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Posted in: Boxes of unused COVID-19 medical goods dumped at Tokyo Olympics See in context

TOKYO

Hundreds of boxes full of unused coronavirus-related medical goods for the Tokyo Olympics, including gloves, gowns and masks, worth a total of 5 million yen, were found to the have been thrown away, the Games' organizing committee said Tuesday.

The committee apologized for the mismanagement as the items, supplied to the medical offices of nine venues, could have been transferred to facilities battling an alarming rise in COVID-19 infections in Tokyo and other parts of Japan.

Wow! So-so-many possible OSHA violations! Not to mention the possibility of reuse! #unbelievable

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Posted in: Since the outbreak of the coronavirus, there has been talk of a basic universal income. Do you support the concept? See in context

I have very mixed feelings about UBI. On paper I support it - mostly. But realistically I feel it will be exploited and not be used as it was intended. I don't know a lot about UBI and so I will admit that I'm not 100% educated on the program - all I know is what it's meant to provide.

IDK, maybe it's wrong for me to say but I don't want to see this as another "well fare" type program. Again I say that because I haven't really spent the time to really understand UBI.

My mother had to go on well fare back in the early 70s (recently divorced with a single child, me) but she didn't stay on it for very long. Just long enough for her to get back on her feet so before you start blasting me about ware fare please know that my mom had to use it which was hard for her to accept back then.

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Posted in: Man arrested over fatal hit-and-run See in context

jiji XxAug. 31  04:40 pm JST

left bits of his car behind, got him on camera, but..... he denies the charge..... LOL. expect him to change his plea later to..... you know what.... (⌒▽⌒)

Yes, the evidence is damaging however keep in mind that the article does not state specifically what he is being charged with. Among "hit-and-run", "man slaughter", and "failing to report an accident" they could be charging him with additional charges (i.e., driving intoxicated, speeding, etc.).

The article also doesn't place him in the car. It only states that it was his car. There is a chance that he loaned his car to someone.

But if it's proven that he was indeed the driver then there's really not much he can "deny" that would overturn man slaughter.

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Posted in: Nissin Foods says 50 billion Cup Noodles have been sold worldwide See in context

JohansawadaAug. 26  01:32 pm JST

i don't understand what is so great about cup noodles - my japanese wife and my kids love this stuff!

I equate to Kraft Mac-n-Cheese which was something I had to develop a taste for. I did not care for it when I was younger but now I like it.

As for Cup Noodles in general, I like the original flavor. I don't care for all of the "other" flavors they came out with over the years.

Someone earlier asked about nutritional value - there is none. Minimal at best. But it's meant to be a "snack" (a quick stomach filler) and not something to eat as a primary source of food.

It is affordable and I am not ashamed to say that I stocked up on it during my college years (1985-1988) and that always keep a few in the pantry to this day along with spam. :-) I know both are not healthy but I don't eat them regularly. Actually I tend to eat more Mac-n-Cheese these days...

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Posted in: Japanese man says 'I’m a Vietnamese' while pointing knife at convenience store worker to rob her See in context

> LovecraftingAug. 25  09:01 am JST

ROFL, that worked like a charm.

I know, right? He's got his disguise (ski cap and mask), a (sort of) perfected fake-ish accent to make them think I'm Vietnamese and a weapon to show how serious I am. What could go wrong?!?

I'm glad that no-one got hurt and they caught the person.

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Posted in: Man arrested for stealing ex-colleague’s underwear after making spare key to enter her residence See in context

Police quoted Homage as saying: “I became obsessed with her and I wanted to have some of her underwear.”

Okay, but 21 underwear items?!?

Horage is also accused of stealing the woman’s insurance certificate to retrieve personal information and impersonated her by creating a personalized insurance web page.

I suspect this was his overall intent. By confessing to the theft, even if he really had some weird fetish, is lesser of a crime than the later.

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Posted in: Man arrested over murder of online video game acquaintance See in context

There is not enough information reported.

Right now it's heresay since there are no witnesses to the killing and it is not known if there are any witnesses that can vouch for the previous assaults claimed. And if he he did report being assaulted then this will would go in his favor.. Maybe.... And the reason I say maybe is because we also don't know if the other person was the only aggressor - in other words he too could have assaulted the other person for the same reason.

But for now we have to give him the benefit of the doubt. In the end, a situation escalated to where someone died which is unfortunate.

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Posted in: Badly beaten man dies after being left in hospital parking lot See in context

GaijinjlandJuly 25  10:11 am JST

Don't hospital parking lots have CCTV?

They do but it's also possible that he could have made his way there on his own. In the article it's stated that hospital employees found the man. The article title is repeating what the Police suspects.

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Posted in: 4 Olympic workers from U.S., Britain arrested over alleged cocaine use See in context

zichiJuly 13  04:20 pm JST

Drug tests would require a blood sample, four of them.

Breaking their residence rules? Why do we need electricians from UK/USA? Plenty here already. Why are foreign generators being used?

At the time of this article, they are "alleged", and it makes no mention that a formal test has been completed. Although I would have to assume by now one has been performed on all four.

These electricians would normally be required to perform a drug test by their employers. The frequency in which they test can be once a year to daily. In any event, if they are guilty they are "morons" as someone has already stated :-) If they are not guilty then I would really like to understand the test methods the police did that got them arrested.

As to why electricians from the UK/USA? It was most likely negotiated in the contract at the time of purchase which was before the pandemic. Profit is made off the labor and not the product in these situations. Again, as to why that is my best guess and sometimes the host Country doesn't get that much say when it comes to infrastructure, but they generally get the largest portion.

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Posted in: 29-year-old Tokyo man arrested after letting schoolgirl live with him See in context

JJ JetplaneJune 21  03:50 pm JST

@Toshihiro

Yikes. I hope they go easy on the guy if he really is taking in the girl in good faith.

Go easy on him for what? Regardless of if he did nothing with the girl, there are a lot of alarming things about his actions. Befriending school aged girls, willing to take in school aged girls, not even trying to notify her parents, and again, why is he online getting so close to a school aged girl?

First off, you are using a lot of plurals in your response. Last I checked it was not illegal to befriend someone younger than you in person or on social media - inappropriate perhaps but that is where you have to rely on the senior to ensure that those boundaries are not crossed.

And as someone has already mentioned in an earlier response, there is not enough facts as to their history.

Please do not mistake my response as defending the actions for either of them but it's too easy to think the worse since that is generally the case in these situations, but not always. However in this case, and based on what is reported in the article, he made a bad decision in taking her in without notifying her parents or the police. I know someone had commented that if he had done that they would have sent her back to her parents, hence why she ran away, but that would have been the correct action and for that he should be fined or given some sort of warning to stop any communications with her until she is an adult.

To be honest, if he really did care about her safety and well being he would have contacted the police as she was on her way to him. She would have felt betrayed and it might have ended their friendship but so be it.

I also question the purpose of publishing this article other than to get "views".

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Posted in: Ghosn pledges lengthy fight to clear his name See in context

MarkJune 15  08:52 am JST

"Fugitive"

I guess he could be called "fugitive" but you are NOT when you runaway from injustice. lets not forget We are all INOCENT till proven guilty

If hadn't fled the country then he wouldn't be labeled as a "fugitive".

"Fugitive (noun) a person who has escaped from a place or is in hiding, especially to avoid arrest or persecution."

Injustice or not, he fled the country while under arrest. Being labeled as a fugitive doesn't mean you're guilty but it also doesn't help your case... Besides, until the courts rule that he is guilty he is "innocent".

That being said, I believe there is more than sufficient evidence to prove that he is guilty... Just look at the other replies above.

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Posted in: Yes. Tokyo Olympics are still on, despite opposition, pandemic See in context

And there's saving face. Japan has officially spent $15.4 billion on the Olympics, but several government audits suggest it's much more. All but $6.7 billion is public money. Geopolitical rival China is to hold the 2022 Winter Olympics just six months after Tokyo ends, and could claim centerstage should Tokyo fail.

Japan - I know I've said this in many of my other responses: I seriously do not think anyone would look down on [Japan] if you had cancelled the event given the situation; no one would blame you and I believe you would gain more respect for doing so.

That being said, yes that is a lot of money loss but what about the rest of your everyday citizens who lost their jobs and small business owners who had shutdown because of the pandemic? Many of which has nothing to gain if the Olympics occurred! Any attempts by them to stay open was met with fines and penalties. How is it, [Japan], that you can justify allowing the Olympics to go on so that the $15.4B spent can be recouped when millions of others can't?

Yes, $15.4B is a lot of money - I am not denying that - but you are saying that the safety of your Country is worth $15.4B to risk.

In the end, I know it's all about the money. I'm not going to pretend to be that naive. But for once I was hoping that it wasn't the case and that Japan would just accept the loss and forge on. Nope! In the end it's about the money and "saving face".

the IOC is a multi-billion dollar sports business that derives almost 75% of its income from selling broadcast rights. Another 18% comes from 15 top sponsors.

And that is one of the many problems with the Olympics. I really wish it go back to not being a business. I don't see that happening in my lifetime... sigh

Andrew Zimbalist, an economist at Smith College in Massachusetts who has written extensively about the Olympics, estimates the IOC could lose about $3.5 billion-$4 billion in broadcast revenue if the Tokyo Games were canceled. He suggested a small portion of this, between $400 million and $800 million, might be made up by cancellation insurance.

U.S. broadcaster NBCUniversal is the IOC's largest single source of income.

Yes, money loss if it doesn't happen. But many lives could also be lost. I fail to see how a broadcast is worth more than a human life. Maybe I should have majored in finance or economics. I just don't get it.

Of course, the Japanese government could stop the Olympics. It would be a public-relations disaster for the IOC to get into a legal battle with Tokyo, so any such deal would be worked out in private.

Cowards! Japan, you would rather put your people and country at risk for fear of a PR disaster this may cause??! If the IOC went to court then that would only show the world how irresponsible the IOC is and how they don't care about the safety of others except themselves! I feel you would have a lot of supporters. So perhaps you risk not being able to host another Olympics but isn't your country and people worth more?

"Politicians may well be aware of the risk they are taking

I seriously doubt that...

but hope that once the Games begin the Japanese public will persevere 'for the good of Japan' and forget how we got here," Tonami said.

Can someone please explain to me how hosting a LARGE public event over multiple consecutive days is "good for Japan"?

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Posted in: Most medical staff needed for Olympics secured: Endo See in context

The organizers of the Tokyo Olympics have secured about 80% of the medical staff needed to stage the Games, a top Olympic official told Reuters on Monday, amid worries over infections and the slow rollout of vaccinations in the Japanese capital.

I cannot believe how selfish the IOC and JOC is being. They honestly believe that "securing 80% of the medical staff needed" is a good thing?!? The medical staff, if not mistaken, is primarily for any injuries that could occur in which case that is a lot of medical people for an event that doesn't seem to have that many participants competing.

Or am I mistaken and this is to help control (and I use this term loosely) the spread of the virus? If it is then it's very selfish and very irresponsible for all involved when you have your own home country that needs more attention and support than a sporting event - you're priorities are really in the wrong place if that is the case.

Asked what the organizers would do if there was an explosive spread of infections, Endo was non-committal.

That's because he nor anyone can stand behind their claim of being able to hold it safely.

"Hypothetically, can we hold the Games if there is a sudden 10- or 100-fold increase? We'll need to make a decision at the time," he said.

WOW! They'll need to make a decision at that time?!? That suggests to me that they didn't even think of that possibility which to me more of a reality than a hypothetical.

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Posted in: Tokyo doctors association calls for Olympics cancelation See in context

A Japanese doctors' group has urged the cancelation of the Olympics, even as Games organizers reported a surplus of applications from medics to volunteer at the virus-postponed event.

Stop "urging" and begin "demanding". It's too late to worry about being polite.

But Olympic officials say it can be safely held with COVID-19 countermeasures and point to successful test events, including some featuring overseas athletes.

OMG! I still cannot believe they are citing that! You have doctors and nurses who are also "urging" the cancellation - they don't even have a stake in this if it gets cancelled except for a few that left their position to take part in the games as an athlete but there aren't many if I recall? There was a story on a Japanese nurse that did leave her position so that she could train and compete in the Olympics. I feel for her and all the other athletes but you need to look at the bigger picture.

Speaking of overseas athletes, many are opting out because it's the social responsible thing to do. That and many of the top athletes have said that they would very much want to compete and represent their country but want to do so against other top countries and their athletes.

Competing in an Olympic where you will pretty much get a medal just for showing up is not something I would be proud to have. It would be so empty. But that's just me. :-)

The statement came after a separate union of Japanese hospital doctors warned last week that holding the 2020 Games safely was "impossible".

C'mon JOC/IOC - are you ignoring this?!?

Japan's virus outbreak has been relatively small, with around 11,500 deaths, but its vaccine rollout is moving slowly and the latest spike in cases has medics warning of shortages and burnout.

sigh

It's hard for me to accept the statement that the outbreak has been "relatively small" with around 11,500 deaths. 11.5K people who have died from this is not small, IMHO.

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Posted in: Japan to cut number of visiting Olympic Games officials to less than 90,000 See in context

serendipitous1May 14  08:04 pm JST

Oh that's good news. Only 90,000 people coming to Japan from basically every corner of the Covid world.

LOL!

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

Organizers have come under fire for requesting medical volunteers step forward to help during the Games at a time when Japan's healthcare system is under pressure from a fourth virus wave.

Not much more to say about that... Just reposting just in case the JOC, IOC, and the Japanese Government didn't see it. :-)

Despite public opposition, organizers insist the Games can be held safely this summer, pointing to safety guidelines, increasing vaccination of athletes and a series of recent test events in Tokyo.

Are they pointing to the same safety guidelines that the Japanese citizens were expected to follow? How's that working out?!? Oh, wait... it isn't.

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Posted in: 280 sports doctors apply for 200 spots needed for Tokyo Olympics See in context

virusrexMay 12  07:42 am JST

To be fair they are sports doctors, this is not exactly the kind of people that will become essential even if the public health situation deteriorates more. And it is understandable since every one of them can "boast" of being an active participant of the Olympic games, which would be a plus for people in their field.

hm. I get what you are saying but I don't think I would be proud to say I was a sport doctor at the 2021 Summer Olympic Games. To me that would just seem like a selfish reason and how much weight would that actually have? To be a sport doctor at an event during a pandemic where pretty much all of the citizens of the hosting country is against having it? Not sure I'd want that on my resume. But that's just me. :-)

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic head says Bach visit to Japan now unlikely See in context

virusrexToday  07:42 am JST

Its becoming more and more difficult to keep pretending everything is fine and the games represent anything positive.

AMEN!!! :-)

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic head says Bach visit to Japan now unlikely See in context

BTW, I really don't want to see the Summer Olympics cancelled. If you look at my posts over the past several months I state that I was looking forward to the 2020 Summer Olympics because of the return of baseball and softball.

However in the larger picture, hosting the summer Olympics anywhere right now would be very irresponsible for any country and I really do not think the upcoming Winter Olympics should happen either, IMHO.

I feel for all the athletes that worked hard for 2020 and 2021, a few of them went into retirement which sucks because I know this is not how they wanted to end their career but at least they understand the bigger picture.

All that said, I have to think that by 2024 this pandemic will be behind us if not then we have a much larger problem!

Japan, do the right thing and cancel the Olympics! You'll get another chance to host and when you do, do it big! :-)

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic head says Bach visit to Japan now unlikely See in context

Canceling the trip could be embarrassing for the International Olympic Committee and local organizers who say they can hold a "safe and secure" Olympics in the middle of a pandemic as cases surge in Japan - particularly in Tokyo and Japan's second metropolis of Osaka.

It would be more embarrassing to try and host the Olympics. All the time, money and resources lost trying to force the event could have been spent with assisting with the vaccination.

There would be more support and respect if you had just cancelled it earlier this year and say that you will focus efforts to taking care of the people of Japan first. I don't think any one would think less of you, Japan. I don't see it as a failure - trying the force the event would be a failure in my eyes.

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Posted in: Packed trains, drinking: Japanese impatient over anti-virus measures See in context

"I understand there are concerns about hosting the Olympics," Suga said. He said foreign athletes and other participants will be strictly separated from the Japanese public and that "it is possible to hold a safe and secure Olympics while protecting the people's lives and health."

I beg to differ, Suga. If you truly do understand the concerns it would have been officially cancelled. There is no benefit to hosting the event when more Covid cases are rising on a daily basis. Why would you risk jeopardizing your people by allowing foreigners in?

If you want to try and restore the faith in your people do so by cancelling the Olympics and redirect all that effort, resources, money, etc. into vaccinating your people and improve their quality of life.

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Posted in: Chinese swimmer Sun Yang handed Tokyo Olympics lifeline See in context

John NounMay 4  12:28 pm JST

Well, he can have a third chance then.

LOL! :-)

In all seriousness, I'm so indifferent about this because the "2021" Summer Olympics is a bust and if by some miracle it does happen you're not going to have all the top athletes and countries competing so any medal won will have very little meaning. At least it would for me if I was competing.

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Posted in: 3 suspects who robbed elderly woman at home after one asked to use her toilet arrested See in context

Police said Kanbe and Matsuo have admitted to robbing the woman, while Kawano, who is believed to have waited outside the house, has denied any involvement.

My guess is that Kawano will most likely get fined for knowledge of the planned robbery (even if it was an impromptu decision) and for not reporting it.

However, this is still the off change that he did not know what happened. The other two could have already planned this and not shared it with Kawano but there's still the matter of the safe that the other two made off with -- kinda hard to explain that.

Regardless, all three are scum...

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Posted in: Man robbed of ¥3 mil on Nagoya street See in context

ZaphodApr. 14  04:21 pm JST

Police said the man works for a store that deals in antiques and used items. He said he received an email from a potential seller who had asked him to come and have a look at some items for sale,

Maybe check where this phone call came from? Just sayin...

He received an e-mail, not a phone call :-)

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Posted in: Doctor arrested for stalking after sending 353 text messages to bar employee See in context

Ummm... How did the Doctor get her number?

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Posted in: Couple arrested over robbery of real estate agent during condo inspection See in context

GarthgoyleApr. 12  11:33 am JST

Is it normal for taxis to do such long drives? They should probably ask for a valid credit card in advanced for such long drives.

I think Nagoya to Tokyo is around 200 miles give or take. Japan doesn't have Uber or Lyft but they do have their own version (I think "DiDi" is one of the newer ones) which we used when we were in Japan back in 2018 and 2019. Since not all taxi services use this, it can take a bit longer for a taxi to pick you up. Example, when we used it in 2018 to pick us up at Haneda airport, it took the driver about 30 minutes to get to us and we had to meet him sort of where the normal taxi and shuttle buses were and we used it again in Tokyo and we had to wait close to 45 minutes. The wait times vary as it depends on the next closest driver that is in the program. But I will say the fare was almost half so it was worth the wait. Otherwise we just hop on the subway :-)

I know you can generally charter a taxi which is usually around 10,000-20,000 yen per hour so maybe they did something similar? Or maybe (and most likely) they gave the taxi driver a bogus story and tricked the driver into taking them to Tokyo.

IDK, either way their plan was going to ultimately fail either by getting caught (which they did) or not getting the payoff they were hoping for - in other words they'd have to rob a lot more than just one or two people in this scheme to make it worth the trip. Most of the real estate agents that I know (in Japan and in the US) carry very little money on them. What little they have is to cover any public parking fees.

But again, knuckleheads like these are often not the brightest... Glad they were caught and that the real estate agent was not seriously injured.

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

kaimycahlApr. 7  10:44 pm JST

Is this fraud or pure theft?

It's both. He misled the customer (fraud) and pocketed the money (theft).

BlackFlagCitizenApr. 7  09:52 am JST

How is this fraud even possible? Don't they do any audits at J-Post?

My guess is that an audit isn't going to turn much up. The reason I say this is because if he was smart, he would have supplied a fake document for the "insurance" which, of course, there are no copies filed or kept.

Most loans do have some sort of insurance to help cover the balance of the loan should something happen to the customer (i.e. death, unemployment, etc.) which an insurance fee is applied to the over all loan. What this guy did was piggy back on that. Since most Japanese people pay in cash, it would be fairly easy for him to provide a receipt for the loan payment and a second (fake one) for whatever fake service he came up with.

Unless something happens with the loan in general, this fraud/theft would virtually go undetected. If the payments were done electronically then I don't think his scheme would work.

IDK, this is just my guess. I wouldn't expect the article to go into any details on how he pulled this off as it could taint the litigation.

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Posted in: Female teacher, ex-boyfriend arrested for voyeurism and child pornography See in context

According to police reports, Hamasaki said she was coerced by her ex-boyfriend to film the girls.

I want to give her the benefit of the doubt, but I really would like to know what he said that made her believe that this was a good thing....

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Posted in: Man arrested for attempted murder after woman clings to hood of car See in context

ToshihiroToday  05:52 am JST

This is just absurd, the woman should've been charged. He was the one who was attacked.

She probably will be but this article leaves out a lot of other details. It doesn't state how far or even how fast he was going when she was on the hood of his car. For all we know he only drove a few feet and then stopped.

We don't even know what the "trouble" was that caused all of this.

IDK -- at least no one was seriously injured or killed (#lookingforthesilverlining)

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Posted in: Do you think self-driving cars will take away the fun of being at the wheel of your vehicle? See in context

I don't see why it can't be both.

One of the best things about being behind the wheel are those impromptu moments. Many of our family treasured memories is when we see something along the way and decide to explore it further. This also includes getting lost. :-) There are many places we would have never knew about if we hadn't gotten "lost".

That being said, I can also see how enjoyable a road trip can be for all if the driving was left to "someone else" (i.e. the car). There has been many times where I had to focus on driving a mountain pass and could not enjoy the scenery until I could find a safe place to pull over.

My wife and I would also "tag-team" the driving duties but I can see how enjoyable a trip could be if we didn't have to do that as well.

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