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Thomas WeisbachNov. 17, 2014 - 07:31PM JST
@sensei258 By the time a kid is 4 years old, they can open most standard locks you'd find in a Japanese apartment. Given that most apartments don't let you make modifications, the standard lock is all you get.
This sort of thing should be a warning to get building owners to put real child-safe doors on the balcony.
Posted in: 4-year-old girl survives fall from 9th floor in Oita
Thomas WeisbachJul. 02, 2013 - 03:50PM JST
It's pretty amazing that she's back skating two months after giving birth.
Posted in: Figure skater Ando announces she is a single mother
Thomas WeisbachJun. 19, 2013 - 12:26PM JST
@the_sheriff yes, I think we can attribute the decline in suicides to AKB.
Posted in: No. of suicides drops below 30,000 for first time in 15 years
Thomas WeisbachJun. 15, 2013 - 01:57PM JST
They've been doing this for a while, haven't they? One of the NHK men came to my friend's apartment and when my friend said he didn't have a TV, the NHK man said my friend should still pay because he had a keitai (probably on the assumption that the keitai was one that could be used to watch broadcasts).
Posted in: NHK may charge viewer fees for Internet, smartphone usage
Thomas WeisbachMay. 14, 2013 - 03:06PM JST
Historian Yoshiaki Yoshimi uncovered evidence that the government and military sanctioned and ran the "comfort stations": http://www.nytimes.com/2007/03/31/world/asia/31yoshimi.html?_r=0&src=tp&pagewanted=all
Posted in: Gov't - but not Ishihara - backs away from Hashimoto's comfort women comments
Thomas WeisbachApr. 07, 2013 - 10:29PM JST
@jonobugs newly available in Japan.
Posted in: Jawbone JAMBOX
Thomas WeisbachJan. 17, 2013 - 10:07AM JST
@Probie Wikitravel is a owned by a for profit company which was running advertising on the site. Many of the admins rebelled from the changes and lack of support of Wikitravel and started Wikivoyage. Some notes about the differences here: http://gyrovague.com/2013/01/14/free-travel-guide-wikivoyage-comes-out-of-beta-and-is-already-kicking-ass/
Posted in: Wikipedia group launches online travel guide
Thomas WeisbachDec. 11, 2012 - 02:13PM JST
@JapanGal 10 men entered the club, 15 are wanted for the murder. I guess the 5 that didn't enter the club assisted or where otherwise involved.
Posted in: 2 men turn themselves in over Roppongi nightclub murder
Thomas WeisbachDec. 10, 2012 - 04:20PM JST
Of course, determined people will find a way, but adding gates would stop people who commit suicide on impulse.
Posted in: Girl hit by train may have committed suicide due to bullying, say police
Thomas WeisbachNov. 01, 2012 - 11:07AM JST
The area of Osaka is pronounced "Nipponbashi", not "Nihonbashi". Nihonbashi is the place in Tokyo. They are written with the same kanji though. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nipponbashi (This error is from the original article.)
Posted in: Cute anime girls driving sales of Windows 8 in Japan
Thomas WeisbachSep. 11, 2012 - 04:02PM JST
Apparently the positive reviews are outnumbering the negative ones: http://www.theatlanticwire.com/politics/2012/09/boycott-against-obamas-bear-hugging-buddy-failing-miserably/56713/
Posted in: Obama hugger gets online beating
Thomas WeisbachMar. 16, 2012 - 08:41AM JST
Judging from Japan Today discussion board comments, Japan Today readers hate everything.
Dec. 20, 2014 - 10:33AM JST
Hi sangetsu03, It will be an uphill struggle to change habits of a lifetime for consumers…
Posted in: BOJ strikes more upbeat view on economy, holds off fresh measures
Dec. 20, 2014 - 10:32AM JST
To EDIT someone's posts without saying "moderator edited" is censorship, and I know Big brother is…
Posted in: Do you, or did you, encourage your young children to believe in Santa Claus?
Can't they can this warrior spirit nonsense. the guy's a good tennis player, that's all. When…
Posted in: Warrior spirit leads Nishikori to new heights
Dec. 20, 2014 - 10:30AM JST
Completely disagree with those saying that the movie shouldn't have used North Korea and its 'Dear…
Posted in: Obama scolds Sony; vows U.S. response to N Korean cyberattack
Dec. 20, 2014 - 10:29AM JST
In apartment buildings it's virtually impossible to prevent smoke from seeping from one apartment into others…
Posted in: Smoke haters go after smokers with a vengeance