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Posted in: Man arrested for pointing bamboo sword at police box consultant See in context

a 62-year-old woman who works as a koban (police box) consultant,

Police box consultant? I've never seen or heard of this. Is this a new job? Is she a retired police officer / police department employee?

Not a bad idea to have someone man the box while the police are on patrol, but surely the HR costs would be high. When I've dropped by unmanned koban before, the had a direct line phone to the police station - but admittedly I haven't visited an empty one in many years.

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Posted in: 'Hunger Games' prequel book and film planned See in context

I also enjoyed the books and the films. I look forward to reading the prequels.

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Posted in: Damaged Japanese tanker arrives at UAE anchorage See in context

the Norwegian company which owns the ship, said "all 23 crew members of the tanker departed Iran" and flew to Dubai on Saturday.

As of Friday, FoxNews was referring to the crew rescued by Iran as "hostages".

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Posted in: Pompeo tries rallying foreign leaders in alleged oil attacks See in context

Pompeo does not have the credibility of Colin Powell.

Colin Powell no longer has the credibility of Colin Powell.

You can only cry "wolf" so many times.

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Posted in: Ailing woman dies at home while son spends month in internet cafes See in context

Did he have a legal obligation to care for her, the way a parent or legal guardian has a legal obligation to care for/ and provide the necessities of life for child?

Did he list her as his "dependent" on his taxes, and if so, would that be enough to demonstrate he had a legal obligation to care and provide for her?

(I'm strictly speaking "Legal" here, not moral. that is a separate argument).

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Posted in: U.S. says Iran took mine off tanker See in context

OMG Pompeo, your pants are on fire!!

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Posted in: Ban on ticket scalping comes into force ahead of Tokyo Olympics See in context

So sites like Viagogo will only allow people to sell spare tickets at or below the face-value price?

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Posted in: Trump says Sarah Sanders to leave White House at end of June See in context

I was very surprised to read that Ms. Sanders is only 36. I would have thought her considerably older than that, primarily based on her poise. Also her poison. She really did perform well in an impossible position. Dodged questions. Repeated the presidents ludicrous statements, without implicating herself. And kept her cool.

I admire her professionalism and poise. I abhor her lack of morals. I hope she takes some time to (re)discover her soul, gets right with the world/her god/her kids, and then puts her talents to something worthy.

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Posted in: Fly-over See in context

I always thought of this and other Taro Okamoto works when I saw the weirwood tree depicted in the opening credits of Game of Thrones.

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Posted in: Solar-powered flower bed automatically waters plants See in context

which automatically waters followers by using solar electricity.

If I follow it around, will I be regularly refreshed?

sunlight can be evenly applied by turning the flower pots by hand (they can be turned by 360°). 

So you're saving the expense of having a human water them, but you need humans to install and then regularly rotate the 104 flower pots (13 rows x 8) by hand?!? WTF? This is NOT market ready. Any tax money being spent on this now is porkbarrel!

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Posted in: Japan offers most paid leave for fathers in world, but few take it See in context

Asics: Apparently they make big claims about their paternity leave uptake, but one of the two in Japan who has used it is claiming paternity harassment upon return to work. 2/30 corporate officers are female.

Kaneka Corporation: In the links above: 39 corporate officers listed on their website. All men.

Old men are not going to change the corporate culture on their own. They have no interest in changing unless the law has some teeth and/or the people (customers, potential recruits, existing employees, investors, and the media - both professional and social) refuse to accept the status quo.

Good on every employee who speaks up.

Updoot, Savethegaijin, Disilllusioned, and anyone else with partners or who themselves aren't being treated according to the law, consider unionizing - or even talking about it with colleagues. Get every communication about your leave requests in writing. Make the enquiries by email and keep those. Enough of this! The time for change is here. And it's starting. We need to keep nudging that little snow ball.

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Posted in: Woman sues Japanese gov't for DNA data kept even after end of probe See in context

on suspicion of putting a flyer on a utility pole seeking information about her missing dog.

My jaw dropped to the table when I got to that shocking line about her heinous crime.

How much did they spend on this investigation?! Time for some layoffs.

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Posted in: Mother suspected of killing 3-month-old by dropping her on floor See in context

This right below the article about men not taking the paternity leave they are entitled to. That woman should not have been left alone with herself, much less two children. No one should be in the first months post-partum.

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Posted in: U.S. businesses showing discontent with Trump's trade policies See in context

— a move that would jack up what consumers pay for everything from bicycles to burglar.

How much do they pay for burglar now?

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Posted in: App puts orchestra in your living room See in context

Oh my neighbors are gonna luuuuv this! /s

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Posted in: Japan grapples with traffic jams, visitors' manners amid tourism boom See in context

Can we drop this "tax-free for tourists" crap? Let them pay the same as us. It may reduce the numbers a bit, or the amount they buy while here, but we sure could use the money.

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Posted in: Gov't aims to create 300,000 regular jobs for people in 30s-40s See in context

A 4-year uni grad will be 50 (!), not "thirties and forties".

This ice age period is classed as running from 1993 - 2004, so someone who graduated high school in 2004 would indeed be in their 30s.

Many will have worked contract after contract - the ronin life. Rather than chasing ungrateful youngsters who quit at the drop of a hat, giving a 40 year old some training and security might actually get you an engaged and grateful employee.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic CEO reminds visitors that cannabis is banned in Japan See in context

I think recreational users will know this already. The warning is important for medical users - the 57 year-old housewife who uses a CBD oil containing cream for her arthritis, coming to see her niece compete.

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Posted in: Pronto chief always one cup ahead of the competition See in context

Would you please consider buying wine glasses, for serving wine? No one wants to drink wine for a glass coffee mug.

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Posted in: A bill banning parents from physically punishing children is expected to be passed during the current Diet session. Do you think it should be illegal for parents to hit their children as a means of discipline? See in context

If you don't know the difference between flirting and harassment, discipline and violence, then these laws are for you.

Amen to that. And to everything Cleo said.

@ ramses68:

What about teachers?

No hitting them either.


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Posted in: Woman arrested for abandoning body of infant See in context

Is she a junkie? How would she think the shrubbery just outside her apartment was any kind of hiding place? Severely mentally ill or severely mentally disabled? Not a criminal master-mind, at any rate.

These cases are all so tragic. And far, far too common.

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Posted in: Trump administration bans cruises in crackdown on U.S. travel to Cuba See in context

USA: Land of the free?

Cuba has been open to non-Americans for ages. Lots of my Canadian friends and family vacation there, and one has worked there on infrastructure projects for extended periods. I haven't yet been myself, but at least I'm free to go where I please.

Thanks, RichardPearce, for your first-hand insights. Re-confirms other first-hand accounts I've heard.

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Posted in: Nintendo takes Mario Kart company to court for 2nd time and wins yet again See in context

They clearly were violating Nintendo trademarks in the past. They stopped supplying Nintendo character costumes. I haven't heard of any accidents, at least anything serious enough to make the news.

The carts ARE street legal, and have the license plates to prove it. ("Safe" and "street-legal" are two separate things.)

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Posted in: Asian-American rom-com 'Always Be My Maybe,' ethnicity is secondary See in context

Unlike this article that just went on, and on about Asian-ness, the film looks something I will enjoy. (I'm with Maria: Keanu and DDKim! I'm in!)

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Posted in: Many Tokyo firms unprepared for Olympic traffic congestion See in context

My employer introduced "work from home" days last year, in preparation for Olympic congestion, and is hoping to ramp up the up-take over the coming year. A nice side benefit for me of the Tokyo hosting the event.

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Posted in: Yoshinoya releases new line of canned, ready-to-eat beef bowls See in context

Wow! I was thinking that would be good emergency food (the only time I could imagine suggesting someone eat something like that) but it is far too expensive!

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Posted in: Taking bereavement leave as a foreign worker in Japan See in context

To date I've been 'lucky' and had good employers in times of bereavement. Condolence leave, condolence money, and the colleagues did a whip-round of incense money that was bigger than usual, presumably as as they realized the added cost of international travel.

I recognize that I am privileged as both a full-employee and heterosexual. The government is pushing strongly to reduce the differences between seishain and fixed-contract employees, but is blind to those unable to have their marriages legally recognized. Same sex spouses do not get the family leave in most companies when they lose their spouse or in-laws.

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Posted in: Moped rider injured by air hose stretched across road See in context

No doubt the idiots were hanging nearby watching for someone to hit it. 

Most likely with their phone in hand, recording it for their YouTube channel.

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Posted in: Ex-top farm ministry official says Kawasaki attack prompted his murder of son See in context

Bugle Boy of Company BToday  04:50 pm JST

If he gets off, that’s gunna set some pretty bad precedent!

He's not going to get off. He's not trying to get off. He committed murder and called the authorities to report it. Now he will do the time. But he will take probably take some comfort knowing that he saved his wife from danger, though not heart-break, and may have saved the neighboring school's pupils.

Hard-choice. And surely not the right one, but... I am at a loss to think what he could have done. Calling the police about his suspicions would not likely have achieved anything more than further antagonizing the son. I wonder if a family member could get a psychiatric hold put on someone, and if this family has been down that route before.

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Posted in: 91-year-old man's death at care home goes unnoticed for over 10 days See in context

My grandmother lived in a similar type - seniors apartment building with optional meal service, until about this age, so I can understand how this could happen, if he had no family or friends visiting or calling regularly. After gramma had a fall she moved to a "care facility/senior's home", and then eventually, a nursing home.

I don't blame the home if this is what this fellow was signed up for. That said, there should be some easy tech solutions to let staff and or family know something is wrong - some sort of deadman's switch. Sensor's on the water meter for example - if someone doesn't use any water for a 10 hour period - four hours in day-time, something is likely wrong. Time to knock on the door.

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