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Posted in: World Athletics set to tighten transgender rules, lift Russia doping ban See in context

I still feel like this is unfair to intersex people. Women like Caster Semenya were assigned female at birth, grew up as women, yet they're being told they can't compete as women because they have some genetic advantage? I don't see how this is different to any other genetic difference like being tall, having big feet, big lungs etc. All completely advantageous in pro sports but inexplicably allowed.

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Posted in: SPY x FAMILY’s Anya gets her own Peanut Butter Royale burgers at Burger King Japan See in context

I never thought I would have to worry about my peanut allergy at a burger chain.

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Posted in: North Korea hints at possible restart of nuclear or long-range missile tests See in context

Can they kindly not fire them over Japan super early in the morning again? I don't want to get woken up by the stupid missile alert.

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Posted in: Japan to ask tax-free stores to report visitors breaking quarantine See in context

...But none of the people who can come in are allowed to go shopping or aren't eligible for duty free? What's the point?

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Posted in: Local governments seek solutions to fixing mangled English See in context

I don't think there are any English materials (except for just writing things in Romaji) here in my city that aren't wrong. And they even occasionally mess that up with things like "Mount Hakodate Yama". My favourite was at the movie theatre with the sign saying, "Please don't kick the front sheet. It wight irritate your neighbon."

I still don't know why they don't just ask a native speaker to at least glance at the translations. Someone on fiver would probably do it.

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Posted in: Japan enacts laws setting fines for antivirus measure noncompliance See in context

Wasn't there a news story the other day saying that 15,000 people were waiting to get into hospital? I hope they wouldn't fine them.

I agree that they should fine businesses who aren't taking safety measures. ...Mostly so I can report my work.

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Posted in: Woman disciplined after putting up partition between herself and older male coworker See in context

I'm surprised that they didn't already have partitions up because of Covid...

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Posted in: At least 15,000 virus patients waiting for hospitals, accommodations See in context

If only they'd had a year to prepare for such an eventuality. ...Oh wait.

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Posted in: Not-guilty verdict for man in women’s toilet: he had to go so bad it clouded his judgement See in context

How is that a crime. If you gotta go, you gotta go. I don't care who is using the stalls, they're private anyway.

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Posted in: Pandemic reveals hidden poverty in wealthy Japan See in context

Yeah. I know several women who lost their jobs in hotels, restaurants and retail, and are now having to sell their cars or other things to eat.

But at least the government gave travel discounts to rich people, right? :|

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Posted in: Head of medical body says nationwide state of emergency an option See in context

I wish they would at least put some kind of restrictions on domestic travel (even though I know they can only 'urge' people to do things). The amount of people telling me about their travels during winter vacation is really off-putting. One good thing about the nation-wide SoE before is that it at least made some people take COVID19 more seriously.

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Posted in: COVID-19 antibodies remain in human body for 6 months: study See in context

I'm just hoping that I have antibodies from when I had covid in August, and that they last until getting a vaccine next year.

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Posted in: Less contact, short trips: Tokyo Olympics organizers set out rules See in context

'Quarantine requirements will be waived for overseas spectators, who will also be able to use public transport'

So I guess I can look forward to just staying home to try and avoid idiots spreading the virus everywhere well into next year? ...Great.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 561 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 2,678 See in context

The positive cases are down nine from yesterday, but the number of tests is down over 2000.

That doesn't seem like positive news.

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Posted in: Gov't aims to abolish income cap on subsidies for fertility treatment See in context

I'm sure there's a snowballs chance in hell because of the declining birth rate, but I wish contraception and sterilisation were covered by public health too. Some of us cannot have children for medical reasons, and it's ridiculous that to completely prevent it, you have to pay thousands of dollars.

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Posted in: Sapporo residents asked to refrain from non-essential outings See in context

Meanwhile an acquaintance just told me she spent ¥100,000 on 'Go to Eat' coupons. :| Just stay home people.

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Posted in: Hokkaido confirms 200 daily coronavirus cases for 1st time See in context

...I just wish people from other prefectures would stop coming here, and people from Sapporo would stop frolicking all over the rest of Hokkaido.

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Posted in: Could PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X be swansong for consoles? See in context

They say the same thing with every new console generation, so probably not.

Also Google's Stadia was a massive flop, so I don't think cloud gaming services are going to take over in the near future. Many places also don't have the infrastructure to support it.

There's a reason most people I know are buying the consoles with disc drives.

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Posted in: Subway bad manners See in context

It's cute. Pre-corona I always did number 3 though. I apologise for not owning a car. Ha.

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Posted in: No. of new coronavirus cases in Tokyo falls to 95 See in context

@Tobias J Gibson

You're very lucky. It seems to vary wildly by area. I've been sick and was recommended to isolate at home because I had 'strong symptoms resembling COVID-19'. But they are, as a rule, not testing here unless you have confirmed contact with a positive case. So basically the only people who've been able to get tested are those who were visited by relatives, returned to their home prefecture, felt sick, and tested positive, then notified their relatives living here.

They've only collected samples from 478 people for PCR testing. Since February. It's disgraceful.

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Posted in: Medical staff, elderly should get COVID vaccination first: task force See in context

Though knowing the J-Gov, the fact that I have multiple chronic illnesses on my medical record, and am prescribed a lot of medication for those won't count as proof as underlying medical condition, and I will have to fill out a paper form, stamp it with my hanko, and either fax or post it somewhere...

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Posted in: Japan's re-entry ban to contain virus unfair, Western business lobbies say See in context

Australia is letting citizens, residents and long-term visa holders return to Australia, but not letting anyone leave the country without special permission. This is sensible.

Letting Japanese citizens go on overseas vacations during a global pandemic is ridiculous. Especially when Japan's testing and quarantine is so lax compared to other countries.

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Posted in: Schools restart across Japan after short summer vacation See in context

I feel bad for the kids going back to school here. The heat index has been in the 'danger' zone because it's been about 90% humidity (even if we 'only' reach 30), and no schools here have fans or aircon.

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Posted in: Hamamatsu logs record-tying temperature of 41.1 C See in context

I feel like a lot of foreigners don't understand that the Northern part of Australia has the wet season in summer. Summer is also incredibly humid at home. I think many people don't understand that Australia is huge and has many different climates. The amount of people here that tell me 'at least Australia has dry heat' when my home town is in the tropics is too damn high.

I do think the same temperatures or lower feel hotter here though, due to more people, more buildings, less aircon, and more badly designed homes with no insulation. But Japan is not the only country with humid summers.

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Posted in: Should encouraging someone to commit suicide be a crime? See in context

Intentionally driving someone to suicide should be considered manslaughter and illegal.

Voluntary assisted dying should be legal.

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Posted in: New Zealand's COVID-19 outbreak grows, as Australian cases ease See in context

"in two of its largest states, New South Wales and Victoria" I think it should be 'most populous'. NSW and VIC are two of the smallest states in Australia.

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Posted in: Sports teams see virus clusters as cases in Tokyo, Osaka remain high See in context

This was obviously going to happen when they restarted sports clubs, especially as many sports clubs aren't requiring masks. ...Not to mention school kids seem to not care at all and seem to usually not wear masks, be really close to each other, and talking loudly into each other's faces. :/ (Of course I was like this as a teenager too, but... Now isn't really the time.)

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Posted in: Delivery Hero seeks to challenge Uber Eats in Japan See in context

Well, if they could service Hakodate, that would be nice. We don't even have regular Uber, let alone Uber Eats here.

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Posted in: Japan sees fewer COVID-19 hospital deaths than other nations: study See in context

Do they have stats for those admitted to ICU due to COVID19 in Japan? I just read an article last week saying that Australia has the lowest mortality rate. 85% of people admitted to Australian ICUs survive COVID, compared to 30% in the US. Would love to know how Japan compares.

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Posted in: Disney's 'Mulan' to skip big screen with September streaming launch See in context

I don't see why anyone would pay more than the cost of a movie ticket to stream a movie? I was already not interested because of the songs being cut, and thought I might bother to what it once it was included at no extra cost in a streaming service.

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