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Posted in: Japan to extend additional $100 million in humanitarian aid to Ukraine See in context

"I wish that $ 100,000 Million will be for our salary increment, better pension pay, food prices subsidy and so on."

Too many zeros.

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Posted in: Misinformation rampant when it comes to COVID-19 shots for young children See in context

It is fine to recommend vaccines however it is not fine to force people to get vaccinated.

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Posted in: Japan to extend additional $100 million in humanitarian aid to Ukraine See in context

At the same time the J government is fighting anyway possible not to pay any claims to the people affected by the Fukushima disaster.

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Posted in: Japan judo hits crisis point as bullied, burnt-out children quit See in context

"Mizoguchi, who has coached in France, said judo was "not fun" for Japanese children".

School is not fun for Japanese children.

Sports are not fun for Japanese children.

Vacations are not fun for Japanese children (with so many projects to do during supposedly "vacation" time")

What is fun for the Japanese children?

What are the Japanese children allowed to enjoy?

They are overcontrolled at every stage of their development and every activity they do.

As they grow older it gets worse and worse, culminating in the ultimate "no fun" part - a job in a Japanese corporation.

I have practiced judo for over 30 years with European and Japanese clubs/coaches. The European coaches were much more demanding and controlling. The best judo coach I had was Japanese, and he made everyone in the dojo feel like family. He said many times - "If you do not have fun, you do not have to come to practice". Everybody came to practice... He is still remembered for his big smile and warm heart.

It is the unhealthy and outdated societal views, judgements, expectations and polices that make most things that Japanese children should enjoy "not fun". Almost everyone - children, parents and other adults - are getting squeezed hard, from every direction, with not much options to find a better way. Those who are not squeezed - the government and elite - do not care for the remaining 99%.

It is "not fun" for the Japanese in general and Japanese children are affected the most, since their childhood is supposed to be the most care-free and enjoyable part of their lives. Those precious moments are lived only once.

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Posted in: Man arrested for spending mistakenly sent ¥46.3 mil in COVID funds See in context

"Taguchi previously said he was "sorry for using the money" and intended to repay it, the person said. But his lawyer said at a press conference Monday that he was unlikely to be able to pay it back."

I do not think his lawyer should be saying that. The role of his lawyer is to defend him and to make sure he gets a just/fair trial.

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Posted in: NPA urges police to avoid impression of racial profiling in questioning people See in context

"Right, because we point out problems it means we hate Japan"

Once you accept that this is part of life in Japan such "problems" would disappear...

Japan is a sovereign country, with its own culture(s), views and unique experiences.

The expectations for them to change, in order to meet/agree with your own culture(s), views and unique experiences create the "problems".

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Posted in: Philippine election winner Marcos visits dictator father's grave See in context

Every country deserves its government, and the consequences, because they chose it one way or another.

The choice of the people - to vote or not, to care or not, to act or not - reflects their views, understandings, values, cultures, education...

The choices and results today are the results of decisions and actions made by generations of people (also defined as culture). Cultures of greed, or corruption, or inaction elect governments along those lines.

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Posted in: S Korea says North Korea test-fired missile from submarine See in context

"..That reminds me of another MAD-male dictator who must think his threats make him appear taller than 162cm.."

Donald Rumsfeld?

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Posted in: Japan to scrap licenses for electric scooters See in context

"Yes but if we are going to ban anything where something could happen, we'd have to get rid of cars, as there are literally accidents where people die every single day of every single year."

Cars are banned from sidewalks.

"The law doesn't agree with you, and has given bicycles and now scooters permission to ride on the sidewalks, with the caveat that if they hurt someone, it's all their fault. Seems like a healthy way to run society."

There is the law, there are also common sense and morality (principles concerning the distinction between right and wrong or good and bad behavior). Those three often diverge and people often use the law to trump the other two.

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Posted in: Tokyo to remove last trash cans from stations next month See in context

We have resolved to remove all trash cans to strengthen countermeasures against terrorism and the like.”

May as well close the bathrooms too... That will save even more money....

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Posted in: Japan to scrap licenses for electric scooters See in context

"If a rider hits you on their bike on the sidewalk in Japan, they are at full liability."

That is the law on paper. The laws of nature/physics would come in play when a large object moving at speed hits a human body. What good is the paper law to a human that is killed or severely injured by one of the e-scooters on a sidewalk. Think about the children as well. Loss of control and speeding are very real scenarios that most likely will happen. Sidewalks were designed for pedestrians and should be exclusively reserved for pedestrians (with the exception of small children riding their bicycles on the sidewalks).

Just my thoughts.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 6,968 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 45,684 See in context

"The reality is that we must all live as normal worldwide."

Reality/normality is everchanging state.

Species survive by adapting to the new/current environment not living by the past standards of "normality".

That is called evolution.

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Posted in: 70 Japanese volunteer to fight for Ukraine against Russia See in context

Most people have "seen/experienced" "war" while watching a movie or playing a video game. The reality/horror of war is unimaginably different that that. I have understood it first hand, while in the military, and wish for the end of all wars. If politicians want to start wars each should be issued a sword and have them do it by themselves. It has become too easy to start wars by sending other people's children to kill each other from a long distance. If Putin wants to take Ukraine, he should face Klitschko and the outcome of this battle decides the war.

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Posted in: 70 Japanese volunteer to fight for Ukraine against Russia See in context

"Volunteering to go help defend another nation from an international madman is the ultimate act of selflessness."

It depends on the internal motives of each person. Some just like war. There are many cases where volunteers/mercenaries have committed numerous war crimes due to their nature/personal motives.

This is in regards to the above statement only and in no ways about anyone in this article.

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Posted in: Ukraine crisis to test Japan's democratic principles See in context

Ukraine’s crisis will test more than Japan’s “democratic” “principles”. Unless Japanese politicians have their heads under the sand, and very likely that is the case, they should have realized today how bleak Japan’s situation became. With this move Putin declared a “check” on the US and other “western” nations who were too busy squabbling with each other and not paying attention to what is happening outside of their self-inflated bubble. This puts Russia and affiliated interests ten moves ahead and if they play their pieces together well they cannot be stopped with any conventional means. Next move – China takes Taiwan – US and allies cannot do anything about it. Now it is checkmate because China and Russia start working together. To save themselves EU declares neutrality. USA is left alone against China and Russia, and perhaps North Korea, and there is nothing they can do to stop them short of nuclear war which will destroy the world. Do Japan politicians still think USA will help them if China decided to go there next? Japan has no real democracy and no realistic defenses because they aligned with a country that has no real democracy and does not give a hoot about them.

Today a chain of events may have started that may bring the end of the world as Japan and many others, including USA, knew/imagined it.

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Posted in: Gov't panel proposes to scrap 100-day remarriage ban for women See in context

"Its not just family issues brother. Japan HATES and seems allergic to simple, logical and practical. When dealing with people here, and not just the gov but people from all walks of life, the more complicated the better seems the way things are here. Japan looks to complicate things even when they are not."

In a nutshell that describes Japan to a tee. Bravo.

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Posted in: Biden: Ready for 'long overdue' pick of Black female justice See in context

"...And that person will be the first Black woman ever nominated to the United States Supreme Court...."

That sounds like white and male people need not apply....

Americans think the way to fix discrimination is to simply discriminate against someone else...

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Posted in: Married Japanese men and women rank the things they miss most about single life See in context

“I’ve sometimes wished I didn’t get married, but overall I’m glad I did… although, maybe I wish it was with a different person.”

True. I have couple of K Pop idols in mind...

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Posted in: Biden says U.S. will act decisively if Russia invades Ukraine See in context

"..promising that the U.S. and allies will act “decisively” if Russia further invades the Eastern European nation..."

However nothing is said in which direction the decisive act will be. Most likely to abandon them decisively at the slightest inconvenience as done many other times before.

Most likely Japan will be abandoned decisively as well, when China decides it is time to take over some/all of its interests/territories.

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Posted in: U.S. seeks new 5G delay to study interference with planes See in context

"Their doing the encroaching."

They are not! The US government held couple of auctions and sold, for billions of dollars, the rights to use the 5G frequencies in question to the highest bidders. They paid and they can use them as they wish. If anyone is to blame, that is the US government.

Will not comment on spelling/grammar.

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Posted in: Former judo champion arrested for assaulting girlfriend See in context

"Judo is the mildest of the martial arts, so we can only hope."

Judo is the gentle way, not the mild way. Throws that can severely injure, armlocks that snap bones and if that is not enough chokes to finish it all. That is only the sports version of Judo. The complete version includes kicking , punching and weak body points strikes as well.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 38 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 322 See in context

If the experts compare the number of tests done in Japan and the other countries they may understand why Japan is reporting (not having) so few cases.

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Posted in: All U.S. forces in Japan exempted from virus tests since Sept: Hayashi See in context

I would guess the american citizens flying on those flights, domestic and international, would be upset as well if they knew the jar head sitting next to them has not been tested.

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Posted in: M5.9 quake halts trains in Tokyo area; 32 injured See in context

“It was big, but Tokyo is made for it”

Modern buildings in Tokyo can withstand major shaking however that cannot be said for the very old underground water pipes and not very efficient electrical supply lines that are connected to them,

In the case of a very big earthquake the modern skyscrapers will most likely remain upright however it is very likely there will not be water and electricity available for them. Imagine the people living on the higher floors with no water to drink/flush and no electricity to cook/use elevator….

The options to get away from Tokyo will be limited as well due to train lines/roads disruption because of physical damage and lack of electricity as well as fires (many of them possibly unmanageable because of lack of water due to broken pipes/loss of pressure).

Tokyo is definitely not made for it, just some of the buildings in Tokyo. Indeed Tokyo would be a difficult to escape trap after a big earthquake with limited resources and reduced evacuation options.

This is my opinion based on my knowledge of Japan and my profession (15+ years) of assessing risk/damage caused by natural disasters.

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Posted in: Elon Musk says Tesla's robot will make physical work a 'choice' See in context

"Desert: Yes, a robot will be able to do all of those things, eventually."

And much more...with the military version upgrade...unfortunately.

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Posted in: Westerners rush to leave Kabul; Afghan president flees country See in context

"How quickly they forget:

Bush rejects Taliban offer to hand Bin Laden over

President George Bush rejected as "non-negotiable" an offer by the Taliban to discuss turning over Osama bin Laden if the United States ended the bombing in Afghanistan.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2001/oct/14/afghanistan.terrorism5

That's a story from October 14, 2001.

Imagine if Bush 2 had taken the offer. How many lives and how much money would have been saved?"

Dick Cheney/Halliburton were in charge, not Bush.

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Posted in: Russian team topples American powerhouse with Biles out See in context

“1) What a great world it would be if people could prioritize their mental health.”

Indeed it would be a great world if all people could prioritize their mental health.

Simone Biles, and others like her, may be champions in bringing this issue to the attention of the world and making it a better place for all.

Simone Biles did the right thing – she knew when to stop and she stopped. As a famous person she is well rewarded and has the option to  prioritize her mental health above all. And she definitely deserves it. Best wishes to her.

I would prefer that all people have the opportunity to prioritize their mental and physical health. And all be applauded and rewarded when they decide to do that.

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Posted in: Russian team topples American powerhouse with Biles out See in context

Disclaimer: Only sections between quotation marks ("") were taken from BBC.

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Posted in: Russian team topples American powerhouse with Biles out See in context

From BBC (including misspelling):

“American gymnast Simone Biles was praised for prioritising "mental wellness over all else" after pulling out of the Olympic women's team final.”

“The 24-year-old withdrew from the event after her vault, saying: "I have to focus on my mental health."

"We applaud your decision to prioritise your mental wellness over all else and offer you the full support and resources of our Team USA community as you navigate the journey ahead."

“Second place brought Biles her sixth Olympic medal, and she also won 19 world titles between 2013 and 2019… Biles is a 30-time Olympic and World Championship medallist, and needs four podium finishes in Tokyo to become the most decorated gymnast - male or female - in history.”

Simone Biles withdrew from the team event however gets the medal, won by the courage and hard work of others, and it will count towards her historic “achievements”… She was supported by sponsors and expected to perform however she took the benefits, including the team silver medal, without performing much.

How many people in Japan, or any other country, that have to support their families, have the luxury to focus on mental wellness over all else?  How many people get rewarded, financially and with fame, if they leave their companies after getting completely burnt out, squeezed and exploited?

This double politically “correct” standard and excuse is disgusting.

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Posted in: Emperor tells Bach holding Olympics amid pandemic 'not easy' See in context

“....this is about as clear indication of his thinking the Emperor can send.”

What is the point of being/having an Emperor if he cannot even say what he thinks?

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