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Posted in: Hands-free: Monkey plays video game - with its brain See in context

This technology is not new. BCI became prominent in the 1980s with monkeys controlling robotic arms by way of brain implants connecting into motor neurons. But these are very invasive techniques

The real innovation would be to achieve very accurate control using non-invasive techniques that can read fluctuations in brain wave patterns and control devices in our surrounding environment

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Posted in: Experts say Suga gov't unlikely to approve female monarch See in context

We send robots to Mars repeatedly, land humans on the Moon, and 3D print human organs, yet Japan cannot permit a woman to lead the monarchy.

We are not as advanced as we think we are.

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Posted in: Police find 424 stolen items at suspected underwear thief’s home See in context

Much easier to just order from Amazon.

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Posted in: Gov't to release Fukushima nuclear plant water into sea despite fishermen's objection See in context

Should make everyone think twice about eating seafood in Japan. In 10 years everyone in Japan will be glowing.

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Posted in: COVID-19 variants could hit Tokyo economy by extra ¥4 tril See in context

Thus is all the more reason to keep tight controls over opening venues, accelerating vaccinations, providing immediate economic stimulus to counter fiscal impact, and not becoming complacent. Once viral mutations start, any gains are quickly lost, not just locally but globally.

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Posted in: Spread out See in context

They might want to start using video conferencing. The tech is not new.

Good grief!

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Posted in: Nurseries, kindergartens mull how to teach issues of gender identity See in context

@justasking @Vinke - completely agree with both of you.

As humans we are beginning to realize that nature is not so simple, predictable and binary as some would like to believe. Nature, including how we identify, has many dimensions which we as a global society need to recognize if we are to consider ourselves civilized, rather than forcing individuals into a fixed set of convenient classifications.

The real tragedy here is that rampant bullying is not only allowed but encouraged, judging from the comments on this thread. We know that children will bully anyone who appears different in any way (different abilities, look, thoughts, gender, and gender identity). It is the responsibility of adults to put an end to bullying by teaching understanding, regardless of how young the children are. That includes sexual identity which children will begin to express at very early ages.

For those promoting the school to teach science as if non-binary identity is fictitious, teaching that nature is complex and non-linear with many forms of variation IS science.

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Posted in: Mori to resign over sexist comments; Kawabuchi, 84, tipped to replace him See in context

Today is a victory for equality and women. For every discriminatory insult Mori uttered, there are thousands of discriminatory acts conducted against women in Japan that will never be made public. Public pressure is giving voice to the many women who are consistently overlooked, demeaned, undermined, and insulted simply for being a woman. And let this be a lesson to us all — never let a person hold society hostage because they are so important that discrimination goes unaccounted for. We need to defend our principles, less we lose our souls.

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Posted in: More than 110,000 sign petition against Mori after sexist comments See in context

Just signed the petition. If the IOC and corporations are hesitant act, then it’s incumbent upon the people to take action. Mori has completely soured the mood for the Olympics and has turned the event into a fight for basic human dignity. Defeating Mori (and those who think it’s ok to insult women) is the only Olympic event right now.

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Posted in: Criticism keeps swirling over Tokyo Olympic chief's sexist comments See in context

He might get away with this behavior in Japan, where maintaining harmony is high priority, but Japan is on an international stage, representing an event designed to bring nations together. He has tarnished the image of the Olympics and must resign. Otherwise, the Olympics will face the consequences of protest and abandonment. I am particularly disappointed in the IOC’s response to gloss over Mori’s string of insults. Another insult in a different form.

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Posted in: Mori apologizes for sexist remarks, but refuses to resign See in context

Now I have absolutely no interest in the Olympics this year and with Mori in charge. Completely disgusted by his statement and then his insults in his “apology”. If the mood for the Olympics was souring due to raging pandemic, it’s now completely toxic with Mori’s misogynistic statements. Sponsors need to do what’s right and step away until Mori is replaced. Women have been walked all over by Japanese men and it will keep happening for as long as we ignore it.

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Posted in: Japan 'extremely behind' in promoting gender equality, gov't admits See in context


Why must we be equal? What does that even mean? Humans are different: the two genders are different, cultures are different, races are different.

We must be treated equally because as humans we are fundamental equal (99.96% the same equal in genetic terms). There are biological differences between genders but how does that excuse discrimination in the workplace? And people of different tones are different in phenotype, but are essentially the same and all coming from a common origin. People who do not want to treat others equally look for every excuse to find differences, yet tend to complain quickly when they are treated unfairly.

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Posted in: Japan 'extremely behind' in promoting gender equality, gov't admits See in context


Where are all the tear stained faced women you speak of? I sure don't see them.

I have some - women who worked in my technology consulting firm in Tokyo who had to deal with overt discriminatory behavior from men to the point I had to escalate within the client firm to tell it’s men to stop with the chauvinism. I lost one of my finest employees due to this disgraceful behavior. There are many career women suffering while you’re looking in the wrong place.

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Posted in: Aichi man gets 10 months in prison for saying 'I got corona' in electronics store; loses appeal See in context

Ten months of quarantine and he should be good.

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Posted in: Spot that See in context

Now imagine a pack of these “dogs” and a swarm of drones after you. This is the world we’re racing to.

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Posted in: Spot that See in context

One of the most impressive and dexterous robots around.

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Posted in: Suga reshuffles LDP leadership; likely to retain key ministers, except Kono See in context

How serious can they possibly be about fighting COVID-19 when they are not socially distancing, not wearing masks, leaving masks on the table, and holding hands. How are they expecting society to take Suga seriously when he vows to fight the pandemic if elected. This does not instill confidence at all.

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Posted in: COVID robocop: the droid that reminds you to wear your mask See in context

Doesn’t look intimidating enough! Now if you used the Boston Dynamics Big Dog robot — then people will comply very quickly!

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

Talk about “helicopter parenting”. The daughter is 28 years old for goodness sake. She can decide for herself.

"In regards to my eldest daughter's marriage, we should communicate extensively.” - this line says it all.

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Posted in: Japanese student criticized for campaign against excess plastic packaging See in context

I was first horrified by the amount of excess plastic and packaging used when I arrived in Japan in 1993. Dunkin Doughnuts wrapped each doughnut in its own plastic, put them in a box, then put the box in paper bag, then put that bag in a plastic bag. Then taped it!

Thank goodness for this high school student who was equally horrified and decided to do something about it.

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Posted in: Protesters pour into cities for another huge mobilization See in context

The world has hit a tipping point. Societies are frustrated and demand an end to systemic discrimination. Yet we need to avoid nuance differences between “black lives matter” and “all lives matter.” Both are correct, but we have seen a disproportionate number of people who identify as African American being killed at the hands of police while unarmed and sometimes already in custody (as was the case with George Floyd). This strikes our sense as fairness and humanity. Let us leverage this movement to put an end to bigotry in all its forms. And to move away from stereotypes, profiling and over generalizations. Let’s begin to focus on the individual and treat each person with human dignity.

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Posted in: Rally against racism, in support of Black Lives Matter held in Tokyo See in context

It’s good to see that the world, not just the US, are becoming intolerant to systemic discrimination in its various forms. And that law enforcement need more regulation in terms of how they carry out policing. There have been too many acts of excessive violence that police carry out with impunity. The world is unifying against such abuse of power.

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Posted in: Masked marvels See in context


Exactly. It’s clear that many people in Japan have a false sense of security because of wearing masks. This pictures is a prime example of no social distancing because of the belief that masks completely prevent transfer of infection. This is precisely why viral spread in Japan continues to rise quickly.

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Posted in: Japanese health care facilities stretched thin, doctors say See in context

Japan needs to get serious about this virus and quick! No more pretending it’s not happening. Go home and stay in the house. Exercise social distancing- not because some one tells you to but because it’s the right thing to do. This is a global pandemic, not just a national outbreak.

Akie- there is a good collection of world leaders who need to resign after observing how this pandemic is being handled, Abe, Trump, and Duterte included. I’m appalled by the bizarre decision making and inaction they exhibit.

The world is quite unprepared for this, not just logistically, but in terms of leadership. Demand more from our governments.

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Posted in: Many schools in Japan reopen after monthlong coronavirus shutdown See in context

This decision is not data driven. What in the data is telling government officials it is safer to open schools now than it was a few weeks ago? In fact, it’s just the opposite. Schools are being reopened during a time infection rates are increasing, so much so that Abe will announce a state of emergency.

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Posted in: Trump says toughest weeks ahead as coronavirus spreads See in context

From Coronavirus being a hoax to being under control to this will soon be fixed to toughest days ahead, we clearly have a POTUS who is clueless and has no idea what to do.

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Posted in: Robot graduates See in context

This is nothing more than foolish optics.

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Posted in: Fukushima farmers looking forward to Olympic torch relay See in context

In our global economy, any nation not taking this problem seriously is a threat to every other nation. Japan, where is the leadership?

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Posted in: IOC to start 4 weeks of discussions on Tokyo Olympics See in context

This is not complicated. COVID-19 continues to be a growing threat for the entire world. The Olympics need to be postponed so we can focus 100% of the world’s attention to solving this problem.

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Posted in: IOC says no ideal solution for Tokyo Olympics as athletes' dissent grows See in context

This is a global sports event facing off with a global pandemic. What gives? The Olympics must give way to human health and safety. Holding the Olympics puts so many people at risk (spectators, athletes, and Olympic officials, not to mention those who come in contact with these individuals). And it takes vital resources away from fighting the viral spread today. Moving forward with the Olympics makes absolutely no sense. It undermines everything countries are doing to flatten the curve. It forces athletes to take risks now by training in large teams. And it stresses already overwhelmed healthcare facilities in Japan and abroad. If enough elite Olympic athletes speak out against holding this event, the IOC and Japan will need to relent.

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