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Posted in: What are some of your favorite places in Japan to view the beautiful autumn foliage? See in context

any countryside forest(y) mountain road during the autumn is a great sight to be honest. I enjoy them most especially when riding a bike, the leaves crunching under your tires, the sound of dry leaves rustling, the tea, red and orange shades of the scenery. just magical.

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Posted in: How do you feel about targeted advertising online that shows ads for products and services that presumably meet your interests, based on your online search history and viewing habits? See in context

It just shows me how much of my online activity is being monitored for commercial purposes or otherwise. As for the ads, they really don't meet my interests that much. The most alarming thing about targeted ads in my experience is when my phone was locked and I was speaking about a certain thing frequently, ads about that certain thing plagued me after. They're watching and listening to us.

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Posted in: Toilet seat up or down after use: What's the rule in your home? See in context

the toilet lid is closed after every use. my grandparents have dropped too many things in the toilet bowl in the past years that we've just decided to close it. But when guys pee, it's toilet seat up of course.

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Posted in: Some governments are thinking of imposing a carbon tax to curb greenhouse gas emissions. What do you think? See in context

I'm pretty sure they're just using carbon-related issues as a good front to regain lost government revenue due to the pandemic.

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Posted in: Do you think it is a good idea to include patriotism in school curricula? See in context

instead of patriotism, teach kids instead to love their country and appreciate the world and other cultures as well. Moreover, teach them to love the environment instead.

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Posted in: Looking at the state of global financial markets, what would you advise anyone with money to invest in? See in context

In my opinion, invest in things that have a stable market value such as precious metals or better yet, invest in things that increase in value such as land. One tip I can say with investment is that you only use your disposable income (if there's any) and keep your savings and utilities out of it.

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Posted in: Can family relationships and friendships broken or frayed because of differences over vaccinations, restrictions, mask-wearing and lockdowns due to the pandemic be repaired? See in context

In my circle of friends and family, I've seen a lot of people close to me debate about this. I've heard vaxxed familiy members ganging up and pressuring other family members (in the same house) to get the shot. I've also had to play umpire to friends debating about this. This is an unpopular opinion, but respect each others' choices. If they wanted or don't want to get the shot, leave them be, it's their body. You can only control yourself, never think that you can force others to do what you want them to do.

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Posted in: What do you think it is going to be like at airports as more international travel starts? Do you think there will be hassles at check-in terminals and departure gates over whether passengers have or haven't got the right vaccination passports or apps, or proof of having tested negative for the coronavirus and so on? See in context

Yes, I believe so. International travel was already a hassle in itself pre-pandemic, I can only imagine how troublesome it will be during and post-pandemic. The worst I can imagine is a flight being forced to make an emergency landing if someone shoes COVID-19 symptoms mid-flight or someone faking symptoms for unreasonable purposes.

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Posted in: Man injured after trying to stop 2 men breaking into his car See in context

I would have called the police on this instead of trying to imitate a scene from Terminator. Not worth the injuries and you have all the info on the vehicle anyway. With how efficient J-cops are with police work, the thieves will be found within days unless they have friends in high places.

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Posted in: Japan cat lovers give ¥207 million to kidney research See in context

I lost two family cats to kidney problems. Bless all those who donated for this.

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Posted in: What are some of weirdest sandwiches, pastries or other food and drink items you have seen in Japanese convenience stores or supermarkets? See in context

Octopus-flavored ice cream. Imagine eating frozen creamy seafood soup.

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Posted in: Contaminants found in Pfizer vaccine in cities near Tokyo, Osaka See in context

The question is, can they still be used safely?

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Posted in: Who would you like to see become the next prime minister of Japan? (Sensible answers only please.) See in context

Environment Minister Koizumi Shinjiro. Japan needs younger blood to lead the country.

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Posted in: Japan warns citizens of possible attack in 6 Southeast Asian nations See in context

In the Philippines, the most worry a Japanese national could have is being scammed, pickpocketed and other petty theft towards foreigners. I also question the source of this report, but Japan being Japan, this is nothing extraordinary

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Posted in: Hollywood is deeply divided over whether to keep releasing new films on streaming services as cinemas re-open from pandemic closures. What's your view? See in context

considering the situation the world is in right now, just stick to streaming. Once this pandemic lets up, go back to the big screen. I don't see the problem with this. Yes, watching it on cinema feels a lot better than watching at home, but then again, everything has its ups and downs.

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Posted in: Aso, Kono meet to discuss LDP leadership race See in context

People may hate him, but he sure does dress very well.

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Posted in: What do you think the Beijing Winter Olympics, to be held next February, will be like? See in context

Heavily censored, with pro-CCP propaganda lining every square inch and every moment possible during the event. I'm also betting that if the pandemic still persists during that time, China will push the event regardless and just let its people bear the brunt of it all.

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Posted in: China’s 'Little Kyoto' shut down by government after complaints of Japanese culture invasion See in context

@wayan: aside from the Koreans, the Chinese probably hate the Japanese the most. You should know that East Asian culture is very historically-conscious and will tend to speak of historical pasts from centuries or decades ago as if it happened yesterday, with Japan's WW2 atrocities constantly parroted by media, the education system, and the people.

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Posted in: Many cars do not stop at crosswalks in Japan, although they are required by law to do so. Why do you think that drivers don't stop? See in context

I think it's not only the drivers, but the people themselves. I can't remember how many times I've bumped shoulders with phone zombies and have had close calls with cyclists who ride Road Warrior-style and just pass inches away from you. Don't even get me started on car drivers. I agree with enolagay, it seems that the people move like ants on a march when commuting, why not just wake up a few minutes earlier so you don't have to hustle? I've also seen kids raising their hands when they cross the street, I prefer to carry a flashlight at night and just wave it at cars when crossing.

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Posted in: What are some jobs that you think will never see humans replaced by robots or artificial intelligence? See in context

Teachers, guidance counsellors, psychiatrists, I second pleasure workers. Basically, anything that requires a bit of human touch. Although I'm imagining that once AI becomes smart enough to mimic humanity, it will shoot my claims out of the water.

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Posted in: What is the best way to prevent pedestrians, glued to their smartphones, from stepping carelessly into oncoming traffic, falling off train platforms or bumping into each other on the sidewalk? See in context

same with the other commenters, the pedestrians walk like they're the king of the road and expect other pedestrians to weave around them and for vehicles to stop and wait for them as they walk without haste. I really see no practical way of preventing phone zombies from getting off their gadgets for at least ten seconds to quickly cross the street and get out of dodge. I've tapped the shoulders of other pedestrians who were about to ram into light posts before, maybe that could work? tap the shoulders of phone zombies, but I already foresee seku-hara complaints with this idea.

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Posted in: What are some of your favorite movies that you can watch over and over again? See in context

Lord of the Rings, Pirates of the Caribbean, Rambo, James Bond, and the Terminator series

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Posted in: Are you or any of your family suffering from coronavirus fatigue? If so, what do you try to do each day to deal with it? See in context

Keep them busy. We usually watch movies during the weekends, cook good food and make sure to get lots of exercise. Mental stress from this pandemic is real, and if corona doesn't get you, your mind will. Stay occupied, stay (mentally) positive and stay happy.

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Posted in: Do you think it is rude to have your camera off during a video meeting with work colleagues? See in context

No. I can cite many reasons, but the most apparent one would be the need to conserve battery and not risk freezing or lagging from your device. If you really want to appear professional during tele-meetings, just be attentive and answer when you're being asked.

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Posted in: Despite its reputation as a superfood, natto has failed to gain popularity outside of Japan. It has, however, attracted enough attention to end up in the Disgusting Food Museum in Malmö, Sweden. Have you tried natto? Do you like it? See in context

Not a Japanese, but I love that stuff, especially if you mix it with a raw egg, some soy sauce over freshly-cooked bowl of rice. It's a cheap and healthy fix. But I'll admit though, the smell, taste and texture will put off most westerners as it is acquired. It's the same with Asians who try traditional European cheese, it smells bad but tastes good. All I know is that fermented foods are generally good for you (booze included lol)

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Posted in: In many countries, including Japan, local and state governments are offering cash, gift coupons and other incentives to encourage people who are reluctant to be vaccinated against the coronavirus to do so? Do you think this is a good idea? See in context

If it works to dupe the common man into lining up for vaccines, I say that their underhanded tactic works. The end justifies the means, I guess. In my home country, I've heard that they raffled livestock (a live cow as the grand prize) to people who'd get vaccinated.

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Posted in: How to cook rice in a Ziploc container See in context

All in all, the rice took about an hour to make

As someone who was raised in a family without a microwave, I can cook rice in a metal pot over a gas stove in less than 30 minutes that is properly cooked. But this trick is something awesome to know. As Fighto said, if you ever find yourself cooking rice on a microwave, you really have to be in a pickle to resort to this. I've known people to try to grill meat with a clothes iron, if it works and it looks stupid, it's not stupid.

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Posted in: Defense Ministry to seek over ¥5.4 tril defense budget with China in mind See in context

I agree with Septim here, the majority of wars that will be fought from this day onwards will mostly likely be with laptops and signatures on paper, with missiles beginning to fly when things really go down south. Alright, if Afghanistan and Vietnam and Iraq ever taught us anything, is that the US will pull out when it's no longer profitable for them to stay there, and I think they have a very high price for Japan, probably something that they might resort to war for to keep their foot in the doorstep of China. Yes, Taiwan and the South China Sea will be the canaries in the coalmine for Japan, but once these birds start singing, you can bet that a lot of countries might have already threatened to take action. America and Japan aren't the only countries that are keep tabs on China, but they're the most hawkish.

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Posted in: Detainee says China has secret jail in Dubai, holds Uyghurs See in context

I remember reading an article on CNN where Uyghur families residing overseas told of their experiences being forcefully extradited by local law enforcement in the country they're staying in back to China on vague accusations. I'm not surprised that China might have more of these offshore detention centers in countries where it enjoys a lot of leverage. This report just drives the "no place is safe" notion extremely clear. I wonder if China has secret jails in Japan as well, I doubt it.

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Posted in: How has the pandemic changed your eating patterns both at home and when/if you eat out? See in context

We've mostly given up on trying to eat outside and just prefer to have them delivered, you can eat more peacefully and at the comfort of your own castle. Aside from that, we've also tried to do it yourself a lot of recipes to lessen the need for deliveries, we've been successful in some dishes

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