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Posted in: Republicans aim to confirm Kavanaugh this weekend after FBI report See in context

Toasted Heretic:

And if one of your loved ones was subjected to sexual assault, would you believe them?

Most, if not all, women who allege they are victims of sexual assault have loved ones who would of course tend to sympathize with them. But this does not mean the allegation is true. I have a loved one that has made totally false accusations of abuse.

Innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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Posted in: Republicans aim to confirm Kavanaugh this weekend after FBI report See in context

How sad that many anti Kavanaugh campaigners descended to the gutter of the following attitudes

1: Racist anti white

2: Misandrist anti men

3: Guilty until proven innocent

Such attitudes have no place in a fair society nor on this forum.

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Posted in: Republicans aim to confirm Kavanaugh this weekend after FBI report See in context

Me Too movement is going too far. If the women are more superior than men and then that's okay, but don't make all men villains and all women as victims. Judge Kavanaugh was cleared by the FBI. What's more they want to do to this innocent man and his family?

Well said Chop Chop. The campaign against Kavanaugh descended to absolute gutter levels. Sad.

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Posted in: Yoshinoya Holdings’ first store to close after 59 years See in context

Love Yoshinoya gyudon!

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Posted in: IMF chief urges revamp of Japan's economic policy, more women in workforce See in context

While I've made the case for women remaining at home with young children especially, I would like to see equal representation in Parliament if possible.

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Posted in: IMF chief urges revamp of Japan's economic policy, more women in workforce See in context

Globalist IMF agenda is total control over sheepish masses for whom they care very little about.

1: Undermine the nuclear family. It is the primary threat to the coming global state

Replace natural parents with the state (through schools and enforced curriculums) as the primary carers and influencers of children.

The notion that at home mothers are 'not working' is false. They are working, doing the most difficult and noble job in the world, nurturing the next generation of productive citizens.

The choice to engage in paid employment and if so, how much, is a personal choice that women make in partnership with thier husbands according to thier private goals and one that will shape the lives of thier children profoundly. Do we really want to cede the shaping of our kid's lives to the govt and others from the nursery on while both parents are in full time paid employment? While economically beneficial it might not be best for the children to deprive them of nurturing by thier mother during the vital infant years.

Prime Minister Abe should politely nod and then ignore her. Let women themselves make these decisions. It seems most women prefer to 'stay at home with the kids' anyway.

It's a broad and complicated subject. But I've offered at least some food for thought. Let the discussion continue.

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Posted in: 6-month-old baby dies after being left unattended at unlicensed daycare center See in context

Heartbreaking for the parents.

A female friend of mine works at a nursery. Her description of staff numbers per infants has often left me very concerned for the poor babies' welfare. Definitely way too short staffed to properly care for and meet the needs of babies/toddlers. Of course more staff means higher cost for parents. So parents need to decide if it's worth the risk. Tough decision for many.

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Posted in: Republicans aim to confirm Kavanaugh this weekend after FBI report See in context

Well said Updoot:

 I do think that while initially we should take someone's claim into account, it must be investigated, and proven, before we think about lynching the "bad guy". This seems to be the idea that is common now, "we believe the survivors" so the person accused obviously did it, so lets ruin him/her.

I think this is probably the part that worries people the most.

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Posted in: Man who bolted when police came to arrest him turns himself in See in context

Well done to have turned himself in. Better to face justice and get it over with rather than be on the run permanently and ruining your and your family's lives.

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Posted in: Republicans aim to confirm Kavanaugh this weekend after FBI report See in context

It is very sad that the major motivation for many of those fighting justice Kavanaugh's nomination is to protect the right to terminate the life of children in the womb.

If this is what this war is about, may the babies win.

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Posted in: Osaka cuts sister city ties with San Francisco over 'comfort women' statue See in context

As individuals and as nations we always prosper more when we forgive and forget. Life is too short and beautiful to waste time dwelling on the evils of 70 years ago.

There are so many great people in the nations involved (Japan, China, the Koreas, Taiwan, U.S.) with so much to offer each other. It's time to forget WWII and positively move forward.

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Posted in: Woman injures pedestrian in suicide leap from building in Tokyo See in context

A Japanese man once offered to help me communicate with a bus driver in Osaka. Not needing his help I thanked him and befriended him. We met regularly on that same bus.

One evening a few months later he called me telling me he was about to jump off his apartment building.

I urged him not to and encouraged him to work on sorting out his problems and trust God for things out of his control. We met up for dinner and he was a wreck. But I helped support him through that difficult time.

Five years later he is doing well and we are very good friends.

Of course I'm sure that I've missed many opportunities to help such people, but thankfully that time I did the right thing.

While government action is necessary, personal concern by someone who cares will always be most effective.

Who knows who is around us that might need a listening ear or word of encouragement?

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Posted in: Battle for lungs and minds as tobacco control treaty meeting opens See in context

How devoid of any empathy or conscience are the tobacco company shareholders and execs whose product is responsible for 7 million deaths per year.

What kind of morally bankrupt and callous people are they? Very sad.

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Posted in: 2 drivers arrested over hit-and run death of British man See in context

Sad.

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Posted in: What's yogurt? Industry wants greater liberty to use term See in context

Confusing. When shopping we need to check the complete list of ingredients carefully rather than trusting what the label says. Food companies often misrepresent or outright deceive about the product.

Of course processed foods are the worst. Always better to eat fresh and natural as much as possible.

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Posted in: What do you think of the quality of waiters in Japanese restaurants? See in context

Usually very polite and give excellent service.

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Posted in: Trump's Supreme Court nominee tearfully denies woman's sexual assault allegation See in context

Tokyo-Engr and paradoxbox:

Your fair and balanced comments are refreshing. Thank you.

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Posted in: Trump's Supreme Court nominee tearfully denies woman's sexual assault allegation See in context

Attilathehungry:

Fair and honest observations. Especially the last sentence.

Observations:

a/ a lifetime Supreme Court appointment is folly. Many countries have term limits on their highest courts of 5 or 10 years for example. A good idea IMHO. It limits the partisan damage and also the high stakes nature of the appointment process.

b/ Ford was a sympathetic and very human witness. More vulnerable than I was expecting. To be honest, she seemed a bit airheaded at times, forgetting details of recent events and stumbling over answers. At others, an expert on psychology (obviously). I do believe that something happened to her at some time in her adolescence. Just no evidence as to what or who or when or where.

c/ Kavanaugh came out swinging as was expected. An obviously smart man who deserves his judgeship. I liked the way he handled questions about Ford.

Results? To come. No new evidence of the alleged assault came to light that helped Ford's cause. It still boils down to he said\she said.

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Posted in: Trump's Supreme Court nominee tearfully denies woman's sexual assault allegation See in context

Well said Serrano:

If you had been accused of what Kavanaugh has been accused of, I'd love to see your impeccable demeanor.

I think his lawmaker accusers and the media have acted like pack wolves. Kavanaugh has handled it far better than most would.

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Posted in: 9-year-old girl hit and killed by train on railway crossing See in context

Heartbreaking.

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Posted in: Trump's Supreme Court nominee tearfully denies woman's sexual assault allegation See in context

gcbel:

Indeed. But this isn't a trial. It’s a job interview to the highest court in the land. Reasonable doubt should work against a nominee. If a senator doesn’t find him believable, has serious misgivings then that’s enough.

With that yardstick of measurement the US may never fill another vacant Supreme Court position again. All the other side has to do is provide an accuser without a shred of solid evidence and your standard will demand that the nominee be dismissed. Easy.

Come to think of it, by your standard of judgement, you yourself may lose a prospective job or suffer other negative consequences on an unverified accusation. Would that be Ok with you? I hope this type of witch hunt never happens to you or anyone else.

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Posted in: Trump's Supreme Court nominee tearfully denies woman's sexual assault allegation See in context

Kavanaugh's Democrat accusers and much of the media have behaved like a pack of blood thirsty wolves, pronouncing him guilty simply on an accusation without a shred of credible evidence. This is shocking and should concern sincere people of any political persuasion. Where is their conscience and sense of fairness and humanity? They should be ashamed of themselves. But they won't be ashamed in the least because they are a ravenous pack of self serving, soulless wolves. If this is the way they judge an accused person, beware, they themselves might be judged accordingly some day because what goes around comes around.

Many Republican lawmakers have been absolute cowards in their failure to stand up for Kavanaugh's legal right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. They should also be absolutely ashamed of themselves. But they also will not be in the least bit ashamed because they are pathetic, self serving, weaklings who should be booted out by their own constituents. Karma might get them as well one day when they are accused of something evil and pronounced guilty without a fair trial.

This whole affair is a sordid disgrace and Washington is a vile snakepit.

May God help and protect honest U.S. citizens of any political persuasion from heartless 'leaders' like these.

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Posted in: Trump's Supreme Court nominee tearfully denies woman's sexual assault allegation See in context

It is still her word against his. Still no witnesses and still no proof. He must be still presumed innocent.

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Posted in: Malaysian woman to be caned for prostitution See in context

I did not notice this line in the article....

Caning under Islamic laws is carried out with a thin rattan cane on a person who is fully clothed. 

If the below is a true example of this, it is not as brutal as I thought. I thought they used thick bamboo rods.

Nevertheless, it looks very painful and the public humiliation is terrible. Thankfully we have no such laws in Japan and Western nations.

https://youtu.be/PuzXdbirgf8

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Posted in: Malaysian woman to be caned for prostitution See in context

Brutal and inhumane punishment. No wonder many citizens of Western nations are wary of Islam. Very sad.

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Posted in: Nissan blames latest improper tests on 'low awareness' of rules See in context

In a country famed for its diligently strict adherence to rules it is hard to believe this excuse.

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Posted in: Oldest living married couple recognized by Guinness honored by mayor See in context

Well done! It's great to read about happy, long term married couples.

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Posted in: Woman arrested for leaving body of newborn baby in coin lockers for 4-5 years See in context

Very sad story.

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Posted in: Accuser of Trump's Supreme Court nominee to testify on Thursday; new allegation from 2nd woman See in context

tokyo-engnr:

It's great to see you setting aside your own political leanings to stand up for principle. A great example to us all.

I am no fan of Trump and I am not in support in Kavanaugh being appointed but if Kavanaugh is removed from consideration based solely on the uncorroborated testimony of one woman (and if she cannot remember the date or place this occurred) I say with no reservations (as a Liberal who is against Kavanaugh) that this would be a travesty and it would set a very dangerous precedence for the future.

It is a dangerous world where a single accuser with no physical evidence that cannot remember the date or the location of a crime/action can ruin a person in this way. It is amazing that some lawmakers I actually HAD respect for are out to lynch Kavanaugh with no evidence. Scary stuff....

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