cleo comments

Posted in: 88 Afghans arrive in Japan See in context

I'm astounded, amazed and sickened by the negativity and outright hostility shown here.

These people have escaped from a country that has suffered decades of war and conflict. Let them have a shot at happiness, or at least freedom from danger and persecution.

They are strangers in a strange land. At least they deserve a warm welcome for the support they gave to Japan during their time in Afghanistan.

They are here because their lives are in danger from the Taliban.

We don't need to give them any more fear.

I agree.

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Posted in: UK gov't under spotlight as COVID cases rise again See in context

Blaming the unvaccinated for the appearance of variants is like blaming those who don't use antibiotics for the appearance of antibiotic-resistant bacteria

I don't think you could get that more mixed up if you tried.

The more people remain unvaccinated the more the more the virus spreads, the greater the probability of variants appearing.

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria are the result, not of people not using antibiotics, but of people not taking the full course of antibiotics prescribed to them.

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Posted in: Colin Powell dies of COVID-19 complications at 84 See in context

So then that proves this vaccine is not what they claim is should do overall.

I don't think 'they' or anyone ever claimed that any vaccine cures cancer, or confers eternal life.

So it also means people really need to properly ask more questions before getting the vaccine

No point properly using any questions if you're not going to properly listen to the answers.

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Posted in: Japanese woman finds wallet with ¥1 mil, does right thing, then something even better See in context

Maybe I would tell myself that this wallet probably belongs to a 1%er,

On pubic transport? Ya think?

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Posted in: Princess Mako's fiance visits her parents before marriage See in context

Nikkei Sports has pictures of his new hairdo from the side and the back.

I think it looks better than the pony tail. Maybe when he went to America he vowed not to cut his hair till he won his true love again? That would be romantic.

Only 8 days to go and she'll be a free woman.

'bout time too.

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Posted in: Three white Americans go on trial in death of black jogger in Georgia See in context

It is one thing to say, "three white guys target and kill random black jogger" and quite another to say, "three citizens attempt arrest on known and convicted thief".

From looking at the video, it seems to me they were not 'attempting an arrest'. They were waiting for him guns at the ready, and he was fighting for his life from the very start.

Even if he were a 'known and convicted thief', that does not excuse these three gun nutter's actions.

Is theft (for which the perpetrator has already been charged, convicted and presumably punished) punishable by summary execution in citizens in the US?

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Posted in: Toilet seat up or down after use: What's the rule in your home? See in context

Downstairs loo with the washlet and heated seat - lid down when not in use.

Upstairs loo; seat (with non-slip cover) always down, lid always up, door open too, for the cat. She always calls me when she's done, so that I can flush for her and give her a treat.

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Posted in: Survey picks Japan’s most attractive prefectures – Familiar spots at top and bottom of rankings See in context

A good place to live isn't necessarily a good place to visit, and vice versa.

The occasional visit to Tokyo, for shopping etc., is fine, and showing overseas visitors round the tourist spots is fun; but I most certainly would not want to live there.

Conversely, I love the place I live, would not want to live anywhere else; but I fully understand that it has nothing to tickle the tourist mind.

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Posted in: Survey picks Japan’s most attractive prefectures – Familiar spots at top and bottom of rankings See in context

Tokyo, ..... with no natural beauty 

Please see above. Far-flung bits of Tokyo are scrumptious.

I think you mean your image of Tokyo is an awful conglomeration of glass and concrete.

Yes it is. And far too many people.

Tokyo is a great city. So much to do and see. New things popping up all the time

It depends on what you want to do and see. My idea of a good living environment is being able to walk the dogs through green fields without worrying too much about traffic or PM2.5, egrets and herons popping up through the tall grass all the time, more wildlife scuttling about underfoot depending on the season.

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Posted in: William Shatner, 3 others blast into space See in context

Used to love watching Star Trek as a kid, so glad that the captain finally got to experience space and that he was so exhilarated by what he saw and felt.

Sad that he found the blackness of space ugly, though.

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Posted in: KFC Japan suspends French fry sales after running out of potatoes See in context

Potatoes are so cheap in the U.S. it's not worth the hassle of growing them yourself

I don't grow spuds to save money. I go through the 'hassle' (actually I enjoy gardening and growing things, so it's not so much hassle as anticipation) of putting them in the ground and waiting months because no shop-bought spud can compare in taste with your own freshly-dug spuds.

Washed, boiled, lightly salted and dabbed with butter. Sheer heaven.

Money can't buy that taste sensation.

it's potatoes, varieties can grow anywhere

Different soils, different climates, you don't always get the same results. Better to choose the varieties that work where you are.

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Posted in: Survey picks Japan’s most attractive prefectures – Familiar spots at top and bottom of rankings See in context

Tokyo and Osaka are the two most bustling cities in the country

The usual image of Tokyo is an awful conglomeration of glass and concrete, asphalt, traffic, and neon, but Tokyo also has beautiful warm semi-tropical coral seas, wildlife that earns it World Heritage status, and warm winters - down in the Bonins.

Chalk and cheese.

(I love cheese).

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Posted in: Do you think it is a good idea to include patriotism in school curricula? See in context

Nations/Governments call it patriotism, religious organizations call it faith.

I went to church schools til the age of 18, with Religious Instruction a standard part of the curriculum.

One of the reasons I'm an atheist.

The point being, that trying to teach 'faith', whether it's faith in the country/government (patriotism/nationalism) or any particular religion, isn't necessarily going to get you the result you are aiming for, and can even get you the exact opposite.

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Posted in: Kishida says Japan will start 3rd COVID vaccine shots in December See in context

Natural immunity is the only true solution

Natural immunity means you get the disease, develop antibodies and recover, then the antibodies stop you getting the disease again? Correct me if I’ve got it wrong.

If you’re young and healthy, no comorbidities etc etc, Covid is apparently no big deal. Some people don’t even notice they have it if they don’t get tested.

But there’s no guarantee that it will be no big deal; no one knows how it will affect them until they actually get infected. If you’re one of the unlucky ones, no amount of ‘natural immunity’ (which you don’t get until after you’ve been sick and recovered) is going to help.

I would like an explanation of what the anti-vaxxers mean when they recommend ‘natural immunity’. How do I get this immunity without first running the risk of being infected by a virus that might be no big deal, but that also might put me in the ICU or in the morgue, or leave me with long-term organ damage?

Seems a lot easier, safer and more sensible to me to just get the jab and get on with life.

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Posted in: KFC Japan suspends French fry sales after running out of potatoes See in context

Ooer and golly gosh, bass admitting to breaking’ da lor!

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Posted in: KFC Japan suspends French fry sales after running out of potatoes See in context

1 or 2 and plant them as a matter of fact

Do you declare them at customs? I’m pretty sure they’re very strict about bringing in viable plants.

I like to grow Inca no Mezame and Inca no Hitomi. I love Matilda and buy them from the Coop (the only place that stocks them round here) but have never had much success growing them. Maybe I have the wrong kind of soil.

I won’t lose any sleep over shortages of fast food chips.

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Posted in: Japan opposition pledges to tax the rich in election platform See in context

Alcohol and tobacco is taxed much higher than 10% already though

Keep the tobacco tax, increase the 10% consumption tax.

Maybe add in an air pollution tax, public nuisance tax and sheer stupid tax for good measure.

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Posted in: Japan opposition pledges to tax the rich in election platform See in context

No, because it's a bit more complicated than how good their policies are or how well they campaign.

its a good bit more complicated than that.

In the last election, the LDP got a mere 33.28% of the popular vote, but 61% of the seats.

The opposition parties between them, not including the Komeito Party, got 52.9% of the popular vote, but only 27.95% of the seats.

Japanese national elections are rigged so that the LDP has to try really, really hard to lose.

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Posted in: Japan may exempt Australian troops in joint drills from death penalty See in context

So in essence, the Australians are indeed saying their relatively small contingent of troops in Japan might just conduct aggravated murder.

I think lots of people are looking at this wrong.

The Australians are not, as far as I can see, predicting that their soldiers are going to be running around the place wilfully and wantonly slaughtering Japanese. Or that even one Australian is likely to misbehave in any way.

Australia is actively working towards the abolition of the death penalty everywhere, and where better to start than with your friends.

https://theconversation.com/japan-australia-pact-highlights-need-to-move-away-creatively-from-death-penalty-148436

*The Australian government took a bold step in 2018 by launching Australia’s Strategy for Abolition of the Death Penalty, advocating its abolition globally.*

*This 2018 strategy sets Australia apart from other countries that have abolished the death penalty because of its outward-looking policy of pursuing abolition in other countries. It is not limited to advocating the restricted use of the death penalty in instances where Australian nationals are sentenced to death — as was the case with Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan. It takes a principled stance against the death penalty *“in all circumstances for all people”***.***

It's a good opportunity for the Japanese legal/penal system to decide to step into the 21st century and stop waving the noose around.

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Posted in: Japan may exempt Australian troops in joint drills from death penalty See in context

There is a poll every few years by the Cabinet Office about the death penalty in Japan

Lying behind that is the fact that kids in Japan are taught in school that the death penalty is good, proper, necessary and appropriate. Then when the pollsters come round, they simply churn out the ‘correct answer’ they were taught in school.

In high school my son was given a homework assignment to write an essay on the death penalty. Apparently the kids were all supposed to extol the virtues of capital punishment as the reason for Japan’s low crime rate. The teacher was more than a bit nonplussed when Mr Cleo Junior and a few of his mates wrote essays arguing the opposite - and because they were for the most part well written and lucid, he had no choice but to give them good grades. Members of the rebel 20 percent.

 If you are planning on murdering someone then don't come here. Simple!

Because there are never, ever, ever, any miscarriages of justice, are there?

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Posted in: Japan may exempt Australian troops in joint drills from death penalty See in context

this is different, they're asking for exemption from or suspension of a law

They're basically indicating that the death penalty is a hinderance to smooth relations between allies. It's a gaiatsu prod, without really imposing on sovereignty.

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Posted in: Japan may exempt Australian troops in joint drills from death penalty See in context

I don't like that a country is imposing on another's sovereignty and like it less when the other country accedes to the imposition

It's usually gaiatsu that pushes Japan to finally do the sensible thing.

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Posted in: Japan may exempt Australian troops in joint drills from death penalty See in context

Do Australians ever visit a backward country like the US which hangs/electrocutes/lethally injects people on a regular basis. Texas anyone?

Big difference between choosing of your own volition to visit a backward country, and being sent there under orders by your government.

Soldiers don't get a say in where they are sent. It's the responsibility of the government that sends them to ensure they won't be subject to backward laws they would not encounter at home.

It isn't only soldiers:

Countries that have abandoned the practice of the death penalty usually will not permit an alleged criminal to be extradited to countries that still practice the death penalty unless they are assured that the defendant will not face this punishment. Mexico, Canada, and the countries of the European Union, for example, will not extradite to the U.S a person charged with a capital offense without assurances the death penalty will not be sought.

https://capitalpunishmentincontext.org/issues/international

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Posted in: Japan may exempt Australian troops in joint drills from death penalty See in context

The Australian troops have always had problems with discipline. I hope they won’t think the new pact will give them a license to kill.

The Australian murder rate is less than 1 per 100,000 population.

Doesn't sound like Aussies on the rampage to me.

If they commit heinous crimes, why would the Australian government want them exempted from the death penalty?

Because the death penalty is itself a heinous crime committed by the state. Most civilised countries do not have the death penalty.

This is controversial as to replace the death penalty with life in prison does even less to deter crime

No, it isn't. Countries with the death penalty: US, China, India, Japan, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Nigeria, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Taiwan.

Murder rates per 100,000 population in those countries, in order: 7.8, 0.53, 3.08, 0.26, 0.43, 2.37, 9.85, 2.55, 1.27, 2.5, 0.8

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Posted in: In your experience, how easy or difficult is it for a foreign resident to obtain a credit card in Japan? See in context

You write that "Plenty of shops have asked me to apply for their card" but you did not apply because you already have enough cards.

I meant I turn them down now because I have more than enough. Sorry for the misunderstanding.

I have never been refused for a card I did apply for, and as I noted, I have a purseful of them.

I was even given a pre-paid card I didn't apply for; it came as an 'extra' with my phone account.

I'm not saying other folk have not experienced discrimination, or prejudice, or racism, or sheer ignorance. I'm just saying that I personally have not experienced it in Japan.

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Posted in: In your experience, how easy or difficult is it for a foreign resident to obtain a credit card in Japan? See in context

Never had any problem getting a credit card in Japan.

Plenty of shops have asked me to apply for their card. I turn them down because I have more than I need, a purse full of the things.

Granted, my first credit card was a family card paid for from my husband’s account, but the the folk in the shops offering me cards are offering them to me, not him.

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Posted in: 53 Afghan evacuees arrive in Japan See in context

Did they do that for free or were they paid for their services?.

I’m pretty sure they weren’t paid enough to make up for being left in the tender embrace of the Taliban.

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Posted in: 53 Afghan evacuees arrive in Japan See in context

What do these 50 guys offer Japan?

They have offered years of service already, and now face a backlash from a bunch of religious nutters with a mediaeval mindset.

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Posted in: 53 Afghan evacuees arrive in Japan See in context

What visa did you get granted, what job were you given permission do do in Japan?

When I first arrived (many, many years ago) I was granted a 'special' visa. My main purpose was to improve my Japanese language (I had just graduated with a BA in Japanese language and culture, but my speaking/hearing skills were minimal), but I was not attached to any academic institution, had no formal course to follow. I was allowed to do some casual part-time work, but not anything resembling a 'real' job.

After a few months when my language skills were up to scratch (well, better, at least) I applied for a visa to teach English which was granted no problem. Over the years that was upgraded to a spousal visa and then PR.

The thing is, as far as Japan is concerned neither you nor I, in fact probably most of the posters here, have any real 'reason' to come to Japan. We just wanted to, and we did.

These embassy and JICA staff have much stronger links to the country. They have served Japan for years, they surely deserve better treatment than 'they shouldn't be here, track them closely, send them somewhere else'.

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Posted in: 53 Afghan evacuees arrive in Japan See in context

Japan shouldn't be taking these people. They are not in any danger

When I first came to Japan, I wasn't in any danger, either, neither did I have any solid links with Japan, just a youthful interest. I just said Pretty please can I have a visa and job, and no one put any obstacles in my way. No one suggested I should be 'tracked closely' or located to some other place. At the time Japan didn't owe me anything. These people do have links with Japan - embassy staff and JICA employees - so they have stronger ties than I had when I first arrived.

Why the negativity?

I see no reason for them not to be welcomed.

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