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Posted in: Less formal, more comfortable: Pandemic transforms work attire See in context

I saw someone wearing just their socks when they walked through to get something from another department

That seems far from a "relaxed vibe", at least for those looking on.

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Posted in: Cherokee Nation asks Jeep to 'retire' name of SUV See in context

I'm sure this comes from a place that is well-intended, but it does not honor us by having our name plastered on the side of a car.

That seems a reasonable and calm comment.

next is what? Scandinavian countries saying change all names of teams using Vikings, and the list goes on!

Not quite the same. There is no current Viking culture or community.

I think Strangerland's comment about blanket rules makes a lot of sense. I'm not sure why he was voted down.

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Posted in: UK royals in TV head-to-head with Prince Harry and Meghan See in context

rich and vibrant BBC program

That kind of puts me off already.

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Posted in: What do you think of cryptocurrency? See in context

The problem is there is no underlying asset..

I guess the same could be said for most regular currencies. But with regular currencies there is a kind of trust as we generally share the currency with our neighbors. If I'm stuffed, so is everyone around me. I don't think digital currencies give that same reassurance.

Regarding power consumption, it seems to be an issue.

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Posted in: Time to wear a better mask, experts say See in context

I'm still trying to find guidance on how long we should wear a mask. I'm assuming that if we are infected, the virus will accumulate on the mask, and so the longer we wear a mask , the bigger risk we present when talking or whatever. So I try to minimize the time I wear one. I don't wear one when walking the dog when I can easily avoid other people. I for sure wear one when entering the supermarket. But there are a lot of intermediate situations when it is difficult to decide. I know there are those that wear a mask at all times when out of the house. But if you've worn a mask for an hour or two before entering the supermarket, how big a risk do you present to others.

If anyone can point me to some good guidance on this, it would be much appreciated.

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Posted in: Trump repeats election claims in TV interviews See in context

“Rush thought we won, and so do I,” Trump said.

That pretty much says it all.

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Posted in: Mother arrested for abusing 1-month-old daughter See in context

We just don't know.

That's a good point. We can only comment from our own experiences.

My own experience of raising kids in Japan was the large level of support from neighbors. Maybe we were just lucky in where we lived where many neighbors were also having/raising young kids. I'm fairly sure if any of us had mistreated our kids, neighbors (friends) would have stepped in or reported the issue. And so I wonder how lonely the mother in the article must have been.

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Posted in: Ex-wife of author Henry Miller reminisces over their time together See in context

The whole idea of 'sexually dirty' and shouldn't be seen by children


I've always thought the idea of keeping sexual content out of the view of children was to protect us adults from embarrassing situations. Who wants to be asked by their kids, "Do you and mummy do that?".

If kids want to watch dirty stuff, they should do it out of sight of their parents.

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Posted in: Girl wins suit against Osaka Prefecture over school telling her to dye hair black See in context

One of my nieces went through this kind of problem in Saitama (about 20 years ago). First she was accused of dyeing her hair brown. When it was established that was her natural color, she was asked to dye it black. She refused. Her parents backed her up, and the school backed down. But it caused her a lot of anguish and she stayed off school for some time. (She's doing fine now.)

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Posted in: Matsumoto Castle: An irresistible air of composure and grace See in context

I don't disagree with this theoretically, but was that really the case?

Are you thinking what I'm thinking? The local paint supplier at the time only had black paint in stock and made a case for how black is so cool.

Anyway, it looks good. I feel a little bad as I was once one of those brief day trippers. But it was a great day.

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Posted in: Oita woman loses lawsuit and pays damages without ever knowing she’d been sued See in context

claiming she owed him 680,000 yen

It would be helpful if the article provided some info of whether she did or didn't actually owe him the money. I don't want to defend the guy's actions, but I know someone who had a genuine grievance against a restaurant owner, and won a legal case against him. But when it came time to settle up, the owner had declared bankruptcy and the claimant got no money. If you were suspicious of not getting the money through normal channels, might you not look at alternative routes?

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Posted in: Nikkei ends above 30,000 mark for 1st time in over 30 years See in context

Can it break that record of 39,000 by years end?!

Some of us will remember that "record" and the various problems that surrounded it. Rich for a month and paying back the cost for years.

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Posted in: Some remain skeptical as Japan set to roll out vaccines on Wednesday See in context


Regarding HPV, you said...

Completely wrong, you end up making the exact same mistake than the officials that stopped support of the vaccines by faulty evidence. Girls had severe problems with or without the vaccine in the same incidence, because vaccines

I'm not sure that it was "faulty evidence" but rather different evidence. The article below has this in its concluding statement: "the adverse effects to HPV vaccines must be re-evaluated, since the initial clinical trials of the first vaccines were tested in different populations than women in Latin America or Japan"

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Posted in: Which music from the past 70 years do you think people will still be listening to 100 years from now? See in context

John Peel's favourite ever song, Teenage Kicks by Derry's own The Undertones.

And there's part of the problem. You mentioned that song and I immediately wanted to hear it again. And so it's my current most favorite. Tomorrow it will be Jimi Hendrix's version of All Along The Watchtower, but then it will be back to various versions of The Weight and then the Holland-Dozier-Holland circuit. (But

So I wondered if there was a more objective approach to the question. Perhaps the songs that have been covered the most times by other artists. If that's an appropriate measure, then it seems mainly Beatles songs will be top favorites. (Based on data at the link below.)

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Posted in: Tokyo gov't to give smartphones to senior citizens, pay for their calling and data plans See in context

Why aren't we told how many senior citizens actually live in Shibuya?

According to the link below, there are about 44,000 residents aged 65+.

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Posted in: Various rumors swirling around 'painful' corona vaccination See in context

The problem is that it isn’t a vaccine, it’s gene therapy. 

I have very little scientific knowledge of genetics and medicines. But why do I get the feeling you have even less knowledge than me?

Basic question - what's wrong with gene therapy if it's designed to combat a genetic attack by a virus? Based on words alone, it sounds a reasonable idea to me.

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Posted in: Various rumors swirling around 'painful' corona vaccination See in context


Just to share experiences, I got my first jab yesterday (Pfizer) here in Scotland. No pain at all at injection time. My arm is a little painful now around the injection point (similar to my experience of the flu jab). So far, no other after effects (with my flu jab last year, I was slightly feverish the following day). My neighbors sound a bit like yours - the husband had no after effects but his wife felt not so good the following day - not pain so much as flu-like symptoms.

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Posted in: Lying on arrival could mean 10 years in prison in England See in context

10 years in prison

But can you enter prison without valid Covid-free certification?

Sorry, but this seems a bit of madness. I suspect the minister in charge misread 10 months as 10 years and now won't back down.

Meanwhile, the vaccine roll out seems to be moving along, thanks mainly to NHS staff doing things in a pragmatic way and generally ignoring politicians. (Based on local experience.) I get my first shot on Friday.

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Posted in: Out in the cold: How Japan's electricity grid came close to blackouts See in context

With the UK grid system if a power plant goes down the others continue to supply.

But I think there are usually local difficulties when a power plant goes down. We see sometimes "domino effect" issues on larger grids where the problem extends to a wide area and electrical frequency can't be maintained. I think there was a case in the UK in 2019. (

In my time living in Japan (1980-1996), I don't recall any serious power supply issues. But the Fukushima event changed things dramatically with so many nuclear plants going off line. But it seems to be a case of supply capacity, and not so much a network issue. (Think of places such as Iceland where the network is small.)

I'm no expert, just thinking aloud. Please be gentle when correcting me.

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Posted in: Japanese monks want to create new temple…in space See in context

The biggest cause of war throughout history.

I'm not sure about that. World War 2, Three Kingdoms War, and the Mongol Invasions are said to be the biggest wars in terms of deaths, and it's hard to find a religious cause. I'd say humanity is the biggest cause of war, so perhaps best to leave us humans behind and let some other species lead the space race. Rabbits maybe.

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Posted in: Savor 'Pretty Woman' afternoon tea at Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Otemachi See in context

They do know that this film was about a street prostitute, don't they? How is that romantic?

Prostitutes are people too.

Expensive cakes on the other hand...

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Posted in: Jeff Bezos, Amazon's founder, will step down as CEO See in context

A horrible man who epitomizes Vulture Capitalism!

I don't see it that way. He achieved a lot, and I think many of us benefitted in some way, otherwise we wouldn't have bought his services and he wouldn't be rich.

One problem seems to be that in making big, popular changes, one becomes rich, whether one wants to or not. (Thinking of Gates, Jobs, et al.)

Is there an alternative? I'd like to think so, but I don't know what it might be. Freedom to innovate and move things along, but not to become disgustingly rich. If you have a solution, please let me know.

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Posted in: Chilean man indicted in France over 2016 murder of Japanese woman See in context

Err, no. The EU actually explicitly allows the death penalty (re-introducing it in the countries that had abolished it), in the context of "quelling a riot or insurrection".

Are you sure? The "quelling a riot" phrase is part the European Convention on Human Rights, and is not a reference to a form of punishment but a legitimate use of "necessary force" that might result in death. Another legitimate use is "in defence of any person from unlawful violence"

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Posted in: Iran rejects new participants, any talks on nuclear deal See in context

Other than the previous administration backing out of the Iran nuclear deal negotiated by his predecessor, which was wrong to do, what other deals with Iran have the US and its allies broken?

It depends how you classify "deal", but the overthrowing of Iran's elected government in 1953 seems somewhat opposed to the USA's professed support for democracy.

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Posted in: Iran rejects new participants, any talks on nuclear deal See in context

when has the US or it's allies used nuclear, biological or chemical weapons against Iran? 

Iraq reportedly used chemical weapons against Iran in the Iraq-Iran war. It has also been reported that the US "looked the other way" when that happened. So perhaps not strictly "used", but...

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Posted in: Think U.S. evangelicals are dying out? Well, define evangelicalism ... See in context

Evangelical Christians when used a tool of the far right are a clearly dangerous force.

I agree. I'm not Christian but have friends who are. They generally have attitudes like those in the song linked below.

Some lyrics:

You say it lights every pathway, Shows me how to live life, For the rest of my days

But I can't put my faith in, Your words and demands

I believe in God alright, It's folk like you I just can't stand

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Posted in: Man flashes girl, asks how she rates him on 1-10 scale, then pays her ¥3,000 See in context

Who knows the male psyche better than men?

Interesting question. I suspect it's women, in the same way that men probably know the female psyche better than women.

We may all know our own psyche better than anyone else, but I'd guess, on average, men and women get much closer to people of the opposite gender than those of their own.

I think fathers are well placed to warn daughters about men.

But I suspect mothers may be better placed to inform them.

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Posted in: Japan set to extend state of emergency for up to another month See in context

I’m curious to know how much amplification is used in the PCR test in Japan

The number of cycles is completely irrelevant

I'll admit my ignorance on this. I read the document below to try and get some information.

This is my (simplistic) understanding:

a. The number of cycles is something that is measured rather than set for a test. (But there will be an upper limit that is set and no further cycles are done when this limit is reached.)

b. A low cycle count (i.e. a measurement threshold is reached after a low number of cycles) indicates a high level of infection.

c. A high cycle count indicates a low level of infection.

d. The low infection level is harder to interpret. The person may be newly infected and so may develop serious symptoms soon or the person was infected some time ago and has passed through the serious stage. (Further information is needed in such cases to interpret the results.)

e. Not all testing systems/devices are the same. Some give detailed results and some give a simple negative/positive result.

Regarding point d. above, is that why many places prefer to restrict testing to only those who are symptomatic?

Please correct my misunderstandings, but try to make the corrections understandable to a non-specialist.

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Posted in: Insurers face 'mind-blowingly' large loss if Olympics canceled See in context

My dad worked in insurance all his life from age 14, from office boy to department manager. He wasn't one for telling me how to live my life, but I remember one rare occasion. "You can live your life as you wish, son. But promise me one thing. Don't ever work for an insurance company."

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Posted in: Why scientists think UK variant could be more deadly See in context

Wish the same could be said for the government.

I agree, but I also wish the media would stop focusing on the scare possibilities when they clearly know very little.

could = may not

may = may not

possibly = don't know

more deadly (in a headline) = more clicks

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