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Posted in: Japan tightens rules on foreign stakes in 518 firms, citing national security See in context

It’s about time. Corporations and the govt have known for years that Japan is a paradise for espionage and intellectual theft.

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Posted in: What are the most popular Japanese TV shows? See in context

although I find Bobby Ologin’s narration extremely annoying

I’ve met Kondo Bobby Ologun several times. He is from a wealthy family, speaks perfect Japanese, English and French. The idiot character he plays on TV is over the top and exploitive. There was a segment on a show where he went to meet his family, and he still played the idiot character, and his relatives were looking at him like “WTF?”

An African American friend of mine (sorry for the cliche) straight up said, “I hate that (N-word) for perpetuating the stupid black stereotype.”

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Posted in: What are the most popular Japanese TV shows? See in context

The late night comedy shows used to be pretty raunchy and no-holds-barred. Politicians, famous figures, etc were all fair game. The Pro-baseball Association made a complaint when a comedy show did a skit involving a bidet toilet designed as baseball legend Sadaharu Oh. From then on comedy shows shied away from mocking prominent figures other than other comedians.

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Posted in: As people stay home, Earth turns wilder and cleaner See in context

Chinese are trying to blame it on people burning grass. Why grass one must ponder?

Although I usually take anything the CCP says with two heaping spoons of salt, however, it is common practice to burn down the grass that grew over fields during the off-season, or to cover fields with straw and burn it to eliminate insect eggs and fertilize the soil.

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Posted in: Trashy fashion: Dressing up to take the bins out in virus lockdown See in context

I’m more interested in the Delorean in the driveway.

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Posted in: Lawmaker expelled from party over hostess bar visit See in context

Watered down Kyodo news... It was not a “hostess bar.” The evening news used the term “Seku-Kyaba” (Sexual Cabaret).

Pretty much a “heavy petting” titty bar.

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Posted in: Anxiety prevails over state of emergency declaration See in context

I really don't understand the "state of emergency" in Japan, and the laws associated with it. So according the news, the government cannot force businesses to shut down (even in a state of emergency). But what if this were something else? What if North Korea was hurling bombs at us?

Under a general “state of emergency” the government cannot restrict civil liberties (movement, business, assembly, etc). The biggest change is that the govt can order temporary leasing of private property for field hospitals, etc..

In case of attack from foreign or domestic threats, the military has the authority to order evacuation to facilitate operations, but cannot force businesses to stop operating if it does not interfere with military operations.

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Posted in: Anxiety prevails over state of emergency declaration See in context

All those people still went to hanami, schools still had opening ceremonies with kids entering the room in a procession, and people are still going to offices to do deskwork that could be done at home because people cannot imagine things being done differently. This makes people incapable of changing their ways.

And when the bombs were falling on London, the schools stayed open, the pubs continued serving lukewarm beer, and the milkman still delivered because people could not imagine things being different.

Maybe it’s an island nation show of resilience thing, or a shared trait of downplaying issues.

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Posted in: When 3.11 happened, we people of Fukushima Prefecture evacuated to cities to escape radiation. At that time city people spewed illogical abuse on disaster victims, telling them to go back to Fukushima. You would say, 'We're going to catch radiation from you.' Now I'd like to say, 'The coronavirus is infectious, you go back to Tokyo.' See in context

Rich folks who own vacation houses in Karuizawa, etc are flocking in droves. A British news program showed footage of Tokyo number plated cars filling the local stores parking lots.

I know a guy who owns an Exiv timeshare in Karuizawa. He says it’s booked full till October.

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Posted in: What will life in Japan under a state of emergency look like? See in context

About the effectiveness of masks, the only mask that will protect you from COVID-19 is military-grade NBC gear.

Studies show that masks are most effective when infected persons wear them, and have little effect on healthy persons.

Paper and cloth masks can block some aerosol particles, but viruses pass right through.

Put on a surgical mask and fart. Can you smell the fart? Viruses are 10,000 times smaller than fart particles.

So why do surgeons wear masks? To protect the patient from their own spatter or blood splatter.

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Posted in: What will life in Japan under a state of emergency look like? See in context

The govt can’t enforce anything other than closing government owned venues.

It also means all the people who complained about Japan having “draconian” laws will now be demanding Japan take more draconian measures.

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Posted in: What's essential? In France: pastry, wine. In U.S.: golf, guns See in context

Hawaii and California have declared surfing to be a form of social distancing.

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Posted in: Japanese comedian Ken Shimura tests positive for COVID-19 See in context

His older stuff was pretty funny, but would be considered offensive now.

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Posted in: How has the coronavirus affected your travel plans so far and in the near future? See in context

I was planning a surf trip to a pacific island, but the Micronesian Federation banned inbound travel from all countries with even one case of corona in late Feb.

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Posted in: Casting call See in context

Crawdad jiggling. Brings me back to the pond behind my house when I was around that kid’s age. Good times. No iPhone, Nintendo, or cable TV. Just me, friends, any materials we could scrap together and a pond full of bass, crawdads, and turtles.

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Posted in: Man sentenced to death for killing 19 disabled people at care facility See in context

Fantastic! The only bad thing about Japans death penalty is how long it takes. 

The law states that the death penalty will be carried out after six months if there are no appeals. The reason death penalties take so long is because all appeals must undergo due process. However, since this guy has claimed that he will not make any appeals, the sentence should be fairly soon.

In an interview after the verdict, “I’ll admit, I am quite tired of this whole ordeal. I don’t blame the judges. They are just doing their job as the law requires. I have no intention to make any appeals. But having “death row inmate” on my resume, that’s pretty crazy, isn’t it?”

“I would also like to say that marijuana is necessary for world peace. When you are unable to communicate your thoughts, you are as good as dead.”

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Posted in: Japan's 1st female paratrooper See in context

The Japanese news had more details of her background. She was previously a medic and physical trainer at the SDF Sport Academy, you know, that place that produces Judo, wrestling, and biathlon medalists. So I wouldn’t doubt her physical prowess.

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Posted in: Rock band Green Day among musicians pulling out of Asia tour dates See in context

Don’t wanna be an American idiot

Another nation controlled by the media

and can you hear the sound of hysteria

its going out to idiot America

-American Idiot, Green Day

how ironic...,

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Posted in: Store shelves stripped of toilet paper amid coronavirus fears See in context

Yes my wife saw something about that on the news once and told me never to use bidets in public toilets.

Most of the newer models have a “nozzle cleaning” function. Some are automatic, some have a “ノズルクリーン" button.

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Posted in: Store shelves stripped of toilet paper amid coronavirus fears See in context

Panic-buying happens everywhere. In the US store shelves would be stripped of ammunition, bottled water and cans at the first suggestion a hurricane might make landfall.

I’d rather have a clean crack than be mistaken for a looter and shot dead.

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Posted in: Tokyo Disney parks closing for two weeks over virus concerns See in context

Now I’m scared.

No reason for alarm. Everyone is just jumping on the two-week shutdown bandwagon to avoid being singled out in the witch hunt news, as the renegade culprit who dared to keep their venue open and spread corona.

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Posted in: Winter waves See in context

Small wave, but decent form.

The seasonal winds make for better surfing during winter in the Kanto area.

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Posted in: 1st U.S. soldier infected as South Korean virus cases jump again See in context

How ironic. Religious gatherings, at which prayer against corona virus infection was most likely on the agenda, became the cause of infection.

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Posted in: What does it take to be a winner in the 'war' among restaurant chains? See in context

Viciously slash human labor costs, subsidized providers, pre-processed ingredients, then add an aesthetic element to appeal to the wanna-be instagrammers.

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Posted in: Macho culture seen putting women off data science jobs See in context

My point being that there are men interested in industries that are female dominated and vice-versa.

These industries however, will not change overnight for a minority unless its profitable.

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Posted in: Macho culture seen putting women off data science jobs See in context

Then she would know that nail salons that cater to male hosts, goths, visual-Kei, and cosplayers is a niche market where the demand hugely outweighs the supply.

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Posted in: Macho culture seen putting women off data science jobs See in context


You’d be surprised how many men are interested in nail art on both the supply and demand sides.

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Posted in: Macho culture seen putting women off data science jobs See in context

About as many women are interested in computer science as there are men interested in nail art salons.

Some fields just attract different people.

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Posted in: Japanese student creates traditional bicycle, brings new life to centuries-old craft See in context

It seems he’s trying to compensate for the gear ratio by raising the saddle. Penny-Farthing-style.

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Posted in: Noriyuki Makihara shoots to top of Amazon sales ranking after arrest for drug possession See in context

No, it is to inform, educate and entertain

Yes TV does the above...Based on the agenda of the sponsors.

This candidate good, that candidate bad. Having this opinion of these people is wrong. Pit bulls are dangerous. Meth is one hell of a drug. Gasoline baaad, solar power gooood.

For better or worse, all media is for the purpose of forming public opinion and pushing an agenda. Some outlets being more subtle is the only difference.

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