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Posted in: Colonized countries rarely ask for redress over past wrongs − the reasons can be complex See in context

Well the basic premise, that Colonization in that time/context was necessarily a net bad thing, is flawed to begin with. Noone denies there were wrongs committed, in the past, by people long gone.

Similarly, the UK isnt asking for reparations for the Roman empire.

Or is this just a white guilt trip?

It is getting tedious.

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Posted in: Japan starts trial sales of over-the-counter 'morning-after' pill See in context

Also “not funding” it isnt the same as “restricting other peoples ‘rights’”.

Those who feel such a right should be available are welcome to have their tax money go to it.

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Posted in: Japan starts trial sales of over-the-counter 'morning-after' pill See in context

On the basis of public health authorities determining it so.

Why? Because they say it is.

Can we avoid circular logic here and no the WHO saying so is not a reason, its yet another “coz x says so”.

Lets say victims of sexual assault etc can have as many pills or abortions as they need. This wasnt part of the original argument anyway so its settled.

Now why should morning after pills, be a right ?

So you don’t think people should be able to opt out of their money going towards defence spending in the first place? Ie, enjoying a public good such as defence, or a public good such as a more morally cohesive society, call it what you will the details are not important, society is a collective to we all reap what is sown.

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Posted in: Japan starts trial sales of over-the-counter 'morning-after' pill See in context

On what basis do y’all say the morning after pill should be a “right”?

It may be convenient to have, though of questionable morality being a separate issue, why a basic right?

Also if its a “right” it is tax payer funded, and if people have a moral problem with such funding would it be fair for them to withdraw it? Similar to how people can choose their money isnt spent on defense.

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Posted in: Japan starts trial sales of over-the-counter 'morning-after' pill See in context

If only there was another way to avoid unwanted pregnancy……. But I guess noone wants to talk about that.

Cant help but feel another pill

to take away personal responsibilities isnt the answer society needs……

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Posted in: Sunak reportedly said 'just let people die' in 2020, British COVID inquiry hears See in context

Boris failed to shut the border quickly enough. Without the lockdowns and vaccines, hundreds of thousands more would have died.

Highly, highly questionable.

Also ignores the human cost in lives of said lockdown. Will steer clear of vaccine talk as there is no point.

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Posted in: Sunak reportedly said 'just let people die' in 2020, British COVID inquiry hears See in context

He may well have said that, it may have been part of a larger context-

However what everyone seems to miss here is that a second national lockdown also has a cost in human lives - ie, people will die whichever course of action is chosen.

Seems like a media attack for the sake of it.

And I am not fond of Sunak either but come on.

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Posted in: What's your favorite convenience store brand in Japan? See in context

famima for their moca coffee.

Premium selections have disappeared from the others.

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Posted in: Hilton Japan apologizes for 'disrespectful' ad disparaging traditional Japanese inns See in context

Yall seem to be forgetting in many Ryokan you dont have to take the dining package you can take the su-domari. (Not all though)

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Posted in: 20-year-old U.S. Marine arrested for allegedly assaulting 76-year-old woman See in context

Just because a person is 76 and female does not make her innocent.

innocent or not, the power differential

between them dictates that there is no justification for punching her in the face, four times.

IF the 76 year old was mid-way murdering someone somehow, then yeh ok, but how likely is that?

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Posted in: Woman using smartphone falls to her death from bridge in Shizuoka Prefecture See in context

Tragic? Yes.

70cm isnt a high barrier- sufficient for light traffic perhaps, especially if not a foot bridge.

Is it worth extra cost involved for future projects to raise the height? Perhaps.

Is it worth upgrading existing thousands of bridges to have a higher barrier? Probably not.

Also one must consider if there might be any inadvertent accidents where a lower barrier would have prevented loss of life etc.

This is a tragic event indeed - though I hope it wouldnt be used for a drive for yet more and bigger barriers all over the place.

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Posted in: Japan announces sanctions on Hamas-related individuals, company See in context

The amount of terrorist sympathizing is very worrying.

Both sides have been doing despicable and highly condemnable things.

If you want to find the difference, perhaps consider which side mutilates bodies, parades them as trophies, cheer in the streets after attacks on civilians (even before the Israeli retaliation).

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Posted in: Japan's foreign minister mulls Israel visit as Gaza war escalates See in context

The level of terrorist apologism in the comments is rather alarming.

Like there is ANY justification for the terror attack on Oct 7.

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Posted in: Gov't floats ¥40,000 income tax cut a year to ease inflation pain See in context

Works out as ¥3,330 per month.

Whose life will be improved by this?

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Posted in: Japan logs hottest September on record; 2.66 C higher than average See in context

Misleading, the term better reflect the changes observed and makes it less likely for people with antiscientific bias to pretend it is false.

Exactly, it better fit the agenda. Deliberately misleading it is.

In the context of the current crisis "climate change" has an specific meaning and refer to the accelerated changes demonstrated to be product of human activity

This is the typical disingenuous strategy - conflate, ambiguity, mislead. "Man-made Climate Change, MM Climate Change" is rather easy to use, yet it defaults to just "climate change" so that anyone who doesnt agree with the agenda is then referred to as a "Climate change denier", the idea being that the climate is obviously changing therefore this person is insane to claim otherwise. This term is deliberately non-specific and to pretend otherwise is also disingenuous .

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Posted in: Japan logs hottest September on record; 2.66 C higher than average See in context

After decades of denying climate change, I've noticed a theme emerging in the rhetoric of the right -

after decades and realising that “Global warming” didn’t fit with observed data, the eco loons (mostly left) decided to opt for “climate change”.

Literally noone denys that the climate, changes and is changing. This is why the insidious term “climate change deniers” is just plain wrong (designed to conflate with holocaust deniers).

We should, take care not to pollute or destroy eco systems - but all of these “carbon credit” schemes and SDGs are a sham, and anyone touting them is either a useful tool or nefarious in intent

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Posted in: Tourism and Mount Fuji's rocky recovery after COVID See in context

someones been waiting their whole career to get that into a headline.

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Posted in: Asahi Super Dry to get new low-alcohol spinoff See in context

Nah. Tastes like motor-oil

Craft ranges from light lagers, kelsches, sours, gose, natural yeast fermented, pale ales, saisons, IPAs and their variations ; so that statement is somewhat silly.

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Posted in: Relentless, remorseless internet bashing rife in Japan, says magazine See in context

Bit rich to claim “internet bashing” if caught in an extramarital affair.

Its a shameful thing to do, so dont whine if you get caught.

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Posted in: Portrayals of duality: 'Hafu' in the media and popular culture See in context

These kind of articles are becoming tedious.

”I just want to be treated like everyone else”

”I want to be treated like an individual”.

Everyone is different in various ways. This makes life more interesting. If for wotever reason you are “othered”, embrace lean into it and deal with it.

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Posted in: Osaka Expo ¥1,000 coins go on sale for low price of ¥13,800 See in context

Even the George Best commemorative 5 pound notes are only worth x6 times face value - and at least they are legal tender for face value.

This coin is ridiculous.

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Posted in: Decapitated head in Sapporo case was filmed at home: source See in context

So they have ruled out suicide then...?

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Posted in: Japan eyes new system to fine cyclists for traffic violations See in context

While they are at it, they can also introduce laws stopping drivers from just switching on the hazard lights and parking their car in traffic

This is one of the things I find causes the greatest disruption on the road.

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Posted in: Japan eyes new system to fine cyclists for traffic violations See in context

According to the NPA, traffic violations by bicycle riders shot up from 7,193 in 2013 to 24,549 in 2022.

Without looking at at least the increase in cyclists in that time, this number is not so meaningful.

The helmet statistics arent so straight forward. I wear a helmet on long/fast rides usually.

So stats show, obviously that wearing a helmet reduces serious injury/death if caught in an accident. Unfort some other data also seems to show that the likelihood of getting into an accident may increase with helmet wearing, factors include both risky behavoir AND recent research showing drivers consider helmeted riders as less human.

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Posted in: Japanese high school kids average 12% correct answers in English oral test See in context

Foreign language learning in Japan, outside of other kanji alphabet languages, is going nowhere until they get rid of the ridiculous katakana system of phonetics.

And anyway, there is no need to focus per-say on English, any lang would do: and the vast majority of students wont need it in their adult lives anyway.

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Posted in: Vibrating vests translate music for deaf concertgoers See in context

Great - more people get to enjoy good vibrations together and society is a happier place.

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Posted in: McDonalds’ branch in Kanagawa bans entire school from entering restaurant See in context

My guess is the comedians on tv are to blame. They instill the notion that loud = funny

I agree TV shows here comedians seem to compete to laugh/talk the loudest, it definitely has an influence on groups, especially jnr/highschool.

The Mcd should place the ban for 2 yrs or so- by then the offending generation may be gone.

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Posted in: McDonalds’ branch in Kanagawa bans entire school from entering restaurant See in context

This is fairly common practice - back in the 1990s in school in Northern Ireland, our school was banned from places for unruly behavoir and even cases of shoplifting.

Makes sense.

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Posted in: Tokyo’s newest ultra-cheap, no-barista cafe has a secret See in context

Ive never found UCC beans that are even remotely fresh.

Wouldnt drink it if I was paid 80¥

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Posted in: All-female 'Final Fantasy' musical stage play coming from Takarazuka troupe See in context

fascinating piece of Japanese culture, good to see it continuing strong.

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