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Posted in: Coming-of-Age Day ceremonies held across Japan See in context

some people have an obsession with making babies. Do you realize that raising a child (or 2, in order to keep the population constant) on an average Japanese salary is really hard?

please stop pressuring people to make babies, an rather think about how to improve the basic conditions for that to happen. The $1000 the J-gov offered isn’t gonna cut it.

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Posted in: End of Japan COVID curbs triggers surge in visitors to nearly 1 million in November See in context

Yeah, and airlines can’t keep up and prices are ridiculous. A messed up situation nobody is caring to fix

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Posted in: Japan unveils strategy for domestic production of advanced chips See in context

$500M is a micro-investment in the chip industry. Nothing is going to happen and that money will magically disappear.

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Posted in: Matcha improves sleep quality, social cognition, researchers say, and you don’t need to drink it See in context

And scientists in general should stop claiming positive results when there are none. This is a massive problem in scientific research

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Posted in: Matcha improves sleep quality, social cognition, researchers say, and you don’t need to drink it See in context

Just out of completeness, the graphs above don't really demonstrate anything. The confidence interval overlap in most cases, which means that there is no evidence that the difference is statistically significant (except for social cognition at 12 months). Stats 101

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Posted in: Kishida revamps cabinet to boost public support See in context

Jesus, I can almost smell this picture. Don't they realize how cheap the entire setting looks?

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Posted in: Japan diving shop sorry after customers pose on sunken U.S. warship See in context

It’s been 80 years people, time to move on. I understand Americans are brainwashed about military stuff, but exercising critical thinking should be a must for every person on the planet, regardless of nationality.

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Posted in: Experts see harsh realities ahead for Musk at Twitter See in context

These same experts don't have Musk's brains and skills though so I'm interested in seeing what he does

Repeating like a parrot what smart people working at Tesla say != being smart

As for the skills, being born in a rich family and becoming even richer is not proof of intelligence. Ask Kim Kardashian for confirmation.

He's truly the ultimate buffoon, and it's extremely alarming that so many people are fascinated by such a mediocre thinker. Halo effect much?

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Posted in: Russia warns of World War III ahead of Western summit on arms to Ukraine See in context

World War III simply can’t happen because Europe and the US are bound together by NATO. Russia can’t take Ukraine, do they really think they can threaten an entire group of countries which are a lot wealthier and more powerful than Russia singularly, let alone combined?

The US, France and the UK have extremely advanced drones, which would take down moscow even before a formal declaration of war can be completed.

no way this can happen, even if China supported russia (which China would not since they have always been more interested in revenue than wars).

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Posted in: McDonald's potato imports disruption spurs fries war in Japan See in context

What a supreme piece of journalism

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Posted in: U.S., Japan agree to keep troops on base to curb COVID spread See in context

Teach the troops to wash properly and gargle and drink green tea and eat nattou

Out of all the useless habits I have had the opportunity to witness, gargling is by far the most meaningless yet disgusting one. It has been proven to bring no benefits, yet still so widespread.

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Posted in: Billionaire space tourist Maezawa eyes Mariana Trench trip next See in context

Rich but still hella boring. Clearly going after fame. At least the kardashians are hot and entertaining, even though as morally corrupt as it gets.

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Posted in: Okinawa reports 623 new coronavirus cases; 390 in Tokyo See in context

These numbers simply are the product of more testing.

More tests means smaller margin of error on the points estimate for the proportion of the population affected by covid. If you don't test, your confidence interval is gigantic and tells you nothing about the true proportion of the population affected by the disease. Having more tests and larger numbers is reassuring. This is what should have been done since the very beginning.

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Posted in: Okinawa reports 623 new coronavirus cases; 390 in Tokyo See in context

If both vaccinated and non-vaccinated can transmit the virus than both must follow the same rules.

Not really, try again. Look up the meaning of "conditional probability" and "prosecutor's fallacy".

As a member of the RSS, I will always speak up against this sort of nonsense. Open a book and study or just avoid spreading unneeded nonsense.

Your logical, commonsense responses are not welcome in this forum of people who would rather lock themselves in their parents' basements until its safe to come out.

I don't think anybody wants to live like a hikikomori, but I do not understand why some people want to take unnecessary risks for a freaking beer at the pub. Is having a beer worth catching covid?

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Posted in: Japanese firms adopt AI dating app to help staff find love amid pandemic See in context

Oh Japan, when will you learn that a bunch of if-conditionals isn’t AI? Banded around as a buzzword way too much.

It's so boring to realize that everybody thinks they can wake up in the morning, train a logistic regression model and think they are the new Alan Turing.

Unfortunately, the misuse of the word AI (for non AI code) and of data analysis (for lame excel sheets) is too widespread already.

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Posted in: Japanese billionaire Maezawa not afraid ahead of space trip See in context

This guy is so boring. If he wants to be as famous as the Kardashians, he may ask Kris Jenner for advice: she'd surely help him become an interesting person.

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Posted in: 19-year-old arrested for attacking girl; hints at involvement in fatal arson See in context

Youth until the age of 65.

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Posted in: Japan, Hong Kong academics say virtual learning no match for real thing See in context

Ridiculous statement.

Distance learning is just as valid as the university which provides it.

Maybe their universities are not much to begin with?

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Posted in: 3 Japan PM hopefuls urge elderly to stay on job for pension system See in context

The pension system is doomed to fail no matter what: Ponzi schemes always collapse, without exception. They should let people put their pension money where they want (ideco for example) and stop with this madness.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,834 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 12,396 See in context

Today is 1834, down 1834 from last Wednesday.

what are the chances that the number is not almost but exactly 50% less than the previous week?

basically 0. Again, these numbers are rubbish.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,629 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 10,6033 See in context

Whatever logic and reasoning about the Japanese numbers is doomed to fail because the published information is pure garbage.

there’s not much to say: we will never know how extended the infection is and at this point one even wonders what is the point of the state of emergency really.

It used to be pretty much the same as normal except for the restaurants not serving alcohol past 8. Now that the alcohol ban has been lifted, it feels like that “state of emergency” is more like a “state of normalcy”.

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Posted in: Suga's one-year term recalls Japan's revolving door era See in context

Only in Japan can people believe to the story that a prime minister resigns because of a bout of diarrhea

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Posted in: Tens of thousands of children to be allowed to attend Paralympics See in context

Honestly, the reason why the Paralympics haven’t been cancelled is that would be political suicide for Suga. Allowing Olympics but not Paralympics would make him lose the vote of many disabled people and their relatives (or at least those who empathize with them).

The only clever act would have been cancelling the Olympics but that’s in the past now. We have to brace for a new wave of infections. Again.

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Posted in: Motegi visits Iraq; 1st by Japanese foreign minister in 15 years See in context

Discussion level:




pretty ridiculous that the foreign minister goes jet setting around the world when he could totally have this kind of chat online, meanwhile we are on the edge of a lockdown.

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Posted in: Mizuho Bank suffers 5th Japan-wide system failure of 2021 See in context

I stopped using MUFJ a couple months ago due to the rising cost of the transactions with them and to the fact that their web banking is pretty bad.

I switched to Rakuten. Setting up the account was a very long process, but their internet banking and apps are 100x better than the traditional banks here. Still miles away from the online banking in the west but decent nonetheless. Not to mention that, unlike most banks, a lot of transactions are free of charge.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 5,534 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 25,156 See in context

Another beautiful day with low positivity rate. NOT!

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Posted in: Half of Japan's population has received at least 1 dose of COVID-19 vaccine See in context

Basically the age bracket 45+ makes up 55% of the population. In other words, it’s statistically more likely for a 45+ to have received at least one dose of the vaccine. And probably only 65+ are fully vaccinated.

which means we will see a lot of cluster in schools very soon (sadly)

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Posted in: Woman outwits phone scammer pretending to be her son See in context

I’m always amazed by how detached families are in this country.

All it would take my mom to figure out it wasn’t me speaking on the phone is a syllable.

Dementia apart, I don’t see how anybody would fall for this dumb trick.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 2,962 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 14,854 See in context

2490 tests yesterday? Haha absolutely ridiculous

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 4,295 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 17,832 See in context


sore throat and tiredness are enough to get tested in Gunma and Ibaraki, but not in Tokyo.

Also, what is the point in considering people in ICU not serious in Tokyo but serious in the rest of the country?

there’s a fundamental lack of critical thinking and decision making going on. That’s what the problem is right now.

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