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Posted in: Lawson opens 1st avatar-staffed convenience store in Tokyo See in context

Good news. A shortage of workers due to falling birth rates will soon be a thing of the past. With more avatars and robots replacing humans at workplace, Japan will be able to abolish the modern-day slavery of technical trainees and depend less on foreign workers.

That’s such a fallacy that Japan thinks it can automate its way out of falling birth rates. Machines and robots don’t pay taxes, yet the infrastructure that was built for a once booming population still needs to be supported and maintained. The only solution to the problem is immigration. Japan better starts ramping this up if they don’t want to experience culture shock, like many European countries did due mass migrations of wars.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 831 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 5,705 See in context

These numbers are useless without knowing how many tests were done. Can someone please post the numbers since they never put this into the article?

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Posted in: S Korea to fine Google $177 mil for forcing software on devices See in context

So Google (and Apple) develops an operating system and app ecosystem that hardware manufacturers and developers can (no one is forcing them) build a business on. They get the chance to piggyback, without investing the time and resources the tech companies spent to offer their platforms. And somehow it’s now illegal for the tech companies to dictate their terms of their business they built? What? Well, build your own platform if you don’t like the terms…

Samsung switched to a little-known operating system called Tizen but gave up on the software after struggling with a lack of applications.

Ah, that’s right. Turns out it’s kinda hard to build your own platform, isn’t it? It’s easier to just leech off the other guys and then claim “not fair” if you don’t like something. That something you agreed to when you signed the contract before going into business with them.

I sure hope this “tech regulation” nonsense gets struck down. Governments need to stop intervening in areas they don’t understand. The consumer market regulates competition itself. People spend their money on the best solutions that work for them. Hence, why we now have these two dominating mobile platforms and all the other inferior ones are gone. Nokia, Blackberry and even Microsoft couldn’t cut it. The reason is “open” platform architecture to build something great. All the regulation is doing is for companies to build more closed systems that won’t allow for any collaboration and in that sense, innovation.

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Posted in: 21-year-old man arrested over kidnapping of girl he met online See in context

How is a person’s occupation in any way relevant to these kinds of stories? There are more important details missing.

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Posted in: Japan eyes tougher jail sentence for insults to tackle cyberbullying See in context

Lmao, this is ridiculous. So is the internet confined to Japan now? People from all over the world can bully you if they so please and there’s nothing Japan can do about it. Get out of the kitchen if you can’t handle the heat. Seriously.

Oh, and calling someone annoying or creepy is considered an insult? JFC, watch what happens when especially these particular types of people are not being called out anymore. The consequences will be much more severe than bullying…

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Posted in: Stores in Japan ask customers to prove they’re real Pokemon fans when buying cards to stop scalpers See in context

Exactly, parents don’t care much about that stuff, they just want to buy it for their kids that are asking for it. I guess unless the kid is with them, there won’t be any sale.

Similarly, I had to buy some cards for a friend’s kid who lives overseas. I have absolutely no interest in Pokémon but don’t mind picking some up for a favor. Guess that will be the end of that as well.

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Posted in: Here are some of the Japanese businesses offering discounts to fully vaccinated customers See in context

Please note that the prevailing medical advice is to refrain from excessive drinking on the day of vaccination.

I asked my doctors that gave me the shots and they said enjoy as you always do.

Sure would be nice to get discounts at liquor stores.

…as you always do, sure, maybe for the first shot. For the second, I would highly advise against that. If you’re going to have 40+ degrees fever, no sane person, let alone a doctor, would recommend excessive drinking beforehand.

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Posted in: Ex-U.S. officials ask Japanese leaders to accept no-first-use nuclear plan See in context

Japan, as well as South Korea and Taiwan should have their own nuclear weapons. China and North Korea would have to think twice whether they want to attack.

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Posted in: Time to start tipping taxi drivers in Japan? Cab company now gives passengers option in Tokyo See in context

I always give a tip to the Uber eats delivery people. Maybe it’s culturally seen a bit rude, but I am quite sure it is also very much welcomed within those precarious employed and exploited guys, often from countries where tipping is usually done. They are even bullied by other road drivers or in the news, although they really struggle for themselves to survive and the people who are supplied with a lunch they only can order this way. Sometimes they even take some small things out and eat it, what shows how dramatic their exploitation is. Those are not tipped of course, but tipping in general might reduce their need to steal or do their delivery job hastily without care.

UberEats delivery people are not struggling to survive, as far as I can tell. Whenever it’s raining, there are zero UberEats delivery people available in my area, zero. If they can’t handle a bit of rain, then they are definitely not depending on UberEats money to survive. It’s more of a side hustle for them and they do it whenever they feel like it. So no, no tipping.

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Posted in: Japan to impose 10-day quarantine on travelers from India, 5 other countries See in context

As Japan has already banned the entry of foreign nationals, including those with resident status, who have been to those countries within the past two weeks, except under special circumstances, the measure primarily effects Japanese citizens.

Huh? When did that happen? Are we back to the racist immigration policies? Why are Japanese citizens treated differently than foreign residents? I thought we were done with this BS after the international outcry the first time around. Now they’re trying this again?

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Posted in: Japanese, Vietnamese leaders oppose China's maritime actions in phone talks See in context

Yeah, all talk and no action is not going to deter China from anything. They just keep walking over you.

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Posted in: Japanese transport group aims to set up public ropeway transit system by 2025 See in context

Every twelve seconds, on the same line? Not enough time to let ppl on/off. And if it costs 5x less than a monorail but can only transport a fraction of the capacity a monorail can, the monorail would be much more economical.

There are other cities around the world that use cable cars to fill in transport deserts and hard to reach places. It certainly has its uses but it sounds like a relatively expensive implementation for a big city.

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Posted in: China, S Korea wary of release of Fukushima treated water into sea See in context

Why don’t they ferry it to the middle of the ocean and dump it there, far from any coastline?

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Posted in: Tokyo, as you've never seen it before See in context

The lack of green space in Tokyo is horrific.

Tokyo has more parks than most other big cities I’ve been to. I enjoy going to a new one every time.

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Posted in: Assemblyman in Mie reveals same-sex couple's address online See in context

I think some misunderstand

Not really. The couple’s name is irrelevant for the story. The only name relevant is the politician’s. He’s a public figure and needs to be held accountable accordingly.

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Posted in: Yubari may offer Japan a taste of things to come See in context

Not true. France's total fertility rate of 2.06 live births per female is right at replacement and that of Okinawa at 1.94 is almost there. Find out what the secret sauce is in these places and apply it liberally in the Japanese mainland.

Right, France, where about 30% of the population are immigrants and you can’t figure out why they’re able to maintain their fertility rate?

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Posted in: Tokyo likely to reduce age limit on kids in opposite-sex public baths, report says See in context

Here’s a novel idea; why not just make all baths mixed-sex and everyone wears a bathing suit, like in the rest of the civilized world.

Having to look at shrivel-d all night is not exactly my idea of a relaxing time. It’s also not that great if you go out with your partner for a relaxing evening that you then have to spend apart.

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