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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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Posted in: 13,670 bear sightings reported in Japan in April-Sept period See in context

expatOct. 26  05:18 pm JST

Is there anything that the govenment doesn't employ a bean-counter to keep track of, other than nefarious behaviour by members of the government?

:) :) :)

That could just be one bear seen by 13,600 people or 10 bears seen by 1,360 people or... so it may mean nothing much really. However it is reported...

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Posted in: Japan to test anti-virus measures for big events at near-full stadium See in context

The rest of the world is imposing lockdowns to limit the spread of the virus.

The Japanese government is getting a stadium full, at 100% capacity, with people to see what happens...

It looks like the Japanese way of thinking has mutated to a level that is very different from the rest of the world...

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Posted in: Japan to test anti-virus measures for big events at near-full stadium See in context

They do not know the possible outcome and it may be that hundreds can be infected and some may even die.

The Japanese government is conducting a biological experiment on its citizens.

In my opinion this is not an act a civilized country, with properly functioning government, would do.

How many government officials are going to the game and sitting among the people?

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Posted in: Japan reports record new coronavirus infections for 3rd straight day See in context

“400 cases among a population of 14.000.000 in Tokyo is 0.0028%”

A number in itself may not be big or have much meaning. It is the trend (i.e. the big picture) that is more important and it shows that the number of infections are growing. It shows that if people continue to do what they are doing now the virus will spread more and more. The spread is not linear – today may be 0.0028% however tomorrow may be 0.05%, then 1% then by the end of the year 10% and then it is too late to stop it. Based on this information there is no need for panic now however there is need for change in the people’s, and the government’s, behavior /actions. If you focus only on the 0.0028% today you are missing the big picture and you will not see a reason to change your behavior/actions in order to prevent further increase in the spread of the virus and much more difficult times ahead.

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Posted in: Kono asks that U.S. military personnel coming to Japan test for virus See in context

"With so many asymptomatic people, PCR testing is a must," Kono said in a press conference..."

The Japanese government's approach seems not to follow this logic...

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Posted in: Tokyo reports record 293 new COVID-19 cases See in context

To those saying that since people are not dying it is fine - please read this https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20200716/p2a/00m/0na/025000c

You do not have to be dead for your life, as you know it, to be over.

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Posted in: Experts meet on how to prevent Go To campaign from spreading coronavirus See in context

"Lets look at Okayama pref, pop almost 2M, number of corona virus related calls to the welfare centers etc 45,632 calls. Total number of people tested 2094 that is 0.001% number of infected cases 29.

0.001% tested is like the geneal trend in almost every prefecture in japan. The numbers being low is not difficult to understand,"

2,094/2,000,000=0.1% not 0.001%.

This is an example of how inaccurate commenters can be...

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