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Posted in: At top of opera, Yoncheva worries about classical music See in context

The Met is doing Andrea Chénier this season? Cool. I hope it is simulcast. It's too seldom produced opera.

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Posted in: Mindfulness works as well for anxiety as drugs, study shows See in context

I was a selected subject for a desensitization experiment using mindfulness methods. There were six other subjects in this trial. After the eight-week trial, I was the only subject reporting no benefit.

So, overall, the method showed a significant beneficial effect, yes?

I'm not sure. The method required prolonged sessions with the experimenters. I wondered if other subjects might report a beneficial effect because of the experimenter's expectations.

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Posted in: Former Prime Minister Abe dies after being shot while campaigning in Nara See in context

@Randy Johnson

I suppose that the security is normally light for a politician not in office, but remember watching this clip of the twelve leading security people spending more time watching the emperor and empress and too little time watching the onlookers in Tokyo Station. https://youtu.be/CD0A_GWGRKc

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Posted in: 'Drive My Car' wins Oscar for best international film See in context

My son and I watched it in a theater and we enjoyed it. The adapted screenplay certainly deserved the nomination. I was disappointed that Park Yurim did not get nominated for best supporting actress. Her final scene is memorably heart-wrenchingly beautiful. I guess that her onscreen time fell under a minimum.

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Posted in: Some are hurt by remarks meant as goodwill gestures, like, 'You just haven't met the right person.' See in context

Jaiden (Jaiden Animations) talks on YouTube about her emotions and identification as a aromantic/asexual person. https://youtu.be/qF1DTK4U1AM [Being not straight]

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Posted in: Man held for alleged defamation over obscene video of female athlete See in context

Zaphod has it right. To explain further, Gaetz opposed a bill to outlaw revenge porn because he claimed such images were the property of the possessor.

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Posted in: Is it rude to eat when your food arrives first at a restaurant? See in context

@JeffLee You are right, but the cook calling the wheel has everything to do with bringing an entire table's order to near simultaneous completion. I had three servers running continuously for a banquet off the menu for fifty. It was one time that a plan worked out.

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Posted in: Sake carafes sing like birds when you pour from them See in context

Cool. The bird trifecta is in play on Japan Today—today. The main page has news and image headlines on avian flu. The chirping tokkuri made me giggle while sober, so maybe I'm not sufficiently mature to keep the pours from it in check.

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Posted in: Queen Latifah: Let ‘Gone with the Wind’ be gone forever See in context

Latifah might also promote shelving her execrable role in Bringing Down the House, which exploits dozens more unfunny racial stereotypes in the 30 minutes I could stand to watch. If you haven't seen this movie, don't.

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Posted in: With sleep deprivation a growing problem in Japan, companies introduce Power Nap Project See in context

I worked physically demanding jobs overnight ever since 1970. For 41 years, it was same company I retired from. Uninterrupted sleep during the daytime is simply unrealistic in the city. [Why is my neighbor mowing the lawn at the ungodly hour of two in the afternoon???] Starting the work day somewhat fatigued was compounded by the load I could not imagine getting through.

I discovered that napping during my unpaid lunch when I ordinarily take a break after 2 hours gave me more energy than I came to work with and significantly improved my confidence to work through the tasks. Since the lunch was unpaid, returning to work beyond the 30 minutes allotted was not a problem. (It would have been a problem if my lunch delayed the work of others.)

tl:dr, Naptime = yes.

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Posted in: Soul-searching in opera world after tumultuous #MeToo year See in context

I searched online but apparently the Met Opera Radio channel has not yet banned works in which Domingo sings or conducts. When it banned conductor Levine, the decision was quick. I believe the allegations, but I don't think I can bring myself to turn away from every allegedly misogynistic creep in the arts.

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Posted in: 7-year-old girl found unconscious at home in Aichi Pref See in context

I was six when I had the house key attached by a shoelace to a belt loop.   I had help getting out of the house in the morning, but I was on my own the rest of the day, walking a round-trip home for lunch and then back home after school.   I guess I was on my own for 2½ hours after school and not 4.   Difficulty:  I wasn't permitted to watch television.  (Years later, I found out that my mother couldn't tell if I did.)  So, I really don't think that this situation is quite as irresponsible as some judge.

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Posted in: Japanese women’s magazine’s list of traits for an ideal man is both understandable and baffling See in context

37. Is into beetles

I do not think that women think dating an entomologist is ideal. However, a man would callously crush an insect that could have been avoided or rescued might lack empathy in general.

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Posted in: Amazon's 'collaborative' robots offer peek into the future See in context

Nice photography.

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Posted in: Kansas stops issuing license plates with offensive term for Japanese See in context

This is not a personalized plate. 731 licenses were issued. I cannot speak for Kansas, but the Michigan Secretary of State omits letter combinations forming troublesome acronyms. Furthermore, the state reserves the right to refuse any personalized plate request. I would guess that Kansas already has similar policies, keeping a banned use list.

Ask yourself: Would you accept a state issued license plate with 'KKK' on it? Try to image level of discomfort.

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Posted in: Trump proposes 'worldwide network' to counter CNN overseas See in context

Brilliant, Donald. The US Government approved news just needs a catchy name. Maybe something like "Voice of America."

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Posted in: Japan's 'usho' keep alive ancient art of cormorant fishing See in context

Cormorant fishing for remora underneath whale shark: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NBknkLa6bCM

[turn volume down or off]

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Posted in: Florida shooting suspect was twice hospitalized for mental illness See in context

SneezyToday 06:26 pm JST

I wonder is Texas A&M will apologise for needlessly politicising a tragedy by accusing the shooter of doing it because he was anti-Trump with absolutely no evidence. I'm not holding my breath.

Is there a source for this? It does not appear in the above article.

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Posted in: Japan welcomes Trump shift on TPP, but warns against renegotiation See in context

gokai_wo_maneku wrote:

If the TPP is not renegotiated, Trump cannot go back to his base and say he negotiated a better deal for the US. So I hope for no renegotiation.

Trump shamelessly claims to have gotten the upper hand on every matter outside of the investigation by the special counsel Mueller. Even if there is no renegotiation that restores the original US stipulations, Trump likely will boast that accepting the current TPP terms is a victory.

He certainly embarrasses people who value honest, careful thought from the president. I wish your prediction would come to be, but some 70% of the GOP still think Trump does a great job after ceaseless administration missteps.

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Posted in: 76-year-old woman arrested after husband’s body found in Tokyo home See in context

The arrest permits governmental sanctions to proceed. Katsue Suzuki's confusion strongly suggests the appointment and intervention of a caretaker, compelling responsible agencies to sort things out. Jailing a person who is mildly demented interests nobody when culpability is questionable. Summary dismissal of the incident diverts Ms Suzuki from the justice system and also from social care.

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Posted in: Kodaira wins gold in Olympic 500-meter speedskating See in context

Nicely written, Ms. Harris. I enjoyed reading.

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Posted in: Japanese scientist uses egg white for clean energy See in context

PBS Newshour famously jumped at the chance to run a segment about an invention to generate hydrogen from water via low-energy catalytic process. The embarrassment of the hoax was so bad that all trace of that segment was taken off the PBS site. A transcript of the segment has been preserved: https://teslamotorsclub.com/tmc/threads/pbs-newshour-science-water-to-power.83221/

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Posted in: Father of molested girls lunges at disgraced USA Gymnastics doctor in court See in context

I find nothing praiseworthy about assaulting someone in a courtroom. Margraves disrupted proceedings for his own reasons.

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Posted in: YouTube star Logan Paul steps away from posting after outcry See in context

None of my friends knew of Logan Paul. His recent apology needs to be put in the context of the unmentioned purpose of his YouTube channel. This article explains why his apology should be discounted. It contains a compilation of his recorded antics in Japan. I could only watch 1:15. Good luck.


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Posted in: Heat wave grips Tokyo, other eastern Japan areas See in context

Didn't mercury thermometers get phased out years ago in favour of alcohol?

Yes, but "mercury" here is used metonymically. Probably, the official temperatures have been determined electronically for a few dozen years.

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Posted in: A-bomb history resonates with youth through animated film See in context

Thank you for the review, Ms. Jackman. I did not know about this work and I now look forward to finding it.

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Posted in: 43-year-old woman arrested for stripping down to her underwear outside Shizuoka Station See in context

ScroteJuly 9  08:06 pm JST

Being out in bra and panties is an arrestable offence, but every year we have festivals where men parade through the streets in just their pants and the police do nothing. I think the police need to explain clearly what is and isn't "indecent" and explain why this woman was arrested whilst those taking part in the pants parades are not.

The context provides information of what is normative behavior. The arrest for an indecent act sanctions police intervention to suppress disruptive behavior or intervene for the sake of the actor's well-being. People going to a beach or a sumo match have an expectation that scant clothing is expected.

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Posted in: Trump, GOP leaders pull bill to repeal 'Obamacare' See in context

@Haaa Nemui The reporter is credible. He recounts that telephone call on PBS Washington Week.


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Posted in: Graduation day See in context

Cool, informal family picture. I hope that the enjoy this time in their lives.

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Posted in: Authorities urge elderly people to be careful when eating 'mochi' See in context

The Tokyo Fire Department link for choking demonstrates slaps to the back to dislodge airway obstructions. In what way is this technique better than the Hemlich maneuver?

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