Suzanne Starr comments

Posted in: Green tea cafes aim to revive interest in Japan's traditional beverage See in context

I'm very fond of green tea, as it would be a staple of visiting my grandmother daily in grade school.

In Los Angeles we have a matcha specialty store that sells matcha/hojicha soft serve and many other tea products. Today I will open my bag of ara-cha, so I'm very excited.

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Posted in: 3-year-old boy killed, mother injured in hit-and-run See in context


Thank you for posting sources, I agree.

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Posted in: Man arrested for employing under-age girl in 'JK' dating service See in context

I'm not sure how many of you think she's not a victim.

A child having sex with an adult for money, that indeed makes her a victim. She is not an adult.

Some failed to raise her. Someone failed to look out for her. Many took advantage of her. And yet it's the child's fault just because there's a slight chance that she wanted the abuse?

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Posted in: 5 pupils, teacher injured after being hit by car See in context

The coward chose to hit the children instead of the other car.

Blinded by light is a poor excuse.

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Posted in: Suspect says wife's divorce request led him to kill her, 5 kids See in context

Absolutely mortifying. I don't know the death penalty laws in Japan, but in the US it's very expensive for tax dollars because of legal fees involved.

I don't think I'll ever be able to agree nor disagree with the death penalty.

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Posted in: Over 90% of 'JK' business services concentrated in Tokyo, Osaka See in context


So it's the children's fault that they are prostituted? It's still a crime for the other party to partake. Besides, where are your numbers and sources that most of them weren't victims? By your high standards.

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Posted in: Roller coaster malfunction leaves 30 people stranded at Osaka's USJ See in context

I've been to many theme/amusement/rollercoaster parks and these incidents are very common. Not newsworthy, except in Japan maybe.

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Posted in: 1,900 students complain of 'odd smell' of milk distributed at schools in Tokyo See in context

Tofu, salmon, and sardines have more calcium than milk.

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Posted in: Woman’s body found on terminal building roof at Narita airport See in context

Regards to te family. Rest in peace

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Posted in: 15-year-old arrested for fatally stabbing ex-girlfriend's boyfriend See in context

Here is data. Use it.

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Posted in: 4-month-old girl killed after being thrown out of car by impact of crash See in context

Anyway, young children were still ejected from the vehicle and the child-seat had torn itself apart in the crash.

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Posted in: 4-month-old girl killed after being thrown out of car by impact of crash See in context

While it is highly probable that the child was unrestrained, what many people do not know is that most child-seats protect efficiently only up to 48kph. It is not advertised and only found in the manual.

There are multiple tragedies where vehicles had crashed at 80 kph

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Posted in: Man arrested over sexual assault of high school student See in context

People here are placing quite a bit of blame on a 16 year old minor.

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Posted in: Google fires employee behind anti-diversity memo See in context

After reading the memo, I find it incredibly misleading. It sounds like the writer was simply butthurt that his political opinions weren't wholly welcome in the workplace. Thinly veiled with some science, he attempts to push his own political agenda based on social right-wing biases.

The biggest problems with his little memo are that 1. it did not provide any applicable suggestions to use in the workplace. Meaning he complained and stated what he "wants". 2. if this memo was meant to be used as critical thought to improve the workplace it should have been submitted to HR and/or his supervisor not other employees. Which means he did not intend to improve the workplace but spread his opinions, hoping they'll be taken as facts. 3. his language relies on social media buzz words to explain his thoughts and was not the language of a Harvard graduate.

"De-emphasize empathy.... relying on affective empathy—feeling another’s pain—causes us to focus on anecdotes, favor individuals similar to us, and harbor other irrational and dangerous biases. Being emotionally unengaged helps us better reason about the facts.."

What, we should become cold robots?

"Be open about the science of human nature. ○ Once we acknowledge that not all differences are socially constructed or due to discrimination, we open our eyes to a more accurate view of the human condition which is necessary if we actually want to solve problems. "

He's shifting the concentration from discrimination to nature in an attempt to make it seem like discrimination isn't a large factor in the lack of women in the technological workforce. Which is incorrect inherently.

I give this memo a thumbs down.

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Posted in: Osaka restaurant chain fined for overwork by foreign students See in context

My friends worked 35 hrs/week while enrolled full time in college. It's possible and the kids probably needed the money to survive.

On the other hand though, if you can't afford to live and go to college in another country without working full time you probably shouldn't be studying abroad. It looks more like they wanted an easy visa to work full time illegally, which is the problem.

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Posted in: 6,000 around Atsugi base to sue gov't for noise pollution next month See in context

Bernie O'Mahony

No I completely agree. I'm in opinion that the purchaser of the property is responsible for researching the location for common nuisances. Especially since the base was definitely built before a bulk of the residents purchased the property. Regardless whether the property is near train tracks, an airport, an airforce base, daycare, etc.

Now if the seller did not communicate such a large nuisance before signing the contract, that's a problem I can get behind.

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Posted in: Three heroes honored for miracle intervention in a highway accident in Chiba See in context


While I agree, this story was not written by JT.

It was pulled from SN who pulled it from YNJ.

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Posted in: Wealthy depositors' bank info stolen, handed to suspected criminals See in context


Neither do I...

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Posted in: Aggressive red fire ants found at Kobe port See in context


I agree, lived in Florida for 20 years. My calf was eaten up one time and the pain was mortifying.

We also have the "cow killer" ants as well in the countryside and thankfully I have never come into direct contact with one.

These ants spread quick and will instate their own, new queen. I'm glad they were found before irreversible damage was done.

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Posted in: Obesity 'epidemic' affects one in 10 worldwide See in context

Of those deaths, more than 40 percent involved people deemed non-obese -- indicating that being overweight, even without being obese, is leading to millions of premature deaths.

I have issue with this statement. There is conflicting evidence indicating the opposite in 2016 studies.

Meaning, that weight does not directly influence the rate of disease and this statement oddly proves that. There is also conflicting evidence concerning BMI, it turns out to be an ineffective measurement of excess weight.

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Posted in: Convenience store employee stabbed in robbery See in context

Horrible, I hope the best for her.

That conbini was my favorite spot for sandwiches every morning after my run, while in Tokyo for 2 weeks.

Juyoh, down the street, is a nice little cheap hotel.

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Posted in: Niigata trainee doctor found to have killed herself from overwork See in context


I consider studying for one's job IN the workplace as "work". For example, why is it required for an employee to study for a job on his or her own time?- Is how I take it.

She was not a student but a trainee, more like an assistant. So, she had way more than 48 hours of overtime.

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Posted in: 'They’re full': Restaurant worker arrested for obstructing competing businesses See in context

Looks like something Osomatsu would do.

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Posted in: 2 men beat woman returning home in Saitama See in context


By "new in town" I think GW meant as in the JT community.

If you read JT often, you'd obviously notice the pattern of crime reported in Saitama, which has become a JT inside joke.

So yes, you must be new in town.

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Posted in: Man hit by train injures 2 commuters on platform at subway station in Tokyo See in context


Are you insinuating that he was wrong in believing that barriers would prevent the blind and drunk from accidentally falling onto train tracks at stations...?

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Posted in: Truck driver dies after rear-ending another truck, then crashing into gas station pole See in context

He could have simply fallen asleep.

> There's your medical condition! He was tired!

Undiagnosed narcolepsy is a medical condition. Some people never know they have it until it hits hard.

I know someone who has it and didn't know until he hit the guard railing on the hwy and flipped his car. He was unharmed.

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Posted in: ANA to lease four Boeing 737-800s as MRJ delays continue See in context

Good for Bombardier. It's said that the company isn't doing so hot.

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Posted in: Man questioned over more than 100 bag thefts on trains in Tokyo area See in context


People do not deserve to have their things stolen if they fall asleep on a train. Victim blaming is not appropriate for crime done to them. Or did you have a point in your rant of those with bad breath?

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Posted in: Mother, daughter killed after car hits concrete wall in Kitakyushu See in context

You do not put a child in the front seat due to airbags being lethal. RIP, I feel so bad for the father who will have to bury his wife and youngest daughter, while the oldest daughter is in a coma.

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Posted in: 4 taxi drivers robbed at knifepoint in Tokyo See in context

In my experience, taxi drivers in Sumida and Asakusa were very pleasant. Hope the best for them.

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