Those poor people. Not only do they have no vaccines, but now they've got to listen to this god-awful music on top of it???
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According to the Tokyo American Club's website, the cost for joining is:
1,500,000 yen - Entrance Fee
200,000 yen - Deposit
22,000 yen - Monthly fee for one person
And based on that, membership at the new Nihombashi branch mentioned in this article is a steal:
500,000 yen - Entrance Fee (limited time low cost, apparently)
100,000 yen - Deposit
15,000 yen - Monthly fee for one person
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"This represents a major setback for the high degree of autonomy in Hong Kong. Japan cannot overlook this," he said, adding Tokyo had directly relayed its concerns to Beijing.
Japan cannot overlook it, and therefore needs to do more than making statements about it. If Japan truly opposes this as strongly as they claim, they need to take actions of consequence. Japan (and the rest of the world, frankly) need to stop being afraid of angering China and work together to fight against injustices. It might result in tension. It might result in economic and trade troubles. But again - how serious as you about these condemnations?
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Also, I strongly dislike the legal precedent this sets. A crime should be defined as a specific action, without connecting it to a particular outcome. For example, if I drive my car through a red light and it causes an accident, I'll get a traffic ticket and a fine. But if I drive through a red light and nothing bad happens - I will still get a ticket and a fine. That's fair. The punishment is based on the action, not the outcome. But what about this internet troll? If he had made the same comments toward Kimura, but she didn't kill herself, there would've been no legal ramifications. No fine. No story. The troll is being punished based on the outcome, rather than on his actions.
If we start punishing people based on outcomes rather than actions, we're all in deep trouble. What if I catch my partner cheating on me and I get angry and shout "I hope you die!" and my partner then commits suicide - am I legally responsible? What if I'm a newspaper critic and I write a scathing review of a new book, and then the writer commits suicide - am I legally responsible? What if I beat someone in a tennis match, and they get so upset that they kill themselves - am I legally responsible? The point is - the punishment against Kimura's troll sets a dangerous precedent if we're judging it based on outcome, whereas the same action would've been fine and unpunished had Kimura responded in a different way.
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rainyday: a 9,000 Yen fine for driving someone to take their own life?
rainyday: letting people bully others into suicide
I disagree with this concept. Bullying doesn't force anyone to take their own life. It can contribute to it, but the target of the bullying unquestionably has a choice regarding how they're going to react to it. Kimura was an adult, not an impressionable child. She participated in and read comments on social media 100% voluntarily - she could've walked away and deleted her accounts if the comments were upsetting her. What happened was incredibly tragic, but it's a dangerous precedent to lay the responsibility for her death in the hands of one idiot.
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The band said their own painful encounters...included being “mocked for the way” they look.
Rather than being mocked for the way they sing, which would be totally understandable
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I agree with timeon 100%. The 11-month pro tennis schedule is grueling, and needs to be fixed to improve the players' personal lives, as well as their physical and mental health. Good on Osaka for being smart about it, even if it's a nontraditional route.
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"Promising Young Woman" is a horrible, horrible movie. Juvenile, adolescent storytelling at its worst. The characters are one-dimensional caricatures of actual human beings. But it has a very extreme #MeToo message, so people are lining up to give it accolades. I can appreciate movies with important social messages, but they need to be actual good movies in the first place. This mess is not.
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@Flute - Ah, you're right, thanks. I was getting caught up in the details and confused myself.
@Yotomaya - Understood!
pOcketMonster: offending people in public should be treated as a crime
I couldn't disagree more. I have the deepest of sympathies for everyone who's a victim of bullying, but criminalizing "offending people" is just a terrible idea, both in theory and in practice. What offends me doesn't offend you, and vice versa. It's an impossible thing to regulate. But more importantly, there can be no freedom of speech without allowing the bad with the good. Let's not have the government monitoring and evaluating our every word, please.
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Article 230-1 of the Criminal Code of Japan:
“(1) A person who defames another by alleging facts in public shall, regardless of whether such facts are true or false, be punished by imprisonment with or without work for not more than three (3) years or a fine of not more than 500,000 yen.”
That 500,000 yen mention is interesting in light of the 2.94 million yen number that this JT article is reporting that Kimura's mother is seeking. The "regardless of whether such facts are true or false" makes me a bit ill, honestly speaking. But that's the law. As I said before, proving whether this counts as "defamation" or not will depend on whether Kimura's mother's lawyer can prove that the troll's comments hurt her reputation - which in my opinion, they don't.
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@M3M3M3 - You're exactly right! It's almost definitely the "defamation" angle that Kimura's mother's lawyers will be focusing on, because as you said, the defamation rationale is a powerful one in Japanese law. In a lot of cases, it hasn't even mattered if the statement in question was true or false - legal action can still be pursued (which makes Japan's definition of defamation different than a lot of other countries', and is why it has received a share of criticism).
To the best of my understanding, the Japanese concept of defamation focuses on the impact of someone's reputation. That's the key issue. So, let's go back to the quotes JT gave us from Kimura's troll:
The man posted hateful messages about Kimura's death in May last year, such as "Everyone is happier that you died, thank you," and "Who do you think you are, causing trouble until the end? Go to hell," according to the lawsuit.
This is just my opinion, but I don't think any of these comments damage Kimura's reputation, strictly. There's a difference between "I hate you and I'm glad you're dead" (my subjective feelings, which I'm entitled to) and "I accuse you of doing XYZ bad thing" (which, I think, is more closely related to a potential damaging of that person's reputation). So, judging from that angle, it's my opinion that the court will dismiss the lawsuit. But M3M3M3 is right - this makes much more sense as a defamation issue than as a simple freedom of speech issue.
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Yotomaya: Saying that he was exercising his freedom of speech is like saying somebody who punched you was exercising their freedom of action.
No it isn't. There is no such thing as "freedom of action." There are clear laws that prohibit assault. There are no laws that prohibit saying cruel things to someone. Freedom is speech is clearly defined in the Japanese constitution and lawbook.
Robert Cikki: Your perception of freedom and someone else's perception of freedom may not be the same. Your interpretation of freedom of speech may not corelate with someone else's interpretation of freedom of speech.
I'm not giving you a perception or an interpretation of freedom of speech. I'm explaining how Japan's laws are defined and enforced. If you'd like to have an opinion about those laws, you're entitled to.
Robert Cikki: But freedom of speech does definitely not equal anarchy.
That's right. There are some restrictions, such as calling in fake a bomb threat or threatening to kill someone. But Kimura's troll, as disgusting as he is, stayed within what is legally-protected speech. If you feel that's not true, please let me know which section of the Japanese law you feel he broke.
Robert Cikki: Freedom of speech also does not equal promoting one's own theories about freedom of speech.
Actually, yes it does. Although I'm not promoting any theories. I'm telling you what the laws say. You're allowed to dislike those laws, but that won't change the fact that they exist and are enforced.
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@starpunk - Twitter is a private company, and has the power to set rules regulating speech on their own platform. If someone violates those rules, then Twitter can set some kind of Twitter-related penalty (such as getting your account suspended). However, Twitter cannot sue Donald Trump for violating Twitter's rules. Lawsuits are reserved for when someone breaks laws. So, while Hana Kimura's troll could face punishment on the app he was using, he did not break any laws and therefore Kimura's mother's lawsuit against him will be thrown out.
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Also, the discussion on hate speech is actually irrelevant, because there is no legal penalty for hate speech in Japan.
The Hate Speech Act of 2016... "does not ban hate speech and sets no penalty for committing it." ... "it only involves threats to someone's body and threats to people's lives."
According to this JT article, the internet troll posted "Everyone is happier that you died, thank you," and "Who do you think you are, causing trouble until the end? Go to hell." Being happy that someone died is not the same as threatening to kill someone, in the eyes of Japanese law.
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Mr. Kipling: I don't think the comments published in the article are "hate speech" or discrimination
They're not. "Hate speech" doesn't mean saying "I hate you." Here's the definition provided by the UN:
"What is Hate Speech?" ...any kind of communication in speech, writing or behaviour, that attacks or uses pejorative or discriminatory language with reference to a person or a group on the basis of who they are, in other words, based on their religion, ethnicity, nationality, race, colour, descent, gender or other identity factor.
In other words, "hate speech" means attacking someone by being discriminatory about their race, religion, etc.
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Well, she endured hurtful, crass and aswful comments until the bitter end.
She did. It's a horrible tragedy, and my heart goes out to her and her family.
No one banned the person from releasing things that lead to this situation. You are free to say whatever is on your mind. But, no matter what you do, everything is about consequences of your actions.
That's not how freedom works. Freedoms guaranteed by the government quite specifically are free from consequences from the government. Which is why I'm sure this lawsuit will be thrown out. There might be social consequences, such as the man being banned from whatever app or website he was posting on. But that's a decision for the private company that owns that platform, and is separate from government-protected free speech.
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This lawsuit is nonsense, and I hope it will be dismissed. The troll's comments are obviously hurtful and crass and awful, but if you value free speech you need to endure hurtful, crass, and awful comments. It's a necessary evil if we're to enjoy a free society.
That said, I can't blame the mother for trying. If I lost a child, I'd be desperate to seek any kind of justice that I could. But that's why we have courts - to make level-headed decisions about highly emotional circumstances.
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Nishikori eyes top-five return
I just don't see it. Nishikori is a likable guy and a good tennis player, but he's not going to crack the top-5 again. He hit his peak rankings height during the optimal time - the Big 3 were entrenched at the top, but there was a relatively weak second tier of players following them. It's quite different now that the "younger generation" has arrived in full force. Players like Medvedev, Thiem, Tsitsipas, Zverev, and Rublev are occupying those "second tier" positions and all are still on the ascent, with Djokovic and Nadal still in full force, and we can't entirely rule out Federer regardless of his age or medical condition. Where would Nishikori fit in among that crowd? Top 5? No way. I think top-15 is a good and reasonable goal for everyone's favorite Nishikori.
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U.S. Open runner-up Alexander Zverev says it is "absurd" he remains behind Roger Federer under the ATP Tour's revised rankings system during the COVID-19 pandemic, given that the Swiss was out injured for more than a year.
Zverev has a point, although he sounds like a whiny child by bringing it up. With all the cancellations last year due to covid, I can't imagine how the ATP would devise a rankings system that that would be fair. Every way of putting it together has problems, so I suppose this is they best they can do for now, and everyone will have to endure it until the tennis schedule gets back on track long enough for the rankings to correctly reflect the previous 52 weeks again.
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Nishikori started this season strong
He did? I seem to recall a straight set loss in the first round of the Australian Open, and going 0-2 in the round robin stage of the ATP Cup. Lost in the first round in Marseille two weeks ago as well. The ATP website lists his overall record at 2-5 this season so far. Let us know where this "strong start of the season" happened.
a win over 13th ranked Goffin overnight
A very nice win. Hope he can keep it up. The JT tennis community is more fun when Nishikori is relevant.
Is 2021 going to be Nishikori's breakthrough year?
Haven't heard any "This is the year!!!" proclamations yet, but give it time, it's only March...
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Awful, horrible, brutal, unthinkable. The stories get worse and worse every day. I've been following closely on Twitter, and some of the protestors' videos are so upsetting.
Yet, the Myanmar protests are receiving only a small fraction of the news attention that the Hong Kong protests did, despite the military's daily use of live rounds against the protestors and the body count growing and growing. In China, Hong Kong has an enemy that the English-speaking world likes to rally against. But Myanmar seems to be relegated to second- or third-tier news. It's sad.
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Apple -- whose 2020 record "Fetch The Bolt Cutters" was hailed by the music authority Pitchfork as "an unyielding masterpiece" -- first found success in the late 1990s
"Fetch the Bolt Cutters" has some nice moments and clearly shows off Fiona Apple's immense musical talents, but is a completely overrated album. Pitchfork awarding the album a "perfect 10" rating - its first in a decade - is ridiculous. Pitchfork wasn't alone - lots of media went nuts over this one. I just don't get it. I think people are propping it up in an effort to seem cultured or intellectual themselves (the album, like a lot of Apple's work, lends itself to that). I like Fiona - I just think the critical reaction to this one has gone way overboard.
I also want to second the comments from a lot of other posters - there have been plenty of women rockers throughout history that have been influential and amazing. Janis Joplin is a personal favorite of mine, and in more modern times the Amy Lee-fronted Evanescence has put out some astonishing work in the metal category.
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Love Novak. Federer and Nadal's rivalry paired with their close friendship has captured the hearts of fans and media, leaving Novak out as the kind of anti-hero among the Big Three. (Novak has some character flaws to be sure, which also contribute.) Novak's game is also far less flashy than Federer's and Nadal's - they have style and grace and a very artistic aesthetic to their games. Novak's game is far more understated and less "beautiful" - but boy is it effective.
Most weeks in history at #1 - what an accomplishment. He's only a year younger than Nadal but is still a scary, monstrous force in tennis, while Nadal's play is clearly diminishing from its height. I think Novak ends up with the most Grand Slams as well - he certainly deserves it.
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Disney's "Aladdin" is one of the industry's most notorious examples of whitewashing, with white actors voicing the title role, Princesse Jasmine, and the Genie in the 1992 film.
Completely agree. I demand an authentic blue genie voice actor to do this voice work.
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Addendum to the above: that's looking at the big picture. If we look at the small picture, sure, there are plenty of little adjustments that can be made. We can teach more about mental health and try to make it less of a taboo subject. We can train teachers to be more proactive against bullying. We can limit the number of extra curricular activities that we sign our kids up for in order to increase their down time and family time. But these small measures will yield small results. They may save some lives, but not enough to "solve" the massive suicide problem that Japan faces.
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does this country, as ‘a people homogeneous ideals’, really care about youth suicide or, is it just accepted?
Well, what's the alternative? Let's be realistic here - there are various causes of the youth (and general) suicide rate in Japan:
As @smithinjapan mentioned, the schooling / exam culture is a big one.
Bullying (which is often a result of the strict social hierarchy structure in Japanese society) is another.Another is the few opportunities for second chances that exist in Japan... bad student in junior high school? Makes it tough to get into a good high school, which makes it tough to get into a good university, which makes it tough to get into a good company, and everything falls apart. What about for adults - stuck in a bad company or in an industry you hate? It's awfully hard to change jobs here, compared to Western countries. Stuck in a loveless marriage? Divorce still has a strong stigma and people tend to endure the situation instead.
Of course there are plenty of others. But to @snowymountainhell's question: "Is it just accepted?" I don't think anyone just doesn't care about it. But when the causes of it are the systems and traditions that your entire society is built around, what are you going to do? Entirely reform the education system, all the jobs that go along with it, and change how people have done it for generations? Convince people to change the social hierarchy system that schools, clubs, and companies have been designed around for generations? How can you change these things? It would require an entire overhaul of the entire country, its systems, its traditions, its mentality, its mindsets. As reasonable people, we are saying "Enough is enough - let's end this ridiculous rate of suicides!" But fixing it would require fixing the flaws in society as a whole, and I don't see any easy way for that to happen.
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China, Germany, India, Indonesia and Russia were also working on possible bids for 2032.
India or Indonesia would be really interesting. I'd like to see the Olympics go to a "non-traditional" place.
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Does any of this really matter? Whoever wins the match / tournament on the day is what matters.
And the rankings show who has won the most matches / tournaments throughout the year. Rankings aren't an opinion poll.
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Yes, it is too bad that Nishikori and Medvedev had to come of age while the cyborg terminators were ruling the courts. Injuries and age will catch up to the cyborgs soon, but there will only be a few available championships left in their wake before Nishikori and Medvedev also face their own retirements.
Why in the world are you trying to put Nishikori and Medvedev in the same category? Medvedev just turned 25 last week - he's a young up-and-comer. Nishikori is 31, just two years apart from Djokovic. Nishikori's chance at big-time success has been gone for some time now. Medvedev has a bright, promising (and long) future ahead.
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Fantastic! Djoker and Osaka - the two I had been hoping for all tournament long. Novak wrecked Medvedev, and both men gave extremely gracious speeches at the end. Congrats to them both. Medvedev is a likable character - I hope he continues to develop his game and comes back again to the big stage in the future.
Disappointed in the crowd, though. Lots of calling out while players were trying to serve, interrupted the points a few times, and lots of booing during the post-match speeches. Aussie fans are usually fantastic, but it seems they let all the idiots into the stadium today.
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