Toshihiro comments

Posted in: Do you think ordinances designed to restrict hate speech and eliminate discrimination infringe on freedom of speech? See in context

There's a thin line between allowing freedom of speech and restricting said freedom to curb hate speech. I think restricting freedom of expression will limit hate speech, but would manifest in other forms. People who carry lots of hate in their heart will always find a way to express that hate.

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Posted in: Do you think stores should stop providing customers with plastic shopping bags for free to reduce plastic waste? See in context

Although plastic bags are useful for carrying wet and frozen groceries, they tend to be one-use items and end up in the landfill too quickly. Paper bags, eco bags and durable and reusable plastic bags are the way to go. Let me share something here. There's a street close to our house that's situated between two hills and gets flooded quite easily. One rainy morning, the rains weren't hard at all but that street started to flood around shin deep and became impassable. I then saw a resident wading in the flood and started to clear the drain after which the floodwater started to drop after 5 mins. Avoid plastics whenever possible

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Posted in: Do you have tatami mats where you live? If so, do you find it hard to keep therm clean? See in context

We don't have tatami mats in our house, but we have equivalent of it in our home country (Its called a banig). We usually expose them to the sun once in a while or when it gets moist so it does not rot or smell bad. If it does get dirty, just wipe it down with a wet cloth and some human soap, dry it after.

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Posted in: Osaka cuts sister city ties with San Francisco over 'comfort women' statue See in context

Oh come on Japan, wake up and smell the matcha. No matter how much you convince yourselves that the comfort women never existed for lack of concrete evidence, you can't deny what really happened. Seriously, just come clean, admit it, and accept it - war is never pretty and people do horrible things to the other. It'll be a ton of weight off the Japanese's shoulders.

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Posted in: Kumamoto councilwoman who took baby to work kicked out of conference for using cough drop See in context

I hope these oyajis get berated online for what they did. If there's one thing Japanese truly hate, its being roasted by the population. Seriously, first was the terminator-esque lifestyle of J-cops being and compared to the Starbucks-sipping police in Canada, next was a city hall employee who received tons of flak just because he took his lunch just minutes before. Seriously Japan, why so uptight? loosen up that noose a little

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Posted in: Japanese nationalists see the constitution as a humiliating relic imposed by U.S. occupiers after Japan's defeat in World War II, while many other Japanese feel strongly attached to the document's pacifist ideals. What is your view of the issue? See in context

While both sides have their own beliefs on this issue, the world today is better off with more countries being a Pacifist, not to mention that being interconnected via globalization makes it harder for armed conflict to happen because you might rock the proverbial boat too much and end up in the drink yourself. Japan as it is, is already on a good track despite the increasing threats from its neighbors (just remember that the monkey mind). Threats will always exist no matter what, but you can still address it while having pacifist ideals. If its just the words in the Constitution that the nationalists are grumbling about, I agree with Toasted Heretic, change it by all means. It won't change the people's ideals any time soon anyway.

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Posted in: Man arrested for paying taxi fare with counterfeit money he printed at home See in context

Never a good idea to counterfeit money but it does happen on a professional scale. I knew someone who made such paper and the only telltale sign it's fake is the smell and the best part is that everything that he needed was bought from the bookstore.

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Posted in: Mother, 3 children found dead in Tokyo apartment in apparent murder-suicide See in context

I can't even imagine what's going on in the father's thoughts right now. Why is family on family violence common in Japan? Such a thing is a sacrilegious in any right

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Posted in: 2 sisters sent to prosecutors after keeping 40 cats in Nagoya apartment See in context

How can you even fit that many cats in any enclosed space? If you can't have them spayed, at least surrender the kittens for adoption

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Posted in: If you could live in any city in the world, other than where you live now, which one would you choose and why? See in context

Kofu, Yamanashi or Suwa, Nagano or just any capital city of the Japanese countryside. I've had it with the urban lifestyle

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Posted in: Which do you think is better: Apple's iOS or Android? See in context

Apple's IOS is like that insanely expensive sports car that a regular car repair shop can't fix and always needs a highly-specialized technician just to replace a single light bulb. An Android OS is like a Japanese-made car that can be fixed and replaced with just about any part and can be done with by just about any garage out there. It's a no contest, to be honest

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Posted in: Coca-Cannabis? Coke analyzing cannabis in wellness drinks See in context

I wouldn't be surprised if their sales would either shoot through the roof or plummet (depending on a state's or country's stance). There's already MJ tea being sold, and this wouldn't be a far stretch but I can imagine diabetes and pizza deliveries would skyrocket.

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Posted in: Japanese schools losing their pools due to rising maintenance costs and aging facilities See in context

why not just cover the pool from autumn until spring and just use it in the summer? It's too cold to hold swimming classes anyway and they'd only need to maintain it for at most 3 months a year

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Posted in: Doctors offer advice for insomnia See in context

I agree with Reckless, workouts will put you to sleep like a horse tranquilizer. Other methods I've discovered (might not work for everyone though) are milk and honey, static stretching, hot or ice-cold shower and watching nature documentaries.

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Posted in: How to prepare for Japanese drinking culture at work See in context

What if you're allergic to alcohol (like me), do you get a free pass?

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Posted in: False rumors grow on fear. Concerns about water, electricity and communication cause rumors in relation to such topics to spread via SNS. See in context

bad news, fake news, good news or real news, combined with a healthy dose of embellishment will spread like wildfire. People unfortunately buy into stuff like this, ever wondered why tabloids still sell and shady news reports circulate more over the internet?

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Posted in: Whenever you say or hear someone say "the good old days," do you think the "old days" really were good in some sense or is it false nostalgia for a past that never really existed and that we are remembering pleasant experiences and filtering out bad ones? See in context

I think its a habit by almost everyone to reminisce the past through rose-tinted lens, especially if the present isn't very good (like right now)

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Posted in: The unilateral trade protectionism of the U.S. hurts a lot of nations. These countries need to enhance their cooperation, including cooperation between China and Japan, to ease the harm. See in context

Well, Trump and Xi are both very particular on their economy. If I can remember by Macroeconomics right, one downside of a globalized economy is that your economy might suffer losses if another economy is more competitive. In order to mitigate this, countries impose trade protectionism to give their economy a fighting chance. If I'm not wrong, Japan also did the same thing post-WWII to revive its economy. The problem is that China and US holds a large slice of the world's economic pie and any protectionist action or a trade war will be felt throughout.

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Posted in: What are some movies or TV shows that had gut-wrenching scenes that made you cry? See in context

Grave of the Fireflies. Even though I've rewatched it multiple times, I still shed a tear whenever I see what those siblings had to go through

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Posted in: Cold weather hits evacuees after deadly quake in Hokkaido See in context

wow, one natural disaster curve ball after the other. The earth's really not treating Japan well this year

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Posted in: A study by the World Health Organization reports that technological advancement has made our lives more convenient but also less active, creating a sedentary lifestyle and heightening the risk of deadly diseases because we are not getting enough exercise. Do you agree? See in context

The funny thing about a technologically-advanced society is that instead of easing the burden of daily life on us humans, it made our lives even more complicated because everybody wants more and more, raising the bar far too high for man to cope. Man isn't built like a machine, it has lots of bugs, breaks down a lot and isn't coldly logical.

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Posted in: University in Kyoto offers free tuition to anyone over 100 years of age; more than half off if over 50 See in context

would they give 25% off for those who are 25 years old as well?

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Posted in: Japan resilient, but climate change making disasters worse: experts See in context

Now that its mentioned, Japan ranks only 4th place (2016) in the disaster risk index. What more to the ones ranking higher on the list (Vanuatu, Tonga, Philippines).

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Posted in: Should commuting to your workplace count as work time? See in context

Even if it was counted, the office really has no solid way to monitor one's commuting time to and from. How about counting the company drinking parties as overtime instead? you're sometimes forced to attend anyway

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Posted in: Child abuse cases at orphanages, foster families rise in Japan See in context

@AgentX - I love that quote! If foster families are going to abuse adopted kids, why are they adopting them in the first place?

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Posted in: If you could go back in time and tell your younger self anything, what would it be? See in context

Hard times create strong men

Strong men create good times

Good times create weak men

Weak men create hard times

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Posted in: If you live or work in the regions where the number of patients is increasing and do not know whether you have been infected with measles, or whether you are vaccinated against the disease, I would like you to consider getting vaccinated. See in context

I've had German measles when I was a kid, terrible experience. Years later, I considered it was a godsend because you're already immune to it and can't get infected (please correct me if i'm wrong) and was able to interact with friends who were infected. Vaccines are the next best thing aside from intentionally infecting yourself to develop immunity, of course. Just remember that before vaccination and antibiotics because a thing, people would die from measles centuries ago

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Posted in: 17-year-old boy hit, killed by train in apparent suicide in Tochigi Pref See in context

Poor kid and poor driver who had to witness such a tragedy. RIP to the kid and give the train driver some time off, he'll need it.

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Posted in: It's not a bad thing not to go to school. I want to tell kids that there are places where they can do something outside schools. See in context

telling this idea to the Japanese might be one of the most sacrilegious things they might hear for a long while. Child truancy has been a problem since man invented schooling, and even work. Some people aren't just meant to be institutionalized, running through the conveyor belt of life only to realize that time has passed them by and had done nothing they really wanted to do. I think the grown-up version of this are the Hikikomori, NEETs, freeters, etc. where they're not living the life they want and chose to not suck it up. Unfortunately, society today is too focused on success, credentials and numbers but have forgotten what they went to school and have toiled away in work for.

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