Toshihiro comments

Posted in: What's your stance on the political tug-of-war going on between the Okinawan government and the central government over the planned relocation of the U.S. Marine Corps air base at Futenma to Henoko? See in context

I say let the Okinawans decide. Although Tokyo has the final say, things that happen in Okinawa is the Okinawans' jurisdiction and they're the one's being affected. I'd be willing to bet that if plans to relocate a US base close to Tokyo or Osaka would be met with resistance from the local government and its citizens.

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Posted in: 23 dead, 13,000 people hospitalized in week in Japan due to heat See in context

Agree with Frans, overdressing in hot weather is a recipe for disaster (Living in the Philippines). I should also point out that dressing up in hot weather is ideal IF it is a desert climate where the air is dry since sweat can quickly evaporate and keeps you cool from the sun whereas summers in tropical and temperate climates are generally humid which would steam you alive if you dressed up. A first aid tip I'd recommend is at the onset of heat exhaustion (confusion, light-headed feeling, etc) is to pour cold water on your head, nape and extremities.

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Posted in: Study debunks Japanese belief in link between deep-sea fish, quakes See in context

Now, do a study on the myth that leaving the electric fan on overnight is fatal to humans due to too much air

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Posted in: Should Japan send Maritime Self-Defense Force vessels to the Strait of Hormuz to escort tankers bringing oil to Japan? See in context

Better for Japan to sit this one out. Tokyo's relations with Tehran have been great and such an action could ruin it for the country's oil imports. No matter the purpose and which country it might be, seeing foreign naval ships in your waters is never a comforting thing since they're there for something other than a pleasure cruise

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Posted in: What sort of wearable tech do you see being developed in the near future? See in context

A heads up display (HUD) device connected to a smartphone that you can wear like glasses that way you can use your phone without bringing it out of your pocket

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Posted in: Hunters, police search for bear spotted multiple times in Sapporo See in context

Well, summer in the northern hemisphere means animals that are hibernating are at their most active since they need to pack on pounds by Fall.

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

Was expecting people to say this but one clear advantage of teleworking is that you're going to be judged by your output alone, presenteeism will not work.

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Posted in: Mayor of city in Saitama Pref arrested for punching female bar employee See in context

I was drunk and couldn't remember anything card is overplayed don't you think? While Japanese genetically can't hold down their booze that well, they should at least control themselves

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Posted in: FamilyMart apologizes after rodent video goes viral See in context

There's a reason there's an expression to not let even a single rat to get in. In Family Mart's defense, rodents can get into the most unlikeliest of places and can escape the most elaborate traps. Yes, the video is disgusting but it just goes to show just like Jurassic Park, life finds a way

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Posted in: Woman arrested for attempted murder after driving off with husband clinging to car hood See in context

I really don't get why people would cling onto an fleeing car. Are they expecting their weight would slow down the car or break through the door or window like a terminator? This guy has anger issues, if the woman was outside that car, things would have probably been more ugly

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Posted in: What are some scenic sites or nature spots in Japan that you had long heard about and which didn't disappoint you when you saw them for the first time? See in context

I second Fuji-san. Photographs can't do justice when you see it in person, especially during sunrise and sunset

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Posted in: Life expectancy of Japanese women, men continues to rise in 2018 See in context

Good to hear. Now only if they can match that longer life expectancy with a better quality of living, otherwise you'll just be existing

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Posted in: 11 dead, 5,600 sent to hospitals last week due to heatwave See in context

11 deaths and 5,664 hospitalized. Why such a high number? I wouldn't be surprised to see such many heat casualties in a desert country or a music festival but in Japan? Again, why?

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Posted in: Is it OK for a man to take his girlfriend to restaurants like Yoshinoya on a date? See in context

So long as you're both happy and enjoying each others' company then even just eating convenience store food at a park is nice

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Posted in: What's your favorite summer festival in Japan? See in context

Although probably unpopular, mine is Obon. It's similar to the All Soul's Day in Christianity. You can really get a sense of how the Japanese revere their elders, it says a lot about how they socially conduct themselves

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Posted in: As a general rule, you can tell a lot about people's personalities by the way they treat restaurant or store staff. Do you agree with this? See in context

Totally agree. Since you have the power and option to act in which way you like, you can either treat them poorly or kindly. Someone who has compassion will be kind and considering since they know how hard life is for them.

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Posted in: Man arrested after stabbing 15-year-old son with fork See in context

Stabbing deep enough to reach an adolescent boy's lung with a fork? John Wick would be proud. Kidding aside, there are a select group of angry people who will attack with whatever is at hand and these are probably the more dangerous angry people types since they get blinded by anger quite easily.

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Posted in: How long do you think it will be until the TV streaming service bubble bursts? See in context

If broadcast channels would show better-quality shows then they could win back the general public from tv streaming services. But one major advantage that streaming has is that you can watch how much you want and when you want, unlike broadcast shows that have schedules.

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Posted in: How do you deal with summer fatigue in Japan? See in context

An ice-cold shower coupled with an ice-cold Barley tea. Although it sounds counter intuitive, you should continue exercising in hot weather as it will help you acclimate faster. Just be careful not to get sick

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Posted in: Man arrested for beating son 'to discipline' him See in context

I agree with Gaijinland. People who lived during the early 1900's probably wouldn't even bat an eye if they saw a father harshly beating their kid. But times have changed, corporal punishment should be a thing of the past. There are more constructive ways to discipline someone

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Posted in: Do you think machines will ever be as good as humans at translating from one language into another? See in context

At this point in time, no. At best, machines can transliterate. Artificial intelligence is not intelligent enough to understand context clues, undertones, figures of speech, etc. But I'd like to believe that someday your Alexa or Siri can exchange witty remarks like Jarvis from Iron Man

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Posted in: Nearly 70% of ill, disabled people have difficulties working: report See in context

With the Japanese work force gradually shrinking, the government should at least make it more appealing for ill and disabled folks to work or else risk losing more of its work force. How about a little compassion?

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Posted in: Murder suspect says he had no choice but to kill because of daily violence See in context

We need more information on the case. I could see a legitimate reason for him to fight back if loansharks were harassing him everyday. It's never a fun prospect to fight for your life only for the law to brand you as a criminal for doing so. I agree with Vince and Wesley, the debt collector was likely in the line of job that has this kind of work hazard. Let's just hope the perpetrator's statements hold water.

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Posted in: What do you think of some of the beverages sold in vending machines and stores in Japan? Seen anything really bizarre? See in context

Hot soup in can is really bizarre for me but very convenient. It's a light and warming snack. Oh, and there's calpis. While I respect the people who love that drink, I never really got to acquire that taste

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Posted in: Uniqlo to switch from plastic to paper bags worldwide from Sept. See in context

How about selling uniqlo-branded reusable bags and giving customers a small discount whenever they use it when purchasing more products? It seems like a good marketing strategy

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Posted in: Mother ordered 11-year-old daughter to help strangle her father: prosecutors See in context

Agree with Jetplane, we still haven't heard the side of the husband on whether or not he abused the wife and kid. But in any case, recruiting a pre-pubescent kid to help kill his father is just plain wrong and traumatic. She should've reported it to the police instead. I pray for the kid, I hope this doesn't scar her for life

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Posted in: Hollywood is bombarding us again with prequels, sequels, remakes and plans to make spinoffs from past films? Do these sorts of films interest you? See in context

I will watch it, but there's nothing new to see. I think its a sign that Hollywood is running out of ideas on what movies to make. That's what you get for commercializing art. What Hollywood should remake are historical classics like the Odyssey, Genji Monogatari, Epic of Gilgamesh and so on

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Posted in: Dementia patients reported missing in 2018 hit record 17,000 See in context

Let me share my personal experience on the matter. My great grandmother had dementia in her latter years and once disappeared for months and was found 40 km from where we were. It turned out that despite her dementia, she remembered her exact hometown and made the trip on foot, trying to look for her house which was no longer there. My grandfather (my great grandmother's son) recently started to show signs of dementia and my family opted to make a road id bracelet and necklace for my grandfather just in case. A simple piece of identification would be a life saver for people suffering dementia, I hope those that got lost are in good hands and return safe.

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Posted in: Which profession in Japan seems to be in the news the most because of deviant or unlawful sexual behavior by its members? See in context

3rd vote for the police and the common salary man

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