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Posted in: Tokyo school swaps fresh fruit for jelly as food prices soar See in context

Supposed first-world economy Japan cannot feed its youth fresh fruit for lunch. Everybody, especially the voters, should pause and think about that.

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Posted in: App developed to automatically delete children's nude selfies See in context

Let's see...

What's the rate of false positives? Will the app delete perfectly normal photos and then alert parents over nothing?

Does the app run completely in the phone that it's installed or does it send any data to a remote server?

How did this 24 year-old wannabe tech bro get a hold of data i.e. photos of nude children to train his "AI"?

Even if we assume pure intentions, there are too many ways this thing could fail catastrophically.

12 ( +17 / -5 )

Posted in: Cabinet minister draws fire for saying gov't won't listen to opposition See in context

Whoops, said the quiet part out loud. No steak and kyabakura for you this week.

1 ( +4 / -3 )

Posted in: KDDI says 70% of services restored after wide network troubles See in context

People who claim that this is the work of Russian hackers should provide proof of their claims otherwise they are, dare I say, creating misinformation. And suppose this was the work of hackers, leaving the extremely critical telecom infrastructure in a state that is prone to hackers isn't the excuse that you think clears the KDDI executives hands. They should stop the theater with the fake apologies and give a transparent account of what caused the outage, why did it take so long to fix it, and what are their plans to prevent a reoccurrence.

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

Posted in: Tokyo government announces new name for maternity/paternity leave; hopes to change attitudes See in context

Right, it was the vocabulary that made the court agree with Mitsubishi UFJ's case against Glen Wood. His lawyers should emphasize that he took an 育業 and not 休業 in his appeal, and surely the outcome will be different this time, right?

-5 ( +7 / -12 )

Posted in: Tokyo raises alert level amid resurgence in COVID-19 cases See in context

Quasi emergency incoming! Time to open a quasi bar to get them government monies.

1 ( +17 / -16 )

Posted in: Supreme Court's abortion ruling sets off new court fights See in context

There are more red states than blue states. If more Democrat voters move out of them, the Senate will permanently become a Republican organization. Also, more free electors with less population in presidential elections. Maybe the republicans are playing this game right now. And assuming that they won't try to ban abortions nationwide when they obtain the power to do so is very naive.

0 ( +3 / -3 )

Posted in: Relaxed mask usage guidelines barely spread among Japanese public See in context

"The japanese population is scared to take masks off, because of all the idiots who still spread their fearmongering BS around, and because of all the fearmongering media which do not stop to jump on each single small fearmongering news."

I think it has gone beyond that and became hive mind thinking as things often do in Japan. As Naoki Sato says, they need the queen bee to issue a decree at this point.

13 ( +26 / -13 )

Posted in: Supreme Court's abortion ruling sets off new court fights See in context

Just as it shouldn't be up to the states to determine whether a human being has property rights of another human being, it shouldn't be up to the states to force a woman to pregnancy. State politics has long become a battle ground for extremists' virtue signaling and they will stop at nothing to serve their evangelical base red meat now that nothing stops them.

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Posted in: Biden urges Western unity on Ukraine at G7 summit See in context

That round table photo sums up Kishida's and thereby Japan's presence in G7 so well.

-3 ( +13 / -16 )

Posted in: Campaigning heats up for July 10 upper house election See in context

de gozaimasu intensifies...

-1 ( +2 / -3 )

Posted in: High court rejects paternity harassment allegations by Canadian man See in context

It also criticized Wood for taking his case public instead of quietly resolving the dispute with the company

The judges know they have to side with the money interests but they don't want to be forced to make these rulings publicly, showing how corrupt they are.

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Posted in: Party leaders debate ahead of Upper House election See in context

Tachibana seems to have completed his character arc to become Saul Goodman.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Posted in: Kishida, BOJ chief discuss rapid fall of yen See in context

Let's see...

BOJ tries to aggressively boost economic activity by keeping interest rates zero even during a time when almost all developed countries are moving to a contractionary monetary policy.

Yen tumbles. And prices of imports, particularly, oil skyrockets.

Kishida borrows more money to artificially keep oil prices low, effectively injecting more money to the economy and expanding money supply, again all the while other developed economies are all raising interest rates.

And then the two of them come together and "discuss" the fall of yen like a couple of bystanders.

This government is addicted to cheap money and there is no cure for it.

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Posted in: Ruling LDP has highest pre-election support at 27%: poll See in context

They have enough "foreign" issues like China and the pandemic to gaslight the electorate for a comfortable victory at least for a few more election cycles.

But the opposition's lack of enthusiasm and the electorate's learned helplessness is the main issue here. They should be banging on every door, fighting tooth and nail for screen time in the media during the worst economic outlook of Japan since WW2, and exposing the rot in the government and LDP. They should be bringing politics to the people and making the youth vote for the first time in generations.

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Posted in: Uyghur-heritage candidate urges Japan to embrace diversity See in context

on a platform that emphasizes bread-and-butter issues...

...She plans to campaign for amending the pacifist constitution, which bars the use of force to settle international disputes and is interpreted by some as prohibiting the country from having any military force.

What? Is this the so-called bread-and-butter issue? She is just toeing the LDP war mongers' line to get a seat in the Diet.

-3 ( +15 / -18 )

Posted in: NTT to begin remote work as norm for 30,000 employees in July See in context

Not recent but a few years ago, I've seen how the customer support teams work in the so called "red zone"s. They could not bring any electronics and had to enter the room with a clear bag. This was their way of assuring no customer information leaked. I bet those people still need to go to the office everyday.

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Posted in: BOJ policy should be set comprehensively, not just for yen: Kishida See in context

"it also has a major impact on the burden of interest payments by the gov... cough cough... small- and medium-sized enterprises"

Devaluation of yen is socialization of the government and corporate debt.

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Posted in: Kishida to be 1st Japanese leader to attend NATO summit See in context

I thought Japan was represented by the USA already.

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Posted in: Japan passes bill to make online insults punishable by jail time See in context

Someone in the government must have invested in a VPN business. Or they are gullible enough to believe they can prevent online harassment with this.

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Posted in: Tokyo ward rejects couple's marriage registry under separate surnames See in context

Interesting to see that these kinds of basic human rights about something that should be purely between the husband and the wife can still be up for discussion in "conservative" Japan.

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Posted in: 64% of Japanese unhappy with gov't response to rising prices: poll See in context

Yet, another landslide for LDP is in the bag. Just look at Kishida's approval rating. I wonder what makes the people approve of this government when they are simultaneously unhappy with their abysmal record on the economy.

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Posted in: Travel firms thrown into confusion over rules as Japan reopens to foreign tourists See in context

easing border restrictions while rebuilding the country's hospitality industry will prove to be a challenging task.

Um, no. Require no travel visas from the 68 countries that were allowed visa-free travel before the pandemic. Remove all COVID-related requirements to arrive to Japan. There, I fixed it all for you. Where's the challenge, other than fighting the urge to add more steps, processes, and bureaucracy to everything?

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Posted in: Tight labor market leading to unsavory recruitment tactics in Japan See in context

Instead of raising pay to stay competitive, they are resorting to age old harassment, the only approach they know. They must be giving a great impression of working there before people even start. Hope the young people of this generation are better at resisting these dirty tactics and teaching the miserable corporates a lesson.

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Posted in: Ukraine today could be East Asia tomorrow: Kishida See in context

Japan is a peace-loving nation

But let me fear monger my way to explain why we should scrap article 9 and gain enemy base strike capabilities. You know for peace...

2 ( +11 / -9 )

Posted in: Japan eases border restrictions, starts visa procedures for guided tours See in context

At this point, they might as well take the foreign tourists' money at the border and send them back right away, as this is obviously a ploy to make some quick buck while keeping the xenophobes content.

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Posted in: Japan calls for defense spending hike; notes threats to Taiwan See in context

LDP's new foreign policy plan: Taunt China while hiding in the coat tails of big brother USA.

The 2% target doesn't make sense. Each country's defense spending should be based on their unique circumstances.

-4 ( +9 / -13 )

Posted in: Ex-Tokyo Olympics chief Mori displeased at backlash over sexist remarks See in context

Mori, buddy you sound like a guy who talks too much.

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Posted in: Monetary tightening not suitable at all: BOJ chief Kuroda See in context

BOJ has one playbook and they intend to play it until the unthinkable happens and the wages actually start to rise or Japan gets a second burst of the "bubble". But this one won't be like the other.

0 ( +6 / -6 )

Posted in: Japan eyes reform of outdated labor systems based on gender roles See in context

Experts see the government as facing the formidable task of changing how people think and act because it will require a long-term policy vision and financial support

Especially when the cabinet has only two women. Way to go, leading by example!

Changing mentalities is difficult everywhere in the world but it is particularly difficult in Japan where the decision-makers both public and private have never stepped out of the Showa era.

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