Seijosoba comments

Posted in: Elton John rockets toward retirement at Dodger Stadium See in context

"Is he coming to Japan?"

With artist fees paid in U.S. dollars, no promoter can afford to bring him to Japan. As you may have noticed, many big international artists are now skipping Japan since they can't enter China on the same tour routing.

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Posted in: U.S. basketball star Griner on her way to Russian penal colony, lawyers say See in context

According to these links, the standard penalty for possessing under 6 grams of marijuana is 15 days.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cannabis_in_Russia#:~:text=Less%20than%206%20grams%20qualified,Russian%20criminal%20code%20article%20228.

Griner is getting nine years for 0.7 grams. There is no doubt she is being used as a political pawn.

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Posted in: Japan approves 14 venues for G7 ministerial meetings in 2023 See in context

This doesn't make sense for so many reasons. Total waste of resources while needing to add security across the country. The International and Domestic press covering the meetings now needs to zig-zag across the country.

Climate, energy, environment -- Sapporo, Hokkaido

The irony!

From the Hokkaido G8 conference held in 2008 -

https://www.mofa.go.jp/policy/environment/warm/coolearth50/initiative.pdf

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Posted in: Cost of Abe's state funeral rises to ¥1.6 billion See in context

The quote of 1.6 Billion yen is just the tip of the iceberg.

With foreign dignitaries flying in, they now need to close the road between Haneda and the city for security purposes. This is similar to Japan's hosting international conferences like G8 in Toyoko and APEC in Yokohama. The roads around the dignitaries' hotels and the procession itself will be closed. The inefficiencies of being unable to move around in a city like Tokyo are incalculable.

On another note, business colleagues from overseas that have been trying to get into Japan that week have been rejected for visas even though they run semi-major companies in Japan. Some of these same people were able to enter earlier this summer. Japanese Embassies and consulates worldwide seem to have stopped answering their phones! It's probably just a coincidence, but I definitely wouldn't be surprised if this recent policy change had some connection with a state funeral.

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Posted in: Trout sets Angels scoring record in 12-0 rout of Blue Jays See in context

Kikuchi's having an awful year. I don't understand why they still bring him out.

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Posted in: Abe's state funeral to cost ¥250 million See in context

An Aug 10-11 nationwide telephone poll conducted by Kyodo News showed 56.0 percent were unconvinced by Kishida's explanation for why it is appropriate to hold a state funeral for Abe, while 42.5 percent said they accepted it.

People opinion doesn't matter in Japan, they'll just proceed.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/may/17/tokyo-olympics-more-than-80-of-japanese-oppose-hosting-games-poll

Also, remember that it was only one year ago that the Olympics were held without spectators due to Covid. Now, the government is sponsoring a mega-spreader event at the height of Covid in this country!

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Posted in: Lamar closes Glastonbury with call for women's rights See in context

its funny watching these vapid, virtue signaling idiots criticize US abortion laws from the UK, which have tougher abortion laws than many US states.

And "master" would be referring to Pulitzer Prize winner Kendrick Lamar as a vapid idiot for standing up for the rights of all women.

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Posted in: After 40 years, the final Anna Miller’s cafe in Japan closing down See in context

I never ate at Anna Miller's though often walked by the Akasaka branch. The article doesn't mention the Japanese male fetish for Ann Miller waitress uniforms back in the day. Like everything else, it appears to be replaced over time....soon enough there was a Hooters across the street in Akasaka though they've now both closed down.

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Posted in: Wakayama Prefecture pulls out of bid to host casino resort See in context

It's hard to say that this is a smart move. Casinos themselves can only make up under 5% of the total land space of an IR so the rest needs to be filled with hotels, arenas, concert halls, theatres, etc. This is similar to Marina Bay Sands in Singapore which has become Singapore's most iconic spot for culture, entertainment, sports, etc. The casino money is primarily made from tourists since it's generally cost-prohibitive for locals to enter. In Japan, the pachinko industry already owns that space.

The Yokohama bid was basically shut down by one wealthy person who didn't want an IR to impede his waterfront monopoly. It's ridiculous after having the local governments court these IRs for years just to cave into local bullies or to use them as leverage for their own means.

Who's now going to spend any private money to revitalize places like Wakayama and Tomakomai? These areas are dying and the Japanese government will subsidize them with tax income that doesn't exist.

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Posted in: Japan to scrap licenses for electric scooters See in context

Keep in mind that these scooters can reach speeds of 20km/h. The delivery robots have a max speed of 6km/h.

I'm looking forward to the Unagi finally reaching these shores - https://unagiscooters.com/

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Posted in: L'Imperatrice brings French pop back to Coachella See in context

Japan's Joji just about to appear in his biggest ever show as a second-tier headliner at Coachella. This should have been the story - https://livenation.site/live.php?concert=Joji-At-Coachella-Festival-2022

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Posted in: L'Imperatrice brings French pop back to Coachella See in context

With all of the Coachella stories happening this past weekend, this is the most "non-story" I've read. Why is this even in Japan Today?

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Posted in: Super-G Para Alpine Skiing See in context

It's really unfortunate the lack of broadcasting the Winter Paralympics has been getting. There was almost nothing to be found on a worldwide basis yesterday (Sunday).

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Posted in: Japan had IMF delete mention of coal in report on its economy See in context

This can't be a surprise when Japanese banks basically fund the world's coal industry - https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/12/07/national/report-names-japans-top-three-mega-banks-worlds-biggest-lenders-coal-plant-developers/

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Posted in: Ian McDonald, prog rock founder of King Crimson, dies at 75 See in context

RIP Ian McDonald.

On a side note, King Crimson has been the only foreign band allowed to tour Japan during Covid in 2021. Japan has now been closed to international artists for 2 years!

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Posted in: South Korea breaks daily virus record for 2nd straight day See in context

Where? As of today, South Korea has a vaccination rate of approximately 79.5%-82.5%.

https://graphics.reuters.com/world-coronavirus-tracker-and-maps/countries-and-territories/south-korea/

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Posted in: Japan to remove spectator limit for large-scale events even in virus state of emergency See in context

Once again, Japan making rules that makes little sense. Needing proof of vaccination for 'the request for limiting group sizes to four people per table will be removed.'? Events with 10K capacity with no proof of vaccination?

Japan - learn from the rest of the world and make vaccine passports mandatory for any entry to restaurants, bars, indoor events... PERIOD!

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Posted in: Japan to see price hikes in food, tobacco products from October See in context

A revamp of Japan's energy sector is not need though doubtful it will happen when Japan's three major banks are the main backers behind fo the coal industry -

https://nocoaljapan.org/the-problem/private-banks/#:~:text=In%20particular%2C%20Japan's%20three%20mega,billion%20over%20last%20two%20years.&text=Yet%20Japanese%20banks%20are%20still,the%20most%20carbon%2Dpolluting%20fuel.

In regards to Japan becoming more self-reliant, the government would be best to follow the example of Singapore's "30 by 30" initiative in which they plan to produce 30% of their own food by 2030. Singapore is much smaller than Japan though they are leading by innovation including growing in high-density urban centers.

https://www.rsis.edu.sg/rsis-publication/nts/singapores-30-by-30-strategy-can-food-self-production-be-achieved/#.YVafpppBw2w

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Posted in: Enjoy a staycation in the heart of the city See in context

Also a staycation would usually indicate a 1 or 2 day stay. There is no link indicating that there are rentals available for such a short stay just this - https://www.moriliving.com/en/contact/sa

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Posted in: Fuji Rock Festival to send free COVID-19 test kits to all ticket holders See in context

"The last Fuji Rock festival i remember that was actually rock festival was when there were Number Girl and Thee Michelle Gun Elephant. It was like 70s' Woodstock".

When was the last FujiRock you actually attended? It continues to be one of the world's top rock festival for fans and the artists themselves.

Also, what is 70's Woodstock supposed to mean? Woodstock itself was in 1969 while FujiRock never had a "Woodstock" vibe. FujiRock was modeled after the Glastonbury festival.

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Posted in: DaBaby booted from Lollapalooza after homophobic comments See in context

DaBaby is massive in the U.S. While his comments are idiotic, they will most likely bounce off him like a Donald Trump tweet.

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Posted in: Gold and green: Olympic basketball, NBA business intersect See in context

“Hopefully, teams are going to be nice and they can understand that I don’t want to rush anything and at least I can wait until after the game.”

Unfortunately Evan Fournier is not a first tier free agent so I'll sure he'll be plugged in throughout the game. He's got no other choice as the chips will fall quickly.

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Posted in: 4 Olympic workers from U.S., Britain arrested over alleged cocaine use See in context

The "Yunyu Kakunin-sho" has always existed though the designated list of permissible pharmaceuticals has been somewhat scrapped for the Olympics. As per the NHK article above, methamphetamines are now exempt from the law! Coincidentally, this year marks the 70th anniversary of the The 1951 Stimulant Control Law which banned methamphetamine possession in Japan.

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Posted in: 4 Olympic workers from U.S., Britain arrested over alleged cocaine use See in context

What nobody seems to have pointed out is that the Japanese government has changed the drug laws for these Olympics - https://www3.nhk.or.jp/news/html/20210523/k10013046221000.html.

Basically anything can be brought into Japan as long as you have a "prescription". It's rather unbelievable and I wonder what kind of precedent this sets.

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