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    Brainiac

    We don't know whether it was rape or attempted rape. It depends on the legal definition of rape. For example, if there were no penetration, then the act might not be considered rape. The guy might have masturbated in front of the woman. Also, perhaps the police and woman do not want the stigma of rape hanging over her. We don't know and shouldn't presume anything. If the police say attempted rape, that's sufficient.

    Posted in: Man held over attempted rape of woman in park toilet

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    Brainiac

    I'll definitely have to visit this place.

    Posted in: Go ahead, bake my day

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    Brainiac

    I sleep on a damp pillow case every night when it is really hot. It helps me to drop off to sleep much faster.

    Posted in: 3,179 people taken to hospital for heatstroke July 14-20

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    Brainiac

    This was an unusual case and I certainly don't think the police were at fault, despite what readers such as Frungy think.

    On the very day that the victim consulted police for the first time, the stalker had already made his plans. Police tried to call him but it wasn't his phone. Furthermore, police called the girl once she got home and asked if everything was alright. And the guy was in the closet, waiting until she ended the call.

    Even if a police officer had escorted her home, there is no way that he would have gone into the house, opened every closet or looked under the beds. Parking a police car outside the house would have made no difference since the stalker was already inside. Besides, police so not have the manpower to assign officers around the clock. Also, police would never give her a can of mace; they might advise her to get one, but remember, there was no time. She was killed that very day. Same with the mobile panic button. It wouldn't have prevented the attack.

    I think we just have to accept that this was one of those cases where circumstances and timing were in favor of the perp. Stalking is a very difficult crime to deal with. It's very easy for some readers to say the police should have done this or done that, but as we all know hindsight is an exact science.

    Posted in: Man pleads guilty to killing ex-girlfriend after stalking her

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    Brainiac

    The Blue Planet, The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, The Civil War

    Posted in: Name 3 of the best documentaries you have ever seen.

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    Brainiac

    I find it weird that the very existence of McDonald's seems to bother some people on this thread. I bet the haters also hate companies like Starbucks and Coca-Cola.

    Personally, I quite enjoy a Big Mac or Quarter Pounder once a month and the kids love McDonald's occasionally. It's a friendly experience.

    Also, the contributions that McDonald's makes to local communities in terms of CSR and sports sponsorship and too many charities to mention here are enormous. And don't forget they employ more than 150,000 people in Japan.

    By the way, there are more healthy items on the menu these days compared to a few years ago.

    Anyway, the magazine is just speculating. McDonald's is certainly not going to be leaving Japan.

    So if you don't like McDonald's, don't eat there. It's quite simple.

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    Brainiac

    sillygirl

    I have never shopped at Costco. How fresh is the fruit there? For example, where do they get their big peaches? Are they imported? And how much cheaper are they than what I pay at my supermarket (680 yen for two peaches from Yamanashi)?

    Posted in: Why are summer fruits, such as peaches, plums, nectarines, cherries, etc, so expensive in Japan?

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    Brainiac

    It's a nice restaurant and the food is excellent but what I don't like about steakhouses is they charge you about 7,000 yen minimum for a piece of steak and that's all you get on the plate. You then have to buy side orders like mashed potatoes, cream of spinach, etc. If you're a first timer and you don't know this, you may feel like you're not getting value for money.

    Posted in: Ruby Jack’s: Playing for high steaks

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    Brainiac

    You have to be very sensitive to what the other person is going through and understand that they are feeling depressed, frustrated and sad that you can't return their feelings. A face-to-face talk is best, in which you can try to explain that you are not interested in a relationship and that you wouldn't be a good match. Don't do it by email and don't use platitudes such as "You'll get over it" and "There are plenty of fish in the sea," etc. The other person can't see that; they only have feelings for you at the moment.

    The situation can become more difficult if you're working in the same office and may not be resolved unless one of you leaves the company.

    It's also important that the person suffering unrequited love have a friend in their life who can talk to them. If you know such a person, you should ask him/her to speak to that person.

    Posted in: If you are the object of unrequited love, what is the best way to deal with the situation so that it doesn't worsen?

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    Brainiac

    He can't seem to stay in Japan more than two weeks before going abroad again.

    Posted in: Abe to visit 5 nations in Latin America, Caribbean

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    Brainiac

    Why should he have to reveal anything? It's nobody's business - not the press and not the public's - whether he is gay, straight or anything else.

    Posted in: Ian Thorpe reveals he is gay in TV interview

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    Brainiac

    Germany 2, Argentina 1

    Posted in: What is your prediction for the World Cup final between Germany and Argentina?

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    Brainiac

    I agree. I see no value in this game at all. It's not like the Olympics where you need to award a bronze medal for third place. The only reason I can think of is that FIFA wants to get more money from the attendance and TV rights.

    Posted in: Netherlands coach criticizes third place match

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    Brainiac

    I think a star team will always win. A team of stars, as I understand it, may be a roster of big names, but they may not play well together as a unit because of egos, intra-team rivalries, or whatever. But a star team may be full of talented up-and-coming players, who do work well together and who have the hunger for victory. Sometimes, of course, a team of stars is a star team. Some examples of this are the All Blacks of rugby union, and any Australian national rugby league team.

    Posted in: In sporting contests, who will usually win: a star team or a team of stars?

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    Brainiac

    He must be speaking in English. Nobody is wearing interpretation devices.

    Posted in: Abe Down Under

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    Brainiac

    This is one of those questions where those who toke, will say it isn't harmless, and those who don't toke, will say it is. I'd expect a 50-50 split by the end of the week. The potheads will probably be the most argumentative, I think.

    Posted in: Is smoking pot harmless?

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    Brainiac

    I think a sports superstar is someone whose name means the same thing to all people, or someone whose name is known even to those who do not follow his/her sport. So I would say Muhammad Ali, Jack Nicklaus, Babe Ruth would be superstars.

    Posted in: What is your definition of a true sports superstar?

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    Brainiac

    About the only entertainer from that era who hasn't been tainted yet is Benny Hill. Even though he died more than 20 years ago, I'm sure hope nobody comes forward with accusations against him.

    Posted in: UK TV host Rolf Harris found guilty of indecent assault

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    Brainiac

    I think Japan is a good example to other countries how to be tolerant of other religions. I know many Muslims, Jews, Hindus and they are all active in their local communities. I myself am Catholic and I have always found Japanese people respectful of my faith.

    The other end of the spectrum is that Japan is fertile ground for cults.

    The fortunate thing about all the religious people I know in Japan, is that none are extremists, so they are very good ambassadors for their faith.

    Posted in: Ramadan in Japan

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    Brainiac

    "Edge of Tomorrow" is a weird title, too

    Posted in: Cruising in Osaka

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