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    Ah_so

    There is a good article on this today in the UK's Guardian website, with a lot of extra deail.

    Bloodshed to follow, no doubt.

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    Ah_so

    Hunger strike until you feel hungry?

    Not quite the suffragettes, is it?

    Posted in: University students stage hunger strike over security bills

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    Ah_so

    The argument often presented is that access to guns is largely irrelevant, as these people would murder regardless.

    If this is the case, and access to guns is so irrelevant, why do these people always choose guns as there first choice of weapon, as opposed to say a potato peeler?

    Is it that even in their deranged state, they are aware that the gun is the most effective method of dispensing death in a short space of time. The gun is the deranged killer's first weapon of choice because of its effectiveness. Limiting access to these weapons would almost certainly reduce the ability to commit murder.

    Posted in: Fired reporter kills 2 former co-workers on live TV in Virginia

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    Ah_so

    I have seen arguments elsewhere that had these two been carrying guns, they would still be alive. Untrue. They would not have had time.

    Strangerland's makes the excellent observation that all citizens should be given nuclear weapons by logical extension.

    The other fatuous argument is that this guy would have killed whatever, using a knife or other. However there are so few mass murders worldwide using anything other than guns shows that the evidence does not support this view.

    He killed because he had access to guns. He did not need a licence or go through any vetting. He bought the gun legally.

    Amend the second amendment!

    Posted in: Fired reporter kills 2 former co-workers on live TV in Virginia

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    Ah_so

    Unpaid interns ensure that privilege and wealth are handed down to the next generation and ensure that the poor remain excluded from certain professions.

    Posted in: Internships: To pay or not to pay?

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    Ah_so

    It is not uncommon to see children, even older JHS children out late at night, but usually coming back from juku or a club activitiy. But I have never come across 12-year olds allowed out so late. These kids stayed out all night, which no reponsible parent would allow, even in apparently more laid-back Japan.

    This is a terrible incident, but the parenting in this case is appalling.

    Posted in: Police believe murdered girl, missing boy were taken near train station

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    Ah_so

    Dear China,

    Look, we accept with hindsight that what we did to you was not nice, but war's war. Afterwards we gave an insincere apology which should have been enough, but for some reason you want a sincere apology too. You want something that we cannot give.

    Also, nearly everyone from back then is dead and we got nuked, which was just as bad.

    If you want an insincere apology, you can have it, but they're can be no expression of genuine remorse from a country that does not feel genuine remorse. The sooner you understand this, the sooner we can move forward and put this all behind us.

    Yours, Nippon

    Posted in: China says Japan should have made 'sincere' WWII apology

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    Ah_so

    I do not think it is just Japanese who get treated harshly in casting. Nearly all male asian characters are either martial arts specialists or geeky in some way. There is no asian male lead who can play the leading man in a blockbuster movie in the way that Will Smith or a number of other black actors are able to do.

    In Britain they're is a healthy discussion about whether the next James Bond might be played by a black actor. No one asks whether he might be East Asian.

    If you want to get on the A list, don't be Asian.

    Posted in: Japan's 70-year struggle against Hollywood film stereotypes

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    Ah_so

    Why can't it be merged with TKD? They are both essentially the same sport.

    Posted in: Hopes high for karate's inclusion in 2020 Olympics

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    Ah_so

    Where is the apology from the US about slavery, the genocide of the native americans, vietnam, Chile, etc ? They still have the genocidaire Andrew Jackson on their 20$ bill. the bridge in Selma still bears the name of a KKK leader, their is no monument in the entire US to the victims of the slavery. I believe Japan is a bit ahead admiting to their crimes, at least they don't have Tojo on their currency.

    This is an excellent piece of 'whataboutery' - the use of largely irrelevant arguments about a separate issue to distract attention from the matter at hand.

    Posted in: 7 decades after WWII, many praise Germany, scorn Japan

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    Ah_so

    Just to be clear, most dark (or black) Japanese beer is actually a type of dark lager and not a stout or porter.

    Posted in: Japanese beer glasses create serene landscapes while you drink

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    Ah_so

    People are jumping to conclusions (possibly the correct ones).

    She may be insane and unfit to stand trial. This does not mean that she will be released - people who kill need to be kept of the streets whether they are fit to stand trial or not.

    Posted in: Charges dropped against 29-year-old woman arrested for killing 2 young daughters

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    Ah_so

    Did yall know that this is a start of a psycho-socialpathic killer right?

    I did. As this was the point made by nearly all of the preceeding posts on this thread, I could hardly be unaware.

    Posted in: More decapitated cats found in Kobe

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    Ah_so

    And BTW, the foreign press got a head start on Olympus only because the CEO whistleblower went directly to the foreign press because he lacked the ability to speak Japanese.

    It would appear that the Nikkei cannot read English, because it took them a further three weeks to report on a Japanese corporate scandal. The Nikkei is just part of the corporate club that does not rock the boat, unlike that troublesome foreigner Woodford.

    I doubt that Nikkei will interfer with the FT's editorial line, but if they do, it will destroy the paper.

    Posted in: Nikkei to buy Financial Times for $1.31 bil

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    Ah_so

    In Japan the deep bowing of executives after a corporate fiasco in effect ticks a box that indicates the company is sorry about what happened. It may seem a little strange to Westerners, but it gets across a message.

    Bowing is more about self-humiliation than apology. They are sorry that they got caught and the wrongful behaviour would have carried on had the scandal not been revealed. .

    Posted in: Bowing is an important outward sign of contrition by Japanese company executives caught up in a scandal. But how sincere do you think the act of bowing is, as an apology?

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    Ah_so

    People who send this king of idiotic nonsense will not carry out the threats. Cancelling this matsuri is over-cautious and unecessary.

    Posted in: Threat forces 'bon' festival to be canceled in Tokyo

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    Ah_so

    It can be easy to forget that pedophilia is a mental illness.

    Novenachama: you can define any undesirable behaviour as a "mental illness" if you wish. Homosexualtiy was regarded as one until quite recently (I have a 1970s British home medical encyclopaedia that defines it thus), whereas today it certainly would not be.

    Paedophilia is not like schizoprenia - it is a mental weakness perhaps, but it is a stretch to call it a mental illness.

    Posted in: 'Lolicon' teachers a growing concern

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    Ah_so

    Of course you do not swear in front of a customer or client (I love the quaint Americanism to "curse"). but mild swearing with your team rarely offends, unless you use The Word That May Never Be Uttered - you know, the one word that still offends.

    Posted in: Modern etiquette: Curse words could affect your career

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    Ah_so

    Given identical credit ratings, and given the same loans, do white/asians/hispanics/blacks default or miss payments at the same percentage rate? Or do they differ at all? And if they do differ, could this be used to lawfully discriminate?

    Don't know but this probably what Honda was doing.

    Interestingly, within the EU, under sexual discrimiation laws, insurers cannot distinguish between male and female drivers in charging for insurance, despite men having far worse accident rates than women, and previously higher premiums. This is definitely a case of political correctness overriding common sense.

    Honda is probably a case of pure discrimination.

    Posted in: Honda to pay $25 mil to settle U.S. discrimination claims

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    Ah_so

    Erm...Japan has 4 seasons - I've been told a million times.

    What about the rainy season?

    Posted in: Book by Tokyo patissier uses Japanese sweets to represent all of the country’s 72 seasons

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