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Posted in: What do you think are some of the worst music group or band names ever? See in context

Bump of Chicken

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Posted in: Mr Smith goes to Tokyo See in context

Who? Judging by the picture I guess I'm not the only one asking that question.

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Posted in: Radical scholar provided Japan with channel to IS at hostage crisis peak See in context

That Japanese IS recruiter should be in jail and not an intermediary. You don't do dealings with criminals.

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Posted in: Elementary school teacher shows pupils pictures of executed hostages See in context

Children aren't allowed to watch porn in class, so why would it be okay to watch the gruesome real-life murder of people who didn't consent to their murder nor to their picture being taken?

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Posted in: What were some of the things you thought about Japan that turned out to be different when you got here? See in context

I thought Japanese love order and cleanliness. And mind you, the city streets are really neat, but once you go inside the apartments, it’s a different story.

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Posted in: Magazine publishes name, photo of minor held in Nagoya murder case See in context


I’m all for rehabilitation, but there hasn’t been a single documented case of a person with antisocial personality disorder who has been “cured”. And I assume this girl is affected because she apparently said that she always wanted to kill someone. Oh, and jailtime isn’t about revenge (at least for me, since I don’t believe in free will) but it is for the protection of society.

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Posted in: If you could live in any city in the world, other than where you live now, which one would you choose and why? See in context

Most of the major North American and Japanese cities are nice. If I could just turn back the time 40 years, cities were so much more exciting and original back then. These days, every downtown area looks the same with McD, Starbucks, H&M, gated communities, luxury apartments... so boring.

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Posted in: Tokyo named safest city in world; Osaka No. 3 See in context

Rio de Janeiro safer than Kuwait City and Beijing? Johannesburg safer than Ho Chi Minh and Tehran? Los Angeles safer than Frankfurt?

I call BS on this one.

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Posted in: Is milk good for you? A look at the science See in context

Drinking warm milk or combining dairy foods makes my stomach ache. Are there any good and affordable alternatives? I heard soy milk is essentially "effeminating" the organism.

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Posted in: Imagining a world without violence See in context


Exactly. That a society ruled by women would be more peaceful is a myth because women will continue to put ruthless and violent men on a pedestal.

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Posted in: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has stated his government’s goal of boosting the ratio of women in senior positions in companies in Japan to 30% by 2020. Do you think it is a good idea to set numerical targ See in context

It shouldn't matter whether they are male or female but the reality is that it already does: discrimination is the reason for the gross under-representation in the first place. Setting a goal to increase diversity and mitigate sexual discrimination in the workforce is hardly meaningless.

You cannot fight discrimination with discrimination. A real antidiscriminatory measure would be completely anonymous job applications without the indication of gender, age etc.

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Posted in: Australia hails success halting boatpeople See in context

Kobuta Chan

UN and Human Right organizations are responsible death of peoples at sea because they encourage peoples to risk their life.

If UN and Human Right Organization do not pressure European nations accept all Asylum seekers from Africa and Middle East and then Governments will turn back boats and deport asylum seekers who are not refugees. Peoples won't be risking their life and waste their money if they know they will be deported to their own country as soon as they foot in Europe.

Exactly. Most of the refugees are not looking for political asylum but are economic refugees. So right now, we are letting everyone in, we can't say in 1 year oh sorry, first come first served - you can't get in anymore! Either let only the political refugees in or everybody, the way it is done right now is not fair for either refugees or the local population.

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Posted in: Australia hails success halting boatpeople See in context

Australians and Americans have no reason to complain about refugees. In Europe we have to bear the brunt of the countless American wars in the Middle East. While Australia mostly gets asylum seekers thirsting for education, eager to work and adapt, Europeans have to deal with 90% young uneducated male refugees, a breeding ground for future terrorism, crime and social unrest.

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Posted in: British party leaders head to Scotland as vote tightens See in context

I like the Englishmen, but their government is a neoconservative, politically correct police state. A more socially liberal pacifist Scotland is certainly a nice addition to the EU!

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Posted in: Women who attract 'chikan,' and women who don’t: An illustrated guide See in context

The artist completely missed the point and risks spreading a false message. The sexiness or amount of clothing has nothing to do with the likelihood of being harassed. The only inference we get from the survey is that the demeanor of the potential victim has an influence on the chance of getting raped. The picture should show 5 equally dressed women in different postures, from shy to confident.

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Posted in: Man arrested for taking 'normal' picture of woman on train See in context

It's very simple. If you take an indiscriminate wide shot of a crowd of people in public, you are fine. If you single out a specific clearly identifiable person on the picture, you have to ask for permission. This is privacy law in many countries.

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Posted in: Porn queens raise Y5 mil for AIDS charity at 'Boob Aid' See in context

The girls all look like they're 15 years old. Only in Japan

Please check your eyes. These women look exactly the age they are: 25-30, with age-appropriate bust to boot/b.

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Posted in: Rush of foreign travelers good news for Kansai love hotels See in context

"Because it will take a change in the law controlling operation of hotels and ryokan, we’ve heard that people in the trade have begun to lobby LDP Diet members"

you mean bribe LDP Diet members. Big business can do what they want in Japan anyway.

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Posted in: In some countries, there is a ban on adults and children wearing religious clothing and symbols such as burqas, veils, head scarves, skullcaps, turbans and crucifixes in public places like schools, re See in context

Who are we to decide who wears what? It's not like they're showing up in no clothes.

Actually, it is the same thing. As we don't allow nudity or certain uniforms in public, we may as well prohibit the covering of the face, hair or whatever for the same cultural reasons. Because western culture is not just a spineless, ahistoric construct.

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Posted in: Israel closes Golan area as Syrian rebels seize crossing See in context

Earlier the army said it had responded by hitting two Syrian army posts.

Why does Israel always retaliate against the Syrian Army when it is attacked by Syrian Rebels?

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Posted in: Do you think Twitter, YouTube and other social media should remove images of grisly murders, such as the execution of U.S. journalist James Foley or the 7-year-old boy holding a severed head in Syria, See in context

The main problem I have with execution videos is not the display of brutality, but the infringement of personality rights by degrading the victims and their family for a second time, now publicly for all to see. Blurring out the victims faces won't be enough though. After all videos of rape and child abuse are also not just blurred but generally illegal and servers hosting this material are taken down and uploaders punished. So since it is already possible to block such material from the net, it's best to punish uploaders and not viewers based on infringing personality rights.

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Posted in: Social media pushes back at militant propaganda See in context

Still facebook, twitter, youtube and others are waiting far too long to take down flagged violent content. However, when there is sex involved, they are faster than the speed of light at deleting it. What is more degrading and dangerous? A beheading or a nipple? How are execution videos any more legal than child porn?

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Posted in: Organic food movement in Japan progressing slowly See in context

If organic foods are so wonderful, health-giving, and life-prolonging, then why do Japanese women have the longest life expectancies in the world?

I'd rather live healthy than long. The human body was not designed to live beyond a certain age.

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Posted in: BABYMETAL plays first ever U.S. show See in context

Just another fad from Japan. But there are enough weeaboos out there who would eat dogshite off a plate if it only came from Japan.

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Posted in: Teen murder suspect committed 'unforgivable' act, says father See in context

Doesn’t matter if mentally ill or not or whether she was drunk or braindead. You are always responsible for your actions and should be held accountable for them. Doesn’t mean that you are necessary “guilty” in a legal or moral sense, though.

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Posted in: Metal detectors installed as AKB48 theater reopens See in context

Business always comes first.

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Posted in: In U.S. and abroad, new focus on anti-women violence See in context

But the prime recipient and victims of violence are females

I doubt that. Yes, mostly men are perpetrators of physical violence, but also mostly men are victims of other men. Of course when sexual assault comes into the equation mostly females are affected. But that's why sexual assault and violent crime are different criminal categories.

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Posted in: Even 100,000 immigrants would do little to ease the labor population decline and even that would be politically difficult. Immigration is unpopular. Abe still seems to flinch at the idea of accepting See in context

davestrousersMay. 30, 2014 - 01:26PM JST 1st world problems. In some parts of the world there are likely to be water shortages within the next 25 years. So having less people in developed countries like Japan, where people use a disproportionate amount of energy and resources, is not a bad thing.

I agree. The coming demographic imbalance will only affect 2 generations or so. Look at the low number of births today, there won't be many elders to care for in 80 years. I think a population decline is much more healthy for Japan and its self-sufficiency in the long-term.

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Posted in: 3 youths arrested for throwing eggs at foreign students in Saga See in context

Big deal. Happens in every country once in a while, no reason to draw the racism card but also no reason to condone this kind of behavior.

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Posted in: I'm 73, going on 74, and I've never had a long stay in hospital. It's not fair that the tax I pay covers all the medical expenses of slouches. See in context

Alex EinzMay. 28, 2014 - 06:28PM JST ..dont really understand why some neet would be able to receive same amount of medical coverage as a fully functional mid level society member.

Because they both have the same human value.

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