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Posted in: U.S. weighs Beijing Olympics boycott with partners, allies See in context

Fighto!Apr. 7 06:58 am JST

Excellent move by the US, taking the moral leadership, and more freedom-loving nations will hopefully follow suit. It is to be hoped Japan withdraws also.

Who wants to go to Beijing for a propoganda exercise, meanwhile up to 2 million innocent Muslims are languishing in concentration camps? Worst genocide since WW2.

Enough is enough. Boycott Beijing 2022, boycott Communist, genocidal China.

Any genocide is horrendous. I don't think two million Muslims were killed. There have been worse genocides since WW2. Look up the ethnic Germans known as Donauschwabens who were killed after WW2 by Tito in Yugoslavia and in nearby countries. They were Germans who had nothing to do with Hitler. If they weren't killed outright and their land and homes taken away, then they were shipped to labor camps in Russia where they died of disease and starvation. There were many genocides after WW2 and again, genocides are horrendous.

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Posted in: Wear to be seen See in context

nandakandamandaApr. 7 09:12 am JST

Looks like two women to me.

Maybe he identifies as a woman.

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Posted in: In apology, Amazon admits some drivers in U.S. have to 'pee in bottles' See in context

Lazarus KnowsApr. 6 04:48 pm JST

Distinctly right wing? Is that so?

Yep. Left wingers are pro-union and pro-worker. Right wingers are not.

So tell me about Jeff Bezos, owner of Amazon, the liberal Washington Post newspaper, among other companies. Mr. Bezos is more left leaning than right leaning. He is generally classified as being on the left. If left-wingers are pro-union and pro-worker, why is Amazon fighting the establishment of a union within Amazon and why this article about Amazon in the first place if left leaning Jeff Bezos owns the company? Not all left wingers are pro-union and not all right wingers are anti-union.

I commented on your remarks about Ellen DeGeneres, and your thinking that you are eternally loving, but it was removed as off topic.

You did get one thing correct. I spelt the word "aisle" incorrectly. I meant to do that and left off the "a".

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Posted in: Japanese photographer captures Great Buddha’s ritual cleaning See in context

Thomas GoodtimeApr. 6 03:32 pm JST

I wonder how the workers clean the statue of buddha in the West

I'd imagine it's quite easy as there probably aren't any statues of Buddha

You probably can find some in Asian restaurants, but certainly not this size.

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Posted in: Ohtani's 2-way play, Walsh's walkoff HR lift Angels over White Sox See in context

MuratafanToday 04:41 am JST

No matter what you say, getting 7 strikeouts in one game and then hitting a 451-foot bomb is impressive....even for an ol' codger like stickman. If it was so easy, how come nobody else has done it?

The fact that the phrase 'good old days' was even used tells me everything I need to know. In the good old days, only Nolan Ryan would throw as hard as Ohtani and he had plenty of walks too. And, Nolan didn't exactly hit 450-foot dingers.

Well said! Nolan Ryan had a tremendous amount of stikeouts, and also walks. That is similar to home great home run hitters that also strike out often. Also, the fastest pitch and hardest hit HR may be meaningless to some on this forum, but it does mean quite a bit to opposing teams. They now know, even better than before, that he is not someone to take lightly. It used to be that when facing a pitcher at bat, it was considered a sure out. That is one reason the designated hitter rule was created, so as to bring more action into the game. But Ohtani does not need a designated hitter. In fact, he can, and probably will be at times, used as a designated hitter when not pitching.

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Posted in: In apology, Amazon admits some drivers in U.S. have to 'pee in bottles' See in context

Lazarus KnowsToday 03:43 pm JST

These are some of the people who are are driving the progressive social agenda.

They really aren't. If you treat your workers like machines, let them suffer injury and death, and oppose unionization, you're not progressive. Anti-worker, anti-human policies are distinctly right-wing.

Distinctly right wing? Is that so? So no one from the left wing operates a toxic work environment? Then please explain why Ellen Degeneres, one of the most far left leaning people in Hollywood (where most people are left leaning) has apologized for allowing a toxic work environment which is dominated by fear. You know, the person that said " be kind to one another" and working for her is "a place of happiness".

In your obvious hatred for anyone with a different opinion, don't think that only one side of the political isle is to blame for all of the world's problems and your side is eternally loving and compassionate. Life does not work that way.

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Posted in: In apology, Amazon admits some drivers in U.S. have to 'pee in bottles' See in context

I hope the driver (can be male or female, I know many from both sexes) don't get the pee bottle mixed up with a mountain dew bottle. They often look similar.

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Posted in: Man who refused to get off shinkansen arrested in Nagoya See in context

Why all the commotion? The truth will come out in the end, or at least something will.

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Posted in: Nurseries, kindergartens mull how to teach issues of gender identity See in context

Comment, he wroteToday  10:35 am JST

The bullying of this little boy stems from the narrow mindedness that other kids have been taught from their parents. . “He’s wearing feminine clothes, so I feel threatened and have a right to bully him.”

Do you think that nursery school children really use the words “feminine” and “threatened?” Move over Mr. Noah Webster, you have competition.

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Posted in: Nurseries, kindergartens mull how to teach issues of gender identity See in context

BlacklabelToday 10:33 am JST

They aren’t “struggling” nor is there any “challenge”. It’s not “bullying” for other kids to ask a boy why he is wearing a dress at that age.

just activists pushing their agenda down to preschoolers by trying to shame parents and schools into buying in to their activism.

I totally agree.

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Posted in: Nurseries, kindergartens mull how to teach issues of gender identity See in context

GoodlucktoyouToday 10:12 am JST

How times have changed. When I was that age we were bullied by Willy size. Now it’s fashion sense.

Some of us were never bullied for this.

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Posted in: Preparing your child to walk to school in Japan without you See in context

SpeedApr. 3 10:39 am JST

The hardest part of having your kid(s) walking to school on their own for the first time is yourself.

Very true.

The most difficult time for me was when my child no longer wanted me to hold his hand as we approached his school. He did not want fellow classmates to see that. I was glad he was growing up, yet saddened at the same time.

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Posted in: Police officer overtakes athlete as top profession for Japanese boys See in context

William BjornsonToday 02:41 am JST

The biggest trap for girls is 'breeder' because the pressure on women for 'traditional roles' is much greater but, once a woman acquires a certain level of experiential wisdom and understands the prison she will be in with children in current western societies, the irrational need to add more mouths to our current overload is mitigated.

Really? Do all women feel this way (half of the world's population)? Has it never occurred to you that some women want to be mothers and take care of the family?  I guess they are not allowed to choose such a future.

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Posted in: Police officer overtakes athlete as top profession for Japanese boys See in context

smartacusApr. 3 05:13 pm JST

When I was young, I wanted to be a police officer. It probably came from watching too much TV – my heroes were Kojak, Columbo, McGarrett, Ironside, etc. I thought it was a noble profession and I still do. I admire honest police, especially those on the beat, tremendously.

Even though Japanese police come in for a lot of derision from Japan-bashers on this forum, they do a lot more than any of you could imagine, a lot of it unpleasant.

My cousin was a police officer. In the course of his career, he had to call parents in the middle of the night to tell them their son had been killed in a car crash, or their daughter had been raped and murdered. At the scene of accidents, he and his colleagues had to sift through the wreckage for body parts; they would have to deal with teenagers with drug-addled brains; pull over a speeding car and walk up to the driver, not knowing the driver could be a felon ready to gun them down to get away.

The police have my respect.

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How could anyone vote this down, unless they are either criminals themselves, or BLM supporters. Of course, when the people voting this down are in trouble, especially when they or their family is threatened, they will call the police for help. Then, for that moment, the police are OK with them, but then later back to hating the police. Not surprising at all.

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Posted in: Woman reported to police for not looking right in a suit; turns out she’s a crook See in context

0rei0Today 07:26 am JST

HiroToday  07:09 am JST

Is wrong to steal from old people.

Just old people, then. Righto.

No, it is wrong to steal from anyone. But older people are more vulnerable, as are disabled people and so on. Older people walking on the sidewalk, for example, probably can't put up much of a fight if they are being robbed. Younger, stronger people are different. Have you ever heard of a 6 foot, 6 inch weight lifter being robbed on the street in a hand to hand fight? Probably not.

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Posted in: Woman reported to police for not looking right in a suit; turns out she’s a crook See in context

commanteerToday 08:29 am JST

I wonder how many times someone with a perfectly legal reason to look bad on a suit have had to be questioned by the police.

They way they report this story makes it sound like it was just the suit, when that was probably just one of several red flags the driver picked up on. Put together, he sensed something was off enough to call the police. She might have been a "yankee" looking girl, not the sort to work for a company that puts people in suits and sends them to homes. Her conversation, manner of speech, the home she went to... all of these were probably noticed as not quite matching up. But, "Woman reported to police for not looking right in a suit" makes a better headline.

Well said! I was thinking the same thing. Especially being that the taxi driver interacts with thousands of people over the years, his gut feeling told him something was wrong.

As for people being questioned by police for looking bad in a suit, I doubt that happens much at all with actual police. Of course, the fashion police would be a different story.

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Posted in: Osaka's 23-match winning streak ends against Sakkari in Miami Open See in context

Toasted HereticApr. 1  02:29 pm JST

What a shame, oh well, better luck next time. The whole world supports Naomi Osaka in all her endeavours.


“The whole world”?  On what planet do you live? Why are liberals, especially gay liberals, saying they speak for other people, when in fact so many of the other people couldn’t care less about the liberal agenda?

Whenever someone writes or says that "the whole world", or "everyone" (we are referencing over seven billion people) does this or that, I cannot take their opinion seriously and can right away sense their prejudice, bigotry, and lack of respect for other people to have a differing opinion.

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Posted in: Couple pretending to inspect apartment rob real estate agent See in context

GoodlucktoyouApr. 1 09:17 am JST

Bad news for me. When I travel around japan, I sometimes visit real estate agencies. I maybe pretend I’m looking to rent. For free, they drive us around, showing the towns highlights, the different locations and free tea!

i think after reading this, I’m a bad person. They stole ¥200, but I did worst. I’m sorry.

Well, that was a useless 10 seconds of reading in my life that I will never get back.

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Posted in: BTS condemns anti-Asian racism; say they've experienced it See in context

kaimycahlMar. 31 11:05 pm JST


I heard a great suggestion the other day. Let’s send the homeless in America to Mexico and have them come back to the US and claim asylum. Being homeless, they probably have no proof that they are US citizens, thus can claim asylum, and we can put them up in hotels as Biden wants to do for the asylum seekers from Central America.  Homeless problem solved!

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Posted in: BTS condemns anti-Asian racism; say they've experienced it See in context

PenfoldMar. 31 07:23 am JST

The gunman was a nutter who happened to be white.

There is no evidence it was racially motivated

Its an inconvenient truth but most violence towards Asians is actually perpetrated by African American men in the USA

Exactly! Take for instance the black man that assaulted a 65 year old Asian woman in New York. He was on a lifetime parole for killing his mother. Why was he even on the streets? Now his was a case where the death penalty would have certainly been a consideration.

Second one:  Why is it that for the most part, when white people commit a crime, their race is mentioned. However, for a black man, it is only occasionally mentioned that the assailant was black? The media is racist. In the case of the 65 year old woman mentioned above, the pictures just before the attack clearly shows a black man, yet the race was not mentioned in media write-ups.

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Posted in: Big tuna See in context

Brian WhewayMar. 31 03:25 pm JST

Why is there 4 holes in the tuna near its tail?

Actually, they originally thought it was a giant mackerel.  This would give them a reason for shouting, HOLY MACKEREL!!!

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Posted in: Knife-wielding man shot dead by police officer in Toyama See in context

AlbertMar. 23 06:54 am JST

Who not shooting him in the legs. Is there no rule?

I assume giving a warning twice, the police had enough time to anticipate.

“You’ve got to be putting me on.”  Shoot him in the legs? That’s what Biden said to do. But you can be sure that if someone came after Biden that way, or with a gun, his protection detail would shoot to kill and Biden would have no problem with that.

Obviously, you have no experience from the police side of the equation. Split second decisions even after giving verbal warnings. Tasers are not always effective and by the time that happens and the policeman/woman pulls their service weapon, the assailant will already be upon them, with a knife.  What about blue lives that put their life on the line to protect the public, people like you? Just imagine if that was in America and a police officer (whether White, Black, Hispanic, Asian, etc.) shot a black man, armed with the knife, the riots that would ensue. 

Even more, if shot in the leg, the assailant would sue the police for damages and win millions of dollars because he now will walk with a limp and also his “civil rights” of attacking someone were violated.

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Posted in: China to issue visas to foreigners who have taken Chinese vaccines See in context

baroque1888Mar. 18 07:18 am JST

All the Far East is beautiful. For somebody who likes to Meander around in the town center, likes Art and Culture, beaches, video arcades of the 1980s and values personal safety-As to visiting another country besides Japan, which should be a higher priority Mainland China or Taiwan??

Any feedback would be a great assistance.

I have been to several Far East Asian countries, including China and Taiwan, and I felt safe in both countries. Of course, one needs to use common sense. Don't flash large wads of money when purchasing something or don't wear fancy jewelry. When I dropped my boarding pass in a Chinese airport, a Chinese husband and wife chased me down to return it. They probably would have done the same if it was money, but not everyone would. There are good and bad people in every country. I met some very nice people in Taiwan, too. Learn where the areas are that you should stay away from, at least at night time. If you stay in a hotel, the people there can tell you very much because they live in that area.

I found that more people speak English in Taiwan than in China. One can use a handheld translator, but I prefer to learn at least some of the language of the country I am visiting. But having a handheld translator, such as on a cell phone, is still a good idea.

To answer your question, I would first choose Taiwan. But if you have ample time, then visit both countries on the same trip. Keep abreast of the political climates these days, too.

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Posted in: In landmark ruling, Japanese court says same-sex marriage ban 'unconstitutional' See in context

girl_in_tokyoMar. 18 07:12 am JST

You can relax. No matter how much gay porn you watch, you won't turn gay if you already aren't gay. So enjoy!

What a disgusting comment., but not unexpected.

By the way, if gays feel that their lifestyle is natural, why does nature itself disagree? After all, if being gay is so natural, then why don't gays procreate? Two men, for example, doing it to each other does not result in apregnancy. It is already 2021, when will some people realize this?

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Posted in: China to issue visas to foreigners who have taken Chinese vaccines See in context

Won't comment on the food part. But in my personal experience, many folks not of Chinese descent who like China do so because they have (or desire to have) a Chinese girlfriend or wife.

That's probably true. My friend has been to many Asian countries, including China, and his famous quote is "Asia, where even the ugly women are beautiful." But I remind him there are beautiful women everywhere.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic organizers to consider daily COVID-19 tests on athletes See in context

Aly RustomMar. 16 02:06 pm JST

Anal swabs only for Chinese athletes.

Hell yeah! I'll second that. Send them a message. Be careful what you do to others.

Use jumbo pocky sticks.

Nah.. Yakitori sticks

A doctor had a rectal thermometer on his ear and a nurse pointed that out to him. He looked at the thermometer and said “Darn, some a..hole has my pencil.”

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Posted in: Race, title and anguish: Meghan and Harry explain royal rift See in context

NOMINATIONToday  12:36 pm JST

"Oppressed" millionaires being interviewed by an "oppressed" billionaire. I think I will pass on this one.

Well said

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Posted in: The all-star avocado: A renowned super food that is as nutritious as it is delicious See in context

cleoMar. 5  02:06 pm JST

There is no such thing as a ‘superfood’

superfood | ˈnoun

Growing a plant from an avocado stone is pretty easy and fun.

I even got mine to flower, but no fruit because apparently the flowers on any one tree switch from being female in the morning to male in the evening, or vice versa; so no pollination. Seems you have to have a plantation of them, or be organised enough to save the pollen.


Well, maybe it should be called a transcado.

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Posted in: 16-year prison term upheld for man over fatal abuse of daughter See in context

SandyBeachHeavenMar. 6  02:17 pm JST

I would hate to be judged by those above


Would you rather have been that little girl? One thing about the death penalty, he won’t be able to do that to anyone else.

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Posted in: Pandemic-consumed U.S. relapses in drug addiction See in context

StrangerlandMar. 7 12:29 am JST

Open up the country, allow people to work and live

Um, drugs are black market and illegal.

Is this coming from someone who claimed to have used many different drugs (psychedelics, LSD, ecstasy……) because it is cool, good, fun, expands consciousness (I still get good laugh from this 1960s hippie attitude), and makes one a better person, a more compassionate person, and better able to see things from the perspective of others?  Why does the fertilizer meter go off the charts? Or was this all just a ruse in the first place?

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