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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.
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.
Mar. 29, 2015 - 11:45AM JST
I often see some beautiful women here in Japan....until they light up. Yuck.
Posted in: Vast majority of women in survey say no to guys who smoke
Mar. 29, 2015 - 11:43AM JST
You guys want to talk about suicide and depression and address the fact that there is…
Posted in: Mother, one-month-old child dead in apparent murder-suicide
the whale is the same as a shark, tuna, cod , or any other denizen of…
Posted in: Whaling ships return home from Antarctic with no catch
Mar. 29, 2015 - 11:41AM JST
It's been the same since the end of WW II. G. Bush flaunted it, but never…
Posted in: Obama's national security strategy follows Republican pattern
Mar. 29, 2015 - 11:40AM JST
If someone stalks you, stalk him back!
Not really the best of advice there.…
Posted in: 10% of women surveyed say they have been victims of stalking