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Posted in: JR East conducts mock attack following violent incidents on trains See in context

Did they roll out the Spider-Man/web gun for good measure?

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Posted in: U.S. court orders Google to disclose manga piracy site operator See in context

On the one hand piracy is theft and absolutely shouldn’t be allowed. On the other though, like it or not, piracy has forced innovation and competitiveness in the entertainment space. Consumers have been shown to embrace legal options that give them the same content on reasonable and convenient terms. I wonder if without piracy whether we would have the current streaming options so soon - or would we have has a much longer transition from buying/renting CD/DVDs.

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Posted in: Wages in Japan, alone among OECD countries, have been stagnant over 30 years See in context

Japan has had very stable prices over the same period though so the domestic purchasing power is largely the same.

Real estate has been a rocky ride, but values today are around the same level of the late seventies to early eighties (depending on the measure). No other OECD country is comparable.

The discrepancy is arguably with an artificially weak yen. It “should” be less than 80 to the dollar.

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Posted in: Ronaldo: Help or hindrance for Man Utd? See in context

Ronaldo is an incredible talent and role model. Certainly one of the greatest players ever.

He is an asset to any team and hard to think of a team globally where he wouldn’t be in the starting 11.

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Posted in: Tokyo governor hospitalized for fatigue; 2nd time this year See in context

While I agree she is unfit to serve if this is the case, it is likely part of a broader political play. Her last hospitalization also coincided, conveniently, with an election.

It allows her to avoid speaking out about the LDP and election result. It simplifies her way to returning to the LDP at some point. She is very aware that is her best/only path to becoming PM down the line.

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Posted in: 5 Russian navy ships enter Sea of Japan after circling around Japan See in context

20 years ago the Chinese barely had a navy - no wonder they want to test out their ships. The Russians just love to stir the pot - they thrive on the instability. In fact it is their main way to compensate for their poor military options (thugs and spooks at one end, big bombs at the other… and not a tremendous amount of capability in between).

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 17 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 153 See in context

I look at the deaths and hospitalization rates - it is quite interesting that the numbers are actually slightly up compared to this time last year. The number of infections is comparable too.

Last year some people were freaking out over 300-400 infections per day, this year it is being considered unbelievably low.

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Posted in: Trans Netflix staff plan walkout over Chappelle special See in context

I am sure that if anyone watched enough Netflix content their would be something that they didn’t agree with.. probably many things.

If people are so thin skinned, they shouldn’t be working for a large content provider in the first place. Good riddance… and isn’t it ironic that all the transgender employees (not sure how many we are talking about) get grouped into one - it is very possible that some are not offended at all, nor should they feel the need to be.

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Posted in: New Zealand businessman jailed in Sydney for child abuse images See in context

@Japan Violet

I heard this kind of thing is a big problem in New Zealand. So this is proof of that.

What complete and utter nonsense - this man’s disgusting acts are not proof of anything with regards to NZ in general.

Where exactly did you hear “that this kind of thin is a big problem in New Zealand”?

What I am pleased to see is that the authorities in Australia took it very seriously and prosecuted him. I am also glad the institutions he sponsored in NZ took it very seriously and dumped any association to him.

There are many other countries where a man as rich as he is could make it all go away rather too easily.

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Posted in: 6 injured after wooden maze floor collapses at Hyogo amusement park See in context

There was a horrendous fire in one of these a few years back (at least one child died) - they are death traps and should be taken down.

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Posted in: California makes it illegal to remove condom without consent See in context

Women shouldn’t have to ask men to wear a condom - it should be the default until agreed on.

@bass4funk is right - What is GROSS is to essentially brag on a website that you don’t use condoms because no one asked - if you’re too pigheaded to think about the other person, at least protect yourself! Women shouldn’t have to ask men to wear a condom - it should be the default until agreed on.

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Posted in: More than 1,000 Japanese firms, people named in 'Pandora Papers' See in context

The one thing we learnt from the Panama Papers in 2016 is that the public can be as outraged as they like, but the penalties for any misconduct, if any, will be light and the tax loopholes will remain open (or avail in a marginally different form).

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Posted in: Man arrested over fatal abuse of wife See in context

That poor poor woman, what an awful way to be killed. Lock this POS up and throw away the key.

I hope the police and prosecutors do their job and he is convicted on evidence. It is worrying that they don’t charge him with murder for more than a month. I am guessing but the reason seems to be because they don’t have a confession as he has been silent.

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Posted in: Princess Mako diagnosed with PTSD; to marry Kei Komuro on Oct 26 See in context

Feel a bit sorry for them - neither of them seems to have sought the limelight and yet are put under the microscope.

Of course though I would love for them to give a final press conference and just give a big f-you to all the people privately and publicly who have put them under pressure.

Wish them all the best!

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Posted in: Activists, WHO in the frame as Nobel Peace Prize guessing starts See in context


Good call - Dr Nakamura was an inspiration and as an individual did so much to make people’s lives safer and more peaceful.

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Posted in: Japan's state of emergency lifted as COVID infections decline See in context

Long overdue - the measures under the SOE were never based on any serious numbers or science and boiled down to fun shaming and self-flagellation.

The hypocrisy and double standards show that the government was not fit for the task.

The one silver lining, and not to be understated, is the vaccine roll out which, once it finally started, has been well understood and executed very well.

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Posted in: Activists, WHO in the frame as Nobel Peace Prize guessing starts See in context

I think it should go to an individual.

If it is for geo-political peace, it should go to MBZ of the UAE for signing the Israel-UAE normalization agreement.

If they really want a social cause, like racial equality, then I would much rather see it go to someone genuine like Colin Kaepernick than the faceless, and not peaceful, BLM movement.

WHO would be a complete farce!

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Posted in: 16 Afghan evacuees including aid agency workers arrive in Japan See in context


Exactly, curious as to what the plan is here. Settle in Japan long term? Where?

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Posted in: Japan to see price hikes in food, tobacco products from October See in context

Not good news, but overall Japan has had exceptionally stable prices over the past 20+ years.

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Posted in: China clamps down on pop culture in bid to 'control' youth See in context

This has never worked as a political strategy - just causes misery and eventually fails.

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Posted in: Living with COVID; Singapore strategy raises concerns, hope See in context

@Igvar - you are fundamentally misunderstanding how statistics work.

As the percentage of vaccinated people goes up, the percentage of vaccinated people dying goes up too. What decreases, and dramatically, is the total number of deaths and ICU admissions. The numbers for Singapore are indeed very flattering.

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Posted in: Living with COVID; Singapore strategy raises concerns, hope See in context

What is the % since the vaccines started being administered? 35% of deaths in fully vaccinated people since the January or February last year doesn't paint a flattering picture for the vaccines Singapore is using

@Ingvar - I think you are misunderstanding the numbers. The truth is, the higher the rate of vaccination, the higher the percentage of deaths among vaccinated people. Also though the lower total deaths and ICU admissions.

Let’s say a year ago, no vaccinations and there were 100 deaths - so 100% of deaths are unvaccinated, 0% vaccinated.

When half the population is vaccinated say it drops to 60 deaths and 15, are from vaccinated people. So 25% of deaths are from vaccinated people and 75% unvaccinated.

Now, if the vaccination rate was 100% and there were, say, 10 deaths, yes 100% of the deaths are from vaccinated people but obviously overall the situation is much much better.

The 35% does not mean that the vaccine isn’t very effective. It is. The low total number of deaths does paint a very flattering picture of the efficacy of the vaccine and Singapore’s roll out.

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