Tom Young comments

Posted in: Tokyo reports 107 new coronavirus cases on Thursday See in context

We were all bullet-proof once upon a time. Problem is, Covid-19 is a real bullet that the young will not survive.

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Posted in: Man arrested for kicking pregnant woman in Sapporo See in context


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Posted in: Kyoto woman arrested for stealing cat from pet shop; offers strange justification to police See in context

There are literally thousands of strays all over this country and instead of having them killed just because they are alive, is black eye on society here! Pick one off the street and give it a home!

Found your significant other in a homeless shelter, did ya? Some folks choose animals because they like the breed just like most folks choose mates because there's something appealing about them. Not all breeders are bad.

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Posted in: Soap dispenser in Tokyo public toilet switched with one full of acidic liquid See in context

That's evil.

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Posted in: 5-year-old girl falls to her death from 8th-floor balcony See in context

Dammit....what the hell??!?!? How many of these do we have to hear about?

You'll hear more. Consider that the Japanese population is half that of the US, yet lives in an area the size of California. There's no room for urban sprawl, thus high-rise apartments.

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Posted in: 16-year-old boy who killed father to undergo psychiatric evaluation for 3 months See in context

Three months for an eval is great. The kid deserves some therapy for the abuse he suffered under his father's hand.

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Posted in: Rally against racism, in support of Black Lives Matter held in Tokyo See in context

Japan could have stood down but some chose to join the protest. Good on them.

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Posted in: School restarts picking up in Japan amid lingering coronavirus fears See in context

There's another lesson here, too. Echoing complaints from last year ... teachers are overworked. They need help not more responsibility. Recent news reports that teachers are now escorting students to school as well as carrying desks and chairs in and out of school buildings. Also, staggered classes mean teachers are duplicating lessons. More teachers (or assistants) are needed.

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Posted in: Anger over police killings boils over in several U.S. cities See in context


too true

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Posted in: 16-year-old boy arrested on suspicion of killing father See in context

Then run away. Call social services. Go to the ward office. Go to the police station.....any number of things could have been done.

A teenage boy doesn't think of the larger world as his protector. When I finally realized I could take away my father's power over me, I did so. Gratefully, there wasn't a knife in sight at the time.

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Posted in: 3 youths arrested for throwing concrete blocks from bridge onto expressway See in context

This act is too common to be ignored. The crime seems to be committed by teens in most cases. Thrill seekers. Perhaps if it were treated with the same scrutiny that smoking is, we'd see far fewer incidents and casualties.

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Posted in: U.S. accuses China of blocking U.S. flights See in context

SimonB, I regret hitting the send button on my snarky comment.

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Posted in: U.S. accuses China of blocking U.S. flights See in context

I seriously think this guy is losing it big time. He is spiralling out of control.

Oh, how cute. You're only just noticing that.

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Posted in: Japan joins calls for investigation into WHO's virus response See in context

Just because the US is politicizing the WHO doesn't mean Japan or any other nations should jump in the water, too. Tiring, really.

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Posted in: Man arrested after pit bull attacks police officer at BBQ attended by 30 people See in context

Only one reason to own a pit bull.

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Posted in: Mother dies, 7-year-old daughter injured in leap from building See in context

Why is this so common? It's such a bizarre side of culture here.

Japan's culture is not so strange. I completely understand why parents take the lives of their children when they, themselves, are no longer able to provide for them. Imagine being one of those parents who believes their child will bounce around from one institution to another or fall under the protection of a relative who doesn't want them or can barely make ends meet in their own family. No, not selfish; not strange. Perhaps benevolent, all things considered.

And this isn't a new phenomenon. Unemployed samurai did the same thing.

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Posted in: Trump's new press secretary pledges not to lie from podium See in context

Kayleigh McEnany tells her first lie.

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Posted in: Trump says U.S. may seek damages from China over virus See in context

He was just being sarcastic.

You win today.

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Posted in: Trump slams cities, states seeking U.S. aid to offset coronavirus losses See in context

I love the trump press briefings.

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Posted in: Record 700 kg of cocaine seized at Yokohama Port See in context

About 700 kilograms of cocaine with an estimated street value of 14 billion yen ($130 million)

sounds low

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Posted in: Many schools in Japan reopen after monthlong coronavirus shutdown See in context

I feel like school in Japan is like a respite spot for parents. They don’t really care about what they learn etc, it’s just a way to get the kids out of the house/out of their hair.

That would be a 180 degree change from yesteryear, when education was everything.

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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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