Loooot of people here showing that they've never taken the MAP.
To quell some fears, there is little evidence showing that the availability of the MAP is related to lower rates of use of other forms of contraception, to my knowledge. It is much easier and cheaper to use a condom than it is to get your hands on the pill, even in places where it's easily available. The times I've gotten abroad it I was lectured at by self-righteous pharmacists, and in Japan, obviously it took getting an actual prescription. Many people have stories of pharmacists refusing to sell MAP or even standard birth control to them. Secondly, the MAP is like a massive dose of daily birth control all at once, so it can make you feel quite sick after taking it. It's also pretty pricey. I wouldn't jump to assuming that people will pop them like candy if they're made easier to buy.
Kids are already having sex, but they're largely uneducated about it and more protection is always better. With the number of stories we read in Japan where women kill or abandon their newborns, I would hope this would be great news welcomed with open arms.
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As soon as I saw female LDP lawmaker, I knew it had to be Sugita. She’s shown herself time and time again to be not worth listening to, and this is just one more example.
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I don't want a doctor who needed 4+ visits to the exam board to pass a test. Doesn't bode too well for their competence in all the other areas they'll need to be fluent in along their career.
That may be the case, but then the institution should limit the number of times one can take the test. Taking applicants' money and letting them think they have a fair shot at getting in is fraud.
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I wonder if she knows that plenty of LGBT people do, in fact, biologically reproduce. I'm a member of the LGBT community, but my partner and I could absolutely have kids if we wanted to. Trans people can have kids depending on who their partner is. Lesbians can artificially inseminate. Gay men can use surrogacy. Aside from giving birth, plenty of LGBT couples around the world adopt kids given up by other people.
And really, if she is going to go off like this, she'd better be criticizing the otaku who marry their dakimakura. LGBT people are the least of Japan's reproductive problems.
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@AgentX, the article does not say that school is back in session. The middle of the article even says the school is closed until at least the end of the summer holidays. This article is about how evacuees are staying at schools many of them haven't been in in decades.
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Consulting the people is the right way to settle these social issues. Well done Australia! Wish we did the same in the US.
Why should the decision of whether or not minorities are given equal rights be determined by the majority? That sounds like a recipe for nothing good.
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I was kind of proud of myself for feeling the very faint shaking up in Gifu. I hope everyone's okay down where it was stronger!
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I can't wait until ANA-style fixed shell seats are adopted by other airlines. The seat itself doesn't move back, but the inside cushion part slides forward, creating the same comfort as recline would without pissing off the person behind you. I'm around 5'9 and have suffered through 10 hour flights with a passenger in front of me who decided that they wanted their seat all the way back. I mean, I don't fly that often, but even I know that there's a certain courtesy involved when flying coach. Recline a bit, but not such that your seat is in another person's lap.
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Stealing a box of cigarillos does not justify public execution. There is also no definitive proof yet that the man in the store video was Michael Brown. Even the store owners have spoken out through an attorney saying that they never believed the man in the video was Michael Brown. Only the police have claimed as such. Besides, the police officer who killed him did not know that he was suspected in connection with the robbery, so that wasn't why he killed Brown.
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My boyfriend and I are planning to visit this summer, and we are 26 and 30. This attraction will most likely do very well. Harry Potter is a sure classic (whether you like it or not is irrelevant), even my students who weren't born when the books were released love the books and movies.
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To my knowledge, public school teachers do not have the training to oversee so many children in a swimming pool. When I was a lifeguard, we had water scanning techniques that we used to make sure that the number of people in the water didn't change. I always get nervous at my schools when I hear that they're going to open the pool for the summer. I've offered to oversee the PE lessons, as I was a lifeguard for nearly 6 years, but they always tell me that they've got it under control. No accidents so far, but you never know.
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I'm sorry, why is the ex-girlfriend in question being judged on her choice of partner? Unemployed people aren't required to go it alone in life. Maybe he just recently lost his job, we don't know. Even if he was chronically unemployed, the attack is not this woman's fault.
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I never really understood the meaning of the word "overrated" when it applies to subjective opinions. Some of you didn't like it, other people did. That doesn't make the film overrated.
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The elementary and junior high schools that I have worked at have served whale in their school lunches about once a year. On those days, I often hear the students remark that they don't really like it, and that they'd prefer beef, chicken or pork. It might just be because it's a mass prepared school lunch (though most kyushokus are quite delicious compared to their overseas counterparts), but whale tastes like tough, fishy beef to me (though I'm sure it tastes better when prepared carefully). Not the most delicious meat I've ever had, so I agree with my students. I'd rather eat something else. It wouldn't surprise me if that generation rejects whale as a meat when they are the ones calling the shots.
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Similar thing happened at the school where a work. A first year junior high school girl got into a fight with her dad and ran away to her friend's house in the next prefecture over. Best part of the story is that the friend's father picked this girl up from the train station without calling her dad to see what was going on. Fortunately, the situation never escalated like this one has, but hopefully, something similar is happening to this girl.
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I flew on a 787 from Doha to London, and it was a lovely plane. This issue doesn't sound like it's related to the previously known battery issue, and is only really making the news because it's a 787. Sounds like the crew did the right thing!
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There's a high school girl who rides the same train as me in the morning, and in the 6 months that I've ridden the train, I've never once seen the bottom half of her face. I find it kind of worrying that people can get away with never confronting their social problems here, just by putting on a mask. How do young people in other countries where surgical masks aren't worn survive?
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I dislike New Years mochi for this very reason. I remember eating it for the first time when I was about 18, and feeling like I was going to choke. Mochi balls, especially in soup, are too big for safe eating. I like the flavour, but I always feel nervous eating it.
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I don't get why LINE gets dragged through the mud in stories like this. When I was in high school not that long ago, we used MSN Messenger or just the phone. If we had wanted to organise something like this, it wouldn't have been that hard. Don't shoot the messenger.
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Why was a 12-yr old carrying a handbag? Was it a Louis Vuitton (or burando neimu something) and getting up the other girls' noses? So many possible scenarios...
Wow, nice victim blaming. I carried a handbag when I was twelve, as I had a wallet, house keys, a bus pass, etc., and needed a place to put them. Kids these days are probably carrying around even more than that, so I don't get why her carrying a handbag could even factor into why she was beat up. Do all women carrying designer bags deserve to be mugged? And if she was "getting up the other girls' noses", them being 14 and 15 means that they have the maturity to walk away from the situation. I can't think of too many reasons to defend people who steal from others.
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I thought Dalmations are not considered an aggressive breed. Must have been mistreated.
Depends on the Dalmatian. After 101 Dalmatians was released, there was a run on the breed, and many bloodlines became tainted due to indiscriminate breeding practices. I've heard horror stories of people with Dalmatians that are aggressive and bite, while purebred Dalmatians are wonderful dogs.
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Apparently women even want to turn camping into something girly. Nice "roughing it" ladies
Excuse you. I know many women who go on amazing camping trips and are more than happy to actually rough it. I, for one, have camped in a tent all across the States and Canada several times. As others have pointed out, this is "glamping" and is not really camping. Though, by Japanese standards, I suppose it is, as camping really isn't a popular activity.
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This story was on Yahoo Japan the day after it happened, and I told the story to my third year junior high school students about it. After I told the story, I gave them 3 choices as to who the rescuer was: an old man, a police officer or a Chinese man. To my surprise, almost all the students picked the correct answer without having seen it on the news. After, my co-teacher talked with the students about how the mass media in Japan likes to pick on Koreans and Chinese, but this kind of story didn't make big TV news. The students seemed to agree with her, and thought Yan Jun was a real hero. I was glad to hear that my students didn't seem prejudiced towards Chinese people (I had a student before who wrote on his assignment that he didn't like fish and Chinese people), and that they found the story quite moving and inspiring. They all seemed very grateful for the young man's selfless actions.
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I don't think it's meant to be a way to study English, more like a way to practice English in a different way. They can practice sentence rhythm and inflection while reading materials that they are already familiar with. Sounds like a good idea to me, especially for any of them who think they might want to get into acting or public speaking!
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@ The Chronic - oh yes, because straight couples never do that, and if they did, we'd ostracise them too, right?
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It's one thing to hate her when she was alive and in power for her policies, but it's another thing to take joy in a fellow human's death. She was old and hadn't been in power for a while. You might have hated her, but throwing a party to celebrate a woman's death is just tasteless, in my opinion.
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So what you are saying is, "I defend your right to express my opinion."
I never said that. Please don't put words in my mouth. I support your right to free speech, but I also have the right to find the opinion you stated through such free speech terrible, and am allowed to use my freedom of speech to express that sentiment. If you express an opinion on a public forum, be prepared to defend it. If you want others to agree with your opinion, you'll have to express it only around like minded people.
Also, I have seen no bullying on here, apart from people saying that the women in the photo are in some way disgusting or repulsive ("eew", "yuck", "oddball", etc.). If the kids at my schools said words like that (kimoi, kisshoi, hen, etc.), they'd be accused of bullying.
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