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Posted in: Canada lawmakers vote to legalize cannabis See in context

I'm all for it being legalized but I have a breathing problem so will still want smoking banned in public places.

Additionally, the notion that it will fit conveniently into people's daily lives like alcohol isn't backed by the science. Alcohol is basically gone from your system after X number of hours and you learn to incorporate it responsibly.

Marijuana however doesn't leave the system as conveniently. While the initial high leaves, its impairment effects last much longer. This is testable. Adjusting to this will take time and responsible consideration. Such as driver impairment testing, heavy machinery, piloting, surgery etc. New case law and testing systems will need to give people feedback on how to manage it

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Posted in: Jilted Fujifilm sues Xerox for $1 bil after aborted merger See in context

Great victory for Icahn and board transparency flies in the face of the cooked books of Japan Inc

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Posted in: Osaka gov't warns of baseless rumors on social media after quake See in context

This should be considered hate speech and prosecuted as such. At the very least fined for being a public nuisance and trying to cause a panic

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Posted in: FamilyMart relaxes customer service rules for sake of foreign workers See in context

sounds like an easy phrase and hardly worth the trouble but for a tepid nation forever walking on eggshells that don't exist it's a sign of decline not confidence

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Posted in: Lower house passes antismoking bill See in context

watered down compared to other countries who have moved forward on this issue. Restaurants benefited from smoking bans everywhere else but Japan remains afraid of change

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Posted in: JAL, ANA change 'Taiwan' to 'China Taiwan' on websites See in context

sad capitulation to a rising autocracy

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Posted in: Osaka gov't warns of baseless rumors on social media after quake See in context

foreigners in Japan will start robbing convenience stores and others warning of possible terror attacks by foreigners following the quake.

Japan sadly has a long history of blaming foreigners during earthquakes. You'd think that would have stopped by now

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Posted in: Trump wants U.S. to dominate space, moon and Mars See in context

Send a rocket to an asteroid and redirect it to Old Faithful geyser and set off the Yellowstone supervolcano

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Posted in: Trump wants U.S. to dominate space, moon and Mars See in context

what a clown. His country still doesn't have healthcare and now this. I can't even....

Also militarization of space is against international law. Trump can be tried in the Hague or maybe seize all his hotel assets.

No one can afford space on its own. It's kinda larger than even the largest ego

USA just wants to burn, let it die

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Posted in: Support for Abe cabinet at 45%, up for 2nd month: poll See in context

I'm conflicted between knee-slapping or face-palming

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Posted in: Abe says he won't miss chance to meet with N Korean leader Kim See in context

By being validated by Trump he has no need to meet with Abe

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Posted in: Giuliani says Trump could issue pardons after Russia probe See in context

not a surprise seeing some chortling their approval

In Nov we'll see if their worldview is maintained in the population and if the USA is a lost cause, or if it's just a fringe group whose luck has run out

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Posted in: Demand for foreign workers may soften Japan's immigration rules See in context

With the abandonment of the countrysides I wonder how low the population will need to be before China just walks in

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Posted in: Demand for foreign workers may soften Japan's immigration rules See in context

"....We have no choice but to allow them into the country."

Doesn't sound particularly welcoming. Given the rights and wage abuses with no laws to alleviate them then it'll be even worse. Someone mentioned the Middle East style of economy, upstairs/downstairs for Japan.

As always a temporary foreign workforce essentially props up a false economy. If there aren't enough workers for a company, then that company should close.

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Posted in: Gov't to go ahead with sales tax hike in Oct 2019 See in context

I didn't realize part timers could afford cars and houses? Instant stagnate and falling wages come Oct

However, if the minimum wage passed 1000 yen/hr there would be more economic activity and more taxes paid that way.

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Posted in: Japanese schools introduce LGBT-friendly uniforms See in context

This might bring out some interesting styles, regardless of gender. But will the students still be forced to have black hair?

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Posted in: Gov't to go ahead with sales tax hike in Oct 2019 See in context

let them eat cake?

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Posted in: Japan to bring in more foreign workers See in context

with a shrinking population there's no need to pretend to maintain the current GDP levels as GDP is only based on growth, not decline

Ratios of scale that can go up or down are going to have to be the new measuring system

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Posted in: Japan to refuse entry to foreign travelers with unpaid medical bills See in context

I'm sure Japan will get top people to address this right away.... Top.. People..

If patients are in Japan and have no record of previous non payment then there won't be much of a reduction. Are there a lot of repeat patients?

This would also mean that hospitals would need to share information in a standard format across the country. There would also need to be a mechanism of being removed from such a list and making that a legal requirement too.

Put it in the inbox with stickers of unicorns and rainbows

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Posted in: Japan to bring in more foreign workers See in context

I believe it's called indentured servitude. These workers are not going to be able to save any money.

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Posted in: Japan to bring in more foreign workers See in context

The government has not set a target for foreign workers under the new proposals, although local media put the figure at more than 500,000 people by 2025.

Never going to happen. I'd be surprised if they get a 1/5 of that

So many other more favourable options in Asia, no reason to take scraps and be treated poorly

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Posted in: Trump ready to impose tariffs on about $50 bil in Chinese goods See in context

Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act coming soon! Depression Part 2!

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Posted in: Holidays to be moved to ease traffic for 2020 Tokyo Olympics See in context

Joe YanToday  10:53 am JST

Anyone know the specific reason why the Olympics has to be in July-Aug? The hottest and most humid time of the year... Why not schedule it to Sept-Oct?

The Tokyo Olympics in'64 was held in Oct...........

Yeah. World Series is in October. Nothing else on the calendar and they don't want a repeat of '64 when the World Series was from October 5th to 15th and the Olympics from the 11th to the 23rd. Not like there should be people upset about the overlap, but there we are. Business doesn't want competition for humans, only the bottom line matters. Just like the Olympics today, not the '64. Sad.

No one had the backbone to stand up to the IOC.

Corporation algo's told the humaans to keep printing money . Oh wait, that's 2024

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Posted in: Holidays to be moved to ease traffic for 2020 Tokyo Olympics See in context

I suppose the trains will be packed with people.... trying to flee the games. That's would be funny

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Posted in: Trump tags U.S. media as nation's 'biggest enemy' after summit See in context

another day another lower rung those that follow him go down and down.

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Posted in: Holidays to be moved to ease traffic for 2020 Tokyo Olympics See in context

why not just add holidays instead? Would that blow the mind of a bureaucrat?

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Posted in: Japan enacts law to lower adulthood age to 18 See in context

I liked the 20 as coming of age and wished it were so in Canada where it can vary between 18 and 19 depending on the province.

I don't see why Japan has to conform to the world in this case at all. The brain doesn't stop developing until around 25 so the higher the legal age restrictions to this the better off the kids are.

This is really a snide LDP attempt to bring about nationalism and set the conditions for a war they want

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Posted in: Japan determined to settle abduction issue by talks with Kim See in context

With four distinct narrators, (trump, kim, translator 1, translator 2) there's no way to know what actually happened

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Posted in: 2020 Tokyo Olympic organizers set Y300,000 cap for ticket prices See in context

Yikes

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Posted in: What do you think will be the outcome of Tuesday's planned summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un? See in context

The Chinese government is extending a $500 million loan to a state-owned construction company to build an Indonesian theme park that will feature a Trump-branded golf course and hotels.

Agree, China is the winner here. As long as Trump gets his graft and sells out his country. Russia was the template

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