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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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Posted in: K-pop cheerleaders: the 'flowers' of South Korean baseball See in context

There are no cheerleaders in Major League Baseball in the United States

I am no baseball fan but I am curious to know the reason behind this. Then I Google and find many pictures of MLB cheerleaders. The authors need to do a better job.

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Posted in: French presidential campaign spotlights Muslim headscarves See in context

So banning the wearing of headscarfs on women helps in the fight against extremism. I had no idea that terrorist starts their acts by first wearing headscarfs.

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Posted in: North Korea's Kim attends parade honoring grandfather See in context

Why are they all wearing masks? I believe the N.K. government says there is no covid case in N. Korea.

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Posted in: French presidential campaign spotlights Muslim headscarves See in context

I believe from some movies I watched non-muslim women's wears headscarfs, too. Especially when they are traveling in a convertible. They can be banned, too? Right?

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Posted in: Once a retail giant, Kmart down to 3 stores See in context

I wonder what is happening with all the K-Mart stores in Australia? They are one of the biggest retailers there. Different owner maybe?

They are not related to the US ones and K-marts in Australia are doing super great in recent years by getting rid of the middle buyers and directly buying products from factories. Its products are of good price and qualities. Many products sells out quickly.

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Posted in: Japan to lift COVID nonresident foreigner entry ban for 106 nations; tourists still barred See in context

Before the pandemic started the top countries the foreign tourists in Japan from are China, Korea, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Unless these countries have dropped quarantine for returned travelers, which IMO I do not think it is going to happen for some time. Even Japan has scrapped all covid restrictions for tourist. The foreign tourist number will be no way near that high in the past.

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Posted in: Australia accelerates missile upgrade due to growing threats See in context

Not really. You need to have enough military capability to make invading your country too costly to worth the effort. Nuclear weapons are not something used out of the gate because it kind of ruins the places you intend to capture.

Nuclear weapons are deterrents. It protects you from being attacked in the first place. If Ukraine still has its nuclear weapons I do not think Russia would invade it.

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Posted in: Australia accelerates missile upgrade due to growing threats See in context

Well the truth is if you need ICBM capable of carrying multiple nuclear warheads to counter potential threats from Russia and China.

Another fact China is rapidly building its navy fleet. It will soon have 3 aircraft carriers and its fourth one will be much bigger that capacity to carry almost 100 aircrafts and launch fighter jets with bigger payload. China is planning to build 4 of them and some high ranked government officer did once say eventually China will have nuclear powered carriers.

If I have such navy fleet at my disposal, wiIl I be satisfied with just sailing them in the South China sea?

The Pacific ocean is next, mate.

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Posted in: Korean pop star Luna readies for Broadway debut in 'KPOP' See in context

The new generation hasn't feel the music.

Yeah. The older generation has feel the music.

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Posted in: Japan lists 7 items for supply action over current Russia dependence See in context

The best solution would be for Japan to become self-sufficient in food and energy and not turning to other suppliers, who will most likely raise prices of their exports to take advantage of Japan’s weak position.

Mate, very true but can it be done.? I do not think there is enough farmland in Japan to sustain its 100 millions plus population. But Japan is an island country so maybe it can try catching all the fish in the sea. And energy. Nuclear is the only way but I think the nuclear fuel the reacter used has to be imported, too.

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Posted in: Much of Shanghai locked down as mass COVID-19 testing begins See in context

Over 2 years and they still haven't realized lockdowns have been essentially useless.

Well. It is not just lockdown. It is lockdown and mass testing. Not just one but multiple times per person. Whether it is useless or not is up for debate.

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Posted in: Australia, New Zealand worried by China deal with Solomons See in context

It is not as simple as it looks. I am not an expert in the politics of the Solomon Islands but according to an article I read some time ago. Apparently there are serious friction between different regions or islands in the Pacific nation. Different political leaders are trying to get more bribe, I mean aids from overseas. That gives the chance China to step in.

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Posted in: With eye to China investment, Taliban now preserve buddhas See in context

And that is the biggest difference between them and the west. The west want to impose their views and morals into other countries, which eventually lead to tension and conflicts. 

Really? Then why is the USA not having a fight with countries like Saudi Arabia or other authoritarian countries in the Middle East. As long as you are an ally, the USA does not care if you are the devil or not.

By the way, look at what China is doing to Australia. The CCP got angry because of the way the Australian government is trying to run it's country (I am not going into details cause it is too big). The CCP is no angel itself.

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Posted in: World No. 1 Ash Barty retires from tennis at age 25 See in context

Who? Never heard of her and I follow world tennis. :)

Ash Barty surprisingly retired from tennis at age 25 while ranked No. 1 and less than two months after winning the Australian Open for her third Grand Slam singles title.

Maybe you only follow the men's or do not know women plays tennis, too.

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Posted in: Subway manners See in context

Good on them for using both Japanese and English on the poster.

But "Please prevent sound leakage to reduce noise." sounds funny.

Anyway the English reading person should understand the message so I believe it is all good.

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Posted in: China may cozy up to Japan to tackle economic slump, but faces hurdles See in context

Just look at what China is doing to Australia. Would you really trust the CCP?

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Posted in: Australia to boost defense forces by nearly a third See in context

"If people think that the ambitions within the Indo-Pacific are restricted just to Taiwan and there won't be knock-on impacts if we don't provide a deterrent effect and work closely with our colleagues and with our allies, then they don't understand the lessons of history," Dutton said.

We need to spend more money bribing our Pacific island neighbors so they will not fall under the Chinese and let them build a navy base there.

The Chinese has already had weapons capable of threatening many countries around them for a long time. Its Dongfeng missiles.

Therefore, if we need a deterrent that is effective against China, we need to buy or borrow some ICBM nuclear missiles from our allies instead of building a few submarines that may not even be built. Problem solved. But whether they are willing to sell or lend them to us is another matter.

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Posted in: Australia to boost defense forces by nearly a third See in context

The CCP is never anything good. But saying they are going to threaten Australia in a military way? Well. In the mean time Australian mining companies are selling tons and tons of iron ore and other commodities to China. I bet none of them are being used to build the aircraft carriers or another other military hardware.

By the way, if you know the incredible track record of Australia's submarine fleet, you will not have a lot of hope in the new nuclear sub.

There are many things these money should go to but it is big federal election time again! ScoMo is just pulling out anything, no matter how outrageous it is, to try to get elected again.

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Posted in: U.S.-born skater for China faces online abuse after crashing into wall See in context

Eileen Gu is another American-born athlete (for skiing) who decided to represent China instead of the US in the Olympics, very similar situation to Zhu Yi. Her mother and grandmother who raised her were Chinese-born so she wanted to represent them. She got a LOT of flak from American fans over the whole thing. Especially as she is supremely talented and expected to medal in multiple events.

She just got a gold medal in fact already, it was pretty huge but hasn't been covered here yet.

Eileen Gu is kinda different. Before the Olympic she has already got many commercial endorsements in the US. However, they are nothing compared to those she receives in China. Maybe she really wants to represent the country her mother is from but it is highly likely money is another factor. Now with an Olympic medaI she is one of the most celebrated athletes in China. This means virtually unlimited commercial endorsement and I doubt she is gonna miss USA. By the way if you wants to know how come she gets so many endorsements, just google her picture.

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Posted in: U.S.-born skater for China faces online abuse after crashing into wall See in context

FYI, according to other online news. Her father is a famous A.I. rearcher who has won some major prize overseas and returned to China a few years ago to be head of research project. Netizens have said she got picked to be in the Olympic team over others Chinese born skaters because of her father, not her merit.

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Posted in: U.S.-born skater for China faces online abuse after crashing into wall See in context

Anyways she made her bed she has to live with giving up the American passport to live in a communist country. Wish her well.

People loves winners and hates losers. This thing happens in many countries. I am not a fan of ice skating but I kinda remember something similar happened to a famous female Japanese pro ice skater years ago. That incident was even worse because the person who dissed the player was not some online trolls. A little googling and I find these.

Mao Asada criticized after tough short program – and before stellar free skate

Chris Estrada

8 years ago

One night after finishing 16th in the ladies’ short program following a fall on her triple Axel, Vancouver silver medalist Mao Asada has delivered a brilliant response in the free skate – scoring a career-high 142.71.

And one wonders what Yoshiro Mori, the former Japanese Prime Minister and new chairman for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics’ organizing committee, must be thinking at this moment.

Mori criticized Asada after her ill-fated short program yesterday, saying that she had a habit of “always falling at the most critical time” according to the Associated Press.

He also said that Asada’s fall in the inaugural team figure skating competition, in which Japan finished fifth, was at cause for her short program problems: “The psychological damage (Asada) incurred must have remained,” Mori said.

Additionally, Mori had some words about Japan’s American-born ice dancing pair, Chris and Cathy Reed: “Although they are not good enough for the U.S. team in the Olympics, we included these naturalized citizens on the team,” he said.

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Posted in: Osaka plummets to 85th in WTA singles ranking See in context

WTA is much more competitive than Men's ATP. Women's points are almost the same and separated by a single open championship.

Yes and no. According to www.wtatennis.com/rankings, no. 1 Ash Bart y is on 8331 pts, no. 2 Aryna Sabalenka is on 5698 pts. However, after that difference are small.

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Posted in: Where is Peng Shuai? Australian Open T-shirts grab attention See in context

why should I concern myself about an internal Chinese affair??? People should keep their noses out of other people’s countries and maybe look inward and examine the problems in their own countries before pointing an accusing finger. It’s an easy and cheap way of self gratification

samuraivunyl

You wrote the following a while ago:

Nov. 27, 2021  08:01 am JSTPosted in: Furious France scraps UK migrant talks after 'unacceptable' letter  See in context

Hiro

that’s one difference many might say between Japanese culture and UK culture. In the UK personal expression through music, clothes, transportation etc is deeply ingrained in the national psyche, not the overwhelming urge to always blend it and not stick out.

regarding the article, the French get upset at the drop of a hat often. I was living in France and found an English newspaper in a local store. The shop keeper rolled his eyes at my delight upon finding it.

macron needs to reel in these illegal immigrants. It’s his duty to stop illegal immigrants that are already in his country from threatening the borders of other countries.

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Posted in: Not easy being green: China's 'health codes' define COVID-era life See in context

....and that is the control system that authoritarian goverments in West, like in Austria, Australia, Canada, etc. want to impose on the population.

Australia? Mate, are you working for ScoMo & Co.? Please tell me more about this authoritarian system? By the way you do know that the premier of the state of Western Australia is facing intense backlash for postponing the opening of its state border to the rest of Australia? Western Australia is the only Australian state still running zero-covid policy. The whole Australia has opened up and we have so many cases that Americans are being told by their government not to travel to Australia. I wonder why the federal government suddenly wants to change its policy.

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Posted in: Chinese cities battle COVID as Winter Olympics loom See in context

Today  03:48 pm JSTPosted in: Osaka, Nadal win openers at Australian Open  See in context

Since what they did to Djokovic I don't watch Australia Open, and I don't recommend it to the others who support freedom.

I cant wait to see Bejing Winter Olympics! It is going to be a great spectacle!

I know they can handle the virus situation soomthly!

Are you being sarcastic, Larry Flint? Millions of people have lost their freedom because of Chinese government's zero-covid policy?

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Posted in: Gus works See in context

At least they know to use the phase "under construction" Not something like "Erection in progress.".

Since the Engrish.com site folded, there have been few places to go for examples of language boners. 

Just google image of "Engrish signs" you will get lots of laughs.

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