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Why is the lady sitting on cold concrete?

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Posted in: Tongue-tied singles turn to high-tech matchmaking services to help break the ice See in context

To Girl in Tokyo: It is a pleasure to read your intelligent and accurate comments.

Thank you.

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Posted in: Japan's elderly workers suffer as pandemic closes businesses See in context

kumagaijin: I agree. I cannot understand the attraction of Tokyo: Crowds, pollution, noisy, and expensive.

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Posted in: JAL blood donors See in context

This IS Japan. The "reasons" for refusing blood donation from a gaijin are too numerous to list. Like "Speed" above, I gave up long ago.

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Posted in: Shizuoka town determined to put empty houses to good use See in context

GW - Best comment on this topic.

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Posted in: Japanese teenager plans lawsuit over gaming limit ordinance See in context

A refreshing article. I am glad to read about someone who does not accept "shikataganai".

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Posted in: The language barriers, among other hurdles, are making it difficult for foreign residents in Japan to gather information on their own. See in context

Language? What a perfect piece of sakura. I lived 12 years in Japan. I am fluent in Japanese, well read and knowledgeable of customs,history and society. None of that made any differnce: A gaijin is a gaijin forever. How many times did I hear, "This is Japan, you cannot understand."?

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Posted in: 'Abenomasks' only received by Tokyo residents See in context

Mr. Speed: Perfect! I have been fighting that battle, with no success, for a long long time.

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Posted in: Schools reopen in some parts of Japan after pandemic shutdown See in context

To Tom from another Tom. Your comments are spot on. (I "enjoyed" 12 years in Japan.)

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Posted in: Do you think the Japanese school year should start in September rather than April? See in context

Absolutely! Japan is far behind the modern world in many things, the arbitrary school year and mass hiring process among them. "Summer vacation", Japan style, is about two weeks. Sadly, flexibility and innovation are not popular ideas in Japan. Long ago, I taught 5th. grade in Goshen, NY. In 1979, I took many of my students on a summer long tour of Japan. They were amazed children in their host families had to attend school during the summer. Our summer vacation was 10 weeks.

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Posted in: Man arrested for assaulting store manager after not being given change on tray See in context

Fuzzy nailed it about comprehension. Thanks.

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Posted in: Masked marvels See in context

Why are they being sold? Why not a generous gift to build a community?

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Posted in: Tour de France postponed; could start in late August See in context

I didn't realize the race only allowed men to compete.

Why is that?

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Posted in: Father gets 16 years in prison for fatal abuse of 10-year-old daughter See in context

I agree with 'chip star'.

The death penalty serves no purpose other than revenge.

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Posted in: 3-year-old girl dies after being hit by truck in restaurant parking lot See in context

Why is a 3 year old awake at 2130?

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Posted in: How crime suspects are treated by police and prosecutors is unknown to many Japanese, who tend to trust authoritative figures and assume anyone who gets arrested is guilty. Do you agree with this statement? See in context

I agree with "GyGene" I lived nearly 12 years in Japan. Without exception, coworkers and acquaintances had an almost religious "respect" for police. If you were arrested, you must be guilty.

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Posted in: Exploring Miyazaki Prefecture: The beauty of Takachiho Gorge See in context

Natsukashi: A beautiful place with many good memories. We took the night ferry from Hiroshima to Beppu and drove from the port.

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Posted in: Japan NGO matches senior shelter dogs with senior citizens See in context

Excellent idea. There is no better friend than a dog.

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Posted in: Itochu employee gets 3 years in prison in China for endangering national security See in context

There is no reason for anyone, from any country, to go to China. (I lived there for three years.)

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Posted in: Suicide of Mitsubishi Electric unit employee caused by overwork See in context

Reckless: At 40, one is virtually unemployable, almost zero chance of full-time permanent position. Leaving a major company is considered weakness, not a logical decision. It is sad, but that is reality in Japan.

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Posted in: Teacher's kick leaves student with broken bone at prestigious Tokyo school See in context

Cricky - Spot on. I was always told, "This is Japan! You do not understand our culture." The more abusive teachers were used as examples of "How it should be done."

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Posted in: Model home provides model wife and model daughter so you can feel the joy of family life See in context

What is the cost of this "dream" house?

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Posted in: Waterproof foldable tatami mats See in context

The perfect solution!

Years of asking "Why does everyone use ugly blue plastic?" fell on deaf ears, or the usual, "This is Japan" reply.

Thank you.

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Posted in: 19-year-old woman arrested for murder after throwing newborn boy from window See in context

Why is a 19 year old considered a "minor"?

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Posted in: Human pyramids continue in Kobe schools as injuries mount to 51; mayor’s pleas to stop unanswered See in context

Here's a crazy idea: How about voluntary participation?

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Posted in: Search resumes for 7-year-old girl missing at Yamanashi campsite since Saturday See in context

"Drako" is 100% correct. Something is missing from this story.

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Posted in: Bogus cop steals ¥7 mil from bank account of 75-year-old woman See in context

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