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    CherryTree

    @: wipeout

    And you have applied an amateur diagnosis of depression to someone without having any knowledge of that person's history at all.

    Guessing you are the amateur, considering that 90% of all suicides are caused by depression. Therefore, the possibility that this woman was depressed is 90% - a likely enough assumption. And the likelihood of you criticizing a dead woman who was ill and needed help and sympathy, rather than scorn, is 90%. Think about that.

    As for the 'attempted murder', I don’t find it all that strange to imagine that the thought of leaving her child alone on that platform, or walking away from it at home - abandoning it - was even more unthinkable for her. Especially since the child will now probably end up in a loveless government facility until it's an adult, and is then thrown into a world where some people apparently don't know mental illness if it hits them in the face.

    Posted in: Mother holding 1-year-old baby jumps in front of train in Tokyo

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    HaraldBloodaxe

    This is a business like any other. I was told a few years back that I needed a six-week stay in hospital, then six months of outpatient treatment/ convalescence.

    I checked myself out in five days and was back at work within the fortnight.

    Posted in: There's no doubt hospital stays are too long in Japan. Shortening them would allow more patients to be moved through the system.

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    warispeace

    Centralizing authority in a single regulatory body and allowing other big private corporations to control the energy grid was never a "bold reform". Of course it is better than the monopoly system that now exists, but Japan should move to a more decentralized and democratized system following Germany's lead, where citizens gain greater control over the energy system.

    Posted in: Japan's power failure: Bid to forge national grid stumbles

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    m6bob

    The Casino plan will work if locals have to pay a hefty entrance fee to discourage them gambling. Also, allow family members to add someone to a banned list. Have programs to encourage tourists especially from China, South Korea to come and utilize the facilities of the integrated resort and hopefully lose some money at the casino.

    Posted in: Lawmakers in tsunami-hit region eye casino to hasten recovery

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    HaraldBloodaxe

    Oh what a fantastic surprise. Whoever would have dreamed that a corrupt cartel couldn't be persuaded to reform by a government of establishment OBs paying lipservice to the idea, while waiting to take up their amakudari positions within the cartel in 18 months?

    I'm shocked, shocked do you hear, to learn that the LDP has "failed". And made sure they'll be well looked after by the industry they "failed" in.

    Posted in: Japan's power failure: Bid to forge national grid stumbles

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    Frungy

    What everyone seems to miss is that the nurse wasn't complaining about the quarantine itself, she was complaining about the manner in which it was imposed and the conditions she had to live in.

    There's a huge difference between kidnapping someone at the airport and imprisoning them in a tent for weeks on end without information, and showing a little humanity by having a doctor meet her, discuss the reasons and duration for the quarantine, put them in a comfortable pre-fabricated home with furniture that can be easily sterilized, with a cheap throw-away laptop, internet connection and the menus from a dozen take-out places taped to the wall, with an invitation to order whatever they want (and this makes a LOT more sense than it seems - fast food containers are generally designed to be incinerated and they can be delivered safely through an "air lock" system).

    Under the first conditions (kidnapping and imprisonment) 21 days full of uncertainty is an eternity. Under the second set of conditions 21 days of catching up on emails, browsing the net and eating fast food...well, that's some people's idea of paradise and the time flies past.

    Posted in: U.S. nurse quarantined over Ebola criticizes her treatment

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    warispeace

    This is a great idea. They can attract people already down on their luck and help push them over the edge.

    Posted in: Lawmakers in tsunami-hit region eye casino to hasten recovery

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    Fox Sora Winters

    talk live with real friends and family, not bots

    What do bots have to do with anything? The article is about Ello: a social network site that is supposed to be somewhat similar to Facebook, yet without the ads and privacy violations. Nowhere is there any mention of any "bots", nor anything that should lead anyone to even thinking about those. This quote seems to be the most important part:

    "Ello recently opened its doors on an invitation-only basis."

    So anyone you would connect with on Ello, are the people that you have invited or else have invited you. In other words, they are people that you know. Bots won't be an issue here. They shouldn't even be an issue on Facebook, unless you have a habit of accepting friend requests for the sake of having a high friend count. In which case, you're asking to be surrounded by bots. Skype and Facetime are all well and good, if the people you're talking to have access to them and the time to use them as well. When time is short however, social networks and emails are the preferred alternatives.

    I can see nothing particularly problematic with Ello, though I wonder if it can remain a viable option without ads. The article speaks of special features for premium membership. I wonder what that could entail? What could an ad-free social networking platform offer that would entice people to part with their money?

    Posted in: 'Anti-Facebook' social network gets fresh funding

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    warispeace

    Oh no! It was the edgy, provocative illegality that heightened the dance experience. With that lost, we'll have to go back to streaking and riding a bicycle in the rain with an umbrella.

    Posted in: Cabinet OKs changes to law that bans late-night dancing

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    Scrote

    People like this nurse are high risk individuals, having worked with ebola patients in Africa. It is entirely correct to place them in quanantine when they return to the US. They do not have the right to (potentially) spread disease around the country.

    Posted in: U.S. nurse quarantined over Ebola criticizes her treatment

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    tinawatanabe

    Well, South Korea doesn't want it, nothing Japan can do then.

    Posted in: Japan may deploy minesweepers off S Korea in war with North, U.S. admiral says

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    Frungy

    nigelboyOct. 26, 2014 - 12:51AM JST

    And the last major volcanic eruption in Iceland spread ash for literally thousands of miles.

    So again, how does this affect the 62 KM apart NPP?

    Your question is so ambiguous that I cannot tell if you are asking:

    • What are the physical effects on the NNP likely to be? (see my post Oct. 25, 2014 - 11:00AM JST , second paragraph)

    • How much worse will those effect be 62kms away rather than 1300+kms away? Much, much worse.

    ... I could go on, but since you haven't even bothered to write your question clearly I don't see why I should bother to try and read your mind. If you're interested in an answer then phrase your question clearly.

    If you're just expressing your doubt that there is a credible risk then don't phrase your post as a question.

    Posted in: Agency warns of increased activity at volcano near nuclear plant

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    Strangerland

    What is her problem? Is she really a certified nurse? If you're in direct contact with Ebola patients you have to expect to be quarantined. There is no other option.

    But then they'd be interfering with her personal freedoms. And we all know in America that personal freedoms take precedence over everything. Everything.

    Posted in: U.S. nurse quarantined over Ebola criticizes her treatment

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    Strangerland

    The 5-day stay in the hospital after birth has been a godsend with both my children. My wife appreciated the full-support and chance to rest. And they keep the babies monitored for those five days, in case anything happens. No complaints from our end whatsoever.

    Posted in: There's no doubt hospital stays are too long in Japan. Shortening them would allow more patients to be moved through the system.

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    Scrote

    Miyagi, with a population of 2.3 million, is in dire need of more investment and jobs

    Despite being an assemblyman, Mr Konno has no idea what he is talking about: there are more job offers than job seekers in Miyagi at the moment. The economy is doing quite well, in part due to all the rebuilding going on.

    They talk about "luring in workers" and "improving the economy", but a casino won't do either. Casinos do not produce anything and do not create wealth. Apart from drawing unwanted gamblers in from elsewhere a casino has nothing to offer the area.

    We could do without more urban sprawl near the airport too. Much of that area has already been turned from fields into an ugly collection of eyesores in recent years.

    Posted in: Lawmakers in tsunami-hit region eye casino to hasten recovery

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    Stuart hayward

    Momentum building? What momentum? This article doesn't specify anything. Oh that's right, this plan is soo good for everyone, that we have to keep all details a secret.

    Posted in: Momentum building on TPP deal despite U.S.-Japan impasse

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    Strangerland

    Funny, there's no mention of the "Drag me to a cheap love motel" date. I guess that would be okay then

    Usually they want you to take them to dinner or something first. But often after that taking them to a love hotel is entirely fine.

    Posted in: Worst date ever! Japanese ladies reveal the top five date ideas to avoid

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    Disillusioned

    Yeah, it's a flop, but you have to consider why. The beaurocratic cronies don't wont to give up their monopoly and allow any sort of competitive trade. The industry was set up to support the few and screw the many and that is the way it will stay. A leopard cannot change its spots and Japanese industry cannot change its price fixing ways.

    Posted in: Japan's power failure: Bid to forge national grid stumbles

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    Scrote

    A bit of shoplifting would have achieved his aim of going to jail without anyone getting hurt.

    Posted in: Man arrested for stabbing passerby in front of Ueno Station in Tokyo

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    Scrote

    Yet another of Abe's "bold" reforms turns into a disappointing flop. Abe just doesn't have what it takes to push reform through. The grid company should take over all electricity distribution, leaving the power companies to focus on generation and sales, forcing them to compete with one another.

    But it looks like bribes/donations to the LDP have put a stop to that plan. Abe should resign as his tenure has become a dismal failure.

    Posted in: Japan's power failure: Bid to forge national grid stumbles

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    morrison

    //Ebola tourists should be forced to take a boat back home

    I can see James Cameron working on the script already, Kate Winslett, a plucky nurse returning from Liberia... a dark night, an iceburg..

    Posted in: U.S. nurse quarantined over Ebola criticizes her treatment

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    SenseNotSoCommon

    Terrorist Abdelrahman Shaludi, got a fair trial, he was shot dead as he tried to flee. Ball is now on the Israeli court, so whatever happens next will be the fault of the Palestinian political and religious leadership.

    Are we to expect even more collective punishment, JB?

    Posted in: Israel vows crackdown after Palestinian car attack

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    zichi

    It varies from hospital to hospital. My wife needs a minor operation. In one hospital which we use and like said a stay of five days which was excessive then we found another with same op and just an overnight stay. Maybe some people are happy to have a longer stay and rest?

    Posted in: There's no doubt hospital stays are too long in Japan. Shortening them would allow more patients to be moved through the system.

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    SenseNotSoCommon

    When will America wake up to this tyranny?

    Posted in: 3 teens fight for life after U.S. school shooting

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    sillygirl

    Maybe this will be the push to drag the Japanese rural farmers into the 21st century.

    Posted in: Momentum building on TPP deal despite U.S.-Japan impasse

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    CrazyJoe

    Yes, it's Halloween again, the one night in the year when juveniles can be delinquent - up to a point. And when adults better not be delinquent on stocking up with apples and candy - or else.

    Posted in: Halloween fun

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    badsey3

    If gluten seems to be the problem try spelt (different type of gluten) and see if that is better. The problem with wheat is that it has changed into a sort of FrankenWheat last 50+ years.

    Posted in: Vegan croissants, gluten-free pasta: Europe wakes to fussy eating

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    badsey3

    Ebola tourists should be forced to take a boat back home -gives them much more time to check for symptoms.

    Posted in: U.S. nurse quarantined over Ebola criticizes her treatment

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    CrazyJoe

    "don't need any"

    Posted in: Lawmakers in tsunami-hit region eye casino to hasten recovery

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    kitzrow

    How about a visit to one's house for lunch with mom and dad at home? LOL Just food for thought, but cell phones should be banned during a date. No?

    Posted in: Worst date ever! Japanese ladies reveal the top five date ideas to avoid

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    CrazyJoe

    It's a small price to pay for the safety of others.

    Posted in: U.S. nurse quarantined over Ebola criticizes her treatment

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    Lizz

    She probably realizes it isn't spread through casual contact, even living or working around infected, symptomatic individuals, but would be better off whining less about civil liberties violations and educating more from a public health standpoint.

    Posted in: U.S. nurse quarantined over Ebola criticizes her treatment

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    paulinusa

    “Will they be made to feel like criminals and prisoners?”

    What is her problem? Is she really a certified nurse? If you're in direct contact with Ebola patients you have to expect to be quarantined. There is no other option.

    Posted in: U.S. nurse quarantined over Ebola criticizes her treatment

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    Farmboy

    Will machines that think like humans be able to misspell "sights"? Sorry about that.

    Posted in: Google teams with Oxford to teach machines to think

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    shonanbb

    So, how much are their salries anyway?

    Posted in: Honda executives to take pay cut after fifth Fit hybrid recall

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    Strangerland

    No gun problem here. Just another Friday in 'Merikuh.

    Posted in: 3 teens fight for life after U.S. school shooting

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    shonanbb

    No one looks like Jobs. And most importantly, no one could think like Jobs.

    Posted in: Christian Bale to play Apple's Steve Jobs

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    shonanbb

    Should have a Stevie Wonder and Ray Charles award. Those guys know how to rock in sun glasses.

    Posted in: AKB48, Satomi Ishihara, Amari among winners of Best Dressed Eyes Awards

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    Rohet Pokrel Nepali

    They should not move forward with this. This will act as a catalyst for extinction process of Japanese rural farmers. Only the rich and the powerful with United States seems to be gaining from this pact. Asian countries are in the lose-lose situation.

    Posted in: Momentum building on TPP deal despite U.S.-Japan impasse

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    Strangerland

    Well I never saw that one coming! Great news.

    I wonder if they'll start looking at hotels/pools/onsens denying people with tattoos next.

    Posted in: Cabinet OKs changes to law that bans late-night dancing

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    chikv

    The real risk for a real outbreak of Ebola in America is in having the disease running out of control in Africa so it will spread importantly and end up sending dozens of patients from all around the world to American airports. Any measure that makes African control more difficult will increase this risk. In this way this quarantine will only make less people volunteer to work in Africa, the probability of a global outbreak increase and soon every city with an international airport will have cases to deal with.

    In reality the quarantine is a step back that the government had to take to calm down a general population that don't understand the disease thanks to misinformation that blows up tiny probabilities and hides huge ones. There are many other infectious diseases that are much more dangerous to Americans than Ebola (lets say, ten times less fatality rate but 1000 times more probability of getting infected) but for some reason people just ignore them and worry instead for the disease that require close and prolonged contact with a symptomatic person to be transmitted.

    This is the result of making decisions based on the opinion of the average Joe that have a high school level (if lucky) understanding of infectious diseases even when is exactly the opposite of the recommendations of professionals that have invested decades of their lives to understand the complex situations that comes with an emerging disease.

    Posted in: U.S. nurse quarantined over Ebola criticizes her treatment

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    cleo

    The latest school shooting in the region ....

    OIA.

    The problem lies with the individuals. If you look at the crime stats of people that perpetrate crimes using other weapons, you would be just as amazed

    So Bass, what is America doing wrong in your opinion, that it produces so many broken individuals?

    It seems his parents gave him firearms as a birthday present and encouraged him to kill wildlife.

    Posted in: 2 dead, including gunman, in school shooting near Seattle

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    shonanbb

    Israel is very powerful, and no way would ISIS even look their way.

    Posted in: Why Israel loses no sleep over Islamic State

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    Strangerland

    It seems that everything Abe touches turns to sh*te.

    As much as I dislike Abe, some of these things may not be his fault. Japan Inc. has a lot of vested interests that don't/won't allow for progress.

    Posted in: Japan's power failure: Bid to forge national grid stumbles

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    shonanbb

    Hospital stays here are stress free. Workers are great. Everyone tries to make you feel comfortable. Still, a general lack of privacy between Doctor and Patient could use some work.

    Posted in: There's no doubt hospital stays are too long in Japan. Shortening them would allow more patients to be moved through the system.

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    cleo

    a "recluse" and "lately depressed.".....three years in the military but was involuntarily discharged in 2003, most likely due to drugs....he spent extensive amounts of time by himself in his bedroom and by all accounts was a true proverbial loner

    Terrorist attack my eye. Someone deluded with severe mental problems who blew a fuse. If we listen to the likes of Bass4, America is crawling with them.

    terrorism the use of violence and intimidation in the pursuit of political aims

    So what 'political aims' was this sad loner in pursuit of?

    Posted in: Man attacks New York police with hatchet

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    IvyAlexander

    @bass4fluff

    > Same old rhetoric you people always spout: so spare me your talking points. Have you no shame? There is no equivalency between semi automatic weapons and knives, ropes, bottles or bats. Of course there is. You can use these items to kill. Deal with reality.

    Really! You can kill as many people with a rope in five minutes as you can with a semi automatic weapon?

    bass (May I call you bass?) -- You failed to answer the question. How do these people get guns? Could it possibly be because they are just so available? Be specific -- don't answer with some Charlton Heston talking point about "truth." By the way do you have any views about this that are your own? Or do you just go the National Rifle Association's web site to get your views?

    You do realize you are being duped into spending your hard earned dollars on guns by the fire arms manufacturing sector for whom the NRA is a shill?

    Posted in: 2 dead, including gunman, in school shooting near Seattle

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    sorge

    There is already a large amount of investment and construction throughout Sendai; rural Miyagi would be right to resent yet further expansion of the city, let alone with a tacky tourist trap like a Casino. We do not need to become Atlantic City.

    Posted in: Lawmakers in tsunami-hit region eye casino to hasten recovery