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Posted in: Rakuten's mobile misadventure: From ambitious plan to millstone See in context

Interestingly that no one mentioned a scandal where all Rakuten employees were supposed to sign up friends and family members to Rakuten Mobile. Basically engineers working at Rakuten HQ got a memo that whatever they were doing there was secondary, signing up new people to Rakuten Mobile was their primary task.

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Posted in: Suntory announces massive price spike for its whisky, some types more than double in price See in context

Increasing from 5,500 yen to 7,500 yen (36-percent increase): Hibiki Japanese Harmony

Increasing from 4,500 yen to 7,000 yen (56-percent increase): Yamazaki Hakushu

Increasing from 5,000 yen to 6,000 yen (36-percent increase): Suntory World Whisky Ao

Increasing from 4,000 yen to 6,000 yen (50-percent increase): Chita

Except for Ao and Chita good luck finding the others with those prices.

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Posted in: WeWork seeks bankruptcy protection See in context


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Posted in: Security tight for Halloween in Shibuya See in context

When I was kid my father used to work overseas a lot and he was always telling me that he is guest overseas and that all people going overseas should respect customs and wishes of the natives. Let’s be honest, most of the people commenting here are non-Japanese. Our wishes do not matter here. It seems that locals don’t want Halloween on the streets of Shibuya. However, there are still lots of alternatives although in much smaller scale like clubs, bars etc. if one wants to participate in it. Some are even calling Shibuya mayor to resign. Well, if this is really huge mistake as some people in the comments want to point out, he should be outvoted in the next ward elections.

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Posted in: Fukushima treated water released without technical concerns: IAEA See in context

Calling radioactive contaminated water "treated water" itself is also deceptive despite containing many kinds of radioactivity such as iodine129, strontium90, ruthenium106, technetium99, cesium137, plutonium239, carbon14 or cadmium113 even after filtering.

This is top level scientific illiteracy.

ALPS system can successfully remove everything except tritium. Use muddy water as example. Mud is dissolved in water and can be filtered out just like those isotopes. However tritium behavior is the same as hydrogen and it can form a water molecule and that is why it is so tricky to filter out.

I would also like to add that running nuclear power plants are releasing way more tritium than Daiichi one

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Posted in: Takahama No. 2 nuclear reactor restarted after 12-year halt See in context

I would like to know how much investment and inferstuctre Japan has made into wind, and solar power, also methane gas generator from waste food and human waste, let's face it oil is running out and we all know the problems with nuclear stations.

Japan is in top 5 worldwide solar energy producers (easiest to check is Wikipedia). Speaking of nuclear energy the biggest problem is old technology and lack of investment into newer one. It is the same as if we judged cars being unsafe based on cars produced in 60s.

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Posted in: Hokkaido startup aims for the stars with high-altitude balloon trips See in context

We have helium in finite quantities on Earth and why should we waste it for stupid reasons like this?

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Posted in: Musk predicts Tesla self-driving cars 'later this year' See in context

He was predicting that self driving cars (Teslas) will be the thing “next year” since 2014 and we still don’t have any fully autonomous driving vehicles on the road in 2023. So I am calling this prediction BS.

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Posted in: IAEA opens office at Fukushima nuclear plant before water release See in context

I am curious about one thing since I am definitely not nuclear scientist. Tritium half-life is 12.32 years which means that the amount of it should be halved by that time. Tritium is AFAIK the only contaminant in the water so by now lots of it has already decayed. I would just like to confirm that.

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Posted in: Japanese officials call for Mount Fuji crowd control See in context

I climbed Fuji on several occasions including during the summer season and winter ascents and by far the best time to climb it is late April, early May when there is still snow on the top and when strong winds calm down. Of course, this is a season for experienced mountaineers with proper gear, but there are no endless lines of people, no dust and it is just you and the nature because snow successfully hides the human marks on the mountain.

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Posted in: Superstar singer Tina Turner dies at 83 See in context

She was simply the best.


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Posted in: Japanese mom’s don’t-touch-my-baby-stroller sign stirs up debate See in context

Personally, even when dog approaches me I always ask the owner may I pet it as a common courtesy. The least you could do is ask to touch baby.

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Posted in: Nearly 370 mil disposable cups used by coffee chains in Japan in 2020 See in context

In most cases I want to drink coffee inside the cafe. I don’t like paper cups because for me coffee tastes better from the ceramic mugs, but in lots of cases I will get it in a paper cup even if I ordered it for “in the store” which is far from ideal. Also, regarding bringing my own cup, I don’t always have a plan to go to cafe and having extra bag just for the cup is not an option, especially during the summer. Also, there is simply no incentive for consumers to do so. The only place that I saw doing that is my local bouldering gym where if you order coffee for your own cup or get it in a mug you get cheaper price and IMHO that should be the standard.

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Posted in: Woman falls to death while rock climbing in Hyogo Prefecture See in context

In rock climbing the most accidents happen during rappelling. I check my rappelling system multiple times before committing and although I have done it numerous times I am still taking every check as if it is my first time doing it. It seems that this poor lady didn’t tie rope properly through descent device nor used “third hand“ backup system which would stop the fall. Other thing that comes to my mind is cross check or lack of it (here in Japan people are rarely doing it) done between belayer and climber. Harness tie in knot was probably not tied properly and it came loose. Everything said is still a wild guess. Anyhow RIP lady.

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Posted in: Gyms facing COVID mask dilemma amid summer heat concerns See in context

I am regular at climbing gym and even gym manager himself told us to remove bask whil climbing to prevent a heatstroke. Also if you are midway climbing and start to get sick because you can’t breathe properly it gets quite dangerous

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Posted in: Japan nuclear regulator OKs details for Fukushima plant water release See in context

It would have been more intelligent to evaporate the water and reuse or bury the radioactive material.

That would actually be a terrible idea. First, the amount of energy to evaporate that amount of water would be colossal. Second, tritium is bonded with oxygen atoms to form a water molecules and that’s what it is difficult to filter it out. And by boiling that kind of water you would just make it into radioactive steam which would again settle into radioactive water.

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Posted in: Musk's hyperloop still captivates despite decade of setbacks See in context

"The transportation network has not had a new mode for over 100 years,"

and yet again he proposed a modernized version of an idea from 1799. which obviously never took off.

Also, Virgin Hyperloop, the only venture that did something worth of mentioning basically shelved the project so it just confirms it is vaporware.

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Posted in: Sex Pistols show shines light on 'violence of punk' See in context

I am always finding very interesting that Sid Vicious is the face of the band while he was unable to play his instrument- bass. Even late Lemmy told that he tried to teach him how to play, but that he was hopeless. The meaning of my comment is just to point an interesting phenom, not to discredit Sid.

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Posted in: Kishida plans reward points system to ease electricity bills See in context

Something that can be done NOW without huge financial burden to all parties and provide a lot of (green) energy is to restart nuclear power plants. Whether you are pro or anti nuclear that is the fact. Even if they start building solar or wind farms tomorrow, it is impossible to finish with the work in some reasonable period. Regarding alternative nuclear technologies, unfortunately everything else are experimental concepts at best. I would like to see thorium based power plants as well, but there are simply no viable reactors ready for the production. And finally geothermal is also a nice concept, however majorly of suitable places are occupied by onsen resorts and I don’t think that onsen business owners want geothermal power plants nearby. Not to mention that building such power plants require a lot of time.

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Posted in: So long, Internet Explorer. The browser is finally retiring See in context

Japan will enter into another recession since majority of their “applications” run on IE only. I can predict panic when Windows Update deletes IE for good

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Posted in: Travel firms thrown into confusion over rules as Japan reopens to foreign tourists See in context

During the tour itself, the agencies will also keep records of the participants' movements, including places they visited and where they sat on public transportation.

So basically they will need guide while will, well, guide the group and they will also need another “guide” in disguise who will look at the tourist movement. Just like in the certain Asian democratic republic…

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Posted in: Tight labor market leading to unsavory recruitment tactics in Japan See in context

The recruitment officer questioned her for nearly half an hour over whether she had "lied" in committing to the company and if she understood what the pledge meant.

She was probably being polite to the person which doesn’t deserve any of it. When I was changing my job I had a call with recruiter where I explained that I am going to reject their offer and they wished me a good luck, not BS like from that recruiter. Good for the girl, she dodged a bullet.

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Posted in: Ex-Tokyo Olympics chief Mori displeased at backlash over sexist remarks See in context

Mori-san is 85 and instead of making gaffe after a gaffe he should just retire and enjoy the rest of his life, get a hobby, travel around the world and spend more time with his family. I also believe that his financial situation is more than good enough to afford that.

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Posted in: Japan to ask foreign tourists to wear masks, take out COVID insurance See in context

TBH the more I read about this plan the more it looks like North Korean tour…

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Posted in: Keio University and Fujitsu demonstrate tech to streamline management of digital identity data for student services See in context

In my country I used similar system 20 years ago. So it was something that was shared between all scholar organizations. Later it was connected with central government e-services. And may I add I am not from China or similar totalitarian country and there in no social credit or similar thing involved so before starting commenting nonsense just use your favorite search engine and search for LDAP, because this is nothing more than that.

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Posted in: 3 fall to their deaths from cliff while rock climbing See in context

As someone with climbing experience, my assumption is that guide was belaying them from the above and the anchor on the top failed. I cannot say what kind of anchor it was, but my assumption would be that it was either compromised tree or an anchor made with climbing protection pieces. If guide was putting his weight while being attached to the anchor he would probably fall first and drag the rest of the tied people with him.

Regarding the poor woman’s age, I have personally witnessed on many occasions that Japanese grannies are quite adept climbers so age really means nothing in this sport.

Anyhow, tragic news indeed.

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Posted in: Japan venture to build country's first nuclear fusion power plant See in context

First of all they are planning to build FUSION not FISSION (same type as all other operational nuclear power plants). Fusion power plants do not produce nuclear waste which have half life measured in tens of thousands years. Also, fusion reactors do not operate under pressure so they are supposed to be safe. However, what is bugging me is this timeline of five years. It just seems way too short for the first fusion power plant.

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Posted in: Japanese publishers to sue U.S. firm over manga piracy See in context

First of all, Cloudfare IS NOT a hosting company. Pirated material is hosted somewhere else while Cloudfare provides CDN (buffering of the data closer to the consumer), and DNS (pointing to the servers where web sites are hosted). It is almost like pressing charges against phone book publisher because drug dealers are inside and against the post office because they delivered the drugs which were in the package.

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Posted in: McDonald's potato imports disruption spurs fries war in Japan See in context

Those few times a year that I go to McDonalds I am ordering chicken nuggets instead of fries in the set. IMHO much better deal than fries.

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Posted in: Firefighter docked pay for making over a million yen from game streaming See in context

As a former firefighter, the rule is not intended as an impediment - the intent is to keep focus on an occupation that requires full attention & awareness, as it is wedded to the health and welfare of the citizenry. A dangerous job that involves life & death situations. Being sharp and without distractions is key.

Look, I am going to give you an example. I have a friend who sometimes works part time night shifts to get some extra cash. If he were a firefighter those night shifts would for sure affect his performance.

However, how the hell is game streaming affecting his performance? It is virtually the same as playing games as is or playing pachinko which is considered “normal” here.

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