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Posted in: Do you tend to underestimate your future expenses? See in context

I overestimate. I always anticipate that I will overspend on basic needs and spend some extra on emergencies. Especially in times right now, I have developed an inclination towards being very conservative in my expenses.

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Posted in: Japan's lower house speaker admits links with Unification Church See in context

I wouldn't be surprised if officials down to ward-level officials are also members. Replacing that many people is difficult, replacing them with other officials who have absolutely no ties to the church would be harder. Maybe the government should have a screening process for those running for office and ban those who have ties to any religious cult?

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Posted in: Ground Self-Defense Force issues rare apology over sexual harassment case See in context

dbsaiyaToday  07:30 am JST

As for women fighting in wars, read history and see how often women were able to fight alongside men. Go read Daughters of Kobani and see how girls and women took the fight to the IS. Don't remain ignorant your whole life. As for the JSDF, conduct a real investigation and find the perpetrators. In a real war situation, if these guys don't have the moral compass in peace time, they could commit war crimes and being the cowards that they are, could even abandon their comrade in arms. This is wholly disgusting.

Amen. This rings a bell in a war in Eastern Europe right now. If there ever was a time for Japan to bring out its heavy-handed draconian approach to punishing the misconducts of its people, it's on these soldiers. If I was the commander, I'd put these offenders through hell week every week for months to develop their moral compass.

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Posted in: What are the pros and cons of owning an EV (electric vehicle)? See in context

If you can consider electric bikes and those foldable e-scooters as electric vehicles, then here's my two cents on it. They are efficient, but for short distances and in urban settings. A neighbor of mine has an electric bike that can be fully charged from 0% in 5 hours and will give it about 100km in range and have a top speed of 40km/h. Another is the lack of need to "warm up" the engine since once that switch is on, you're ready to go. It certainly beats their gas-powered counterparts in terms of lightness and cost of operation since petroleum prices have been on the rise. Another good thing that I greatly praise these e-vehicles are their silence on the road. You could pass through a neighborhood at full speed without waking anybody up. The cons I could think of are the time-consuming charging times, the inability to fix transmission issues by oneself, and its short range. Until the day comes where charging stations are about as common as gas stations, and electric motor and battery life can be at par with their gas counterparts for the same price, electric vehicles will still be catching up.

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Posted in: 'Raincoat Man' arrested for stealing 360 women’s raincoats; says it's 'as exciting as lingerie' See in context

I am going to chalk this guy up for having one of the weirder interests JT has reported so far. I've read people collecting tennis rackets, work boots and bicycle seats. This guy is definitely up there. I wonder what's next.

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Posted in: Abe's militaristic funeral captures Japan's tense mood See in context

Sections of Tokyo, still on edge after Abe's assassination in July, looked more like a police state than the capital of one of the most stable nations in the world. Twenty thousand police officers and more than 1,000 soldiers crammed the neighborhoods around the massive funeral hall, as thousands of protesters took to the streets.

Even for Japan, this seems like overkill. Were they expecting a Tiananmen Square-esque mass protest? Just goes to show that they know how much the public disapproves of the funeral.

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Posted in: Abe's controversial state funeral may backfire on Kishida See in context

all that yen spent on the funeral could've gone to better causes, in my opinion. They should've let private entities, especially the unification church pay for the funeral instead.

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Posted in: What advantages does marriage offer that a single lifestyle doesn't? See in context

Little joey summed it up quite well, I agree to what he said. For me and this will depend on the person you're with, it is emotional support.

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Posted in: Are you making fewer phone calls than you used to, preferring instead email, texting, FaceTime, Snapchat or other social media? See in context

I still rely on making phone calls since not everyone will have their mobile data on or have their apps on mute.

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Posted in: Tokyo civil servant reported for eating ice cream in front of convenience store See in context

I really don't get why Japanese are so judgmental about what people consume. I've read articles and experienced it personally that there are certain drinks that are looked down up when consumed in the workplace, such as cola, hence the invention of clear-colored drinks. I also understand that civil servants and other government workers such as police needs to maintain a high bearing compared to others, but this is just unreasonable and even comical. Who cares if a civil servant is seen eating yakitori and beer on a friday night, it's their life.

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Posted in: Why do you think South Korean movies, such as "Squid Game" and Parasite," for example, are achieving greater success and recognition abroad than Japanese films? See in context

They are not mediocre. I can't recall any Japanese live-action movie that I loved so much that I remembered it. I will say that compared to Japanese films, Korean ones nowadays are made better, but the common movies from these countries are basically the same - slice of life with hints of drama for effect. But, Japan excels in animated media and I think Korea will have a hard time dethroning Japan in that aspect.

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Posted in: Unification Church in Japan vows reform after criticism See in context

Instead of reforming, how about just disband and to never form breakaway groups again. The best they could probably do is to reform as a friendly civic group that does community service instead.

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Posted in: Man arrested for stabbing two minors over cannabis trafficking See in context

Police said Tanaka is believed to be a cannabis trafficker. The minors attempted to steal marijuana from him by connecting with him over a social networking site and lured him to the scene for a drug deal. However, a fight ensued and Tanaka pulled out a knife and stabbed the two victims.

We live in strange times. I'm noticing a trend of kids hunting in packs nowadays, a previous one that I can remember was a papakatsu in his 30's being assaulted. I hope this doesn't continue.

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Posted in: Friend of mother who starved son to death sentenced to 15 years See in context

15 years is not enough for this sad excuse of a person. Not only did she ended the life of someone who could've done a lot of good in this world, but done so in one of the most torturous ways possible. I pray for the eternal peace of that young soul and I hope that there is a special place in hell for people like these.

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Posted in: 14-year-old boy arrested for robbing convenience store after threatening manager with metal bat See in context

This kid if left unchecked will probably develop a taste for crime and become a hardened thug once he's 18. Better set him straight early. I wonder what was his deal when he assaulted that pedestrian?

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Posted in: A record high 207,659 child abuse cases were reported in Japan in fiscal 2021. What can be done on a local and national level to deal with this problem? See in context

purple_depressed_bacon said it perfectly. If I can add anything and this may sound vague, but people should tear down their walls and begin to socialize more often (this includes all of what was mentioned) because even for an Asian country, Japan comes off as quite cold and only becomes affectionate after a few drinks. Here's what I believe, if families were more open about what's concerning them and are kinder towards those problems, instead of brushing them aside and forcing them to man up every time a problem arises, there wouldn't be that much domestic violence. I come from another Asian country where social norms and expectations are also quite stifling, but I was raised in a more laid-back and caring environment and got to compare it first hand.

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Posted in: The Japanese government plans to launch a nationwide travel discount program in October to support the hotel, restaurant and transportation industries hard hit by the pandemic. Do you think this is a good idea? See in context

Japan should also introduce monthly long weekends during months where there are not holidays to encourage the people to spend and go out more.

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Posted in: Bizarre bicycle vandalism reported to mayor of Mie town; he admits doing it See in context

It was me, kono takayuki da! As punishment, the mayor should give away free bikes to individuals who need them and offer free repairs to all bikes within his area.

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Posted in: Man arrested for abduction of 15-year-old girl he met online See in context

The government needs to do those sting operations on potential offenders like these. This 15 yr-old girl got out safe, others may not be so lucky.

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Posted in: Gov't shares nationwide info on abusive baby sitters See in context

Its a step in the right direction, I look forward to more lists of offenders of other kinds in the future.

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Posted in: Did anything you learned at school prove useful for you in the adult world? See in context

My school excelled in teaching us values more than academics. Now in my adult age, here's what I can remember: write everything down because remembering it is hard, home economics (cooking, sewing, basic home craft, electricals, etc.), maintaining hygiene (our school was very strict on this, you'd get scolded if you had long nails and a wrinkly uniform), speaking in English (we were forced to speak in English since grade school and were only allowed to speak our native language when school's over), taking drills seriously (earthquake and fire), and finally, reading and writing. There's a lot more, but here's what I can come up with.

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Posted in: Harassment probe of SDF launched after sexual assault claim See in context

As someone who has worked in the military, all I can say is good luck. It can either go the following ways: the watchdogs really do their job and crackdown on those who do the deed, or just do it for show in order to comply with the orders of the top brass. Either way, I'm sure these offenders will continue serving and sexual assaults will still continue.

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Posted in: Father swung 2-year-old daughter upside down, hitting her head against table See in context

Police said Hirai has admitted to the allegations and quoted him as saying, “She was crying and wouldn’t eat her dinner, so I swung her around as punishment but never intended to hit her head against a table.”

If you're frustrated your daughter won't eat, then don't let her eat. She'll eat when she feels like it. I think and this is in my opinion, another case of the corporal punishment culture in Japan taken to the extreme. When someone goes out of line, they get beat, be it a foreign worker, a company subordinate, a wife or a kid. Lock this guy up and make sure he does hard labor since he likes to swing.

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Posted in: With all the bad news in the world, whether it is the war in Ukraine, coronavirus, climate change , economic problems or political divisions, do you sometimes get tired of the news and just "switch it off?" See in context

Always, I limit my exposure to news and just read those that spark my interest or those that will have an immediate and certain effect on me. Same with Aly, I don't access any news when I'm not at work.

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Posted in: Japanese public broadcaster issues apology for calling a train a 'train' See in context

The Japanese apologize for everything. This is by far, one of the pettiest issues to apologize for that I've read for quite some time.

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Posted in: Is a completely cashless society desirable? See in context

No. Having all of your money on e-currency platforms is just another way of making it easier for private companies, hackers and the government to control you. Yes, authorities can freeze your bank accounts and bank safes can be broken into, but you can still spend your physical cash on hand regardless. What's more is that when the grid goes down or just a system error, you won't be able to pay, let alone if you're in an area with bad phone signal. Cash is still king, but e-currency has its place.

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Posted in: 6 teens nabbed over 'papakatsu' robbery in Tokyo See in context

The group of five boys and a girl, aged between 16 and 19, allegedly stole the man's car worth 1 million yen and forced him to buy earphones and clothes in exchange for not exposing him to the police.

These kids are on to something, give them enough time and the Yaks will be recruiting them. I feel that this is the crime that would help deter illicit relationships with minors. They seem like velociraptors going after large prey. Lock these kids up and place them in rehab. I bet this isn't their first rodeo.

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Posted in: Is a universal basic income feasible or desirable? See in context

I've read an analysis on the potential downsides of this. Basically, it says that universal basic income will discourage people from working and just be dependent on it for the entirety of their lives, further worsening the socio-economic situation, along with the concern of where will the government get the money for it. I say, give it a try and let's see if it will turn out good or bad.

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Posted in: Japanese language school decertified over abuse of Vietnamese student See in context

The staff member at the Nishinihon International Education Institute in the southwestern city of Fukuoka was found to have restrained the student for several hours using a chain and padlock wrapped around his belt, according to the Immigration Services Agency of Japan.

Yes! Finally a news report where the company is brought to light! Let that name be known and be shamed.

The school has admitted to restraining the student but described the behavior by its staff member as "a prank without bad intentions." The staff member in question has already resigned.'

"It's just a prank, bro! Chill!" Yeah right, nobody's gonna buy that excuse. They're be better off saying that the entire school staff were drunk and couldn't remember. This really makes me wonder if this also happens to other foreign students but go unreported or gets swept under the rug. =

David BrentToday  07:27 am JST

You should see what the Japanese manual laborers do to their Vietnamese coworkers on the construction site.

I've seen that video where a foreign worker was being beat up by Japanese workers, and the guy just took it. I can imagine worse things happening to them. Good on the news report, bring these things to light. Even if there's little to no action taken, in the very least people will know what they're getting into.

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Posted in: Tokyo gang breaks no-weapons rule; shows up for fight with rivals carrying spiked bat See in context

They also agreed to no weapons, pledging to fight with just their fists, feet, and pride.

It almost sounds chivalrous and gallant, like something out of a martial arts epic or a delinquents-with-hearts-of-gold manga series. However, harsh reality came crashing down when the two gangs met up in the park shortly before midnight on November 19, and it turned out that several members of the Tachikawa side had decided to bring weapons anyway, which they used to attack their rivals.

Was gonna say that. Even in the most immoral circles of society, a moral code among them will still exist. A spiked bat will just snag on those you strike with, although it looks insanely intimidating. If I was going to pick a non-bladed weapon, i'd go for the Kanabo, it's the club typically associated with oni and was an anti-armor weapon of the samurai. I wonder if the fight would reach national news if they just fought bare-handed.

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