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Posted in: ATP's revised ranking system makes no sense: Zverev See in context

U.S. Open runner-up Alexander Zverev says it is "absurd" he remains behind Roger Federer under the ATP Tour's revised rankings system during the COVID-19 pandemic, given that the Swiss was out injured for more than a year.

Zverev has a point, although he sounds like a whiny child by bringing it up. With all the cancellations last year due to covid, I can't imagine how the ATP would devise a rankings system that that would be fair. Every way of putting it together has problems, so I suppose this is they best they can do for now, and everyone will have to endure it until the tennis schedule gets back on track long enough for the rankings to correctly reflect the previous 52 weeks again.

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Posted in: ATP's revised ranking system makes no sense: Zverev See in context

Nishikori started this season strong

He did? I seem to recall a straight set loss in the first round of the Australian Open, and going 0-2 in the round robin stage of the ATP Cup. Lost in the first round in Marseille two weeks ago as well. The ATP website lists his overall record at 2-5 this season so far. Let us know where this "strong start of the season" happened.

a win over 13th ranked Goffin overnight

A very nice win. Hope he can keep it up. The JT tennis community is more fun when Nishikori is relevant.

Is 2021 going to be Nishikori's breakthrough year?

Haven't heard any "This is the year!!!" proclamations yet, but give it time, it's only March...

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Posted in: Myanmar security forces kill 12 anti-coup protesters See in context

Awful, horrible, brutal, unthinkable. The stories get worse and worse every day. I've been following closely on Twitter, and some of the protestors' videos are so upsetting.

Yet, the Myanmar protests are receiving only a small fraction of the news attention that the Hong Kong protests did, despite the military's daily use of live rounds against the protestors and the body count growing and growing. In China, Hong Kong has an enemy that the English-speaking world likes to rally against. But Myanmar seems to be relegated to second- or third-tier news. It's sad.

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Posted in: Long sidelined at the Grammys, women in rock claim their due See in context

Apple -- whose 2020 record "Fetch The Bolt Cutters" was hailed by the music authority Pitchfork as "an unyielding masterpiece" -- first found success in the late 1990s

"Fetch the Bolt Cutters" has some nice moments and clearly shows off Fiona Apple's immense musical talents, but is a completely overrated album. Pitchfork awarding the album a "perfect 10" rating - its first in a decade - is ridiculous. Pitchfork wasn't alone - lots of media went nuts over this one. I just don't get it. I think people are propping it up in an effort to seem cultured or intellectual themselves (the album, like a lot of Apple's work, lends itself to that). I like Fiona - I just think the critical reaction to this one has gone way overboard.

I also want to second the comments from a lot of other posters - there have been plenty of women rockers throughout history that have been influential and amazing. Janis Joplin is a personal favorite of mine, and in more modern times the Amy Lee-fronted Evanescence has put out some astonishing work in the metal category.

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Posted in: Djokovic takes Federer's world number one record See in context

Love Novak. Federer and Nadal's rivalry paired with their close friendship has captured the hearts of fans and media, leaving Novak out as the kind of anti-hero among the Big Three. (Novak has some character flaws to be sure, which also contribute.) Novak's game is also far less flashy than Federer's and Nadal's - they have style and grace and a very artistic aesthetic to their games. Novak's game is far more understated and less "beautiful" - but boy is it effective.

Most weeks in history at #1 - what an accomplishment. He's only a year younger than Nadal but is still a scary, monstrous force in tennis, while Nadal's play is clearly diminishing from its height. I think Novak ends up with the most Grand Slams as well - he certainly deserves it.

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Posted in: From Apu to Aladdin: Why white voices will no longer do See in context

Disney's "Aladdin" is one of the industry's most notorious examples of whitewashing, with white actors voicing the title role, Princesse Jasmine, and the Genie in the 1992 film.

Completely agree. I demand an authentic blue genie voice actor to do this voice work.

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Posted in: 2 high school girls, 50-year-old man found dead in car in apparent joint suicide See in context

Addendum to the above: that's looking at the big picture. If we look at the small picture, sure, there are plenty of little adjustments that can be made. We can teach more about mental health and try to make it less of a taboo subject. We can train teachers to be more proactive against bullying. We can limit the number of extra curricular activities that we sign our kids up for in order to increase their down time and family time. But these small measures will yield small results. They may save some lives, but not enough to "solve" the massive suicide problem that Japan faces.

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Posted in: 2 high school girls, 50-year-old man found dead in car in apparent joint suicide See in context

does this country, as ‘a people homogeneous ideals’, really care about youth suicide or, is it just accepted?

Well, what's the alternative? Let's be realistic here - there are various causes of the youth (and general) suicide rate in Japan:

As @smithinjapan mentioned, the schooling / exam culture is a big one.

Bullying (which is often a result of the strict social hierarchy structure in Japanese society) is another.

Another is the few opportunities for second chances that exist in Japan... bad student in junior high school? Makes it tough to get into a good high school, which makes it tough to get into a good university, which makes it tough to get into a good company, and everything falls apart. What about for adults - stuck in a bad company or in an industry you hate? It's awfully hard to change jobs here, compared to Western countries. Stuck in a loveless marriage? Divorce still has a strong stigma and people tend to endure the situation instead.

Of course there are plenty of others. But to @snowymountainhell's question: "Is it just accepted?" I don't think anyone just doesn't care about it. But when the causes of it are the systems and traditions that your entire society is built around, what are you going to do? Entirely reform the education system, all the jobs that go along with it, and change how people have done it for generations? Convince people to change the social hierarchy system that schools, clubs, and companies have been designed around for generations? How can you change these things? It would require an entire overhaul of the entire country, its systems, its traditions, its mentality, its mindsets. As reasonable people, we are saying "Enough is enough - let's end this ridiculous rate of suicides!" But fixing it would require fixing the flaws in society as a whole, and I don't see any easy way for that to happen.

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Posted in: Australian bid put on IOC fast track to host 2032 Olympics See in context

China, Germany, India, Indonesia and Russia were also working on possible bids for 2032.

India or Indonesia would be really interesting. I'd like to see the Olympics go to a "non-traditional" place.

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Posted in: Osaka back to No. 2 behind Barty; Medvedev No. 3; Karatsev jumps 72 spots See in context

Does any of this really matter? Whoever wins the match / tournament on the day is what matters.

And the rankings show who has won the most matches / tournaments throughout the year. Rankings aren't an opinion poll.

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Posted in: Big Three are 'cyborgs of tennis', says beaten Medvedev See in context

Yes, it is too bad that Nishikori and Medvedev had to come of age while the cyborg terminators were ruling the courts. Injuries and age will catch up to the cyborgs soon, but there will only be a few available championships left in their wake before Nishikori and Medvedev also face their own retirements.

Why in the world are you trying to put Nishikori and Medvedev in the same category? Medvedev just turned 25 last week - he's a young up-and-comer. Nishikori is 31, just two years apart from Djokovic. Nishikori's chance at big-time success has been gone for some time now. Medvedev has a bright, promising (and long) future ahead.

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Posted in: Djokovic beats Medvedev for 9th Australian Open title, 18th Slam See in context

Fantastic! Djoker and Osaka - the two I had been hoping for all tournament long. Novak wrecked Medvedev, and both men gave extremely gracious speeches at the end. Congrats to them both. Medvedev is a likable character - I hope he continues to develop his game and comes back again to the big stage in the future.

Disappointed in the crowd, though. Lots of calling out while players were trying to serve, interrupted the points a few times, and lots of booing during the post-match speeches. Aussie fans are usually fantastic, but it seems they let all the idiots into the stadium today.

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Posted in: Djokovic fires warning as he ends Karatsev dream See in context

C'mon, Nole! One more match to go.

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Posted in: Osaka beats Williams to reach Australian Open final See in context

Fantastic! Crushed her! Osaka winning and Serena losing - two of my favorite sights in women's tennis, and they come at the same time. It's like Christmas in February!

AG: Wonder why so many downvotes for comments cheering Osaka

Welcome to the JapanToday tennis community. I've been getting downvoted for years for cheering for Osaka.

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Posted in: No Ash Wednesday as Barty ousted in Australian Open quarterfinals See in context

A shame for Barty. She's a likable character, easy to cheer for. I didn't see this one, but I caught her match vs. Rogers in the 4th round. She seemed to be in good (though not quite dominant) form.

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Posted in: The Russians are coming, and a Grand Slam win is 'inevitable' See in context

today's generation's top tier uniquely unique

OK, then. Really?! Please do tell!

If you really need an explanation as to why Federer, Nadal, and Djokovic are special, then this conversation isn't worth continuing.

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Posted in: The Russians are coming, and a Grand Slam win is 'inevitable' See in context

The most athletic men in the world do not play tennis. Thus, the top tier men's tennis players have enjoyed such a long rein at the top. The same will be true for the next generation.

Utter nonsense. First of all, the most athletic men in the world have never played tennis, so this generation shouldn't be anything different. Second of all, unlike many other sports, athleticism isn't the prime determiner for success in tennis - technique is far more important. Third of all, today's generation's top tier is uniquely unique, and their reign speaks to their historic greatness, not the lack of competition.

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Posted in: Osaka to face Serena Williams in Australian Open semifinals See in context

Wasnt that you?

No. I've been collecting downvotes for my support of Osaka for the past few years. Perhaps you're confusing her with Kei Nishikori.

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Posted in: Osaka to face Serena Williams in Australian Open semifinals See in context

Bravo. Her continued success is a wonderful thing.

I'm wondering where all the experts are who insisted her career was finished after she struggled a bit after parting ways with her coach a few years ago. They've fallen oddly quiet.

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Posted in: Marilyn Manson dropped by record label after abuse allegations See in context

arilyn Manson was dropped by his record label on Monday after "Westworld" TV and film actress Evan Rachel Wood said that he "horrifically abused me for years."

He was dropped by his label because someone accused him of something? She *said** *something? Look, if he's guilty then throw the book at him, by all means. But to do all this based only on an allegation sounds like an over-the-top, knee-jerk witch hunt. Let the courts figure out what happened - don't ruin his career at this point based on "she said." Where's the due process?

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Posted in: Djokovic, Nadal to begin 2021 campaigns on Feb 2 See in context

The ATP Cup debuted last year with 24 teams ... but there will be half the number of teams in this year's edition

Is Japan playing? I'll bet this is Nishikori's year to finally break out.

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Posted in: Trump says he will not attend Biden's inauguration See in context

PTownsend: Understatement. Trump's leaving behind the most divided country ever.

Ever? You do realize this is a country that had an actual civil war, don't you?

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Posted in: Nintendo’s victory over MariCar finalized by Supreme Court of Japan See in context

There are a lot of similarities between Mario and Mickey. They both have five-letter names starting with “M” and...

Uh...

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Posted in: Japan's New Year rituals fall victim to virus surge See in context

Kyoto's Yasaka Shrine, which earlier this year replaced a rope for bell-ringing with an electronic system that visitors activate by passing their hand over a sensor, producing a recorded bell sound.

Ugh

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Posted in: Man sentenced to death for killing 4 family members, neighbor See in context

Hows that working out for them? Japan has a lower crime rate than them all, partly due to the deterrent of execution.

The ends don't justify the means. If the government threatens to execute a criminal's entire family as punishment for his crime, that would lower the crime rate as well. However, that wouldn't make it a good thing to do.

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Posted in: Gunmen kill female TV anchor in eastern Afghanistan See in context

A terrible, tragic death. Hopefully her bravery inspires more women to follow in her footsteps, rather than having her demise scare them away from it. The Afghan public's reaction will determine if the shooters succeeded or failed.

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Posted in: Japanese star pitcher Sugano put up for MLB bidding See in context

NOMINATION: I hate players like him who get drafted by a certain team then refuses to play for them because he didn't get drafted by the team he wanted to go to.

Agreed 100%. He thought it was his right to play for Yomiuri and acted like a child when the Fighters took him. I hope he gets destroyed in the Major Leagues.

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Posted in: Best Betts: Dodgers win first World Series title since 1988 See in context

I'm very happy for Clayton Kershaw. He was the best pitcher on the planet for a handful of years, and his playoff collapses were agonizing. Great to see him get his moment in the sunshine.

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Posted in: 76-year-old man arrested for fatally stabbing neighbor in Osaka See in context

Oi was standing over him, holding a blood-stained knife

...he denied any intent to kill

"I just wanted to carve this knife into him until he shut up...I never thought it would KILL the weakling! I'm not that kind of person!"

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Posted in: Carreño Busta, Djokovic set up rematch at French Open; Kvitova advances See in context

Djokovic was really on point against Khachanov. He's is really good form, as he has been for the entirety of the 2020 season.

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