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Posted in: End of Japan COVID curbs triggers surge in visitors to nearly 1 million in November See in context

From a cost perspective, Japan is quite reasonable right now

Not airline tickets to travel to Japan - not even close to being reasonable. I suppose Russi may have a very narrow perspective of how things work?

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Posted in: Japan enacts law to restrict malicious donation solicitations by religious and other groups See in context

allows believers, other donors and their families to seek the return of their money and prohibits religious groups and other organizations from soliciting funds by coercion, threats or linking donations to spiritual salvation.

From this passage its not too clear how restitution would be awarded or divided if there's one family member who willingly wants to remain in a such sect who's under no act of coercion, yet another family member doesn't want any part of that sect? Who's entitled to a partial / whole refund of a donation of any type that wasn't made under duress? Do we start to pick and choose whose believes / organizations are more socially acceptable than others, based upon a dubious fringe-level rating of the group? I get the intent was to do something to in light of the assassination rather than just kicking the can down the road, but the article makes this read as if this donation law wasn't very well thought out at all, and its going to be challenged in court.

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Posted in: Aichi man arrested for pouring coffee milk into station ticket gate See in context

It turned out that the man had been pouring bottled coffee milk into the slot. Coffee milk is a very sweet flavored milk

No the real crime that should be discussed is passing-off flavored sweetened milk as something being coffee-like.

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Posted in: Musk says he is granting 'amnesty' to suspended Twitter accounts See in context

On Oct. 28, the day after he took control, Musk tweeted that no suspended accounts would be reinstated until Twitter formed a “content moderation council” with diverse viewpoints that would consider the cases.On Tuesday, he said he was reneging on that promise because he’d agreed to at the insistence of “a large coalition of political-social activists groups” who later ”broke the deal” by urging that advertisers at least temporarily stop giving Twitter their business.

The only real skill Musk seems to have is his unique ability to destroy the irony meter on a daily basis. He buys a communication company to promote free speech and diverse viewpoints, only to fire the staff supporting his company because he didn't like what was being said about him publicly.

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Posted in: Sweet potato pie makes an easy, pretty dessert See in context

Appears to be missing the following ingredients to make it work out: nutmeg (1 teaspoon), 1/2 cup brown sugar (and cut back on the granulated sugar to a 1/2 cup), and good bourbon (2 tablespoons - maybe three, but a shot's worth of bourbon is overkill), and a 1/2 cup of melted butter.

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Posted in: KFC releases overflowing lobster fillet burger for winter in Japan See in context

There's so many levels of wrongness to unpackage in this article, but perhaps the end all and be all of it that doesn't make any sense - if you can't do what's supposed to be your core business right, then why switch into something that's completely outside of your area of expertise (i.e. lobster burgers)? Guess they had an epiphany and realized that after 70 years of frying greasy chicken, they've been in the wrong business the whole time.

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Posted in: Binance proposes fund to save crypto from future failures See in context

Binance is proposing the creation of a rescue fund that would save otherwise healthy crypto companies from failure

The entire article could’ve been summarized into a single sentence by reading, “Binance wants a pyramid scheme.”

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Posted in: Australia proposes new corporate penalties for privacy breaches See in context

Until the owners of these companies are both personally financially liable and criminally accountable for their screwups (and I don’t mean any of that soft, country club-like treatment they always get - I mean throw them in with the lifers in prison), levying all the financial penalties against their companies is completely meaningless.

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Posted in: Japan reopens to tourists with shuttered souvenir shops, hotel staff shortage See in context

Personally the vaccine thing doesn’t impact as I’m waiting for those airfares to drop, as they’re too expensive travel now (looking like April / May of next year per Google Flights). Seriously considering purchasing some Yen now at these rates, to help offset the cost whenever I do get the opportunity to return to Japan.

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Posted in: Putin calls Kerch Bridge attack 'a terrorist act' by Kyiv See in context

“There’s no doubt it was a terrorist act directed at the destruction of critically important civilian infrastructure of the Russian Federation,”

The madman is just fishing for any reason to justify unleashing his arsenal of heavier artillery or weapons of catastrophic destruction to appease his court of public opinion of being militarily heavy-handed against the Ukrainians.

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Posted in: Nagasaki man lifts his apartment toilet lid to find terrifying surprise inside See in context

“I’m sorry for causing so much trouble,” he said. “I’m going to make an effort to learn more about snakes now.”

Considering the bar was already in the toilet, I suppose anything is an improvement.

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Posted in: Kishida asks firms to match pay hikes to inflation See in context

…Kishida on Tuesday asked companies to aim for pay hikes that keep pace with accelerating inflation in wage negotiations

Wasn’t it the lack of financial maturity by The Government the cause of the latter that continues to result in the former? Circular logic/reasoning is a weak point of mine.

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Posted in: Whole lotta zeros: Apple Music crosses 100 mil song barrier See in context

Wish there wasn’t such an elaborate process you have to undergo (i.e. creating country specific Apple accounts) if you want to purchase music from different countries due to the various copyright right laws.

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Posted in: N Korea fires ballistic missile over Japan; some trains suspended See in context

They are flying missiles over Japan and Japan/US are watching.

As well as they should be, and they are. The Japanese and US aren't going to just aimlessly lob PAC-3 missiles (which costs approximately $10 million US each) at incoming North Korean targets that are beyond the effective range of that defense system. The Japanese version of the PATRIOT system designed was only meant to only hit incoming threats in the terminal phase.

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Posted in: Energy costs, weak yen push Tokyo inflation at fastest pace in 30 years See in context

According to the BOJ's recent projections, core CPI is forecast to top 2 percent in the current business year until next March but will likely undershoot the target in both fiscal 2023 and 2024.

I wonder why is it that no one likes to air-out such dirty laundry, instead of being more pragmatic? One of life's little mysteries I suppose?

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