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Posted in: Say cheese: Ohtani body double finds way into Angels' team photo See in context

What a click-bait headline. That's a stand-in, not a body double.

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Posted in: Japan reluctant to accelerate G7 power sector decarbonization push See in context

What can you say? These fossils can't give up fossil fuels.

The spray one of the LNG tycoons just tried to give the Australian government was beyond pathetic.

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Posted in: Child abuse cases in Japan reach new record See in context

Maybe paste this article under all the ones about the J-Gov navel-gazing over people having more kids. What's the point if you're doing next to nothing to protect the ones already here?

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Posted in: Japan planning to establish zones to give vacant homes new life See in context

A glacier moves faster than Japanese politics.

It's a race to see which will fade into oblivion first though.

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Posted in: High-profile Australian parliament rape case won't resume after mistrial See in context

One night, They went out for drinks together at the Pub. After that, she went back together with Bruce to the Office. Why will she agree to go back to the office middle of the night with the man who wasn't her lover? After 20 years, she went to the Police and talk to the Police, Bruce Lehrmann had raped me 20 years ago. I don't know whether it was consensual sexual activity or not. It was 20 years ago.

Why did she take too long to file a rape allegation against Bruce Lehrmann?

However, 20 - year is very long time ago and the Police shouldn't accept the case.Some women are misusing "Me Too" movement to persecute their ex-boyfriend. It was 21st century witch hunting game.

You need to go and read that again, the alleged incident took place in 2019, not 20 years ago.

It was also wide reported that she agreed to share a taxi with him for the ride home, after which he diverted the trip on the (alleged) pretext of retreiving some documents from parliament house.

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Posted in: Tsundere beer now on sale in Japan, but it’s not like she brewed it for you See in context

I would never pay Yen 700 or more for a bottle of beer.

All the more for me then!

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Posted in: Tasteless candy on sale at Lawson convenience stores See in context

Surely you mean 'flavorless' (lacking any flavor), rather than 'tasteless' (causing offense).

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Posted in: Treatment improves cognition in Down Syndrome patients See in context

Iceland has virtually eradicated Down Syndrome by means of pre natal screening and women having control of their bodies.

Yay genocide?

Also, what the hell:

They each received the treatment through their arm every two hours over a period of six months, with the drug delivered in pulses to mimic the hormone's frequency in people without Down Syndrome.

Is there some mistake here, or are they suggesting that injections every two hours for a span of six months is a viable treatment method? Sounds like torture!

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Posted in: Ex-PM Abe in critical condition after being shot while campaigning in Nara See in context

Whether we agree on him or not, shooting someone on broad daylight is not a Japanese thing to do. Maybe in the US it's normal, but not in japan.

I think it's more telling that you seem to be implying that it's normal and somehow acceptable anywhere in the world. Basic humanity shouldn't pay any heed to nationality or international borders.

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Posted in: Hikaru Utada announces new album, streaming concert See in context

Utada is a wasted talent. She's a natural born American, great vocals, western educated but was never able to break into the western market.

Depends how you look at it. Producing material in English places you in a much larger pool, but it also has a lot more competition. The Japanese market is relatively closed, sure, but also a largely captive audience, and one that's often loyal to the point of fanaticism. Those who can break through to the top tier here stand to make a very good income.

Either way, I think "wasted" is a bit much. Blame American audiences for not appreciating the talent, if anything.

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Posted in: Sheriff: Alec Baldwin fired shot on movie set that killed woman See in context

You can't "accidently" fire a weapon. You either pull the trigger or you handle it incorrectly (i.e. drop, etc.).

The weapon can't "inadvertently" send anything down range. You either allowed the firearm to be loaded with something it shouldn't be or you, once again, handled it incorrectly.

Anyone, and everyone, handling a firearm is directly responsible for the condition of the firearm at all times, without exception. Once you are handed a weapon, it does NOT matter what the person handing you the weapon tells you they've done. It does not matter what you just watched them do. Basic safety checks are what you do 100% of the time you take possession of a weapon as well as each/every time you put it down.

And you never, EVER, point a weapon with a functioning firing pin at something you aren't willing to kill. No exceptions.

If you can't be mature enough to handle a weapon responsibly, then the only thing you should ever handle is a realistic looking plastic or metal replica.

You can't really equate general use with a film set though. An actor is not a firearms expert, which is why there are people on set to take care of that.

If an actor takes possession of a firearm, is told that it is loaded with blanks, then proceeds to fire it toward a camera where the DP and director are standing, as instructed to do so, then I can't see how they are in any way culpable.

That's my supposition, but the weapons master will have some serious questions to answer whatever the case, as will whoever is responsible for overseeing general safety on set. Maybe the director wanted a shot directly into the camera, but the safety overseer should be able to ensure that it's done in a safe way, or not at all.

Must feel absolutely gut-wrenching to inadvertently kills someone like that. We have only victims mentioned so far. Very sad.

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Posted in: Limited-edition Sapporo Classic Furano Vintage 2021 to go on sale from October See in context

Fans of Japanese beer.....? OK on a hot summer's day but who is really a fan of insipid rice lagers?

True of the mass-produced commercial beers, but Japan has a thriving craft beer scene that does some really diverse and amazing stuff. My long-time favourite, Hitachino Nest, is getting fairly big these days, but they still boast an impressive line-up of Old- and New-world inspired styles, often with a uniquely Japanese twist.

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Posted in: Man arrested for indecent behavior with high school girl See in context

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm pretty sure the legal age of consent for girls in Japan is 13, which is why Japan has so many pedophiles. Not defending this guy but the police can't charge him with anything.

Can't confirm or deny the age of consent thing, but even if we assume it's 16 (like a lot of other countries) I'm pretty sure the prosecution could frame this as solicitation of illicit material (i.e. pornography), which is not able to legally feature anyone below the age of majority (which I'm assuming is 20 in Japan, or at least 18?).

AFAIK, it is possible to commit a crime by receiving nude photos of someone you are legally able to have sex with, because of that age discrepancy (or even if it's two people below the age of majority).

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