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Posted in: Japan university to disband scandal-hit American football club See in context

Sorry Jay but you are incorrect.

Aside from tiny smatterings of it in Europe, American football never had been and never will be a sport taken seriously outside of the US

As of September 2023 there are 74 participating countries of the International Federation of American Football (IFAF) which is way more than a tiny smattering. Which is more than a third of the 195 countries in the world today

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Posted in: Russia withdraws from 2025 World Expo in Japan See in context

Fair enough....and how about Israel? Designing a Society for Our Lives in Gaza?

Little bit different situations one is a land grab (Russia) while the other is a fight against a terrorist organization (Hamas) that has taken civilians as hostages.

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Posted in: Japan to allow criminal checks beyond 10 years for jobs involving children See in context

Why reverse something that benefits most people who have done dumb stuff when they were young?

They should just create a sex offenders registry where all sex offenders are put on it that way it will target the particular type of people that we don't want looking after kids.

The creation of a sex offenders register in Japan is long overdue

Yes it is long overdue and this proposal is not a sex registry and is not limited to sex crimes only.

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Posted in: Hilton Japan apologizes for 'disrespectful' ad disparaging traditional Japanese inns See in context

I have stayed in both ryokan and hotels throughout Japan. I have stopped going to both if I can help it. I occasionally use a hotel, but I am over going to ryokan (cant stand the dust and bad smelling futons).

I have found there are camp grounds in all prefectures and I prefer the freedom they provide and the low prices and the extra money to spend on ourselves going places and eating out.

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Posted in: What do you think about the use of AI to create the "last" Beatles song, "Now and Then?" What if AI were used to create new songs or movies featuring deceased artists? See in context

if AI were used to create new songs or movies featuring deceased artists

I think it completely depends on how it is marketed. If the producers etc are trying to flog of work that sounds like a particular artist and charge like it was an original when it's just a counterfeit. I think they would have to be upfront about its origins and prices should reflect that as well.

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Posted in: Case of deceased woman suspected of killing husband and brother-in-law sent to prosecutors See in context

They will do anything to maintain that 99% conviction rate won't they...

Guess they don't need a confession this time round since the deceased won't actually be able to confirm or deny anything...

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Posted in: Man slashed, robbed on Nagoya street See in context

from my point of view the only point that separates N. America from Japan is there no gun violence

Guess you missed the following article:


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Posted in: Police capture 86-year-old gunman after 8-hour hostage drama at Saitama post office See in context

How did he obtain that weapon, it is said that Japan is a safe country with very difficult to get a weapon.

Not if you know the right people.

so he burnt his house and belongings.. no intention to return home. Shoots two people at a hospital where they can get immediate medical help and probably not die. then hold some people hostage for the day and slowly let them go.

To me it sounds like a state funded retirement plan lots of crimes enough to get him at least 10 + years which at 86 is probably all he is going to need. Seems to be pretty well planned out.

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Posted in: Japan survey shows 60% wrongly believe antibiotics can treat a cold See in context

I am curious what does the article want to point out? Ignorance is causing the increase antimicrobial resistance?

My partner currently has a cold, so when I asked her she what she was taking for her cold she replied "antibiotics" however after checking what she was actually taking it was an antiviral medication.

I'm pretty sure you would find 100% of that 60% don't actually know what they are taking when they have a cold and just think that the Dr has given them an antibiotic when they haven't just like my wife.

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Posted in: Intruder uses stun gun on woman in her 80s, steals cash from apartment See in context

beating the breaks off elderly women , and children try man on man ALLTHE TIME more respectful.


Armed robbery no matter who you do it to is never respectable.

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Posted in: Gov't floats ¥40,000 income tax cut a year to ease inflation pain See in context

cash handouts of 70,000 yen to low-income households

Pachinko establishments will surely benefit from this like the last handout. Hopefully it wont be as hot as last time so we don't lose more little children left in their car while parents are playing.

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Posted in: Unification Church tells branches to manage assets based on law See in context

perceived connections

Seems to be a lot more than just perceived considering they are now trying to hide ... I mean dissolve that perceived connection.

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Posted in: Kishida asks ruling bloc to weigh income tax cut to fight inflation See in context

simply put Kishida is out of ideas to increase his low popularity, he is hopping a tax cut will help even if it isn't a substantial break at all it's the word itself "tax cut".

What an ineffective leader this miserable excuse for a politician is.

He has a multiple of actions he could take such as increasing the minimum wage and removing GST on food.

But that's not going to happen...

He is just stuck sticking with his urgenomics plan

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Posted in: Japan lagging world in introducing livestock welfare standards See in context

As Capuchin has mentioned, the cattle that wagyu is from are treated extremely well.


I don't know which farm you talking about. but to get the fatty marbling you need to limit the amount of exercise they get so packing them tightly into stalls is pretty much the norm.

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Posted in: More Japanese positive on S Korea than negative: survey See in context

The real question here should be is how much funding does this Japanese nonprofit think tank Genron NPO receive from our tax for these survey's I bet it's a whole lot more than what these outsourced surveys cost them to get. I wonder how many former government officials are board members (I counted at least 8).

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Posted in: Transport ministry to penalize used car dealer Bigmotor over fraud See in context


Things like, ¥120,000 to change the front brake pads on a K-car. ¥90,000 to replace a taillight. $60,000 to do an oil and filter change. I was livid for being blatantly ripped off but my ex just told me to stay out of it and paid whatever ridiculous amounts they asked.

My wife was the same. So I told her fine and I take the money then use rakuten to buy the parts online at often times less than half the price. I have them delivered to my office so she has no chance to see them arrive. Then I install them then take the car to the dealer tell them I had already replaced what was needed but I let them change the oil since it comes free with the car every year.

What she doesn't know doesn't hurt her. And I get to enjoy the extra cash in my pocket.

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Posted in: After 2 years in office, Kishida may call snap election soon See in context

With his current cabinet and approval ratings he won't be calling a snap election until he has too. Until he finds something to boost his popularity, you can see him working at it. His next step maybe pulling random babies from mothers arms to give it a hug in front of the cameras...

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Posted in: Japan to begin releasing second batch of Fukushima water on Oct 5 See in context

And that's where we, yet again, enter conspiracy theory terrain: TEPCO is giving out manipulated samples, is that what you are saying? Do you really think they are that stupid?

You would hope not. but it's not like they haven't done it before.

the operator of the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant has been caught out blatantly misleading investigators appointed by the Japanese parliament to probe the meltdowns. An audio recording heard by AM reveals that a TEPCO official gave false testimony in an apparent bid to stop an investigation being carried out inside the shattered Reactor One building.


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Posted in: Russia concerned by Japan's discharge of treated radioactive water from Fukushima See in context

simple thing.invite experts from these countries so things will be checked right here.

They have offered.


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Posted in: Rugby World Cup about to open in France. Here's what to know about the sport and its history See in context

France has always been among the best

Lol author you should do some research they have never won the Rugby World Cup.

top teams are made up of highly paid stars

Lol no the highest paid rugby union player only earns 1.8 million in comparison the highest paid Football/soccer player is paid £240 million/year.

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Posted in: Opening of Osaka casino resort to be delayed by 1 year to fall 2030 See in context

The Japanese are becoming more impoverished by the day so it won’t be the people here

These are the exact people who go to casino's hopping for a lucky win to get them through the month.

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Posted in: Japan says it may take China to WTO over Fukushima-driven seafood import ban See in context

Tritium has been released into the oceans for more than half a century as part of the regular operation of nuclear power plants. And in the 1960s, following the atomic tests, tritium concentration in the ocean was more than a hundred times higher than it is now.

Yes I agree. But unfortunately not on a practically daily basis for maybe 30 years or more in one single location has it?

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Posted in: Japan says it may take China to WTO over Fukushima-driven seafood import ban See in context

I doubt they would win.

For a start they do not have conclusive evidence that radioactive tritium water won't over time build up as organically bound due to the fact that it has never been tested for the time span of the release they are going to have trouble proving it beyond a reasonable doubt. Even if it will probably be OK.

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Posted in: Japan gov't panel proposes introducing joint custody after divorce See in context

I'm not opposed to mandatory child support as long as it is means tested. Also this should include mandatory custody or monitored visitation in cases of proven domestic violence. As long as a government approved Psychiatrist thinks it would not be detrimental to the child.

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Posted in: Japan eyes aid for fisheries hit by China's seafood import ban See in context

Why don't they just sell it to another country and then sell it to China.. then it's no longer Japanese fish. Oh wait they are already doing that...

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Posted in: For Fukushima supermarket owner, water release spells renewed battle for survival See in context


Other nuclear power plants around the world have been releasing tritium for years; it's only become an issue now because it's Fukushima - not for any scientific reason. Releases are recorded and monitored, at least in responsible countries (i.e. not countries like China). Here's some data for the US:

Yes I understand this, However this appears to be one or maybe two releases per year.

You do realise that we are talking daily releases of the same amount or more for the next 30 years or longer. The ground water that keeps pouring in daily plus the additional from storage. It's just not going to stop until they have the melt down under control.

And can you really trust Tepco after the things they have previously pulled. I think not. Plus we all know Kishida's government is as corrupt as they come no matter how often he dismisses them and then turns around and replaces them with another corrupt minister. I guess his coffers will be overflowing, hope he gets investigated.

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Posted in: North Korea tells Japan of satellite launch plan See in context

I say, shoot it down!

I am in total agreement you don't want to give them any advantage that a spy satellite or assistant hacking device that it may give them. and you can only guess that the tech has been stolen or purchased illegally (since they have sanctions) from somewhere like Iran or Russia. Shut them down.

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Posted in: For Fukushima supermarket owner, water release spells renewed battle for survival See in context

No scientific research has been conducted as to what would happen as a result of the discharge of all the water over the 30 years.

And there we have it folks this is a concerning point.

Can only imagine what the effects of organically bound tritium which builds up overtime will be.

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Posted in: Kishida meets fishery group head over Fukushima water release plan See in context

And what is the cost of extracting a gram of tritium from tritiated water that contains the tritium concentration of the water at the Fukushima Daiichi plant?

No idea, but if what Roy Sophveason says is true then

But if you do the math, at 3.57×10^14 Bq/g those 22 TBq/a only amount to about 0.06 grams.

Probably isn't worth it.

At levels way below any national or international discharge limits for industrial waste water, oftentimes even beneath the detection threshold, confirmed by seven independent laboratories.

This pdf from greenpeace made for an interesting read although a little outdated now but I can't not wonder about Carbon-14 how much is actually in the treated water and how big a concern is it?


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Posted in: Kishida meets fishery group head over Fukushima water release plan See in context

Did you know tritium is worth between $24,000 - $30,000 a gram?

There is a commercial market for tritium to be used in luminous watches and signs, medical isotopes, and research laboratories.

Why can't they open it up to private companies to process the water rather than just dump it in the ocean?

There is the Palladium Membrane Reactor Isotope Separation System that has been developed specifically to extract tritium

This technology eliminates all pollution and it also recovers tritium for storage and future use.

It doesn't seem to make a lot of sense to just dump it in the ocean.

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