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    A link between prostate cancer and intense bicycling has been established but, as in this case also perhaps, it may be that people that go in for intense cycling are very aware of their health and at Basso's level more thorough check ups. C.f http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/health-professional/cancer-statistics/statistics-by-cancer-type/testicular-cancer/risk-factors#heading-Fourteen "Any association (of testicular cancer) with testicular injury is thought to reflect recall bias or reverse causality (cancer detected incidentally during investigations for the injury).[10]"

    Posted in: Basso cancer shock overshadows Tour de France mountain battle

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    Bearing in mind also that Japanese tend to strike not lunge like fencers, even if they are sober, and that the umbrella was one of the (usually cheap clear) vinyl ones, it may be the case that the strike coincided with the colleague's advance onto the umbrella which would have been near invisible.

    Posted in: Man dies after being pierced in eye by umbrella last month

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    I have had a tough time in Paris too. Service there is a sort of duel.

    Posted in: Another Japanese celebrity claims discrimination in France; netizens not so sympathetic

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    Strangerland is right.

    Student Ryou: "I feel that I am just tired of living. Do you mind if I dye (sic)? " Teacher: "What's the matter? Are you worried about the test? Pluck up and keep going."

    RIP Ryou.

    Posted in: Boy hit and killed by train left note saying he was bullied

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    Yukari, Mayumi, Masahiro, and Shigeru, RIP.

    Posted in: Man set fire to house because wife didn't see him off properly

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    Japan has a rather nasty habit of late of wanting to rewrite history and make themselves look like the victim.

    Japan committed a sneak attack on Pearl Harbor, but they portray as if they were victims of the war. They are simply sick people, not to be trusted.

    Japanese people like Yoshida Shouin (whose school is one of the sites registered as World Heritage) had the impression that Europeans, and their descents, were invading, enslaving, or force selling drugs to the rest of the human race, and felt that they must join them (us) or become slaves too. I.e. I think that they felt that they were being forced into imperialism and, with the oil blockade, war when otherwise they would have happily remained a closed nation. It is from considerations such as these that encourages the Japanese to feel that they were in large part victims.

    Would this be a "rewrite" in the sense of being an incorrect "portrayal", of history?

    Posted in: Heritage status for Japan industry sites draws mixed reaction from S Korea, China

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    This happened twice at my educational institution, once at the time of the entrance exams and once, four years later, on a day when graduation theses were due. I think that they eventually caught the student who phoned in one or other or both of the threats. My guess is that a competitor at this festival did not feel well prepared.

    Posted in: Bomb threat forces school festival to be postponed

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    Both penalties were penalties.

    You can download the video of the highlights from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bzqyviVJss&feature=playerembedded

    With regard to the first penalty, at about 0:21 the last two frames before the defender raises her hands (in mock innocence presumably), suggest strongly to me that the defender still had her hand on the attacker's back when the attacker had passed well into the airspace of the penalty area. So while the foul was initiated outside the penalty area it continued into its airspace. I don't think that the issue of whether the attacker's feet touched the ground inside the penalty area or not is at issue. Compare for instance the rule about goal keepers handling a ball outside the airspace of the penalty area -- it is a foul even if the ball is outside the penalty area, even if the goal keepers feet are inside the area. "Inside" and "outside the penalty area" are defined according to physical position including airspace, not depending upon the position of the feet. In other words this foul continued into the penalty area.

    Similarly at the other end, you can see that the English attackers boot is down at the heel at about the :53 - 0:54 mark in the same video presumably due to it have been clipped by the Japanese defender.

    While both penalties were penalties, the first one was a clear and deliberate prevention of a goal scoring opportunity which should have resulted in the English defender being sent off. I guess that the referee judged that the attacker may not have been able to control the ball so was not robbed of an "opportunity." The Japanese foul may also have been similarly deliberate but the way in which the Japanese defender is lining up for a shot at ball after fouling (i.e. the fall seems to come as unexpected) suggests not.

    I think that the Japanese dominated for most of the game. The English relied on long balls. The Japanese "geometry obsession" depends on practice and fitness, which the Japanese seem to have a lot more of. It is good that they are being underestimated. Both teams see it as a revenge match, the Americans for the last world cup. The Japanese for the Olympics when it was their turn to leave the pitch in tears. This one is the decider.

    I hope the Japanese surprise on Monday, on NHK BS1 and a Fuji network channel near you, morning at 7am (pre match waffle) 8am kickoff.

    Posted in: Japan reaches Women's World Cup final after England injury time own goal

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    This Yuukatsu idea now being promoted by Abe is essentially the same as daylight saving, but allows for more individuality. It is being foisted upon government employees but the rest of the Japanese population can make up their own minds - contra daylight saving which is effectively foisted on everyone, who does not refuse to change their clocks. And yet somehow the vast majority of comments here are negative as usual, such as

    "Opponents cite reasons ranging from" a terrifying aversion to change in any form to a terrifying aversion to change in any form.

    I often hate too wait for these laggards!

    I just find it funny. I will wait and see if he develops a hobby.

    Don't you just love the fake shuffle to make one look like they are hustling, but a baby could beat them in a race?

    Lately, in an attempt to bolster their self-esteem, which is also an issue to Abe (who mentions the comparative lack of pride in Japan in his book, "Beautiful Country") the Japanese have taken to watching and reading media which tells them that the rest of the world respects Japan, such as the magazine "Japan Class." The truth however appears to be very different.

    Posted in: Gov't employees to start work early, finish early in July, August

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    Can't they just print some more money and get the Chinese to pay?

    Posted in: Long lines in Greece as banks reopen

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    As well as not feeling able to introduce summer time (other than by this means), the Japanese are also very keen to know what time it was in Japan when an event occurred outside of Japan, with newspaper articles always giving the Japan time in brackets. While the Japanese love the flow of time and change (cherry blossom, autumn leaves, songs about time flowing such as Puri-Puris' M and Nakashima Miyuki's Jidai, wabi-sabi, and 'being in the zone' ) there is something anchoring the Japanese sense of time.

    Will his royal highness the emperor be getting up early and turning up for official engagements early too?

    Posted in: Gov't employees to start work early, finish early in July, August

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    I don't think that this has anything to do with racism or even stereotypes but just the comedy of the absurd where meaningful Japanese is made to sound like English gibberish. It is sort of the reverse of Tamori, and Sid Ceasar's double-talk. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2SqEmkwADmY. RIP.

    Posted in: Comedian suggests using Japanese with American accent to stealthily broach uncomfortable topics

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    Shame there was so little about Nishikori s game. From elsewhere. Nishikori said he anticipated that it was going to be a tough battle even though he is seeded 5th to Bolelli's 55th. Nishikori played Bolelli, also for a full 5 sets to win the third round last year. He wished he had one the tie break in the second set. He felt he improved to be "nearly perfect" in the final set and, when asked if his recent injury left calf injury which forced him to retire from the Halle tournament had any effect on his performance he replied "Even if it did, I would not say so" (which seems to me to imply that it did). It surely did since he had treatment to his left calf during a time out after the third game in the final set. According to one report he did not move too well after that ("nearly perfect"?) but his serve, which has has worked on recently, was on top form. His next match is against an opponent ranked 60th. The only other seeded player in his block before the quarter finals Pablo Cuevas, ranked 27th, lost his match. If he and other seeds beat players ranked lower than them, then Nishikori will not meet another player ranked above him till the quarter final when he would meet the first seed Djokovic. If Nishikori beat Djokovic as he has in 2 of their 6 matches then (with the above proviso) he'd meet Wawrinka in the semi's.

    Full tournament graph here http://www.wimbledon.com/en_GB/scores/draws/ms/msdraw.pdf

    Posted in: Williams, Sharapova, Djokovic, Nishikori off to winning start at Wimbledon

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    I think that China should be questioning the notion of human rights, rather than jumping on the bandwagon. Human rights presumes the unconditioned, independent existence of the individual. The Chinese have kill their demonstrating citizens, or allowed them to immolate themselves, because they believe (or know) that individuals are interdependent and there is always a compromise between the rights and well being of the individual and the well being of society.

    Posted in: China slams U.S. human rights record

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    I like Jumpultimatestars' comments. Jumpultimatestars asked why Abe is bowing lower than the Govenor, despite being in higher position. I don't think that it is just the photograph (another? version below)
    http://rthk.hk/APSuppics/mfile_56_1092871_1.jpg but rather, Abe, like jumpultimatestars and the Governor are aware of the fact that the prime minister holds the higher position and all other things being equal, that it would be the Governor that should bow more deeply, paying greater respect. But all other things are not equal, and Abe is asking the govenor and the people of Okinawa to bear a disproportionately large part of the burden of the American military alliance. Abe is bowing so deeply to communicate this awareness and beg the Governors forgiveness and forbearance since Abe sees no other politically viable solution. It is interesting that rather than making a clear case as for why this forbearance should be required, Abe chooses instead to convey his intentions, effectively I believe and for all that have eyes to see, through his bow. Well spotted.

    Posted in: Breaking the ice

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    The fear depends upon the structure of your self. If you have a narrative self, thinking that you are the hero of your cogito, as Western psychologists and philosophers tell us that we do, then you need to internalize and hide an interlocutor. In Western horror therefore, horror emerges from language, from omens, signs, writing on walls. Monsters and murderers phone in first and exist as a voice and their victims general female are returned to a scream. If the centre of gravity of your self is your face then you need to hide a gaze in the crowd. When you see it then non-speaking Sadako or Kayako, emerges from image (well, video tape, t.v. mirror) and drags you back into into the image with her, into mirrors or developing fluid, and silence.

    Posted in: Commercial for latest 'Grudge' film pulled from air after complaints of being too scary

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    bruinfan wrote

    I can understand why Japanese men don't want to enter the "typical marriage" which has been the norm for decades now (requiring being a salaried worker slave), but this has gone to extremes with 0 relationships.

    And onagagamo wrote

    I'm a non-Japanese caucasian male, been living in Japan over a decade. I've dated my fair share of Japanese women. I honestly have zero interest in having a relationship with another one, let alone getting married. Being single is so much easier. I also enjoy not being treated as a living ATM.

    According to a Nissay survey it was found that it is Japanese women that are far less keen on relationships than Japanese men with those responding to "I have a negative view of marriage" "I don't (really) want to get married) being twice as high among Japanese women than men. My summary https://www.flickr.com/photos/nihonbunka/19043455031/in/photostream, and I think this is the original survey https://www.nissay.co.jp/news/2015/pdf/20150615.pdf# which also shows that 60% of married couples approve of only the wife controlling the finances and 30% of young couples that wish for

    This is the reverse of the situation in the USA where it is men that do not want to get married. https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/young-men-giving-up-on-marriage-women-arent-women-anymore

    I think that in both cases it is NOT the willing-to-get-married-side's fault, but rather expectations are too high on side of Japanese women and US men but I have no proof. I think that all the work being done to improve the lot of Japanese women, under the Western model of female repression, may have increased the sense of entitlement felt by Japanese such that they want to control the finances, be in charge in the home, and have a husband that comes home to that female controlled home early.

    Posted in: 40% of unattached singles in their 20s, 30s don't want relationship: survey

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    Does this reflect the relative importance of work, the salary-man's domain, and that of wives?

    Posted in: Mega-important debate: Do you shower before work or before bed?

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    There are Americans on YouTube claiming that they 'need guns to protect themselves from blacks who genetically more disposed to violence', so there seems to be guns + racism = more guns and more racism, spiral of doom thing going on. I see that there is an academic study demonstrating the link between gun ownership & opposition to gun control and racism. http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0077552, summarized here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=56HThf3mRpw.

    Posted in: Suspect caught in South Carolina church shooting rampage

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    Do the giants have no genitalia? That characteristic is in common with the 16 century rendition of Lucifer illustrating Dante's Divine Comedy. https://www.flickr.com/photos/nihonbunka/18477221780 Attack on Titan Trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yWXJ-jqg3is

    Posted in: Shanghai film festival pulls Japanese movie on gov't blacklist

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