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Posted in: Trump spoke privately about ending Japan defense treaty, Bloomberg reports See in context

Drako:

I'm not telling you, an independent source is. Sources are better than anecdotes. Sorry.

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Posted in: No-confidence motion against Abe cabinet voted down in lower house See in context

Oh and the managers/administrators and their deputies in a council-mamager system cannot be partisan. They are also held to account that if they try to become political/biased, their professional org can suspend or remove them, effectively making them unemployable.

https://icma.org/documents/council-manager-form-government-what-how-it-works-and-benefits-your-community-brochure

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Posted in: No-confidence motion against Abe cabinet voted down in lower house See in context

Is the purpose of govt (executive cabinet) to politicize and bury facts they don't like? Why isn't the cabinet just the most senior civil servants in each dept? If they do bad work, the diet can fire them. Not a swipe at parliamentary govt, presidential govt also politicizes facts...and calls them fake news. Why hasnt anyone done a council-manager form of govt at subnational (state, province, prefecture) or national level - it's only at local level? Many extoll it for its professionalism, getting things done, and remaining democratically accountable to elected legislature.

History:

Cabinet was born out of the king's privy council and once answered only to him. Later, they could be held to account by parliament and soon could be removed even by parliament. Still later, the prime minister was born from the king leaving governing affairs to the pm and cabinet. In the states and most countries with a presidential system, this froze at semi-accountability - only the president (king) could fire. Could we not try to improve?

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Posted in: Trump spoke privately about ending Japan defense treaty, Bloomberg reports See in context

The SDF is actually quite strong, ranking 6th out of the world's militaries. It became stronger during the Korean war as US pressured them to do the opposite of what they had said earlier. The SDF just can't start wars (can US switch to an American SDF, please?). It has been deployed for different non-combat operations, though.

Source:

https://www.globalfirepower.com/country-military-strength-detail.asp?country_id=japan

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Posted in: Nissan shareholders OK governance steps, Saikawa remaining CEO See in context

In the latter proposal, the executive committee members would have to be from the board (not investors who may hold rival company stock as well).

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Posted in: Nissan shareholders OK governance steps, Saikawa remaining CEO See in context

Instead of a bazillion committees and outside directors, why not have a democratic transparent govt? Do what the Germans do (work councils and codetermination) or make workers equal common stock shareholders (1 person 1 vote) and investors as preferred stock shareholders (no limit, dividends but no voting power except with their wallets). Workers elect the 50 member board (parliament). The board elects the 7 member executive committee (cabinet). Have 5 workers chosen by lottery to head Review Committee (company court) for grievances within.

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Posted in: Facebook's new cryptocurrency faces real-world resistance See in context

If you cant use it where you need it, independent of the American govt and it's corporation Facebook, then people will be wary. Bitcoin and others work regardless of US opinion and regulation. That was kind of the point - to be free from govt interference. Facebook Libra fail...

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Posted in: Seven-Eleven Japan to sell 'onigiri' in bioplastic wrappers See in context

Im sure there's a middle ground between wrapping wrappers around a wrapped cookie and a single wrapper around 50 cookies. If not, civilization is doomed.

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Posted in: Seven-Eleven Japan to sell 'onigiri' in bioplastic wrappers See in context

Disillusioned:

Ive seen the opposite too. A 50 pack of cookies with a single outer wrapper. If you don't eat all the cookies in a day or so, they get stale. Worst is the 2 litre soda. Unless you're having a party or you're kegging, that is gonna go flat fast. Better to have "indie wrapped" smaller containers.

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Posted in: Russell says Abrams' new 'Star Wars' script made her cry See in context

No mention of keri Russell being the star of the americans for 6+ seasons? Show famous for its gratuitous posterior shots that has nothing to do with soviet plot.

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Posted in: Suspected panty thief acquitted after accuser can’t prove stolen panties are hers See in context

That is harsh. If convicted, he should've just had his taken.

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Posted in: Get your fax right: Bungling officials spark nuclear scare after quake See in context

And if you personally hand deliver you can be doubly sure the recipent received. Fax is not as secure as you think. Lines can be tapped much easier than an email being intercepted.

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Posted in: Japan encourages foreign tourists to buy travel insurance due to surge in unpaid medical bills See in context

That's messed up. Don't doctors take oaths or something? Kinda like priests not preaching til offering plate is full.

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Posted in: Japan encourages foreign tourists to buy travel insurance due to surge in unpaid medical bills See in context

"including one hospital where the total amount exceeded 10 million yen ($92,000)..."

In the US that amounts to one x-ray and a bottle of Tylenol...if you're lucky.

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Posted in: Iran's Revolutionary Guard shoots down U.S. drone See in context

2 things:

1) "Iran's paramilitary Revolutionary Guard, which answers only to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei..."

Like Her Majesty's Navy? In the sovereign's name. The Queen can literally prevent a prime minister from going to war. She is still the commander-in-chief (something the americans go to the extreme with with their presidency) just as the ayatollah is for Iran. As stated before, it has a parliamentary nature to the structure of govt, it's just the ayatollah is more publicly verbal and opinionated than the Queen.

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Posted in: Average working hours of teachers in Japan longest in OECD survey See in context

In Texas, teachers are expected to be 30 min prior to opening at least and hour after for prep. Most do at least 2 hours outside the 7:30-4 schedule. Only 30 min for lunch. 50 hour week is normal, but tiring. Likely same for all of US.

Asakk:

Need a teacher in belgium?

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Posted in: Court rejects call to revoke approval for nuclear reactor restarts See in context

Wakarimasen:

I actually did some research on this as i used to believe that nuclear power was the only way for such energy use.

Geothermal, hydroelectric, solar, offshore wind, and wave can deliver...just use 3-5 of the above. The Netherlands even runs their entire electric train systems off wind power. Machines and lights are getting more energy efficient too. Solar panels designed as roof panels are also taking off. Planes and helicopters can be powered by liquid hydrogen with exhaust being water. Cars...well, electric, fuel cell, running on an electric wire system like trains, etc.

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Posted in: Nearly 50% of Japan's singles have no dating prospects: gov't survey See in context

Same issue here. Start dating young (when both of you are young) or get arranged marriage by parents (in most cases, you do get final word). Dating websites are flawed and some use fake profile pix just to entice. They make you register and explain everything...then they say "well, you wanna actually use this website, you better pay up before we show you the women or allow you to talk." They could've said that before I inputted all that data they sell to data collection companies (why we still pay for site is unclear since they sell our data anyway).

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Posted in: Man arrested for stabbing officer denies charge; carries mental disability certificate See in context

Lostrune2:

Not necessarily. Calling in a hoax for the other officers is premeditation. It could be shown that he was competent enough to plan his attack. As such, the judge may deny mental defence.

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Posted in: We do not choose our sexuality, gay referee Owens tells Folau See in context

That was for concerned citizen

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Posted in: We do not choose our sexuality, gay referee Owens tells Folau See in context

Please. I've heard of purgatory, heaven, and hell. Never heard of the pick your own death retirement centre. Sounds interesting. Brochure?

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Posted in: Parenting book author says school system, overprotective parents killing kids' creativity See in context

TheCaledonian:

If you're saying your country, you can say the UK. Scotland is a state within the UK, just as Texas is a state within the US.

Scottish pride and Texas Pride...go for it :)

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Posted in: 7-Eleven stores struggling in face of labor shortage See in context

Plus the franchise owners have to buy the lot and build the building. Where is the corporate help?

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Posted in: 7-Eleven stores struggling in face of labor shortage See in context

"We will aim for leniency in operating convenience stores but without risking falls in sales."

Confused. If they're franchises, they have individual owners and keep their profits, minus the ghastly annual charge for use of the company name and obedience to the rules. How does corporate feel the loss of sales if their annual charge to franchises is a set fee?

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Posted in: Reverence for tradition threatens same-sex marriage in Japan See in context

I like how some say "ok with consenting adults." The same sx marriage is a law just like consent and marriage. If you can change thar, you can change the other two. It would probably take another 20-30 years before society becomes accepting of pedosxuals as well. They're not even at the joking state yet, they're still in the persecution stage. These same stages were what the hmosxuals went through too.

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Posted in: Japan demands more proof from U.S. that Iran attacked tankers See in context

Just watched American media on this. They said "sources and allies back Americas assessment." Wow. Must be talking about Israel and Saudi Arabia - biased against iran. Don't know any others who believe for sure it was Iran.

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Posted in: Man stabs police officer, steals his gun in Osaka Pref; 33-year-old suspect sought See in context

"Classes at schools in the area will be canceled Monday if the man has not been caught by 9 a.m"

Schools in america would be closed year-round all the time of they followed this policy. Everybody and their mum is packing...

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Posted in: Parenting book author says school system, overprotective parents killing kids' creativity See in context

Bertie:

That could be applied to her too. She can talk or write about problems with the schools, or she could make her own school to solve the problems.

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Posted in: Parenting book author says school system, overprotective parents killing kids' creativity See in context

Why doesnt she start her own school and enrol students who want to be individuals and escape exam hll? She seems to have enough money for a private school.

On a similar note, wonder why no cram school is used exclusively as opposed to after regular school? If they are so good, why not just drop regular school and go to cram only?

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Posted in: Swift calls out homophobes on new song, announces 7th album See in context

TheFu:

Consenting adult varies...age of consent is different in different countries. If a country has theirs set at 25 and you're with a 24 year old, you'd be prosecuted as a pedo. Laws are made and amended constantly.

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