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Angus McGillicuddy comments

Posted in: Newlywed Rei Kikukawa’s husband in hot water over multiple affairs, out-of-wedlock children See in context

You've got your facts garbled, @Jonathon Prin. The national government sets 13 as the minimum age any prefecture is allowed to set the age of consent, but every prefecture has set that age of consent at 18. Hope you haven't been "taking advantage" of your misunderstanding ...

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Posted in: Should Japan have its own nuclear weapons as a deterrent against security threats or should it rely on the U.S. nuclear umbrella? See in context

The more countries with nukes, the more likely someone, somewhere, sometime will end up pushing the button.

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Posted in: Samsung's Galaxy S8 hits stores See in context

I would assume a story with a headline like "Samsung's Galaxy S8 hits stores" at a website called "Japan Today" would give at least some information about the phone's availability in Japan.

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Posted in: What do you think of the new Japan Today design? See in context

I come here to read the news, but the new design forces me to scroll down an entire page to get to the first stories. Serious accessibility & usability flaw.

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Posted in: S Korean politicians call for nullifying sex slave deal with Japan See in context

@sensei258 — once would have sufficed, if the J-government didn't insist it never happened and try to erase this stuff from the history books and public memory.

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Posted in: Koreans on the march See in context

@sensei258 — You mean, rather than recognition from the Japanese government that denies it ever happened and tries to erase it from the history books?

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Posted in: Is Japanese language becoming less discriminatory toward women? See in context

I think the Japanese language really does need a male version of the nasty word busu.

"Busu" is used for males, too.

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Posted in: Panel meets to study emperor's possible abdication See in context

@Michael Martin: You mean Commonwealth nations would never let their monarch abdicate? "Herpaderp" to you, too, Mr Martin.

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Posted in: TEPCO shares slump after anti-nuclear candidate wins Niigata election See in context

@Harry_Gatto: Has Niigata (or Japan) been going without power fo the last five years?

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Posted in: 10 foods not to serve at a Japanese dinner party See in context

To be honest, after I'd been in Japan only a couple of years, I came to despise how sweet American chocolate was—absolutely can't eat it any more.

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Posted in: Top 5 myths about learning Japanese See in context

earning when to use “wa vs. ga” or “ni vs. de” is more difficult than learning kanji? What kind of joke is this? Anyone who tells you "all you have to do is memorize" kanji has no idea what they're talking about.

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Posted in: Led Zeppelin singer tells jury he composed 'Stairway to Heaven' See in context

Can't copyright a chord sequence, and it's only the opening chord sequence that's similar. This is very different from the case of "Dazed and Confused", which was straight-up plagiarism.

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Posted in: Cars vs Autobots: Disney sues Chinese firms in copyright dispute See in context

"popular Chinese animations"? Can we grammar?

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Posted in: Japan reports biggest trade surplus in over 4 years See in context

@Aly Rustom: Where on earth did you study economics? If domestic goods were cheaper, they'd sell better in a strong economy as well.

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Posted in: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who wants to amend part of the war-renouncing Article 9 of Japan’s Constitution, argues that the Constitution was created during the U.S. occupation after World War II, and See in context

Loaded question. The simple answer is "yes, of course", but who could trust Abe to rewrite it?

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Posted in: Becky loses sponsors, regular TV appearances over affair scandal See in context

How is it not illegal to publish people's private emails (or LINE messages or whatever)?

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Posted in: Japanese cram school under fire over 'sexist' kanji text See in context

@The Godfather: "practise" is the verb-form spelling of "practice" in all non-US varieties of English.

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Posted in: 'Nothing to forgive,' says U.S. vet on crashed plane See in context

Watanabe Mutsuhiro was unrepetent—he admitted to his extensive and pointless abuses, but refused to acknowledge that what he did was wrong. He only escaped judgement as a war criminal by going into hiding. A cowardly monster.

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Posted in: Should the Paris terrorism tragedy be called a 'kamikaze' attack? See in context

This is actually a "thing"? I seriously doubt anyone but fans of "Eien no Zero" even care. Just ignore the Netouyo.

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Posted in: Japan says it is monitoring Chinese spy ship in new area near disputed isles See in context

@nandakandamanda: Huh?

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Posted in: Should permanent foreign residents in Japan have the right to vote? See in context

Not in federal elections, but perhaps in municipal ones. Having said that, giving the vote to non-citizens is extremely rare anywhere in the world. Japan's disallowing dual citizenship perhaps gives some credence to the idea of residents voting in non-federal elections.

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Posted in: Are there any circumstances that justify war? See in context

Lots of people rewriting history here: The Allies did not declare war on Nazi Germany to save the Jews.

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Posted in: Sexual images of minors in manga and anime: Art or obscenity? See in context

It all depends on context---what a stupid question.

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Posted in: Canadian Expat Voting Rights See in context

The Charter of Rights and Freedoms (Canada's constitution) makes it clear: voting rights are based on citizenship, not residency. The federal government makes descisions and passes laws that affect my status overseas, and the relationss between Canada and my country of residence—besides that, they own my passport.

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Posted in: Ruling bloc pushes security bills through lower house panel See in context

@nakanoguy The people didn't vote for him---only a small percentage of the voting population did.

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Posted in: China urges Japan to properly educate youth over disputed islands See in context

@Steven Knight: If discrepancies were found in Chinese textbooks, are you saying that would let Japan of the hook?

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Posted in: Canada beats Japan 3-2 in Davis Cup See in context

Amazing. Not one time does the article name the sport being played.

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Posted in: Woman falls to death on mountain in Shizuoka See in context

There's nothing wrong with the last sentence. There was a metre-high (waist-high?) fence around the cliff where the observation deck, and she fell over it (or jumped, whichever suits your imagiation).

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