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Posted in: What is the best thing about Kyoto, in one sentence? See in context

Taking your kids to Eiga Mura.

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Posted in: Historic UK music retailer HMV collapses for second time See in context

which was launched by English composer Edward Elgar in 1921

That might imply the company was owned by Elgar. I think he just took part in the opening ceremony of the first store.

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Posted in: Israel vows to block Palestinian bid to become full U.N. member See in context

Come on, America! Your country is founded on the principal of self determination. Why would you veto this?

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Posted in: Train etiquette: Top 10 inconsiderate behaviors that tick Japanese train commuters off the most See in context

I'm surprised that neither the article nor people commenting here have mentioned tobacco stench. Some guys...

And how do you think you smell to others? I can almost smell the muscle tension from here. We all smell, just differently.

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Posted in: Two arrested over London airport drone disruption See in context

@englisc aspyrgend Sorry if I came across as grumpy.

My buckshot experiences were fairly trivial. Just a sting when a long way from the shooters. But that probably indicates the likely effectiveness of trying to shoot drones with buckshot. How do you plan to get close enough to be effective? (Maybe there's a new career in drone beating.)

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Posted in: London's Gatwick Airport reopens; drone suspects questioned See in context

It seems the people who were arrested have been released and are no longer suspects.

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Posted in: Tsunami triggered by volcano kills at least 222 in Indonesia See in context

From Mt. Fuji to central Tokyo is around the same distance.

It's about 60 miles from Mount Fuji to central Tokyo, a little further than from Mount St. Helens to Portland.

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Posted in: Two arrested over London airport drone disruption See in context

Pity, I know a number of people who would love a days sport blowing the bloody things out of the sky.

I've met people like that too. Most were idiots. I got hit with buckshot a couple of times by such people when I worked as a grouse beater.

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Posted in: London's Gatwick Airport resumes flights after drone chaos See in context

At the same time environmentalist groups have tried to storm various BBC offices around the country, causing lockdowns. 

Do you have a source for that? I don't see anything in any UK news sites?

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Posted in: JR East to test driverless train on Yamanote Line See in context

We have had a driverless train to Odaiba for over 5 years now

I think the world's first driverless train was the Port Island Line in Kobe (opened in 1981). The Nanko Port Line (New Tram) in Osaka also opened in 1981, I think. Tokyo is always behind the times. :-)

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Posted in: Grape grower arrested for abandoning wife’s corpse in Hokkaido See in context

This could win the best JT headline of 2018 award.

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Posted in: Japanese electronics firms look to re-engineer their design mojo See in context

Meanwhile, although not so cute, Japanese companies slog on providing production machinery and engineering systems around the world.

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Posted in: Sign of the times See in context

The Japanese seems a bit off, too.

My immediate consultants (wife and daughter) concur. Although they did wonder how you stop your dogs peeing.

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Posted in: A Japanese idol got married, so his management asked fans on Twitter to decide if he should be fired See in context

 Hard to believe that forcing someone to be single is legal in this day & age

It isn't legal, and he is free to leave the group.

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Posted in: Japanese Buddhist seeks to educate West on swastika of good fortune See in context


but this is the one irreducible element that identifies them all as socialist.

But what is that irreducible element? You used "state ownership" earlier, but the definition you quote says "owned or regulated by the community". Sorry if I seem to be nitpicking. I agree that state ownership seems to be the reality of socialist states. But I'm a bit of an idealist, and sometimes wonder whether a socialist village or socialist farm is a practical possibility. (Sadly, I don't shop at the co-op these days, but I used to when living in south Osaka.)

since the defining characteristic of capitalism is private ownership and control. 

I think that was still the case in Nazi Germany. But "control" can be thought of in many ways. Private ownership is meaningless if there is no law and enforcement to protect it. I can't think of any capitalist society that didn't support state controlled law and order.

I suspect we are likely to get modded for going off topic. Thanks for your comments.

I'd just like to say good luck to Nakagaki and I hope he broadens people's outlooks.

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Posted in: Japanese Buddhist seeks to educate West on swastika of good fortune See in context

If we accept that socialism is simply a system of state ownership or control of the economy (as per the ordinary definition of socialism)

I find that definition hard to accept. More important concepts are social ownership and egalitarianism. State ownership might be one means to achieve that, but it also allows for quite different things too. Naziism could just as easily be described as National Capitalism as National Socialism. The key element is nationalism, and that the state defines the national interest. Not a very pretty state of affairs.

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Posted in: 2 more sue state over forced sterilization under eugenics law See in context

State sponsored Mengele program that was in place till 1996

I think that's sensationalizing things. The USA had eugenics laws before Germany, and Winston Churchill was a strong advocate. Also, the 1948 Japanese law was somewhat different from the previous law.

If we drop the word "eugenics" and use "compulsory sterilization" instead, I think it's legitimate to ask whether there are circumstances that justify it. Where the mother, due to mental disability, is incapable of bringing up children, or where the mother or father has a genetic condition that is likely to cause suffering to a child. These seem to me as situations where it might be considered appropriate. The most recent case of compulsory sterilization in the UK was in 2015 where a woman with an IQ of 70 and with six children already was sterilized. I don't envy the judge who had to make that decision.

Having said all that, I don't doubt that the law in Japan was abused over the years. Strong safeguards are needed.

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Posted in: Family of 7-year-old migrant girl disputes official story on her death See in context

Post a link to the articles.

It took me two seconds to find this:

That doesn't make anything "true". But what doesn't seem to be at dispute is that the guy took his daughter from somewhere south of Mexico with some hope of entering the USA.

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Posted in: British PM May survives party confidence vote but Brexit deal still teetering See in context

As far as I see it, the only way to break the deadlock is to go to the people again and ask if they want no deal, the deal negotiated, or to stay in the EU.

I generally agree, but I'm not sure the "no deal" option should be on the ballot paper. If the government that calls a referendum is not able or willing to carry out the result, it can lead to chaos as we've already seen. The appropriate options in a referendum should surely be between the government's plan and no change. However, I imagine there would be bitter protests if it were left out of the options.

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Posted in: What is rape? Despite #MeToo, few really know See in context

If she flirts on a date, she cannot cry rape later - even if she hasn't consented to sex.

And pushing a woman into intercourse but stopping short of physical violence does not equal rape.

This wasn't the actual wording of the questions asked. These were the question:

If they’ve flirted on a date but not been up for sex and it happened anyway

If they don’t really want to have sex but feel pressured to even though there was no other physical violence

One problem is that the questions don't indicate specifically whether the woman said "no". I think that leaves them somewhat vague and open to interpretation. You can find the details here:

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Posted in: Another Brexit referendum is a terrible idea See in context

What would happen if the result was:

It shouldn't be too difficult to have a first and second choice arrangement, like a single transferrable vote system.

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Posted in: Brexit deal in turmoil as May postpones Parliament vote See in context


Thanks. I clearly need to do some more reading.

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Posted in: Brexit deal in turmoil as May postpones Parliament vote See in context

The state aid rule, so called level playing field detailed within the withdrawal agreement will prevent nationalization of postal services, water, railways.

That's not my understanding. These services are nationalized in many EU states. The state aid rules are more about unfair subsidies.

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Posted in: May says Brexit deal defeat could topple British government See in context

I understand the Tuesday commons vote has been postponed?

So it seems. Jimizo's panto comment is on the mark. Or would the Benny Hill theme tune be more appropriate?

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Posted in: May says Brexit deal defeat could topple British government See in context

EU supporters will be pinning their hopes on a European Court of Justice ruling on Monday on Britain's right to unilaterally halt Brexit in its tracks.

The court has now ruled that Britain can unilaterally halt the Brexit process. I'm not sure that will make a difference to what unfolds, but I guess it makes it clearer what the options are.

A "Token concession"? This attitude of the EU is exactly why millions of people voted to leave the EU.

Was the phrase "token concession" actually used by any EU bureaucrat, or was it just the phrase used by the UK press to elicit exactly your reaction?

 Those snooty beaurocrats at the head of the EU Oligarchy have been looking down their noses at the working people while fanning themselves with their money for way too long

Some of us take the same attitude to the oligarchy in London.

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Posted in: Wado Sangyo develops robot mower See in context

What's special about this one?

Maybe this one works. Just kidding, but I've seen lots of these devices at shows and on TV features, but I've never seen one in any of my neighbor's gardens. The "area surrounded by wires" notion probably makes people pause to think. Whose lawn is bordered by nice neat lines?

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Posted in: U.S. draws Sweden for 2019 Women's World Cup See in context

Odd headline for a Japanese news site. Surely it should read, "Japan draws Scotland".

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Posted in: As Brexit crunch nears, campaign for new referendum gathers pace See in context

I think the case for a second referendum is that this time there is a plan (of sorts) to vote for or against. It would have been better if it had been decided from the beginning that there would be a second vote. It might have focused the government's mind on coming up with a plan that that would be acceptable to the majority. As it stands, it seems no one likes the current plan. There is a lot of talk about a "Norway plus" arrangement, but it may be too late to offer that option now. We'll see.

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Posted in: City hires a hawk to chase occupying army of crows away from city hall See in context

The Japanese language doesn’t really differentiate between crows and ravens

Is that because there aren't any ravens in Japan? I think these big urban crows are jungle crows. Smaller carrion crows are generally found in more rural areas.

once a week the crows that live here go to a park near the train station. They have a big meeting then go home.

What is it with these weekly meetings? Where I live, hundreds of crows fly in on a Friday evening to the woods behind my house, and then leave the following morning. I'm not sure whether they're having a wild party or voting on whether to allow in foreign birds.

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Posted in: China demands Canada release Huawei executive See in context

Leaving aside Huawei's and China's reputations, it's not clear to me the basis for her extradition. Did she commit any crime while in the US, which is the normal basis for extradition? If something is legal in China but illegal in the USA (e.g. supplying certain goods to Iran), and her alleged offense took place in China, why should she be extradited?

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