LFRAgain's past comments

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    LFRAgain

    Interestingly, the most vocal reaction to the story is coming from people opposed to Nintento's decision.

    And someone above had the audacity to whinge about gays forcing their lifestyle down people's throats? Oh, the delicious irony.

    BTW, Whatsnext, I can't think of many things more embarrassing than coopting another person's words in a way that is not only flagrantly out of context, but also in a way that is very nearly diametrically opposed to the original intended meaning.

    The fuller Waters quote comes from advice given in his 2015 commencement speech to Rhode Island School of Design graduates:

    Refuse to isolate yourself. Separatism is for losers. Gay is not enough anymore. It’s a good start, but I don’t want my memoirs to be in the gay section near true crime at the back of the bookstore next to the bathrooms.

    His message was for graduates to not settle with labels that pigeonholed them and to strive to be more.

    Or, as many social conservatives constantly like to bleat about, don't make your sole identity a gay one.

    Posted in: Nintendo to allow same-sex marriage in latest 'Fire Emblem' game

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    LFRAgain

    I have numerous divorced J mom friends...

    Which is what is known as a statistical availability or "friend of a friend" fallacy. Just because some percentage of your friends are basket weavers doesn't mean that the same percentage of people are basket weavers elsewhere (obviously).

    They stay because for them its the easiest thing to do. Many would rather be in a miserable and unhappy marriage than get off their backside and work.

    Not only a wholly unsupported generalization, but also a patently offensive one, particularly when you characterize a person's decision to live with physical or emotional abuse as one of sheer laziness. Un-freakin'-believable.

    From the World Economic Forum's 2014 Global Gender Gap Report:

    This year, Japan ranks 102nd on the Economic Participation and Opportunity subindex, 93rd on the Educational Attainment subindex, 37th on the Health and Survival subindex and 129th on the Political Empowerment subindex.

    Japan has the lowest percentage of women on boards of listed companies and is among the countries with the highest difference between female and male average minutes spent per day on unpaid work.

    Japan is among the countries with the biggest differences between the percentage of female and male students enrolled and graduating in STEM studies. There is a similar situation for the percentage of PhD graduates.

    It's not just the World Economic Forum that sees the glaring opportunity disparities that plague women in Japan. The World Bank, the OECD, the ILO -- they all report the same issues. Women in Japan, single, married, divorced, or otherwise, do not have access to the economic opportunities you seem to believe exist in abundance if they could but only "get off their backside."

    It's becoming abundantly clear that you're bringing more personal baggage to this discussion than you're willing to be forthright about and are unable or unwilling to find a way to reconcile that baggage with things you already know to be true. For example:

    Nothing will change here if people use the old "staying together for the kids" excuse.

    You all but admit here that things are less than ideal. Which is precisely what other posters have been saying all along.

    Posted in: Woman who beat husband to death over affairs 36 years ago avoids jail time

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    LFRAgain

    tmarie,

    And anyone with kids gets what? Millions of moms file for divorce every year. They ARE putting their kids first by getting themselves out of an unhappy marriage.

    Clearly, you have lost sight of the fact that this entire discussion is predicated on the entirely fair assumption that we're talking about how Japanese and Japan deals with divorce and infidelity.

    Considering the total number of divorces in Japan in 2013 was a total of 231,000 couples (a rate that has actually been in decline since 2003, BTW),it would seem your "millions of women" example doesn't quite help in driving home any message that Japanese women somehow have a plethora of options after divorce in Japan.

    Posted in: Woman who beat husband to death over affairs 36 years ago avoids jail time

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    LFRAgain

    Smith,

    Actually, it was a Japanese guy who invented the selfie-stick int he 1980s when he was working for minolta, and it won one of those "worst inventions in the world" awards Japan always seems to win year in and year out. Obviously it was before it's time in this case. Regardless, it must be in the blood because it's the Japanese that I see using them more than anyone else,

    The thinly veiled racism aside, the modern incarnation of selfie sticks that are aimed very clearly at the relatively recent Smartphone market were brought to the world by Canadian Wayne Fromm in 2005. It seems the impetus to make money off a burgeoning market is in the blood of Canadians as well.

    Hey, I don't like the stick either, but going out your way to use the topic to take a very obvious irreverent potshot at Japanese is more than a bit silly.

    Posted in: Disney theme parks ban selfie sticks over safety fears

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    LFRAgain

    Good. They're utterly absurd, right up there with Twitter in terms of out-of-control self-indulgence.

    Posted in: Disney theme parks ban selfie sticks over safety fears

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    LFRAgain

    Infidelity -- even 36 years prior -- can make victims react in ways those on the outside might view as irrational. Yet, I can completely see this woman knowing something was amiss, but swallowing every ounce of pride and self-respect she had for the better part of 4 decades in order to protect the hearth and home; Happens every day in Japan and around the world. But when the truth is brandished in your face... Well, like I said, unpredicatable things can happen.

    At its core, infidelity is a fundamental betrayal of virtually every aspect of trust one can imagine when it comes to the practical, legal, and moral ramifications of a marriage contract. Short of treason against your people or country, I can think of fewer betrayals that run deeper in the long, complicated context of human civilization.

    Honestly, I'm less inclined to fret over whether this 71-year-old received an appropriate sentence, and more inclined to take from this the lesson that cheaters wherever they be should keep one wary eye over their shoulder at all times. One never knows when the hen of selfish, piss-poor decision making may come home to roost.

    Posted in: Woman who beat husband to death over affairs 36 years ago avoids jail time

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    LFRAgain

    I guess he will pay fine of 6000 yen and that is all ... !!

    Errr... No, actually. He'll pay a fine closer to the range of 80,000 per incident and lose his license for at minimum a year (with a possible reduction of that time if he satisfactorily attends a government-run driver improvement course).

    But I agree that the asshat is an idiot and deserves any punishment he gets for being so reckless. 170kph is ridiculously fast for the average real speed most drivers adopt on national highways.

    Posted in: Man arrested for uploading video of himself driving at over 170 kph

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    LFRAgain

    religion “ought to be about making us better as people and less about things that end up getting into the political realm.”

    Soooo.... When Jeb Bush pontificates about the sanctity of "traditional" marriage or expresses support for a business to discriminate against clientele based on religious grounds when he wants voters to understand just what kind of politician he is, he's basically doing just what he wants the Pope to not do.

    (Hmmm.... "Shameless Hypocrite" box... Where is that thing on this form? Ah, here it is. Check.)

    If I had to guess at a list of ways to be a better person, I would imagine choosing not to put profit margins ahead of the wellbeing of millions of plants, animals, and people would rank pretty high on that list.

    Clearly, Jeb's idea of what makes a person "better" is drastically different from that of either me or the Pope.

    Posted in: Jeb Bush says pope should steer clear of climate issue

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    LFRAgain

    This is an interesting meeting of minds. Interested to see what comes of it, if anything. Although I don't see China casting this in any greater light than a courtesy extended to Suu Kyi. I don't see Suu Kyi abandoning any of her most closely held principles regarding democracy and human rights just to cozy up to China for, what, economic benefits? She's letting China know that she may be the head of Burma that they'll have to deal with someday and they should start getting used to each other.

    Posted in: Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi meet's China's president

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    LFRAgain

    Why do men like legs so much?

    Couldn't really tell you, any more than why some men fixate on breasts, behinds, or necks. Why do some women like muscular arms, pectorals, abdomens, or behinds on men? It's an evolutionary mystery.

    Smith,

    I beg to differ. The show is engaging and well-written for its genre. It managed to provide a compelling story for its first season without saying a thing about Batman, opting instead to focus almost exclusively on exploring a complex relationship between Gordon and a young Bruce Wayne. This is a refreshing approach on a story that's well known to some, but completely unfamiliar to many, I'd wager. Furthermore, its clearly apparent that the show is being written to speak to a new generation of fans, and not cater exclusively to fanboys. That's a plus in a genre that is very decidedly one of the better things to come out of American pop culture over the past 70 years and deserves to be more deeply developed and explored, namely the idea of selfless heroism, or the idea of suppressing one's self on behalf of those in greater need. That's James Gordon in this show. All IMHO, of course. :-)

    Posted in: Gotham gang

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    LFRAgain

    “Not accepting facts, denying what has undoubtedly happened… or saying it was all right to do it because others did it… this kind of behavior is a stain on the honor of Japan and its people.”

    Absolutely spot on. Sincerely wish there were more politicians in Japan who exercised even a fraction of Kono's sense and morality.

    Posted in: Denying WWII sex slavery stains Japan's honor: Kono

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    LFRAgain

    A general comment regarding some ruffled feathers caused by comparing Japan's infant mortality rate to those of other industrialized nations. I provided that data to put Japan's approach to healthcare into a specific perspective, namely concrete outcomes.

    The U.S. spends more per capita on healthcare than any other country in the world, outpacing Japan by more than double. Yet there are noticeable differences, in some cases dramatic, in terms of what the general populace is getting for that investment.

    Patients in Japan generally suffer (or enjoy, depending on your perspective) longer hospital stays, pay by law into a one-payer social insurance scheme, and tend to go to hospitals or clinics for seemingly minor medical inconveniences, like common colds, to be sent home with a supply of prescription medicines, many of which are scarcely necessary.

    But Japanese also enjoy a longer lifespan and a lower infant mortality rate, spending considerably less on healthcare than the leading spender in the world. There's obviously something at work there that bears closer scrutiny and can't simply be dismissed as a matter of reporting differences on how infant mortality among premature births is factored into the equation.

    America leads the world in many of the most advanced medicines, of that there is little mistake. But how much of that medicine is made readily available to the general public to mitigate, say, higher infant mortality for preemies which tend to occur among Americans living at the lowest socio-economic rung of the ladder? The answer is that it's not.

    So, if you're feeling a little put off by the idea that America might not be doing best with the current healthcare system it employs, then you should. People should be critical of the systems they take for granted or as a matter of course. But don't shoot the messenger because the truth makes you uncomfortable.

    Posted in: In Japan, women are usually kept in hospital for up to a week after giving birth, while in the West, if there are no complications, mothers usually go home the next day, or even less, as was the case with the Duchess of Cambridge, for example. Why the difference?

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    LFRAgain

    For comparison purposes, the infant mortality rate for Japan is 2.17 deaths per 1,000 live births, placing it at No.3 in the world behind Singapore and Iceland.

    Australia - #19

    The U.K. - #25

    The U.S. - #34

    WHO attributes part of Japan's success to its practice of keeping new moms and their newborns in the hospital longer.

    Posted in: In Japan, women are usually kept in hospital for up to a week after giving birth, while in the West, if there are no complications, mothers usually go home the next day, or even less, as was the case with the Duchess of Cambridge, for example. Why the difference?

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    LFRAgain

    Dating, marriage, childrearing, family -- Inter-gender relations in Japan have fallen so far out of whack over the past three decades that stories like this don't even make me blink anymore. It's small wonder that men are going well into their 40s without having ever dated. And you can be sure that the number of women in Japan in similar circumstances is uncommonly high as well. The genders are virtual strangers to one another, both by willful ignorance and by design.

    We're are talking about a society where teens as old as 18 still talk about the opposite gender in hushed whispers and view any scenario in which boys and girls might have to work together on school-based projects with the same discomfort they imagine catching the bubonic plague might engender.

    We're also talking about a society in which the average perception of a man's inherent worth in a committed relationship boils almost exclusively down to how much cold, hard capital he can bring to the table. It's not about child-rearing abillity, it's not about being honest, caring, considerate, or faithful. It's about cash reserves and earning potential over the long haul. And the determination of whether a man meets the litmus test is done almost exclusively via superficial examination. Does he wear the right clothes, work in the right industry, carry the right brand name wallet? If the answer is no to any of these, these odds of attracting the attention of a potential "love" interest dimishes considerably.

    When relationships in Japan are based largely on one's economic value, rather than one's human qualities, at the end of the day, how interesting or promising can having a wife or husband really be?

    In the current climate, these guys aren't missing a whole lot, to be honest.

    Posted in: Heartache for Japan's 40-year-old virgins

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    LFRAgain

    Well a clue is the large number of ATM machines you see in the lobby area of hospitals.

    This has more to do with the fact that Japan is a cash society where most people pay their medical bills up front and with actual yen, and not credit or via checking accounts.

    In Japan most women give birth without painkillers because of the Buddhist perception of suffering.

    I defy anyone to find 100 Japanese women who've had a child in the past year who have made the decision to avoid painkillers because of closely held Buddhist beliefs. Buddhism in Japan holds sway largely in matters of death and funerals than life, and more out of tradition than any concious adherence to its tenets.

    In more cases than not, it's the doctor who guides the expecting mother away from painkillers -- if the doc mentions them as an option at all -- citing a lack of medical necessity in the face of potential complications from analgesics that outweigh relatively momentary discomfort. Heard this firsthand from three different obstretricians.

    Hospitals and noisy and impersonal, not the best place to have a baby if you've had a healthy pregnancy.

    To each their own. My wife had our child at a smaller maternity clinic and stayed for 5 days. It was safe, clean, quiet, and pleasant relative to the inevitable pain of childbirth. My wife wouldn't have had it any other way and I have no complaints about the process whatsoever. The 5-day stay allowed my wife to rest up, gave me breathing room to get the house ready, work, and get cooking sorted out for when my wife and child came home, and most importantly, allowed us as a family to get to know one another in a quiet sanctuary free of the majority of pressures our harried and hurried moderns lives normally entail. Then we went back to our own home and functioned as a nuclear family. It was nice and we have no regrets.

    I can't speak for other nations, but the American way (at least over the past 20 years or so) to get 'em in and get 'em out as quick as possible -- and for considerably more money than it would cost in Japan -- is absurd.

    Posted in: In Japan, women are usually kept in hospital for up to a week after giving birth, while in the West, if there are no complications, mothers usually go home the next day, or even less, as was the case with the Duchess of Cambridge, for example. Why the difference?

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    LFRAgain

    I'm with most here. Seems like a cheaper and more rational approach (albeit a more expensive one) would be to upgrade the machinery/software in those 14 elevators that failed to stop so that they'll open up on actual floors, rather than packing water rations and portable toilets into 20,000 elevators across the Tokyo metro area.

    Posted in: Gov't eyes emergency toilets, water in elevators after quake

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    LFRAgain

    Nishikori put on a damned good show against an opponent who clearly had more powerful serves and more power across the board. That Nishikori managed to turn a two-set deficit into an even two-sets-per matchup speaks volumes about his genuine and hard-earned skills as an athlete.

    Both Tsonga and Nishiokori were obviously exhausted and frustrated by the end of the third set, particularly with strong and unpredictable wind gusts to contend with, but they never gave up. You can't really ask for any better from professionals like these two. I'm glad I got to see the match. I'm half-asleep at my desk today because of it, but no regrets whatsoever. That was some fun tennis to watch.

    Posted in: Federer, Nishikori ousted on day of drama at French Open

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    LFRAgain

    It would be a misguided decision to effectively pave over a watershed historical moment in Japanese history for the sake of "total coolness."

    "“We realize radiation is something that can never be disassociated with Godzilla,” is all Fujita would say on the topic.

    "But we're sure gonna' try" seems to be impled pretty strongly at the end of this quote.

    It's like creating a first-person shooter called, "Escape from Auschwitz," and erasing any reference to Nazis.

    Ah, the audacity and impetuousness of youth...

    Posted in: New Godzilla game steers clear of nuclear references

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    LFRAgain

    turbostat,

    Re: 82% STD rate

    Well, the doc's survey sample was of patrons of an all-night dance club. So, yeah, the number might very well be that high. But it would be extremely foolish to assume that those results apply in any way across a broader demographic like, say, "young people everywhere." There's no reasonable excuse to reach such a conclusion.

    In any case, the AIDS testing poster does take a surprisingly frank approach to a topic in Japan that up until now has largely been considered a health crisis faced and perpetuated only by "foreigners." I welcome this new direction. Hope it inspires a new and more effective overall approach to sex education here -- which has been painfully lacking, for those wanting to know.

    Posted in: Manga poster guy asks something much more shocking than 'Will you be my girlfriend?'

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    LFRAgain

    [the Japanese national anthem] was written in a time when folk would have without much thought as to why.

    Hence the fair rejection of any notion that one should have to sing it in this day and age.

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