Wait a minute! Wasn't one of the reasons for not building the Zaha Hadid stadium for the Tokyo Olympics that it was out of keeping with the surroundings buildings? But they had a plan since 2013 to knock down the surroundings anyway?
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What is a meandering blade?
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Milan Kundera, in ‘The Unbearable Lightness of Being,’ said, “True human goodness, in all its purity and freedom, can come to the fore only when its recipient has no power. Mankind’s true moral test (which lies deeply buried from view) consists of its attitude toward those who are at its mercy: the animals. And in this respect, mankind has suffered a fundamental debacle, a debacle so fundamental that all others stem from it.”
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Surgical abortions are not covered by Japanese public health insurance and can cost around 100,000 to 200,000 yen.
It's unlikely that doctors will approve of the abortion pill without some kind of compensation for this loss of income. In fact, this lucrative little business was the main reason certain forms of contraceptive were highly restricted for so long. Of course, the stated excuse was safety of women and that will be the reason here that doctors will be able to cut in.
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Without any expectation of reciprocity, it makes no sense for Russia, or any country, to bind itself by rules that other players refuse to follow.
Still don't make barbaric targetting of civilians right. Maybe my standards are higher than international law. And I believe we all should have such standards. And if not, we may as well state that anarchy and nihilism are the way forward.
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A good example of how this works...
It is unclear why these four have been re-arrested three times so far since they already confessed three times,
Maybe a little, clearer example was in order. But maybe not; maybe the murkiness of it all is actually central to the system.
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Quite apart from the harm to Ukraine, Russia has committed the biggest case of self-harm maybe in history. It doesn't even win any propaganda battles because it has zero credibility, except with a few Putin fanboys. Putin is the problem. The sooner the Russians rid the world of him the better.
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Yes, that NATO bombing would have been wrong the way you characterise it, Reg, but it still doesn't make this barbaric, Russian terror campaign right, right?
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Something conservatives don't understand: love.
Exactly, borscht. They are motivated by fear. Fear that they will crumble along with their "culture" if people are allowed to love who they like, or love at all. In fact, the "culture" is not built on love.
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Don't the people own these companies now through all the subsidies and clean-ups they have paid for on their behalf?
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The outcome will be the one that preserves the rotten status quo as much as possible. There are too many people in positions of power benefitting from it and very sparse opposition. Who will cause a fuss even if there is a serious miscarriage of justice?
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Stupid man can say more stupid things.
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There's always immigration ...
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It's staggering really, not even so much that it was implemented in 1948 but that it went on until 1996 and that now the government is so penny-pinching about compensation, while billions are spent on corporate welfare.
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Regarding the decline of births in Japan, 74.1 percent of the respondents said they feel a sense of crisis.
But for the politicians, elderly LDP voters, business leaders and the bureaucrats, it seems to be "Crisis? What crisis?"
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It will need Arsenal to slow down and Haaland to keep on scoring. Currently, there's no sign of either of those things happening.
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Wherefore art thou, America?
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Some researchers believe that celestial bodies such as asteroids and their fragments fell to Earth, bringing water and life.
It might be a nice idea but a few amino acids and water are not life. If what we more commonly believe to be life could exist in interplanetary or interstellar space, it would be almost everywhere since most planets and satellites would be less hostile.
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Posted in: As supermarkets and other stores set their prices on a quarterly to semi-annual basis with egg retailers, the current retail price does not yet reflect the steep rise in feed prices and other factors. Retail prices are likely to rise even further after the next price revision. See in context
The current retail price of almost anything does not reflect the true costs of production anyway.
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Some seem to be incapable of understanding the liberal separation of powers and the right to free speech. To them everything is about political partisanship. On the whole, like Erdogan, they tend to be conservatives who want everyone to think the same - like them - but ideologists of any flavour are all the same, left or right.
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it is hard to believe that anyone who worked, studied and prayed in a place like this would ever have thought of jealous warfare against mountaintop rivals.
To say nothing of purporting to follow a religion of peace and compassion.
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Posted in: Britain has made the exporting of education a national strategy. It’s a strategy that has met the needs of Japanese parents, especially those with high incomes, who want their children to receive a high-level education in English. See in context
Of course not. Such inroads will be seen as an invasion threatening the whole "culture" by the people and the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology whose role it is to protect it.
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In a world where so many musicians and groups were underrated, I feel like Crosby was one of those who was overrated. I am prepared to be shown to be wrong though.
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I wish the people had as much concern for the whole web of life on Earth as they are spellbound by cute animals.
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I feel like Japan, in its zeal to get every ho-hum place listed, is actually undermining the whole meaning of world heritage site. It seems to be gaming the system by playing on some kind of twisted uniqueness. I mean to say, a few holes in the ground compared to hundreds of magnificent architectural sites in Europe that can't get listed because a similar place has been listed before?
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Some will always fear. It's part of who they were brought up to be.
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That's interesting, Septim. I have noticed that any criticism of the system as a whole will end up with a burst of downvotes but with no arguments in favour. It's very strange and suspicious. It's like a generally positive image must be promoted with a bit of teeth-sucking on the margins.
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Many won't remember it but after all the self-congratulatory hubris of the bubble economy this all seems rather sobering.
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Is there some kind of rightist hymn sheet? You'd think she was the devil incarnate mounting a campaign from the back end of the world to implement global communism. So much vitriol for such an innocuous leader in a rather small and uninfluential country. I just don't get it.
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Posted in: An organization has sent a petition with 11,127 online signatures to prosecutors seeking a reduced sentence for Tetsuya Yamagami, who has been indicted for the murder of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and asking that they consider Yamagami's upbringing and his mother's massive donations to the Unification Church in his trial. What's your view on this?