Posted in: There wasn't any consideration. If there'd only been one example of 'you're being asked to move, could you please possibly cooperate? Instead, it was pretty much'we're having the Olympics, you need to get out.' See in context
It was public housing. I absolutely feel sorry for him, and it's a shame more sensitivity wasn't applied in the eviction process.
In the end though, public housing isn't really yours and if a decision is made that the space is better used for something else, for the greater public good, then that's they way it goes.
(Whether the Olympics is for the greater public good is, of course, very open to debate)
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I hate the US immigration system as well, but a death of a detainee in the US would have tremendous consequences if ever happens.
Not sure if that is true - 21 people died in ICE custody in 2020, almost three times as many as in 2019. I didn't see any tremendous consequences.
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The US rates itself at tier 1, which on the face of it seems faintly ridiculous given that human trafficking evidently is a significant issue there. It is worth pointing out though, that the rating is not based on how much trafficking is happening, it is about whether governments fully cooperate with the specific provisions of a specific US act. As these provisions have been written by the US, within a US cultural and political framework, it is kind of understandable that the US government is deemed to be complying. One might argue, for example, that the use of forced labour in the world's biggest prison population constitutes a form of human trafficking, especially given the perverse incentives to keep people locked up; you can bet your bottom dollar that this would not be considered a violation by the report.
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@Laguna - because some people sleep in there, rather like a business hotel.
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@Sandoval - I got my coupon and I think everyone in my ward (Sumida) got theirs. I know LOTS of people in other wards who don't have theirs yet though. LOTS.
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Given the overblown costs and scandalous under-delivery of most government IT contracts (not only in Japan), I'm tempted to be on the minister's side here.
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Posted in: I thought careful consideration was necessary when discussing criminal punishments, including taking unique cases into consideration as exceptions. However, my comment was inappropriate even for an exceptional case. See in context
How depressing that it isn't only Jiminto politicians who are completely lacking in common sense and morality.
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Posted in: During the first wave of COVID-19 last year and the state of emergency that followed, there was a lot of ruckus about pachinko parlors in particular. But actually, very few clusters have been linked to them. Why do you think this is? See in context
Because some people disapprove of pachinko and will use any excuse to point the finger at it. It was the same after the Tohoku disaster during the setsuden period - pachinko was the only business that people ever singled out for criticism for wasting electricity.
There was never any reason whatsoever to suspect that pachinko would be a likely venue for spreading covid - it is extremely easy to take appropriate precautions for a single-player game where the participants sit in one place for an extended period without interacting with others. You're surely far more likely to catch it from taking the train to your favorite parlour than from actually playing it. Meanwhile, restaurants have been open throughout (with varying restrictions) as have offices, gyms, department stores, sports venues etc etc. Simple scapegoating.
If people don't like pachinko they should campaign against it, not pretend that it's going to give you covid. I have no interest in playing it, but in the absence of legislation/enforcement to get rid of it, it's a legitimate business just like any other.
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Ridiculous. They have all the tools they need to keep people at home if they want. They have managed to pretty much close down the restaurant industry without needing a constitutional amendment - all they did was declare an emergency and introduce fines for failing to comply. What they completely failed to do was introduce fines for other companies which failed to meet working-from-home targets.
We'd be sitting pretty if Japanese companies on average had switched to, say, 70% working from home - or even 30%. The trains would be comparatively empty, people would have had far fewer close contacts through being in offices etc. This could have been accomplished through the same mechanism as was used with restaurants.
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Posted in: Some people, opposed to the Tokyo Olympics, are directing their frustration at athletes for not speaking out against the Games, one example being swimming star Rikako Ikee. What do you expect the athletes to do? See in context
It's ridiculous to expect a 20-year old kid to be the responsible adult in the room.
Whilst I think the Olympics ought to be postponed or canceled, this is a political/societal decision. The general political apathy of Japanese citizens is the main reason why the government is not heeding the 80% of people who don't want this to go ahead. For anyone who is upset at the athletes not taking a stand: I'm afraid this is YOUR fault, not theirs. Man the barricades if you feel strongly about it; make it clear to your local Jiminto representative that you will never vote for them again; make a donation to opposition parties. THEN you can complain about the athletes not taking a stand which, for them, would be an enormous sacrifice.
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I'm very much in favour of protecting our trans brothers and sisters from discrimination, but the IOC is making a grave mistake here.
The fact that Ms. Hubbard is able to compete at a high level at the age of 43 tells you everything you need to know about the strength advantages of being born a man - she'll very likely be the only 40-something in the tournament. This is not because she is an athlete of extreme dedication and longevity, it's because she has a clear an obvious advantage over her competition.
The worst thing about this is it WILL cause negative feelings towards trans people, and will distract from the very real discrimination that trans people suffer by pitting them against women who otherwise might be allies.
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Given that their average age seems to be about 80, their turns should come up soon enough - oh, wait, you mean we're not getting through the vaccines at warp speed? I can see why they might be concerned.
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If it's realistic then it will have to be VERY graphic....
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I'd have put good money on this fool being a typical LDP octagenarian. Sadly, he's only 42. I would have hoped for better.
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What if he had a sudden stroke, seizure, or heart attack that incapacitated him before he was able to follow the procedure to notify the station and make a sudden unexpected stop?
Well, what do you think happens if the driver has a stroke? The train just carries on at 200km/h until it crashes? No, the train comes to a controlled stop.
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Not sure what world people are living in where they think it makes sense to add an extra driver, that's completely unnecessary, expensive, and is only improving punctuality, not safety. All that was needed here in this RARE, URGENT situation was for the train to stop briefly, let the poor man take care of urgent business, then proceed to the next station. Sure, that requires other trains to stop briefly too, but this is not the end of the world.
It reflects poorly on JR that he didn't feel that this was an option.
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I've been here for 20 years and can't think of a single thing that Japan has "radically speeded up"
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On May 17, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government stated that at least 33 restaurants in the city had failed to comply with temporary business closures or shortened business hours
Ha I haven't left my East Tokyo station in ages and I know of at least 5 places that are open and selling alcohol. There must be hundreds, if not thousands, across the city.
Can't say I blame them - if office workers can't tear themselves away from their offices enough to reduce the crush on the trains, it's a bit unreasonable to ask restaurants to take all the responsibility.
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This country dishes out about 20 million free influenza vaccines a year to the elderly, PLUS vaccinates millions through company schemes. Add on to that the mobile blood banks and the free annual medical checkups offered to us over-40s. There is ample already existing infrastructure in place to have at least made a significant start on this whilst simultaneously working on one-off measures like mass vaccination centers.
It seems to me that the focus is on how to get 100% of the country vaccinated at the same time, which does indeed require careful planning. That makes perfect sense for some projects (like allocating a MyNumber card to everyone, for example) but is utterly nonsensical in a pandemic. Get as many jabs in arms as you can, as soon as you can. HURRY UP!
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"I have never put the Olympics first" and "the IOC has the final say on the fate of the games" are not compatible statements. Letting the IOC have final say IS putting the Olympics first, by definition!
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I wonder what would happen if it made its way onto the railway system?
Haha Snakes on a Train!
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Put MORE trains on, you nincompoops!!!
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@zoroto et al:
Why is the sign in English? Is this something she made up for foreigners only? That would explain why nobody in Japan is following the urging.
The sign is most probably from her English address. Just about the only thing I will give Koike credit for is that she does her Thursday briefing in English as well as Japanese.
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To the clowns blaming the EU: Japan is basically making zero progress with the millions of vaccine doses already received, so how would receiving shipments more quickly help?
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@robert maes, your point about the declining population would make sense if the market for Imax theaters was saturated. There are currently only 30-40 of them in the whole country, and they are going to expand to around 100. Or, around 1 theater per million people even using the 2040 population projection.
They don't need an expanding population, they just need people to choose Imax over their competitors. Whether they will prove to be correct or not remains to be seen, but there is no reason for them to put too much weight on the falling population when they have such a low market share (there are over 3,000 screens in Japan)
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Can't even manage social distancing at an individual event....
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Posted in: As seen in young people drinking on the street, people are losing trust in the government and they’re not listening to it. If the situation goes on like this, it will be impossible to stop people from traveling even though a state of emergency is declared. See in context
This should read "as seen by salarimen and women getting on crowded trains every morning because the old men in charge are completely incapable of recognizing that a lot of their employees are perfectly able to work from home".
Any excuse for a sly dig at young people, when they reality is that the real problem is the failure of organizations like the Japan Association of Corporate Executives to do their part.
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I think this might be the nail in the coffin that finally buries this Olympics.
Doubtless there are ways of getting creative, as MarkX pointed out, but the optics of this are already terrible.
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It is shameful that companies like Munakata-san's are allowed to carry on as normal, with no effort whatsoever to help with the collective effort, while the restaurant industry is being decimated.
They have had a full year to work out how to hold online meetings, and I know people in their 80s who are managing to do this just fine. This really ought to be a collective effort and I have every sympathy with bar & izakaya owners who don't feel as though we're all in this together. Our local izakaya's activities are just as much "work" as Munakata-san's "meetings" are and it is completely unreasonable to force one form of business to stop while allowing another to carry on without even trying to help.
Do a proper lockdown or don't bother.
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This country manages to vaccinate tens of millions of people every year against influenza. Surely the starting point is right there?? Just get people jabbed as fast as possible, it doesn't matter in what order.
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Posted in: Melbourne ends 5th COVID-19 lockdown