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Posted in: Kyoto families angered by new policy forcing high school students to buy tablets at own expense See in context

Students should not be forced and should also be allowed to buy their own second-hand tablets. There are thousands on sites like Yahoo Auction and sites like Dospara.

100% agree.

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Posted in: Kyoto families angered by new policy forcing high school students to buy tablets at own expense See in context

I still disagree wit you.

That's fine zichi, I don't get offended by people not agreeing with me- just the ones who are disrespectful and that is certainly not you.

It's not about doing homework. It's also about using them in school, and at home for home teaching if and when required.

Yeah but kids use them just as much if not more for social media, so if they can spend hours on Facebook, Twitter, Tumbler and Instagram (to name a few) then they can certainly use them for all above uses you stated. And whether or not their device is suitable should be left up to the discretion of the families.

Most teens could not afford that one. iPhone XS 64GB ¥128,000 plus plan with provider. More expensive than an iPad.

My point is- ANY smartphone will do. Or tablet. They should be able to use whatever device they want to. Making them buy anything is just wrong.

My main point is that kids spend HOURS upon HOURS doing all sorts of things with their phones- they can use them for every else, BUT if they feel like you that their phones are not enough, well, then they can buy whatever device they choose.

I'd like to think We can agree on that

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Posted in: What, if anything, do you believe governments around the world aren't telling the public about the coronavirus? See in context

What, if anything, do you believe governments around the world aren't telling the public about the coronavirus?

Some countries are understating the number of infected and the number dead.

What, if anything, do you believe governments around the world aren't telling the public about the coronavirus?

That the real name is "the Wuhan Virus"

Exactly! Why is it that the Zika Virus, Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) and others go by their geographical name but not the Wuhan virus?

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Posted in: Japan to expand, extend virus state of emergency See in context

LOL! The rest of the world knows that Japan is fudging the numbers about infections and deaths! Incompetent Japanese government at its finest.

"This is Japan" has whole new meaning, now!

EXACTLY! Well said. Its something for us living here knew all along.

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Posted in: Kyoto families angered by new policy forcing high school students to buy tablets at own expense See in context

There are no smartphones suitable for schooling all day. Strain on the eyes and thumbs.

Kids are ALREADY on their smartphones 24 7 ANYWAY. What difference does it make? If they can spend hours on social media they certainly can do their homework with it.

Which phablet do you have? Most students don't have one. I have a phone with a 6.6" screen and do a lot on it but too small for all day

I have the iphone XS Plus

I have done work on it all day last year when we had the real SOE. It worked fine.

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Posted in: Anti-Olympic petition tops 200,000 signatures in just 2 days See in context

Such opposition or protests to Olympics are not even reported on mainstream media of Japan yet despite serious issue that related to the lives of people.

Because Japan's mainstream media already chose to be stakeholders for Olympics than journalism or press freedom.

Public broadcast NHK who is most influencial channel in Japan deleted even voices "opposition!" of anti-Olympic protesters against torch relay from broadcasting.

Japan has NEVER had press freedom or true democracy. The Olympics are proof of that

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Posted in: Kyoto families angered by new policy forcing high school students to buy tablets at own expense See in context

Smartphone screens are too small for working all day.

Zichi, I have a phablet. They are ok.

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Posted in: Nissan to sell entire Daimler stake for $1.4 billion See in context

Ghosn started in 2018 that Nissan will be bankrupt again by 2023.

wait and see!

Good riddance!

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Posted in: Kyoto families angered by new policy forcing high school students to buy tablets at own expense See in context

It said nothing about homes.

In 1995, South Korea had only one internet user for every hundred citizens. In that year, though, their government initiated the Korean Information Infrastructure project—a 10-year program that started with laying internet infrastructure between government buildings and rolled out country-wide broadband by 1998. By the year 2000, South Korea had connected nearly 20 million of its 45 million citizens—more than Japan (pop. in 2000: 127 million) or France (62 million), and almost as many as China (1.25 billion).

Today, thanks in large part to the government’s infrastructure and education initiatives the overwhelming majority of South Korea’s population has internet access. The government’s timely and well-executed internet policies gave it a huge head start, and they are continuing to pay off.

Five reasons South Korea has the fastest internet | IDG Connect

One more time

a 10-year program that started with laying internet infrastructure between government buildings and rolled out country-wide broadband by 1998. By the year 2000, South Korea had connected nearly 20 million of its 45 million citizens—more than Japan (pop. in 2000: 127 million) or France (62 million), and almost as many as China (1.25 billion).

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Posted in: Kyoto families angered by new policy forcing high school students to buy tablets at own expense See in context

and does south korea give the tablet for free to everyone as well?

No, but they are not the ones DEMANDING that the students pay for the most expensive iphones, ARE THEY??

Without the device the wi-fi is useless. Right?

Wrong. Everyone has a smartphone nowadays. In fact they don't need those ipads at all. They do everything from their cheap smartphones.

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Posted in: En garde! Fencer Taxi begins service in Tokyo, Saitama and Kanagawa See in context

By now you might be thinking, “this is certainly pointless,” and not even know how right your are!

In the west it would be called eccentric, but this is Japan

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Posted in: Japan to set up no-fly zone during Tokyo Olympics See in context

seriously?

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Posted in: Kyoto families angered by new policy forcing high school students to buy tablets at own expense See in context

Why can’t they use tablets that we already own, or select ones that cost no more than 20,000 yen?”

exactly. They should not have to purchase those out of their own pockets. IF the kyoto gov insists on a certain tablet, they have to provide it.

With strict instructions for families to purchase an 8th-generation iPad specifically, 

why? SOMEONE is profiting off of this for sure.

Other concerns voiced at an ad hoc committee meeting in March included ambiguity about families without Wi-Fi at home and unease that the policy would further highlight economic disparities among students.

S Korea has a national Wi-fi where EVERYONE in the country is connected. They should do that here too.

KT to expand South Korea's free public Wi-Fi availability | ZDNet

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Posted in: Japan to expand, extend virus state of emergency See in context

These SoE hit businesses and people who work at night.

But utilities companies do not stop charging for their services, or landlords for their apartments. If you continue to penalize this section of society, what sort of assistance are you prepared to offer the people put out of work by this?

Nothing. You are assuming the blue bloods here give a rat's butt about the people. They don't. Otherwise they would have cancelled the Olympics. And anyway, who can blame them? When the sheeple here don't rise up, don't complain and CONTINUE to vote the same pricks into office time and again, why would they care? Are they going to just develop a conscience out of the blue? of course not.

Quasi, semi, partial lock downs, rules that have loop holes, no penalties, no financial assistance for workers just companies. People just sick of the wishy washy announcements while their incomes are reduced further from a low level to begin with. Insanity’s making the most insane decisions

Japan in a nutshell

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Posted in: Tokyo governor says mutant strains of COVID-19 becoming dominant See in context

Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike said on Thursday an extended state of emergency was needed to contain COVID-19 infections that are straining the medical system in the capital,

And what does the Jackass leading the country have to say about the 500 nurses that have to volunteer during the Olympics? with the medical system strained, does he STILL expect 500 volunteers??

Tokyo on Thursday recorded 591 new coronavirus cases. Some 10,500 people have died across Japan since the pandemic began.

I call BS on BOTH those numbers

Osaka Governor Hirofumi Yoshimura also said his office would request an extension from the central government.

"I think we cannot help but to ask for an extension ... considering the current situation on infection cases and the medical system in Osaka reaching its limit," Yoshimura told a meeting of experts.

Its not going to be enough to have some places doing that lukewarm SOE. They need a proper SOE that sees the schools close nationwide and Teachers schooling via social media with people WFH when possible and establishments just close so they control the infections. But no PROPER SOE or lockdown, snail pace vaccinations, and people more or less left up to their devices ISN'T going to do anything. And its only a matter of time before we get like India. The longer the gov drags their feet, the more vicious new strains will appear, which is what is happening in India, and Japan will be in a total nightmare.

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Posted in: Ichiyama, Kipkoech win Sapporo half marathon See in context

COVID loves crowds, keep it up and we will have a mini India.

That'll never happen. The gov won't test that much and just keep the numbers down that way. Meanwhile, here on this site, there was an article reporting on how hospitals are so full that even Covid patients with serious symptoms are being turned away.. so we could VERY easily turn into India and not even know it.

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Posted in: Ichiyama, Kipkoech win Sapporo half marathon See in context

@Eisenach

I suppose he was.... and me too, though he didn't know it...

AND me as well.

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Posted in: Mystery Sydney COVID case spurs return of masks, travel bans See in context

If only Japan were this serious - I have a feeling the Japanese government has just given up, and will deal with it after the Olympic Games have finished. Places like Oz, NZ, Taiwan, HK, and even UK(2021) are all showing us what can and should be done.

exactly!

Get vaccinated as soon as possible, folks, before this virus has a chance to spread, grow and mutate any further.

That's what's going to happen if the world does not cooperate together and support each other in destroying this thing.

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Posted in: Japan, S Korea at odds over wartime history, radioactive water See in context

Japan, S Korea at odds over wartime history, radioactive water

what else is new?

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Posted in: Gov't to decide on extension of state of emergency on Friday See in context

Is it only me, or do others also find this man completely insufferable?

No it isn't only you. Not at all. My wife said yesterday that after this no one will vote LDP and I replied many still will and everyone who does deserves whatever COVID does to them- loss of business, illness, whatever. They vote for these clowns after all this then they OWN the state of affairs in their country. Nuff said.

I am back in the business...back in the morning trains...back to a company which refuses Home Office.

my company too. Sucks. My next door neighbor works full time from home. I envy him. I quit trains and bought a second car to commute to work, just because I don't feel safe on the trains anymore. WE NEED MORE people working from home including teachers who can hold virtual classes. This is happening in many developed nations, but as usual, Japan has to lag behind.

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Posted in: Coe says Tokyo organizers delivered on COVID-19 protocols See in context

Let's see what Sebastian has to say in a couple of weeks when positive virus cases emerge from this.

they'll blame the spectators and the few foreigners living here. Those scumbags NEVER take responsibility for their mistakes.

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Posted in: If you have been working remotely since the pandemic began, what kind of work style would you prefer after (if) the pandemic has been eliminated? See in context

I'd prefer not to go back and work remotely full-time 

If I could have done that, I would have bought a house in Iga Mie

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Posted in: Vaccine tourism: Canadians fly south for shot as U.S. demand falls See in context

Canada has given first shots to 34% of the population and any adult will be eligible from May 24? This is despite the fact that they, like Japan, have to import all vaccines.

Sounds like they are doing pretty well to me.

agree. Canada' s leadership is great.

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Posted in: G7 calls out China over rights at virus-shadowed meeting See in context

the world is falling apart

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Posted in: World's oldest person, 118, pulls out of torch relay See in context

The Olympic torch relay, which kicked off in March, has been hit by a coronavirus outbreak. Six people who helped with the torch relay were diagnosed with COVID-19, the Tokyo 2020 organizers said this week, bringing the total number of cases involved in the event to eight.

Some celebrities who were due to take part have withdrawn from the relay due to safety reasons amid the pandemic.

And that's just the torch relay- wait til the games start. But don't worry, the gov will just reduce testing and all will be fine.

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Posted in: Coe says Tokyo organizers delivered on COVID-19 protocols See in context

World Athletics chief Sebastian Coe on Wednesday gave Tokyo Olympic organizers high marks for a marathon test event they staged in Sapporo, saying they were able to deliver both on the operation of the race and on their COVID-19 countermeasures.

Another TOOL.

*Six** international athletes participated*

How does this scale to 60,000 foreigners entering Japan without even a quarantine? Hint, it does not.

exactly!

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Posted in: More young Japanese look to Marx as pandemic, climate crisis magnify economic inequalities See in context

 If you take Saito's word at face value, over who is reading, then it is reassuring that young minds are exploring International Relations theory, critiques of economic theories, world history, and philosophy during these troubling times. If we ask young people to be intellectually balanced, critical and analytical, then they take us up on the offer, than we will all benefit.

agree! well said!

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 925 new coronavirus cases; record-high 1,260 in Osaka See in context

2074 tests is just pathetic. They are not even trying.

Oh they're trying very hard to keep the numbers down by not testing.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 925 new coronavirus cases; record-high 1,260 in Osaka See in context

If its like this now, I shudder to think about the numbers after GW. My guess: expect 4 digit numbers from here on in.

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Posted in: 3 nuclear reactors to become 1st in Japan to operate beyond 40-year limit See in context

sure. why not? what can go wrong, right?

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