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  • 1

    Cos

    Maybe hes not a stranger, which is a common thing.

    Exactly. People talking to kids are not necessarily strangers... and people harming kids are even more likely to be close acquaintances than unknown "weird guys in weird cars". I hope the girl is fine and only went on some Summer holidays in advance... meanwhile if I were the police, I'd investigate in all directions, including the family and the mother.

    Posted in: Missing girl's mother consulted police about same suspicious car in May

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    Cos

    Question??????????? Are the Yokotas in denial

    Short answer : yes.

    why is it so hard to write or say in print the "grand daughter of the Yokotas"?

    During a decade, the Yokota's PR team was demanding that. But well, these people are suffering, they have the right to be irrational, to reject their grand-kid, to change their mind, to eat sushi every Saturday...just that's boring news. But the attitude of Japanese media and officials is silly. Thousands were lost in the sea after the tsunami... and the successive governments feel the need to concentrate their energy on "13 ... kidnapped in the 1970s and 1980s".

    the issue has been a major stumbling block in normalizing ties between the two countries.

    A pretext. Japan, stop the circus, just say you don't want to normalize ties. Nobody will blame you for not dealing with this insane regime.

    Posted in: N Korean daughter of Japanese abductee could visit Japan this year

  • 1

    Cos

    Get your computer and phone's content scanned for free.

    Posted in: Free Wi-Fi approved for New York City's airports

  • 3

    Cos

    Obama could even join 21st century. Maternal leave is obsolete. Now, modern companies have a parental leave plan, it's an insurance system that allows mothers or fathers to get several months of paid leave whenever they have a new child (by birth or adoption). That's in addition to having sick leave covered by health insurance, for all the medical care that a pregnancy may entail, and sick child leave in case the kid requires special cares.

    We don't have the funds for it.

    That could have been said about slavery. Plantation owners had surely not the funds to pay the workers.

    Posted in: Obama says U.S. should offer paid maternity leave

  • 6

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    Like all extreme positions Kondo is wrong.

    He is not as extreme as the article suggests. For his books, he has researched which types of cancers could be treated with positive results and those for whom there is no amelioration with a heavy treatment, and those where you tend to survive a little longer and with less pain without the heavy therapy. He does recommends treatment in the first case. What he criticizes is that most doctors prescribe everything available even when it's useless. And recently, the trend is increasing as they do more high tech screenings, so when they find something that might someday become suspect, they treat it "just in case" and put the person on lifelong cancer-stopping drugs... but as it's ineffective, mortality rate is not lowered. For instance prostate cancer, they've done more early ops, and many more men where left impotent earlier... but not living longer. And in Japan, not only patients get no health improvement, but they pay a lot (the 30% of a cancer treatment can ruin a family) and the social security pays a lot. I've seen that with acquaintances. Roughly, the doc was afraid to say "I don't know any effective treatments for your case...." because the guy was very optimistic, not at all aware of his poor chances. So he prescribed operations, radiotherapy, chemo... Later, the patient was in palliative care in hospital, after months of tiring treatments that he did in addition of his work, so the family asked to the doctor : "So now that's the end ?...OK. And 6 months ago, you thought the treatments could work ? -Er... er... er...Well, we never know... but...but... but, you wanted to try, no ?" . The truth is they didn't know the real situation so they couldn't have an opinion. The doctor has decided for them, and particularly for the patient that might have preferred spending his last months taking a big holiday and doing whatever he liked with the help of painkillers. For instance, as he was "in treatment", his son postponed his wedding of a year to let time to his dad to recover . Had they known, he'd have advanced the party. A while ago, the doctors wouldn't let you know you had cancer, you were just told to get a series of treatments and someday, oh surprise, you had everybody around your bed crying and : curtain ! That's nearly the same.

    noone wants to lose a child to cancer and even a few extra months would be precious.

    Months of life or months of torture ? There was the really heartbreaking case of a little British girl, maybe she was 9. She went through very heavy treatment. Unfortunately, with no success, so a few months later, doctors wanted her to do it all again. She had made a petition to be allowed to not go to hospital again and wait for death at home with family and friends around her.

    The same logic applies to pets.

    No. One thing is your pet is not able to discuss it with the vet.

    Posted in: How to treat pet cancer: Do nothing, says one doctor

  • 2

    Cos

    Without government intervention, how else would young couples know that starving children could lead to severe malnutrition, or in this case, death?

    There is compulsory education. The 2 KNEW well they had to feed the kids, and even give them extended care, be with them 24/24 or ask someone else to relay. Like the guys that rob a bank know well that's not legal.

    A knock on the door asking if they can help is too much bother?

    Easy to say. We don't know the background of the family. There are neighbors you just avoid for your own safety. Besides, as others said, some babies cry a lot, often... and they cry the same way for colics and growing teeth or for being left starving, and the cries from this flat were probably nothing unusual. You wouldn't go to check your next door every night.

    Posted in: 21-yr-old mother, friend arrested for starving baby son to death

  • 0

    Cos

    What does "girlfriend" mean here?

    It's written it's the mother's "domestic partner". Whatever their relations, that was an adult living in the house, and she has let the kids starve too.

    Posted in: 21-yr-old mother, friend arrested for starving baby son to death

  • 10

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    between the ages of 22 and 39

    Isn't the list the same as the ranking of fav dishes of primary school kids that we saw recently ?

    Posted in: 10 dishes Japanese men want their girlfriends to cook for them

  • 2

    Cos

    Not all gaijin play the language clown. I know I certainly didn't.

    Well, that's not given to everybody to be a circus artist. That doesn't matter, that's not how you do your work. That's the situation before you step in... and it's still there after you, if you refuse to sing the song, they replace you by the next "clown" . Or did you succeed in making j-edu and the Monkasho change in anything ? You know well that Rola could be at the Diet and they'd take her for a clown, whatever she'd do and say, while they treat with respect Aso, Abe, and all the real jokes in that clique. I can't blame her for playing the girlie card to make a living in geinnokai. You said she could do something else ? Yes, as I said she could sew the clothes 12 hours a day. That would be wonderful if she could reverse the stereotype and make the show biz change.

    Posted in: Rola looking for boyfriend: 'That’s why I dress in skimpy outfits'

  • -4

    Cos

    The comments are very hypocritical as most guys seem to know that Rola, which means they watch her in her revealing outfit. And they'll be commenting the next bikini pin up JT will post too. Also, except the skater skirt (which is a pandemic), the clothes on the video are more for the Audrey Hepburn wannabe bachans.

    There is nothing wrong with a young women dressing sexy.

    I agree as long as they are not too young. She's 24, she knows what she does. That's probably poor quality outfit and customers don't care, they wear stuff 2 or 3 times at best, then go to buy a new one. I find the waste is way more shocking than bad fashion. And those girls in Bangladesh's sweatshops... are they happy that their compatriot Rola does the add ?

    I could imagine having a job where one had to behave like an airhead all the time to get a paycheck.

    Why imagine ? You've not done the JET ? Well, you didn't have the same fashion requirement. Probably the income is proportional to the surface of flesh shown.

    Posted in: Rola looking for boyfriend: 'That’s why I dress in skimpy outfits'

  • 4

    Cos

    Bassfunk, it's because many other neighboring (Taiwan, China...) have already similar visa exemptions and ultimately, they'll do it for all. So far, no problem with these tourists. Eligible people are their country's upper middle class, they're not terrorists and they're not interested in illegally slaving in Japan's underworld, if that's what you fear. And anyway, such people get shipped in by gangs regardless of the laws.

    Posted in: Japan to ease visa rules ahead of 2020 Olympics

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    Cos

    How many times people want Japan to apologise,

    As many times as they allow a clown like that to be in a representative position and let him say offensive nonsense.

    Posted in: Hashimoto says allied soldiers raped women after D-Day

  • 0

    Cos

    What happened is a mother threw herself and three children off a building and they're all dead. What could possibly be any sound excuse for murdering your children?

    Being pushed by someone. I mean that wouldn't be the first suicide, but that wouldn't be the first murder either. The police investigates for a reason.

    Posted in: 3 children, mother fall to deaths from 14th floor of Chiba condo

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    Japan has 4 possibilities. The least likely (I hope) is described in the book "the submersion of Japan". The second, just as unlikely, is J-government seeing the light in the next 5 years, and taking in massively Chinese migrants, as they can chose them educated and already fluent in kokugo, and establish closer relations with China like an economic union, and well, even if Japanese ends up as the Luxembourg in E.U,, that would be a comfortable situation. The third is they just wait, and they'll got massive Chinese immigration by armies and settling colons sent by Chinese government and Japanese culture would be preserved like...Tibetan culture, maybe. Then the most likely is Chinese investors will buy everything in Japan (and they've started), then at some point, the new owners will totally own the political class and will decide for them, and they'll bring a few millions of their compatriots to work and live in Japan. In the 2 last scenarii, what would be the fate of the masses of aged Nihonjins ? Well, start learning Mandarin...

    Posted in: Japan's population target unlikely without migrants but door stays shut

  • 0

    Cos

    $12 million for one million people ($12 each)

    That's probably enough for 2 or 3 weeks of food at local prices then...

    Congress is reviewing a $1 billion order of arms, including Humvee vehicles, to Iraq. Etc. Etc.

    ... Good news for US industry, obviously. Worrying for people there.

    Posted in: Obama considers U.S. options for beleaguered Iraq

  • 9

    Cos

    Gambare ! I'm amazed by the negativity. The guy is starting a business. He has already 3 customers. Great ! He may not go far with this venture, nor the 10 next ones, but in a Japan where 99% of people will never have the guts to ever start a project, he is in the elite.

    company name NEET株式会社, so I assume he is in fact employed

    Why don't you assume he's owner-shacho.like Zuckerberg ?

    I was raised to ... never think I was/am "too good" for a job.

    And that education failed totally as you are dishing at someone's job as if that was not good enough.

    I would however advise him that he is dressed for business,

    I had that thought 2 seconds Jax, but then no... perfect, because he really rocks that job hunting suit with the lost puppy face and the pants not at his size, and that goes well with his dry humor.

    Posted in: Akihabara’s first rental nerd looking to cash in on his jobless status

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    Cos

    Why do we have to discuss everything?

    Yep, tastes and colors... The only question is where they can find their size. It's particularly tough to find feminine shoes for long feet in Japan.

    Posted in: Japan slowly begins to openly discuss crossdressing men in heterosexual relationships

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    Cos

    How can you justify the extra expense for space that would only be useable about four months a year -- October/November and April/May?

    What's the problem ? They use mostly spaces that can't be built in solid for security reasons. The beach, park and temple eateries don't require much maintenance when they are closed, they move away most of the equipment. The beer gardens are either building top spaces not useable otherwise, or they transform some parking/market place for the season (like behind Shin-Osaka station, they even install a sort of cage to play soccer...). And the shotengai are working year round.

    .Outdoor heaters and blankets, fans in the summer.

    Ridiculous waste of energy. If you can't bear the weather, go indoor. I sign all petitions to get those horrors banned in Europe.

    I really think that there is no custom of eating in public outdoors

    You mean in private ? Sure, no custom of eating on your veranda or in your backyard (and that was not done in Europe either until the 60's/70's). But in pre-war, the houses were opened all around half of the year, often continuing onto the patio and the so that looked like eating outdoor. And in public that's totally wa. I don't know for the rest of Japan, at least that's the traditional lifestyle of Kansai. Hanami, tsukimi, yatai... It's eating and drinking inside that is "Western style" and has been nearly forced on people to modernize the country post-war.

    Urban planners in Japan could learn from planners around the world

    Just what they did, but clearly authorities never liked the South Asian market image. They said that was part as the "anti-slum" policy. In 1946, over 80% of Osaka was "slum" with people eating outside and that's not that aspect that bothered them. Later, the fight against yakuza was a pretext to clear the streets (there are definitely less yatais, but less yakuza ?). And it's still the "war" as now many Osaka shitamachi bar/eateries do as if their glass wall was broken and they are opened on the street with half of the tables spilling outside. Ethnic and historical areas have to discuss very hard to not get modernized and pushed indoor. You can still see grandpas eating and drinking outside 24/24 and nearly 7/7... and I know some of them that live under perfusion permanently outdoor. You can't do that in most other countries. I don't think it's less popular with the youth. On good weather days you have to fight for picnic and bbq spots. People mostly go to the beach and events (fireworks, matsuri, outdoor shows, thema parks...) to eat while the mosquitoes eat them.

    I remember one's incredularity in Europe on finding out that the tables inside a cafe were cheaper than those on the terrace outside. He thought it should be the way round.

    Consumer tax is higher indoor. But well, special tourist prices are calculated differently.

    Posted in: Why are there so few open-air cafes in Japanese cities?

  • 2

    Cos

    Because there yatais and beer gardens.

    Posted in: Why are there so few open-air cafes in Japanese cities?

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