Maria's past comments

  • 3

    Maria

    This is desperately sad. 22,000 deaths. How many could perhaps have been prevented if that person had felt able to reach out to a support group, a helpline, a mental health counsellor, a financial advisor, a teacher, a doctor, anyone...?

    Suicide is one of the top killers of men in many countries, but is so often overlooked.

    Posted in: No. of suicides in 2016 drops below 22,000 for first time since 1995

  • 13

    Maria

    These articles are always good for a laugh.

    Posted in: Health diets from overseas flooding Japan, but are they right for Japanese bodies?

  • 13

    Maria

    What a douche.

    Posted in: Trump backs off moving news briefings from White House

  • 2

    Maria

    Oh my. I would love to pound his yams. Apart from being an excellent actor, he is a very attractive man, and has now proven to himself to be a good man too. Too few people are willing to give their time for a cause.

    Posted in: Idris Elba auctions off a date with himself

  • -6

    Maria

    “I don’t think my child is cute.”

    kawaii culture has really taken hold of Japan. Parents in Japan expect their children to be cute, and if they aren't they try to kill them. We know this from the media. An ugly child is useless.

    There are a lot of cases where teenage and adult children attack and kill their ailing parents. This is also because the parents, being old, are no longer cute; also they don't work any more, so are useless.

    Women are hired and fired based on their cute factor. This is true, we know that pretty women are hired for jobs in which they are to be seen.

    Appearance is everything in Japan. That is undoubtedly why this woman tried to kill her baby. There can't be any other reason.

    Posted in: Woman arrested over abuse of 6-month-old daughter

  • 0

    Maria

    tsk. irreparable

    Posted in: Woman arrested over abuse of 6-month-old daughter

  • 1

    Maria

    A terrible thing, irreperable, as the poor child is injured for life.

    People often complain about such incidents and say, "Why didn't s/he seek help?" when a caregiver attacks the person they are caring for. But Dogin did reach out for help - she consulted the Child Welfare Office, expressed lack of care for her baby, and the child was taken into care for six months. She obviously told them she couldn't handle having this baby or hey wouldn't have taken it away. Who decided she was fit or ready to have responsibility for the child again? What counseling did Dogin have in the meantime? Was Dogin agreeable to taking the baby back? What were the follow-up visits like in that fortnight after the baby was returned to her family?

    Massive cockup here.

    Posted in: Woman arrested over abuse of 6-month-old daughter

  • 5

    Maria

    Good girl! I hope she inspires are encourages others to do the same and, more importantly, to stop dropping trash.

    The increase in trash on the streets around new convenience stores infuriates me, but you do have to come prepared - with gloves and a bag. Ideally I want someone to invent retractable trash picker-uppers - those giant tweezers - so that they will fit into a day-bag.

    Posted in: High school student awarded by police chief for cleaning up litter on city street on her own

  • 0

    Maria

    Japanese companies used to have the good reputation of taking care of their employees. This has obviously been a nonsense - for how long, I wonder.

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  • 0

    Maria

    What a terrible thing to happen, whatever the reasons behind it. Poor boy, and his poor family.

    Posted in: 9-year-old boy dies after fall from apartment building

  • 4

    Maria

    Is the woman ok? the last paragraph suggests so, but it's hard to tell. What a terrible ordeal for them both. I hope the guy makes it out of the coma. his company has a lot of explaining to do...

    Posted in: Missing taxi with 93-year-old passenger found after 27 hours

  • 0

    Maria

    I would like to know his inspiration. Perhaps, seeing his kids' boredom in English lessons, he tried to make study more fun(ky), and came up with this. It's funny - good for him!

    Posted in: 'I Like Orange Juice!' Piko Taro releases new single

  • 11

    Maria

    to launch a special research team to find out ways to stop the spread of the sexually transmitted infection.

    Condoms. There. Sorted.

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  • 1

    Maria

    I am curious how much experience he has as an independent train driver - is he a recent recruit?

    Posted in: Train driver says he can't remember overrunning platform by 220 meters

  • 9

    Maria

    "was allowed to" or "was made to"?

    Posted in: Train driver says he can't remember overrunning platform by 220 meters

  • 0

    Maria

    I would be very interested to read regular updates, as well as more general information about the lives of children in care. Where do they usually go to school? How do they do in entrance exams? Do many of them stay on for high school and university? What are their living conditions - dorm rooms, twin rooms? How many caregivers are there in such an institution, and what are their responsibilities? etc etc. It would be good to know more about what happens as they go through the system.

    Posted in: Fostering in Japan, Part III: The effect on my family

  • 1

    Maria

    He was a fool. If he has chronic pain, he can get pharmaceutical meds and other therapies. If the pain is that bad and he can't get help here, he could have gone back to the US or a country with good affordable healthcare in Asia and got it sorted. Also, of course you can buy weed here if you know where to go and who to ask. You obviously can't smell it on the streets - that's a laughable idea!

    Posted in: American man arrested for smuggling marijuana in candy

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  • 1

    Maria

    The birds are all tethered and/or caged, of course. Animal cruelty for financial gain.

    Posted in: We've been invited to open branches and received inquiries from all over the country.

  • 0

    Maria

    Millions of people will suffer problems with their mental health at some time in their lives, often with tragic consequences. This article is also excellent support to those people, to show them that they can successfully manage their own mental health.

    There is a vicious tendency among the ignorant to mock and joke about mental health issues. I hope nobody is shamed into struggling alone and in silence, instead of seeking the help which is available to them.

    Posted in: Fostering in Japan, Part III: The effect on my family

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