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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

Error: Experience in...

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

Nippori Nick: I am 75. I manage my farm, drive everyday, and maintain a small payroll. Age is not the factor: Experience is the real world is. I lived in Japan many years. There were constant warnings about 'ore ore' scams, yet years later, they are still successful. Acceptance of "Reality" is not popular in a tatemae culture.

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Posted in: Mountain hikers warned to protect themselves amid spate of strandings See in context

Mr. Goodman is correct: Billing does not equal payment.

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Posted in: Japan braces for powerful tropical storm during peak holiday period See in context

Liability: Your liability is extensive. Japan is not, yet, as litigious as The USA, but any injury or damage caused by any part of your property, or property you have control of, is your responsibility.

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Posted in: 8 injured after car hits 4 cyclists in tunnel; driver arrested See in context

Bicycles are vehicles.

Ride with traffic, not against it.

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Posted in: Surfers test waves ahead of sport's 2020 Olympic debut See in context

Disillusioned is correct on all points.

It is fascinating how quickly a sports star can become "Japanese" When was dual nationality accepted in Japan? I have been to that beach. Surfing waves in August? It must be a joke!

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Posted in: Japanese curry chain Coco Ichibanya to open a branch in India next year See in context

mmwkdw: Thank you! What a perfect explanation. It will be passed on.

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Posted in: Moon to Tokyo See in context

Natsukashi: It looks like my geshiku room while a student at kyudai...mukashi mukashi.

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Posted in: Gov't unveils measures to prevent car crashes caused by elderly drivers See in context

Miss Tiana Young: "Wow, thanks. It will do nothing. Enough with these bs laws that suggest or recommend people follow some guidelines. If a law isn't going to lay out what you can't do, then what the hell is the point of it being a law?"

Perfect response. This IS Japan!

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Posted in: What it’s like to join a Japanese festival and carry a mikoshi around Tokyo for a day See in context

Why all the blurry faces? How difficult is it to adjust the lens?

I enjoyed this in Kameyama, (Hiroshima) many many years ago.

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Posted in: Man stabs police officer, steals his gun in Osaka Pref; 33-year-old suspect sought See in context

This is 2019 in the rest of the world. The Japan where respect for authority was paramount no longer exists. Remembering times gone by does little in the face of modern reality. Good people have guns, and bad people have guns. For Police in Japan, and all folks who are comfortable living in another age, it is time to wake up.

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

I am missing the much revered 'family loyalty' aspect of Japanese society.

Here we have a 91 year old man with no family at all? No children? No grandchildren? No friends?

zen zen wakarimasen.

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Posted in: Swimmer Ikee resumes light exercise as she battles leukemia See in context

How about a national program for bone marrow registry? Certainly someone in Japan has compatible lymphocytes.

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Posted in: 82-year-old man dies after being bitten by dog in Hyogo Pref See in context


Correct. I know Tosa ken well. As with any animal, or human for that matter, how they are treated is how they behave. Even without all the facts, this appears to be human mistreatment.

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Posted in: Trump breaks with Abe; says he's not bothered by N Korean missile tests See in context

Linclonman: We all share the embarrassment. I continue to apologize to friends in Japan and other countries for this travesty of a president.

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