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Posted in: Police to test lone attacker spotting scheme after Abe shooting See in context

The Japanese police have virtually no relevance here. It starts with bureaucracy, continues through absolute incompetence, as someone mentioned here, where the career highlight is to berate a pedestrian for stepping into a crosswalk when the light was flashing red, but not addressing a car that came through the intersection at high speed. Domestic violence in the neighborhood? Unwillingness to address it, at most an attempt at talking sense into them. The only exceptions are the specialized units.

Their presence and "low crime" is based solely on the fact that the police get away with a lot of things, and an instilled respect for anyone in uniform. This nonsense mentioned in the article is based on the premise that data will be collected on already known people and situations. It completely ignores the unexpected event and these, as we know here, due to the inability to react and improvise, are often just dumb stares.

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Posted in: Europe investigates 'attacks' on Russian gas pipelines to Europe See in context

Somehow the narrative that the US is behind this has started to spread from the Kremlin recently. Possibly Ukraine to get money for gas through their territory. Same phrases and they appeared at the same time.

And that the Russians didn't have to do it, that all they had to do was turn off the valve.

The Russian invasion of Ukraine was also presented as fiction and ridiculed even hours before the actual invasion.

It turns out that if the Russians are saying something, the truth is quite the opposite.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympics bribery arrests widens to third Japan sponsor See in context

Bribery and corruption are not a crime in Japan.

That it is a nonsense? It's not. What is taken as a bribe elsewhere (i.e. you give someone something in return for a service) or corruption is taken often as "support" here.

"Corruption" is illegal here, it's just that most of the time these acts are hidden behind another word. E.g., "gratuities".

Virtually no major project here can do without what is taken as a bribe elsewhere. The bigger, the bigger the bribe. Lately, it's been disguised as companies that have only recently been established, or as a dense network of companies that are intertwined.

A public tender for a government project? You can only dream about it.

I'm surprised that anybody's surprised.

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Posted in: Tokyo, Osaka subway websites hit, apparently by pro-Russia hacker group See in context

no data leaks had been confirmed at the time

Just because they haven't confirmed something doesn't mean anything here. Rather, what it means here is that either they don't know about it and so there is nothing to confirm, or they prefer not to confirm anything so as not to lose face. As is traditional here.

I fully expect some 70+ year old in charge of one of the affected companies saying that this could not have happened without computers or something very similar. And step back. A fax machine, or a piece of paper or whatever.

kicking the samurai

In any case, Russia is a nation hostile to most countries. It may claim that most countries are hostile to Russia, but every time Russia has said something, it has been a lie. It has always been only about the feeling of Russian superiority to everyone and claiming that everything Russian is Slavic so that one can then say that everything Slavic is Russian.

Perhaps it would be a good idea to stop issuing or extending visas to Russian citizens altogether, as most countries, at least in the EU, are now doing. Limit it to necessary humanitarian cases and vet those well. The time of turning a blind eye to Russia's actions is long gone. We need to start behaving accordingly.

The Russians claim that the sanctions are not hurting them, on the contrary, they are strengthening Russia, and the only people they are hurting are those countries that are participating in the sanctions. OK, in that case it will only strengthen them and we do not need to care.

I have no problem with those who adore Russia. But it is mostly adored by those who live in that "decadent West" or those who have never been to Russia. If Russia is the good and the others the bad, let them move to Russia. I'll happily chip in for a plane ticket.

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Posted in: Japanese language school decertified over abuse of Vietnamese student See in context

I completely fail to understand how a school, a SCHOOL, can allow such behaviour and substitute for the force, in this case the police. Whatever the student's behaviour, this action is still completely unjustified. And that it was a prank? In that case, it's probably a good thing the school was decertified. It would be a prank if anyone even bothered to think ahead about the possible consequences and other implications.

In many countries, this would not only result in decertification, but investigations of all involved and most likely, bordering on certainty, charges for restrictions on individual freedom.

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Posted in: Japan national police chief to resign over Abe's assassination See in context

Brilliant move. If he resigns, he won't lose the seniority and retirement benefits he would lose if he were fired.

And all will be forgotten soon...

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Posted in: New submersion method considered for Fukushima debris cleanup See in context

But with no proven track record in the nuclear field, investigations are ongoing....

And if I may be so bold as to ask - will it be like 10 years ago, when new companies appeared and were given totally overpriced contracts, or companies with links to certain politicians or their wives?

And then the firms will go out of business or go bankrupt and the work will either not be started at all or completed?

There are companies that are in this business. Maybe not here, but abroad. And it's certain that they'll finish the job.

I smell another diversion of money...

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Posted in: Do you consider the A-bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to be war crimes? See in context

They were NOT war crimes period.

Japan was given PLENTY of opportunities to surrender UNCONDITIONALLY, they REFUSED! Japan was in NO position to BARGAIN period!

I don't think I've ever seen a comment in my life where someone twists a situation, replaces it with a simplified fact, and then points to the simplified fact to show that they are actually right.

With that logic, anyone would have the right to use similar weapons on anyone who refused to surrender. Imagine a situation where Japan had nuclear weapons, attacked Pearl Harbor, and gave the US an ultimatum to surrender. Japan would then have used nukes with the understanding that the US could have surrendered unconditionally but didn't, and by not surrendering the use of nukes on civilians was legitimate and actually shortened the war and saved lives.

Does that make sense? No, it does not.

Using weapons on civilians and arguing that the military refused to surrender is simply taking defenseless civilians hostage. Not even giving them the option to evacuate, just killing civilians with the hope that maybe then the government or the military will come to their senses.

That is just absurd.

Killing civilians is a war crime and it doesn't matter what fallacious arguments are put forward to justify it. And it doesn't matter what side is doing the killing and what side the civilians are on

As @Robert Cikki said.

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Posted in: City in Hyogo Prefecture loses memory drive with info on all 460,000 residents See in context

I'm rather surprised he didn't lose the papers with the data that were ready to be faxed. The fact that he lost the USB flash is absolutely astonishing and shocking to me, because I could not imagine such a level of technical maturity here... OK, sarcasm..

I bet the USB drive was not encrypted and the data were not in some extra container ala Veracrypt.

Unless they're just trying to hide that it wasn't secured in any way at all, then it's more likely to be a password protected Excel file. Which will be more likely if it really was passed between multiple places as mentioned. Because here as we know, no one is using any standard for communicating across the government so everyone has their own system (even most 区役所 in one city are using different systems) and in order to transfer it somewhere else and open it there, it has to be open in something that absolutely everyone has. And here it is - yes, the popular Excel.

Now they've apologized and no one is going to ask what's next, how this leak is going to be dealt with. If this happened somewhere in Europe or in countries where they have GDPR and generally high data protection at the state level, heads would already roll. And an apology would be the first and last thing anyone would do.

But yeah, 申し訳ございません、しょうがない、大変ですね。

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