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Posted in: A farewell to @realDonaldTrump, gone after 57,000 tweets See in context

I think the account will comeback in a year or two after Trumps influence diminishes a bit.

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Posted in: Google suspends Parler social networking app from Play Store; Apple gives 24-hour warning See in context

I'm not surprised by this and I'm not happy about this. Removing the app from google still leave the possibility of side loading and there will still be a website people can visit. Best to let the app exist, let people download it and log users who what Apple and Google have been doing the whole time.

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Posted in: ALT asked to remove earrings by local education board See in context

> isoducky

Not sure if you're being tongue-in-cheek but when I was an ALT we did get such a dress code dos-and-don'ts talkin' to at the orientation seminars. Not with pictures. But the ALT liaison guy gave us an example by undoing buttons and untucking his shirt. I'm not even joking. 

I was once stuck in a teachers meeting where they discussed dress code for students. All zippers had to be zipped and all buttons buttoned at all times or be reprimanded. One teacher asked if that included the decorative zippers on the fake sleeve pockets and BOY was that a roller coaster of a meeting!

Japan needs to relax. 

Do they still spray paint kids hair?


What you described is initial training. A talking to about dress codes. "Talking to"s differ from liaison to liaison and school to school.

What I an mentioning is the lack of a digital or printed reference for uniform standards from the BOE in 2020. Having such materials, preferably in multiple language, makes communication of standards scaleable ( able to reach many people quickly) and keeps all parties honest.

This looks like a situation where a rule wasn't in place or wasn't communicated by the BOE and they tried their best control the situation without any firepower, like something a reference manual would provide. Because of the lack of rule the ALT felt slighted.

I don't care if Japan needs to relax or not but in this situation, Japan needs to work on it's communication of expectations.

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Posted in: ALT asked to remove earrings by local education board See in context

I find it funny the BOE hasn't presented a uniform standard for teachers and ALTs. A simple memo of do / don't / exceptions would solve this pretty easy. Even easier would be to present pictures of appropriate and tolerated attire.

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Posted in: Man on death row for killing Filipino woman dies of illness See in context

Refusing treatment as a death row inmate....That's a good question of legal responsibility and personal choice. Personally, I'd force treatment as refusal could be interpreted as a method of controlling one's destiny; something the very nature of the death penalty is designed to remove. What are other's thoughts on this?

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Posted in: Japan considers setting up panel on imperial succession See in context

Very simple logic here. If leaders want to see more of X in the workforce and social developments, they need to show X in leadership. In this situation X is women so just allow for either women or men to succeed. If that can't be done, a "healthier" compromise would be to have women maintain their royal rankings after marriage or set up a highly improbable yet possible succession line. But to be truthful, unless the worse possible fears become reality, I don't see anything but discussion occurring.

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Posted in: U.S. Olympic officials back athletes' right to protest at Tokyo Olympics See in context

I think the best thing for the everyone is this:......nothing. The USIOC advises athletes to keep protest respectful, the IOC enforces it's rule against protesting on the field of play and official ceremonies, and athletes still have a free choice on how they want to conduct themselves. Actions need to have consequences for them to have value. Athletes can still use their interviews and press conferences to focus as much or as little attention on social goals as they want to and it will get the same amount of attention.

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Posted in: Apple unveils headphones that cost twice as much as AirPods See in context

Apple pricing these headphones at 61,800yen is a big sticker shock....until you see apple willing to sell you a pair at 3,000 yen a month for 2 years. Most young people can and are willing to give up a night out or two a month for the clout gained by having a pair of Apple earphones and that is what Apple is capitalizing on. I don't see many of the other luxury brands willing to look and act like a subscription service.

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Posted in: Walls close in on defiant Trump See in context

The republicans are playing this smart. By letting the lame duck fight, they allow Trump to kill what ever bit of political credibility he has left, tag and list his newly elected congressional supporters and isolate them when the next term starts. Hard part is just the waiting and recording.

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Posted in: Republicans seeking to raise at least $60 mil to fund Trump legal challenges See in context

This is more telling than anything, anyone is saying. Had the Republican's really wanted to back this guy, the RNC would be footing the legal the bill themselves with money in the coffers for such an occasion.

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Posted in: Kyoto schoolgirl loses lawsuit against bullies for causing her mental illness See in context

Difficult to compensate for bullying. Especially forcing students to compensate students as ultimate responsibility falls on the school. This is likely the reason for the reduced payment.

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Posted in: Olympic chief says Games cannot be 'marketplace of demonstrations' See in context

I'm glad this was said. A lot of the activism from the world is led by people who are lucky enough to be insulated from the consequences of their actions. Also a lot of athletes who are at the games are government sponsored athletes who are compensated relatively well for making their nation look good, and there is no need to bite the hand that feeds them and their families.

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Posted in: A Japanese government panel has proposed amending the juvenile law to put 18- and 19-year-old criminal suspects on trial as adults. Do you agree with this? See in context

I say yes with caveats. Out side of violet crimes with weapons and premeditated crimes, if a 16-20 year old is tried, it's done under the juvenile system. After any conviction, any reoffending child is automatically tried as an adult no matter the severity of the crime.

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Posted in: Gov't calls for longer New Year holiday to curb virus spread See in context

Hopefully this virus will help promote the idea of phased holiday seasons where everyone gets the time off just not at the same time. If the companies are worried about tradition, give the traditional days off to those ranked by seniority or (better) merit.

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Posted in: 'It got scary': Gloria Estefan's daughter on coming out as a lesbian See in context

I didn't know who Emily Estefan was until I read this article. I also didn't know she was a lesbian, before this article. I am still wondering about the relevance of Emily Estefan after reading this article. Even the title of the story struggles with the relevance of Emily Estefan. Does anybody have some albums they would recommend?

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Posted in: Why blonde-haired, blue-eyed Sailor Moon is neither white nor Japanese See in context

I have to say, Aliens are pretty classist. They tend to only crash in highly populated well developed areas of the world. I would love to see a sailor moon type character crash in South Sudan or Chechnya.

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Posted in: University baseball powerhouse Tokai suspends activities due to illegal drug use See in context

I'm not aware of the level of drug testing among Japanese student athletes or the prevalence of performance enhancing drug use, but I think the continual single method of demonizing all unauthorized drugs in Japan is pretty short sided in the long run. All it does is make more people curious.

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Posted in: Teacher beheaded in France; police shoot dead suspected killer See in context

As there are as many sects of Islam as there are of Christianity and Buddhism , requiring muslims to have a conversation about the level of extremist within their total collective ranks is asinine. The person responsible for this crime is no different from ultra right nationalist or ultra left anti-facisit. Both of which use their own religious values as justification for their actions.

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Posted in: LGBT groups in Japan launch petition seeking equality law See in context

I think laws created should work to remove ethnic, moral, and emotionally based values from decision making processes. With that said, all of this easily fixed. Japan can define marriage as a union between of a man and a woman, then also create a civil union parity law that grants the same benefits as marriage. This allows for common law marriages, hyphenated names, and everyone under the sun. Next; the removable of sex organs seems a bit barbaric, given how most hormones to reassign sex practically makes those organs useless. I'd remove that law an allow for insurances to cover ONE sex change. The biggest problem in the end with an equality law, is pinning down explicit issues and creating laws which makes other feel like a group of people are being treated special.

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Posted in: A coalition of human rights groups Asia, Europe, North America, Africa and Australia is urging the International Olympic Committee to rescind its decision to hold the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing over its human rights violations of more than a million Uighur Muslims. Do you support such a call? See in context

I support the call, but I doubt we will see any major moves by China. With there being a slim chance of a US boycott, Russia banned, and African countries worried about getting loans from China, China is going to hold the games and not care with boycotts being blown off as "racism". Sad reality unfortunately.

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Posted in: Worried by pandemic, unmarried Japanese couples want legal protection See in context

Seems like an easy fix. Use My number. You attach it to your marriage filing and your tax filing. Then for insurance and next of kin purposes you register the numbers together. This is the whole reason for having a national ID number. No names need to be changed and the children can be attached to the joint my numbers as a dependent or all people involved can be filed into a family ID.

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Posted in: J-pop stars Arashi release English surprise before hiatus See in context

I see your BTS and raise you an Arashi. Also smart move, release an English single, go on break, come back with an international regional tour.

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Posted in: Japan to reopen borders for all foreign visitors with permits to stay in country See in context

Businesses who rely on favorable Japanese government action, or inaction, are likely to heed suggestions as edicts. This move by the government was likely done to start giving European and African students the chance to attend universities. And.... fill out labor shortages.

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Posted in: Aichi man gets 10 months in prison for saying 'I got corona' in electronics store; loses appeal See in context

An example needed to be made. This case wrapped up a bit quickly as well. I would have taken my time for about 3 months to get to court, sentence for 15 months suspended for 12 months with time served.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic athletes to be exempted from virus entry bans See in context

If you want to follow this keep your eyes on the World Masters games for May 2021 Kansai. That will give a glimpse of international competition with a multi sport component.

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Posted in: Hamilton wins hectic Tuscan GP; demands justice for Breonna Taylor See in context

Hmmmmm : ) And people were angry that Hamilton wouldn't boycott races. This is why. If he wins, the media focuses on him and he can say what he wants. People wouldn't listen to him if he wasn't a champion and wasn't the current champion.

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Posted in: TikTok rejects Microsoft buyout offer; Oracle sole remaining bidder See in context

The Avenger is right. Worse, will this become a new tactic by China. Trump has kind of paved the way for a new form of ransoming.

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Posted in: The most visible symbol of COVID-19 around the world is the face mask. Do you agree? See in context

I think in some countries. Japan routinely wore masks for various reasons before, so I think all the cancellations of planned social events will be remembered more than the requirement wearing masks.

In the United States, Trump and Black Lives Matters Movement will likely eclipse the wearing of masks, but it will be part the backdrop.

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Posted in: Hamilton won't boycott F1 race amid racism protests in U.S. See in context

I cant sympathize with that. He wants it both ways. If hes gonna do it then do it properly - that I would disagree with but respect. 

He can complain and compete because as long as he is winning, people are listening. If he wasn't a champion, how relevant would his decision to participate or not to be?

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Posted in: Hamilton won't boycott F1 race amid racism protests in U.S. See in context

He can't win either way. If he boycotts, there goes the ONE black driver in the sport. You know the guy people pay to see. If he doesn't boycott, he's called out for being a fraud or selfish. In his position, I'd race, go for the win, then use every interview to mention some of the black technical staff and engineers that made the win possible, and dedicate the win to the black lives.

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