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    Tessa

    This is awesome!

    Posted in: Wheelchair-free zero gravity: A businessman’s dream fulfilled

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    Tessa

    "Life insurance coverage for children is quite usual in Japan, most couples carry it as a matter of course."

    The above quote comes from this excellent, must-read article on the case.

    http://www.jiadep.org/Higashi-Sumiyoshi.html

    Posted in: Freed woman says she is innocent of daughter's death in fire

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    Tessa

    The Japanese are known for being incredibly efficient.

    Washing machines/tumble dryers.

    Dishwashers.

    Banks in general.

    The heated toilet seat!

    Ever heard of central heating? (You poor thing. The day I'll know I've really lost the plot is when I get excited about toilet seats.)

    Posted in: 8 Japanese gadgets you need in your life

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    Tessa

    I don't agree with your problem of putting on make-up in public, though. What annoys you about it?

    Putting on make-up is a dangerous art! I've seen young women actually using heated curling irons, and eyelash curlers, on the train. Think about it.

    It takes up a lot of space. Women who haul their make-up bags, mirrors, and curling irons onto public transport usually require an additional seat, which is fine during the non-rush hours, but not so fine when other people want to sit down.

    It's just plain rude. What would you think of a man pulling out a mirror, a can of shaving cream, and a razor on the train?

    Posted in: Tourism board wants foreign visitors to avoid 'public flatulence'

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    Tessa

    Does anyone remember the 'Do not piss here' sign on the top of Diamond Head in Hawaii?

    Well no, but we have those here in my suburban, middle-class neighborhood here in Japan.

    There is an English version of The Traveler's Etiquette Guide to Hokkaido, chalk full of similar patronizing, insulting to non-Japanese people, and self-aggrandizing, back-patting with respect to Japanese people, rubbish.

    Thank you so much for posting that! I thought I would fall out of my seat with laughter when I read it. Particularly the parts about "general etiquette dictates to avoid any unnecessary noise or speaking while chewing" and "it is considered proper style to elegantly lift items from their dishes, instead of bringing the dishes all the way up to the face." Do the people who wrote it even live in Japan?

    Posted in: Tourism board wants foreign visitors to avoid 'public flatulence'

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    Tessa

    I'm having lunch right now, and was served by a young man who thought nothing of snorting up his own snot, after every sentence, when taking my order, and bringing me my dishes.

    You got off easy! What I hate is when they sneeze or cough all over your food, then wipe their noses with their fingers before handing your order to you (I really must stop hanging out at food courts).

    On further inspection it was an oyaji driver taking a leak on the road.

    I have heard that back in the early days of Japanese international tourism it wasn't uncommon to see groups of Japanese men urinating outside on the exteriors of restrooms. Apparently they also used to leave shoeprints on the seats of western-style toilets. They really have come a long way since then, haven't they!

    Posted in: Tourism board wants foreign visitors to avoid 'public flatulence'

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    Tessa

    Read again. "Kids saying nasty things thinking I cannot understand."

    Posted in: Japan eyes more foreign workers, challenging immigration taboo

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    Tessa

    Anyone who has lived long enough knows there is no shortage of locals not "speaking in a whisper."

    I'm pretty certain the very word "whisper" doesn't even exist in Osaka dialect!

    Posted in: Tourism board wants foreign visitors to avoid 'public flatulence'

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    Tessa

    Going by the local custom, it seems the civilised Japanese way is to turn your head slightly to one side and shout your sneeze as loudly as you can, letting fly a vast cloud of mist and mucus, regardless of whether you're on a crowded train or in an office full of colleagues you respect too much to blow your nose in front of.

    You forgot the part about coming up to my face first.

    Posted in: Tourism board wants foreign visitors to avoid 'public flatulence'

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    Tessa

    Japan has a massive space program and has achieved successes in both scientific and commercial satellite launches while also sending astronauts on space shuttle and International Space Station missions.

    That's nice and all, but why don't they put that money into earthquake research? That would really be making a contribution to the planet.

    Posted in: Japan gives up on failed black hole research satellite

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    Tessa

    I read the whole article, and was shocked. For some reason I'd always assumed that Japan has a culture and a system that supports new mothers, and families in general.

    The number of suicide deaths among expecting and nursing mothers between 2005 and 2014 was 8.5 in every 100,000 births -- over double the number of non-suicide deaths.

    Posted in: It's shocking that the suicide rate is this high among women who are pregnant or have just given birth.

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    Tessa

    Accordingly, Japanese will avoid bodily functions such as belching or flatulence in public entirely, or perform bodily functions as discreetly as possible.

    Oh, puh-leeze, you have got to be kidding me!

    Yesterday on the train I sat across from a man who had his finger up his nose the whole time (I'm absolutely certain he was Japanese, he was reading a Japanese book) and would occasionally pause to inspect the results of his "mining" expeditions by holding his finger up in the air, before placing in his mouth.

    A few days ago a granny and her grandchildren on the train drove me crazy by making that "hoik" sound (you know, when they suck up the snot in one dramatic motion with as much noise as possible) every few seconds.

    Recently, I'm seeing more bag ladies and homeless men on the train or in the library who literally stink the place out.

    And don't get me started on the pavement pizzas, which I find myself having to step over on a daily basis. If you're going to vomit, at least find one of those famous and superior Japanese toilets first.

    Posted in: Tourism board wants foreign visitors to avoid 'public flatulence'

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    Tessa

    I didn't care, as long as I got to boss people around. Now I'm a teacher.

    Posted in: When you were a child, what profession did you aspire to? And did you actually join that profession when you became an adult?

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    Tessa

    Sigh. Are we still going with this?

    Posted in: Prince had opioid meds with him when died: reports

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    Tessa

    Eikaiwas don't need to do criminal record checks. The Immigration usually does it for them.

    Don't count on it. One nursery school I worked for hired teenagers from a local international school, who were technically minors when they arrived in Japan and wouldn't have been subject to any checks at all.

    You worked for weird people.

    I sure did.

    Posted in: Nursery school teacher who forced boy to eat wasabi-laced chicken gets suspended sentence

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    Tessa

    Only the fact kids are involved even made this a court case at all.

    I wonder about that. If it had been a case against an elderly day care centre worker?

    Posted in: Nursery school teacher who forced boy to eat wasabi-laced chicken gets suspended sentence

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    Tessa

    Harvey, good one! Reminds me of the year my friend attempted to drive me to see Yoshino cherry blossoms in Nara. We ended up turning back and going home.

    Still, that's a stunning photo.

    Posted in: Fuji Shibazakura Festival

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    Tessa

    I have worked with some kids in both eikaiwa and as an ALT. I have also volunteered with things that included interaction with small kids. Know how many background checks I had? ZERO. And I'm a foreigner.

    Your experiences mirror mine exactly.

    How do you know they didn't google your name?

    In most cases, there would've been no point in googling my name because they didn't know (or ask for) my last name!

    This situation has a lot do with the dispatch system, in which the nurseries, schools, or eikaiwas trust the agencies to send trustworthy workers to them, little suspecting that the agencies take an "any warm body" approach.

    Posted in: Nursery school teacher who forced boy to eat wasabi-laced chicken gets suspended sentence

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    Tessa

    Oh, I think in our heart of hearts we all know the truth. But why should it matter?

    Posted in: Questions swirl about Prince's health with unexplained death

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    Tessa

    If you've lived here long enough you've probably witnessed several yourself.

    Witnessed and been victims.

    Posted in: 2 women sexually molested by man near train station in Saitama

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