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Posted in: Murakami to publish first new novel in six years See in context

I enjoy reading his novels, but when I’m finished, I’m always left feeling,”meh”.

The atmosphere of his short stories are amazing, though!

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Posted in: God and guns often go together in U.S. history See in context

For these people, God is the ultimate power, not the state. The guns are the only way to prevent the state from demanding that people accept that the state is the final arbiter of morality. That being said- don’t own a gun ,don’t want one-don’t like them

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Posted in: How to make noodles look restaurant quality in just three seconds See in context

A “hack” I will actually use. Thanks!

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Posted in: Do you think New Year's Eve is the most overhyped night of the year? See in context

Overhyped? We've got Kohaku AND soba…I am counting the minutes.

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Posted in: Tokyo train operator begins issuing body cameras, but it’s not employee conduct that worries them See in context

i have seen these people having torrents of abuse flung at them. These cameras may give abusive people pause, or allow the police to take some action.

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Posted in: What will your Christmas be like this year? See in context

Christmas tree,carols at church on Christmas Eve, presents, games and a turkey dinner (if I can find a turkey) if not a ham/ribs/or a big salmon. A Christmas movie Us in the mix as well.

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Posted in: When you were a child, was it ever a custom for your whole family to watch a weekly TV program or movie together? Do you think families still do that? See in context

The carol Burnett show was something we could all enjoy.

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Posted in: Women sue Twitter alleging discriminatory layoffs See in context

He kept the high performing workers who are willing to put in long hours-these people tend to be men

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Posted in: The school lunch system is necessary for healthy mental and physical growth in children. We are glad that they are eating more now. See in context

The system in Japan is wonderful. Not just the food, but that they are serving each other.

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Posted in: QAnon's Japan branch searched over obstructing COVID vaccinations See in context

One conspiracy that is best completely avoided.

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Posted in: Kishida says he will include women's views in policymaking See in context

He is going to let them decide on what ingredients they put in the miso soup…onwards and upwards women of Japan..Kishida is on the job! Whoo!

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Posted in: Vehicle pollution zone to cover all of London See in context

At the same time they also need to be improving public transit infrastructure and coming up with innovative ideas to move goods into cities without trucks/vans etc.

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Posted in: American voters are angry – that is a good thing for voter turnout, bad thing for democracy See in context

The democratic message in the 1990’s resonated with me …fast forward to 2022-they have swung the Overton window all the way to very farthest fringes of the left over the last 20 years

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Posted in: Canada prepares for its 1st World Cup in 36 years See in context

I just bet the farm on Canada taking home the cup. No one is going to stop them this year!

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Posted in: Japanese government proposes raising age of consent from current 13 to 16 See in context

Good policy. Nice to see the government acting in the best interests of its people

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Posted in: Brazil will be top-ranked team at World Cup in Qatar See in context

I can’t imagine anyone is getting by the mighty Canadian squad!

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Posted in: How to cultivate a happier retirement See in context

Remember that love is a verb, not a noun. It is something you do, not something you have

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Posted in: Italians vote in election that could take far-right to power See in context

The left has been making a mess for long enough. Let the right give it a go. The Democratic process is an interesting beast.

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Posted in: Queen Elizabeth's coffin starts journey to final resting place See in context

For my whole life, she has been my Queen. She was an amazing role model and I will miss her steadfastness.

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Posted in: Kate's daunting task of following Diana as Princess of Wales See in context

She has poise, class and beauty. She also seems to have no love of the dramatic. I think she will fill the role well

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Posted in: 100% compostable coffee balls bid to take on Nespresso See in context

I like the Nescafé coffee, but felt it was completely, avoidably irresponsible to use it. Darn handy, though.

i will be looking to buy this Migros system when I see it on sale here.

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Posted in: 'Lord of the Rings' prequel is Amazon Prime Video's biggest premiere See in context

I’ve just watched the first episode. Like many have said, it’s visually lovely but the characters and dialogue seem a bit wooden. I’ll give it an honest chance and watch a few more episodes, though. I am wondering why the diversity includes black people, but I’ve not seen any Indian or north East Asians in it. If you’re going for diversity, you might as well be…..diverse

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Posted in: Musk subpoenas former Twitter CEO and friend Jack Dorsey See in context

Let’s find out the truth and add some transparency to the situation. Is Musk right? Is twitter hiding the real numbers? Or is Musk wrong? Why wouldn’t you want to know?

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Posted in: No. of suicides in Japan increased 8,000 due to pandemic: study See in context

2/3 of the suicides are male. The article and many of the comments seemed to also talk about the difficulties females face…if 2/3 of the suicides were female…that is understandable. The main victims are male… without victime blaming or straight up sexism, maybe the focus should be in the main victims??

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Posted in: What are some of your favorite foods or drinks for coping with Japan's summer heat? See in context

Ice cold Acerola drink.

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Posted in: Did Trump break the law? FBI search raises fresh questions See in context

They have been claiming that he has broken the law so many times since he became president. He’s not in jail-never been charged. Russiagate- 4 years of nonsense- pushed as fact. The dems need to understand that what they do to others when they have power, can be done to them in the next cycle. Not a good sign of the health of the institutions of the republic. I’m not a fan-don’t want to see trump president again-if he’s guilty, charge him. However, the institutions need to be clearly and reliably seen as non-partisan.

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Posted in: No halal foods are served in detention centers for foreign nationals in Japan See in context

How about gluten free? Vegan?

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Posted in: We are considering reducing the number of employees who must live away from their families. Among the options being tested is a plan to replace residential transfers with business trips to deal with our tasks. See in context

My friend was transferred immediately after a disagreement with his boss. Missed his daughter’s jr high school , high school and part of her university before he was brought back. The family is back together now and doing well, but those years have just been lost-with no great benefit to the company.

i hope many companies change this system.

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Posted in: Questionable ways that environmental concerns and SDGs are being taught to young children See in context

By the time students get to my class, they’ve had many years of SDG indoctrination. Guess what? They all give me the correct answers. When I stop the class and ask them to write on a piece of paper how much they honestly care- I check them at the front of the class- the average is usually around 2 out of 10. Indoctrination makes the teachers and administrators feel good- perhaps focusing on what successes we’ve had and how we can develop new tech and entrepreneurial ideas might be more effective.

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Posted in: Even after a divorce, to the child there is no change in the fact that both are parents. The system should be changed to allow for both the father and mother to fulfill their responsibility to care for the child. See in context

Japan is a nice safe country to live in. I enjoy it here, but the lack of joint custody after divorce is horrifying.

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