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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.

Translation:

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

@klausdorth

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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Posted in: 18-month jail term sought for lawmaker Anri Kawai over vote-buying See in context

And those politicians who willingly received the bribe?

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Posted in: Suga, emperor speak at international conference on environment See in context

Lol. Planning to stop using plastic bags by 2030 seems like a REALLY big step here in Japan. How Suga and Japan feel they can say anything, to anyone, about anything to do with the environment beggars belief.

You can plan all these fantastic technologies but they don't mean squat when the old guy down the road goes down the beach every weekend to burn his rubbish. When the majority of recycling is burnt. When the beaches are so filthy I don't like sitting in the sand without a towel. When people freely dump their rubbish in the mountains. These are culturally acceptable (ignored), and in the case of recycling heralded, here in Japan.

I know this sounds doom and gloom but having lived in Japan for almost a decade, and Asia for much longer, I realise any efforts made in NZ (or be that any country that is actually trying to do something) are pointless because of the "efforts" being made here in Asia.

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Posted in: Study links Go To Travel campaign to increased COVID-19 symptoms See in context

@Nihonview

Ok I'll ignore the first point because your patently wrong.

In very basic terms, there is not enough data with regards to testing to give any kind of useful information. Regardless of that, in the middle of a pandemic, the people who are traveling are sicker. There is a causative link with the inference being related to covid.

Yes I did, here's the title. Association between participation in government subsidy program for domestic travel and symptoms indicative of covid-19 infection.

Thanks for asking, yes I do. I have a Master's of Public Health and I'm working as a registered dietitian here in Japan.

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Posted in: Study links Go To Travel campaign to increased COVID-19 symptoms See in context

@Nihonview

It's not a "so-called study" it's preliminary research carried out by two of the most respected tertiary institutes in the world.

Of course there is no mention of they were positive or not. That is in the study design. I'm not going to even bother explain why. If you don't understand that at face value you never will.

Don't use terms like statistical significance if you have no idea what they mean. Read the paper and look at the results. They were statistically significant. You obviously lack a working knowledge of scientific research and public health.

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Posted in: Suga signals readiness for new stimulus package See in context

@Nihonview

Did you even read the article you posted? Don't try and twist reality. I'll post the relevant information for others to read.

Many small business whom have had a 10% or more drop in profits are able to apply for privately issues, government back loans. The loan term is 3 years interest free, after which the interest rate which has not been disclosed will be applied. The maximum loan is 5 million yen.

Don't act like the government has given small business 250 billion. That's blatantly untrue.

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Posted in: Ambitious but controversial: Japan's new hydrogen project See in context

Unlike the politicians dreaming this up, I haven't done my radio taiso yet today so, I'm not ready for these mental gymnastics.

How are burning coal for power and burning coal to make hydrogen for power any different from each other?

I see one big difference. When using hydrogen the Japanese government will be using "clean" energy and can stroke themselves off over it.

Form over function once again.

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Posted in: Japan's aid agency to launch support body for foreign workers See in context

To the people who are offended by the negative comments, please look at NZ's RSE scheme. In NZ, "the 2019 season, harvesting roles paid an average of $22.72 per hour. Rates, however, do vary, from $18.90 to $30.50. These rates can be affected depending on whether you are paid hourly or on a piece rate, i.e. a rate based on how much. All workers must receive the minimum wage of $18.90 + 8% holiday pay"

https://www.immigration.govt.nz/about-us/research-and-statistics/research-reports/recognised-seasonal-employer-rse-scheme

Please, instead of blindly defending Japan, look at a functional system (notice I didn't say good, simply functional). Notice the differences. See where improvements can be made. Just because it's not the best doesn't make it the worst. Just because it has fault doesn't make it useless. And in the reverse, just because something is perceived as good doesn't mean it can't be improved.

Japan is a great place, it has a lot going for it. I really hope that sometime in my lifetime Japan as a country will be able to start accepting it's faults and fix them.

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Posted in: Lawmaker Anri Kawai released on ¥12 mil bail after 4 months in detention See in context

Have any of you seen in the news anything about the 30-odd local politicians they bribed being arrested?

As far as I can figure, the only crime in the eyes of the Japanese justice system is that she didn't bribe the right people enough.

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Posted in: Suga, opposition to face off in Diet over science panel controversy See in context

Christ man, I wonder if some people here engage their brains before commenting.

Sure rejecting 6 of the names doesn't sound bad. But, there is no precedent for this. The body is meant to be independent and the government approval has always been a formality.

Those 6 have been openly critical of the government. Crushing dissension is not something a world leading democracy should do. That is what we expect from a dictatorship.

This is in no way a step forward for Japan.

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Posted in: Suga vows swift decision on release of Fukushima radioactive water See in context

Both IAEA and NRC have recommended the water discharge plan.

IAEA supports discharge of Fukushima Daiichi water 03 April 2020

https://www.world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/IAEA-supports-discharge-of-Fukushima-Daiichi-water

You realise we can read right?

direct quotes from the article you posted.

"the IAEA said the two options for controlled disposal outlined by the advisory subcommittee - vapour release and discharges to the sea - were both technically feasible."

"Reiterating advice from an IAEA decommissioning review mission to the plant in 2018, the experts said a decision on the disposition path for the stored treated water - after further treatment as needed - should be taken urgently"

All the article you posted said was releasing the water was an option, once filtered as needed. TEPCO has said they haven't filtered the water to the standard needed.

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Posted in: Suga vows swift decision on release of Fukushima radioactive water See in context

ReasonandWisdomNipponToday  09:01 am JST

It happened close to 10 years ago. I support this decision!

Ten years of inaction is something you support?

They have built thousands of containers and are running out of space and containers.

100s and what's your point.

Japan is an Island Nation with limited space, I don't see any other country offering to take it the contaminated water, all you do is complain.

Do you understand how much shipping costs?

Does it count other countries have done the same?

The major difference being that countries which are currently releasing radioactive water into the sea are allowing independent bodies to check this. The Japanese agencies involved have banned media and foreign bodies from investigating.

Does it count its being filtered better then any other country could do? Japan is using it's most advanced technologies.

Two quotes for you.

Doubts about the plant’s water treatment escalated two years ago when TEPCO acknowledged that most of the water stored in the tanks still contains cancer-causing cesium, strontium and other radioactive materials at levels exceeding safety limits.

and

The International Atomic Energy Agency said in April that the system still had not “accomplished the expected result of removing some radionuclides” in tests, and noted Tepco needed to develop long-term storage plans for waste created by treating water

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Posted in: No jail for parents who left daughters at home while they used COVID cash handout for hotel stay See in context

What else could the judge do? Add them to the 40,000 institutionalised children in Japan who reportedly live in prison like conditions?

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Posted in: Japan to join forces with U.S., Europe in regulating Big Tech firms See in context

The Keiretsu system in Japan is left effectively unregulated. Foreign companies are smashed and regulated in comparison.

I have seen complaints in the Japanese media before that companies like Amazon have broken through the Keiritsu and are providing goods at a price the Japanese side (Rakuten/Yahooshopping/Monotaro) can't read; won't compete with.

I worry that this is just a step to further protectionism in Japan, not one to benefit the average person.

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Posted in: Japan, U.S. start talks on cost of hosting American troops See in context

From 6 to 9 minutes. That’s how long the first wave of missiles from China would take to hit Japan. The 1000+ land attack cruise missiles the PLA have could very quickly cripple American front-line forces. The US forces aren’t here to protect Japan, that’s an impossible task. The US forces are here so they don’t lose a good foothold in Asia. I think the defence of the Japanese people is incredibly low on the USFJ's objectives; maintaining superiority and a staging place in Asia. The Japanese government should counter Trump by asking for rent.

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Posted in: Tsunami-hit Onagawa nuclear reactor gets OK to restart See in context

@Mark

Ok, here's another word you obviously don't understand.

Semantics

the branch of linguistics and logic concerned with meaning. The two main areas are logical semantics, concerned with matters such as sense and reference and presupposition and implication, and lexical semantics, concerned with the analysis of word meanings and relations between them.

If you think reports published by the UN are a conspiracy, I worry for you.

You're right, NZ doesn't have a nuclear program. We are however the home of the," Father of Nuclear Physics" Sir Ernest Rutherford.

We as a country saw what the bombs did your country and said never again. We fought diplomatically against the Americans to be nuclear free. Even now NZ and America have a poor relationship because of it. NZ is nuclear free and I think that is something to be proud of.

Im neither annoyed or agitated by this "new" (70 year old) technology. I understand it's dangers and benefits. I'm annoyed by apathy and ignorance. Traits you so keenly project.

I implore you, instead of getting so indignant about your country's shortfalls, to look for ways to improve them.

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Posted in: Tsunami-hit Onagawa nuclear reactor gets OK to restart See in context

@Mark you're arguing semantic in a language you don't speak well. Please stop, or pay someone to explain why you're wrong.

Secondly you're grossly misinformed. The Japanese NRA is a branch of the Ministry of the Environment. They are the government. They are not an independent body.

Here are some hard facts for you then. The International Atomic Energy Agency (a U.N body) has repeatedly cautioned Japan for their lax attitudes. Their 2011 Nuclear Safety Action Plan stated the Japanese NRA lacks both independence and oversight. In turn their lack of oversight was a major contributing factor to the Fukushima meltdown.

Go and read about the 東海村JCO臨界事故. Twenty years ago they were mixing chemicals in metal buckets. Completely ignoring the designed safety steps. Here's a quote for you.

During the trial, the jury learned that a 1995 JCO safety committee had approved the use of steel buckets in the procedure. Furthermore, a widely distributed but unauthorized 1996 manual recommended the use of buckets in making the solution. A STA report indicated JCO management had permitted these hazardous practices beginning in 1993 to shortcut the conversion process, even though it was contrary to approved nuclear chemical handling procedures.

So we have a non independent body, set up by the government. A history of gross negligence, leading to two nuclear disasters.

These aren't conspiracy theories. This is fact. This is logical thought and critical thinking.

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Posted in: Tsunami-hit Onagawa nuclear reactor gets OK to restart See in context

@Mark

Please take my word as a native English speaker that hypocrite is used as an insult. Also, I asked you to provide examples from people on this page. It’s pretty hard to ascertain people here receive bribes daily. 

How many of those have been hit by earthquakes that reduced the structural integrity by 15 and 70 percent on the 1st and 2nd floors respectively?

There is next to no personal responsibly in corporate or governmental Japan. I do believe that a Japanese politician will do something detrimental to the people for personal gain. Take the simple fact the people in this area are starkly opposed to recommissioning but the mayor advocated for it. 

I trust the scientists and engineers. But as history is bound to repeat, the voices of scientists and engineers will be ignored by those in power. 

I’m sorry, I can’t understand what you’re trying to say in your last point.

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Posted in: Tsunami-hit Onagawa nuclear reactor gets OK to restart See in context

MarkToday  11:43 am JST

all the hypocrites crying, old reactor, mad people operate the nuclear plant. IF folks all are so clever, please suggest a way to supply stable power to few million people. If you are so smart, please start everything by yourself first, please cut off your electricity supply everyday and install a solar panel at your rooftop. If you can't do it, then please admit that you are living in the dream and a typical hypocrite. REMINDER : nobody force you to use it, if you hate it, then you can always choose solar panel.

Do you understand what hypocrite means any further than that it is an insult? Please quote a hypocritical statement anyone has said here in this thread. 

It’s very easy to argue the necessity of nuclear power. It’s great until it goes wrong. 

I think the majority of people here are concerned by the haphazard approach to nuclear power taken in Japan. For a country which ought to know better, they really aren’t as careful as they should be. 

All factors considered; do you believe that operating a potentially damaged/weakened antiquated powerplant is worth the risk?

I personally worry that an abundance of bureaucracy, and corruption which rife in Japan, means that the trend of cutting corners and ignoring warnings will continue. 

Japan needs clean AND safe power. I don’t think this plant can provide that. 

Tell me again why I’m a hypocrite?

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Posted in: Tsunami-hit Onagawa nuclear reactor gets OK to restart See in context

The 825,000-kilowatt reactor won the approval of the Nuclear Regulation Authority in February, becoming the second disaster-damaged reactor to pass stricter safety standards

Ah, that puts my mind at easy.

By stricter they mean people cant mix nuclear products in stainless steel buckets? https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tokaimura_nuclear_accident

Or, they're going to make it so you cant build emergency power backup systems below the water table?

I have zero faith that this check was anything more than a, " well, it hasn't fallen down in the ten years since the earthquake. Must be all good."

I hope Suga will step up and urge natural disasters to stop hitting Japan.

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Posted in: Japan seeks to boost catch limits of prized bluefin tuna See in context

fxgai, please try and justify your indefensible position with something that could be considered logic or researched evidence. Heres and example.

You're arguing semantics. Bluefin tuna are classified as either endangered or vulnerable depending on which sub species you look at. By definition they are "A species considered to be facing a very high or high risk of extinction in the wild" respective of those two classifications. So yes, their numbers are depleted, even if not completely depleted as you’re trying to argue. The species is still endangered. Just because they’re increasing doesn’t mean you can take as many as you like. If you’ve just bounced back from bankruptcy only and idiot would risk that effort by going to the casino.

The entire point about sustainability is to have a breeding stock that can reproduce at a rate equal to or greater than what you can consume. The breeding stock was 69,000 ton in 1995. Its 26,000 ton now. That 26,000 ton is 4.5 percent of what the stocks would be without fishing. The number have increased 0.5 percent in 3 years with this rate of fishing. That’s a 0.17 percent increase per year. Japan caught roughly 5,000 ton of large fish last year. This proposal increases the acceptable catch by roughly 1,000 ton. These are all numbers written above.

Current annual allowed catch: aprox 20 percent of breeding stock.

Breading stock increase: 0.17 percent annually.

Proposed catch increase: 20 percent annually.

Do those number look balanced and measured to you?

0.17 percent annual increase… that’s a very thin ledge to start running on.

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Posted in: Tokyo ward assemblyman under fire over remarks against LGBT rights See in context

Or he could consider Japan has the highest rates of institutionalised children among developed nations. Along with that they have the lowest rate of CHILDHOOD adoption. (98 percent of adoptions in Japan are males in there 20s and 30s for business purposes). If you've not read about any of this BBC did an article a few years back.

Perhaps looking for a way to improve the life of your constitutes, rather that being a homophobe, would be a good idea as a politician.

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Posted in: Japan’s healthcare system summed up in photo of hospital bill for father’s heart surgery See in context

Right, in NZ and most developed countries this would be free. So....

For the amount of tax we pay in Japan we get almost nothing.

Schooling isn't free

Medical care isn't free

Roads aren't free

Getting anything done at the city hall costs.

Getting anything done with the police costs.

Tell me again where my taxes are going.

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Posted in: High court orders gov't, TEPCO to pay ¥1 bil in damages over Fukushima disaster See in context

That's right, really stick it to them.

Looking at their financials from 2017; with a turnover of 5.8 trillion yen and a profit of 288 billion yen, this fine is going to really get TEPCO thinking.

https://www.tepco.co.jp/en/corpinfo/ir/top-e.html

Lucky for TEPCO they can use some of the 116.9 billion yen they received in march to pay it off.

https://www.tepco.co.jp/en/hd/newsroom/press/archives/2020/hd_20200325-e.html

Shouldn't hurt the bottom line too much.

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Posted in: N Korea abductees' families urge Suga for help; North says issue resolved See in context

To use the same rhetoric that is always rolled out when South Koreans protest something.

North Korea considers the issue closed. They're all dead. Why can't Japan get over it? It's pathetic and embarrassing that the government is so focused on this issue that happened so long ago. Japan should focus on fixing their own issues instead of playing the constant victim.

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Posted in: Mom who went drinking all night indicted over deaths of daughters left in car See in context

There are two methods to fix this kind of problem. Build a wall at the top of the cliff or put an ambulance at the bottom.

Sure punishing her is appropriate. But the two girls are still dead.

What support did she lack leading to this?

Why are oral contraceptives in Japan: so expensive, so admin intensive to get, so unknown/scary/ignored?

Young adults WILL have sex. You can't stop that. Give them the tools to prevent this kind of tragedy before there are even children conceived.

In New Zealand anyone (even those underage) can go to a public health nurse and get a $5 prescription for oral contraceptives and or condoms. Along with that support around any other issues.

I'm sure most progressive developed countries have these support networks.

Japanese systems gave this lady the loaded, cocked, gun. She pulled the trigger.

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