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Posted in: Japanese police make first-ever YouTuber arrest for uploading video game gameplay videos See in context

Japanese police are operating at the behest of private companies. How this could be in the people's best interests evades me.

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Posted in: 2 die in vehicle collision in Hokkaido after car hits deer See in context

To prevent deaths, the government makes gun ownership almost impossible, which prevents hunting, which causes a deer infestation, which causes carnage on the roads, which causes deaths.

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Posted in: Japan to scrap current non-digital health insurance cards in 2024 See in context

Good move. France has had a digitized national health insurance card (Carte Vitale) since 1998. My only concern is the name, which is a mouthful in an English context: "Where did I put my My Number Card?"

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Posted in: Ex-Tokyo Olympic executive to be investigated over fresh bribery case See in context

Living in Sapporo, I hope lll

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Posted in: Japan set to waive some visa requirements in October to boost tourism: Nikkei See in context

There is no scientific basis for any of these travel restrictions.

We can therefore assume the government is merely carrying out what their polling is telling them.

Hence the xenophobic sentiment of the policies in place.

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Posted in: Man arrested for attempted murder of ‘noisy’ patient in Hokkaido hospital See in context

I totally get it. They should let him off with a caution.

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Posted in: Russia OKs Japanese firms' investment in Sakhalin 2 energy project See in context

Well, thank goodness for that. My entire house in Hokkaido is heated using gas, that, I can only assume comes directly from Sakhalin. Sorry Ukraine, but you're not my problem, and maybe if you hadn't been so corrupt to begin with, Russia wouldn't have been incentivised to invade.

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Posted in: Woman, with only ¥10 on her, arrested after leaving restaurant without paying bill See in context

Reading so many comments on here portraying her as a victim.

Funny when a woman commits a crime she's always a 'poor soul who found herself in a bad situation and it's not her fault'.

Whereas when a man commits a crime he's just a criminal, and let's throw the book at him.

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Posted in: Japan to keep interest in Russia's Sakhalin 2 gas project See in context

Russia holds vast foreign currency reserves in Japan - which are currently frozen - so it's in Russia's interest to play nice with Japan if they ever want to see their money back once the war ends. Good move on Japan's part.

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Posted in: Court refuses to recognize trans woman as parent of child born after transition See in context

I guess that the trans parent in question could 'adopt' her child. But, that begs the question of why not simply grant them parenthood in the first place.

As usual, a fossilized legal system riddled with inconsistencies.

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Posted in: Cut a peach with a rubber band? Former Japanese pro wrestler introduces a surprising lifehack See in context

Or, you could just peel and cut it with a knife in half the time.

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Posted in: KDDI says 70% of services restored after wide network troubles See in context

Networks of that size don't just stop working. They got hacked and they need to admit it. But neither KDDI nor the govt want to admit the degree to which our data is vulnerable/ has been compromised.

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Posted in: U.S. naval officer in Japan faces prison over deadly crash See in context

I've had mountain sickness high up in the Himalayas and that's absolutely not how it works. It subsides as soon as you come down. The reason the judge threw the book at him is because he won't admit that he fell asleep.

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Posted in: Banning Russian LNG imports tough without supply alternatives: trade minister See in context

Only 8.8% LNG from Russia is extremely low when one considers how close Sakhalin is. Good to see that Japan was wiser than Germany and Italy by diversifying its suppliers of oil and gas. Depending on Australia for the bulk of its LNG was a very smart move.

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Posted in: Japan ruling party to debate contentious nuclear sharing arrangement See in context

The invasion of Ukraine shows what happens when a country is foolish enough to relinquish its nuclear weapons.

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Posted in: Uniqlo defends decision to stay open in Russia See in context

One should keep in mind that a lot of the companies withdrawing from Russia are doing so only because of the sanctions. Without SWIFT they are unable to move their profits out of Russia. So don't be fooled by their virtue signalling.

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Posted in: Uniqlo defends decision to stay open in Russia See in context

Surprise, surprise: a Japanese company doesn't care about human rights.

I don't think the athletes sponsored by them will take too kindly to that.

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Posted in: Tokyo condo frees up space by putting a shower in the kitchen See in context

I think they should just put the toilet in the kitchen, too, so as to win precious time in the morning by combining coffee making with bowel movements.

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Posted in: COVID vaccination requests at work pose worry in Japan's booster push See in context


Today 07:04 am JST

No one can force inoculation against there will. That’s infringement. Should be punishable by law. Vaccine doesn’t prevent spreading of the virus. Only helps to reduce severity of the symptoms.

Vaccines don't just make you less ill, they lower the possibility of catching it, even Omicron.

But, crucially, since it makes people less ill, it reduces the viral load, making it less likely to contaminate others.

Why can't you people understand this simple logic?

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Posted in: Japan's military, among world's strongest, looks to build See in context

There's no way they're the 5th military power in the world. That's just laughable.

Japan has no nukes. And Japan has essentially no combat experience.

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Posted in: Sapporo expected to announce cost cuts to land 2030 Winter Olympics See in context

What those of you who keep criticising the IOC fail to understand is that they distribute $3.5 million each day to sporting organisations, around the world. Those who benefit most from this money are poor countries. That's why they had to hold the games. I acknowledge that there are other means of financing sports, but the Olympics is a global party that people love watching, everywhere.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic Games uniforms for 28,000 volunteers remain unused See in context

My wife volunteered. Some of the kit is pretty good. The shoes are cool and they'd sell them easily. The hats and pants too are really good, and could be sold. But the tops are too heavily emblazoned with the Olympics to be deemed fashionable. Those may need to be destroyed, or refashioned into lintless window wipes.

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Posted in: Beijing tells Evergrande boss to pay firm's debts with own cash: report See in context

Time to buy gold.

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Posted in: Beijing tells Evergrande boss to pay firm's debts with own cash: report See in context

Time to buy gold.

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Posted in: 83 million unused 'Abenomasks' remain in storage in Japan See in context

They need to stop throwing good money after bad.

The only useful thing is to incinerate them and turn them into electricity.

That money could've gone (and could go - storage fee) to so many good deeds.

The amount of money wasted in Japan is phenomenal even by EU standards.

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Posted in: Over 70% fully vaccinated in Japan; among top 3 in G7 See in context

The comparisons are incorrect. What must be compared is vaccination by age group.

A lot of the countries with lower vaccination rates have a lot more children as a percentage of total population.

Some of these countries (such as France) have 90% of adults vaccinated, and this is what really matters.

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Posted in: Do you believe China will try to retake Taiwan by force one day? See in context

Xi Jinping is certainly pathological in his thirst for absolute power, no doubt about that. But right now, he knows that he'd be biting the hand that feeds China: foreign trade.

China is establishing trade relations with non-Western nations to mitigate this. When they will deem that these alternative revenue streams will be sufficient to keep them buoyant through a conflict, and they will have direct access to raw materials, they will attempt to take Taiwan.

What happens then will depend on who's in the White House. But I doubt that anybody other than the Taiwanese people will be likely to send their sons to die for this foreign territory, so we will see trade embargos and the like.

Emboldened, China will probably take Mongolia, and then consolidate their power through economic activity and keep pitting Westerners against each other using troll farms, just like they've successfully accomplished in the US.

China will then be world bully number one.

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Posted in: 88 Afghans arrive in Japan See in context

They're going to be so happy here. Life will be such a breeze compared to the nightmare that is Afghanistan. It's really nice to see. It would be nicer if the number was bigger, though.

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Posted in: Japanese woman finds wallet with ¥1 mil, does right thing, then something even better See in context

I can't believe she went on Twitter to signal how virtuous she is. It's so immodest and crass.

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Posted in: Chinese, Russian warships pass through Tsugaru Strait for 1st time See in context

China's not going to start any wars for the simple reason that it cannot bite the hand that feeds it; the West (inc. Japan) is their #1 customer. They're just flexing their muscles. If they start trouble with us they'll destroy their main revenue stream.

As paradoxical as it may sound, the best defense is to increase their trading reliance on us.

However, we shouldn't be complacent. The international community needs to stand up to them, especially in with regards to their concentration camps. We need to repeat the anti-apartheid measures taken in the 1980s, starting with a boycott of Beijing 2022.

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