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Posted in: 5 cultural activities to try in Japan See in context

yield an actual katana 

the word is “wield” with a “w”

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Posted in: 50 years on, the enduring myth of Stockholm Syndrome See in context

Wait, she did go on to have an affair with the guy… and then at the end the writer draws parallels with abusive partners. So then it’s not a myth?

Something about this story is fishy. The remark about it being a reaction to disappointment in authorities sounds fake. Like the message of this article is being used in some political battle about gender or social justice or something or other.

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Posted in: I see students who find it difficult to go to school every day because it is painful to dress in a uniform unfit for their gender identity. See in context

It is not one doctor but the medical and scientific consensus in the world

It is not a scientific consensus. Rather it is a consensus between activists, and those who are afraid of them, and those who have not read about the issue.

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Posted in: Why is R&B music more explicit than ever? It’s complicated. See in context

YrralToday  11:19 am JST

Mrtinjp,Soul music was not only entertaining,but it was a rhythm to black liberation,that gave Black courage to throw off their shackles of oppression,while White artist not only did not have soul,they could not dance smooth too the music rhymes


oh wait, you're serious!


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Posted in: Contentious major defense policy shift shows Japan wariness of China See in context

Ccp members super active in the comments on this one. Good luck keeping up the facade.

The 2 directives of “communism” are to seek power and lie all the time. China, N Korea, Russia, all following these directives to a T.

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Posted in: Japan faces long, difficult road to promote inclusive education See in context

Mixed feelings. Some kids can benefit from inclusive education, to a certain extent. And I agree that Japan is, and tends to be, behind the times on this kind of issue.

However, throwing around buzz-words like "social justice," is meaningless and lumps in everyone regardless of their unique needs and abilities. It really does depend on the circumstances of each individual case, and some kids will indeed do better under the more intensive guidance of a special needs school.

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Posted in: Smith apologizes to Rock; Academy to launch review See in context

Kids wouldn’t get GI Jane reference and therefore wouldn’t think it was an insult. In fact if you listen to the joke, it sounds more friendly cajoling/ camaraderie than insulting. And if you listen to Rock after he slap, that seems to be why he’s so shocked about it. He was giving her props for toughness. Listen to it.

All the BS comparing this to cancer is such a crock. She’s the biggest self-promoter of her own mess out there.

Smith overreacted because he’s being p-whipped and it’s easier to hit Rock than it is to admit his own shortcomings, or perhaps deal with his wife.

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Posted in: More than 28,000 Afghans seek temporary U.S. entry; only about 100 approved See in context

Zaphod, In February 2020 Trump promised the release of 5000 Taliban prisoners and a withdrawal by May 1, 2021. And he kept the pact despite the Taliban attacking the Afghan forces before the agreed withdrawal date.

Whatever Biden did or didn't do was an ad hoc attempt to deal with the mess Trump created.

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Posted in: Crypto addiction: A hidden epidemic? See in context

Don’t knock crypto. The fanboys will be offended. FOMO and pyramid schemes are the new black.

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Posted in: Tokyo TV station skips ugly controversy over Mako’s marriage; shows 'Blade' instead See in context

Wesley Snipes kicks @ss! This guy never gets the credit he deserves. Especially these days, it’s like young people don’t even know he exists. Well, now they do.

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Posted in: Gwyneth Paltrow tackles bedroom taboos in new series See in context

I think largely women have been inculcated with this idea…

Gosh, it’s a wonder women can do anything at all with all of the “prescribing” she goes on about. What century is she living in?

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Posted in: Chapelle special spurs Netflix walkout; 'Trans lives matter' See in context

The protestors aren't listening to what he was saying thus demonstrating their ignorance.

I'll bet nobody commenting on this story can point out exactly what was transphobic about Chappelle's jokes.

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Posted in: Rapper formerly known as Kanye West is now just Ye See in context

Ye, ye, whatev

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Posted in: Princess Mako's boyfriend to meet her parents ahead of marriage See in context

Again with the “boyfriend.” The Japanese press calls him 婚約者(fiancé) as it should be. Why boyfriend? They even talk about Komuro’s mother’s ex fiancé.

What gives?

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Posted in: Rolling Stones drop hit 'Brown Sugar' from U.S. tour See in context

By this logic any textbook that mentions slavery should be censored because slavery was racist.


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Posted in: Netflix defends Chappelle, suspends staff in transgender row See in context

People who are complaining about it haven't watched the whole thing. Selective listening doesn't help their cause. Neither does selective reasoning.

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Posted in: Don Quijote asks couples to refrain from breaking up in its Osaka store See in context

Seems like a rather Quixotic reQuest.

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Posted in: Rise in singles, who face economic costs, worry U.S. researchers See in context

Tinder is a part of it, but whether that makes men happier is debatable. I have 3 older (50s)male friends who now regret never having married or having kids. It was fun when they were young, but those days are now gone.

A separate factor is that women are now better educated than men while at the same time hanging on to outdated ideas that they should marry someone who is at least as educated as themselves.

The stats also show that certain men marry several times, while others never do. This accounts for some of the disparity in partner rates between the sexes. IOW the more desirable men are gaining what less desirable men aren’t able to.

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Posted in: Transgender man in Japan wants switch recognized without surgery See in context

On a family registry it likely says 性(別)which in Japanese could mean sex or gender. There's no difference. And yet we're told time and time again by trans activists that they are separate. I think this is a pretty important point that Japan needs to wrestle with before they start jumping on the transgender bandwagon.

As mentioned above, medical issues are a highly relevant issue when it comes to transgender people, and clear communication matters. There are a host of issues that need to be settled before you can simply approve the changing of 性 in family records. The impact will be widespread, and not limited to the individual in question. Public baths, competitive sports etc are just the tip of the iceberg.

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Posted in: China declares all cryptocurrency transactions illegal See in context

Will Bitcoin et al ever achieve global dominance? Governments are developing their own crypto-currencies and will look to regulate Bitcoin. They need to control money. China is the just first big mover on this, but definitely not the last.

Is Bitcoin a scam? The wrong people have bought up oodles of it for speculation and use their position to talk it up and down just like Elon Musk. Dogecoin? He has made a killing using (abusing) his soapbox and the unfortunate people who are the fair-weather crypto buyers fall right into this kind of trap. Anyone who says "it's a great way to build inter-generational wealth" or "you're missing out on the biggest opportunity" is doing exactly this. They got in early and want more people to buy it and thus drive up the price. Similar to how pyramid schemes work. Crypto gurus are generally either scam-artists. Intelligent or not, they don't have your best interests in mind.

People who say, "you need to read up more" or "you don't understand" have probably bought into some crypto guru psycho-babble. They deny any nuanced take on crypto. No reasoned arguments can reach them.

I'm sure the original Bitcoin developer had different motives, but the way it is being used and abused means that it's no more of a sure thing than any other "investment" these days.

The most reasoned crypto-buyers are hobbyists who aren't in it for speculation, rather they enjoy playing around with the new technology and actively use it to buy things or pay each other. They are not keeping it to make money, and will probably not try to sell you on it.

Buyer be aware. Make sure you're not buying it for FOMO on speculation and to make big bucks. That's not what it was made for.

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Posted in: 'Godfather of modern Black cinema' Melvin Van Peebles dies at 89 See in context

Interesting how they left out the charge of exploiting a child (his son) in a sex scene.

I enjoyed his films and thought he was a great director, but come on, that was definitely newsworthy.

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Posted in: France accuses Australia, U.S. of lying in escalating crisis See in context

As far as I remember, Japan and Germany, as fellow bidders for the original project, accused France of acting in bad faith when the original deal was struck.

Now the shoe is on the other foot.


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Posted in: Princess Mako's boyfriend to return from U.S. to register marriage See in context

Isn’t he her fiancé? Boyfriend sounds a little flippant for a guy preparing to marry a princess.

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Posted in: You can buy yourself a mini log cabin for telework at Tokyo’s Shibuya Loft See in context

3-6 square meter

yeah yeah, square meters. How many tatamis is that?

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Posted in: Two decades after 9/11, Muslim Americans still fighting bias See in context

And now with covid, it happens to the Chinese.

shout out to the ccp for that one.

and to osama bin laden for Muslim Americans.

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Posted in: Int'l body calls on Japan for stronger anti-money laundering actions See in context

The problem is these measures do not actually stop money laundering and terrorist financing. They just make it more of a pain for average people to send money around and do business internationally.

once more for good measure.


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Posted in: Sato gets 2nd athletics gold; Yamaguchi swims to victory at Paralympics See in context

It is too much fanfare.


oh, wait. You’re serious?

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Posted in: Paralympics open with acrobats, clowns, vibrant music and fireworks See in context

That said, I’m a big fan of the Paralympics and special Olympics

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Posted in: Paralympics open with acrobats, clowns, vibrant music and fireworks See in context

The Paralympics are about athletic prowess. The origin of the word is from "parallel" - an event running alongside the Olympics.

This statement is disingenuous. Originally the Paralympics were for paraplegics. Only from 1976 were athletes with other disabilities included. Para originally comes from paraplegia, not parallel, snd only from 1988 has the para been attributed to the word parallel.

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