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

Declined the new offer.

Understandable; the 'flu jab is no joke and is almost as bad as the full-blown variety - minus the fever.

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

In any case, why is a 17-year-old boy receiving 'flu shots?

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Posted in: Tokyo ward assemblyman apologizes for remarks against LGBT rights See in context

Context switch.

 Does accepting "diversity of thought" mean that non-LGBTQIA must accept demeaning rhetoric from activists, should not criticize them for having those views, and should not seek to stop them from discriminating against us and denying us our very human rights?

See how that works?

You mean to say that if a person says something bigoted on social media, they risk being called out for it.

The more interesting question for me is "Who is the moral arbiter of all things bigoted?". Presumably people you agree with, no?

It is not extremist to criticize homophobia or other kinds of bigotry.

Translation: I am entitled to dismiss anyone whose opinion differs from mine as a moral reprobate.

LGBTQIA rights are human rights, and human rights are the concern of all humans.

In what way are you being impeded in your daily life compared to anyone else, or is paying taxes an alphabet issue now?

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Posted in: Tokyo ward assemblyman apologizes for remarks against LGBT rights See in context

Unfortunately, and in terms of liberal attitudes, I think we are regressing. And no, I’m not referring to the outbreak of foot-in-mouth disease in the Tokyo parliament.

Despite the progressives’ claim that they champion diversity, there is one kind of diversity they will not countenance: diversity of thought. Go off the script and you risk sanction ranging from say, banning a on social media to losing your job or even criminal sanction. Whatever agenda “victim” groups push, irrespective of consequence or merit, is treated as secular gospel and any challenge to received opinion is heresy.

We have all heard of the tyranny of the majority, but what we now have are minorities within minorities - the extremists - putting mainstream thought under the cosh in true tail-wagging-dog style.

Political activism, essentialist tribalism, special pleading, and the pursuit of agendas of little importance to 99% of society - who must nevertheless suck it up and like it - will inevitably result in blowback.

Be careful you don’t overplay your hands.

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Posted in: Japanese cinema must adapt to survive, warns rising star director See in context

Japanese cinema died with Kurosawa.

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Posted in: LGBT groups in Japan launch petition seeking equality law See in context

This group seems to be more about transgender rights; unfortunately, granting certain transgender rights tramples over the rights of the owners of XX chromosomes.

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Posted in: Berlin allows 'comfort woman' statue to remain for time being See in context

Anyone heard of the Joy Division?

Sure. I loved Unknown Pleasures.

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

Had he used his own phone to film the confiscated phone, no one would have been any the wiser. Still, one wonders what the phone contained that couldn’t be obtained elsewhere without the risk to his job.

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Posted in: Ardern set to win in New Zealand's 'COVID election' See in context

One of Blair's acolytes. Dreadful woman.

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Posted in: Japanese musician beaten up in New York for being 'Chinese' See in context

It couldn't be caused in part because of the rhetoric coming from the president about the origin of the virus, could it..?

I must have missed Trump’s tweets calling for violence against East Asians...

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Posted in: Japanese musician beaten up in New York for being 'Chinese' See in context

During the attack, he heard them saying the word “Chinese”. The suspects have not been arrested.

Gee, I wonder why that could be...

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Posted in: 89-year-old ex-top bureaucrat pleads not guilty over fatal Tokyo car crash See in context

I can't fathom why this guy is receiving such preferential treatment, even if he did draw water in a previous life. You'd think his acquaintances would quietly excuse themselves, but instead the guy feels comfortable enough to double down on his actions. Why the deferential treatment? Respect? Fear?

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Posted in: Prepare to get rid of 'hanko,' Suga tells government See in context

I'll believe it when I see it. Or not, as the case may be.

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Posted in: Tokyo ward assemblyman under fire over remarks against LGBT rights See in context

This is impossible, but if all Japanese women were lesbian or all Japanese men were gay, then do you think the next generation of people will be born?

Reducio ad absurdum.

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Posted in: Twitter bans Trump death wishes, sparking debate See in context

I doubt that there is even one comment made about Trump which isn't in some way partisan. If you are a Democrat voter, then wishing death on Trump is a laudable position to take, and if you facilitate it, sainthood awaits.

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Posted in: Japan's 1st regulations on crossbow owners passed in Hyogo Prefecture See in context

Like in the US over fire-arms ownership and killing, quite many deadly cases happen by accident.

My grandfather owned a shotgun for decades and somehow never managed to shoot anyone, so I don’t believe in firearms “accidents”. You are either deliberate, careless, or irresponsible.

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Posted in: Japan's 1st regulations on crossbow owners passed in Hyogo Prefecture See in context

Really. Another knee-jerk law in total disproportionate response to the low number of crimes committed. If one has murderous intent, it's going to happen anyway; the tools for the crime are chosen for expediency.

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Posted in: Good grief! 'Peanuts' celebrates 70th anniversary with art See in context

I heard Woodstock quit because he was tired of working for peanuts.

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Posted in: Chiba prefectural gov’t employee arrested for shoplifting See in context

Someone has been taking “do it yourself” a little too seriously, methinks.

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Posted in: Trump and first lady test positive for COVID-19 See in context

Get well soon.

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Posted in: Foreigners to blame for livestock theft, according to Japanese media See in context

With what little these "interns" get paid, it is to be expected that a few will be light-fingered.

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Posted in: October to bring various price changes for Japan residents See in context

The tax for what is known in the country as "third-category beers"

Also know as “wife beater” beers.

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Posted in: 'Will you shut up, man?' Repeated interruptions, insults mark fiery debate between Trump and Biden See in context

Trump thrives on conflict, so it would seem the Dems still haven't learnt their lesson.

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Posted in: Kyocera concept car See in context

Japanese design, eh? Let's just hope they didn't couple it with Italian engineering...

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Posted in: N Korea abductees' families urge Suga for help; North says issue resolved See in context

I expected a bit of sympathy for the victims' families here but looks like it's in short supply.

Yes, but you see in the grand scheme of things, and since there are far more immediate and pressing things to attend to, the abduction issue is piffling and inconsequential.

For an exercise in picking at old wounds, see the Korean comfort women issue.

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Posted in: N Korea abductees' families urge Suga for help; North says issue resolved See in context

What the North did was terrible, but there is no mileage in pursuing this issue and further. It's time to accept that a satisfactory answer will never be given and that it is necessary to move on.

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Posted in: Japanese art student campaigns to eliminate body-shaming ads See in context

@bob

One who enjoys the pleasures of Sappho and seeks to impose her views over other women. All this fascination with beauty and hygiene is just a smoke from another fire.

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Posted in: EU and Britain far apart as key week of Brexit talks begins See in context

The EU seems perfectly willing to let Britain walk and pay the consequences.

How quaintly amusing. An organization that issues threats to a member who wishes to leave is not one I wish to be a part of.

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Posted in: Japanese art student campaigns to eliminate body-shaming ads See in context

Er, don’t watch the ads...?

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympics Q&A: Should athletes be priority for vaccine? See in context

They could self-administer with steroids.

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