William Round comments

Posted in: Women's entry in LDP leader race may not boost empowerment See in context

This should be easy to see, if it is involves the LDP it can't involve empowering women (unless is in the crime section, maybe getting one of them sexists caught does a little to empower women).

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Posted in: 'Conbini warp' an increasing traffic problem for businesses, authorities across Japan See in context

The store closest to my home made a weird maze with traffic cones in its parking lot, but people still do it, sometimes I ask myself why would they do it since it is clear they lose more time in the maze than by waiting in the short red light they are avoiding, more than once I end up seeing them going behind cars that waited.

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Posted in: Ugandan Olympic team member tests positive for coronavirus upon arrival in Japan See in context

This is no surprise, nobody is getting quarantined before traveling, so this is only the first case in many.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 440 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 2,242 See in context

Isn't Thursday the day with the heaviest number of cases?

how come the total number of tests is no longer reported?

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Posted in: U.S. eases 'Do Not Travel' advisory for Japan See in context

For me this means a family reunion is going to happen sooner than I was expecting, excellent news.

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Posted in: Global crackdown on organized crime after high-tech U.S.-Australia sting See in context

On one side it is good to have some kind of victory over the criminals, but on the other hand it worries me that what kind of powers the authorities have to be able to do this, specially with so few details being open.

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Posted in: Memorial service marks 20 years since fatal stabbing rampage at Ikeda school See in context

Horrible tragedy that really scared me even when I had no family back then, for a few months it really shacked my faith in humans.

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Posted in: Why do women still get judged so harshly for having casual sex? See in context

From what a remember of an old class the reproductive roots are to blame for this, the minimum a man has to invest to become a "father" is a few minutes (or seconds if he has premature problems) but a woman need to invest at least 10 months of her life to become a mother. This quite evident fact is what makes cultures intintively treat sexuality different a man that has sex around only is losing those few minutes, but a woman that does the same risk losing months to get a child, so it should be very picky about it.

Obviously this has no real importance by now, but cultures don't change so easily, maybe with the popularization of in-vitro babies people will realize there is no meaning in discriminating anymore.

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Posted in: Cruz accuses Biden of being soft on Israel's foes and inviting further violence See in context

I am always left wondering at how much the american politics has to be involved with the middle east.

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Posted in: WHO switches to Greek alphabet for virus variant names See in context

@Kobe White Bar Owner

And coming to a town near you soon soon the “Olympia” variant!

That would be the omicron variant I believe. But it may be "theta" for Tokyo

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Posted in: COVID vaccines to be available to all under 65 in Japan at same time See in context

Going by the schedule until now I don't believe I will get the shot this year, maybe the next... Time to buy a few more boxes of masks.

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Posted in: Transgender weightlifter Hubbard's presence in Tokyo unfair: rival See in context

All things end up finding a balance, I believe at this time officials are taking a too lax approach to compensate for all the time where repression was the norm, eventually this also will end a a proper fair competition will be restored.

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Posted in: Ryoko Yonekura and Yu Shirota collaborate for first time on stage in 'SHOW TIME' See in context

Looks like an interesting thing to watch, too bad it will be long before I will be able to travel to see it.

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Posted in: Man arrested after pushing over woman and her 2 children on bicycle See in context

Good for the passerby, these kind of people should be isolated from the community until someone can be made responsible for their actions.

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Posted in: French magistrates question Ghosn in Beirut See in context


You are not presumed innocent in Japan, you must prove it.

Sadly this is true most of the time, at least the French justice system is not as bad.

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Posted in: Prosecutors decide not indict 40-year-old woman for killing mother See in context

Someone should bear the responsibility of this, if the woman is deemed unfit for trial then any doctor that saw her and said it was fine to let her stay at home should be investigated.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 843 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 5,721 See in context

Too bad they dont publish total number of tests anymore, that makes the numbers mostly meaningless.

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Posted in: COVID-19 vaccines have created 9 new billionaires: campaign group See in context

Antivirals are much more difficult to develop, they are not particularly effective. That is why vaccines are so important for viral disease.

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Posted in: Ex-assemblyman held over fraudulent signatures for governor recall See in context

So sad he though he could get half a million fake signatures without being caught, specially when it was not even enough for its purposes.

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Posted in: Suga says plenty of nurses available to work Olympics since 'many are taking time off now' See in context

Glad to see I am not the only one that feels this is done on purpose to make people angry.

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Posted in: Woman arrested for attempted murder after throwing newborn son out the window See in context


This is a miracle baby to be thrown out of a 2nd story window and have non life threatening injuries.

It is very fortunate, but newborns are much more resilient than what you would expect from them, in the middle of tragic news about violence and accidents many times you can read babies getting away with very serious things.

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Posted in: Prefectural governors seek COVID financial aid for businesses See in context

How about just giving up on the olympics and using the money for this purpose?

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Posted in: Onsen etiquette: Things to know before taking the plunge See in context

What is the value of having just one more of these articles when they are saying the same things as always? it is not like you have to do things differently from a decade or two ago, and also it is not like you have a sudden influx of foreign tourists right now that don't know how to behave in an onsen.

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Posted in: 3 dead, 2 wounded in shooting at Wisconsin tavern See in context

How bad it has to get to consider 3 lethal victims and 2 injured ones "not so bad" in comparison...

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 543 coronavirus cases; 1,220 in Osaka See in context

Getting tired of waiting for the supposed higher number of tests promised, optimistic me still was expecting the numbers to ramp up on the next wave, but we are already on it and still less thank 10k per day for Tokyo, disappointing.

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Posted in: Japan to procure enough COVID vaccines for all eligible by end of September See in context

I really wish this was true, but I know better than to expect anything done this year, maybe even next. Now they are preparing to cancel the games, so there is even less incentive to vaccinate people.

On the other hand, reading the comments here it is obvious a lot of people are making an effort to instill fear of vaccines as if they were not already proven safe. Maybe if enough people believe the lies (it may cause cancer, it killed the experimental animals, they are not approved so they are not safe, etc.) the easily manipulated people can leave enough of the current vaccine for those that are rational enough to know better.

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Posted in: Swiss to vote on whether to ban full facial coverings in public See in context

So weird to be reminded like this of how different the culture and values of the countries of the world are, something that would be unthinkable in some countries is even something openly voted upon in others.

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Posted in: Tokyo experiences drop in population for 7th consecutive month See in context

As mentioned before, this is not something happening only in Japan, people don't fall so easily for the appeal of big cities anymore, I just hope the trend last long enough to make a difference.

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Posted in: Do you think film awards like the Oscars, Golden Globes, Emmys and so on will eventually go "gender neutral" and replace Best Actor and Best Actress awards, for example, with Best Lead and Best Supporting Lead, or something like that? See in context

Hopefully the whole thing is going to lose its appeal and become irrelevant soon, like its happening with Miss Universe, maybe then a system for true recognition of talent may appear.

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Posted in: Aging low-ranking employees fear they can't survive restructuring See in context

I can understand the situation is bad for the people on the article, but personal friends that have to survive with 3 mil a year and huge stress because their jobs are not permanent from the beginning puts another perspective on it.

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