Tessa's past comments

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    Tessa

    The water is tested hourly in public bathing areas in Japan. I would have no worries about the water quality in Japan.

    And if the water is tested and found to be contaminated, then what? All the people are ordered out of the pool, until the water is cleaned? I've never heard of that happening.

    Posted in: Packed pool

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    Cases like this crop up in every nation in the world, and they are always extremely puzzling to me.

    According to other news sources, in previous years neighbours noticed that she was visibly pregnant and then suddenly not, and all of them assumed that the babies had been either placed in facilities, or farmed out to other relatives. If that's any indication of what sort of family situation she was living in.

    Am I the only one that finds the last sentence the most unnerving?

    Nope. Duelling banjos on a running loop here.

    Posted in: Woman arrested after remains of 5 infants discovered at home

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    Tessa

    A sixth-year med student? What the?

    Posted in: Woman arrested after drugging dates with chocolate, robbing them

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    Wow, there's a new perspective.

    I agree, it's hard to believe. Maybe something to do with their similar body sizes? Personally I have to take twice the recommended dosage to get any effect.

    Posted in: What Chinese tourists are buying in Japan

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    From an Osaka perspective, it is much more comfortable and care-free riding a train here than in Tokyo. Smiling and laughing are pretty normal things in my opinion.

    Although I agree with you, some passengers are really annoying, especially groups of middle-aged ladies gossiping openly about their neighbours (for some reason, Osakans have to do everything in groups, and they have to do it as loudly as possible). Of course, they're the first to complain about supposedly noisy Chinese tourists ...

    Posted in: 10 train faux-pas in Japan that some men are willing to let slide

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    Tessa

    On the whole, I think that Japanese have good train manners, but Osaka commuters tend to be noisy!

    Posted in: 10 train faux-pas in Japan that some men are willing to let slide

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    Tessa

    You mean his support rate is as high as 37%? Surprising news for me. Not one person around me has anything good to say about Abe, and I often hear mutterings of "dictator" etc.

    Posted in: Abe's support rate plummets after defense bills pass lower house

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    So, the contract with Hadid will be cancelled. Does anyone know if cancellation penalties apply?

    And why does it have to be an international competition? Sure J-architects should get the say in this.

    Hope everything proceeds smoothly from now on.

    Posted in: IOC chief confident about new stadium in Tokyo

  • 0

    Tessa

    Were the victims transported to hospital in the same ambulance?

    Posted in: 10 taken to hospital after unattended ambulance crashes into car

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    Tessa

    No bragging. Very off-putting. And let me get a word in edgewise sometimes.

    No whining about your ex.

    No salacious jokes or comments, I know some guys do this out of nervousness, but it just looks creepy and desperate.

    Dress up a little, if you want to make a good impression! I once had a date show up for lunch at a nice restaurant wearing short cargo pants and sandals with socks (Canadian, so I shouldn't have been surprised I suppose).

    Posted in: What are some first-date mistakes to avoid?

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    Tessa

    Ugh. A very similar incident happened to my friend back home. She and her boyfriend were having a massive argument in the car. He was in the driver's seat, and she kept trying to open the door to jump out. In trying to stop her, he lost control of the wheel and crashed into a barrier. He was killed, she survived. She was 19 years old at the time.

    Posted in: Man jumps out of moving car after argument with girlfriend

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    Tessa

    About those loudspeaker recycle trucks: beware! Sometimes they quote you one price, but then insist on another, much higher one when you've gone to the trouble of hauling all your unwanted items onto the pavement. Most victims pay up, rather than make a scene. This tactic is hardly unique to Japan, though.

    I've been on the wrong end of so many weird, fetish, "only-in-Japan" crimes, I could write a book. The weirdest one was this:

    One night, on a crowded express train, a balding, bespectacled middle-aged salaryman sat down next to me. He pulled out was obviously a used sanitary pad, and commenced to sniff it while masturbating under his trench coat. I burst into tears and pleaded with him to leave me alone. He got off the train at the next stop, and stayed on the platform until the train pulled away, bowing repeatedly and apologising for upsetting me (that was the "only in Japan" part).

    Posted in: 5 crimes peculiar to Japan

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    Tessa

    22 years. When he gets out, he'll still be young enough to start over (although I'm guessing he'll be put on the benefit and given a council flat). What about the stolen years of those women? I don't understand this sentence at all.

    Posted in: Man gets 22 years for hit-and-run deaths of 3 women in Otaru

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    Tessa

    I think it's fantastic at the elementary school level.

    Posted in: What do you think of Japan’s school education system?

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    Tessa

    Ugh. Nasty. But I think it's a sign of progress in this country. I started my working life in Japan on the horrid subways of Osaka, and I can personally can remember a time when spit itself wasn't a problem, it was something somewhat south of "spit" ... and we still didn't bother going to the police because we knew we wouldn't get taken seriously (I could write a book, really). So I'm glad that women are actually taking action now.

    Posted in: Man arrested for spitting on woman's clothes inside train car

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    Tessa

    Speed, when you have a four year old with autisim who went missing a year before and turned up a day later, you keep your eyes on the kid. I was not out at 7:30 at night alone when I was four.

    You are right. Heck, at 7:30 at night I was usually in bed (at least until my early teens).

    But what do the ages of his parents have to do with it?

    Posted in: Body in river believed to be that of missing 4-year-old autistic boy

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    Tessa

    I love Kyoto ... but it really is full of foreign/local tourists. You'd be surprised. One day a young Japanese man approached me and asked me in English to take a photo of him and his friends in front of Golden Pavilion. You see, there weren't any Japanese people around to ask the favour!

    Posted in: Kyoto voted world's best city to visit by Travel + Leisure magazine

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    Tessa

    I think the next question in this section should be "what foreign habits have your Japanese friends/lovers/relatives adopted since meeting you?" I personally have quite a few interesting answers to this one!

    Posted in: What Japanese habits have you adopted since moving to Japan?

  • 0

    Tessa

    Japan invented textured pavements (the yellow, studded paths you see everywhere) for visually impaired people.

    I'd have thought that's worth being proud of....

    I think that who ever thought of training guide dogs would have a head start on that one! (Not Japanese, for your information.)

    Posted in: Invention most Japanese are proud of is instant ramen

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    Tessa

    Ironically, the "Japanese" inventor of instant ramen was actually Taiwanese.

    Posted in: Invention most Japanese are proud of is instant ramen

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