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Posted in: U.S. hedge fund billionaire charged with sex trafficking minors See in context

I imagine a lot of prominent men of various stripes are suddenly very nervous. Hallelujah! May justice prevail, indeed!

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Posted in: Trump hits back as UK's top envoy who called his White House 'inept' See in context

I really want to know why someone decided to leak this.

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Posted in: You won't miss the meat in these rice and edamame burgers See in context

Burgers require BEEF!

They most certainly do NOT!

Have you never had a buffalo burger? Or a moose burger?

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Posted in: Study shows major real-world impact of cervical cancer vaccines See in context

Did you read the article Bofo?

We are seeing reduced incidence of the HPV infections.

It is known that HPV infections are a causative factor in cervical cancer over time. It will take time for lower infection rates to show up as lower cervical cancer rates and lower cancer deaths.

Do you care about cervical cancer?

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Posted in: #UnwantedIvanka campaign pokes fun at Trump's daughter See in context

Scientist Ivanka with Marie Curie is THE bomb!

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Posted in: Study shows major real-world impact of cervical cancer vaccines See in context

Great news!

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Posted in: Kyoto mayor posts letter to Kim Kardashian on Facebook,explaining what kimono really is See in context


Has Kyoto tried to trademark the words, "Wedding", "Bride", or "Chapel"?

No. Of course not.

So there is no equivalency here.

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Posted in: New Zealand bans single-use plastic bags See in context

Good on NZ. All the little things add up.

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Posted in: Japanese crown prince, wife begin tour of Poland See in context

It seems so weird to think of Fumihito and Kiko as the Crown Prince and Princess, but I guess it's just a matter of getting used to it. (I tend to forget that he's in line before his son).


Because they accomplished......???[

Decades of training and work as diplomats representing Japan, with dignity and an absence of scandal? Not a job I would want. Or a life I'd wish upon an enemy, but I appreciate the work they do.

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Posted in: Facebook joins Japan's powerful business lobby Keidanren See in context

And what would that be, JJ Jetplane?

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Posted in: Graffiti found on stone wall near emperor's residence See in context

My Japanese girlfriend at the time warned me that because I was a foreigner the Japanese police might arrest me if I cycled too close to the palace. ... I don't know if that's true

Your skepticism is well founded. It's not true.

I run there and around the other place regularly, as do a whole lot of visible foreigners. The police will nod and say good morning, if you do the same. Just don't try rollerblading. They are worried you'll smash into people.

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Posted in: U.S. reaches Women's World Cup quarterfinals after 2-1 win over Spain See in context

And is Japan still in with at chance? (If I wanted US news, I'd go to USA Today)

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Posted in: 2026 Winter Olympics awarded to Milan-Cortina d'Ampezzo See in context

Congratulations to Italy. Great that they'll be able to reuse so many facilities built for Torino in 2006, yet get some updates as well. Should be a great one for the athletes.

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Posted in: Air Canada passenger falls asleep on plane, wakes up alone See in context

I'm afraid I'd have rummaged in the overheads for extra blankets and gone back to sleep.

Hard to imagine rummaging around a cockpit with no light! Yikes!

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Posted in: Sara Davis Buechner talks about being a transgender concert pianist See in context

BB and Seadog, do you really have no same-gender couples in your social circles or extended families?

If not, perhaps you could find listen to interviews by famous people, like say, Elton John or Ellen Degeneres where they mention their spouses. That might help you wrap your head around a couple comprised of two husbands or two wives.

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Posted in: Emperor's succession rite to follow precedent despite controversy See in context

"and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will deliver ...."

The writer is assuming Abe will still be PM come October. I'm holding out faint hope that he'll be ousted by then.

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Posted in: Trump says Iran made 'big mistake' by shooting down U.S. drone See in context

Well, there is precedent for aircraft being accidentally shot down in the area,...


I wonder if this is what is coming to Trump's aging mind as he blathers, "I would imagine it was a general or somebody that made a mistake."

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Posted in: Japan's 'gentleman' equestrian at heart of Olympics corruption probe See in context

He may be a gentleman, but his son isn't. He's a nationalist hack.

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Posted in: Man arrested for pointing bamboo sword at police box consultant See in context

a 62-year-old woman who works as a koban (police box) consultant,

Police box consultant? I've never seen or heard of this. Is this a new job? Is she a retired police officer / police department employee?

Not a bad idea to have someone man the box while the police are on patrol, but surely the HR costs would be high. When I've dropped by unmanned koban before, the had a direct line phone to the police station - but admittedly I haven't visited an empty one in many years.

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Posted in: 'Hunger Games' prequel book and film planned See in context

I also enjoyed the books and the films. I look forward to reading the prequels.

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Posted in: Damaged Japanese tanker arrives at UAE anchorage See in context

the Norwegian company which owns the ship, said "all 23 crew members of the tanker departed Iran" and flew to Dubai on Saturday.

As of Friday, FoxNews was referring to the crew rescued by Iran as "hostages".

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Posted in: Pompeo tries rallying foreign leaders in alleged oil attacks See in context

Pompeo does not have the credibility of Colin Powell.

Colin Powell no longer has the credibility of Colin Powell.

You can only cry "wolf" so many times.

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Posted in: Ailing woman dies at home while son spends month in internet cafes See in context

Did he have a legal obligation to care for her, the way a parent or legal guardian has a legal obligation to care for/ and provide the necessities of life for child?

Did he list her as his "dependent" on his taxes, and if so, would that be enough to demonstrate he had a legal obligation to care and provide for her?

(I'm strictly speaking "Legal" here, not moral. that is a separate argument).

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Posted in: U.S. says Iran took mine off tanker See in context

OMG Pompeo, your pants are on fire!!

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Posted in: Ban on ticket scalping comes into force ahead of Tokyo Olympics See in context

So sites like Viagogo will only allow people to sell spare tickets at or below the face-value price?

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Posted in: Trump says Sarah Sanders to leave White House at end of June See in context

I was very surprised to read that Ms. Sanders is only 36. I would have thought her considerably older than that, primarily based on her poise. Also her poison. She really did perform well in an impossible position. Dodged questions. Repeated the presidents ludicrous statements, without implicating herself. And kept her cool.

I admire her professionalism and poise. I abhor her lack of morals. I hope she takes some time to (re)discover her soul, gets right with the world/her god/her kids, and then puts her talents to something worthy.

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Posted in: Fly-over See in context

I always thought of this and other Taro Okamoto works when I saw the weirwood tree depicted in the opening credits of Game of Thrones.

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Posted in: Solar-powered flower bed automatically waters plants See in context

which automatically waters followers by using solar electricity.

If I follow it around, will I be regularly refreshed?

sunlight can be evenly applied by turning the flower pots by hand (they can be turned by 360°). 

So you're saving the expense of having a human water them, but you need humans to install and then regularly rotate the 104 flower pots (13 rows x 8) by hand?!? WTF? This is NOT market ready. Any tax money being spent on this now is porkbarrel!

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Posted in: Japan offers most paid leave for fathers in world, but few take it See in context

Asics: Apparently they make big claims about their paternity leave uptake, but one of the two in Japan who has used it is claiming paternity harassment upon return to work. 2/30 corporate officers are female.

Kaneka Corporation: In the links above: 39 corporate officers listed on their website. All men.

Old men are not going to change the corporate culture on their own. They have no interest in changing unless the law has some teeth and/or the people (customers, potential recruits, existing employees, investors, and the media - both professional and social) refuse to accept the status quo.

Good on every employee who speaks up.

Updoot, Savethegaijin, Disilllusioned, and anyone else with partners or who themselves aren't being treated according to the law, consider unionizing - or even talking about it with colleagues. Get every communication about your leave requests in writing. Make the enquiries by email and keep those. Enough of this! The time for change is here. And it's starting. We need to keep nudging that little snow ball.

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Posted in: Woman sues Japanese gov't for DNA data kept even after end of probe See in context

on suspicion of putting a flyer on a utility pole seeking information about her missing dog.

My jaw dropped to the table when I got to that shocking line about her heinous crime.

How much did they spend on this investigation?! Time for some layoffs.

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