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Posted in: Vietnamese trainee in Japan demands apology for 2 years of abuse See in context

A lot is missing from the story posted here

this was a two year long fight for him. he tried to get assistance through this and was rejected in the beginning

no one wanted to help him and he tried to get help

he stuck it out because he had a family to support back in Vietnam. Many of us have trouble imagining what it would like to be in a situation such as this.

don’t always assume that what is posted here is the full story.

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Posted in: Tsunami caused by Tonga volcano eruption stumps Japan weather experts See in context

Well, tsunami‘s are known to be caused by water displacement and if one were to look at the size of the eruption itself, I don’t think it should be surprising that a tsunami was created as a result.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 4,172 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 25,483 See in context

Didn't someone say before if you exercise, if you are not obese, if you have no other underlying conditions you don't have to worry? Doesn't look like it!

worry about getting a cold/flu like sickness with an incredibly low risk of being in ICU, you mean? Is that what really keeps you awake at night? Really?

Well, with only 5 admitted to hospital and zero deaths, it still seems like we don’t have to worry to me…

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Posted in: 3 stabbed at University of Tokyo ahead of entrance exams See in context

As a father of an 18-year-old, I know exactly the kind of pressures put on children to pass these University entrance exams.

depending on the route the family takes, often these pressures begin in elementary school at grade 4 and continues right up to the University entrance exams. This undoubtably takes it’s toll.

it’s no wonder that some will crack under the pressure.

my sympathy for all involved in this case extends to this youngster as well.

anger and frustration expressed to the kid in this case I believe is misplaced and should be directed at the system in general.

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Posted in: Ikea to hike prices by 9% due to supply chain woes See in context

If price increases affect the cost of their oatmeal crisp cookies, there will be hell to pay!

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 79 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 535 See in context

In a city of almost 14 million people…

Hospitalized “with” severe symptoms -1

deaths -0

The only numbers we should care about

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 78 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 510 See in context

@rob Nads

it was clearly just a spelling mistake… it happens to me all the time when I type too fast and the auto fill kicks in

he clearly meant to say “Panicked” in reference to those above who are worried

あたりまえ

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Posted in: WHO criticizes travel bans on southern African countries See in context

The comment section here just goes to show that people are only interested in following the science that they already believe in and makes sense to them

Nothing is immune to bias NOTHING

no matter what you believe, there will be “experts” to back you up or tear you down.

Its not even worth the discussion

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Posted in: World on alert as more countries report cases of COVID-19 variant See in context

I guess at this point, technically, it could just as easily be called a “potentially” less contagious variant…. but that doesn’t strike as much or enough of the desired amount fear…

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Posted in: Report: Democracy backsliding across the world amid pandemic See in context

@Zaphod

yes, but only for the moment though…

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Posted in: 5 dead, 40 injured after SUV plows into Christmas parade in Wisconsin See in context

Other than the proximity of the location, there is no indication that this was politically motivated.

I find it odd and disturbing that there are people here on both sides that seem to be frothing at the mouth to make this political.

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Posted in: World leaders dial up doomsday warning to kick-start climate talks See in context

@Jonathan Prin

The reason why taxes would cut GHG omissions is twofold.

1) It would make the elite richer and give them even more power

2) It would make us poorer and more dependent on the elite

anything that doesn’t include the two reasons above, would never even be considered

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Posted in: World leaders dial up doomsday warning to kick-start climate talks See in context

Well they have us trained to be afraid so it shouldn’t be too difficult

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Posted in: Film crew voiced complaints before fatal on-set shooting See in context

after looking into prop guns and guns that fire blanks, I just learned that they can be just as deadly as real guns, especially at close range.

I also learned that movie production companies have a very strict protocols when dealing with prop guns because of this. Protocols that obviously were not followed in this case

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Posted in: Film crew voiced complaints before fatal on-set shooting See in context

SmithinJapan

There is no other explanation except maybe some moron with his "right to bear arms" 

or even more likely some moron who is “against” those rights and wanted to beat his activist drum to stir up that sediment.

that is exactly something an activist would do

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Posted in: Film crew voiced complaints before fatal on-set shooting See in context

Yeah, I was a little perplexed at the downloads for people suggesting there shouldn’t be live ammunition on a set…

if one uses their imagination, the only reason I can think is that it was intentional and someone wanted someone to die or sabotage the movie.

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Posted in: Film crew voiced complaints before fatal on-set shooting See in context

How can a prop gun be loaded with real ammunition on a movie set?

really, how is that possible? Why would there ever be real ammunition on a movie set, ever?

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Posted in: Japanese woman finds wallet with ¥1 mil, does right thing, then something even better See in context

I would not consider it virtuous to hand in a lost bag or wallet. Just what normal people do.

I disagree and think that it is virtuous. But the moment that you brag about it, it would not be.

I do also think that it is something that normal people “should” do.

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Posted in: Japanese woman finds wallet with ¥1 mil, does right thing, then something even better See in context

Certain things in Japan require cash payment. Carrying around very large sums of cash is not uncommon at all.

for those who are astonished at this, your judgment is misplaced and should be against the organizations who require it and not the customers who carry the cash.

I put it up there with companies that still require the use of fax machines…

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Posted in: Japanese woman finds wallet with ¥1 mil, does right thing, then something even better See in context

A couple of years ago my wife found about ¥70万 in an envelope at a bank machine.

She also turned it in to the police and the owner was ultra grateful. She was rewarded as well and tried to refuse but the owner insisted.

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Posted in: Japan media watchdog organization responds to complaints about 'Demon Slayer' See in context

So should we just simply abolish entertainment rating systems and let all ages watch anything they want?

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Posted in: Japan may exempt Australian troops in joint drills from death penalty See in context

If The Australian military is really worried that their troops may commit a crime worthy of the death penalty here in Japan, I think Australians have bigger things to worry about than the Japanese punishment position.

This story blew my mind…

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Posted in: 'Squid Game': South Korea's latest cultural phenomenon See in context

I’ve seen the show pop up in my Netflix feed over the last couple of weeks. I haven’t watched it and I don’t plan on it

Netflix smash hit "Squid Game" blends a tight plot, social allegory and uncompromising violence…

in the last 10 years I’ve been increasingly careful about the kind of entertainment I consume. Garbage in, garbage out

There’s something about feeling gratified and entertained from “uncompromising violence” (even though it is fictional) that disturbs me. I think that these kind of shows do far more damage to Society by sneakily desensitizing us to gore and violence making us little by little, less and less empathetic.

"The growing tendency to prioritise profit over the wellbeing of the individual" is a "phenomenon that we witness in capitalist societies all over the world," 

And then they try to blame a political/ideological system?

I will argue that entertainment like this, has a much larger role in creating or cultivating the problems in society they are complaining about.

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Posted in: We try out a revolutionary product: long Japanese sandwich bread See in context

So the only real difference to this and regular bread is they are using longer loaf pans and cutting it horizontally rather than vertically?

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Posted in: Singapore patrol robots stoke fears of surveillance state See in context

Censorship by big media is unfortunate, but let the market handle it instead of asking for governmental interference.

Government IS interfering and that’s why there is censorship in big tech/media. To think that they are NOT working hand-in-hand at the moment is pretty naïve. Maybe it wasn’t so obvious 10 years ago but I think it’s pretty blatant at this point.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 611 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 4,171 See in context

Good low numbers, normality resumes soon and those afraid of Covid can feel safe going out and socializing again.

something tells me they will never “feel” safe

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Posted in: Japan's main opposition party vows to realize separate surname option See in context

Ah yes the super hot topic as of late

man this party is really on their toes…

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Posted in: Elon Musk’s Tesla Bot raises serious concerns See in context

Only a few years ago, I remember Musk being one of the outspoken ones criticizing AI and it’s potential dangers…

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Posted in: Uber Eats Japan halts hiring of foreign students for food delivery See in context

should read

and that helps add to the domestic economy

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Posted in: Uber Eats Japan halts hiring of foreign students for food delivery See in context

well, recently there has been a huge influx of domestic delivery companies pop up.

if Uber eats is on its way out, there will be more than enough local domestic companies to pick up the slack. That’s good news for them. And The majority of the profits will stay in Japan. Also helps add to domestic the economy

what a coincidence!

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