J-Dake comments

Posted in: There are some customers who feel uncomfortable seeing tattoos, and they can have an impact on the class of an inn. Because administrative agencies are not responsible for taking care of customer complaints and other problems, accommodations have no choice but to become cautious about lifting the ban. See in context

It should also be noted that not all Yaks have tats (actually many these days do not) and not all tatted folk are yaks. If you check the calendar year it is actually 2019.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic CEO reminds visitors that cannabis is banned in Japan See in context

Really?

Either way, if you need CBD, you'd probably be best coming here and buying it, rather than bringing it in.

Yes indeed. I was as surprised as you. Give it a google.

I may have been premature saying you can buy without import though. I'd agree, it would require a fair bit of trust that the Customs folks know their stuff. If you don't like holdups at the airport I'd say let the postal system handle it.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic CEO reminds visitors that cannabis is banned in Japan See in context

To qualify what I said above, it is THC that is illegal. And many CBD products contain traces of it. People should still indeed be careful.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic CEO reminds visitors that cannabis is banned in Japan See in context

I think recreational users will know this already. The warning is important for medical users - the 57 year-old housewife who uses a CBD oil containing cream for her arthritis, coming to see her niece compete.

Actually CBD is legal in Japan. It can be purchased quite legally online even. shipped from Japan. It would appear that Mr. Muto is either misinformed about Japanese law or needed to better qualify his statement/warning.

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Posted in: There are some customers who feel uncomfortable seeing tattoos, and they can have an impact on the class of an inn. Because administrative agencies are not responsible for taking care of customer complaints and other problems, accommodations have no choice but to become cautious about lifting the ban. See in context

I guess we have two quite different definitions of "class". Mine centers a great deal on how you handle situations and not how you look. Judging people on how they look is fairly unclassy, trashy and frankly unsophisticated in my book. Much more so than someone deciding that they want someone to draw on their skin. Throwing out the baby with the bathwater is also of questionable "class".

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Posted in: Singer Ayumi Hamasaki criticized by fans for 'inappropriate' Instagram picture See in context

Olympic opening ceremony stage act gestating...

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Posted in: Legendary New Orleans blues pianist Dr John dies at 77 See in context

We CAN all live together and prosper BECAUSE we are different and we are more than the sum of our parts like the gumbo. New Orleans is the soul of the USA and Dr. John is the embodiment of New Orleans. Oh and you can shake a tail feather to that isht too!

Laissez les bon temps rouler!

RIP Mac.

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Posted in: Madonna says she feels 'raped' by New York Times profile See in context

Madge has always been polarizing. Overall I think she has had a positive affect on the culture. and she is indeed a difficult if not hypocritical figure. She took the sexual revolution of the 60s and 70s that much further in the repressive and return-to-the-50s Reagan 80s. Pushing blatant female sexuality onto 80s TV screens and demanding that people accept that its OK and downright important that women be allowed to enjoy sex too. And express as much openly. She was not feminist in the 1970s sense (where many people seem to think it still sits). She was "feminist" in the sense of where it would go in the future. She very much helped it get there.

At the same time she also co-opted other subcultures seemingly not to spread the message but to spread her popularity and enlarge her bank account. Maybe this was to have a greater stage on which to spread her message and maybe it wasn't. When faced with situations where she could bring another woman down to further her own career I cannot say that she always acted heroically.

A lot of her criticisms of the media and how they have treated her because she is a woman and not a man I feel are accurate. This case? I'm not sure. I haven't read the article and I'm not that interested to to be honest. But Madge has always adapted to the age and era in which she is living. I think this is likely her doing just that.

She is no more hypocritical or difficult than the country she was born in or the era in which she is living.

I'm glad she was born though.

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Posted in: Ex-captive journalist denied passport issuance for 5 months See in context

But the passport law stipulates that the government may not issue a passport if a destination country denies entry to the applicant, or it is deemed the applicant could harm national interest.

Yes, this wording seems to leave a lot to be desired. As I understand it, this is implying you need a destination country in order to apply for a passport. And then that this universal (in that it is not used to allow one to enter a single country but as many countries as recognize it) travel document may be denied an individual if a single country denies entry to them. It would be safe to say that Mr. Yasuda is being discriminated against here on political grounds. Ultimately the decision to grant a passport to an individual is the right of the issuing authority but this does not mean that they are not immune to criticism or legal action if it is evidenced that it is making these decisions arbitrarily or based on political preferences.

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Posted in: A bill banning parents from physically punishing children is expected to be passed during the current Diet session. Do you think it should be illegal for parents to hit their children as a means of discipline? See in context

From a psychological standpoint as I see it the pros and cons of physical correction are as follows. Pros:

Possibly the approach to behavioral change which yields the quickest and most visible results. Cons: The medium is the message so while you may correct the behavior you want to correct you are ultimately teaching them to resolve conflict through violence. Often results in people who often are unable to express emotions well, have less developed reasoning abilities, sense of responsibility and self-determination. Is effectively ruling by way of fear and intimidation and not respect (they often seem the same at first to the observer). Demands more patience, consistency and faith of the parent.

It would be a logical conclusion therefore that physical correction only be employed when the need to correct behavior is immediate and urgent (ie dangerous behavior) and when the child is perhaps too young to learn in other ways before posing a risk to themselves.

But you don't have to take my word for it. University libraries are filled with journal articles written by developmental psychologists on the subject. You'd be hard pressed to find a majority who would advise physical correction as the primary means of discipline for children.

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Posted in: A bill banning parents from physically punishing children is expected to be passed during the current Diet session. Do you think it should be illegal for parents to hit their children as a means of discipline? See in context

It should be illegal to assault anyone and perhaps particularly children. That you are their parent or guardian should bestow no special rights as "owner" upon you. If the parent believes it to be justified and necessary (such as immediate correction to avoid life threatening activities such as running into traffic) they can plead their case to the judge (or perhaps social worker if that is more practical) if it comes to that like any other assault defendant. That is my informed opinion anyway.

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Posted in: Offices adding greenery as part of work-style reform See in context

If you feel disconnected from your family and humanity due to working 70 hours a week in an office where you are harassed from above and have but whiffs of vacation to look forward to in order to empower your grip on this mortal coil fear not! You can now seek solace in a fern.

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Posted in: Teachers are not anti-crime professionals. In addition to neighborhood monitoring and cooperation, there should be concrete anti-crime measures such as professional security guards in uniforms. See in context

That may help with the effects, sure.

To address the cause (what they are alluding to I don't think can be framed a simple crime problem), a serious discussion and frankly, revolution, needs to occur here (not only here) regarding psychology and mental health. Any other angle to me seems shortsighted and wildly inefficient.

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Posted in: Do you think laughing loudly during a movie at a theater is rude, bearing in mind that in Japan, for example, the subtitles may not be able to convey the meaning of a joke from English into Japanese? See in context

It would depend I think, on how overbearing and distracting the laugh but not on whether the subtitles are able to convey the nuance of the humor from another language. One should probably understand walking in that something as culturally-based and nuanced as comedy is not likely 100% transferable to those who do not understand it at a native level. Furthermore, understanding a culture at a native-level does not guarantee one will understand all expressions of it either.

I would be interested in hearing why someone shouldn't laugh (defining "loudly" is a bit difficult here) simply because someone else doesn't understand or does not appreciate a joke.

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Posted in: What do you think about suspected gropers jumping onto train tracks at stations to avoid capture? See in context

The incidence of false accusation is so low as to be negligible.

I'm genuinely wondering how you would know this to be a fact.

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Posted in: What do you think of Japanese pop and rock music? Heard anything you like? See in context

Alfie,

Always happy to spread the joy. Yes, that band has the most interesting history of any Japanese band I can think of. Formed in 1967 and active up through the 90s yet never released an official studio record and one member was involved in the 1970s yodo-a-gogo pilot to steal an airplane and fly to to North Korea. Crazy stuff. Kind of makes other underground bands look like AKB haha.

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Posted in: What do you think of Japanese pop and rock music? Heard anything you like? See in context

Nice one Alfie! I'd add Church of Misery to that string.

Some of my favorites from the past and present:

The Golden Cups, Takeshi Teruachi & the Bunnies, Flower Travelling Band, The Jack, High Rise, Acid Mothers Temple, Les Rallizes Denudes, Speed Glue & Shinki, Fraction, Guitar Wolf, American Soul Spiders, Teengenerate, Cracks, The Gimmees, Dead Vikings, Tokyo Cramps, Nujabes, Pizicato Five, Fishmans, Too Much, Osaka Monorail, Green Machine, Thee Michelle Gun Elephant, Ghost, Melt Banana, Taj Mahal Travellers

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Posted in: Teacher’s verbal abuse, threats blamed for 15-year-old girl’s suicide See in context

 The school admonished him

Is "Admonish" somehow now a synonym for "fired and reported to police" or does this school board really not give a flying F about the well-being of their students?

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Posted in: Reporter sues government after his passport invalidated See in context

It is indeed difficult not to frame this in the context of an attack on the freedom of the press. Would this individual have had his passport revoked (the constitutionality of which is pretty hard to argue for) if we has someone who was visiting the country on his own without a job to do (including having had the past he does)? How about if he had family there to visit?

Some journalists report on domestic issues and other international. Some report in safe areas and others need to go to dangerous areas. Some work for large new conglomerates and other independently. I would argue that they are all necessary to ensure free flowing information to the electorate. Yes, democracy does depend on freedom of the press.

For those who would argue that governments should not negotiate with terrorists, I am not arguing against that but in the same frame of mind, would running from reporting on them in the primary sense not be equally as terrible a policy? Wouldn't that allow their networks to grow unchecked? Doesn't someone have to do the hard job here and risk their safety for this information in order for us all to be informed with balanced information (or at least an attempt at it)?

This seems like a rather obvious and heavy-handed way for the government to sanction reports (ie choose which can do the job and which cannot). Isn't that an awfully dangerous precedent to set for a country which aims to be a democracy?

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Posted in: TEPCO to employ foreign workers at Fukushima plant under new visa system See in context

Yeah, didn't see THIS coming at all.

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Posted in: Why does politics divide a country into "us" versus "them" (using the U.S. as an example)? Why can't people on both sides come together on issues to unify their country instead of dividing it? See in context

The only answer to this cliche question would be a cliche answer: divide and conquer. It's much easier to push through a corporate 1% serving agenda that will be to the detriment to a severe majority of people if they are distracted with details and baited into identity politics.

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Posted in: Deified as the voice of his generation, Kurt Cobain lives See in context

But not this. Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain would be in any of my all time favourites list, way ahead of Nirvana. Opinions eh, we've all got them!

Yes sir. And I think no less of you because you like a band I do not like. Talking up your favorites and trashing ones you don't like is all a part of the fun for some.

For the record I've been on both sides of the record: I've made em and I've been a critic. While the former is definitely more fun and fulfilling the latter is also a form of entertainment not to be taken too seriously either from those sitting in lazy boys or those you read in the Village Voice.

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Posted in: Swedish superstars ABBA: New song later this year See in context

Which always amazes me. How can one find fault with ABBA?

Let me help you. They made bland awful repetitive pop music in a decade that was defined in part by just that. Not to mention their if-hitler-had-won-the-war creepy on stage image and, oh yeah, DISCO. Them, Fleetwood Mac and the Eagles were neck and neck there for a long time for most awful band but I’d have to give that nod to the Eagles just because they were/are such rotten people.

No thanks needed ;)

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Posted in: Deified as the voice of his generation, Kurt Cobain lives See in context

I loved and still love Nevermind, but the the other albums don’t really grab me. There are some storming tracks on In Utero - Pennyroyal Tea and Heart-shaped Box, but the album is not one I listen to right through. Maybe my expectations were raised so high after Nevermind.

I find In Utero to be a much deeper record. I love Nevermind of course but the combination of the saturation of the singles in the mainstream and that it is basically a heavy pop record (not a slight just a comment on the hooks and tunefullness) made it so that I can hardly ever go back to that record. It is a superb collection of songs whereas I find In Utero is a record that keeps you in the same sonic headspace for the whole record. Obviously there was an amount of self-sabotage to the record that he even admitted once they got too big and started seeing meatheads showing up to shows but to me it is still mostly melodic (besides Friendly Radio Unit Shifter).

I think if he hadn't taken his own life and the band had gone on to make a few more records people would have looked back at In Utero as the moment when Nirvana really found their sound. That is unless he really did make the new wave/breakdance record he was threatening to make in those last interviews.

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Posted in: Deified as the voice of his generation, Kurt Cobain lives See in context

The Posies and Pavement were better bands.

Pavement was one of the worst bands of that decade. All the Malkmus took from punk rock is that he didn't have to try very hard or tune his guitar to play onstage. There is not one song in the Pavement's cynical ironic discography that even comes close to whiffing the greatness of Nirvana's worst. Indie hipster trash of the worst kind.

The Posies were pretty good and could write a tune but man what a bore live.

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Posted in: What do you think will be some of the biggest challenges that Crown Prince Naruhito will face when he becomes emperor on May 1? See in context

Relevancy of an emperor in the 21st century seems like a big one.

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Posted in: Airline complaints: Which bothers you the most? See in context

Do I have the right to not have the kid directly in front/behind me screaming for most of a 8 - 12 hour flight?

No, actually you do not. Although we all have the right to buy all the surrounding seats or seats in first class to avoid such distressing humanity.

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Posted in: California governor places moratorium on executions See in context

@Jenni

Your criticism of my comment is not unwarranted. I was short and did come off as definite when the debate on what constitutes a “life” or at least “the right to life” is ongoing and certainly not a done deal as you suggest (or I did).

“Unfortunately there's no agreement in medicine, philosophy or theology as to what stage of foetal development should be associated with the right to life.” (BBC)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/ethics/abortion/child/alive_1.shtml

Being against a government deciding whether or not someone lives or dies and indeed literally killing someone and believing that a woman should have a right to decide what happens to her own body including abort a pregnancy is not contradictory so far as I dice it up. 

And about the “lie” I was not saying he was lying i was saying lay/lie. Like let sleeping dogs lie but understandable that you misunderstood that in your fury to reply. I didn’t think about how that could be taken when I posted.

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Posted in: California governor places moratorium on executions See in context

Wait, I’m confused....pro-life for convicted criminals, but pro-choice and for late term abortions....which is it? You guys are so all over the map!

It's really not that hard to comprehend if you want to. A fetus is not a life. An adult human being is. Not sure where you get the late term part from so I'll leave that lie where it is.

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Posted in: Cabinet OKs bills to ban harassment, promote women's advancement See in context

change should come organically from society and the market

...which are both in a chokehold by old men. No penalties, no progress here unfortunately but you go ahead and hold your breath.

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