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Posted in: Mixing business suits with sports footwear gradually catching on See in context

Cogito Ergo Sum

Could it be that there is apparent increased fear of cases where one might be forced to flee for his life ? 

I think you might be on to something. and anyone in HR who tries to tell me I need to wear heels can go walk 10K in a pair, as so many ended up doing after the earthquake in 2011.

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Posted in: Group referred to prosecutors for bed prank at Shibuya crossing See in context

They did no more harm than anyone else stopping for selfies in that intersection.

If they started handing out fines for that, I wouldn't complain. And I'd love to see a worldwide ban on selfish-sticks.

(now get off my lawn! ;-) )

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Posted in: Broadcaster apologizes over program insensitive to gender privacy See in context

"you a man or a woman?" (my style being not entirely conventionally male).... never occurred to me to be offended... answered her,

And that's understandable, assuming that she didn't also poke around your private parts AND ask for ID for confirmation.

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Posted in: Delays and long waits as Japan residents rush to buy Tokyo Olympic tickets See in context

Madden, basketball is crazy popular in the Philippines, as well.

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Posted in: Wallabies sponsor dumps Folau as ex-Australia coach slams verdict See in context

But to be punished for speaking one's beliefs ....

No one is putting him in prison for this beliefs.

If his expression of hate is affecting his employers brand, and impacting their sales, they have every right to relieve him of his position. I'm sure your church minister turned away a lot of congregants as well. I was glad when our parish priest, who decimated our congregation with his whinging about crying babies, was relieved of his position.

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Posted in: Bureaucrat held over drug smuggling likely used stimulants at work See in context

22 grams of a stimulant with a street value of about 1.32 million yen ($12,000)

Yowza! I wonder how much he actually paid for those 22g.

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Posted in: Wallabies sponsor dumps Folau as ex-Australia coach slams verdict See in context

The devoutly Christian player...

That should read, "The self-proclaimed Christian player,..."

He claims to be Christian, but his words and deeds proclaim otherwise. If he were truly a 'devout Christian' he'd remember to "Judge NOT".

He's just an @sshole. (I do not claim to be a Christian, so I'll judge away.)

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Posted in: Heisei to be remembered as period of peace, disasters, wealth gaps See in context

GWToday  04:32 pm JST

"Heisei to be remembered as period of peace, disasters, wealth gaps"

Same as any other period...…………...

Exactly. Less disasterous, anyway. Meiji era had wars a plenty and assassinations in addition to earthquakes and tsunami. The brief Taisho period also saw war, political assassinations and the Great Kanto Quake with over 145,000 deaths. Showa - devastating war, assassinations, terrorism - but maybe less "wealth gap" than the other eras.

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Posted in: Ghosn's wife leaves Japan to appeal to French gov't; prosecutors want her questioned See in context

I'd love to have a chat with long-time (first) wife, Rita Ghosn, to get her take on all this.

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Posted in: New recruits mark 1st day at work across Japan as fiscal 2019 begins See in context

Third seat from left to right, then second row: a woman in a pant-suit!

Power to you, you rebel!!

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

Why is the sad excuse for a human still getting publicity?

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Posted in: Woman dies after being stabbed in back in apartment See in context

Is it just me, or does Japan seem more crime-ridden now compared to 10 or 20 years ago?

It's just you.

( ;-) People always ask that, across countries and decades, but the stats don't hold up.)

The 90s were crazy. Miyazaki, the creepy serial child killer was on trial. Aum was killing people in Yokohama, Nagano, Osaka, and Tokyo. The Chief of Police was stabbed. Joji Obara was serially drugging, raping, and occasionally killing his dates. 11 year-old boy's decapitated head left in front of a Kobe school, by a 14 year-old who'd already done a practice run by killing a little 10-year-old girl. (and that's just stuff I remember off the top of my head).

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Posted in: Understanding Japanese unemployment insurance See in context

@1738Kwaaa!! What is an "ABC Benefit Fund"? That term is new to me and google is no help.

The Employment Insurance system here takes into consideration: 1) How you became unemployed, 2) how long you've been paying in, 3) Your age range, to determine your benefits.

If it's your choice or fault, you have to wait three months before you can start collecting and the maximum amount of time you can collect is limited. If your company initiated the end of employment, you are eligible to collect right away, as long as you've been paying in for at least a year.

How long you can collect (from 3- 15 months, depends on your age range ((how hard it is to find a new job)) and how long you've paid in).

And of course you have to report in monthly and fill in forms showing you are making efforts to find a job. Every country does that. Japan is actually pretty relaxed compared to, say, Canada. My sister once had her Unemployment Insurance payment denied because they learned from Canadian immigration that she had travelled overseas for a couple of weeks while claiming UI.

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Posted in: Court turns down Ghosn's request to attend Nissan board meeting on Tuesday See in context

Would the Americans/ Canadines allow Meng Wanzhou to attend a Huawei board meeting? 

Is she being prevented now? She might need to join via video conference, but I don't think she's being prevented from communicating with the outside world, or doing her job, is she? (Please correct me if I'm wrong. In the meantime, I'll google around for conditions of her release into house arrest.)

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Posted in: Ootoya to close most restaurants for a day on March 12 for staff training after video prank See in context


I would probably quit if the company told me I was being reprimanded for the mistake of another employee.

I would also probably quit if I was being collectively punished / reprimanded. I hope the staff at the Ootoya where I sometimes each lunch sees this as a paid day away from the customers, rather than as a reprimand or punishment.

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Posted in: 13 same-sex couples file suits for marriage equality in Japan See in context

My wife is Japanese. If you want to live in Japan, work. 10 years and you can get a permanent visa. Sure you don't have to be married to have a family but trust me its a lot smoother finacially,legally, and more benificial.

How easy would it be for you and your wife to relocate to your home country if she weren't eligible for a spouse visa?

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Posted in: 13 same-sex couples file suits for marriage equality in Japan See in context

A married couple IS a family. My wife is my family, I am my wife's family. So yes, marriage is important when you start a family.

Yes, certainly. Marriage is one way to create "family".

It is the reversible through divorce.

Having children, the other way to create family, is permanent. That does not require marriage.

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Posted in: 13 same-sex couples file suits for marriage equality in Japan See in context

Correction: you don't have to be married to start a family. You do need to be married to be a spouse visa.

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Posted in: 13 same-sex couples file suits for marriage equality in Japan See in context

:For me marriage is only important if you're going to start a family. 

iradickle, clearly you've never been in an international relationship. The ability to live together in the same country is a big deal.

You to be married to have a family. You do need to be married to get a spouse visa.

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Posted in: 13 same-sex couples file suits for marriage equality in Japan See in context

Hello Bugle-Boy,

You are asking questions that I asked as well. I can distinctly remember saying, why can't they just have a recognized union, but not use the word marriage. I was standing in the kitchen of my parents home. Must have been about 1988. Since then my thoughts have evolved. Bit by bit. The same way that language evolves.

My mother wouldn't recognize a marriage between her neice and a man because they got married in the United, rather than Catholic church in the mid 80's. She eventually came around to that. She was even coming around to the possibility of a city-hall union being a marriage by the 10th year of my engagement. (Neither of us interested in organized religions or willing to be married in a church.) Now that she's no longer with us, my nieces and nephews are planning all sorts of weddings, after years of living with their partners, common law. Wedding in a barn, wedding on a beach, married by a family friend, etc.. Not a priest in site. No worries anymore about offending Grandma's sense of propriety or having her sit at home in a grumble.

Saying only mixed-gender couples marriages are real marriages diminishes the committment, the reality of the marriages of same-gender couples.

I'm curious as to how you define marriage. What sets it apart from, say, common-law marriages?

For me the main difference is the paperwork. When you marry you legally create new family connections. Those connections have legal implications. Only immediate family can do such and such. Visit in the ICU. Get a spouse visa. Inherit a shared home /inherit without paying taxes, etc. (lots of variation by jurisdiction).

I think if you keep openly asking questions and people like gokai_wo_maneku continue to reply, through dialogue your ideas might well continue to evolve as well. (I say continue, because if you thought back to what your opinions were in 1989, I'm thinking you'll probably see there's already been some drift.

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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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