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Posted in: Transgender woman hits bureaucratic brick wall in Japan See in context

i believe that you should have the right to love who you love and be with who you want to be with.

However, what I do not agree with is that you want to reject who you are and want to be someone else and we should all change to accommodate your self image issues.

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Posted in: Transgender woman hits bureaucratic brick wall in Japan See in context

Why is it that why it comes to transgendered people this is such a sensitive area; however, when it becomes a racial thing where someone feels they identify more as another race, suddenly it’s all negative. Are transgendered and transracial not the same thing?

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Posted in: 16 U.S. states sue Trump administration in showdown over border wall funds See in context

@Andrew Crisp

That you think States have no rights when it comes to government spending, means that you have never taken a law or politics class. The way the government was set up was that it is supposed to be a larger representative of the people and the states.

There is such a thing called “The Convention of States.”

This ultimately allows a majority of 39 states or more the invoke powers of each branch of the government. This could be used for amending bills, vetoing bills, or other measures. This has never been used. Because states typically leave things up to the judicial system which is what they are doing now. All moves the President makes can potentially be nullified in federal court and anyone can take the federal government to federal court. That includes individual states. So they are doing actions within their rights to challenge the constitutionality of Trumps actions also whether or not his “emergency,” can be viewed as an emergency.

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Posted in: Abe mum on reports he nominated Trump for Nobel Peace Prize See in context

Why does every keep crediting Trump with the North Korean missle crises.

The last time I checked, not a single thing changed after the summit. There have been no further talks as well.

Why hasn’t the real hero been credited with bringing North Korea to the table. NK didn’t care when all those sanctions hit because they have always received 90% of their support from China. In a rare move, when China decided to sanction North Korea and withhold their aide that is when North Korea changed. But the world doesn’t want to credit China with such a move because it would be seen as promoting communism and not democracy.

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Posted in: Abe mum on reports he nominated Trump for Nobel Peace Prize See in context

Whether Abe did or not should have never been up for question. Trump threw him under the bus.

Its like you are given an anonymous survey at work but your boss finds out the answer and who said what then suddenly begins to question you about it.

Recommendations were never supposed to be known.

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Posted in: Interpreter under fire after calling African runners 'chimpanzees' See in context


not knowing her name is to help protect her from potential attacks or hate enthusiasts. While I condemn her actions, I don’t believe plastering her name online is the right thing. One of the reasons why these cycles of hate continues is because instead of trying to educate and fix an issue, we attack those that make the mistakes. When we attack them, we only reinforce those negative feelings and then they become worst.

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Posted in: Trump makes his case for Nobel Peace Prize; says Abe nominated him for it See in context

As for Trump’s praise. His actions won’t really affect us until he is either out of office or wins his second term. At that point you can tell me if he was a good or horrible president. So far he’s been a good president by motivating certain groups to rise up and seek platforms where they can really make a change. Without him, women, minorities, and others would become as progressive as they are today.

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Posted in: Trump makes his case for Nobel Peace Prize; says Abe nominated him for it See in context

@ Backpacking Nepal

Trump did what with a click? I see you haven’t paid attention to information during the past 6 years. The Obama administration embargoes and fines on North Korea plus for the first time China backing some of America’s actions towards North Korea left them in dire straights.

After they lost a lot of their main aid from a China, they suddenly began coming to the table to discuss peace with South Korea. Then once the administration changed they started discussing potential disarmament. After the communication channels really opened between the North and the South, China started assisting with more aid. The world practically stifled North Korea over the past few years. However, you credit Trump with peace when he had 0 effect on the North and South communications. As for North Korea, they haven’t disarmed their Nukes or given up on research as Trump has boldly boasted they will do. Their moves have simply been made in order to get back on China’s good side. Just because Trump said a few words it doesn’t make it true. He hasn’t done anything to affect anything with North Korea. Kim is a much more viable prize candidate than him.

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Posted in: Cost of 2020 Tokyo Olympic ceremonies up 40% See in context

Inflation hits hardest after the Olympics and purchasing power diminishes

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Posted in: Cost of 2020 Tokyo Olympic ceremonies up 40% See in context

Self funded doesn’t necessarily mean good for the economy. Self funded typically means heavier tax burden on the people.

Also momentary boost does not equate to long term gains. High unemployment typically follows the Olympics as certain industries gain; however, companies don’t view those gains as something consistent and instead of reinvesting into the economy, companies tend to keep that money saved away

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Posted in: Man, woman slashed near subway station in Tokyo; suspect arrested See in context

There is a possibility Japan is getting more dangerous. As poverty levels increase, crime rates increase. Japan is still a very safe country compared to places like The U.S. and U.K. In all countries media makes profit on fear. Safety is considered boring and doesn’t sell. Fear sells papers and attracts readers so it’s only for bad things to receive majority of the press even in countries like the U.S.

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Posted in: Trump makes his case for Nobel Peace Prize; says Abe nominated him for it See in context

Then again. He can possibly win the award because of his strategies and approach to dividing America has caused several groups to come out and fight for their rights more.

Because many people dislike Trump and the hate with which he ran his campaign on, we have more women and minorities holding political offices than ever before. His non peaceful approaches might actually incite peace.

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Posted in: Trump makes his case for Nobel Peace Prize; says Abe nominated him for it See in context

Excellent nomination by PM Abe. Trump destroyed ISIS, stop the missiles flying over Hokkaido and is dealing with evil Iran. Obama could achieve none of this. But he even won the Nobel. 

I now hope Trump nominates PM Abe for the prize in 2020!!

Yes. When he declared the war over at the end of his first year the previous 19 years of the war, our troops were just vacationing in the sun.

Great to know how having no conversations with the North aside from I hope to meet with you one day soon means he ushered in peace. The South Korean President and North Korea leader had no productive conversations and all their meetings alone that began in 2016 had no effect until Trump came into office.

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Posted in: Clooney, Pitt among Hollywood actors yelling 'cut' over Oscar award changes See in context

One of my favorite films of all time. Inception. I know who Leonardo Di Caprio is. What is don’t know is who are the sound team, the visual effect teams, and more who spend countless hours putting everything together to really make the magic of the movie happen.

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Posted in: S Koreans declare start of Japan firm asset sale over wartime labor See in context

@ vinarious

So are you saying that all the constant wars started by Europe, America, and some Asian countries against those in the Middle East means we should also seek monetary indemnification?

Because of our oil reserves and lack of conformity towards western powers, we constantly labeled at terrorist, have our countries attacked, and governments toppled until they find a leader they like.

In America the numerous injustices against Native Americans, Hispanics, and Blacks. Histories and cultures destroyed. Wrongful confinements, and so much more. Their cases will never be heard or properly tried in court because America is a Western power country

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Posted in: 24-year-old mother arrested over death of 2-month-old daughter See in context

This is truly a sad thing to hear. Too many babies and young children are being hurt or murdered.

There is no excuse for her actions. Doesn’t matter how difficult things are.

@ zones2surf

Knowing that information helps paint a picture of where her mind is. Again, this goes into lack of awareness and help for mental health issues.

@doel justino

When you say that she would be able to get back on her feet. There is no guarantee of that. The current system in Japan makes it very difficult for single mothers to survive. Especially those without families. There are many companies that still discriminate on such things. Also, should she find a job, even a part time job, any benefits she receives from the government becomes severely cut. Also, should she find a job, there is no guarantee that the child would be accepted into a daycare. So then the mother may have to give up the job and not work because of that. Also, jobs will see her more as a liability because she won’t be able to commit the long hours that are “expected” due to her having to care for a child.

An example of these expenses is single non working mothers receive ¥68,000 stipend per month plus ¥15,000 for the child. When you make over ¥60,000 per month that stipend is lowered to ¥20,000. Plus the cost of the daycare will then be increased from as little as ¥2,000 per month to as much as ¥25,000 per month.

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Posted in: 13 same-sex couples file suits for marriage equality in Japan See in context

I love my partner but I believe all people should be allowed to suffer through marriage just like everyone else.

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Posted in: Japanese swimming star Ikee diagnosed with leukemia See in context

@ joe

I have heard about that. It was huge back in 2010. But many pool companies hired their own researchers to post findings. Because something like that could open them up to a lot of liability. The pool doctors said chlorine in pools don’t cause cancer but it can react with cancerous cells.

Anyway, these days, studies seem to say everything causes cancer.

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Posted in: Mother, 2 children found dead in submerged car at Okayama port See in context


PPD is not a convenient excuse. The extent of it can go rather deep. This hasn’t only happened in Japan. There have been many women in history that have suffered from PPD and ended up killing themselves or even their babies. In many cases of PPD, if a family member did not intervene the baby was in danger of possibly dying.

I suffered from PPD and there were many times I almost killed myself. There was even a moment where my husband stopped me from walking off the balcony with our baby that was 3 months at the time. If I didn’t receive medical help, I most likely wouldn’t be here today. PPD is serious and it shouldn’t be taken lightly or seen as a convenient excuse. I love my children and even others suffering from different type of depression loves people but it’s a serious and real thing. The extent of someone’s suffering is not always the same. Long term depression that isn’t caught soon enough typically ends in suicide.

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Posted in: Vietnamese woman escapes from detention at Narita airport See in context

When someone doesn’t have proper credentials to enter the country, it’s is customary for countries to hold someone in custody until they can get them back on a return flight.

This takes communication between the host country, the home country, and the airline.

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