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Posted in: Japanese tourist in Thailand lured by travel freebies into smuggling meth See in context

If the deal's too good to be true, chances are there's a catch - and its usually not good. Receiving a suitcase that wasn't packed in front of you should raise a red flag from a mile off

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Posted in: What do you think are the pros and cons of accepting more foreign blue-collar workers into Japan? See in context

I'll just say one encompassing statement that would possibly cover all of the pros and cons: Foreign blue-collar workers in Japan are different in the following aspects: work ethics, morality, tolerance to injustice, loyalty to their employer, work-life balance and many more. I could imagine the foreign blue collar workers could be treated as the new burakumin in modern Japanese society. I had a neighbor who worked in Japan as a construction worker in Yokohama for 5 years and was treated fairly well even though he couldn't speak any Japanese.

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Posted in: Do you find it stressful trying to figure out what to give family members and friends for Christmas each year? Do you shop well in advance or wait until the last minute? See in context

Not really. Just figure out what they need or want the most. The key here is to be observant. The things that they usually need or want will most likely be mentioned by them frequently in your everyday conversations. I tend to buy stuff by November or late October so as to avoid any Christmas sales which could make you buy stuff just for the sake of getting a bargain. Another key thing is to buy them not all in one go but little by little so as to avoid raising suspicion from your household and would be easier on your wallet.

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Posted in: Japan protests China's new activities in East China Sea gas field See in context

You can never truly trust a leader's words nowadays. Of course China would say stuff that would put Japan at ease so it could continue to do what it has been doing with less resistance. China has its own brand of statecraft after all

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Posted in: The Tokyo metropolitan government plans to introduce an ordinance against child abuse that will ban parents from using physical punishment as a means of discipline. What do you think of this proposal? See in context

I say they do a test run first. Spare the rod and spoil the child sometimes work but sometimes tough love is needed. A balance between these approaches is hard to attain and depend on each child.

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Posted in: Rising U.S.-China rivalry deepening rifts in Asia See in context

Here's my two cents: the leaders of today are generally composed of strong leaders and stronger personalities. In China, we have Xi Jinping, who is virtually unopposed (or so we think) and is committed to return China to its former glory. In the US, we have Trump, who runs the country like how he runs his businesses, uncompromising and demanding while also trying to make America Great Again. In Southeast Asia, we have Duterte, Widodo, Mahathir, Lee, etc. who stand by their ideals. In Japan, we have Abe who has hawkish tendencies. Despite the ocean of a pond Asia is, the growing number of big fish in it would make butting heads inevitable. And noticing the rising rivalry between China and the US, it is possible that a quasi-Cold War could happen, but instead focusing more on economic and political alignments. Hence, the conflict in Asia will not be fought by the military, but be fought by bank accounts - buying each other out as they compete

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Posted in: Ex-pro wrestler Chigusa Nagayo saves woman from assault in carpark See in context

Not all heroes wear capes!

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Posted in: Japan's rising sun flag removed from classroom at Canadian school See in context

Why do I feel like someone just nudged the kid to make a petition since if an adult doing it would get more flack? Just speculating here

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Posted in: Fire truck arrived at burning home without water, fire department says See in context

Pardon me for my ignorance, but don't they have fire hydrants or underground pipes to get water from in the event that their stored water isn't enough?

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Posted in: Almost half of mothers in Tokyo want train cars designed especially for moms and kids, so that they don't have to worry about sideways glances from other passengers when their children cry or act up, according to a Tokyo Metropolitan Government survey. What do you think about this? See in context

I say, before they make a decision about this, they should give it a 1 month test-run and then survey the people riding it. It might work or it might not, but merely speculating wont give you the full picture. I just have a question though, why are mothers concerned about getting looks from other people about their kids? Don't we all get glared at from time to time? Kids will be kids, people will glare and stare at everything that catches their attention not because they're irritated, but sometimes just by reaction to stimuli.

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Posted in: Realistic masks made in Japan find demand from tech, car companies See in context

Can it fool facial recognition technology I wonder?

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Posted in: Japanese, S Korean trawlers collide in Sea of Japan; 13 rescued See in context

I've never sailed nor have any nautical know-how but how could two ships collide in such a wide sea? I know that the longer the ship, the more time it takes to turn but, from how vast the East Sea is, really?

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Posted in: Do you think there will be many democracies around the world in, say, 20 years from now? See in context

with non-state actors being more influential and powerful than actual governments, I'd say that the world would still have de facto democracies, but would, in reality, be very much limited ones. Consider your generic welfare state that has all of the basic services (plus more) covered but would have very constrained personal liberties to maintain their peace

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Posted in: What are the pros and cons of legalizing marijuana? See in context

I'd first imagine that the initial surge would see a lot of convenience stores earning a lot of money from all of the munchies. One good con I could think of is that a lot of big pharma would complain about their sales dropping as people would use weed in replace of conventional drugs. Another con would be is that the government would find a way to get a cut in revenue for allowing former drug syndicates to operate out in the open. I'm just spitballing here

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Posted in: 3 men toting guns on shinkansen cause scare; turn out to be plain clothes police officers See in context

The passenger noticed three men in suits had congregated near one of the rooms, and that one of them had a handgun attached to his hip. So much for operational security

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Posted in: Do you think ordinances designed to restrict hate speech and eliminate discrimination infringe on freedom of speech? See in context

@Raw Beer - good question and a tough one to answer. If a person who easily gets offended by everyone's statements, would all those statements be considered as hate speech? But what if someone's speech is outright filled with hate but no one gets offended, does it still count as hate speech? If we are going to base it by anyone elses' standards (common folk and lawmakers alike), there would still be biases. I'd just add that something completely acceptable to another person might be completely offending to another.

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Posted in: Do you think ordinances designed to restrict hate speech and eliminate discrimination infringe on freedom of speech? See in context

There's a thin line between allowing freedom of speech and restricting said freedom to curb hate speech. I think restricting freedom of expression will limit hate speech, but would manifest in other forms. People who carry lots of hate in their heart will always find a way to express that hate.

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Posted in: Do you think stores should stop providing customers with plastic shopping bags for free to reduce plastic waste? See in context

Although plastic bags are useful for carrying wet and frozen groceries, they tend to be one-use items and end up in the landfill too quickly. Paper bags, eco bags and durable and reusable plastic bags are the way to go. Let me share something here. There's a street close to our house that's situated between two hills and gets flooded quite easily. One rainy morning, the rains weren't hard at all but that street started to flood around shin deep and became impassable. I then saw a resident wading in the flood and started to clear the drain after which the floodwater started to drop after 5 mins. Avoid plastics whenever possible

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Posted in: Do you have tatami mats where you live? If so, do you find it hard to keep therm clean? See in context

We don't have tatami mats in our house, but we have equivalent of it in our home country (Its called a banig). We usually expose them to the sun once in a while or when it gets moist so it does not rot or smell bad. If it does get dirty, just wipe it down with a wet cloth and some human soap, dry it after.

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Posted in: Osaka cuts sister city ties with San Francisco over 'comfort women' statue See in context

Oh come on Japan, wake up and smell the matcha. No matter how much you convince yourselves that the comfort women never existed for lack of concrete evidence, you can't deny what really happened. Seriously, just come clean, admit it, and accept it - war is never pretty and people do horrible things to the other. It'll be a ton of weight off the Japanese's shoulders.

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Posted in: Kumamoto councilwoman who took baby to work kicked out of conference for using cough drop See in context

I hope these oyajis get berated online for what they did. If there's one thing Japanese truly hate, its being roasted by the population. Seriously, first was the terminator-esque lifestyle of J-cops being and compared to the Starbucks-sipping police in Canada, next was a city hall employee who received tons of flak just because he took his lunch just minutes before. Seriously Japan, why so uptight? loosen up that noose a little

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Posted in: Japanese nationalists see the constitution as a humiliating relic imposed by U.S. occupiers after Japan's defeat in World War II, while many other Japanese feel strongly attached to the document's pacifist ideals. What is your view of the issue? See in context

While both sides have their own beliefs on this issue, the world today is better off with more countries being a Pacifist, not to mention that being interconnected via globalization makes it harder for armed conflict to happen because you might rock the proverbial boat too much and end up in the drink yourself. Japan as it is, is already on a good track despite the increasing threats from its neighbors (just remember that the monkey mind). Threats will always exist no matter what, but you can still address it while having pacifist ideals. If its just the words in the Constitution that the nationalists are grumbling about, I agree with Toasted Heretic, change it by all means. It won't change the people's ideals any time soon anyway.

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Posted in: Man arrested for paying taxi fare with counterfeit money he printed at home See in context

Never a good idea to counterfeit money but it does happen on a professional scale. I knew someone who made such paper and the only telltale sign it's fake is the smell and the best part is that everything that he needed was bought from the bookstore.

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Posted in: Mother, 3 children found dead in Tokyo apartment in apparent murder-suicide See in context

I can't even imagine what's going on in the father's thoughts right now. Why is family on family violence common in Japan? Such a thing is a sacrilegious in any right

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Posted in: 2 sisters sent to prosecutors after keeping 40 cats in Nagoya apartment See in context

How can you even fit that many cats in any enclosed space? If you can't have them spayed, at least surrender the kittens for adoption

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Posted in: If you could live in any city in the world, other than where you live now, which one would you choose and why? See in context

Kofu, Yamanashi or Suwa, Nagano or just any capital city of the Japanese countryside. I've had it with the urban lifestyle

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Posted in: Which do you think is better: Apple's iOS or Android? See in context

Apple's IOS is like that insanely expensive sports car that a regular car repair shop can't fix and always needs a highly-specialized technician just to replace a single light bulb. An Android OS is like a Japanese-made car that can be fixed and replaced with just about any part and can be done with by just about any garage out there. It's a no contest, to be honest

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Posted in: Coca-Cannabis? Coke analyzing cannabis in wellness drinks See in context

I wouldn't be surprised if their sales would either shoot through the roof or plummet (depending on a state's or country's stance). There's already MJ tea being sold, and this wouldn't be a far stretch but I can imagine diabetes and pizza deliveries would skyrocket.

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Posted in: Japanese schools losing their pools due to rising maintenance costs and aging facilities See in context

why not just cover the pool from autumn until spring and just use it in the summer? It's too cold to hold swimming classes anyway and they'd only need to maintain it for at most 3 months a year

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Posted in: Doctors offer advice for insomnia See in context

I agree with Reckless, workouts will put you to sleep like a horse tranquilizer. Other methods I've discovered (might not work for everyone though) are milk and honey, static stretching, hot or ice-cold shower and watching nature documentaries.

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