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Posted in: Writer hopes Japanese step out of 'comfort zone' as society diversifies See in context

She does come across as a type very familiar to me - a Japanese person who’s lived abroad and gets a bit sneering about insular, narrow-minded Japanese as opposed to her worldliness. Then again, that’s better than some other types who’ve lived abroad - the bitter types who think everything abroad is crap compared to Japan.

Once Japanese live abroad for an extended period, they realise that society does not need to be organised in the way it is in Japan and that there are other and better ways of doing things. Many Japanese who have lived abroad would not want to return to the suffocating society in which they were brought up in.

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Posted in: Adults should realize that they could spread the disease to babies and infants. I recommend that people who have prolonged or heavy coughing symptoms promptly consult a doctor. See in context

Whooping cough? I thought it was a predominantly 3rd world disease......

There is a massive revival in diseases that were once nearly extinct in the developed world due to anti-vax nut jobs.

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Posted in: What are the pros and cons of shorter hospital stays (in most Western countries) vs longer hospital stays in Japan? See in context

My brother -in-law went into hospital for a fairly minor procedure on his ankle. He managed to milk a week's stay out of and seemed to love his time in a pretty comfortable ward.

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Posted in: Road rage suspect arrested after dashboard camera records assault See in context

Tailgating is particularly a problem, as well as some drivers doing double the speed limit!

Tailgating is very dangerous, but the speed limits in Japan are so absurdly low that they are ignored. They should be revised to something realistic and then enforced.

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Posted in: The #KimOhNo conversation: How do Japanese people feel about it now? See in context

But this is only what Japanese people think. How dare they not be offended? What is far more important is what Americans think:

“It makes me very angry.” Says Alex Maya Goldberg, a 28-year-old urban planner currently living in Cambridge, Massachusetts. “[It’s] absolutely a form of cultural appropriation. There is no indication that Kim K. named her new line with hopes of observing a Japanese cultural tradition.” Goldberg describes West’s decision as “blatant,” asking, “how did nobody stop her?

My feelings exactly. The brand name police should have arrested her.

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Posted in: Japan's climate a test for players at Rugby World Cup See in context

It can be very hot at that time of year, but usually it is cooler that the insane temperatures we get in August.

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Posted in: French waiter shot dead for being 'too slow with sandwich' See in context

When a life is taken, it’s always big news, France is no exception to that.

Oh really? How many people are murdered in the USA every year? And if those, Howe many are "big news"?

If every murder was big news, there would be no room on the news for anything else.

Unusually, a single murder has been reported in France. Do you think that we would be reading about it if it had been a cashier in Baltimore?

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Posted in: Teen vaping linked to marijuana use See in context

So... that’s a good thing, right?

All I read from the pro-pot crowd is that it’s nothing compared to evil alcohol, and may even cure cancer.

It needn't necessarily be a bad thing. Alcohol is much more harmful than marijuana, yet it is the latter that is illegal. However, because of its illegality, far stronger versions have been bred with a much higher THC content, which is linked to a rise in schizophrenia and some other mental health disorders. It should be legalised and controlled, just like alcohol.

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Posted in: Teen vaping linked to marijuana use See in context

"more likely to move on to marijuana" Real scientists understand that correlation is not causation. It is risk-taking behaviour, not vaping, that is a precursor, as it accounts for both behaviours.

That was exactly my conclusion from reading the opening paragraph, and knowing that from then on there would be little value, if any in the article, other than as an example of both poor journalism and bad science.

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Posted in: Trump blames mass shootings on mentally ill; calls for more mental institutions See in context

By definition, anyone one shooting at another human outside war is mentally ill, unless they are protecting someone else or themselves.

Sorry, you don't just get to define mental illness so easily. A contract killer is perfectly sane, but just lacks the moral feelings that hold the rest of us back.

You might argue that not having this sense of morality is a symptom of insanity, but I would suggest that is nothing more than an extension of the no true Scotsman logical fallacy.

Another could argue, just as reasonably, that religious faith is a sign of insanity, because it requires belief in something you can't see [please leave this point moderator], but few do.

You can't pick and choose insanity to fit your world view.

But interestingly when a man commits a racially driven atrocity, the President will claim that it is driven by mental illness, but when it is inspired by religion, it is terrorism, not insanity.

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Posted in: 8-year-old girl drowns in Toshimaen pool See in context

 hope the pool wasn't overcrowded, but there's not enough information to speculate. 


At the time of the accident, there were about 3,800 people at the pool. 

I think that there's enough to speculate.

What surprises me is how deep the water is - most pools in Japan don't have enough water to down a piglet.

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Posted in: Double disqualification after heat shortens Olympic triathlon test event See in context

kwatt is right. The JOC originally proposed holding the games in late Sept to Oct, however European and US sponsors didn’t want the olympics to overlap with professional league sports broadcasts.

But the Olympics is only 2 weeks - it will compete with the 9-month Premier League for just a couple of weeks.

It is absurd - holding the events in these conditions is dangerous, especially for the endurance events. If they will not move the time, then they should re-consider the location, with plenty of Hokkaido having perfectly clement weather at this time of year.

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Posted in: What sort of wearable tech do you see being developed in the near future? See in context

1) Microchips below the skin in the finger, that can be used for identification, opening doors and logging on.

2) Tiny earpieces-cum microphones to access the internet (this is basically already here with small bluetooth headsets, but they would need to be smaller and non-obtrusive to allow it to be worn throughout the day).

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Posted in: Study debunks Japanese belief in link between deep-sea fish, quakes See in context

Why was it even necessary to "research" this topic? It is nonsense, as are all superstitions.

Superstitions are by definition nonsense, but how do you determine whether something is a superstition in the first place rather than useful folk observations that are actually linked to fact?

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Posted in: Study debunks Japanese belief in link between deep-sea fish, quakes See in context

Some superstitions are great for a culture.

Personally I like to believe as many true things as possible and as few false things as possible.

Nonsense like this leads to people making bad decisions (like choosing a partner based on blood type).

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Posted in: New Trump rule targets poor and could cut legal immigration in half, advocates say See in context

What he is proposing isn’t radically different to what a lot of other countries do around the world. However, it still raises the question of who is going to do the less glamorous work that Hispanic immigrant workers do?

Just like in Japan, there aren’t that many natives queuing up to gut chickens.

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Posted in: Epstein suicide sparks fresh round of conspiracy theories See in context

Strange the Russia collusion was never immediately identified as “unsubstantiated speculation” by online “theorists” or “conjecture” on day 1 of an active investigation.

@Blacklabel - if I remember correctly, at the time of the nerve agent poisonings in England last year, you were among the loudest voices calling out a conspiracy to tar Russia and pointing the finger at the British security services.

You stopped after the evidence became overwhelming that Russia was behind the attempted assassinations.

We should always question the motives of those who shout "conspiracy".

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Posted in: Epstein suicide sparks fresh round of conspiracy theories See in context

I don't think we should dismiss the conspiracy so quickly. After all, Trump and Epstein used to associate closely together and both have a strong interest in young women. Perhaps Trump ordered this to save any embarrassment during a trial. There was also the risk that he might have been called as a witness, which might have led to him perjuring himself.

Far better for Trump that he suicide himself.

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Posted in: Epstein suicide sparks fresh round of conspiracy theories See in context

Love how liberals immediately call it a conspiracy theory.

Blacklabel - you are off message today - it is Trump, the Trump fanboys and Kremlin accounts who are supporting the conspiracy theories, not they liberals.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic organizers, FINA test water quality, temperature See in context

The temperature Tokyo reaches in August has never been a secret.

Starting key events before people are even awake, is good evidence that Tokyo in August is unsuitable for major sporting events.

It also gives good evidence that Japan needs to change time zones - the fact that you can discuss changing events to 5 am shows how much light and cooler weather is wasted in Japan.

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Posted in: Have you ever used a capsule hotel in Japan? If so, what was the experience like? See in context

Great. Everything you need really and far less claustrophobic than you might think.

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Posted in: Death penalty questionable as a deterrent to mass killing See in context

Japanese TV companies have a fierce aversion to showing the public documentaries about social problems in Japan (outa sight, outa mind). 

They will, but first they've got to taste all of the oishi food out there. Once they've done that, they can tackle the issues.

There is of course a real aversion in Japan to considering social issues and there is limited public discourse on the matter. It is often apparent when educated Japanese are so inarticulate when it comes to such issues.

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Posted in: Man referred to prosecutors for leaking 3D map of Japan to China See in context

I’m quite sure Google earth would have sufficed.

And why couldn't a marketing firm have used Google earth too?

But it seems absurd that Japan has secrets that it will sell cheaply for marketing purposes, yet doesn't want to fall into Chinese hands. If this information was so secret, then it shouldn't have sold it to the public.

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Posted in: NRA head digs in against gun control See in context

We have an increasingly mentally sick world where liberalism is the word of the day,

What is the evidence for this mental illness epidemic? And if one of the symptoms of this apparent epidemic is for people to unexpectedly go on the rampage with legally held fire arms, isn't this a good argument for backgrounds checks, licencing and limiting access to assualt weapons?

Also, when a white guy kills brown people is it mental illness, but when brown people kill white people is it "terror"?

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Posted in: Multiracial athletes sparking debate in Japan ahead of 2020 Games See in context

Athletes are who they are by the passport they carry and country they compete for and nothing else. Not all athletes are born in the country they represent. The problem for Japan is it does not accept dual nationality.

Actually passport and the country you represent are two different things. Lots of sports do not require you to be a citizen of that country to represent it.

You are correct that Japan does not nominally allow dual nationality and Osaka will need to make a well-publicised decision about which nationality she chooses by 22 October. We are all going to have a lot of fun with that.

Will she chose a country that she had rarely been to and Canty speak three language of? If not, will she still be Japanese? The Japanese right will be quick to say "I told you so".

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Posted in: Japan's food self-sufficiency rate lowest in 25 years See in context

I sure as hell do not appreciate having to pay 4,000 or more for a decent watermelon here! Those are NOT fair prices, they are rip-offs!

You would pay a fraction of that in Greece - less than €1 a k/g in summer.

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Posted in: 8chan owner blasts 'sinister' shutdown See in context

When will the left learn that they are forging the very weapons that will be used against them in the future. We cannot give the government and corporations the ability to decide what speech is allowed. Free speech is absolutely necessary for the exchange of ideas and mutual understanding.

They are free to share their hate-filled agenda anyway they wish, but they should not expect others to facilitate it.

And why is the "left" that stokes your ire? The right has a long history of censorship, far longer than the left.

What you mean here is that people who don't like ultra-racist neo-Nazi opinions spreading around the internet like a virus must in some way be the "left" or "socialist". No, you can be pretty right wing and still not like racism.

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Posted in: 57 dead, 18,000 taken to hospitals in Japan due to heatwave since July 29 See in context

Earthquake risk means you can't use stone or other masonry as easily as other countries.

This is something of a myth and plays to the idea of Japan being unique.

Large parts of the Mediterranean is build on an earthquake prone region, such as Italy, Greece and Turkey. There stone buildings were always the norm and a lot of very old buildings are famously still standing (Parthenon, Coliseum). Houses are also built from stone. Often they had a layered build approach - brick or stone that is interwoven with a wood layer every meter or so to allow some give in the event of an earthquake, or everyday subsidence.

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Posted in: 57 dead, 18,000 taken to hospitals in Japan due to heatwave since July 29 See in context

Is it because they don't drink enough water, drink too much tea, which is a diuretic,

While tea contains a diuretic, there is not enough to outweigh the benefit of drinking it. It is absolute fine to drink tea and you will gain far more liquid than you will lose.

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Posted in: New Zealand to decriminalize abortion laws See in context

Abortion was already the number one cause of death. Approximately 42,000,000 human beings worldwide lose their lives each year. All New Zealand has done is to help increase this number.

The only deaths that abortion results in are those of the mothers who seek back street abortions in three countries where it is illegal.

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