Skateboarders have taken over a quiet corner of a local park that has a couple of concrete benches and small steps. They are there almost every weekend and evening, practicing hard. They are polite, friendly and always stop when we need to pass through.
Personally I think it is good to see teenagers enjoying themselves outside and I think their dedication will probably benefit them in the long run.
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I've been self-employed and working from home for many years now but one of the first things we did once we were sure this was sustainable was quit Kanto and move to a small town in the country. Our cost of living is way lower and quality of life is better. We also decided to have a third child, which definitely would not have been possible while I was doing the salaryman thing in the city.
I think if people felt confident that they could work remotely and relocate without losing their job, it would benefit the country enormously in terms of regional revitalization and higher birth rates.
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I was surprised the announcer could keep a straight face while reading. This is a choux-in for non-story of the year.
It's a puff piece.
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Yearly eye tests are a good idea for young kids. They often don't realize they have a problem. My brother struggled at junior school. One day my Dad asked him to read a number plate of a car a few metres down the road and he couldn't. Turned out he was shortsighted and had trouble reading the blackboard. As he didn't know any differently, he had just assumed it was the same for everyone.
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That being said, the not being allowed to ask for help thing is a bit weird.
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If it is like my daughter's school, the eat in silence thing is a temporary COVID rule. The kids have to take their masks off to eat, so they all sit facing the same direction and eat silently. Once they have finished and put their mask back on, they are free to go back to normal.
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Posted in: Do you think film awards like the Oscars, Golden Globes, Emmys and so on will eventually go "gender neutral" and replace Best Actor and Best Actress awards, for example, with Best Lead and Best Supporting Lead, or something like that? See in context
I don't really care either way, but dividing acting ability by gender is arbitrary to begin with. It's not like your gender gives you any competitive advantage.
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Who died and made Nike a human rights NGO?
I thought they were a shoe brand.
This is a fair point and I'm sure the main reason for making the advert is to try and improve Nike's image. However, they have a far bigger reach than any NGO and this ad will be seen by lots of people who have probably never thought about the issues before. The motive may not be pure but hopefully it will result in a little more understanding and acceptance for mixed race kids and kids of Korean descent. I'm glad its out there.
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There are a couple of translations for 3つの蜜 around but "confined spaces, crowded places and close-contact settings" is the one being used by the government, so it has become the standard. I'm a translator and this has come up a lot in my work this year.
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When moving, ask the sales rep whether the people who will be doing the actual moving are full-time employees of the company. The properly trained company employees like the ones in the photo are amazing, but a lot of cheaper companies just hire untrained part timers for the day.
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Holding a panda while wearing too much makeup. What is the correct amount of makeup for holding a panda?
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My wife was surprised that both candidates were so old.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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"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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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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With the coronavirus panic buying of TP, I predict hard times for Cornholio.
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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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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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