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Posted in: If AI is able to create movies using images of deceased actors, would you watch such films? See in context

I weaseled out with "maybe" because while I don't really like the idea, I could see there being circumstances in which it would be okay.

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Posted in: Criminal liability to be contested at Kyoto Animation arson trial See in context

Not gonna lie: while I generally oppose capital punishment (because there's no "do over" if the system gets it wrong), in cases of overwhelming confidence of guilt and for a sufficiently heinous crime, I'm all for it. From everything I've read about the case against Aoba, this is such a situation. I'll cheer out loud when this mass murderer swings.

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Posted in: China threatens retaliation if U.S. House speaker meets Taiwan president See in context

And, what are you going to do about it?

Two things...and Jack just left town.

Given the recent Xi/Putin meeting, China needs to shut it.

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Posted in: When you drink coffee or tea in Japan, do you prefer the chains like Starbucks, Tully’s, Doutor, etc, or do you prefer the traditional “kissaten?” See in context

I've had some great pour-over coffee at The Roastery in Harajuku. Expensive, but damn, it's good.

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Posted in: Japan soccer chiefs neglecting women's game, says former striker See in context

Big name? Lol ...

How to say you don't follow womens football without saying you don't follow women's football. No team in Europe has been more successful over the years than Lyon, who have won the UEFA Women's Champions League 8 times.

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Posted in: Japan soccer chiefs neglecting women's game, says former striker See in context

I live in one of the world's epicenters for the women's game, Portland, Oregon, USA. Well before the current worldwide surge in popularity for Women's football, Portland Thorns FC of the NWSL, the US women's 1st division, had absolutely unheard-of attendance for a women's pro side (21k+ per match, when "big name" European sides like Olympic Leon were lucky to get 3500). Women's soccer's a big deal here. I've been a season ticket holder since the team started and have been watching the women's side of the sport for a long time. I vividly remember that "golden age" Japanese team and their World Cup win. They were legendary.

They've been in a rebuilding phase for a while now as the golden age players have aged out, and the reduction in support from the federation hasn't helped. But the thing is, the team is going in the right direction. Most of the players are pretty young - and that shows sometimes - but their technical ability is at least as good as the previous generation's was. More Japanese players than ever are playing in Europe and the US (Thorns FC brought in Hina Sugita from INAC Kobe Leonessa last year, and she's been terrific). At the recent cringe-y named She Believes Cup, Japan finished 2nd behind the US, but were really the best team in the tournament (but dropped matches to the US and Brazil because of bad finishing - which green players do sometimes - despite outplaying them); they stomped on Olympic Gold medalists Canada 3-0. Despite the neglect, it's a team on the rise and they deserve better.

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Posted in: Facebook-owner Meta to roll out paid subscription See in context

It might be worth it if it stemmed what has become an absolute avalanche of advertising on the platform. But of course, it won't.

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Posted in: Manga artist wants Japanese teachers to feel how dumb their girls’ dress code is See in context

"Why don’t men understand?”

They understand perfectly well. They just place being able to ogle underage girls' legs over the health and safety of those girls.

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Posted in: We’re living in the age of being connected or reachable 24 hours a day by one device or another. Is this a good thing? See in context

As with so many advances, it's a mix. Personally, I think the advantages outweigh the disadvantages (by a lot), particularly if, as another poster mentioned, you make sure it's you controlling your devices and not the other way 'round.

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Posted in: Bomb threats sent by fax to colleges in Yamanashi, Ibaraki, Hokkaido See in context

By fax.

How to tell me the perp is Japanese without telling me the perp is Japanese.

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Posted in: Man arrested for stealing woman’s underwear, setting fire to her house 2 days later See in context

"...denied intent to kill when he started the fire"

Who cares about this idiot's intent? Regardless of that, he put this woman and her family at grave risk, as well as firefighters and other emergency responders. He needs to do time.

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Posted in: Moriyasu defends decision-making after Japan's loss to Costa Rica showing See in context

That strategy doesn't make sense to me. Why not play your absolute best lineup against what is likely the weakest team in the group? Get all three points and you're going through. Get one and you've got a great chance. Now you need a result against one of the best teams in the tournament.

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Posted in: Keep it down See in context

Trains in Japan are like morgues - deathly quiet and full of zombies. Awful atmosphere.

Who rides a train for the "atmosphere?" The quiet is one of the attractions of train travel in Japan. I'll take not being subjected to someone's garbage taste in music or bellowing conversation any day.

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Posted in: Have you found that your smartphone has gotten you into the habit of spending more time checking work messages or reading work-related materials or emails in your “off” time at home? See in context

I have zero work-related stuff on my phone. We're a remote-only company, and heavily use Zoom, Slack, etc...but I deliberately don't have those apps installed, and my employer has no problem with that. We just don't have a work culture that demands off-hours work/availability except under genuinely special circumstances...and that's what the laptop is for.

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Posted in: Japanese soccer team fined ¥20 million because fans’ cheering violated COVID-19 guidelines See in context

Ludicrous.

"Don't shout at the match...but go ahead and pack yourselves onto the train getting to and from."

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Posted in: Kishida says foreign tourists should follow Japan face mask rules See in context

No problem. Visiting another country and thinking you don't have to follow the rules there is toddler-tier asshattery.

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Posted in: Beijing loyalist John Lee elected as Hong Kong's next leader See in context

"Elected" lol...

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Posted in: Osaka Expo mascot needs name; organizers ask for suggestions See in context

Nightmare Fuel-kun

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Posted in: Record 5,400 cannabis offenders in 2021, police report See in context

Recreational cannabis has been legal here in Oregon for six years (longer for medical use). Not only have there been no increases in various societal problems once attributed to "the devil's lettuce," but the thriving legal cannabis industry has contributed millions to state tax coffers. Japan's attitude towards weed is stuck in the 1950's

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Posted in: Beijing was Japan's most successful Winter Games ever See in context

The ROC is Taiwan.

ROC = "Russian Olympic Committee," since Russia is banned for doping (a ban which will now likely be extended after that debacle with Valieva).

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Posted in: Japan's border policy keeping hundreds of thousands of foreigners in limbo See in context

No one with a hint of a clue should be suggesting that Japan doesn't have the sovereign right to regulate its borders as it sees fit. The issue is that these restrictions have little to do with increasing Japan's safety and a lot to do with the ruling party pandering to its aging, xenophobic voter base.

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Posted in: 2 men re-arrested over child prostitution and pornography with minors See in context

Third arrest? It's time to try and convict these pervs and lock them up.

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Posted in: How would you define the Christmas spirit that we hear so much about this time of year? See in context

I define it as "successful marketing." Now get out there and CONSUME!

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Posted in: Man gets suspended sentence for killing and injuring about 100 cats See in context

The "suspended sentence" that scumbag deserves to to be suspended by his nutsack.

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