Toshihiro comments

Posted in: Do you think self-driving cars will eventually put millions of people out of work around the world? See in context

Yes, but not anytime soon though. I can already imagine when they begin to introduce autonomous vehicles, we will see very stiff resistance from delivery and public transport workers. Just imagine when drones became commercially available, I could imagine helicopter and fixed wing aircraft pilots grumbling because the average person can already take aerial shots and do aerial surveys for cheap and on demand.

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Posted in: China military body may be target of Japan counterstrike capability See in context

I understand that Japan needs a counterstrike capability and aiming for the head of the serpent is always better, but the media should not disclose these things. Any sensitive military operational plan should not be disclosed, or at least not in detail. I agree with Peter Neil though, the US gets paid to rent prime Japanese real estate, the very least it could do is to beef up the country's security.

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Posted in: What are some telltale signs that a business might be on the verge of bankruptcy? Also, have you ever worked for a company that went under and did you see it coming? See in context

Not a first hand experience, but what I heard was if the company begins to lay off workers periodically, managers and bosses are more overworked, new supplies aren't being bought, and there are less company-wide meetings being held.

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Posted in: Diet passes economic security bill See in context

this is good. in a world where countries rely more on statecraft (trade restrictions, sanctions, cyber attacks, boycotts, etc.), this is, I think, a move that will insulate Japan from skullduggery. On the flipside, I see other countries criticizing this as a protectionist move and will likely make their own similar laws, essentially countries building up economic walls against each other.

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Posted in: The age of adulthood in Japan was lowered from 20 to 18 on April 1, 2022, as the revised Civil Code came into effect, making teens aged 18 or 19 possible candidates for lay judges in criminal trials. Is this a good idea? See in context

Yes, if people at 18 years can join the military and fight in a war, then they can also be tried as an adult. Let's just remember that the reason why there's a certain age to be considered as an adult was historically based on whether a person was grown up enough to wear armor during a war. Nowadays, being 18 doesn't necessarily mean one is already an adult, but it also does not mean that if one is under 18, they're not yet mature enough to think like an adult. I think there's enough articles in the crime section of this site to prove that being adult age doesn't mean you're as mature as an adult. I agree with Aly though, if you drop the age to 18, might as well drop the age where they can buy smokes and alcohol.

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Posted in: Man suspected of sexually assaulting teenage girl after giving her sleeping pills See in context

Another sex offender, better lock him up or there might be more victims. The pattern of older guy meets underage girl online is really concerning. I don't want Japan to turn into a police state, but I wish there's a way to prevent this.

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Posted in: Japan vigilant against Chinese navy activity involving aircraft carrier See in context

Expect this to become commonplace. It's the China-US rivalry, with Japan getting stuck in between. Beijing has been holding aircraft carrier patrols as a show of force in the past years, and at a time like this, let's just guess that the PLA is more than willing to spend their fuel to flex their muscle. The best Japan can do is to prevent any Chinese asset from venturing any closer to Japan as China is known to do this by the way - to continually hold patrols closer and closer to a country to prod its weaknesses. Do not fall for it, let them burn out their fuel.

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Posted in: Aichi police on lookout for whoever stole public toilet’s flushing handle See in context

Let me guess, the perp must've been turned on by those flushers. We've read articles about people stealing bicycle seats, tennis rackets, work boots and even women's shoes because it turns them on. There's no evidence pointing to this in the article, but this is what I'm betting on. Another possibility is that they're stealing this to sell it. I've also read about people stealing guard rails on mountain roads and even umbrella stands. But seriously though, what has Japan gone to? I live in a poorer and rougher country, but nobody steals bathroom fixtures.

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Posted in: 50 years after return, Okinawa's strategic importance grows for U.S. See in context

With China still on the rise, I already expected this. But it is still a good thing that Okinawa is back in Japanese hands. If the US can't grow its military boot print in southern Japan, then it can look to other friendly countries in the western Pacific to host its forces instead. I mean, Japan places the US at the best position to counter China, but it also puts Okinawa in a precarious spot.

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Posted in: Search for missing people on sunken boat extended to disputed isle See in context

I just remember the story of an African fisherman who survived for days after being trapped in a capsized boat that sunk. I'm still praying for a miracle.

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Posted in: Elderly couple hit, killed by car; driver arrested See in context

RIP to the elderly couple, in the very least, they went together.

Police said Yanai has admitted to the charge. Police said there was no crossing nor traffic lights at the spot where the couple were hit.

@Nomad, I understand you and I can agree that driving in Japan is more challenging compared to Western countries. But, as someone who grew up in a rougher region in Asia, drivers know that pedestrians and other motorists would often pop up in their way so they drive a lot more defensively and will honk their horn profusely. I know that such things are rare in Japan, but we need to get more info on the article, was the road poorly lit or was the weather bad?

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Posted in: UK, Japan reach new defense deal See in context

I wouldn't be surprised nor alarmed with these kind of things, the UK has been looking to widen its foothold in the Western Pacific, with Japan and other US allies in mind. On a sidenote though, those Royal guards look absolutely dashing.

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Posted in: What's your stance on abortion? See in context

I agree with the commenter above, this is going to be one hot mess. As someone who grew up in a conservative family, I'm naturally inclined to say pro-life and just not do the deed if you don't want the seed, but I cannot deny that abortion can save the life of the mother in some cases. I think purple_depressed_bacon sums it up for me quite well.

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Posted in: Japan's child population falls for 41st year to record low See in context

just admit that the Japanese are working too much and living too little. Give this problem another decade or so, then you'll have a labor shortage of locals, which will pressure them to work even harder to support the elderly. The government can say what it wants, but it won't solve anything. Let the people live more.

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Posted in: Elon Musk has talked of doing away with Twitter's advertising model for revenue, relying instead on subscriptions. What are the pros and cons of that idea? See in context

I'm imagining that if Twitter would be based on subscriptions, there would be limits on how much can a free account do versus a paid and premium account.

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Posted in: Russian invasion shows urgent need for U.N. reform, say scholars See in context

In my opinion, the UNSC's permanent 5 should be abolished and all members of the council should be there on a term basis - equal opportunity to all.

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Posted in: How do you think Russian President Vladimir Putin would react if Finland and Sweden apply to join NATO? See in context

I'm going to guess that we're gonna see an increase in Russian military activity in Scandinavia, particularly Russian aircraft buzzing their borders. You can also expect a rise in cyber attacks and propaganda from Russia.

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Posted in: What are your plans for Golden Week? See in context

sleep in and call my family back home

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Posted in: Chinese navy ship enters Japan waters near Kagoshima Pref islands See in context

The PLA-N vessel should've been tailed and buzzed until it is in Japanese waters. China really likes to test the security of its neighboring countries, but this is not random. I think Beijing is testing for gaps in the security. I'm willing to bet that the PLA-N survey vessel is likely gathering data.

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Posted in: Kishida says Japan, South Korea should quickly improve ties See in context

I really hope these neighbors can kiss, make-up and put their past behind them, but this is all a pipe dream for now. Until there is a common existential problem or all sides have stopped bringing up their past mistakes, efforts to improve ties will always face stumbling blocks

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Posted in: Has the coronavirus changed your sleep pattern in any way? See in context

I would say not at all. If any, I am just more conscious of my sleeping hours and aim to get more bedtime compared to the pre-pandemic. This whole thing just taught me to be more particular about my physical and mental health.

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Posted in: U.S. drone company starts delivering medicine in Japan See in context

I agree with GBR48, I can imagine parcels getting snagged in powerlines, trees and roofs of buildings. Stuff like these are perfect for the countryside where airdrops are more likely needed. I'm imagining a day where unmanned quadcopters are strong enough to CASEVAC/ carry and transport patients from far-away places to hospitals.

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Posted in: Narita airport deploys net traps to stop turtles infiltrating runway See in context

This made my friday, thanks JT. It's always nice to read articles that care about wildlife and are making ways to save them from accidents with human activities.

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Posted in: What is the difference, as you understand it, of dying "from Covid” and dying "with Covid?" See in context

hmm, an interesting question. From what I can understand, dying from Covid means that you succumbed to the virus itself, while dying with Covid means that you kicked the bucket from other causes while being infected with the virus. that's how I understand it anyway.

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Posted in: Mother, 10-month-old daughter die in suspected murder-suicide leap from apartment building See in context

I cannot even imagine the grief the father must be going through right now. RIP mother and child, you were too young to go. I really wish that the suicide culture in Japan becomes a thing of the past and is not accepted as atoning for one's mistakes. I know that there's not much to go on from the article but, what are the chances of the mother slipping or losing balance and falling from the balcony, the average railing on a balcony apartment is about stomach height of the common adult.

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Posted in: Ukrainian defenders in Mariupol defy surrender-or-die demand See in context

If I were a Ukrainian fighting for my country, I wouldn't even consider surrendering to those orcs, I'd just be shipped to a far-away labor camp and never see the light of day. This may sound too romantic, but I'd rather die on my feet. Russia attacking humanitarian corridors in the past weeks have shown that it will not honor it words and any agreement to surrender will just lead to Ukrainian and volunteer fighters just being placed out of the fight. Resist and Bite.

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Posted in: Do you think the online advertising ecosystem involving multiple technologies wielded by ad networks, social media companies and publishers is getting too complicated for users to understand? See in context

in my opinion, there's just too much ads everywhere. I miss watching videos and reading articles on the internet without being bombarded by unwanted and targeted ads. What really grinds my gears the most are video ads that you cannot skip while watching YT videos.

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Posted in: As credit cards, electronic money and payment apps become more commonplace, do you still use cash much? If so, what for? See in context

I use cash about 90% of the time as there's no paper trail, hidden fees and the transaction is done there and there. e-payments are kings when it comes to convenience, but they're also convenient for those who might be trying to monitor you for security, commercial or otherwise purposes. Especially if you're planning to go on trips in the countryside and beyond the paved road, you'd be hard pressed to see a store that would accept your plastic. always carry cash, folks.

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Posted in: Intruder arrested after entering woman’s apartment via balcony See in context

Police said Okada, who was arrested on Monday, told them he met the woman after being introduced to her by a mutual acquaintance. The woman told police she had never invited Okada to her apartment, nor given him her address.

This guy is going places, hopefully somewhere he can't stalk and potentially hurt people. My guess is that he fancied her, stalked her prior, then made the move. I've read other JT articles similar to this and it shows a general pattern where a man meets a woman they find (potentially) attractive and instead of maturely conveying their feelings, they follow them to their house and the rest is history. This is just me speculating here. Having rented apartments with balconies, the flimsy switch-like lock on a glass door is not reassuring at all.

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Posted in: Mariupol mayor says siege has killed more than 10,000 civilians See in context

I hope Russia loses steam soon or Ukraine might suffer the fate of Syria. I wonder when will the turning point be? Putin can't topple Ukraine and the Ukrainians will fight to the last man, and even if Moscow does install its own regime there, nobody will recognize it. I pray for the day that there will be an Ides of March within Putin's close circle, if the West can't and won't take action, then maybe the Russians themselves will sort themselves out.

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