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Posted in: Trump pitches 'back to normal' as Biden warns of tough days See in context

Trump is simply delusional.

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Posted in: Hitachi to abolish seals for internal documents, cut paper by 70% See in context

It’s amazing that only now a company the size of Hitachi has realised that such a big efficiency can be made by reducing the use of paper.

Also, it’s amazing that it’s taken an official government word for them to even consider such a drastic move.

I know that’s how things tend to work here, especially in the bigger, more ‘traditional’ companies, but I’m sure there are many smaller companies that haven’t used hankos for years, if ever.

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

Not much of a surprise considering that’s where they live.

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Posted in: Swimmer Seto to sit out rest of year as punishment for affair See in context

It’s amazing isn’t it. A swimmer has an extra marital affair and potentially sees his livelihood ripped away (loss of sponsorship and support from the governing body, possibly missing out on future team selection etc.). Yet politicians and CEOs embroiled in financial scandals, or actual crimes, do the deep bow and offer to return a % of their salary for a bit and everything is hunky dory.

He had an affair. That may be immoral, but it’s not illegal. Can you imagine what would happen if every regular worker was held to this same standard?!

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Posted in: 1,805 suicides reported in Japan in September See in context

@JT - Thank you for having the TELL information at the end of the article. Please consider using this vital information more often, when an article relates to suicide, mental health issues, or other issues that could benefit from counselling.

It might not seem like much, but it could be a lifesaver.

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Posted in: Security guard held on suspicion of murder in shooting at Denver political rallies See in context

It's interesting to see posters like Blacklabel 'attacking' the shooter.

If he was struck in the face, and then pepper sprayed, what exactly is the point of having a gun if you can't use it for self defense? I thought this was always the main argument from those on the right?

Do they actually mean that only those affiliated to groups on the right can use a gun in self defense?

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Posted in: Train wrestling See in context

It's absolute stupidity to do this in the current environment.

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Posted in: Coronavirus vaccination to be made free in Japan See in context

Whether the policy will cover foreign residents in Japan has yet to be officially determined, a ministry official said, while offering his personal opinion that it would be natural to include them for the sake of public health.

It better bloody do! I pay my health insurance and other taxes exactly the same as the next Taro.

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Posted in: 3.7 tons of newly harvested rice stolen from storehouse in Ibaraki Prefecture See in context

Criminal syndicates...

@moonbloom - Of course, that makes complete sense. My brain clearly wasn’t working properly this morning!

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Posted in: 3.7 tons of newly harvested rice stolen from storehouse in Ibaraki Prefecture See in context

Something seems strange to me about this story.

Who would steal 3.7 tons of rice and what would they do with it?

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Posted in: Road rage case involving 44-year-old man in Yamagata sent to prosecutors See in context

...by engaging in reckless driving by following the vehicle in front of him at a close distance. 

...by tailgating.

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Posted in: Japanese airline removes passenger refusing to wear face mask See in context

These people remind me of the anti-seatbelt brigade back in the day. ‘I don’t like it’, ‘it’s too uncomfortable’, ‘it’s tight around my chest’, ‘what’s the point? If I crash at 80mph this won’t save me’ etc.

Just wear a blinking mask and stop being so precious. YOU might not want to, or like it, but take into consideration all the other people around you.

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Posted in: Crown princess wants to respect daughter's wish over delayed marriage See in context

"In regards to my eldest daughter's marriage, we should communicate extensively, and it is important that I accept my daughter's feelings as a parent and think about the matter together," the crown princess said in a statement.

Sorry Kiko, your daughter is 28 years old! Her decision to get married should have absolutely nothing to do with you.

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Posted in: Apple plans special event for Sept 15; new products anticipated See in context

No doubt someone is already camped outside an Apple store somewhere.

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Posted in: Nearly 80% of LDP lawmakers back Suga in post-Abe leadership race See in context

Nearly 80% of LDP lawmakers back Suga

Why? Apart from being the ‘heir to the throne’ what specific vision does he have that is so much better than the other candidates?

Suga said women with young children have "virtually no opportunities" to pursue political ambitions due to a dearth of child care options

Having served as Abe’s ‘right hand man’ for so long, isn’t this partly his fault? I thought the Abe government were all for improving opportunities for women. This statement from Suga would suggest he is partly to blame for women having ‘virtually no opportunities’.

Did he go in to explain why he should be trusted to turn it around when he hasn’t been able to do it in the last 5,6,7 years - or did he just spout a load of idealisms?

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Posted in: Ishiba most popular choice for next PM: poll See in context

The survey, covering 716 randomly selected households with eligible voters and 1,355 mobile phone numbers, obtained responses from 528 and 522 people, respectively.

So approximately 50% of those polled either refused to answer, didn't pick up, or gave an answer that the pollsters decided not to use (expletive, Kumamon, yer ma etc.).

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Posted in: Abe says decision to resign before accomplishing his goals 'gut-wrenching' See in context

The end of Abe's scandal-laden first stint as prime minister...

He picked up where he left off for his second stint as prime minister. Abe as well as numerous of his cronies were magnets for scandals. Abe personally got away lightly a few times, and should’ve been indicted at least once for shockingly corrupt behaviour.

As the head of the party that is basically guaranteed of being in power, it’s fair to say that Abe failed miserably in achieving anything notable. ‘Abenomics’ has been an embarrassment, and his goal of changing the constitution - which was his promise to complete what his grandfather couldn’t - speaks volumes of the man. He put that personal, familial ‘goal’ ahead of what was in the best interests of the country. And he failed to do that too.

I don’t wish him I’ll health, and hope he recovers - but by god its good he is going. He should’ve been removed from office for some of his corrupt actions before now. Let’s hope that this opportunity for meaningful change, is grasped with both hands.

I don’t know a lot about him, but Taro Kono would be an interesting choice - if only for the nations youngsters to see their prime minister speaking fluent English during international meetings and press conferences.

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Posted in: Japan is behind the world by at least 20 years when it comes to administrative technology. The shoddy state of the government's digital systems is holding back technological progress. See in context

Japan only changes when the people in positions of power decide it's OK to change.

Therefore we have to wait for the septa and octogenarian politicians and company presidents to give the OK, or wait for these people to be replaced by the sexagenarians, who have an opportunity to crawl things forward a decade or so.

What Japan really needs is a social revolution of sorts, whereby the younger generation take up a majority of leadership roles all around the country and drag everything forward into the year 2020.

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Posted in: After hospital visit, Abe says he will do his utmost as prime minister See in context

Abe, who turns 66 next month, also said he wanted to speak again later about his medical tests.

Watch this space - he'll be resigning soon.

Ducks need to be got in a row by various entities before an announcement is made.

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Posted in: No. of new coronavirus cases in Tokyo falls to 95 See in context

The cases were the results of 2,900 tests, health officials said.


Now please do this every time, not just when the number is low.

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Posted in: Approval rate for Abe's cabinet falls to 36%: poll See in context

The approval rate for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's cabinet stands at 36.0 percent

This tells me that 36% are still to see the light.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 212 new cases of coronavirus; nationwide tally 740 See in context

The most important information that for some reason JT is unwilling to add every single time these daily numbers are released is the number of tests.

212 cases means nothing if we don’t know how many tests were conducted.

Were there 212 tests or 5,000 or what?

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Posted in: Keidanren chief redevelops lymphoma but will work from hospital See in context

This really does say a lot about Japan. Dude, you’re sick. When you get out of hospital think about going back to work. In the meantime, relax and complete your treatment plan.

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Posted in: Mayor of town in Kochi Prefecture resigns over groping incident See in context

OK...so...he's not being prosecuted for this?

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Posted in: Japan's two largest opposition parties to merge See in context

The main problem with this mongrel-like opposition party is the more they keep cross-breeding the less coherent their identity becomes. What are the main principles of these people? They defect, merge, and change their party names so much, it's impossible to know what they fundamentally stand for.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 339 more virus cases; 1,152 nationwide See in context

Yet again, it means very little if you don’t also report the total number of tests conducted.

Yesterday’s number of 186 looked ‘positive’ at first glance, until the number of tests actually revealed the positive rate was around 15%.

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Posted in: Trump floats idea that fraud could lead to re-do of November election See in context

I wont bore anyone with all the other dead voters and illegals who were proven to have voted.

@Blacklabel - Please do. It’s the crux of your allegation. Your position is mail-in voting is rife with fraud, so much so that it can’t be trusted to provide a fair election.

I’ve provided you with the stats that there have been only 1,285 proven cases of voter fraud resulting in 1,100 convictions in the last 20 years (according to the Heritage Foundation - a pro conservative, pro Republican, pro Trump group).

It seems very much like you can’t back up your claims, and that you are just trying to peddle a baseless conspiracy theory.

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Posted in: Trump floats idea that fraud could lead to re-do of November election See in context

why would you send a ballot to a person who has not identified themselves nor indicated a desire to vote? This is illegal in many states. Thus, absentee voting is done instead.

@Blacklabel - Ballots are sent to all registered voters. In the process of registering, one has to identify oneself.

You don't have to indicate a desire to vote. Never have done. Once you have your ballot it's up to you whether you want to submit it or not.

5 states conduct their elections completely by mail - Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Utah, and Hawaii. You must be able to cite many examples of mail-in voter fraud in these 5 states if you are correct. Where is your comprehensive evidence?

According to data from the Heritage Foundation, in the last 20 years there have been only 1,285 proven cases of voter fraud resulting in 1,100 convictions. 250,000,000 votes have been cast in that time, so the level of fraud is negligible.

More worrying for you is the news today of further comprehensive evidence of Trump's campaign ties to Russia in 2016. This is from a bipartisan Senate Intelligence Committee investigation. It's not a Democratic hit-job. More inconvenient facts for you huh.


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Posted in: Trump floats idea that fraud could lead to re-do of November election See in context

absentee and universal mail in is not the same thing.

@Blacklabel - It absolutely is the same thing - it's voting by mail.

You know this, but decide to peddle the same intellectual dishonesty as Trump.

An 'absentee ballot' needs to be applied for by someone who will be unable to visit their polling station on election day. Upon approval they receive a 'mail-in ballot'.

Universal mail-in is 'mail-in ballots' sent to all registered voters without the need to apply.

Why the need for 2 different names? Well, even in a state that is doing universal mail-in voting, someone can apply for an absentee ballot. This would be in the case that they were out of state and unable to receive their ballot at their registered home address.

Why the need for more universal main-in voting in this election? There's a health pandemic that has so far killed more than 170,000 Americans. The virus is highly contagious and it's much safer for everyone not to be travelling en masse to polling stations. All registered Americans have a right to vote, so implementing one of the other systems that are widely used around the country makes complete sense. It's not a conspiracy against Trump.

But let's be absolutely clear, they are essentially the same thing - voting by mail. There's no room for debate with this. It's a clear fact.

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