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Posted in: LGBT groups, educators call for diversity in school uniforms See in context

Gokai: You should put us to work solving the national debt problem that you 98.4%ers caused. You sure can't solve it.

Landofexcuses: I very much fear that if you people are confused by something as simple as gender, economics just might be a little over your head.

Only that it is not the LGBT people who are confused about their gender. Rather it is the rest of the world, predominantly those who cannot accept LGBT people as they are because their gender-identification does not fit the old-fashioned gender norms and expectations set by (deeply religious) societies centuries ago.

BB: And can anyone tell me my nudists are required to wear clothes in public and in school.

You seem to be overly concerned with nudists but they have no bearing on the topic of gender and sexuality and, though you obviously don’t agree, on school uniforms.

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Posted in: LDP unveils election pledges, including Constitution revision plan See in context

The LDP chapter in japanese politics is luckily set to recieve a heavy blow! I'm tired of Abe, the country worked just as fine without him!

I am not sure you can call the political indecisiveness of DPJ prime ministers “fine work.”

 Yet the people gleefully settle for this every time they are given a chance at change.

Well, the people took their chance in 2009 and what happened? There was a political mess and the economy did not improve one bit. Only when there is a strong, reliable opposition, you can say that the people are given a chance to vote for change and criticize them if they do not take it.

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Posted in: Carb-free sushi? Restaurant ditches rice in new menu items See in context

Sounds more like modified sashimi. Sashimi rolls, anyone? ;-)

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Posted in: Japanese car rentals include stickers that read: 'A foreigner is driving' See in context

These are meant to let other drivers know that the person driving the rent-a-car is unfamiliar with the roads and give him/her some air instead of blearing their claxons for his/her being somewhat late at times. I have a Japanese drivers license and at the few occasions when I rented a car in Hokkaido, I was never offered such a sticker.

It is funny how such a simple thing which is meant to help people on the road can be  spun into an outrage at presumably nationalistic intentions...

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Posted in: There is no way we will support a 'sayonara' tax for tourists leaving Japan. See in context

Japan did have that ridiculous airport tax, ¥2,000 per person.It is just tacky and expensive and leave a bad taste for a visitor to Japan.

Airport taxes are different from the tax which the article talks about. Airport tax is paid for the use of the airport not for PR of the destination the airport is located in. Airport taxes nowadays are included in the price of airtickets so many passengers are not aware that they pay that tax.

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Posted in: There is no way we will support a 'sayonara' tax for tourists leaving Japan. See in context

This is something only Japan would think of.

Not really. Many countries already have it. The US, for example, uses the money paid for acquiring ESTA for tourism PR (though originally the government said that the money would be used to strengthen security at airports, they later changed the tune and now the money finances the PR activities of Brand USA.)

 And really, we all know that this tax will not be used for PR, it will go to building more useless roads and bridges

Well, there is really no way to know if this is true or not at this point of time, is there?

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Posted in: S Korean buses carry statues of 'comfort women' See in context


Yes, because in their minds pointing  a finger at a foreign enemy's crimes absolves them of  all responsibility for dealing with the current situation at home. And also gives them grounds for asking for more money.

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Posted in: S Korean buses carry statues of 'comfort women' See in context

@erbaviva: A boy named SK was beng bullied. His neighbor JP always slaps his chest. So one day he came up with an idea. He strapped dynamites on his chest. The next time the neighbor slapped his chest, he blew the bomb. Now the neighbor has no hand.

And if we follow real-world logic, the boy with the dynamites is alive no more. His neighbor, though having only one hand, is still alive and enjoying his life.

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Posted in: Do you consider the A-bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to be war crimes? See in context

When youve had a good long hard look at yourself and can truly say your innocent then you can pass judgement on the enemy

Only that it is not the Japanese who pass judgement. Rather people who have not been educated in US schools and have not learned from US-authorities approved textbooks. And those people (me being one of them) do not consider the US their enemy.

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Posted in: Trump says opioid crisis threatens everyone See in context

I really wonder why the Amerivcan nation came to this. Painkillers are prescribed in other countries too but we do not see such problems there. Are the American painkillers different? If so, how and why?

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Posted in: Do you consider the A-bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to be war crimes? See in context

There have been numerous genocides throughout mankinds sorry history. Why do you vehemently deny the one perpetrated upon the Japanese people?

Because for people like the poster whom you addressed your question to it was “us” who did it. And “us” also happen to be the winners of the war. And because, (I am aware that my post may be deleted) some attitudes towards Japan (and other Asian nations) which made it easier to justify the bombings still persist, helping some people sleep well at night.

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Posted in: Kyoto eyes introducing lodging tax amid increasing tourist numbers See in context


Sorry, I was referring to the numbers of foreign visitors to Japan, never to the numbers of Disney in the USA.

No, Disneyland was not built in a city, but before the park was even opened, investors and hotel operators bought up all the land in the area, eventually pushing up land prices to as high as $10,000 per square foot. No property in Kyoto comes anywhere close to that value.

Are you trying to imply that investors should buy up all the land in Kyoto so that they can build hotels there?

Eventhough the two Disneylands  in the US made huge profits, there is still no base for comparison between them and Kyoto. They were built only for the purpose of accepting visitors. They can expand and have new hotels built relatively easily. Kyoto is a city where expanding roads, parks and any other facilities, when possible, takes a huge amount of time and where local residents also have their say. Oh, and when I talk about "infrastructure" I mean much more than simply accommodation facilities. Kyoto's infrastructure (with the exception of accommodation) is used by the locals, too.

 am not familiar with details but it is also a way to decrease the already huge number of visitors whom the present infrastructure cannot accommodate anymore. 

It is nothing of the kind. The present infrastructure is already changing to accommodate more visitors, on my visit last year I stayed at a brand new Tokyu hotel.

But if the numbers continue to grow at the same rates as now, soon the few hotels being built in the city will not be up to the task.

If Kyoto wants to fark itself in the backside by biting the hand that feeds it, people can just spend an extra day or two somewhere else in Japan.

I fail to see how that would be a bad thing. You will have happier Kyoto residents,  happier local communities in other parts of Japan, a more relaxed destination and probably more considerate  foreign visitors who are ready to pay a little more for a better place to spend their holidays in.

Japan is riding a wave of popularity as a tourist destination right now. Waves eventually run out, so Japan must exploit this popularity as much as it can, so that it can become an established tourist destination.

Well, there are different ways to look at this. Japan can exploit its popularity until it wears down and then shut down as a travel destination (more or less) or reign in the growth and introduce a more sistainable development/long-term advancement of the industry and urban environment. Improving infrastructure ("expansion" does not mean "improvement" BTY) is important when you are trying to establish yourself as a brand in the long term.

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Posted in: Kyoto eyes introducing lodging tax amid increasing tourist numbers See in context

 1.An intelligent way to create some control on numbers is to restrict hotel space and restrict Air BnB.

Hotel space is already restricted. AirBnB is obviously not but hopefully will.  

 My analogy about comparing Kyoto to a profitable business was purely a point about using your increased profits to deal with your own infrastructure, not by taxing your customers.

Fair enough. Yet, the new tax is going to be imposed on lodgers per night (I guess it will be collectable upon paying for your stay at any accommodation facility within the city. If this tax puts some people off visiting Kyoto, then it might become easier to deal with congestion which, though not articulated well in the article, is obviously one of the major reasons for the introduction of the tax.

Also, you first talk about restricting the hotel space and then say that you need to use the increased profit to build more infrastructure. So, it seems that we are back to the points of limited space and sustainability over growth gone wild.

2.Taxing the tourists already spending good money is bad PR. Especially when the notion of taxing local businesses making good profits has not even been raised.

It depends on how you look at it and what you want to achieve. For overcrowded all-year-round tourist destinations it is often a blessing in disguise. Re local businesses, sure enough, they pay taxes, too.

But again, we do need to consider the local people, too. The phenomenon of getting tired of tourists rumbling around day and night is not unique to Kyoto. It has been observed in a good number of travel destinations (mostly cities which are popular year-round) all over the world and local authorities have only now begun to look into how they can strike a balance between the benefits of great visitor numbers and residents who'd rather have fewer visitors and more relaxed everyday life.

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Posted in: Kyoto eyes introducing lodging tax amid increasing tourist numbers See in context

One of the reasons why Japan has not been an attractive tourist destination is the high cost of coming here. Between the long and costly flight, expensive food and lodging, etc, garden-variety tourists can't afford it.

The numbers during the past 3-4 years fully contradict your statement. Even the number of visitors from East-Asian countries which are not yet considered “developed economies” is still on the rise.

If there is a surge in tourists, hotel operators will build more hotels. That's how things are supposed to work.

Considering how overcrowded Kyoto already is, this is not the most obvious solution for the city.

Disneyland sees upwards of 18 million visitors every year, not one taxpayer dollar was used to build the numerous hotels in the Anaheim area. The park and the hotel operators had no trouble at all finding a way to lodge ever increasing numbers of visitors.

There is one huge difference though. The Disneyland was not built in a city. Can’t see how you can use it as an example for building new hotels/lodging facilities in a city like Kyoto.

 Kyoto has been designed over the years to encourage tourists to come and visit and spend their money. Numerous restaurants, shops, hotels etc have been created to develop the tourism industry.

 Yes, it was a travel destination for the domestic travelers. Until ten years ago. Since Japan started promoting itself in overseas markets, the number of visitors grew to the point where the existing infrastructure could not accommodate the new numbers.

I am not familiar with details but it is also a way to decrease the already huge number of visitors whom the present infrastructure cannot accommodate anymore. I think we should not forget that local people can be on the receiving side when we talk about the negative effects of tourism (and yes, these do exist.)

Imagine owning a business where revenue goes through the roof. This leads to pressures on your machinery and staff expenditure. Do you think you would increase your prices to your customers? And not use your increased income on capital expenditure?

If only it were that simple. Kyoto is not a single company. The resources for building new infrastructure are limited. The residents should be able to live comfortably, too. Capital expenditure is good when your customers are increasing. But keeping the number growing all the time is impossible. I am not sure how it is in this case, but sustainability might be more important than constant growth when you consider the limited resources and the interests of the residents.

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Posted in: Businesses look to attract more foreign tourists to rural Japan See in context

Dan, me too. For me, the point of such visits is to help the locals realize the current situation (be it good or bad) and  find out what they can do to turn their area into an appealing place for foreigners. Spending a day or two with a local family in a rural area holds a relatively high attraction to certain market segments and one of the purposes of marketing (and DMOs, too) is finding what an area can offer to a certain customer group so that both locals and visitors get what they are working/looking for. Promoting the area to customers who might be interested in it is another job "reserved" for marketing companies (and in some cases DMOs. ) A holiday for many people does not mean spending two weeks in the same place or visiting a museum after museum every day or lying on the beach day after day till your vacation is over. There is a myriad of holiday styles so what you find unattractive, might be what others are looking for.

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Posted in: S Korea starts review of 'comfort women' deal with Japan See in context

There's nothing that could possibly justify sexual exploitation during war-time.

No, there isn’t. But the war finished 71 years ago and as far as humans are concerned, we cannot go back to fix the past. The only thing we can do is to work for a better future.

It's not up to Japan to decide wether their apologies is enough or not.

True, but when you are told that you have not apologized enough even after the n-th apology which takes place 70 years after the end of WWII, somehow the “it’s not up to you to decide whether you have apologized enough” argument does not hold water any more.

Having comitted such crimes against humanity in the past brings with a lot of heavy responsibility in the future.

True and fair. But then again, those who like to perpetuate their victim status never say “enough is enough.” I hope I am mistaken but the notion of “forgiveness in order to move forward” seems to be totally unknown in large parts of Asia.

It won't take an easy century to ease the pain for the victims.

Almost all the victims have passed away. May their souls rest in peace. In any other country (my home country included) this would mean that hard feelings should be left to rest because the people who live now have the future. But the South Korean government does not seem to want to let go.

It's like France and Britain, where bitter memories from the Napoleonic-era (1799-1815) still remains, even 200 years later!

Hmm. Yet, we do not see Brits & French (and their governments) try to extort money from each other, do we? Or point fingers and picture their neighbor as the baddest guy on the block…

But as I am not British, I would love to hear the comments of the Brits and the French who frequent this forum on this. I might be mistaken after all…

You can't delete memories and bitter responsibility by just paying an amount of "charity sum" to South Korea.

You might want to read on the number of apologies made over the years and the amount of money paid since the 1950s. Please also pay attention to why the money - which by no means is a “charity sum” - was given to and how it was spent by the Korean governments and how much of it was distributed to the victims by those same governments.

There is plenty of info on the web about this.

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Posted in: NHK sorry over Hitler T-shirt worn by talk show guest See in context

According to the article, the T-shirt had an anti-war message on one side and a peace sign on the other. If this is true, what is the fuss about?

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Posted in: Ex-bureaucrat alleges Abe office's involvement in new school approval See in context

 Hopefully, not just of this clown, but of the whole LDP

To be replaced by what? LDP has been in power for so long for reason. They are the puppet actors who obviously learned from the loss in 2009.

Yubaru is right. If LDP crashes, the power vacuum will ensue chaos and unfortunately be a stimulus for some belligerent though small neighbour countries to try their luck.

Isn't policy formulated by the bureaucrats.

In general, yes. But they have to comply with pushy politicians who want things done the way they want and fast (the article above is only one example.) No matter the color, once in power, politicians tend to learn the game very quickly.

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Posted in: S Korea's Moon calls for official apology over 'comfort women' See in context

Abe is useless. For 5 long years, he can't cut the deal. If Abe can't make East Asians happy, he can't make anyone happy. That should be his number one job.

My first reaction was to laugh at the above. But then, if you think that Abe was elected by the East Asians to work for them... Well, all right. I guess some people can choose which universe to live in.

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Posted in: No. of foreign visitors to Japan reaches 2.29 mil; record number for May See in context

 I think Japan has done a poor job advertising the rest of the country.

This happens with every new destination. The first several years, tourists flock into the most prominent and easily accessible places. Gradually, some visiotors start to come back and form the repeat-visitor base. Many of them will be going to places other than Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto. Japan is still young as a travel destination so the repeat-visitors should be increasing from now on. As the country laready has most of the infrastructure making access to local areas relatively easy, those areas will be getting more attention in the near future. Local governments have realised the potential and many are opting for DMOs to ensure that they will be put and stay on the visitors' maps.

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Posted in: Abe, cabinet ministers promote Super Cool Biz See in context


Thanks for the laugh.

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Posted in: Yokohama mayor apologizes to boy bullied for being a Fukushima evacuee See in context

TEPCO were clearly to blame for the disaster which was "a profoundly man made disaster" according to the subsequent enquiry.

I guess you are talking about the nuclear accident because the earthquake and tsunami were the real disaster. Racer is right. The objective truth is – like it or not – that the nuclear accident killed nobody while the double natural disaster stole the lives of thousands of people. The accident was triggered by a natural disaster of a scale which nobody had experienced in the thousand years before it occurred. What is perceived as human negligence became a reason for the accident due to the unprecedented scale of the natural disaster, namely the tsunami. The accident never really turned into the nuclear disaster which it has been blown up into. Yet, it has been politicized and used by people who were never there and therefore were never involved in controlling it and in dealing with the hysteria that came after March 11.

You see, the VICTIM of bullying is not the issue here. The issue is, "Why do people who are doing their best deserve social derision far far out of proportion to some alleged risk they pose?"

 I have been wondering the same. No redemption for the sinners. No redemption for the innocents.

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Posted in: Abe delays goal of no waiting list for daycare centers by 3 years See in context

And by waiting lists for daycare centers, is he talking about Japan or just Tokyo because in places like Aomori, Fukushima, and other hinterland areas, there is no waiting list. So, basically, Abe can't even run one city let alone a whole country.

Abe’s job is not to run one city. Cities have mayors to run them. The problem with day care centers in cities with big concentration of working-age parents who need DC is not so much the financing as to finding plots which can be used for building DCs. In some districts in Tokyo it is impossible to get a plot big enough for a tiny doll house let alone for a functioning day care center. Yet, in the ward which I live in, we have seen more than ten new DC opened during the past two years because the population has aged, some houses have become uninhabited and some small businesses have closed down and sold the land they used to use. Such plots are now  been used for building DC here but in many wards such development is impossible for the foreseeable future.  You cannot force people out of their homes because you want to build something else on the land their houses are on.

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Posted in: Trump budget calls for deep cuts to social safety net See in context

@Article: The plan claims it would help balance the budget within 10 years

 Ha-ha. Is Trump planning to stay in the WH so long?


@Article: "You have to have compassion for folks receiving federal funds, but you also need compassion for folks paying it"

 Hmm. Talk about widening the social gap… But yeah, this was on the Reps’ agenda since the beginning. Never pay into a social benefits system which has somebody else receive the benefits.


@Article: The State Department and the Environmental Protection Agency would each see their budgets cut by about a third, while defense spending would increase by more than $50 billion, or 10 percent above 2017 levels.

Wow. Left speechless.


 @Article: The proposal also adds $2.6 billion for border security and immigration enforcement -- including $1.6 billion for building a wall on the US-Mexican border, one of Trump's controversial campaign promises.

 Laughed out loud. What happened with the rhetoric on Mexico paying for the wall??


@Article: Mulvaney stressed that Trump's budget request reflected an effort to "bring some fiscal discipline" to US spending, and stressed that the 2018 budget was a pro-taxpayer affair.


Any shortsighted  tax-payer who cannot see farther than the tip of his/her nose would be happy with this request. The problem though is that short-term solutions are never good in the long term. And Trump is definitely not going to be in the WH to see the results in 10 years.


@Article: "We have plenty of money in this country to take care of the people who need help, and we will do that."

Yeah, most of the Reps definitely needed help to make sure they keep their money for themselves. Social security nets??? What are those dems talking about? We do not live in a Utopia Land, do we now?

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Posted in: Japanese men list 7 traits that would make it impossible for them to date some women See in context


My unmarried J girlfriends are independent, knowledgeable and mature. Unfortunately, most of them say that the reason for them being single is that J guys do not like their gf/wifes to be independent, knowledgeable and to act their real age.

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Posted in: Oita zoo names baby monkey Piko after PPAP singer See in context

@Aly: Cleo, do you think that the Japanese public would have reacted positively if a zoo in the UK had named a monkey after Hisahito or one of the other imperial monarchs? 

Aly, your question raises a couple of questions by itself:

Do you feel that because the Japanese  might not have reacted positevely in a hypothetical situation you have to feel offended by one of thouse described in the article?

If yes, would you indeed agree with the Japanese if they did not act positively?

If not, would you (as usual) find a way to tell them how out of touch with the rest of the world (and reality) they are?

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Posted in: Would you be willing to eat agricultural products from Fukushima Prefecture? See in context

But please do provide links to those which helped you find out that the Fucushima Disaster is covered by the Secrecy Law. My googling ability has helped me find facts, not just scaremongering posts/articles written by people/self-entitled experts who believe that just because they say/write something it immediately becomes true.

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Posted in: Would you be willing to eat agricultural products from Fukushima Prefecture? See in context

I have bought produce from Fukushima on numerous occasions and will continue to do so. As Zichi wrote, more than 80% of the prefecture was not even contaminated. At present, contamination of many of the parts that were indeed contaminated hardly exceeds the level of European soil contaminated by the explosion of Chernobil. The most heavily contaminated patches are not used for agricultue.

The media have failed to convey the above but I believe that even if some tried they would be called liers covering for the Japanese government.

I am glad though that many of my Japanese friends support the prefecture by actually going there and buying local produce.

@Alfie: No. Since TEPCO controls all information regarding Fukushima and it's covered by the State Secrets Act I found it very difficult to believe anything they say. Now, after reading this article, I find it impossible to believe anything they say...

Alfie, I read the article but it makes no mention of TEPCO's controling all the information. Please provide links on how Fukushima disaster is covered by the State Secrets Act.

In the article (towards its end), one person in Iitate complains about the Mayor who is trying hard to find a way to rebuild the village and who also seems to understand that there is no easy way to do so. The person who complains though has not proven that the Mayor lied about the radiation just out of his office and, obviously, the Mayor is not TEPCO's employee.

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Posted in: More than 80% of the radiation was deposited in the ocean and poles, so I think the global population got the least exposure. What I found was that we got one extra X-ray each. See in context

But, but... Aren't there still experts who even happen to frequent this forum who are absolutely sure that the particles blown out after the meltdown are still seriously poisoning people all over the world?

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Posted in: Global summit in Tokyo discusses women's empowerment See in context

I do appreciate the fact that Abe has not stopped talking about it. The Japanese society and J Inc are indeed difficult to stir when it comes to centuries (if not millennia) old ways of thinking. Yet, talking a lot about a problem is the first step to the actual stirring of the pot so all the power to him!

@proxy: Western countries want to empower women becuse they believe in freedom and equality,

Some probably do. The rest? If you live and work there, you eventually come to understand how deep the macho-ism runs even in the 21st century.

@Kobe White: Womans lib in the states was just a way of getting the other half of the population to work so they could be taxed and so that children would be raised more by the state than the parents. This is the real reason why it is so appealing to Abe and co, more tax revenue and an even more indoctrinated youth.

Well, I grew up in such a country but I do not think of myself and my peers at home as indoctrinated. I would not say that the state did not try but it was not really successful. With information on anything everywhere for everybody to see, indoctrination is becoming quite difficult so take a breath and relax.

@CruisinJapan: Until Japan figures out their work/life balance situation, the vast majority of Japanese men will prefer their wives stay at home and be 'shufu' with a part time job at best.

I would make one remark though. Nowadays, it is quite often the case that women themselves prefer to forego a career in business. For many women, not having to go to work every day, work overtime, make efforts which are not appreciated by their male peers and bosses is light years better for their general wellbeing.

Any woman I know that's made it up in the ranks in Japanese business either leave their kids with grandparents, the one in a thousand stay at home dad, or they don't have kids.

This. In my office, mothers with little kids who need to leave work exactly at the end of the working hours are seldom given the chance to work on important projects despite their ability to work faster/manage their time much better than the rest of the office bunch.

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