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Posted in: School bullying cases hit record high in Japan in FY2018 See in context

The out-dated Senpai and kōhai relationship is a major factor in many bullying cases. From what I have witnessed in the last 20 years, bullying almost appears institutionalized (in Japan) to me. Outside of school, I would love to know the number of bullying cases (reported and the much, much larger unreported number) that occur in the workplace too.

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Posted in: Super typhoon on track to drench Japan's main island See in context

Old men.. Listen, stay of your roof. Whatever it is it can wait. Just stay safe :)

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Posted in: 9-year-old boy in serious condition after being hit by car See in context

Was the driver / police officer arrested? Drivers are always arrested and assumed guilty in Japan. Hence there are so many that flee the scene.

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Posted in: Couples flogged for public affection in Indonesia's Aceh See in context

Nasty abuse from an very uncivilized and medieval cult. The world would be a friendlier and safer place without them.

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Posted in: Vietnamese trainees sue Fukushima firm over decontamination work See in context

The Justice Ministry and the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare have said decontamination work does not fit the purpose of the trainee program.

Which really means - "we're not interested. Nothing to see here... Move along"...

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Posted in: 15 rude things not to do on trains in Japan See in context

Bio-terrorism (attacking and causing damage to your senses). 1. Salarymen breathing on you with death breath that could easily strip paint of a wall. 2. (In the summer) the realization that many people never use deodorant.

So basic hygiene should be taught and promoted as a rule too.

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Posted in: Two 17-year-old girls arrested for dumping newborn baby’s body near river in June See in context

Why is this young women being defended?

If a 17 year boy had dumped his newborn baby’s body, would there be so many posters defending him? I doubt it.

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Posted in: Pakistani, in Japan for 31 years, files lawsuit seeking special permission to remain See in context

When a Japanese government agency makes a decision (that involves foreigners) there is no emotion or compassion shown... I feel sorry for this guy. I hope he and his sick wife find peace and happiness soon.

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Posted in: 2 killed in car-motorbike collision in Tochigi Pref See in context

So her poor observational awareness skills killed her husband and a totally innocent motorcyclists :( I feel sorry for the victims...

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Posted in: UK faces food, fuel and drug shortages if it leaves EU, says contested leaked document See in context

More childish scaremongering. Don't be fooled by the poor losers who can't accept the reality that they lost. The UK will be fine just as it was before it joined the EU :)

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Posted in: Heat on agenda again at newly-built Tokyo 2020 hockey venue See in context

Walk up to foreigners and start spraying a liquid over them and you can expect serious consequences... That is a potentially dangerous idea.

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Posted in: Abe sends ritual offering to Yasukuni Shrine for war dead See in context

In 2014 the Fukuoka Prefecture chapter of the association called for the A-class war criminals enshrined at Yasukuni Shrine to be removed to make the site less controversial. The statement stated that the chapter “hopes that the emperor and empress, as well as the prime minister and all other Japanese nationals, will be able to pay their respects at Yasukuni without reserve”

I have always wondered why they don't simply move the enshrined convicted 'Class A' war criminals to another location. It would certainly help to deflate this yearly charade...

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Posted in: Man apparently kills himself after stabbing girlfriend See in context


Men need to become more manly again and toughen up.

Are you referring to all men, or just the delicate and oversensitive 'Generation Z' (those born mid-1990s to mid-2000s)?

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Posted in: Japan approves growing human organs in animals for first time See in context

Can you we place orders? If yes, I'd like a new 'organ' to be grown on a horse please.

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Posted in: Whale of a time See in context

They are sentient living mammals (just like us) not entertainment and they deserve more respect. Sickening and very ignorant.

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Posted in: S Korean cities suspend exchange programs with Japan See in context

Looks like your typical staged / fake rally with just a few people (ahem actors) in attendance. Then it gets circulated to the media to who feed on it and act if it's news worthy. Which it isn't...

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Posted in: Smoke spread so fast at animation firm victims couldn't open rooftop door See in context

Of those who died, 19 were found piled on top of each other on a stairway between the third floor and a door to the roof, with some early reports suggesting it could not be opened from the inside.

But police quoted by NHK national television on Monday said investigations had shown that while the door could be opened from the inside, smoke from the blaze had apparently spread so fast that the victims were overcome before being able to do so.

So did anyone escape from the door leading to the roof? Seems odd that so many perished in a pile near the door if it wasn't locked...

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Posted in: Japan population declines at fastest pace to 124.8 million: gov't See in context

Massive global population decline is exactly what our struggling little planet needs. We should be encouraging it. Ignore the banksters and their puppet politicians. They only want population growth to continue in order to fuel their debt money system and fractional reserve lending. The is no beneficial reason for population growth. None.

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Posted in: Hot-spring resorts tackle tattoo debate ahead of Rugby World Cup See in context

This is easy to solve (given the reason / excuse as to why the rule exists).

"Do you have tattoo's"?


"Are you Japanese"?


"OK welcome to our friendly, non-xenophobic establishment".

"Do you have tattoo's"?


"Are you Japanese"?


"Sorry, but we do not accept Japanese with tattoo's because you might be a Yakuza, Bosozuku or other anti-social Japanese group member"....

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Posted in: 7-Eleven warns franchise owner over appeal on labor crunch See in context

I'll be boycotting 7-11 in support of the hard working franchise owners. Hang on a second.... Hmm what to do?

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Posted in: Mother suspected of killing 3-month-old by dropping her on floor See in context

I and millions of other people get depressed at times, but I (we) do not kill. Depression didn't make the woman a killer. Her personality / upbringing / lifestyle and habits, I'd look there first...

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Posted in: Woman sues Tokyo medical schools over discrimination See in context

Based on past cases (controlled by very old J men) she will get nothing and be told to wear the necessary high heels.

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Posted in: Labor minister opposes banning female dress codes with high heels See in context

Why are men involved in what is or isn't necessary for women to wear?

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Posted in: Japanese firms resist hiring foreign workers under new immigration law: poll See in context

"We have failed in the past by employing foreign workers who could not blend in with a different culture," a manager of a metal-products maker wrote.

Translation: The foreign workers refused to work a ridiculous amount of unnecessary and unpaid overtime.

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Posted in: Japanese firms getting serious about food waste; households lag behind See in context

What about the even greater problem of excessive packaging waste? So much unnecessary plastic and cardboard packaging gets thrown away.

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Posted in: Taiwan approves same-sex marriage in first for Asia See in context

A great victory for equality. Congrats to the the Taiwanese BLT community.

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Posted in: Japan’s host club king wants to sell you some ¥54,000 hair product in a tiny bottle See in context

That is a man? Why would anyone be attracted to a hyper vain person?

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Posted in: Man whose wife, 3-year-old daughter were killed by speeding car, puts focus on issue of elderly driving See in context

How about fitting some sort of forced "Speed and Power" limiter to all vehicles owned / driven by those over a certain age? Something that heavily restricts the speed and acceleration of the vehicle...

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Posted in: LDP calls for law to tighten regulation on IT giants See in context

LDP calls for law to tighten regulation on IT giants

Translation - we feel left out and want access to the same data...

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Posted in: U.S. charges Assange after London arrest ends 7 years in Ecuador embassy See in context

Why are governments angry with Julian Assange?

Simple truth/fact: He revealed just a fraction of their: Corruption, Crime, Coercion, Cover-ups and Clandestine activities... Needles to say, they would prefer those activities to be kept secret.

It is embarrassing for them, so natural they (governments) will invent charges and stories against Assange in an attempt to deflect attention away from their devious and secretive activities..

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