ChibaChick's past comments

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    ChibaChick

    Yes, backpacking at 56 - clearly you have never been a backpacker - there are people of all ages travelling.

    Airlines will allow you to fly with an onward ticket - you dont have to have a return ticket.

    Its not hard to get a contact for lodging - and it doesnt say that he didnt have this - just no actual reservation. A lot f people on arrival will come into town and look round the hostels for a decent place to stay.

    I am not protecting him. He is guilty as hell. It is obvious and he deserves everything he gets. But I disagree with them using his method of travel to convict him. the drugs alone should have been enough.

    Posted in: British 'drug mule' faces 10 years' jail after acquittal overturned

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    ChibaChick

    I think the guy is guilty as hell, but to be fair, the logic of this escapes me:

    “The defendant had no company for the trip and no reservations for accommodation as of his arrival in Japan. He also says he had no plans to meet anyone and no itinerary while in Japan,” it said.

    When I was backpacking years ago, I used to arrive in a country in exactly the same way. It is not this that makes him suspicious, it is 2.5kgs of drugs that does. That is a lot to be carrying and not knowing about it.

    Posted in: British 'drug mule' faces 10 years' jail after acquittal overturned

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    ChibaChick

    You ALWAYS hear "Matsumoto yougisha" or "Tanaka yougisha" on the news. I have never heard of "Taro yougisha" or "Yoshihiro yougisha". Doesnt happen.

    But I dont think this is a foreigner-targeting thing. I think in general Japanese just always use family names for JApanese, and first names for foreigners - even "haafu" if they are perceived to be a foreigner. Ignorance? Maybe. But I kind of feel sorry for Japanese sometimes - damned if they do and damned if they dont. They are taught at school that we use first names, and then when they do we complain about it.

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    ChibaChick

    Perhaps those are deaf. About 30% of Dalmatians are deaf and you need to be very careful not to startle them

    you are walking down the street minding your own business, and a pack of snarling dogs comes at you - would your first reaction be "Oh! Mustnt startle them!"?!

    It wasnt the victims fault, and it wasnt the dogs fault either. Anyone who keeps 11 dogs in an enclosed space is at best clueless, and at worst - I dont even want to think about it.

    Posted in: 4 Dalmatians escape home, attack passersby in Sakai

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    ChibaChick

    This question reminds me of the time in the UK during the BSE crisis that the then Agriculture Minister tried to convince everyone beef was safe by feeding his 5 year old grand daughter a burger live on national television. She took one bite, grimaced, yelled "URRRGH!" and spat it out!

    Pretty much second what blvtzpk says.

    Posted in: What would it take to convince you that seafood, rice and other food products from Fukushima Prefecture are safe to consume?

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    ChibaChick

    Poor kid looks terrified

    Posted in: Greek police seek global help to identify blonde girl found in Roma camp

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    ChibaChick

    It was 80 degrees here today and I stood in the park with my kids rubbing sunscreen onto us all. The J women nearby stood top to tail in hats, masks, long sleeves, several layers, one even had a woolly scarf on - and whined about how hot they were.

    overchan - it wasnt an allergic reaction, and it didnt happen after one application, it builds up over time.

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    ChibaChick

    Ya think? The guy broke into her house and hid in a cupboard with a knife.

    I would call that premeditated, wouldnt you?

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    ChibaChick

    An interesting thing is happening here in the US at the moment - one kid being bullied in high school and told he had no friends, turned to social media and asked people to support him. 100 people turned up to his school to have lunch with him and the bully apologised.

    A 14 year old girl was lured to a 17 year olds house and sexually assaulted with another girl. The pollice dropped the charges through "lack of evidence" - it has now gone viral via social media and the case has been re-opened.

    In another example, a young Sikh girl had a picture taken of her without her knowledge, distributed online and made fun of (she had hirsutism). The viral pic eventually actually got back to her, and she posted in the comments to say that she understood it seems weird, that her belief system prevents her from removing body hair, and if the guy needed a pic or to ask questions he need only have asked. the guy who took the pic actually apologised and said she was a better person than he was, and he was a better person for having met her.

    I am sensing a turning of the tide in the whole bullying issue, and I am hoping it spreads to Japan.

    Posted in: Private investigator’s job takes him to darkest depths of juvenile crime in Japan

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    ChibaChick

    This is sad . "country ( Japan ) is not coming out of recession for last two decades"

    That is the fault of gaikoku, especially Lehman Brothers.

    You do know that Lehman brothers happened in 2008, right? And the Japanese economic bubble burst around 1990? But dont worry about that little detail - just keep blaming "gaikoku" for all Japans woes if it makes you feel better. Never let Japan take a look at itself for its own problems, and you will still find yourself 20 years from now posting on here about Japan not coming out of recession for 4 decades...

    Posted in: 20% of Tokyo university students want to die, NPO survey suggests

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    ChibaChick

    NOOOO!!!!! Dont change it!!!! Its already the most memorable of all the nonsense characters out there!

    Posted in: 'Fukuppy' firm rethinking mascot after Internet ridicule

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    ChibaChick

    This guy personally decorated the walls of the pediatric surgery unit at a major Tokyo teaching hospital with all the characters and we had the dubious pleasure of staying there for 2 weeks when I saw first hand the joy they brought to the kids in there, mine included.

    Definitely the end of an era, but the legacy will continue. RIP Yanase Takashi.

    Posted in: 'Anpanman' creator dies at 94

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    ChibaChick

    If there is one thing that has really stood out for me over the 11 years I was in Japan, it was how generally talented Japanese are at art, music and dance. I dont know the reasons why, and I get that we also have amazing talent in the west, but I see a LOT of Japanese with a high level of skill in the arts.

    Every Japanese I ever met could read music and play at least one instrument. The art at school on display was a far higher level to the equivalent in the west, and anyone who has ever been to a simple dance or exercise class will know what I am talking about when they stand at the back in amazement while the Japanese all around them just seem to "know" what they are doing! Japan produces amazing dancers and artists.

    I dont know if it is down to natural talent, the way they are taught, or a combo of things, but its been really noticeable to me over the years so not surprised by this report.

    Posted in: Japanese breakdancer wins Asia-Pacific competition

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    ChibaChick

    If you dont mind, I think Ill stick to the onsens, hiking and sushi bars.

    Posted in: 11 unique experiences for tourists to Japan

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    ChibaChick

    Ive found it very interesting that my two older kids, slotting into US schools after so far only being in Japanese schools, are so far slowly coming up to speed with their English (Reading, Language Arts in particular) but are peeing all over the other kids in Math, even in their second language. The J system must be doing something right in that respect.

    But I agree, Math is just one aspect of overall intelligence.

    The schools here are also way more advanced technologically. We are in a particularly good school district so I guess it may not be representative of everywhere, but they have computer classes every day and each child is assigned an ipad. Ive been pretty impressed so far after hearing very mixed opinions on US education. But maybe we just got lucky with the school district.

    Posted in: Japanese adults top in reading, math skills: OECD study

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    ChibaChick

    My 35 year loan on my 50,000,000 yen mortgage is only 1.12% fixed, and that was with only 5,000,000 down

    Ours was very similar - 50 million mortgage, we put down a bigger deposit, and 1.17% fixed. That was Risona bank, but others are very similar. It makes no sense to rent long term. Now in California we are doing the same thing. Just got a mortgage approved and looking for somewhere to buy. Would much rather be paying my own mortgage than someone elses.

    But everyones circumstances are different and there are many cases when it may well be better to rent.

    Posted in: People playing it safe with their money

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    ChibaChick

    Ah, but, you see, what none of you are understanding is that opening whale and dolphin parks is a very important part of Japanese traditional culture........

    Posted in: Dolphin-killing town to open marine park

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    ChibaChick

    Youve seen the show. Now you can eat the cast!

    Posted in: Dolphin-killing town to open marine park

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    ChibaChick

    Starting to feel like I got off the merry go round that is Japan, only to get on to the rollercoaster that is the US. Could be worse. Could still be on the death slide that was the UK. And dont even get me started on France ;)

    Canada sounds nice......!

    Posted in: U.S. dysfunction at home undermining its credibility abroad

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