. I have never had negative feelings toward Seiko Matsuda however this video feels quite "off". Not only the hair color, strangely unaged-face, and fake Euro-town... even worse, perhaps, the light blue child's dress with a "Peter-Pan" collar... truly odd for any woman over 14. Wouldn't it be grand if Seiko could show she is proud of her gained wisdom and experiences, and show her age gracefully?

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Posted in: Tokyo high schools ask students to certify hair color not altered: NHK See in context

However... watch ANY anime which takes place in a Japanese high school. Count the number of students who have straight black hair. Perhaps half. The other half have various shades of brown, some almost red, some a bit wavy. None are blonde or curly, but it is absurd to care, honestly. Do Japanese educators believe dyed hair is dangerously distracting? Will cause students to become vain? Worry about true concerns. Economic worries, unhoused students, students dealing with hunger, those who cannot afford their texts or uniforms... NOT hair color. Perhaps limit to colors found in nature (no hot pink or lime green hair), but otherwise LET IT GO.

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Posted in: A trip to Todoroki Valley, Tokyo’s tucked-away green oasis See in context

My 1977 host family still lives here, the next generation has continued living in the family home, extended, as is common in Japan. I had a two hour community (each way) to college, however every minute was worth it; I loved the walk home from Todoroki Station, strolling through the temple grounds near our house, and walking to the Tama River on weekends. Gorgeous place.

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Posted in: Japan's suicides jump 16% in COVID-19 2nd wave: study See in context

Reading the article, domestic violence has increased. I believe the increase in suicides, stated as occurring most for children, youth, and women, can be linked to ways of thinking which Japan needs to change. Ideas like "domestic violence is acceptable", "women must keep the home happy and safe", "on their own, men must earn enough for the family to thrive", "children must constantly strive for the next level (in whatever)", For myself, my family, my friends in Ireland and in the US during this pandemic we have learned to live more simply, play games and watch movies and take walks and exercise with our families, wave to neighbors and chat but not too closely, and most importantly STEP AWAY from the ideas i listed above. Think of this as a "gap year" for everyone. Some of our family and friends in Japan are doing this. I realize it is not easy, especially with small homes/apartments and the number of Japanese who live alone, however it can be done with community and local government help. Our church connections are helpful as well. This too shall pass.

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Posted in: Used car exports drives pollution to developing world See in context

Even in the 70s and 80s I can recall asking why we saw so few "vintage" cars, and being told they were sold to Africa and SE Asia. Sadly, nothing new here. The news would be if/when we stop using gasoline! Ecars are the future!

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Posted in: Tokyo governor asks residents to grocery shop only every 3 days See in context

what one USUALLY eats is irrelevant. Buy what will last. Crackers and cheese, apples, broccoli... we shop 1x/10days. We do order dinner out/delivery 1x/wk and make it last two meals. Want to support local restaurants!

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Posted in: Watery welcome See in context

In the US, it goes state by state. People in many states foolishly continue life as usual... attending events, going to bars, cafes, restaurants, even school. In Oregon we've been "self-quarantining" for weeks. I was in Japan, feeling guilty. Came back to Oregon and find it is quite reassuring to know how hard people are struggling to make this work and "flatten the curve". Teachers are working overtime to reach all students online and create effective lessons in new ways. All medical professionals are working overtime as well, and DO NOT HAVE the personal protection equipment (PPE) they need (no thanks to the present cult/administration). Busy with take out and delivery only, most restaurants, bakeries, etc. seem to manage. Essential shops (pharmacies, groceries, some home improvement stores) are open, delivery or shopping online then picking up by "drive up" are encouraged. All "non-essentials" are closed; NO concerts, bars, department stores, boutiques, coffee shops. This is true also in Washington and California, New York, Colorado, and many other states. WHY don't all states do this? WHY is the US "president" so ineffective and disrespectful of science? He does not even practice social distancing and still shakes hands. Also.... WHY is Japan not trying self-quarantining? STAY HOME SAVE LIVES.

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