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Posted in: What do you think are some of the major differences between J-pop and K-pop music? See in context

Kpop is really bad.

Jpop is worse.

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Posted in: Johnny's sex abuse victim dies in apparent suicide See in context

This has been said plenty of times, but still... how is there not an uproar over the name "Smile-Up."? What a horrific, tone-deaf name that insults every one of the victims that it's supposed to be helping.

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Posted in: Tokyo has a new vending machine where everything inside is free See in context

Very smart idea behind the concept.

I'd like to see this idea copied, to provide daily essentials for the homeless in areas where they tend to live (for example, in Ueno in Tokyo). Having bottles of water in the summer, toothbrushes and toothpaste, fresh socks, and etc. would be a huge benefit to their lives, and allow them to receive these items anonymously without having to go to shelters to receive them. Allowing them to get these items anonymously and without registering would allow them to maintain a bit of dignity.

Yes, some people might abuse the system, and some who don't need them may steal the free items for fun. But if the signs specifically explain that these are for the homeless population, I think most people would respect that, and it'd end up helping more people in need.

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Posted in: No ex-Johnny's singers in NHK year-end show 'Kohaku Uta Gassen' after sex scandal See in context

No ex-Johnny's singers in NHK year-end show 'Kohaku Uta Gassen' after sex scandal

That'll teach 'em!

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Posted in: Naomi Osaka set to make her tennis return at the Brisbane International See in context

Mentally she's always been weak

Does she have the grit, the perseverance to succeed?

...they say, about the former world #1, and winner of not 1, not 2, not 3, but 4 Grand Slam titles, which is the most Slams among all active women's players in the world (assuming the Williams sisters are essentially in retirement).

If Osaka never played another match, she'd already very comfortably qualify as a Hall of Famer. The last woman inducted into the Hall of Fame was Conchita Martinez, whose career peak ranking was #2, and who won 1 Grand Slam (and was a finalist of 2 others). The woman inducted before Martinez was Li Na, who peaked at #2, and won 2 Grand Slams (and was a finalist 2 more times).

Osaka is twice as accomplished as either of them, and she's only 26 years old.

You may not like her personality, and fair enough, but questioning her ability or accomplishments reveals a very limited knowledge of the sport.

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Posted in: Naomi Osaka set to make her tennis return at the Brisbane International See in context

Looking forward to having her back. She's a great player and contributor to the women's tour. Will likely be rusty after a long pregnancy term, but she'll find her way back to form eventually.

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Posted in: Do you think Christmas decorations and light displays are put up too early in some countries? See in context

December 1 is the perfect date to get out the Christmas decorations.

Then, if I were back living in the West, I'd leave them up until after New Year's. But here in Japan, there are decorations and icons of the New Year holiday, and those are quite beautiful and important, so I have no issues with the public Christmas decorations being taken down immediately after the 25th.

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Posted in: Judging from level of complaints in U.S., air travel getting worse See in context

My biggest issue with the air travel industry in the U.S. is the attitude of the ground staff. Delays happen, sure, no way around that. But you should at least be apologetic about it, rather than being brusque and visibly annoyed that I need you to rearrange my travel itinerary because of it.

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Posted in: Djokovic makes winning return while Medvedev loses cool at Paris Masters See in context

Why is there a Masters 1000 event in the same city where there's a Grand Slam? What a waste. Get rid of this tournament, and replace it with a grass-surface Masters 1000 leading into Wimbledon.

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Posted in: How often do you lie? See in context

I lie too often, to be honest (err...). Especially since coming to Japan, I've found myself being increasingly dishonest in the name of "maintaining group harmony." Not about big, important things, mind you. But more and more I've been washing away my real preferences and opinions and past experiences in order to blend in with the people around me. It's understandable in some cases, but it can also wash away your own authenticity if taken too far.

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Posted in: Outside of families, few relationships are as intense as those between sports teams and their fans. Do you agree and if so, why is that? See in context

Sports provide actual drama, suspense, and human interest stories. Sports fandom tends to last a lifetime, and get passed to future generations.

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Posted in: What are some of your favorite places in Japan to view the autumn foliage? See in context

Shosenkyo in Yamanashi is a nice one, and doable as a day trip from Tokyo. At the end, keep on walking (or take a bus) to the Arakawa Dam and walk around the lake there. Very beautiful with the fall colors.

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Posted in: Man goes on trial for killing married couple, burning their house down See in context

Endo is accused of killing Seiji Inoue and his wife at their home on Oct 12

I wonder if the wife had a name or not

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Posted in: Shelton shocked by success after moving into Japan Open semis See in context

Japanese players are much better technically and better behaved than their foreigner counterparts.

Well that's painting with broad strokes, now isn't it?

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Posted in: Obtaining sexual consent is very important to protect the dignity of the partner, but there are not enough opportunities to learn about it at school or at home. See in context

More than 40 percent of young Japanese today do not fully grasp the implications of sexual consent, according to a survey by a nongovernmental organization.

This is such a frighteningly large number that I think (and hope) it must be misleading somehow. I wonder how "fully grasp" is defined and measured.

Even if the number is somewhat inflated, it's still a societal disaster. Changes are needed immediately to education.

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Posted in: Australians poised to reject Indigenous rights in landmark vote See in context

Why haven't the 11 elected indigenous members of parliament been able to advise the government - surely they know what's needed?

@Jay - Great facts and points in this most. Was unaware of most of these. Cheers for the added perspective

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Posted in: Australians poised to reject Indigenous rights in landmark vote See in context

What's with all the one-sided articles on this issue? As a non-Aussie, it's such an interesting debate and topic, but every time an article pops up about it, all they do is describe in great detail the reasons to vote "Yes" and offer a one-sentence explanation about "No." All this article explains about "No" is:

The "no" campaign has thrived on concern about the powers the "Voice" body would wield

And that's it. Shouldn't those concerns be spelled out as clearly as the description of the "Yes" side's opinions and worries? It's a more nuanced position that seems to always get described as just "racism."

A more balanced media is needed.

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Posted in: Okinawa pub posts 'Japanese only' admission sign based on some shaky logic See in context

Recently, an (American, I'm guessing) woman in front of me in line at Starbucks couldn't speak a word of Japanese, made zero effort to speak slow or simple English, and had a very long list of customization demands for her drink order (including "I want it extra hot" - ???). The poor barista gathered two other baristas to come over to help, the whole thing took up 10 minutes of everyone's time, and at the end the woman made a show of being visibly irritated that her drink wasn't made exactly the way she wanted it.

I suspect it's things like this which contribute to Japanese establishments wanting to ban people from overseas. I'm not saying it's OK, but it's at least a bit understandable. It blows my mind how someone who doesn't speak the language of the place they're in is unwilling to go with the flow. And many Western countries are big on customization - vegan, gluten free, substitute A for B, extra, on the side... it's not the Japanese way, and it makes it difficult for staff to deal with such demands (especially if those demands are coming through in fast and complex English).

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Posted in: Beyoncé's Renaissance World Tour is over, but it's coming to movie theaters soon See in context

Beyonce is the most overrated singer of this generation. Her actual singing ability is great, but her songs are just so uninspired. Boring. Ho hum. I've never heard a Beyonce song that made me think "Let me hear that again!"

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Posted in: Beware the dark side of health checks See in context

I've had both very good and very bad experiences with doctors in Japan.

My primary doctor (who was trained in the US) made a big point to discourage patients from scheduling medical checks unless there was a purpose for them. He argued that when doctors are searching for a problem, they will invariably find one (as the article here says: there's no such thing as a perfectly healthy body), which leads to unnecessary treatment, unnecessary referrals, unnecessary cost (for the patient), and unnecessary clogging of the doctor's schedule.

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Posted in: Australian Indigenous rights vote fuels racism See in context

I recently took a trip to Australia and took in a performance at the Sydney Opera House. Before the concert started, a speaker came out to welcome the audience, and announced that the group behind the performance is strongly in support of the "Yes" side. A very, very long ovation from the audience followed.

That kind of fervor often leads to ugly fighting, and it appears that's what's happening here. I wish they (and everyone elsewhere in the world that is experiencing similarly ugly in-fighting) would find their way back to civil discourse.

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Posted in: Djokovic said he plans to play as long as possible See in context

Yes he's probably the best of all time. But definitely not the most popular.

I'd gladly take that tradeoff

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Posted in: Djokovic wins U.S. Open for his 24th Grand Slam title See in context

you must be truly upset you bet all your marbles on Nishikori. How's he doing these days

Just came up this weekend:

I wish media would stop diminishing the great women’s records by comparing them with the men’s

I couldn't agree with you any more, fxgai. This is a very recent development, and I really hate it. Men's tennis is not women's tennis, and vice versa. They're completely separate organizations, with different histories and different rules.

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Posted in: Tokyo's threatened Jingu Gaien park placed on 'Heritage Alert' list by conservancy body See in context

raze and rebuild a historic rugby venue and an adjoining baseball stadium where Babe Ruth played.

This is written poorly. Jingu is also a historic stadium - second oldest in the country. The Babe Ruth thing is a fun detail, but not the reason why it shouldn't be torn down. New stadiums are shiny but lack character. Save Jingu.

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Posted in: Protesters disrupt U.S. Open semifinal See in context

a third had glued his feet to the cement floor

Due to this, security had to bring in medical personnel to pry the guy free, and it ended up halting the whole match for a half hour. There was a lot of criticism of US Open security for taking so long to resolve the issue, but just ripping the guy's glued feet off the floor would've left them open to a lawsuit, so they had no other choice.

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Posted in: Unruly fans singing Nazi songs and interrupting play with shouts cause problems at U.S. Open See in context

The U.S. Open has long been notorious for this, and in the recent years the Australian Open has caught up to it. I hate to be a killjoy, but I'm very much in favor of tournaments not selling alcohol for this reason. Of course, that'll never happen - money is money. But it's hurting the flow of the matches, and ruining the integrity of the game.

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Posted in: 14-year-old girl arrested for fatally stabbing mother at home See in context

I am saying that there are a lot of articles on family murders in Japan that out number murders outside families

That may be a biased image due to the source, though. Japan Today doesn't print an article of every crime in the whole country, it just picks the intriguing ones, which may lead to an artificially inflated view of how many family murders vs. non-family murders occur.

The same is true with molestations. Typically you'll only see articles on here if a teacher or police officer or government official is caught doing it. It's a more sensational story, because these people are entrusted with certain responsibilities due to their work. There aren't many articles here about dentists or bus drivers or accountants getting arrested for molesting people, but you know it's happening. But because it doesn't make the news, Japan Today readers (or most news sources, really) come away with the image that this is a uniquely significant problem amongst teachers and police officers.

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Posted in: A divided Australia will soon vote on the most significant referendum on Indigenous rights in 50 years See in context

@Ricky Kaminski13 - Yes, cheers for the info! I very much appreciate hearing the opposite case stated.

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Posted in: A divided Australia will soon vote on the most significant referendum on Indigenous rights in 50 years See in context

As a non-Aussie, this headline got me interested and I expected a nice explanation of both sides of what's apparently a contentious issue.

Instead, I got 98% explanation of the "yes" side, and a single paragraph at the bottom about "no," which immediately discredits itself by suggesting it's "disinformation."

I'm not voicing an opinion on the issue at hand here, but what a slanted article. Wow.

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Posted in: Do you think mega-sports events such as the Olympics and the FIFA World Cup are good for the host country's economy and infrastructure in the long run? See in context

Regarding the Olympics, I think a nice compromise can be made between the "It should only be held in one city for practicality's sake" idea and the "I like to see different countries highlighted" idea.

Here's my proposal: Designate 3 host cities around the world. Rotate between them, and do it two times through (e.g. Rio - Tokyo - Paris - Rio - Tokyo - Paris). So each city in the rotation holds it 2 times (a total of 6 Olympics). The 3x2 rotation takes a total of 24 years.

After 24 years, pick 3 new cities, and begin another 3x2 rotation. And so on.

This way, each host city gets 2 major events out of its investment, which should offset the costs. Infrastructure built (stadiums, etc.) are still in usable condition throughout the rotation. And then the world gets to experience 3 new cultures the next time the 3x2 rotation starts again.

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