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Posted in: Repairing shoddy nuclear waste storage site to cost Japan ¥36 bil See in context

If the fuel is waste from private company operations, why are taxpayers footing this bill?

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Posted in: McDonald's Japan to hike prices for third time in 10 months See in context

I’m sure McDonald’s Japan will still report solid profits for the heat. Confused about the currency rates being cited though - the yen is in a far better position now than 6 months ago. And how is the cheeseburger raise more than a Big Mac raise? Feels oddly like inflation being s convenient reason to just raise prices to be honest.

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Posted in: Families in Tokyo to get ¥5,000 per child to address falling birthrate See in context

Pachinko places will be rubbing their hands with glee over this, I’m sure.

Wife and I won’t have any more kids so they are just wasting money giving it to people like me for our 2 kids. Should just spend all this money on day care facilities, family support etc instead to make having kids easier rather than just cheaper.

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Posted in: Japan reports 138,396 new coronavirus cases See in context

116 deaths were vaccinated ones.

stats would suggest getting vaccinated is the right call then. Around 80% in Japan are vaccinated, so if 20% of the population make up 50% of the deaths it’s a concern.

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Posted in: Over 80% of Japanese adults find tobacco smoke unpleasant: survey See in context

Rare for me to see one of these surveys and think “wow, I agree with 83% of respondents.”

People should be allowed to smoke if they want. But it stinks and passive smoking hurts others, so it should absolutely be done in isolation.

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Posted in: What's up with the Bank of Japan stance on interest rates? See in context

Majority of Japanese mortgages are variable rate. Bump interest rates and quickly find a lot of people will be in trouble.

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Posted in: Kishida pledges help to those financially affected by Unification Church See in context

So tax payers are bailing out people who were scammed? Unless this is a desperate attempt to make people lose anger at the church, what’s the point?

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Posted in: Slain ex-PM Abe honored at divisive state funeral See in context

Saw on Twitter that the only bidder for the event (Maruyama) was the same one involved in the cherry blossom scandal.

Even in death, corruption prevails. No wonder this is more expensive than The Queen of England’s funeral!!!

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Posted in: Japan reports 76,200 coronavirus cases See in context

But I believe reaching herd immunity naturally is the way to go. 

Natural herd immunity isn't possible. That is why people keep being re-infected over and over again.

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Posted in: Nicolas Cage faces off with a new foe: himself See in context

Article is about Nicolas Cage, so why are all the photos of John Travolta?

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Posted in: Zelenskyy appeals to Japan for more sanctions against Russia See in context

Saw a chart which showed only 22% of Japanese companies operating in Russia have suspended operations, and none have pulled out. It’s all half-measures as usual.

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Posted in: 2021 cyberattacks led by Russian hackers cost companies $600 mil See in context

Get ready for all hell to break lose, seems Okta has been hacked. Identity As A Service suddenly seems a huge mistake when pretty much all major organizations are their customers!!!

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Posted in: 2021 cyberattacks led by Russian hackers cost companies $600 mil See in context

Why hackers are able to penetrate through all the sophisticated defense systems?

The vast majority of major incidents are caused by human-based attack vectors. Companies can spend every last dollar they have on security, but if someone clicks a link and enters details or downloads something without realizing they’re on the wrong page, it won’t protect them.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 15,525 new coronavirus cases; nationwide death toll soars to record 236 See in context

The link in the article shows just over 17,000 tests. That’s one way to ensure numbers can’t spiral out of control I guess haha!

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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.

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Posted in: Tokyo finds Omicron case in U.S. arrival isolating at home See in context

@jojo - if she saw the person immediately after arrival, I guess she didn’t quarantine

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Posted in: Sponsors asked to defend support for Beijing Winter Olympics See in context

“We know bad stuff is happening but we really, really, really like money.”

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Posted in: Officials in Tokyo alarmed at lack of sense of crisis as virus cases hit record highs See in context

“We have tried everything we can to stop this!” proclaims government that has done very little.

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Posted in: Bach says anti-virus rules working ahead of Tokyo Olympics See in context

How is Bach allowed out? I thought everyone coming to Japan has a mandatory 14-day quarantine

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Posted in: Bach says canceling Tokyo Olympics not an option despite COVID See in context

"We, the IOC, will never abandon the TV and sponsorship deals, and with the cancellation, we would have lost a whole generation of revenues. So therefore, a cancellation for us was not really an option," 

Fixed that for you, you’re welcome.

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Posted in: Why Japan took the word 'mansion' and applied it to condominiums See in context

Because the "correct" meaning of a word can only ever be the original one?

That isn't the point I am making. Just because Japanese isn't using it the same way that English is using, doesn't mean that Japanese usage is incorrect. It could have been adopted before English added a different nuance, or maybe didn't even come from English. Latin origin so likely that several other languages have the same word.

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Posted in: Why Japan took the word 'mansion' and applied it to condominiums See in context

This made me interested enough to look at the etymology. Seems the original mansion definition just meant “place to live” which suggests the current English usage is the one which is incorrect.

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Posted in: Only 4 teams remain at Euro 2020: Which two are headed to Wembley final? See in context

Turkey fan here but I hope England finally win something, they have some really nice players in the team right now and have not conceded any goals yet which has surprised me because Pickford isn't very reliable usually haha

I think Italy will be the other finalist, and hopefully will be a good game!

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Posted in: Record low number of pregnancies reported in Japan in 2020 See in context

Don’t worry, the government can give Dentsu some money to hold meetings and write a report, then all women will get pregnant and glorious Japan will become glorious-er.

Right? That’s all that’s needed, isn’t it? We don’t actually need to do anything, do we?

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Posted in: Japanese companies shun blanket wage hikes amid coronavirus pain See in context

Not just Japanese companies, my employer is American and they’ve put a global lock on any salary increases this year without high level approval for special cases.

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Posted in: Japan to hold 1st competitive cybersecurity talent search See in context

That is far from the truth

I am a blue team consultant and have worked with companies all over the world on this. There are good and bad examples everywhere, Japan isn't any better or worse than others.

Especially when you factor in that you can work up to the head of the government cyber security division without knowing how to use a smartphone or computer. 

This doesn't impact the effectiveness of those doing the actual work. Though I agree it is a bizarre choice.

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Posted in: Japan to hold 1st competitive cybersecurity talent search See in context

Finally realized their cyber security is worthless

Japan actually has a pretty solid cyber security setup - it was massively strengthened a few years ago after winning the 2020 bid. The vast majority of issues here are the same human errors (phishing, misplacing physical media) that plague every country.

Knowing the sheer volume of failed attacks that are happening daily, I’d wager this recruitment drive is as much about further improving digital forensics as defense.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports record high 1,591 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 6,001 See in context

Isn't Thursday the "big number day" every week? Tomorrow could dwarf this...

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Posted in: Are you financially better off than you were this time last year? See in context

Income roughly the same but investments have done very well this year

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Posted in: Review: Pixar's 'Soul' joins mid-life crisis, jazz fantasia See in context

Watched it yesterday and really enjoyed it. Pixar make some great movies!

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