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Posted in: New 'glass-like' orchid species discovered in Japan See in context


How can you “discover” something that’s been around and known and given a name for a long time?

The variety was known, but the species not. It is common to find new species of bugs that are very similar to other species until examined closely.

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Posted in: Japan orders ex-lawmaker YouTuber GaaSyy to return passport See in context

The guy loved to taunt the police and the government and felt untouchable, maybe he is, maybe it will just take time.

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Posted in: Number of yakuza, associates investigated by police falls below 10,000 in 2022 See in context

Less people investigated can mean less criminals, but it can also means they are becoming better at hiding so the crimes continue without the police even reaching the point of investigating the criminals.

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Posted in: Dentsu, others indicted over Tokyo Olympics bid rigging See in context

So, if Hashimoto feels great responsibility is he going to share the indictments?

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Posted in: 1.82 million foreigners legally working in Japan, gov’t says See in context

So, how this compares with other countries of comparable economy? specially on the amount of money the foreigners make, after all the residence permits require companies employing the foreigners to fill out the salary they are making so it is not like this information is difficult to get.

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Posted in: Abe shooter faces additional charges of making gun, damaging building See in context

I guess prosecutors have to do things exactly as they are supposed to do, even if it makes not much sense.

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Posted in: Survivors still being found as quake death toll tops 28,000 See in context

@Raw Beer

I can't find even one source where Mitsotakis is quoted as saying that "EU cannot help Syria after earthquake due to sanctions" he ask for sanctions to be lifted but never says the EU can't help because of them.

In fact, everywhere is being reported that the sanctions already allow for humanitarian help to reach Syria without problems.

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Posted in: Man referred to prosecutors for defaming mother of late 'Terrace House' star See in context

Nice winds of change on the horrible situation on social media where people felt they had the right to harass and attack others with impunity. Double gain when this also is making very easy for victims to get a nice economic compensation from services when they let their users do this without control. A few lucky people that notice this and get a nice reward and finally companies will make their part in enforcing their own rules.

Looking at how sites refuse to control their users it may not be difficult to think people will make anonymous accounts to attack other accounts they can then use to demand this compensation, services are left wide open to this kind of abuse.

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Posted in: Mother of late 'Terrace House' star sues TV broadcaster See in context

At some point companies have to be made responsible of the negativity they promote for profit. It will be interesting to see what happens with this lawsuit.

Thanks to changes in the laws it is now also easier for people to get compensation for services promoting toxic behavior in their users. When a site or service based in Japan ends up collecting trolls trying to harass other users it will now have to consider that any barely competent lawyer can use this to get some compensation for the people being attacked.

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Posted in: U.S. Senate up for grabs as Republicans move toward House majority See in context

No surprises here, including the republicans complaining about the whole thing and how it was rigged and stolen. It is as if everything was included in an algorithm that must be followed to the point.

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Posted in: Ukraine says Russians will take one week to withdraw from Kherson See in context

The war keeps going differently from what Putin plans, it has always been a long shot to think Russia could lose it, but at this point it looks barely possible, maybe more.

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Posted in: Kirin to export premium Fuji whisky to Singapore amid weaker yen See in context

Sounds like an interesting Whisky, the description made me want to have a try at it.

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Posted in: Chinese cities clamp down on COVID as cases rise before winter season See in context

Good luck with the lockdowns but they are not going to improve things, a friend of mine needs 4 hours to go from her house in China to her university dorm in Kyushu, and needs 7 days to do the opposite.

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Posted in: The sick, insidious world of cyberbullying: What can be done about it? See in context

Make the sites and services where this happens liable for what they allow, sometimes against the rules they say are enforcing. If a site lets their users harass and attack people facilitate lawsuits from the victims, after a few of those users that got bullied get a bit richer thanks to these lawsuits the sites will be much more proactive at enforcing their rules and controlling the bullies.

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Posted in: Some restaurants require that customers use their smartphones to read the QR code in order to see the menu. How do you feel about that? Would you rather see a printed menu? See in context

If that is the only option they have I simply leave without making a fuzz, some people will think this is good but for me it is just a nuisance, fortunately none of the places I frequent do this, so the couple of times I have seen this I didn't have a problem walking 5 meters to the next place.


We all do without even knowing, Take SushiRo, menu in front just scroll through and make your selection or press a button

Having a proper screen to see instead of having to juggle endless amount of pages on your phone is very different.

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Posted in: Russia destroys power and water infrastructure across Ukraine See in context

So Russia drops the act and embraces the reality of the war, it would be surprising from anybody interested on keeping appearances, but obviously Putin is now above silly things like logic and the international opinion.

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Posted in: Biden vows abortion legislation as top priority next year See in context


And if you want to believe that you can, I don't, absolutely not

So your argument is valid because you want to believe it is true?

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Posted in: Someone crashes car into Japan’s oldest toilet See in context

@Awa no Gaijin

Lets not worship an old toilet as if it's a national treasure !

History is very important, and keeping historical sites is a great way to promote culture, there is nothing wrong with taking care of something that is of interest.

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Posted in: Russia abandons key bastion; Putin ally suggests a nuclear response See in context

Putin is desperate and this war has much more consequences than what he expected, if he were a rational person this would mean a resolution soon, but Putin being the egomaniac he has always been this may mean disaster, either for him personally when Russians react, or to the world if he is left to react with nuclear weapons.

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Posted in: 17-year-old boy arrested for forcibly kissing school girl See in context

This creep is betting on being underage to be left off without consequences. Japan really needs to make a sex offender registry.

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Posted in: Japan revises law to speed identification of anonymous cyberbullies See in context

The changes in the laws not only affects social media, I know personally the case of a Chinese nurse living in Japan, she participates in some English sites based in Japan answering questions about health and related matters, for a few months she got harassed by trolls that followed around calling her names, contradicting everything she wrote and taunting her just for fun without the operators of the sites doing anything even when the trolls were clearly toxic.

On an unrelated matter she was in contact with a lawyer and asked if something could be done about it, he recommended to sue the site for not enforcing their own rules. When she did it the operator tried to hide things by finally deleting some of the comments, but since they never deactivated the accounts of the trolls it was easy to prove the harassment and my friend won the lawsuit, she didn't become rich but it was well worth involving lawyers and now she can quit her part time job and still be able to pay for her degree.

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Posted in: When movie fan-art becomes the real thing See in context

Really nice posters, I can see why the directors are impressed with his talent.

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Posted in: Alzheimer's drug shows promise in early results of study See in context

Alzheimer is horrible disease that can doom whole families, any drug that can help is a very welcome development because it means that in the future better and cheaper options become possible.

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Posted in: Idol singer from Keyakizaka46 says she’s now working as a Tokyo bar hostess See in context

Since these idols number in the hundreds (including those that have "graduated") it is not difficult to find that some have switched to work lines that are more adult-oriented. Specially the least popular ones that have no chance to continue in the show business.

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Posted in: Male rapper arrested for threatening woman on social media See in context

I would assume this falls under the new Cyber Bullying / Online Abuse laws?

For all the reservations I had about the new laws when they were reported this can be the case, and from some examples I know about, it has benefited people in indirect ways as well, social media is not the only online place where harassment is present and now it is apparently easier to make the people responsible of toxic sites enforce their own rules to protect people, or face economic consequences.

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Posted in: Ex-Tokyo Olympic exec, business ally allegedly shared bribe See in context

Wow, it is surprising to see how the participants of the corruption are being identified and charged now.

It would be better if this happened before the Olympic games, but late is much better than never.

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Posted in: Little cheer as Japan, China mark 50 years of diplomatic relations See in context

Who can blame the people when the relationship has been everything but harmonious, and with the frequent use of Japan as the default scapegoat of the CCP it would need people to be in denial to think people would celebrate this.

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Posted in: WHO director in Asia accused of racism, abuse indefinitely put on leave See in context

The same thing happens with directors of Japanese organizations overseas, except without the scandals. People working with agencies like JICA will have infinite examples to share about racist, misogynists, creepy things important people love to say that would cause headlines if repeated elsewhere.

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Posted in: COVID-19: Are you an anti-vaxxer? See in context

No antivaxxer is going to accept it, their whole purpose is to deceive people into rejecting vaccines without ever saying they are against them.

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Posted in: U.S. seeks resolution for naval officer jailed in Japan over fatal car crash See in context

How people can be so fixed in punishing that a clear example of circular thinking is not recognized.

The accused, witness and doctors say this is an accident and make arguments about it. The judge says it is negligence, because it is was not an accident, but offers no argument except not believing the arguments of the defense.

So the accused is guilty of negligence because the defense is lying, and the defense is lying because the accused is guilty, no witness contradicting the story, no doctor saying this is not a real possibility, the only reason not to believe the accused is because he must be guilty.

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