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Posted in: Missing Ugandan athlete spotted on camera at Nagoya Station See in context

He had a mobile phone but his passport was kept by the Ugandan team...

I never understood that. Why would you give up your passport for someone else to look after.

I remember many years ago the Japanese H.I.S. holiday rep in Saipan got perplexed when I refused to hand my passport over to her. She said: "We will look after it for you until you leave". No thanks, i'm more than capable of doing that myself.

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Posted in: French father goes on hunger strike for children 'abducted' by Japanese wife See in context

If he has lived here for 15 years, he should know that the Japanese government and all official governments bodies such as the family court and the justice system has zero empathy or compassion. They only know how to blindly follow and enforce rules. Old rules, outdated rules, new rules, unfair rules and uncivilized rules, it makes no difference. Rules are never questioned and common sense is never applied. Add to that he is a foreigner. If he dies, the authorities will claim they did nothing wrong and that committing suicide was his choice. Nothing will change and everything will carry on as normal.

I feel for him and all parents forcibly separated from their children in Japan. It's a zero empathy cultural thing :(

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Posted in: New Zealand selects transgender athlete Hubbard for Olympic women's weightlifting team See in context

Utter selfishness. Hubbard should be the first person (in a very long line) to say no, it's unfair. Tells you a lot about his/her personality.

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Posted in: Naomi Osaka won't be required to talk to press at Tokyo Olympics See in context

We have to stop this plague of 'snow flakiness' that is trying to infect and poison everything..

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Posted in: Child welfare worker fined for indecent behavior with junior high school girl See in context

Same old inequality.

If a 14 year old boy got off with a 23 year old women, 99% of men would be thinking 'you lucky boy'... No charges against the woman I suspect too.

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Posted in: Why doesn't Father's Day carry the same importance as Mother's Day? Or does it? See in context

Fathers day doesn't carry the same importance because men don't need to be constantly 'pat on back' to reassure them. It's not an insult either. Men and women have different emotional needs.

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Posted in: American father, son to go on trial for helping Ghosn flee Japan See in context

The Japanese "Hostage Justice & Forced Confession System" is the cause of this. If it were modern civilized system, probably none of this would have happened.

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Posted in: New law to help kids with medical needs take their place in school See in context

Hmmm, if a child is born with such serious medical conditions that prevent the child (and parents) from ever living a normal life. I think euthanasia at birth should be offered as a compassionate option.

I know that sounds cold, but the child's and parents whole life will be filled with stress, misery and alienation. Let's be honest, who wants that?

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Posted in: Woman sues Hokkaido gov't for not giving benefits to same-sex couples See in context

@ Michael Machida: Why would same sex people get the same rights as married people

Ever heard of equality? Not privileges, equality. Also, because a couple is a couple. Married or not, being a couple is based on love and compassion. Marriage itself is only a piece of paper requiring no more than a trip to the shiyakushou and an inkan.

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Posted in: At least 138 killed in Burkina Faso attacks See in context

The teaching of religion 'especially the Islamic version' are not compatible with a modern civilized society. If you think I am being insensitive or wrong, I suggest you read the koran and some of its outdated and barbaric views and teachings.

Now, I know that 99.9% of muslims are kind and compassionate people and they 'ignore' the obvious outdated and cruel contents of their teachings. The trouble is, the 0.01% fanatics take all the teachings as being fact, which is terrifying. Ask them what they think of non-believers. Also ask them what the punishment is in their book for non-believers or those who decide to leave Islam. If you don't know what they're taught, you in for a surprise.

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Posted in: Doctors in euthanasia case indicted over another death 10 years ago See in context

psychological pain - dam auto-correct

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Posted in: Doctors in euthanasia case indicted over another death 10 years ago See in context


Euthanasia is murder? Really?

So if I decide I want to die due to a fatal disease with the immense physical and phycological pain. If it is my choice how can it be murder?

As an evolved primate species, we should be able to make a decision about our death without any interference from other people's opinions, ancients myths or man made beliefs.

My body, my choice. If has NOTHING to do with anyone else.

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Posted in: Doctors in euthanasia case indicted over another death 10 years ago See in context

Euthanasia should be legal and accepted. No one, no one has the right to deny you making a decision that only affects you. Your body, your choice. End of. There is no debate.

Individuals suffering with a fatal illness (and their family members watching them slowly die in pain) should have the right to end their own pain and misery.

Who wins by making them suffer until the very end? Seriously who? Exactly...

Denying euthanasia to someone is selfish and often heartless.

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Posted in: Japan's strict gun laws trigger problems for Olympic shooting See in context

Welcome to Japan. A country that needlessly overcomplicates everything, and/or applies the inverse common sense approach.

Oh yeah, if you bring it up or complain, they will dig their stubborn heals in and it becomes impossibles to make any progress or change.

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Posted in: Coates gets backlash after saying Olympics are on, even in state of emergency See in context

We should sign a petition to boycot ALL Japanese businesses that sponsors the olympics.

Go after the money. Get the sponsors scared and hopefully they will pull out, forcing a cancelation.

Target the sponsors, not the IOC or Suga.

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Posted in: Japanese gov't drops bill to revise immigration law amid opposition See in context

The Justice Ministry has refused to heed an opposition request to release video footage showing how Wishma's health condition deteriorated, partly for security reasons.

Sounds reasonable if trying to hide or coverup evidence is considered reasonable.

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Posted in: Israeli strike on Gaza kills 10; unrest spreads to West Bank See in context

The root cause of this conflict (and many others) is religion, fact. What they read and what they're taught reinforces their intolerance, stubbornness and their "we're in the right" attitude.

Sadly, this conflict will NEVER end while difference versions of religion are still handed down and taught to children, who themselves grow up and continue the cycle of intolerance and violence over and over again...

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Posted in: Many reasons why Japan has been slow to roll out vaccinations See in context


1 - Primarily because Japan Inc seems to needlessly overcomplicate everything.

2 - Inflexible, inefficient, outdated systems and rules books.

3 - Too many business and group interests to maintain and palms to grease (supply chain and distribution).

4 - Stubborn old 'power hungry' men who hate anything related to modernization and change.

I'm not Japan bashing. I like many others who have lived here long enough know the above is 100% true.

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Posted in: Man shot by police officer dies in Nagoya hospital See in context

A taser would have been non-lethal and just as effective at taking the perp down.

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Posted in: Japanese astronaut joins biggest space station crowd in decade after SpaceX arrival See in context

Congrats to who are involved, imagine if the rest of us downstairs can work and live in such harmony knowing that we are all together in this world.

We can in a world led science, independent free thinkers and compassion. Unfortunately, religion typically causes division and intolerance. But I too hope for a time when we can live together in harmony as a species :)

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Posted in: Olympic athletes may be allowed to bring medical stimulants into Japan See in context

Equality question: Does this mean I can now import stimulants for my ADHD?

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Posted in: Vaccine minister Kono warns against wasting COVID-19 doses See in context

Amid growing concerns over a "fourth wave" of infections, the government is seeking to secure enough shots of the vaccine for roughly 36 million seniors and deliver them to municipalities by late June.

To achieve that in the next 75 days means 514,285 people a day need to be given the vaccine.

How many per day are being vaccinated as of today?

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Posted in: Olympic torchbearers run through empty Osaka park as virus surge tops 1,000 See in context

That image, along with stubbornly insisting that the games go ahead = Sad, pointless and a complete waste of time.

No sane and compassionate person wants the Olympics.

Far more important issues to address.

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Posted in: Tokyo ward begins certifying LGBT families See in context

I'm against it.

@Thomas Tank

Why would you be against something that does not affect you or involve you? You are not being asked to do or give up anything...

Any steps or progress that helps to bring more love, happiness and belonging (family) is a good thing in my book.

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Posted in: What are some past TV shows that could no longer be aired because they would be considered politically incorrect? See in context

What are some past TV shows that could no longer be aired because they would be considered politically incorrect?

Considered by who?

If it were me, probably none, because (i'm 50) I'm not easily offended and I don't take everything to serious. Plus, i'm not always pandering to others seeking their recognition or approval.

I have a sense of humor and can enjoy comedy and entertainment WITHOUT being judgmental or over sensitive.

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Posted in: Japan's celebrations rocket into orbit as Osaka's win takes off See in context

In that photo all I see is ignorant and selfish people...

The man removing his mask just to take a selfie. Plus I can see at least 2 other people with their mask pulled under their chin. The lady with the black mask 'underneath' her nose hoping for a signature. And... lets not forget Naomi also isn't wearing a mask and in close contact with crowd of strangers...

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Posted in: Police officer found dead in apparent suicide See in context

Although a suicide note was recovered from his locker, an Ibaraki Prefectural Police spokesperson declined to reveal its content

I bet it made reference to institutionalized bullying within the police force and named the perps too. Hence, "quickly hide that Taro-san, we don't want those dirty little secrets leaked"....

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Posted in: Two Christians publicly flogged in Indonesia for drinking, gambling See in context

publicly flogged...

Is this 2021 or 1421?

How could any independent critical free thinker defend these barbaric practices. Outdated laws based on religion should have no place in a modern civilized world.

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Posted in: Girl sues Tokyo high school that made her drop out for breaking no-dating rule See in context

Japan, is supposed to be a free democratic society and yet it has far too many outdated, communist / dictatorship style rules. Why are most official bodies, agencies and organizations in Japan run and governed like they're in North Korea???

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Posted in: Don't shout, don't cheer: Olympic fans face coronavirus curbs See in context

Don't cheer, talk loudly, eat, drink, or wave flags.

Reminds me of those "don't have fun or make any noise" signs aimed at children, you often see at little local parks / play areas (dirt patches) scattered throughout local towns.

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