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Posted in: Death penalty sought again in retrial of 88-year-old man acquitted of 1966 murders See in context

Investigators just don't want to lose face. After all, to interrogate someone for 16 hours straight and for almost a month straight without a lawyer, to keep them handcuffed and in the fetal position for at least a month, the person in question will admit to everything and sign. The investigators ignored the leads and instead straw manned the case. By releasing him after almost 50 years it just showed that while they desperately needed a guilty party so they created one, it wasn't entirely by the book. So now they're going to play oblivion, non-existent witnesses, force the accused to prove something didn't happen and just come to a "hey, the court convicted him, so we were right then" result.

The presumption of innocence does not apply here to this day. The forced confession, aka conviction rate, is above everything here. The prosecutor here stands above the police and the court. The court will decide according to what the investigator has already decided. And the police are just bullies during the interrogation. Not to mention, the prosecution disputed the validity of the DNA tests.

This is not to say whether or not he did the act in question.

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Posted in: Japan cram school creates AI detection system for university applications See in context

So the school will create an "AI" system to determine if AI was used in the university application process. Absolutely bulletproof.

The next day, there will be a report that some company created an AI system to bypass the AI system that was detecting whether AI was used in the university application process and is selling it as a service. So someone will create a system that detects the use of a system that circumvented the system that detected whether AI was used when applying to university.

I think this does not solve the problem.

"We have to continue evaluating candidates through a multitude of ways, including interviews, and not just through documents," said Dai Nishigori, chief of the admissions center at Saga University.

Bingo. No need to reinvent the wheel. But here, documents and paperwork are king, and it is more important what they look like than what they actually contain or what the person knows/can do.

The problem is with the current process and execution. There is a difference between prohibiting something and not giving it any room or chance at all.

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Posted in: Japan cannot make CO2 disappear just by exporting it. Plans for overseas storage must involve taking permanent responsibility. See in context

This is a false assumption that CO2 is the villain people like Adhiguna make it out to be. I wonder how much this person receives in taxpayer-funded subsidies to exaggerate the issue.

This is a false statement based on a misunderstanding of the statement and also a situation where Adhiguna is merely stating a fact. "Japan firms' plans for CO2 export, storage in Southeast Asia on rise", found e.g. on Kyodo News.

Regardless of whether Carbon Dioxide is bad or not, the fact is that the government here is pushing for "Carbon Neutral" and trying to achieve it by any means necessary. Including actually exporting Carbon Dioxide or just buying/selling caps (I would mention the Kyoto Protocol here and how easily that can be bent).

The premise is that if anything is made or produced, if we sweep it under the carpet by taking it to another country, we don't get rid of the cause.

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Posted in: New Tokyo restaurant charges higher prices to foreign tourists than Japanese locals See in context

I would be quite interested to know how they intend to apply this in practice. Check 在留カード, or passports? What about for citizens who have perhaps acquired citizenship through naturalisation, or for a person of another ethnicity born here?

While they have no authority to check any kind of document, I'd quite like to see the situation where they actually check every visitor's documents. And the time i'd take. And the effort to check validity of every document.

Some people like this double approach, but now, imagine if a restaurant in Tokyo, for example, had "tourists or other foreigners eat for free, Japanese citizens and residents pay full price" on the menu. I can imagine the uproar already.

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Posted in: Noto Peninsula quake volunteer arrested for allegedly molesting woman on bus See in context

Why does the title say "allegedly molesting" when the perpetrator has admitted to the actions and even gave his reason? ("I had a sexual urge to do it.") SMH

Newspapers are not the judge. And even if anyone confessed to murder, even if they made it up, it cannot be taken at face value in a rational society. Until the conviction, the term is "allegedly molesting". That term in no way eliminates or confirms the act performed. Furthermore, I found no mention of him admitting to it, only a mention of "Police said Hisada............. has admitted to the charge".

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Posted in: Do you think it will be possible for governments to effectively regulate the emerging technological risks from artificial intelligence (AI)? See in context

Highly unlikely. If regulation occurs, then the provider of the service may shift to another location. And block AI at the level of, say, a state firewall like in China? Then perhaps. But there are still services like Ollama that go self hosted. And although they are not as perfect as full scale services, their development will go forward. Just because we can't imagine something today doesn't mean it won't exist in the next time.

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Posted in: Japan defense minister meets Okinawa governor over U.S. base transfer See in context

to seek his understanding

In other words, a trip to Okinawa out of taxpayers' pockets. Okinawa and its governor can do nothing anyway if the central government decides to take a certain action. At most they can protest, the central government will " acknowledge" them, but it still won't make a difference. Like so many times in the past. Moreover, Okinawa has no options or leverage at all. There's no debating it. It's just about simply stating the "Tokyo" stance.

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Posted in: What can Japan do to prevent child abuse? See in context

Possession of marijuana? You'll go to jail for 7-10 years for injecting marijuana!

Child molestation? Whoa, we can't be that strict, he is just hentai. After all, he's not injecting marijuana!

Revision of the sentences. And establishing a sex offender registry. The arguments about privacy concerns are ridiculous - the government already has the basic data (MyNumber). And if they're implying that they're unable to protect the data they already have... Well, then it's a whole different story.

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Posted in: Former Chiba police inspector pleads guilty to 2 rape charges See in context

Let me guess which excuse he used or will use - "I was drunk and don't remember anything" or "I didn't know it was illegal" or "I'm sorry the public found out about it"?

The police officers here are either completely useless or, on the contrary, they enjoy their powers knowing that the people here will not stand up to them and do what they say.

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Posted in: Majority of Japan universities bolster anti-cult measures: survey See in context

It has the hallmarks of a cult and it is a cult. Even the government here says it is a cult, yet many high ranking officials are members or their family members, the cult still gets tax breaks and subsidies from many politicians. Meanwhile, the university is issuing this warning on its own.

And no one questions this.

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Posted in: Fishermen concerned over IAEA saying Fukushima water release is safe See in context

Excuse me, but did anyone in their right mind really expect anything else? Even when it was announced that the IAEA was going to look into it, there were voices saying that if the IAEA didn't recommend it, our all-knowing government would say that they were taking it into consideration, but that we were unique and so the final decision was ours. And then there were voices saying that if the IAEA doesn't reject it, the water will be released again and if there are problems our omniscient government will say "it's their fault, they approved it".

If you'll forgive the sarcasm, given the way TEPCO has behaved over the last 10 years and their unique way of handling information and informing the public, you couldn't expect anything different again. That the water would be released one way or another was simply a given and a foregone conclusion. It was just necessary to let it "settle" a bit.

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Posted in: Police to test lone attacker spotting scheme after Abe shooting See in context

So they can pretend to do some useful work otherwise? After a high-ranking politician was shot and then for a few seconds afterwards the surrounding police and security just looked like school kids on a field trip instead of reacting in any way? The police here are generally absolutely useless. The only thing they're good at is harassing cyclists and asking for stuff, always surprised, but if, say, some drunken office worker is outside kicking my car mirrors, calling and convincing the cops to come is a superhuman feat. It's almost reminiscent of a situation where a thief is expected to wear a black blindfold, a striped shirt, and a dollar sign bag on his back.

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Posted in: Tug-of-war unfolding over Unit 731-related exhibit at Nagano museum See in context

Germany learned their lesson and dealt with the war on their own. The Italians did the same. They are taught about their history in schools and officials do not deny their country's history, shameful though it certainly is. But they are not responsible for it, only their parents or grandparents.

Here? In the last 20 years, history, and specifically the war period, has been completely reversed here. Certain facts have become the subject of speculation. The Treaty of San Francisco? Disputed.

We did nothing during the war, nothing is true, the body count doesn't add up either, and it's all propaganda by one or the other. And our leaders are not the least bit ashamed. Japan is a country of revisionism. The funniest thing is when a textbook is published in 1998, it mentions Unit 731 and a decade later Unit 731 is no longer mentioned and if it wasn't true. A wonderful example of shooting yourself in the foot. And it won't even be true 10 years from now.

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Posted in: Kishida attack suspect served fresh arrest warrant over explosives See in context

Why can't they just gather evidence and start a trial already?!

Why are they abuse the re-detention laws routinely?

This is called "人質司法" here. Just wait for him to confess. Job done.

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Posted in: Kishida tells South Koreans his 'heart hurts' over pain caused by occupation See in context

Now let's just wait and see how long it actually takes for some politician to come on the scene with a snidely pathetic, far right speech claiming what things didn't happen during the war, who did what to whom, throw in some Yasukuni, then some redneck like Kawamura claiming it's actually SK's own fault. And before "one step forward" turns out to be more like three steps back, as it has been for at least the last three decades, when relations on a political level between SK and us seemed to be returning to normal. In return, an imbecile similar to the one here appears in turn in there, declares what JP did to SK and things start, again, from the beginning.

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Posted in: N Korea fires suspected long-range missile designed to hit mainland U.S. See in context

Hamada, the Japanese defense minister, called the launch "a reckless act that threatens Japan as well as the region and the international community."

As always. Like every time for the last two decades. An expression of concern. Looking into things. More excel spreadsheets and meetings. And that is pretty much it.

You know what I wonder? Our government is all macho talk, but I'm not sure if it came down to actual situation, if it would even be capable of doing anything concrete.

The two highest officials of our neighbours are complete nutters. Well, the Chinese president probably does too, but at least he has some sort of rational view.

And all we do is just express strong dissatisfaction and condemn.

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Posted in: N Korea fires ballistic missile over Japan; some trains suspended See in context

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida told reporters the latest firing "is a reckless act and I strongly condemn it." and that the government would continue to gather and analyse information

In other words - same as last time and before and before. They're always just gathering information and analyzing. You'd almost think they've gathered more than enough information over the decade and could at least pretend some activity. So far they have always just condemned it and got nothing out of it.

Currently, any clown would do the same job as up until now.

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Posted in: Kremlin says referendum result paves way to annex part of Ukraine See in context

Did anyone expect anything else?

Something like the lies that Russia wasn't going to invade Ukraine, days before they invaded.

Russian propaganda just copy+pastes the same narrative about how the people there have been waiting 8 years for this day. Same narrative, mostly the same russisms and the phrase "it's everywhere on the internet, just search".

Russia has not changed its rhetoric to this day. They've been using it since the Soviet Union invaded Hungary, since Czechoslovakia, Afghanistan. It's always the same. The response to this is then whataboutism "but zem Americans also do that". True - sometimes they change the narrative between "we were invited" and "we have to protect certain group".

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Posted in: Abe's militaristic funeral captures Japan's tense mood See in context

“Former Prime Minister Abe was such a great prominent figure. He brought Japan back to international importance after World War II,” said one of the mourners, Masae Kurokawa, 64.

What? What year is Masae Kurokawa living in? Many people here have gotten into the habit of praising Abe, but only because they don't have an outside view. And also because he was really just a shouting, populist-radical politician.

Abe has done nothing good for this country. His financial reforms have been one big failure. Perhaps the only things he is really known for in the world were his constant excesses, the scandals regarding his wife's strange financing, his connections to the mafia (sorry, "perfectly legitimate businesses"), and his comments/actions regarding the past.

And most importantly, he never took responsibility for anything. For any of his actions. Most of the failures ended up being some reform of the previous failure and so ended up in some fiasco again.

And the main thing not to forget is Nippon Kaigi.

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Posted in: Abe's controversial state funeral may backfire on Kishida See in context

"May backfire" and "may be forced to dissolve the lower house sometime after his support rate falls below the 30 percent level". That's just mere smokescreen. Everyone who lives here, indeed every citizen, knows that the LDP "wins" elections here. Because those who go to the polls simply vote for someone from the LDP because other members of their family do, or always have.

There is an opposition here. A de-facto "fairly strong" one. The only problem, though, is that they have virtually no access to power. Because people will continue to vote LDP.

However, despite my whining about the above, one thing is quite striking to me.

Huge sums of money are being spent on the protection of political officials. Including protecting Abe. There were police officers everywhere, but they did absolutely nothing at the time. At the first shot they just looked like school kids on a field trip instead of protecting the protected person. Our tax money to protect Abe went out the window. And now they're going to hold a state funeral for an absolutely astronomical sum.

A state funeral for a person who is no longer PM, or an Emperor. A person who was not the de-facto head of state at the time.

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Posted in: Chinese-fired ballistic missiles fall into Japan's EEZ: gov't See in context

Oh, watch out, such strong words!!

We demand that China stop. Another group of officials will be assembled within a cabinet. And they'll be wondering how this could have happened. There will be a long debate. Then we will say something and yet actually nothing, "This is a grave issue that concerns our country's national security and the safety of the people". As always. Looking into things, press conference, bowing low level official, new childish mascots "do your best in order not to start war".

As always.

China's reaction was however predictable. Although their mental gymnastics are absolutely sensational.

Taiwan is supposedly part of China, as Beijing claims. So the US representative will visit Taiwan, which China considers part of it, and therefore de-facto according to China, the US representative will visit China. And China then, in response, actually points out that the US representative visited part of China, but that it is not actually part of China.

And Beijing is actually showing that it has no control over Taiwan, which it considers part of itself. In other words, that Beijing-China has no control over its territory, over itself.

You can't make that up.

China may be in the 21st century, but mentally-politically they are still somewhere in the late 17th century. They are unable to keep up within this context and communicate other than by flashing their muscles. It is just that from a position of strength, they are instead showing that the (muscular) king is actually naked.

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Posted in: Do you consider the A-bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to be war crimes? See in context

The isolated killing or planned killing of civilians, or actions where the killing of civilians is a foregone conclusion, is simply a war crime. And I frankly don't care if it's called Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Nanking, Bucha, German concentration camps, carpet bombing of German cities, burning of villages by German troops in USSR, the rape of civilians and their subsequent murder by the advancing Red Army during the liberation of Europe, Srebrenica or any other. And it doesn't matter what side did it, for what purpose or under what beliefs. And it also doesn't matter whether one contradicts it within the individual or whether it is ignored at the level of the state or government by revisionism.

They are non-combatants. They, unlike soldiers, generally don't want war, nor do they have the ability to defend themselves to the extent that armed forces do.

Trying to justify it by saying it "shortened the war" is an after-the-fact justification for an act that has already taken place. But it cannot be justified in the future, by consciously or unconsciously planning acts NOW that will lead to civilian deaths later.

That someone tries to justify it with some pseudo-argument aka whataboutism is one thing.

Your personal opinion on this is completely irrelevant. Your personal opinion and trying to justify it with an argument is also irrelevant. Your attempt to justify this with a particular mindset or racism (or other -ism) is also irrelevant.

But it doesn't change the actual thing, the act and the end result. Killing or murdering civilians, during a war and by armed forces IS a war crime.

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Posted in: Japan logs ¥2.38 tril goods trade deficit in May; 2nd largest ever See in context

And does that surprise anyone at all? Take a look at the calendar and what's been going on for the last two and a half years.

But there will be only one of two options here - either blame will be placed on we all know who or our government officials will wonder and scratch their heads wondering how this could have happened in the first place and they will endlessly look into it and have meetings, it until everyone forgets what it was all about.

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Posted in: Protests resume as Russia seeks to quash invasion critics See in context

According to verbal and non-verbal speeches, Putin has long had no contact with reality. Above all, for the last two years he has been living in his own bubble, in his own quarantine. He is working on pseudo-studies about how the various countries of the former Soviet Union never actually existed and were only given sovereignty by someone and did not exist before. Into this he has implanted the "geroi" vision that in fact the Red Army liberated all of Europe and the Allies only a tiny bit. That everything is controlled by Nazis, fascists. Whether he really believes this or is just delusional is another matter. His neighborhood gets money and pays the old - Whose Bread I Eat, His Song I Sing

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Posted in: What do you think is Russian President Vladimir Putin's endgame following the Russian attack on Ukraine? See in context

Russia has not yet come to terms with the developments of the last few decades. All European and, by extension, world countries have come to terms and come to terms with historical developments. Either in their own way with a unique narrative (often revisionism) or they simply drew the line. Russia, however, has not. Their vodka, frustration and violence-fueled rhetoric hasn't changed since the Soviet Union. They blame the West for everything, there are fascists and Nazis everywhere, anyone who can't see that is a fascist or Nazi themselves. Today they use exactly the same arguments as they did when they invaded Hungary in 1956 or Czechoslovakia in 1968. They only change the names or the political direction, but the content is the same. 'We must protect the people who are under pressure from the US'. The Russians are still living with violence, WW2 and being on the winning side.

Whataboutism and trying to blame others is always recurring.

Many people have forgotten the events of recent years. The events of what two "tourists" did in the UK with the poisoning of a former agent, twice. Then the failed attempt in Bulgaria. The successful attempt and explosion of a warehouse in the Czech Republic.

The Russians are aware that the West does not want to be in conflict with them so they are trying more and more. It's like the bigger one in school taking the hand of the smaller one and slapping him with it and laughing "why are you slapping yourself?".

The scenario is the same - with heavy military losses of their own, get "democratically elected" and install a puppet of Moscow. We have seen this many times over the last three decades. It was most visible in Chechnya (take a look at who the father of the current dictator was), since then they are trying to cover it up more.

Of course, the argument to anyone who points this out is classically Kosovo or Yugoslavia. However, they don't mention who was behind it all. Or the pseudo-argument on virtually everything about US bases being placed near Russia and that Russia is just defending itself. That may actually be what uneducated or propaganda and vodka-addled citizens believe.

It is important to remember that Russia is not a partner. A partner does not behave like that. Russia is not a partner, Russia is not behaving like a friend. And we need to start behaving accordingly. Threats that Russia will turn off the gas or oil taps and everyone will be cold - that is simply not what a partner or a friend does.

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Posted in: Kishida to join virtual G7 summit over Ukraine crisis See in context

And what will this clown change? Nothing at all. He issues a statement, expresses outrage, maybe our typical "you know, it's complicated and..." and that'll be it. Because for us, Ukraine is far away. And so is Russia, even though we have it a few kilometers from Hokkaido.

We're not going to do anything. Our government will do nothing. No more than some token, embarrassing gesture.

And the way it is being reported here in the media, I don't believe in a symbolic gesture either.

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Posted in: How the media failed Japan’s most vulnerable immigrants See in context

“The media approaches the immigration debate as an ideological matter, rather than a test of the integrity of Japan’s institutions,” 

Not just the media. Virtually the entire government, except for a few rational-minded individuals.

To this day, Wishma Rathnayake is still referred to as someone who broke the law and was therefore punished. And this is the consensus. Few are even bothering to point out that she may have broken the law, but she was no murderer, thief, etc. She merely stayed longer, without a visa. Which I don't dispute. However, what followed was completely out of line, misguided. Instead of, for example, immediate deportation, she was held for an absurdly long time before she died. So taxpayer money was wasted in addition, instead of our government simply getting rid of the "criminal" by deporting him.

The media here rarely reports on these cases openly, usually it is only according to one narrative - foreigner-broken the law-BROKE THE LAW!!!-Yakuza also breaks the law-for example drugs and murder are breaking the law.... and the conversation turns to a completely different plane, from the original topic.

Practically, there is an equivalence in the media between someone who, for example, overstays a visa and someone who murders someone. Because the result is the same - breaking the law.

It gets mentioned a few times on TV and then the interest wanes.

The public in those "few months" has forgotten what happened in the Wishma Rathnayake case. They forget that someone who was guilty of overstaying his visa died due to negligence.

Our government then issues some statement, or accuses some low-ranking official, issues some directive, floods the public with paperwork, and that's it.

 “That’s not helpful to people in government who are trying to fix the system, because it doesn’t change anybody’s mind. It only inflames existing disagreements.”

I've learned over the decades here that a statement like that just means "it is uncomfortable, don't talk about it. If you talk about it, it's your fault if people start arguing. You want people to argue?".

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Posted in: War fears grow as Putin orders troops to eastern Ukraine See in context

It fascinates me how a few individuals here just copy+paste articles from RT or Sputnik. They don't even bother to change the verbiage a bit, just dull copying.

And popular whatabaoutisms are "Kosovo", "fascism", "It's the West's fault", "genocide in eastern Ukraine", etc.

It just goes to show that Russia is not a partner but an enemy. Frustration prevails in Russia to this day over developments that were of their own making. And instead of self-reflection, they always blame others. They need to hear from the batushka how good they actually have it, that the world is normal for them and the West is trying to hurt them.

The only thing they live on is winning WW2, alcohol, violence and obsession with war.

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Posted in: Japan aims to block sex offenders from jobs in schools, child care See in context

of a new government agency

A lot of people have called for us to have something like a sex offender list here. And that it's not that difficult to arrange with the level of different data collection here. For a long time, there were claims from the government about how impossible or difficult it was and that it would disqualify said person, that it was discriminatory and all that kind of poop.

And so someone came up with this half-assed solution, but in our style - make a simple thing as difficult as possible, absurdly complex. A new gov. agency. Awesome....

Hisashi Sonoda, a professor emeritus of criminal law at Konan University, raised issues such as the risk of information leak on someone's sex crime history and the ambiguity of the definition of sex crimes to be covered under the system.

The system "could lead to the offender becoming a social outcast," he said.

Two sides of the coin. On the one hand, there is a lack of data protection and no one is doing much to prevent it. Unencrypted communication at the authorities, local offices exchanging data via emails with personal data in them,... So I understand this statement. Do you want to know what data an authority has collected about you? Impossible, they won't give you your data. They don't have a procedure, etc. Do you want them to shred your data? Impossible.

However, the "social outcast" is simply what will prevent a sex offender from working with the group in question. Or eliminates a lot of it. Definitely better than the status quo.

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Posted in: Women overtake men in exam pass rate at Japan's medical schools See in context

"Government probe" and "results. The results of a survey are always at the hand of the person who requests them. Almost always the rough edges are sanded down to make the result look less unattractive. Particularly if the phrase "government", "results" and "reported" are in the same sentence, one can be sure that it is quite different. Does anyone here really believe such results, especially in a situation where women are still considered cooks and caregivers and the management of practically anything is dominated by old men 60+? When there is nothing about what qualifications or education someone has, but it's about how old someone is and how long they have been in a position (ignoring effectiveness and actual contribution)?

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