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Posted in: 'Hostage justice?' Japan fights back with an internet FAQ See in context

Artificial light was provided by a fluorescent lamp with two 40-watt tubes from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. and by a 40-watt lamp during the night, in line with requirements.


Artificial light was provided from a 100-watt bulb by day and a 75-watt bulb by night.

Thus, the presence of lighting 24 hours a day cannot be seen as a human right violation. Complainers clearly have limited understanding about realistic prison cells.

Kazuaki S - if you think that having a 40 watt light on throughout the night is acceptable shows how detached from reality you are. This is far too bright.

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Posted in: 'Hostage justice?' Japan fights back with an internet FAQ See in context

In the FT article I read, the justice minister referred to the Japanese constitution that explicitly outlaws forced confessions or relying on confessions to secure a conviction.

Hardly a good argument - the Americans made sure that this was in the constitution because Japanese justice revolved around forced confessions and had done since the Edo era. Nothing has changed.

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Posted in: 'Hostage justice?' Japan fights back with an internet FAQ See in context

The Japanese justice minister published a long article defending Japan in London's Financial Times newspaper a couple of days ago. Very unusally, the comments section was turned off. Obviously they are too sensitive to allow criticism.

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Posted in: Mother of Kyoto Animation artist who died in arson wants memorial; residents opposed See in context

Japan needs to separate residential and working zones. Currently anything can be built next to anything else

True - cities here are just so random, but in many ways, that is part of the charm of what are otherwise pretty ugly places.

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Posted in: Mother of Kyoto Animation artist who died in arson wants memorial; residents opposed See in context

So if you can imagine dozens and dozens more people per hour walking on that narrow road it is incredibly inconvenient not to mention dangerous.

Do you really think that the numbers will increase because a small shrine is built on the site to the memory of those who died?

I suspect that this has more to do with not wanting to lower real estate value - Japanese people are very superstitious about violent death and might assume that the area is haunted if there is a shrine there to the deceased.

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Posted in: Restaurant operator Skylark to end 24-hour operations by April See in context

Very wise. No point in paying people to staff an empty restaurant.

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Posted in: Harry, Meghan to quit royal jobs, give up 'highness' titles See in context

I just have this bizarre sinking feeling this marriage won’t survive forever, just a feeling.....

Bass4funk - I think it might be more than just a feeling but rather a deeply held hope that the marriage collapses. That would really warm the cockles of a certain type of commenter.

If the marriage does collapse, it will not have been without the help of a certain type of mean spirited Brit who never got over the fact that this "exotic" woman married a prince. They are the same people who voted for Brexit and deny climate change.

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Posted in: 'Simpsons' actor says he'll no longer voice Apu after controversy See in context

Sad to see him go - hilarious and a relatively harmless charicature, or so I thought.

Perhaps it was time for him to go. Those most angry about this tend to be quite deeply conservative white right wingers, who regularly seek to impose an authoritarian view on others and regularly display sociopathic tendencies, so perhaps the signs are there.

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Posted in: Less than one in four surveyed Japanese men has a girlfriend; over one in three women has a beau See in context

For once I agree with you Burning Bush.

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Posted in: 3 teenagers arrested for assaulting, robbing man on Kanagawa street See in context

Snitches get stitches son, time to go back to class and find some new friends.

This is not some criminal underworld, but a few teenage hoodlums. The kid did well to confess because of his age. His evidence will send the others down unless they confess.

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Posted in: James Bond producer rules out female 007 See in context

In fact, Henry Golding is one of top three candidates being considered.

Dev Patel might fit the role too.

I really don't care if Bond is another colour, just needs to be British, about forty and cool. There is nothing about the character that needs to be white and I'm not being "woke" about it, I just tiny care.

As I stated in my first post on this topic, that attracted a lot of votes, the literary Bond was born in about 1910. No one is demanding a 110 year old actor play the actor.

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Posted in: James Bond producer rules out female 007 See in context

Sure. Lets wait for a white female playing "Shaft". And Akebono as Cinderella? Lets have it for wokeness!

Bond's sex is utterly central to his character. His race isn't. Shaft's race is utterly central to his character, so your comparison is not appropriate.

As I'm sure you know, James Bond is half Scottish half Swiss and born in about 1910. Yes, in that era it is extremely unlikely that anyone with that background would be anything but white, but Bond is no longer a late 1940s spy, but someone born in about 1980 in Britain. It is far more likely that he could be black or Asian.

I don't know why people find this so hard to deal with.

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Posted in: Pompeo breaks silence on alleged threats to envoy in Ukraine See in context

No outrage at all about confirmation the government surveilled a guy plus capturing all his calls and mails. A guy who was never even charged with anything. Totally innocent.

If it is as you say, it should be investigated and the law should be followed.

However, the accusations of whataboutery are well founded in the Ukraine investigation. Comments from Trump supporters usually avoid any discussion of the evidence and actual events in this case (presumably because they don't look good for Trump) and instead to talk about anything but the actual events. .

Just looking at comments above, I see Libya and Carter Page as the immediate diversions rather than considering the detail of the accusation against Trump.

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Posted in: James Bond producer rules out female 007 See in context

Unfortunate to see political correctness potentially ruining a franchise. James Bond is Caucasian in the novel and should stay that way in the movies.

I was wondering who would be the first to say this. Why does the colour matter? Apart from pleasing white conservatives, I don't think it does.

I have read some Bond and worked out that he must have been born in about 1910. Are you also going to demand a 110 year old actor plays the part to keep it faithful?

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Posted in: WeWork debacle has unicorn investors seeking cover See in context

Wework's valuation was always fanciful. The basic business model is not new, but it gave it a fashionable makeover. However, the offices are expensive to furnish and barriers to entry are not significant.

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Posted in: Japan hoping surprise cricket U-19 World Cup appearance is just the start See in context

cricket is a game I always thought would suite the Japanese.

Agree - from an aesthetic perspective, it does fit Japanese culture, rather than the more boisterous and in-your-face baseball, focusing more on elegance, even down to the all-white uniforms of the players.

Perhaps in recent years it has moved more in the direction of baseball, with shorter, brasher games, with coloured uniforms and music etc, but the slower paced five-day test match is still at the top.

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Posted in: Ghosn's wife slams Japanese justice See in context

AlexBecu, respectfully, you sir, know nothing about the law!

Need to do a bit better than that. What specifically he ignorant of in his comment?

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Posted in: Patient in Japan confirmed as having new virus from China See in context

I literally had to stop a 40-something salaryman this morning from picking his nose and eating it like a 3-year-old. Shoved a packet of tissues into his other hand and told him to show some manners.

Not sure if I'm more uncomfortable with the salarymans gross actions or your bullying behaviour. Probably the latter.

I would have looked the other way. He wasn't hurting anyone or spreading disease.

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Posted in: Roundabouts have been installed at 87 locations in 31 prefectures since the revised Road Traffic Law took effect in September 2014. Do you think roundabouts reduce the number of traffic accidents? See in context

In a country like Japan where they are not an everyday occurrence than where they are installed there needs to be rigorous and conspicuous enforcement of the rules as well as education.

They once didnlt exist in any country but have been introduced successfully around the world.

my favourite is the Magic Roundabout:


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Posted in: Roundabouts have been installed at 87 locations in 31 prefectures since the revised Road Traffic Law took effect in September 2014. Do you think roundabouts reduce the number of traffic accidents? See in context

Roundabouts with multiple lanes and lots of exits are a nightmare and result in indecision and sudden lane changes. Keep it simple and I think it is safer.

I love them. The bigger the better. I long to try the roundabout at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.

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Posted in: Roundabouts have been installed at 87 locations in 31 prefectures since the revised Road Traffic Law took effect in September 2014. Do you think roundabouts reduce the number of traffic accidents? See in context

They are not do much a safety feature as an efficiency measure - as No Business states above, they keep the traffic moving.

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Posted in: Queen agrees to let Harry, Meghan move part time to Canada See in context

I find people like Bieber or Madonna or the Kardashians equally as uppity if it makes you feel better.

I think that they are rather different cases. The ones you quote have made every effort to out themselves in the public eye and revel in fame and publicity. Markle hasn't but has been relentlessly picked on in a way that is inexplicable in Britain if she were not American or from an ethnic minority.

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Posted in: Queen agrees to let Harry, Meghan move part time to Canada See in context

No, but her mouth and attitude of selfish and personal egotistical entitlement is though.

Still haven't seen any evidence of this. But the language you use to describe her throughout your posts are mostly found in the thesaurus as synonyms for "uppity".

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Posted in: Queen agrees to let Harry, Meghan move part time to Canada See in context

Examples galore below if you want to see how they have been treated differently in parts of the British press.

Another interesting correlation is that people who have a bit of a thing against Meghan are also more likely to vote for Brexit and be sceptical of climate change. Fancy that!

For instance, an October 2018 InStyle article accused the Duchess of Sussex of breaking "royal shoe protocol" for wearing wedges. Several months later, InStyle published another article praising the Duchess of Cambridge for wearing the same type of shoes, hailing them as "the most versatile shoes of the summer."

When Markle's bodyguard asked spectators at Wimbledon not to take photos of her, there was serious backlash. However, when Middleton's bodyguard told fans the same thing during a recent shopping trip, she was praised for being "down to earth."


“The one example I will bring up is the fact that a number of people brought it up on social media today about the one-armed dress that Kate was wearing I think at the BAFTAs,” she said. “She looked stunning and all of the media coverage was incredibly positive and then you rewind a couple of months to when Meghan wore a black one-armed dress, and all of the coverage there was saying she was ‘breaking royal protocol’ for this outrageous one-armed dress that was completely inappropriate.”

Kate: "Bumping along nicely! The Duchess was seen placing a protective hand on her tummy as she exited the event." Daily Mail: March 22, 2018

> Meghan: "Personally, I find the cradling a bit like those signs in the back of cars: Baby on Board. Virtue signaling, as though the rest of us barren harridans deserve to burn alive in our cars." Daily Mail: Jan. 26, 2019

Kate: "Royal sources said yesterday that the Queen understood and endorsed William and Kate’s decision not to spend Christmas Day with her. One said: ‘Her Majesty understands that it is a dilemma that many young couples face and acknowledges how close Catherine’s relationship is with her family." Daily Mail: Dec. 16, 2016

Meghan: "The fact is the Queen expects to have the family around her for the festive season... to the Queen, for whom the tradition of the family gathering is a key date in her calendar, Harry and Meghan’s absence will be a matter of great sadness. It will also be a source of frustration." Daily Mail: Nov. 13, 2019

Kate: "It was reported that new Duchess of Cambridge requested her favorite scented candles and toiletries from luxury fragrance brand Jo Malone be delivered to scent the Abbey. A selection of candles, handwashes and lotions was requested, specifically in citrus spring scents including Orange Blossom, Grapefruit and the ever-popular Lime, Basil & Mandarin." Daily Mail: May 4, 2011

Meghan: "'Meghan wanted staff to go around with these atomizers, like spritzer guns, and spray the chapel with scent before anyone arrived. Royal Household staff stepped in and told her office politely, but firmly, that this was the queen's chapel and it simply wasn't appropriate. I don't believe they said no because they thought it could affect the chapel in any way. It was simply the principle of the thing. This is a place that has held royal weddings, funerals and even contains the royal vault. I don't believe a request of that nature had been made before.'" Daily Mail: Nov. 30, 2018


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Posted in: Queen agrees to let Harry, Meghan move part time to Canada See in context

Why would they need an old woman’s permission to do anything?

They don't. Although they do want the security guards, the titles and the UK residences which are kind of in her power (apart from the title - he's still a prince whatever).

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Posted in: Do you think the Carlos Ghosn case would make for an interesting movie or documentary? See in context

Other suggestions?

Rowan Atkinson or Ben Kingsley

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Posted in: Ghosn's Japan lawyer: Questioning averaged 7 hours a day See in context

“Thanksgiving and Christmas.”

Wonder why Takano threw those in his

Thanksgiving is of course completely irrelevant as it will mean nothing to Ghosn. But I understand he is a Christian and it is a major religious festival. Given that time was not of the essence, a country should respect the religion of suspects.

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Posted in: Trump, Pelosi square off ahead of impeachment trial See in context

Nah, they've made a mockery of the Constitution.

Think you need to do a bit better than that. Still haven't seen an even vaguely coherent defence of Trump's actions. It has so far been limited to whining and a lot of shouting about witch hunts.

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Posted in: Mendes war epic of grandfather's heroics shakes Hollywood See in context

Anyone else notice that the best films released in 2019 were those without any liberal politically correct theme's - 1917, The Irishman and Joker.

No - the thought hadn't occurred to me and I can't think of a year filled with "liberal politically correct themes".

Thinking through this, I expect you mean that you feel a sense of indignation if a film about slavery is released as having politically correct messages rammed down your throat.

It is you that determines what politically correct themes are.

Oh, 1917 does have a bit of a "lions led by donkeys" thing, which is seen by some as a liberal left message.

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Posted in: France, others line up to probe plane crash in Iran blamed on missile See in context

So, yes, this blood is as much on Trump, if not more than anyone else's

So while they did deliberately shoot that plane down, it wasn't really their fault?

OK, if the USA had not made the first attack, they would still be alive, so I appreciate your point. Perhaps if they were on such high alert, they might have considered a commercial flight ban for the duration.

Also the Iranian regime is brutal and has no concern over using lethal force. Over two hundred protestors have been killed in recent anti-government protests.

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