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Posted in: After thousands of years in homes, traditional Japanese flooring goes modern See in context

I am planning to see these in person. They are not single-use plastics. And, yes, it is more "plastic" -- but... almost everything we see and touch in this modern world has a connection to plastic. Tatami mats are beautiful and they have that unique "fresh summer smell," but mites burrow into them and then bite your flesh, so... no thank you.

This company is looking at reality and preserving the image of what the tatami mat is, and at least from the photo, their product looks awesome.

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Posted in: Overwork on the rise as pandemic increases load on Japan's essential workers See in context

What do you mean "overwork" is "on the rise"? Huh? It has never stopped in this country. The insanity of making someone work 80 hours is deeply disturbing. They are "essential workers"? Really? How long can they stay "essential workers" working 80 hours a week?

Making people "overwork" will achieve absolutely nothing except more illness, more suicides, less productivity and more desperation to find new employees. Get robots and end this madness.

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Posted in: Taiwan anxiety rises as China's saber-rattling grows See in context

The fact that Trump is willing to sell weapons to China does not mean he is not a "disaster." He is the absolute worst president of my lifetime, and I'm old. But regardless of what Trump does or doesn't do, China is hung up on making Taiwan "one" with China and it doesn't give a FF about what the Taiwanese people want, because it doesn't view them as 1) Taiwanese or 2) having any say in the matter.

This is a dangerous flashpoint and people are totally unprepared. China will happily mow down the entire country, and then, because they are still angry at Japan about WWII, they will mow down Japan as well. All of what we are doing now will be forgotten. China will rule the world and the US will be a footnote in history. And Trump isn't helping anything since his mind only orbits about his "feelings." If he doesn't lose, China will happily take him down as they are not going to put up with another 4 years of his incessant badgering and insults.

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Posted in: Vigilance could have prevented 3-year-old child's death by starvation: expert See in context

She found parenting "a burden" -- so she left her 3-year-old daughter alone in an apartment for 8 days while she "visited" her boyfriend? This is so sad on so many levels, it's nearly impossible to comprehend.

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Posted in: Tokyo prepares foreigners for potential disasters See in context

Dear "Wobot": Did you read the article? It said: "Over 30 interpreters, speaking six different languages, were on hand to help the participants, who hailed from 44 countries." So, uh, they'll have "more than English."

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Posted in: Madonna still shocks at 60 See in context

Why is she applauded for continuing to be vulgar and tasteless? I have never understood her appeal. The only songs she ever performed that I thought had some truth and value to them were "Papa Don't Preach" and "Live to Tell."

She can't sing her way out of a paper bag; her "beauty" is ice princess cold; there is nothing warm about her. The fact that she can be "provocative" or let her ass hang out of her chaps... so what? Does that make her "talented"?

She's clever, I'll hand her that much, and she certainly has staying power, but she believes that to be pertinent in today's society she still has to maintain what I always felt was a vulgar and unappealing persona. Why that is supposed to make us applaud at this moment in time, I do not know.

That said, she has said several powerful things through the years that I remember: "I have the luxury of being alive" (in reference to all the gay fans and people she's interacted with who have passed on from AIDS) and "When are we going to get that we are all connected?"

In this way, when she makes intelligent observations gleaned from a life of nearly 40 years in the public spotlight, I do applaud her. When she simulates sex acts on stage for shock value, I don't see what her point is. Anyone can do that; it doesn't take that much talent.

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Posted in: Fatally abused 5-year-old girl wrote notes pleading with her mother, stepfather to stop beating her See in context

I hope these "parents" spend the rest of their lives behind bars. This is so tragic that it makes me physically ill. But as others have pointed out, for these adults to have arrived at the point where they did these things, they obviously went through their own hells. It is just unfortunate that they could not step back from them long enough to stop this horrific situation from ever starting.

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Posted in: Crack found in bullet train could have caused derailment: JR West See in context

"the company has vowed to make safety its top priority" -- really? is that why they are going to wait until "the end of January" to check the undercarriages? Are they giving employees "time off" to enjoy O-Shogatsu? What is their logic?

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Posted in: Take cover - but where? Japanese helpless over N Korean threat See in context

If NK were to lob a missile at a major city in Japan, unless it could be shot down, there is no place to "take cover." Unless you are already in a "sturdy building" or you are already "underground," the likelihood of you being able to get to such a place in the time left before impact is laughable. Also, even if you were in such a place, it doesn't mean you would survive.

Because of the events of WWII, Japan is essentially a sitting duck. I have lived here for over 20 years. It's my opinion that Japan be allowed to possess nuclear weapons and point them at the head of Kim Jong Un 24 hours a day.

It's great that the authorities can turn on a siren. But other than that, what else can they do? Nothing. It is time to arm South Korea and Japan. Do China and Russia really want to lose the rest of the world over NK? Because that is what might happen.

I suggest that all Japanese take cover in government buildings, pushing out incompetent politicians and hunkering down until the laws of this country reflect its current dire circumstances.

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Posted in: Man arrested for beating up karaoke companion See in context

Why is it that they ALWAYS list how long it will take for the victim's injuries to heal? Why is that essential? Do they include the psychological treatment the victim will need in their accounting of his recovery?

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Posted in: 19-year-old arrested for beating grandmother to death See in context

Name this POS, shame him, jail him, and then, as punishment, have someone bash his face in with two fists so he can feel the pain his poor grandmother did.

I didn't get along with my grandmother when I was a teen, but I learned to keep my mouth shut and tolerate her ways, which were not mine. But no matter how upset I got, I would have never under any circumstances hurt her.

People may not have guns in Japan, but they have fists, or knives or lighters, and they get the job done one way or another. This "19-year-old" is old enough to be named and shamed, and no matter how old he is, he will never become an adult, since he proved that he has the mental capacity of a sick 8-year-old on drugs (which maybe he was -- on drugs, that is).

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Posted in: Tokyo gov't teams up with Japanese rapper to promote roller coaster subway system See in context

I lasted about 28 seconds. There is something profoundly fake about a Japanese rapper with blond hair singing, "yo" as if he grew up on the streets of the inner city. Maybe he did, but his flat, dull, uninspired robotic voice did not remotely enhance this video.

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