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    Mirai Hayashi

    Graham

    I agree with you...but only 50%. You can't assume that these elderly women didn't work. Many of them DID work, and not at cushy desk jobs. Many worked at textile factories,or in food serives, or out in the fields for several hours day in the hot sun, often times with their kids strapped to their backs. I know, because my mother in law was one of them. Yes, these are different times, and I am not saying its not any easier or harder or that we should go back to carrying kids on our backs while working in the rice fields, but these strollers make life a hell of a lot more convenient, so you have to give some prudence to what these older women are saying.

    As for the commute. Yeah it sucks. But that's not going to ever change. Trains have always been overcrowded in Japan and it always will be (or until the population declines). Even if we can somehow add more train cars or magically make these train bigger or wider, its not going to solve anything. This is the way the infrastructure was built and we need to adapt to it. And there are PLENTY of technologies available to allow women with children to travel on commuter trains without getting the evil eye from other commuters.

    It is the way it should work

    Well, sometimes what "should be", isn't, so you shouldn't have an unreasonable expectation that things should go your way just because you want it to.

    Posted in: Ministry says it's OK for 'baby cars' to hog space on public transport

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    Steven C. Schulz

    I always thought 1st world meant advanced economy, high standard of living, high tech, and large economic/political influence.

    The terms originate from the Cold War;

    1st world: the US and its sphere of influence, what we generally describe as the "West" 2nd world: the Soviet Union and its sphere 3rd world: non-aligned countries

    Because most "1st world" nations were developed, the term came to describe them as you put it. Most "3rd world" countries were undeveloped/developing, so the term has come to describe them in that way.

    Posted in: In the world of geopolitics, do you think of Japan as part of the West?

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    John Galt

    " Imagine how much better the economy would be if prices DOUBLED every year! That would be FANTASTIC!"

    Yes, double-plus good!

    Posted in: Inflation may have beat BOJ forecast: Kuroda

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    LAcajun

    Hope the don't have to recall them all back so they can pay their fines...

    Posted in: Toyota sells 2.58 million vehicles, outpacing GM

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    hatsoff

    Seems like everyone wants a rule for everything these days as a way to solve all problems when all that's really needed is a little acknowledgement of the space around you and good manners from both parties. A little "gomenasai" from the mother as she manoeuvres the buggy does wonders, as does a "sumimasen" from the passenger who has step round it.

    It's called human interaction. We used to do it a lot in the old days.

    Posted in: Ministry says it's OK for 'baby cars' to hog space on public transport

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    boweevil

    I dunno. Some strollers literally are the size of aircraft carriers all for one little baby. In rush hour thats expecting a lot, in terms of common sense, logistics and the number of people who have to shift for one infant. Better designed baby carriers would go a long way to easing the stress for every one.

    Posted in: Ministry says it's OK for 'baby cars' to hog space on public transport

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    yabits

    One can easily Google a long list of states that offer free voter id. .. Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Wisconsin, Georgia, North Carolina, Texas, Arkansas, Alabama, Wisconsin, Rhode Island, Mississippi, Kansas, New Hampshire, North Dakota, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia.

    State by state: Pennsylvania has no VoterID law in effect. What was passed by the legislature was struck down by the commonwealth's highest court.

    South Carolina's card currently is free, so I stand corrected there. Wisconsin has no VoterID law in effect. Georgia was already mentioned, as was North Carolina. (But NC's law won't take effect until 2016, per the article above.)

    Texas charges a fee for its ID card, as does Arkansas, Alabama, Rhode Island, Mississippi, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Tennesse, and Virginia.

    I did not do a search of right-wing misinformation sites: Each item above was taken from the state's DMV site.

    You stated that only one state offered free ID's - Georgia.

    Incorrect. I stated that only one state had it written into law that state ID's were to be issued at no charge, and that is Georgia. All other states leave it up to the discretion of the DMV -- which is subject to change at any time.

    The bottom line is that there is no threat to the right to vote as Obama suggests.

    The bottom line is that there is a very real threat to the right to vote to low income Americans who don't have a driver's license. Republicans' bragging that Voter ID laws will swing elections their way provide ample evidence. Per the article:

    Just last year, seven states passed voter restrictions, ranging from reductions in early voting periods to identification requirements

    It's not just ID laws -- Republicans have been doing all they can to restrict voting.

    Posted in: Obama says right to vote under threat in U.S.

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    Mister Ed

    The 14 - and many of the 100s others - were no more "criminals" than Churchill for Dresden and certainly less than numerous high ranking CIA officers who regularly hand out "death lists" to right wing oppressive governments all around the world.

    Many of them did great things for Japan before WWII, most of them were good family members. Their "crime" was just to be on the losing side. The Tribunal was widely criticised as nothing more than political theatre rooted in the continued history racism towards non-whites at the time.

    To be honest, Hansaram, it does not feel like you are arguing from any moral point of view but just one of Race Hate fixated on poisoning sincere spiritual expression with false and hateful arguments.

    In Buddhism, it is accepted that all individuals have some virtues. No individual is beyond redemption. Within Shintoism, the soul is purified and become pure and blameless again. Find peace in your own life and allow the families of these individuals to find peace in theirs.

    Japan was forced into the WWII. Because of America's actions and refusals of peace offers, it could not avoid it.

    If you are looking for something to blame, it was American imperial ambition within Pacific-Asia region.

    Posted in: 146 Japanese lawmakers visit Yasukuni shrine

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    fxgai

    On a personal note I prefer no inflation, but Japan's dilemma is the "world standard" is to steadily devalue currency. In the absence of global agreements to stop that, that's how it's going to be for now. Even though Japan had pretty stable prices (or at worst ever so mild deflation), it was a problem because relative to other countries with 2%+ inflation, the yen steadily gained in value versus other currencies as a natural consequence. This appreciation resulted in a steady erosion of Japanese competitiveness. It was good for savers but not so much so for investors.

    It's good to read that Kuroda thinks his inflation target achievement is on track. This suggests there is a limited probability that he would go nuts and finance the government's excessive spending in it's entirety (which some people -- you know who you are! -- think would be entirely free of unintended consequences & side-effects despite the history of humanity and Japan's own episode of high inflation and domestic debt restructuring).

    Still, it's a worry. Can Kuroda-san hit a 2% target and make inflation stop there, just like that? It sounds like a pretty mean feat.

    Posted in: Inflation may have beat BOJ forecast: Kuroda

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    nigelboy

    For your claim if you are telling the truth. My article there says Emperor Hirohito boycott the shrine because of Class A war criminal in it. The war criminal you talking about in 1950s is not the 14 war criminal class A but rather war criminal class B,C. It's the 14 Class A war criminal Hirohito having problem with.

    http://d.hatena.ne.jp/sppaiman/20060808/1155029777

    Heated debate in the Diet Session in 1975 where the Socialist Party is denouncing the scheduled visit of the Emperor.

    This is why the Emperor stopped going after

    So maybe they do indeed request formal application to Yasukuni. And because the relatives think it's an insult and shame that their relatives are being associated together with war criminals.

    They did, hence the discovery. Again, why are these relatives so bent up on the list that is private (in a sense that unless they requested the confirmation, nobody except Yasukuni would had knowledge) and for something they don't believe in?

    See,nigelboy. They don't want their family members name/soul to be associated with the perpetrators. Yasukuni shrine is a symbol of disgrace.

    So they are believers of Shinto?

    Posted in: 146 Japanese lawmakers visit Yasukuni shrine

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    John Galt

    Congratulations to the brides.

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  • -1

    Reckless

    Graham DeShazo you are the model voice of reason! Please run for president of this country and set things straight. You have my vote.

    Posted in: Ministry says it's OK for 'baby cars' to hog space on public transport

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    boweevil

    Very interesting question.

    Geopolitically I'd have to say yes. Geographically no. In terms of its alliances with western countries over the last seventy years it has leaned heavily towards the West. But the mind-set is quintessentially Asian in terms of how Buddhism and Confucianism have molded it. With waning American influence and the ascendancy of an increasingly bellicose China its aspirations are changing,..which is as it should be. However, the direction that these aspirations are taking are not tempered with wisdom, self-reflection or a view that bodes well for the region. In a sense Japan has always been its own worst enemy and it would appear that the cycle is repeating itself. While it is only natural that Japan should separate itself from the west in terms of diminsihing its vassal state status, it wll be disastrous if Japan reasserts its uniqueness by going down the same roads of excess it chose to travel down seventy years ago.

    Posted in: In the world of geopolitics, do you think of Japan as part of the West?

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    Neo_Rio

    Dont get an anime boyfriend, get a real man,

    The problem is that "real men" have competing real girlfriends.

    I feel a little sorry for Japanese women. They want a guy rich, smart, and attractive to give them everything... and yet stupid enough to ignore the fact that there are lots of women out there to "play the field" with when you have that much attention coming towards you.

    That would mean for women to.... gasp.... treat men as real people and as friends, and not as brainwashed money-making slaves for women to manipulate.

    ...but once that happens,... there goes the neigborhood!

    Posted in: Advice from Japanese women on dealing with boyfriend’s anime girlfriend

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    badman

    Another powder to get you high. I'll be interested to try it.

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  • -1

    Hansaram

    For what?

    For your claim if you are telling the truth. My article there says Emperor Hirohito boycott the shrine because of Class A war criminal in it. The war criminal you talking about in 1950s is not the 14 war criminal class A but rather war criminal class B,C. It's the 14 Class A war criminal Hirohito having problem with.

    What amazes me is that why are you so bent out of shape on something you don't believe in? Your exerpt is a complete mystery in a sense that the list of names are not open to public to see. Therefore, in order to confirm that the deceased are on the list they had to request a formal application to Yasukuni.

    So my question to these relatives is why would they go through with this tedious process to confirm the existence on something they don't believe in?

    So maybe they do indeed request formal application to Yasukuni. And because the relatives think it's an insult and shame that their relatives are being associated together with war criminals.

    The Japanese treated aborigines as subhumans, the lawmaker said. “We were victims,” she pointed out, “how could we tolerate the victims being honored together with their persecutors?” http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/detail.asp?ID=63832&GRP=B http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ControversiessurroundingYasukuniShrine#Removalofthenames

    In fact,not just the Taiwanese,but Korean are no happy with it as well.

    'It is glaring contradiction that those victims who were forcibly mobilized and then lost their lives are enshrined as spirits together with those perpetrators,'' said a lawyer representing the plaintiffs.

    At a news conference, Lee Yong Chan, 66, whose father was drafted and then killed in action in China, said it is tantamount to violence and humiliation that his father is enshrined at Yasukuni.

    ''While I have never seen my father's face, I believe he does not wish to be enshrined there,'' said Lee, who now lives in the United States.

    http://www.thefreelibrary.com/Suit+filed+over+Korean+soldiers+enshrined+at+Yasukuni+Shrine.-a076443926

    See,nigelboy. They don't want their family members name/soul to be associated with the perpetrators. Yasukuni shrine is a symbol of disgrace.

    Posted in: 146 Japanese lawmakers visit Yasukuni shrine

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    Graham DeShazo

    The President's "limo" looks like a cross between a monster truck and a Mad Max interceptor. the tires have to be at least 24" in height.

    Posted in: Obama meets emperor, begins talks with Abe

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    Graham DeShazo

    Cleo, exactly. when one goes out with children, especially infants, a fair amount of stuff is required as well. Not luxuries, essentials for the care of children. Most of this goes in the baby car which is then hard to fold, much less carry when you have to hold the kid(s) while standing as well.

    For a country that thinks that women are selfish for not having more kids, The country sure does not make it easy to commute with them. And I don't want to hear complaining from the elderly women about how hard they had it. First, they almost never had to work and raise the kids at the same time. Second, "that's the way we did it." is a stupid excuse.

    Bottom line, the country needs more kids. To get more kids, we need to make in easier for mothers (and some house dads like me) to get around with said kids. When they get on the train, think of who is going to pay at least part of your retirement pension and politely get out of the way.

    Posted in: Ministry says it's OK for 'baby cars' to hog space on public transport

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    badman

    You've got to punch a bully in the nose or they just keep acting like an azz. I'm normally fairly passive, but I wouldn't be against putting him in his place.

    Posted in: Putin likely to ignore West on Ukraine

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    danalawton1@yahoo.com

    @ Fishy... you're right... didn't realize a "state visit" and a regular "visit", were different things. The first "state visit" in 18 years. Still think KariHaruka's comment is a bit of an unusual thing to complain about.

    Posted in: Obama meets emperor, begins talks with Abe

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    Triumvere

    Shouldn't that be an "imperial" welcome?

    Posted in: Royal welcome

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    White_Shinobi

    Airgun? Lol he had to buy pornographic movies??? Hahaha oh no!

    I was duct taped to the wall while i was sleeping and beaten with broom sticks in the US navy stationed in yokosuka....

    Half an open oil drum of jet fuel was spilled on me from the flight deck as i was under keeping lookout for submarines....ON THE SMOKING AREA!!!

    We were told if we think we had it bad.... The japanese navy was worse...

    Now I think I should have been in the Japanese Navy long ago...

    Posted in: Court penalizes Defense Ministry for covering up sailor's suicide

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    nigelboy

    A memorial for a terrorist who assassinated a key figure who was reluctant on the annexation of Korea and at the same time had high regards for the Emperor. Of course, history tells us that the result ended in a hastened annexation request by the Korean counterparts with virtually no civic resistance.

    I guess when a country lacks heroes like Korea, you simply create a fantasy story and make up one.

    Posted in: Visitors flock to China memorial to Japanese official's assassin

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    slumdog

    that's not the way society works.

    It is the way it should work.

    Posted in: Ministry says it's OK for 'baby cars' to hog space on public transport

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    arrestpaul

    Mamoo - Well this just shows how selfish a nation Japan really is…

    The "whole world" isn't watching. The majority of the worlds population doesn't care about whaling.

    And no one country owns international water. International water is just what it's described as - international water.

    Posted in: 60% of Japanese support whale hunt; 14% eat whalemeat, survey shows

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    some14some

    It seems that boj is getting ready for stimulus package bit earlier than July, 2014 !

    Posted in: Inflation may have beat BOJ forecast: Kuroda

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    badman

    Wow! Is this sharia law? What would she have won if she sued the chick from the local snack where he went to on Tuesdays for a 5 knuckle shuffle?

    Posted in: Judge sets new line for adultery in landmark case

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    nigelboy

    @nigelboy Can you show me your source/citation?

    For what?

    What amazes me is that why are you so bent out of shape on something you don't believe in? Your exerpt is a complete mystery in a sense that the list of names are not open to public to see. Therefore, in order to confirm that the deceased are on the list they had to request a formal application to Yasukuni.

    So my question to these relatives is why would they go through with this tedious process to confirm the existence on something they don't believe in?

    Posted in: 146 Japanese lawmakers visit Yasukuni shrine

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    Wakarimasen

    And would have been better if he had said sorry throught the medium of song and dance........

    Posted in: Justin Bieber says sorry after visiting Yasukuni shrine

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    Reckless

    That looks good as long as it's hard ice cream.

    Posted in: Krispy Kreme Japan makes the dessert of our dreams: Doughnut ice cream sundaes

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    boweevil

    What's sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander... as they say. But it demonstrates the infantilism of nationalistic pride that is rife in the region.

    Posted in: Visitors flock to China memorial to Japanese official's assassin

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    Mirai Hayashi

    @NathalieB

    I never called you a buttwipe so you should be a bit more respectful and not call me one either.

    As I said, you shouldn't be struggling to board an overcrowded train while trying to fold a stroller. You should be doing this BEFORE the train even arrives. And if you don't have a stroller that folds up easily, then you made a poor choice in strollers for your needs. Ours did fold up easily, and it was a dream. No struggling what-so-ever, and never had the need to solicit help from strangers, or an expectation that they should help me.

    The term "rush hour" is what it implies; people trying to get from point A to B in a hurry. If someone is nice enough to stop and help, well then great! But don't expect to happen everyday...that's not the way society works.

    @Reckless

    Tokyo hates kids, kids are not welcome in this country and seen as a burden. slow extinction prevail. Nuff said

    If that is truly what you believe then go somewhere that YOU think is more kid-friendly. Problem solved.

    Posted in: Ministry says it's OK for 'baby cars' to hog space on public transport

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    toshiko

    Emperess graduated Seishin Joshi Daigaky Eibun-ka (English literature) and she was an honor student every year. both of them are fluent in English, Bowing> Shaking> They don;t have to follow none-dignitaries' guessing opinions.

    Glad they are friendly.

    Posted in: Royal welcome

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    Wakarimasen

    Of course he is going to ignore them. Much like to US would ignore russia if it and Mexico got into a spat over (say) New Mexico. sure, Putin is an autocrat (which is basically what russia has had as a form of government for most of its history) but to expect him to cave in over Ukraine is just dumb. NATO et al should just drop this one.

    Posted in: Putin likely to ignore West on Ukraine

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    kickboard

    reckless, I wonder if you would call the people at Hillsborough "zombies." A human crush will occur anywhere without proper crowd control.

    Posted in: Ex-police officer acquitted over fatal stampede in 2001

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    badman

    Will Obama visit Obama?

    Posted in: Obama meets emperor, begins talks with Abe

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    boweevil

    Used to love Zeppellin until I found out how much of their catalogue is stolen note for note from uncredited musicians and then claimed as their own compositions.

    Posted in: Led Zeppelin is back with 'Whole Lotta' unreleased tunes

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    cleo

    You make it sound like folding up a stroller is this huge chore when it really isn't

    It isn't the folding up of the stroller that's the problem. It's holding onto folded-up stroller, child (possibly sleeping, possibly multiple), baby bag and shopping/work bag while at the same time holding onto the strap so that the whole thing doesn't topple over when the train swerves, rattles or comes to a sharp stop.

    Posted in: Ministry says it's OK for 'baby cars' to hog space on public transport

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    rickyvee

    i don't understand why so many posters are ragging on jiro. he didn't ask to be listed in the michelin guide. he already had a loyal clientele that sought out his sushi, which was legendary for foodies around the world. if you prefer kaiten zushi, so be it, but there's no need to criticize jiro and what he does, or used to do.

    Posted in: Abe takes Obama to Jiro's in Ginza for sushi dinner

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    jerseyboy

    They classified their friendship as a “purely platonic relationship”, despite playing badminton together at the gym, and attending fireworks festivals together – something that many Japanese consider to be an especially romantic date.

    LOL. I guess the Japanese figure that fireworks -- literal ones -- can lead to fireworks -- figurative ones. Where' there's smoke there's fire, right?

    Posted in: Judge sets new line for adultery in landmark case

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    boweevil

    Hmmm...wonder if he went there in his official capacity of one of them most annoying teeny pop stars on the planet, or in his private role as complete nincompoop?

    Posted in: Justin Bieber says sorry after visiting Yasukuni shrine

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    Reckless

    Why are Japanese often referred to as zombies by people from different countries and cultures all over the world? Because they love to be in a group and follow the group mindlessly. The minority position is a lonely place in Japan, although if you can swing it some of them become rich entrepreneurs. I honestly feel in the morning commute or at such events with large JP crowds that I've seen before that a large part of their brain which is involved in critical thinking just shuts off and they don't even know what they are doing but just slog forward as a zombie would. For full disclosure I have lived here many years and have JP family members, but got to call a spade a spade. Love and Peace.

    Posted in: Ex-police officer acquitted over fatal stampede in 2001

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    NathalieB

    One kid? Ever try it with 2, and a briefcase, and a pram that doesnt fold with one hand, while people stand all around you tutting and not lifting a finger to actually help you. Who looks like the bigger buttwipe?

    Posted in: Ministry says it's OK for 'baby cars' to hog space on public transport

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    cleo

    That just bullshit.

    Couldn't agree more. It's religion - no logic/reality/common sense allowed. I'm sure most of it is made up as they go along.

    Posted in: 146 Japanese lawmakers visit Yasukuni shrine

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    Reckless

    let's just call a spade, a spade. peanut gallery brethren above hate kids, Tokyo hates kids, kids are not welcome in this country and seen as a burden. slow extinction prevail. Nuff said.

    Posted in: Ministry says it's OK for 'baby cars' to hog space on public transport

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    changamangaliay

    well done toyota

    Posted in: Toyota sells 2.58 million vehicles, outpacing GM

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    Educator60

    I know what a notary public is but WHO is the unnamed notary public that suddenly pops up in the 8th paragraph? And why would a notary public be making a comment on such a case to begin with

    And is there any real difference between these two sentences: "First, it is quite rare for a wife to sue the mistress in Japan. Cases where a woman sues the other woman are few and far between." It looks like the writer (I use that term loosely) couldn't decide which version was better so decided to toss them both in (or maybe had a word count quota to fill up?).

    And surely Shimada the lawyer has been misquoted here, "...if you cause damage to the 'harmonious' relationship of husband and wife, despite a non-sexual relationship, you can seek restitution." Why would the person causing the damage be entitled to seek restitution?

    Posted in: Judge sets new line for adultery in landmark case

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    Hawkeye

    Look closely at the handshake. Obama looks like he is only holding Akihito's forefinger (index finger) and does not have a proper handshake gripping palms and fingers and is disrespectful to Akihito-sama because he is not only doing the bro-shake thing but looking at Akihito's woman while doing so.

    Posted in: Royal welcome

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    taj

    I really hope that there was more to the case than is written here. As it is, it sounds ridiculous. Was the female friend also posting pictures of their 'dates' all over facebook and mixi? (seems unlikely as they are colleagues). Was their special relationship well known throughout the guys company, and with the company wives, causing extra distress? Did they spend a lot of weekends away together? (Yeah, I'd find that a bit much but I'd blame the husband.)

    I have close friends of both genders, including married ones. I'd hate to have to back away from just the marrieds of the opposite gender and not be able to play tennis or go rollerblading with them. I wouldn't suggest an overnight excursion with a married guy if it would just be the two of us, though. Even if nothing was going on, I'd expect that could make someone uncomfortable and easily be misconstrued.

    Posted in: Judge sets new line for adultery in landmark case

  • -1

    Mirai Hayashi

    @NathalieB

    I have a kid and I have been in situations where I had to take a crowded train with her. You make it sound like folding up a stroller is this huge chore when it really isn't. Most strollers are geared so that they can folded really quickly and often times with one hand. You don't do it as you board the train; you do it on the platform before the train arrives. Takes about 3 or 4 seconds tops, and the kid doesn't have to be awake. Depending on the size of the stroller, you free up enough space for 3 or 4 more people to board the train, and you don't have the whole car hating you. It might be a pain in the rump to take the couple of seconds to fold up the stroller, and yes its slightly harder than just strolling on and displacing the people around you, but its considerate, its good manners, and it doesn't make you look like a buttwipe.

    Posted in: Ministry says it's OK for 'baby cars' to hog space on public transport

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