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Posted in: Unplanned pregnancies occurring among teens, young women during pandemic See in context


use condoms, contraceptive pills


IUDs, *

Difficult to get. I was stonewalled by my doctor. Had to go to a different one in the next city over.

morning after pill

By prescription only. By the time they can get it it's too late.

patches, rings, injections,

Don't exist here!

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Posted in: Woman arrested after stabbing sleeping husband and setting fire to his futon See in context


I'm glad you got away from that.

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Posted in: ALT asked to remove earrings by local education board See in context


Not sure if you're being tongue-in-cheek but when I was an ALT we did get such a dress code dos-and-don'ts talkin' to at the orientation seminars. Not with pictures. But the ALT liaison guy gave us an example by undoing buttons and untucking his shirt. I'm not even joking.

I was once stuck in a teachers meeting where they discussed dress code for students. All zippers had to be zipped and all buttons buttoned at all times or be reprimanded. One teacher asked if that included the decorative zippers on the fake sleeve pockets and BOY was that a roller coaster of a meeting!

Japan needs to relax.

Do they still spray paint kids with brown hair?

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Posted in: Cram school teacher arrested for attempting to film up student’s skirt during class See in context

“Since her skirt was short, I thought I could easily take some images.”

Well, geeze, at least he was honest.

None of that "I was drunk and don't remember." or "The corona virus has made my life so stressful." excuse.

Just an honest, everyday piece of garbage.

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Posted in: 14-year-old girl from Nara City missing since Dec 1 See in context

When I taught in junior high the homeroom teacher always called the parents if a child was late. The father called the police at 8pm when she didn't come home. If there had been a call that morning they could have been looking for her hours earlier.

Once in my time there a student went missing. They left for school as usual and then jumped a train to a relative's house two hours away.

Hoping this girl is found safe and sound.

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Posted in: Two 17-year-old boys killed after motorbike crashes into brick wall See in context


In my experience the helmets are on their heads.

But the straps are flapping in the breeze.

Heck, plenty of adults doing the same thing.

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Posted in: Man arrested after body parts of father found in ceiling of home See in context

I can't even imagine being in the same home with a corpse as it rots. I've dealt with dead mice in the walls or a possum under the porch that were awful enough but a human corpse? In an apartment no less!

How do they pull that off so that the neighbors don't notice the smell? Vacuum storage bag? Aircon on full blast? Still...ugh it must be ghastly.

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Posted in: Health officials find 164 dogs crammed into tiny house See in context

How awful. I worked on a hoarding case out in Gunma with 30+ shiba mix dogs in a house about that big. But they at least had a small garden to go out in.

The city didn't have the power to take the dogs, or fine the owner (she was bonkers, not poor), do something about the foot and a half of rancid water and feces, or even haul away the floor to ceiling garbage bags in the house. They could only ask her nicely to try to take better care of them. She only agreed to fix the females because the rescue group paid for it. Two females passed anyway soon due to poor care after surgery. A terrible situation all around.

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Posted in: Put down the frying pan – You can make amazing pancakes with a sandwich maker See in context

So...a subpar waffle?

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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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