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Posted in: Virus threatens 'game over' for Japan's arcades See in context

I visited Mikado in summer '19, and it was a great place. Refreshing and a change from other arcades which were mostly claws and card-based games. It's a shame so many retro gamecenters have disappeared, would really be sad to see this one go down too.

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Posted in: Woman disciplined after putting up partition between herself and older male coworker See in context

There's a lot of information lacking in this story, so it's really hard to judge it. Maybe this was the last straw for a disabled man who had experienced extensive harassment/bullying, which is why it affected him so much? Maybe it's the other way around and he had been acting inappropriately towards the woman? In any case, it sounds like there should be a better HR-system to handle these kinds of issues.

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Posted in: Are you financially better off than you were this time last year? See in context

Graduated and started a full-time job, so yes, finances definitely improved.

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Posted in: Do you feel nowadays that you don't know who to believe or trust regarding information on the coronavirus, how bad it is and what are the best measures to contain it? See in context

Go with the science. But also know that science is about gaining new information and adjusting the way you act according to that. This is a new disease, even scientists are yet to know everything about it, and it seems like a lot of people get confused when science gives new information, sometimes different from what has been previously said. When this happens, many people seem to just turn completely away from scientists, thinking they can't be trusted at all. Sure, scientists can make mistakes and change their minds, but they are definitely more informed than you or your grandma on FB.

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Posted in: Trump calls Abe 'greatest prime minister in Japan's history' See in context

I doubt Trump knows any other Japanese prime minister anyway.

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Posted in: Do you think herd immunity in a country can curb the coronavirus? See in context

Spain was hid hard, but a study suggest only about 5% of the population had developed antibodies. We need that to be about 90% for herd immunity to kick in. The sacrifices necessary would be too great.

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Posted in: Supreme Court rejects appeal by 'vagina kayak' artist over obscenity See in context

Ridiculous. This enforces the absurd notion that the female body is always sexual, always there for others' desires. Let bodies be bodies. Nudity is natural, it isn't always sexual.

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Posted in: Online disruption of Trump rally highlights K-pop's political muscle See in context

Nope, nothing to worry about if it is actually true that a bunch of teens on the internet caused people to be unable to get tickets to an event they otherwise wanted to go to.

They didn't. Anyone could request a ticket, and then it was first come, first served to actually get in to the venue. No one was prohibited from getting in by anything but their own volition. What they did was mess up the data collected by the Trump-faction and ramp up expectations of attendance.

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Posted in: Why are most pedophiles men? See in context

Why ask a question like this here?? Most people have no qualifications to answer this in question in depth. This is not something you can really have an opinion about - there are facts and data which experts in the field can reference, but for the everyday person it's just gonna be guesswork and assumptions.

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Posted in: JK Rowling responds to critics over her transgender comments See in context

So many having an issue with Rowling being criticized for a statement, when she is the one trying to tell people what to say or think.

Talking about "people who menstruate" is being inclusive, because the focus is on issues related to menstruating, not to gender. There is a difference between gender (social) and sex (biological). You can absolutely be of the female gender and not menstruate and vice versa. With this in mind, it actually wouldn't make sense to only speak of 'women'.

I am a women in sex and gender, no transperson has ever told me "how to be a woman." Transwomen are women, transmen are men.

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Posted in: How has the pandemic changed your shopping habits? For example, other than, say, groceries and medicine, how much of what you buy is something you need and how much is just something you want? See in context

I changed when I shop. I go out now in the evening when there are far fewer people. It's actually pretty nice, I'll probably keep it up permanently.

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Posted in: Korean soccer club apologizes for putting sex dolls in seats See in context

Mannequins? Some of them seem to specialize in very large bra-sizes then...

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Posted in: Do you think the quality of education at schools and universities will suffer if classes are conducted online for a long time due to the pandemic? See in context

As a uni-student, yes! I really miss the direct interaction with fellow students and teachers. Discussions just aren't the same online, and you also miss the social aspect of being in class. Online-classes can be an important and useful supplement to classes, like being able to replay lectures and taking notes in your own pace, but I don't see online teaching ever replacing actually being in a classroom.

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Posted in: Tesla's Musk says he is ready for arrest as he reopens California plant against local order See in context

Intelligence and wisdom truly are very different things.

"If anyone is arrested, I ask that it only be me," he wrote.

You don't get to decide things like this, even if I think it would be appropriate. Rich people really think they are above the law.

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Posted in: Japan's child population falls for 39th straight year to record low See in context

Studies on OECD countries have shown that fertility is higher in countries where women can easily join the workforce and where men are more involved in taking care of home and children. Things really need to change in Japan - employers need a new mindset, where they respect people's need for a home-life, and everyone needs to rethink gender roles, so men get more involved with family and women can more easily have a career.

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Posted in: Inject disinfectant? Trump's medical claims baffle nation, experts See in context

And then came his brilliant excuse - he was just talking sarcastically, of course! I'm sure anyone who watches the clip from the briefing will be able to see that... /s

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Posted in: Etiquette a hot topic as social distance jogging gains momentum See in context

@Tom No, the virus isn't transferred through sweat.

I run for exercise but I'm very focused on keeping my distance to people. It can be kinda hard sometimes though - some walker are all over the pavement. I have no problem adjusting to where they are, but it's hard when they keep changing course.

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Posted in: Japanese man suspected of murdering Norwegian woman in Laos See in context

Sorry, that was supposed to be ex-girlfriends, not wives.

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Posted in: Japanese man suspected of murdering Norwegian woman in Laos See in context

The Norwegian source has some more info. There's an interview with her mother who says she was planning to marry this man after having known him for a few weeks and asked the mother to transfer money for buying a motorcycle. She refused, and some time later the owner of the yoga-facility, the young women was supposed to work at, contacted the mom to tell her the daughter had become involved in crime and drugs. The family contacted some of Ogu's ex-wives, he apparently had a habit of getting into relationships with European women and getting them to smuggle drugs for him. He had also been seen transporting her away from their hotel on a motorbike.

Link here, if anyone's interested:

Sounds like an overall sad story.

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Posted in: Takarazuka - purity, honesty and beauty See in context

I've always really wanted to watch one of their shows, but I never knew the lifestyle was so harsh. Puts a dampener on it.

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Posted in: What to do about the Tokyo Olympics? See in context

Postpone them or cancel. Holding them this year seems pointless. The pandemic doesn't seem to have topped yet and many of the athletes are probably affected by it too. No one will be at the top of their game, I'm already hearing about many swimmers having a hard time finding water to train in. We really need to put the focus elsewhere than the Olympics globally.

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Posted in: Trump first foreign leader to call for postponing Tokyo Olympics See in context

To everyone saying it shouldn't be done because the athletes are in peak conditions now: do you really think so? There's a good chance a number of them will get sick and unable to train and perform. It's very plausible many of them will be at their worst this summer. Postpone it a year, then they can all get that much better or get worse together :)

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Posted in: Cat shot with crossbow bolt in Shiga Pref See in context

Pretty messed up. Glad the cat survived.

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Posted in: Gender gaps deeply ingrained in Japanese society: U.N. official See in context


I think you have some points, and I think it underlines how the entire labour-market in Japan has gone awry. Women reject work because they know they'll end up in dead-end careers, serving tea and make photocopies (although I know it's a bit cliche), while at the same time keeping up the home front. As it is now there are just more incentives to be a housewife with maybe a part-time job. Few people really want to work like a salaryman, probably also explains why women are happier. So yes, we have to question what women want, but also why they want it - is it personal desire or the most available lifestyle in the current society? I would also recommend anyone the book you've linked, it's a very informative read and talks about some of the points I've raised here.

I also think Abe has purposely selected conservative women for his government so he can look like he's working for equality while maintaining the status quo.

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Posted in: Increasingly desperate single women bear brunt of economic inequality See in context

There are many institutional factors making it harder for women than men getting a decent wage in Japan. But this article seems to sensationalize it by bringing stories of women turning to prostitution. Not sure why they chose that angle.

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Posted in: Gender gaps deeply ingrained in Japanese society: U.N. official See in context

Womenomics is a total joke. The problem is, Abe doesn't really care about equality - he cares about using women as workers to solve a crisis on that front, and as mothers to solve the population-crisis, plus appeasing his conservative voters. That way nothing will truly change for regular women.

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Posted in: 'Single women only,' say rules for anime voice actress auditions for new 'Love Live!' series See in context

Yikes :/

And the explanation that it all makes sense because they'll essentially become idols doesn't make it better, it just show how exploitative the whole industry is.

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Posted in: Taylor Swift takes on toxic masculinity as 'The Man' See in context

@Toasted Heretic let me grant you your wish :)

I think Swift has a point. With all the stories of lacking equality in various fields, as a woman you can't help but wonder if things would be different if you had something extra between your legs. At the same time, I very much agree with posters pointing out how hard it is to take it seriously when coming from an extremely privileged woman (although I'm sure she had her share of unfair treatment because of her gender).

Also, I like the term toxic masculinity when used right. It can be a very helpful tool to cast light on how certain ideals of masculinity hurts both men and women, although I admittedly rarely see it in academia compared to public discourse. As someone pointed out, it would be useful to also talk more about toxic femininity, but I think we already do - we just don't call it by that term. I can also understand why people are sick of it being used as a blanket-term for any bad behavior coincidentally shown by a man.

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Posted in: Idol group charges extra for photos with fans not wearing masks due to cornoavirus See in context

an official statement from the group's management says it's an effort to raise awareness regarding the shortage of sickness masks in Japan

... by making people buy them for unnecessary reasons like taking pictures with idols? How does this make sense at all??

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Posted in: Does anime need to start being more politically correct for overseas audiences? See in context

Using the term 'political correctness' already influences the debate because of the many, often negative, connotations the term has acquired. I think there are some issues in anime, particularly regarding gender, which personally puts me off watching a bunch of shows. The question is probably whether anime-creators even want to expand the market - if so, they probably have to re-think some things. I don't think this means every anime has to be streamlined and do the same things, but I think there's room for anime which is more sensitive to some social issues. Make room for new genres and ideas without necessarily eliminating everything that used to characterize anime. I think a lot of people could benefit from that.

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