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Posted in: Large numbers of people out and about despite gov't antivirus pleas See in context

Leaving in 30 min with the family to Ikea, Costco, a nice hawaiian hamburger restaurant and after that, a wide park where we can play badminton and breath some fresh air.

All masked up, no public transportation.

We don’t venture ourselves into hordes of people, but we also don’t stay home the whole sunny weekend, in panic

Wait, you did just say "going to Costco" and "avoiding hordes of people" at the same time, right? You have been to Costco in Japan before, I assume?

(Mask wearing at Costco is essentially 100%, and it sounds like you are trying to find a good balance, but Costco on the weekend is not my idea of a laid back, relaxing activity!)

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Posted in: DMX, rap's dark, tortured star, dies at 50 See in context

DMX was a complicated and imperfect man. I don't think anyone can argue about that. But I appreciated his honesty in regards to his life and music; you never felt like he was playing games or hiding things. We could all probably learn from his example about being more open about our own personal demons and struggles.

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Posted in: Japan considers prioritizing Olympic athletes for COVID-19 vaccination See in context

An inevitable result. The Japanese government has been prioritizing the Olympics over people's lives since the beginning of the pandemic; this is only the latest development.

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Posted in: Sony announces end of online, PlayStation Store support for PS3 and Vita See in context

This is the problem with streaming and downloadable media- when the companies in charge decide that they've had enough, you're out of luck. Have to downlod what you can now, and hope that your hard drive holds out.

On the PS3 store, I've been able to get PS1 and PS2 games that would go for several man yen each on the used market for an extremely reasonable price. It's a shame that it's gotta go.

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Posted in: Sony announces end of online, PlayStation Store support for PS3 and Vita See in context

This is the problem with streaming and downloadable media- when the companies in charge decide that they've had enough, you're out of luck. Have to downlod what you can now, and hope that your hard drive holds out.

On the PS3 store, I've been able to get PS1 and PS2 games that would go for several man yen each on the used market for an extremely reasonable price. It's a shame that it's gotta go.

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Posted in: Railway company employee arrested for voyeurism at train station See in context

It's not immediately clear from this article, but Funabashi-Hoten station is not on the Tsukuba Express line, which makes it seem like the suspect was doing an off-the-clock incident.

Anyways, any adult should know better, and a railway company employee should be even more aware. Tsukuba Express Akihabara station in particular is full of warning posters for stuff like this. Really unacceptable.

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Posted in: Oscar winner, ‘Sound of Music’ star Christopher Plummer dies at 91 See in context

Cry havoc, and let slip the dogs of War!

Everyone raise a glass of Romulan Ale to Plummer, who played a great, underrated villain in Star Trek VI.

You always knew you were in for a quality viewing experience when Plummer's name was in the credits.

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Posted in: U.S. state lawmakers pushing to curb governors' virus powers See in context

To be clear: what we're seeing in a lot of these cases is the urban/rural political divide in American politics, and the shamelessness of Republican lawmakers.

Rural and Suburban districts, many drawn up by Republicans themselves, are heavily gerrymandered to maximize the number of Republicans in state houses. It's no secret that Republicans often get less votes overall, but maintain control of state houses, through gerrymandering. However, by definition, the state itself cannot be gerrymandered. Therefore, the heavy concentration of Democratic voters in cities gives Democratic candidates the edge in statewide races.

As a result, we often have the situation where state houses, controlled by gerrymandered Republicans, use whatever tools at their disposal to thwart statewide-elected Democratic governors. It's not 100%, but this pattern pops up again and again. Keep that in mind when you read stories like this.

Lives are at stake, but there are political points to be scored. So we are where we are.

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Posted in: U.S. could face a simmering, chronic domestic terror problem See in context

"We don't negotiate with terrorists", right? This should apply to domestic actors as well as foreign terrorists. Appeasement won't get us anywhere. The harshest available legal penalties need to be applied at all times.

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Posted in: Biden pushes unity two days before taking over; Trump considers 100 pardons See in context

There can't be any unity until Republicans fully repudiate the flat-out lie that somehow the election was "rigged" or "stolen". Trump lost fair and square, in both the popular and electoral college votes. Any attempt to create an alternate reality where that didn't happen will only lead to more division.

Of course, this division will get page views, clicks, retweets, book sales, and late-night infomercial sales, so I'm not holding my breath for people to do the right thing here.

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Posted in: Cruz leads Republican drive to object to Biden's win See in context

"We are not naïve. 

No, not naive at all. Insanely cynical and craven are much more accurate adjectives.

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Posted in: Gang robs pachinko parlor in Oita Prefecture See in context

The employee told police that the pachinko parlor had a lot of money in the safe because banks had been closed since Thursday.

Highly doubt that timing is a coincidence. They knew exactly when to strike for maximum impact.

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Posted in: Tokyo, 3 neighboring prefectures urge central gov't to issue state of emergency over virus See in context

In a vacuum, this is clearly the correct choice to get the increase in virus cases under control. Seems pretty clear that Suga has his eyes on economic issues first and foremost, though. Will be interesting to see which side wins out.

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Posted in: Being Judy Garland won Zellweger an Oscar. Is a Grammy next? See in context

Her performance in Judy was quite impressive. Anything's possible.

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Posted in: What was the best thing that happened to you this year and what was the worst? See in context

@foreign

Glad to hear that life has been peachy for you this year. I gave my answer, based on my life experience, and you gave yours. Happy New Year!

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Posted in: McConnell puts off vote on $2,000 aid checks; Trump calls Republican leaders 'weak' and 'tired' See in context

Trump turns on everyone eventually once they are no longer useful to him. This should be blindinhly obvious for all. It's only a matter of time. Senate R's are just the next ones in line.

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Posted in: What was the best thing that happened to you this year and what was the worst? See in context

Has there been a "best" this year, other than outright survival? I've really gotta rack my brain for that one. Plenty of candidates for "worst" readily come to mind, though.

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Posted in: GOP leaders seek vote restrictions for future elections See in context

It's not a complicated situation. Nearly every demographic change in America right now is going against the Republican Party (the population is gradually getting younger, less white, and more urban). One option is they can adjust their party's platform to appeal to these demographic changes, but the party hardcore, backed by the right-wing media echo chamber, won't stand for that.

So that leaves option B, make it harder for the "wrong" people to vote. All of their actions, in the end, have that purpose in mind.

Early supporters of the ID requirement include Gov. Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger

Look at the 2018 election that got Kemp into office. This stuff can work to tip the balance of tight elections. R's know this as well as anyone.

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Posted in: Reformers look to fix Japan's damaging youth baseball culture See in context

A good first step would be stopping the lionization of past Koshien heroes. Yes, Daisuke Matsuzaka and Yuuki Saitou were championship pitchers in the past. They also threw hundreds and hundreds of pitches in a single-elimination tournament to do so. How many other young ballplayers have blown out their arms trying to follow this example? Stop showing these highlights on a loop endlessly on TV every summer.

The tradition of Koshien can remain, but there needs to be changes. Perhaps the rules need to be adjusted so that a team can no longer count on their ace to pitch 5 or 6 complete games in a row (and that's not even counting the prefectural qualification tournaments). So be it.

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Posted in: U.S. President Donald Trump has been pressing Japan to pay more for the cost of stationing U.S. forces in the country. Do you think the administration of Joe Biden will pursue the same policy? See in context

I don't think it will continue. Trump's brand (at least in the beginning, at least partially) was all about a "master businessman" who could make "deals" for America, instead of those namby-pamby pols who lacked business world savvy. Therefore, "deals" like making Japan pay more for bases was part of this facade.

Biden doesn't carry this kind of expectation, so he'll do what is best for America strategically, and keeping US bases in Japan is one of the biggest strategic advantages of anywhere in the world.

With Trump out of the picture, this topic is probably dead.

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Posted in: Adult entertainment guidance center appears in Akihabara; some worry neighborhood is changing See in context

The article touches on this somewhat, but porn/AV has always been very prevalent in Akihabara. Let's not make it out to be some spoiled paradise here.

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Posted in: Please make serious efforts to prevent overwork deaths and don't add to the number of victims like us. I can never forget every moment of the 24 years my beloved daughter lived. See in context

Nothing will change. The best thing for anyone to do is to never get involved with this sick game in the first place. Choose your employers very, very carefully. Even gaishikei foreign firms in Japan are not immune to this type of situation. Beware.

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Posted in: In final weeks, Trump keeps sowing chaos, hamstringing GOP See in context

American voters have spoken, and we've had enough of this clown show. Unfortunately, all there is to do is to wait until his term expires. As for GOP leadership "concerns" about all of this, they reap what they sow. At any point during the last several years, they could've stood up to Trump. But they didn't. So we are where we are.

Aides believed that fighting to put more money in the hands of average Americans could boost his popularity and populist credentials for whatever his potential next move might be, including a possible presidential run in 2024.

But I thought that Republicans were the party of small government and fiscal responsibility!

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Posted in: Suga under fire for year-end dinners as coronavirus cases mount See in context

Where to begin.

The blatant hypocrisy?

The almost comically stereotypical Ginza wining and dining?

The fact that these all appear to be old men and therefore in a high risk group?

The assumption then that they are all just too rich and famous to be seriously affected by the virus?

I'm beginning to think that Suga's reign at the top will be a very brief one indeed.

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Posted in: Japan to suspend Go To Travel campaign for whole country from Dec 28-Jan 11 See in context

Bad timing. Would have been better to do this much earlier to get infections under control and at a lower base rate before everybody travels for the holidays. Now, we get the worst of all worlds- higher infections overall and having to watch our backs even more than normal during our time off.

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Posted in: Air freight prices 'outrageous' as COVID-19 shots rolled out, says WHO expert See in context

No big secret or conspiracy here. Air freight has been extremely constrained since COVID-19 hit, shutting down almost all passenger flights. High demand for PPE made it worse. Christmas season only makes it more difficult, and with all of the online shopping this year it's probably more constrained than ever. Now add potentially billions of doses of vaccines that must be stored in extremely specific conditions. Something has to give.

If you want the government to force private companies to prioritize shipping vaccines, at cost, then that's fine with me. But we have to be realistic about the situation as well.

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Posted in: Honda hopes to resume UK car output on Monday after parts shortage See in context

Just In Time supply chains, where millions of dollars or production are on the line assuming that somehow the parts will just arrive on time, are like walking a tightrope without a safety net even in the best of times. But it keeps inventories low, so management is happy. It's just not designed for major shocks to the system like a Brexit, or a worldwide viral pandemic, or both at the same time.

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Posted in: Japan to keep tax cuts for home, car buyers to help virus-hit economy See in context

Start by reducing shaken and road tax for all cars, not just tax breaks for people who have the means to elect to buy new cars. Then we'll talk.

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