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    Vast Right-Wing Conspirator

    Social anxiety happens everywhere, but IMHO the response in Japan is different. The emphasis here is on keeping the family name clean and avoiding embarassment, rather than on treating the afflicted.

    Mental health issues in general are not well understood here.

    Posted in: Society's shut-ins are getting older

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    Vast Right-Wing Conspirator

    Sorry, but there really is no such thing as a true "hikkikomori". Answer these simple questions:

    a/ Do they bathe/crap/pee in their rooms? b/ Do they do their laundry in their rooms? c/ Do they cook/eat in their rooms? d/ How do they get money to buy smokes, games, snacks, etc?

    There is a whole lot of enabling going on, by families who are far too generous and understanding. Simple solution, lock/nail the door shut when the hikikomori goes out to Lawson's, takes a bath, eats lunch. Then, have a counselor standing by to talk to them. If they talk, they can go back to their room. If not, the door is over there, and have a nice life...

    Posted in: Society's shut-ins are getting older

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    Vast Right-Wing Conspirator

    Yabits; consider the fates of the Jewish communities of various nations in Africa- Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco, and so on.All these nations had thriving Jewish communities, and all were driven from their homes, beaten, killed, exiled.

    What is to stop the same thing happening?

    Posted in: Shattering myths: The conflict between Israel and Hamas

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    Vast Right-Wing Conspirator

    ...except that is not what is happening. Please compare the civil rights enjoyed by Palestinians inside of Israel to the rights enjoyed by Jews in Gaza. Actually, compare human rights in general between the two. Pride Week just passed, for example. How about comparing Pride Week festivities in the two places? Try being LGBT in any territory controlled by Hamas...

    The violence would end tomorrow if only Hamas stopped shooting rockets at civilians in Israel. It is really that simple.

    Posted in: Shattering myths: The conflict between Israel and Hamas

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    Typical petty bickering by Korea. Anything to try and breathe more life into the long-dead ghosts of the past.

    Posted in: Hotel in Seoul refuses to hold party by Japanese embassy for SDF

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    The worst part for Brazil is having to play in a consolation match against the Dutch. It is a stupid idea to have a game to decide third place. There aren't gold/silver/bronze medals at stake, so it strikes me as a useless gesture. Plus, what if they lose again to the Dutch, a very distinct possibility? Double humiliation to wear around their necks like an albatross.

    I was happy to see their fans snuffling and balling in the stands.

    Posted in: Argentina in the final: Brazil's Cup nightmare deepens

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    This isnt too surprising for a couple of reasons. First, in Japan Tanaka was used to pitching only once a week. In the Majors, it is every 5 days. He isn't getting the rest he (and his arm) is used to.

    Second, Japanese kids who show promise as pitchers are brutally overworked from the time they are in high school. It isnt uncommon for them to throw 200 or 300 pitches in a couple of days at tournaments like Koshien. Teams will try and ride a single star pitcher all the way to the championship, no matter the long term cost to that player's health. It is sickening that there are no rules in force to protect players from this kind of abuse by coaches.

    Posted in: Yankees' Tanaka out for six weeks due to torn elbow ligament

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    Vast Right-Wing Conspirator

    Disillusioned; actually, Japan canNOT defend itself. The military is far too small to do anything but moderately inconvenience a serious threat from communist China. Having friends, especially friends with big guns, is one way to preserve your freedom.

    Posted in: Cabinet adopts resolution dropping ban on collective self-defense

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    Vast Right-Wing Conspirator

    This decision wasnt so much about free speech rights as the RFRA, a 1993 law signed by President Clinton and sponsored by the late Senator Ted Kennedy. The right to access birth control has nothing to do with employment. Hobby Lobby isnt forbidding its employees to use birth control, or to use any of the "morning after" type medicined in question. All Hobby Lobby wants to do is to not pay for them. Not a big decision IMHO. After all, a dose of the "oops pill" costs around $10 in most places, and is also available at Planned Parenthood.

    Posted in: White House says Supreme Court ruling on contraceptive care jeopardizes women's health

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    This was a wise decision. There is a huge difference between animation/manga/written material and actual video or photos using real people. Those who traffic in the latter should be punished harshly, but the former?

    It would set a dangerous precedent to make material illegal that did not cause direct harm. Otherwise, material that depicts OTHER crimes may be next. Manga that depict murder may be next...

    Posted in: Diet enacts law banning child porn possession

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    Vast Right-Wing Conspirator

    The constant demands for more, and more formal, and more sincere, apologies is getting tiring. It shows me that South Korea sees its future as being part of red China's orbit rather than the free world's. They are merely following along with their masters in Beijing. In turn, China keeps North Korea from imploding and wrecking the economy of the South. It is a bizarre symbiotic relationship.

    Yabits, the Korean government at the time in 1965 refused to let Japan participate in the specific distribution of the money. Instead, it kept the cash for infrastructure projects and paid a pittance to the victims. So, if the survivors have a beef with anyone, it is their own government. THEY are the ones who stole the apology money.

    To an outsider, the whole fetish for apologies that is such a large part of many Asian cultures is fascinating.

    Posted in: 6 former 'comfort women' demand apology from Japan

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    The Korean American community needs to remember that they are American first. This pointless dredging up of old issues and opening old wounds only serves one purpose: to drive Korea into the Chinese sphere of influence. It has been plain for a while that Korea sees itself as having more of a future by kissing up to red China than remaining with the free world.

    The statue itself? Meh. Next, I'd like to see the Vietnamese American community erect a statue beside it to commemorate the thousands of innocent Vietnamese civilians butchered by Korean soldiers during the Vietnam war.

    Posted in: Monument to comfort women dedicated in Virginia

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    Vast Right-Wing Conspirator

    If you don't like the name, that's fine.Don't buy their souveniers, don't attend or watch their games, give them the cold shoulder. Ask the owners to change the name if you are so motivated. However, IMHO it gets dangerous when the idea comes that the name should be banned or forbidden.

    BTW, this opens a dangerous "Panodra's Box" as well. Should the Notre Dame Fighting Irish be forced to change? A pugilistic leprechaun is a virulently racist mascot, after all.

    It all becomes silly...

    Posted in: What do you think of the nicknames that sports teams use? For example, in the U.S., the NFL's Washington Redskins are under pressure to change their moniker because it is now seen as being disrespectful to native Americans.

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    Vast Right-Wing Conspirator

    Michael, the problem is that there WERE no actions. Just a few remarks in a conversation that he thought was private. Of course what he said was rude, but who among us has not made comments that we thought were in private that we would not want to be made public?

    The issue isn't about free speech. It is about privacy. I don't want to have to frisk all my friends when they come to my house, and make sure they aren't carrying any recording devices. I don't want my unguarded words to be made public. Nor do I want them given to my boss or co-workers.

    Posted in: Clippers owner apologizes, says he was 'baited' into racist comments

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    Vast Right-Wing Conspirator

    What a waste of government time. What business is it of the federal government what name a private sports team uses? I think that perhaps there are more pressing issues that need to be taken care of.

    Let the players decide. If they don't want to play for the Redskins, they don't have to. Let the fans decide. If they don't want to attend Redskin games, or purchase Redskins gear, they don't have to.

    Posted in: U.S. lawmaker urges hearing on 'derogatory' Redskins name

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    Vast Right-Wing Conspirator

    This is a truly strange and ironic situation.

    IF Jeb's last name were, say, Johnson instead of Bush, he would be a seriously strong candidate. Moderate views, bilingual, good track record as a governor, etc.

    OTOH, IF Hillary's last name were, say, Johnson instead of Clinton, she would be nowhere on the political radar screen. Just another mediocre carpetbagging senator and cabinet member.

    Both parties need to be careful about repeating the current mistake: electing a one-term senator who is long on communication skills but short on political/leadership savvy.

    Posted in: Bush hopes younger brother Jeb runs for U.S. president

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    Vast Right-Wing Conspirator

    Well, now the NAACP is taking back Sterling's award in a show of character and principle. I'm sure that the NAACP will of course now RETURN all the money that Sterling donated to their organization and other causes. After all, they won't want any part of money tainted by racism, will they?

    Of course not. (/sarcasm)

    Ironically, Sterling didn'Teven use the "bad" word for blacks either. He called them "black people", which AFAIK is the current politically correct term. He had no trouble with his mistress sleeping with black guys, feeding them in his house, or taking them out in his cars, as long as she didn't bring them to his place of business and publicly humiliate him. It doesn't sound like much to ask.

    And now people are calling for him to be stripped of his property!? He should lose a $500 million business because he said something bad in the privacy of his own home, in what he thought was a private phone call? That is a truly frightening precedent.

    Let him be judged by the court of public opinion. People can protest by not attending Clippers games or buying their merchandise. Players can protest by requesting to be traded, or refusing to sign contracts.

    Posted in: Specter of racism still haunts U.S. sports

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    Vast Right-Wing Conspirator

    It's a sad day in society when an old man can't even have an argument with his girlfriend without the results being public fodder. Of course what he said was nasty, more so because his young mistress is herself half African American. Just another old man being hit with the reality that his young arm candy may herself want a more, how can I say politely, "vigorous" lover. Sterling didn'T care if she cheated on him as long as she didn't publicly humiliate him about it afterwards.

    I don't think a truly racist man would spend decades involved in a sport dominated by Black players. Nor would the NAACP feel compelled to nominate him for a Lifetime Achievement Award.

    Posted in: Specter of racism still haunts U.S. sports

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    Vast Right-Wing Conspirator

    Lest we forget...

    The Korean president/dictator who was in power back in 1965, when the issue was supposedly resolved, was the FATHER of the current leader. He made the decision to take the money from Japan and use it to pay for infrastructure projects rather than distributing it to the victims. Ironically, he was also a member of the very same Imperial Japanese Army during World War 2..

    It seems that Korea is also having trouble dealing with the myriad "inconvenient truths" surrounding this issue.

    Posted in: Gov't official heads to Seoul for 'comfort women' talks

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    Vast Right-Wing Conspirator

    It's a tough position to be in, but as a homeroom teacher she should have gone to her school's ceremony. A couple of reasons...

    As others have said, homeroom teachers have a lot of responsibility for their students. It starts the year off on a bad note if the teacher skips the ceremony and accompaning events/orientation.

    Assuming she is married, her husband could have taken the time to attend the ceremony for their son. Failing that, her parents could have gone as well. However, no-one can substitute for a homeroom teacher.

    Her son was entering high school, not kindergarden. He would have understood if his mother had explained the situation to him. I've been to a lot of ceremonies (both as a parent and a teacher). There really isnt much role for the parents. They take a few photos and go home. Teachers OTOH are much more important.

    Posted in: Teacher criticized for attending son’s entrance ceremony instead of her own school’s

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