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Posted in: Mister Donut apologizes for selling 'Meat Pies' that didn’t contain meat See in context

I hope they don't start adding meat to them now, I'd like to try one now I know they're plant-based.

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Posted in: OpenAI apologizes to Johansson; denies voice based on her See in context

I've heard the voice and watched the demo, at no point did I think it sounded like Johansson.

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Posted in: Law change lets Japanese police crack down on rule-breaking cyclists See in context

Sure. That doesn't mean that in 100% of accidents between cyclists and pedestrians, cyclists are 100% to blame.

It does if the pedestrian is walking on the SIDEWALK, and the vehicle is not using the ROAD.

Vehicles have no place on a pedestrian walking area.

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Posted in: Law change lets Japanese police crack down on rule-breaking cyclists See in context

The the cops actually enforced this in my area, they'd probably make over a million yen per day.

No-one stops at red lights, though bikes on the road are rare; they're all on the sidewalk. Most using a phone at the same time, going too fast and expecting people to move out of their way.

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Posted in: Shionogi says COVID treatment did not meet endpoint in late-stage trial See in context

Japanese government should ask for a refund or at least part of what they paid returned.

They shouldn't have bought 2,000,000 doses of an untested drug.

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Posted in: Japanese ramen restaurants under pressure from new yen banknotes See in context

Is this article saying 1,000,000 yen per machine to so a software upgrade for the new notes? That seems wildly excessive. I've worked with coin acceptors and not acceptors, and having them updated to support new coins/notes cost closer to 5,000 yen per device, and that included shipping the device to have the upgrade done.

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Posted in: Japan eyes cashless tax refunds to stem illicit resale by tourists See in context

It's not even implemented the way they say it is. I purchased an Apple product years ago when traveling to Japan, didn't pay the tax on it, used it in Japan and on the plane home. At no point in the travel was I asked about it. There was a receipt stapled in the passport and I carefully watched as it was ignored by everyone I showed the passport to.

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Posted in: Parents should log out of their Apple or Google accounts when they let their children use their smartphones. See in context

Another example of "the people in charge" not having the slightest clue what they're talking about.

For iPhone at least, logging out of the apple account is really not simple, quick or easy. Then, when the child loses the phone, there's no tracking available! Just don't give your kids your phone, ever.

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Posted in: Japanese firms now legally obliged to meet needs of disabled customers See in context

Mr Kipling:

And the expense for this will be passed on to the rest of us.

That's true of everything. You know that nice Ward Office you go to occasionally for paperwork, you pay for the staff salary; and the building; and the electricity to power the lighting. Same for the lights that keep the streets safe, and the trucks that take away the garbage... everything is paid for by taxes.

I can't even fathom what happens in your head that makes you think your comment is valid in any way.

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Posted in: Japanese firms now legally obliged to meet needs of disabled customers See in context

This wasn't already a requirement??????

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Posted in: New recruits mark 1st day at work across Japan as fiscal 2024 begins See in context

Welcome to the machine

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Posted in: Same-sex couples appeal high court ruling rejecting compensation See in context

a lot of straw-men in these comments.

Is anyone commenting actually in a same-sex relationship? And if not, this really isn't any of your business.

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Posted in: Couple sent to prosecutors after unvaccinated dog injures 7 See in context

YubaruToday  05:29 pm JST

I pray the dogs are not put down for this, it's not their fault! It's the fault of their owners who didnt properly train them!

Ok, so any human that commits a crime should not be punished, we should punish the parents instead???

Of course the dog should be put down.

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Posted in: ChatGPT cranks out gibberish for hours See in context

@Sven, you're saying that pre-trained transformers have been around since the 40's ?? What world do you live in?

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Posted in: Woman in adult entertainment industry arrested after bodies of 3 infants found at her home See in context

Very sad story for all involved. I just cannot understand how people can do this, morally as well as physically. Wouldn't there be a very noticeable smell?

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Posted in: On Valentine's Day, LGBTQ+ activists in Japan call for right for same-sex couples to marry See in context

stan: if two people that you don't know, and will never meet get married, what the hell difference does it make to you if they're the same sex or not?

Why are you so interested in other peoples lives, and more importantly, why are you so keen to make sure those people are unhappy?

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Posted in: Japan has a big plastic waste problem See in context

Nothing wrong with "thermally recycled" if it's done in a gasification power plant. They're not just throwing the things in a field and tossing in a match.

Issue is, a gasifier does not care what you throw into it, the waste does not need to be separated, it'll consume anything. So why do we have to separate our waste?

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Posted in: Trump wins primary in New Hampshire; repeatedly insults Haley See in context

How is this even possible?

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Posted in: Death sentence likely in Japan anime arson trial See in context

If killing by a private person is wrong, then killing by the state is wrong. Capital punishment is a relic of the past and should be replaced by better education and mental health support systems. Killing someone after the crime does not help the victims, much better to prevent the crime in the first place.

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Posted in: Filipino man arrested over bodies found under Tokyo home See in context

Quite disappointed by the comments about people based on their country of origin. There are good and bad people everywhere, and being from somewhere is completely not relevent to any crime that may have been committed.

Cant we just get to a point where people are "from earth" and be done with nationalistic in-group/out-group thinking?

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Posted in: 21-year-old sentenced to death for crime he committed as a minor for 1st time in Japan See in context

19 years old really shouldn't be considered a "minor"

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Posted in: Green tech pumps water from air See in context

Complete snake oil.

This has been done before, big "invention" followed by large investments, followed by disappearance of company.

The people behind this have no shame, calling this "green" is utterly irresponsible.

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Posted in: Japan Airlines pilots 'unaware of fire' at first See in context

It took 18 minutes to evacuate the entire plane, 

18 minutes is too slow. They need to run drills for this, it should be possible to get people off faster, and it sounds like a lot of time was lost by simply not opening the doors in the first place.

If the plane is on fire, it should not be necessary for passengers to beg for the doors to be opened. That's horrific. Sat on a burning plane while staff wonder if they're allowed to open the door.

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Posted in: Police panel proposes up to ¥12,000 fine for cycling violations See in context

I regularly see police on cycles breaching the cycling rules, will they pause and ticket themselves?

Cycles where I live never stop at red lights, often travel the wrong way up the roads (into oncoming traffic) and ignore speed limits on sidewalks (as well as age regulations)

If the cops here actually enforced these rules and issued the fines, the police would need to hire more staff.

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Posted in: Panel urges Japan to prep for digital yen that coexists with cash See in context

You mean, like a Visa card? We've had digital money for decades.

I don't get paid in cash, I don't pay the rent in cash, all that is done without needing a new "digital yen".

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Posted in: Diet passes bill to legalize cannabis-derived medicines See in context

up to 7 years jail for smoking a joint? That seems a little..... insane.

A drug with proven benefits, and very little negative effects, smoked perhaps at home, harming no-one, and the cops come knocking and you disappear for almost a decade.

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Posted in: Losing control See in context

The phone zombies in Japan are mostly high school and university students. Neither are depicted in that poster.

Simply not true.

I can only speak to Tokyo, but pretty much anyone under 60 can be seen walking around like they're the only person in the world, expecting others to get out of their way.

The poster isn't harsh enough in my opinion, it needs to be bolder, and insult the honor of people who disregard other people in this way. This mild poster won't even be seen by the zombies anyway.

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Posted in: AI could judge if user is of porn-watching age under new UK guidance See in context

Not the governments job. It's down to the parents to educate and supervise their children on the matter.

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Posted in: Japan detects season's first bird flu case; to cull 40,000 birds: NHK See in context

Chickens are kept in horrible conditions, these diseases and the action that follows, are inevitable and unavoidable.

Solution, oh just improve the conditions.... if you want one egg to cost 1000 yen.

There is a reason they are kept like this. It's not like people do this for fun because they enjoy being cruel. This is market forces. Manufacturing food is an issue of scale. Sure, if there are 40 people in your village, and you have 6 chickens walking around free and happy, then some people can have an egg every now and then.

But when there are 8 billion people, eating I dunno, on average 4 eggs a week? That's 1.6 trillion eggs a year. Good luck doing that in a "kind" way.

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Posted in: Marriage for many Japanese has become an unaffordable luxury See in context

Utter garbage.

Marriage in Japan is almost free, just go to a ward office and pay a few hundred yen for a certificate.

You want a massive party that you can't afford, well that's on you, it's not mandatory.

Kids, now that's where the money goes. Kids are expensive. Marriage is not.

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