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Posted in: Biden tightens some gun controls; says much more needed See in context

It's a start, but it is a drop in the bucket of what is needed. I think it will be several generations of rampant violence in the states before public opinion has shifted enough that they can do what actually needs to be done. Not something that can be done at a state-level either, unless you want to start restricting inter-state travel heavily. The strictest gun laws in the world don't mean jack if the next town over has weekly buy-1-get-1-free promos on gun sales.

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Posted in: Police report record number of cannabis offenders in 2020 See in context


I may be wrong here, as I am going purely based on memory, but I am pretty sure that case was with the weird synthetic stuff people were using (that was briefly in a grey legal area). That stuff would mess you up in a really weird way, I tried it myself and absolutely hated it. I felt bizarre and barely remembered much.

Nothing like what normal weed does, where one is fully cognizant, just very relaxed.

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Posted in: What are the 10 most popular Japanese sake brands? New poll reveals the favorites of sake lovers See in context

I am admittedly a little, pleasantly, surprised to see Hakkaisan clocking in at number two.

I don't think it is one of the best nihonshu for sure, but it is still pretty darn good and, maybe more importantly, readily available. Not hard to find whatsoever and just a good brand to keep a bottle or two around of.

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Posted in: Female monarchs to be debated as Japan looks to secure imperial line See in context

Sure, why not. Especially since there's already historical precedent. Ultimately it means nothing, the "monarchy" doesn't exist anymore, it is just window dressing on a tradition. I have never seen the mass appeal of symbolic royal families in countries like Japan or the UK.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic organizers to hold talks with FINA this week See in context


I would be shocked if Japan implemented any kind of proactive vaccination program for athletes. We've barely vaccinated any healthcare workers still, nevermind athletes or those at-risk.

I suppose the good news is that most other countries are way further along in the process, so their athletes probably would be as well. All my friends and family have long-since finished their vaccination regime, they can't believe we haven't even really started here.

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Posted in: What COVID-19 vaccine side effects might you expect? See in context

In light of the risks of either receiving or not receiving the vaccine, let every person make their own decision without judgement from others.

The risks of receiving the vaccine are extremely low for the vast majority of the population, as even this article points out, especially comparative to the risks of covid itself. Unless you consider headaches a crippling side effect.

The reason people shouldn't just make a choice for themselves is it is a public health concern, not a personal choice. Someone who, for legitimate medical reasons, cannot receive the vaccine is put at risk by every person who chooses not to take it because they read a facebook post telling them not to. You are risking more than yourself by not getting vaccinated. I can't even call it selfish because it doesn't even benefit yourself.

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Posted in: Tokyo ward begins certifying LGBT families See in context

Until this is a federal standard allowing equality for all, it's something of a toothless gesture still.

That said, these kinds of ordinances help pave the way for that becoming a reality, as people realise the world isn't going to explode because two people declared their mutual love.

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Posted in: Japan to get first batches of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine from U.S. See in context

Getting vaccines into the country has not really been the problem so much as doing ANYTHING with them once they are here except wait for the refrigeration to go.

I realise securing a steady supply into the country is important, but maybe work out the logistics of actually getting them out of warehouses and into people too?

At the current rate, we won't even be close to 10% by the end of the year. Maybe I should book dinner at a restaurant three years from now to celebrate.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 475 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 2,592 See in context

from 24% positive rate to 4% positive rate overnight? There's no way unless they are actively running tests only on people with no fever or other systems to try to make the numbers better.

Are they just throwing darts at a board to decide what to report the next day?

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Posted in: 4 dead, including child, in Orange, California office building shooting See in context

I will one-up the usual liberal position of stronger gun laws and say that America has long since passed the point where they should have lost the privilege of gun ownership. The second amendment is, at best, outdated. Unless people are advocating for private ownership of military-grade hardware, which some nutters probably are, nobody is overthrowing a tyrannical government with their handguns.

Children are literally dying in the streets and their schools and neither major american political party is willing to do jack about it.

Sadly if any of that was going to happen, it would have happened already. Instead, teachers and students are having to practice school shooter drills because America simply doesn't care about their lives.

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Posted in: Bogus electrician arrested over sexual assault of teenage girl See in context


Among the safest doesn't mean crimes don't happen, the rate is just lower. The safety is one of the big reasons I chose to live here so many years ago. Sadly I don't think anywhere is perfectly safe and that means jack-all to anyone who was a victim. It's never going to feel safe to them again, and that is tragic.

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Posted in: Vaccination passport apps could help society reopen but first they have to be secure See in context

This is assuming that we ever actually start deploying the vaccine to any great effect in Japan. Maybe Japan being globally blacklisted would be enough to shame them into actually doing it.

I literally had a friend (US Citizen, PR here) fly to the states, quarantine and get the vaccine far faster than he ever would here. He's spending some time with family who have long since before the second dose and return half of that trip. If I had enough holiday accrued I would probably try the same thing.

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Posted in: Naomi Osaka raises voice against anti-Asian hate crimes See in context

I mean, it is a good gesture but I am honestly not sure what it is going to take to fix these kinds of pervasive issues in America. It seems almost an inherent facet of American culture at this point. Still, it's always better to make whatever stand you can to support a cause you believe in and is obviously an issue that strikes very close to home.

Also, lots of whataboutism here. Just because someone doesn't speak out about every possible social ill in the world does not invalidate their position, nobody could conceivably manage to do that.

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Posted in: Knife-wielding man shot dead by police officer in Toyama See in context

Honestly I would probably take the position of this being excessive. All my understanding of Japanese police training is they receive a fair bit of hand to hand combat experience, and more than enough to handle somebody with a knife relatively safely. Maybe they get cut, risk of the job, but nobody needs to die.

Guns should pretty much only be used by law enforcement if somebody has an equal or greater degree of lethal force presented, i.e another gun or explosive device. As those things are pretty unlikely in Japan, so should the use of lethal force from the police.

A knife should never warrant the use of a gun in response.

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Posted in: British citizen arrested for dumping bento trash in mailbox See in context

If not for the pandemic, I could see that excuse actually passing mustard. There's enough tourists that MAYBE you could make that excuse sound reasonable. Any foreigner here now is pretty much guaranteed to be a resident though, who should know better (and should also probably speak Japanese).

Not that I'd believe it even in that case, it is just another case of somebody trying to "gaijin smash" and give us all a bad name. It would just be moderately more believeable. Purely speculation, but I would not be surprised if this guy has a track record of this kind of thing and is only now being called on it. He probably pushes past the train gates on a regularly basis too.

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Posted in: Korean kids nurtured to remember history with anti-Japanese toys and games See in context

At least the adventure game one seems to offer some degree of depth, in not portraying all Japanese as a monolithic evil entity. I would have to try it to really gauge though, and I probably won't be doing that.

The lego-esque one though, good gods. Who wants their children to be recreating a historical assassination in lego? Propaganda aside, that is already morbid as hell.

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Posted in: Mie becomes 1st prefecture to ban outing of sexual minorities See in context

I know that these toothless laws and ordinances are popular in Japan, similar with prefectures that have recognized marriage equality. They don't truly do anything outside of the symbolic.

At the same time, it is good to see public sentiment generally supporting these types of bills. It could be a good pathway to implementing laws with actual government backing behind them.

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Posted in: Democrats vow vote on gun bills; Biden says 'we have to act' See in context

This particular issue is a pretty big part of why I left the states and will never go back.

Most gun control advocates have been pushing for more sensible regulation about the ability to buy guns, but even then meet with crazy resistance in the States. I will take the more extreme position from most gun control advocates and say that no private citizen should ever own or be allowed to purchase a gun. Yes violent crimes can still happen with illegal guns, but that is a lot harder and the damage is far less widespread.

Hunting? Not necessary for 99% of the populace, but allow a very difficult provision for hunting licenses ala Japan. Require proof that is part of your livelihood.

Target Shooting? Public safety trumps your hobby, but even here we could allow secured guns at a range that can only be used there and are subject to regular police inspection.

Any other uses, Americans have shown they aren't capable of handling the responsibility.

People always cite the 2nd Amendment, but the idea of a militia overthrowing the US government if it became tyrannical is a joke with modern technology. It's outdated and not relevant.

Everyone is saying the same things every time this tragedy strikes and at the end of the day nothing will change. Everyone is entirely too invested in their position in the States. The arguments will cycle around, people will grandstand and then nothing will happen. I am happy to live in a country that has virtually no guns, and feel far safer than I would elsewhere. I honestly don't know what it would take to change America's mind at this point, I don't think it is possible.

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Posted in: Travelers entering Japan have to install location confirmation app, Skype on smartphones See in context


Specifically mentioned in the article, if you don't have a smartphone you have to rent one at the airport out of your own pocket.

The tracing apps make total sense, as anyone entering the country is obviously the biggest risk vector for the disease. Skype seems like an odd choice, but maybe a fairly ubiquitous one.

Honestly though, who exactly is rearing to go internationally travel right now unless they absolutely have to? Even if my company allowed us to, I don't think I would want to go anywhere until I am vaccinated at the very least.

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Posted in: New wave of bars creates buzz without the booze See in context

For most people, I would rather just see the styles of bars combined, I have no issue with offering more non-alcoholic cocktails at traditional bars but aren't too keen on them myself. I do have plenty of friends who don't drink I would like to have more choices when we are out (assuming that ever happens again). I don't drink a whole lot of soft drinks besides water or coffee.

On the other hand, for recovering alcoholics it is probably great that they don't have any temptation in front of them and it can maybe replicate the social atmosphere they miss from traditional bars.

Personally, I don't see the appeal of going out to drink soft drinks, but soda bars used to be a thing. I am sure there is a market for some people.

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Posted in: Test your knowledge of 'Ghost of Tsushima' geography and enter a drawing for a mystery prize See in context


I haven't heard much critics of it here, mostly people just impressed they did such a good job. Critics especially, I believe Famitsu gave it rave reviews.

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Posted in: No shouts of joy among eateries, theaters despite state of emergency lifting See in context

The extra hour of operation will have some impact for these businesses but ultimately, I don't think this means a whole lot. The SOE was a pretty lackluster "emergency", and until public confidence returns the operation hours won't really make a big change. My office isn't changing a thing prior to the start of the SOE for example.

I don't see things really changing for the better until the population is FAR more widely vaccinated.

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Posted in: Is bitcoin environmentally friendly? See in context

I don't even think there is an argument to be had as to the environmental impact of bitcoin. More than many small countries, it is around ranked 30th in terms of power consumption (if we assumed bitcoin to be a country). That is absolutely staggering.

I have no idea what argument could be made for the environmental benefit, I suppose it consumes less paper?

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Posted in: Nagano farmers and restaurants team up to provide home vegetable meals during pandemic See in context

The clam chowder looks like it could be alright, though if the base is good it shouldn't need much else.

I agree with kohakue that the galette looks a bit underwhelming. A good galette really needs some kind of fat to pull it together, even just an egg yolk would make this one a lot more appealing.

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Posted in: Driver who killed pedestrian during police chase gets 5 years in prison See in context

I generally skew on the side of lenient punishments with a focus on rehabilitation, contrary to a lot of posters here, but even to me this seems excessively light.

I do hope she ultimately gets help for the drug issues, but that generally doesn't seem to be the driving force in Japanese correctional facilities.

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Posted in: Major European nations suspend use of AstraZeneca vaccine See in context


I dont stick nonstop to data or scientific reports.

I am sticked to reality.

Where exactly do you think data and scientific reports come from? Science is inherently based on the observation of reality, it isn't a set of ideologies in itself. As understanding of reality changes, so does the science around it.

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Posted in: Worshippers brave smoldering coals to pray for safety See in context


Yes, people can do what they want, but people can also call them idiots for doing it. People have every right to do both. Something doesn't get a pass simply by being cultural/traditional/religious.

Unfortunately, the ability to do what you want ceases to be relevant when you are bringing a baby into the situation. At the least you are risking tremendous amounts of smoke inhalation for the baby, and heaven forbid you fall while carrying them. I realise that may not be what most people here are doing, but shame on the monks for not stopping her.

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Posted in: Man arrested for robbing convenience store says he did it because he was hungry See in context


Yes, it is heavily capitalism vs socialism. I am a very outspoken socialist, leaning even more towards the left than that.

As far what I do, yes I do volunteer work and whatever I can to help. I have noticed that a lot of homeless in Japan have too much pride to accept handouts still, but will often take small side jobs if you can find anything that needs doing.

Ultimately though, those are band-aids on a systemic problem. As nice a gesture as volunteering and soup kitchen work is, that isn't going to solve the root causes that led to these solutions being necessary. It is like global warming, anything an individual does to curb their carbon footprint is, while nice, a drop in the bucket to what a government or company could do.

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Posted in: Starbucks Japan moves into spring with Banana Almond Milk Frappuccino See in context

Never really enjoyed anything banana flavored except actual bananas.

Then again, I am a boring black coffee drinker, so I am sure there is a market for this somewhere. It is not the most ridiculous concoction I have seen out of a starbucks.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympics chief invokes power of sport on anniversary of disaster See in context

I don't necessarily disagree with the "power of sport" bit, but there is a time and a place for that. Ten years ago, the Japanese performance during the World Cup was something that really helped rally people in a positive way. This kind of statement made then would have been appropriate, even as there was a lot of work to do recovering the region.

The "power of sport" is not something to draw upon when still in the midst of a worldwide pandemic though. I am normally an Olympic supporter but for this time just cancel them, celebrate the indomitable human spirit once we are past the actual crisis and people are vaccinated.

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