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Posted in: IOC says negative public opinion no threat to Tokyo Olympics See in context

Takes quite some mental gymnastics to arrive at the point where the population of the host nations opinion is of no concern.

Yeah, they are in football's failed European Super League territory here. It had no concern for what it referred to as "legacy fans".

Just a thought, but does anyone think the IOC might be doubling down on Japan because it already knows the Beijing Winter Olympics are going to be boycotted? It is clear that all talk of boycotting Beijing has been taken off the table until this Tokyo Olympics is over.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic sponsor Toyota 'conflicted' over Games See in context

As sponsors, it breaks our heart to see public discontent aimed at athletes,

Public anger is not aimed at the athletes. It is clearly aimed at the IOC and at Japanese politicians. The latter should mean the ruling LDP, but may be shrouded in "all politicians are the same" type thinking.

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Posted in: Japan to vaccinate Olympic athletes: reports See in context

The Japanese team just won Gold in the Queue Jump.

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Posted in: Porn site operator arrested over female athletes' images on website See in context

This is from 2012 but it is a British newspaper asking readers to match male footballers' bums to their faces. It is written by a woman (of course) and has the tagline "match the bottie to the hottie". Do you think the individual footballers all consented to this? Is this more evidence of a (insert whatever) society?


I support "me too" and my way of doing that it is supporting victims of rape, groping, peeping, stalking etc. and giving less attention to victims of five-centimeter heeled formal shoes and snapshots of tv with "nice boobs" written on them. I think these minor issues trivialize the women's movement and turn people against it.

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Posted in: Can't wait for a jab? Black market COVID vaccines available, at a price See in context

 a quantity of Sinovac vaccine for 200 people was available for 2 million yen, or 150,000 yen for a single jab

2 million (two hundred man) divided by 200 is 10,000 (one man).

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Posted in: Porn site operator arrested over female athletes' images on website See in context

Bungle raises the interesting issue of what he has been arrested for. It does not sound like an actual criminal offence. What he has done may be very distasteful, but is covered by cease and desist then sue type legal measures. You cannot let the police arrest people who have not broken the law.

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Posted in: Investors chide Toyota chief for questioning combustion car ban See in context

Many Teslas do 4-5km per kW. In thermal terms, that is the equivalent of around 30 to 35km/l for gasoline. However, and its a big one, if that one kW of electricity is generated from fossil fuel, its generation is 30 to 40% efficient, with further transmission and charging losses to get the juice into the car. This means a Tesla running on electricity generated from oil or nat gas is no more efficient than most ICE cars and below one of Toyota's hybrids.

The value from EVs comes when you have grid power close to 100% renewable, which has happened in Norway, home of these shareholders pressurizing Toyota, but is a long way off here in Japan. The target for renewable electricity in Japan for 2030 is only 24%. In that situation, it seems foolish to ban ICE cars (including hybrids) just so folks can drive around using fossil-fuel generated electricity.

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Posted in: Southwest Japan islands set to become World Heritage site See in context

From Waddo's link

Katoku is the last and only beach-village in all of Amami-Oshima which doesn’t have a seawall, a harbour, or a concreted river-mouth. It could very well be the last bay in Japan that can boats these attributes

That's the "precious natural environment" we are talking about.

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Posted in: Investors chide Toyota chief for questioning combustion car ban See in context

I support moves to a lower carbon economy but am skeptical whether a ban on new ICE cars from 2035 would be workable with the typical bumbling of the Japanese government. This would mean lots of changes to the grid and massive rollout of charging infrastructure, all without coal (otherwise it's pointless) or nuclear-derived electricity. The electric cars on the road already are the lowest hanging fruit, belonging to pro-EV people who have homes with off-road chargers they were probably subsidized to install. Far greater problems exist in getting the majority of drivers in less favourable situations into EVs.

This leaves the question of how much effort companies like Toyota should make in transforming their business to suit something which is unlikely to happen.

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Posted in: Trouble mars skateboarding's rising popularity in Japan See in context

As an activity, it's fun and cool, and especially was back in the day. As a competitive sport in the Olympics etc., its basically just gymnastics on wheels, like snowboarding, ice skating, trampolining, high diving, and anything else that involves spinning and flipping, judges giving marks, and potentially bolshy coaches and pushy parents.

As soon as I saw the headline, I knew the Iwakuni bridge incident would be mentioned. I'm a British man in Japan, but I would hope people would be able to write a story about us without automatically mentioning the British guy who put his bento trash in the post box. I bet lots of drunks have spat, vomited or urinated on cultural properties too without them being mentioned in every story about alcohol.

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Posted in: Nothing can stop Tokyo Olympics from going ahead: IOC's Coates See in context

"We spent the first half of last year identifying all the worst-case scenarios," he told reporters in Sydney on the sidelines of the Australian Olympic Committee's annual general meeting.

Does this mean the IOC knew in June 2020 that there would be 400,000 new cases a day in India, that "lockdown" in Tokyo would mean some restaurants closing at 8pm, and that there would be 20 million doses of vaccine in Japan sitting in freezers with no-one administering them?

That is better than Nostradamus.

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Posted in: Should you add wasabi to your soy sauce at a sushi restaurant? See in context

Just more of the typical snobbery and pretentiousness.

Even there is some possible sense when its super-high end sushi, 100% pure wasabi, and 100% pure soy sauce all traditionally produced by hand, it is extremely unlikely most people will ever encounter those when eating sushi. They will get stuff full of chemicals made in a factory. Most 100 yen sushi places think its okay to eat sushi with ramen and french fries.

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Posted in: Wages in Japan see 1st rise in 13 months due to less part-timers See in context

This excludes the twice-yearly bonuses for those who get them, so the top 35 or 40% will get more.

However, average wages are at the 70th percentile, so the majority will get less than whatever the average is claimed to be.

In short, these numbers are largely meaningless.

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Posted in: Swimming star Ikee answers anti-Olympic messages See in context

She qualified only for what are weak relay teams. You can be the biggest supporter in the world, but do not kid yourself that cancelling the games would deprive her of any medals. The teams she is on aren't going to win any. There is only so much fervour to go around, and it should not all go on one person. Many competitors at the Olympics will have had personal struggles and up and downs in their careers. It is ignorant to think Ikee is the only one.

It has taken a while admittedly, but we are now seeing an increase in deaths from Covid in Japan. More and more people actually dieing from it. Isn't it time to start taking the pandemic seriously?

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Posted in: Kyoto families angered by new policy forcing high school students to buy tablets at own expense See in context

The stylus costing 9000 yen is a pressure sensitive one, whose nib is replaceable but is also expensive. Simple press-the-button type input could be done with a finger or 100 yen store stylus. The only reason you would need this is for art work or calligraphy (inc. kanji) on the tablet itself. The same work could easily be done on paper.

It should also be noted regarding these tablets that the Ministry for Education has come out recently and said it will not recognize online classes as "attending school" on school reports of individual kids. Some high schools have gone online during the pandemic, and the workaround they have used is not counting days with online classes as "absences". The reason this matters is that close to one in twenty kids habitually does not go to school, for bullying and other reasons. Letting them watch a livestream of a class on the tablet they've had to buy would let them study at home and still be marked as attending.

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Posted in: Pfizer and BioNTech to donate vaccines for Olympic athletes See in context

This is almost like an intelligence or reading comprehension test.

The athletes are being prioritized and vaccinated before others, including those with vulnerabilities. However, the headline and the spin is "company donates vaccines", not "athletes jump queue".

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Posted in: Kyoto families angered by new policy forcing high school students to buy tablets at own expense See in context

Little joey says describes it in detail but there is lots of racketeering about what kids need for school in Japan. Uniforms and sportswear for school PE and sports clubs are the classic one, but it sounds like these tech supplies are the same.

20,000 yen for dictionary software that will be obsolete in a few years, cannot be handed down to siblings, and cannot be resold is especially extortionate.

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Posted in: Girl's death in Hokkaido prompts probe into alleged bullying See in context

I don't think you can stop bullying, but you can certainly recognize it and punish it, neither of which happened here or ever seem to happen at all. Creating consequences for the bullies would make some? many? of them think twice.

In this case, the school and authorities sided with the bullies over what is atrocious and almost certainly criminal behaviour. All the girl and her family got was denial. "Shut up and go away", which she did to another school (tenkou), the most common Japanese solution to bullying. This lack of concern and justice from the authorities amplifies the hurt from the bullying and can be more harmful than the incidents themselves.

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Posted in: Japan bans removal of prized agricultural seeds, seedlings abroad See in context

With grapes, presumably it is a cutting (i.e., a clone), which will be grafted onto whatever rootstock suits the new growing environment. It won't be a seed or a seedling. Many fruit do not grow true to seed, and that is before you add in the massive amount of hybridization going on here.

Banning cultivation elsewhere kind of suggests that the cultivation Japanese farmers are doing in Japan is not noticeably better than the cultivation other farmers would do elsewhere. You can't praise the TLC given to Japanese grapes to the skies if customers would still buy the same fruit grown in China.

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Posted in: Coe says Tokyo organizers delivered on COVID-19 protocols See in context

I love spectator sports, but they have their place and it is not right at the top of society above everything else.

We are well into cult territory here. Unlimited spending "for the athletes", death from overwork for construction workers in World Cup (and Japan Olympics, but covered up) stadia "for the athletes", broken Covid protocols "for the athletes", competing for construction workers and building materials just as post-2011 Tohoku is trying to reconstruct "for the athletes"....

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Posted in: More young Japanese look to Marx as pandemic, climate crisis magnify economic inequalities See in context

Regardless of what conclusions they come to, bravo to Japanese people for actually reading Marx and not having some celebrity columnist or talk radio host tell them what it is, almost always with no actual quotes, context, or historical perspective. That's what happens in the vast majority of the English speaking world. The irony being of course that the Communist Manifesto is only a few dozen pages and can be read in less time than one talk radio show.

I think you would have to be deaf, dumb, and blind to not see alienation all over modern society.

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Posted in: Ishikawa town builds giant squid with COVID relief funds See in context

to raise awareness about the town's fishing industry

I wonder what percentage of Japanese people don't know that you can eat seafood at the Japan Sea. It must be very low. "Raising awareness" must be the greatest justification ever, because you never have to demostrate any results for the money you are spending.

It may be ironic that they've chosen a huge squid, because the squid catch has pretty much collapsed, down about 80% (!) compared to 20 years ago. The individual squid that are being caught are also much smaller.


The bay in the photo looks quite nice, so its a pity there is a gaudy statue and a tetrapod in the way.

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Posted in: Japan's child population hits record low after 40 years of decline See in context

An ageing society means fewer jobs doing things that might be fun or fulfilling, teaching, making sports cars or snowboarding gear, fashion, pop music, djing, and more jobs doing things that may be fulfilling but aren't especially fun, nursing, care giving, and making things for people with declining faculties.

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Posted in: So you want to start a blog in Japan? 5 tips for beginners See in context

My advice is if you are doing it for attention or dreams of success, copy the attention-grabbing/clickbait-y things everyone else does. Use Youtube and podcasts. Riff on "Japan is ZANY" and "travel tips to Japan" for more clicks.

If you are doing it for self-expression, just do what you want and ignore "this is how you must write your blog" advice.

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Posted in: Woman arrested for dumping boiling water on 1-year-old daughter See in context

This kind of child abuse from young single mothers is way too common in this country. There is not enough being done to tackle this rising issue. I blame the system.

Japan has lots of pre-natal stuff so maybe it should be expanded to include when and how to discipline children (e.g., not when they are simply crying).

There will still be people who use cruel punishments, some people are indeed "mental", but it would be much easier to intervene if established guidelines had been laid down first.

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Posted in: Japan's child population hits record low after 40 years of decline See in context

While Japan is leading the world on this, other countries are indeed following.

I think you see it more in local politics, but it's hard to get older generations who raised bigger families with fewer places in childcare and generally less support for parents to care about the issues faced by those with young children now. Its like the West where older homeowners assume that young people who cannot buy homes are unwilling to save or have other personal failings.

This shifting of demographics toward the old can have serious consequences. I doubt Japan decided to host the Olympics to please folks in their twenties. It is also far easier to not care what the climate is going to be like in 2050 if you are unlikely to be alive then. I'd be 82 myself.

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Posted in: Despite knowing there was a normalized culture of forcing others to drink alcohol, the university neglected to provide sufficient guidance. See in context

Forced drinking sounds like doing at sempai's behest. With that prevailing culture, it is very difficult for the victims to refuse. Note that some of it may be amplified if sempai wants to get into kohai's pants.

Sports teams at UK universities have a rep for doing it too as initiations, but lots of wrongs don't make a right.

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Posted in: Britain, Japan agree to strengthen trade and security partnership See in context

The big difference between the two is that Boris is a lucky imbecile, he always finds a way to end up smelling of roses..

It's not luck, it's because the media, i.e., right-wing press and the (ever more right wing) BBC, give Johnson an easy ride. He's just a rogue/upper class twit and it's all just a laff and japes. Which it might be if your house is paid off and you have money in the bank. For people who are comfortable, politicians can be clowns and entertainers and there is no harm done. Recent quotes include "let the bodies pile high" and "I can't live on (sum which is 10 times the average salary)". Previous PMs would have been buried for them alone. Any corruption, and there is plenty of it now, and it's "all politicians are the same". No, because stealing a few paperclips corruption is not giving a huge contract to your mate corruption.

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Posted in: Japan venture strives to spread its wagyu evaluation tech using AI See in context

I seriously doubt this is real AI, it sounds like image recognition according to tightly set rules, but it would be great if the computer they are using spat a piece of ticker tape saying "the cheap cut of beef is the best, but you and the Mr Imperial Hotel o-kyakusama are cooking it wrong".

Getting computers to tell you what you want to hear is not AI.

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Posted in: Man arrested for punching passerby who asked him to wear mask See in context

I may be wrong, but a likely dynamic here is.

Older guy asks younger guy to wear mask. Younger guy refuses. Older guy releases from accent or whatever that younger guy is from (state of emergency/shouldn't travel) Osaka and is walking around (relatively virus-free) Fukuoka maskless. Older guy asks younger guy more forcefully to reconsider behaviour. Younger guy smacks older guy.

I can guarantee you that this Golden Week, everyone in inaka is currently watching out for Tokyo and Osaka car number plates and will be commenting to their friends and neighbours about how many they see. I'm sure people will have differing views on the rights and wrongs of this and my intention is only to describe it.

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