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Posted in: Good reception See in context

Where's the social distancing?

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Posted in: Gov't to give financial support for shorter hours as virus surges See in context

My GF just received the application form and other requirements for this.

Typical of Japan, it is going to take her at least 2 full days to prepare all of the business information, documents and to collate all the info from her 6 employees.

She said it hardly seems worth all the effort for 'a chance' to receive a little support...

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Posted in: Supermarket’s funeral ad sparks controversy, debate over 'blasphemy' See in context

Funeral services in Japan and all the made up artificial BS that goes with it costs a fortune and it's all down to emotional blackmail tactics by making the surviving family members feeling guilt, peer pressure or cornered...

When I heard this: "The more expensive death names (yes, you need to have a new name after death) will help the deceased spirit in it's journey"... You just know they are milking the deceased family. It's a corrupt "business" that for some reason is 'taboo' to question...

So I understand the "business of death" participants feeling threatened by AEON's offer.

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Posted in: Judo in Japan getting unwanted scrutiny for abuse, violence See in context

The word 'Judo' in the title should be replaced with 'Culture'... Sadly it's more appropriate and true..

Culture in Japan getting unwanted scrutiny for abuse, violence

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Posted in: All participants in Osaka 'orgy party' arrested See in context

Victimless crime. Leave people alone to have fun in their own homes. All consenting adults after all.

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Posted in: JAL ditches 'ladies and gentlemen' for gender-neutral greetings See in context

What's next. No Male or Female toilets?

When will this "but i'm offended" madness end.

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Posted in: TV personality Bobby Ologun indicted on domestic abuse charge See in context

Mr Kipling:

I think a short spell in prison followed by a one way ticket to Nigeria are in order.

I'm not defending Bobby but, why would they send him to Nigeria? He is Japanese. Nigerian born yes, but when he became a Japanese citizen, he became Japanese.

BTW, do you make "exceedingly good" pies and cakes :)

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Posted in: Naomi Osaka wins 2nd U.S. Open title See in context

@ Wipeout

She didn't become Japanese, she has been Japanese since birth, and that status has never changed.

No. You are Japanese if you hold a Japanese passport / become a citizen.

Naomi Osaka applied in 2019 to become a Japanese citizen:

Whatever, she has done very well and deserves her success.

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Posted in: Naomi Osaka wins 2nd U.S. Open title See in context

Since becoming Japanese in 2019 she has certainly done well in the rankings and especially her 'endorsement' earnings. Ditching her US nationality was a very astute move.

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Posted in: Abe says decision to resign before accomplishing his goals 'gut-wrenching' See in context

He told reporters that it was “gut wrenching” to leave so many of his goals unfinished.

"so many" needs to be changed to "all".


1 - Personal taxation has increased

2 - Corporate taxation has decreased

3 - National debt has dramatically increased

Excluding big businesses (wink, wink) Has the welfare and daily living standards for the nation and future generations improved under Abe?

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Posted in: Japanese war orphans tell of pain, shame and recovery See in context

Bullying and shaming culture is still strong in Japan today. The ugly unspoken aspect about life in Japan.

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Posted in: 2 doctors indicted over consensual killing of terminal ALS patient See in context

We should all have the right to determine our own fate. I feel sorry for the doctors, it should not be a crime.

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Posted in: 20-year-old woman arrested after car crash kills one, injures another See in context


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Posted in: 20-year-old woman arrested after car crash kills one, injures another See in context

ahh "Gunma Prefecture" is a class of itself.

@jalan5 what a classes comment.

Gunma is a stunningly beautiful prefecture.

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Posted in: Traffic law to punish tailgating to go into effect Tuesday See in context

Yes. They should teach drivers to stay in the left lane. Cruising in the right lane (or middle lane on the expressways) is very annoying and dangerous too.

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Posted in: European lawmakers chide Japan over parental child abductions See in context

Dear lawmakers, Japan isn't an EU member.

True, but a compassionate country would not allow child abductions. A compassionate country would not leave one parent with no rights to see or have contact with 'their own child' after divorce. A compassionate country would understand that 'the love' for your child and the child's love of 'both' parents does not end at divorce.

If you defend Japan on this heartless position, then you too are not a compassionate person. And please forget all the usual excuses. No harm comes from being a compassionate person or country.

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Posted in: 15-year-old boy dies after apparently shooting himself See in context's authenticity? Since it was able to kill, perhaps its REAL?

Maybe it was a 3D printed gun (designs are available online for free) as opposed to a real revolver?

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Posted in: Priyanka Yoshikawa: From Miss World Japan to entrepreneur in the wellness world See in context

and being the first half—Japanese contestant to do so

Here we go again... It is impossible to be "half Japanese". Japanese is a nationality, which means you either are Japanese or you are not Japanese. If she holds a Japanese passport she is Japanese, end of discussion.

Half is a negative and derogatory expression.

It would be correct (and positive too) to refer to Priyanka as having dual or double nationality / ethnicity.

Anyway, good for her and I wish her every success in her career and future.

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Posted in: 80% of Japan mayors oppose, wary of shift to Sept start of school year See in context

80% of Japan mayors oppose, wary of shift to Sept start of school year

Which could also mean: 80% of Japan mayors are very old, stubborn and hate change, whereas the other 20% are younger and open minded to new ideas.

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Posted in: Coronavirus outbreak sparks harassment at workplaces in Japan See in context

Harassment (and bullying) at school, clubs and workplaces is institutionalized in Japan. So it existed long before any virus. It's a unspoken about cultural thing, fact...

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Posted in: Support groups fear domestic violence spike amid calls for people to stay home See in context

Take a look at how many men kill their partners vs how many women do. It gets exhausting reading the comments on these kinds of topics on JT because so many of you think it’s a joke. “What about men?!?? They suffer too!” Yes, they do. Most often at the hands of other men with regards to violence and why men kill themselves regarding work stress. A shame you’d rather blame women then address the issue of men’s behavior.

Calm down. No one is being sexist. My point was that when men are victims of DV (as I was for 2 years) we are usually ignored, mocked or not taken seriously. This is why many male victims of DV do or say nothing.

Yes men can be evil towards women. Yes most 'reported' DV cases are made by women seeking help. Yes women get protected and their claims are taken seriously. Yes I agree both men and women should not be subjected to DV.

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Posted in: Support groups fear domestic violence spike amid calls for people to stay home See in context

To all the men with crazy or evil wives / girlfriends (the often forgotten or ignored victims of DV). Hang in there, this won't last for long.

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Posted in: Abe declares state of emergency until May 6 for Tokyo, 6 prefectures See in context

His cabinet will also finalize the stimulus package worth 108 trillion yen

The construction industry and Amakuari gravy train is going to be very well taken care of. That won't be a pledge or urge either, it's 100% guaranteed...

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Posted in: Tokyo confirms 143 new coronavirus infections Sunday See in context

Remember...Japan is only testing people who have both 'fever and pneumonia'. If you develop all of the COVID-19 symptoms but you do not develop pneumonia, you will NOT be tested for COVID-19 and sent on your way. Most infected with COVID-19 do not develop pneumonia...

The above was disclosed recently by Dr. Ohmagari Norio, who is a leading expert and also an advisor to the government said in a video (from 02:05):

Ergo, many infected are walking amongst us with mild symptoms, yet they are still able to infect the vulnerable.

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Posted in: Japan sets up National Security Council team to meet coronavirus, tech challenges See in context

In a few weeks the new "National Security Council team" will ask to set up a range of smaller committee's to look at individual issues. Basically they are going to fight and prevent the spread of the virus with endless 'meetings'.

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Posted in: Japan enacts legislation to facilitate employment until age 70 See in context

This is all due consecutive governments borrowing money and increasing the size of Japan's monumental debt and servicing costs (interest payments). The massive and continually mounting debt and interest payments have to be maintained. Without continually taxing workers and borrowing even more money the government would be unable to pay the interest payments.

Basically, if we ran our personal or business finances like the governments model, we would be locked up for fraud. Fact.

Everyone thinks Japan is a super wealthy country. That is BS and a pure illusion. Japan government spending and borrowing is like a spoilt teenage girl spending with an open ended credit card and expecting others to pay for it.

Well it's us and our children who have to pay for the endless line of inept leaders and finance ministers.

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Posted in: Germany bets on S Korean model in virus fightback See in context

Germany is conducting 300,000 to 500,000 tests per week.

Meanwhile in Japan they have tested only 28,760 since early January (hence the low number of 'reported' infections in Japan)... source:

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Posted in: Out-of-season snow falls in Tokyo, surrounding areas See in context

Typo above: 3/4 not #/4 ;)

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Posted in: Out-of-season snow falls in Tokyo, surrounding areas See in context

hopefully will keep more people in today

Nope... I just went to the supermarket (around 11:45 a.m.) to get needed supplies and I was amazed that both local Pachinko's are about 3/4 full. At first I couldn't believe all the bicycles parked in front, so I went to check. When the auto doors opened I could see inside and was gobsmacked at what I saw... #/4 full and no social distancing at all :(

Where is the leadership in Japan?

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Posted in: Japan sees record number of 105 suspected animal abuse cases in 2019 See in context

What about little monkeys held on leashes, dressed in ridiculous outfits and forced to entertain at shopping malls. That is sick and abusive. If Japan really cared about animal welfare, it would be illegal to use any animal as entertainment for selfish humans.

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