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Posted in: Okinawan man, 2 others arrested for sending marijuana to rival music composer See in context

I’m confused. Where did the marijuana they sent come from if customs intercepted the package at Haneda?

i mean, it’s literally impossible that there is any MJ in Japan! It can only come from outside.

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Posted in: Japan accepts record-high 303 refugees in 2023 See in context

It’s just embarrassing, really.

i wonder are they counting the ones that died in detention or are those freebies?

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Posted in: Japan considering legally binding regulations for AI developers See in context

Japan is already sidelined in the AI revolution after showing such early promise. The inability to pivot quickly and innovate has sunk them. So these rules will ensure that any other AI development is not done here because who can be bothered to see if they follow the rules?

My concern is that these rules will extend not only to the developers of AI models but also to people implementing solutions with them!

Sadly, coming on the heels of Amazon announcing more AWS platform infrastructure development would take place in Japan this might squash those jobs for less complicated jurisdictions.

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Posted in: BYD to launch new EV in Japan yearly through 2026 to gain foothold See in context

Thank goodness. We have a charging station but finding a car in Japan is no small task. Maybe this will light a fire under Japanese makers.

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Posted in: Mac computers could ride AI wave or be left behind See in context

Working in the creative/design space for 25+ years (and an Apple stock owner for as long!), that whole industry is run on Macs. The issue now is Apple's decision to focus on CPU and not GPU. Once (if?) that changes then we can get amazing AI results. I am confident that Apple will not miss this trick.

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Posted in: Idol singer from Keyakizaka46 says she’s now working as a Tokyo bar hostess See in context

I really have wanted to try doing this kind of work for a long time but thought I wouldn’t be able to, so I never really actively tried to

Life-long dream attained!

Aim for the stars, kid. Oh...you already were a star.

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Posted in: Police find 200 items of women’s underwear at suspected thief's home See in context

Is it only in Japan that this happens? Or is it that we only hear about it happening in Japan? It seems utterly bizarre and even more strange, not that uncommon here!

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Posted in: Has blockchain found a use beyond crypto trading? See in context

Has blockchain found a use beyond crypto trading?

This is a very long article that could be replaced with the word 'no'.

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Posted in: Woman indicted on cocaine smuggling charge See in context

This article implies that had they simply been better at hiding they never would have been caught. Are Japan's border detection methods really so horrible?

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Posted in: Maezawa to sell Basquiat estimated at $70 million See in context

But art "should be shared so that it can be a part of everyone's lives," he added.

Now that I've made my $13m.

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Posted in: Japan to expand COVID quasi-emergency to 29 of 47 prefectures See in context

It's interesting that you would create an article like this but not list the 29!

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Posted in: Woman with signal blocked-TV loses appeal contesting her obligation to pay NHK fees See in context

I think it is Americans who mostly get upset about the NHK fee. In Europe and UK this is normal for us! I just paid it when they showed up. I can't be bothered to hide from the NHK man and deal with all the stress every time the doorbell goes.

They do provide the news in English and Sumo in English and some other shows too. So for me I'm ok with it.

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Posted in: Osaka Metro unveils new 'spaceship' design trains See in context

Have they ever actually seen a spaceship? It looks like...a subway train with the corners flattened.

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Posted in: Japan bars new foreign arrivals for 1 month over Omicron fears See in context

I had a trip home planned for the first time in over 2 years. Now I am scared that if I leave I won't be able to get back in even though I have PR status.

Yes, I am in the same situation. It's such a stressful situation. Just when we thought there was some light at the end of the tunnel.

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Posted in: World on alert as more countries report cases of COVID-19 variant See in context

If this variant was found in Europe and not Africa I wonder if the response would have been different.

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Posted in: Mishima unveils world’s 1st made-to-order carbon fiber lounge chair See in context

Mishima is somehow a Japanese company despite making Scandanavian-styled furniture in Silicon Valley with a Vietnamese CEO!

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Posted in: World leaders vow to protect forests, plug methane leaks at COP26 See in context


Why people are downvoting these types of answers with sources is beyond me!

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Posted in: Suga to resign; says he couldn't run for reelection and handle virus response See in context

What?! But things are going so well! #Baffled

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Posted in: Sapporo man arrested for kidnapping 14-year-old girl he met on social media See in context

There's an awful lot of questions raised by this story!

How did they get to Sapporo? To drive would take more than a day!

Also very strange that they found them at the airport, but I thought the man had the girl at his residence?

Oh for follow up reporting in Japan (which never happens).

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Posted in: Going electric: Carmakers make the switch See in context

Japanese automakers seem very reluctant to go all electric. We have a solar powered house and an 'eCar' would be essentially free to run for us, but finding one in Japan is no easy challenge (the Nissan Leaf excepted).

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Posted in: Art event featuring 'comfort women' statue postponed due to protests See in context

I tried to see this in Nagoya 2 years ago but didn't get there in time!

Are there 3 comfort woman statues? I know there is one in Berlin and one in Korea...is this one different or the same?

I think there should be a campaign to mass produce these and drop them at various parts all over the world!

But. disappointing that this article makes no mention of the artist's name! The creator of this statue is completely forgotten...

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Posted in: Why are Olympics going on despite public opposition, medical warnings? See in context

Perhaps in another country the ruling party would be fearful of political fallout from this and of losing their place of power. There is an election coming up this year after all. But, we can simply expect to see some deep bowing, an apology for the dead, and then everyone will be voted back in.

The Japanese people are just as much to blame here, because they have given their politicians carte blanche to do what they want.

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Posted in: Japan to study cases of people infected after coronavirus vaccination See in context

by adding checkboxes to a document that doctors are required to submit 

More faxes!

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Posted in: Caught off-guard by scant testing, Japan battered by COVID winter See in context

I used to post a weekly virus status video online where I commented continuously on the lack of testing. I was repeatedly attacked, bullied, harangued, whatever you want to call it, by Japan Inc supporters as me over-reacting. This was from March to June last year, and then I just gave up. It wasn't worth the hassle.

To say caught off guard is ridiculous.

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Posted in: Police still hoping killer's DNA will break 20-year-old Setagaya multiple murder case See in context

he choose a slender knife, used for slicing sashimi, called a Yanagiba hocho. Its blade is unsuitable for stabbing humans.

Seems to have done the trick though. What a bizarre thing to say!

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Posted in: Japan to use cyberattack countermeasures to protect Tokyo Olympics See in context

Japanese cyberattack countermeasures = fax machines

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Posted in: Coronavirus and natural disasters turning home ownership from dream to nightmare See in context

If the trains ran better between Yamanashi and western Tokyo, problem solved.

But the trains have never done that, and as we all know, the most important thing in Japan is to do things as they have always been done!

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Posted in: Coronavirus and natural disasters turning home ownership from dream to nightmare See in context

Surely the title should be 'Turns owning an overpriced Tokyo Mansion into nightmare'.

All we are seeing is the inevitable from the Japanese lack of demand of quality housing. Living in a dog-kennel was always going to become a problem. I'm so tired of hearing 'but Japan is a small island, that is why the places are small'. The places are small because developers build them and people buy them.

I am building a new house (not in Tokyo) and it is literally a daily battle with my wife and the builder who want to make the house smaller and smaller. It is utterly bizarre.

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Posted in: Tokyo Stock Exchange officials promise to get trading back to normal by Friday See in context

There is definitely something fishy here. I find it almost impossible to believe that their system is as fragile as they are claiming.

To me there is a clear pattern on hacking happening in Japan's (seemingly insecure) financial systems. First the DoCoMo app was hacked, then the trading accounts were hacked, and now the exchange. All in the space of 8 weeks.

I look forward to the hard-nosed investigative journalists of Japan getting to the bottom of this.

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Posted in: Yahoo! Japan bans ads that 'create inferiority complexes' about weight, physical characteristics See in context

Will they ban ads that mock foreigners too?

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