Toshihiro comments

Posted in: Ex-host club worker allegedly forced customer into prostitution See in context

"I wanted to be the No. 1 (host) at my host club, so I forced her into prostitution," the suspect was quoted as telling investigators after his arrest over the weekend.

You can be the number 1 most handsome piece of meat in jail, I'm sure the other inmates will love you. I'm pinning this on the host and not on the woman since they guy probably manipulated and used the girl's feelings to his advantage.

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Posted in: What can be done to deal with the increasing problem of stalking? See in context

If I can have a non-Japanese approach to this issue, I would recommend taking a more active approach, such as considering eye witness testimony, cctv footage or even captured footage by the victims themselves. Another more aggressive take is to report potential cases to police and have some plain clothes officers tail them as a counter-stalker measure of sorts. I'm not knowledgeable with the Japanese law so pardon my ignorance.

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Posted in: Should governments alert people to every new coronavirus variant that shows up? See in context

MoonrakerToday  07:25 am JST

Inform rather than alert. Governments should be given very few reasons to keep back information.

Yes! I would add that media to not overhype things like these and say them as it is. Crying wolf too often will lead to the people getting tired of being alerted.

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Posted in: Coast guard ship runs aground in Japan; no crew injured See in context

In bad sea conditions, it is never a good idea to sail close to shallow underwater obstacles, especially reefs and sandbars as those can really trap a ship. It's best to use optics if the weather permits it instead. In ideal conditions, deploying small boats, aircraft or drones would be the best option. Let's hope there won't be a third time.

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Posted in: In an increasingly partisan media environment, do you believe journalists have lower ethical standards than in the days before social media? See in context

if journalists and news agencies truly claim that they are impartial and are bringing the unfiltered and raw version of the news, then they shouldn't cherry pick current events for the views. American media is guilty of this, they ask loaded questions to they people they interview and never give them proper respect when asked to answer something.

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Posted in: What are some things that travelers do, consciously or subconsciously, to sabotage their comfort and overall experience on long-haul international flights? See in context

wearing good looking but uncomfortable clothing. dress for comfort and function during long-haul commutes, looks come second.

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Posted in: Train conductor admits smoking multiple times on duty See in context

Employee conduct aside, this isn't much of a big deal. It is an e-cigarette and the smoke it emits isn't as offensive as the real ones. If it helps the operator maintain his alertness, I would let him slip and hand him nicotine gum instead. It is not like he is taking illegal stimulants or drinking on the job.

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Posted in: Which country's leader do you currently respect the most? See in context

probably former South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen. Moon took the opposite direction when it comes to dealing with North Korea and IMO, handled the COVID-19 situation very well in the country during the early months of 2020. Meanwhile, Tsai just inspires because she doesn't bow down to Uncle Xi's muscle flexing. Oh, and of course, volodymyr zelensky. His political track record before the invasion might be questionable, but he really came through when things went south. I mean, we can probably agree that most heads of state might have taken the first flight out of Ukraine along with some of the country's wealth if they were in zelensky's position.

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Posted in: MSDF destroyer unable to sail off west Japan, leaks oil See in context

That will take several months in the dry dock to patch up any leaks in that ship. I don't know the details of the Seto Inland Sea, but I know that blue water ships like destroyers naturally operate far from shore. This is just my guess, maybe the crew failed to check the instruments/ charts aboard the vessel.

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Posted in: Pandemic cooking boom sharpens Japan knife sales See in context

I must say that as a blade collector, made in Japan ones are beautiful and have high quality. The Santoku knife I bought years ago still looks pristine despite heavy kitchen use.

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Posted in: The Japanese government is offering families 1 million yen to relocate from Tokyo in an effort to revitalize towns across the country. Do you think this is a good idea? See in context

aside from the money, they should really help the families in all bases such as assisting them in finding a home and helping them connect with other families who have also relocated.

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Posted in: What are some TV series, old or recent, that you can binge watch over and over again? See in context

Adventure Time and Spongebob Squarepants. I watch them if my mind needs to go on a vacation.

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Posted in: Man arrested for assaulting drinking companion in Sapporo See in context

never discuss serious topics when drinking, ever.

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Posted in: Which streaming service do you think is the best for movies and TV shows? And with competition so fierce, do you think they can all survive? See in context

Netflix and HBO Go does it for my family, it has a lot of movies and series. But IMO, the smaller services and the ones with limited selections will not survive for long since they're just riding the boom of this streaming service and once it mellows down, the ones that will survive are those with the most to offer.

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Posted in: Record-low 2,610 traffic-related deaths reported in Japan in 2022 See in context

But accidents involving elderly drivers as well as pedestrians have continued to occur, and in May the agency imposed measures such as mandatory driving tests for those 75 and over with a record of traffic rules violations in order to renew their licenses.

This is what I am afraid of.

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Posted in: Tokyo train operator begins issuing body cameras, but it’s not employee conduct that worries them See in context

RIP coat pocket, that camera looks heavy.

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Posted in: Japan says it scrambled jets to monitor Chinese aircraft carrier operations See in context

China should have a taste of its own medicine and be tailed constantly by Japanese vessels and buzzed by aircraft. So much for a country that is reeling from COVID, all that fuel spent could've been used elsewhere.

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Posted in: China to focus on economic recovery; Taiwan emergency unlikely in 2023 See in context

Imitating Russia's mistake in 2022 would be one China's greatest mistakes should it consider making a move on Taiwan. Considering how Russia's economy plummeted from its actions, we can bet that China will suffer greatly if it does something stupid. Just rebuild your economy and prosper responsibly, China. The last thing the world needs is another destabilizing action in this side of the world.

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Posted in: What was the best thing that happened to you this year and what was the worst? See in context

Best: finding a new job that treats me like a human being, has a decent pay and made new friends in said job.

Worst: being made to work on-site again and my second eldest cat passed away.

Honestly though, 2022 has been very kind and bountiful to me despite all the negativity in the world right now. I have that to be thankful for.

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Posted in: Japanese gov't to discuss rules for state funerals See in context

one rule should be that the costs for the funeral should be shouldered by the personal wallets of the departed one's kin and close affiliates. Taxes should benefit the taxpayers.

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Posted in: What advice would you give to someone who may be feeling depressed or lonely during the Christmas-New Year period? See in context

find things that you enjoy doing, ideally stuff that you can enjoy solo. the holidays can be a toxic time of the year and for some, it brings back painful memories. Start with spending time with people you enjoy being with and tune off from current events (news and social media). get lost in the things you love is what I will say.

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Posted in: What are some of your favorite Christmas songs or carols? See in context

let it snow

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Posted in: Tokyo unwitting host to Chinese 'police station,' report says See in context

these offsite Chinese law enforcement offices are increasing in number worldwide and they should be stemmed. the PLA may not be invading foreign lands, but the Chinese police certainly is. If a Japanese national living in Japan, be ordered around by one of these C-cops, should one compliant with them?

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Posted in: Ex-SDF member says misconduct routine in her unit See in context

As someone who has worked in the armed forces, moral misconduct is prevalent to say the least. If I could just gather evidence of the scenes I had to witness during in service, public perception of the military would plummet. Good on her to blow the whistle, staying silent and putting up with it is not an option. maintaining the wa and not being a nuisance takes a back seat in this. Let's hope more people like her stand up.

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Posted in: What will your Christmas be like this year? See in context

not so good. I recently caught the cold and will likely be sniffling and coughing on Christmas eve.

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Posted in: 64% disapprove of tax hikes to cover Japan's rising defense budget: poll See in context

the taxpayers should decide on where they want their taxes to go to. This arms race will not end well for anybody, Japan will just end up poorer and a stockpile full of toys all while the arms makers are laughing all the way to the bank. The thing here is this, the more toys you have, the more you want to play with them to get your money's worth. Don't chase the rabbit.

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Posted in: What are some of your must-see Christmas-themed movies and TV shows that you try to watch every year? See in context

A Christmas Carol. I've been watching it since I was a kid. Growing up, I never thought that I could related to that grumpy old man but I unfortunately did.

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Posted in: Do you still send Christmas or season's greetings cards by email or post or have you given up on all that? See in context

I greet them personally instead. It has a more personal touch especially if done via video call

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Posted in: Are you concerned at China’s growing might in security and economic issues in the Asia-Pacific region? See in context

yes. better to be with a devil you know than a devil you don't know. The quality of China's PLA may be like its factory products - quantity over quality, but having a large military force with nuclear weapons are still force to be reckoned with. But its military might aside, China would do a lot of damage in the economic aspect considering that it has the world in its pocket. This is something that no general or any politician can prepare against in my opinion. Bullets and nukes can't solve trade wars.

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Posted in: Do you think having female quotas in college admissions, government and company management positions is reverse discrimination against men? See in context

It's forcing companies to have females in the workplace just because of the mandates, not because the companies want them there. It's like the "token" culture of western media, where every present-day series must always have certain members of the the demography. The thing is, even if there are a required number of females in a certain company, it doesn't mean that they'll be safe from passive-aggressive discrimination.

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