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    Brainiac

    I can understand people referring to pets as part of their family, but calling them children seems strange to me. I know one Japanese woman who has a son and a "daughter" - the daughter being a cat. When people ask her how many children she and her husband have, I have actually heard her say two. She actually calls the cat her daughter.

    Posted in: What do you think of people who refer to their pets as their children?

  • -2

    Brainiac

    I sympathize with the people, but the problem is, the waste has to go somewhere. But where?

    Posted in: Protesters block inspection of waste disposal site in Miyagi

  • 7

    Brainiac

    kurisupisu

    But we are talking about you, not "other people." What are you personally going to do when you are at Narita airport to catch a flight? Are you going to throw a tantrum, refuse to go through the scanner as instructed, or are you willing to miss your flight?

    Posted in: Gov't to introduce full-body scanners at Narita, Haneda, Kansai airports

  • 1

    Brainiac

    kurisupisu

    And how do you intend to refuse? You won't be allowed into the departure lounge unless you pass through the scanner.

    Posted in: Gov't to introduce full-body scanners at Narita, Haneda, Kansai airports

  • 13

    Brainiac

    I don't agree with setting numerical targets. The most qualified person should get the job, whether it is a man or a woman.

    Posted in: New law requires companies to set goals in hiring female execs

  • 0

    Brainiac

    Yubaru

    Hashimoto promised to quit after the mayoral election in November, so of course, he is still there. He always said he would serve out his term and then leave politics.

    Posted in: Hashimoto, Matsui quit Japan Innovation Party

  • 0

    Brainiac

    Look at the prices on some of those watches. Ouch!

    Posted in: Time out

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    Brainiac

    Yubaru

    The police could not have kept him locked up for 23 days since he had done nothing to be arrested for at that stage. His past record cannot be used as a reason to detain him.

    And Penfold, he tested negative for drugs. Also, there was no way to know he planned something nefarious with the handcuffs. I've been to Halloween parties where people turned up dressed as cops with handcuffs.

    Hindsight is an exact science.

    Posted in: Yamada was questioned by police in Tokyo 2 days before Osaka child murders

  • 4

    Brainiac

    I've heard that often, Japanese people usually take their shoes off before committing suicide by jumping to their death.

    Posted in: 12-year-old boy dies after apparently falling from bridge

  • 1

    Brainiac

    Educator60

    They will probably be sent to their last known address. I often get mail sent to my previous address which is them forwarded onto me.

    Posted in: New pension booklets to be sent to 1.25 mil people

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    Brainiac

    I don't know where some of you got the idea that the killer used Hirata's cell phone to text a message to her friend that she and Hoshino were going to Kyoto. I've been reading the Japanese news and Yamada has certainly made no such statement to police, or at least, it hasn't been released to the media.

    Besides, the time factor doesn't seem to bear that out. We know for a fact, from the shopping arcade camera footage, that Hirata and Hoshino were still alive at 5:09 a.m. That message about going to Kyoto was sent to Hirata's friend at 6:35 a.m. It seems improbable that Yamada grabbed the kids that early, took them somewhere, texted Hirata's friend and then kept them confined all day. The autopsy revealed Hirata was killed around 7 p.m. that night.

    The prevailing theory is that they were grabbed sometime during the day. That's more plausible. Why would Yamada have been out looking for a victim at that time of day anyway? He couldn't logically hope to find a child by him/herself at that time of the morning. Furthermore, it was raining between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m., which is why the kids hung out in the arcade.

    NHK said camera footage showed a boy that looked like Hoshino parking his bicycle in the afternoon, but that's the only reference I found. If that's true, where were the kids from morning until the afternoon?

    But anyway, we won't know for sure until Yamada starts talking.

    Posted in: Suspect says another man in his van killed 13-year-old girl

  • -5

    Brainiac

    I wouldn't like to work this way, I like my job and am happy to work six days a week. Besides, I wouldn't know what to do with a three-day weekend every week. You lose your work rhythm. I'm happy enough when a national holiday falls on a Monday. That's enough for me.

    Posted in: Uniqlo to try 4-day work week from October

  • 32

    Brainiac

    The 12-year-old boy told his mother he was going to hang out with Hirata at 9 p.m. and she let him go. Times sure have changed. When I was 12, my parents would never have let me leave the house by myself at night, no matter who I wanted to hang out with.

    Posted in: Body identified as 13-year-old girl; male classmate missing

  • 5

    Brainiac

    Mirai

    The TV news said there was quite a bit of mutilation to her head, so that may be making it difficult to narrow down the age.

    Posted in: Police still unable to identify young girl found dead in Takatsuki

  • -1

    Brainiac

    I suppose that we will hear that this doctor taking one of those so-called "dangerous drugs."

    Posted in: 1 dead, 4 injured after car plows into store in Tokyo

  • 1

    Brainiac

    Too many to list. I like the exquisite way gifts are wrapped. I like the service and hospitality - it can be anything from the way barbers pamper their customers to takyubin; I like the dedication to duty. As I said, too many more to list.

    Posted in: What aspects of traditional Japanese arts and culture do you like most of all?

  • 1

    Brainiac

    Halloween is now second only to Christmas among the most popular "imported" festivals. But it has actually become a giant cosplay event. Last year at the Shibuya crossing, there were tens of thousands of people in costumes and they weren't going to any parties. They were just gathering for the fun of it in true cosplay style.

    It's a far cry from when I first came to Japan in the 1980s. Then, the main Halloween event was a bunch of foreigners in costume riding the Yamanote line in Tokyo.

    Anyway, it's still too hot for me to think about Halloween.

    Posted in: Hot Halloween

  • 0

    Brainiac

    Every year when this story appears, someone always posts that same old charge that U.S. rescue teams were denied permission to help search. But is that really true? Is it based on any official report? Because the only place I can find a reference to it is on Wikipedia which is not a reliable source. Does anyone know for sure that U.S. help was refused or is it a canard that has been repeated so many times that it is now believed as being true?

    Posted in: 30th anniversary of JAL jumbo jet crash observed

  • 2

    Brainiac

    Ah yes, the weekly Monday report on water deaths over the weekend. Sometimes I think Japanese people shouldn't be allowed anywhere near rivers or beaches (and mountains, too). OK, that's unfair but it is exasperating reading these stories every Monday.

    One thing my dad taught me was to never underestimate the sea and I never do.

    Posted in: 6 die in water-related accidents on Sunday

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    Brainiac

    Yes, if your country is invaded.

    Posted in: Are there any circumstances that justify war?

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