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Posted in: Quarter of LGBT people in Japan have experienced outing: survey See in context

The survey also found that 66.9 percent of respondents said that "compared with five years ago, diversity of sexual orientation and gender identity is better recognized by society."

I think this trend will continue. A lot of the ignorance concerning LGBT in Japan seems to be from a lack of awareness or general resistance to change, rather than a belief that it is immoral like in many Christian and Islamic countries. As awareness grows, it will hopefully lead to better representation and understanding, which will then lead to even greater awareness. Fingers crossed it will also lead to legal change regarding the rights of same sex couples, although I'm less optimistic about that.

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Posted in: No jail for parents who left daughters at home while they used COVID cash handout for hotel stay See in context

At least the kids are still alive. I've read too many stories recently where this kind of neglect has led to heartbreaking deaths. Although I'm not too sure about the decision to leave the children with their parents, that is what has happened, so I hope for their sake the mother is sincere about changing.

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Posted in: Parents facing hard choices as nurseries stop tours amid pandemic See in context

This is probably more of an issue for people with the money for private nurseries because in most places, if you go public, you get what you're given. Due to a mix of waiting lists and a move, my kids have now been to four different public nurseries in two prefectures. Although one was significantly better than the others, the standard in general has been pretty high.

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Posted in: If you live in a house in Japan, is it Western style, Japanese style or a bit of both? See in context

A bit of both. We bought a second hand house from a family who lived with the husband's parents. Most of the house is Western, but the rooms where the parents lived are washitsu, including a really nice wooden carved relief above the door separating the rooms. I really like having the mix, although shoji doors are not the best idea when you have small kids.

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Posted in: Traffic safety campaign See in context

I'm still waiting for them to enforce the no tailgaiting rule.

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Posted in: If you have young children, how do you control what they have access to on social media? See in context

I have young children and I'm usually fairly flexible with them (if they make a good argument for something, i'll consider it). However, social media is going to be one of the areas where I will draw a line. No social media until they are at least high school age. There is a growing body of scientific evidence that social media use leads to greater rates of depression and suicide among teenagers (which seems to level off when they get to around high school age). It seems that younger brains are more susceptible to the addictive and negative aspects of social media. Basically, they need to get more life experience and a greater sense of perspective first.

Thankfully, they are still too young for it to be an issue yet. We'll see how it goes when their friends start going online.

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Posted in: As sports embraces activism, what should Tokyo Olympics permit? See in context

Of course not. We don't want athletes shoving their personal politics down our throats. It would distract from the true meaning of the Olympics, which is to shove the brand messages of the "official sponsors" down our throats.

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Posted in: What is your stance on doctor-assisted suicide? For example, should a doctor accept money from the person wishing to die? See in context

I remember seeing a documentary about Dignitas many years ago. The process leading up to the death is rigorous and explores both the medical and psychological situation of the person who wants to die (most of the cases featured in the documentary were refused). Even then, the doctor that actually administers the fatal dose can stop the procedure at any moment.

There will always be grey areas, but I think this kind of system is better than nothing. It is certainly gentler on the person's family.

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Posted in: AKB48 member tests positive for coronavirus See in context

They have so many members this was statistically inevitable.

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Posted in: Godzilla slide See in context

Looks like you have to climb in through his groin.

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Posted in: Shinrin-Yoku: The Japanese art of forest bathing See in context

As much as I love being out in nature, Japanese forests in July are dens of mosquitoes and ridiculous humidity. Maybe wait for the autumn.

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Posted in: Have you lost your job or has your income dropped because of the coronavirus? See in context

Some projects I was due to work on were postponed, but now they are starting up again, alongside the ones I was due to be working on anyway this month. As a result, I had a couple of quiet months which are now being followed by a couple of crazy months. Hopefully income will balance out over the year.

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Posted in: Japan battered by more heavy rain, floods; at least 58 dead See in context

"I didn't want my house to be washed away in my absence."

How exactly are you going to stop that happening? Evacuate and reduce the risk and workload of the emergency services.

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Posted in: Aichi man arrested again after having slashed over 1,000 women’s tires to get to know them better See in context

He's pretty much consigned himself to being single now. Even if he meets a women in a normal way, sooner or later the tire slashing history is going to come up.

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Posted in: Right time to 'get stupid again': Beavis, Butt-Head comeback See in context

With the coronavirus panic buying of TP, I predict hard times for Cornholio.

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Posted in: Which current world leader do you respect the most? See in context

The question asks about respect so I've thought about what I respect in a leader (even if I don't agree with their political stance). Decisive, proactive leadership but with a willingness to adapt if the situation changes. Clear communication so you can understand why they are doing something, even if you don't agree with it.

I think Ardern fits these criteria the best out of the current world leaders that I can think of.

Johnson and Abe are the worst fits (especially when it comes to communication).

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Posted in: A long way from home See in context

I have a vivid memory of seeing this mask in Cairo when I was five years old. I would love to go back there some day with my own kids.

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Posted in: Who would you like to see become Japan's next prime minister after Shinzo Abe? See in context

Somebody who isn't the child or grandchild of a politician and has grown up outside of the political bubble. Some experience of a normal working life before they became a politician would also be a plus.

I won't hold my breath though. It'll be one of the old guard as a placeholder until they feel confident enough that the younger Koizumi will toe the party line.

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Posted in: Tokyo Disney parks to reopen from July 1 See in context

If they really want to amp up the tension in the haunted mansion, just get one of the ghosts to start coughing when visitors enter.

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Posted in: Low calorie and protein packed 'Karaage without sin' See in context

Low calorie versions of junk foods always make up for the lack of calories with something else unhealthy (as do low sugar versions). I looked up the nutritional information and in this case, it is pretty high in fat (about 23g per 100g compared to around 17.5g for regular karaage).

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Posted in: Can Fukui’s Obama City draw visitors with rural tourism alone? See in context

I think tourism is a pretty short-term and fragile way to support an economy, as this pandemic is showing. I bet there are 1,000's of young people crushed into packed trains in Tokyo who would love to live somewhere more rural and cheaper. They need to start lobbying for companies to let their people work remotely and live away from the office. Although I guess it's pretty limited to what a small local government can do in this regard. I fear it will take a huge disaster for the overcrowding of Tokyo to end.

If they are going to stick with tourism, I recommend at least making a model that actually looks like Obama.

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Posted in: Do you think the closure of a bookstore or a newspaper's print version is a sad thing? See in context

I'll miss bookshops but new books had become expensive. I think it's a natural death. Most people have either shifted to technology or go to second hand bookstores and libraries like me.

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Posted in: Can a democracy exist without competing parties? See in context

In recent years I'm coming more to the opinion that at least three sizable parties are crucial for a democracy to function. A one party system is not a democracy as people with views different to those of the governing party are not being represented. The U.S. is currently a good example of the problem of a two party system, where trying to undermine your opponent is often a more effective tactic than trying to strengthen your own position. At worst, this can lead to a cycle where each party spends its time in power trying to undo the actions of the previous government and no one moves forward.

A strong third party lessens the likelihood of one party having a strong majority. This means that lawmakers need to be more pragmatic and open to working with colleagues in other parties to get anything passed. I personally feel that this kind of compromise, while not ideal for any one person, is better for a country as a whole and more representative of the entire population (although the UK Tory - Lib Dem coalition of 2010 shows how this doesn't always work).

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Posted in: Okayama to join other Japan cities issuing LGBT certificates See in context

As a resident of Okayama Prefecture, I'm happy to hear this and hope it is implemented in other towns and cities soon.

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Posted in: How would you say the social media landscape in Japan differs from other countries? See in context

It is fairly common here for people to use their personal Facebook page for professional networking, while in the UK I think most people would keep Facebook personal and open a separate account or use something like Linkedin for business. Unless they are pushing some kind of pyramid scheme.

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Posted in: People think making bread and sweets at home helps family members interact with each other and make themselves feel like they are at cafes. See in context

@Savethegaijin

We have a bread machine too (mother-in-law received it as a gift and gave it to us). It makes really nice crunchy bread if you use good flour. However, the kneading process is really noisy so definitely no good for a Japanese apato or mansion. The loaf is also a little small for a family of four.

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Posted in: People think making bread and sweets at home helps family members interact with each other and make themselves feel like they are at cafes. See in context

There are loads of very simple bread recipes online and our kids love making it. We get out the salad tongs and a tray and they pretend to run their own bakery. Be prepared for mess though.

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Posted in: Follow the leader See in context

Good luck getting all those kids a hoikuen place.

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Posted in: How do you feel about your "friends" posting mind-numbing details about their daily lives on Facebook and Twitter? See in context

Doesn't bother me. People can share what they want about themselves, I'll only read what I find interesting.

Although I know a few people who overshare things about their children and that makes me a little uncomfortable.

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Posted in: 'Real Lords of the Flies' shipwreck to become Hollywood movie See in context

Hollywood in action! There was a fairly interesting article on this in the Guardian a few weeks ago which went viral. Then there was a short interview with one of the surviving boys (now an old man) who said he was considering writing a memoir. Not enough info for a feature film but the studios are desperately chasing the viral money. I'm a little curious but I'd rather read the memoirs of someone who was there then a formulaic movie "based on a true story."

Whatever happens, I hope a good portion of the money makes it to the boy themselves.

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