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Posted in: Idol singer from Keyakizaka46 says she’s now working as a Tokyo bar hostess See in context

She is just trying to make ends meet like the rest of us.

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Posted in: Petrol stations' days may be numbered See in context

The 'affordable' electric-car market in Australia is set for a major expansion next year, with the arrival of a range of five new contenders in the next 12 months expected to cost in the region of $45,000.

Five new electric cars – four from China, and one from Europe – are due in Australia between this month and the middle of next year, with expected price tags between $35,000 and $50,000.

Maybe in other countries but EV are still bloody expensive down under here so petrol stations' days definitely are not numbered.

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Posted in: Mayweather easily beats MMA fighter Asakura in Japan exhibition See in context

Floyd Mayweather Jr easily knocked out Mikuru Asakura, a popular Japanese MMA, or mixed martial artist, in the second round of an exhibition match in Japan Sunday. He said he had fun and promised to be back next year.

The two words "exhibition match" basically can tell the spectators what they should expect to see in this fight.

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Posted in: Riken researchers develop rechargeable cyborg cockroach See in context

OMG! Cyborg cockroach! I am speechless.

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Posted in: Hitachi develops touchless operating panel for elevators See in context

I thought it would be a voice activated panel when I read the title.

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Posted in: Teacher arrested for putting bleach in school lunch See in context

I do not understand. Souldn't the hate directed to the staff rather than the children? If the children can smell the bleach from the curry, I believe there is enough bleach inside the curry that can poison a human to death.

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

Waiving visas won’t boost the economy much. Even before the pandemic, foreign tourism accounted for less than one percent of Japan’s GDP.

It is true that foreign tourism accounts for a relatively small percentage of Japan's GDP. However, why would the Japanese government and many cities so hell-bent on promoting tourism before the pandemic if it is peanuts to their economy?

Tourists directly inject money into the local economy. Especially the economies in some city, eg Kyoto.

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Posted in: Gun used to kill Abe was simple to make, analysts say See in context

I am no firearm expert. But the weapon used looks more like a musket than a gun to me.

and ordered parts and gunpowder on the internet as well.

You can order gunpowder on the internet? The only legal item I can think of containing gunpowder is fireworks.

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Posted in: Before fatal shooting, Abe was up close with the crowd See in context

I cannot copy and paste the link here. Google "twitter sorrowandpain". Someone has taken a video of the whole thing just a few meters from Abe and shows the moment he went down.

His security team really dropped the ball big.

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Posted in: Former Prime Minister Abe dies after being shot while campaigning in Nara See in context

Doctor says it was from the front - all the reporting was wrong.

I watched a video on NHK world that captures the moment. It is a bit far but you still can see the man walked behind Abe and fired. The first shot missed and Abe turned around when the second shot was fired. That is why Abe was hit from the front.

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Posted in: Johnson resigns, but will remain British PM until new leader chosen See in context

To me this is just a politician fighting to keep his job while other politicians fighting to get his job.

What goes around comes around.

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Posted in: Bear literally gets its butt kicked by Japanese man after sneaking into his house See in context

Crashing through a window, the animal (which is estimated to have been about 90 centimeters in length) fled the scene, scampering off into the surrounding woodlands.

It was a small bear. I do not think the guy would dare to kick a fully grown bear's butt.

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Posted in: Why monkeypox may soon get a new name See in context

Monkeypox may soon have a new name after scientists called for a change to dispel stereotypes of Africa being seen as a crucible of disease.

Japanese encephalitis virus JEV is the most important cause of viral encephalitis in Asia. It is a mosquito-borne flavivirus, and belongs to the same genus as dengue, yellow fever and West Nile viruses. The first case of Japanese encephalitis viral disease (JE) was documented in 1871 in Japan.

How are Japanese opinion on this?

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Posted in: Naomi Osaka won't play at Wimbledon, citing Achilles tendon See in context

"One hit wonder"? Are you for real?

You do realize Naomi has won FOUR Major singles titles, right? The only Japanese person to have won even one.

Haters gonna hate.

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Posted in: Naomi Osaka won't play at Wimbledon, citing Achilles tendon See in context

Unbelievable that she's world's highest paid female athlete. Proof that today's professional sports is not a meritocracy.

Not just today, it has been like this for a long time. Long time tennis fans should remember Anna Kournikova well.

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Posted in: Naomi Osaka won't play at Wimbledon, citing Achilles tendon See in context

Sadly turning into the equivalent of a "one hit wonder" musical group.

I am not a fan of N. Osaka. However...

From Wikipedia:

Age: 24

Price money earned: $21,050,567

Highest ranking: No. 1 (January 28, 2019)

Grand slams won: 4

Osaka is one of the world's most marketable athletes, having been ranked eighth among all athletes in endorsement income in 2020. She was also the highest-earning female athlete of all time by annual income that year. 

I believe many female professional tennis players would like to join this "one hit wonder" music group.

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Posted in: No bartender required: Premixed Jack and Coke going on sale See in context

I believe these have been available in Australia for well over 25 years.

From Wikipedia:

Around 1996, Jack Daniel's released a canned beverage called "Jack Daniel's and Cola", a mixed beverage of the same type as Jack and Coke, in several markets in the South Pacific, including Australia and New Zealand.[8]

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Posted in: Beijing tests millions, isolates thousands over COVID cluster at 24-hour bar See in context

Mate, you forgot to write the date of the news article.

Australia's economy has plunged into its first recession in nearly 30 years, as it suffers the economic fallout from the coronavirus.

and

This is the worst economic growth in 61 years due to a severe contraction in household spending on goods and services.

https://www.bbc.com/news/business-53994318 in first recession for nearly 30 years

2 September 2020

The article was written in September, 2020. Back then all states in Australia were under strict Covid restrictions. My state Queensland did not fully open its borders until December, 2021. The zero covid policy seriously damaged the Australian economy! That is the reason why Australia changes to living with the virus.

Australian inflation hits 20-year-high

https://www.reuters.com/business/australian-inflation-hits-20-year-high-brings-rate-rises-near-2022-04-27/

Read the whole article first

This reflected the broad-based nature of price rises, as the impacts of supply disruptions, rising shipping costs and other global and domestic inflationary factors flowed through the economy," said Michelle Marquardt, the head of price statistics at the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

It is not due to living with the virus!

Zero covid policy is definitely not good to the economy of Australia.

Maybe China is different, Zero covid is good to its economy.

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Posted in: Beijing tests millions, isolates thousands over COVID cluster at 24-hour bar See in context

initial COVID-19 lockdowns resulted in the worst quarterly fall on record of 6.8 per cent in the June quarter of 2020.

I am confused. You point out lockdown measures destroy Australia's economy. But on the other hand you praise China's covid zero policy which includes month long lockdown that you believe is good for its economy.

"As I mentioned, China is the only country to have had positive growth through the entire pandemic.

Do a little google search before bragging on something.

Projected GDP Ranking

SourceInternational Monetary Fund World Economic Outlook (October - 2021)Date26 Oct 2021

In the list of top 50, All economies will experience a positive growth rate in 2021. Ireland is the fastest-growing economy with 14.04%, followed by Chile (11.00%). Thailand has the lowest growth rate of 0.96%, followed by the United Arab Emirates (2.24%) and Japan (2.36%).

Right, only China.

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Posted in: Beijing tests millions, isolates thousands over COVID cluster at 24-hour bar See in context

All this for omicron part II?

Seems most in the U.S. have had it, but life goes on.

Actually apart from saving face (the CPP bragged about how successful they were in fighting covid, even declaring victory in those propaganda videos), there is a logical reason they cannot take a covid wave.

China's population is 1.4 billion (Shanghai alone has 20 million). Even Omicron is mild, with a vaccines not as effective as expected and a patchy healthcare system, the hospitals would highly likely be overload if they drops the zero covid policy. Just like what happened in Hong Kong a while ago.

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Posted in: Beijing tests millions, isolates thousands over COVID cluster at 24-hour bar See in context

and allowing destruction of every other economy in the world except China, which had positive growth throughout the pandemic.

LOL! First, here in Australia the economy was not destroyed.

Second, below is from some online search:

China's economy faces its worst downward pressure since the spring of 2020 when it was hit by the first wave of Covid-19, according to Nomura Holdings Inc. The slowdown in China's growth worsened in the first quarter and markets should be concerned about a further slide in the second, Nomura Holdings Inc.25 Mar 2022

Yes. It did have growth but it has slowed down. It is not immune to the effect of covid.

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Posted in: Beloved Japanese manga 'One Piece' heads into final chapter See in context

A live-action adaptation by Netflix is also in the works, with fans speculating it could catapult the franchise to global household name status, on par with "Star Wars" or "Harry Potter".

One piece does have its charm. However, these fans are really, really thinking too much.

"A break for me!" he wrote in a handwritten announcement posted on the series' official Twitter account. "I want to rearrange the structure (of the manga) so that I can wrap up the final chapter as soon as possible. Soooo... Forgive me, but I will take a short breather to prepare for it all!"

I predict that after some years the series has ended. A new prequel or sequel will start, especially if the author's new work is not too popular. I can be wrong but this has happened many times.

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Posted in: Employee of Japanese fast-food chain Sukiya dies while working alone See in context

This story is more about work safety. Of course you can say the company is trying to reduce operational cost by letting staff to work alone.

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Posted in: Japan to resume accepting guided foreign tour groups from June 10 See in context

That said , is there a foreign wannabe tourist on the planet earth with zero Japanese language skills , and zero connections here in Japan that would or could tour Japan on anything but a guided tour?

I do not speak Japanese but I can read Kanji. I have been to Japan 8 times in the past 10 years. And not once in any guided tour. The thing is in major cities and tourism spots there are signs in Chinese, English, Korean and even people with foreign language skills to help tourist. Also if you have mobile internet access it really helps during the trip. More and more Japanese can speak simple English good enough to communicate with tourist.

However, I generally stick with big cities. I do believe if you wanna go outside of them then it is better to join a guided tour.

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Posted in: Australia's ousted conservatives eye China hawk as leader See in context

A former police officer, Dutton made a name for himself in politics with tough talk and a penchant for headline-grabbing commentary.

Words are cheap, mate. He is just like other politicians. All talk but no action.

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Posted in: Kyrgios calls Tomic 'most hated athlete in Australia' See in context

Despite some notable results the duo are widely seen to have failed to live up to their full potential, struggling to keep their motivation and focus on tennis.

I bet when officials from Tennis Australia and Australian tennis fans see these two, they would think "We had world no. 1 Ash Barty who is humble and well respected. Then she retired young. On the other hand players who keeps embarrassing Australian tennis are still around. Why?"

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Posted in: Why isn’t Japan as tech savvy as it should be? See in context

Hiro. You do have a point. However, you are talking about addiction to digital technology which I believe it is a different topic.

It is not just Japan. Older generation in many countries find it challenging to adapt new technologies.

For example, many students in Japan may have been taught how to use PowerPoint but rarely sit down and make a presentation.

A student cannot use PowerPoint to make a presentation is of low computer literacy. What kind of example is this?

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Posted in: Australians vote for prime minister See in context

In a democracy, politicians come and go.

All free TV channels have just announced Labor wins.

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Posted in: California ban on selling semi-automatic guns to young adults overturned See in context

The appellate court's decision does not impact California's ban on the sale of handguns to those under 21, which is also the legal age at which individuals are allowed to purchase alcohol throughout the United States.

I am confused. Does this mean if you are under 21 you cannot buy a handgun but you can buy a semi-automatic gun in California?

By the way, can I buy flame thrower, gatling gun, grenade launcher or a fully functional battle tank in the US? I mean unlike 250 years ago, nowadays when young adults want to do an uprising semi automatic guns cannot quite cut it. They need better weapons.

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Posted in: 10% suffer COVID-19 aftereffects 1 year after discharge from hospital: survey See in context

The survey covered 693 people with moderate or severe COVID-19 symptoms who were admitted to hospitals between September 2020 and July 2021.

Only 693 people are covered and it does not mention what age group these are in. How can I take the result seriously?

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