Mlodinow comments

Posted in: 160 kms of Hanshin Expressway to be closed during G20 summit in Osaka See in context

Wouldn't it be easier to helicopter them in if there is such a security risk? Or to hold the summit in a more out of the way location? Stupid plan organized by idiots.

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Posted in: Kamakura passes ordinance against eating on the go See in context

Eat at home and don’t go to Kamakura. You won’t annoy the residents living in the tourist areas, and you won’t get a fine. 

The article clearly states there is no fine:

The ordinance, intended to encourage an improvement in manners, neither stipulates any fines nor imposes any sales restrictions on shops and stalls.

...therefore making it a complete waste of time & taxpayer money. Now we'll see locals harassing tourists to follow the ordinance no one outside of the locals has any idea exists. Perfect!

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Posted in: Companies still reluctant to relocate from Tokyo despite tax breaks See in context

They expect employees to also move out of the city to follow their jobs? Talk about reinforcing the "job for life" ethic which helped get Japan's economy into the mess it's in (and can't get out of).

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Posted in: Akita police sergeant arrested for paying high school girl for sex See in context

So she accepted the cash, does the deed, then over time feels bad and complains to her mum about it, then he gets arrested... This is happens all the time in Japan. Both are stupid in my opinion.

She was 15. The reason there is a statutory minimum age is because minors are prone to error of judgement and are thus vulnerable to exploitation (like in this case). You are advocating that statutory rape is okay, which is just plain wrong.

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Posted in: Moon shot: Toyota, Japan space agency plan lunar mission See in context

One thing though. Why are moon missions relevant now? Only cause the Chinese claim they reached there? Moon landing was in the 60s and we are in 2019, why hasn't there been any missions for that period of time? technology is way advanced now then in the past.

You actually answered your own question. Advances in technology, especially robotics, means that missions can now be performed by robots or semi-autonomous rovers, and are a lot cheaper without the added cost of having to keep humans alive. This is what has enabled us to travel to Mars, even though we lack the ability to safely send a human there.

With regards to the moon, what would we actually send a human there to do which couldn't also be performed by a machine? There is really not much to do there yet other than explore, so much better to send a low risk rover mission than a human who could quite easily die.

Once space agencies/companies get serious about sending humans to Mars, probably that's when you'll start seeing manned missions to the moon again, so that it can be used as a staging/fueling base for deeper space.

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Posted in: Osaka one of new Barbie 'Sheroes' See in context

These Barbies are actually useless because they are not actually for sale. Mattel only made one of each & gave them to the women they were modeled on. What is the point? How are they supposed to inspire children if they can't play with them?

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Posted in: Japan's Sunwolves show they fit in Super Rugby See in context

Will be interesting to see how they go when they get their national team players back. Hate to be "that" person, but they certainly have the lowest number of domestic players in Super Rugby by a long margin.

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Posted in: Ootoya to close most restaurants for a day on March 12 for staff training after video prank See in context

Knee-jerk overreaction as usual. My own company also held "training" due to one senior manager's illegal compliance breach. Rather than hold training for senior managers only they decided to have training for only non-senior managers. Interesting call seeing as only very senior managers have the authority to do what he did.

Agree with other posters, seeing as I actually have a brain & know not to post naked videos at work (where you would be easily identifiable) I would sooner quit a part-time job than go through a one day training.

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Posted in: 7,000 cryptocurrency laundering cases reported in Japan in 2018 See in context

while others appeared to log into their accounts from overseas even though their addresses were in Japan.

Goodness gracious. How dare people log into their accounts whilst travelling overseas. How rude of them!

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Posted in: Bail set at ¥5 mil for actor Hirofumi Arai on sexual assault charge See in context

A "masseuse" lol....sure she was....

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Posted in: British minister to request Honda rethink plant shutdown See in context

Cue the cultural misunderstandings:

MP will present his idea why Honda should stay.

Japanese management will say "we will consider your arguments".

MP will report back "They're considering it!".

Meanwhile, Honda management immediately starts looking for EU location for new EU-based plant.

A waste of taxpayer money to even come & discuss it.

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Posted in: Panel to propose Nissan pick majority of board from outside See in context

Outside actually means from Mitsubishi Zaibatsu (conglomerate).

The wider Mitsubishi group pretty much washed their hands of Mitsubishi Motors (MMC) after the latest scandal. That's why they joined the Renault/Nissan group. If any Mitsubishi ppl join the board they will likely be from MMC (except for any designated "outside directors" of course.

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Posted in: Man arrested for attempted murder in road rage altercation on Tomei Expressway See in context

Maybe Japan should cancel the subway baggage inspection plan & move it to an entrance of the Tomei. Seems to be many more nutters driving than taking the train.


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Posted in: Japan steps up claim to S Korea-held islets at 'Takeshima Day' event amid tensions See in context

this island has been part of Japan since medival period and Japanese used to live in the island but after Japan was defeated in WW2, Korea declared it is part of Korea unilaterally.Thats definitely abominable internationally. SInce then many Japanese fishermen who were fishing around it were caught and killed by Korean governmet brutally but Korea didnt care such a shameful action. On the other hand Korea blamed Russia for unilateral annexation of Crimea. Such a double standard is their nature. SHAME ON KOREA !.

So in the war Japan (unilaterally of course) annexed Korea. Are you saying that was fair but then Korea "annexing" a tiny island is not?

It's really time for Sth Korea, China & Japan to all put on their big-boy pants & settle these island disputes. But because all 3 governments want to pander to their respective right wing nut job nationalist groups of course none of them are willing to do so.

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Posted in: Ghosn held $260,000 Rio party billed to Renault-Nissan, documents show See in context are these documents being leaked? Only possible sources are the police of Nissan. They both must be getting pretty desperate to be doing this kind of thing.

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Posted in: Gov't to conduct body scanning experiment at subway station in Tokyo See in context

Not an expert of course, but to detect anything at that kind of range/speed, aren't these scanners going to have to use fairly high-energy x-rays? (internet tells me that the maximum range of airport body scanners is approx 1m)

For most people, flying is not an everyday thing so body scanners at airports are a non-issue, but if in the future we are going to be scanned at every ticket gate, that means multiple scans per day. Not all airport scanners use x-rays nowadays, but the ones which don't require you to hold up your arms and wait there for 5-10 seconds while they scan you.

Extremely skeptical of the usefulness of this. Probably more to "reassure" the public that measures are being taken but keeping them in the dark that it's all pretty much useless.

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Posted in: Japan reluctantly supports U.S. exit from arms pact with Russia See in context

Seeing as Japan likes to be a leading voice in discussions about controlling nuclear arms, shouldn't they really disagree with proliferation? A begrudging "oh, okay" is still a yes vote.

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Posted in: Japan seeking to penalize unauthorized manga downloads See in context

Shouldn't breach of copyright be a civil offence rather than a criminal one? I'm quite sure that if I took a claim of a similar offence to the police here they would tell me to get lost.

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Posted in: Hitachi debacle strengthens Franco-Chinese hand in UK nuclear industry See in context

The new nuclear projects in the UK are massive risks. They have been shown to be on par with the cost of building renewables but nuclear plants often (not always, but often enough) go over-budget & run late. Seeing as construction will take up to a decade vs a year or two for the likes of wind turbines, what is the UK potentially passing up in the way of renewables & energy storage, given that they could even wait another 5 years to start?

Base load power is good for grid stability, but the likes of a few new gas fired power plants, combined with renewables seems a safer (and cheaper) option.

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Posted in: 'Short skirts cause sexual assaults,' according to Japanese school uniform poster See in context

Some posters here are really pushing it with the "it's over-reacting". Even if a woman walks around in a bikini in fall (as one poster said), it is NOT an invitation to touch her or have sex with her.

In my opinion, de-sexualisation of pre-teens by the mass media and those "it's art!" manga authors would certainly help reduce gropers, but society as a whole needs to stand up. Victims need to be encouraged to speak up when it happens and bystanders need to actually help and not just gawk and watch. Without being confident in receiving help, victims are simply discouraged from reporting or even shouting to alert help when it happens.

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Posted in: JAL unveils tougher rules to control crew's alcohol consumption See in context

It seems that it's not the current level that is the problem, it's that crew are not following the rules and keeping to that level.

Rather than setting limits & just hoping crew follow them how about a bit of crew education to make sure they fully understand consequences & impairment of their performance under alcohol.

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Posted in: Tickets for all Japan games at Rugby World Cup sell out See in context

Sold out because almost none were available. It seems quite apparent that the only tickets people overseas were/will be able to get are in expensive tour packages. For the same reason, domestic sales seem also to have been severely limited in number.

Had a queue number of 8,000 today but after waiting 3 hours to get in all but the most unpopular matches were sold out. Really don't know why they used that silly queue system at all really, organizers are getting flamed on social media for it.

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Posted in: Car driven by 79-year-old man runs onto sidewalk near Tokyo's Shinjuku Station; 5 injured See in context

Crashed before he realized but he traveled quite far along that sidewalk by all accounts. Same as for sneezing while driving, why not try to slow down as soon as you feel it coming. And by slow down I don't mean jam on the brakes as this man seems to have tried (spectacularly unsuccessfully)...indicate & step off the accelerator until you know you're okay.

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Posted in: Rugby World Cup 2019 general ticket sales set to begin See in context

Tonight's round was another failure by the organizers. By allowing people who had already purchased tickets into the round they frustrated huge numbers of people who still didn't have any. When I logged in 20 mins before time I was already 75,000th in the queue. Other popular ticketing/shopping sites which sell out within minutes truly open it up rather than going through a bizarre queue system. I underestimated Japan's penchant for queuing (still number 10,000 and 40 mins before the site shuts down again).

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Posted in: Rugby World Cup organizers focus on filling stadiums See in context

I applied in 2 rounds (around 14 games total I think) and nothing. Zero. A friend applied for 7 games and got tickets to 1. This is all even with the Mastercard application which supposedly doubles your chances.

They have a "consolation" round but it allows anyone who missed even one ticket at just one game to enter, meaning that people who successfully got tickets can also still apply again.

If they still have so many tickets available & selling them is such a chore, why not set allow residents to actually buy them? I even applied for several games marked as "low interest" as a fall-back and STILL nothing.

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Posted in: Nissan unveils new Leaf car after Ghosn's arrest delays it See in context

Nissan Executive Vice President Daniele Schillaci said the new model was offering customers more power and range, noting that it was "now more convenient and appealing than ever."

...and yet Nissan the company certainly isn't.

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Posted in: Abe orders steps against S Korean seizure of Nippon Steel assets See in context

Japan complied with the ruling

Not really. They changed a few letters and numbers and carried out essentially the same program in the knowledge that Australia likely wouldn't bother to take them to court again (and made sure of that in their subsequent refusal to acknowledge the court's obvious jurisdiction over the matter).

It should be noted that no nation made any further attempts to intervene in Japan's Research Whaling subsequent to that statement.

No intervention was made because of Japan's refusal to return to the ICJ (because they lost) and because of their liberal use of military technology (outside of Japan's domestic waters I might note).

SK shouldn't let Japan near the ICJ because even if Japan lose they will simply ignore the ruling and decline any further cases referred there. In any case, this article is about compliance with Korean domestic laws and hence the ICJ is basically irrelevant. For some reason you brought it up. Companies operating overseas must comply with laws of the land, it's that simple. Try kissing in public in Dubai or talking to another man's wife in Saudi Arabia & see how you get on.

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Posted in: Renault alliance not in danger, says Nissan CEO See in context

"I'm not on fire", reports man on fire

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Posted in: Abe orders steps against S Korean seizure of Nippon Steel assets See in context

@Ossan: here is a report on Japan making sweeping unilateral exclusions to ICJ jurisdiction on matters it has previously lost in cases at the ICJ. The political equivalent of taking someone else's ball home with them when they run crying to Mommy. Why should/would Korean accept jurisdiction on the islands when this is what Japan themselves do when they lose?

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Posted in: Ghosn's lawyer says bail very difficult before trial See in context

So if he is proven innocent in the trial is he up for any compensation for being detained in solitary for (probably) up to 12 months? Seems insane this kind of thing can happen in a "modern" democracy.

Surely taking his passport(s) off him will ensure sufficient mitigation of any supposed flight risk. It's not like every single border control officer in Japan doesn't know exactly what he looks like.

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