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Posted in: Koike pledges utmost anti-virus steps to deliver 'wonderful' Tokyo Olympics See in context

Look I'm not even going to read the article tell me how many throwaway phrases I hit.

This is a critical time/phase/period

Japan is doing better than most countries.

We must have a safe and secure olympics (absolutely no details on how) (normal proceeded by how many people don't want the Olympics)

Something about insuring the dirty gaijin don't bring the virus to Japan. Needing to protect Japanese from the explosion in cases the Foreigners will cause. (Absolutely no mention of the reverse; protecting athletes from the mess that Japan is in.)

Am I 4 for 4, did I miss anything?

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Posted in: Australia doubles Pfizer vaccine order as AstraZeneca clotting worries upend rollout See in context

Look, I'm going to be *that** guy *but the average person doesn't have the ability to make a properly informed choice. Informed is relative, and most people aren't. No matter how much youtube you watch. This is a global issue and that's just too much to entrust to the average person.

Something as simple as an informed choice of the healthy option between orange juice and cola is beyond most people. Obviously you'd pick orange juice right? Why? High fructose corn syrup might be a reason. Well, orange juice has pretty much the same amount of fructose as cola. How does your body react to one monosaccharide compared to another anyway? The higher amounts of glucose in cola could improve brain function. There's also caffeine in cola. How does caffeine affect a sedentary person vs an active one or even an athlete. Orange juice has a lot of phytonutrients that cola doesn't. But say if you're taking warfarin they're going to change that drug interaction potentially. Why are your drinking the fluid anyway? For taste, satiation, hydration? All of those mean we'd have to look at this from different angles.

Orange juice vs cola wont kill you or your neighbor. Pick whatever you want. Getting or not getting this vaccine will cause deaths either way. Most of us here, more than likely all of us, aren't informed enough to make that choice. Follow the experts.

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Posted in: Families of N Korea abductees meet Suga ahead of Biden summit See in context

Suga must be feeling pressure. Trotting out Abe's old stable horse grieving families for political points. There is nothing left to be done. Let them grieve properly and help them accept their loved ones are gone.

Those abducted are either repatriated or dead. The remaining 4; well there are roughly 80,000 missing persons reports in Japan every year. Pretty safe to say they're somewhere in those numbers, not in NK

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Posted in: Ex-post office chief in Nagasaki may have swindled ¥1 bil See in context

Ok reading a little more news. Financial institutions in Japan move management staff. They'll stay in one place for up to 5 years and no more than 10. That guy was there for over 20.

Considering it was a fully government agency untill 2007 this guy's definitely got all the right connections for nothing to come of this. Hence no name, no arrest.

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Posted in: Ex-post office chief in Nagasaki may have swindled ¥1 bil See in context

Who Kyodo chooses to name or not name is always interesting. I had a quick search in Japanese, does anyone know this person's name?

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Posted in: Yellow sandstorm blankets part of western Japan See in context

I noticed it was a little hazy here today. Thought it was just the regular smog we get from the local pulp mill and the steel foundry.

I'm relieved I can blame it on gaikoku! /s

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Posted in: Karate world champion Uekusa verbally abused by coach: sources See in context

I helped out a local highschool rugby team for a season. I was shocked by how outdated the ideas around nutrition, training, and coaching were.

The level of the athletes at that school was saddeningly low. Especially when you consider how 'hard' they train. They were fit as fit could be. But mentally weak and completely devoid of technique.

The director was more than likely bought up in a system where his behavior wasn't consider inappropriate, but actively encouraged.

I hope from the grass roots up things will change.

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Posted in: Japan temporarily sets higher tariffs on U.S. beef imports See in context

I grew up and worked on dairy and beef farms back in NZ when I was younger. Worked over here in Japan on a few dairy and beef farms while I was traveling. For those of you talking about hormones, antibiotics, animal conditions and all that, you don't have the foggiest idea what you're talking about. The animals here are kept in destitute conditions that would warrant intervention in NZ. I walked out of one of my jobs for ethical reasons. I just couldn't be a part of that.

Moving past that the rest is up to you. Anything more than a few mouthfuls of wagyu makes me feel sick. I personally like properly prepared lean grass fed beef.

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Posted in: Cabinet approves bill to reduce plastic waste, encourage recycling See in context

I'd really like to see plastic bags banned outright like they are in NZ. If you don't bring a bag your choices are use a cardboard box or buy an overpriced reusable bag.

This law is scheduled for 2022, I hope the facilities will be made and or upgraded to deal with this. The vast majority of recyclables in my area are combined with regular rubbish and incinerated.

As always government statistics will include this "thermal recovery" as recycling. Boasting among the highest plastic recycling rates in the world at over 80 percent.

A more pragmatic look states

Japan has one of the lowest recycling rates among OECD countries, at only 20% in 2017. Some 78% of the remaining waste is sent to incinerators—by far the highest among the OECD bloc.

There's a cliff we're standing on. Do you build a fence to stop people jumping or a trampoline at the bottom to hopefully catch them? Recycling is good for those that get through; stopping it before it happens should be priority. I'm glad to see that being addressed in this law.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 301 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,148 See in context


NHK said 23 died in Tokyo Yesterday,

19 the day before. Five and 19 going back two days more.

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Posted in: Domestic violence consultations in Japan a record 82,643 in 2020 See in context

Where did you find that information?

The article.

A record 5,183 domestic violence cases among the 8,778 investigated involved assault, followed by 2,626 cases of bodily harm. There were no murder cases, but 110 cases of attempted murder, the data showed.

The police investigated 8778 cases of the 80,000 odd reports. Of those 0 resulted in murders. But we still read weekly about spousal murder.

The point I'm making is that the cases police choose to investigate are either too few or poorly picked. Or they never sought help from the police.

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Posted in: Domestic violence consultations in Japan a record 82,643 in 2020 See in context

It's interesting to see that of the weekly, "wife kills husband/husband kills wife" news stories that none of them reached out for help.

There were no murder cases, but 110 cases of attempted murder, the data showed.

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Posted in: 2 American men wanted for aiding Ghosn's escape arrive in Japan See in context

They've had a year to gather evidence and the lot. yet there's no timeframe... Anyone taking bets on when their case will be heard and tried? I'll put 500 yen on next year.

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Posted in: Japan job availability up, unemployment down in January See in context

66.94 million people in employment.

74.55 million working age (18-64) people.

Forgetting most people work after 64 here, meaning the working population I much higher, any other country would report that as 11 percent unemployment. That's 11 percent of the working population without a job.

Of those 66.94 million people with a job roughly 38 percent are in non-regular employment. That's 26 million people without stable jobs.

Why fudge the numbers to make the country look good while ignoring problems that need to be fixed?

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Posted in: Ardern urges New Zealanders to rebuke coronavirus rule-breakers See in context

This is super common in NZ. One of our major drink driving ad campaigns is about not letting your mates drive drunk. Call them out and stop them.

If you see a mate struggling with depression, hit them up and be there for them.

Now she has asked, if you see someone you know doing something dangerous stop them.

Why is that such a radical idea for a lot of you? Shes not talking about going and screaming at someone at the supermarket you've never met. She's not saying call the cops because you don't like the look of someone. She's talking about approaching someone close to you to discuss an important matter.

Perhaps the emotional maturity needed is beyond the reach of many of you.

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Posted in: Opposition demands resignation of elite female bureaucrat over scandal See in context

Japan: $274,000 (£206,495)

Members of Parliament in Japan reportedly earn up to $274,000 (£206,495). Its politicians are often closely scrutinised because of their high pay and there have been recent allegations of corruption. According to the OECD, the average wage in Japan is $40,863 (£30,878), so MPs are paid over six times more than the citizens they represent.

At max 2.5 percent of her yearly pay. Hardly a deterrent.

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Posted in: Man arrested over sexual assault of woman in alley See in context

Why have you elevated the charge from sexual assault to rape? Do you know of another news source?

They used the Japanese女性に性的暴行. Molestation, indecent exposure, etc. are normally written as 強制わいせつ

Regardless arguing semantics is a pretty low in this situation.

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Posted in: Researchers urge delay in administering Pfizer vaccine's second dose See in context


I feel you have a moral obligation to reconsider this title. You know the inference of the title is that the vaccine is dangerous.

Please consider updating the title to something along the lines of, "researchers show a second dose of Pfizer vaccine might not be necessary".

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Posted in: Japan begins vaccination drive, but why so late? See in context


In terms public health no it isn't. To all intents, constructions and purposes "Asian" is sufficient for public health actions.

A Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Thai, Vietnamese, Malaysian, etc. living in America have virtual identical health outcomes when adjusted for external factors. An asian and a caucasians do not.

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Posted in: 3 arrested over smuggling of drugs hidden in Snow White dwarf dolls See in context

This guy was getting a 2mil yen reward from a product with a 300+mil yen shipment.

Just a small link of the bigger chain. I hope they keep pulling the chain and see what comes up.

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Posted in: 1st batch of 400,000 doses of Pfizer COVID vaccine arrive in Japan See in context

I'm actually impressed they got a half million doses. I thought this was going to be a token gesture of a few thousand to pretend they're doing something.

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Posted in: China's 'zero corona' policy frustrates Japanese in Beijing See in context

Although I agree with some of the irnoy of Japanese people complaining that they actually having to follow anti covid-19 measures, I do feel sorry for them.

Not because of the strictness of China but the lack of flexibility the Japanese companies show. The companies still can't function in a remote capacity; In sales none the less. If you can't figure out remote sales you've got no hope for anything else. One of these lads has just had a kid whom he hasn't met. Pennies on the pound if that guy asked to be transferred home it would be rejected. If he took the paternity leave he's entitled to by law we'll have another Glen Wood case.

I feel China has made a tough call which has made living there a little inconvenient. The Japanese companies have made it unworkable.

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Posted in: Submarine collision with ship left more extensive damage than first thought See in context

How? I expected a certain level of incompetence but this is even beyond Japan's standards.

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Posted in: Biden says decision on Tokyo Olympics has to be based on science See in context

I think the "trust in science" rhetoric is effectively a polite way to say, "the United States isn't run by a dictatorial moron anymore. We will aim to make informed choices with the best possible outcomes."

Beyond that I'm not really sure we can read further into his statement.

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Posted in: Lower house OKs bills to introduce fines for those who don't comply with anti-virus measures See in context

-You hate the government when they try to take measures.

We love the government when they actually take meaningful actions.

Do or do not. There is no try.

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Posted in: IOC chief Bach says there is no plan B for Tokyo Olympics See in context

"You may not like it but sacrifices will be needed. This is why I'm saying, safety first, and no taboo in the discussion to ensure safety," the IOC president said.


You plebs need to shut up and die quietly so I can get paid.

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Posted in: Heavy snow causes 130-vehicle pile-up on Tohoku Expressway; one dead, 17 injured See in context

That weather wasn't sudden thing that those drivers didn't know since weather service in Japna already warn this again and again.

I think that's part of the issue. These weather warnings are like the boy who cried wolf. In the case of typhoons it's the same. People get complacent.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 2,392 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 7,882 See in context


Yeah but with this SOE, Suga can pat himself on the back and tell himself he did a good job. The health outcome of the general populous had no bearing on this declaration I'm sure.

Suga wants to wait a month, drop the testing rates. Say he fixed it. Have the party's grip on the media stifle any other ideas and get back to his steak dinners.

I'm hoping to be proven wrong on this.

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Posted in: Masks no obstacle for new NEC facial recognition system See in context

I wonder how accurate it is with non East Asian faces. I remember Apple had major issues when they first rolled out their software because it wasn't trained on East Asian facial traits.

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Posted in: Top court allows retrial for 'longest' death row prisoner See in context

Anyone going to apply to the UN to get him listed as a world heritage site? I think he meets the criteria

"to bear a unique or at least exceptional testimony to a cultural tradition or to a civilization which is living or which has disappeared;"

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