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Posted in: Naomi Osaka won't be required to talk to press at Tokyo Olympics See in context


I like Naomi Osaka, but it doesn't seem fair to the other players who don't want to talk to the media.

From the article: "The IOC has never obliged athletes to hold a press conference."

So... ?

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Posted in: Grand Slam leaders pledge to address Naomi Osaka's concerns See in context


So far today, ‘no one’ has ‘dismissed mental health issues’ @half-heartedjumper 8:39am. In fact, it looks like everyone here acknowledges it: by encouraging Naomi Osaka, by giving other examples, by questioning possible hypocrisy of some actions,

Well, that's not true. The first two comments pretty much fall into that category. Suggesting there's hypocrisy is indeed to be dismissive of her "claims".

and by also citing and contrasting other, ‘more immediate and life threatening issues’ to people than just the portrayed mental stresses of competitive sports.

Both things can be true.

People can be stressed by "more immediate and life threatening issues", and someone else can be "stressed by the rigors of playing competitive sport." It's not an either/or situation. For someone to point to that, is indeed being dismissive of Naomi Osaka.

Osaka did something about it and deserves applause not criticism.

For the most part, I think we're on the same side in this.

I agree with you completely (and other comments you've made). I just think maybe you're being a lil' too generous in seeing the good intent in some of the other comments. ;)

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Posted in: Do you think professional sports stars should be required to attend news conferences after their game or event? See in context


Just imagine the scene.... the Wimbledon final, a long-hard fought contest, and at the end the winner trounces off with the trophy, no interview, just their back to the camera as they disappear off for their private celebrations. The journalists covering the event look around for something to do, the other player has also gone, no one wants to talk because it's bad for their "mental health".

OR... an alternate scene:

Where after he Wimbledon final, a long-hard fought contest, the winner sits down and is asked:

"What's your relationship status?"

"What kind of food do you like?"

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Posted in: Grand Slam leaders pledge to address Naomi Osaka's concerns See in context

Very interesting to read comments that are so very dismissive of mental health, merely because someone's a professional athlete.

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Posted in: Immigration bureau sued for locking up 17 foreigners in small room See in context


I am missing something or were they detained for breaking laws regarding visas or were they in the detention facility because it was cheaper than a hotel? If you break a country's law, don't complain about the consequences, however harsh you may find them especially if you went to that country voluntarily. 

Agree with breaking laws, but the consequences have to held to the same standards: ie. consequences cannot break laws either.

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Posted in: LDP lawmaker says being LGBT goes against preservation of species See in context


It's bewildering how many people refuse to admit or comprehend several simple things and who attack Yana for stating the obvious.

First, Japan badly needs babies. Gays do not reproduce, so yes, they are against preservation of species. No "homophobia", "outdated thinking" or other progressivist blah-blah, it's just a matter of fact, nature. Surrogate parenting is just surrogate.

Second. Straight people who refuse to have kids are also against preservation of species, but at least they can have change of mind and at last decide to have children.

Third. Yana is from a Japanese political party, so he must think of all about Japan and its problems. Why some posters here cite world overpopulation? Let the countries with oversized populations sort out their problems, Japan should sort out its own.

LDP just must stop saying the obvious and take concrete measure to support families who want to have many kids.

So many errors here.

1. Japan needs population. Addressing the immigration system would alleviate this much more effectively than any Orwellian push to "HAVE BABIES". Also, better support systems in place for people who ALREADY have families would encourage more to do so. Adoption by a stable family unit is part of the solution, not a problem - as kids put into a loving home rather than being brought up within the system are far more likely to become members of society who contribute in a positive fashion.

2. The inanity of insinuating that someone's at fault for "not having kids" is rather boggling.

3. If this were true, then Yana & co would be part of a push to do literally dozens (thousands?) of things that could address problems within Japan, that they are not currently doing. The issue at hand is population: then why aren't they exploring ways to improve that, without overburdening global resources?

4. The "saying the obvious" is a complete headscratcher, and based upon a premise that is incorrect. The second part - increased support families - that I can get behind!

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Posted in: LDP lawmaker says being LGBT goes against preservation of species See in context

Having a better immigration policy would do more good for the Japanese population than "concerns" about LGBTQ+, which are based on neither science nor fact.

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Posted in: Gov't pledges to fix embarrassing vaccine booking system flaw See in context

I just wish they could get their act together re. NUMBERS of vaccinations. Currently administering about 200,000 doses daily (according to Reuters) - that'll take almost 4 years to get everyone completely vaccinated.




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Posted in: Japanese NBA player Hachimura, brother targeted with racial slurs See in context

Happy Day

Of course they’ll gladly keep the Japanese endorsement cash rolling in.

I’m guessing the support they get in Japan is overwhelming.

So why the focus on these mystery hate messages?

Resucitate sympathy for the American-hating BLM?

Sec... are you asserting that the people involved in BLM in the US are "American-hating"?

Or - given that BLM are protesting the unjust killing of black citizenry by the police - are you asserting that said questionable policing is inherently American...

I guess from the overall tone of your message that it's the former, tho' the latter might be (sadly) closer to the truth.

Champ? You can love something, and still see the flaws.

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Posted in: Majority of Nagasaki high schools have white-underwear-only rules, study finds See in context


If the majority are only now coming to the realization it is a violation of rights one despairs for a juster future for this nation.

And it's not even the realization, they declare that it MAY BE a violation! Ummm... "may be"?

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Posted in: Girl wins suit against Osaka Prefecture over school telling her to dye hair black See in context

“Such rules have been established as having a reasonable and legitimate educational purpose...”

Say what?

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Posted in: Biden tells Suga U.S. committed to defending Japan See in context


Japan does get the best end of the deal. Protection from attack but without the reciprocal obligation.

Someone appears unaware of how constitutions work... /shrug

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Posted in: 6 high school students arrested for beating up 15-year-old boy See in context


Bullying, even violent bullying, happens everywhere, but the 6-on-1 nature of this case -- the poor victim never had the slightest chance of avoiding, or retaliating against, what his tormentors did to him -- is more common in Japan than elsewhere.

That's simply incorrect. Pretty much anywhere you go in the world, you will have similar incidents. Not sure where you're from, but I'm from Australia. It happens there.

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Posted in: Do you think those people calling for a lockdown in Japan have secure jobs and income? See in context


A lockdown is an idiotic idea, has it worked in other countries? Not one bit. Keep everything open and moving, it’s a waste to try and compensate for the 0.0002% of people who will actually get this virus by shutting everything down. More harm than good.

Not actually correct. Look at NZ, look at Victoria (in Australia). They got the virus to a point where it was at least manageable. The opposite is true: look at the US, which didn't do a stringent lockdown - the devastation they're experiencing on a daily basis is a tragedy.

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Posted in: Japan gave intel on China's crackdown on Uyghurs to U.S., Britain See in context


Uyghur Lives Matter !

you won’t see Naomi or Hamilton wear a mask or take a knee for this cause.

So... they have to take on all causes, or none at all?

Seems like a rather ridiculous statement. Of course the BLM movement is going to have more significance for them.

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Posted in: Reformers look to fix Japan's damaging youth baseball culture See in context


Playing & training any sport every day of your school years is Total overkill.

In Australia, we played football in the winter, & cricket in the summer. Of course there were many other sports to choose from as well - golf, tennis, hockey etc.

Maybe 30 years ago. Most kids are focused primarily on one sport in Australia. "Every day" is a rarity... tho' 5-6 days a week is pretty common (if you're including games).

Still... that's not the issue. The issue should be the type of training they get, including the behavior of coaches. That's far more problematic.

I do applaud the notion the V.Lux squad has - playing sport, for any reason, is good. Including "merely" for fun. If it ceases to be fun... why do it at all?

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Posted in: Nike ad addresses bullying and racism in Japan; riles up debate online See in context



you are definitely in the minority.

Most English ’teachers’ are employed because they ‘speak’ English (even that is debatable)

The majority certainly don’t have any qualifications.

I most certainly do.

Link please, supporting this assertion. Or if not, get the proverbial outta here.

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Posted in: Biden likely to push Japan to do more to combat climate change See in context

I'm not sure why China would be mentioned in an article about Japan's relationship with the US. The US can apply pressure to Japan. Applying the screws to China over is a different proposition (and one to likely have less success).

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Posted in: Biden predicts victory as his lead over Trump grows See in context

Graham DeShazo

Joe Biden is going to (by much less than I hoped) win the Electoral College vote.

The likely share total of the EC vote is going to be 306 for Biden, an awesome result.


@P. Smith

Absentee ballots that were incorrectly marked (e.g. lacking a signature) and that need to be ‘cured’ (i.e. fixed) have up until 17:00 on Friday 11/6 to be resubmitted in GA which could boost Biden’s lead there (and hopefully avoid the 0.5% for a recount).

GA have already stated there'll be a recount. No matter, at worst, that usually only ends up shifting a few hundred... and Biden's more than 4k in front.


I was This |..| close to voting for Trump until he started promoting injecting Mr. Clean to treat COVID-19.

Aaaaaaand that's when you lost me.

Bob Fosse

Have you seen the numerous data on what percentage of American adults have pre-existing conditions?

Add to that, obesity's a high risk factor...


Biden will win the exact number of EVs trump won in 2016, but with a clear majority of popular votes!!!!

I assume you mean "EC"... and no: Trump had 304 EC votes in 2016. If everything holds true now, Biden will have 306.


It's not all pre-existing conditions that are a problem. Regardless, people who are believed to be in a vulnerable group should be ASKED to self-isolate and INFORMED of the risks. If they choose to ignore the risk, there's nothing more you can do about them. People are responsible for their own life, and you have to respect that.

And it is the govt's responsibility to look after the people. You have to respect that.


It is my fervent wish that after Biden wins and Trump is removed from office the media just never talks about him again and Trump just falls off the face of the Earth.

Nah. Prison please. :)

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Posted in: Fujifilm seeks approval for Avigan as COVID-19 treatment in Japan See in context

From reporting in India (Deccan Chronicle)...

"However, the positive results from the study should be interpreted with caution as other therapies were administered in this non-randomised, open-label study, which could have confused the results. “

So, in other words, 'success' is unsubstantiated and needs to be taken with a grain of salt, until further testing proves otherwise. Or not.

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Posted in: Judo in Japan getting unwanted scrutiny for abuse, violence See in context

since1981Today  07:53 am JST

Oh common on people! As a person who has studied martial arts, it should be a given that your child may get hurt.

There's a very big distance to be traveled between "getting hurt", and "getting killed".

Shame on you for making light of the death of children.

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Posted in: If you have young children, how do you control what they have access to on social media? See in context


Isn't social media for 18+?

Nuh-uh. 13yo for Instagram and Facebook. Users of Line under the age of 18 need to have identities verified.

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Posted in: Suga elected prime minister by Diet; new cabinet contains just 2 women See in context

Damn. By the looks of that photo, average age must be 235.

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Posted in: Typhoon heads to South Korea after battering Japan See in context

Fortunately, it looks like we passed the night unscathed. REALLY windy tho'.

P. Smith

And the occasional nuclear reactor meltdown.

And earthquakes.

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Posted in: Super typhoon heads toward southeast Japan See in context

Simian Lane

It ain’t nothing. Media and government jacking it up more than it is as usual. Erring only the side of caution I guess , hard to argue although I don’t like the week of wasted days before it nattering about how bad it’s going to be. Maybe start reporting a day before

Well... as a Kyushu resident, I hope you are correct. Given the rain we had yesterday from the outer edges of Haishen, I suspect you are not (correct).

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Posted in: Maximum caution urged as super typhoon approaches southwest Japan See in context


@james. Don’t worry, locals are used to this. 

The locals are DEFINITELY not "used to this". The locals are panic-buying here (northern Kyushu). This is no run-of-the-mill typhoon.

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Posted in: Russia's virus cases exceed 1 million; globally 4th highest See in context


Sweden is said to have a large reduction in transmissions.

Well... yes? But it's taken nearly 6,000 deaths (out of a 10 million population) to see it start to flatten out.

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Posted in: People making those disparaging comments are taking out their accumulated frustration due to the pandemic on an easy target of attack. See in context

Sven Asai

What bullying? The question is, why they do not abide to the rules and continue their club activities with pleasure and not thinking about the consequences while the vast majority abides to the rules

Ummm... it's listed right at the top: "...are under attack by a flood of defamatory phone calls and online posts."

As numerous people here have pointed out, it's more than a bit duplicitous of 'us' (as a society) to damn some groups - when there are vast numbers of people traveling to and from work/school/whatever via trains, not to mention that those undertakings (work/school) are just as likely to be opportunities for the virus to spread.

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Posted in: Do you think climate change could be a driver of infectious diseases by bringing long-dormant viruses back to life? See in context

The reality is that the vast majority of us should be answering "I don't know".

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Posted in: Australia locks in coronavirus vaccine deal as virus flare-up subsides See in context


As will this one. All virus epidemics run their course. There are political and economic interests behind this fanatical push for a vaccine (possibly combined with microchipping).

Now everything you've said becomes just a lil' bit clearer.

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