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Posted in: Emperor to take prostate MRI test in November See in context

My initial reaction was "Jeez, give him some privacy", but then I remembered the throngs of men who will not actively go out to have medical exams and might just remember to do so when they see news like this.

Yeah it's not special news, but it is a good reminder to go get your health checked out. At least that's something you can still do in Japan - there are a lot of nations where the health systems are crumbling right now and it isn't possible to do regular checkups like this easily anymore. Looking at you Canada.

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Posted in: Japan WWII poison gas agents still scarring people today See in context

This is outrageous, the scope of the coverup is huge, why is this the first time we're hearing about it?

There needs to be more articles about this issue until the extent and danger is better known.

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Posted in: Abe damaged Japan's democracy, left legacy of power abuse, critics say See in context

This article nailed it.

Abe's anti democratic nonsense should never be forgotten. I remember the thousands and thousands of protestors demonstrating against his constitutional plans, and he had the nerve to tell the whole population that we're wrong for thinking what we do, that we require "more education".

He was not a good guy, the article captures it well.

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Posted in: Experts see Canada’s euthanasia laws as threat to disabled See in context

Canada is a disaster - perfect example of what not to do for any nations that want to prevent collapse. Healthcare, including mental health services, has fallen apart completely over the past decade in Canada, but the decline has really accelerated in the last five years.

One factor that has made assisted suicide attractive to some unfortunate people is the fact that cost of living has doubled, tripled or more depending on the area of Canada, but social support / disability support has not changed from early 2000's levels. For example, in Ontario, average rents for a one bedroom apartment are around $2,000, yet disability pays only around $1,100, and if a disability recipient takes any kind of employment, the earnings are subtracted from the disability payment.

I suspect that because of this, there are many disabled or mentally ill people like the man in the article electing to die rather than continue to live in misery.

Canada has really gone downhill, the decline over the past two decades is horrifying.

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Posted in: China wary Kishida may take hard stance following election win See in context

I thought this headline was pretty funny considering the first headline on the front page today was "Japan to drop setting ceiling on next year's defense spending: Nikkei"

Well, China wasn't wrong. Didn't take long for the harder stance to shape up.

I have no idea where all this is going to go. I feel like someone in 1930's might have felt.

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Posted in: Households becoming less tolerant of surging food prices: study See in context

Prepare for prices far worse than this. In Canada, I've watched milk double in price over the last 4 years, most of that happening in the last year. Basic fruits and vegetables are also nearly double, and where packed in containers, most groceries have been reduced in size or quantity in addition to increased prices.

I have no idea how people already at the edge of poverty are expected to survive in our societies anymore

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Posted in: Bodies of 2 pilots of crashed F-15 found in Sea of Japan See in context

No ejection from either pilot, takeoff after 5:30 PM (I.e. dark), unlikely they would have been doing any heavy maneuvering. My bet is a loss of situational awareness for whatever reason and CFIT - controlled flight into terrain (Or water in this case). Tragic, but a reminder to aviators to keep your IFR skills polished to the highest standard at all times.

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Posted in: U.S. opens probe into Tesla letting drivers play video games See in context

This issue with Teslas is a five-minute-fix for Tesla engineers who absolutely know how to stop it: Eye trackers built into the gauge cluster in front of the driver. If a game is open and the driver's eyes are focusing on the game display for X% of time while driving and there is no passenger, the software should disable gameplay.

Eye tracking is accurate enough to know exactly where someone's eyes are looking - there's enough accuracy to be able to determine if a driver is watching the navigation section or the game section.

Autonomous driving or not, drivers should be watching the roads since no level of automation currently available can prevent all accidents, where someone watching the road in addition to automation may be able to prevent some accidents the automation alone could not.

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Posted in: First convictions in Japan handed down to YouTube movie recap posters See in context

And stuff like this is why people set up corporations offshore.

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

If it's not illegal but the people and the government don't like what's going on, change the law so it can't be done anymore.

Simple.

Now ask yourself why no governments ever seem to close these kinds of tax loopholes and change the laws regarding tax avoidance.

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Posted in: All-new 2023 Nissan Z makes world debut See in context

Might have thought about buying one had Nissan kept its image cleaner. The best car I ever owned was an R32 GT-R.

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Posted in: IOC says negative public opinion no threat to Tokyo Olympics See in context

Meh - I'll vote with my wallet

I will not spend a single yen for products from a company sponsoring or affiliated with any Olympics from here on out. The Olympics are dead to me. Tokyo Olympics in the midst of an un-vaccinated pandemic are bad enough, holding them in China while the government commits genocide on its own population just adds another level of insanity to it all.

Nothing more than mafia thugs. Boycott the Olympics at all costs.

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Posted in: Fans to be barred from Tokyo Olympic torch relay start See in context

The perfect feather for Abe's cap.

Total, utter, FAILURE.

What a disaster.

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Posted in: Mori scolded by wife, daughter after saying women talk too much at meetings See in context

Why is an 83 year old in an important political office?

Force him to resign, this is beyond ridiculous

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Posted in: Olympic rings back in Tokyo Bay; a sign of hope in pandemic See in context

There is 0% chance of a COVID vaccine being available to 100% of the population by the time they want to open these Olympics, are they insane?

Stupid, stupid Japan

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Posted in: China vows retaliation if U.S. proceeds with Taiwan arms sale See in context

And the doomsday clock ticks ever forward..

Does nobody else remember that both the US and China are nuclear powers, and that a war between the two means the end of life on the planet as we know it?

Doesn't matter whose side you are on - EVERYBODY loses if those two go to war.

Not good.

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Posted in: Japan to release treated Fukushima water into sea, media report See in context

This seems stupid. But I'm no nuclear physicist.

1) Can the water be fractionally distilled to ensure that no radioactive particulate is still in the water?

2) Can the remaining radioactive concentrate be put into long term nuclear waste storage inside or outside Japan?

3) Can the water be repurposed for use in the nuclear industry inside or outside Japan if no other alternative is viable?

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Posted in: Japan-S Korea ties need mending, Suga tells Moon in phone talks See in context

Both nations were on a path to increased trade and friendly relations with each other before Abe became prime minister. Abe completely derailed the budding Korea-boom that was occurring all over Japan, and effectively squashed the increasing acceptance of Japan in Korea at the same time. Right up to the moment Abe came to power, both nations seemed to be much more willing to leave history to the history books and move forward with economic and cultural exchange. Young people from both countries were making trips to their neighbor at record levels, without any concern of things that happened 70 years ago.

Not that I think Suga is any better than Abe, but if his intentions on mending relations are real, I wish him the best.

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Posted in: British Airways to retire entire 747 fleet after pandemic travel slump See in context

4 Engined planes still have their place - BA may not fly them on passenger routes anymore, but Lufthansa has renewed their fleet with plenty of 747-8's, and 747-400's going out of passenger service will almost certainly find their way into cargo fleets around the world where they are perfectly capable of performing their role with distinction. Carrying high volumes, bulky cargo that can't fit on narrower airliners, tall cargo that only the cavernous nose section can accommodate, etc.

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Posted in: Europeans see no quick fix to U.S. ties See in context

Why on earth would anyone want to restore ties with China.

Trump is a horrible president, but if there is anything good coming out of his presidency it has been his insistence on cutting the cord with China. The government of China is horrific and western nations should be doing their utmost to sever all ties, not improve relations with such an insane regime.

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Posted in: With one year to go, experts warn of high-risk Tokyo Olympics See in context

These Olympic games are dead.

While the COVID situation is a tragedy, I find it hilarious that Abe and his crooked gang, as well as most other JP politicians, made these games such a pillar of their careers.

I also find it somewhat amusing that the JP public allowed crooks like Abe to modify national security, privacy, and international policy laws specifically for these Olympic games that will never end up happening. But the public will be stuck with those new laws allowing for increased invasion of privacy.

You reap what you sow.

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Posted in: Trump urged Abe to mediate U.S.-Iran standoff, knowing it would fail: Bolton See in context

To be fair to Trump, Japan has a much better relationship with Iran than the US or most other western nations do. Among US allies Abe probably had the greatest chance of making any progress in any kind of negotiation with Iran.

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Posted in: Abe finally takes a day off after 148-day work streak See in context

Nobody cares.

Nice precedent to set - didn't he have an initiative to stop this kind of work culture nationwide?

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Posted in: Nissan cuts more shifts at car plants in Japan due to low demand See in context

Nissan in Japan is doomed.

However they may be kept alive by their overseas sales since outside of Japan, very few people care about the Ghosn debacle.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 47 new daily coronavirus infections on Sunday See in context

18 cases from a single establishment.

Businesses open as usual.

Yeah, 47 cases out of 30+ million people seems about right.

Is anyone reading this article stupid enough to believe these figures?

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Posted in: New virus cases in Tokyo drop to 5; none reported in Osaka See in context

5/14 1,035 (people tested), 30 (positive)

5/13 887 (people tested), 30 (positive)

5/12 1,169 (people tested), 36 (positive)

5/11 1,165 (people tested), 49 (positive)

These numbers speak for themselves. An average of 2 to 4% of people being tested have symptoms. Very crude extrapolation - 372 new infections / day at 3%.

With so many people going untested, I do not see how the number of cases can actually be decreasing. The number of tests being performed is obviously being kept low to artificially lower the number of reported infections.

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Posted in: Mysterious blood clots are COVID-19's latest lethal surprise See in context

Well that's just fantastic news...

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Posted in: Low-tech Japan challenged in working from home amid pandemic See in context

How could Japan be expected to work from home? It has the lowest PC literacy rate of all developed nations. Even if the dogmatic culture of "Must be at work" was not an issue in Japan, only a small percentage of workers are tech-savvy enough to configure their laptops to connect to their company VPN, hold teleconferences etc.

This pandemic is a wakeup call for sure.

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Posted in: Apple rolls out cheaper iPhone See in context

Nah.

Agree with Ebisen, for the money my Galaxy S9+ provides a way better experience. I miss some things from the iPhone - Japanese language support is horrible compared to the iPhones..But the functionality of almost everything else is superior and at less than half the purchase price for a comparable iPhone model when it was new.

One thing Apple beats Samsung at is customer support - when something on an iPad or iPhone breaks due to manufacture defect or design flaw, Apple will usually own up to it with a bit of haggling. Samsung's customer support is beyond useless - to the point that I'll probably go back to iPhone for my next device.

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Posted in: IMF: Global economy will suffer worst year since Depression See in context

Failure to understand investment is the fastest way to stay poor.

Investment is what drives the entire world. Does not matter if it's stocks, real estate, or bubble gum. Someone's got to put capital into something to make a product available to the public on a large scale - the stock market is the fastest and one of the most reliable ways to do that. When you have a good company with good products and good management, the company's worth goes up - regardless of what its stock price is doing - there's no tether holding the two together.

Companies that were profitable, had good products and good management will not suddenly cease to have those qualities because of COVID. The best of the bunch will have ample cash on hand or credit to weather this storm. When the economy begins to pick up again, so will their stock prices. Buy while Joe Shlob is panic-selling because someone on TV told him to. Just make sure you're buying the right things. Warren Buffet's advice is golden, but his approach is extremely long term. Peter Lynch has very similar advice applicable to shorter timescales - 3-10 years more often than not.

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