syzyguy comments

Posted in: No Plan B for Olympics; questions remain over Chinese presence See in context

there is no plan b because plan a is all about maximizing profits. plan b would involve additional costs (to a budget that has already quadrupled from initial estimates) as well as lost revenue, so it's off the table.

what the IOC neglects to realize is that this isn't about Japan anymore. this is about what happens when athletes and citizens from less developed countries who don't have the education, technology, experience or expertise in dealing with an unknown virus contract the disease and bring it back to their home countries. what then?

how many deaths are considered an acceptable level of collateral damage so that people can watch some other people run around a track and lifting heavy things?... 1 death is a tragedy but 1000 deaths is a statistic, right?

let's be honest here. the IOC is a corrupt organization. they take bribes, they take profits, they force host countries to play by their rules and then when the circus leaves town the IOC is nowhere to be seen helping clean up because it's already on to the next scam.

i didn't want the olympics here to start with. there was a stink attached to the event before it was even awarded and that festering stink keeps getting worse as the olympics approach. the IOC not getting their payday would be poetic justice.

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Posted in: Tokyo, IOC officials reiterate that the Olympics are on See in context

so, the highest authority on who gets to decide if it's in the country's best interest to hold the games are the organizers of the games?

the feb 24th~ mobile world congress in spain is being cancelled due to the virus and this is double the distance from the epicentre compared with tokyo. it's all well and good if you extrapolate down over the next 5 months but if you extrapolate up, things are going to get ugly. burying your head in the sand isn't a contingency. there needs to be someone willing to pull the plug on this without a vested interest.

or is keeping corporations and the bankers they are indebted to the most important thing here?

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Posted in: Billionaire Maezawa cancels search for lunar love despite 27,722 applicants See in context

hard to eat a burger when you're used to wagyu...

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Posted in: 5 Japanese evacuees from Wuhan taken to hospital; 2 have pneumonia See in context

the government would probably be wise to come up with some legal justification for quarantining people who show symptoms of the coronavirus before an extra half a million people from every continent show up en masse in 6 months...

then again, if i had 2 trillion yen tied up in an investment with such a limited window to recoup, i would probably keep my head buried in the sand until it's too late also.

what's the solution for a natural and environmental disaster costing an already heavily indebted government 20 trillion yen?

2 trillion more taxpayer yen spent on bread and games of course!

no worries... they can make back some of their money selling bat sandwiches.... and gluten-free fruit bat bowls for the vegans.

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Posted in: Actress Sawajiri admits taking illegal drugs for over 10 years See in context

this poor girl is Icarus. it gets boring living the privileged life for so long, you reach a point where you need a few chemical cocktails here and there to extract some more fun out of it...

but not to worry folks, the fun police is here, ready to arrest anyone having too much fun!

crabs in a bucket, i tell ya...

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Posted in: Kang, Kono trade barbs at ASEAN after Japan's decision to revoke S Korea's preferential trade status See in context

there is no reason to applaud the japanese government... really both governments are in the wrong here.

the only winners in this pissing match are the egos that have momentarily one upped their opponents.

the losers are the people of korea and japan who have their actual lives affected by these childish political games...

the settlements demanded by the supreme court of korea amounts to about 2 million US dollars. so the korean government would rather have this much damage done to their economy rather than just paying the victims themselves and telling them to move on?

similarly, the japanese government, is wasting this much time and effort over a million dollars, and some pride? why dont they just pay the koreans? 2 million dollars is an absolute bargain to have them shut up about it... instead, inconveniencing the livelihoods of many thousands of japanese who depend on exporting goods to korea is preferable?

whatever face that might have been lost in the eyes of the voters for capitulating to their "enemies" demands when this thing bubbled up 6 months ago is far less than the face they will lose when this brinksmanship runs its course

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Posted in: HBO brings down curtain on TV phenom 'Game of Thrones' See in context

GOT is a global phenomenon because of the massive piracy of episodes, available in perfect quality 30 minutes after it airs... no one wants to pay for a bunch of garbage shows when they are only interested in one

i will be waiting until the entire season finishes airing so i can watch everything unfold in my own time...

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Posted in: Amazon drops New York headquarters plan amid protests See in context

i am guessing there were at least 2 dozen investors who bought up property in the area at marked up prices with the hopes that the land will be worth even more when amazon got up and running...

you win some you lose some eh

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Posted in: LDP adopts concise plan on constitutional revision at convention See in context

abe is nefarious but he's not stupid... well, at least not stupid enough to get into a war.

he needs article 9 changed so he can justify buying more american military goods and weapons. it's hard to prop up the MIC when you can only buy out of the defense catalogue.

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Posted in: JR East mulls later train services during Tokyo Olympics See in context

@TigersTokyoDome ...sounds like your expertise on what constitutes a waste of time allowed you to avoid all that time wasted on reading the article

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Posted in: Dual nationals feel cast adrift in Japan See in context

I have heard this before and still does not make sense to me. 

Good question. I am only familiar with Canada but upon landing the Canadian passport is used primarily for citizen identification. Canada recognizes dual citizenship so you just bring both passports with you and for immigration purposes they will stamp the passport used previously to exit the other country.

This requirement started in 2016, so before that I wouldn't even need to present a Canadian passport and would just check the box stating that I am a citizen while using my Japanese passport to enter.

It's probably different and more difficult with countries that don't recognize dual citizenship.

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Posted in: Dual nationals feel cast adrift in Japan See in context

i still have both my citizenships... definitely makes going through Narita a lot smoother, though one time a female airport worker kept aggressively repeating "THIS LINE IS FOR JAPANESE PASSPORTS ONLY" in my direction louder and louder while I ignored her and waited in line.

sounds like the woman in the article is just butthurt because her father gave her some bad advice. the lawyer's comments at the end are correct, under normal circumstances without going through the formal process of renouncing your citizenship you will likely never run into a problem. when you are in country A use country A's passport, when you are in country B use country B's passport.

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Posted in: Japan, 2 other Asian nations warn citizens not to use marijuana in Canada See in context

here is Prime Minister Trudeau last week speaking at my old high school on why Canada decided to legalize.

i remember sitting in that very auditorium, stoned out of my gourd while watching a kid on stage eat a goldfish for 5 bucks. good times... or maybe the entire thing was hallucinated since marijuana makes you see imaginary things!?!?!?!

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Posted in: Japanese space agency to build manned lunar craft See in context

the canadian exploration vehicle will be made out of hockey sticks and adhered together with hockey tape. it's top speed will be entirely dependent on how fast the person in front of the vehicle can sweep the Moon's surface clear.

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Posted in: Princess Mako's parents told boyfriend, mother to solve financial issue: source See in context

no woman is worth this level of scrutiny on personal family affairs. if there is anything that drunkenly trawling the streets at night has taught me, it's that women will either be interested or not, there is no need to force it. then again, i didn't have a million dollar payday waiting for me at the other end of the it...

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Posted in: 3-year-old boy falls to his death from 6th floor of condo See in context

Condo's and apartment buildings also need to start putting up nets

It probably would have been cheaper and more effective if they had just put up a net around that mother's uterus.

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Posted in: Australian police seize 1 ton of cocaine, arrest 15 men See in context

"It is for personal use, I swear."

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Posted in: Keep your smartphone clean See in context

Nothing more satisfying than spreading a bunch of airborne fecal bacteria on your phone... bonus points for holding the phone with the same hend you just wiped with

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Posted in: Ex-husband of singer Noriko Sakai arrested again for drug possession See in context

Why does he not just move to Holland?

If the guy likes shabu methamphetamines, which it sounds like he does, Japan has some of the purest in the world thanks to North Korean imports. Holland has Japan beat with most drugs but definitely not ice.

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Posted in: Hollywood in shock over Trump victory See in context

The saddest celebrity in all this is Kate Mckinnon. She's the only one that legitimately had something to lose from the outcome.

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Posted in: Face me See in context

if the cost of your halloween costume exceeds the value of the free candy you receive, you've failed at halloween

might as well just buy a half dozen bags of candy and cut out the middle man...

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Posted in: Finding a half decent gym in Japan: A survival guide See in context

power rack with dips, pullup bar and lat pulldown - 70000

180kg weights - 20000

bench - 16000

wood flooring with rubber truck mats - 5000

working out naked at home with the sweet sultry sounds of roy ayers playing loudly in the background - priceless

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Posted in: Critics question economic impact of Abe's maglev decision See in context

Great.. so while millions schlep to Tokyo on overcapacity trains for 70 minutes, a select few will be breezing in from Osaka in less time. Or best case scenario, this train alleviates the urban sprawl and with nature taking its course on the aging populace dignity will be restored to the daily commute.

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Posted in: The key to loving Japanese TV if you're a foreigner See in context

a lot of tv in any country is garbage... but once you find the gems, they can be great entertainment during dinner with a beer.

in my mind, what makes Japanese tv enjoyable is how the comedians are able to riff off one another spontaneously. there's a certain rhythm to the way that comedians work in their jokes and though i'm sure a lot of it is pre-planned and made more snappy with clever editing, the fact remains that they aren't usually doing multiple takes of the same jokes to try and get the one that lands best like they do with most scripted comedy shows.

doesn't it tend to be the people who don't make attempts to make jokes that criticise those who do? i can appreciate anyone who makes someone try to laugh since one of the hardest ways to be funny is to actually try and be funny. when a japanese comedian bombs, that adds to the naturalness of the program and can also make it funnier watching them squirm as a result. and when a joke hits it's mark, there's a certain magic to it that can't be found in scripted comedy.

a lot of "konto" sketches are absolutely abysmal and are often based on wackiness but the ones that are more grounded in truth like "Suberanai Hanashi" are hilarious.

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Posted in: Which professions do you think are recession-proof? See in context

Sadly not. The recession increases supply (more women who need money) and reduces demand (fewer men with money to spend).

Just because someone manages a whore house doesn't mean they don't understand basic economics. Supply increases and demand shrinks... so they lower the prices and the business is back on track.

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Posted in: Helping hands See in context

Carbs, carbs and deep fried carbs. If my house was flooded, I'd rather take my chances scrounging up some wild berries and catching the fish that were washed inland than eat that filler.

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Posted in: What do you think are some of the main differences between the way Japanese and Western media report the news? See in context

in the west, the television news uses someone who is somewhat involved with the story to offer an educated viewpoint while in Japan they use planted unionized actors to read off prepared lines while pretending that they just happened to be wandering around the street near the news crew. these comments supposedly express the thought of the Japanese everyman but are really methods to control the narrative from going beyond a superficial level.

American news typically uses dramatic music and exaggerates risks to keep you in a state of fear which primes you for being brainwashed by the propaganda they spout and more susceptible to purchasing the products being advertised that much easier...

so they are similar in the sense that they both employ mass media as tools for herding sheeple...

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Posted in: Five detained over China Uniqlo sex tape See in context

Those detained include the couple suspected of shooting the video—showing a mostly clothed man and a naked woman apparently having sex—

wait a minute... so if he was mostly clothed how was he.... ohhhhhh I get it.

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Posted in: Japanese soccer fans turn to drink as Nadeshiko sink See in context

Sometimes you have to drink the pain away.

I can wholly understand medicating with alcohol but why are some people drunk before the match even starts and plastered by the time half time rolls around?

When I want to watch something entertaining that needs some level of analysis, alcohol detracts from the enjoyment as all the subtleties of the skill involved and story being told is lost. Is it because the only way for soccer's languid pace to be remotely tolerable is to dull the senses?

On top of that, the odds of you leaving satisfied (with your team winning) is 50/50, so why waste a good buzz on something where the outcome is undetermined? I'd rather get hammered with people whose mood doesn't hinge upon the goings on of an electric box.

The athletes themselves are (usually) not drunk, so if I'm going to support the team/individual and live vicariously through them, it feels most cathartic being in as close of a mind state as possible to the participants... but maybe that's just me...

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Posted in: Japan joins U.S.-Australia war games amid China tensions See in context

New Zealand population: 4.4 million, Personnel involved: 500 Japan population: 128 million, Personnel involved: 40

What a joke. Sending that many forces is about the same as not participating at all. Either Japan was asked to participate and couldn't be bothered to devote any actual manpower to it or Japan asked to participate and was forced to limit their numbers since they'd get in the way. Either way, it's pathetic.

Not that I think militarism is the right way to spend tax money...

Unmanned gundam mechs I could go for however...

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