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Posted in: Woman suspected of killing mother-in-law, elderly neighbor, then trying to kill herself See in context

What ever happened to an honorable suicide?

Perhaps the legends are wrong. Samurai more than likely killed their families before killing themselves.

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Posted in: Man arrested for attempting to kill neighbor over noise dispute See in context

When every problem is a nail ...

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Posted in: Japanese mothers struggle to cope after virus shuts schools See in context

What a mess,to make such a drastic decision to close all schools should have been supported with a solid alternative like free daycare ...

Daycare would present the same problem as schools. Lots of kids packed together. That's why the schools have closed early.

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Posted in: Study shows sharp increases in U.S. alcohol deaths, especially among women See in context

I have an observation. I used to treat people for alcohol addiction (in the USA) and male patients outnumbered female by a wide margin. Why? Because men were the traditional breadwinners and needed help to remain employed and productive. Women found their way to treatment only after suffering a myriad of other problems such as sexual abuse, physical abuse, neglect, suicide attempts, eating disorders, workplace problems (if they were the breadwinners). In many cases they were single moms without financial support from deadbeat dads.

While state funds (and private insurance) are shrinking for alcohol abuse and addiction problems, and traditional inpatient treatment programs have been driven away by cheaper albeit less-effective outpatient programs, it comes as no surprise to me that women are dying due to alcohol (and other drugs) in increasing numbers.

Keep in mind that abstinence occurs in any person at a rate of merely 10 percent with the help of a 12-step program alone and marginally better with inpatient programs. Outpatient programs are about as effective as 12-step programs alone.

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Posted in: Last crew members leave cruise ship quarantined at Yokohama port See in context

That cruise circled Japan, right? And only stopped in Japanese ports? So, what was the source of the coronavirus on Diamond Princess? I don't think I've read or seen anything about that.

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Posted in: Mother of child abuse victim says father gave daughter 'hell' See in context

For reasons I've never been able to comprehend, abused partners keep returning to the abuser. They are victims and deserve the benefit of the doubt. I concur with her lenient sentence but he should die for what he did to the young girl. I'll never be able to scrub her face from memory.

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Posted in: Sanders scores decisive win in Nevada; Biden headed for 2nd-place finish See in context

tRump should win re-election so that America draws closer to a much-needed revolution where tenets of the original Constitution (which is old by today's standards) is reexamined with a fine toothed comb. America has slipped out of contention as a world leader already and it will only get worse, regardless of who wins the election, Sanders or tRump.

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Posted in: Trump scoffs at 'Parasite' Oscar win See in context

How about this. Next January, when tRump leaves office, special prosecutors bring him up on - wait for it - trumped up charges. And not just him but his family and whole circle of lowlifes. When found guilty, their citizenship is revoked, they're deported and can never conduct business in the US again.

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Posted in: Woman gets 4 1/2-year sentence over road accident that killed 2 children See in context

There is plenty of blame to go around here. The tragedy of young lives being lost is unmistakable but think about it. What barriers were in place to prevent the car from entering the pedestrian area? None. All nations are guilty of providing the thinnest margins of safety for the most vulnerable. Consider the double yellow line separating oncoming drivers on ordinary roads. These should be replaced with concrete barriers, just like on high speed freeways. I think the penalty for this woman is too severe considering the aforementioned. If you want to drive, contribute to others' safety first.

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Posted in: Kumamoto strives to attract visitors 4 years after earthquakes See in context

It's unfortunate that people might be staying away due to earthquakes. Japan belongs to the Rim of Fire and these natural phenomena are going to occur. If afraid of Kumamoto, be also afraid of California, Alaska, Hawaii, South Korea, all of Japan, and other tourist attractions in that Rim.

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Posted in: Japanese man who visited Hawaii confirmed with coronavirus See in context

Poor fellow got it somewhere.

He got it in Japan according to the article.

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Posted in: Mother-son pair cost hotels over ¥100 mil in no-shows See in context

The onus should be on the companies that do the booking and assigning points. 

Wrong. The onus is on the thieves. Don't blame the victims.

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Posted in: Man arrested over drowning death of woman co-worker See in context

 I wonder how many murders in Japan are over stupid, childish arguments?

Anywhere, really.

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Posted in: Japanese firms weigh production shift out of China as virus wreaks havoc See in context

In an aside, I was shoes shopping on Amazon and kept running across quality control problems when manufacturing moved from wherever to Vietnam.

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Posted in: NEC receives major cyberattacks; defense data theft suspected See in context

MalwareBytes

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Posted in: Elderly man stabs wife, then himself See in context

My spin is that they were poor and faced a slow death through malnutrition and disease.

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Posted in: Police officer arrested for abusing wife See in context

That seems a bit quick. Did he have a copy of the cell keys in his pocket and let himself out?!

Otis.

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Posted in: Australians brace for escalating fire danger in southeast See in context

According to an Aussie friend, the Aboriginies knew how to avert these disasters by way of small defensive burn-offs. Then the government stepped in and said "no more."

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Posted in: 670 cases of violence against train station employees reported in fiscal 2018 See in context

It's high time Japan start punishing drunks for their behavior

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Posted in: Hanshin Tigers set to acquire MLB free agent Bour See in context

I like Bour. I may have to watch the Tigers next season.

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Posted in: Ousted ambassador felt threatened; Trump assails her anew See in context

BurningBush: "Blatant, open, obvious in your fave nepotism and corruption."

Now you're talking about the GOP.

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Posted in: China sentences former Japanese politician to life for drug smuggling See in context

"A Malian man was sentenced to death with a two-year reprieve"

I have no idea what this means, but I love it.

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Posted in: Japan wants to go cashless, but elderly aren't so keen See in context

My fear is security. Cashless hackers abound.

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Posted in: IOC Tokyo Olympic marathon edict should give pause to other cities See in context

I'd like to see all future summer games held in Greece.

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Posted in: IOC Tokyo Olympic marathon edict should give pause to other cities See in context

Regardless, people will die of heatstroke in Tokyo during the Olympics. Other athletes, staff and volunteers, not to mention spectators and mom and pop at home who don't turn on the AC for whatever reason. There will be problems for ambulances navigating busy streets.

Japan will be ridiculed widely for their decision to go forward in July/August.

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Posted in: Gov't to start using 'family name first' order from Jan 1 See in context

Given that I'm required to use my full name on some documents, many Japanese end up calling me by my middle name, assuming that I'm writing my name in Western fashion.

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Posted in: Koike again opposes plan to move Olympic marathon, walking race to Sapporo See in context

You know what's important news? Next summer, that of 2020, at the Olympics in Tokyo, Japan, people will die of heatstroke. Athletes, staff, volunteers, spectators, AND mom and pop sitting at home without the AC on. Move this news forward with the goal of changing the Olympics to October when no one will die of heatstroke.

This summer, 23,000 Japanese people were hospitalized for heatstroke and they weren't even exerting themselves. They probably weren't gathered within hordes of people either. Several died.

If the Olympics were to be held in July or August, do you think there will be enough ambulances to rush (and I use that word loosely) people to hospitals to be treated for heatstroke? Even if there are added ambulances for the Olympics, where does that leave mom and pop?

Push your government leaders to push Japan's leaders to move the Olympics to October.

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Posted in: Sarcastic Koike says: Let's hold Olympic marathon on Russian-held islands See in context

You know what's important news? Next summer, that of 2020, at the Olympics in Tokyo, Japan, people will die of heatstroke. Athletes, staff, volunteers, spectators, AND mom and pop sitting at home without the AC on. Move this news forward with the goal of changing the Olympics to October when no one will die of heatstroke.

This summer, 23,000 Japanese people were hospitalized for heatstroke and they weren't even exerting themselves. They probably weren't gathered within hordes of people either. Several died.

If the Olympics were to be held in July or August, do you think there will be enough ambulances to rush (and I use that word loosely) people to hospitals to be treated for heatstroke? Even if there are added ambulances for the Olympics, where does that leave mom and pop?

Push your government leaders to push Japan's leaders to move the Olympics to October.

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Posted in: Stepfather gets 13 years in prison over fatal child abuse See in context

Why no death penalty?

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Posted in: Organizers fear security staff shortage for Tokyo Olympics See in context

You know what's important news? Next summer, that of 2020, at the Olympics in Tokyo, Japan, people will die of heatstroke. Athletes, staff, volunteers, spectators, AND mom and pop sitting at home without the AC on. Move this news forward with the goal of changing the Olympics to October when no one will die of heatstroke.

This summer, 23,000 Japanese people were hospitalized for heatstroke and they weren't even exerting themselves. They probably weren't gathered within hordes of people either. Several died.

If the Olympics were to be held in July or August, do you think there will be enough ambulances to rush (and I use that word loosely) people to hospitals to be treated for heatstroke? Even if there are added ambulances for the Olympics, where does that leave mom and pop?

Push your government leaders to push Japan's leaders to move the Olympics to October.

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