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Posted in: Trump believes N Korea will denuclearize; says he gave up nothing See in context

Halwick: The leftist/anti-US/Trump-haters are amazing! Can't believe the negativism on this and related threads. The fact that this Summit meeting happened under Trump and not when Obama and Hillary were in office has them seething with hatred and jealousy.

If something good comes out of this then I'll be happy, regardless as to my personal feelings about Trump. I think though that what rankles a lot of liberals/progressives is the way that so many Trump supporters have embraced the idea of Trump and Kim Jong Un meeting, while Obama was roundly criticized by the right for even suggesting he'd do the same.

Often, the very idea of talking with adversaries was painted as inherently soft. Sen Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) was typical when he blasted Obama’s plan for “a nuclear arms control agreement with a sworn enemy.”

But hey, at least some conservatives are willing to concede that there are definitely some double standards at play.

“I’m not certain why meeting with Kim without preconditions is suddenly a grand coup when we would have gone nuts had Obama done the same,” said conservative pundit Ben Shapiro, who criticized Obama back in 2009 and is now often critical of Trump.

National Review’s Jim Geraghty wondered the same. “Remember how much we condemned then-senator Barack Obama’s pledge to ‘meet separately, without precondition, during the first year of your administration, in Washington or anywhere else, with the leaders of Iran, Syria, Venezuela, Cuba and North Korea, in order to bridge the gap that divides our countries?’ That wasn’t wrong,” Geraghty wrote.

It'd probably go a long way towards easing inter-party tensions if more of the right would admit to all of the double standards rather than trying to pretend they never said the things they did and that they actually treated our last president with even a modicum of respect.

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Posted in: Akihabara marks 10th anniversary of deadly stabbing rampage See in context

Disillusioned: ....the news reflecting on another mass-killing at an Osaka elementary school where the heads of the victims were placed on fence posts at the school in the mid-90's

It was Kobe not Osaka. There was one head left at the gate of a school. There were two victims killed at the hands of "Seito Sakakibara" and in no way did that incident, as terrible as it was, fit the definition of a mass murder or mass killing.

Mass murder is the deliberate illegal killing of a large number of people by a person or an organization.

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Posted in: 8th time lucky for adoptive mother and actress Jun Sena See in context

While I agree that her phrasing sounds odd, I'm giving her the benefit of the doubt for two reason. First, she adopted and seems quite happy with the results. Second, Japanese society can be quite hard regarding the adoption of children one has no relation to (as opposed to, for example, adopting the child of a relative who may have died) so she is probably just couching her language to avoid putting off people. Being too effusive and enthusiastic would likely not have a positive effect. In any event, good for her and her husband and good for her for breaking the taboo of silence around this subject!

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Posted in: Japan to promote bike sharing for eco-friendly society See in context

Bike sharing programs are very popular in many US cities and in, according to what I've read, at least 50 other countries. They could certainly work in Japan but cycling culture here needs some serious reform before more cyclists, especially tourists unfamiliar with the roads, are added to the mix. Getting cyclists on the roads, where, yes, they are actually safer, and following the rules of the roads would be a good first start. Cars can cause a lot of damage to a cyclist but they have a vested interest in being somewhat predictable whilst on the road. Pedestrians on pavement, on the other hand, are very unpredictable; they stop suddenly, are talking to friends or on the phone and not paying attention to anything around them, are coming into and going out of shops without looking at what's around them and so on.

I've spent over 20 years cycling in Tokyo and feel far more comfortable doing so on the road rather than on the pavement. I wear a reflective vest in all seasons and even in the day because the color of the vest is so bright, cycle on the same side as cars, stop where I'm supposed to, use signals to indicate where I'm headed and ride assuming cars are actively trying to hit me. It might sound paranoid but it's kept me quite safe all this time.

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Posted in: Over 75% of Japanese women say they’ve slept with a male coworker: survey See in context

inkochi: ANyway, these days down the lineat work there is also the chance for someone to become a #Metoo monster.

Really? That's your concern? Were you as concerned when so many woman were being harassed and assaulted?

I am waiting for the time those people will let sexually abused guys and LBGT people in too.*

I'm not sure what you mean by "let sexually abused guys and LBGT people in too.". It's not a club and men have come out and talked about having been sexually harassed. That there aren't more probably speaks to how difficult it is to talk about it, let alone publicly.

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Posted in: Over 75% of Japanese women say they’ve slept with a male coworker: survey See in context

oldman_13June 6  11:11 am JST

If this survey is to be trusted, then it cheapens the "metoo" movement in Japan. I mean, when the women are openly involved with so many of their male co-workers, that opens up a whole can of worms in terms of respect in the work environment and that sort of thing.

You can't have it both ways, women.

Please enlighten us as to how having an adult, consenting relationship is the same as being sexually harassed or raped? Also, where does it say the women are involved with "so many of their male co-workers" and is there an acceptable number with which they can be involved? You may need get over the notion anyone but the individuals involved get to decide with whom they'll engage in sexual relationships and your judgement is irrelevant.

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Posted in: Singing the blues: Study of pop music finds rise in sadness See in context

In what world is "Glory Days" a happy song? The former high school baseball player is living in the past. The former class beauty split up with her husband. The dad got let go from his job for being too old and now spends his time in a bar. The only thing that makes any of the subjects happy is reminiscing, as their current lives aren't happy and their futures (the listening can assume) are bleak.

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Posted in: Do you support torture as an interrogation method if the objective is to prevent a terrorist attack or capture criminals? See in context

Torture me enough and I'll sing Trump's praises. That alone should be proof that torture is ineffective in getting you the information you want.

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Posted in: Trump calls leakers 'cowards' after aide's remark on McCain See in context

That's right, attack the "leaker" and not the one who made the comments. What a clever way to deflect from an atmosphere where people are comfortable saying things like this, an atmosphere created by a leader who regularly says things in a similar vein of classlessness.

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Posted in: Japan expresses concern at relocation of U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem See in context

Michael JacksonMay 15  06:44 am JST

Escalate tensions in the Middle East? That area has been full of conflict for thousands of years

Is that any different from any other place on earth? Although Europe has enjoyed relative peace since the end of WWII, prior to that there were an estimated 3,708 European conflicts since the year 1400. The US has been involved in numerous wars since its inception as a nation. Do you have any idea of the true number of conflicts that have occurred in Africa or South America or Asia?

To suggest that the Middle East has been in conflict for thousands of years is simplistic and somewhat pointless as a stand-alone statement. Do the Troubles in Ireland, the conflicts in Italy in the 70s and 80s, the Hungarian Revolution, the Bosnian War, the Russian invasion of the Ukraine, the Albanian Civil War, the Chechen Wars, the Russian-Georgian War and so on and so on, all of which occurred after WWII count as Europe being full of conflict? Of course they do but we don't generally say that, do we? We say it about the Middle East as a way of separating ourselves from the people and the situation and to consciously or not suggest that nothing can be done about it.

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Posted in: 'Pregnancy order' rule among nursery workers stirs controversy See in context

A labor union said last year there was an objection raised from a staff member at a public nursery school in northeastern Japan. "The staff here have to discuss amongst themselves and decide on the order to conceive babies. Isn't this strange?"

Strange indeed and I would imagine it must also be unconstitutional.

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Posted in: Japan expresses concern at relocation of U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem See in context

Because one is Palestinian and protests against Israel it does not equal that they are a radical Muslim. The assumption that they are shows an ignorance of the people and the situation under which they live.

As for the violence of the Palestinians against Israelis, I am of mixed feelings. While not normally a proponent of violence, I am old enough to remember the protests in South Africa and violent acts that the ANC carried out in an effort to end apartheid and I can only say that I understood why they (black South Africans) did what they did. When you're met with an immovable force that refuses to see reason or sympathy for your plight and is quick to exact violence on you, you do what you have to protect yourself and change the situation.

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Posted in: Polanski calls #MeToo movement 'mass hysteria' See in context

He would say that, wouldn't he?

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Posted in: Pompeo returning with 3 Americans detained in N Korea See in context

MarkToday  01:48 am JST give credit where credit is due! But again the liberal media/fake news especially CNN won’t report this but instead will put Stormy first! Anyway, glad to see them come home. President Trump got all Americans freed from NK and what did Obama do?? Hahahh..damn nothing!! Will go down as the weakest President in history!

Seriously? At least 10 hostages were freed under Obama and I don't remember him blaming their captivity on his predecessor.

It's great that these people were released and I'm willing to give Trump whatever credit he deserves for it. However, it"s pathetic and ridiculous the way his supporters seem to be devoid of reality/facts and always wanting to bash Hillary, who lost and Obama, who is no longer President. Surely Trump and his supporters will go down as the worst winners of all time. Would it kill you lot to show a little graciousness, just once in a while?

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Posted in: Americans world's biggest TV addicts, watching four hours a day See in context

Jalepeno: Not surprised about the U.S. stat. Most Americans live in areas where your options for entertainment are the local bowling alley and the other local bowling alley.

I'm not sure if you're talking about the US in the 19th or 21st century but nearly 81% of Americans currently live in urban areas.

Oh yeah, there's that movie theater thing, and a few bars around.

Seriously, if that' all you're able to find in terms of entertainment, the problem might be more with you.

Regardless, step out of your house there, and you're risking life and limb from a car accident due to drunk driving...

Again, seriously? Hyperbole is not your friend.

...a psycho shooting up the facility, or worse.

Yep, the US definitely has a gun problem but you seem to be suggesting there's something worse than being involved in a shooting. I'm just curious as to what you think that is.

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Posted in: Solar-powered flush toilet does not need water supply, sewerage facilities See in context

tokyo-starApr. 10  05:27 pm JST wonder how long that would last in an american/uk/western park before it gets covered in graffiti, solar panels and batteries ripped off, syringes/johnnies stuffed down there...

And I wondered how long it would be before someone had to find an off track way to slam the US/UK. Well done.

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Posted in: Americans world's biggest TV addicts, watching four hours a day See in context

correction .... if a person doesn't like ...

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Posted in: Americans world's biggest TV addicts, watching four hours a day See in context

JimizoApr. 10  01:30 pm JST I’ve had US coworkers who would bore the rest of us to death with conversations about Game of Thrones/Breaking Bad/House of Cards etc.

That's funny because I've had British, Irish, Canadian and Australian co-workers doing exactly the same with regards to all of those shows. In fact, I wouldn't have known about any of them if not for those co-workers.

If a person don't like television that's their business but the self-righteousness is what's really boring. As bassfunk4 says, we all have different tastes. I happen to enjoy television and find it to be a nice wind down at the end of the day. Oddly enough, I still manage to get in daily exercise and read at least four books a month.

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Posted in: Tokyo school ramps up security over Armani uniforms on first day See in context

Bill Wright

Do you think the 8,000 + comments were from foreigners or Japanese? Do you think it was foreigners or Japanese doing the harassing and grabbing?

A local education board received some 8,000 comments about the uniforms, and some students have been subject to harassment including people even grabbing at their clothes, according to the Chuo Ward office in Tokyo.

Do you think the police are there to protect the students from foreigner or Japanese?

The school posted security guards along streets around the school and closed the road in front, while local police also beefed their presence in the area.

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Posted in: Tokyo school ramps up security over Armani uniforms on first day See in context

gogogo: What are they on about the bag alone costs 50,000 yen no matter what school you go to.

That's true but parents need only purchase one bag and it'll last until the kid is in middle school. Whereas with a uniform, a purchase of two, at least would be required per year, or per growth spurt.

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Posted in: More Japanese schoolgirls think themselves overweight than those in China, Korea or U.S. See in context

HarukaToday  03:54 pm JST Matt has it right. If you really want to get into it, go look at stats from Life Insurance companies.

You can also look at pages on the net about health issues one big one of course of being overweight. Smoking and drinking are up there too.

Don't we shame people for smoking and drinking too much? Is that ok but fat shaming is not?

Anything that leads to bad health should be brought up and looked at and scrutinized.

I don't know about you but my feeling is that if someone wants to smoke it's his or her own business. In so far as I don't have to breathe in that smoke, I wouldn't be shaming anyone about it. The same goes for drinking. Unless someone is drinking and driving or engaging in any activities that put me or others at risk due to their drunkenness, it's not my business. The notion that you're doing someone a favor or just telling them the facts is really just an opportunity to put your unsolicited opinion where it's likely neither wanted, nor needed, nor likely to do any good. If you're a close friend or truly concerned relative, a compassionate sit down may be in order. Otherwise, comments like many of the ones above are just opportunities for people to be unnecessarily unkind and the world's already got more than it's share of that.

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Posted in: More Japanese schoolgirls think themselves overweight than those in China, Korea or U.S. See in context

Steven FennelToday  07:36 pm JST

While fat shaming is wrong, there's nothing wrong with a woman keeping herself in shape and slim for her husband or boyfriend, or simply to appeal more to the opposite sex.

Hmmmm.... I agree that fat shaming (hate that phrase but anyway) is wrong mostly because it's just plain mean and unnecessary. While most people who are fat actually do realize it either because they have trouble finding clothing that fits properly or they get winded easily or because nasty people revel in telling them, it's not something that can be immediately changed even if one does change his or her behavior immediately. So, maybe try a little compassion and a bigger dose of MYOB because it really is none of your business.

As for the idea that women should lose weight for others, no. Anyone who is at an unhealthy weight should lose it for himself or herself. Suggesting that it should be lost to appeal to others suggests that it's not important to be at healthy weight if you're not in a relationship. There is absolutely nothing wrong with maintaining ones health and fitness. That's a great goal but do it for yourself and so that you can be as healthy as possible and around as long as possible to enjoy your relationships, all of them.

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Posted in: Trump strongly denies Stormy Daniels affair See in context

*CaptDingleheimerMar. 30  09:07 pm JST **Maybe if the Democrats focused on the path forward for their platform instead of just trying to "RESIST" and telling us all what it is today that we should be very offended and outraged by, they might win a few more elections.*

Just sayin', like...

I don't know of any Democrats who actually care a whit about the affair or are in the least bit offended or outraged by it. It's not as if it's even a little surprising that he "might" have had one, or two or ten given his track record. What does offend is the near complete and utter silence regarding said affair and hypocrisy thereof by the majority of the good, Christian, family-values-loving right who've spent the past three decades telling everyone else how they should live. Oh, and the possible illegal use of campaign funds to keep Stormy quiet. Just saying .....

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Posted in: U.S. student walkout sends message on gun violence See in context

Republican voters tend to be less educated than Democratic voters. Less educated Americans tend to be poorer than educated ones and less educated Americans tend to be more overweight than wealthier Americans. Trump ran as a Republican. I'm just saying.

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Posted in: U.S. student walkout sends message on gun violence See in context

Students can protest outside of school, regardless of whether their protest supports a liberal or conservative cause. It is up to the school to decide whether or not they will be punished for skipping classes to protest. If a school decides not to punish students for skipping classes for this particular protest that is within the school's right. I have no issue with students protesting in favor of the Second Amendment or any other amendment, regardless of whether or not I agree with their stance.

If a rich conservative pays to encourage public school students to protest on tax payer funded property then no, that would not be okay.

I think you're phrasing is misleading to begin with. Who is being paid exactly? Is this as in a salary or is it support for transportation, lodging, etc? Either way, what's the issue? People are allowed to be politically involved and to support the causes they believe in. Heaven knows the Koch brothers have. If you think the kids protesting are too stupid to make their own decisions with regards to gun control, then, again, that cuts both ways. If they're too dumb to know when they're being duped into supporting gun control, then they're also too dumb to know when they're being duped into supporting gun rights. It's just my personal opinion, but I'm giving them more credit than that. Sure they may change their minds about things as time goes by but I'd rather have them politically engaged in something they believe in than the alternative. I'd rather their opinions, regardless of whether or not I agree with them, be voiced and heard. Complacency is far more dangerous to a democracy than protests.

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Posted in: Dog dies in United Airlines overhead bin See in context

Yes, Lizz. It's unbelievable. She didn't have to cause a scene. If she had the agreement and paid to have the dog in the cabin it would have said so on a ticket, either a paper ticket or an electronic one. She could have shown it and politely insisted or gotten another attendant to help her. The more I think about it the angrier I get at the owner.

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Posted in: Dog dies in United Airlines overhead bin See in context

Lizz: If the dog was barking for two hours the flight attendant should be arrested for animal abuse, fired before they can resign and then charged.

She should certainly be fired if she knew there was a dog in the carrier and insisted it be put in an overhead bin. Again though, I can't imagine not having checked on my dog, had I even been willing to put it in an overhead bin to begin with. It barked for over 2 hours and the owner didn't check on it because of turbulence? I find that to be nearly as unbelievable and it is shockingly irresponsible. Once the plane took off, why didn't she, the owner, just take the dog out? They weren't going to throw her off the plane at that point and after they landed she certainly would have had a case to make. If the carrier had fit under the seat like it was supposed to she could easily enough have done that without the flight attendant even noticing. I've changed my mind about not wanting to blame the owner because ultimately, it was her dog and she should have done a better job of protecting it or she should have left it at home. It makes me sick thinking of how scared that poor, little creature must have been.

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Posted in: Dog dies in United Airlines overhead bin See in context

Strangerland; You answered that question right before you asked it.

How, by suggesting that dog owners be responsible for their pets?

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Posted in: U.S. student walkout sends message on gun violence See in context

I love how the right trots out the ol' some rich liberal guy or liberal group is paying for this when they don't agree with what protesters are saying. Does that mean that when they do agree with protesters some rich, conservative guy or conservative group is paying and is it then okay? As for the politicization of public schools, how about the right supporting school prayer, not supporting free speech, supporting the public funding of charter schools and so on. It's a two-way street, isn't it?

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Posted in: Japanese government says internet slang too hard to understand; issues guidelines for netspeak See in context

Besides the fact that the government has no business telling people what to say or not say in their emails, what does the Agency for Cultural Affairs not understand about culture? Language is culture. Language changes. Culture changes. You may not like it. You might try to fight it. You'll lose. Young people are going to use the linguistic/cultural references that are relevant to them, just like they always have. Step aside or get run over.

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