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Posted in: Half of Japan's regional banks to join hands in cashless payment See in context

Good for banks and government, not so good for temples, consumers and small businesses. Just wait until cashless becomes the norms, banks will charge all kinds of fees to businesses and consumers.

It is the norm in the UK. I know small businesses that have gone cash free. After all, everyone has a contactless card now, so what is the point?

I have seen buskers with card readers - far easier to tap for a pound or two than fish around in your bag or wallet.

Thisis not the abolition of cash, but rather about the reduction of it for everyday purchases.

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Posted in: Half of Japan's regional banks to join hands in cashless payment See in context

I expect there is ripoff somewhere.

Handling cash is a very expensive cost for banks. Getting people away from cash and into electronic payments is far cheaper, so such as method should pay for itself.

Other countries are using this technology as well.

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Posted in: Employee being fired fatally shoots 5 co-workers, wounds 5 police at Illinois plant See in context

Wouldn't it just be so much better if we banned guns so he'd have to stab or run over people instead?

Like in Japan?

The answer to your question is yes - it would be much better.

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Posted in: Employee being fired fatally shoots 5 co-workers, wounds 5 police at Illinois plant See in context

guns aren't scary, and guns do not kill people, people kill people,

OK. I agree that guns do not kill people. It is bullets and ammunition that kill people.

I propose to allow them to keep their guns but to make ammunition illegal. All will need to be surrendered and anyone found in possession will be imprisoned.

Thus the the right to bear arms is maintained and gun deaths are reduced.

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Posted in: Employee being fired fatally shoots 5 co-workers, wounds 5 police at Illinois plant See in context

Smithinjapan - guns don't kill people, the people using them do. Gun control ain't going to make a difference to someone who wants to kill someone else. Chicago is a prime example of that!

Giving people who want to kill people machines specially designed for killing is the danger.

In a normal country this shooter would probably have just gone home and got drunk. But give an enraged person a gun and you get bloodshed.

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Posted in: Trump to sign border bill, but also declare emergency seeking wall funds See in context

Democrats caved and gave 55 miles of wall. Remember when Pelosi swore she would give nothing? Big victory for the President.

Big victory indeed. At the current rate, the wall will be built in only about 30 years.

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Posted in: Fatal traffic accidents involving over-75s on rise in Japan See in context

Road safety could be greatly improved in this country by getting rid of traffic lights and increasing the number of roundabouts. Much safer.

What has this got to do with the over 75s?

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Posted in: Fatal traffic accidents involving over-75s on rise in Japan See in context

Elderly drivers are only responsible for 7% of road fatalities

You misread the data. They account for 14.8% of fatalities.

Giventhat not ask that many over 75s are driving it is a pretty high percentage.

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Posted in: 30 years after Rushdie fatwa, blasphemy still a potent weapon See in context

Pakistan remains about the most fanatical place in the world religiously - despite democracy, you can still get executed for blasphemy.

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Posted in: Olympics minister apologizes for saying he was 'really disappointed' over Ikee's leukemia See in context

Sakurada is also quoted as saying, "I hope that she will focus on her treatment and do her best. When one person leads, she can rouse the whole team. I am slightly worried that this type of excitement can wane."

It's almost as though he is blaming her, as though Leukemia was a choice brought on by idleness.

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Posted in: Elementary school girl detained after stabbing sleeping mother See in context

Never heard anything like it. Especially not with an elementary school child.

Awful.

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Posted in: Watches worth ¥43 million stolen from Kumamoto store See in context

Sounds like security was a bit lacking.

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Posted in: The Foreign Ministry has ordered freelance journalist Kosuke Tsuneoka, 49, to surrender his passport to prevent him from traveling to war-torn Yemen, which he says is a violation of his constitutional rights. The Foreign Ministry says countries such as Yemen and Syria are danger zones and advises Japanese nationals to immediately leave those countries or not visit them. Do you think journalists like Tsuneoka should be allowed to go to such dangerous places where they run the risk of being kidnapped or killed? See in context

In Japan you are never really an adult - the government is your parent. If you were 15 years old, your parent could justly confiscate your passport, but as an adult, you make your own decisions. If he wants to go to Yemen and potentially die, that is his risk and his decision. Just as it is with those who go mountaineering or caving. In this case, the government is acting as a parent in charge of a teenager.

But as an adult you should take responsibility for your actions. You can't expect your parents to bail you out.

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Posted in: What differences in regional food culture in Japan have you noticed whenever you visit various parts of the country? See in context

The differences tend to be pretty marginal and bigged up by Japanese.

You will often hear of the "famous" noodles in some such area, and when you get there, they are slightly thicker, or thinner, or longer, than normal noodles.

The differences tend to be pretty marginal. You can get tako-yaki in lots of different places. But then again, butter ramen is rarely seen out of Hokkaido and it's lush.

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Posted in: Japanese cities worried about receiving more foreign workers: survey See in context

I guess Japanese should start learning new languages since they will become increasingly reliant on foreigners to prevent their country/society from disappearing.

Shenjingbing - Japanese spend 6 years failing to learn English. They are not going to all learn Indonesian on the off chance that a manual labourer cannot speak speak Japanese.

If you move to a country, the onus is on you to speak the local language.

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Posted in: Japanese cities worried about receiving more foreign workers: survey See in context

Instead of Japan learning English, why doesn't Japan require level 1 or 2 japanese before the foreign workers come? Also, Google glass and Bluetooth can translate mostly in realtime now, both written and spoken.

Instead of Japanese being able to say even a few words in a language that they have spent at least six years learning, foreigners wanting to do a blue collar job in Japan should, as David Varnes noted, have to study Japanese full-time for several years to a level that is almost impossible living outside of Japan? L2 is probably graduate level.

You know this is impossible, so presumably are looking for a way to keep foreigners out of Japan.

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Posted in: Renault denounces Nissan over Ghosn investigation: report See in context

Ithink it's time Renault bought another 7% of Nissan and took control properly and sorted out the corrupt organisation.

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Posted in: Japanese city to use AI to predict seriousness of school bullying See in context

There seems to be a confusion here that AI is to replace human assessment, rather than complement it.

The AI should be there as an additional check, to note that there are certain characteristics of a particular case that are common among many higher risks cases.

Over and over again we see that abusers are manipulative and deceitful and often good at explaining individual incidents away, hoping that patterns are never picked up. A good computer assistant might help draw attention to worrying patterns.

Yes, it needs to be used properly and does not replace human judgement but don't write it off.

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Posted in: Japanese city to use AI to predict seriousness of school bullying See in context

You reach down and flip it over onto its back. The tortoise lies there, its belly baking in the hot sun, beating its legs, trying to turn itself over, but it cannot do so without your help. You are not helping. Why?

because the tortoise is perfectly capable of flipping itself back over onto its front.

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Posted in: Japanese city to use AI to predict seriousness of school bullying See in context

Sounds unnecessary but it might stop something falling between the cracks. Japan has a tendency to brush things under the carpet and this might call incidents out as potentially being more serious.

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Posted in: Trump adviser Stone: I'm not Kim Kardashian, don't need gag order See in context

Now have you really? So why has he not been indicted for the crime of “talking to Russians”?

Because it isn't in itself a crime.

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Posted in: Japan to ban use of plastic straws, cutlery in gov't cafeterias See in context

So much for all those who say Japan does not care for the environment.

Ganbarre Japan - I think you need to read the article better:

Japan is lagging behind other countries in curbing the use of plastics,

Japan was responsible for the largest amount per capita after the United States,

Japan and the United States have also faced criticism for not signing the Ocean Plastics Charter, aimed at reducing the use of disposable plastic

It's good that Japan is doing something, but it is far too little. If Japan really cared, it would go further and take some real steps, instead of tinkering and making very modest steps in government canteens.

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Posted in: Japan to ban use of plastic straws, cutlery in gov't cafeterias See in context

Most people complain about the use of too many plastics in just one item but what they don't know is Japan is probably no. 1 recycler in the world. Their system is very good.

Really? What percentage of Japan's plastic is recycled? What is it made into?

Start with straws, plastic bags and plastic cellophane wrapping. I really want to know.

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Posted in: U.N. rights committee urges Japan to let children be children See in context

I believe Finland tied with south Korea on education. Their systems are polar opposites, yet both seem to work.

Finland's is far more preferable to be a student in however.

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Posted in: Abe orders safety checks in all child abuse reports See in context

In a post on a related topic a few days ago, I commented on Japan's apparently inability to ever react to such tragedies, beyond a bow and an apology.

I am glad to see that Abe has realised that there is an institutional weakness that needs addressing and is making efforts to see the situation resolved. There have been too many avoidable deaths in Japan and this intervention is overdue and necessary.

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Posted in: Abe orders safety checks in all child abuse reports See in context

Too little too late. Knee jerk reaction 

OK. We'll cancel plans to increase spending on child welfare then!

Instead of treating the effects of child abuse, they should be more concerned about why the incidents of child abuse are increasing.

Yeah - why waste money on hurt and damaged children when we can write a highly subjective report? You can do both you know - they are not mutually exclusive options.

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Posted in: U.N. rights committee urges Japan to let children be children See in context

Yeah right, Japan is always in the top 5 for PISA scores determining academic ability of the populace, ranking 3rd in the latest rankings. The US ranks a comically dopey 31st and the UK an embarrassing 23rd. The lauded delusion of "creative thinking" of the West gave us Trump, Brexit, and irreversible political division. Only a product of these broken education systems would think they are better. No, just no

I can call you Asinine without the moderator deleting my post :)

Yes, Japan is top 5 in the measures that PISA measures, but how about on the ones it doesn't? Where are Japan's top universities ranked in the world? Todai comes out alongside some second tier British universities.

In terms of creative industries, the UK punches well above its weight.

To throw Trump and Brexit into it are just random things - against wish, the UK chose to leave a free trade / free movement zone in Europe. Not sure how this is an endorsement of Japan's education system. And I don't suppose you are advocating an equivalent system in Japan, whereby the entirety of China can settle in Japan visa-free and claim benefits.

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Posted in: U.N. rights committee urges Japan to let children be children See in context

The child's grandmother died this past January. They did not see her. They did not say goodbye. All for not letting down the team for a practice of almost no value.

But the child's sacrifice - putting club before family - is so Japanese!

I agree with you about the clubs. It has replaced juku as the main curse of this country.

My niece has little time to study in the evenings because she gets back so late and she is not particularly academic to start with - she could really do with it.

Inthe summer around O-bon she had a family gathering to go to in her own town one evening. The only way she could attend was by pretending to be sick.

In the summer vacation, in the evening, around O-bon! If you have to lie to be allowed free time at that time, there is something very wrong.

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Posted in: In view of the Brexit chaos, do you think referendums are a good idea? See in context

Hitler himself was a big fan of referendums. That shoud tell you all you need to know about how useful they are and to whom they're useful.

He was elected using democracy. Is democracy bad?

Hitler was a vegetarian....

Hitler liked animals....

Sorry, not a valid argument.

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Posted in: E-cigarettes help more smokers quit than patches and gum, study finds See in context

Seems obvious that it will help people quit.

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