Okay, help me work through this. Say I'm a copper working on immigration violations and an informant passes on intel that a bunch of Samoan illegals have gone to ground in the local Samoan community. Not knowing exactly where the illegals are, I instruct my team to go door-to-door in the Samoan community to root them out. Should I go rousting the Chinese and Indians too justto make up the numbers?
If your only course of action is "whelp, better interrogate everyone of this race until we found out who did it" you are REALLY bad at your job. The solution isn't to roust everyone equally, it is to actually do detective work without bothering every honest citizen in the process.
Not to mention, these weren't polite "Excuse me, have you seen anyone matching the following description?" type interrogations by all accounts.
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My company started vaccinations for employees this week too, I don't know the logistics of how we secured the vaccines honestly, but I know we have doctors on payroll.
I will get my first shot on Thursday. Which, great news for me, but it still feels like the government is really dropping the ball here if the only people that can get vaccinated work at large companies.
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I am definitely in the camp of making them pay their taxes for the land at the current going rate, but not to evict them.
I do wonder why this is coming up now of all times, if this is a persistent issue for literal generations.
The only case I could see for the eviction is if there is more to this story than we see. If the government has been unsuccessfully trying to get them to pay taxes for years, then sure it makes sense to evict them.
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Good news, way too late but at least some centers and workplaces seem to FINALLY be getting on it. My company just secured enough vaccine/doctor for all of our staff to be vaccinated starting next week (for those who want it). Sure I will be vaccinated months after everyone I know in other countries, but at least it is finally getting out there.
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"These Games are very much a symbol of the whole world emerging from this terrible, global pandemic," she said. "
Except we aren't. If this was being held next year and vaccinations were immensely ramped up worldwide, MAYBE. Some regions are starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel, Japan isn't one of them, but even then holding a global event of this magnitude just seems insane and tempting fate.
If you break your leg, you don't go running a marathon the day you get your cast off.
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50% thinking it will be held does not mean 50% think it should be held.
You can think something WILL happen without thinking it SHOULD happen.
I am strongly against the Olympics being held, but I seriously doubt they will be cancelled at this point, the window for that to happen has realistically already passed.
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Oh I am glad they are considering it. At this rate, once the proposal goes through all the proper channels, meetings, and commitees, Japan will be all ready to vaccinate their volunteers by the next time they hold the Olympics.
Incidentally, that will be about the same time they finish vaccinating the general population anyway.
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Meanwhile in Japan most of us have been cramming into the same crowded trains every morning, 5-6 days a week, since the pandemic went down.
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I get the strong push for any kind of treatment, even if ineffectual. Alzheimer's is about the most terrifying thing I can think of, as even with any other physically debilitating disease at least you always have your mind. Losing that, I would sooner die. If I was in the early stages of Alzheimer's I too would push for any kind of treatment I could get, even if the side effect was death that would be (personally) preferable for me.
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Hats off to Nike on this one, I've never really used their products because I am not exactly the exercising type, but I would almost want to start. I don't think it is a big surprise to people who live here how far Japan has to go in terms of gender equality. It has certainly improved over the years, but it still has a LOT of growing to do in that arena. Lots of comments from people who seem to equate inequality with culture (even if it is, that isn't the type of culture we should be preservering) highlight how pervasive this problem still is.
I am not pro-capitalist by any stretch, but every so often a company's pursuit of profits does end up pushing forward good things, and those moments should be celebrated.
If they want to compete in the same arena, why not? These women aren't asking for special treatment, they are already playing on all men's teams.
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I am pretty sure they will, my company is partnered with them for some things and everything is full steam ahead. There's not even really discussion over what to do if they are cancelled because there is so much confidence it will go ahead.
I don't think they SHOULD be held, but they are being held almost certainly.
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I could almost buy a "I didn't meant to kill him argument" with a singular stabbing in the heat of the moment, and then realising what you did. Multiple stabbings? Maybe not premediated, but definitely murderous intent.
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I know! If only the rest of the world had figured out the virus is purely nocturnal and can't affect you during crowded morning commutes because it is still asleep.
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Any amount that has a good chance of going missing and/or is feasible to track down, I would absolutely return or turn over to the authorities. That includes large sums of money, credit cards, or any sum of money in a wallet (especialyl if there was ID attached).
Something like a 100 or 500 yen coin lying on the ground? I would probably keep, it is exceptionally unlikely the original owner would even notice it missing or try to report it, and even less likely they would do so in the right area. The exception would be if I saw someone actually drop it, I would try to chase them down probably.
In the case of a mistaken transaction, I almost always go back to try to correct the transaction. Not that I particularly care for the finances of the 7/11 that undercharged me, but I don't want it taken out on the cashier who made the mistake.
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I don't believe them for a second, but assuming we take them 100% at their word (ha!) and believe that all these measures are sufficient and will actually be followed and somehow this doesn't result in ANYONE dying.
How does this STILL not go down in history as the worst Olympics ever? No crowds, no cheering, no ability for the athletes to enjoy themselves or their host country, several teams likely not even showing. I know that the money is the big (only) driving force here, but surely having the distinction of being the host of the worst Olympics ever held has to be worth something?
Years from now, people will use Tokyo as the barometer for bad events, that is not a good PR/tourism look. "Yeah, that was a pretty bad Olympics, but at least it wasn't Tokyo 2020".
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Let us say we accept your totally insane premise that vaccines injure/cause death in all but the rarest cases (which are the cases we need everyone else vaccinated against, to protect them).
You absolutely have the choice to opt out of society if you don't want to take a vaccine. You do not have the right to opt out of society and still benefit from the parts you like.
Somebody can opt out of having to get a license, but they choose to never [legally] drive. You can't complain the government is infringing on your rights by not letting you drive unlicensed. If you opt out of the vaccine, you are as much a risk to people around you as an unlicensed driver is to those cars around them and shouldn't be allowed in public flights.
Could an argument be made for chartered flights and/or personal aircraft? Maybe, but I don't think many folks railing against vaccines are in those camps.
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The year is 2125.
Japan has finally finished vaccinating their population and re-opens their borders to the world. The once thriving economy is in shambles. Foreign investment has dwindled to nothing and most large companies have withdrawn. Most of the world has forgotten why Japan had closed their borders, as the virus has long since been eradicated on the rest of the planet.
But at least they will always have the "2020" Olympics.
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Different terms, one relates to gender and one relates to sexuality. Different concepts. One could be cisgender and homosexual for instance, or transgendered and heterosexual.
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I entirely agree that families should be able to support their child themselves before they have one, but in the next breath you say they should be exempt from income tax?
That would literally be childfree families supporting you, which goes against the previous sentiment. I would not be surprised if people started having kids solely for the reason of avoiding tax. I do not nor ever want children, but I still think that having kids for any reason except really wanting them is flawed.
Sidenote, if you do really want them, maybe adopt first before making even more.
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I am not sure I see the point. Less babies IS good for the planet, some places continuing to have high birthrates does not invalidate that. You don't just go "oh well, they are having tons of kids over there, so may as well join in!".
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Great news, even with a declining birthrate, Japan (and the world) continues to be overpopulated. We could use far fewer children. Honestly, the single best thing an individual can do for the environment is not have kids.
The problem isn't people having fewer kids, the problem is an economic system predicated on constant and infinite population growth within finite resources. It is impossible for that to be sustained. The problem the government (and this isn't just Japan) needs to address is not how to get people to have kids, but how to implement more forward thinking economic models.
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Really exciting research that will hopefully benefit many people in the future, but probably not cheap either, sadly.
Would be interesting to see how it would work for somebody born blind, but I would guess not at all without the kind of neuron development required from an early age.
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The amount of regressive attitudes here is pretty staggering, but I suppose that just means we run the gamut of beliefs here.
I think most people should be able to agree that forced sterilization and a psych eval are incredibly intrusive, dehumanizing, and an affront to basic human rights that needs to be addressed even if you don't support trans rights. What if it were proposed that anyone identifying as a conservative would need a psych eval first before they could register? Does that seem nearly as benign to you? Honestly it would still make more sense to do that, since at least that one is a choice.
This isn't even a particularly extreme ask, they aren't even asking for widespread acceptance, just to stop treating them worse than sexual predators are treated.
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I would say that is a fair trade for saving lives, and worth paying out to save potentially thousands. However, I am all but certain some economist has actually crunched the cost-benefit analysis over the average cost of a worker's life vs the economy, and how many people are "acceptable" to lose over the Olympics.
It is cold and depressing, but I am sure those are the numbers the government is poring over. How many people could die and still be profitable for them in the long run.
The only way they'd cancel at this point is if they think they'd lose more money by holding them.
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I am all for reducing food-waste, but there are easier solutions.
For example, allow us to buy "imperfect" produce at the market, for a reduced price. I don't need a pack of absolutely perfect grapes for 1000 yen. It's driven me to eat almost no fruit since I have moved to Japan, except bananas and mikan.
The obsession with every vegetable and fruit being picture perfect is absolutely ridiculous and a way bigger issue.
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That is incredibly optimistic. Aren't we not even at 3M fully vaccinated (second shot complete two weeks ago)? I would be floored if Japan could get that to 5M pre-Olympics, nevermind 50.
Just checked, and fully vaccinated we are at...2%. A bit higher on first doses (7% I believe).
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Did I miss the memo that the incubation period is shorter for Japanese nationals? Is it because of their longer colons?
Seriously, even the "extended" quarantine periods are not long enough and the pre-extended ones are laughable.
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You can't have a post-pandemic recovery in the middle of a pandemic. Please don't tell me the messaging in Japan is going to shift to "Job well done guys, pandemic is over! Fruit time!" before they even seriously start vaccinating.
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New SoE, just as toothless and ineffective as the last one. I feel like Japan's only real action during the pandemic has been declaring State of Emergencies that do absolutely nothing, and then wondering why that doesn't help the situation.
Just calling something a state of emergency doesn't make it one. Everyday I commute as normal on a packed train that is probably a figurative petri dish. Companies can't close without government support/enforcement of remote work policies. I go home and I see restaurants just as crowded (or moreso) as before the pandemic, even if I haven't set foot in one.
A SoE emergency declaration needs actual weight behind it. A good start would be canceling the Olympics
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LGBT couples can and do have children as well. It does not necessitate a childfree lifestyle. Nor does being straight preclude a childfree lifestyle.
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