Toshihiro comments

Posted in: How do you think the prolonged pandemic and the restrictions it is causing in countries around the world will affect children's education and mental health? If you have children, have you noticed anything different about them? See in context

In my home country it does. A family friend of mine who has kids that are 5 and 8 years old are having difficulties in learning online since their attention spans are not that well enough and tend to lean more on watching YouTube and play games once their computer opens. I'm also expecting that in places where kids are forbidden to go out, there will be more young ones in this generation who will become gamers and phone zombies since they can't play outside since 2020. I hope that when this thing blows over, kids will go outside and play with a vengeance and leave their gadgets at home.

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Posted in: Christmas Day is five months away. How bad do you think the coronavirus will be in Japan then? See in context

I can't foresee that far, but if the situation doesn't change, and the more infectious and fatal COVID-19 variants are still rampant, I'm guessing that our Christmas will still be celebrated separately.

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Posted in: Why Japan's 'rising sun' flag provokes Olympic ire See in context

To the two Koreas and China, any small thing Japan does will anger them, that's a fact. You don't hear this from other Asian countries conquered by imperial Japan during the war. I was born and raised in one of those countries, and I can tell you that the rising sun flag is just seen as an average car sticker, and nothing less.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympics set for unusual opening ceremony See in context

Let's hope it ends peacefully, with no COVID-19 awarded to those who attended. I'm calling it now, if something bad goes down during and after the Olympics, it will go down as a humiliating moment for Japan and the IOC, with hopefully the next sporting events be cancelled should another global disaster like what we're in now happen again.

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Posted in: Teacher arrested for requesting young girl send naked selfies See in context

another tally to the ever-growing list of potential child predators in Japan. It really makes me wonder why is Japan so lax towards crimes these but would bring down the hammer of justice hard and fast on someone for petty things like punching out of work 5 minutes early

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Posted in: Do you plan to watch any of the Tokyo Olympic opening ceremony on TV on Friday night? See in context

I'll pass, but I'd want to see who would have the honor of lighting that glorified bonfire.

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Posted in: Tokyo's drinkers drown frustrations over virus restrictions, Olympics See in context

I second oldman, you can only place everyone on house arrest for so long before something starts to give. I'm just thankful that the government isn't planning to enforce an alcohol ban, that would really set off the average salary man. Drink and wash away those problems for tonight, we can worry about them in the morning along with a throbbing head.

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Posted in: Man arrested for stealing ex-colleague’s underwear after making spare key to enter her residence See in context

Police said Horage secretly took a photo of his coworker’s key and used the serial number to make a spare key. 

I have no idea how this is done, but this is unsettling to know. All I know is having a pic of a key and a digital printer can get you access to places.

Police quoted Homage as saying: “I became obsessed with her and I wanted to have some of her underwear.”

Again with the undies. I really don't get Japan with its fetishes. We have someone who collects work boots, bicycle seats, female shoes, school uniform, and underwear, what's next? At this point, I'm no longer surprised.

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Posted in: Who do you think will light the Olympic cauldron at Friday night's Tokyo Olympic opening ceremony? See in context

the Japanese prime minister wearing a Luigi costume! In all honesty though, I'd rather have someone wearing a Pikachu costume to run and light that torch than to see anyone not meaningful enough

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Posted in: Bach admits 'sleepless nights' over troubled Tokyo Olympics See in context

Aww, poor man, someone give him his security blanket and his anxiety pills. He really should be anxious, if the Olympics does in fact (and I'm betting that it will) cause a spike in COVID-19 cases, he should be one of the people who must pay.

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Posted in: Drunk droning arrest first of its kind in Aichi Prefecture See in context

Ha! I wish they were also strict about drunk cycling and drunk commuting, that's more common anyway.

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Posted in: More than 18 months into the coronavirus pandemic, whether or not to wear a face mask is still a highly charged source of debate, confusion and anger around the world. Why do you think this is? See in context

Some people just don't believe the pandemic is true. I've spoken to a lot of people from intellectuals to down to earth folks who shared the same views. If the pandemic ain't true, then by wear a mask in the first place? That's their view anyway. In my opinion, people are just heavily politicizing everything.

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Posted in: What are some of your favorite foods or snacks for coping with Japan's summer heat? See in context

There's nothing like downing a two-liter bottle of ice cold Pocari Sweat after going for a good run or a long bicycle ride on a hot day.

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Posted in: Man slashes junior high school girl with knife in Hokkaido See in context

You can't use the I was drunk and couldn't remember or the I wanted to experience what it feels like to...excuses in things like these. Have this man arrested before he ends up killing someone. I wonder if the police would recruit volunteers with sasumata to apprehend this guy, I'd volunteer.

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Posted in: What are some non-violent ways of protesting against the Tokyo Olympics? See in context

Same as the other people said, don't watch it and comment about it here on JT and other social media. I don't agree with boycotting their sponsors and that who cancel culture thing.

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Posted in: Man arrested for organizing rally of 200 motorcycle riders, motorists See in context

I'm guessing that the police might have profiled these people as bosozoku. But if they're not, I don't see why they would get in trouble for gathering if they're not doing anything bad like noise disturbance, road blocking, littering, etc - aside from the whole pandemic social distancing thing too, of course. Just an unpopular opinion, I think bosozoku are cool so long as they're not disturbing anyone.

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Posted in: COVID state of emergency likely for Tokyo Olympics See in context

the Japanese government will declare a new state of emergency to start next week and continue for the duration of the Tokyo Olympics.

I saw this coming from a long way off already and a good decision as well, not that an SOE extension will do anything much anyway. Inviting physically-present spectators to these events at a time like this is just asking for a super spreader event. Considering that some nearby countries are seeing a surge in new corona cases, with some going in to lock down for the nth time, only a fool would try hosting mass gathering events. The best of luck anyway.

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Posted in: 78-year-old man who drove wrong way on expressway, causing fatal crash, sent to prosecutors See in context

I am going to guess that the 78 year-old guy was already too old to drive safely. RIP to Okita. This is one of my greatest fears when travelling in Japan's roads, you won't know when accidents like these will happen or how bad they will be.

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Posted in: What is the best way for parents of children of mixed heritage to make sure their kids grow up bilingual? See in context

I second what Mark said, speak in both languages at your home. I learned to speak my mother tongue and English both at the same time because the majority of the books and stuff on TV were in English. My cousins who were born and raised in North America can only understand our native tongue and can't speak it, while their kids no longer can. Start young.

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Posted in: Fans urged to stay away from Olympic marathon over virus fears See in context

I wouldn't watch these events even if I was paid to do it, the pandemic is still present and I wouldn't risk getting corona over watching a sports event. To think that all the funds, time and energy that went into pushing for this ill-timed Olympics to continue could have been diverted into helping the people cope with the pandemic and instead is making their lives harder.

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Posted in: To what extent, if at all, have you felt lonely due to social isolation amid the pandemic? See in context

On a scale of 1 to 10 with 1 being in solitary confinement and 10 being in a festival, I would feel like a 5 or a 6, normal. Most of my friends and family I can contact them online, along with the everyday joy of interacting with fellow strangers on JT and other social media. I can't say I'm lonely, but I can say that my life has been quieter. Thank goodness for also being able to avoid my coworkers, they're one part of my social life that I'd rather not see.

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Posted in: Court orders gov't to pay damages for Miyazaki air base noise See in context

how about the government just fund the soundproofing of all houses within the vicinity of bases if they don't want to pay up. I thankfully dont live near the airport but I would always feel noised out whenever my public transport would pass near the airport, I can only sympathize with residents near these areas.

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Posted in: Do you check work emails on your days off, after you wake up in the morning or at night after you return home? See in context

I just check my email before I start work, before and after lunch, and 1 hour before closing off the work day. I wouldn't touch my email after working hours, I'm not being paid to correspond to work-related stuff off the clock anyway. Maintain you work-life balance, draw the line and enforce it.

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Posted in: Koike to extend hospital rest for fatigue See in context

Take all the rest you need, you're going to need that strength to face the media during and after the Olympics.

Deputy Governor Mitsuchika Tarao will continue to undertake official duties on her behalf for "a few more days on the doctor's decision", the Tokyo Metropolitan Government said in a statement.

What this really means: Koike will remain unavailable for media interview for a little longer, please refer your questions to other officials for the time being.

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Posted in: Throughout history, in every country, there have been con artists. Why are they always with us? See in context

If you're talented in the art of BS-ing someone, why not make a living out of it? Put your skills to (not so) good use so to speak.

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Posted in: 19-year-old arrested over murder of sex worker at hotel also charged with attempted murder See in context

He said he became “interested in killing someone” after watching a film of people being murdered on the internet. 

Here's your problem. People who tend to immerse themselves in snuff will eventually seek snuff in real life. Unfortunately, stuff like this is hard to crack down on.

He also told police that “the sex industry is not helping with the declining birthrate and aging population” in Japan.

Well, it certainly doesn't help people being murdered with the declining population either. The authorities should lock this guy up for good or in the very least give him a short drop and a sudden stop.

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Posted in: No. of missing dementia patients hits record-high 17,565 in 2020 See in context

The number of people with dementia or suspected dementia who were reported missing in 2020 rose to 17,565, continuing to post a record high figure every year 

Those who went missing in their 20s were the leading age group at 14,516, followed by teenagers at 12,860. Of the total, about 63.6 percent were male and about 36.4 percent were female.

it breaks my heart to read news like this. I imagine these people would be in a world of confusion and hurt if they happen to find themselves in bad company. My great grandmother had dementia in her latter years and went missing for months and was found nearly 100 kilometers away in her home town. I hope these missing people are in good hands even if they are not in healthcare facilities.

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Posted in: Wakayama man stealing uniform from school caught by mysterious man in restroom in middle of night See in context

Ha! I hope the guy he bumped into was a patrolman, it would've been funny if they were both thieves after the same thing.

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Posted in: Tokyo Governor Koike hospitalized due to fatigue See in context

Tokyo Gov Yuriko Koike was admitted to hospital in the capital Tuesday due to severe fatigue as her physical condition has not been good in the past week

What it translates to: She will not be taking any media interviews for the time being.

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Posted in: What's your situation concerning vaccination against the coronavirus? See in context

I'm pretty sure I'd be at the very end of the line when it comes to being vaccinated considering all of the people who have leveraged, bribed and cut their way to get the shot first. I'm ambivalent with this, I'll take the vaccine when it's there, but I wouldn't be rushing for it.

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