Robert Cikki comments

Posted in: New Zealand to accept alleged Islamic State militant, 2 kids See in context

Make it like the UK with Shamima Begum. Strip her of her citizenship.

If she had a good reason to do the things she did, then there's no reason to keep and maintain her. Let her go to a country where she is better off and where the grass is certainly greener. And the government won't have to worry about national security, surveillance, etc..

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Posted in: Russian PM to visit disputed isle off Hokkaido See in context

Only Japan questions the outcome of the Yalta Conference and the San Francisco Peace Treaty. Now they belong to Russia. From 1800s it was Japanese. Before it was not Japanese.

Japan signed the San Francisco Peace Treaty.

Imagine if Okinawa, for example, challenged the status quo.

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Posted in: A craft beer born from Tokyo’s center of subculture, Shimokitazawa See in context

Craft, AI, IoT.. Three most favourite buzzwords in Japan thesedays. You want to sell anything? Slap a "craft" or "AI" sticker over it and you're done.

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Posted in: Suga, Koike agree Olympics going 'very smoothly' See in context

Of course. Imagine if they had said the exact opposite. That they would say in the media something along the lines of "This Olympics is screwed up, everything is screwed up, nothing is going the way we planned during our long meetings, surveys,...".

After all, the local TV does not report much on the "less shiny" aspects, instead it focuses more on who won how many medals, how many athletes (but only foreign ones) got infected, etc.

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Posted in: Time to start tipping taxi drivers in Japan? Cab company now gives passengers option in Tokyo See in context

Whenever the subject of tipping comes up, the US is immediately mentioned. It doesn't have to be. Tipping can be done, for example, as in many European countries.

This is not to say that tipping should or should not be introduced here in Japan.

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Posted in: Man arrested for scattering anti-Olympic flyers from train See in context

"on suspicion of forcible obstruction of business".

So, when someone "threw several dozen flyers from the window of the Nagoya subway's Tsurumai Line onto the tracks at around 11:15 a.m. Friday, hours before the opening ceremony of the Olympics in Tokyo", it's forcible obstruction of business. When the right wing cars with speakers annoy pepople, stop in front of a store and scream their hateful rhetoric, it's okay, no obstruction here. It seems to me that the more subtle the form of protest, the greater the punishment. And the more radical the form of protest, the more likely no one will be punished.

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Posted in: Emperor's Olympic opening declaration mirrors divided public See in context

he said what he was told to say. After all, he has absolutely no authority and is subject to the government.

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Posted in: Japan can no longer leave things unattended with global developments over digital currencies moving so rapidly. See in context

How would Japan want to regulate digital currencies when even in 2021 most local banks have trouble transferring money from account to account within hours? Or when the vast majority of banks are unable to say in advance how much it will cost to transfer money from account to account under specific conditions (but within the banks' boundaries)? Or the cash card, cash book and similar nonsense. Or secure internet banking.. First you need to start from the bottom, only then can you work on the roof.

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Posted in: Japan's explanation of Korean wartime forced labor insufficient: UNESCO See in context

Now compare contemporary Germany and Japan and how they dealt with events that happened 70+ years ago. Either someone low in the government will say it's already been explained and divert the speech to another topic, or another mascot will be created, promoting something like "safe wartime labour" or so.

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Posted in: Suga asks Pfizer CEO to bring forward COVID-19 delivery amid shortage See in context

Japan considers asking Pfizer

It is very popular here to think about something for a long time, consider things, discuss it and generally waste time, when much less time and more productivity could have been devoted to it. And why don't they just ask instead of considering it? Or should they not ask at all? It's either one or the other. I don't understand why it always has to be something in between.

By the way, when Pfizer speeds up the delivery of vaccines, will there again be problems like a disconnected refrigerator, lack of XYZ at the ABCD site, or will we again be donating vaccines to someone with them sitting unused for a long time?

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Posted in: Police find missing Ugandan weightlifter in Mie Prefecture See in context

"He carried his own ID and identified himself. It is not certain to whom we should send the man -- the team or the embassy."

I can't believe the officer even said that.

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Posted in: AI beefs up veggie burgers as market booms See in context

A burgeoning veggie burger industry is using artificial intelligence to propose alternatives.

"Artificial intelligence can generate millions of possibilities," Barra said.


He said the algorithms can generate not only a wide range of flavor combinations but also factor in shifting consumer preferences, along with technical or regulatory constraints.

The algorithms can propose multiple combinations that the human expert aromaticians might not have conceived.

Algorithm does not equal AI and neither does equal to ML. AI is thesedays mostly a buzzword, hidden behind a plain algorithm. An algorithm is any form of automated instruction, written piece of code.

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Posted in: Mito gov’t official arrested for video voyeurism of 13-year-old boy taking bath See in context

violating the prefecture’s nuisance prevention ordinance against voyeurism

Wow, a nuisance? Hold on, that is some strong words right there!!

Good thing is, he will be put on the sex offender list we have here. Oh wait..

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Posted in: Missing Ugandan athlete spotted on camera at Nagoya Station See in context

One thing's for sure - it's going to be harder to hide for obvious reasons

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 727 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 2,329 See in context

LDP propaganda is working at full speed. The same, repetitive phrases over and over again. Like Russian trolls. If we were to take the LDP at face value, then we have already been vaccinated long ago and several times. But, the reality is different

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Posted in: Create an izakaya at home with amazing all-in-one kitchen gadget See in context

How they intend to compete at this price with services like Uber foods is not the least bit clear to me. 6000JPY is a lot for what is presented. Eurohop is one of the cheapest "beer" you can get. The rest can be easily ordered via Uber Foods for roughly a half.

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Posted in: Higher tolls, priority traffic lanes go into effect for Tokyo Olympics See in context

Isn't the rule of thumb to do the opposite, i.e. lower the tariff to attract more potential money spenders? Because, after all, you expect increased traffic and therefore increased money over a period of time.

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Posted in: American father, son get prison terms for helping Ghosn escape See in context

No, they can make it a separate case. And I'm sure they will. Or they'll "drop the charge" he's being held on and the current sentence will be under a different tariff. I've seen it happen a few times in the few decades I've been here.

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Posted in: More than 18 months into the coronavirus pandemic, whether or not to wear a face mask is still a highly charged source of debate, confusion and anger around the world. Why do you think this is? See in context

In the 70s and 80s we first saw Japanese in the West wearing masks. At that time, only paramedics and the like had them here. We laughed at the Japanese then. However, we didn't see it as a problem. That was until last year when a number of "alternative sources of information" sprung up and people just had to be against something. Most of these "alternative sources" have a few phrases and repeat those over and over. Like "symbol of oppression", very popular "breathe the virus out and breathe CO2 in" and most popular "but the scientists say that XYZ". Something that wasn't a problem until last year is suddenly an insurmountable problem.

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Posted in: Smartphone app enables users to keep COVID-19 vaccination records See in context

telemetry should not be included in this type of application. At the same time, it is not at all clear how the manufacturer of this application handles user data. The application is not offline-only. If the app is free, then you are the product.

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Posted in: Kono says local gov'ts need to slow down vaccinations due to supply crunch See in context

First, the person in charge made a wrong decision and waited for additional tests because "there were not enough Japanese in the tests". Other countries started vaccinating and we were just getting the first doses and everyone wanted them. So there was a shortage, and the government was pointing the finger not at itself and its bad management decisions, but at the evil companies that favoured other countries. When the first major wave of vaccines came in, there were problems around storage, etc. Everybody was terribly surprised, nobody expected it. But again, it was the fault of others - "why does this vaccine have to be stored at so many, many degrees and not at XY like the others?". Again, more vaccines arrived, but the first batches were still sitting in storage, only a fraction used. Suddenly there was no plan, so they hastily came up with the actual vaccination idea. All when it was already late.

Well, when we had enough vaccines, we donated them to foreign countries. Vaccines that were bought with taxpayer money were donated. The current favourite argument of the LDP and their ilk is that "it's AstraZeneca after all and nobody wants them because they make you die!!!1!1!!!one11!". Only that's not an argument, just an excuse. So we are back to the situation we were in at the beginning - we don't have enough vaccines. They should have left it up to the people to decide what to get injected with. Otherwise, the decision to buy them is an extremely poor management decision.

From the beginning you hear excuses, excuses, excuses and nothing but excuses. "It's not my fault, it's the others' fault". "The evil Pfizer favoured countries that ordered vaccines in advance. And we couldn't have known that!!!".

And boasting about the number of people vaccinated per day - but remember that we are not a developing country and how long it will take to vaccinate the entire population. That is, assuming everything goes as expected. No one here seems capable of making managerial decisions and solving things on the fly. Always waiting for Deus Ex Machina, debating, doing research,...

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Posted in: Super Crazy Kun’s election win deemed invalid a second time See in context

Let me guess... the real reason why the victory was annulled will not be because of his place of residence (that in itself is absurd), but rather because he is a) young, b) not 80 years old, c) he is seen in public not in the presence of gerontes but also ladies, d) he dresses less "standard".

But just the fact that the annulment passed and any proof was on him and not on "concerned citizens" is perhaps all telling.

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Posted in: Suga asks Bach to ensure Olympics will be safe, particularly for Japanese public See in context

So wait a minute, who is responsible for ensuring the safety and health of their own population, the citizens? Isn't it up to the government? Who is hosting these games?

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Posted in: High court rules 84 Hiroshima A-bomb 'black rain' victims eligible for aid See in context

The defendants had argued there was no scientific proof for nuclear fallout in the area where the plaintiffs resided. Even if they were exposed to radiation, its influence on their health would be insignificant, the defendants said.

I remember the late 80s in Europe, just before I came to Japan. After the Chernobyl explosion, the media even in Western countries picked up the news from ITAR-TASS and so we also often heard that there was no scientific proof of nuclear fallout, followed after a while by reports like "and even if we were exposed to radiation, the health effects would be negligible". The situation gradually changed as measuring stations across Europe refined their records.

So to say the same thing today, in the 21st century, is really absurd.

It's as if all 84 people made it up, as if they all happen to have the same symptoms, diseases, etc. So the court heard exactly the same thing as, for example, in the case of Kumamoto Prefecture, Minamata City poisoning.

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Posted in: ¥20 tril of Japan FY2020 virus stimulus packages yet to be used See in context

We donated vaccines that were purchased with our, taxpayer money. So why not donate this money, which is also our tax money. Helicopter money as helicopter money. No need to make a big deal about it.

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Posted in: Bach says canceling Tokyo Olympics not an option despite COVID See in context

Here it is shown who rules and who commands. Who commands and who obeys.

Of course, canceling is no longer an option, just look at the calendar. They're due to start in about a week.

On the other hand, this statement has one big advantage. If something goes wrong, the government can safely point the finger at the Olympic Committee and again say something along the lines of "it's because of foreigners and how they ran it. That could not happen to us". If everything works out, the government will just say "see? We told you so".

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Posted in: AI Japanese bar Mama-san is ready to listen to your troubles at her virtual bar See in context

I believe that the buzzword "AI" is most abused in Japan. You want to sell some crap, fast and at a decent profit? Slap an AI sticker on it. So what if it's a simple algorithm that hasn't seen any learning.

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Posted in: Facial recognition tech fights coronavirus in Chinese city See in context

Sindhoor GKToday 10:23 am JST

NEC is world leader in this. Japan isn't using it because it respects Privacy of it's citizens.

Both sentences made me laugh. One better than the other.

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Posted in: Oliver Stone revisits JFK assassination in new documentary See in context

Hey,, it's Oliver Stone. We all know what it's going to look like. He just has to take the opposite view at all costs, even at the cost of getting caught in his own lies. And it doesn't matter if they're crazy theories or anything else. He just always has to stand in opposition.

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