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Posted in: Ardern apologizes for swearing at New Zealand rival See in context

She's cracking. Her party is failing badly in the polls and will be voted out next election. NZers have had enough of her racist policies, lies and deceit .

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Posted in: Widespread Twitter layoffs begin a week after Musk takeover See in context

Twitter ... source of reliable information

Haha, seriously?

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Posted in: Meloni on critics: Italians don't need lessons from abroad See in context

She makes good sense to me.

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Posted in: Qatar's glitzy World Cup is ready and expensive See in context

These things are always a bit of a pissing contest aren't they? Still... it's always fun. Can't wait for the football !

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Posted in: Foreign tourists react to mask-wearing in Japan, and Japanese people react to foreign non-maskers See in context

I don't blame Japanese for being worried about tourists being dis-respectful. Watch the cases rise as the tourists come in. Many countries have a far more selfish and less respectful culture than Japan does, unfortunately.

The ones refusing to wear masks are likely from countries that killed off many of their elderly, and they really don't care. In my country I've often heard people say "oh, i'm not worried about covid, it's ONLY killing old people".

Seriously, who thinks like that? Too many.

You'll see them by the number of thumbs down this post gets.

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Posted in: British PM Truss fires finance minister as economic plan in tatters See in context

Not a fan of Truss at all, but does anyone else find it more than a little surprising that announcing a minor tax change could immediately cause the imminent collapse of an entire nation? I mean, seriously?

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Posted in: No Terminator: Musk teases 'useful' humanoid robot See in context

I find this incredibly exciting. Elon dreams big, maybe bigger than he can deliver sometimes, but thats probably a required personality trait for game changing innovators.

I think this is only part of the first wave of what are essentislly just very useful, adaptable machines - freeing humans from repetitive, dull or dangerous work.

The worry is if they become sentient.

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Posted in: Australia plans to change privacy rules after huge cyberattack on Optus See in context

Companies should be barred from requiring, and especially storing, crucial identification documents such as passports, birth certs or drivers licences.

There is simply NO company on earth capable of keeping them securely. Even governments can't.

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Posted in: 60% of people with foreign roots questioned by Japanese police: survey See in context

I've been stopped many times while staying in tokyo hotels and using a complimentary bike. Probably my fault for forgetting to turn the light on to be fair. While its a little annoying to be held up while they verify the bike's owner, they were always polite and helpful. Once even pumping up my tyre! In any case, I always remember that I'm a guest in their country.

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Posted in: Man arrested over murder of girlfriend at party in Nagano Prefecture See in context


I am aware of that. I'm also aware of studies that show the opposite. in some European countries the crime rate is x3 amongst migrants. At the end of the day, it depends on the destination country, the origin country, and many other factors. There is no single answer.

But in this case we're not talking about immigration to a country with appalling crime rates like the USA. Japan has a very low crime rate.

And also quite a high degree of social cohesion. Don't mean to be rude, but the USA is not exactly in any position to advise others on racial harmony is it?

In any case, my post waa not arguing against immigration as a whole. Migrants just want opportunity and a good life like everyone else. My post was in reply to a toxic SJW calling a previous poster racist simply for asking if importing cheap labour is worth the problems. I believe thats a valid question to discuss.

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Posted in: Man arrested over murder of girlfriend at party in Nagano Prefecture See in context


Maybe you misunderstand what i'm saying. Allow me to clarify...

Crime and antisocial behaviour is clearly correlated with poverty and disconnection from the community. 

1) immigrants are, on average, somewhat less integrated with the communities they move to, and somewhat less knowledgeable of the new culture/language than those who have lived there their whole life.

2) low pay/poverty has a correlation with crime

Which of these do you not understand?

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Posted in: Man arrested over murder of girlfriend at party in Nagano Prefecture See in context

Crime and antisocial behaviour is clearly correlated with poverty and disconnection from the community. These issues can affect anyone, but somewhat more so amongst migrants who did not grow up as part of the community and may imperfectly understand the language and culture. Obviously this affects low wage migrants inparticular.

Any issues would be due to a vanishingly small percentage to be sure. But the issue does exist, and should be considered.

I've visited many countries and it seems to me that the relative homogeneity of the Japanese society is in no small part responsible for the low crime rate.

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Posted in: Is a completely cashless society desirable? See in context

No. A cashless society is only desirable if you can 100% guarantee a benevolent government at all times and forever. Because if a dictatorship or foreign power should ever gain control, cash allows the people to resist, or flee. Not so if the government can simply remove access to your money, which is what a cashless system allows.

Remember, the situation may not always be like it is now. Cash ensures the people have more options should the political environment become dangerous.

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Posted in: Bus company disciplined after driver orders maskless passenger off bus See in context

3 shots caught it twice and still alive.

How about those you passed it on to? Its not all about you.

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Posted in: Do you consider the A-bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to be war crimes? See in context

Yes, with the benefit of hindsight.

But I suspect that our feelings on the matter now would be quite different to how they felt at the time, having experienced 6 years of brutal war, death, destruction, rations, etc etc. I imagine there was a great deal of justified hatred, and an eagerness to simply end the horror.

So it's hard to judge that realistically from our comfortable perspective. Different times. But i think (hope) the world has learnt enough to not let it happen again

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