LandOfTheLost comments

Posted in: Japan plans HIV drug trials for coronavirus; cruise ship evacuations continue See in context

HIV drugs were already tested in the United States and has had positive results. Unfortunately, HIV medication does not cure the coronavirus, it only reduces the amount of Invaders.

The problem with the coronavirus is that it ultimately causes your organs to shut down. First, blocking the lungs with mucous (therefore, the problems with respiratory). Then it can destroy your liver and kidneys and even healthy blood cells.

The HIV medication can drastically help reduce the impact of virus, saving many lives. The only problem is, if this virus spreads out of control, will the supply be able to meet the demand.

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Posted in: What's your idea of Japanese comfort food? See in context

For me, it's 'murasaki imo taiyaki'.

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Posted in: Coronavirus infection cases spread further in Japan See in context

The mortality rate is 1% (mostly elderly and people with pre-existing conditions. Seems to spread like any other flu. What's the big deal with this coronavirus?

First of all, it has a 2% fatality rate, and this virus spreads faster than most common viruses. Yes, the virus mostly takes elder people, but there have a been a lot of people in their 40s and 50s who didn't have existing conditions and passes away, so yeah it's pretty scary if you ask me.

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Posted in: In an increasingly partisan media environment, do you believe journalists have lower ethical standards than in the days before social media? See in context

People are fooling themselves if they think things have really changed.

Journalism has never been perfect in any era. Just looking at newspaper articles (both in Japan and Canada) from early 1900s and onwards, some journalists were just as vile as they are today. Ethics really depends upon the management and the individual making the report.

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Posted in: Man accused of killing 19 disabled people disrupts trial See in context

one of his lawyers said his abuse of marijuana led to mental illness, adding: "This has turned him into a different person. As a result, this incident took place."

After Canada legalized marijuana, you sure can see a lot of crazy people running around the streets killing each other. Jeez, that's as dumb as saying that alcohol made him kill all those people.

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Posted in: Ghosn's lawyer says he is stunned his client left country See in context

Seems a little strange that he made his escape just before the new year.

The media has been watching Ghosn like a hawk. He just magically vanished under everyone's radar? Seems a little far-fetched.

This has been a thorny issue, and has damaged Japan's reputation internationally. The only way this could happen in Japan is if he was assisted by someone higher up. This was probably a way for Japan to save face.

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Posted in: Gov't compiles ¥26 tril stimulus package to prop up economy See in context

The government said, "We have to increase taxes because the national debt is too high." Now look at them blowing a tone of money without any care for the national debt. Brilliant!

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Posted in: Japan's retail sales post sharpest fall since 2015 as tax hike hits demand See in context

"Regardless of today's outcome, consumption has been of a weak tone, and consumer sentiment is getting worse," said Taro Saito, executive research fellow at NLI Research Institute.

And, the government decided to throw fire on the flame. Genius!

People have really cut spending everywhere. They are going to keep pinching their money, because nobody has extra money. Not only have taxes gone up but consumer products have also increased prices together. Worst of all, wages have remained the same, so don't cry when the economy tanks.

Japan isn't doing well, and everyone knows it. Domestic spending is declining, international investments are drying up. How are you supposed to recoup from that.

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Posted in: Japan tells embassies risk of contaminated Fukushima water 'small' See in context

It's a bad idea. Just wait till those disgruntled American's start finding high levels of radiation on their coast and food. Watch out for those lawsuits.

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Posted in: Is U.S. President Donald Trump a friend of Japan? See in context

PM Abe always says Trump is his friend, but considering how Trump has treated Japan, he doesn't really care about anyone.

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Posted in: Abe to skip Yasukuni visit during autumn festival: sources See in context

Oh dear, Japan a "victim" of the war?

Even if you look at the war through the view of economics, Japan exploited a lot of countries during the war. Victims of unfair treaties and atomic bombs, yes, but victims of the war, that's a bit of a stretch.

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Posted in: Typhoon warning from NHK 'to all foreigners' causes controversy online See in context

They should just use ordinary Japanese and English, since English is the second language in Japan. Dumbing down the language is not really a big deal, but some people did take offense.

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Posted in: Japan to pardon 600,000 to mark emperor's enthronement: media See in context

Yubaru

Internationally? We are talking about Japan here! Dont obfuscate the issue!

Please explain to me why criminals are unique to the rest of the world? I'm not talking about the specifics of the crimes, or the statistics, but the individuals.

I was actually a bit surprised they changed the laws. Back when I came to Japan, it was tough getting in if you even had the slightest criminal record.

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Posted in: Japan to pardon 600,000 to mark emperor's enthronement: media See in context

Yubaru

There are only around 20,000 prisoners being held in jails throughout Japan.

Your statistics seem to contradict what is being reported. 600,000 is just a random number right?

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Posted in: Japan to pardon 600,000 to mark emperor's enthronement: media See in context

Yubaru

The only one making assumptions is you. I happen to be very familiar with law enforcement, and statistics do not differ greatly when looking at petty crimes internationally.

Lets make this very clear. You used the the words "hardened criminal" which refers to extreme cases where they cannot be rehabilitated. I was only saying that petty crimes most often escalate if the person is not properly rehabilitated, like in this case.

So, you think because they committed a smaller crime that they are harmless? Why do you think Japan bans any foreigners with slightest criminal record into the country?

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Posted in: Japan to pardon 600,000 to mark emperor's enthronement: media See in context

Sourpuss

Read the article. "petty" is a word that describes a certain type of crime committed. Look it up.

Everyone is familiar with the word "petty", but clearly you know nothing about criminals, so I will enlighten you on the subject. "Petty" refers to minor or lesser crimes, that being said, criminals rarely start and end with "petty" crimes. It's usually "petty" crimes which put criminals on police radars. How are police going to monitor 600,000 people?

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Posted in: Japan to pardon 600,000 to mark emperor's enthronement: media See in context

This is definitely one of the most bizarre things I've ever heard of in Japan. Of course many countries offer presidential pardons, but the scale is extremely different. In America, you may have 10 to a 1000 people pardoned (a thousand is on an extreme level). Of these 600,000 people, how many of them are actually dangerous criminals. The problem with this whole matter is, there are too many people to watch. Instead of protecting the public, they just throw them back into society. Many people need help, but instead of helping them, they just dump them on society.

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Posted in: Forever 21 fashion chain files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy See in context

Looks like the entire chain is going to go bankrupt based on other news sources. Quality was definitely the downfall of this business, and on top of that, it didn't help that clothing line lacked innovation.

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Posted in: Anti-NHK party head suggests genocide to solve overpopulation See in context

Wow, Tachibana makes Abe look like a saint. Maybe that was the intention?

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Posted in: Japan comedy duo apologize after reportedly saying Naomi Osaka 'needs bleach' See in context

What century are they living in?

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Posted in: University student arrested over killing of woman in Tokyo love hotel See in context

Camera's are not the only way people are tracked. Programs you use to communicate, and cell phones can be easily traced.

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Posted in: Nissan mulls pulling out of S Korea, Financial Times reports See in context

OssanAmerica

If it did it won't have anything to do with pulling out of a market as insignificant as South Korea, which is not in the top ten of Renault, Nissan or Mitsubishi.

Nobody said Nissan would tank because it pulled out of South Korea. Everyone knows Nissan is struggling internationally, and the fact that its closing any branches just confirms the company's financial crisis.

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Posted in: Nissan mulls pulling out of S Korea, Financial Times reports See in context

Well, this is a bad sign for Nissan investors. With the way things have been going, I wouldn't be surprised if Nissan went belly up.

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Posted in: Elitism scandal engulfs would-be justice minister in South Korea See in context

Elite families paying their children's way into good universities is not unusual in Japan. It's surprising how Koreans react to this kind of corruption. In Japan, no one ever talks about it.

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Posted in: In high-tech Japan, cash is still king See in context

"Four out of five purchases are still made with cash in Japan, despite its reputation as a futuristic and innovative nation."

This is the problem here. Who made the assumption that Japan was this futuristic, innovative nation. Japan has some technological advances in certain areas, but overall Japan is not all that different from the rest of the world.

Yes, countries like Canada and the U.S. are becoming more cashless societies, but at what cost? A very large portion of the population is sinking in credit card debt. I think Japanese people are wise sticking with cash, because people are more cautious with unnecessary spending.

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Posted in: Japan sees worst suicide rate for those under 20 in 2018 See in context

The article talks about the highest amount of suicides in young people, not the overall population. 20,840 suicides in 2018 is still a significant number when it's contrasted with the lower birthrates since 1978 (when statistics were first recorded) and huge drop in population. Remember, the population dropped from 126 million to 125 million. That's a important number to think about when comparing statistics.

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Posted in: 41-year-old man arrested for forcibly kissing 10-year-old boy See in context

Wow, with all the downvotes supporting this pedophile, you have to worry how many of these pervs are living in your neighborhoods. I have to blame it on the ridiculously light penal system and lack of defining the crime.

Pedophile's exist all over the world, but it's light punishment that allows this behavior to grow. I've heard so many cases of this crime that I'm starting to wonder if this is a social norm in Japanese society.

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Posted in: TOEIC drops out of Japan's new university entrance exam See in context

Seth M

Learning English is really a waste of time in Japan anyway.

How so? Even if Japanese can't speak English well, most students can read and write it.

You think because few people speak the language in Japan that it's a waste of time?

Just about every financial institute are well aware of the Japanese economy shrinking. With domestic spending declining, over spending budget on military equipment, a lack of foreign investments, the future doesn't look bright.

Its funny when many of the students go into the financial industry thinking they won't need English because they are working with numbers. You need English to do trading, overseas M&A, communicating with subsidiaries and other branches and so on...

My point is, you won't get far in your career without English, but hey, if you're happy working in a factory or a deadened job, by all means go for it.

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Posted in: Kim Kardashian West finds solution to Kimono backlash See in context

I don't understand why everyone is getting so heated up on the use of the name 'Kimono'. It's not like it hasn't been done before. Americans created a condom brand called 'Kimono', and nobody made a fuss about that.

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Posted in: Doubts grow over Abe's foreign policy skills ahead of election See in context

Alwaysspeakingwisdom

> PM Abe Foreign policy accomplishments. 

1)   EU-Japan Free trade Agreement

Can you really call this his accomplishment? This agreement was only made possible due to America's protectionism.

2)   CPTPP

Japan definitely made a lot of effort to get the CPTPP going, but how much did Japan really benefit from this agreement?

3)   Improved Japan –China relations

As much as I would like to see relations improve with China, things actually haven't really been all that great behind the scenes. As you pointed out the article, it references a conflict of interest. As many are aware, Japan rivals with China over investments in developing countries. Talk about improving relations are one thing, but actually putting it into action hasn't really been achieved.

4)   Improved Japan and USA relations

This one makes me laugh. Just because Abe chums up to Trump, doesn't mean that he has improved relations with the U.S. What has the U.S. really done for Japan? All I've seen is Abe trying hard to improve relations, and Trump constantly taking advantage of Abe. Abe donated a lot of the countries taxes to Trump's daughter, bought expensive military equipment, and now he wants Japan to pay more for their occupation. Please tell me again how this was a great accomplishment.

5)   Launch Major infrastructure drives in South East Asia

I can't really argue with this one, because this is what has kept the economy afloat.

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