Ah_so's past comments

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    Ah_so

    Giving children **a mythological figure to believe in **implies the nativity story is not enough and material **rewards for good behavior **is not exactly the most Christian quality to encourage.

    Isn't this the very basis of Christianity, or all religion for that matter?

    Anyway, I brought mine up to believe in Father Christmas - I much prefer the original European figure rather than the imposter Santa Claus. Father Christmas is a proper mythical being rather than a centuries dead Greek saint.

    Posted in: Do you, or did you, encourage your young children to believe in Santa Claus?

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    No, it's quite good, actually. In most cases, the bad reputation gaijin with NO KNOWLEDGE of Japanese language and culture (including jokes) switch between channels and can't find anything interesting (obviously, isn't it). Then they stop at talk shows, where in the background countless girls are sitting wearing miniskirts. Trust me, Japanese TV can be very interesting if you try to understand the culture and look beyond the miniskirts...

    And what are these masterpieces that I have been missing out on? I am sure I can catch up on these classics - I even know a site that does English subtitles on old Japanese dramas.

    I sometimes play food bingo - flip through the channels to find out how many are simultaneously displaying food. Once I got "bingo" - every single one was on a food topic. Actually one was showing a ramen commercial and the rest were discussing food in some way, including both NHKs.

    Posted in: Is Japanese TV really as bad as its reputation?

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    Ah_so

    The bottom line is if gays want to marry who cares. The issue that Japan needs to be addressed is will Japan governmental agencies recognized these gay unions and provide the couples the same legal benefits.

    This is a pertinent point. To my mind, marriage is about three things: 1) Acceptance of a couple's union in society 2) Acceptance of a couple's union in the eyes of religion/God 3) Confering legal status on the union.

    If we strike off 2 for the time being as it is rarely offered, except in the temple quoted above, we come to 1 and 3. I do not think it matters what the Sambia tribe does, but today's society.

    Most people are coming to accept '1' now - they will accept a gay couple as a real thing. Perhaps not in Japan, but in most Western nations.

    3 is also very important - the agreement that a gay couple can get the same legal or tax benefits. Even if you do not think that the union between 2 people is of the same significance to society as a heterosexual union, many must be sympathetic to two people who have decided to be together for good, having rights as a couple, not just as 2 individuals.

    I think this is particularly important in Japan - your family status is very important - people are seen less as individuals but more as part of a family, something we see in the Family Register. Formalising same sex couples can help bring gay people into Japanese socieity more.

    Posted in: Historic Kyoto temple first in Japan to offer gay weddings

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    Ah_so

    A "professional bobsleigh racer"? I never knew there were such people.

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    Ah_so

    It's fine, thank you. Very kind of you to ask.

    Posted in: What do you think of PayPal?

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    Ah_so

    Thanks for the link gogogo:

    Most of the Japanese media coverage of the hacking has portrayed it as an American problem, despite it occurring at the subsidiary of one of Japan's most storied corporations. Most reports have quoted U.S. news sources and described Sony Pictures as a "major American media company," rather than as a part of Sony Corp. - See more at: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/source-interview-wont-be-released-756447#sthash.9Zpsv50a.dpuf

    Posted in: Sony CEO ordered 'The Interview' toned down; Rogen objected

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    Ah_so

    For those people who found the Asus 7" tablet too small and the 10" too big.

    My wife has long been asking for 8", so this might be just the present for her.

    Posted in: 8-inch Android tablet

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    Ah_so

    Japanese anti-Semitism intrigues me - why does it exist? Despite Juadaism have almost no presence in Japan, and Japanese people not being very religious, there is a stream of anti-Semitism, or at the very least, deep interest in it. You may remember the vandalism of Anne Frank diaries in libraries by a Japanese a year or so ago. Why?

    No doubt the internet gives more people an opportunity to discover the lies of others and spend their lonely evenings reading about Jewish conspiracy theories and other nonsense.

    Posted in: Sankei newspaper apologizes over ad for anti-Semitic books

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    Ah_so

    The reinvented Bond under Daniel Craig has breathed new life into the series and took it far closer to the original Bond books rather than the slightly silly Bond that started with Moore.

    Posted in: Next Bond film will be called 'SPECTRE'

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    Ah_so

    "But I can’t tell them ‘I don’t want any turkey,’ so I force myself to eat it.” Open your mouth and say no thank you. Yes, you are forcing yourself, nobody else is.

    I disagree with the "just say No to turkey" line that many have suggested. It is socially very difficult to refuse the centrepiece of the the main family/religious festival of the year. In this case, refusal can offend. Say, "just a little please" and eat a bit if you do not fancy too much, but do not make some stand on the issue, unless you are an actual vegetarian.

    She obviously does not find it revloting, so taking the path of least resistance is probably the best bet best.

    Posted in: Japanese wives in int'l marriages share what they hate about Christmas overseas

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    Ah_so

    These days, onsens hold far more appeal for foreigners than they do for local Japanese. So you'd really be better off asking foreign tourists about them.

    I am not sure that this is widely the case. Yes, certain onsens and resorts are now have a significant foreign custom, but plenty do not. After all, foreigners tend to follow a fairly limited trail around Japan, but do not visit some of the excellent onsens that exist all around the country.

    Posted in: Japan’s 10 best ryokan and top 10 hotels, as chosen by foreign visitors

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    Ah_so

    Will FIFA also be leading an anti-corruption campaign?

    Posted in: FIFA to step up anti-racism efforts for World Cup

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    Ah_so

    And please cut the crocodile tears from the injured foreigners over feigned insults like not getting into a hostess bar. Planes leave Japan everyday if it is so bad here.

    Racist and offensive behaviour should not be accepted just because you are a foreigner and have the option to leave. And why is being denied entry to somewhere on the grounds of your race or nationality a "feigned insult"?

    Posted in: Obama inadvertently galvanizes anti-immigration sentiments in Japan

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    Ah_so

    If you are sick in Japan you take a day's leave - you do not call in sick. If ; you have your spleen out or something, you can have a long weekend, but otherwise, don't let the side down.

    Japanese workplaces are a treadmill and all feet must be at the wheel, sick or not.

    Posted in: How high a fever will you run before calling in sick?

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    Ah_so

    The young mom said “Child care, elder care, social welfare are all going to be even bigger burdens for us.” but left out socialized medicine.

    John Galt: There is only one burden bigger on a country than socialized medicine: privatised medicine.

    Percentage of national GDP spent on healthcare (public/ private combined):

    Japan: 10.1% UK: 9.4% Canada: 10.9% USA: 17.9%

    Healthcare costs are going to rocket in Japan over the coming years, whatever. It is absolutely essential that they keep healthcare spending under control, otherwise the young are going to drown in a sea of debt if they go down a privatised route - not only servicing current debt levels but also paying out vastly higher insurance costs.

    Posted in: Young Japanese worry about future amid recession

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    Ah_so

    How this story continues depends on the skin color of the police officer. If he is black, the story will go away with a yawn. If he is white, look forward to the usual screaming orgy.

    The best way in America not to get shot by the police (or anyone) is obviously to be white. A white child is obviously playing with a toy gun. A black kid obviously has a real gun. A white person walking through a middle class housing development goes unimpeded, whereas a black guy gets shot by the local self-appointed militia. And I think an unarmed white guy would probably not have be shot in Ferguson.

    Of course, none of those pulling the trigger will ever be punished, but those people only died because of their skin colour.

    Posted in: 12-year-old boy with fake gun dies after shot by Ohio officer

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    Ah_so

    The appropriate choice nowadays, with modern understanding of earthquake resistance, is wood or reinforced concrete.

    I am sure you are right - I was rather trying to highlight that there are cases that do not conform to the standard Japanese response, which justifies why they live is badly insulated, badly made houses.

    Posted in: Cultural lessons in housing and construction

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    Ah_so

    Japan needs one type of house - one that is warm in winter and cool in summer. What I don't want is a hundred excuses about why this is not possible, which is what i normally get.

    The reason for this is that the Japanese have historically used wood for building — making homes and other structures that are vulnerable to earthquakes, typhoons, floods and fires.

    Italy is a country that has built buildings about of brick and stone for thousands of years (many still standing), despite have earthquakes. Stone is also good for warmth in winter and coolness in summer if thick enought and also quite fire resistent!

    Posted in: Cultural lessons in housing and construction

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    Ah_so

    Frungy, I think you need to come with something better than a road rage incident in which someone died. Dragging someone along the street until they die is excessive. Kicking someone in the nuts if you are in imminent danger is a very different matter.

    Posted in: Self-defense tip: Dealing with unwanted 'kabe-don'

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    Ah_so

    KnowBetter - has Facebook ever used your photos for its financial gain? Its TOS caused a bit of a fuss a couple of years ago, but everyone just shrugged their shoulders and carried on. I am already sharing the stuff with multiple people anyway - I am hardly bothered if the medium which carries the photo has a right to use it (which it never want to anyway).

    You call it greedy, but it is a private company, aiming to make money. As it offers a subscription free service, it only has advertising as a source of revenue, so it needs to have sufficient advertising to make a genuine profit.

    Posted in: Facebook to curb promotional posts on user timelines

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