Roblib comments

Posted in: Ethereum breaks past $3,000 to quadruple in value in 2021 See in context

What's wrong with trying to make a profit on something with your own money, that's the whole point right, to make more money than you put in. Stocks, real estate, crypto, tulips, etc it's all just speculation really, nobody knows what will happen tomorrow. You have to be willing to take the chance and roll the dice. Some are riskier than others yes but still, everyone has their own risk tolerance level and nobody can say who is right or wrong there. If you make money then great job, just understand the risks going in and have an exit strategy. I've been in it since early 2017, what a ride and the account is still growing, have taken profits along the way too.

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Posted in: Japan wants more pre-departure testing for Olympic, Paralympic teams See in context

@divinda yeah unfortunately there can never be a full proof system it appears, unless we are all following the rules from the top to the bottom. That will never happen of course. I did my two weeks as they asked me to, it sucked but I made it through and back to life as normal.

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Posted in: Japan wants more pre-departure testing for Olympic, Paralympic teams See in context

@didou thanks for clarifying, I thought their might be some special exemption for them just wasn't sure. FujiTV must know that too otherwise they wouldn't risk the backlash. Pro athletes do get tested more frequently from what I've heard. Glad he won still.

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Posted in: Japan wants more pre-departure testing for Olympic, Paralympic teams See in context

Did anyone watch Junk Sports last night? Hideki Matsuyama was on there after winning the Masters Tournament. My question is what happened to the 14 day quarantine for all people entering Japan? The tournament ended April 11 which was already April 12 in Japan, I'm not great at math but 25-12 is 13 right and that's of course assuming he went directly from the golf course to the airport that Sunday night in the US. And the 14 days starts the day after you arrive here BTW. Maybe I am missing something and there is a special exception for famous people. I'm happy he won the tournament by the way.

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Posted in: 'Downton Abbey' sequel to be released in December See in context

Nice, will watch!

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Posted in: Konstantin Ishkhanov and Tomomi Nishimoto Present Japan Grande Classico Music Festival See in context

I hope they can get some decent crowds. I'd go but obviously am concerned about coronavirus and don't feel comfortable sitting in an enclosed room for an extended period of time. Arts community, among many others, has been affected so much, hope things turn around soon.

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Posted in: New Nissan GT-R NISMO unveiled in Japan See in context

An absolute beast!

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Posted in: Matsuyama makes history by winning Masters See in context

Congratulations Matsuyama-san!

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Posted in: A masterpiece from Hideki Matsuyama to take Masters lead See in context

Good job, bring it home on Sunday!

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Posted in: Gov't to release Fukushima nuclear plant water into sea despite fishermen's objection See in context

Not that this is the an important part related to this article but isn't the IAEA a Vienna based organization? This article says Geneva. It has an office in Geneva but it's HQ is in Vienna I believe.

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Posted in: Battle for Premier League top four heats up See in context

Come on you Reds!

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Posted in: Hikaru Utada releases new music video directed by 'Evangelion' creator Hideaki Anno See in context

Good song, good movie series, good job all involved!

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Posted in: Japan's celebrations rocket into orbit as Osaka's win takes off See in context

Congratulations Naomi! Looked very consistent this tournament.

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Posted in: LDP wants more women at meetings, but only if they don't talk: Nikai See in context

Yes I see the same thing you are referring to but somehow they make it work and things for the most part run smoothly here and are safe, at least me and my family feel this way. My friend always jokes that the majority of the world runs on Windows OS while Japan is Mac, LoL. Both have pluses and minuses but who is to say one is right and the other wrong. As small as a country that Japan is yet #3 economy in the world and one of the safest countries too. Somehow as twisted as things might be here and as the Japanese like to point out, things us foreigners would never understand, overall it is a well oiled machine that keeps working and pushing along in its own way regardless of what the outside thinks. We're happy here, I'll welcome change too if Japan decides that is what it needs.

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Posted in: LDP wants more women at meetings, but only if they don't talk: Nikai See in context

Osaka Doug yes I agree with you and with many of the comments here too, just wondering if it's falling on deaf ears since the change needs to want to happen organically from the Japanese themselves, not because foreigners and foreign press say it should. I'm only speaking from a small group here but not a single mom friend of ours, who are all Japanese including my wife, have expressed any real dissatisfaction with how things are run here, knowing well that it's all male influence and power. They all accept their role and do their best to contribute to the greater good of the whole without standing out to say this isn't fair or we need change. It's just not in Japanese DNA really, so we have the right to say change because that's how we do it over in the West? I'm happy to support change if the Japanese really want it, let's see when and if that happens here.

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Posted in: LDP wants more women at meetings, but only if they don't talk: Nikai See in context

A website that caters to 95% foreigners, myself included, and even has tons of foreign writers and you see the majority of comments are from foreigners and we are supposed to believe that this represents the real opinion of what the Japanese are feeling and thinking about the state of affairs?? Lol don't think so, but provocative headlines are easy click bait and arouse all these opinions as to how things are or should be here, the media are genius LoL. If nothing else I guess you could argue this is just a forum for people to voice their opinions, I'll take it as that I guess.

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Posted in: LDP wants more women at meetings, but only if they don't talk: Nikai See in context

Is this "change" or movement that is trying to get going here in Japan really brought on by local criticism from Japanese women? Serious question, asking because all my wife's friends don't see what the fuss is about, they know how things are here and don't seem too put off by it, kind of accept it. They all said they were happy with how things are, men doing men things and women doing women things. Yes sounds sexist I agree, but at least in our local circle, none seemed too bothered about it, so wondering if this push for change is really from here or more a push from the international community because obviously in other Western countries more changes have been made to include and promote women to do bigger and better things than in many Asia countries. Just wondering??!

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Posted in: Bitcoin pulls back from brink of $50,000 See in context

Crypto definitely here to stay going forward into the future. We can all speculate which ones will succeed and which won't but nobody really knows. You put your money on the horse that keeps winning until it doesn't and then you just switch to the next horse. Play what the chart gives you and make that money while it goes up or down. Opportunity is always there you just need to know how to find it and how to play it. I'm no crypto expert and I'm not a crypto bull or bear, I just want to make money and I have. All you haters, just take a little time out of your day to educate yourself on basic trading and you could make some money too. Believe me it's a lot more fun than going on websites spewing negative vibes just because you don't like or agree with something. Go make that money and just be happy!

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Posted in: Japan growth slows in Q4 as economy shrinks 4.8% over year See in context

Yes Japan will be fine, overall Asia took less of a hit from Covid compared to US and Europe. Money inflows into Japan and other Asian markets has been very high recently. Keep in mind too that the actual economy and the stock markets are almost never correlated. Stock valuations are mostly priced on future potential not necessarily past performance. If inflows keep coming in and Nikkei hitting highs then the perception from smart money is this will continue. Sure we will get pullbacks here and there which are normal and healthy but overall, stay LONG.

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Posted in: A look at what quarantine is like in Japan See in context

I went through this back in October after returning from US. Went through all the testing at the airport in Haneda, did the 72hr PCR prior to leaving the US, passed everything and then had a friend pick me up and drive me to my house. Quarantined at home for 14 days and I think we got called 2x only. Overall wasn't too bad honestly, just do what they require and you should be ok. With the new variants I guess certain countries there are some newer measures here you must take upon arrival but overall nothing too ridiculous from what I read here.

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Posted in: A Tesla for a bitcoin: Musk drives up cryptocurrency price with $1.5 bil purchase See in context

If you're smart you don't really care because you can make money as it goes up or down. You trade on those kind of names, you invest in names like Apple or Microsoft or Amazon.

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Posted in: A Tesla for a bitcoin: Musk drives up cryptocurrency price with $1.5 bil purchase See in context

Yeah I agree with you, the risk is always there for government to step in and try to "control" things. Even though they can't control crypto currency they CAN and will find ways to make it harder to buy or sell and that could affect the exchanges even though they run legitimate businesses. That's the little voice in the head always saying, maybe it's time to sell and walk away from the casino LoL.

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Posted in: A Tesla for a bitcoin: Musk drives up cryptocurrency price with $1.5 bil purchase See in context

Yeah I think he is suggesting letting people pay with BTC if they want to and obviously price it at whatever price BTC is at that point in time. Then Tesla could decide to convert that to cash or keep the BTC as is, if it goes up they win and if it goes down they potentially have a write off for a loss, he could actually benefit both ways maybe. I'm sure he has some highly paid CPAs on the payroll to make those calls. Again, buy a car with crypto or buy a house with crypto or even groceries, Musk is making the point that this will become quite common in the not too distant future.

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Posted in: A Tesla for a bitcoin: Musk drives up cryptocurrency price with $1.5 bil purchase See in context

Institutional money is wanting to get into crypto but yes because it's risky and highly speculative the only "legitimate" way for them to get in is through things like GBTC or ETH from Grayscale which actually trade on the big exchanges, ARK already made a killing on GBTC. Musk yes is controversial but he is a trend setter and has a huge cult following, like it or not. Him using Tesla money to buy actual BTC is a big step for further legitimization/acceptance of the asset and yes Apple would further give credit to it. Musk is just the first to put his hand in the cookie jar and admit it, but I'd bet plenty of other companies have already dabbled in crypto and I'm guessing we'll hear about it sooner than later. Risky or not, snake oil or not, if you are willing to take the risk to buy it and then eventually profit from it, then you are definitely not a loser. Can't win a lottery either unless you buy a ticket.

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Posted in: A Tesla for a bitcoin: Musk drives up cryptocurrency price with $1.5 bil purchase See in context

Nice one Elon, he basically de-risked crypto for all the other companies with his Tweet. When more companies start disclosing their crypto purchases (Possibly AAPL next) then we see $50k BTC easily. It's not going away.

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Posted in: Nishikori 'kind of happy' despite losing in first round See in context

He did play pretty decent tennis but Pablo was just better yesterday for sure. Hopefully we see Nishikori slowly improving as the year goes on. Good luck Kei!

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Posted in: New York Philharmonic launches on-demand streaming service See in context

I listen to their radio show each Tuesday morning Japan time, it's free.

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Posted in: Biden says decision on Tokyo Olympics has to be based on science See in context

Why can't we have the Olympics, limiting the number of fans sounds ok to me or even no fans. Super Bowl just happened, NBA had a short season, European soccer been going on for months, Australian Open just started this week. Japan can make it work. Sure there is risk but have procedures in place and be super strict about it and overall should be ok. I would love to watch from the comfort of my house.

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Posted in: Japan's foreign workers hit hard by pandemic See in context

Antiquesaving

Yeah I hear you, hearing those things would definitely suck and seeing it affect the kids is even worse. I don't have the answers and while I agree with you and hope things will improve here, I still have to wake up everyday and keep pushing forward. I work for myself luckily so I don't deal with a lot of the Corp BS and so far our school experience has been great and my son is doing well. I think things will change and the younger generation are more interested in traveling and meeting foreigners and learning about our culture. As the older people in charge start to retire and or die off then new blood comes in with new ideas and ways of looking at things. We just have to wait and see, it's the only choice really or move to another country if it's too much to handle. Good luck with everything regardless.

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Posted in: Japan's foreign workers hit hard by pandemic See in context

Antiquesaving

I know what you are saying and a lot of it is correct. I guess having lived here on two different occasions and now have built a house here and have a mixed child in elementary school, I kind of know the disadvantages already. I've accepted them, don't usually complain, and just go with the flow. Yes there is discrimination and the system is not "as fair" as in other more diverse countries (I'm American) but when I weigh the negatives vs positives, I'm still happy here and will deal with the challenges as they come. Life overall here is pretty comfortable, safe, and cost of living not bad at all. Compared with the state of affairs in USA and Europe, I'll take Japan and it's imperfections anytime.

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