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Posted in: FIFA sets talks with soccer leaders on biennial World Cup See in context

This proposal will definitely pass. I think it will give minor nations more opportunity to compete against major nations.

I doubt it. UEFA will never let this go through.

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Posted in: Aso repeats claim that treated Fukushima water is good to drink See in context

Have no idea if that water is safe to drink. I'm not educated enough on the subject. But to be fair, treated water get released in the ocean by many plants around the world, including Chinese and S. Korean. Would Xi and Moon be ok to have a glass of it? I mean, it end in the ocean as well.

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Posted in: After 100-day wait, English soccer returns and takes a knee See in context

Black players get paid peanuts.

Ever heard of Mbappe, Lukaku, Pogba, Sterling... i could go on for a month.....

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Posted in: Aichi governor pledges support for Toyota suppliers See in context

Toyota made 2 trillion yen in profits in 2019 and now they want to bail them out with taxpayer money!?

I don't think he's talking about bailing out Toyota. Rather give financial help to medium/small supplier who works with Toyota.

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Posted in: Japan to boost Avigan drug stockpile to fight coronavirus See in context

I thought some kind of trial was already ongoing in Japan, and results were expected for end of April. Not done by Fujifilm though. Quite sure i read this few weeks ago or so. Few hints about this drug, with Germany buying a large quantity of it, China saying it's effective. Hopefully it really does something.

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Posted in: Gov't to give ¥300,000 in cash to each household in need See in context

What about the other 48 million?

> Are 48 million households rich?

> Am I missin something?

Well, it's not like everyone is broke in this country. People have savings etc... This is meant for people that have trouble putting lunch and dinner together.

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Posted in: Look but don't touch as smartphone's flexible future unfolds See in context

It's New. It's Expensive.

But, not much different from most advanced technologies when released on the market.

I'd imagine this is just the beginning for wrap-around, flex screens.

Only a spit over 10 years ago a smartphone saw the light of the day.

Many advanced technologies have failed in the past. When i first saw a smartphone, 10+ years ago, i was like wow. Ok, this is something that will change things. When i look at this thing.... it certainly got that "wow effect" because of the foldable screen, but other than that? Seems like an hybrid between a phone, a tablet and a mini laptop. I struggle to find a reason why i would need or buy something like that.

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Posted in: Japanese gov't considers limiting casino visits to 10 per month See in context

This clearly comes from people who have very little knowledge of gambling addiction. It's not like been an heroin addicted where you physically need heroin every day. You could be a gambling addicted and go to Casino just 3/4 times a month. At the same time you could go 20 times a month and be a perfectly fine person. It's a lot more complicated than just the number of time you visit a Casino.

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Posted in: Japan took in 20 asylum seekers in 2017 from nearly 20,000 applications See in context

One day while out in the Japanese countryside, I said to her "one day, thousands of foriegners will come to Japan, and thousands will live here"

Why would you say something like that to your girlfriend?? Seriously, what's your issue?

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Posted in: Japan beats unified Korean team 4-1 in women's ice hockey See in context

I fully understand the SK coach was mad with the NK coach 

Did they really have 2 coach giving different instructions? Lol i should have watched that.

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Posted in: Teachers at Toyama high school cut hair of 44 students to comply with rules See in context

@DaDude, i'm surprised to read so many comments about restrictions in high schools, something i was not aware of. I'm 35 so my high school time was in the late 90s. My school literally had no restriction at all. I remember classmates with blue, pink... hairs. No dress code either. Almost 20 years on now and some of the "craziest" people are the ones who made the most successful career. I'm Italian btw.

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Posted in: Teachers at Toyama high school cut hair of 44 students to comply with rules See in context

As I am not an expert on this topic, can people here please tell me the dress code and hair code of their high school?

You mean in Japan or other countries as well?

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Posted in: Japan warns May on Brexit: 'We cannot continue in UK without profit' See in context

Aly Rustom, what you are saying it's not technically wrong, but have you been in Europe recently? The sentiment towards this Union it's at the lowest level ever. Now, if the UK leave and manage to stay in the free market.... i can tell you 4/5 members who are not going to be happy at all. Some big names among them. It could easily be the end of the EU. So in my opinion the EU will try to punish UK as hard as possible.

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Posted in: Japan warns May on Brexit: 'We cannot continue in UK without profit' See in context

So just why did they go to the UK in the first place, rather than France or Germany ?

I think they went there ages ago. Like in the 80s... The EU, as we know today, didn't even exist back then.

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Posted in: 85-year-old husband says he strangled sick wife to ‘put her out of her misery’ See in context

Due to an illness, Akie was left paralyzed on one side of her body, had a speech impediment, and was bedridden.

My grandmother was the same the last couple of years of her life. Always been a very independent woman, she was suffering so much not been able to move, to cook herself... She couldn't speak very well anymore but asked me few time to help her die. I couldn't help but totally understood how she was feeling.

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Posted in: Tokyo restaurant once again bans couples from dining on Christmas Eve See in context

Logic behind this is just marketing. They ended up on JT and probably some other newspaper with name and full address of the place. Free advertisment. I'd say mission accomplished

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Posted in: Naples pizza wins big: here's the recipe See in context

485 C is just for wood-fired ovens. In a restaurant with electric oven pizza cook at around 300 C.

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Posted in: Media get first look at construction of maglev line station at Shinagawa See in context

I wonder who will use this train on a regular basis and how much a ticket will cost. 40 minutes it's quite impressive, one could live in Nagoya and work in Tokyo. Still... i find the Shinkansen already quite expensive, can't imagine how much a ticket will cost on this.

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Posted in: Kumamoto assemblywoman causes stir by bringing 7-month-old son into chamber See in context

Canada's Parliament allows MPs to bring babies with them. So does Australia's, Iceland's, the EU parliament, etc etc.

They shouldn't. It's work, they have to be focused on work. Of course unforeseen events can happen, and rules can be flexible, but shouldn't make a habit of it. This just confirm how these politicians live on a different planet compare to regular people.

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Posted in: Kumamoto assemblywoman causes stir by bringing 7-month-old son into chamber See in context

On the whole you do not see people bringing babies into the workplace, but perhaps you should ask why not.

If the workplace is just an extension of society, why shouldn't a mother bring her baby to work? I believe that mother's should bring babies to work.

Would you be ok if a school teacher, with 1 hour class, spend 30 minutes trying to calm down her son instead of teaching? Do you think a surgeon should be allowed to take her kid to work? What about a train driver? And another 1000 examples.

I think it would be just total chaos.

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Posted in: Japanese car rentals include stickers that read: 'A foreigner is driving' See in context

I was in Okinawa last May and they didn't give me the sticker. I didn't get it in Sapporo either but that was few years ago, so maybe it didn't exist at the time. I have Japanese driving licence. Perhaps this is for foreigners renting with International driving licence? Would make sense to be honest, don't think anything's wrong with it.

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Posted in: Olympics: Tokyo 2020 living with specter of killer quake See in context

@ bjohnson23 I'm not sure about Tokyo but I would imagine is the same. In Nagoya all information about shelters, safety areas, procedures, maps etc... are available in several languages. Here's the english version


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Posted in: Olympics: Tokyo 2020 living with specter of killer quake See in context


Well i'm not a big expert so i could be wrong. But looking at a map, Tokyo's situation is a lot different from Fukushima's. That was open ocean, Tokyo is just a bay with Chiba in front. Think it's unlikely to see a 20m tsunami in Tokyo. Chiba prefecture though...

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Posted in: Sony's PlayStation VR headset sales top 1 million units See in context

It doesn't include a PS4. But others don't include a pc either. And you need a good one to enjoy VR. For the price of the HTC you can buy both playstation and the headset. So i agree it's relatively cheap. I've never tried Oculus or HTC but i bought PS VR 2 month ago. Quite impressed. It's not perfect obviously but i can see a lot of potential in it. Think it was a smart move from Sony.

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Posted in: Japan took in 28 refugees in 2016, despite record applications See in context


10.901 applied. Doesn't mean they are automatically refugees.

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Posted in: Japan took in 28 refugees in 2016, despite record applications See in context


28 people were granted refugee status. And 28 were admitted into Japan. So yes, 100% of refugees have been admitted in Japan. Regarding the others... you know for sure they were genuine refugees? i honestly don't know. In my country, just last year, about 200.000 african immigrant came. 85% of them didn't get any refugee status, they were simply economic migrants.

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Posted in: Japan accepts 27 refugees last year; rejects 99% of applications See in context


The big problem in Europe is that most of people arriving are not real refugees. They are economic migrants from north and central africa. Young, single male between 20 and 35. Put 10.000 of them in a city and a disaster will happen, like in Cologne.

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