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    Tessa

    This exclusive hamburger is a collaboration of MOS BURGER’s respect for Japanese food culture, and JAL’s commitment to provide high quality service with the spirit of Japanese hospitality.

    Am I the only one who nearly fell out of her seat with laughter upon reading this? It's a hamburger, people!

    Posted in: JAL to introduce 'AIR MOS Salad Burger' on some international flights

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    And bears bury their kills for later.

    According to today's news reports (both Japanese and international), searchers have found fresh bear droppings in the area.

    A very uncomfortable spotlight is shining on Japan, and parenting practices, at the moment.

    This is very true. This story is up on the Guardian and Daily Mail sites, and a few of my horrified friends back home have asked me about it. I hasten to assure them that abandoning children in forests is not common practice in Japan at all. However, older Japanese friends have told me awful stories about childhood punishments that shocked me to the core.

    I hope the little boy is found safe and unharmed.

    Me too. All children are precious, but Japan in particular can ill-afford to lose the few that it has.

    Posted in: Searchers struggle with lack of clues to fate of missing 7-year-old boy

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    According to news reports, the dad is 44! Sounds more like 24-year-old thing.

    The idiocy of Japanese parents never ceases to amaze me!

    I don't want to judge a whole nation by the idiocy of one parent, but in cases like this ...

    Posted in: Missing 7-year-old boy left in mountains by parents as punishment

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    Love this guy, but yeah, he needs to lay it to rest.

    Posted in: Seiji Ozawa unable to conduct Sept opera performances in Matsumoto

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    The son of a leader is going to grow up with a leader as a role model, learning lessons first hand from a leader. This is going to put them in a better position to become a leader themselves, and increase the likelihood of their becoming one.

    Yeah, just like Dubya.

    Posted in: Japanese swoon over Canada's 'hunky PM' Trudeau

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    Sad how it's these brilliant women who are sure it's all so easy who (choose to?) miss out on having kids....

    Considering that my young pupils literally spend more of their waking hours with me than their mothers, I don't feel I am missing out on anything.

    Posted in: Retirement can create multiple tensions at home

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    Kids grow up and these small, hard years don't last that long unless a couple is constantly having babies.

    But they are constantly having babies ... 1.46 per woman!

    It's always the kidless ones who are so quick to tell us how easy it all is......

    And it's always those mothers of 1.46 children who are so quick to tell us how taihen it all is ...

    Posted in: Retirement can create multiple tensions at home

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    What I find puzzling about cases like this, in Japan, is how many of them involve mature married mothers with good social and personal support systems. Where I come from, child abuse is typically (but not always) associated with young, unmarried and unsupported girls and/or their boyfriends. But this particular mother, like so many I read of in Japan, didn't fit into the high risk category at all. She was 37, married, and staying with her own mother, which meant that she was reasonably mature, had a stable income, and was being supported by the people around her. I can only conclude that she was mentally ill.

    Hope it works out for the family.

    Posted in: 37-year-old woman arrested for beating 4-month-old daughter

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    International comparisons of national education systems rate Japan very high in terms of inclusion.

    Sounds like absolute bliss! That explains why so many new schools are opening up, to accommodate all the students.

    There is an extensive system of aid and subsidy for high school kids who come from low income families.

    No wonder the birthrate's so high! I bet millions of young Japanese couples are champing at the bit to make babies here.

    Posted in: '3keys' NPO founder sheds light on Japan’s poor orphanage conditions

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    Can you play with your kids outside, read books with them, take a walk with them, doing homework with them, sit next to them and watch them draw pictures AND THEN do the housework at the same time?

    Most of the lifelong housewives that I know are middle-aged or elderly, and only raised two children at most. Do you seriously believe that they have been spending the past three or four decades reading books and drawing pictures for their children, morning noon and night? Because if they have, then they are clearly failures as parents, and should've outsourced the whole thing from the start (which is what most parents do anyway, once their kids are six).

    If the wife wants to work, she should be free to.

    That's mighty white of you.

    Posted in: Retirement can create multiple tensions at home

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    My thoughts are with you. Some of my former students are now the same age as your son, and the thought of anything like that happening to them just breaks my heart. I hope you find him.

    Posted in: Our only desire is to bring back our son to our home, regardless of the condition he is found in. We are hoping that some hint of his whereabouts will lead to the decision to resume the search for him as soon as possible.

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    I haven't worn pajamas since I was 12! I didn't think anybody did.

    Posted in: Is pajama fashion the new trend among young Japanese women?

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    Oh dear. Take care, everybody.

    Trains in the Kanto area briefly stopped for about 10 minutes.

    I must say I'm impressed. Where I come from, the trains get stopped if a leaf blows on the track.

    Posted in: M5.6 quake jolts Kanto area

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    We desperately need more children but women who choose to stay home and raise a family are vilified and called lazy bums (see comments).

    The majority of housewives in Japan do not have children living at home. The majority of mothers in Japan do not need to take several decades out to raise their 1.41 children.

    This is a class thing, not a Japanese thing.

    The majority of Japanese people regard themselves as middle class. So no, it can hardly be a class thing.

    Posted in: 8 years into 'konkatsu' boom, lifelong single population continues to grow

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    Take away the free pension and healthcare from most dependent women.

    Yes! Lazy bon-bon munchers are killing this country, and the sooner we all acknowledge it, the better.

    Support married women who work because they are the new normality. Change the system away from one where the winners are the lucky few women who can marry a high earner and never have to work for more than pocket money.

    This, absolutely. Japan would change in a day if measures like these were implemented.

    The system is perverse.

    It certainly is, and I for one am sick of being forced to support it.

    Posted in: 8 years into 'konkatsu' boom, lifelong single population continues to grow

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    Tessa

    If you'd asked me where in the world I thought this photo was taken, I never would've said Japan.

    Posted in: Tight spot

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    Yes, but I'm terrified about the less innocuous stuff that doesn't make the news.

    That is a very good point.

    Posted in: Man arrested for attempting to rob taxi driver in Nagoya

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    Its almost like its a shigoto, and everybody has to gambaru.

    This might explain the demand for so-called 'solo weddings,' in which the bride marries ... herself. Yes, it's a thing.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-30574801

    Posted in: 8 years into 'konkatsu' boom, lifelong single population continues to grow

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    Tessa

    River horse.

    Posted in: Thirsty hippo

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    How awful, but don't you love living in a country where stuff like this actually makes the news?

    Posted in: Man arrested for attempting to rob taxi driver in Nagoya

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