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Posted in: Tokyo tightens security for Abe's funeral See in context

"where violent crime is rare"

Almost once every couple days we're seeing an article on here about someone killing a family member, or something of the sort, I think this phrase has run its course. There's more than enough violent crime in Japan.

And before anyone says "yes but..." comparing Japan's murders to other countries murders doesn't make the number here decrease, it just make the county with higher numbers of murder look worse.

That said, there are less violent crimes than many other countries, which is a nice thing.

Anyway, I still think this whole thing is a massive waste of my tax money.

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Posted in: Transgender man in Japan wants switch recognized without surgery See in context


I don't understand your argument. There are no urinals in women's bathrooms, and I don't think a person trying to live as a woman will whip their genitals out in the women's bathroom in front of everyone, I don't see how anyone would know unless they made a point of it.

In any case this is about a born female trans to male person who does not want their genitals messed with, in order to be given the gender of male on official documents, if they look like a male, and have undergone a lot of other procedures, using bathrooms will also not be an issue as men's bathrooms also contain regular toilets, and, as far as I have experienced I have never been looked in on, or felt the urge to look in on other men doing their business to see if they have the right genitals.

What's the real problem here?

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Posted in: Osaka reports record infections, as gov't eyes tougher measures for Aichi See in context

As long as the government makes suggestions rather than orders, people aren't going to think it applies to them and will continue to go out and do whatever they want.

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Posted in: WHO reports record daily increase in global coronavirus cases for second day in a row See in context


Even in the cases that people are asymptomatic it is important to know they are infected because they can pass it to people who will not be asymptomatic and could die. I don't see the point in crying out at the media when the pandemic IS killing people and those who are asymptomatic are lucky enough to not get overly sick while passing the virus on to YOUR loved ones without even knowing it themselves.

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Posted in: Sharp to make masks amid shortage caused by virus See in context

A friend of mine is an infection control nurse, and she said hospitals are running short on surgical masks needed for surgery and other medical procedures. Hopefully Sharp will make masks that can help hospitals.

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Posted in: S Korea's Moon calls for diplomatic solution to trade spat See in context

@Alfie, but therer been apologies: List of war apology statements issued by Japan


Why would one more change anything?

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Posted in: Japan offers most paid leave for fathers in world, but few take it See in context

My wife is pregnant now, her work gives her leave, not paid leave though.

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Posted in: Kamakura: A guide to the closest ancient capital To Tokyo See in context

Actually, Heian was still the capital during the Kamakura period, the military government was in Kamakura, and while it's considered a defacto capital, Heian was still officially the capital til the Meiji period.

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Posted in: Virgin territory: Study shows heterosexual inexperience rising in Japan See in context

The reason this is news over and over again, is because theres going to be a massive population loss with the boomers dying off.

I say let the population drop! Japan is overcrowded as hell.

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Posted in: Mosque shooter a white supremacist angry at immigrants See in context

I think you guys should take down that first image.

The killer wants people to see that, and its disrespectful to the deceased and their friends and family.

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Posted in: S Korea accuses Japanese patrol plane of threatening flight See in context

Wait, so SK hasn't released any footage or proof, while Japan has the 'hey bro why you lock on?' video, and SK is trying to blame Japan?

Shouldn't they just release proof? Whats stopping them?

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Posted in: High school teacher disciplined over sexual harassment after serving alcohol to girl See in context


Imagine :

"I have some important news about club activities that I want to discuss"

He was the club adviser, easy.

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Posted in: Japan university students with experience of dating at lowest on record See in context

Some of you think this is an odd survey, but in a country where people are increasingly deciding against having a relationship, or finding themselves without the opportunity or means to have a relationship, which in turn is partly leading to a declining birthrate, and declining population, this survey is not strange at all.

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Posted in: Republicans aim to confirm Kavanaugh this weekend after FBI report See in context

It's interesting how many downvotes the people who are worried about the "we believe the survivors" part are getting.

I can understand the idea that these people have as well as how it's important to have a certain amount of belief in people who report a crime of any kind. But if the whole "belief" in "survivors" testimony is going to be the basis of whether someone is guilty or innocent, is definitely a scary notion.

Now don't get me wrong, rape/sexual abuse is horrific and I don't wish it on anyone, as well as I understand that the victims of it surely don't want to relive the experience, but, I do think that while initially we should take someone's claim into account, it must be investigated, and proven, before we think about lynching the "bad guy". This seems to be the idea that is common now, "we believe the survivors" so the person accused obviously did it, so lets ruin him/her.

I think this is probably the part that worries people the most.

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Posted in: Trump attacks Sessions; suggests DOJ hurt GOP in midterms See in context

This idea that politics is a game to be won is the most troubling one I think.

It includes forcing people to pick a side.

I hope the election of Trump has been a wake up call for all people to -think- before they vote, and not decide based on which 'team' they like, rather which policies benefit them and their fellow countryman.

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Posted in: Pope compares church sexual abuse, corruption to excrement, victims say See in context

For those of you commenting that he still hasn't really done anything.

What can he do? Go around to different offenders and smite them with his pope magic?

The fact that he is standing on the forefront of the church and acknowledging it has and is happening, as well as condemning it, is already something pretty big for the church in the first place.

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Posted in: 1-year-old girl dies from heatstroke after being left in car See in context

Sorry, the 2nd half of that was not aimed at you, Lizz, but to all posters, I wasn't sure how to separate it.

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Posted in: 1-year-old girl dies from heatstroke after being left in car See in context


you have no idea how much was deliberate, negligent or intentional forgetting with nothing to go on but a statement by the parents.

I think this is something that most of the people who have commented on this story have missed.

Everyone is quick to grab their torches and pitchforks, but none of us have any real idea what has happened, and that's, like Strangerland mentioned, is why they have trials.

I know that for all of us who post here on Japantoday, it seems like an impossible feat to forget a child, as we are all perfect beings, but I'm sure that those of us in the world who are less perfect have the possibility of making mistakes. Some mistakes are bigger than others, we should all know that.

But I think that in this case, everyone should grieve for the child, and be less quick to judge exactly what happened on the parents' side of the story until everything has been properly investigated.

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Posted in: Smartphone-distracted boy dies after being hit by train in Shizuoka See in context

They do usually sound their klaxon if people are over the yellow line. If you pay close attention though, people hear it, but don't care about it.

That's the problem.

On top of that, the stations have, periodically, on the LED signs, as well as broadcast via the loudspeakers that "walking while using a smartphone is dangerous, so don't do it". Again, how many people actually give a damn?

I repeat, that's the problem.

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Posted in: Japan's population declines at fastest pace yet to 125.2 mil See in context

For those of us who work overly long hours for our peanuts here in Japan, having a baby is expensive.

My wife and I are about to pop one out, and the money situation scares the fjords out of me.

I have a fairly good wage in comparison to many Japanese around me, I wonder how the average Japanese person would be able to afford a kid.

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Posted in: Rescuers search for survivors as death toll from floods, landslides rises to 157 See in context

Some of you are saying the government should have evacuated people earlier, but if you know how the general public here react to evacuation warnings, a lot tend to wait til its too late (or actually affecting me) anyway.

(i'm up in kyoto, we had evacuation warnings during this rainfall, people were talking about "wow the kamogawa is overflowing and water is rushing like mad", while their phones were blaring warnings to evacuate, yet everyone seemed to think they didn't really need to)

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Posted in: New Zealand to tax tourists to fund infrastructure See in context

New Zealanders already pay 25% sales tax on everything. It’s an expensive country to live.

Where did you get this information? GST is still 15%, just as Kiwi in Okinawa mentioned.

Don't forget that New Zealanders have free health care.

With minor exceptions, such as some kinds of cosmetic surgery, hospital treatment is free for those eligible for health care services. Nobody can be refused emergency care because they cannot pay, but if you're not a New Zealand resident, you may have to pay for some services. - https://www.newzealandnow.govt.nz/living-in-nz/healthcare/healthcare-services

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Posted in: Japan took in 20 asylum seekers in 2017 from nearly 20,000 applications See in context

I don't understand everyones need to make every country into a melting pot.

I don't understand why everyone points fingers at a country making its own rules about who comes in.

And I don't understand why people want other countries to operate in the way their home country does.

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Posted in: Japan hangs 2 inmates; first executions since July See in context

Legally, in Japan, 19 is considered as a minor.

The argument that a 19 year old can't understand the consequences of murder because of that, is ridiculous.

To say its horrific that the guy spent a long time in jail, waiting to die, is to say his crimes weren't horrible enough to warrent such, I know a lot of you don't agree, but his crime most certainly deserves punishment that is at least that harsh.

Let the -1's flood in!

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Posted in: Women accusing Trump of sexual misconduct seek congressional probe See in context

I'm not defending Trump or any sexual harasser, but in the article it mentions "“These allegations are credible," Gillibrand said in an interview on Monday with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour. "They are numerous. I’ve heard these women’s testimony, and many of them are heartbreaking.”"

A heartbreaking testimony ≠ proof.

There are a lot of sexual assault claims flying about as of late, but I do think its important to bring in some kind of real proof.

(Sorry if someone already posted a similar remark, I dont wanna read half a novel worth of comments. Yes I'm just lazy.)

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Posted in: 10,000 Google staff to police YouTube content See in context

They're going to lose content creators like this.

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Posted in: Wheelchair user crawls up plane stairs in dispute with Vanilla Air See in context

It's interesting, many of you jump on this company which after hearing the reports, took measures to improve. While there was an employee who was a complete and utter c&%t. I understand the resentment, but come on guys, some of you are blaming the entire country, going as far as to mention the country being the wrong place for the Olympic games.

Yes, there are plenty of people in Japan like this douchebag employee, but that doesn't mean the whole country needs to be looked down upon.

With that kind of attitude, I'm sure the countries in which many of you may hail from, can be seen in the exact same way.

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Posted in: Obama warns U.S. fate in voters' hands as Trump gains ground See in context

Neither of the candidates are fit to bit president.

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Posted in: Anime talent agency rejects voice actress applicants who have appeared in porn See in context

Customer is always right, right? If the customers want the voice actresses to be porn free, (while it may seem strange to most) then that's how the companies will work if they want to continue to bring in the cash.

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Posted in: KUMAMOTO EARTHQUAKE See in context

@Yubaru I couldn't speak or read Japanese when I first gave blood in Japan, but even so, they didn't turn me away, they used the most broken and horrible English they could just to keep me in the door. So I'm kinda surprised that the website states that.

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