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Posted in: 10 Japanese dramas to binge on Netflix See in context

@performingmonkey

you are correct. Maybe I do.

My bad.

My attempt at cynicism regarding Japanese dramas.

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Posted in: Piko Taro, Momoclo-chan Z collaborate on new music video See in context

Why is she saying "to-may-to"?

Isn't it pronunced "to-mah-to" in Japanese?

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Posted in: Again the question: Could armed teachers stop shootings? See in context

Shockingly 1glenn...there is no law in the UK that states a police officer must put himself in harms way to protect anybody. He has a right to ensure his own safety first in any given situation.

Not sure if this applies in the US though.

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Posted in: LDP approves antismoking plan with many loopholes See in context

The comparison isn't how much of the population smokes, the comparison needs to be made with what percentage of the consumers of restaurants and bars are smokers.

True.

But then how many more non-smokers would frequent these bars and restaurants if they were made smoke-free?

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Posted in: 10 Japanese dramas to binge on Netflix See in context

10 Japanese dramas to binge on Netflix

Oxymoron No?

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Posted in: Hanyu hints he may not defend world title See in context

Hanyu hints he may not defend world title

Wanna bet he does?

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Posted in: LDP approves antismoking plan with many loopholes See in context

Permanent residents should (IMO) have a right to vote in local elections in Japan, but not in national elections.

I pay tax...I should have a voice over how it's spent and by whom. ( at a local level)

Why not?

National elections on the other hand. Where you are voting over who runs the country...that's a citizens right. (unfortunately)

wtfjapan...."yep only 45% of restaurants are non smoking, yet smokers only account for about 20% the population, theres Japanese democracy right there for you."

Great fact find sir!

Do we need to say anything more when faced with a fact like this?

It's so obvious that the old fellas calling the shots are only taking this cop out route for their own interests and not ours.

C'mon my Japanese friends!!! Don't let this one slide!

Act now!!

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Posted in: LDP approves antismoking plan with many loopholes See in context

People have and need luxuries in life and smoking is one of them. Others are alcohols, tea, coffee, etc. If they are all banned from health reasons, what our life will be? Health and values of life are two different things. It is a choice of people. Doctors care about health but life philosophy is decided by individuals.

C'mon dude...seriously? You can give a better argument than that. I've seen you!

My drinking tea, coffee or alcohol has no effect on your health. And they ain't likely to be banned either. (let's hope)

Whereas your smoking has an effect on everyone else within the vicinity.

Little luxuries they all are. While I'd state that alcohol is just as deadly as tobacco, it is socially more acceptable.

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Posted in: LDP approves antismoking plan with many loopholes See in context

I'll see you there papigiulio when we find out.

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Posted in: LDP approves antismoking plan with many loopholes See in context

If the restaurants are clearly labeled as smoking establishments, then I don’t see the problem here. If you don’t like it, go to another restaurant, no one is forcing you to be with smokers.

You clearly don't see this is the problem.

Shunsuke is worried that his smoking customers will leave in droves to Daisuke's little smoke filled den.

If smoking is banned throughout then whoever makes the best/cheapest yakitori will win.

As it should be.

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Posted in: 5 differences between Japanese and Western diet approaches See in context

It's not what you eat but when you eat that counts.

Calorie counting is pseudoscience. (Unless you really stuff that grub down then...duh)

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Posted in: LDP approves antismoking plan with many loopholes See in context

Nobody loses any customers when smoking bans are brought in. They said the same in Scotland before the ban.

Now?

Everyone...even smokers, think it is a great thing to have happened.

You can enjoy your meal in a pleasant environment. Then, if you wish to smoke...go outside for some "fresh air"

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Posted in: Again the question: Could armed teachers stop shootings? See in context

Heaven forbid...all it would take is just one stressed out teacher to go full loco to put this idea to bed.

Arming teachers is not the answer any more than vigilantes patrolling our streets in place of the police.

They are not trained and may not be up to the task of taking a life. Let alone living with the consequences. I see a future lawsuit being brought by a teacher who acted and is suffering as a result.

The schools should hire trained ex police/military. and if they can't afford it then the state should pay.

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Posted in: Gov't proposes Y2,000 casino admission fee for Japan residents See in context

That 2000 yen is a stealth tax that will go nowhere near helping addicts. Japan doesn't help anybody with antisocial problems!

Can we have someone running this country that has a clue please?

Just when I think they couldn't be any stooopider they get even stooooopider.

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Posted in: LDP approves antismoking plan with many loopholes See in context

NZ2011

Here here mate. I think we all feel the same bud.

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Posted in: NRA chief slams anti-gun 'elites' after Florida school massacre See in context

Banning guns is not the answer. Bad guys will always get their hands on a gun for a price. Many people (not myself) enjoy range days playing with their toys. And why not? They aren't and never will be a danger to others. Why should they give up on their hobby?

Much stricter vetting and gun control is the only answer. There are so many weapons out there that the horse has already bolted.

Unfortunately...these shootings are here to stay.

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Posted in: LDP approves antismoking plan with many loopholes See in context

While the ministry had sought to introduce a total indoor smoking ban in the run-up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, it gave up after staunch opposition from the LDP, whose members have strong ties with tobacco and restaurant industries.

Please JT...run an article with the names and faces of these people. We need to know who they are and stop voting them into office, as they obviously don't have our interests at heart.

Only their own interests.

Shameful...wait until this becomes known outside of Japan. Not only will Japan be vilified but many folk who are now used to non smoking establishments might just consider not coming to the Olympics.

How would you like that IOC?

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Posted in: Fukuoka Pref to aid gangsters seeking to leave crime syndicates See in context

above.

Good point. How would anybody know otherwise?

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Posted in: Japan to buy at least 20 more F-35A stealth fighters See in context

It may have all the bells and whistles but it's hardly the sexiest fighter plane out there is it?

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Posted in: 18-year-old mother arrested for killing 2-year-old son See in context

@reckless

The baby is dead. What more can we say other than that? Of course its in our minds. Too much assumption on your part bud that we don't care about the baby. I am a father too.

We focus on the mother (in this case) because the causes that drove her to such an act are unknown. We can assume all sorts as most of us have done. (without the full information being available)

As has been (correctly) stated...she must have been in a very dark place to have done such a thing. A place I don't ever want to be and wouldn't wish on anyone.

Don't assume that all mothers who kill their kids are evil through and through. (though some undoubtedly are)

Like I said...it's never black and white mate.

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Posted in: 18-year-old mother arrested for killing 2-year-old son See in context

feeling sorry for... and having pity for...are two different things.

Google em.

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Posted in: 18-year-old mother arrested for killing 2-year-old son See in context

above

read my first sentence.

Things are never black and white bud.

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Posted in: 18-year-old mother arrested for killing 2-year-old son See in context

As others have said, no excusing what she has done. She should be punished for this murder.

But, she is no more than a child herself. A bleak future ahead with little to zero career prospects.

Chances of finding someone to care for her and her child? Probably zero too.

She will drift in and out of casual relationships with men who only want her for one thing.

I can see how the thought of being single again appealed to her.

She could have put the child up for adoption. Gave it a fighting chance.

She chose to kill her baby.

I can't help but feel sorry for her though. She was 16 when she got pregnant.

16 is young where I come from. We all know its more so here!!

Tragic situation.

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Posted in: Trump says arming teachers could prevent school massacres See in context

Arming a teacher? Not a good idea imo. They have enough pressures to be getting on with, without the added pressure of "will today be the day I..."

How about hiring a professional (ex military/police) to just be at the school. Comparative salary with teacher I would have thought. Give he/she an office. He can get to know the students. Gather intel from teachers and students on potential loons. Patrol the corridors etc...

Give every teacher an alarm they can activate if something kicks off.

I'm available.

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Posted in: Japan to buy at least 20 more F-35A stealth fighters See in context

The sources asked not to be identified because they are not authorized to speak to the media.

Often wondered what this actually means.

Why is this person potentially risking his career or even jail time? (money?)

Who else is he willing to give information away to?

If someone in my business was leaking information to other parties, I'd want to know who it is.

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Posted in: Abe says gov't needs to ease impact of sales tax hike See in context

People are just gonna spend less and save more. Everybody knows this except...him!

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Posted in: Abe calls for foreign employment review to increase skilled workers See in context

I'm thinking the problem is more likely to be in the low skilled and manual sectors in Japan than the higher paid technical skillsets.

Then again, Abe knows better doesn't he?

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Posted in: Secret Pence-N Korea meeting planned, then scrapped See in context

NEVER...close the door on negotiations!

Why do our leaders behave like petulant 3 year olds?

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Posted in: Your car or mine? Latest survey finds car sex a popular activity See in context

I'm sorry but if you are both consenting adults and take every reasonable step so as to not be seen in public, then this should be a perfectly legal activity. I'd go as far as to say that anyone caught looking in the car should be charged.

Police should investigate though, just in case there is a crime being committed.

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