ADK99's past comments

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    ADK99

    @Stephen Knight, you make a very valid point. It would be interesting to know, however, how this works in practice. For example, a lot of Japanese public services are administered at the local level - for example the health service, some welfare benefits. Does anyone know if Shibuya and Setagaya are allowing same-sex couples to be considered married for health insurance purposes?

    C'mon Japan Today, neither Shibuya nor Setagaya offers to do any such thing, as has been repeatedly pointed out. The certificate simply recognizes the couple as a couple, and asks that others (landlords, hospitals, etc.) do the same. It is not legally binding on anyone, and confers none of the legal rights or obligations (tax-related benefits, etc.) controlled by the central government.

    Posted in: Tokyo’s Setagaya Ward to begin legally recognizing same-sex partnerships

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    ADK99

    No, it's not a next logical step. Many countries offer PEOPLE rights that they consider to be fundamental human ones. Happily we're moving towards a situation where this includes people of various sexualities.
    I'm not aware of any countries that offer animals fundamental human rights so I have no idea why this would apply in the case of marriage. You might as well say "Saudi Arabia shouldn't let women drive - the next logical step is for goats to start driving".

    Posted in: Tokyo’s Setagaya Ward to begin legally recognizing same-sex partnerships

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    ADK99

    My recent experiences of Delta are of budget airline service with regular airline prices. We can but hope that their operations out of Haneda will at least offer budget prices to match their crappy service.

    Posted in: Delta joins bid to rescue bankrupt airline Skymark

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    ADK99

    Indeed - mixing incorrect English with kanji is a really good way to not communicate your point. All the more so because you didn't write "literally", you wrote "the literal definition". Excuse my pedantry (it's a terrible habit) but that's a pet hate of mine.

    Posted in: Serena Williams ups lead in WTA rankings; Djokovic atop ATP

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    ADK99

    Haha true enough!

    Posted in: Only half of Mount Fuji climbers paying voluntary fee

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    ADK99

    I think having half of people paying a voluntary fee is pretty damn good! It's not so different to NHK's payment rate and that's compulsory.

    Posted in: Only half of Mount Fuji climbers paying voluntary fee

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    ADK99

    @Bertie, I don't think we can reasonably expect JR to solve societal problems.

    Posted in: More security cameras to be installed on shinkansen trains

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    ADK99

    Believe it or not, I entered this competition on a whim and have been invited to the final! @japangal, if you also made it then I'll trade you some ice cream for some of my secret recipe.

    Posted in: Got a great recipe using soy sauce? You might win Y100,000

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    ADK99

    It would be really nice if someone would come out and say "Yes, we paid various monies characterized as development loans etc. We knew that this was effectively a bribe. FIFA is so corrupt that there was no other way for us to get the World Cup. We're sorry but that's the way it is." There surely isn't a single person on the planet who believes that any of the last few world cup bids were "clean" and the constant denials are becoming really grating.

    Posted in: Japan soccer exec denies payment over 2002 World Cup vote

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    ADK99

    What a fool. If she had just carried them into Japan herself it's highly unlikely that she would have been searched, and even if she was, it's highly likely that an explanation of "I have a prescription and didn't know it's illegal" would have been accepted at face value. Seriously, of all the millions of people who pass through Narita every year, how many get arrested for this?

    Posted in: Toyota's American PR chief arrested for suspected drug violation

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    ADK99

    I suspect a significant part in Tokyo's rise in the rankings might be down to the collapse of the yen. When comparing things like lunch or a cup of coffee they presumably convert to a common currency and Tokyo will be looking significantly better than in the past. I think it's a fabulous city for me but I am surprised to see it at the top of a "most liveable" list.

    Posted in: Tokyo named most liveable city in world by Monocle magazine

  • 0

    ADK99

    Classic bait-and-switch (although to be fair, the trimming is a good idea given the overblown nature of the original proposal)

    Posted in: With time running out, Japan to scale back stadium for 2020 Tokyo Olympics

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    ADK99

    The BBC & British museum made a superb take on this question. All 100 radio shows are still available and they're tremendous listening. http://www.bbc.co.uk/ahistoryoftheworld/about/british-museum-objects/

    Posted in: If you had to pick 10 objects that would go on a history of the world list, which 10 items would you pick?

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    ADK99

    Knowing the number of women who ran is not particularly helpful. If only 4 women ran, and all 4 won, then the questions remain - why do so few women feel that they can participate in politics?

    Posted in: Only 4 women elected mayor in local elections

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    ADK99

    Definitely no stabbing or strangling. I think that's good blanket advice for every situation.

    Posted in: What advice would you give to someone who has experienced rejection from someone they like, or who has been told by a partner that he/she wants to end the relationship?

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    ADK99

    I'm also curious about the comparison with the UK. The vast majority of health sector workers in Britain are public servants, and a very significant portion of taxes collected goes towards health care. I wonder if the writer has failed to include Japan's national health premiums in his "tax" count; technically they may not be a tax, but for practical purposes they are. Japanese health care workers may not be directly employed by the government, but if the bulk of their salaries are coming via a compulsory, income-based charge then they might as well be.

    Posted in: Modern Japan - land of small government

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    ADK99

    I suspect the writer is ignoring local government, which it significantly bigger in Japan (both in terms of staff and budget) than in some of the countries he discusses. Interesting article, nonetheless.

    Posted in: Modern Japan - land of small government

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    ADK99

    Not sure about the legality of the situation, but I think the board of education could reasonably claim that not having sex with children - any children - is part of his job as a teacher. Certainly they would have been entitled to fire him 27 years ago had he been convicted then. (That may also have been a contractual obligation) (that they are seeking to do so following his arrest, but before his conviction, is another issue)

    Posted in: Ex-school principal held over child porn with Filipino girls

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    ADK99

    This was an excellent event last year - great beer, great pizza and a really great cause.

    Posted in: BEERS FOR TOHOKU – A Night in White Lycra

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    ADK99

    The longest of the holdouts, Hiroo Onoda, wrote a book about his 30-odd years hiding in the jungle fighting a long-finished war. Truly fascinating, and English versions are still available.

    http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nbsbssi1_12?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=no+surrender+my+thirty-year+war&sprefix=no+surrender%2Caps%2C357

    Posted in: Peleliu survivors recall horrors of battle

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