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Posted in: Concerns mount over possible collapse of Japan's medical system See in context

Maybe we need a "Darwin passport" for people going out at night and partying. "Please don't bother treating me if I get sick. Please call my lawyer and sue me if you get sick."

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympics cost $15.4 billion. What else could that buy? See in context

Oxford would probably ask for articles mentioning the school to be, at very least, spell-checked before publication.

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Posted in: Officials in Tokyo alarmed at lack of sense of crisis as virus cases hit record highs See in context

Kondo: "I don't think there have been any cases related to the Olympic Games. So we aren't worried about that issue,"

Shouldn't that be:

"I don't think there have been any cases related to the Olympic Games. However it is an issue of concern that we're keeping a close eye on."


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Posted in: What most people really fear is that a restricted Olympics is the symbol of Japanese politics which has struggled with particular business interests and pressure from abroad. See in context

Tokyo Olympic sponsors:
















... "pressure from abroad" Really?

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Posted in: Some medical experts unconvinced about holding Tokyo Olympics See in context

I wonder if there's a legal case for stopping the Olympic nonsense. Politicians easily get away with terrible things after the fact, but is it possible to build a legal case - using testimony from medical experts, and simple public opposition - for clear premeditated criminality should things be pushed forward, infections increase as a result and people die? If that was in place, there might be more hesitation before continuing this bulldozing of common sense and common wishes for dirty money.

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Posted in: ALT asked to remove earrings by local education board See in context

Back in the day, working as an ALT, the same rules were in place for elementary schools. It also included "no neck ties". It's not cultural, it's not sadistic oppression, it's not rocket science: it's simply that small kids love to pull things for fun. This rule was probably put in place after incidents in which some teachers learnt that the hard way.

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Posted in: ALT asked to remove earrings by local education board See in context

I think the headline here should actually be: "ALT who signed contract in which it was clearly stated, "no earrings", asked to remove earrings."

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Posted in: 'A new movement': Trump's false claims take hold in states See in context

More like a, "bowel movement" - the last, sometimes uncomfortable, process of getting rid of waste.

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Posted in: Abe asked by Tokyo prosecutors to appear for voluntary questioning over dinner parties See in context

One thing puzzles me... When a receipt is issued, that is a recorded transaction that goes into the records of the issuer. If I buy something from Amazon, for example, Amazon has a record of the transaction, which goes into their accounts under sales - by law, unless they are hiding sales... Amazon can show the transaction took place and re-issue the receipt. Just because I lose the piece of paper doesn't erase the history of the transaction; that's what book keeping is for. So how are "lost receipts" being used as an excuse?

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Posted in: Millions of U.S. Thanksgiving holiday travelers defy COVID-19 warnings See in context

Will this be the first year the Darwin Awards are given to an entire Nation?

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Posted in: GM: New batteries cut electric car costs, increase range See in context

I think the charging issue for longer journeys comes down to "national infrastructure", meaning that if the government is committed, it will ensure adequate coverage. I believe Germany has put in place a policy to have 1 million charging stations by 2030. Sure, it's tax money, but the benefits to society obviously outweigh the investment. By 2030, oil will be used where necessary, but necessary won't be cars. Of course, the macro-issue is how the electricity is generated.

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Posted in: GM: New batteries cut electric car costs, increase range See in context

Hm. The "plan" is 1m cars by 2025 over 30 models... so an average of 33,000 per model? Range of "as much as" 450 miles - Tesla does 353 miles today... Xpeng, Li and NIO will also probably be in the US by 2022 with sub-$20K cars... The numbers here are not good for GM.

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Posted in: Subway bad manners See in context

A long trend of messages to Japanese commuters, written in Japanese, but featuring foreigners so as not to directly offend Japanese people... It needs to stop - the contact details are at the bottom of the image, so let's not hassle JT for bringing this to our attention: contact the racists directly.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic organizers, IOC clash over who will pay for delay See in context

I think (if put to a public vote) most people in Japan would prefer to cancel, and put THEIR tax money into increased COVID testing, medical research toward a vaccine, hospital infrastructure and PPE, and income support for people in trouble right now.

This is no time for GAMES!

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Posted in: Japan Post Bank to cap int'l transfers to counter money laundering See in context

"My number"

What genius thought of that?

"Do you have my number?"

"Your number?"

"No, your my number"

"My your number?"

"Yes, your my number"

"My number?"

"Yes, my number"


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Posted in: Kao's #beWhite campaign leaves firm red-faced See in context

I think the point here is that the agency that came up with the tag didn't do a simple, "Could there be an issue with this?" check.

Remember: if in doubt, ask me. It's my job.

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Posted in: Nissan execs to return part of salaries over bogus vehicle inspections See in context

”part of” means absolutely nothing.

How much? What percentage?! ... Even ¥1 is “part of”!

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Posted in: British expert calls for Japan's lead in dealing with aging society See in context

Don't worry.

"The newly created government panel is tasked with discussing topics such as making education and daycare services for preschoolers free and reducing the financial burden of going to college."

Job done.

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Posted in: Japan urges world to unite on N Korea after latest missile See in context

I think the white shirt salaryman camouflage works much better than the jungle survival type in offices.

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Posted in: Sagawa Express introduces 4-day workweek in Tokyo, Yamanashi See in context

the company adopted flexible working so employees can work 10 hours per day instead of 8.

Hm. What's 4 x 2 extra hours? Yup, 8. So basically using overtime to make up for this magical "day off"...

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Posted in: Kyoto University demonstrates rescue robot See in context

That doesn't look very impressive. It looks like a high school project... I doubt the students at MIT would be able to keep a straight face watching that video. I certainly wouldn't count on it to save my life in a disaster zone.

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