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Posted in: Princess Mako's engagement to be announced on Sept 3 See in context

Why does the IHA (the agency) fuss about and over-complicate most things... Such a big deal over something 99.99% don't care about.

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Posted in: LGBT hospitality venue eyed for 2020 Tokyo Olympics See in context

Even as a totally gay person, the 1 in 13 Japanese being gay is very questionable to me. The generally accepted number is 1.6% of any population is LGBT. Did they only question people here in Shinjuku? Then I would believe it, but not nationally.

I saw a documentary recently which said that on average 2~2.5% of 'all mammals' encounter in same sex intercourse. It was described as a common 'brain wiring' anomaly that exists at birth. So it is perfectly normal and should be accepted as such. People don't choose to be gay, in the same way heterosexuals do not choose to be straight. This applies to humans plus all of our mammalian cousins...

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Posted in: Disease gene 'edited' in human embryos in scientific first See in context

These are really interesting and exciting developments going on with medical science.

Totally agree. This is amazing news and the potential benefits are mind boggling.

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Posted in: Man, 9-year-old son found dead in Tokyo river after night fishing See in context

I wouldn't rule out murder / suicide just yet...

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Posted in: 84-year-old man hit, killed by bus in Yokohama See in context

The bus driver, Shigeharu Sekiguchi, 54, has been charged with reckless driving resulting in death.

Automatic guilt regardless of the circumstances... This is why (understandably) there are so many 'hit and run' accidents in Japan.

If someone (through ignorance or not paying any attention) walks, runs or rides into the path of your car/truck/bus, why is the driver automatically guilty. That makes no sense what so ever...

If the argument was, "the driver should have been paying attention and should have applied the brakes to avoid hitting the person"... Then why aren't train drivers arrested when someone walks, runs or jumps in front of their train? Or, why isn't the national speed limit 5km on all roads? (because that would be silly wouldn't it)....

In most cases, I would say it's difficult to avoid hitting someone if they just appear out of nowhere in front of you...

Pathetic law. Absolutely pathetic. It ruins someones job / life because someone else decided not to pay attention to the their surroundings...

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Posted in: Teenage driver livestreams crash that killed sister See in context

Unfortunately too many people are (selfishly) fixated on their phone or trying to be cool on social media...

Sad waste of life for something so vain.

Here's the video: If you're easily upset, don't watch it...

https://www.liveleak.com/view?i=1ca_1500779366

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Posted in: Japan aims to reduce suicides by 30% in 10 years See in context

Typo above: last sentence should read: You can't just 'aim' to get results without taking any meaningful measures (and enforcing it)... Good luck!!!

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Posted in: Japan aims to reduce suicides by 30% in 10 years See in context

Japan aims to cut suicides by 30 percent over 10 years

For starters they'll have to:

1 - Do a 'U' turn and stamp out institutionalized bullying - (which is not even recognized so this will probably not change)

2 - Employ 1000's of qualified mental health professionals / counselors.

3 - Set up 'free' mental health clinics staffed with compassionate trained professionals.

4 - Start teaching adults and school kids that mental health issues, depression and/or disability are normal in any society and should not be shunned, ignored, swept under the carpet and ostracized...

5 - Raise the minimum wage.

6 - Get tough and prosecute executives/line managers/supervisors who ignore overtime rules and regulations (fines and/or prison sentences)

7 - Pressure employers to encourage their staff to go home early, take all their paid holiday without feeling any shame, so they can enjoy time with friends and family.

Of course I could add more, but these would certainly help. You can just 'aim' to get results without taking any meaningful measures (and enforcing it)... Good luck!!!

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Posted in: NHK sorry over Hitler T-shirt worn by talk show guest See in context

I wish the PC pussies would grow up and learn to deal with life without searching for things to complain or feel offended about. It's just a T-shirt...

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Posted in: Japan's population falls at fastest rate since 1968 See in context

This is too simplistic a view, take a look at the 2016 population pyramid for Japan below

No it isn't... It's only a problem if you view it from a selfish and/or short-term point of view.

Longer term, a dramatic reduction in the population is great news for our planet and the survival of our species.

Countless inept former leaders and their irresponsible spending and borrowing (national debt mountain) combined with a failed and corrupt (central) banking and 'ponzi' government pensions schemes are no logical reason to justify an ever increasing population.

Yes it will be tough. But we need to stop sucking on the dirty 'debt' titty and install widespread fiscal reforms. Trouble is, most global governments are addicted to the dirty 'debt' titty and they fear anything that will affect it, like accepting that the current monetary system 'will implode' with a lowering birthrate and population. So instead of fixing the problem, all they do is try to convince everyone that continued population expansion is a good thing. Which it simply isn't.

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Posted in: Japanese lawmakers earned Y24 mil in income on average in 2016 See in context

That's just what they earn. Don't discount all the other benefits / services they get given / or for free.

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Posted in: Japan's population falls at fastest rate since 1968 See in context

This is nothing to fear or worry about, in fact it is great news...

The global population was 3 billion in 1950. It is now 7 billion. It is forecast to hit 9.7 billion by 2050.

A global population decline is a ideal scenario. Our planet cannot sustain the current population explosion. So, any little decline is a step in the right direction.

We do not have the resources to sustain the current population growth. So encouraging a decline should be the norm, not worrying about it.

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Posted in: Why is Japanese customer service so amazing? Because in Japan it’s one strike and you’re out See in context

in most cases.... It's a combination of 'overt and covert' institutionalized bullying, obedience & fear (tall poppy syndrome). All of which have contributed to a false and artificial concept of 'happy friendly staff' and superior customer service...

In my 17 year experience, id say most of it is fake and reluctant acting just to keep their strict bosses happy.

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Posted in: Record number of women in Tokyo assembly raises hope for political change See in context

I love the smell of change and I think women would do a much better job of running Japan.

I just wish they would distance themselves from the 'Nippon Kaigi'...

If they are members of 'Nippon Kaigi' then their popularity is just a clever 'thin veneer' of playing up to the media (aka Koike). If they are members, then deep down their goal and beliefs are no different to the current LDP oyaji's...

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Posted in: Japan Tobacco tries to catch up with rival in vaping See in context

If this Ploom-tech is smokeless, what is all that smoke in the picture?

It's not smoke in the picture. It's a water like vapour that probably contains a cocktail of additives, flavourings and chemicals?

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Posted in: 27% of nursery schools need psychological support for staff See in context

719 operators of nursery schools, about 27 percent of those responding, said they believe their facilities have staff in need of mental health care or actually had staff who received treatment.

Just the type of 'potentially explosive' staff you want looking after little kids (who can be a nightmare to control )... Sounds hellish to me.

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Posted in: Ishikawa governor retracts call to drive N. Koreans to starve See in context

"It's meaningless unless we impose the kind of sanctions that would make the (North Korean) people feel pain,"

Big problem with that ignorant statement... It isn't the 'North Korean People' who are causing all the problems. It's the fat boy 'dodgy haircut' dear leader...

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Posted in: Abused children find Japan’s shelters provide little comfort See in context

More evidence of the endemic 'overt & covert' institutionalized bullying culture.

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Posted in: Teacher apologizes after making LGBT comment to scold student in class See in context

smithinjapan: Why am I not surprised this occurred in Saitama? They need to get some ethics people in that prefecture in particular.

Why don't you come to Saitama meet me and my family. According to you we are all unethical just because we happen to live in Saitama. Maybe you could teach us 'ethics' from your 'superior moral high ground'. Would you be so inclined? Thanks in advance. for your kindness.

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Posted in: Man on fire staggers into electric appliance store See in context

Another possibility: He doused himself an threatened to torch himself if she refused to start seeing him again...

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Posted in: Japan's head soccer coach gets yellow card over traffic accident See in context

"We deeply apologise for the trouble this incident caused," Japan Football Association chief Kozo Tashima told reporters.

Am I the only one who finds it very childish / condescending when an employer apologises for the behavior of one of its employees? Do they honestly think they are responsible for the actions and behavior of their employees? I find the 'mother complex' deeply creepy and strange...

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Posted in: U.N. rights rapporteur criticizes passage of ‘conspiracy bill’ See in context

So will the 'conspiracy bill' be withdrawn after the 2020 fiasco? Yeah right....

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Posted in: Dolls get 'soul sendoff' for the afterlife See in context

And so ceremonies to bid farewell to inanimate objects -- including dolls -- are not uncommon.

All things have soul, and we charge people (suckers) money for it's funeral. Is this for real in 2017?

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Posted in: Arms show offers Japan venue to build military ties in Southeast Asia See in context

At first I thought they were standing next to an 'air hockey' game :)

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Posted in: 24-year-old man arrested over death of 5-month-old daughter in Nara See in context

He killed his 'own family member' which was also a 'baby'.

Sadly, and based on passed experiences of many similar cases reported here on JT, if the judge gives him a severe penalty (considering the crime) I forecast he'll get 2~4 years suspended sentence. With 'own family member and child' being the key words...

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Posted in: Life's a hoot See in context

Disgusting and heartless. No animal should be restrained and used to for human entertainment. All these pet cafe's (zoo's and aquariums) should be banned. The true heart of a nation is displayed in the way it treats animals.

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Posted in: Toxic substances detected in Tsukiji fish market soil samples See in context

As I have mentioned before... What makes you think it is just the fish markets?

I bet if you tested the soil in and around all schools and kindergartens the results would be equally if not more shocking.

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Posted in: Gov't considers splitting school holidays to ease travel congestion See in context

Maybe they could also sort out daylight saving. It is bright outside from 4:30 am at the moment, yet it starts getting dark around 6:30 pm. Why can't they put the clocks back 2 hours. This might give some parents a little bit of time to spend outside after work with their kids too?

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Posted in: At least 19 dead, 50 injured by blast at Ariana Grande concert in Manchester See in context

Only lowlife, ignorant and self-centered scumbags would attack innocent people while they're out having a good time with friends and family.

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Posted in: Tokyo 2020 launches mascot design competition See in context

The mascots for the Tokyo 2020 Games will therefore play a key role in introducing Japanese culture to the world. 

So we need a childish mascot that promotes: 'institutionalized bullying' and 'Lolita fascination'...

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