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Posted in: Neil Peart, Rush's star drummer, dies at 67 See in context

Listen to the live recording of YYZ that's in this article on Rush's 12 best songs.

I remember the first time I heard this in 1984 as a kid learning to play the drums and it completely blew my mind when I heard the drum solo. A high-water mark set there by a true virtuoso. A fantastic drummer and great human being. Thank you so much for your music.

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Posted in: Anime studio arson-murder suspect transferred to Kyoto hospital See in context

I hope no other burn victims awaiting treatment have their treatment delayed because of this "man". He will be suffering from burns here and in the afterlife.

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Posted in: Trudeau begs forgiveness for brownface photo See in context

Trudeau's policies haven't scape-goated or taken rights away from minorities, but these pics show he was pretty clueless before he became a full-time politician, despite the fact he is the son of one of Canada's most famous Prime Ministers.

So these actions - actually seems more like a pattern of behaviour since there are three instances of him wearing blackface that have been photographically documented - create a big problem for his supporters.

This seems like a classic case of a politician being caught having an embarrassing past that contradicts a carefully-maintained and mostly manufactured public image, and more importantly, having this past pattern of behavior that detracts from the progressive policies that attempt to rectify the legacy of injustices visited against minorities.

On the other, we have elected-officials who have no photographically-documented instances of blackface, but do have historically-documented and currently-implemented policies that add to the injustices against minorities, stripping them of rights and security. A blackface controversy would just reinforce perceptions of bigotry by those in opposition, but would probably also not have much effect on these officials' supporters.

So we have progressives faced with the choice of turning a blind eye toward a Prime Minister with a unpalatable past so that the changes they envision come to fruition, or rejecting him in the middle of election, allowing conservative rivals to take power and do what their supporters want to do. There are other more progressive parties like the NDP and Green party who could also benefit from Trudeau's supporters abandoning him, but the conservatives are the ones who will most benefit from this.

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Posted in: Ric Ocasek, singer for The Cars, dies at 75 See in context

The Cars were great, Ric was a great music Ian, songwriter and producer. Listen to Weezer's first album and you can hear Ric's influence pretty clearly. Thanks for making the world a better place Ric!

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Posted in: Teen bullying victim who died in apparent suicide blames school in journal See in context

Can't really think of any word besides scandalous to describe how this child was treated. Unbelievable.

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Posted in: Month-long release of Kyoto arson victims' identities ends See in context

Unless there is some danger posed by not releasing victims' names, the wishes of the bereaved families are most important and should be honored.

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Posted in: Ex-KAT-TUN singer facing marijuana charge released on bail See in context

Here's a link to the article I mentioned in my previous comment. The article expired on Japan Today but found it elsewhere:

Here's a quote from Japan embassy in Canada that was pretty surreal:

"Even in a place where marijuana is legalized, if our citizens smoke, purchase, possess or deliver marijuana, it's a criminal act, so they will be punished," the embassy in Canada tweeted. "Please be careful."

How do you even enforce that re. aspect of consumption?? Haven't heard of anyone nailed for this yet, but wouldn't surprise me as the news just gets more absurd by the day.

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Posted in: Ex-KAT-TUN singer facing marijuana charge released on bail See in context

@Nippori Nick

He should holiday in Canada...all legal and no, the sky is not falling.

Actually, read an article here on Japan Today last year saying the government would test people at the airport coming back from Canada if they suspected someone of having used marijuana. Not even sure if that is legal.

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Posted in: Ex-KAT-TUN singer facing marijuana charge released on bail See in context

Unbelievable! Look what they're making this guy do. Bowing down with his head to the ground saying "I promise I will never touch illegal drugs including marijuana and become involved in crime". Get your priorities straight Japan. Spend more money on educating and protecting your children from abuse than on investigating celebs for weed. I think Robert Mitchum had an easier time of it back in the 50s in the US than this guy in Japan in 2019. Seriously, what a joke.

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Posted in: Labor minister opposes banning female dress codes with high heels See in context

So why would they have launched Cool Biz over a decade ago, with one of the reasons being improving office workers comfort in boiling summers by not forcing them to wear suits to work, but not allow the female segment of the population to dispense with wearing heels for the same reason, not to mention the fact that wearing heels takes a toll on their bodies. Baffles me how frickin ignorant some of these dudes are.

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Posted in: Car hits group of preschoolers in Shiga Pref; 2 dead See in context

This is becoming a weekly occurrence now, if not daily in some cases. Seriously have no idea what the hell is happening with the drivers here, but I hope the two little ones didn't suffer too much and hope those who survived make full recoveries. Terrible, terrible news.

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Posted in: 399 children who suffered child abuse unable to be discharged from hospitals last year See in context

I guess adoption is not an option here? Considering how many couples can't have kids, you'd think there could be new homes found for these poor children.

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Posted in: Australian man arrested for spraying graffiti on Tokyo subway cars See in context

His tags look pretty crap too.

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Posted in: Extra abdication holidays pose dilemma for Japanese workers See in context

Funny, no mention about those who don't get paid vacation days during this extended GW. For these people, 10 days off unpaid is definitely not a good thing. Those who mostly benefit from this are full-fledged company workers.

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Posted in: Man arrested for goading girlfriend into setting herself on fire See in context

" I poured kerosene all over her and told her to set herself on fire.... But I didn't mean it. I was angry."

Ok. Sure.

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Posted in: Australia's Hanson suggests country's worst gun massacre a conspiracy See in context

This vacuous dunderhead should just go back to selling fish and chips or whatever it was she was doing before she became a vacuous dunderhead who is able to fill the world with such bile because she's a federal politician.

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Posted in: Japan bans Boeing 737 MAX planes from its airspace See in context

I think it might have even come after Boeing grounded them. Said Thursday for both. Anyway, way to take the helm as usual Japan!

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Posted in: Epileptic driver of wheel loader that hit and killed 11-year-old girl gets 7 years in prison See in context

So, if his employer did break the law by hiring an epileptic person to operate heavy equipment, are they being investigated? Was this 2013 law being properly enforced by the government? Everyone involved should pay dearly for the loss of the poor girl and the injuries suffered by the other students and the teachers. This man didn't make these kids' lives any easier.

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Posted in: Man pleads not guilty over death of husband, wife in road rage accident See in context

He probably saw that the man was with his wife and daughters in the car but he selfishly disregarded their safety by forcing them to stop on a busy road. His actions were causal in their death. He caused them to stop which caused their vehicle to be struck by another vehicle, resulting in the parents' deaths and leaving the daughters not only orphans, but also injured, and, I assume, seriously so. Have the daughters suffered permanent physical injury and/or disability from this accident? The psychological and emotional trauma will be there forever.

Re. him yawning and laughing in court, and demanding money for interviews, this demonstrates a clear lack of remorse and should, if legally possible, be taken into account when pronouncing his sentence, when and if he is found guilty.

I am curious if he had alcohol in his system at the time. Has he undergone any psychological testing to determine if he even comprehends just how serious his actions were? I cannot see any defense for his actions other than insanity, so if he isn't, he should drop his shameful defense that is based on a legal technicality and admit his guilt.

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Posted in: 13 arrested for groping, theft after Shibuya Halloween chaos See in context


Its not a residential area, but a commercial/shopping district that is packed, so your comparison is not valid. I didn't say overturning is ok- the subtext of "gropers and the like " would include criminals of any type. I'll be more specific next time. Point is most young people are in an always-busy area having fun like people do on New Year's, St. Patrick's, etc., in other cities. Where else should they go?

Who compromised 14 woman being groped? Not me, plus the headline says 13 arrested for groping, theft.

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Posted in: 13 arrested for groping, theft after Shibuya Halloween chaos See in context

I pass thru Shibuya to and from work every day, and last night it was packed but kids were just having fun. With that many people, of course there is going to be a few wackos or whatever mixed in there, but no big deal. The kids here are so controlled all through their school lives up till university, then they cut loose a bit in uni for a few years, then get a job, where instead of being under the thumb of teachers and parents (well actually, maybe not parents as most grads still live with their folks till they get married or whatever), they place themselves directly under the thumb of management. People wonder why it's a little messed up here-it's because there ain't much freedom, in a social sense.

Gropers and the like are another story and should be thrown in jail, but the kids are alright. Too bad so many of them lead such a bleak day-to-day existence.

If you are worried about danger, don't go there on Halloween. Weekends can be a bit crowded too.

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Posted in: 2-year-old girl survives fall from 5th-floor apartment See in context

Amazing she lived. A fall over 3 stories is often fatal. Hope the fractured leg at that age doesn't result in permanent impairment.

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Posted in: 2 firms fined Y380 mil over maglev bid-rigging See in context

Ineffective punishment it seems. How much are each of their contracts worth? Are the contracts cancelled? Prosecutions? They should be banned from bidding on any government contracts for several years. Frickin crooks.

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Posted in: Self-driving taxi with paying passengers tested in Tokyo in world first See in context

Disturbing to see so many people defending robots over their fellow human beings. Where's the humanity?

Not really defending the robots, merely stating that this tech can save lives, improve the environment and make cities more liveable.

I know this could eliminate jobs, but what other disadvantages do you see that outweigh these benefits?

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Posted in: Self-driving taxi with paying passengers tested in Tokyo in world first See in context

Correction: commute farther to work

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Posted in: Self-driving taxi with paying passengers tested in Tokyo in world first See in context

Possible changes that will occur with the advent of autonomous cars:

-eventual decrease in the number of traffic accidents and deaths

-fewer cars on the road

-repopulation of rural areas as people will be able to commute farther but work in their vehicle, as they would function as portable offices

-parking areas will become unnecessary and the land prices will fall in urban areas because of a rise in supply concurrent with falling populations

-as most of these vehicles will not be running on fossil fuels,emissions from automobiles will decrease

-more green space in cities as more land will become cheaply available.

Interested in seeing if any reaction on the above projections. Some of these changes will take a few decades to occur, but I don't see them not occuring.

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Posted in: Diplomatic seal for Tokugawa shogunate found See in context

I'm quite astounded at such a find! They are usually such tiresome beasts to deal with!

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Posted in: Freezing Tokyo sees most ambulance calls for 80 years See in context

Most calls since ambulance service started in 1936? So I guess there were not many ambulances during the war?

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Posted in: As Europe opens its doors, Japan considers clamping down harder on asylum seekers See in context

"But Japan’s government does not see escaping war as a legitimate reason for claiming asylum,..." Seriously? Can't think of a better reason to move. What are the legitimate reasons, then?

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Posted in: Man sentenced to death for murders of 5 neighbors in Yamaguchi See in context

Not sure about Japan, but the cost of the death penalty is higher than life improsonment, as stated in the info below:

"Cases without the death penalty cost $740,000, while cases where the death penalty is sought cost $1.26 million. Maintaining each death row prisoner costs taxpayers $90,000 more per year than a prisoner in general population. There are 714 inmates on California's death row."

...this was just the first result in a search under the criteria "cost of death penalty" on If there are any points to dispute in the above information I would like to know what they are. So, if the economic argument is invalid, the moral question remains about the death penalty. Though the moral question of whether it is right or not is one that can be strongly disputed on either side, I don't see justifying the death penalty because it's cheaper as being a valid one.

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