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Posted in: LDP wants more women at meetings, but only if they don't talk: Nikai See in context

An additional 5 female observers may join, however since they are unelected, they are not entitled to speak as the meeting is only for elected officials.

Elected by who?

Other LDP dinosaurs, is my guess.

The five ladies who will magnanimously be allowed to sit at the back of the room with duct tape over their pretty little mouths are lawmakers, ie elected representatives of the people.

Let them speak.

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Posted in: Weight loss drug a 'game changer' in cutting obesity: study See in context

Fats also make foods very tasty and satisfying. Once you quite carbs, you no longer miss them.

Quit buttered scones, buttered crumpets and buttered teacakes? (in moderation, of course, like All Things)

You gotta be jokin'.

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Posted in: Virus may never go away but could change into mild annoyance See in context

Someone clearly suffering from K.

Please get help.

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Posted in: Weight loss drug a 'game changer' in cutting obesity: study See in context

large amounts of fruit and vegetables that contain a lot of carbs. They're ok, because they come with fiber.

It's refined carbs that you want to avoid.

Yes, it’s the fiber that fills and satisfies, and keeps you feeling full longer. The refined carbs are what cause the sugar spike followed by the dip that makes you want more.

Always whole meal bread and pasta in preference to white (tastes better, too), brown rice in preference to polished, and eat fruit and veggies unpeeled.

It’s OK to peel bananas, onions and oranges :-)

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Posted in: Why a Japanese man proudly took his wife's last name See in context

The wife didn't take the father's name. It was given to her.

Semantics. Bottom line, Shuhei took Tina's father's family name.

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Posted in: Weight loss drug a 'game changer' in cutting obesity: study See in context

most people eat too many carbs which makes them hungry. Cutting back on carbs makes fasting quite easy.

But I'm the lo-carb dietitian's nightmare; I love carbs. That doesn't stop me sticking to an intermittent fasting regime.

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Posted in: Why a Japanese man proudly took his wife's last name See in context

why should we expect a woman to lose her identity in favor of a man's?

A name is not an identity.

When I married and took my husband's name, I didn't lose my identity, I added another aspect to it.

Really? What was her name before that?

Before she was born, she didn't have a name (though her parents may have decided what her given name was going to be, it wasn't official until it was registered). And it's a pretty safe bet that her name was made up of the given name decided by her parents, and her surname which was almost certainly her father's surname. So Mr. Kipling is right, Shuhei added her father's family name to his own father's family name.

 it’s irrelevant where the surname comes from, no one should be forced to change their name if they do not want to

Yes. And by the same token, a person, male or female, who willingly accepts their spouse's name as their own shouldn't be feminista-shamed on account of their choice.

gender-specific pronouns are harmful discrimination

Yeah, what's all that about?

when he deliberately gets something that is pink instead of blue for our son

Yeah, poor kid. The world is more than pink and blue. Red and yellow and orange and purple and green....

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Posted in: Weight loss drug a 'game changer' in cutting obesity: study See in context

Just cut carbs. Carbs are not needed, all they do is make you store fat.

Carbs are also very tasty and satisfying. I would not last long on a no-carb or even lo-carb diet.

The diet you can stick at is the diet you will succeed with.

Intermittent fasting is also good.

Some people cannot even contemplate the idea of going even half a day without food, but I find it works for me.

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Posted in: Senate acquits Trump as Republicans save him See in context

The ‘verdict’ doesn’t make Trump not guilty.

It makes 43 Senators complicit.

America is broken.

Hard to see how it can be put together again.

Certainly all the king’s horses and all the king’s men won’t be able to fix it.

The beacon on the hill has turned into a conflagration.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 369 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,362 See in context

Then why has the WHO advised pregnant women to refrain from getting it?

Pregnant women are advised to avoid all sorts of things, from medication to too much coffee, because not many safety tests are done on foetuses and it’s better to be safe than sorry. What’s perfectly safe for a healthy adult can have unforeseen effects on a few hundred grams of emergent life.

’Pregnant women should take care and consult their doctor before accepting the vaccine’ does not mean ‘This vaccine is a danger to all’.

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Posted in: Lotteria releases soy BBQ cheeseburger See in context

Real cheese?

Lookit the photo, that's not real cheese. It's the thin-sliced yellow plastic they try to sell as 'sliced cheese'.

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Posted in: Despite sexism uproar, Tokyo Olympics chief finds high-level support See in context

The photo says it ALL

The photo shows female opposition MPs wearing white in protest at Mori's misogynistic remarks.

White is the colour of the female emancipation movement.

The men in the photo are wearing white buttonholes, also in protest.

So what exactly is it that you think the photo says?

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Posted in: Fewer people to get Pfizer vaccine in Japan due to syringe shortage See in context

12 months and I haven’t been infected-been all around and will eat lunch out today.

Lucky you.

Sure you haven't been infected?

Not everyone shows symptoms.

You could have felt just fine, while spreading droplets all around.

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Posted in: No hugs or high-fives, but 150,000 condoms will be given out at Tokyo Olympics See in context

All these not-so-subtle references to size are a bit pathetic.

Puts me in mind of a certain former fat president with a dead hamster on his head having a tantrum cos someone said his hands were small.

Size is like money; it ain't how much you got, it's what you do with it that counts.

And if you have to brag about it, you probably aren't confident of being able to do much with it.

Another thing that is pathetic is the whole idea that in a socially-distanced, no-hugs, avoid-unnecessary-physical-contact Olympics which probably (hopefully) isn't going happen anyway, providing 150,000 condoms is any kind of priority.

The same day that Mr Cleo gets a letter in the post telling him that his pension is being cut because the country is running out of money.

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Posted in: Japan pledges safe Olympics; medical experts aren't so sure See in context

Yeah right, that is why America just had the Super Bowl. The UK is still having EPL matches

The US and UK are hardly prime examples of how to deal with a pandemic.

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Posted in: Fake Japanese-style artworks found in circulation after investigation See in context

We’re they artworks or prints of artworks? 

My first understanding was that the original artworks were prints woodblock prints or hanga, a la Utamaro or Katsushika; but the artists mentioned are painters, not woodblock artists.

So yes, if it's a print it's obviously not an original painting......

The ????s remain.

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Posted in: Biden says decision on Tokyo Olympics has to be based on science See in context

Athletes know the risk that they will take if they decide to participate in the Olympics.

Well good for them, sacrificing all for their sport. Whoopee.

The thing is, the rest of us also know the risk and most of us are not prepared to accept the risk. We can live without the Olympics.

The athletes can take whatever risks they like with their own lives, the problem is when they want to gather in their thousands from all over the world including places with high infection rates, bringing more thousands of trainers, staff, family members, fans, spectators and whathaveyou to what promises to be the Super Spreader Event of the Century. Some percentage of all those visitors are going to come in with a false negative test, and spread the virus around once they get here. Others who came in clean are going to pick up the virus and take it home to people who knew the risk and decided because of it not to attend the Olympics.

It's a risk some 80% of the Japanese public are not willing to take.

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Posted in: Girl sues Tokyo high school that made her drop out for breaking no-dating rule See in context

Cheers, P. Smith.

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Posted in: Girl sues Tokyo high school that made her drop out for breaking no-dating rule See in context

*I’ve met women** with MDs who were housewives. Yup, go to medical school and practice for five years to quit and sit around at home doing nothing the vast majority of the day.*

I see. Sorry I misinterpreted what you intended to say.

But.... those plural housewife MDs (how many? 2? 3? half a dozen?) of your acquaintance who sat around all day lived in pigsties, had wild uneducated kids and fed the family on nowt but fast food?

You think you are representative of all housewives? - would seem to suggest that you think sitting around all day wasting an education is more typical than actually doing the housework, which is what, believe it or not, the vast majority of housewives spend their days doing.

I don't want to paint you as some kind of misogynist. I usually find myself nodding alone with most of your posts, which I think is why this one bothered me.

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Posted in: Girl sues Tokyo high school that made her drop out for breaking no-dating rule See in context

You think you are representative of all housewives?

I certainly don't think I am/was in any way special.

Most of those people are extremely ignorant.

I agree.

So which is it, the housewives are running round doing all the housework (which you admit only extremely ignorant people think they're not doing), or they're sitting around at home the vast majority of the day doing nothing (which you initially claimed)?

Don't see how you can have it both ways....

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Posted in: Girl sues Tokyo high school that made her drop out for breaking no-dating rule See in context

Accurately describing what a housewife does is far different than saying women talking is annoying.

I did my stint as a housewife and I can assure you there was very little time to sit around at home doing nothing the vast majority of the day. Life is a lot easier now that I can spend hours sitting in front of the computer and even get paid for it. Men (don't want to stereotype but yeah, it's mostly men) who think a house runs itself, children rear themselves, the household budget balances itself and meals magically appear three times a day with no effort on anyone's part are destined to grow into mini-Moris. If they aren't there already.

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Posted in: Girl sues Tokyo high school that made her drop out for breaking no-dating rule See in context

sit around at home doing nothing the vast majority of the day.

Echoes of Mori...

Interesting that only the girl appears to have been forced to drop out.

The article mentions presumably the boy as well, but then we hear no more about him.

Was he also forced to drop out, but accepted his fate and found a blue-collar job instead of graduating and going on to university?

Was he forced to drop out, but didn't suffer significant psychological distress as a result of the school’s actions and so didn't feel the need to sue?

Or did he refuse to drop out, graduated as planned and went on to university studies?

Or is the presumably a presumption too far, and only the wayward girl was held up as an example, after all boys will be boys?

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Posted in: Butter inventories have increased amid a consumption slump caused by the coronavirus pandemic, which has led to a fall in butter demand for use by confectionery makers and restaurants. See in context

The best buy (when I can find it) is imported NZ butter, 250g for ¥498.

Local stuff (again, when I can find it) is 150g for around ¥350, sometimes 200g for around ¥450.

We need higher import quotas.

And/Or the local producers need to do their jobs properly.

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Posted in: Butter inventories have increased amid a consumption slump caused by the coronavirus pandemic, which has led to a fall in butter demand for use by confectionery makers and restaurants. See in context

My local supermarket has been rationing its tiny 150g blocks of butter to one item per customer for months now, and often the shelves are empty - not possible to buy even that one tiny block of gold.

When it is on the shelves, it's VERY expensive.

How about leaving the import quotas as they are (or let's go wild, raise them!) and at the same time put some of that stockpiled inventory on the supermarket shelves for people to buy? If possible, at reasonable prices.

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Posted in: U.S. coronavirus deaths surpass 450,000 See in context

Bad diet and existing medical conditions is a big factor.

Plus maskless MAGA crowds yellin' and hollerin' at political rallies - hopefully on the wane now.

And morons who run/shop at places like Oakes Farms Seed to Table - apparently endemic, sadly.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 734 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 2,574 See in context

life must be good if you’re able to sit on your couch, sipping tea & eating crumpets in your slippers 

Would be if I could get the crumpets.

But wakarimasen and aly are right; we need a proper lockdown to sort this out quickly. Accompanied by proper measures in place to support those whose finances are affected.

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Posted in: Mos Burger to bring out Mac and Cheese burger See in context

I like macaroni cheese, I make variations of it quite often, and never has it had that alarmingly garish yellow colour. Before I read the article I thought it was undercooked scrambled egg.

If we ask for a burger without the meat sauce, is it vegetarian?

And if we ask for the cola to be left out of the Navel Cola, do we have a nice natural mixed fruit juice?

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Posted in: Mori scolded by wife, daughter after saying women talk too much at meetings See in context

I thought there were laws against discrimation and hate speech ?

Unfortunately there are no laws against innate stupidity and senility.

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Posted in: Man arrested for injuring doctor over mask request See in context

There is no law that you HAVE to wear a mask. No one should be forced

The old codger was in a hospital, ie private property, the doctor would not be doing his job properly if he allowed his patients to be exposed to possible harm from a potential spreader.

It isn't all about the law. Common sense and good manners comes into it (or not, if you're an entitled old codger with a chin-nappy). If he doesn't want to wear a mask, he should stay out of the hospital. If he wants the doctor to see him/treat him, then he needs to follow the doctor's directions.

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Posted in: Lower house OKs bills to introduce fines for those who don't comply with anti-virus measures See in context

i understand your point but what is the scientific need for a rectal swab?

No idea. I just thought it was funny that someone would get so het up about an enema (when necessary, of course).

And, no one seems to be calling for rectal swabs in Japan .....

Someone mentions what someone is doing somewhere else, and suddenly we're all threatened with losing our freedoms.....

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