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Posted in: Japan cautiously enters year-end party season amid Omicron concerns See in context


Interesting poll, good thinking. In my company's case we usually have a fairly large one which includes customers and other key contacts (50 or so people). This year we're just having an unofficial (and 100% voluntary) one for the 7 staff. 5 are keen, 2 prefer not to. We're not asking the decliners why they don't want to join but my feeling is that 1 is covid-related and 1 just doesn't like that kind of event, which is completely fine.

My personal opinion is that in general bounenkai are very valuable IF there isn't a year-round expectation that people will drink with their colleagues. It's not unreasonable to HOPE that people will join a social activity once a year, especially if the company is paying and there is no pressure for people to get legless. The problem is that at some companies the bounenkai is the 100th (or more) occasion of the year when people are unofficially expected to drink with their colleagues. I can see why people might find that a grind.

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Posted in: Baldwin was told gun was 'cold' before movie set shooting See in context

However, as actors it seems ridiculous to expect them to be the experts-in-charge of firearms on set.

They're not, other people are employed specifically for that purpose despite what the experts on here who have never even set foot on a film set will tell you. Baldwin is a co-producer of the film so he is in the chain of responsibility though. We don't even actually know if it was a live or misfired blank round yet.

Well yes, that's exactly my point.

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Posted in: Baldwin was told gun was 'cold' before movie set shooting See in context

Those who are blaming Baldwin for not checking that the chamber was empty: I'm by no means an expert so may be missing something, but as far as I understand it "prop guns" are often intentionally not empty. A blank, for example, is still a round in the chamber.

Hence the designation of someone on set to be constantly present and responsible at all times for the condition of the guns.

There is doubtless a case to be made for him bearing some responsibility as producer for overall safety on set. However, as actors it seems ridiculous to expect them to be the experts-in-charge of firearms on set.

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Posted in: 5 men connected to Nishiyama Farm arrested for refund scam See in context

13.3 BILLION yen??

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Posted in: How do you feel about targeted advertising online that shows ads for products and services that presumably meet your interests, based on your online search history and viewing habits? See in context

The concept isn't the problem, it's the lack of transparency about how and when the data is collected.

Some of these companies absolutely deceived their users in terms of how they were being tracked, especially when not even using their platform. I think I should have a reasonable expectation that a platform is not tracking my activity when I'm not using their platform, unless I have given them express permission to do so (and not through the medium of 50 page user agreements).

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Posted in: 2 PM hopefuls favor nuclear fusion, small modular reactors See in context

Given that the half-life of whichever of these bozos gets the job will be around 1-2 years, phrases like "I will eventually seek technologies such as...." seem somewhat redundant.

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Posted in: Long jumpers See in context

Great picture - I'm sure I'm not the only one who has been far more entertained and inspired by these Paralympics than the Olympics.

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Posted in: Malaysian shot putter disqualified after winning gold medal See in context

At first sight disqualifying someone with intellectual disabilities for arriving 3 minutes late for an event in a foreign country seems incredibly harsh. Wonder if there is more to this story that is being reported?

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 4,220 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 21,570 See in context

@Leighton Rutt

Looking at the Livestream of the Shibuya scramble crossing, it does not look like the Japanese people even think there is a problem. Just saying.

I just looked at your link and I'd estimate there are about a quarter of the normal crowd at 6pm on a weekday. I've been here for close to 20 years and can't recall seeing it so quiet.

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Posted in: Osaka starts administering AstraZeneca vaccine See in context

Whilst I applaud the efforts, it is genuinely fascinating that SIXTY staffers are targeting only 540 jabs a day. That's about 9 per staffer, or around 1 jab per staff per hour.

I understand that not all of them are directly administering the vaccine, but come on!

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Posted in: Japanese media reports have estimated up to 40% of bars and restaurants in some parts of Tokyo are flouting anti-virus measures that restrict them from selling alcohol and require them to close by 8 p.m. What do you think of this? See in context

I don't blame them - the scapegoating of bars and restaurants has been disgusting. It's completely unreasonable to ask one specific sector of the economy to make all of the sacrifices, whilst other sectors are allowed to carry on regardless.

I'm sure we all have a list of stories about this nonsense, but I personally know several Japanese companies who are bringing in staff specifically to have small group meetings which could easily be conducted by zoom; I know a university which insisted a teacher come to work after he called them and said "look, my wife and child are running fevers, the doctor wouldn't give them corona tests because they don't appear to be dying, but I think it might be better if I don't come in, what do you think?"; Fuji Rock is happening; the Olympics went ahead, albeit without crowds; lots of summer festivals and sports days are inexplicably going ahead; soccer and baseball have crowds.

As a society we either need to decide that we are ALL going to curb our activities, or that we are ALL going to be allowed to decide for ourselves. If I was a restaurant owner I would be furious.

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Posted in: Do you respect anti-vaxxers' stance? See in context

Depends what you mean by "anti-vaxxer".

If we're talking about someone who has quietly decided that the vaccine is not for them, but is taking other sensible precautions then I don't have much of a problem with them. In most cases I think they are making a mistake, but that's their decision and it doesn't make them a bad person. We have to accept that a free society will never reach 100% consensus on anything.

However, when I read "anti-vaxxer" what I'm picturing is the fools who are spending their time trying to persuade other people to not get jabbed. They're largely doing this by spreading entirely unscientific nonsense, unfounded conspiracy theories, and outright lies. If you don't understand something - and they really don't - then STFU and stop trying to influence other people. Same goes for noisy anti-maskers. It's none of your business if other people choose to wear masks, nor is it any of your concern if private businesses choose to mandate masks on their premises. Stop your whining.

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Posted in: Suga's medical adviser urges tougher anti-virus measures See in context

Whilst I agree with Omi's general sentiment, what on earth is the point in restricting the hours of grocery stores? I'll avoid restaurants if we're all going to do that, but if I'm eating at home then I'll be wanting to go to the grocery store, and the less crowded it is the better. This is the same nonsense that saw the geniuses in charge as JR to reduce the number of trains.

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Posted in: Which sports would you like to see included in future summer Olympics and which sports would you like to see dropped? See in context

I'd separate it too - Olympics Sports Festival and Olympics Arts Festival. There's nothing at all wrong with gymnastics, synchronized swimming etc but they seem to belong in a different category.

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Posted in: Do you think that the state of emergency in Tokyo has become a state of complacency? See in context

Yes, but the public complacency is largely a response to government complacency (and incompetence).

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Posted in: Message for Suga See in context

@Euro Dude,

Whether you agree or disagree with the protestors, it is very evident that the increase in cases in Tokyo is NOTHING to do with an increase in testing! See yesterday's record breaking positives - 3,865 from just 12,000 tests.

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Posted in: Man arrested for sexually assaulting woman as she slept in her apartment See in context

Why would you sleep with your door unlocked??

(n.b. I'm not for a second suggesting that this diminishes the crime in any way, I just find it quite puzzling)

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Posted in: Gov't alcohol ban blunder shows limits in anti-virus measures See in context

Seems to me that the recent unwillingness of more and more restaurants to comply is likely driven by a lack of solidarity from other businesses. I've said it here before - it is arguably reasonable to ask EVERYONE to make some sacrifices in order to contain a pandemic. However, it is completely unreasonable to ask only one sector of the economy to do it.

Had Japan Inc got its act together and ensured that sufficient numbers of office workers stayed home (say 50%) then we'd have relatively safe trains and relatively safe offices. There is no reason why the government couldn't have introduced punitive measures on companies who failed to comply - as they have with restaurants. Companies have now had a year and a half to work out how to do this, and largely haven't. So who can blame a restaurant who says "I've been doing my bit for ages - why should I keep closing when offices are open, cafes are open, shops are open, and the Olympics is on?"

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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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Posted in: U.S. keeps Tier-2 rating of Japan's efforts against human trafficking See in context


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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Posted in: U.S. keeps Tier-2 rating of Japan's efforts against human trafficking See in context

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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Posted in: Female worker being held hostage at internet cafe in Saitama See in context

@Laguna - because some people sleep in there, rather like a business hotel.

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Posted in: Japan eyes vaccinating people under 65 at state-run mass centers from Thursday See in context

@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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Posted in: Minister admits coercing Olympics app developer into cutting costs See in context

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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Posted in: LDP lawmakers seek emergency clause for constitution to deal with crises See in context

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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Posted in: Transgender weightlifter Hubbard's presence in Tokyo unfair: rival See in context

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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Posted in: It's way too hard to gain the understanding of Japanese citizens at the moment. See in context

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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