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Posted in: Top court says laws requiring married couples to have same surname constitutional See in context

The attitude of "It's ok for me, so everyone else should do what I want" in this thread is terrifying.

There are almost 8 billion people in the world, trying to impose rules based on "it's what I want" rather than actual logic and reason, is just a path to failure.

If the people living next door to me are married, and have different names, what difference does that make to me? Do I think "Oh, she has a different name to her husband, that must mean she wants to sleep with me", or "oh, they must not love each other", no- of course not. It's irrelevant and meaningless.

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Posted in: 19-year-old arrested over murder of sex worker at hotel also charged with attempted murder See in context

Disgusting. Name protected because this guy, old enough to purchase a knife, hire a sexworker, book into a hotel, have (incorrect) opinions on population control, and execute a human being..... is too young to be named. Gotta protect the kids, y'all. Pure facepalm.

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Posted in: Top court says laws requiring married couples to have same surname constitutional See in context

The law is indeed different for foreigners. I married in Japan and we completed the family register with different surnames with no problem at all. So the system can handle it, the staff at the ward office didn't even question it.

Surely that difference is the evidence of inequality they were looking for?

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Posted in: 20-year-old man arrested for attempting to kill 5 family members See in context

How is this "suspicion attempted of murder", surely 'suspicion' required an alternate, like, I suspect this meal may be nice, but is may be bad. What's the alternate here? He may have wanted to just annoy his family members and not kill them?? This is crazy!

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Posted in: 'Conbini warp' an increasing traffic problem for businesses, authorities across Japan See in context

Japan is in need of a big overhaul of road usage rules.

There's just not public pressure and awareness of it all. It needs years of commercials, advertisements, PSA's etc to drill road usage into people's heads. I really think drivers/cyclists/pedestrians just don't understand how things work.

Have sensible rules, enforce them, problem starts to go away.

Around here, I constantly see cyclists riding on the road the wrong way and I've read that the believe is that this is safer.

Cyclists use the sidewalks because they are scared of going onto the roads (a cycle is a vehicle, a sidewalk is for..... oh, you work it out)

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Posted in: Japanese soccer star Kumi Yokoyama comes out as transgender man See in context

I care about anyones sexual or gender preferences about as much as I care if you like blondes or brunettes or prefer wine or beer.

It really makes no difference.

If you are the kind of asshat that goes to parties and tells everyone you're a vegan and denounces everyone else as being wrong for eating meat because it's not your preference, then you're the same kind of person that gets offended at people you dont know and wont meet or talk to having a pronoun preference.

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Posted in: 97% of surveyed major Japanese firms plan workplace COVID vaccinations See in context

I dont get it, the vaccine is hard to administer (according to the government who won't allow dentists, paramedics, nurses etc to administer it) needs to be stored very cold and all that, but now your boss can buy a box on amazon and store it in the fridge with peoples bento's?

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Posted in: All Olympic live viewing events in Tokyo to be canceled: Koike See in context

DariusToday  06:49 am JST

Yet people still stuff themselves on trains like a tin of sardines...

Going to watch some people play little games in public is optional.

Traveling to work so you can pay rent and eat, is not optional.


What point were you trying to make?

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Posted in: Drink up, drink fast, drink alone? Tokyo to ease alcohol curbs See in context

Completely ridiculous.

Most places dont follow the 'rules' anyway. This is security theatre and the government should be ashamed announcing this stuff.

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Posted in: World Wide Web code that changed the world up for auction as NFT See in context

That linked article is behind a paywall, and those figures are very inaccurate.

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Posted in: Child welfare worker fined for indecent behavior with junior high school girl See in context

@Goodlucktoyou, I don't think you were ever a 14 year old girl.

It's simple for adults to say "oh, too soon for sex", tell me what your response was when you were told that yourself as a hormone crazed teenager?

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Posted in: Taiwan thanks Japanese lawmakers for supporting bid to join WHO assembly See in context

Of all the countries in the world, Taiwan is one I look forward to visiting when covid is over.

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Posted in: G7 leaders agree on vaccines, China and taxing corporations See in context

Johnson, the summit's host, wanted the three-day meeting to fly the flag for a “Global Britain,” 

Ah, trying to bring back the British Empire, eh? It worked so peacefully last time. /s

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Posted in: Woman cyclist killed in hit-and-run with motorbike See in context

@Sal Affist: [...the driver of the heavier, powered vehicle is expected to drive with the skill of a "professional driver" ...]

if that logic holds, then a person jumping in front of a train did not commit suicide, they were murdered by a train, and it's the train's fault.

If you cause an accident, you're at fault, it's not about "who's heavier".

That said, there's nothing in the story to suggest the woman was at any fault at all

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Posted in: SoftBank's PayPay surges ahead in Japan's digital payments race See in context

I don't understand why regular ATM cards don't just work as cashless, like everywhere else in the world.

Why should we have to move money from the bank, in to a 3rd party, in order to use electronic money.

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Posted in: Photos show Chinese rover on dusty, rocky Martian surface See in context

RichardPearce: "the Chinese winter Olympics would be seen as anything other than a reminder that the next Olympics were in China."

At that point, the next olympics would be in Japan.

RichardPearce: "...first pictures from a Mars lander arrived and were shown on TV and printed in magazines. I would have downloaded them and printed them out"

First Mars lander, 1971, December. And in 1971 you would have downloaded them???? From where? There was no internet, only primitive BBS services which were not invented until 1978, and the first real consumer modem was released in 1981.

Japan was, at the time well known for the quality of workmanship, you may be confusing it with Taiwan (which now also makes excellent products)

I dont know what you were trying to achieve with your message, but conveying anything close to the truth certainly was not part of it.

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Posted in: Photos show Chinese rover on dusty, rocky Martian surface See in context

@RichardPearce, there's no much wrong in your post, that I don't even know where to begin.

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Posted in: Photos show Chinese rover on dusty, rocky Martian surface See in context

shouldn't there be track marks from the 'camera' to the rover?

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Posted in: Have an Echo device? Amazon may help itself to your Wi-Fi See in context

Worth mentioning that this is USA only at the moment.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 440 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 2,242 See in context

Gov response: Oh, numbers are dropping, we can slow down the vaccinations and charge people to spectate at the olympics; but bars still have to close early.

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Posted in: Apple's new 'private relay' feature will not be available in China See in context

In a move that surprises nobody, Apple produce something that genuinely increases privacy for citizens, swiftly blocked by a government that denies freedom for its people.

I can't see how that can put a positive spin on this one, but I know they'll try.

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Posted in: Microsoft says 'tank man' censorship due to human error See in context

I think it's fairly obvious to anyone what really happened here.

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Posted in: Taiwan says China exploiting vaccines for political gain See in context

GoodlucktoyouToday  10:23 am JST

Taiwan should weigh up its future. China is now the number one country. USA is crumbling. Desperate.

the Belt and Road will revolutionize world trade.

like japan we should suck up to the winners.


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Posted in: China criticizes Western brands' toys, clothes as unsafe See in context

Confused. Are not these products made in china in the first place?

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Posted in: Man arrested after pushing over woman and her 2 children on bicycle See in context

Found it:

April 1st 2020 ammendment changing it from "below 6 years" to "until starting elementary school"

Thanks, Kniknaknokkaer good to know.

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Posted in: Man arrested after pushing over woman and her 2 children on bicycle See in context


6 years old is the grey zone[...]

Grey-zones in Law. Great.

Here's what I can find:



The 未満 used is "less than, exclusive" so, 1,2,3,4 and 5 only. For "less than, inclusive", they'd use 以下.

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Posted in: Man arrested after pushing over woman and her 2 children on bicycle See in context

It does not matter if she did or did not have the right to ride on the pavement! The point is, you do not cause physical injury to anyone! If you do not like what she is doing, report it to the Police.

So long as both offences are handled correctly according to the law, yes.

If I drive my car with no insurance, and someone crashes into me while I'm stopped at a stoplight, do I get away with not having insurance as it wasn't my fault? No, of course not. I'd be prosecuted for not being insured, they would be prosecuted for negligent/reckless driving.

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Posted in: Man arrested after pushing over woman and her 2 children on bicycle See in context

@Strangerland "It is if it's a sidewalk that allows cycling."

No. No it is not. Please do some research.


@Chelsea, of course we're glad she's ok. of course the guy who allegedly pushed her is a dick. That's not up for debate. What should be discussed is the issue that a "witness" said they saw something, which lead to the arrest (presumably with no further evidence) of the man, which the woman who was defiantly committing an offence at the time, gets away with it.


Why are people unable to recognise the difference between an actual offence (riding with a 6 year old) and an alleged offence based on a "witness" ?

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Posted in: Man arrested after pushing over woman and her 2 children on bicycle See in context


"it does appear she was riding illegally on the sidewalk."

I haven't seen anything that indicates she wasn't allowed to be on the sidewalk she was on.

She was riding with a 6 year old, which is not legal. She should not have been there in the first place.

This isn't "blaming the victim", that is when the victim is INNOCENT. If I'm sat in a park and someone shoots me, it's really unfair to say it's my fault, but if I take a 4 foot sword to that park and start attacking people, and someone shoots me, it may be fair to say that I kinda brought it upon myself.

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Posted in: Man arrested after pushing over woman and her 2 children on bicycle See in context


"The crime supercedes the violation, but go ahead and blame the victim, i know it makes you and others feel better."

The ALLEGED crime. By your logic, it's ok to do something in violation of a law, so long as someone else does something "worse" ???

This isn't about feeling better, it's about this one incident that happened one day, when hundreds of times during the same day, cycle laws are broken with impunity, inconveniencing pedestrians and creating risk for all parties.

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