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Posted in: Japanese swimming star Ikee diagnosed with leukemia See in context

Well that's a shock. I hope she responds well to treatment and finds a marrow donor quickly if that's what she needs. Perhaps the silver lining can be more people registering as donors.

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Posted in: Aso retracts remark about people who don't have children See in context

born with a silver foot in his mouth.

Best description I've read!

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Posted in: Aso retracts remark about people who don't have children See in context

He and his crony's have failed to create a national environment in which people are confident to have children. Theses old gits are running the country into the ground and the young citizens have little confidence that they'll be able to afford to raise, educate, and feed their children.

Who's to blame? Get yourself a mirror old man.

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Posted in: Trump says he will meet with China's Xi to try to seal trade deal See in context

Put the Trump hate to the side and just appreciate this.

What this, Joe? Nothing's happened yet. IF something gets agreed then we can appreciate the details. Until then, it's all hot air.

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Posted in: Chiba 1st Japanese city to recognize LGBT couples, common-law marriage See in context

I like that they are also recognizing heterosexual couples who won't get married.

The all male courts here have upheld the law that married couples must share one name, which causes no end of headaches for scientists, athletes, and academic couples. You get invited to present at a conference or be guest speaker at an event overseas and immigration won't let you in because the name on the passport and the name on the event promotional materials don't match. Just stupid little things like this that happen all the time but people who don't live it don't think about it.

Hurrah for Chiba. Now can some of you city council folk run for national office, please?

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Posted in: Government shutdown strains emerge in US air travel system See in context

If all those TSA workers decided to call in sick tomorrow, the Trump shutdown would probably end on Monday. If the air traffic controllers called in sick, it might be even quicker.

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Posted in: Court upholds 'sterilization' rule for gender change See in context

Are the judges deciding a person transitioning from a man must have their ovaries removed? What are the long term health risks? Is this for the judges to decide?

This should be left to the medical professionals and the individuals who possess the parts.

Since when does the Japanese judiciary give a rats bottom about parent-child relationships. If that were something they actually cared about, they'd be ruling in favour of access for non-custodial parents and advocating for joint-custody.

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Posted in: Sofia Coppola, Bill Murray to reunite for 'On the Rocks' See in context

 great depiction of the uncomfortable gray areas that relationships can exist in.

Thanks for that explanation. I never really got that movie myself and wondered what it was that spoke so deeply to some people. I did understand why so many friends who'd recently left Tokyo loved it. Six of us used to all live within a 15 minute walk of the Park Hyatt and would meet up at the bar there sometimes or have birthday dinners at the New York Grill, so that was nostalgic.

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Posted in: Trump stops Pelosi from using military plane for overseas trip in shutdown fight See in context

So The Speaker of the House can't use military planes to fly to Afganistan during the shut down, but the President did (to Afganistan) during the shut down and the First Lady did (to Florida) just hours after Trump said no military flights.

So,... what are the rules?

At any rate, no one should be pre-announcing another political figure's flight plans to a war zone. That just puts everyone in danger.

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Posted in: Osaka subway drivers win court case over right to grow beards See in context

"Try to convince elderly Japanese women (huge % of customers) that a long beard on a staff at city office, conbini, JR counter etc is fine."

If they are old enough, they may well think it looks imperial.

This story brings to mind an incident many years back where a tinpot mayor of some town in Nagano was trying to fire two young town office workers who refused to shave off their moustaches, something "abhorrent to Japanese society, which would scare away the citizens". And then they had a visit from Prince Akishino.

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Posted in: Female imperial family members to be barred from key succession rite See in context

Meiyouwenti

I see nothing wrong with the Imperial family having the male only ascension ceremony. It’s part of the centuries old imperial tradition that has been passed down from generation to generation of emperors and shouldn’t be judged by today’s values.

Yes. A "centuries old tradition" in a millenia+ old dynasty. Why should they be stuck with some new tradtion instituted only centuries ago?

(as pointed out by so many above - the men only rule is new.)

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Posted in: Female imperial family members to be barred from key succession rite See in context

Their thinking is archaic and their logic faulty.

Females family members can't attend because they are ineligible to ascend to the throne. Cabinet ministers are also ineligible to ascend to he throne.

Why can one ineligible group observe but not the other?

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Posted in: No-shows wreaking havoc on restaurant business See in context

Deja vu?

I wonder if this was written by the same person: https://japantoday.com/category/features/kuchikomi/last-minute-cancellation-by-chinese-tour-groups-driving-businesses-crazy

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Posted in: 'Game of Thrones' final season to debut on April 14 See in context

Disillusioned

... could not tell you one thing about the plot, which is something I do not regret at all.

In other words, you don't know what you don't know (and therefore don't know what you're missing.)

Fair enough, but for my part, I'm glad I got past my initial skepticism and discovered the rich political thriller within the fantasy.

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Posted in: Japanese team reveals drug can improve long-term memory See in context

GoodlucktoyouT

Testing a research group of 38? About 2000000 people have dementia in japan. Research field should be 50000.

I don't think you are really suggesting the researchers jump straight into Phase IV, without doing basic safety and efficacy testing (Phases 1 and 2), first, right? I'd agree if the journalists were more careful with their headlines when describing results of very early, very limited trials. "Drug can improve long-term memory" is probably not how it was written in the medical journal.

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Posted in: Woman in her 60s dies after being hit by child on ice skating rink See in context

darknutsToday  05:15 pm JST

Accident or not. I don't think the kid should walk away not knowing what they did. I wouldn't.

Depends on how old the kid is, and we have no idea from this. If the lady says, I'm fine, kid skates away while inside the shocked lady's skull the bleeding starts and adults around call for first aide.

(I've seen loads of people take a head injury and then insist they are fine when they are clearly not. Adults are trained not to listen to people who've taken a knock. Kids are trained to listen to their elders.)

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Posted in: Woman in her 60s dies after being hit by child on ice skating rink See in context

darknutsToday  05:15 pm JST

Accident or not. I don't think the kid should walk away not knowing what they did. I wouldn't.

Depends on how old the kid is, and we have no idea from this. If the lady says, I'm fine, kid skates away while inside the shocked lady's skull the bleeding starts and adults around call for first aide.

(I've seen loads of people take a head injury and then insist they are fine when they are clearly not. Adults are trained not to listen to people who've taken a knock. Kids are trained to listen to their elders.)

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Posted in: Rugby World Cup organizers focus on filling stadiums See in context

Good luck to you, LunarTuner.

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Posted in: Woman in her 60s dies after being hit by child on ice skating rink See in context

Why do they need to look for the kid? Want to make sure he or she is scarred for life?

I think they should be looking in to the hospital, as well, making sure that something wasn't overlooked when the woman was treated and that could have been done, was done.

Accidents happen.

You don't always need to assign blame.

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Posted in: Truck driver in Canada crash that killed 16 pleads guilty See in context

Yes. As Chip Star said, this particular intersection is a bad one with a history of vehicles assuming they are on the main highway, and not expecting stop signs. There have been fatalities at this corner before, so the department of highways put up signs to say, "stop sign ahead", but many drivers are entranced by the bleak empty space and miss it. The bus was coming from a blind spot - a farmyard with trees as a wind break.

Scott Thomas's words give me heart. My heart still bleeds for all involved.

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Posted in: Home items are getting smarter and creepier, like it or not See in context

"Kohler also has a tub that adjusts water temperature to your liking"

I had that 20 years ago. It wasn't voice activated, but from another floor, you could push a button and have the tub filled to the level and temperature of your choosing and the temp was maintained until you turned it off.

Not uncommon at all in Japan.

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Posted in: 'A Star Is Born' leads pack for Golden Globes See in context

I watched a preview for Vice and if I hadn't already heard that was Christian Bale, I never would have recognized him. He really is a brilliant actor. (Empire of the Sun still haunts me.)

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Posted in: Young entrepreneur sees rosy future in farming See in context

She grows her plants hydroponically, avoiding soil so as not to require chemicals or pesticides

Of course there are chemicals involved in hydroponics. I think the writer meant to say, so as not to require herbicides or pesticides.

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Posted in: Japan begins collecting departure tax to fund inbound tourism promotion See in context

"It will be necessary to check that the funds are not being used on less productive measures, but in ways that taxpayers find convincing," 

Amen to that.

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Posted in: 'Bohemian Rhapsody' wins at Golden Globes; Close beats Lady Gaga for best actress See in context

I don't watch but I do check the lists of winners for ideas of things to watch. A film about Dick Cheney wouldn't have been on my radar, but I'll now know to watch for it.

Glad to see that Rami got the acting award. (Not sure who else was nominated among the leading men). He was brilliant as Freddie.

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Posted in: Crammed in See in context

Big ol' bag of nope, here, too.

I'd only be praying to get me the hell out of there.

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Posted in: Drop beef and save millions of lives, slash emissions: WEF See in context

proxyToday  10:44 am JST

What does these folks suggest doing with grains that are not fit for human consumption? Burn it all?

Why not simply stop planting it? Plant food that we can eat, instead?

I don't think everybody needs to drop meat all together. Reducing consumption would be an easier suggestion for many people to take. Start with Meatless Monday. (Growing up old-school Catholic, we always had meatless Friday, so that doesn't seem like a strain). Give yourself some time to learn some no-meat or low-meat recipes.

Anyone else here tried the Beyond Meat burgers at A&W? Carl's Jr. is now offering them as well. I like them, and surprisingly, so does every meat-eater I've heard from who's tried them.

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Posted in: 'Crouching Tiger' star Chow Yun-fat vows to donate fortune to charity after death See in context

Nice as well as handsome and talented. Good to know.

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Posted in: More than 186,000 apply to be Tokyo 2020 volunteers; 37% non-Japanese See in context

Who are all these foreigners who are volunteering? Do they all live in the Tokyo area? How are they able to devote so much time to these Olympics? I think these are fair questions.

Why is the Tokyo Marathon oversubscribed every year - both for runners and for volunteers? Why is the Rugby World cup volunteer program oversubscribed? Why does anyone volunteer for anything?

Having been to other international sporting events myself, including Olympic games, and having volunteered at many sports events at all levels, I'll say, all kinds of people enjoy volunteering. Many students, housewives, retirees.

I use my personal vacation days. I love certain sports and want to help make them happen. It's great to get to go behind the scenes and experience work I don't get to do in my day job. It's a great learning experience and lots of students should be free during the summer games. One of my best memories (and best set of photos) from my last Olympics, was after the final event on the last day - I was among the last group leaving and was thanking the venue volunteers and they were all taking pictures of themselves and each other and we, the international spectators. They'd had an absolute blast and made great friends. (And got their souvenir uniforms).

That said, I'm not volunteering for these Olympics. I aim to be out of town. I was disappointed when Tokyo got the Japan bid. It should have been Fukuoka or Sendai. Tokyo still benefits for the infrastructure boost of the 1964 games. Not fair.

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Posted in: Trump vows no end to shutdown until he gets $5 bil to fund border wall See in context

HE is our President for another 2 years even if you don't like him. 

He doesn't have to be.

He could resign.

He could be impeached.

He could be 25th amendment-ed out.

So many possibilities.

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