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Posted in: Man charged with abusing pet cat after film footage found on tablet See in context

Throw the library at him. One book for each cat.

Deliberately hurting a defenceless animal entrusted to his care -Scum of the earth.

And to video it?

Stupid scum.

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Posted in: Kono to handle coordination of coronavirus vaccinations See in context

It took three months for me to get the 100,000. My girlfriend, on the other hand, living at the same address- two week

The 100,000 yen was paid to the head of household, for the whole household - mine came with Mr cleo's, into his bank account, within a week of sending the application. Could be you stymied the way it was supposed to work by apparently having two heads of households at the same address?

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Posted in: Student not covering nose with mask disqualified from taking university exams See in context

but yet you can walk right into a restaurant and just yank it off and set down and have a good old time with friends and family

The difference being that when you choose to go into a restaurant you go in knowing full well that others are going to be taking masks off to eat. If you don’t like that, you can opt for a takeaway or bento or home cooking.

The students have been working for years towards this exam, they rightly feel that it’s very important, and the rules they received ahead of time assured them that everyone sharing the same air would be wearing masks.

Allow those sticking to the rules to get on with it, or let one covidiot spoil it for everyone.

The choice seems crystal clear to me.

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Posted in: Student not covering nose with mask disqualified from taking university exams See in context

What has coverage of the own nose to do with showing science, mother tongue and English language knowledge in an exam for university entrance?

Nothing. What it has to do with is following clearly laid-out rules regarding how people are allowed to take the test, and about not exposing the other examinees to three or four hours in a room in close proximity to someone possibly spewing virus-laden breath at them.

Why should the ones who are obeying the rules be penalized by having to be in the same room as this idiot? If he had made his concerns known a day in advance, whether it be fogged-up glasses or a running nose needing constant wiping or whatever, he would have been accommodated.

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Posted in: In Tokyo, some drink on despite gov't request for bars to close at 8 p.m. See in context

Nobody on tv wears a mask or keeps their distance - that's exactly what's happening on the streets now as well.

You must live in a different Japan to me and watch different Japanese telly.

Almost everyone I see on the street - very few exceptions, usually people on bikes or walking dogs, and not all of them - are wearing masks, and literally everyone in the shops and other public spaces. (I didn't use to wear a mask when riding my bike, but with the parky weather we've been having lately it's warmer to wear a mask, regardless of Covid).

The TV presenters are normally not wearing masks, but they're usually either alone in the studio, or separated from each other by perspex screens, or sitting/standing apart, or talking to other body on a screen. Granted I don't watch the hit-people-over-the-head-wth-a-rubber-mallet-for-laughs type of programme, so I don't know what they are doing.

I was watching my favourite gardening programme the other day and the two presenters were rubbing shoulders, bending maskless over a plant pot discussing the merits of different potting composts. I wondered what on earth was going on until I saw a message on the screen saying it was a repeat from two years ago. Ah those were the days.

Covid19 is not as deadly as some make it out to be.

And those who can state categorically from personal experience that it is as deadly as some make it out to be, are no longer able to.

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Posted in: Kremlin critic Navalny detained after landing in Moscow See in context

In it's entire history has Russia ever been a force for good? To the best of my knowledge Russia has always been malevolent

It helped the right side win WW2.

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Posted in: In Tokyo, some drink on despite gov't request for bars to close at 8 p.m. See in context

I wonder why the writer is focusing on a small minority that is not following the rules.

Because it’s that small minority who are spreading the virus with their stupidity and selfishness.

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Posted in: Former IOC vice president says U.N. could decide fate of Tokyo Olympics See in context

My guess is, Mr Mori, head of the Japanese Olympic organizers, tried unsuccessfully to get the Games when he was Mayor of Tokyo. 

Mori was never mayor of Tokyo.

Maybe you’re confusing him with Masashi Mori mayor of Toyama.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,592 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 5,759 See in context

Other countries get 5,000 deaths and they dont bat an eye.

Seems to me there’s quite a bit of eye-batting going on around the world.

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Posted in: Apple invests millions to back entrepreneurs of color, part of racial justice effort See in context

There are White students and students of all ethnicities at the various HBCUs.

Then why are they called black colleges?

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Posted in: Apple invests millions to back entrepreneurs of color, part of racial justice effort See in context

It boggles the mind to read that the so-called ‘melting pot’ has ‘black colleges’, ‘black schools’, ‘black churches’.

How much black does a person need to have to be accepted at a ‘black’ university?

Would eg the only half-black Barack Obama have what it takes to be accepted?

Over a century and a half after the abolition of slavery in America, and still people are being judged, and defining themselves, by skin colour.

It’s very sad.

I understand (I think) Apples’s desire to tackle systemic racism, but I’m not sure singling people out by skin colour is the way to do it.

I agree with sourpuss - helping all poor, disadvantaged people would be better than helping only poor, disadvantaged people with a particular genetic makeup and would better address the problem of systemic racism.

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Posted in: Kono calls U.S. Capitol riot shocking; yearns for 'good old days' See in context

What's happening in America is a "beautiful sight", according to Nancy Pelosi

Nope.

She described what happened in HK (protesters storming the Legislative Council Complex)as 'a beautiful sight', and China picked her up on it, saying there was no difference between protesters storming the HK government building and protesters storming the US government building, and that the US was guilty of double standards.

Can't say I really blame China for giving in to the temptation to indulge in a bit of schadenfreude, but there's no need to put words into her mouth.

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Posted in: Tech giants banished Trump. Now things get complicated See in context

ordinary people do not stand a chance when it comes to voicing free speech.

Was there no free speech before the Internet and social media?

Free speech means the government cannot shut you up or punish you for expressing your views. It does not mean you can scribble obnoxious graffiti all over someone’s private wall or privately-owned website, and it does not mean it’s OK to shout ‘Fire!’ in a crowded theatre.

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Posted in: Pet ownership in Japan on the rise amid pandemic See in context

Those inbred tiny yapping lapthingies aren’t dogs.

Large or small, a dog is a dog.

Inside every Chihuahua is a German Shepherd straining to get out.

Inside my Dobie I'm sure there's a tiny lapdog that just wants to cuddle on my lap.

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Posted in: Pet ownership in Japan on the rise amid pandemic See in context

I think it's good people have to pay for the pets, as then they need to make a bigger commitment already from the first step. If the pets were free or nearly free, it would be so much easier for people to acquire pets on a whim, and then just abandon them as soon as the charm fades or difficulties occur.

All our current critters (two dogs and a cat) came to us free or nearly free. We certainly did not acquire any of them on a whim. In each case the people we acquired them from had us sign a contract stating that we would neuter, register and vaccinate as appropriate and in accordance with the law, and the the cat would be a strictly indoors cat. We had no problems at all signing, since it was all stuff we considered necessary in the first place.

In the past (when we didn't know better) we did buy (from a breeder) and while we loved those 'bought-for' dogs I would not say we cared for them more, or care for our 'free' critters any less, because of the money.

People should certainly be aware of the commitment involved, and never acquire a pet on a whim. And never, ever buy from a pet shop.

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Posted in: Mother, son found dead in car in suspected murder-suicide See in context

happy that your tax dollars support the same criminal in jail 

Never paid a tax dollar in my life. Tax pounds yes, tax yen yes lots of them. Not a single tax dollar.

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Posted in: Mother, son found dead in car in suspected murder-suicide See in context

But cannot the same be said about human fetuses murdered through abortion? If you truly believe what you wrote, then you must also believe abortion takes away the chance of a person having a life of his/her own.

Maybe you would like to ban contraception, too? And masturbation? How about menstruation? All those eggs and sperms whose chance of becoming a person is taken away before they have a chance to get started.

I find it hard to equate a fertilised egg with a six-year-old child. I cannot imagine the hardship the mother felt she faced for her to believe that killing herself and her child was a better option than trying to find another solution.

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Posted in: Assange case remains threat to investigative journalism: analysts See in context

The person who was given the death penalty gave it to himself/herself. That is because they knew exactly, before the crime was committed, that the consequence of their action would be the imposition of the death penalty.

Not if the crime (assuming there was a crime) was committed in a country that does not impose the death penalty. It is the responsibility of the UK not to hand over anyone to a jurisdiction with the ability and propensity to put people to death.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,219 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 4,876 See in context

*38% increase**, even though today is national holiday, when numbers are lower.*

The number is the result of tests carried out on the 8th. Tests carried out today (which may indeed be lower) won’t show until the 14th or so.

Results from the weekend, though, with Coming of Age going on all over the country, will likely be up.

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Posted in: Universal basic income proposal by Suga adviser may be hard sell in Japan See in context

financed by a reallocation of part of the public pension and welfare budget

So this would replace the pension?

Or be in addition to it?

Or in addition to part of it?

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Posted in: Company PET partners with Kyoto temple to offer genuine funeral services for beloved pets See in context

My friend wouldn't spend 1,500 on death costs; he would put the pet in a burnable trash bag.

He'd have a hard job being my friend, I think.

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Posted in: Assange case remains threat to investigative journalism: analysts See in context

You did not address my post that Assange placed in danger many lives.

I didn't think it needed to be said that actually killing someone was a worse crime than potentially putting someone in danger.

The “anomaly” of this situation has been rectified between the US and UK

That doesn't help the Dunns. In the words of Mrs. Dunn: We don't feel that anybody who has taken a life should just be able to walk away with absolutely no justice being done.

As for a country that has the death penalty, I would disagree with you on that. 

Disagree all you like, no one will ever convince me that state-sanctioned murder is OK. Not in my name, and not financed by my taxes. The UK does not allow the death penalty, and should not allow any other country to inflict a punishment its own laws rule to be inadmissible.

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Posted in: PBS' 'All Creatures Great and Small' aims to be timely tonic See in context

The seven-part series debuts Sunday (check local listings for time) as part of PBS' “Masterpiece” from WGBH Boston

The series aired first in Britain

...and in Japan when?

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 2,268 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 7,790 See in context

First day of SOE, and the numbers already going downward.

Erm, you know it doesn't work like that?

The people showing positive today were likely infected several days ago if not longer.

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Posted in: Assange case remains threat to investigative journalism: analysts See in context

Assange placed in danger many lives

An American woman took the life of an innocent UK teenager then fled back to the US claiming 'diplomatic immunity'. The US has failed to return her to the UK to face justice.

If the US wants others to play ball, it needs to start by playing ball itself.

Personally I'm surprised and disappointed that the UK even has an extradition treaty with a country that still has the death penalty.

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Posted in: Company PET partners with Kyoto temple to offer genuine funeral services for beloved pets See in context

Not religious, so I don't feel the need for priests and temples or churches.

There is a pet cremation service near us, run by a couple who were turned away from the local temple and decided to do it themselves and also provide a service for others.

The whole thing is very tasteful and considerate; the owner/family can spend as much time they like saying Goodbye before that awful button is pushed.

The price depends on the size of the pet. My memory is a little hazy, but I think we paid around 15,000 yen for a cat and maybe twice that for a small-to-medium sized (9 or 10 kilos) dog. That includes flowers, urn and embroidered urn cover.

A million yen sounds like way over the top to me, but when people are grieving they do what they feel they need to do to ease the pain. If that involves chanting prayers, burning incense and whatever else is included in the price, so be it.

From my personal experience, I would say that nothing eases the pain but time. A lot of time.

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Posted in: Prioritize athletes for vaccine so Tokyo Games can go ahead: IOC member See in context

Young, fit folk with better health than most other folk and definitely overall healthier and more able to cope with Covid than the quarter of the population over 70?

No.

The Olympics are not that important.

Spend the time and money fighting the pandemic, not finding ways to spread it still further.

If Canada (or any other country) has 300 or 400 vaccine doses going spare, by all means donate them to poorer countries that are struggling.

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Posted in: High school students create petition to change the name of FamilyMart’s 'Mom’s Diner' line See in context

Just borrow the language that has been used generally to encourage people to Stay Home during the pandemic.

お家食堂

ステイ・ホーム食堂

アット・ホーム食堂

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Posted in: High school students create petition to change the name of FamilyMart’s 'Mom’s Diner' line See in context

If they don't like お母さん食堂, what do they suggest instead?

Easy to carp and find fault, not so easy to come up with a snappy, easy-to-remember, easy-to understand bit of copy.

nobody seems to be complaining that the Mom in the picture is actually a guy, 

Seems to me the choice of Shingo-chan as お母さん rather deflates the students' argument; Mom is a bloke!

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Posted in: Suga to declare state of emergency for Tokyo, 3 neighboring prefectures on Thursday night until Feb 7 See in context

Stick to the 3 Ws. Wear a mask.Wash your hands and Watch your distance. And wait.

The 4 Ws. Stick to the 4 Ws. Wear a mask. Wash your hands. Watch your distance and Wait.

The 5 Ws. Stick to the 5 Ws. Wear a mask. Wash your hands. Watch your distance. Wait, and Work from home.

The 6 Ws. Stick to the 6 Ws......

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