jonobugs's past comments

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    jonobugs

    Having the study that shows the efficacy of a single flossing is just silly. If anything, these studies have shown that many people do not know how to floss properly and need to be shown.

    Posted in: Medical benefits of dental floss unproven

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    jonobugs

    Yesterday, I went to renew my driver's license and when I finished, I realized I forgot my keys at home. I have a bicycle lock that doesn't require a key to lock, but you definitely need one to open it up.

    I wasn't allowed to leave my bike at the registration office so I ended up carrying it back home (about 5km). Along the way you can probably imagine all the stares I got. A foreigner carrying a locked bicycle (not super expensive, but it's definitely NOT the cheap kind).

    I passed by one group of hard core cyclists that eyed me for a whole block, but not one person stopped me, or even asked what I was doing.

    I passed by several kobans and one marked car with it's lights going and I passed through all that without being stopped.

    Although I've never been stopped I'm not under any delusion that there is no racism going on. In fact, if anything, my situation even strengthens that argument. Why the heck was I NOT stopped carrying a locked and expensive (looking) bicycle?

    If I were an officer, I would definitely have stopped someone doing that just to make sure things were on the up and up.

    Posted in: Getting stopped by police in Japan – how often does it happen (and why?)

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    jonobugs

    I agree with Cleo. I don't think that's 5000 meters in the video shown as the volcano is just over 1000 meters so it would have to at least 5 times higher. Also, I saw a photo of a smoke plume that was said to be about 3000 meters which looked much higher.

    It was pretty cool though. I never knew lightning was involved!

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    jonobugs

    There seems to be a conflict in their article. A school found a way to keep their students in Japan by finding more work than they were allowed yet they claim that the goal is to attract more foreigners. Sounds like they need to look at the VISA requirements as well as the shady schools.

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    jonobugs

    I marked the top of my stamp with a black marker. I guess I just saved myself a whole lot of money.

    Posted in: Japanese firm develops 'previewable' seal

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    jonobugs

    I hope he is treated or put away soon. I imagine that he will only become more aggressive as time goes on.

    Posted in: Man arrested for forcibly kissing woman admits to 10 similar crimes

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    jonobugs

    Given that Japan has been trying to get citizens rescued from North Korea, I can't see them treating this fellow poorly. Of course they have to check out his story and figure out what should happen, but I think that even if he is North Korean and not Japanese, they may try to find a solution.

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    If this game continues to be popular or just level out, I foresee that the developers will be able to make a ton of revenue to have companies, etc. to set up meeting points in or near their stores. While ultimately it should remain the responsibility of players to be sensible and careful when they venture out in search of Pokemon, I think the creators would be wise to be careful about having their Pokemon lurking about in dangerous areas such as near traffic, in rivers and on private property where owners may not appreciate trespassers.

    Posted in: Property owners: Get off my lawn, Pokemon!

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    Yes, I believe this story has already been covered but I think they re-wrote it to fill in some of the missing data.

    The story isn't that complicated. This person has a gender identity issue and has taken steps to change identities. However, the employee works at a company where everyone has known him as a man and he didn't want to suddenly come out as a woman to avoid harassment and lengthy explanations to people who have no business needing to know.

    Unfortunately, this was not a possibility as the company basically forced her to explain to everyone her situation. While some western countries are now becoming more tolerant and flexible in these matters, it appears that Japan is still playing "catch up".

    Everyone has problems and issues, but most people can keep their issues behind closed doors and nobody else needs to know about them. This is not the case for the unfortunate Yakult employee.

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    It's really nice to get a "follow up" story that's positive. I believe that the parents really did not intend to lose their child and perhaps were trying (very poorly) to teach him a lesson and ended up learning a big lesson themselves.

    I think that punishing the parents with jail time would be a waste of energy and money, however. I think that instead, they should be forced to undergo training for parenting (at their own expense, of course) and be monitored rather than what others here have suggested.

    I also think that they should be somewhat accountable for the time and money that it cost to find their child, but it would do the boy no favours if they forced the parents into poverty because of this situation.

    Posted in: Missing Hokkaido boy found alive in SDF hut in forest after 6 days

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    jonobugs

    I was thinking that iPhones MUST have some sort of feature to make them traceable once they are activated. However, by then the thieves won't have them anymore. A hapless buyer will have it by then. You can easily get an iPhone that is unlocked. I bought mine that way.

    Posted in: Thieves steal 104 iPhones from Wakayama store

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    jonobugs

    In this case, I would consider charging anyone with attempted murder or attempted manslaughter if they are found intoxicated but still decided to drive a motor vehicle. "I was drunk" should not be an excuse, it should compound the crime.

    Posted in: Man arrested over hit-and run in Osaka

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    jonobugs

    What, if anything determines an execution date. It seems very arbitrary. Is it done this way on purpose as part of the punishment?

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    jonobugs

    And these are the people, supposedly on the same political spectrum, who are vying for the leadership of the country. Kind of says something, I think.

    Posted in: Cruz calls Trump a 'sniveling coward' for threatening his wife on Twitter

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    jonobugs

    I think what Tes tes is saying is to hang up your laundry to dry in the house, which is what a lot of Japanese people do.

    Posted in: No electricity required for this elegant natural humidifier

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    jonobugs

    While there are loads of conflicting information out there, this really isn't one of them. They are just saying that there are CERTAIN people at risk. I think for most people, having more HDL is still beneficial. In any case, it's better to raise your HDL levels with exercise rather than get it through drugs.

    Posted in: Scientists find 'good' cholesterol can sometimes be bad

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    jonobugs

    60 years old is not too old to be driving, but it's definitely old enough to know better than to keep driving after you hit something regardless of what you 'thought' you might have hit. There are only a few things that could have been in the middle of an intersection. Another vehicle, a person or an animal. What did he 'think' the bump was (assuming he really didn't know?). I don't accept potholes, etc since he was a tour bus driver so he would well know the route.

    Posted in: Bus driver arrested over hit-and-run death of 6-year-old boy

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    jonobugs

    What is wrong with the foreigners who want to change Japan and make us think our ways are like theirs. This is a domestic issue and the teacher had no right to interfere with parental rights. Now with this said it does not mean that a parent should beat their child in such a way to inflict harm but that is up to each household and not foreigners opinions.

    I agree that foreigners should really stop trying to "change" Japan into what they feel is "the right way". However, since when is ignoring a crime part of the Japanese culture? I think you're confused about that. Yes, I believe many Japanese people overlook small transgressions but from what I can tell many Japanese people DO 'interfere' when they see a crime being committed. It's only when it's not clear that people tend to ignore these situations.

    Posted in: Parents arrested for slashing, choking 5-year-old son

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    jonobugs

    So, after almost a year and a half of no progress, North Korea is finally going to disband their imaginary task force to find the abductees?

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    jonobugs

    That's a bit strange that they don't check that sort of thing. When I was in the hospital they made me say my name each time I got an x-ray, even though they knew who I was and had my chart in front of them. And that was just for an x-ray.

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