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Posted in: Apartments with no bath or shower rising in popularity among young Tokyoites, report says See in context

I'm not that bothered about a bath, but in summer you might want to shower more than once a day.

No, a shower is easy to fit. It should be illegal to have apartments without facilities to keep clean.

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Posted in: Why do people spend so long in jail without going to trial in Japan? See in context

The "why" dates back to the Edo period justice system. It's basically the same, but without hardcore torture you extract confessions.

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Posted in: Number of voice actresses in Japan hits record high, but is that a good thing? See in context

The number seems to be going up by about 50 a year - hardly overwhelming

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Posted in: Donald Trump reinstated to Facebook after 2-year ban See in context

Why would Trump need a presence on Facebook when he has his own super successful social media platform "Truth Social"?

It does sound like this is the first bit of good news Trump has had in a long long time. But then again, a 14 year-old can have a Facebook account, but I guess you've got to start somewhere.

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Posted in: Georgia election probe report to remain secret for now See in context

From other accounts of today I heard, it sounds like charges for some individuals are pretty much certain, but no clues were given as to who this might be - a wide number are caught up in the criminal investigation. The big question is whether it includes Trump or his closest associates, and that's uncertain.

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Posted in: Classified documents found at Mike Pence's home, lawyer says See in context

It sounds like an oversight, and unintentional, rather like the Biden case.

No evidence of wilfully withholding docs or obstruction unlike a certain ex-elected official I could name

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Posted in: Ex-host club worker allegedly forced customer into prostitution See in context

Host club customers’ love for their hosts have no bounds so it is without a doubt in my mind that the girl was willing to do anything to give her host more money.

While some hosts may have a loyal fan base, and it sounds like from real experience, you are clearly factually inaccurate with regards this story and I am frankly sceptical about the rest of it.

Their "love ...[has] no bounds"? Really? It sounds like you are stretching credibility here.

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Posted in: Gov't warns Unification Church over murky child adoption practice See in context

A Cult is NOT a Cult if it follows the rules and regulations of any nation.

I don't that a fair definition. Plenty are law abiding.

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Posted in: Four Oath Keepers convicted of Jan 6 seditious conspiracy See in context

No wonder these neo-fascist groups were drawn to a wannabe authoritarian like Trump.

And yet, multiple posters on this very site still say that Trump won in 2020, and think that these guys (and Trump) were justified in trying to overthrow the government because they were unhappy with the way the people voted.

I can't think of anyone in particular, but there is quite a large group of far right posters on this site who will agree with anything Trump says.

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Posted in: Russian official warns West of destruction for arming Ukraine See in context

Scholz did not respond when asked about the Leopard 2 tanks Sunday,

Germany is still heavily dependent upon Russian gas - a result of Angela Merkel's hysterical overreaction to Fukushima. A massive strategic error which comprises Germany's position on the world stage.

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Posted in: Russian official warns West of destruction for arming Ukraine See in context

Who takes the empty threats of Russia seriously? It has always shown that it backs down when someone its own size stands up to it. The Berlin Blockade and the Cuban missile crisis showed us that.

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Posted in: Democrats: Biden should be 'embarrassed' by classified docs case See in context

Of course he should have done much better. He may not have shown the deliberate obstruction that Donald Trump showed, but it was unprofessional and potentially illegal.

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Posted in: Protests in Stockholm, including Koran-burning, draw strong condemnation from Turkey See in context

Sweden has always been a neutral country and Swedes seem to want to keep it that way.

Sounds like you are confusing the far right with ordinary Swedes. Of course the far right are sympathetic to Russia, are anti-NATO and anti-Muslim, as perhaps you may be also. But they are unlikely to represent the ordinary Swede who tend to be very pleasant people with a welcoming attitude and a hatred of fascism.

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Posted in: Ramstein summit fails to agree on Leopard tanks deal for Ukraine See in context

While it's unlikely that Russia will be ejected from Ukraine this year, the current maps show that it still only controls a relatively small slither of the country. The Russian campaign has stalled, even with its small recent advances. The world's largest country with one of the biggest armies has taken so little at such great cost to the 100,000 Russians killed.

This is a huge humiliation for Putin, Russia, and the army of trolls in St Petersburg paid by the government to flood internet forums worldwide with pro-fascist messages.

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Posted in: March for Life eyes Congress for post-Roe abortion limits See in context

When does a fetus become a baby?

I'm not sure you answered the question. However, the general consensus is that it is when the fetus is able to survive independently outside of the womb and this is broadly reflected in abortion term limits.

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Posted in: March for Life eyes Congress for post-Roe abortion limits See in context

Sure it is. Besides, what did the baby do wrong to deserve being aborted?

No, a baby is a young human from the point of birth to some point up to about a year old.

A number of religious zealots deliberately misuse the term "baby" when they actually mean "fetus". The definitions are quite clear.

However, by disingenuously conflating baby with fetus, the religious right seeks to limit the rights women have over there own bodies and make them subject to an entirely invented interpretation of the Bible*. I often wonder why if something were so clear than proponents need to resort to disingenuous tactics? Because there is no other way to win the argument, I suppose.

*the only mention if abortion in the Bible is as a requirement in cases of infidelity. There is no suggestion that life was thought to begin before birth.

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Posted in: Japan refiles request to list divisive gold mine on UNESCO See in context

I've been dow , and while it's moderately interesting, it's not even the best thing on Sado.

What is this obsession with getting everything listed as world heritage sites?

There are about 50 in Japan, and many are fairly modest. They really should be of global interest and many are not even particularly high on the domestic list.

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Posted in: Over a million demonstrate in France to say 'non' to Macron's pension reform See in context

Unlicensed scooters allowed in Japan? That means give riders full license to speed and kill or, injure pedestrians. 

As they are about the same cost as a cheap car, plenty, especially if bought second hand.

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Posted in: Japan to allow unlicensed electric scooter riding from July See in context

Unlicensed scooters allowed in Japan? That means give riders full license to speed and kill or, injure pedestrians. 

Their top speed is up there with bicycles, and probably weigh less, so I would rather be hit by someone on a scooter than a cyclist at full speed.

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Posted in: City in Mie sued after 9-year-old girl left blind in roller accident See in context

How does money heal wounds?

A reasonable estimation of the costs related to of a lifetime of blindness

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Posted in: Japanese high school adds culottes to uniforms to better accommodate gender diversity See in context

Whatever next ? Sanitary wear in the boys toilet too....or can I just use the girls toilet instead ??? Just asking.

Otherwise known as the slippery slope logical fallacy.

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Posted in: UK to supply tanks as Russian missiles hit across Ukraine See in context

Good News, Give Ukraine all it needs to defend itself and Europe, in reality the Ukrainians are paying in Blood for the defense of Europe.

It's paying in blood to defend itself primarily. Yes, the rest of Europe indirectly benefits, which is why it is a small price to pay.

But for me it's simple - fascism must be opposed, particularly when it's expansionist. An openly fascist country like Russia must be resisted.

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Posted in: UK to supply tanks as Russian missiles hit across Ukraine See in context

On Telegram the Russians are mocking the tank. Over armored

Agreed. From what I understand, the Ukrainians, especially their drone operators, preferred the poorly armored Russian tanks. They blow up so nicely.

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Posted in: More classified documents found at Biden's home by lawyers See in context

They found nothing in Trump's house that wasn't okay to be there. 

They found hundreds of documents that weren't OK to be there. Some of them "top secret". I am unaware that Biden had anything more than a very small number, and they sound pretty inconsequential. I've handled "confidential" documents of a government nature, and most of them you could publish and no one would take the slightest interest.

A lot ofTrump's were market "Top Secret" and he obstructed the return of them. These are the aggravating factors.

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Posted in: McDonald's Japan to hike prices for third time in 10 months See in context

Watch "Super Size Me" and you'll never eat fast 'food' again.

While junk food is not exactly healthy, as the name suggests, a lot of what's in that film turn out to have been fictionalised. Severally studies attempted to recreate the experiment and none showed the physical impact that the diet was meant to have.

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Posted in: Pandemic cooking boom sharpens Japan knife sales See in context

I have also noticed quite a few scam Japanese knife companies popping up on internet advertising offering cheap Chinese knives under a Japanese label, so there is obviously quite some demand for it.

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Posted in: Trio breaks into elderly woman’s home; steal cash, jewelry See in context

Police said they are questioning the woman's son about who knew he had given her money.

In how many countries is it still the norm to give cash? Almost everywhere else it would be a transaction done by a few taps on a phone.

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Posted in: Japan reports 95,308 new coronavirus cases See in context

Notable that in terms of deaths, this is Japan's worst wave with 300-400 hundred dying daily. But as a news item it has slipped right down the headlines.

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Posted in: Bolsonaro supporters storm Brazil Congress, presidential palace See in context

I just see a peaceful walk round, no riot. If there was any violence, it was by ANTIFA infiltrators, or something.

What it definitely wasn't was neo-fascist agitators unable to accept that their crazy leader lost the election.

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Posted in: McCarthy elected House speaker in vote 15 after chaotic week See in context

“We do not trust Mr. McCarthy with power,” said Republican Matt Gaetz of Florida, as colleagues streamed out of the chamber in protest of his remarks.

And I wouldn't trust Matt Gaetz with my daughter.

He's yet another Republican who's under criminal investigation at the moment. And I hear that Brazil have an arrest warrant out for the "Jew-ish" George Santos, the new Congressman who lied about everything on his resumé, including is religion.

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