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Posted in: Dairy farmer shoots man in head with air gun while attempting to exterminate crows See in context

I bought my father in law a slingshot with some ball bearings to use on the golf course because the crows kept stealing his golf balls. He said after nearly a year of mixed success the crows recognize him and leave his balls alone.

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Posted in: Do you know anyone who joined a cult and if so, what happened to them? See in context

I know many people who joined the MAGA cult. It warped their brains, made them forsake their long held principles and lost most of their friends and family.

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Posted in: Court rules in favor of French man's wife over child custody rights See in context

In the west it is the mother that usually gets custody of the children unless there is a history of child abuse. But at the same time, father usually has visiting rights and a right to make decisions on their upbringing, which is not the case in Japan.

Not in the US. That’s an old way of thinking that is no longer the case. Joint custody is the norm now, with parents getting equal time and if they don’t live near each other, then one parent gets custody during school time and the other parent gets every holiday and long weekend to even the time out as much as possible. This makes “school custody” less appealing.

It is true that more mothers are awarded custody but they ask for it nearly 3x more than fathers do. In cases where both parents ask for custody and no abuse is proven, men get custody most of the time. As a professional statistical/financial analyst, I can tell you that you need to dig into the statistics before making definitive conclusions.

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Posted in: Airlines blast EU plan to expand emissions rule for flights See in context

Opinions without facts supporting a logical assertion belong on toilet paper.

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Posted in: Airlines blast EU plan to expand emissions rule for flights See in context

Algernon LaCroix-carbon credits is an innovative way to democratize and incentivize better climate choices. Companies that take direct positive action are rewarded and companies that don't/can't are forced to pay the market rate or true cost which reduces the harm to the environment without direct/specific governmental mandates.

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Posted in: Airlines blast EU plan to expand emissions rule for flights See in context

The environmental threat of climate change, which is exacerbated by fossil fuel consumption, is something that has been ignored and even subsidized for far too long. Failing to take action earlier puts us in position to take much more drastic action later. I will likely be gone before it gets too bad, but I'm willing to sacrifice in order to leave the Earth in better condition for our descendants.

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Posted in: Survey suggests about half of Japanese companies has an 'old guy who does nothing' See in context

I used to do business training/coaching for large multi-national companies. we were taking a break and I noticed something odd going on in their theater. There were about a half dozen young women standing both in the aisles and up on the stage. They were wearing microphones and giving orders to a relatively large (15-20?) middle aged men. One at time, each man was ushered from his seat, up the stairs to the center of the stage where he was instructed to bow to the young woman. The men looked despondent as each gave a very deep bow, before returning to their seat, waiting to be called again in a few minutes.

I had never seen anything like this and thought it to be extraordinary, so I asked my HR liaison what was going on. He explained that these employees were deemed to be no longer necessary, but it would bring shame to the company to fire them. Bowing practice was the passive aggressive (my embellishment) to signal to them that they were no longer wanted. He told me this was their full-time job and many had been doing this all day for months, but the company expects them to give up hope and quit at some point. All I could do was shake my head and think only in Japan.

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Posted in: Japan to ask foreign tourists to wear masks, take out COVID insurance See in context

I'm flying in next week from the US and I will do as I do here. Wear a mask in crowded areas whether indoors or even some outdoor areas. I was 49 and very fit when I caught COVID and it nearly killed me. I missed 3 months of work and had long COVID symptoms for more than a year, so I take every precaution to protect myself and others, even the ignorant myopic ones who don't seem to give an ish about anyone else and put their "comfort" above everything.

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Posted in: Boxing champ Inoue's home burgled during fight See in context

This happens not infrequently to famous people in the US. Criminals are clever. If they know you are somewhere else then your place is more likely to be empty of people, thus making it easier to steal your stuff.

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Posted in: Actor McConaughey, at White House, calls for gun legislation See in context

I would argue it is not primarily the American populace that makes this happen, it is the legalized bribery that is inherent in our politics. Most Americans (about 75%+) want gun reform including ban on assault weapons. Most probably don't know this, but only about 25% of Americans even own a gun and of those 3% own about 50% or 133 million guns. They are called super gun owners and they own between 10-140 guns. So this gun issue is being fought by very few citizens, but is spearheaded by the gun manufacturers, NRA and gun lobby which are able to funnel $100's of millions into campaign donations. These legalized bribes and fear mongering keep the mush brained GOP voters willing to acquiesce.

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Posted in: Actor McConaughey, at White House, calls for gun legislation See in context

thefu-You can choose to be willfully ignorant or you can take 3 minutes to Google before you post. When America banned assault style rifles from 94-04 mass shootings dropped by 37% and as soon as the ban expired they have now increased 183%. Do you need anymore proof?

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Posted in: Yen sinks to 20-year low against dollar See in context

This dollar/yen trade has really ingratiated me with my J FiL. Last April, I convince him to send me US$100k at JPY108. I put it in a money market where it has earned about 1%, but with dollar appreciation he's up another 20%. We're headed to Tokyo next week with US$20k he couldn't be happier. I still can't convince him to invest in crypto, but we convinced my MiL to open a crypto account while we are there. 75 years old and still open-minded. Amazing!

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Posted in: Drug culture, familiar to past generations, staging a comeback among the young in Japan See in context

I started smoking pot when I was 16(yes, too young) and did just about everything except opiates. I had a great youth and enjoyed experiences with my friends that I will never forget. Never had any issues and am a successful professional and business owner. Fast forward to a serious back injury, so had to take opiate painkillers for 6 weeks while waiting for my surgery. I knew I was going to be addicted after 2 months of use and I had two weeks of intense withdrawals that would have been much more difficult had I not been mentally prepared for them. I was an occasional partier when I lived in Japan, but quit for about 10 years when I returned to the US, though now I have found edibles great for improving my sleep. Long story, but my point is that all drugs are not created equal. THC should be legal and opiates highly regulated but readily available for those in pain.

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Posted in: Sapporo rejects referendum over bidding for 2030 Winter Olympics See in context

They could have an Olympic charter than limits public financial exposure and requires a public/private partnership to finance the games.

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Posted in: Japan-born American files suit against Japan's dual nationality ban See in context

David Miller-You are correct. I had been returning to Japan to renew mine, but lost it when COVID shut me out. I am coming back to Japan next week for the first time since 2019 and I traveling on a tourist visa, with a spouse exception. Interestingly, my son, who is a dual national, but whose passport expired during COVID, was refused a tourist VISA for his US passport and we were forced to renew his Japanese passport before traveling. And like much in Japan, they made it as difficult as possible. You cannot renew a Japanese passport by mail and have to travel in person to the embassy/consulate to pick it up. So plane tickets for the family, a hotel room, show up for the appointment that took less than 5 minutes just because they refuse to use couriers like every other G20 nation.

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Posted in: Japan-born American files suit against Japan's dual nationality ban See in context

I see a lot of people here ignorant of US naturalization law. The US does NOT make you give up your original citizenship. You must swear on oath of allegiance, but can can maintain all the rights and privileges your other citizenship avails you.

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Posted in: Japan-born American files suit against Japan's dual nationality ban See in context

It's quite easy to be a dual national if you were born citizens of both countries. I know many who kept their Japanese citizenship and never renounced their western one. My son retains both.

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Posted in: Should there be an age limit for driving licenses? See in context

Speed up R&D funding for autonomous vehicles and this problem goes away.

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Posted in: Should there be an age limit for driving licenses? See in context

Deciding broad public policy initiatives based on anecdotal evidence is ignorant. What does the data show? If there is a statistically significant public safety issue, then address it.

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Posted in: What are your views on parents hitting their young children as a means of punishing or disciplining them? See in context

My son is 12 and we have never hit him. He has been raised to be kind and empathetic and we chose to move him to a school where whites(he's half Japanese, but looks 100% white) are less than 20%, so he can learn in a great school, but also experience being a distinct minority.

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Posted in: Gov't bans intermediary body from introducing foreign trainees See in context

It is journalistic malpractice to fail to mention anything about the perpetrators of the aforementioned crimes.

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Posted in: Osaka Expo mascot needs name; organizers ask for suggestions See in context

Is there a kawaii way to say "inflamed anus with polyps"?

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Posted in: Do you think the U.N. is dysfunctional when it comes to dealing with wars and other disputes between countries? See in context

They need to remove veto power.

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Posted in: How do you think Russian President Vladimir Putin would react if Finland and Sweden apply to join NATO? See in context

I would expect him to react like an immature petulant bully would.

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Posted in: A Japanese government panel has proposed amending the juvenile law to put 18- and 19-year-old criminal suspects on trial as adults. Do you agree with this? See in context

Make them adults in every way, then try them as adults. If they are still minors in other parts of the law, then try them as minors. If you can’t buy a beer or enter into a contract then you are not an adult.

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Posted in: 5 South Koreans die after getting flu shots, sparking vaccine fears See in context

It’s very frustrating how many myopic individuals ignore science and refuse vaccines. Much like wearing a mask and covering your face when you cough or sneeze, vaccinations help with herd immunity.

If you are an anti vaxxer then you are exacerbating the problem. Grow up!

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Posted in: JOC to protect female athletes targeted by exploitative photos See in context

I am against outlawing photography in this way. If you are in a public place, then you have no expectations of privacy. If you are in your home, then your privacy would be protected. Someone sending lewd photos to you on social media is already a crime and has nothing to do with the right of photographers to take photos without fear of prosecution because some opportunist sees an opportunity.

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Posted in: Police officer caught downloading dirty videos from suspect’s phone See in context

Mocheake-the article insinuates this was a video taken by the man’s phone. Not a website, but a homemade video, likely being intimate with his partner. There is no URL or website. The cop stole his private video.

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Posted in: Young people losing interest in sex, but why? See in context

I’d be interested in seeing a wider data set. I moved to Japan in 2000 at the age of 29 and attempted, with success, to find as many willing partners as I could handle. I started out teaching, so was making around ¥350k+ a month before too long and even in Tokyo my income did not present a major obstacle. Then I got a real job and more than doubled my income which enabled me to go out 7 nights a week if I chose. Finding attractive and willing dates was not difficult at all and living alone made it easy and cheap to couple up.

I don’t not report this to boast, but rather report that this was the norm when lived in Japan and I found Japanese (and some from other countries)women full of sexual energy and without the hang ups that some American women had about uncommitted sex in my experience. Eventually, I settled down and found a life mate and we are raising a family now, but this herbivore phenomenon was only talked about. I never saw it in practice. I had more sex as a single man, than I do now that I am married and I will consider our married sex life healthy and fulfilling.

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Posted in: Young people losing interest in sex, but why? See in context

You don't 'get it back'. Once you lose it, once it's gone - it's GONE. For good. You can abstain from sex for a long time or even forever - that's called 'celebacy'. Many people practice that after losing their virginity. The same way that some philanders practice monogamy for life after they get married.

Starpunk-It’s called a euphemism. Using euphemisms and metaphors is a for if abstract thinking. You should try it. It will brighten you world which apparently only consists of black and white.

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