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Posted in: New Zealand selects transgender athlete Hubbard for Olympic women's weightlifting team See in context

This is very difficult subject. Although I personally support people who want to change their gender, in some cases transgender people can be in unfair advantage.

In sports there are definitely some really strong ladies who would make most of ordinary men ashamed. However, male body is generally stronger than female body, especially when you compare athletes. If male athlete changes gender, body traits are still of the male athlete. Unless we are talking about sports where male and female athletes are competing together, M2F transgender athletes can have advantage over cis female ones when it comes to strength. I believe that the story would be quite different if the lady from this article were to compete in martial arts.

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Posted in: All Olympic live viewing events in Tokyo to be canceled: Koike See in context

we have a saying that even kick in your butt is a step forward so at least some common sense measure was finally declared.

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Posted in: Japan starts vaccinating people aged 18 or older at large-scale centers See in context

This week I had to do my annual health check. Why they didn’t push vaccines to those clinics as well? They have more than qualified staff to administer vaccines.

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Posted in: Japan eyes vaccinating people under 65 at state-run mass centers from Thursday See in context

From Thursday… To get vaccinated at those centers you need coupon from your ward office. I don’t think that anyone below 65 will get those coupons by then. If we get it in 1 month it would be great. To make things more complicated we are just missing the holy duo called fax and hanko.

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Posted in: Have an Echo device? Amazon may help itself to your Wi-Fi See in context

In my home all of those IoT devices have only access to the internet, not to my private network. I have Echo at home and there is no (yet) option for sidewalk.

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Posted in: Nationwide bookings eyed for mass vaccination sites in Tokyo, Osaka See in context

If someone used thing called logic they would allow general population to use empty slots. This way efficiency is quite low and vaccines are being wasted because after the dilution they must be used immediately.

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Posted in: Members of media from abroad covering Olympics to be tracked by GPS See in context

Let me get this clear. They keep telling that Olympics can be held safely, but they STILL did not get how to do it?! This is utter incompetence. Also it is a huge gamble with people’s lives. This is not a student group project which can be done in last minutes, this is something that was supposed to be done months ago with documentation available for the public. Just cancel the damn thing.

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Posted in: Japan donates more than 1 million AstraZeneca doses to Taiwan See in context

For the people who are complaining about not using vaccines for domestic people, you are barking at the wrong tree. There is no issue with the vaccine stock, but how that stock is being used. Over bureaucratic approach and complete lack of organization are the reason why inoculation is slow in Japan, not the vaccine stock. What I could see from this action of Japan is the following. They will get free international political points. Also since vaccine is domestic product they will get a free testing ground.

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Posted in: Japan to start vaccinating Olympic athletes from June 1: JOC See in context

I hope that Tokyo will be a turning point for all future Olympic city candidates to just reject this scam. I also hope that Olympics in this format and with the current corrupted leadership will be rejected all over the world so the corrupted IOC members will have to beg dear leader of North Korea to host the future Olympics in Pyongyang. One thing is sucking money, but putting millions in risk so you can leech some profit is not acceptable by any moral standard.

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Posted in: Tokyo Games cancelation likely to cost Japan ¥1.81 tril: Nomura See in context

What if new COVID variants spread through Japan. How much is someone’s life worth?

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Posted in: SoftBank CEO again slams Olympics See in context

Does Mr Son have some hidden agenda or not IMHO I could not care less at this moment. He has means and channels to relay the wishes of 80% of the Japanese people to masses and he should be applauded for that. Regarding the athletes, I can see why some younger ones are not speaking against Olympics because of possible backlash. However, why older athletes who will retire after Tokyo Olympics are not speaking against is another story. It is difficult to put myself into their boots, but if I had this mind And if I were to complete I would just boycott it.

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Posted in: Coates gets backlash after saying Olympics are on, even in state of emergency See in context

Sacrifice?! Sacrifice for who? Sacrifice for what? That man has completely lost his connection with reality. People are willing to sacrifice for something that will benefit to the society. This is not one of those things. The only people who are going to benefit are IOC and co.

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Posted in: Ground Self Defense Forces conduct live fire drill near Mt Fuji See in context

This article reminded me when I was doing rock climbing in Yamanashi with nice view of Fuji san. I was hearing explosions so I was looking towards Fuji is it erupting or what, but later Japanese friend told me about JDF exercises.

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Posted in: LDP lawmaker says being LGBT goes against preservation of species See in context

Lesbians and gays can change their sexuality in the same easy way as heterosexual people - they don’t. Instead of blaming LGBT people for low natality rates think about how do you make an environment that people are willing to bring new life into. Firstly there is an issue when father wants to take parternity leave because “he is making situations for his colleagues inconvenient”. Then there are long work hours, financial issues etc. I am not Japanese nor did I go to Japanese schools, but what I could read it can be really stressful for kids. If I had stressful experience in school I would not like for my kids to have the same. Again, since I am not Japanese I could move back to my home country where my kids would have much better education, however Japanese people do not have the same “luxury”.

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Posted in: Shinkansen driver leaves controls for toilet while train running at 150kph See in context

Shinkansens as well as ever other train nowadays in Japan have ATC, ATS and dead man switch systems. Dead man switch is super old system and essentially it will either require drivers to press it regularly or keep it pressed usually with leg in order to tell the system that the driver is conscious otherwise it will apply brakes. ATC is system which signals maximum speed on the track section and if drivers continue to drive faster it will apply brakes. Finally ATS is is a signal that can be activated remotely to stop the train. Speaking of shinkansens, they operate on isolated tracks so there is virtually no danger for collision with cars, people etc. Since conductor was inside in the worst case he could apply emergency brakes (big red button). So, the possibility for the accident was minimal. After all this technical explanation we come to the typical traditional Japanese “logic” or therefore lack of it - rules. Driver probably had explosive diarrhea. Anyone who ever experienced the same condition knows that you can probably hold it for couple minutes tops. He did the best thing at the moment. The next station was probably too far, certified driver was not aboard the train so he asked non certified conductor. Although not certified I am positive that he knows how to drive it. However they will probably punish the poor dude because he used logic and did not follow the “holy” rules. If he followed the rules for sure he would redecorate cockpit in brown tones.

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Posted in: Canceling the Olympics? Huge consequences and a financial quagmire See in context

They (IOC and co.) are saying that they can make safe Olympics. Does anyone have some documents which state how they plan to do so? Going on with Olympics is a huge gamble with lots of lifes at stake. What if Olympics happen and introduce a new huge wave of critical COVID cases? Is IOC going to pay for hospitalization of the people? (NO). Are they going to reimburse families of newly deceased? (NO). Also, even if Olympics happen without new wave of cases, all the revenue will go to IOC and local committee. Since there will be no overseas spectators local business will see exactly extra 0¥ from this Olympics. The only loss that cancellation would bring is existing investment with insignificant additional losses. This whole ordeal has turned into complete shitshow so either cancel everything completely and avoid even higher possible losses if new wave happens or just shift the whole cycle and make Tokyo the host for 2024.

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Posted in: Global-Dining restaurant operator defies Tokyo government’s early closure request See in context

They can do whatever they want, however I will personally not go to such places with tons of people inside. I will rather go to small izakayas close to my house and support the ones who are the most affected with those measures than basically “industrial” izakaya. Been to Gonpachi once, it is touristy place and nothing special. La Boheme, which is operated by the same group is similar thing.

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Posted in: Man ordered to pay damages for tweeting insults over late 'Terrace House' star See in context

Guy is definitely a jerk, however 1.29 million fine for that?

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Posted in: Japan to cut number of visiting Olympic Games officials to less than 90,000 See in context

Even if each athlete is bringing with them one coach, one physician and one extra person with them there is still a loooong way to reach 90000 extra people. Who TF are the rest?

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Posted in: Japan to establish agency to speed up digitalization See in context

I wouldn’t be surprised if they resurrect fax modems and use them to receive faxes on their PCs instead of paper and call that digitalization. It is still digitalization because paper is not being used anymore right? Not to mention that you can paste image of your hanko to the image of the fax and you have perfect digital workflow.

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Posted in: Japan's coronavirus vaccine booking system crashes after Salesforce outage See in context

It seems that Japan is so fond of its “digitalization” so it is pushed everywhere. Let’s be honest, vaccination should be done on a massive scale without any reservations and IT system should be used for tracking of those who received vaccine. Simply as that, but it seems that asking governing jijis here to use logic is a way too much to ask.

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Posted in: Suga says he has never put Olympics first and that IOC has final say See in context

In my country we have an expression that states that Suga san’s statement is a kid’s fairytale. Is he the leader of Japan and Japanese government or are IOC leaders of Japan? I just hope that Japanese people will properly punish LDP during the next elections for their negligence.

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Posted in: Virgin Hyperloop shows off the future: mass transport in floating magnetic pods See in context

It is a stupid idea debunked on several separate occasions. Just to keep vacuum in the system is extremely difficult and expensive and any rupture of the tube would lead to catastrophic disaster.

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Posted in: Unused COVID shots piling up in Japan amid slow rollout See in context

Unlike some other similar medical procedures like drawing blood, giving vaccine is something really trivial to do. You basically inject the vaccine in the muscle tissue and basically one 15min video could “train” you how to do it. However, this is Japan so don’t forget the most important procedure- bureaucracy. For sure for each short one should fill out the form, put hanko on it and fax it. Then other person should confirm the received fax, put their hanko and fax it back. Then the person can administer a vaccine.

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Posted in: Cultural Affairs Commissioner criticizes Japanese music, angering many See in context

My first impression when I started reading this article was that Tokura san is just some old fashioned guy, but actually he is 100% right. Currently majority of the recording process is “good enough, we will fix that in the production”. No, musicians should nail their part in studio or go home. Why some pre digital age songs are able to emotionally touch you? Because you could feel the artist. Nowadays you don’t feel them because everything is super processed, time aligned and it just sounds artificial. This is true no matter the genre of music.

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Posted in: Former trade minister questioned over gift scandal as probe resumes See in context

It is interesting how corruption is called in different countries. In the US it is called lobbying. In Japan it’s called gifting.

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Posted in: Overseas Tokyo Olympic ticket holders may get only partial refunds See in context

I would like to present one example here. Let’s say that maker X produced smartphone and sold it to dealer Y for 600$ which is from country C. Then buyer bought it from dealer Y for 1000$. Because of some technical difficulties smartphone can’t work in country C so maker X offers refunds. Dealer Y believes in “capitalism and free market” and they don’t want to return 1000$ to the customers, but only 600$, the amount they paid for it. In country C they don’t give a damn about customer rights, but in country D there are laws and regulations so customers will get back their full amount. Sounds familiar? It seems that majority haven’t read anything past the title. Japan is refunding full amount and IMHO they should also compensate credited agencies for their trouble, however US agency is greedy in this case and they want to change their customers for services they can’t provide.

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Posted in: French soccer legend Thierry Henry quits social media over 'toxic' racism, abuse See in context

One thing is missing in this article. He also mentioned that it is interesting how social networks are super fast to respond to copyright claims while it takes forever to respond to racism, hate speech etc. and he is 100% correct.

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Posted in: Power outage disrupts train services in Tokyo area See in context

Voltage from the first comment is completely incorrect. Shinkansens have 25kV power lines, however local trains use 1500V.

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Posted in: 40-year-old woman dies in avalanche while snowboarding in Aomori See in context

Whenever I go to any of ski resorts majority of Japanese people don’t wear helmets. Not that the helmet would necessarily save you in this case but since lots of people are under equipped on the ski slope, I am also wondering whether she was equipped with avalanche beacon and tools? Not only she, but her whole party. Going off piste without necessary avalanche safety equipment is the same as driving without seatbelt with airbags disabled.

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