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Posted in: Lockheed Martin to propose stealth hybrid of F-22 and F-35 for Japan See in context

Glad to see Lockheed are (potentially) going to be helping Japan modernise its air force. Would be nice if BAe would do the same as well, but I won't get my hopes up. Having something based upon the Eurofighter in the JASDF could be potentially quite useful, especially in responding to Chinese and Russian jets. So that and an F-22/F-35 hybrid would really strengthen Japan's air defence capabilities.

@Matt Hartwell: the answer to that would most likely be because US Congress doesn't want to develop an F-22/F-35 hybrid. The F-35 has been nothing but a major headache for them, so they're not likely to approve hybridising it, even with the highly successful F-22. Letting Japan do that fusion though is more likely, and if it turns out that Japan gets good results, then Congress might approve funding to develop something like that. Or they'll focus on an entirely new and unique 6th generation design that would surpass even this proposed hybrid.

In response to your other comments about China and 6th generation fighters, I don't think there's all that much for Japan to worry about there. China isn't exactly strong at domestic development of military assets. Much of its airforce and naval warships are based strongly on Russian assets. Some of them actually are Russian. But with Russia not having a well funded military, I find it highly unlikely that they'll field a 6th gen fighter any time soon, leaving China high and dry. They can try developing something from scratch, but it won't be anything especially high quality, compared to what the US and Europe (particularly the UK) will be fielding. This proposed hybrid is likely to meet 6th generation standards, and will be more than a match for China's designs. Not sure why you'd talk about not discounting the Europeans since most European countries are looking to work more closely with Japan, especially in the defence industry. Perhaps Japan may even join in on the joint development of a 6th generation fighter. I wouldn't rule out the possibility, though I acknowledge it could be unlikely.

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Posted in: Simple Japanese test claims how you draw a star reveals your personality See in context

I always start at point 3. It just feels right. I used to draw from point 1, but the stars always came out ugly so I stopped. I suppose I do have big dreams (in terms of future goals as well as actual dreams while sleeping), but I'd say I'm more creative than a dreamer. Starting at point 4 would hurt my brain though. I'm settled on 3 and staying that way.

Not that I buy into this, I'm just throwing in how I do it. This is about as accurate as horoscopes, palm reading and tarot: ie only as accurate as you convince yourself it is.

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Posted in: No laughing matter: When exactly did clowns become scary? See in context

The stereotypical image of what a clown is has only been around for a couple centuries at best, but, as Benjamin Radford points out, there have been people performing clownish behaviour since medieval times. Even then, behaviour of these clowns/jesters/etc changes from region to region, so it's very likely that darker, more sinister clowns emerged (perhaps under a different name), and have lurked in the shadows to this day. It's just that clowns such as Pennywise have ended up bringing these sinister clowns to public attention a lot more easily thanks to television and movies.

There's nothing in any available evidence that kids were afraid of clowns in the '40s, the '50s, the '60s, the '70s

Which is exactly my point. In those days, televisions were still very rare. Colour TV only came out in 1953, just in time for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. The content of TV shows, and even movies, were quite esoteric in those days. Nowadays, pretty much everyone has access to a TV, or several in fact. Many homes have multiple TVs, you can watch shows on your tablet or smartphone (same with movies), and so that content is accessible to pretty much everyone. Then add the internet into the equation, and it blows up some more. Then there's just one more factor to add in: People. Not all of them, just a specific subset of pranksters who take the concept of practical jokes and turn them as sinister as possible. In the wake of IT releasing last year, there were waves of "killer clown" attacks happening in Britain (and America too I believe) in which people would dress up as clowns (mostly Pennywise) and actually attack people. Some pranksters were content with just scaring people (I saw a video of one such Pennywise wannabe lurking around on dark nights and popping balloons to scare people), but others took it to extremes with assault and attempted murder. I think this more than even Stephen King's novel is how clowns have become frightening to people.

Then again, people just naturally find the clown character (even good clowns) to be unsettling and scary. I've seen kids crying at clown shows and even they don't know why they were crying. Same with Punch & Judy. Some people just find it unsettling and upsetting.

Heath Ledger's white-faced maniac Joker

I really don't see how the Joker can be mentioned here. He's very far from clown-like. But people see the white face and just associate it. Next they'll be associating geisha with clowns as well. Madness.

Krusty the Clown from "The Simpsons,"

I don't know whether to facepalm or cry. I mean I can't even forgive the Joker being mentioned, but Krusty? I could understand it if it was Sideshow Bob, but Krusty's only a danger to himself really.

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Posted in: Xi reappointed as China's president with no term limits See in context

Well, that was about as subtle as a brick to the head. He might as well march out wearing a cape and demanding that everyone kneel before their new God. Leaders serve terms because they're too incompetent to lead indefinitely. Most can't even do a good job with a single term. This is nothing more than a move by Xi to hold onto his power for as long as possible. i.e until he gets assassinated by his own people. That tends to happen with tyrants and dictators: they get assassinated.

majority Japanese will be happy to replace Abe with Xi

Not even close. Abe's popularity might be dropping quite fast because of the recent scandals, but he will never be so unpopular with the Japanese that they would choose Xi over him, especially since Xi is bullying Japan (and China's other neighbours) and trying to force the Asia-Pacific region under his rule. Japan does not want another tyrant at the helm.

if they have real freedom to choose leaders

More freedom than in China. The people of China didn't choose this. They didn't have any choice. Xi or death is not a realistic choice, especially when your family's lives depend on that choice.

Xi is expected to expand his yearslong campaign against corruption within the party

Well Xi, in order to get rid of corruption in your party: you're going to have to send everyone in it to jail. Yourself included. Then you'll have to let the people of China vote fairly and democratically for replacements without blackmail or death threats.

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Posted in: Russia to expel UK diplomats as crisis over nerve toxin attack deepens See in context

its impending exit from the European Union

This has nothing to do with Brexit. Russia isn't affected by it, and Britain would gain nothing by fabricating a Russian attack. If anything, we'd be tying a noose around our own neck.

suggested London fabricated the attack to whip up anti-Russian hysteria

This sounds like paranoia. Besides, Putin is doing a good enough job of provoking people into being anti-Russian what with the annexing of Crimea and him bragging about his new nukes. He doesn't need our help to turn people against him and his country.

Dmitry Peskov reiterated Moscow's line that there was no "clear evidence" for any Russian involvement in the attack

Other than the fact that it was a nerve agent created by Soviet Russia and used to try and eliminate a Russian double agent who betrayed dozens of Russian agents to British intelligence. That makes him an enemy of Russia (and Putin) which is more than enough reason for Putin to order this attack.

we do not have access to the patients

Of course not! Someone just tried to kill them with a nerve agent, of course access to them would be tightly restricted. We wouldn't want a Russian hitman to come in and finish the job. We need answers, Skripal has them, Putin doesn't want that to happen.

The truth will out, eventually. I just wonder what Putin would do if it was proven, without doubt, that he ordered the attack? Oh wait, deny it and claim that the evidence was fabricated, as all liars do.

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Posted in: Britain expels 23 Russian diplomats over spy poisoning See in context

Well, it's a step in the right direction, but only a very tiny step. All Russian ambassadors/diplomats should be kicked out, all assets frozen, all imports to Russia blocked, all exports from Russia banned, and then impose more economic sanctions upon Russia than have been placed on North Korea. Impose enough sanctions so that Russia doesn't earn a penny from us. Then we'll be getting somewhere. Of course, we'll have to step up cyber defence and physical military defence, because no doubt they'll try to cripple us with cyber attacks and flex their military muscle.

I'll have to look again, but I'm sure I read within 24 hours of this nerve agent attack that Putin had said something along the lines of justice being brought down on Skripal, which is about as close as an admission of guilt as we could ever expect from Putin. It doesn't end there either, another Russian double agent was found dead in his British home, having been strangled. I think it's quite clear that Russia is eliminating "traitors", though why exactly is unclear. It's not like they were still providing us with Russian secrets, so it seems strange to suddenly go from not bothering with them to killing/attempting to kill them. Could it be that Putin is afraid of something they know? Russia claims innocence, suggesting that an ex-Soviet nation might be responsible (while providing no claims, no evidence, no reason whatsoever to trust or believe them), but whose to say that, even if this were true, that said nation wasn't acting as Russia's proxy, on their orders? If Russia was really innocent in all this, then surely they'd help in the investigations and assist us in bringing those responsible to justice. The way they're behaving at the moment will only risk a new Cold War.

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Posted in: Japan's new advanced fighter may be based on existing foreign design See in context

Those people asking why Japan needs these jets obviously hasn't been keeping up to date with events over the past ~20 years. To summarize it in a sentence: China and North Korea are dangerous. Just because jets can be used offensively, doesn't mean they will be. They can still be used for self-defence, which falls in line with Japan's constitution.

I've been watching the development of the ATD-X (now F3) for a couple years now, and I'm not sure why it needs clarifying that this jet is based on the F-35. That's common knowledge by now, surely? Not that that's a bright idea. The F-35 ended up being very costly, probably more so than it will ever earn back through service. It was a project that, by all rights, should have been scrapped before it became such a monetary parasite. It probably would have been cheaper and easier to simply redesign some F-22s with VTOL capabilities, upgrade the software, and leave it at that really.

It'll be interesting to see what kind of response Japan gets from the RFIs. I wouldn't count too strongly on America giving much away. Trump seems intent on his America First policy, so he's not likely to allow information about US jets to get out without a hefty price tag at least. Reaching out to the UK and Europe is more likely to yield results, though what those results will be exactly is anyone's guess. I would like to see Britain and Japan working more closely together, on a lot of things really.

The U.K has been hollowing out there defense industry for a couple decades

Not through choice. Unfortunately, the UK government seems more interested in wasting money on itself and on the EU than on properly funding our armed forces and R&D. Some day we'll elect someone who'll fix that error, but I won't hold my breath.

I think they will eventually come around to joining the new combined European military that is gradually being setup

No chance. Doing so would only cripple our armed forces, and as I said, that's already in a dire state. If we stretch ourselves out any more thinly, we'll be utterly defenceless against a Russian incursion. Then again, Theresa May has proven to be an idiot, so it may happen after all.

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Posted in: Convenience store clerk fends off robber in Tokyo with two simple words See in context

@Zichi: Regarding your question, stores usually are insured, to a degree. The size of the store and whether it is part of a chain (like Walmart) make a difference to the amount they are insured for. I work in a small store, so we're only insured to about £300, while 24-hour superstores can be insured for a lot more. Your second point is jumping to conclusions however. I'm more likely to be attacked for being English than for money, as an example, and I'm not alone. Not everyone goes into a store armed just for the money. People do all kinds of crazy and unexpected things when in dire straits.

@Yubaru: I think it's very likely she didn't know what was going on. Working the graveyard shift gets very quiet, and very boring. It's very easy to zone out, and very disorientating to be brought back to reality with a bump. Demanding only 30,000 yen is also quite a strange demand to make. Normally robbers will take whatever is there rather than specifying an amount, so this can throw a clerk for a loop.

I'm surprised this worked out for her the way it did, to be honest. I guess Kushida must have been in something of a daze at the whole situation too and decided to back out rather than risk further confusion. Or maybe he believed it was a trick to get him to stay until the police arrived. There's no information as to why he left, only that his motive was "I wanted money." Don't we all, but most honest people work for it.

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Posted in: Study seeks to end antidepressant debate: the drugs do work See in context

@Reckless: Not likely. The study shows that they work on acute depression. Anything more than that and they cease to be effective. I speak from experience on this. Ended up on quite a high dose of Fluoxetine, and it did nothing. Nothing useful anyway. I became unable to comprehend what depression felt like, which is not as good as it sounds, because it triggered anxiety attacks instead. It was highly unpleasant knowing that there was something wrong with me, but that I couldn't comprehend what it was that I was feeling. I had to come off Fluoxetine in the end. It would have been worse not to.

So... I guess this is reassuring for people with acute depression? But for people with more severe forms, this news means nothing really.

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Posted in: Manga creators association says pirate sites could bring about collapse of Japanese culture See in context

This is definitely an overreaction. It feels like they're trying to demonize pirate sites and those that use them. I'm not going to defend these sites, but I'm not going to ostracize people who use them either. It's their choice. I choose not to download manga/anime because I don't feel comfortable doing that. I'll watch streams, but that's as far as I'll take it. Since streaming is done online and I therefore don't possess the show, it cannot be considered stealing. For me, it's similar to what Stepoutsidethebox said, that it's a demo. By watching streams, I can decide what anime I want to buy, so that I avoid buying shows I don't like.

I buy Manga from Amazon, and I have to agree very strongly with Calvin Loh Kok Howe's point about the speed of translations. I'm reading Akame ga Kill at the moment. Even the anime was released back in 2014, but the manga is still being translated. Volume 14 comes out in April, and I believe Volume 15 (the final one) comes out in October. This, surely, isn't going to help matters. If manga could be translated much much faster, it might reduce pirating a little. Maybe not much, but a little is better than not at all.

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Posted in: 'Peter Rabbit' team apologizes for making light of allergies See in context

This wasn't a problem even 10-15 years ago. I vividly remember an episode of The Simpsons in which Bart and Principle Skinner would try to fight each other with things they're allergic too. I don't recall that ever being complained about. In fact, I'm pretty sure the episode still airs about 500 times a day.

People have become way too sensitive, and it's not healthy. You need to learn to laugh at these things, otherwise it'll control your life. I have a friend who is allergic to peanuts, and he jokes about it frequently.

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Posted in: Newcomer defeats anti-U.S. base incumbent in Nago mayoral race See in context

Inamine really didn't do himself any favours by focusing entirely on the US Base issue. Okinawans must be getting sick of hearing about it all the time, and chose to support a guy who's looking to help rejuvinate the Okinawan economy. A person pledging a positive change will always seem more appealing than someone constantly complaining.

Onaga won't stay in office for long either.

Onaga has resorted to various measures, including legal actions, to stop the central government from transferring the Futenma base from a crowded residential area of Ginowan to the less populated Henoko coastal area of Nago.

And that's why. He complains every time there's an incident in a crowded area, but he keeps stopping the base from transferring away from the crowded residential area. He's shooting himself in the foot with that logic. The people are going to see this, and they're going to tell him to take a hike.

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Posted in: Love Live! warns fans once again to refrain from being jerks See in context

@gogogo That won't solve the problem even in the slightest bit. As I pointed out, it's not just fans of Love Live who are guilty of this kind of behaviour. Banning the series will only hurt the innocent, well-behaved fans, while the jerks will move to another franchise and cause havoc for that instead.

It's the bad fans that need to be dealt with, not the franchise. The existence of sane, mature fans stands as evidence that the franchise isn't to blame for how the bad fans turned out.

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Posted in: Facebook's 'fixes'- meaningful or just skin deep? See in context

I've been using Facebook for a little over 10 years now I think, and I have yet to see a single "fix" or update actually improve user experience on there. Over the years, Facebook has only become a site of increasing spam traffic. Adverts are on the rise, spam posts are on the rise, unwanted suggestions are on the rise, and since Marketplace started that's only increased the amount of excrement I have to sift through in order to get to the things I actually care about.

I see fake news getting spread around every so often, like Herpes, but compared to the amount of spam, flame-posting and outright inappropriate/offensive media that floods my feed, the fake news really isn't a problem for me. I have enough common sense to identify it as a load of rubbish, which I think may be part of the reason why I can't understand how it's a problem. Are there really so many people who are unintelligent/gullible enough to believe whatever gets posted on Facebook? Because that sounds more like a problem with education rather than Facebook itself. After all, Facebook isn't the only place you can find fake news, so removing one source won't solve the problem.

If Zuckerberg really wants to improve Facebook's user experience and "fix" it, I can make some suggestions:

Put an end to the adverts, suggested posts/groups/friends, and the Marketplace spam

Clamp down on flame-posters and those who upload offensive/controversial videos (including extremist content)

Add a system that warns users that certain posts may be susceptible to arguments/trolling and other inappropriate or hostile behaviour (like political posts)

I guess block and delete all sources of fake news, but as I say Facebook isn't the only place it gets spread around

Clamp down on page admins/moderators who abuse their roles and don't act impartially (I see a lot of moderators like this, letting their own bias affect their duties and acting quite aggressively towards anyone who disagrees)

This would be a start anyway, but somehow I doubt any of this will happen. Zuckerberg will just whitewash everything as always.

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Posted in: Love Live! warns fans once again to refrain from being jerks See in context

These people are in need of some serious help. Immediately. Especially the human centipede mob. It's behaviour like that which causes anime fans to be stigmatised and ostracised. I've spent nearly 5 years now trying to defend anime fans and assure people that we're not all obsessed lunatics, and then this happens and makes me wonder why I bothered. The guy throwing a tantrum in a shop is just a typical spoiled a-hole who should have been spanked as a child.

The worst part is that it's not just Love Live fans that are guilty of this kind of behaviour. I've noticed (and been on the receiving end of) shocking levels of toxic behaviour from fans of Sword Art Online, Shakugan no Shana, Shingeki no Kyojin, Naruto, Dragon Ball, Fairy Tail, Bleach, One Piece and RWBY, amongst several other franchises. To be honest, I don't like labelling them as fans. "Fanatics" would be more accurate, and their behaviour can be quite disgusting. At the mild end of the spectrum is verbal abuse of "casual fans" as well as non-fans. At the extreme end of the spectrum is discrimination, threats of kidnapping and rape, and even death threats. This kind of behaviour is not acceptable. Ever.

It really does sadden me to hear that an official warning was necessary. Even more so to hear that this is the fourth warning. Evidently the fanatics aren't listening. And as one commenter in the article pointed out: it's not fair that the well-behaved fans should share in the punishments that are being triggered by the actions of those crazed fans.

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Posted in: China, S Korea criticize Japan over museum for disputed islands See in context

Well, South Korea has no right to protest this museum since they already built one of their own to try and prove their claim over Takeshima. So if SK is so confident it has sovereignty over Takeshima, why does it refuse to take the matter up with ICJ and get it settled once and for all? Would that not be the most mature and sensible thing to do? Would an irrefutable resolution to the situation not be preferrable to an ongoing dispute?

and I want to emphasise that nothing can change the fact that Diaoyu belongs to China," foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told a regular press briefing.

So tell me, Miss Chunying: why is it that China has never taken this case up with the ICJ to get it settled? If nothing can change the fact of sovereignty over Senkakus, then surely that means they belong to China? Or could it be that you're lying, and you know as such, and so you make claims without evidence? Could it be that you know the ICJ would rule that Japan has sovereignty over Senkakus?

China only asked Abe to recognize the dispute.

And do you know why Abe says that there isn't one? Because China won't take the dispute to ICJ for resolution. A dispute typically involves two or more sides making an argument and providing evidence to back up that argument. Japan has made its case, and has evidence. China refutes the claim, and the evidence, makes its own claim, but presents no evidence. It refuses to take the matter up with ICJ despite asserting that it has sovereignty. Ergo there is no dispute, only a petulant child claiming "it's mine!"

The simple fact of the matter is that this could all be resolved if South Korea and China would actually take the matter to ICJ. IIRC, only the claimant can do this, but the opposition needs to also be involved. China is the claimant in the case of the Senkakus, but they are not a signatory of the ICJ and refuse to recognize their authority, and so refuse to take up the case with them. The case therefore cannot even begin, let alone proceed. Since China doesn't make a claim in ICJ, Japan states that there's no dispute over Senkakus. In the Takeshima case, IIRC, Japan is the claimant, however South Korea refuse to go along with the proceedings. They themselves claim there is no dispute, and once again there can be no official case. Two countries insisting that they have sovereignty, and evidence to back up those claims, and yet both refuse to go to ICJ. Why is that? Because they know they would lose, would be the simplest and most logical explanation. They know they would lose the cases and be forced to acknowledge Japan's sovereignty.

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Posted in: Okinawa governor says U.S. forces crazy, out of control See in context

Setting aside the issues of the remarks, there is quite a serious problem here. The volume of incidents involving US helicopters around Okinawa (in particular) is a lot higher than it should be. The US military there seem only to utter words of apology (without any evidence of sincerity) before resuming flights, only to have more problems crop up very quickly. Three this month alone, averaging once a week. For a small island like Okinawa, that's very frequent. Obviously something is very wrong with these helicopters. They need to be grounded, at least until they can be thoroughly inspected and proven safe for flight. If US engineers can't find anything wrong, that should let Japanese engineers take a look as well. There's no harm in getting a second opinion, and if they happen to spot something, it can be fixed right away.

This situation isn't going to improve any time soon, the way things are going at the moment. PM Abe needs to step up and get firm with the US on this issue, before it gets any further out of hand. If he waits for innocent civillians to be hurt and/or killed, it'll be too little, too late. He needs to take action before something like that happens. Maybe set up some kind of three strike system. 1st Strike: all aircraft are grounded for 2 months. 2nd Strike: Substantial fine, plus grounding aircraft for 6 months. 3rd Strike: Shutdown of base, relocate to uninhabited island if possible, or remove from Japan entirely if not. It doesn't have to be exactly these things, but certainly a tough set of consequences to try and pressure the US into reining in this problem before people get killed.

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Posted in: Former anime voice actress fan club leader arrested for email telling her to 'die die die die' See in context

This kind of makes me wonder if all celebrities often receive threatening or hate e-mails

Unfortunately, this does seem to be true. As I understand it, Tom Felton (who played Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter movies) was inundated with hate mail following Half Blood Prince. Apparently some rather deranged fans were angry with him for attacking Dumbledore, even though that was just his character doing it and that all fans should have known that from the books. When it was rumoured that Ben Affleck would be playing Batman, he too was swamped with hate mail. Twitter is a common medium for this abuse, and several celebrities have closed their accounts because of it.

Back to this incident, I hope Yokoyama gets psychiatric help. It is abundantly clear he needs it, as do any other fans who exhibit such behaviour. The disturbing thing is that it seems quite common in Japan. That behaviour then goes on to having negative impacts upon perfectly sane anime fans who get ostracized by people who have come to assume that all fans inevitably go deranged. I've read articles about Japanese anime fans wanting to escape from reality due to the nature of Japan's work and social cultures, though I don't know how much of an impact such things have upon cases like this, or the Koganei Incident. Hopefully the police and the government review these situations carefully and come up with a solution to prevent further outbursts and attacks from happening again.

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Posted in: Seniors annoyed as Japanese convenience stores adopt touch-screen age verification See in context

If a naughty high schooler buys booze at a supermarket and at a conveni with a button, only the supermarket is responsible?

Actually, no. I work at a supermarket so I know about this. If you authorize the sale of age restricted products to a minor, then you are responsible. Not the supermarket, just you. If a parent buys age restricted products for an underage child, the parent is held responsible. And if the products are purchased by an underage person, it is the underage person that is held responsible. That's basically why this system is used, I believe. It takes all liability away from the stores and the employees.

That being said, it's the responsibility of the stores and their employees to stop someone who is clearly underage before they even get to the checkout. At least, this is how it is in other countries, but I think Japan might be a little too afraid of confrontations to do this so proactively.

This system is a bit more complex than it needs to be. It takes the liability away from the store, but the responsibility should still remain. This system allows that responsibility to be ignored though. By ignoring that responsibility, the problem of underage drinking/smoking etc isn't solved. If anything, it makes it easier. The system relies too much on the would-be offenders being troubled by their conscience, and expects them to do what is morally right. Today's generation (for the most part it seems) couldn't tell you what morals are, so this system is highly flawed as a result.

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Posted in: 'Kemono Friends' producer: China will overtake Japan in anime within a decade See in context

I think Fukuhara-kun needs to have a little more faith in his country's anime-making talent. I highly doubt that China will be able to rival studios like WiT Studios or Ufotable within the next 50 years, let alone the next 10. So far China is only capable of copying the Japan style, which they've learned through collaboration projects. They don't have their own style yet, so that's not going to help them. I also wouldn't be surprised if Chinese anime tends to include elements of nationalism and the like to try and influence its own people, and to glorify itself to other countries. I've already seen that sort of thing in a number of Chinese movies.

Fukuhara is also mistaken in believing that Japan needs more like Dragon Ball, Sailor Moon and Studio Ghibli works to catch new fans. Those shows and films might work on some people, but not everyone has the same tastes. If I had started anime with Dragon Ball, I would have never been hooked on it. I hated Dragon Ball. Sailor Moon and Studio Ghibli aren't to my tastes either. There are plenty of modern shows that would do a good job of hooking new fans, including Fate/Stay Night, Angel Beats (which is the show that hooked me), Spice & Wolf, Tales of Zestiria the X, and many more. I've noticed that many of the new anime fans I've encountered prefer modern anime to classic anime. I guess Fukuhara is oblivious of these new fans.

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Posted in: Happy Halloween See in context

Heh. Halloween seems to becoming more and more popular in Japan, and less popular in Britain. Further proof that I'm living in the wrong country.

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Posted in: What you'll be wearing in 2018 See in context

If I were to go outside wearing any of those, I would be beaten to death with sledgehammers. Or thrown into an asylum.

Whatever happened to just wearing normal clothes? I miss the days when guys would wear t-shirts featuring a band logo and faded jeans. Or when girls would wear a nice summer dress. Nowadays is the poser vests (also referred to as "Wife Beaters" since that's typically the kind of guy who wears those kinds of vests), jeggings, onesies, tube tops that barely even cover the nipples (let alone the rest of the torso), and yoga pants that look like they were shredded by Freddy Kruger.

I guess the rumours are true then: If you fail at art, don't worry: you can become a fashion designer instead. Your artistic abominations will become best-selling fashion trends, popular amongst the brainless conformists who will throw money at you as long as you let them remain as part of the sheep flock.

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Posted in: Gunman kills 59, injures 500, in Las Vegas concert attack; Trump calls it 'act of pure evil' See in context

Every time I see IS claim responsibility for an attack, I question that claim. It sounds like an intelligent strategy actually. Claiming responsibility for attacks they had nothing to do with, in addition to the attacks they're responsible for, only increases our fear and paranoia. It wouldn't surprise me at all if they were claiming responsibility for attacks they have nothing to do with for exactly this reason, hoping that we will tear ourselves apart through fear and paranoia. We have to make sure that we don't give into these things, otherwise IS will get what they want.

Nevada has some of the nation's most permissive gun laws. It does not require firearm owners to obtain licenses or register their guns.

What the actual hell is wrong with Nevada? So basically, anyone can buy firearms and ammunition without license or a background check? They're pretty much up for grabs to any maniac who can afford to buy them, which going by the sheer number of gun crimes in the US; is pretty much everyone. Well congratulations Nevada: you facilitated this massacre. The blood is on your hands.

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Posted in: Will China turn off North Korea's oil? See in context

China ought to turn off North Korea's oil, but it won't. It doesn't want North Korea collapsing. If the Korean peninsula ends up being unified following an NK collapse, then China would suddenly have US troops on its doorstep, with no buffer keeping them away. That would make it extremely difficult for China to continue threatening and bullying its neighbours (especially Japan, but other neighbours too), would make it difficult for China to hide its Human rights abuses, and frankly would also make it hard for China to hold onto its own people. If the Chinese people, under the control of state-run media and its oligarchy of a government; were to see the freedoms and democracy enjoyed in the newly unified Korean peninsula, they'd want that too. People would leave China, leave their dictatorial and propaganda-spouting government in favour of impartial media, un-doctored news articles, and numerous freedoms: namely freedom of speech. They'd be free of China's internet censorship as well. There's a lot that the Chinese government censors, I hear.

All of these are reason enough for China to allow North Korea to run amok, and feed them the oil to do so.

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Posted in: Japan protests after N Korea fires missile over Hokkaido See in context

No advance warning? Isn't that the whole point of having things like the Aegis missile defence system? How was Japan not able to detect and intercept this missile? It's a very alarming thing to come to light. It shows that Japan is more or less completely vulnerable to a missile strike. Japan seriously needs to step up its defences in order to protect its people from these missiles. The next one might not hit the sea. It might hit Tokyo.

China in turn favours an international response to the problem.

The international response ought to be imposing a mountain of sanctions upon China, since they're the ones refusing to rein in North Korea's actions, and since they're the ones providing pretty much all of its oil. We need to put pressure on China to do something about North Korea. Put them into a position where they have no choice but to do so. Sanctions on North Korea alone aren't going to be enough. Not even close. If China finds itself completely cut off in terms of import and export, it'll have no choice but to take action, or else collapse as a nation.

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Posted in: Allowing nuclear weapons in Japan could defuse N Korean threat: policy makers See in context

Extremely bad idea. China is already at Japan's throat over every little improvement to their defences and every increase in the defence budget. This would be a step too far.

The way to deal with North Korea is to put China in a position where they have no choice but to cut off their supplies to North Korea. They provide the country with something like 92% of its oil. China is supposed to be keeping North Korea in check, and it isn't. So, maybe it's time to impose sanctions on China instead. Economic sanctions, freezing assets, cutting off business ties. These sorts of things that would severely damage China's economy. Push China into a corner, leave them with one choice: Choke North Korea's supplies, or suffer economic turmoil. This is possibly the only way to deal with North Korea without resorting to violence, although sanctions take time to work. Heaping sanctions upon sanctions on North Korea isn't working though. Given a choice between keeping nuclear weapons and forcing its people to suffer, NK will choose the nukes every time. They need to be put in a position where keeping the nukes just isn't possible in the slightest.

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Posted in: JR East to operate British rail franchise See in context

I've been hoping that JR start operating UK lines for a while now. I know how punctual JR trains are, pretty much down to the second, so it would be nice to see that actually happen in the UK too. Of course, I don't know how cooperative the West Midlands drivers are going to be. If they have even half a brain cell, they should cooperate fully and without fuss, that way when my fellow Brits see how smoothly these trains now run, they'll be putting pressure on the government to get the rest of the country's rail networks running just as smoothly.

A man can dream, right?

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Posted in: Scientists dim sunlight, suck up carbon dioxide to cool planet See in context

On top of that we are all going to be taxed more and more to fund them

Except that pretty much all of these are privately funded, by donations from the public and from people like Bill Gates. I highly doubt there's many countries, if any, that are going to raise taxes to fund these. Except maybe Canada.

They might sound like oddball ideas, but to be honest, they're more realistic than simply cutting emissions. Especially since America pulled out of the Paris Climate Accord, and that's one of the world's biggest Carbon Dioxide producers. China's another big one, but they couldn't even cut back on polluting for the Olympics. No way they're going to do it for the environment. So it falls to the more eccentric of people to come up with ideas that don't rely on governments reducing emissions.

"We're in trouble," said Janos Pasztor, head of the new Carnegie Climate Geoengineering Governance Project. "The question is not whether or not there will be an overshoot but by how many degrees and for how many decades."

A very true statement, and that's why we're likely to need these unusual methods to combat global warming. If we don't act fast, nature is going to suffer as a result. The Great Barrier Reef is already undergoing massive bleaching, and I believe reefs around Japan are starting to do the same. Heatwaves are getting hotter and lasting longer, bringing with them wildfires that devastate the landscape. We can't rely on our governments to solve the problem, so we're going to need to look elsewhere. The only people who seem willing to step up to the plate are these Geo-engineers.

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Posted in: Eight reasons otaku men are unpopular with women, according to Japanese Twitter list See in context

Wait, wait. They're too nice? That's actually a problem? I wonder how much this complaint contributes to the problem. And I wonder how quickly girls will go from saying a guy's "too nice" to saying "he's a jerk." I know that a lot of guys feel like they just can't "win" with women. Too nice, or total jerks. Seems like there's never a middle ground.

The fashion complaint seems pathetic as well. It's just clothes! Just pieces of fabric you put on to stop being naked in public! Why make any kind of fuss at all over something so trivial? I mean, if they were wearing a nazi uniform or a T-shirt with naked lolitas, that I could understand, but anything else just seems pointless to complain about.

It seems these women are very quick to generalise and judge, without giving any thought to understanding. Three of their complaints (talking is a one way street, personal boundaries, never push themselves) can commonly be linked to another of their complaints: They lack confidence. Actually the flirting one can tie into this as well. People say/do stupid things when they're nervous. They can ramble on, overstep bounderies and all sorts when they're nervous. Being nervous will also stop them from pushing themselves (fear of public humiliation, strong source of anxiety there), and it can make them forget jsut about every flirtatious comment they've ever thought of.

I really think these women need to try doing less judging and more understanding. Most importantly, they need to stop over-generalizing. Not all Otaku are like this. There are exceptions to every rule, but constantly judging people really doesn't help. Put the guy at ease, help him relax so that he can behave naturally, and you'll see he's a lot better than you think. And for the love of Mike, don't complain that he's "too nice." Is that even possible? To be too nice?

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Posted in: Japan, South Korea stumble on road to 2018 World Cup See in context

Come on Japan, please qualify. Where I work, we're allowed to wear team shirts during sports tournaments like the World Cup, so this would give me an excuse to wear a Japan shirt. Even though I'd be surrounded mostly by Wales shirts, with a few England shirts knocking about. I don't just want to see Japan make it to the World Cup, but I want to see them beat Wales in it. Of course, I'd have to hide from all the Wales fans, but that's all part of the fun.

I expected South Korea to do better though. Considering they beat Spain 3-2 in the 2002 World Cup after all.

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