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Posted in: Nintendo to allow same-sex marriage in latest 'Fire Emblem' game See in context

I fail to see any harm in this whatsoever. Whether people are gay or straight, whether they're confused or certain about themselves, they deserve to be treated equally. I don't see why this is an issue in games, nor should it be an issue in real life.

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Posted in: Apple expected to turn up the music dial See in context

Echoing Bogva, I really hope this is available in Japan. For 1000 yen a month I can listen to what I want, when I want, where I want? Sounds good to me.

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Posted in: Bad behavior by teachers a growing problem See in context

I wonder how many of the teachers involved in illegal corporal punishment were jailed.

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Posted in: Gov't tries to reassure public over pension data leak See in context

Japanese people are often confused when using large numbers in English. There could be 100 million leaked accounts for all we know.

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Posted in: Zoo group puzzled by exclusion from global body over dolphin hunt See in context

Puzzled? Really?

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Posted in: Lesbian couple hold symbolic wedding ceremony in Tokyo See in context

gay marriage was equally unthinkable 20-30 years ago.

To bigots, yes.

People are not saying animals should be role models, people are stating that homosexuality exists throughout the animal kingdom.

Bigots like to move the goalposts, and then when those arguments are shot down, they move them again.

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Posted in: Montblanc to sell $4,400 pen made of 'miracle pine' See in context

20% of the takings sounds like much more than made it up to the area from worldwide donations following the disaster.

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Posted in: Panel meets to discuss Abe’s speech for anniversary of WWII end See in context

Maybe the panel of "experts" can help him remove his foot from his mouth where he will undoubtedly put it.

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Posted in: Giving birth better at home than at hospital See in context

This is just the British government doing more of their cost cutting on the NHS.

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Posted in: Japan hits out at S Korea over reporter's defamation charge See in context

I don't really think Japan is in any position to criticise press freedom now, is it?

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Posted in: Why do Japanese companies have so many meetings each day? See in context

The bosses want to remind their underlings who's in charge.

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Posted in: Dump truck driver arrested over death of 7-year-old boy See in context

@Kaimycahl Can you give me an example as to why a 7 year old would be out walking on roads at around 4am? I can't think of any genuine reason for it. The "This is the Japanese way" argument is very weak. I'm betting we could all ask our Japanese friends and families and they would say 7 year olds should not be out walking streets at 4am.

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Posted in: Are women-only train cars illegal in Japan? See in context

Can't say I found that video very funny. Seems to be a panic attack, which I don't find funny. Morons trolling on trains and then videoing and posting a woman close to a breakdown isn't funny to me.

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Posted in: Ronaldo endorsing Japanese beauty product See in context

If this is the kind of "out of the box" thinking that Japan is relying on then the country is doomed!!

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Posted in: No. of reported child abuse cases exceeds 70,000 in 2013 See in context

People are saying this is terrible, which of course it is, then people are marking those comments down. Can someone who marks such comments down please explain why rather than just hiding behind their keyboard?

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Posted in: In some countries, including Japan, suicide is seen as a means to atone for a scandal or wrongdoing. What are your views on this? See in context

Mike Sims-Williams - I never heard of that event, but it sounds like a good idea to me. Macabre topics are often difficult to talk about, but it doesn't mean we shouldn't discuss them.

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Posted in: In some countries, including Japan, suicide is seen as a means to atone for a scandal or wrongdoing. What are your views on this? See in context

If it's the result of untreated depression or mental illness then it's not cowardly, it's genuinely seeing no other way out.

If someone is trying to escape punishment or embarrassment because of their own cock-up then they need to stand up and face the music. Leaving a mess for others to clean up isn't in any way noble IMO.

Where the overlap between these two is though, I have no idea.

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Posted in: Japan must eliminate misogyny in workforce: UNDP chief See in context

But the old duffers are doing such a great job..... Why allow in youth and fresh ideas from women??

Japan needs this to happen, but it never will.

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Posted in: Which do you think is best: iPhone or Android? See in context

I enjoy the freedom of Android OS. I like my Idevices and how easily they sync up together. Ios is much better after jailbreaking.

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Posted in: Tokyo assemblywoman heckled on why she isn't married or having children See in context

Pathetic bullying from the little boys in the audience.

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Posted in: Croatia furious with Japanese ref after defeat See in context

He was laughably bad. He should have sent Neymar off in the first half for the deliberate elbow but bottled it and gave a yellow card instead. All the big decisions went in favour of Brazil. Very poor.

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Posted in: George Takei sees gay pride beginning in Japan See in context

bass4funk - I've read your words. Perhaps I've misunderstood, but when you say you don't believe in gay marriage that makes it sound as if you are against it. Are you saying you're not against it?

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Posted in: George Takei sees gay pride beginning in Japan See in context

Bass4funk - What is it about gay people that leads you to have the opinion that they don't deserve to be treated equally? Why should gay people not be able to enjoy the good and bad times that marriages bring that straight people have had? How would a gay couple marrying have any impact whatsoever on you?

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Posted in: George Takei sees gay pride beginning in Japan See in context

If you say you don't mind people being gay but don't want them to be treated equally to straight people then you're supporting discrimination and you clearly do mind people being gay.

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Posted in: Symposium on school bullying held in Kobe See in context

@umbrella I couldn't agree more. Kids do it, teachers do it, bosses in companies do it, I've even see men and women in "loving" relationships do it to each other.

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Posted in: Racist in the West, cool in Japan See in context

I didn't even know Avril Lavigne was still considered relevant these days, not heard of her in years!

That said, I'm not sure the video is racist. Terrible, yes, but racist? Hmmm, I'm not sure.

The song is one of the worst I've heard in my life though!

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Posted in: U.S. farm groups seek to exclude Japan from TPP trade talks See in context

A powerful farm lobby trying to bully others to get their own way? Who would have thought such a thing was possible?

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Posted in: Biblical figure See in context

Does it make mention of the fact that the Noah story in the bible is, let's say "inspired" by a story from a much earlier religion?

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Posted in: DOCOMO unveils 12 new mobile devices in summer lineup See in context

my Galaxy Nexus is getting rather tired and is doomed at Android 4.3.

You can't root it and upgrade the OS?

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Posted in: Japan should stabilize population at 100 mil by 2060: panel See in context

@Ethanwilber It is very important for the govt to make the right reforms, but I fear it's already too late. All we're getting is a lot of this kind of report, telling us nothing of consequence really, certainly nothing new.

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