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Posted in: 40 windows smashed at junior high school in Okayama See in context

Back when I taught in junior high some kids started a fire in the boys restroom garbage can, put it out and ran off. There was an assembly later and afterwards students were allowed to anonymously write down anything they knew about the accident. The guilt parties were soon found.

Wonder if the same thing will be done here. Middle school kids are garbage at keeping their mouths shut. Someone will talk. Unless it wasn't actually an inside job. I guess it's not out of the realm of possibility that a rando had the energy smash 40+ windows. If they were the sort with the earthquake wiring? Exhausting.

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Posted in: Worried by pandemic, unmarried Japanese couples want legal protection See in context

When I married my Japanese husband I was allowed to keep my maiden name. Then I registered an alias with his name for certain situations. Japanese citizens should be allowed the same option.

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Posted in: Mother arrested after daughters, aged 6 and 3, die in overheated car while she goes drinking See in context

Mark, I agree that she deserves to spend the rest of her life in jail but what did her friends do? Unless there's another article somewhere with different info they didn't drive there together. They didn't know the children were in the car. They didn't advise her to leave them there or go home and sleep it off. And, ultimately, they are not responsible for other people's children.

Having said that, I cannot imagine the horror I would feel if a friend and I were partying all night and I found out her kids died in the car during that time.

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Posted in: Man arrested for corpse abandonment after skeletal remains found in Tokyo apartment See in context

What now? So, according to him, the friend was dead in his room for however long so he went in through a window and then...put the remains in a storage shed? And then when the lady friend was there he...brought the remains back into the apartment? This is the strangest game of Hot Potato ever.

Like Brian said, rotting flesh is a smell you can't not notice. It is FOUL. One cannot plead ignorance on that.

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Posted in: Mother arrested after daughters, aged 6 and 3, die in overheated car while she goes drinking See in context

First time through I misread and wondered how they'd passed in only a few nighttime hours. Surely it hadn't been as hot as--

OMG, 12:40PM??

She found them unconscious at dawn? So they might have had a chance had she taken them right to the ER?

Instead she drove home and, what, left them in the driveway to sleep it off? Didn't want to blow a dirty breathalyzer? Better to let YOUR CHILDREN bake to death in the noon-day sun than live the embarrassment of a DUI?

Those poor girls.

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Posted in: Parents arrested after leaving daughters, aged 3 and 1, at home alone for 11 days See in context

They went back on several occasions...a day? Or over the course a week and a half? Were these poor sweeties sitting in dirty diapers for hours or days at a time? What if the baby spit up and aspirated all alone?

Surely the money needed to pay for 11 days in a hotel could be better spent on a babysitting service.

"Wanted to spend time together." Pfft. Doing what? In America I'd assume a meth bender. What do Japanese people bend on?

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Posted in: Travelers cautious of coronavirus as 4-day weekend starts See in context

All the staff at work have been staying home every day off for months. Another teacher and I sewed masks for everyone when masks were nowhere to be had. Staying late because of the extra cleaning and sterilizing procedures every night. There have been three corona scares but luckily no positives.

It all seems for naught when a student comes up to me on a Monday to tell me all about their trip to Disneyland, or Kidzania or the birthday party at the beach.

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Posted in: Vigilance could have prevented 3-year-old child's death by starvation: expert See in context

I'm reminded of Rie Fujii. She left her fifteen month old and three month old to visit her boyfriend for ten days. I can't even imagine how heartless someone has to be to leave their baby home alone like that.

Once I was waiting for a train and a lady was there with twin babies. Little under a year old, I'd guess. One in her arms, one in a single stroller. She let go of the stroller for a moment and it rolled away, fell over and the baby starts crying.

What does she do? She PUTS THE OTHER BABY DOWN ON THE PLATFORM! Right there on the yellow line and runs off to the other baby. I'm horrified so I scoop up the platform baby and bring it over to where the mother is picking up the other one. I ask if she needs a little help and she gets angry. Yanks the baby from me, storms off juggling two babies and pushing the empty stroller awkwardly while insisting she can do it herself. Madam, clearly you cannot!

Hearing stories from other posters, goodness, at least she didn't call the police on me.

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