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Posted in: Singapore's 'fake news' law takes effect as critics sound alarm See in context

Singapore is very small island, we area a small country of 5.5 million people. It is like a small company where people see each other every day. We cannot afford misunderstandings or gossips by selfish people for their own selfish interests. Such laws are needed as it could rock Singapore's stability. Atleast , we do not jail people and not allow them to see their wife or family or kidnap them after they land their personal jet. Singaporeans are fair people, we communicate.

“Those who would give up essential liberty, to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.” Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

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Posted in: Singapore's 'fake news' law takes effect as critics sound alarm See in context

So then the myriad false accusations breathlessly repeated by many western media outlets(Russiagate/Ukrainegate/Steelegate, etc) will be banned as well as the false climate emergency/crisis unless verifiable data is available.

I generally think it’s not a good idea to stifle free speech, but if people who make comments like you get blocked then it can’t be all bad.

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Posted in: Foreign tourists in Kyoto reminded of etiquette via smartphones See in context

Here is a snippet of US law: It is legal to photograph or videotape anything and anyone on any public property, within reasonable community standards.[44]

Photographing or videotaping a tourist attraction, whether publicly or privately owned, is generally considered legal, unless explicitly prohibited by a specific law or statute.

UK and Aussie laws are similarly. Basically if you are in a public place or even a private place where you can be photographed from someone standing in a public place then you are fair game. Etiquette vs legality is another matter.

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Posted in: What do you think of the quality of Japanese wines? See in context

I was hired by Tepco for some contract work and our meetings were held at their Onsen/meeting facility in Karuizawa. My primary contact found out about my love of fine wine, during our first dinner and, much to my surprise she authorized the uncorking of about bottles of a Nagano Cabernet, that was ¥10,000 on the menu. It was a delightful wine and my hosts made sure have it available nightly during my week there. I was invited back the following year and they made sure to bring in a variety of high end Japanese wines to showcase. These wines were excellent by international standards and not the cheap sweet wines you tend to find in Yamanashi. That was more than a decade ago and I will never forget the experience.

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Posted in: What is the policy on paternity leave at your workplace? As far as you know, has anyone taken it? See in context

I work in finance in the US. My company has paid maternity/paternity leave for 6 weeks and unpaid for up to one year. As far as I know both male and female employees generally take the full six weeks and some take another month or so unpaid, but very few (only a few mothers that I am aware of)take the full year.

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Posted in: Kawasaki takes steps to lower language barrier for foreign kids in school See in context

My son, now nine, was born in Tokyo, but work brought us to America shortly after the tsunami. My wife speaks only Japanese to him and they spend eight weeks every summer in Japan in which he attends Japanese public elementary school until summer break in August.

Despite this effort and his relative fluency he is unable to understand the teacher well enough to participate academically. He can communicate and make friends with the kids, so he has fun, but he understands very little the teacher says unless they take the time to give him individual attention. This worries me should we need to return to live in Japan. Japanese is a very difficult language to master and there doesn’t seem to be sufficient resources to help immigrants integrate.

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Posted in: Smoke spread so fast at animation firm victims couldn't open rooftop door See in context

In the US, most buildings are required to have panic doors to any exterior exits. That way there is no knob and certainly no key required to exit the building. Rather there is a bar that extends across the door and you just have to push or lean against it to release the lock. These have been in place since I was a child and I’m now almost 50. With all the regulation in Japan, why would something so simple and inexpensive as this not be in place?

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Posted in: Gov't not to appeal against damages awarded to leprosy patients' kin See in context

Doesn’t seem nearly enough reparations. What price can you put on that separation and barrier to livelihood? Is ¥10mm per year, per person even enough? I would be interested to hear how they calculated their figures.

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Posted in: 7-Eleven warns franchise owner over appeal on labor crunch See in context

A franchise agreement is a contract. He agreed to stay open 24 hours. If conditions changed that prevented that he should have asked to amend. If they refused, then he would have a chance, but because he broke the contract, he likely has no chance in court.

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Posted in: Man arrested for second time for secretly filming women in toilets See in context

Got caught filming #2.

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Posted in: FSA estimates couples need retirement savings of up to ¥30 mil See in context

As a Wealth Manager here in the US, I am usually advising clients to save 4 times that amount, unless they have a pension in addition to their Social Security income. ¥30mm won’t last very long.

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Posted in: Reverence for tradition threatens same-sex marriage in Japan See in context

Reverence for tradition kept bans on interracial marriages and slavery. When will the oppression stop?

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Posted in: Is bitcoin growing up? Regulated futures boom as investors seek a safer ride See in context

I paid cash for a house on Bitcoin profits and still hung on to a few through the collapse. Been dollar cost averaging since about $4200, this second time around. Looking forward to another ride, though I imagine a less steep glide path up.

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Posted in: Record amount of stimulants seized in Shizuoka; 7 Chinese men arrested See in context

Stimulants is very vague. Is it coke, meth or ecstasy? Something else?

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Posted in: Cool cabinet See in context

I lived in Tokyo for nearly a decade and the worst part of my time there was cool biz. I developed skin issues from my under shirt being wet from sweat from the moment I left in the morning until I took a shower later that night. I ruined clothes from the sweating, something I had never done living in the states. This fact alone would probably be the deciding factor if ever returning unless I was in a position have control over the office temperature, like when I worked at a German owned boutique consultancy. We kept the A/C at 23C and could wear golf/polo shirts if we didn’t have clients coming in.

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Posted in: Japanese man dies inflight after eating 246 cocaine packets See in context

Why would he do this? There isnt a lucrative cocaine market in Japan. 

You obviously never worked in finance in Tokyo. Some nights it felt like I was back in South Beach. You could get it from the Yak’s, Israelies (they delivered and best quality) or the Nigerians off the street in Roppongi (worst quality and most dangerous transaction). You’d be surprised how much shabu is being consumed in Tokyo every weekend.

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Posted in: Kyoto University remains top of Japanese university rankings in 2019 See in context

It’s beyond me why the have to grade their universities. Students study what they want where they want. There should be no difference in the quality of teaching between one university or another.

Do you find the all the restaurants you dine in have equal tasting food and atmosphere?

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Posted in: The gold standard of maid cafe quality: @home cafe See in context

I love Japan, but this is beyond weird...and not in the good only in Japan way.

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Posted in: New Zealanders give up guns after massacre, drawing some online criticism apparently from U.S. See in context

Campaign finance reform (overturning the Citizens United decision) will cure much of America’s ills and rest control of the legislature away from big money and give it back to the voters. As long as special interests can pump millions or billions of dollars into brainwashing campaigns, then things will never get better.

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Posted in: When filming sex scenes, 'intimacy coordinators' are key See in context

Pay someone to ficilitate communication between actor and director? That sounds like a failure of leadership.

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Posted in: Trump says talks with Kim failed over N Korean sanctions demands See in context

Winning, lol.

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Posted in: At Sundance, a fresh look at man's first walk on the moon See in context

Where are all the man’s never landed on the moon nuts?

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Posted in: Japanese teacher punches high school boy in face; social media on his side See in context

I am shocked at how my ignorant comments here are supporting violence. Yes the kid was very disrespectful, but violence is never ok, unless you are protecting yourself or others from other violence, especially an adult against a minor. Both should be disciplined, with the teacher, if not being outright fired, then the next closest option and the student being suspended or possibly expelled for his role. There is no doubt both were wrong, but there was only one adult in the room and he failed miserably to act like one.

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Posted in: Husband arrested after 79-year-old wife found dead in mountains See in context

He admitted to killing her, but was only charged with abandoning her body?

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Posted in: U.S. startup eyes next generation of burgers with relish See in context

I look forward to trying it. I have heard good things about the taste and texture and the environmental impact could be a game changer.

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Posted in: Oregon hotel apologizes a week after kicking out black man See in context

Agree Luddite. In college I had a couple of black fraternity brothers who I lived with at various points. Glad I did. It opened my white privileged eyes. The amount of subtle (mostly) and even overt prejudice and racism was astonishing. From we are standing in a group at a bar drinking beers and someone asks my friend to clean up a mess thinking since they are the only black person there they must be a bus boy, to driving by our flag football practice and yelling “ni**** go back to Africa!” out the window of their car.

They had to put up with this all the time and if ut had been me, I probably would have turned violent and often. They are better than me in that respect and it makes me want to puke when I have to listen to folks victim blaming and try to minimize the fact that racism is alive and well.

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Posted in: Japanese rice wine kit lets you brew your own tasty sake in the comfort of your own home See in context

Kirin, Sapporo, Asahi, and Suntory only. Which charge 2 USD PER CAN of Budweiser quality beer.

I'd argue that they are a lot better than Budweiser.

Indeed. My in laws visit once a year here in the states and they bring me 12 cans of Sapporo Red Star, which is not so easy to find even in Japan. This summer I will go to Sapporo and bring back Blue Star which is like a Belgium White beer.

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Posted in: Diabetic amputations on the rise in the U.S. See in context

I think im smart cutting my sugar down to like 1/3 of a teaspoon per coffee, but when you have 5 a day ummm lol.

If you buy decent beans and grind them yourself, then you don’t need sugar. I haven’t put anything in my coffee for decades, unless I’m somewhere where the coffe is swill and my need for caffeine supersedes my palate.

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Posted in: Dementia puts financial assets of elderly at risk in Japan See in context

The government estimates that number will increase to 7 million to 8 million, or 6 to 7 percent of the total population, by 2030

Do the math people! 7% of the total population have dementia. At present, over 60’s make up around 35% of the population. This means around around 25-30% of the over 60’s are suffering from dementia.

I would love to the formula you used to come up with that, lol. You realize Dementia is not spread evenly across all age groups, right? I imagine you could find the statistics, but I would say conservatively 95% of Dementia cases are concentrated in the over 60 cohort.

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Posted in: Town hosting wrecked Fukushima plant may allow partial access in 2020 See in context

They should be forced to watch this 60 Minutes investigative report before they move anywhere near there.

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