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Posted in: Olympic chief says Games cannot be 'marketplace of demonstrations' See in context

I'm glad this was said. A lot of the activism from the world is led by people who are lucky enough to be insulated from the consequences of their actions. Also a lot of athletes who are at the games are government sponsored athletes who are compensated relatively well for making their nation look good, and there is no need to bite the hand that feeds them and their families.

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Posted in: A Japanese government panel has proposed amending the juvenile law to put 18- and 19-year-old criminal suspects on trial as adults. Do you agree with this? See in context

I say yes with caveats. Out side of violet crimes with weapons and premeditated crimes, if a 16-20 year old is tried, it's done under the juvenile system. After any conviction, any reoffending child is automatically tried as an adult no matter the severity of the crime.

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Posted in: Gov't calls for longer New Year holiday to curb virus spread See in context

Hopefully this virus will help promote the idea of phased holiday seasons where everyone gets the time off just not at the same time. If the companies are worried about tradition, give the traditional days off to those ranked by seniority or (better) merit.

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Posted in: 'It got scary': Gloria Estefan's daughter on coming out as a lesbian See in context

I didn't know who Emily Estefan was until I read this article. I also didn't know she was a lesbian, before this article. I am still wondering about the relevance of Emily Estefan after reading this article. Even the title of the story struggles with the relevance of Emily Estefan. Does anybody have some albums they would recommend?

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Posted in: Why blonde-haired, blue-eyed Sailor Moon is neither white nor Japanese See in context

I have to say, Aliens are pretty classist. They tend to only crash in highly populated well developed areas of the world. I would love to see a sailor moon type character crash in South Sudan or Chechnya.

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Posted in: University baseball powerhouse Tokai suspends activities due to illegal drug use See in context

I'm not aware of the level of drug testing among Japanese student athletes or the prevalence of performance enhancing drug use, but I think the continual single method of demonizing all unauthorized drugs in Japan is pretty short sided in the long run. All it does is make more people curious.

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Posted in: Teacher beheaded in France; police shoot dead suspected killer See in context

As there are as many sects of Islam as there are of Christianity and Buddhism , requiring muslims to have a conversation about the level of extremist within their total collective ranks is asinine. The person responsible for this crime is no different from ultra right nationalist or ultra left anti-facisit. Both of which use their own religious values as justification for their actions.

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Posted in: LGBT groups in Japan launch petition seeking equality law See in context

I think laws created should work to remove ethnic, moral, and emotionally based values from decision making processes. With that said, all of this easily fixed. Japan can define marriage as a union between of a man and a woman, then also create a civil union parity law that grants the same benefits as marriage. This allows for common law marriages, hyphenated names, and everyone under the sun. Next; the removable of sex organs seems a bit barbaric, given how most hormones to reassign sex practically makes those organs useless. I'd remove that law an allow for insurances to cover ONE sex change. The biggest problem in the end with an equality law, is pinning down explicit issues and creating laws which makes other feel like a group of people are being treated special.

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Posted in: A coalition of human rights groups Asia, Europe, North America, Africa and Australia is urging the International Olympic Committee to rescind its decision to hold the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing over its human rights violations of more than a million Uighur Muslims. Do you support such a call? See in context

I support the call, but I doubt we will see any major moves by China. With there being a slim chance of a US boycott, Russia banned, and African countries worried about getting loans from China, China is going to hold the games and not care with boycotts being blown off as "racism". Sad reality unfortunately.

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Posted in: Worried by pandemic, unmarried Japanese couples want legal protection See in context

Seems like an easy fix. Use My number. You attach it to your marriage filing and your tax filing. Then for insurance and next of kin purposes you register the numbers together. This is the whole reason for having a national ID number. No names need to be changed and the children can be attached to the joint my numbers as a dependent or all people involved can be filed into a family ID.

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Posted in: J-pop stars Arashi release English surprise before hiatus See in context

I see your BTS and raise you an Arashi. Also smart move, release an English single, go on break, come back with an international regional tour.

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Posted in: Japan to reopen borders for all foreign visitors with permits to stay in country See in context

Businesses who rely on favorable Japanese government action, or inaction, are likely to heed suggestions as edicts. This move by the government was likely done to start giving European and African students the chance to attend universities. And.... fill out labor shortages.

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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

An example needed to be made. This case wrapped up a bit quickly as well. I would have taken my time for about 3 months to get to court, sentence for 15 months suspended for 12 months with time served.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic athletes to be exempted from virus entry bans See in context

If you want to follow this keep your eyes on the World Masters games for May 2021 Kansai. That will give a glimpse of international competition with a multi sport component.

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Posted in: Hamilton wins hectic Tuscan GP; demands justice for Breonna Taylor See in context

Hmmmmm : ) And people were angry that Hamilton wouldn't boycott races. This is why. If he wins, the media focuses on him and he can say what he wants. People wouldn't listen to him if he wasn't a champion and wasn't the current champion.

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Posted in: TikTok rejects Microsoft buyout offer; Oracle sole remaining bidder See in context

The Avenger is right. Worse, will this become a new tactic by China. Trump has kind of paved the way for a new form of ransoming.

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Posted in: The most visible symbol of COVID-19 around the world is the face mask. Do you agree? See in context

I think in some countries. Japan routinely wore masks for various reasons before, so I think all the cancellations of planned social events will be remembered more than the requirement wearing masks.

In the United States, Trump and Black Lives Matters Movement will likely eclipse the wearing of masks, but it will be part the backdrop.

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Posted in: Hamilton won't boycott F1 race amid racism protests in U.S. See in context

I cant sympathize with that. He wants it both ways. If hes gonna do it then do it properly - that I would disagree with but respect. 

He can complain and compete because as long as he is winning, people are listening. If he wasn't a champion, how relevant would his decision to participate or not to be?

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Posted in: Hamilton won't boycott F1 race amid racism protests in U.S. See in context

He can't win either way. If he boycotts, there goes the ONE black driver in the sport. You know the guy people pay to see. If he doesn't boycott, he's called out for being a fraud or selfish. In his position, I'd race, go for the win, then use every interview to mention some of the black technical staff and engineers that made the win possible, and dedicate the win to the black lives.

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Posted in: 'FreeFortnite' tournament taunts Apple amid legal battle See in context

As an Iphone user and a fan of Epic games, I'm not shedding any tears from this spat. This has been Epic's play since teaming up with Tencent, use their money to bully policy. Epic did it with Steam and exclusives, now taking aim at Apple. Apple has often used the same tactic when you replace access for money. I don't see Epic doing the same thing with Playstation, Xbox, or Nintendo and we know why. They can't afford that fight.

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Posted in: Coronavirus crisis threatens to unravel Japanese artist's kimono ambitions See in context

She's an artist and a business in a pandemic. She has collaborated with strong brands before. She will be fine or her brand will be acquired.

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Posted in: #MeToo movement journalist sues lawmaker for liking defaming tweets See in context

I actually want to see this case played out. How much can a "like" be interpreted as direct communication? How much a following does a person need to have to constitute a level of influence as to be considered a source of harassment?

Personally, I think the lawsuit is almost a SLAP suit and if it goes in the ladies favor a whole lot of legal demons are going to be released.

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Posted in: Arrest of Agnes Chow may complicate Japan-China ties See in context

We really won't see Ms. Chow's effect till after Covid-19 and people begin freely traveling again.

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Posted in: Hong Kong media mogul Jimmy Lai arrested under security law See in context

The more you boycott Hong Kong, the more Hong Kong becomes Chinese. The more you pay Hong Kong, the more you help feed China. At this point, if a government really wants to stick it to the CCP, they should just recognize Taiwan as an independent nation.

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Posted in: Video games seen becoming a new frontier in digital rights See in context


I think, for the most part, cosmetic things created using game tools cannot be copyrighted until it is made physically and all works made in the game are owned by the developer or publisher. This is for a game as it is made for use in that universe. Game mechanics, like jumping, cannot be copyrighted but the code created to perform jumps can be.

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Posted in: Australia unveils law forcing tech giants to pay for news See in context

Think this a bad way about doing things. Forcing a Facebook to pay for content and also monitor news content sets up a situation where Facebook could be better off setting up a news division. If Oz media wants the money just take all sharing quick links off their site and a copyright claim anything posted. That, or paywall everything.

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Posted in: Uber Eats union wants better accident compensation See in context

I'm a little surprised Uber hasn't ventured into the insurance/ financial planning business. Pretty cut and dry: sign up for uber, sign up for a coverage / compensation plan, ride. Offer 2 or 3 insurance plans ranging from full coverage to work related coverage with an option to opt out, a compensation based on the local or pegged cryptocurrency, and timing schedule of weekly or monthly and call it day. Those who take the cheapest options opt to put themselves at the most risk and keeps the company clean.

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Posted in: The postponed Tokyo Olympics are scheduled to start one year from this week. Do you think they will be held or canceled? See in context

There will likely be some type of event. Japan will probably get some input on events that will be displayed and the 16day event may turn into a 32 day event to host as many events as possible. Also likely a very minimalistic affair with fewer media personnel, support staff, and higher reliance on Video Assisted Refereeing.

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Posted in: Japan's women grapple for judo equality See in context

I don't think it was a forced pushed for a male coach, more of a boys club mentality that looked a male coaches first. I'm also curious if the national Judo team has implemented some sort of mentoring system or pathway for women seeking, key word there, coaching and technical positions.

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Posted in: Want your own Japanese coronavirus quarantine room? Cardboard cubicles on sale to general public See in context

That price will need to come down if it is going to compete with plastic curtains and steel rods, both of which have a longer shelf-life.

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