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Posted in: Pope Francis arrives in Thailand at start of Asia trip See in context

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The pope should stick to the office he was elected to hold - that is, leader of the Catholic Church.

Leave politics to the politicians.

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Posted in: He, she, they: Americans and the choice of gender pronoun See in context

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@strangerland.

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Evidence based on empirical science is immutable.

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The meanings of words and language itself evolve over time.

However, the two cannot be compared.

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As Gertrude Stein astutely noted: " A rose by any other name is still a rose."

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Posted in: Japan hosts arms show looking for an edge in tech See in context

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Japan's state-of-art techno,gy will garner it a cosy niche in the arms trade market.

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Posted in: He, she, they: Americans and the choice of gender pronoun See in context

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What a load of nonsense !

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*** Over 200,000 year Home Sapiens identified as 2 genders ; male and female.

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*** Human DNA has 23 sets of chromosomes i. The 23rd set is the sex chromosome.. You either have an XY if you are male, or XX if your a female.

No changing that through hormones or surgery.

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Posted in: ASEAN defense See in context

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Where's South Korea ?

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Posted in: On ice See in context

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Amazing photography.

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Beautiful jump by Shomo Uno.

Such perfect alignment of the body !

incredible.

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Posted in: 120,000 watch emperor, empress parade in Tokyo See in context

120,000 people is not an overwhelming crowd, given that the population of Tokyo alone is over 13 million.

The figures speak for themselves as to the sentiment of the people at large..

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Posted in: 120,000 watch emperor, empress parade in Tokyo See in context

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This ongoing extravaganza is quite exacerbating -

The divide between the rich and the struggling middle class is increasingly wider

While this emperor SAYS he wants to be 'an emperor the people can relate to ' yet he indulges - without restraint- in all this expensive pageantry.

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Posted in: Most firms affected by disasters want gov't to spend more on infrastructure See in context

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One would think this is the priority : get businesses back and running; pump the economy.

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But wait ! The coffers are run dry: the string of lavish enthronement ceremonies and parties , . .

AND, wait, still !

the remainder has been promised to cover all the Olympics infrastructures.

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Posted in: Tens of thousands attend event for emperor's enthronement See in context

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Hope this is the last of the show.

It's getting a little tired.

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Posted in: Emperor's enthronement parade inspiring wedding dresses, tours See in context

@ Maria .... '.... and the world is watching.'

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NOT!

Royalty - in any country, particularly conservative Japan - is not known for avant garde fashion.

Besides, the 'enthronement' is not a Paris-Fashion-Show Catwalk

What we will see ad nauseum ( if anyone care to look) is ongoing morphing of fashion a la a 1950's debutante's ball, with decadently expensive silks, embroidered bodices etc

The HIP HOP culture of the west is disinterested.

The traumatized oppressed people groups around the world do not have a clue.

Japanese workers struggling to live as they are digging themselves out of the effectso 2 major typhoons can not relate to such extravagance.

And the rest of us middle class - YAAAAAAAWNNNNNNN

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Posted in: What do you think of the meticulous way that gifts are wrapped in department stores and other high-end retail outlets in Japan? See in context

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It's hangover from the old tradition of gift presentation.

It's a waste of time, energy, and paper ( or other wrpa products).

Move on, Japan !

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Posted in: Takeda's dengue vaccine effective overall in study but with major limitation See in context

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Takeda - one of the world's cutting edge pharmaceuticals, not only in product efficiency but safety as well - has made a valiant breakthrough in this area.

And given it's high professional standard and commitment to medical integrity will perfect the deficiencies .

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Posted in: Emperor's enthronement parade inspiring wedding dresses, tours See in context

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This is getting to be so excessive, it's almost becoming surreal.

In a world where UNIQLO has become a kind of universal fashion norm -

in terms of style and affordability -

this ongoing ceremonial fawning around regal ascendency

is out-of-tune with the poster-modern age.

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Posted in: We suffered a lot of damage from the typhoon and have still been unable to fully calculate relevant costs. See in context

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It's just crazy the way natural disasters lay havoc in industries.

The JR bullet trains are just one aspect of this matrix.

There are farm industries that have been laid waste.

Ultimately it will hit the consumer in the pocket.

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Posted in: Q&A: The feud over Tokyo's Olympic marathon See in context

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BAD Choice ot time : Olympics should have been set for October (*given that everyone involved knows August temps in Tokyo are unforgiving)*

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Bad move by IOC :IOC moved unilaterally without consulting Tokyo.

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Bad Attitude: Koike needs to GET REAL & shed the ego. Tokyo IS too hot for the marathon etc.

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Posted in: Japan excels as World Cup host; must ride the rugby wave See in context

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Japan's interest and performance in rugby has improved exponentially from even 8 years ago, when at the World Cup in New Zealand Japan dangled at at bottom ranking.

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However Japanese are prone to sports that are ritualistic , like baseball. It grabs their mental ethos.

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Maybe now rugby will capture this younger generation that is not as tied to the same traditions.

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Posted in: Defiant Koike confronts IOC over moving Olympic marathon See in context

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It's a powerstruggle.

IOC is correct - however- they did not work consultatively.

Koike needs to shed the ego.

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Posted in: Japan tax agency finds Ghosn used Nissan money for private use: report See in context

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Just the facts:  1.4 million US over several years to pay for stuff like - consultant's fees to his sister for fictitious work and to make donations to a university in Lebanon.

That's no oversight.

It's intentional misappropriation of funds.

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Posted in: Kanye West claims he will be U.S. president one day See in context

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I love that he has the hootspa to fly in the face of jaundiced PC culture.

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Go for it Kanye- might be an improvement from what we have seen in the last 4 presidents !

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Posted in: All-you-can-eat yakiniku in Shinjuku for less than ¥1,000 See in context

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is it genuine Beef ???

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Posted in: Scandal of absent Ghosn hangs over Nissan at Tokyo Motor Show See in context

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Ghosn abused his office.

He gambled big just to enrich himself - without considering the impact on the company.

Good riddance !

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Posted in: Lawmakers eye restoration of ex-imperial members to ensure male succession See in context

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Why not just let the monarchy fade away . . .no male heirs, no monarchy.

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Posted in: Foreign dignitaries treated to Japanese traditional arts at banquet See in context

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Maybe at another time, in another era, all this would have been OK

But in face of the recent natural disasters that ripped thru Japan, coupled with the impact of the increased taxes, the downturn in economy this insensitive self indulgence is beyond excessive.

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Posted in: 90% of homes flooded in typhoon ineligible for gov't support See in context

" the typhoon had caused 87.6 billion yen in damage to Japan's agricultural and fisheries industries in 37 of the nation's 47 prefectures."

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This will impact the economy directly - not to mention the lives of those involved..

It's ironic as sensei258 alludes maybe the Government "should have diverted funds from the elaborate coronation ceremony."

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Posted in: Big guest list sees enthronement-related cost rise 30% See in context

Melissa Shimosato: PM Abe will be meeting country leaders and making deals that benefit Japan. ....The total cost and more will most likely be covered by PM Abes' deal making.

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And, you know this, how ?

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Posted in: Big guest list sees enthronement-related cost rise 30% See in context

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I hope her new position makes Empress Masako shine inwardly as well as outwardly as she seems to in the photo.

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Yes mysteriously she seemed to recover from her chronic esoteric illness prior to the abdication of the former Emperor and Empress.

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Posted in: Big guest list sees enthronement-related cost rise 30% See in context

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2,600 guests in total have been invited to four banquets.

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It's reprehensible that the royal palace lacks discernment organizing such a gala event; especially, in face of the stark economic hardships the average Japanese family / person is struggling with ( underscored esp. by the new 10% tax and unprecedented destruction vested upon Japanese these past few weeks)

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The sentiment among the populace will not be favorable toward this new emperors and empress.

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Posted in: Tiger Woods returning after fifth surgical procedure on left knee See in context

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hopefully in the next year I can have a good year and qualify and represent my country."

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Not likely . . bu maybe with a wing and a prayer.

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Posted in: Hong Kong leader to visit Japan after huge rally, night of violence See in context

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Caught in the Goliath -David struggle Lam may find the Emperor's enthronement ceremony a reprieve.

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