Thomas Robert Mountcastle comments

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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Posted in: Empress Masako conducts 1st official duty in new capacity See in context

Maria: My sentiments exactly. It is modern slavery. Masako was a bright shining star. Intelligent, beautiful and popular. What a waste.

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Posted in: Trump's sumo attendance raising security issues for organizers See in context

Yes. It is time to start a petition: "Welcome Trump in the Dohyo!" Imagine the TV coverage.

The President of The USA in mawashi! No empty seats for sure.

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Posted in: 87-year-old driver involved in fatal Tokyo crash released from hospital See in context

This is not about being old. This is about taking responsibility for a crime. Anyone with a basic knowledge of "Law" in Japan knows full well how this works. The 'vitriol" in comments is not about elderly, it is about injustice. Amakudari is real. Mado giwa zoku is real.

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Posted in: 18-year-old boy apparently hangs himself from school gate See in context 18 year old "Boy"? How is a 18 year old male considered a 'boy"?

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Posted in: Foreign tourist warned for flying drone over Shibuya scramble crossing See in context

Does anyone on staff know about details? i.e. Who?

"A foreigner" could be anyone from anywhere.

Most people names and, believe it or not, faces.

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Posted in: Parent outrage as sick U.S. teacher forced to pay for substitute See in context

This is a clear clause of her contract: A contract agreed to by her union. At 17 years service, her salary is certainly far above $200/week. ($1000.+) Staff health insurance in not the responsibility of taxpayers in a school district.

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Posted in: The pros and cons of living in a share house in Tokyo instead of an apartment See in context

I lived three years in a geshuku. (Hakozaki, Fukuoka) It was one of the best experiences of my life. I was the only gaijin Obasan was friendly and taught me many things about living in Japan. Bath was local sento.

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Posted in: Teacher’s verbal abuse, threats blamed for 15-year-old girl’s suicide See in context

"Do the hustle" is correct. I saw many acts of violence against students for which teachers were praised by supervisors and parents; acts that would result in immediate dismissal in NYS where I was an elementary school principal. Little has changed in my 50+ years experience in Japan. It is a sad place to be a child.

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Posted in: German scientists create see-through human organs See in context

Fascinating. Imagine the possibilities: Mix and match?

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Posted in: Stubbed out: Japanese university stops hiring smoking professors See in context

Excellent decision. Cigarettes are a recognized health hazard. A teacher puffing away is certainly not a positive role model for students.

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