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Posted in: Report touts benefits of second jobs for workers, firms See in context

I enjoyed the line where 22% "allow" their workers to have part-time jobs.

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Posted in: Australia, largely free of COVID-19, in no hurry to reopen borders: PM See in context

I wonder at the 'negative' responses? Who can find something wrong with this?

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Posted in: Would you support a boycott of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics? See in context


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Posted in: 26th anniversary of Great Hanshin Earthquake observed See in context

@ebisen: I was living in Hiroshima during that earthquake. What is the good of remembering a natural event? Please do not jump to conclusions. Thank you.

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Posted in: 26th anniversary of Great Hanshin Earthquake observed See in context

I am confused. Earthquakes occur in Japan on a very regular basis. The children in this picture look to be 7 or 8 years old. No hats and no gloves. What do they remember about an event which happened long before they were born and when their parents were in elementary school? Why are some children seated while others are packed in groups? Is this performance voluntary or mandated?

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Posted in: Japanese space probe's gifts: Asteroid chips like charcoal See in context

Commanteer: My vote for best today! Another, "wish I had thought of that", post.

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Posted in: Empress Masako turns 57 See in context

What a sad life. I remember Masako Kogosama as a young, vivacious student. I sent a birthday card: It was returned "addressee unknown." By the way, Empress Masako is the same age as Michelle Obama.

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Posted in: SpaceX with Japanese astronaut aboard blasts off for space station See in context

I fail to understand the negative votes: Our future is in space. We have polluted and overpopulated Earth. There is no serious plan, which must be an internationally agreed plan, to resolve any of those issues.

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Posted in: Gov't kicks off Warm Biz energy-saving campaign See in context

This is a great idea: Dress warm in the winter!

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Posted in: A dog's life See in context

My Golden Retrievers are member of my family. When I lived in Japan, I was fortunate to have friends who treated their dogs the same way. Family members deserve more than a paid walker.

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Posted in: Japan unveils 3,000-ton new submarine See in context

Why persist in building a submarine with out of date equipment? A lithium battery is still a battery.

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Posted in: Maryland businesswoman leading launch of Japanese women's pro soccer league See in context

Japan lags far behind modern nations in gender equality.

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Posted in: Friendly fireman See in context

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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