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Posted in: What is it that eventually makes some movies, songs or books a "classic?" See in context

if you ask me, they can be considered a classic when the theme and the feelings they evoke know no time and demographic.

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Posted in: What effect do you think the increasingly bitter U.S. presidential election campaign is having on the U.S. image around the world? See in context

this makes me wonder why the Americans have strong and vocal opinions towards the domestic politics of other countries, while the same cannot be said about American domestic politics.

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Posted in: Wi-Fi, drones and sharp blades on Japan's whaling mothership See in context

Japan is no longer in the olden days where they need to hunt these creatures to prevent starvation. I wonder if anybody would believe in what they're saying.

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Posted in: Japan weighs incentivizing childbirth by fully covering expenses See in context

it's not just money that will encourage couples to have kids. It's an entire overhaul of the system. We probably know what they are. I will just say that living in Japan, especially in the city and working under a Japanese work culture doesn't exactly give one enough leeway to have a life outside of work.

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Posted in: Do you believe China will try to retake Taiwan by force one day? See in context

China will surely try one day when the timing is right. We should never underestimate the determination and patience of the Chinese, especially at a time when their head of state can sit in power indefinitely. Whether they do it by military force or through other means, that is up for debate. Whether they succeed or flounder is another discussion altogether. All we know is if Taiwan falls, it won't stop China from getting greedy and start claiming other parts of its periphery citing historical records.

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Posted in: Sun shoots out biggest solar flare in almost 2 decades, but Earth should be out of the way this time See in context

Once that happens, we'll return to the 1800's where winters will be unbearably cold, summers scorchingly hot and life a lot simpler and quieter. The worst of it all, no more JT. Let's just hope that if one of those things hits us, it will just be a light show and not be a lights out.

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Posted in: Japan’s wedding gift etiquette rule too expensive, young people in survey say See in context

Ignorant but honest question, can you opt out of an invitation? There isn't a binding rule that you have to attend like you're being summoned to court, right? I would decline if being invited means paying out several days' worth of living expenses, be it from a friend or from a not so close person.

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Posted in: Do you think there should be permanent host cities for both the summer and winter Olympics? See in context

I think it should rotate within a pre-selected set of countries

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Posted in: Do you think it will be possible for governments to effectively regulate the emerging technological risks from artificial intelligence (AI)? See in context

At this point in time, businesses, the public and probably the authorities have all embraced AI with open arms while blindfolded and just allowed the new technology to make everyday lives faster, more convenient and cheaper without much oversight. It's the same as the invention of internal combustion engines, nobody every considered the emissions would ruin the environment one day when those model t fords were driving down the roads for the first time. AI right now might be laughable, but if left unchecked and unmonitored, we might see long-term bad effects of it. The most apparent of which is the dumbing down of people who, instead of writing and thinking for themselves, just use AI to do the job for them.

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Posted in: Vinyl record production value in Japan has recovered to levels seen about three decades ago, according to the Recording Industry Association of Japan. What do you think is the reason for this renewed popularity? See in context

Nostalgia. I grew up with cassette tapes and CD players and I still enjoy listening to CD players from time to time despite the more convenient media player on my phone. It's like cooking over an open fire with a cast iron skillet or a pot rather than doing it in an induction stove

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Posted in: Cool Biz campaign begins across Japan See in context

I agree with the cool biz gig, but the air conditioners set at 28 Celsius is just absurd. In the very least, it should be set at 25 Celsius. If the government really wants to save up on electricity, they should order businesses to close early (implement a compressed 4-day workweek) or close on time, in addition to requiring those neon lights and LED walls to switch off earlier. I live in Southeast Asia and the heat wave right now here is punishing. If there was one high-powered appliance that needs to remain working despite the energy situation, it's air conditioning.

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Posted in: Osaka governor suggests lowering voting age to 0 to curb population decline See in context

not a smart move if you ask me. You're basically asking kids who cannot think rationally yet and can be easily manipulated and duped into voting. I smell something fishy here. The next elections, if this idea passes, would be a battle for who can give the tastiest treats for votes.

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Posted in: ‘I’m going to take your head:’ Man arrested for sending threatening message See in context

this would've been a believable threat 500 years ago, but not so much nowadays.

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Posted in: Since the new academic year started in Japan this month, social media posts have appeared from parents struggling with young children who don't want to go to school. What advice would you give them? See in context

I used to be one of those kids. My parents still sent me to school but stayed near the classroom window for about a few minutes until the teacher came. This scheme continued for about a week until they said I made friends to which I never looked for my parents.

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Posted in: Man arrested for breaking into swimming school and stealing swimsuits See in context

I was expecting the use of the I was drunk and couldn't remember excuse.

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Posted in: Do you think gold is a safe investment in times of geopolitical trouble, war or other international crises? See in context

As Jefflee and TaiwanisNotChina said, gold is but a precious metal made valuable by those who deem it valuable, but is not that useful in itself for the average person. Cash crops, preserved food and long-shelf life medicine are in my opinion better to keep during economic turmoil as you can trade with it easier than precious metals with the average person. I can't imagine anybody accepting a several thousand dollar gold ring for a sack of rice or a loaf of bread.

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Posted in: What do you think about diplomatic immunity? See in context

Those that have it should really have a very thorough background check, especially on their mental and social conduct. It's far too easy for sociopaths in power to abuse this kind of hands off card.

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Posted in: What advice would you give to someone who shows signs of becoming a stalker to help them stop their obsessive behavior? See in context

make sure to talk to them when they are not in stalking mode, and they are more sober so they are more receptive and rational. Tell them that fixation is a common occurrence and can be quite counterproductive and dangerous. This is the anecdote that I always tell to my friends who feel down after getting dumped or rejected in their relationships: society is like the sea and people are its sea life, there will be easy catches, there will be ones that can sink your boat, and ones that will get away. You'll never catch any unless you cast your line.

Back on the stalker-y person, advice him/her to detach from the situation and look at it again, there may be more and better fish in the sea, they may just have their horse blinders for too long that they forget they had them on.

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Posted in: When you were a teenager, did you think much about issues concerning the environment, such as climate change, pollution, recycling, energy and water conservation and so on? See in context

I grew up being aware to the environment at a young age due to watching nature documentary shows and some cartoons (Captain Planet in particular) that encourage loving the environment. I also grew up in the outdoors and I experienced how nature in our area has worsened, which made me even more concerned and aware about it.

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Posted in: Bowing is an important outward sign of contrition by Japanese company executives and politicians caught up in a scandal. But how sincere do you think the act of bowing is in such circumstances? See in context

as organic as a plastic water bottle. I think that most long-term readers here understand how the Japanese psyche works, they'd rather fake a smile than be outwardly hostile, or say apologies out of reflex even if they don't mean it than directly argue with another person.

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Posted in: Officials of Yokohama City have proposed a ban on smoking at all roughly 2,700 parks they manage, including popular tourist spots, with violators facing fines of 50,000 yen. What do you think of this proposal? See in context

Aside from a fine, give offenders alternatives too such as doing community service or a bit of punishment, be it psychological or physical (50 push ups or have them clean up the park they littered themselves should do the trick). I am for this and let this be a test tube for a nationwide implementation.

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Posted in: Over 50% of car drivers in Japan do not stop for pedestrians at crosswalks, according to a survey by the Japan Automobile Federation (JAF). Why do you think that is? See in context

SDCAToday  07:45 am JST

everyone is in a hurry

This! Especially in cities. While it's highly unlikely to see road rage among the Japanese, you will see drivers maneuver aggressively and not give way to pedestrians and two-wheeled road users, especially cyclists. I've cycled in Japan and I can't tell you how much close calls I've got. In my experience, the most dangerous ones and most likely to not give way are the seniors and truck drivers.

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Posted in: Have you ever done leadership training for work, come back to the office and thought: ‘That was a huge waste of time’? See in context

Leadership training if you ask me, is just for formalities to allow employers to justify imposing additional roles on their employees at oftentimes, without additional compensation. Rarely to people like these actually get to lead, and they're just given non-leadership type of jobs. They're not even given the leeway to decide for themselves after that leadership training

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Posted in: Why is anti-Japanese sentiment remaining from the World War II era almost non-existent in Taiwan, Singapore, the Philippines and Indonesia, unlike in China and South Korea? See in context

I'm Filipino and I can speak on behalf of my countrymen. I think that unlike my country, the Japanese aggression in China and Korea started way before the second world war, not to mention the shopping list of war crimes that happened there. And yes, the Philippines also suffered heavily under the Japanese, we're the second most destroyed city next to Warsaw during the war and Manila also saw similar events to Nanking but has only been confined to history books.

I think unlike the East Asian psyche that is historically conscious and tends to really hold on to the past, especially on bad things, us Filipinos and probably other Southeast Asians tend to forgive easily but we will not forget what happened. If you look at Filipino films up until the early 2000's, you will still see comedic sketches of Japanese soldiers during that period.

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Posted in: What do you think of home schooling? See in context

Home schooling is a hit or miss for me and will depend on the child's character and the skill of the educator. But one thing is for sure, that child will lack in social skills when they grow up. If you ask me, home schooling will be great if it is accompanied with an online teacher, but it will no longer be considered as home schooling.

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Posted in: Monday will be 13 years since the March 11, 2011 disaster. If you were in Japan, what are your memories of that day? See in context

We were a few weeks from graduating from high school then. I remember seeing in the news footage of the tsunami sweeping everything. I have no relatives in Japan, but I thought to myself then, even for a disaster-prone country such as Japan, this is just too much. A powerful quake followed by a tsunami and a threat of a nuclear reactor melting down.

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Posted in: What are some countries or places in the world that are on your travel bucket list? See in context

the Himalayas, the pink beach of Maldives and the mystical forests of Scandinavia. I grew up watching National Geographic and I want to see those places while they still look like the ones in those documentaries.

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Posted in: Climbers to pay ¥2,000 fee on popular Mount Fuji trail from July 1 See in context

I would not mind paying that 2000 yen to climb Fuji-san again, but I will be expecting that the services would be better, especially the toilets and the trails. Also, there should be less traffic up the mountain. I remember climbing there pre-pandemic and being stuck at the final station for 10 minutes in the dark on a steep trail. You can see a stream of lights up and down the trail, it was a good sight to behold, but you're still stuck there.

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Posted in: Uber Eats starts robot deliveries in Tokyo See in context

This is great, we're slowly inching towards those unmanned aerial taxis that can transport cargo and even humans from point a to point b quicker. I get it that japan is facing a labor shortage, and bots like these are a tempting and easy shortcut, but eventually the country will reach a point where it will have to address that population issue head on.

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Posted in: What do you think of school uniform dress codes in Japan? See in context

uniforms are great in terms of fostering uniformity among students (pun intended) and removing any demographic divide. It lessens the need to pick what clothes to wear. But I will say that overly strict uniform dress codes such as having prescribed bags or even inner clothing is a bit too strict for me. I grew up in a school environment similar to Japan and I can agree with the uniform part, just not with the inner wear and bags.

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