Freedom to wear pants

The sight of Japanese girls wearing skirts with bare legs in winter may be difficult to see in the future.

The Asahi Shimbun’s English website reported that in public high schools in Tokyo’s Nakano and Setagaya districts, female students have the freedom to choose between wearing skirts or trousers.

Nakano’s decision was based on a request from a 12-year-old sixth-grade student. She loves sports and wears pants often, so in December last year, she “complained” to the mayor Naoto Sakai: It is too cold to wear skirts in winter. In addition, sexual minorities should be allowed to “freely choose uniforms that suit their sexual orientation.” .

“Of course, some boys will want to wear skirts more.” Naoto Sakai said that this issue is still under discussion, partly because of fear that they will encounter bullying.

The Japan Times reported that in April 2015, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan required all schools to strengthen care for a small number of students, including allowing students to choose uniforms based on their gender.

In the spring of 2018, Kashiwa no Ye Middle School in Chiba Prefecture set an example-all students are free to choose the uniform they want to wear: trousers or skirts, tie or bow.

Since then, “genderless uniforms” have been quickly put on the public school agenda.

According to data from Kanko Gakuseifuku, an important Japanese uniform manufacturer, there are currently more than 600 schools in Japan that allow girls to wear long pants, compared to only two in 1997.

Strictly crack down on public funds consumption
Executive Order No. 77 appeared on the official website of the Philippine government-President Duterte made a move on the consumption of public funds.

As early as three years ago, when he was elected as president, he proposed prohibiting seminars and sending officials to study abroad at public expense, believing that it was a waste of public funds. Duterte also mentioned it several times afterwards, until the executive order was signed in March last year.

The administrative decree sets out in detail the relevant regulations on the domestic and foreign travel of government employees.

“It is strictly forbidden to play with public funds in various forms, and it is not allowed to hold strategic planning seminars or team building activities abroad.” Article 19 of the administrative order stipulates.

When issues such as state secrets and security are not involved, the administrative order encourages officials to avoid business trips and use teleconferences instead. In addition, “very discouraged” the behavior of asking for leave before and after a business trip is suspected of using the opportunity of a business trip to secretly take leave.

In order to reduce public expenditure, when traveling by air, only if the flight time exceeds 4 hours, the ministers, deputy ministers and other high-level officials can take the business class, and must obtain the approval of the President’s Office in advance; if the flight time is 4 hours or less, even All cabinet members have to fly economy class. Long-distance flights of other ranks are also required to fly in economy class.

However, the executive order did not mention the use of private jets-the Philippine news website Rappler said that Duterte’s trips are sometimes by private jets.

New means of getting rich: stealing the “Trump Wall”
Pushed by former U.S. President Trump, the Department of Homeland Security erected a barbed wire fence along the U.S.-Mexico border. However, the barbed wire encountered a “black hand”-“San Diego Union Tribune” reported that in mid-March last year, it was officially confirmed that the barbed wire near the Mexican border city of Tijuana was stolen and resold.

“After the U.S. contacted us for assistance, we did not know about the barbed wire theft.” Sotomayor, the head of public security in Tijuana, confirmed that the thieves stole the barbed wire on the border at night, or used it for their own protection, or sold it to others. Others-According to the latest report of the Mexican NGO Citizen Commission for Public Safety and Criminal Justice, Tijuana was the most violent city in the world in 2018.

The quality of the barbed wire itself may also be the reason for its attention. Sotomayor said that the quality of the U.S. border barbed wire is very good. It is stronger and sharper than the barbed wire sold in all local stores, and it is more likely to cause harm to those who try to overrun.

Such barbed wire can be described as high quality and low price. According to the “Guardian”, residents of the slums in the border zone said that each household only costs 40 pesos, or about 2 US dollars-including installation.

In mid-March last year, Mexican police had arrested 15 to 20 people suspected of stealing barbed wire. The Los Angeles Times reported that the arrested were mainly Mexicans, most of whom were deported by the United States.