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Posted in: Okinawan governor seeks to back anti-hate laws with criminal punishment See in context

Japanese citizens are by and large peace-loving and tolerant.

just not towards nurses and doctors in a pandemic, Japanese from Fukushima, fellow students in schools, issues leading to massive suicide rates, rampant bullying and discrimination up and down. But yeah other than that, sure

Japan needs to get to the 20th century let alone the 21st and any movement along that spectrum of justice has to be a good thing. But why Japanese continue to bully themselves to such an extreme is something that has to be considered undesirable

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Posted in: Frontline health workers in Japan continue to face discrimination over virus See in context

The burnout in this kind of job is already very high in the West, to add on the discrimination of Japan must be unreal

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Posted in: U.S. cuts WHO ties over virus; takes action over Hong Kong See in context

He's not happy with China but wants to give the WHO over to them and Hong Kong as well? Huh? How do you be angry with China by giving them everything they want?

It makes no sense

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Posted in: Kitakyushu declares it is in 2nd wave of coronavirus See in context

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said at a press conference that the central government is not considering re-declaring a state of emergency in Fukuoka, where a total of 199 cases had been reported by Thursday.

Need to get the decision making process into the hands of actual Public Health professionals

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Posted in: Japan 'seriously concerned' over Chinese security laws for Hong Kong See in context

The majority of Hong Kong residents want the security law, because of the fear of those rioting and causing a disruption to their daily lives.

Huh? Merchants of Doubt present again. Are you a paid quisling for the CCP or are you just that easily manipulated for free?

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Posted in: Japan 'seriously concerned' over Chinese security laws for Hong Kong See in context

no doubt the oyajis will give it 'consideration'

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Posted in: Nissan to close Spain, Indonesia plants after losses See in context

without a world view they'll contract more and more from a world company. Talent is already leaving. Management doesn't understand other cultures. Without Ghosn they'll continue to be rudderless. Ironically they'll be bought up, the exact result they were fighting

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Posted in: Trump escalates war on social media companies See in context

His account should have been deleted years ago for lying harassment and threats, all against the Terms of Service.

Conservatives that can't follow the rules are the cancer of the Internet. In the early days they weren't online at all and it was bliss. Political discourse wasn't toxic and views were back and forth but never to the level of a reality break like the fine example of the trolls posting here. We had moderators that kicked people off that were weirdos and malcontents against the TOS. It was just done.

As long as the processes outlined in Merchants of Doubt continue to be employed, gaslighting, denials, obfuscation, lying, as long as that is the norm then society continues to crumble.

More so in the USA as it lacks any sense of public trust or responsibility aka Faux News, but you can find any offshoot of that in any country now. The Conservatives are the problem everywhere because they embraced and increased the discord. They were ripe for manipulation because IRL they are not heard. You can't build a society of caring citizens.

We are really seeing the cold war China Russia USA put online

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Posted in: As Japan reopens, coronavirus testing slowed by bureaucracy and staff shortages See in context

"Our stance that tests should be conducted on people in need has been consistent from the beginning. We have had testing capacity increased continuously," Takuma Kato, a senior health ministry official, told Reuters.

> Japan says it can run up to 22,000 PCR tests a day, but less than a third - around 6,000 tests - are actually conducted on a daily basis.

> "If we can make good use of resources at places like university labs, PCR testing can exceed 100,000 (per day), far more than 20,000," Yamanaka said in an internet TV debate with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on May 6.

> The health ministry welcomed his proposal, but said further considerations were needed.

So the health ministry is just bold face lying and delaying any action. In this environment, how can the numbers be trusted?

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Posted in: Has the coronavirus made you rethink what's important in your life? See in context

it's also shown up that vegetables already have the right daily or semi weekly supply chain that can handle the sudden load but other goods and foods not. This means longer deliveries for more processed goods which then become in short supply. Therefore don't depend on those.

Stock up on foods that don't require refrigeration nor freezing

Have a lot of different spices on hand for a variety of cooking flavours

Get a blender

Get more than one can opener

Pasta, sauces, home baking were real winners

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Posted in: Has the coronavirus made you rethink what's important in your life? See in context

This has shown we all need a safety net. 6 months savings in case of emergency wouldn't be a bad idea

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Posted in: Abe vows to double Japan's virus relief package to over ¥200 tril See in context

more liquidation of the public purse to corporations

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Posted in: Has the coronavirus made you rethink what's important in your life? See in context

no, still hate my job and want to see family and friends but have to keep working. no other jobs are hiring or are even worse in terms of hours. COVID-19 just reinforced the situation not change it

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Posted in: Japan set to fully lift coronavirus emergency in Tokyo, 4 other prefectures See in context

the economy is made up in that it is a tool made by society. People made it up, so it's not something that should be controlling people against their health

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Posted in: Japan considers giving ¥200,000 per worker at hospitals treating virus See in context

Ideas, proposals, considerations... Call it news when they do something instead

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Posted in: Trump plays golf for 1st time since the coronavirus pandemic See in context

Certainly not the first time, maybe since March when he was probably forced by staff to stop going

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Posted in: Russia proposes shelving jurisdiction issue in isle talks with Japan See in context

Russia never gives land back. Ask Ukraine.

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Posted in: Rare online outrage in Japan forces Abe to delay controversial bill See in context

i wonder what other malfeasance the electorate will find unappealing staying home watching over their leaders? This is direct democracy in action and Abe'a 30% is basically a fringe candidate . It would be wonderful to see this happen over and over until the old guard either wake up from their snooze or are replaced with better representation. Can't read too much into it though as that's wishful thinking, but it's certainly a great article to read, that it finally happened. People are watching now

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Posted in: BOJ expands loan program for small firms by ¥30 trillion See in context

it's just another public wealth transfer to private companies without people benefiting. If you have a strong enough safety net, companies should be allowed to fail, and people live on the insurance they paid into. Then they can remake their businesses to meet the market. This will just continue companies that cannot change or pay their employees

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Posted in: Only top 30% of foreign students to be eligible for gov't handouts See in context

from article: """In addition, foreign students must be achieving high marks and have attained a grade point average of at least 2.30 in the past academic year. This accounts for the top 25 to 30 percent of students, the ministry said."""

so 2.3+ is the top 30%! Speaks to the need for foreign students to prop up universities more than academic levels. Thus it's in the best interests of everyone to finance this otherwise universities would have to be properly funded or closed

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Posted in: BOJ expands loan program for small firms by ¥30 trillion See in context

from another article also posted today ... """Japanese firms have often been criticized for hoarding huge levels of cash while refraining from boosting wages and capital expenditure."""

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Posted in: Outrage in Hong Kong as China pushes security law See in context

Free Hong Kong! You can't live under tyranny time to be free

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Posted in: U.S. arrests ex-Green Beret, son on charges of smuggling Ghosn out of Japan See in context

everyday Ghosen is in the news is validation of a Japan's broken "justice" system. They should just let it go

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Posted in: TV cliffhanger: New season in jeopardy amid virus shutdown See in context

maybe do something useful with your time?

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Posted in: Japan launches new unit to step up defense in outer space See in context

weaponizing the vastness of space is quite ludicrous.

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Posted in: Shizuoka town determined to put empty houses to good use See in context

You could replace it with a multilayered structure for solar panel electrical generation. No need for demolition to equal subtraction

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Posted in: Shizuoka town determined to put empty houses to good use See in context

the pre-fads can go, keep the local character housing. Having a city reflect its inhabitants was always going to be an outcome of a falling population

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Posted in: Abe shelves bill on retirement age of prosecutors after public pressure See in context

Many 65 year olds are in decline physically (and thus mentally too) and have outdated ideas on things.

Retirement isn't about rampant Ageism bordering on a hate crime. This episode instead seems to be telegraphing that the prosecutor is the only thing keeping them in power while he looks the other way

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Posted in: New virus cases in Tokyo drop to 5; none reported in Osaka See in context

Without proper quantities of testing they'll not know where clusters occur. This can only be intentional

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