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Posted in: Monty Python star Terry Jones dies at 77 See in context

Going to have to search for my much read, dog-eared copy of the Saga of Erik the Viking next time I go to my Dad's house so I can pass it on to my kids. Thanks for all the laughs!

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Posted in: Taking the U.S. as an example, how can a democracy function if half the people hate the elected leader -- a state of affairs which usually continues until the next election cycle before repeating itself? See in context

I think only having two electable parties encourages us vs. them thinking, meaning one side will always be unhappy no matter who is in power. It also leads to stagnation as each party spends a lot of time and effort rolling back the changes made by the other party. A realistic third or fourth option might encourage more pragmatism and compromise. Still, I'd probably take the two party system in the US over the one party system in Japan.

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Posted in: Kagawa politicians want to set daily limit on how much time kids can spend playing video games See in context

How on earth would they enforce this? As a younger brother, I would have loved to have a law like this when I was little. "Let me have a turn or I'll tell the police how much time you've spent gaming."

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Posted in: Roundabouts have been installed at 87 locations in 31 prefectures since the revised Road Traffic Law took effect in September 2014. Do you think roundabouts reduce the number of traffic accidents? See in context

Roundabouts with multiple lanes and lots of exits are a nightmare and result in indecision and sudden lane changes. Keep it simple and I think it is safer.

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Posted in: Prince Harry and Meghan to 'step back' as senior UK royals See in context

Friends in the UK are referring to it as "Megxit"

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Posted in: What are your highest hopes for your life this year? See in context

That summer is not too long and hot and that we get a proper spring and autumn.

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Posted in: What is the most unusual Christmas present you have ever received? See in context

An old girlfriend once knitted me a cosy for my member to "keep it warm." It even had a drawstring to stop it falling off. To this day i'm not sure if it was thoughtful or a massive red flag.

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Posted in: FIFA considers staging Women's World Cup every 2 years See in context

Agreed. I love the World Cup but I think holding it too often would be a disaster. The fact that it is every four years means that players only have a few chances to compete during their careers. This gives the knock out games a real edge because it might be the last chance to play at a World Cup for a lot of the players on the pitch.

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Posted in: 'Little Miss Period' tackles Japan's menstruation taboos with a punch See in context

Whether you like it or not, here we are all discussing it on a news website. If it was a more sensible campaign, I'm pretty sure that the people it's targeting would not even give it a second thought.

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Posted in: Court orders Google to erase search results on man's arrest See in context

The internet is a dangerous place. Try Googling your name and/or your email address. You’ll be surprised what comes up.

Just tried it. Not a single result was about me. I guess there's an upside to having a really common name.

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Posted in: Man says he followed 10-year-old girl because she was cute See in context

Good on the girl for noticing and reporting it. It says he was arrested under the anti-stalking law, but what kind of punishment would he get for this?

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Posted in: What are some suggestions to avoid overeating or getting too drunk during the Christmas-New Year party season? See in context

Avoid getting too drunk by eating so much you don't have room for anything else.

Avoid overeating by drinking so much you pass out early in the night and are too hungover to eat much the following days.

Problems solved.

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Posted in: Do you still send Christmas or season's greetings cards by post or do you send everything by email these days? See in context

I send New Year's cards with a picture of my kids and a short, handwritten message to older family members. They still send me birthday cards, so it feels nice to do something in exchange (although I guess it is lazier than actually remembering their birthdays and sending a card then).

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Posted in: The internet has turned millions among us into workaholics, lugging around our laptops, smartphones ready at a moment's notice to tackle the latest digital chore. The barriers between work and family are collapsing before the relentless demands of algorithms. See in context

Workaholics will find a way to work no matter what. If the technology was not available they would just stay at the office. The problem here is that it gives bad employers a tool to try and pressure employees into working during their downtime. I would like to see a 'right to disconnect' law brought in like the one in France which protects people who don't look at work emails outside of work.

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Posted in: U.S. private equity firm buys $500 mil stake in Manchester City ownership See in context

Meanwhile, just down the road Bury has been expelled from the Football League after going bust.

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Posted in: Parents and teachers should teach children wise ways to use social media, by giving them advice such as, 'Don't meet in real life people you've met online,' and 'Don't reveal personal information online.' See in context

Research in the US showed that depression and suicide has risen dramatically among junior high school students since social media became prevalent. This is not nearly as pronounced among high school and university students, so they think it is because younger teens' brains are not mature enough to handle the effects of social media. Mechanisms designed to addict adults (such as "likes") have a supercharged effect and they don't have enough perspective to filter the comments they receive. Then you factor in things like cyber bullying and the stranger danger referred to by the professor in the comment.

As a result, I'll be trying to keep my daughters off social media sites until they are at least high schoolers. Looking forward to that fight...

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Posted in: We want people from other prefectures as well to inform us through the site if they are affected by dangerous driving during their trips to Okayama. See in context

I live in Okayama Prefecture and I have yet to see any road rage. However, I have seen many cases of careless driving and way too many people driving while talking on the phone. Policing that would be a good place to start.

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Posted in: Could you marry an otaku? Japanese people rank the geek hobbies they’d let slide for love See in context

I don't think it matters what your partner is interested in, just how much they are into it. There's a world of difference between being a passionate enthusiast and a crazed obsessive. The important thing is that they are able to balance their interest with being a functioning member of the family/society.

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Posted in: What TV shows have you binge watched and what is the longest amount of time you spent doing that? See in context

I find it hard to binge watch as I usually get a bit tired after two or three hours of something. If I like a show I tend to watch it over a few evenings. When I was a student I watched both series of Spaced in a single day, which must have been about six hours.

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Posted in: What are some ways that living with a spouse are different from living with someone you’re going steady with? See in context

Day-to-day life with the wife didn't change much after we got married. Just had to find a place to put the wedding ring at night so I didn't lose it.

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Posted in: Japan stays perfect on road to World Cup See in context


Looks like we found out what happened to all those 90's goalkeeper shirts.

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Posted in: What's your view on workplace romances? See in context

I think adults should be able to do what they please as long as they are willing to face up to the consequences of doing so. The only situation that I can think of where it is any business of the company is if one partner is the direct supervisor of the other.

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Posted in: Japan is changing and trying to increase communication-based learning, but it will take decades to catch up with China See in context


I think they mean learning where the goal is to be able to communicate (i.e. make yourself understood to a conversation partner even if your English isn't perfect).

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Posted in: More young Japanese men romantically involved with older female coworkers than younger ones: survey See in context

Half of the lovers are only 1-3 years older than the man so while they are technically older, I don't think it is all that different from having a lover the same age or 1-3 years younger. My wife is two years older than me and I don't think she would appreciate it if I told her she has a "mature atmosphere."

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Posted in: 'Queer Eye' mini-series takes detour to Japan See in context

I'm curious, but western TV doesn't have the best track record of handling Japan. I hope the "heroes" are relatively normal Japanese and not the 'quirky' stereotypes that usually get trotted out (super-otakus, idol fanboys, kawaii-obsessed airhead girls, etc.)

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Posted in: 7 taken to hospital after mini-truck plows into group of children in Tokyo See in context


It's infuriating. I'm currently getting my license and rules about lights and zebra crossings are covered very thoroughly in he theory section. The problem is that the majority of drivers on the road (including the guy in the article) probably got their license more than 30 years ago. I wonder if they are ever required to take refresher courses to remind them/explain things that have changed.

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Posted in: What do you think of the names that Japanese automakers give to their cars? See in context

We have a Daihatsu Thor, which despite the name is not a very powerful car.

I also enjoy annoying my kids by shouting "You're not my real wagon!" every time we see a Honda Stepwagon.

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Posted in: How difficult is it for you to avoid to looking at work-related emails on your days off? See in context

I'm freelance so I check it every few hours but if my kids are home (evenings and weekends) I only respond to something if its truly urgent. I always put my phone away in my office before I go to bed.

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Posted in: The program will have a positive impact because it provides timely support to child-rearing households considering having more children. See in context

The savings our family has made through this program, while welcome, have been more than offset by an increase in our health insurance payments. Also, even though hoikuen is now free for our oldest child, we still have to pay for required extras like hats and smocks. If a family is seriously considering whether to have another child, I doubt this will be enough to tip the scales.

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Posted in: Liverpool, Barcelona dig out wins in Champions League See in context

The Liverpool vs Salzburg game was fun one for the neutrals. Although I'm a bit suspicious about a big corporation owning multiple clubs in different countries, Red Bull seem to be doing a good job of scouting and developing players.

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