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Posted in: Sweden beats England to finish third at Women's World Cup See in context

Swedish women avenging their men

I smiled at that. I made a joking comment at the time of the men's World Cup about how Sweden had let Scotland down by losing to England. It seems I no longer need to boycott Ikea. :-)

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Posted in: 'Male, female…other?' Japan form-makers consider possible LGBT discrimination in their terminology See in context

“Identify as” ... What does this actually mean?

Foolish notions, I guess. It would perhaps be better for such people to see themselves as others see them.

O wad some Power the giftie gie us 

To see oursels as ithers see us! 

It wad frae mony a blunder free us, 

An' foolish notion: 

(Robert Burns, 1786)

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Posted in: Ancient Japanese tombs added to UNESCO World Heritage list See in context

I'm glad this has finally been listed as a World Heritage site. I've always thought it should have been listed before all of the other sites in Japan. It could potentially provide a lot of information about a period of Japanese history about which we have little information. I've heard there has been some conflict between Sakai city which has wanted it listed for a long time and the Japanese government which has dragged its heels. Naturally, there has been speculation that the hesitation was to avoid the possible dismantling of certain myths.

Does any one know why they are this shape?

We might have to search another country's history for an answer to that one. :-)

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Posted in: Trump presses for contentious census citizenship question despite legal uncertainty See in context

Census is a practical way for any organization or government to identify those who are within their territory

I think the purpose of a census is to count people, not identify them. Asking questions about legal status on any matter is likely to produce inaccurate data. How would the question, "Have you paid all your taxes?" go down?

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Posted in: UN says Libyan guards reportedly shot at migrants fleeing air strikes See in context

Sarkozy and Cameron must also share the blame

More than share, I think. From what I recall, the US was reluctant to get involved.

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Posted in: Pokemon Go developer releases new Harry Potter mobile game in Japan See in context

but you can just push "I'm a passenger" and keep playing.

Images of Iggy Pop, which I keep playing. :-)

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Posted in: Japan-funded 'comfort women' foundation in S Korea formally closed See in context

This article just referred to the imprisonment and rape of women as ''The dispute over the compensation for wartime work..''

The "compensation for wartime work" was in reference to a separate matter from the issue of sexual slavery. Read the final two paragraphs.

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Posted in: Tehran fumes as Britain seizes Iranian oil tanker over Syria sanctions See in context

The tanker, which was registered in Panama, was in EU waters

Was it? I thought there was a right of passage through the Strait of Gibraltar.

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Posted in: Morgan scores and Naeher saves in 2-1 U.S. victory over England See in context

England is a southern thing. 

As this English women's team is very much a northern bunch, did that still apply here? As a Scot, I think It changed my attitude somewhat, although I still wanted to strangle the BBC commentator.

Anyway, I think the USA won fair and square. A very strong team.

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Posted in: Study shows major real-world impact of cervical cancer vaccines See in context

I believe there was some controversy when this vaccine was introduced, with a higher than normal reported side-effect rate compared to other vaccines. This Independent article sparked a lot of discussion.

The article would have been better if it hadn't just reported on the positive things. It sounds a bit like a feelgood PR piece that most companies like to put out. Some facts such as what percentage of people carrying the HPV virus eventually develop cancer would help. Also, given this site's context, why did Japan remove HPV from the recommended vaccine list in 2013? Was it just in response to scaremongering? There is an interesting article here:

More are saved than harmed

Is that always a good thing? The same argument could be used for bombing civilian areas in times of war.

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Posted in: New law takes effect, banning smoking in gov't buildings, schools See in context

What a depressing photo...

Why? A bunch of people minding their own business, not fighting, not ranting about others' behavior. When in need of a peaceful retreat and sympathetic faces, nothing beats the smoking shelter.

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Posted in: Sony holds 40th anniversary event for iconic Walkman music player See in context

When it first came out nobody could believe the quality of the music.

That was my reaction. Shortly after arriving in Japan in 1980, a colleague offered to let me try her Walkman. I was expecting to the hear the tinny sound of similar sized devices I'd seen before. I was blown away.

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Posted in: 19-year-old arrested over man’s death in Osaka bar See in context

Minors in Japan should not drink - the law is firmly against it!

Different laws apply in Nishinari - the law of the jungle some would say.

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Posted in: Heat tops 45C in France as deadly heatwave roasts Europe See in context

Climate has been changing for generations its all part of a natural cycle.

I don't think it would be a surprise to learn there are natural cycles in the earth's climate. But we also shouldn't be surprised if the effect of those cycles is worse when there is a higher concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere.

Carbon Dioxide is only 0.04 percent of the atmosphere that's 400 hundred parts per million, and of that 400 parts only three percent is contribution from mankind which is 12 parts per million

0.04 percent may sound small, but the key question is what is the likelihood of infrared radiation leaving the earth encountering a CO2 molecule. If you consider that if all the CO2 in the atmosphere were in a single layer, that layer would be over a meter thick, I think we can say that's a lot of CO2.

I'm not sure where your "three percent" figure comes from. I understand that human activity accounts for about 3% of all CO2 emissions. But most of the emissions are re-absorbed and don't remain in the atmosphere. It's the increasing amount of residual CO2 in the atmosphere that is of concern, and the argument is that the increase seen since the start of the industrial age from about 280ppm to 400ppm is largely due to to human activity.

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Posted in: Man found guilty of forcing women into sex trade to clear 'debts' See in context

People are asking about the suspended sentence. The article says he was found guilty under the "employment security law". If he coerced women into sexual activities against their will as the article implies, I'd assume he would be charged under a more basic criminal law. I still wonder if we are missing some details.

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Posted in: Man found guilty of forcing women into sex trade to clear 'debts' See in context

deeming the way he recruited women did not rob them of their free will

Is there some information behind that that isn't being reported here?

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Posted in: Microsoft missed mobile dominance by 'tiny' margin: Gates See in context

American companies are no more the greatest.

In the fields of computer software and data management, I think they are.

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Posted in: Boris Johnson again dodges questions over police visit See in context

Time for a big political change when the prime minister must be elected by the people in an election. The leader who becomes the Prime Minister is elected by the conservative politicians and then about 100,000 tory party members who then goes on to decide what happens for 67 millions people.

I wouldn't be in favour of such a change. It's parliament that decides what happens, not the prime minister. It seems a reasonable approach.

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Posted in: Hunt calls Johnson 'coward' for avoiding debates on Brexit See in context

Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson" says so much!

In the interest of balance, I'm not sure that Jeremy Richard Streynsham Hunt says much less.

But as we don't generally get to choose our own names (Tommy Robinson excepted), we should probably focus on the person rather than the name. Hmm, not sure where that gets us.

Should we not talk more about Jeremy Hunt's time in Japan? I think many of us could contribute to that topic.

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Posted in: Hunt calls Johnson 'coward' for avoiding debates on Brexit See in context

I read a comment elsewhere today describing Johnson as the front end and Hunt as the rear end of a pantomime horse. It seems apt.

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Posted in: 16-year-old student on minibike assaulted See in context

The number of times that town comes up on crime news on JT.

How many times is that? I don't recall it being mentioned any more than other places. But I'm probably biased as I've spent more time in Sakai than most other places in Japan.

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Posted in: 2-year-old boy dies after being hit by train on crossing See in context

I guess doing the laundry, or chatting with friends, or taking a nap, or playing a game, or making a cup of coffee, or

Or attending to another child who has just fallen and is screaming, or talking to the doctor on the phone while feeding another child, or ...

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Posted in: Former top bureaucrat indicted for murdering son See in context

Mark my words.

Marked. :-)

I'm going for 7 years, paroled after 2-3 years.

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Posted in: Dementia patients reported missing in 2018 hit record 17,000 See in context

They make some low maintenance emitting gadgets that are active a long time, 2 to 4 years for the cheapest ones.

@coskuri, do you have any more information? I'm aware of passive devices that record location on the device itself, and also alarm types with an SOS button that will send a signal when needed. But I thought that devices that are able to be remotely tracked at any time have a more limited battery life.

the carers/relatives can set an alarm and notice early that the person went out of the house/center.

I've seen such devices in action at a hospital. They seemed very effective. One floor of the building was for elderly patients, and those with signs of dementia were fitted with a wrist device that set off a signal when they got on the elevator. That allowed them to wander around the wards on that floor with some degree of freedom.

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Posted in: Former top bureaucrat indicted for murdering son See in context

The prosecution establishment are setting this up for a suspended sentence.

As he's been charged with murder, that seems unlikely. If found guilty, the sentence would have to be less than three years for a suspended sentence to be possible.

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Posted in: Sacked Folau asks fans to pay legal bills over anti-gay comments See in context

But, can someone tell me why a 2000 year old book should be the arbitrator of what is right or wrong? I’m not seeing how that makes any logical sense. Shouldn’t belief in such a thing call into question this Flau guy’s mental capacity?

Perhaps, but many other beliefs would probably fail any "mental capacity" test. Gods, ghosts, homeopathy, horoscopes, patriotism, turmeric as a dementia cure, etc.

I'm not so big on the freedom of speech thing. I think people should be able to express their opinions, but not necessarily in any way they want to. But I don't see much wrong in the way Folau expressed his opinion. He didn't incite violence, he didn't disrupt society, he didn't threaten anyone, he didn't demand anyone be fired from a job. To some of us, he exposed himself as an idiot for believing that religious stuff. To himself, I think he was genuinely expressing concern for what awaits us. For me, the biggest test would be how he reacted if his teammates challenged his views. I haven't heard anything bad on that count.

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Posted in: Sacked Folau asks fans to pay legal bills over anti-gay comments See in context

 that "hell awaits" gay people and others he considers sinners.

I'm fairly sure Folau would say it's not people he considers sinners but who God considers sinners. It's an important difference. If the bible condemns homosexuality and condemning homosexuality is considered wrong, should the bible not be censored or at least edited in some way? I've often though that if you extracted all the good bits of the bible, you could fit them on a single page.

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Posted in: Self-Defense Force chopper makes crash landing in Tokyo; crew unharmed See in context

It's a repugnant, transparent double standard.

Is it? Being upset at seeing the military equipment of another country in your own country seems understandable.

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Posted in: Hunt pledges to put 'heart & soul' into Tory race See in context

The company was sold to Australia's IDP Education for 30 million pounds ($37 billion) in 2017

At those exchange rates, the UK could buy the USA.

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Posted in: Which profession in Japan seems to be in the news the most because of deviant or unlawful sexual behavior by its members? See in context

The professions that news editors think will cause most reaction from their readers.

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