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Posted in: Actor Hirofumi Arai sentenced to 5 years in jail for sexual assault See in context

@ Chottobaka

Yes, there is more to the story, it is that , as the public prosecutors said, Arai had signed a form banning customers from engaging in sexual activities with masseuses at the time he used the services.

His defence was that he assumed that she was giving consent because she didn't resist too much. It seems that Arai told the court that while he was "slightly concerned" that he might not have got her consent, his belief that he had "was stronger (than his concerns)." In other words, he did not have her consent.

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Posted in: Model Angelica Michibata's husband arrested on extortion charge See in context

His age helps as an identifier.

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Posted in: British PM could recall parliament if suspension ruled unlawful See in context

@Andrew Crisp

That the queen signed off on it, isn't the point; constitutionally, she is expected to. The problem that is being argued is twofold, firstly, is the act of prorogation purely political, in which case the courts cannot intervene, and secondly, if there are bounds to the political nature of prorogation, allowing it to be judged on in law, then was what Boris Johnson did legal? Was parliament prorogued to deliberately prevent parliamentary scrutiny of the activities of the executive, as it is constitutionally expected to be able to do? In this case, it raises the question of whether or not the Queen was lied to to get the prorogation through.

The issue of the first point is important because, if it is purely a political act in which the courts cannot intervene, then anything goes. The prime minister can abuse this special privilege, to get his way.

On the Scottish judgement, it came about because constitutional law in Scotland is different because of the Claim of Right. Scotland has a say in this matter because (1) the Queen was in Scotland when parliament was prorogued, and (2) Scotland is part of the United Kingdom with its specific legal and constitutional rights that can be traced back to the Act of Union.

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Posted in: Opposition to block British PM Johnson's early election bid See in context


Yes. Article 50 of the Treaty of the European Union outlines the procedure for leaving the EU. The ECJ case originally started in a Scottish court, which asked the Court of Justice to clarify the issue of revocation of the intention to withdraw from the EU, this is in line with the Vienna Convention on International Treaties which governs all treaties between states.

One thing that was clear that whatever happens it must be decided through the British political system.

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Posted in: Opposition to block British PM Johnson's early election bid See in context


The European Court of Justice disagreed with that. It has ruled that a withdrawing member state may revoke its intention to withdraw from the EU unilaterally, meaning that  the revocation decision is not subject to the unanimous consent of the European Council, the European institution representing the member states. The court added that the court added that the decision to revoke Article 50 must be “unequivocal and unconditional”. This means that the member state has to make it clear that it wishes to maintain its EU membership.

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Posted in: Opponents of 'no-deal' Brexit defeat Johnson, who promises an election See in context


The Lords have agreed to a streamlining procedure to have the Bill pass. Pro-Government Lords cannot stop it. Their attempt at a filibuster had been averted by a “guillotine” and the bill could be returned to the Commons by 5pm tomorrow.

On the Scottish court case, the Judge said that it was not justiciable, that it was not for the courts to intervene in a political matter. This is subject to appeal, and there are two more court cases in the pipeline, one in England, and one in Northern Ireland, relating to the Good Friday Agreement.

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Posted in: Johnson threatens election ahead of Brexit battle in parliament See in context

Does this help?

Polling in Northern Ireland indicates that support for remaining in the U.K. hinges on how Brexit is resolved.

A united Ireland has majority support in the case of a no-deal Brexit. But remaining in the U.K. is more popular if Brexit does not go ahead. The two sides are neck and neck if the U.K. parliament finally approves the Brexit deal negotiated by the U.K. government, according to polling by LucidTalk.

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Posted in: 'A star is born!' Golf-mad Japan salutes 'Smiling Cinderella' See in context

@smithinjapan: "Cinderella story" is an idiom that seems to have made its way to japan, and can even be found in Japanese dramas: "Juken no Shinderera", for example. It does not mean that the story's trajectory follows the original Cinderella story precisely, it has come to mean, a story in which you start from somewhere lowly, and and up 'rich', with some serious prize, something extremely valuable. In sports, the terms Cinderella, "Cinderella story", and Cinderella team are used to refer to situations in which competitors achieve far greater success than would reasonably have been expected; in this case, it is a Cinderella story because in March, she was at position 577 in the the womens' golf rankings, but, by the time she reached the British Open, she was somewhere in the 40s; she had come from nowhere in the rankings, and won three significant tournaments, including one women's world golfing major when, at the beginning of the year, it would have seemed highly improbable.

A Cinderella story doesn't need to have anything to do with glass slippers, pumpkins, cruel step sisters and step mother.

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Posted in: 'A star is born!' Golf-mad Japan salutes 'Smiling Cinderella' See in context

It is seen as a "Cinderella Story" [shindererasutōrī (in katakana) as Asahi Shimbun has called it]. In March, she was ranked 577th in the world, then suddenly she started winning serious events in Japan. In May she won the World Ladies Championship Salonpas Cup, one of the four major golf tournaments for women on the LPGA of Japan Tour, and in July she won the Shiseido Anessa Ladies Open, so she becomes the Smiling Cinderella.

Idiomatically, a Cinderella story is more about having started from somewhere lowly, suddenly to become 'rich'; that is her story.

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Posted in: Praised anime directors among victims of Kyoto arson attack See in context

Jonathan Prin: What are you talking about? Absolutely nobody has said that "if a victim is official you can't grieve". You said "it should be public right after family was informed"; people disagreed with you on that specific point. It was you who said "Victims with no name are no victim."

What is being said is that people have no right to invade the privacy of a family grieving for a lost one; there is no imperative to know the names of the deceased as soon as possible; names will be released when the families are ready to cope with their grief more publicly. This is what is happening; this is all that the police said.

In any case, you do not need to know the name of someone who has been killed to grieve for them.

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Posted in: Praised anime directors among victims of Kyoto arson attack See in context

Sorry, Jonathan Prin, that is absurd. The public has NO right to know, except in very exceptional circumstances. This is not one of those circumstances. There are grieving families, some of them with children, they should be allowed to grieve.

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Posted in: White House wanted USS McCain out of sight while Trump was at Yokosuka See in context

On 31 May 2019, Rear Admiral Charles W. Brown, the US Navy chief of information provided a statement to some news outlets confirming that a request had been made to “minimize the visibility of USS John S. McCain,” but he did not provide details about exactly what the Navy was asked to do, or who made the request.

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Posted in: Amazon, Google agree to allow each other's streaming apps See in context

@garypen Not really arrogant. Fire OS, while based on Android, is not Android. The whole purpose of open source is that you can the the source code, and do what you like with it, modifying it, at no cost. Google, for example, work with the open source Linux kernel, first developed by Linus Torvalds, in making Android.

Amazon make devices to fit in with their ecosystem. Kindles work with books purchased through Amazon (as well as a number of drm-free formats). Fire Tablets and Fire TVs work with Amazon Prime Videos, as well as a number of apps that can be got through the Amazon App store. If you want the pure Android experience, go Android; if you are into the Amazon ecosystem, use Fire tablets, etc.; it is not complicated.

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