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Posted in: Attacking birth control pills, U.S. influencers push misinformation See in context

But liberals want to overall control ...

Then they're not liberals.

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Posted in: What are some of the best free places to visit in Japan? See in context

Lovely ares abound.

Did you miss out an "s" or an "a" there?

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Posted in: Visitors to Japan exceed 3 million for 2nd straight month in April See in context

Wallace, Antiquesaving is correct that you can buy Japanese rice cookers for overseas use in Akihabara. We bought one there a long time ago for UK use (220-240V).

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Posted in: Slovakia's populist prime minister shot multiple times in attempted assassination See in context

the guy was all over the place

That seems to be the case. I've also read he was once a security guard in a shopping center and had a permit to carry weapons. That might be more relevant than his political views.

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Posted in: Slovakia's populist prime minister shot multiple times in attempted assassination See in context

The shooter is a well-known LEFTIST writer!

I've also read that he is "a sympathiser and supporter of the pro-Russian paramilitary group Slovenskí Branci, known for its links to the Kremlin". Does that sound "leftist"? We should perhaps wait until we get more info about the guy.

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Posted in: Brazil's catastrophic weather spawns spate of conspiracy theories See in context

Unfortunately in some parts of the world scientific literacy is going backwards

That may be the case, but I wonder if it is the increase in social media output that exposes more nutters to more nonsensical ideas. I'd be interested to know about the general level of scientific awareness among the population.

Having said that, I've read that contrails do contribute to global warming and have a greater effect than the levels of CO2 emitted by aircraft (link below).

https://www.science.org/content/article/aviation-s-dirty-secret-airplane-contrails-are-surprisingly-potent-cause-global-warming

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Posted in: Around 68,000 elderly die alone in Japan annually: police See in context

Where in the world are their families?

Perhaps they have none. While 68,000 seems a large number, there are over 1.5 million deaths per year in Japan.

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Posted in: Buddha's birthday: When is it and how is it celebrated in different countries? See in context

The Nichiren tradition prays instead to words from the Lotus Sutra said to be written by Nichiren. 

I don't think it was said to be written by Nichiren. Did he not simply advocate the chanting of the title words of the Lotus Sutra.

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Posted in: Buddha's birthday: When is it and how is it celebrated in different countries? See in context

The Nichiren tradition prays instead to words from the Lotus Sutra said to be written by Nichiren. Why pretend that makes you better than other Buddhist practices?

Some people get comfort from chanting at sports matches, others from singing hymns in church, others from clapping their hands at rock concerts. Are they pretending or just doing what makes them feel better? Personally, I get comfort from views of hills and valleys.

Altogether now, "We're all individuals."

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Posted in: We all want self-respect – and keeping that in mind might be the missing ingredient when you try to change someone’s mind See in context

You should never ty and change someone's beliefs to yours because your beliefs may not be correct or right.

I think that's true. But I think it's reasonable to question others' beliefs, and also one's own.

Bertrand Russell once wrote, "The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts." So trying to persuade someone to switch from their belief to mine might suggest we're both fools.

On the other hand, "Why do you think that?" seems a fair question to ask about someone's beliefs.

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Posted in: For fresh catches from the Sea of Japan, head to Niigata’s Teradomari Street Market See in context

Most maps I've looked at show the Korea Strait (Tsushima Strait) between South Korea and the northern Kyushu coast as separating the Sea of Japan and the East China Sea.

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Posted in: For fresh catches from the Sea of Japan, head to Niigata’s Teradomari Street Market See in context

Niigata was not the first port on the Sea of Japan to open to foreign trade. Nagasaki was.

I don't think Nagasaki is generally considered to be on the Sea of Japan.

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Posted in: Japan enacts revised law for swift removal of defamatory online posts See in context

Sometimes I forget that I live in a country that does not guarantee or encourage free speech.

I don't think any country guarantees free speech. We can express opinions. (Kishida is a good/bad politician.) We can't express defamatory remarks that are unsubstantiated. (Kishida eats babies for breakfast.)

Is this not the norm in most countries? The problem is with social media platforms where I guess it's difficult to monitor the volume of posts.

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Posted in: Japan court OKs family name change for man in same-sex relationship See in context

Do they still have separate family Kosekis?

I think so, unless the law has changed in the last 30 years or so.

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Posted in: Do you think it will be possible for governments to effectively regulate the emerging technological risks from artificial intelligence (AI)? See in context

how about legally requiring a watermark of all websites, images, audio, and video generated by AI? Or alternatively providing a legally enforceable watermark that shows things are AI free?

But how to define AI? I don't think there is a clear definition. If I ask my computer to draw a blue rectangle, is that AI? What if I ask it to draw a picture of Biden and Trump kissing?

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Posted in: UK Prime Minister Sunak suffers further blow as another Conservative lawmaker defects to Labour See in context

It seems many Labour Party members are not too happy with this. John McDonnell had this to say:

I'm a great believer in the powers of conversion, but I think even this one would have strained the generosity of spirit of John the Baptist

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Posted in: Should married couples in Japan be allowed to have different family names? Survey investigates See in context

it seems it is not the Constitution but the Civil Code

Is it not the nature of the family registry system (Koseki) that makes it difficult to change? I guess changing that could be a headache for many, and so it just trundles along.

According to a study, it won't be long before all people are called Sato.

I'm scratching my head on that one. Is that right? My crude calculation suggests the pattern won't change. (I haven't had breakfast yet, so I'm probably wrong.)

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Posted in: What is your opinion of Elon Musk? Is he the sort of person you'd like to work for or with? See in context

I understand he has Asperger's Syndrome. I think that would explain some of his behavior. While we are all told we should speak our mind, I think those with Asperger's tend to speak the first thing that comes into their mind. His behavior matches that of someone I know who has Asperger's.

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Posted in: Deer causing road chaos in Hokkaido as crashes hit record high See in context

Please do some research first on what female sika deer are called.

Doe or hind are both used, I think. Doe more generally, hind more specifically for female red deer.

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Posted in: Labour demands UK election after routing Tories in local polls See in context

Apologies if the numbers I posted above are wrong. I took them from the BBC, but I just noticed different numbers on the Guardian's web site.

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Posted in: Labour demands UK election after routing Tories in local polls See in context

after making huge gains in English polls

Have the gains for Labour been so huge? Current numbers in the council elections (from 102 out of 107 councils) show the Tories have lost 448 seats while Labour has gained 173. Other big gains - LibDems: 101, Greens: 65, Independents: 92.

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Posted in: Xi heads to Europe to defend Russia alliance See in context

I don't think the Kremlin has any place talking about free speech.

True, but many people in eastern Ukraine probably have a reason to talk about it.

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Posted in: Airborne microplastics a dark cloud on horizon for human health See in context

Plastic has been around for more than a century and we are not all dying of it.

But the quantities have changed considerably. I've read that about 2 million tons of plastic was produced in 1950 compared to over 450 million tons annually today.

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Posted in: U.S. is one of the least trade-oriented countries in the world See in context

I don't think this is a very useful statistic. The US is a big country compared to other developed countries in the world. I understand the EU's overall imports and exports of goods and services, excluding trade between EU countries, is about 25%. If you look at individual countries within the EU, then the trade figures are much higher - 176% for the Netherlands, 193% for Belgium, 75% for Italy. I imagine you'd find similar figures for individual states within the US that trade with other states.

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Posted in: Foreign traveler caught trying to sneak into Japan by climbing down rope from cruise ship See in context

It seems fairly obvious to me. He received a message from a beautiful girl in Kobe just before he was due to depart. What man wouldn't jump off a ship to meet such a person?

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Posted in: What do you think are the good and bad points of the health insurance system in Japan? See in context

This would be around the same in the UK, 10%

Are you referring to National Insurance payments? Only a small proportion of National Insurance payments go towards the NHS (most goes towards state pensions). The majority of NHS funding comes from general taxation.

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Posted in: Scotland's leader resigns after conflicts over climate change, gender identity weakened government See in context

No, it's because he has a pathological hatred of white people

I guess you're taking this viewpoint from what Elon Musk said about him based on a heavily edited clip of a speech by Yousaf. If you listen to the full speech, you will see it was not racist.

Note that Reuters did a fact check on the speech and concluded, "Yousaf's speech was given as part of a wider discussion about racial injustice and the lack of people of colour in positions of power in the Scottish Parliament and government. The speech did not assert that white people make up too large a proportion of Scotland's overall population."

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Posted in: Scotland's leader resigns after conflicts over climate change, gender identity weakened government See in context

@itsonlyrocknroll

For Scottish nationalism

I may sound pedantic, but I think (hope) most supporters of the SNP despise nationalism. The goal is independence. The word "national" in the SNP name is a historical hangover. Many significant members of the SNP have said they're not too comfortable with the "National Party" wording. Perhaps because it might be compared with the BNP name. Not nice.

One Scottish writer once described Scotland as a mongrel nation, and said we're probably better off for that. I agree. The Proclaimers have a song named "Scotland's Story" (link below) which I think illustrates that idea. (I'm an English-born person with English parents, but have lived in Scotland since I was one - except for 15 years in Japan. I love England, I love Scotland, I love Japan, I love America, I love Iran, I love Israel. I may not love their governments, but who does. I'm not so comfortable with the UK.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K_ekIS9QWSA

(Sorry if I sound a little emotional. It's our 40th wedding anniversary today, and we're on the wine already.)

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Posted in: Scotland's leader resigns after conflicts over climate change, gender identity weakened government See in context

I was only referring to the politics and not the daily life of the Scots.

Fair enough, Wallace, but compared to the current politics of various other nations, Scotland's government seems fairly tame. Wait till we get full independence - then we can really mess things up. :-)

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Posted in: Scotland's leader resigns after conflicts over climate change, gender identity weakened government See in context

Scotland is in a mess.

In what ways? It doesn't seem so bad to me compared to other parts of the UK, and I live in the place. Brexit has caused various issues. (62% in Scotland voted to remain in the EU.)

Socialist race-baiter downed by his own hubris.

Wow! Is that because he wants to stop Israel bombing Palestinians to death?

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