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    Ah_so

    I have long supported independence, but have moved over to a "No" vote (although I actually do not have one), but that is probably more about how the Yes campaign has conducted itself.

    Financially things will balance out in the long run, but I really do not feel Scotland to be a particularly foreign place. Go back 50 years and you would have been considered a crackpot for wanting independence, even within Scotland. Have Scots really discovered a sense of national identity that their parents and gransparents did not have?

    Posted in: Should Scotland be an independent country?

  • 0

    Ah_so

    They are not faking anything, but releasing units for sale in a fashion that can create a Sold Out announcement is good publicity.

    Posted in: Apple a decade behind Japan on mobile payment curve

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    Ah_so

    This is symptomatic of Japan's approach to cell phone technology over the last twenty years. It developed new technology before the rest of the world and then failed to export it. The Japanese all had colour cell phones with cameras and email while the rest of the world was using black and white Nokias.

    That has changed. Apple and Samsung are common in Japan and Japan has nothing to offer the rest of the world. In fact, it seems a little backwards - like those quaint WIFI boxes people carry around with tgem.

    Posted in: Apple a decade behind Japan on mobile payment curve

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    Ah_so

    Why? Not everyone like kids. Kids in parks aren't always happy and playing. There are often tears and plenty of fights between the kids over toys and the like. I'm not saying kids shouldn't be able to play in the parks but the idea that everyone should "welcome" the sounds of kids playing is a joke.

    tmarie - perhaps not everyone does like it, but I have never met anyone who does not. The sound of carefree children playing is as old as humankind and something that reminds us of the continuiing cycle of life and optimism for the futre.

    I do not understand what kind of bitter people want to stop children playing outdoors. I would consider it a human right for children - they must play and can only do it noisely. If you do not like it, do not live near a park or even in a City.

    Posted in: Growing restrictions make for frustrated park users

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    Ah_so

    Jizmo - Scotland is both a country and a region of the United Kingdom. Until 100 years ago, Scotland was often referred to as 'North Britain' (or N.B.), including within Scotland itself, showing a regional approach.

    Let's put semantics aside - we all know what is being discussed.

    Posted in: Independent Scotland will need big currency reserves - Bank of England

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    Ah_so

    How did he keep his job, you wonder. Obviously he knelt on the floor in front of kouchou sensei and yelled,

    "MOUSHIWAKE ARIMASEN!"

    What principal in Japan could not accept this apology and allow the paedo to retain his job working with children?

    Posted in: Teacher arrested for taking photos of girls in toilet

  • -2

    Ah_so

    This should be called child abuse.

    Only because it is incredibly dull. Throwing a ball under arm is never going to cause damage or physiological exhaustion.

    Posted in: High school baseball championship sets record for longest game: 50 innings and four days

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    Ah_so

    Do what the French did, make it a law that you can't sell below 5% of the selling price. That way you don't create unfair business practices that are criminal. It's a concept I suppose

    This type of practice is already common in Japan - look at the price of domestic CDs, DVDs, car shaken and all sorts of activities. Japanese industries have found ways to keep their products more expensive for decades, which only keeps the population poor. Your solution? More of the same!

    Actually, books in Japan are not that expensive, but the publishing industry appears to be unwilling to e-publish at competitive prices and clearly dislikes innovation.

    Posted in: Japanese publishers blast new Amazon book sale rules

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    Ah_so

    I was a bit sceptical, so I asked Kitty what she was. She replied very firmly, "Wagahai wa neko de aru."

    I think that clears this confusion up. Stop spreading lies, Sanrio!

    Posted in: Hello Kitty not a cat, has never been: Sanrio

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    Ah_so

    I hate pachinko, much as I hate all gambling. Gambling bores me intensely, thank goodness, so I stand no chance of being a gambling addict.

    However, places such as packinko only survive on those gamblers who go in and lose real money repeatedly week after week, not someone who pops in once a year for a 2,000 yen flutter. These gambling addicts end up destroying their lives and families as much as drink does or any addiction does.

    Banning this stuf outrightf is against my principles of free choice (however misguided) and would only drive it underground, but I would love to see reasonable limits around it.

    Posted in: What do you think of pachinko?

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    Ah_so

    Japan needs a cheap, nationwide Wi-Fi service. This is something that visitors expect, but will not get. Either something you can log on to for a fee or one of those silly portbable Wi-Fi boxes, which could be hired for a week or two.

    I know that some visitor Wi-Fi app was launched recently, but it seems to be of limited effectiveness.

    Posted in: Special English zones proposed as part of Cool Japan tourism initiative

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    Ah_so

    The article clearly confuses correlation with causation.

    It is the time spent not studying that is important.

    Posted in: Survey shows longer periods of smartphone use can lead to lower school exam scores

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    Ah_so

    This article seems to negative towards the police. The police are just enforcing a ridiculous law. We should be aiming our vitriol towards the lawmakers who haven't gotten rid of this arcane rule. Some might say that the police have the option to not enforce the law, but do we really want to live in a society where the police arbitrarily decide which laws to enforce or not, that sounds more like the 3rd world to me.

    tatsuwashi: you raise an interesting question about the role of the police - you come to the conclusion that police should blindly follow a strict interpretation of the law and that it is up to politicians to set them. The alternative is "3rd world".

    I think we point to the other model, the "common law" style of law setting and interpretation, that you have in countries such as Britain and the USA. There is far more scope to interpret laws and judge enforcement in terms of the public interest.

    In terms of these photos, how can they be obscene if the human body is not obscene? Am I obscene when I go to an onsen?

    Posted in: Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art forced to cover up 'obscene' photos following complaint

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    Ah_so

    If you live in a Western country and cover yourself in a face-concealing burqa, you de facto cut yourself off from the rest of society. This leads to isolationism and ghettos. It is not good for society overall.

    It is not purely a relative thing. If a Jewish guy wears a skull cap, that is fine, and barely sticks out. If he wears some ultra-orthodox Hasidic outfit, with a black hat,beard and ringlets coming off the side of the head, it looks odd. The latter rarely integrate much with wider society and it is disconcerting for wider society.

    Even if you choose to keep your faith alive, you can never be a true part of society if your wear an outlandish religious costume. The message is clear - I reject the cultural norms of your society and place the customs and identity of a foreign culture far above it

    Posted in: In some countries, there is a ban on adults and children wearing religious clothing and symbols such as burqas, veils, head scarves, skullcaps, turbans and crucifixes in public places like schools, recreational facilities and so on. What’s your stance?

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    Ah_so

    I actually watched 'In Which We Serve' two days ago. I did not even notice Attenborough in it, but Noel Coward was excellent.

    Posted in: Actor-director Richard Attenborough dies at 90

  • 5

    Ah_so

    Absolute nonsense - you do not need to be a scientist to identify this as pseudo-science.

    The psychologist behind this is also pushing the belief that there is a Japanese race, whereas we know that Japanese are a mix of slightly different Asian peoples, but are genetically little different from their neighbours, such as the Koreans. Characteristics common among Japanese people should be common amongst other N.E. Asian people, as well as people of Japanese heritage born abroad, such as Hawaii or Brazil.

    In case anyone is taking him seriously, remember that he is the author of a pop psychology number of books including "Mystery of the identity of the sixth sense - close to the secret of the mysterious ability that everyone has" according to Amazon. Not to be taken seriously.

    Posted in: Anxiety makes Japanese stingy, says psychologist

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    Ah_so

    We already know that he wasn't stopped for stealing the cigars, he was stopped for walking in the street, which is an infraction. Failure to obey an order to get out of the street is a misdemeanor, and the officer has the right to arrest suspects for committing misdemeanors. Striking an officer, or resisting arrest with violence is a felony, and an officer is required to arrest suspects who commit felonies, not let them walk away and hope they can catch them later.

    And this justifies shooting them?

    Posted in: There is never an excuse for shooting unarmed suspects

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    Ah_so

    Having read about the increased donations, I will take back my earlier cynical comments, because it has raised money charity. A pretty small amount in comparison to all the fuss there has been, but it it still a substantial amount of money.

    OK, allow me one last cynical swipe: well done to all those celebrities who have got their faces into the newspapers without having to even give a penny to charity!

    Posted in: Ice Bucket Challenge

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    Ah_so

    f they just donated money, no one would notice or care, with this people all over the world are noticing

    Most celebrities who get involved in this sort of thng are doing it for self-promotion. I expect that a large number of people have now heard of the ice bucket challenge, but only a fraction will be able to link it to the underlying cause (ALS aka motor neurone disease). Of those who can, how many actually donate as a result of this. And why should they donate to ALS as opposed to cancer research or some other worthy disease.

    Have a look at Charlie Sheens version to understand how it should be done.

    Was he sobering up?

    Posted in: Ice Bucket Challenge

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    Ah_so

    Because there are no full-blood Ainu, and there have been none for some time. What is worse, there is no specific way to determine who is or isn't part Ainu. You have to go back some generations to find any "pure" Ainu people, and even then, they were few.

    Perhaps not "pure", but considering that there were still large numbers living traditional Ainu lifestyles 150 years ago, it would be surprising if the heritage had been completely eradicated. Also, if there is no full-blood Ainu, there are probably few full-blood Japanese in Hokkaido who is not part Ainu.

    Posted in: Even if there are Ainu, they are no more than Japanese who are descended from Ainu. All they do is insist relentlessly on exercising their rights. It's absurd, and I can't explain it to the taxpayers.

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