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Posted in: Mizuho restores ATMs, online services after glitch See in context

@zichi

I previously worked in IT security auditor in banks.

I know their security and wouldn't use internet banking with any of the major banks, not in Japan not in the USA not in Canada.

Basically if it was around before the internet I would avoid their internet banking.

Now banks like 7i that were created after the internet and rely near exclusively on internet and ATM.

Well they do much better as their base infrastructure was designed for it.

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Posted in: China, India, Russia seek influence through vaccine diplomacy See in context

Be that as it may, it likely will perform similar to the J&J vaccine

No actually Sputnik V in EU studies has far out performed j&j at 90% and is far more effective on variants.

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Posted in: Mizuho restores ATMs, online services after glitch See in context

@Monty

And now you know why I keep them separate.

Never get a combined card. That way you always have a backup plan if something happens to one of them.

I may be paranoid but having travelled a lot for business I learned to keep cash in one pocket, credit cards in another and ATM card in a different one. Also an emergency credit card not with the rest.

Lose any one and I still have something regardless where I am.

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Posted in: Mizuho restores ATMs, online services after glitch See in context

that their customers don't do anything to change that!!!!

Sure they do, they change banks, only one problem, all the banks are the same and people have very little choice.

This is not a Japan thing it is the same in most countries.

But the fastest growing bank in Japan is now 7i bank.

Most young people see no need to have a physical bank and are comfortable just having online and ATM.

Both my young adult children prefer it, as do most of their friends.

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Posted in: Mizuho restores ATMs, online services after glitch See in context

@Monty

Please what bank was that?

I have ATM cards for several different banks and in 30 years never seen any with an expiration date.

Credit cards yes ATM cards no not even the post office.

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Posted in: China, India, Russia seek influence through vaccine diplomacy See in context

If you are my ally,you get my vaccine.

Meanwhile,some "developed"countries have paid in advance to get almost all the vaccines including extra doses in disregard of the rest of the other countries

Not sure what news you have been reading, but friend or not few of the developed countries outside the EU, USA and UK have seen much of the vaccine they paid for.

Canada brought hundreds of millions of doses, why? Because the USA blocked it originally orders, so it contracted with The EU branch of the companies oops blocked again.

Paid $400 million to Covax nothing,

Japan, South Korea, Serbia, Albania, Turkey, etc... All the same.

EU says pay more buy more and we will give you Vaccine, nothing but a trickle.

Meanwhile Germany and others don't like the AZ they got so they didn't use it left it to rot and got more Pfizer to use instead.

It is and was all a EU and Vaccine maker scam to get more money from non EU countries.

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Posted in: China, India, Russia seek influence through vaccine diplomacy See in context

I like how the article just minorly mentions Europe.

The reality is that the EU, UK and USA hoarded Vaccine, proof is Germany only used 15 % of it's AZ Vaccine then left the rest to rot and got Pfizer doses instead.

This left non EU members with little or nothing,

Balkan countries turned to China and Russia both promptly supplying them, the same thing with Central and South America.

So suddenly Serbia, Chile, Turkey that once had no Vaccine went from 0% vaccinated to top countries, surpassing all EU countries, the UK and USA in percentage of their populations vaccinated. All in about a month.

Amazing how fast it goes when a country has Vaccine.

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Posted in: Mizuho restores ATMs, online services after glitch See in context

with a history of system woes stretching more than a decade.

A bit of an understatement.

On it's first day of creation April 2002 the poorly done attempt to merge the 3 separate bank systems by leaving all the separate systems in place and splicing them together shut thousands of customers out of their accounts, lost entire accounts for months.

I know they lost mine for nearly 4 months.

Had my card bank book but their system said it didn't exist.

Couldn't get my pay deposited, all my automatic payments like electricity, gas, phone, etc.. bills not paid.

No apologies, no compensation, nothing.

When they did finally find my account the blamed the IT company they hired to create the system to try and link it all.

Found out later that IT company as well as others warned the newly created bank that they could not guaranteed this attempt at linking would work but the management said do it anyway.

How that mess was left out of the article is strange.

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Posted in: Tokyo high schools ask students to certify hair color not altered: NHK See in context

Been here 30 plus years.

Those that think things have changed a lot or anything more than minorly should know this.

My son despite going to public school his entire K to 12 education managed to get into a very good university, he took business management in workplace diversity graduated near the top of his class.

When starting to apply for jobs, the university placement staff took him aside and presented him a list of prominent Japanese companies and told him to not write the name down but to memories them.

These are companies that the university contacted and where told they are not interested in any type of diversity, they do not hire foreigners, mixed of any LGBT+ but that if asked they would deny this fact.

The list contained many very surprising names what was more stunning was many of these companies were also companies my daughter's university told her not to apply to for the same reason, that is they don't hire mixed.

So that was last year.

As long as places like these universities are not willing to speak up, nothing will change.

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Posted in: Tokyo high schools ask students to certify hair color not altered: NHK See in context

The people who most commonly dont get it are the western parents who flip a lid every time.

Yeah tell that to my 2 mixed children, both of whom had multiple altercations including physical with teachers and other school officials.

If you like being treated aa a second class citizen great that is your choice.

My children had enough and they decided to not take it anymore and that started in primary school.

Why is it while all their friends that graduated university with them weren't given a list of companies that do not hire them? Because their friends aren't mixed so they don't need that unofficial list.

But the question is really why if the universities know that these companies don't hire mixed do the universities not say something publicly instead of quietly telling the mixed students that xyz company won't hire them because they are not pure Japanese.

Oh and my 2 children went to very different universities and both had lists.

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Posted in: Tokyo high schools ask students to certify hair color not altered: NHK See in context

@thepersoniamnow

Actually is does!

This affects far more caucasian Japanese mix than non mixed just due to genetics.

If you don't think it does then I suggest you take a look around and see which group is more likely to have curly hair and light coloured hair. Pure Japanese or caucasian Japanese mix?

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Posted in: Tokyo high schools ask students to certify hair color not altered: NHK See in context

@Hollytree

To bad so many think it is ok to treat us and our children the way we are and apologise for being different.

I tried the nice polite way but after having to repeat and repeat btge same thing each Time the teachers school director change for each child and then again in jr high and again in Sr high.

At some point you have to realise it will not change asking nicely.

I get tire of those constantly making excuses for the way mixed children and foreigners are treated.

You like being walked on good that is your choice, don't tell me how to raise my children, did it and the results are they are still discriminated against now as adults as companies don't hire mixed and their universities know all those that don't and instead of saying something they just tell the mixed graduates not to apply to these companies.

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Posted in: Tokyo high schools ask students to certify hair color not altered: NHK See in context

@Burning Bush

Seriously you want us to believe that?

Some people will do anything to avoid the truth.

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Posted in: Tokyo high schools ask students to certify hair color not altered: NHK See in context

@browny1

If only it was true that things are changing.

Both my children graduated university last year ( one did her master's).

Both had problems applying for jobs constant is your hair natural to you have proof.

They were both given verbally lists of companies that do not hire foreigners or mixed.

My daughter was told her breast size would be a problem, yeah that one came up also in jr high.

So 30 years on and no much has changed.

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Posted in: Tokyo high schools ask students to certify hair color not altered: NHK See in context

But note you won't be able to make a lawsuit against the school as there is no law in Japan making racial discrimination illegal

Actually yes and no, as applied to all, no as applied to Japanese citizens, yes there are laws against discrimination for many things, if the person is a Japanese national they can file a lawsuit for discrimination.

Ainu have many times, as have those formerly known as Burakumin, those with disabilities, etc... But this only applies to Japanese Nationals.

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Posted in: Tokyo high schools ask students to certify hair color not altered: NHK See in context

If only it stopped at the school level.

My daughter was told at a job fair at University by a company recruiter that perms and coloured hair was not permitted so if she wanted to apply she would need proof her hair was natural.

Her reply was done at a level everyone could hear.

She said loudly so do you have to provide proof that your hair is natural and not a comb over? Everyone laughed and he left very quickly.

Yeah the men in our family learn early on not to mess with the women of our family.

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Posted in: Lady Gaga's dogs recovered safely; no word on $500,000 reward See in context

OK she offered $500,000 for her dogs.

Now where is the $500,000 reward for finding the guys that shot the dog walker, she can easily afford it.

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Posted in: Tokyo high schools ask students to certify hair color not altered: NHK See in context

@bokuda

Actually that was an issue in jr high for my daughter.

They had a problem with her large chest.

I nearly jumped over the director's desk when they started suggesting strapping them or buying extra large shirts and jacket.

Lucky for me I brought a very large Japanese friend with my who retrained me.

Brought him originally as a witness as I found the word of a Gaijin was worthless in any eventual follow-up.

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Posted in: Tokyo high schools ask students to certify hair color not altered: NHK See in context

Been there done that.

With My eldest, the girl.

Sent back a note in English only just to annoy them, with just 2 words on it. The first started with the 6th letter of the alphabet the second with the 25th letter.

They got the point so well no school ever asked again for her or my son.

Yes crude but effective.

Learned early on trying to be polite or using reason doesn't work.

Tried that with the sunblock as my children have my skin and burn in a matter of minutes.

School kept going on about no make-up had to get a doctor friend to come to the school and try to explain it.

The next year it started all over again.

So finished being patient and polite and raising my voice to the level the whole neighbourhood could hear got the point across. Never came up again.

With the schools dinosaur directors reason doesn't work.

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Posted in: Agony of post-COVID-19 loss of smell See in context

I am a bit confused!

This is not something that was never seen before.

About 30 or 40 years ago ( sorry not exactly sure the year) an influenza variant was going around and the same thing affected many younger people, mostly late teens to late 20s.

It was widely known and the loss lasted from a few months to being permanent, my sister didn't recover here smell of taste for a little over 3 years.

Did no one continue studying this once that variant was gone?

One would think that the experts would have realised something like that would eventually happen again.

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Posted in: EU confident of hitting vaccination target as global death toll tops 2.5 million See in context

It is easy when you don't keep to your promises and block the supply to others including your neighbours.

In the next few years it is going to be interesting to see how the EU and also the USA manage as neighbouring countries like Serbia, Albania and other Balkan countries, Turkey, Mexico and much of central and South America all remember that while the USA and EU got their Vaccine these countries didn't and in desperation turned to Russia and China who promptly supplied them.

The stunning speed places like Serbia, Turkey and Chile got the vaccine delivered and into their respective population in just over a month to the point of surpassing all EU countries, the UK and USA in percentage of their populations vaccinated was a public relations coup for China and Russia.

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Posted in: Japan to start vaccinations for elderly on April 12 See in context

@GdTokyo

It was in response to someone saying Vaccine caused deaths.

I pointed out that only 500 people that received the vaccine out if 38 million died after getting the vaccine, I pointed out most were over 79 years old for a reason.

Not a single case of anyone dying from the vaccine has been reported.

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Posted in: Japan to start vaccinations for elderly on April 12 See in context

The only person I know who had covid had a 2 days flu-like symptoms.

I know 4 that have died

3 elderly family members and the 27? Year old son of my friend, he was a strong healthy man, a paramedic in search and rescue no underlying conditions got covid as a first responder and died from covid-19 pneumonia.

So healthy doses not mean safe just means safer than those not as healthy.

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Posted in: 50 LDP lawmakers urge local members to oppose separate surnames See in context

In Quebec if you get married no one takes their spouse's surname.

In 1981 the government ended the process ( no not because of the false view to protect French names) they did this for several reasons nearly all to save money.

One more women were joining the professional workforce and remaining. Deplomas in maiden names made for confusion.

Next was the cost to the government to change all the info, healthcare cards, drivers license, social insurance cards, etc... and charging for this would have been discrimination.

Then in the case of a divorce many women want to return to their maiden name and again charging them to do so because the law originally forced them to change would be discrimination. So more cost to the tax payers

So Quebec just ended the whole mess, everyone keeps the name they were born with no more confusion, no more cost to the government changing everything and far less problems for the women.

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Posted in: Japan to start vaccinations for elderly on April 12 See in context

In the USA 37 million Vaccines given, around 500 death occurred after vaccination, of those the vast majority were between the ages of 79 and 90.

Now compare that to. 28 million cases of covid and 500,000 deaths

Now you choose which has a better results.

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Posted in: Japan to start vaccinations for elderly on April 12 See in context

We are also seeing more and more reports of healthy younger people dying soon after vaccination. Not so much in the MSM, but they are still occurring.

Please give a credible example.

Note the not in the MSM why? Because they fact check unlike the fake news sites you are probably going to tell us to see!

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Posted in: Japan to start vaccinations for elderly on April 12 See in context

@daito_hak

Actually yes rapid nation and worldwide vaccination is how we start getting back to a semblance of normal.

Everything you wrote does not change the fact until all that is reached the best way to achieve some normality is vaccination.

You picked from what you wanted and ignore the other stuff where it clearly says vaccination will play a major role.

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Posted in: Japan to start vaccinations for elderly on April 12 See in context

You do not need to worry if you are healthy.

Really better start getting off the antibacterial site and on to real news.

We are seeing more and more reports of healthy younger people dying from covid-19 then their are the long term effects from having it that are being reported on many young healthy people that only had mild cases.

Please stop with the false information.

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Posted in: Japan to start vaccinations for elderly on April 12 See in context

with new variations the vaccines might even be useless.

No and it has already been debunked.

The present Vaccines are less effective but still work 50% vs 70%~90% considering that 50% effectiveness was the original goal and seen in the Vaccine circle as effective it is still very good.

And as all the vaccine makers and experts have pointed out the method used to produce the vaccine means tweeking it to be more effective on variants will not be difficult.

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Posted in: Japan to start vaccinations for elderly on April 12 See in context

Any Japanese over 60 doesn't need to vaccinate, most of them are healthier than the young generation.

You should check the facts before posting false information.

Japan is one of the countries with the highest use of influenza vaccination in the world especially the elderly,

It is a regular thing for most elderly to get their yearly Vaccine.

Please stop spreading misinformation.

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