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Posted in: Shogi genius Habu gets record 1,434th victory See in context

Not having much of an aptitude for chess-type games myself, I admire those like Habu who can play at such a high level over many years.

It's a great thing too that games still exist that don't sell out to the media/sportscast model. If shogi is indeed such a game, long may that situation continue. And I'd hardly describe Western-style chess as being at an "underground level".

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Posted in: Gunman out on parole kills 4 in Australian city of Darwin See in context

I thought Australia had strict gun control?

Australia does have strict gun control. As the article says, this is only Australia's third mass shooting in 22 years. Care to enumerate for us how many mass shootings the USA has had in that time?

This isn't a problem with Australian gun laws - it's a problem with our far too lenient parole system.

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Posted in: UK’s diversity, innovation, skills, global culture help Hitachi revolutionise its railways See in context

Do you people with good, efficient train systems know how lucky you are?

Try using the rail system in Australia with its sparse timetabling, inadequate coverage and stubborn resistance to such 20th century innovations as high-speed trains, never mind the superb technology and improvements discussed in this article.

Always admired the railway engineers - the pioneers, and those like Hitachi who keep it competitve as a top-notch way to travel.

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Posted in: Queen greets Trump at Buckingham Palace See in context

One would love to read Her Majesty's autobiography, particularly the part where she reveals her true feelings about this meeting.

But one doesn't suppose one will ever get the chance.

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Posted in: Trump heads to Europe at a time of remembrance, turmoil See in context

lincolnman,

When I read your excellent comment, particularly the last para, it did occur to me that in the long term, it really doesn't matter what Trump says or does on this occasion. It's bigger than just his however many years as President, and what most people will remember will be the war and the suffering and the sacrifice and not the ignorant posturing of some ephemeral buffoon who won't be remembered in history as anything other than just that.

Dunno about you, but that thought makes me feel better about things.

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Posted in: Trump heads to Europe at a time of remembrance, turmoil See in context

The USA was one of those nations. Probably the primary one.

On the Western Front, absolutely. If you're an American, you can be proud of that. Although the heaviest lifting was done over the other side of Europe, by the Soviets. But let's not worry too much about that in our desire to defend the MAGA man.

As Trump showed when he let a little rain put him off honouring the troops who died in WW1, and by his trashing of relationships with all of the European nations who are traditional allies of the U.S., there's not a lot about Europe he understands.

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Posted in: Japan's #KuToo movement giving women a leg-up in the workplace See in context

Hillclimber:

You're comparing apples with oranges

Well yes, because that's what I thought other posters were doing comparing suit-wearing with high-heeled shoe wearing. Obviously I didn't get that across.

Re shoes, I think the point is that men aren't forced to wear intrinsically uncomfortable footwear. Women are. Never dressed in drag myself, but I doubt the typical business suit for women is all that comfy either, as some male posters are claiming.

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Posted in: Japan's #KuToo movement giving women a leg-up in the workplace See in context

There are reasonable office dress standards and there are unreasonable office dress standards. Forcing women to wear high heels which cause them pain all day long falls into the 'unreasonable' category. It's even counter-productive, as people suffering pain and discomfort almost certainly don't work as well as those who are comfortable.

And yes, the same applies to men wearing suits and ties on hot days, although I've never seen a suit and tie cause bleeding.

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Posted in: Trump heads to Europe at a time of remembrance, turmoil See in context

No understanding of the history, no appreciation of the complexities, in short no freaking idea.

What a man to have represent your country on the occasion of honouring your war dead, and those of all the other nations that fought against Fascism in WW2.

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Posted in: U.S. prepared to talk to Iran with 'no preconditions' See in context

If the US is a "normal nation" we're going to have to redefine "normal".

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Posted in: Automated train travels in wrong direction, injuring 20 in Yokohama See in context

Educator60:

Perfectly reasonable assumption for me to make. Still is, given the fact that this system failed, even after so many years of operation.

You seem rather protective of the unassailability of fully automated systems. I would have thought the ideal was one where the technology made up for human inadequacies and the human makes up for the shortcomings of the technology. Together.

Still, I'm sure the private companies and the technophiles know best and will always work with the customer's best interests at heart, and not the bottom line of the profit motive.

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Posted in: Automated train travels in wrong direction, injuring 20 in Yokohama See in context

Educator60,

There was no mention in the article of how long the line had been operating. Only in the comments did I learn that.

I stand by my comment regarding driverless technology. There have been enough incidents worldwide to justify being cautious about using it.

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Posted in: 4 ways to be a good traveler in the age of overtourism See in context

Last time I was in Kyoto was three and a half years ago, momiji time. Lots of tourists then, too, mainly domestic I think, but nothing compared to now. I've seen all the articles about Japan's tourist boom, but Kyoto is the first place I've really noticed it. And it does affect the quality of the experience, even though that may only be for those of us who've been visiting for a while and are used to things the way they used to be.

And as for the locals who may be be finding things a bit hard to cope with, I really do sympathise.

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Posted in: 4 ways to be a good traveler in the age of overtourism See in context

Inching my way through the Kyoto crowds in Shijo yesterday, watching the guys with the red wands controlling the hordes around Gion Corner, assailed on all sides by tour guides holding up pink flamingoes and teddy bears on sticks to keep their flocks together, jostled by flabby thighed shorts wearing overweight Westerners, it was very hard to believe in the benefits of mass tourism.

And yeah, I know - I might not wear shorts, and I ain't flabby - but I'm one of them.

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Posted in: Automated train travels in wrong direction, injuring 20 in Yokohama See in context

Companies thinking they can save money by not employing human drivers, coupled with premature adoption of an obviously immature technology. Recipe for disaster.

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Posted in: Disgruntled city employee kills 12 in Virginia; suspect also killed See in context

And once again we get the anti-gun control people screaming "mental health, mental health, nothing to do with the NRA or our gun laws", absolutely and utterly refusing to recognise the one consistent factor in every mass shooting case in the U.S. - that because the gun laws across the U.S. are just too damn lax, it is just far too easy for anyone, including the wrong people, to get their hands on guns!

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Posted in: Elton John objects to 'Rocketman' scene deletions in Russia See in context

Toasted:

Thanks, but I'll take the Beatles, Dylan and Springsteen's music over Queen, Rufus Wainwright and even Elton, any day.

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Posted in: Elton John objects to 'Rocketman' scene deletions in Russia See in context

konjo4u,

Many artists were (and are) gay, Leonardo included. If censorship were in their hands, there'd be no problem, at least not as far as gay sex scenes are concerned.

It's only in the past 40-50 years or so censorship has become less of a problem in the West - and there are always those who would like to turn back the clock.

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Posted in: Luxurious lounge only for couples opens in Tokyo See in context

Personally, I'm too old and too married for this to be of any interest to me, but I'm sure many of us would have had dinner dates where we wished the bedroom wasn't quite so far away...

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Posted in: Elton John objects to 'Rocketman' scene deletions in Russia See in context

starpunk,

I don't think the ongoing prejudice against gays is so much Putin and the political process as it is social factors, particularly the influence of the very conservative Russian Orthodox Church, which the vast majority of the people believe in. Putin being a political animal can see the benefit in going along with that.

Gee - who would've thought a church would be leading the resistance to change (he asked sarcastically)?

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Posted in: Suspect's motive for Kawasaki knife attack remains unclear See in context

Motive? Sometimes there is no "motive" and no "cure". There is only lunacy.

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Posted in: Elton John objects to 'Rocketman' scene deletions in Russia See in context

Despite the fact that such major cultural figures as Tchaikovsky and Nijinsky were gay, and with Russia presumably having the same percentage of gays in their population as any other country, there just isn't the same acceptance of homosexuality in Russia, or Eastern Europe, or many other parts of the world, as there is in the West. People in the West tend to assume all Europeans think like they do, so hence the shock when something like this happens.

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Posted in: Putin, Abe to meet in Osaka on June 29 See in context

PTownsend,

Excellent comment. Sums up the (im)balance between the two countries very clearly.

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Posted in: Gov't to review parents' disciplinary right in effort to reduce child abuse See in context

Serrano,

i feel exactly the same way, as I'm sure do most people. The photo of such a sweet and happy looking little kid is really hard to look at, knowing what happened to her.

Some very bleak pictures of family life being painted on this page, I hope some of the new legislation does start to change attitudes.

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Posted in: Politician’s birthrate plan: Parents should nag their kids to have at least 3 babies See in context

The fact that Sakurada himself wasn't volunteering to boost the birth rate

He's 69 years old, he should be so lucky.

Maybe he should sponsor a few willing but financially stressed couples to have the extra kids. That'd show his commitment to the cause.

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Posted in: Japan, Russia accuse each other of military buildups See in context

Kenji:

The Marxists in Russia are gone. What you're dealing with now in Russia are oligarch bears. Bears who believe in ultra-capitalism, as corrupt as Russia has always been but much more efficient at doing things. Don't be too keen to set your Hokkaido bears against them.

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Posted in: Trump says impeachment is 'dirty, filthy, disgusting word' See in context

Why is it the first time we hear of this?

Because it's the first time he's thought of it. Probably believes it by now.

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Posted in: Japan, Russia accuse each other of military buildups See in context

Chip Star,

Seriously. In the 1930s Japan's government was dominated physically and ideologically by fanatical, semi-feudal militarists with tendencies toward mysticism and a death cult. There is no comparison between that scenario and what exists today. The ruling classes have changed, the people have changed. Won't happen.

And pointing out the threat posed by an expansionist China - and North Korea, which does show some of the aspects of 1930s Japan - is not "apologist". Japan's reaction to those two threats, and its negotiations with Russia so far on the Kurils, have been nothing if not restrained.

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Posted in: Trump says impeachment is 'dirty, filthy, disgusting word' See in context

Dirty, filthy, disgusting...and the word he didn't say, threatening.

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Posted in: Congo forces kill 26 Islamist rebels in Ebola zone shootout See in context

A part of the world where trouble never stops and where millions of people are subjected to lives of fear and misery. And yet it receives so little publicity compared to other regions.

Still "Darkest Africa" in the sense that light is very rarely shone on it.

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