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Posted in: Thousands of Australian students skip school for mass climate protest See in context

Strangerland:

indications of what temperatures were like, and indications of how fast they changed

I am aware that the global warming theory is based on indications that may very well indicate solid facts. However what is lacking are solid facts. Can anyone produce a chart or data with the actual temperatures of millenniums past?

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Posted in: Thousands of Australian students skip school for mass climate protest See in context

Question:

How do we know that recent rises in global temperatures are not just part of cycles of global cooling and warming over millenia?

While I'm open to the possibility of global warming it seems difficult to prove unless we know what temperatures were in the distant past, which we don't.

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Posted in: Prince Fumihito stands firm over postponement of daughter's marriage See in context

Unfortunately this whole saga looks like it will not end well.

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Posted in: Survey shows more Japanese married men, single Japanese women cheating on their romantic partners See in context

Definitely not good to cheat especially if children suffer as a result. It's very painful for kids to see thier parents marriage strained or breaking up.

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Posted in: The Tokyo metropolitan government plans to introduce an ordinance against child abuse that will ban parents from using physical punishment as a means of discipline. What do you think of this proposal? See in context

I see the thinking behind the idea. Eliminating of excessive physical discipline that has resulted to injury or worse. This is a good thing.

However I don't think we should throw the baby out with the bathwater lest we eliminate a needed tool for child raising and wind up with spoiled brat kids who grow up entering society with no internal controls and fail as adults. As a dad of several kids and a former school teacher I've seen plenty of kids who need wisely administered physical discipline because that was all that they would respond to and deter them from hitting others, severe bullying, causing home and classroom mayhem, etc. I would suggest the following.

1: Help children develop self discipline by actively encouraging good behavior using praise and rewards.

Establish clear boundaries, in consultation with the child if old enough, and non physical consequences when rules are broken.

Mild corporal punishment for small children especially who willfully cross the line to commit major offenses when 1 and 2 have failed.

Only use corporal punishment as a last resort and temporarily until the child learns self control.

Clear govt guidelines for parents on what kinds of corporal punishment are acceptable and that abusive corporal punishment will not be tolerated.

If wisely and lovingly administered corporal punishment is needed and can help a child heading down the wrong track.

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Posted in: After rescue, Gaza's only grand piano makes public comeback See in context

extanker:

I would agree that the Palestinians are guilty of violence as well, which solves nothing.

However I would put the major of blame and responsibility to arrange a just and peaceful resolution on the occupying nation that stole the land and created the problem in the first place, Israel.

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Posted in: Kobe winter wonderland See in context

I've been to this illumination. It's really beautiful. I highly recommend it to anyone in the area.

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Posted in: After rescue, Gaza's only grand piano makes public comeback See in context

Wonderful to hear of some joy in the lives of the Palestinians in the midst of Israel's brutal occupation.

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Posted in: 6 found dead in house in Miyazaki Pref; 7th body found under bridge See in context

Horrible.

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Posted in: 'Married man' Justin Bieber says wants to be more like Jesus See in context

Jimizo:

The Bible is full of people who were followers of Jesus that didn't give all thier money to the poor and He never asked them to. His own 12 closest disciples are recorded as having a bag of money to pay thier expenses. Jesus also had rich supporters. 

Nowhere does the Bible give any instruction for ALL Christians to give all thier money to the poor. In multiple places it encourages generosity, sharing, wise investment, providing for your family and in some rare cases giving all to the poor. But even those cases were usually one time events and the people involved didn't remain penniless from there on.

I'm sure that the more people like Justin Bieber who are blessed with a lot of money share it with the needy the happier God is. 

I don't think though that God would be dumb enough to ask all His people to go peniless and have nothing left to share anymore. It's better to hang on to some so they can keep investing and accumulating riches and have even more to share. Makes good business sense.

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Posted in: S Korea's surviving 'comfort women' spend final years seeking atonement from Japan See in context

I cannot imagine what those poor girls endured as forced sex slaves at the hands of the Japanese. This and WWII should never have happened.

Having said that, I beleive that it is time to put that into the past and leave it there. Korea and Japan are both great countries with very talented people with so much to offer eachother. It's far better to leave old grievances behind and strive for mutual flourishing through trade, tourism, etc.

Germany and the rest of Europe is a great example. The Germans apologised, the rest of Europe accepted, agreements were made and the whole matter was left in the past. Now they all get along very well.

The concept of forgiving and forgetting is beneficial not only for us as individuals but for nations as well. This who do flourish. Those who don't languish in bitterness forever.

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Posted in: Ladies & the Law: The case that got sexual harassers the punishment they deserve See in context

Well done ladies to have stood up to those two poorly behaved men and sending a signal to the rest of the country that such behavior won't be tolerated.

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Posted in: 'Married man' Justin Bieber says wants to be more like Jesus See in context

Jimizo:

According to Pew Research Center 84% of the world's population is religious.

You gonna look them all in the eye and tell them that they are all 'hypoctrites', 'inspiring hatred', and 'are a very sorry and shallow person'? That's painting Justin Bieber and the rest of them, including many JT readers I would imagine, with a pretty broad brush don't you think?

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Posted in: 'Married man' Justin Bieber says wants to be more like Jesus See in context

Jimizo:

I get that some religious people can be hypocritical (as anyone can be including you and me) but why are you criticizing Justin Bieber for merely saying that he's trying to be a better person? I don't think that's very fair. Come on man, give the guy a break.

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Posted in: 'Married man' Justin Bieber says wants to be more like Jesus See in context

Jimizo:

I'm curious to know why Justin Bieber trying to be more patient and selfless (like Jesus) bothers you so much. Any reason?

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Posted in: 'Married man' Justin Bieber says wants to be more like Jesus See in context

Jimizo:

I think the main point here is that while Justin Bieber hasn't given his all to the poor, he does seem to be trying the best he can in spite of the fact it would be easy for him to spiral out of control like many of the young rich and famous. And trying the best we can is all we can ask of anyone. I think we can agree on that.

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Posted in: 'Married man' Justin Bieber says wants to be more like Jesus See in context

It would be great if he gave all his money to the poor. However that particular instruction by Jesus was given to one individual guy, not necessarily a command for all people.

Apparently he does donate to a long list of charities. It's a longer list than mine so I have to respect him for that.

https://www.looktothestars.org/celebrity/justin-bieber

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Posted in: 'Married man' Justin Bieber says wants to be more like Jesus See in context

FizzBit:

I am a little curious as to why the all the thumbs down. It seems we ought to be happy that a celebrity is trying to live a wholesome life rather than a life of the usual celebrity excesses ending in suicide, alcoholism, etc.

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Posted in: 'Married man' Justin Bieber says wants to be more like Jesus See in context

His stated desire is 'to be more patient and selfless'. It would change the world in a positive way if we all could do that.

Less conflict and war, more stable and lasting marriages, more effective parenting of children, smoother workplace relations, deeper friendships, etc. Sounds great to me. I hope he succeeds.

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Posted in: 'Married man' Justin Bieber says wants to be more like Jesus See in context

Good for Justin Bieber. I'm no fan of his music but it's great to see a celebrity young guy trying to live a wholesome life and be a good example to his young fans.

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Posted in: Sexual harassment poster from Japanese government draws criticism for seemingly taking men’s side See in context

When media articles such as this one claim 'outrage', 'criticism', etc. over some comment or issue often they are emphasizing the so called outrage of a vocal perpetually offended minority that doesn't reflect the views of the silent majority.

This article should be in the work place etiquette section. If JT wants to help sufferers of real sexual harassment then publish articles that highlight actual cases or relevant scenarios.

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Posted in: Letters from Japan: 'Was I right to decline a first date at his house?' See in context

I am assuming she met him through a dating site or app and therefore had never met him in person prior to his invitation. If that is so, then of course she should not go to his house for a date. That would be highly dangerous. Advice to my grown up girls and every other young woman: Do not ever get alone with any man that you don't know well or for some other reason have fact based trust in. When dating take your time to get to know a guy before spending time alone with him. Preferably your dates should be men who have trusted acquaintances that you both know.

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Posted in: Man to sue former boss over yearend party assault resulting in burns See in context

Prosecute the president as well as the gutless onlookers who witnessed the cruelty and said/did nothing.

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Posted in: Sexual harassment poster from Japanese government draws criticism for seemingly taking men’s side See in context

On the other hand I once had to point out to a senior female colleague that her constant teasing and put downs of a junior male colleague was denting his self confidence. I suggested to her that he needed her encouragement and wise guidance. Thankfully she took it real well, apologized and treated him great after that. And he appreciated it. It seems she just didn't realize the effect her teasing had on him.

It seems there are many men and women whose problem is just a little insensitivity with words and actions and hopefully all that is required is sime kind or even firm guidance from a superior.

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Posted in: Sexual harassment poster from Japanese government draws criticism for seemingly taking men’s side See in context

I would add that if a woman made it clear to a man that his comments such as in the above poster were unwelcome and he persisted over and over then a warning is certainly warranted and discipline required if the warning is not heeded.

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Posted in: Sexual harassment poster from Japanese government draws criticism for seemingly taking men’s side See in context

tmarie:

So many defensive responses from male posters who just don't get it. I'm guessing these are the same guys that women don't feel comfortable working with because the insistence of "I can't even compliment a woman these days" really and truly is not the issue. I'm not sure what these guys need to be told to get it but I'm tired of whiney men thinking women are overreacting when the office creep says something.

I think the issue we men have here is equating what some women feel are insensitive comments by men with sexual harassment.

The two comments in the above poster might be considered creepy or flattering depending on who uttered them. I would imagine if uttered by a handsome wealthy eligible bachelor many women would be happy for the attention. If uttered by the known office creep who is a sleaze bag then obviously not. I think we men should take responsibility to listen closely for verbal and non verbal clues as to how women are reacting to us and to respectfully act accordingly. This I wholeheartedly support. Myself, working almost exclusively with women for many years have had to learn this and thankfully have great working relationships with them.

Having said that though, insensitive comments such as those in this poster do not constitute sexual harassment, which is considered grounds for possible job termination or even legal action. This is what I beleive some guys are concerned about.

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Posted in: Sexual harassment poster from Japanese government draws criticism for seemingly taking men’s side See in context

Sadly, rather than men and women being driven to communicate and understand eachother more deeply by such issues, there are those who use these issues to promote thier own agenda and drive an ever widening wedge between the sexes. This is unhealthy for society.

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Posted in: Sexual harassment poster from Japanese government draws criticism for seemingly taking men’s side See in context

It's true that there are many instances of clear sexual harassment involving unwanted touching, aggressive demands for dates or sex etc. These should be stamped out and ought to be the focus of such posters.

However I don't believe that simply paying a women a compliment on her looks should be put in the same category.

Such comments can be insensitive and we ought to be mindful of our words but I don't think this is limited to men. We don't want to go to the extreme of policing and punishing people simply for words.

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Posted in: Mother who left dead baby in train station locker gets suspended sentence See in context

Terrible. It doesn't seem she had the poor child delivered at a medical facility. Why not? Something seems wrong here.

'Unstable psychological state' doesn't seem a good excuse for this.

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Posted in: An increasing number of companies in Japan have banned employees from smoking during their work hours, aiming to resolve low productivity caused by their smoking breaks. Do you agree with this policy? See in context

Strangerland:

An employee's breaks are their own time. Everyone gets an hour by law in Japan. If my employees use 30 minutes for smoking and 30 minutes for lunch, that's their right.

I agree with this if the article's title which states 'during their work hours' is referring to employees 1 hour break time. Do what you want during that 1 hour. However I don't think that is what it's referring to. Taking unauthorized smoking breaks outside allowed break times (when you should be working) is something companies have the right to prohibit if they wish.

You did propose a scenario where smoking while communicating with co-workers does not impede productivity but rather enhances it. I agree that this could be the case. This would be up to company management to analyze and decide.

Generally, I don't think most smokers take their breaks like that though. It seems they usually take smoke breaks to get their minds off work as well as to feed unhealthy addiction.

Also, discouraging smoking for health reasons is a good thing. This will help save worker's lives and preserve their good health which of course helps to maintain productivity.

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