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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What if you're allergic to alcohol (like me), do you get a free pass?
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Posted in: Do you think the brand of comedy of old-time comedians such as Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, the Three Stooges, the Marx Brothers, Abbott and Costello, Laurel and Hardy and so on would appeal to modern audiences not familiar with their work? See in context
I say give it a shot! Modern-day comedy is nice but classical comedies are gold. It brings us to a simpler time
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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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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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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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would they give 25% off for those who are 25 years old as well?
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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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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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@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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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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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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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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Posted in: Actress Selma Blair reveals she has MS