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Regarding the May 10 article “Office workers out in front in demand for men’s bras” and related Timeout articles: It is hard to know which is more disturbing, the “demand for men’s bras” or the “Angel-lap Pillow.” What “psychological” purpose and what “calming effects of a bra” could there possibly be other than satisfying a closet cross-dresser’s dream?

And why does The Japan Times feel compelled to subject its readers to all the vivid details of urine “splash,” “pool of water in the middle of the toilet bowl” and, my favorite, “urine-and-water-cocktail?” Does this qualify as “all the news without fear or favor?” If “men sit down to pee,” there isn’t any “urine splash” — so what is the point here? Men are capable of “cleaning up” as well as anyone else; they do not need to sink to their knees into a pillow so they can pee.

david chester

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