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Posted in: 30-year-old man arrested for shoplifting snacks from convenience store See in context

Maybe he actually wanted to be jailed?

He'll get food, a place to sleep, a routine...

For some people, this is better than living without knowing how the next day gonna be.

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Posted in: Convenience store employee arrested for attempting to kill co-worker See in context

Gaijinjland Wrote Today 07:49 pm JST

Poor guy. Anyone over 30 working at family mart does so out of necessity.

I would say 90% of workers, whatever their job is, do it out of necessity. We all have bills to pay, we all have to eat and drink, you know.

At least he's working. He's not doing anything wrong. The kind of job shouldn't make anyone feel inferior or superior to one another as a human being.

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Posted in: Smartphone makers charge ahead to make better batteries See in context

wallace wrote on Feb. 28 02:44 pm JST

Those with an Apple Care Plus plan will only pay $29 to replace an iPhone screen. Covered twice in one year

Wait. Do you mean your iPhone screen had problems twice in a year?

Really? How fragile is it? Or was it caused by mishandling?

Sorry, just saying - even if it's cheaper, it could cost you zero if it didn't have any problems.

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Posted in: How to make a survival kit for emergencies in Japan See in context

Wait. Unless I am missing some hidden purpose, why the baby bottle?

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Posted in: Charges dropped against group that allegedly broke into vending machine after Noto earthquake See in context

Doesn't vending machines dispose their products free of charge in emergency cases such as earthquakes, tsunami, etc?

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Posted in: Nursing home worker arrested over death of 81-year-old resident claims he ‘got fed up’ See in context

BigPT Wrote oday 08:42 pm JST

Bad pay plus bad conditions equals bad staff

No matter what kind of job and conditions, there will always be those that do and those that don't do their job properly...

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Posted in: Japan’s popular Moonlight brand begins selling broken cookies See in context

Oh, less cookies for the factory workers, more money for the maker...

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Posted in: 85-year-old man arrested for stealing condoms from convenience store See in context

A lot of elderly people commit small crimes such as shoplifting actually expecting to be detained. Especially if they have no job or fixed address, such as the mentioned man.

Sad, but sometimes they just want someone to talk to, or just a place to live (even a cell prison can be better than living on the streets).

Let me be clear, I'm not saying this is the case here. Maybe he was just a horny old man...

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Posted in: Sauerkraut or sardines? Hiroshima's 'okonomiyaki' goes global for G7 summit See in context

I think when travelling overseas a tourist would prefer to eat some traditional local food, not food from their country...

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Posted in: Natto: You either love it or hate it See in context

Not true. I don't hate nor love it.

I do hate the smell, but it can be somewhat hidden with some kind of topping like grated carrots or 'daikon' (radish) - though this one is also smelly anyway...

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Posted in: What do you think of parcel delivery services from companies like Amazon, Sagawa and Yamato? Any bad experiences? See in context

Roy Sophveason,

Pretty sure that's not the problem. Human error it is.

Even if you fill in the wrong places, which is not the case here, your address would just be written in a messed up order (for example building and door first, then city, etc), not impossible to decipher. Also, there's no way to think 'II' is a door number. Even if you misread it as '11', door numbers in Japan have 3 or more digits.

Are you sure you somehow didn't forget to include the building name? With only the door number it'd be impossible to deliver, for example. Or simply another delivery guy took the job.

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Posted in: What do you think of parcel delivery services from companies like Amazon, Sagawa and Yamato? Any bad experiences? See in context

Though it may vary depending where you live, I think Amazon is some ranks below the others.

Delivering at the wrong building (I used to live in an apartment block which had two separate buildings named I and II), calling to ask where the building is (when a simple search on Google Maps clearly shows it) and deliver while wearing pajamas (real story!) were some of the stuff I experienced.

Given Amazon name, size and whatever, I think they can provide some better service.

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Posted in: Heatstroke in Japan: What to do and how to avoid it See in context

Little bit late for this kind of article, huh? August is somewhat more bearable than July, and Autumm is coming next month...

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Posted in: We try roasted sweet potatoes from a vending machine See in context

500 yen is not cheap by any means. Have the writer really tried it elsewhere? Prices starts at 128 yen or so...

And, I suppose, they are not roasted inside the vending machines. They are probably roasted in big batches, packaged and just put there to keep them warm or cold.

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Posted in: 19-year-old arrested over hotel stabbing that left woman dead, man injured See in context

blahblah222 wrote on June 3 07:48 pm JST

Majority of crimes vs. women and especially people in the sex industry are never reported.

> Most of women working there have experienced being beaten by their customers, forcibly injected drugs by customers, etc., and generally are too afraid to report to police as police never favors them.

> In most cases, even if they call the police, the police will tell them to settle it privately.

> Due to the profession of the victim here, I don't think this guy will get a heavy sentence

Sorry, but where exactly is your information from?

Saying 'never', 'most' and 'majority' is a stretch, really, because there's not only call girls ("Delivery Health"), but also a lot of other establishments in the sex industry.

That being said, 'Delivery Health' workers, due to the nature of said business (they go to a hotel or client's house), are indeed less protected than workers on a physical store-type establishment.

When they have some trouble, I suppose they first try to settle it privately, but if they do have to call the police, I think the police will do their job. Working on the sex industry is not illegal per se (selling vaginal sex is, though), so the police don't really have any reason to turn a blind eye. Nor the killer don't get a heavy sentence because he killed a sex worker, like you said.

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Posted in: Chen wins 3rd straight worlds, beating Olympic champ Hanyu See in context

Hit the books? Hanyu just recently graduated from Waseda University...

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Posted in: Tokyo likely to reduce age limit on kids in opposite-sex public baths, report says See in context


There are actually some onsen where you can rent a private bathtub, or a room with one already installed. Good to spend some time with a partner or family.

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Posted in: Sapporo to release limited-edition Adult Choc Mint beer See in context

GWToday 08:56 pm JST

The article mentions happoshu.......so are these fancy happoshu for Y4,378 or Y365 per can.......

Even if they are actually beer they are a bit pricy & why the hell do you have to order online for the most part!!!

Thankfully there are plenty of lower priced craft brews more easily purchased

Being classified as "happoshu" doesn't mean their quality is inferior or they have to be cheaper. A lot of Japanese craft breweries actually operate under a happoshu license.

Happoshu is not just about malt content, but also "non-standard" additives. Though the law has recently changed to allow beer with such additives to be classified as beers, there's a catch: the percentage of additives used in relation to the weight of malt used. That's why Belgian Witbier, for example, is classified as happoshu.

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Posted in: 7-Eleven Japan to double the shelf life of their onigiri rice balls See in context

BertieWooster wrote Today 08:21 am JST

My new year's resolution is to give up conbinis. The food is terrible, it's expensive and they are destroying local business.

Destroying local business? If their food are terrible and expensive and said local business can't fight that, well, something is wrong with your local business.

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Posted in: NiziU, Babymetal to perform for 1st time on NHK's 'Kohaku' music show See in context

You don't have to watch it all to enjoy/like it. Just watch the ones you like, people.

That being said, though:

-Too much idol groups;

-No Miyamoto Hiroji (or Elephant Kashimashi);

-No Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra;

-No Wagakki Band.


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Posted in: Survey finds only 23% of vehicles stop for pedestrians at crosswalks See in context

Not surprising. I'd like to know the percentage of drivers who stop OVER crosswalks.

Every time I see that I feel the urge to walk over the car...

Being a mere two meters ahead when the traffic signal opens saves only a mere second, or even less, for a car. Pretty stupid if you ask me.

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Posted in: What is your favorite Japanese beer? See in context

Mr Kipling wrote Oct. 24 02:34 pm JST

All the above beers are the same style of beer... Thats the problem with Japanese beers...almost all bottom fermented “lager” style beers. The supermarkets then import some foreign beers of the same kind. Or worse brewed under licence...

Most bars and shops in Europe will have at least 8 different beer varieties not just brands of the same generic rice beer.

If you want good beer you are looking at the wrong place (with some rare exceptions, like some Aeon supermarkets). Specialised shops are the way to go.

Personally, I find Nagano prefecture has maybe some of the best breweries in Japan. To name a few, Shiga Kogen and OH! LA! HO, for example.

Baird Beer, from Numazu (Shizuoka prefecture), with also some taprooms in Tokyo and Osaka, is another one I'd recommend.

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Posted in: 5 South Koreans die after getting flu shots, sparking vaccine fears See in context

Monty wrote Today 03:47 pm JST

I don't know if Flu Vaccine and Influenza Vaccine are same.

Me and my family are taking influenza vaccines for many years, and every season we have never got an influenza.

Just me 1 time but very very mild.

So I feel very very safe with my influenza vaccine.

And it is paid by my company.

Well, good for you and your family, buddy.

Me, I haven't taken a vaccine for years, without any major problems at all. Every case is different, but maybe more than a vaccine, eating well, sleeping well and having good hygiene plays a huge part.

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

Garthgoyle wrote Today 12:29 pm JST

Is prostitution legal in Japan, yes or no? Coz one, since they charged money AND paid to the women, then this could very well fall into prostitution. And two, there was an article here in JapanToday not long ago about escort business seeking being recognized for Covid19's government help, that they are regular business like any other.

Prostitution per se is not, but getting money for vaginal sex is (though paying for it isn't really, if I recall correctly). To complicate it, oral sex and even anal sex is NOT illegal.

And finally, to complicate it even more, there are some brothels known as "Soapland" that does involve vaginal sex. Everyone knows it does, but they're rarely busted by cops (and when they are, it's usually because some other problem than prostitution charges). The reason for that is that the brothel says it only charges the client for an "assisted bath", and they are not responsible for what happens inside the room between the client and the girl. The brothel supposedly can't do anything if they happen to reach an agreement and do it by their own...

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Posted in: The coronavirus pandemic, six months on See in context

@Fighto! Uh, I think 'Sneezy' was just being ironic, stating the obvious. Like, who likes Covid-19 and ever wanted it to have happened anyway?

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Posted in: Tokyo Video Gamers, a new bar with free-to-play arcade games, opens in Akihabara See in context

For those that want something more foreigner-friendly (games available in English too), there's a bar in Nagoya called 'Critical Hit'.

Though, in this situation, I don't really know if they've closed or not. Let's hope not.

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Posted in: 6 online workshops to experience Japan from home See in context

Tokyo-m wrote Today 10:25 am JST

Is there an online tour of the rush-hour?

There you go:


You're welcome. :D

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Posted in: World’s first make-your-own KitKat shop opening in Tokyo See in context

World's first? I think we have a mistranslation here.

Almost every KitKat Chocolatory around the world (and even Japan) allows the customer to make a customized one.

If you check the original website (https://nestle.jp/brand/kit/chocolatory/information/2020/8-4_shibuya.php), nowhere it states it's the world's first, but it does state the customized KitKat is unique in the world ('「マイ キットカット」は、世界でひとつだけの「オリジナル キットカット」').

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Posted in: Coronavirus makes popular Japanese restaurant chain raise prices by one yen, but not to earn more See in context

chugmagaga wrote Today 02:06 pm JST

Why accept only cash?

They are apparently going cashless starting next month (though some shops have already been accepting credit and debit cards since last year).

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Posted in: Kirin releases Home Tap Beer Service See in context

Wobot wrote at July 6 05:47 pm JST

> Where did you get it? This service is such a huge gimmick, only 4 litres of beer (8 cans) for ¥8000!!!


Rakuten. But Amazon, Yahoo Shopping and others also have some options.

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