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Posted in: Ratio of rabies vaccinations for pet dogs in Japan falls to 70% See in context

The post by Gurumick is so unbelievably wrong on every level.

Once a dog presents symptoms, there is no treatment. That also applies to humans.

The reason we don't have rabies is because of vaccination.

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Posted in: 47-year-old woman arrested for stabbing younger brother See in context

@kurisupisu

They are used to hunt butterflies.

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Posted in: Watch that melted during atomic blast over Hiroshima sells for more than $31,000 See in context

It isn't the Hiroshima Bomb.

It is officially called The Freedom Bomb of Liberty.

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Posted in: Body of newborn baby boy found in trash can at Osaka hotel See in context

I don't think anyone does this lightly, and to think they do only shows your own lack of empathy.

Maybe, just maybe, the mothers are frightened kids who have had no support from family or social services.

There is much more to these stories than dead kid, bad mother, shallow moral high horse comments on internet forums.

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Posted in: Tokyo stock market reaches uncharted territory, but where to next? See in context

The only way is down...or up.

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Posted in: Women take part in Japan's 1,250-year-old 'naked festival' for first time See in context

Sometimes traditions should be left to die gracefully. From my experience with festivals, most of the people don't want to be there, and it's local peer pressure that keeps them going.

One of my friends said every time she sees a bamboo flute, she just wants to snap it because of the pointless hours of tootling she was forced to do for her local festival.

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Posted in: Half of Japanese firms see another Trump presidency as risk, poll shows See in context

Can a convicted criminal stand for office in the US?

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Posted in: ChatGPT maker OpenAI's new text-to-video generator: Here's what we know about the new tool See in context

I guess this technology will also be adaptable to 3D model generation eventually.

It will affect video creators and 3D modelers the same way image and text generators are affecting artists, writers, photographers and translators.

It's amazing tech, but my biggest concern are companies chomping at the bit to use it to save money only.

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Posted in: Ready to go beyond Google? Here's how to use new generative AI search sites See in context

The problem is info on the web is mostly created by people for financial gain. Whether it is through advertising or affiliate marketing etc. If search engines pull the information without providing links to the sites, there is little motivation for people to create it.

77% of Google's revenue is from ads. They are digging their own grave .

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Posted in: Man given prison term for food prank at beef bowl diner in Osaka See in context

His main conviction was for growing cannabis. Acting like a tit was just a bonus charge to show what what typical pot heads are like.

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Posted in: 163 get norovirus after eating sashimi and sushi rolls at Tokyo restaurant See in context

Norovirus is usually a fecal-oral transmission route. One of the cooks or servers have been scratching they crack during orifice hours.

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Posted in: OpenAI CEO warns that 'societal misalignments' could make artificial intelligence dangerous See in context

AI couldn't do any worse than us humans.

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Posted in: Opposition direction See in context

The only thing that's is going up is the price of the yen against the dollar.

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Posted in: As cancer treatment advances, patients and doctors push back against drugs' harsh side effects See in context

Whaddya know?

Science works!

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Posted in: Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, Cher, Sade, Oasis and Ozzy Osbourne among Rock Hall nominees See in context

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame means nothing until Milli Vanilli have been inducted.

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Posted in: Wim Wenders' 'Perfect Days' is sublime See in context

Two of the pictures look like copies of typical Ozu scenes.

It's not surprising. He made the Tokyo-Ga documentary in 1985 about Ozu.

https://youtu.be/LyD5ePbdIdM?si=MzhyQsuG5YY9Eml5

Wenders is also a photographer. Pause any Ozu or Wenders movie and you have a well composed photograph.

We should be glad he is still filmmaking at this age.

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Posted in: ANA planes collide at Osaka airport; no one hurt See in context

As others have mentioned, this happens way more than you realize. Nothing to do with Japan

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Posted in: Tokyo police arrest 3 over alleged Las Vegas sex work solicitation See in context

Sounds like somebody forgot to pay off the right officials...

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Posted in: Aso praises Kamikawa but says she is ‘not very beautiful,’ and calls her ‘Kamimura’ See in context

The guy is a duck looking helmet tool.

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Posted in: M4.8 quake jolts Tokyo, Kanagawa, other eastern areas See in context

People say 'the big one' is coming. Which one? Tokai? Tonankai! Full on Nankai? Sagami trough? Boso Hanto? That's just the subduction mega quakes. There are thousands of other smaller faults like in Ishikawa or Kobe that can cause major damage.

To put the icing in the cake, historical data shows any major quake in Kanto or especially Tokai has a high probability of causing an eruption of Mt. Fuji.

https://youtu.be/sxqvwkmTNy8?si=xeJhNVj0XBKTaSPQ

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Posted in: Colonial statues vandalised ahead of contentious Australia Day holiday See in context

To displace Indigenous peoples from their lands is a grievous sin against them, their lands, their ancestors, and God (Proverbs 22:28; 23:10-11)

Very christian of them.

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Posted in: Death sentence likely in Japan anime arson trial See in context

No matter what the crime, governments should not have the ability under law to put citizens to death.

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Posted in: Help, I’ve just discovered my teen has watched porn. What should I do? See in context

"Listen son, you can tug yourself off all you want to porn or sex in the movies as long as you remember real sex is just a couple of uncomfortable minutes of sweating and squelching followed by days of emotional blackmail, regret and the bouts of syphilis."

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Posted in: Yoshiki auctions off beloved crystal piano to support Noto Peninsula earthquake victims See in context

Bought it for 4 million yen. Sold for 40 million yen. Donates the money.

Tax relief - noice.

PR boost - noice.

It's a win win for Mr Yoshiki

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Posted in: Quake death toll reaches 126; 210 missing as rain, snow imperil already shaky ground See in context

@Laguna Magnitude is measured using the Moment Magnitude Scale. The Richter is outdated.

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Posted in: 'I had to do something': Turkish volunteer feeds Japan earthquake victims See in context

Of the many countries I have visited, I have to say it would be between the Turks and Pakistanis for people who are just out right nice people.

What this guy is doing is amazing and should be praised. I hope the Turkish guys arranged this through some rescue charity. As he has done it before, I am guessing he did, but as others have mentioned, there is the factor of unorganized help at this stage in the disaster.

My brother-in-law was in the SDF and his unit was on maneuvers close by when the Chuestsu earthquake occurred in 2004. They were drafted in almost immediately. He was a missile engineer, but over the years they had done a lot of disaster relief training. He said of his 30+ years in the SDF, that was the hardest job he ever did, both mentally and physically. In Ishikawa currently the SDF will be doing the majority of the footwork along with other emergency services.

But I remember one thing he also said was, people, with all the goodwill in the world, came to try and help, but in the end they mainly got in the way. Blocking already difficult to use roads and using up resources.

I am guessing there are several Youtubers already rushing to the area - cameras switched on of course, and no doubt there will be tales of the 'brave and wonderful' Yakuza giving out help as they did in Kobe and other disasters - they always manage to put a nice spin on their tales even though they are scumbags who you wouldn't say hello to on a lonely day.

The Turkish guy's actions make nice news report, and what he is doing is praiseworthy, but the organized relief efforts of the SDF and other emergency services are doing the majority of work. We just don't see it because the scale is huge.

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Posted in: Man arrested for head-butting JR station employee in Shizuoka Prefecture See in context

Also known as a Glasgow kiss.

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Posted in: Scientists discover genetic underpinnings of bisexuality See in context

Social science surveys have shown that research on the origins of sexual orientation has a strong positive influence on people's attitudes of acceptance and inclusion of LGBT people

This is why the religious right starts squawking against such studies.

Oh no! It's built into nature. We have no basis for our bigotry because god made everything.

It's funny to watch.

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Posted in: Escaped passengers recall tense moments in Japan Airlines jet blaze See in context

It was great to hear the news that they got everyone off the JAL plane.

The experts are all saying the most likely cause was a miscommunication between the flight controller and the coast guard plane. It was taxiing onto or waiting on a runway with a plane landing.

The Year of the Dragon is starting out like Smaug on crack.

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Posted in: Emperor's New Year greeting event canceled due to quake See in context

It is the appropriate reaction that most people will accept in a positive way.

You can't have lived through the pandemic or any other natural disaster and not learned about Jishuku.

自粛 (jishuku), a Japanese term that means self-restraint or self-imposed restraint. Jishuku is often observed in the context of natural disasters or other national tragedies, where people voluntarily refrain from public celebrations, entertainment, or other festive activities out of respect for the victims and their families, and to show solidarity in times of collective hardship.

It's just what people do.

And to me it seems like a perfectly elegant way of expressing support.

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