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Posted in: Same as Olympics: Tokyo Paralympic ticket demand tops supply See in context

This is fantastic news!

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Posted in: Abe determined to amend Constitution after debate in next Diet session See in context

IF the changes were to overhaul the koseki system, reference to "both sexes" in the section regarding marriage, and to clarify/broaden the meaning of the word "kokumin" in regards to who has rights, I'd be in favour.

If it's to allow the PM and his cronies to send other people's kids to war, never.

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Posted in: America’s influence, once so dominant, waning under Trump See in context

And Canada is ready to join France in imposing a "digital services tax", despite Trumps threats of 100% tarrifs.


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Posted in: Japanese lawyer comments on legality of tattoo ban at hot springs See in context


Japan’s history with tattoos is quite different than many other countries.

"quite different than many other countries" is a pretty weasel-worded way to make sweeping statements that are really pretty Eurocentric.

Actually, Japan's history is pretty much the same as it's big neighbors. China also used tattoos to mark criminals. Korea also has some history of using tattoos to mark criminals.

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Posted in: Thin skin: Japanese firm develops ultra-fine spray-on face mask See in context

Is it biodegradable?

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Posted in: Gov't compiles ¥26 tril stimulus package to prop up economy See in context

No thank you to that 5000 yen. (Really just giving back a pittance of our own tax money).

Please stop wasting the tax money we already pay. It will cost the government bundles more to administer this act of largess.

I saw an article today about how Swedish parliamentarians are not provided with cars and drivers, but are expected to use public transportation and live like ordinary citizens. Brilliant idea. https://mg.co.za/article/2019-05-31-00-no-perks-for-swedish-mps

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Posted in: 'Nasty', 'two-faced', 'brain dead': NATO pulls off summit despite insults See in context

People think that was classy.

What people? The one's in your imagination?

I don't think it was "classy". It certainly is normal, expected, and what I'd do. (I'm not "classy" either).

If you don't want to be laughed at, don't be a laughingstock.

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Posted in: Folau, Rugby Australia reach settlement in anti-gay sacking row See in context

Andrew Crisp

Good on him and its good that he won.

What makes you think he won? He may have settled for $1 and "an apology for any hurt and harm".

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Posted in: Folau, Rugby Australia reach settlement in anti-gay sacking row See in context

I'm sorry to see that the Australian Christian Lobby is providing him financial support, rather than providing him a better education in the teachings of Christ. Glad this is settled and I hope he fades into obscurity now, at least until he grows as a human being.

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Posted in: U.S., refugee Olympic teams to be more prominent in Tokyo opening ceremony parade See in context

What about China (2022) and Italy (2026)?

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Posted in: Elon Musk's 'pedo guy' tweet defamed British diver, lawyer says as U.S. trial starts See in context

Musk is an ass. I hope he loses in spectacular fashion.

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Posted in: Trump, citing U.S. farmers, slaps metal tariffs on Brazil, Argentina See in context

Trump needs to do something in the name of the US farmers who are suffering and going into bankruptcy at high rates, as a result of his China policies.

He says these tariffs on steel and aluminium are for farmers. Will they believe him?

(Surely this will make farm implements more expensive.)

Does Trump think the farmers of America are stupid?

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Posted in: U.S. considers 100% tariffs on French Champagne, cheese, handbags over digital tax See in context

Meh. Let the Americans eat American cheese.

More quality cheese for the rest of us.

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Posted in: Substitute teacher lectures Utah child over his 2 dads See in context

You expect some bullying from kids in schools, and hope that the adults can catch and prevent it. You don't expect the bully to be the adult. FFS. Picking on a newly adopted orphan? This person should not be around children, ever.

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Posted in: Former Japanese Prime Minister Nakasone dies at 101 See in context

 But his career was shadowed by links to a huge political scandal, a stocks-for-favors scam.

Was that the Recruit scandal?

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Posted in: Department store reviews plan for staff to wear menstruation badges after outcry See in context

When I first came to Japan I was shocked how many office conversations among the women were about constipation. I would seriously be less surprised if an employee suggested a badge for that. Weird. Jaw-droppingly weird. All of it.

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Posted in: Department store reviews plan for staff to wear menstruation badges after outcry See in context

I want to know WTF kind of policies they have in place that at least one woman thinks they need sympathy for having their period. Do they have really long shifts without breaks of something? Do you need special permission from three levels up to take a loo break?

If you're having serious problems, see a doctor. Maybe get on a low dose pill. Don't expect everyone else to want to publicly deal with your menses and don't expect me to be public with mine.

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Posted in: Sacked Folau raises compensation claim to A$14 million See in context

Jesus didn’t mention homosexuality.

No. He did not. He broke the old rules. Threw them out with the footbath water. And he said, "above all, love thy neighbor."

If your goal is to model your life on JC, you be nice to others. If your goal is to feel superior and assert control over other people, you use the name of JC to label yourself as superior and behave like Folau.

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Posted in: Sacked Folau raises compensation claim to A$14 million See in context


I have little sympathy for bigots who choose to parade their bigotry.

Amen to that.

I also have a particular dislike for people who claim to be Christian, and then behave in exactly the opposite way that a real follower of Jesus Judge-not-lest-ye-be-judged Christ would. Being an @sshole in the name of Christ. I shake my head in wonder.

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Posted in: Lotteria offering venison burgers for 'Good Meat Day' on Nov 29 See in context

Chronic Wasting Disease is a prion disease, like Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE, aka Mad Cow DIsease), scrapie (which affects sheep) and Kuru and Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease (which affect humans).

Avoid eating deer/elk brain if you like, but to date there are no known cases of humans getting CWD from eating deer anything.

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Posted in: Trump and Navy clash again over SEAL commando who posed with corpse See in context

Does a tweet constitute a lawful order? If Barron gets his hands on his Dad's phone, could he start world war three?

(Actually, I think the younger Trump would be less likely to do that.)

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Posted in: Tokyo 2020 unveils 15,000-seat Olympic aquatics center See in context

Now I'm wondering what are they going to do with this after the Olympics is over?

Use it. For decades to come. Same as with the venues built for the 1964 Tokyo games, the 1972 Sapporo games, and the 1998 Nagano games.

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Posted in: Harajuku Station will be demolished after the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics See in context

The Tokyo Edo Open Air Architectural Museum in Koganei Park would be the ideal place for it.

Except that it's not Edo-era, which is kind of the point of that park.

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Posted in: Harajuku Station will be demolished after the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics See in context

Historic buildings are taken apart and moved all the time, "guy". They can put it in a park or other historic area that gets less foot traffic.

Heck, just move it 100 meters away and problem solved.

BigYenToday  10:38 am JST

That's right. Engineers are moving an entire stone tower at Hirosaki Castle 100 metres so they can work on repairing the foundations. Then they're going to put it back again. If that can be done with a 300 year old three-storey stone tower, why can't they move a relatively light 95 year old timber structure?

And will the castle be operating and open to hordes of the public during that move project? Which is going to take how long? Should the Yamanote be shut down while the move happens? Or just this station, while it is carefully disassembled to be reassembled elsewhere?

I think it could be "re-created" without using the original wood, stairways, platforms, etc. That might be a responsible compromise. Or better, the original facade (the only good part of the current station) could be reflected in an more aesthetically pleasing new station.

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Posted in: Construction of stadium for 2020 Tokyo Olympics completed at cost of ¥157 bil See in context

Meanwhile, many still in shelters from March 11th, 2011... 

In what cities? To my knowledge, pretty much everybody has been moved out of the temporary housing, though I do see a little bit of temporary office space being used. (eg. the Rikuzentakada city office).

**not that I disagree with the sentiment that Tokyo 2020 investment could have been MUCH better spent.

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Posted in: Trump says he will 'seriously consider' testifying in impeachment inquiry See in context

Hillary Clinton testified for 11 hours in one day at one of the hoax Benghazi hearings. Tough as nails. Trump doesn't have that in him.

Good point. And one that should be made to him repeatedly so that his ego gets the better of his advisers and he does testify.

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Posted in: Pope Francis to bring anti-nuclear message to Hiroshima and Nagasaki See in context


Preaching to the choir.

Exactly what I came to post.

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Posted in: LDP panel chief wants tax system better suited to digital economy See in context

Do the hustle, you might be able to designate a friend as your "tax agent" so that they can file for you. (I've done it for others before, and I am really quite clueless. Just took their forms to their city office in the tax season, took a number, gave over all the paperwork and waited while someone there did all the forms and calculations. In two cases, I simply handed over the person's Japan bank details - and the recipient of the refund was later able to take the money out using their bank card at an ATM at home. In one case, the guy had lost his card so the refund went to my account and I did a wire transfer later. Pain in the backside.)

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Posted in: Canada social democrats demand universal drug plan to prop up Trudeau See in context

This is a good stand for the NDP to take. I hope Trudeau agrees.

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Posted in: Police say body may be hiker who fell on Mt Fuji while live-streaming See in context

Sad that searchers have to be sent out after a glory-seeker who's climbing outside the season, without proper gear.

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