Toshihiro comments

Posted in: Trump says he asked Abe to pay more to host U.S. troops See in context

Hey I have an idea, just reduce the number of US troops and toys in Japan that Trump thinks is proportional to Japan's contribution. The US did the same thing in South Korea and made them pay more than 5 times the agreed upon cost. I understand that staying under the US umbrella is worth more than a shiny penny but let's not be ignorant to the fact that the US has its own interests in Japan and should be actually paying more since it chose to stay in Asia on its own accord

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Posted in: Anti-high heels campaigner steps up to fight 'glasses ban' See in context

Good on her. I really don't understand the purpose of banning glasses on women anyway. What good is an employee that can't work properly but is compliant of the dress code, are they just for show? Sure, contact lenses exist but those are a pain to put on. And this doesn't add up with pop culture seeing girls with glasses as cute

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Posted in: The number of people arrested by police for abusing children in Japan in 2018 grew for the fifth consecutive year to a record high of 1,419, a white paper by the Justice Ministry shows. What can be done to deal with this problem? See in context

encourage schools, neighbors, family relatives, friends, etc to report any potential signs of abuse to authorities. If you wait to see more visible and apparent signs of abuse, then it may be already too late. Encourage people to intervene, to override the desire to not become a bother but be a responsible concerned citizen instead. Japan needs more children than ever before and child abuses don't help that

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Posted in: Forcing children to sit 'seiza' style to be recognized as punishment under new law See in context

I understand that the seiza position was meant to help your kimono or yukata from unraveling and make it easier for you to stand but if anyone has ever sat in that position for some time, it's a bit painful to stand and walk for a few minutes after. I know a punishment where people were forced to sit seiza style over sharp rocks and weights were put on their legs.

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Posted in: Woman takes helm of Japanese Aegis destroyer for 1st time See in context

Make women proud Capt Otani

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Posted in: Yamato delivery man kicked and yelled at by older colleague See in context

If I just listened to the audio, it sounded like a scene from a mobster film. I've been yelled at like this at my work and one tip I can give is to detach yourself from the situation when you're being yelled at, go full airhead mode so you won't take the verbal assault too much. If you're being physically attacked, try to position yourself near a security camera or within sight of other people so you can have evidence of the abuse and (hopefully not) show proof that your self-defense is justifiable. Respect to the young dude who took all that without so much as raising a finger or speaking. That jerk of a boss will have his day, I'm surprised he didn't suffer a stroke for screaming like that for that long

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Posted in: Taxi driver argues with man, runs him over, then drives into wall See in context

If there's a video recording inside the taxi, let's see it. We only got to see a part of the story. I'm willing to bet that a taxi driver or any decent person would go that far to try to run over someone and drive through a wall

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Posted in: Lawmaker's disaster helmet drill sparks Twitter debate See in context

In all seriousness though, the helmet in question does not have a clear orientation which one is the front or the back. It looks like a Chinese food takeout box. As appealing as folding helmets are, they'd be better off with more conventional helmets

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Posted in: Man arrested for writing graffiti on centuries-old Kyoto temple did so for extremely weird reason See in context

Next time, bring a sketch pad and a notebook for your "creativity" and leave UNESCO sites alone

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Posted in: Man arrested over attempted rape of teenage girl See in context

Yoshida told police he was looking for unlocked apartments where he knew women lived alone because he “wanted to satisfy his sexual urge on the spot after drinking alcohol.”

Yep, that's definitely a red flag right there. I wish J-cops would do sting operations and impersonate potential victims to catch people like this. It's good that this guy was caught and that brave girl fought back. God knows how many girls this man could've victimized if left to his vices

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Posted in: Clown-masked stalker spotted multiple times in Osaka Prefecture See in context

"it was supposed to be a prank, officer I swear". Kidding aside, I remember incidents in the US a couple years back where people dressed up as the clown from "IT" terrorizing homes and destroying stuff in their front porches.

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Posted in: 15 tons of sweet potatoes stolen in Ibaraki See in context

In my opinion, people who steal farm produce and livestock are the worst. I've grown sweet potatoes in my yard and let me tell you, it takes a lot of time and effort from seeds to your plate only to be taken away by some chump. Lowlife good for nothings. I hope the farmer's gonna be okay

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Posted in: Many people can recall a school teacher who had a major influence on their lives. Was there such a teacher in your life and how did he or she influence you? See in context

My physics teacher, Sir Dixie, during my high school days was popular enough for his students (and his other students from neighboring schools) to make him his own Facebook fan page. What made us look up to him was his unconventional way of teaching that used practical examples in his equations that made a boring subject into an enjoyable one. Another trait we love about him was he taught us life lessons and hacks that we'll never forget. Good teachers are worth their weight in gold

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Posted in: Should Japan pay more to Washington for hosting U.S. bases? See in context

I second runner3, the US voluntarily installed military bases in Japan post-WWII and never left. In theory, they could leave anytime if the conditions for them to stay became undesirable for them.

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Posted in: Teacher's kick leaves student with broken bone at prestigious Tokyo school See in context

During my junior high days, I had a teacher who knocked down a student by "clotheslining" (wrestling move) him. He was fired on the spot. I can't even begin to image how much force it would take to break someone's rib, this guy wasn't punishing the kid, he was assaulting him. Don't fall for this apologies, send him to jail or blacklist him from being a teacher. I know that the kid must've done something to push the teacher to that end but he should know better. If this was a fight between J-high boys then I wouldn't bat an eye

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Posted in: What TV shows have you binge watched and what is the longest amount of time you spent doing that? See in context

If One Piece counts as a TV show then that would've been the longest series I've ever marathon-ed. It took me around 70 days of watching 5 hour-long sessions from episode 1 to the latest episode. Totally worth it

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Posted in: Year-end jumbo lottery tickets go on sale with ¥1 bil up for grabs See in context

may the odds be in your favor

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Posted in: Group riding bikes through underground shopping mall in Osaka cause ruckus See in context

Nice wheelie though. I'm just amazed that they didn't hit anybody

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Posted in: University professor arrested for stealing women’s underwear See in context

I really don't get the allure of stealing women's underwear. I know it's not a niche fetish but considering how many cases have involved guys stealing women's underwear, it's something.

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Posted in: Brazilian man sues Japanese gov't for injuries at immigration center See in context

why so harsh against foreigners?

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Posted in: What are some ways that living with a spouse are different from living with someone you’re going steady with? See in context

Not married yet but I can imagine that living with someone you're married to would have that notion of spending the latter half of your life with through hell and high water, good times and bad times. While marriage is just a legally and religiously binding event that recognizes the union of two people, I believe it makes their bonds stronger with that notion. It's similar to eating birthday cake after the candles have been blown and songs have been sung, it's the ritual that makes the cake special. I don't want to discredit those that have lived happily ever after without marriage though, it's all about learning to endure, forgive and remaining compassionate

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Posted in: FamilyMart to allow shorter operating hours policy across Japan See in context

Good on you Family Mart. I remember a time during my childhood where there were only a handful on convenience stores and fast food restaurants that run 24 hours a day but then again, life was slower back then.

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Posted in: 14-year-old boy arrested for slashing girl says he wanted to kill someone See in context

Now that the kid is the government's custody, I hope the state reforms him the right way and not just imprison him otherwise, he'll just get out of custody angrier and more determined. We don't want that right? Props to authorities that had to use a blue sheet to cover the kid, they could've just make him wear a face mask or riot helmet to hide his identity.

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Posted in: Tougher penalties introduced for employers over foreign intern disappearances See in context

How about penalties for companies that abuse their foreign interns?

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Posted in: What changes would you like to see in Japan's English education system? See in context

Don't teach them outdated and no longer used English words and phrases. Memorizing only a certain set of words and sentences won't help you learn a language. If Japan would like to overhaul its English education system, they should copy the ESL curriculum in North America that actually helps non-English migrants to efficiently learn English.

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Posted in: Hyogo man arrested for creating biohazard zone with his 'own' pee See in context

I guess you could say the people were pissed off.

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Posted in: What do you think is the best way to successfully ask your boss for a pay raise? See in context

Ask him casually after working hours or when you've been asked directly.

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Posted in: Assistive exoskeletons now available in Japanese electronic stores See in context

Awesome, I could use this if I have back pain and can't even walk. We'll soon see people walking around with exosuits in the future. A great but expensive replacement to a cane or wheelchair if you ask me

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Posted in: Have you had enough of "Star Wars," Marvel and other superhero movies? See in context

I'm okay with them. I remember my professor lecturing us that you can tell the sociological situation of a time period from the general theme of the movies being shown. How you interpret the constant stream of superhero movies differs among people, what do you guys think?

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