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Posted in: What do you think about the anti-vaccination movement that blames the medical practice of vaccinations for a wide range of health problems? See in context

Unfathomable. I do not understand what make regular Joe's think they know more science than scientist. It is anti-science, arrogance and an unwillingness to accept that some people know better than you.

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Posted in: Trump unloads on Paul Ryan after 'American Carnage' excerpts See in context

It's kinda hilarious to read Trump's tweets, because they really do sound like an elderly man who just discovered the internet. What's with All the Random Caps?

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Posted in: Love lolita fashion? Get the wedding dress of your dreams from Japanese designer Hiroko Tokumine See in context

This was relevant to me as I'll be planning a wedding in the kinda-near future, so I did a google-search for her dresses.... Pretty disappointed to see they mostly look like gaudy 80's creampuffy bridesmaid-dresses. I'll continue my search...

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Posted in: Do you think machines will ever be as good as humans at translating from one language into another? See in context

Nope. Language changes all the time, it's incredibly organic and varied, I don't think a machine will be able to learn that.

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Posted in: Japanese entertainment mogul Johnny Kitagawa dies at age 87 See in context

He leaves a sad legacy.

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Posted in: Man arrested for second time for secretly filming women in toilets See in context

He filmed 6 women in 10 minutes? That must be one busy toilet.

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Posted in: Japan official to Kardashian West: Kimono belongs to Japan See in context

Honestly, whatever. It's already common to call a range of silky robes 'kimono'. Is Japan gonna challenge every clothes-maker now?

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Posted in: Feminist scholar calls Japan's gender problem 'human disaster' See in context

She can enter any national university if she worked hard. 

So I'm guessing you haven't followed the reason scandals about universities doctoring results to let fewer women in?

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Posted in: Letters From Japan: 'He doesn’t have any pictures of us' See in context

It took me months of being with my boyfriend before I had any pictures, because we're just both not very good at taking them. Not everyone has the same expectations to what a relationship should be, this woman should definitely think about hers.

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Posted in: Lone gamers a dying breed as community play thrives See in context

I think this is more because games have captured a new kind of audience. My younger brother is 11, and his primary way of spending time with friends is through gaming. It's a new way to be social together, and I think that attracts people who enjoy being social. Video games didn't have that appeal earlier.

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Posted in: John Legend on abortion law boycotts: 'Money talks' See in context

The difference between this and the gay-bakery case is the issue of discrimination. Boycotting these states have nothing to do with discrimination, it rests on the believe that a woman's body is hers and that life doesn't start at conception or with a heartbeat.

I don't believe life starts that early, I don't believe any babies are being murdered. I think people are free to feel that way, but I'm horrified to see the consequences this have on real people. No one gets an abortion for fun - it's a hard decision, based on love for a hypothetical child you know you can't take care of. There's even evidence that abortion lowers crime rates, because unfit parents don't have to become parents and raise a child with high probability of being criminal.

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Posted in: Over 60% of women face enforcement of wearing heels at work, study finds See in context

@girl_in_tokyo

Amazing comment, I couldn't have put it any better. Besides, you can look competent and appropriate without either make-up or high heels.

The sample size in this survey is very small, but if the numbers are indicative of the labor-market, it also explains why you can't just find a job that doesn't want you to wear heels, since it's apparently the case for more than half. It's not that easy to just get it your way.

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Posted in: Labor minister opposes banning female dress codes with high heels See in context

I'm studying Japanese, and when I tell people, they often ask if I one day want to live and work in Japan. This is one of the reasons I always give a resounding NO. Japanese society is way behind on how they treat women. I feel sorry for the ones who are born into that.

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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

Physical punishment has proven again and again to do more harm than good. People need to find better ways to parent.

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Posted in: Japan's #KuToo movement giving women a leg-up in the workplace See in context

I don't get why people are comparing this to men's discomfort, as if it's a race and only the ones who are the worst off get to see change. I'm sure there are discomforts with men's clothing, but how would this woman be aware of it? She's tackling one issue, and I think it would be great if uncomfortable men also called attention to their issues.

And for the people in here insinuating you should just wear 'better' heels... Tell me when you find them!

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Posted in: Hokkaido and other parts of Japan are experiencing their highest temperatures for May on record. What's your view on climate change? See in context

I must admit that I selfishly enjoy the hotter weather I've experienced. But I know it isn't sustainable and we're headed for trouble.

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Posted in: McDonald's Japan ordered to pay ¥21 mil over improper labeling See in context

And when you buy it, can we see where the store sources their food?

Isn't it pretty common, and required by law most places, that the origin of the product is written on it?

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Posted in: Netflix announces fashion design competition series See in context

I used to love Project Runway, especially the earlier seasons. If it's anything like that, it might be worth a watch.

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Posted in: U.S. abortion rights activists vow to challenge landmark Alabama ban See in context

I never understood the whole "if you're adult enough to have sex without contraception, you're adult enough to handle the consequences!" If you're not responsible enough to put on a condom or what have you, how are you responsible enough for a child? In any case I think the decision to have an abortion should be made by the woman it's affecting. Sometimes it feels like pro-lifers just want to punish people and feel morally superior.

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

There is tons of great Japanese music! Haruomi Hosono made magic with YMO and Happy End, Tatsurou Yamashita is a legend, but my all-time favorite groups are Mucc and lynch. Of course there's also a lot of average poppy junk, but I feel the Japanese music-scene is really large and varied.

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Posted in: Kristen Stewart celebrates young stars redefining sexuality See in context

@Reckless

Well, even if you don't think that's "many" I'd still call it sufficient. My point is, it is entirely possible to have children without being in a heterosexual relationship, so it shouldn't cause people to worry about the extinction of our species.

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Posted in: Kristen Stewart celebrates young stars redefining sexuality See in context

@Concerned Citizen

Your sexuality or gender has absolutely nothing to do with whether you have kids or not. Welcome to the future - there are many ways to have children which doesn't require a heterosexual relationship. I'm in one right now and I don't plan to have children. My sexuality has nothing to do with it.

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Posted in: American students pledge future salary to avoid debt See in context

@arrestpaul

Yes, it's payed by taxes, but I think you know exactly what I meant. Someone always says this, but it's so obvious it feels kinda pointless mentioning it.

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Posted in: American students pledge future salary to avoid debt See in context

I'm glad there are more options now, but the expenses for going to uni absolutely boggles the mind, especially coming from a country where education is completely free and you even get a monthly stipend. Something has gone completely wrong.

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Posted in: What was the best thing that happened to you during the Heisei Era? See in context

Getting born was a pretty big highlight.

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Posted in: Blasts kill more than 200, injure over 450 in churches, luxury hotels in Sri Lanka See in context

Where is this information from?

I'd like to know too, can't find this information anywhere.

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Posted in: What do you think about the habit of "manspreading" on trains? See in context

It can be really annoying. I get that men generally just take up more space than women, but the tendency I've observed is that women make more of an effort to take up less space in a crammed train. Men don't seem to be as mindful about spreading legs and elbows, even if it pokes the people sitting around them...

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Posted in: Japan bans fencing coach for bullying athletes See in context

@oldman

I like how you say there isn't enough info, but nonetheless pass judgement.

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Posted in: Toyota robot can't slam dunk but throws a mean three-pointer See in context

Can't slam-dunk? Then WHAT is even the point

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