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Posted in: Who should decide when a child can change gender? See in context

@expat - “Science tells us that gender is biologically determined. When's the last time anyone was born neither male nor female?”

You’re confusing gender with sex. Gender is social, sex is biological.

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Posted in: Some people believe the coronavirus is the result of a bioweapon lab experiment that got out of control? What do you think? See in context

Nah. Keeping exotic animals with various diseases together in close proximity to people, though? Yep.

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Posted in: Woman gets 4 1/2-year sentence over road accident that killed 2 children See in context

The point of sentencing is not just punishment, but also deterrence. When drivers can slaughter children like this with their dangerous machines through careless driving, and get such low sentences, where is the deterrence?

Haha yes, sure. I’m sure everyone thinks “Eh, why be careful? Anything happens, I’ll just get a few years in jail! Big deal!”

Lots of misandrists here who are downvoting those who think she got what she deserved/the sentence was too lenient.

What a bizarre thing to say.

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Posted in: Train operators refining 'live' foreign-language announcements ahead of Olympics See in context

Interesting because I was on the Tokaido last weekend and the conductor’s English was pretty good.

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Posted in: Japan issues coronavirus medical guidance as infections rise See in context

Hopefully the friendly gentlemen in the story photo, sleeping in the seats reserved for handicapped passengers are not showing a "temperature of 37.5 C or higher for four days, are (not) feeling lethargic or are experiencing shortness of breath.

Take a look at the reflection in the window. The hand straps are gray meaning they’re normal seats.

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Posted in: JR turning to AI to combat problems with snow See in context

All of these years with trains and bullet trains in Japan, like as if heavy snow is something new that just now they are addressing it? JR has up in the billions of surplus cash to have addressed this many many years ago. Aside an old fashioned plow, what can programmed intelligence find out that hasn't been looked at by real human minds who developed the program and make adjustments to it made by humans.

I'm reminded of the time I was stranded at a station in Chiba due to a snow storm. We were informed trains were coming but they had to get the snow off the tracks at the station that had built up due to the wind. The station employee came out with a BROOM to get the snow off. This wasn't very effective as the snow bank was a few feet high. Some passengers had to jump down and help with their hands. The station didn't even have a snow shovel! Spend a couple thousand yen and you've got at least SOMETHING for the situation.

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Posted in: Japan tells embassies risk of contaminated Fukushima water 'small' See in context

A lot of the anti-nuclear hysteria in Japan is unfounded but people are right to not believe the Abe government or Tepco. They’ve shown that they can’t properly regulate nuclear energy. Tepco executives should be in jail for their negligence. Bring in outside scientists for these evaluations.

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Posted in: Actress Sawajiri tests negative after admitting drug use See in context

The problem being that they'd be painting someone as an addict even though she had no drugs in her system, even after a night of partying. There isn't anything in particular to indicate that she had any addiction, nor that she was anything more than a recreational user

That doesn’t really matter to the police or the media, though. Remember the story about the rugby player caught with cocaine? According to the media and police, he was clearly an addict because he admitted to doing cocaine once a month. ONCE A MONTH. I don’t care what the substance is, if you only do it once a month you’re not addicted. When it comes to drugs, the authorities and media in Japan are so distanced from reality it’s really pretty frightening.

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Posted in: Trump hits Mexico with 5% tariff in response to illegal immigration See in context

So smart one what would you do instead? It is easy to disagree with everything and everyone but coming up with a solution that works and tat others agree is a challenge.

Uh, quit contributing to making the places the immigrants are coming from horrible places they want to leave? Quit funding death squads because they’re “fighting communism”? That would be a good start. Basically just leaving the area alone would probably do wonders.

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Posted in: Ruling finalized ordering cell phone TV owners to pay public NHK subscription fee See in context

My general policy is that unless I’m expecting someone or something, I don’t answer the door. It’s never a neighbor stopping by unannounced, it’s always someone selling something or NHK. If it is something important, they will leave a note.

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Posted in: Researchers to visit wreckage site where Pearl Harbor mastermind Yamamoto died See in context

Yamamoto was aware of and impressed by theindustrial might of the US. What on earth did he think would happen?

Iirc Yamamoto knew exactly what would happen but was ordered to do it anyway. He knew that if they made the attack on Pearl Harbor it would give the Japanese about a year to do whatever they wanted in the Pacific and Asia. After that the proverbial s would hit the fan and they were bound to lose. It was a classic case of “The boss wants to do this stupid thing, shouganai.”

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Posted in: Japan sees record marijuana cases in 2017; spike in youth involvement See in context

Welp, looks like the secret is out among younger Japanese people. Marijuana isn’t the super dangerous drug they were taught. As pointed out by other posters, alcohol is worse for you. It’s easier to just repeat what you were taught in middle school than critically think about it and do research, though. All while sipping on a 9% chuhai of course!

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Posted in: Pope arrives in Myanmar in shadow of Rohingya crisis See in context

Oh thank god. The Pope will fix things!

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Posted in: Moon tells Komeito leader he wants to visit Japan soon See in context

My favorite thing about Yamaguchi is that he’s clearly a lizard person but doesn’t seem to care to get a convincing mask.

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Posted in: Kumamoto assemblywoman causes stir by bringing 7-month-old son into chamber See in context

Hm. I wonder who the real babies are here...

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Posted in: 'Fantasia' festival combines music with traditional Japanese culture See in context

Ah yes. The traditional Japanese culture of BMX biking.

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Posted in: Ginza's 300Bar wins Japan's best Mojito Award See in context

Huh? The bartenders in Tokyo go to Tohoku to harvest the mint daily? More likely that they just grow it in pots outside the bar. It’s easy enough with mint.

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Posted in: When you go on a date with someone for the first time (or when you used to, for those of you no longer dating), what do (did) you pay the most attention to? See in context

I can tell you what the OTHER person always pays attention to. My big, peachy butt. Constantly looking at my big, peachy butt.

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Posted in: Putin says U.S. will have to shed 755 from diplomatic staff in Russia See in context

Hmm. Looks like Putin and congress aren't RUSHIN to make friends and time soon!

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Posted in: Death penalty to stand for woman convicted of murdering 2 men See in context

I think she was a bit confused. The phrase is "drowning in debt" not "drowning by debtor"!

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Posted in: Man wants to move out of his home, so he takes off all clothes and walks through the neighborhood See in context

This young man sure was showing his naked contempt for his parents!

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Posted in: Dodgers ace Kershaw could miss 4-6 weeks See in context

Looks like injuries threw Kershaw a curve ball!

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Posted in: Abe revises when he knew about friend's vet school application See in context

This type of corruption makes me think Abe is a sick puppy!

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