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Posted in: Australian mother reflects on 'lunchbox shame' she felt from her son’s Tokyo preschool teacher See in context

A sandwich isn’t healthy? I guess it depends on the sandwich, and I guarantee I can make a much healthier sandwich than chicken katsu on white rice or hamburg covered in a sugary sauce!!!!!!!

And what’s wrong with banana, cheese and carrots? Sounds pretty good to me!

Then what about the muffin? Maybe it was a zucchini date muffin! Maybe it was a special treat!

This happened to me once as a kid when I was about 9 years old, and I was smart enough to not let it bother me one bit, because I just thought the teacher was so ignorant. I’d had a special treat in my lunch that day, yes, but I couldn’t believe he had forgotten how nutritious my lunches were EVERY day, including that days’ lunch (minus the treat)!

but the fact that he had shamed and singled me out, and that he undermined my hardworking mom, that hurt me

This is shameful on the teachers’ behalf!!!!!!!

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Posted in: Petition launched to stop forcible hair dyeing from natural color to black in schools See in context

Petitions are good and all, but the bald headed dinosaurs who will ultimately decide don't care

Perhaps they should be forced to wear a black wig

Petition signed....this is one of the stupid, outdated rules that has no place at schools in 2019. Noone should be forced to color their natural hair.

Never mind out-dated! It should never have been a rule in the first place.... at least not since hair dye was created!

Anyway, this is a great way to teach young people to be unaccepting and narrow minded! Shouldn't they worry about what kind of message they are spearing my demanding you change the way you're born???? It sounds like Hitler's ideology!!!!!!!!!!

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Posted in: In the lead-up to the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, priority was given to making roads that cars could drive through easily, rather than pedestrian safety. Since then, safety measures such as introducing guardrails or creating routes that are harder for cars to speed in have not been widely adopted. See in context

Yeah, when will we be blessed with sidewalks? No, I mean REAL sidewalks. I don't need to be reminded about those white lines that entitle us to about a foot of space. My newborn's stroller is wider than that and I'm scared it'll get hit! Plus!!!! There are bikes using it (of course going the opposite direction of traffic!) and it's always a silently tense face-off for who'll sacrifice themselves and go into traffic to let the other pass!

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Posted in: 'Once-in-a-hundred years' sightings of bamboo blossoms reported in Japan See in context

THAT is interesting!

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Posted in: Delays and long waits as Japan residents rush to buy Tokyo Olympic tickets See in context

I didn’t mind waiting in line since I’m at home anyway I could just leave the computer on, but once I got in I was surprised at how ridiculous the process was to buy the tickets! Typical Japanese bureaucracy. Even my husband who is Japanese was impatient!!!

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Posted in: Japan's labor shortage eats away at back-breaking work culture See in context

average work hours have fallen at the fastest rate in the Group of Seven industrialised economies, beating the average among members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

That’s easy to do when you’re so far up there! It’s like a 100kg person in a weight loss battle against a 100 lbs pounder! Who do you think would win the most weight lost trophy???

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Posted in: Olympic sports leaders slam Tokyo organizers over cuts at venues See in context

No wonder the government was boasting about how quickly they were accomplishing things!!!!! Easy to do when you cut out half the plan!!!!

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Posted in: Prevention of animal hoarding takes on urgency in aging Japan See in context

I have a "hoarder" in my neighborhood, but she takes very good care of her animals

there is no problem if they’re well taken care of

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Posted in: Convenience stores want you to be honest and request to pay higher sales tax rate See in context

I think it should be the other way around. You pay 2% more for take away. A good incentive to reduce packing and waster. Now everyone at the combini will take that extra bag just to pretend they’re eating out

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Posted in: First impression working women want to make is clear skin, Japanese survey reveals See in context


are you kidding me? Do you really believe that everything in the countryside is organic?

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Posted in: Mint maniacs have met their match with this strong mint chocolate ice cream bar See in context

Ok, update: It was indeed very minty. But the flavor wasn't perfect. Perhaps it tasted like alcohol or mint extract. However, if you are looking for refreshing, this is a really good choice. But they might as well forget about wasting cost on the chocolate, which is essentially lost in the freshness of the mint and coolness of the ice cream

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Posted in: Advice on salt, hidden in an array of foods, gets specific See in context

What? I have to watch potassium to now? I never knew that! Oh, well, I don't really worry about anything, except sugar. Especially in my food. Eating dessert is one thing, but also having it in my meals scares me.

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Posted in: Mint maniacs have met their match with this strong mint chocolate ice cream bar See in context

I’m almost always disappointed by the “soft”, “mild”, “umami” bland flavours in japan. Delicious tiramisu, chai latte, gaspacho, etc, all ruined by this trend. I love mint and can’t wait to try this! I hope it lives up to its’ description!!!!!

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Posted in: Girls' Doll Festival - what it means See in context

Good to know! Japanese holidays are so unknown to me. I usually don't have enough interest to be proactive and look them up to read about them, but if the article is there, I might just open it. Thanks, JT

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Posted in: 10 products from Japanese stores to help you fight hay fever See in context

I suffer terribly from allergies, especially in the fall..... I will never, ever cover myself up with a mask and hideous glasses. As for the sprays etc, do these things ever get tested for long term effects on the body? Are they safe?

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Posted in: Man arrested for killing pet dog of estranged wife See in context

Sounds like the beginning of a suspense movie. Lock him up before it becomes one!

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Posted in: Prices of food, drink items to increase See in context

I know it's just wishful thinking, but I hope this encourages low waged employees to demand higher base pays. I really don' know how some single women living in Tokyo survive

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Posted in: Woman arrested for child abuse after throwing TV remote control at 8-year-old daughter See in context

Police said that when the girl was in a nursery in another city in 2012, she had shown up with burn marks, indicating she may have been abused regularly.

Glad to see the new sharing system is working, although THIS:

Police said that when the girl was in a nursery in another city in 2012, she had shown up with burn marks, indicating she may have been abused regularly

Police again questioned Takano but did not think the situation warranted taking the child into protective custody

Is a true demonstration of a job very poorly done! Shame!

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Posted in: World's smallest baby boy returns home healthy: Japanese university See in context

Nice work, docs!!’

I hope he doesn’t have any long term damage

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Posted in: Is a cashless society desirable? See in context

I’d rather have my wallet stolen than my virtual money system hacked

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Posted in: Huawei breaks price ceiling with $2,600 folding 5G smartphone See in context

All things set aside, I am never, ever buying a Huawei again

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Posted in: 'Killer' cells raise hope of universal flu vaccine See in context

@virusrex and Kangaesugi

Any medication you take, vaccine you receive will lower your body's own fighting powers against sickness. Immunity like a muscle.

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Posted in: 'Killer' cells raise hope of universal flu vaccine See in context

so... another very effective treatment we’ll render useless because of overuse and developed immunity. Great.

Influenza viruses continuously mutate to evade recognition by our immune system, and they are vastly diverse, making it nearly impossible to predict and vaccinate against the strain that will cause the next influenza pandemic

Stop taking the flu shot, it’s written right here. We’re just killing our natural fighting powers.... wait, no. We already have

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Posted in: IS teen 'shocked' after UK revokes her citizenship See in context

Actions have consequences. And now you want to go back to your nice home because the IS life is too tough... without even admitting to regret?!?!

You’ll spend forever learning that lesson... and regretting!

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Posted in: 24-year-old mother arrested over death of 2-month-old daughter See in context

@Marsh Mallow

”this is the dark side of Japanese culture”

Please elaborate on how abusing and killing children is part of Japanese culture. I somehow missed this in all the years I’ve been living here

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Posted in: Japanese city to use AI to predict seriousness of school bullying See in context

Haha! How long before the AI joins the bullies?!?!

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Posted in: Japan to ban use of plastic straws, cutlery in gov't cafeterias See in context


Perhaps you should do a little more research into that. Where does it go, what happens to it. I'll give you this much, people try to recycle, but they use it as the poorest excuse to use as much single use plastic as they want!

I applaud the effort from the government and hope it spreads to non government offices as well! Especially the bakeries. I go crazy waiting in line watching the cashier wrap 10 buns in 10 different bags just to put it in a paper bag with no handles, just to put THAT in a plastic bag!!!!

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Posted in: Tokyo strikes gold, silver and bronze with e-waste Olympic medals See in context

@Aly Rustom

way to be a narrow minded party pooper. Do you think they are going to look or feel like garbage?

Good on Japan for this ingenious idea!

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Posted in: Ex-policeman gets 22-year prison term for fatally shooting boss See in context


or anywhere else for that matter!

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Posted in: Chocolate hot spring bath opens in Japan See in context

Not for me. And how many men are going to have to hide under the dark water for longer than anticipated?

moisturizing and circulation-improving effects found in cocoa 

Right. And exactly what is the percentage of cocoa being used!


Yunessan staff pours a full liter of chocolate into the tub,

they’re pouring chocolate in the tub. Not cocoa butter

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