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Posted in: AI translation company Rozetta bars staff from speaking a foreign language at work See in context

Pretty cool.

I still take pride in my Japanese speaking, reading and writing abilities. All of which benefited greatly from apps and other tech.

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Posted in: AI translation company Rozetta bars staff from speaking a foreign language at work See in context

That Onyaku ai translator sounds like Elmer Fudd

No, it is a Japanese person (probably works for Rozetta) speaking and the speech is being translated in real-time.

From the article:

Check out this video, which demonstrates Onyaku’s ability to accurately capture English speech, even with a strong accent, and translate it into Japanese almost immediately.

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Posted in: Supercomputer shows doubling masks offers little help preventing viral spread See in context

Supercomputer shows doubling masks offers little help preventing viral spread.

This headline is misleading. It shows why semantics is important.

It should state that it offers little additional help in preventing viral spread.

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Posted in: After record COVID-19 deaths, Bolsonaro tells Brazilians to stop 'whining' See in context

"Enough fussing and whining. How much longer will the crying go on?" Bolsonaro told a crowd at an event. "How much longer will you stay at home and close everything? No one can stand it anymore. We regret the deaths, again, but we need a solution."

I say the solution is staring the people of Brazil right in the face. Vote this bozo out of office.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympics should have fans in stands: Hashimoto See in context

Let's use some simple math to come to a resolution.

Since 80% back a cancellation or postponement, how about limiting spectators to 20%.

Of course, I am joking. Only thing that makes 100% sense is cancelling the Olympics outright?

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

My wife and I use our separate surnames and our family (as part of the social system) is doing fine. Old, archaic thinking is what will led to the collapse of the social system, not whether someone is allowed to retain their surname. As the saying goes...'What's in a name?'

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Posted in: Australia starts vaccine public rollout amid controversy after jeers at Australian Open See in context

@Zoroto Which is it? And if they are NOT anti-vaxxers, as you claim, where is your proof? Again, you post carries no weight if you don't back it up with references.

They ARE anti-vaxxers. 100% anti-vaxxers. Here is a link, showing that they are in fact anti-vaxxers.

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Posted in: Fujifilm to restart clinical trial of Avigan to treat COVID-19: report See in context

Approved vaccines that have been tested on tens of thousands with no major side effects. What should we do? We will have to test that on a few hundred Japanese, just to make sure it is safe and even then there will be a hesitantcy for this. This drug made in Japan with inconclusive findings and with known side effects (albeit in animals). Fuji, stick to making film and let the real scientist make science backed vaccines and reliable medicines.

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Posted in: Kyoto slammed for manga telling people not to talk at restaurants See in context

There’s too much anti self-restraint going on right now.

Bingo. My sentiments exactly.

This commentator hit the nail on the head. Which is usually not welcome in Japan, but in this case is spot on.

I am supportive of the economy, but rather than going out to eat, I get carryout to support restaurants in and around my area.

At least two of the clusters of infections have been specifically linked to eating establishments where patrons ate, drank and talked there way into getting infected.

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Posted in: Hives, chills reported following COVID-19 vaccination in Japan See in context

Hundreds have died in the US after vaccination. In about 1/3 of cases they died within 48hrs.

I am going to go out on a limb and say this is fake news that was debunked. See below

If not, where is your refrence to this information.

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Posted in: Hives, chills reported following COVID-19 vaccination in Japan See in context

One case.

There have been no reports of serious side effects of the vaccine developed by U.S. drugmaker Pfizer Inc. and Germany's BioNTech SE.

It again is one case. No one has died in any country from the vaccine.

I can't wait to get vaccinated.

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Posted in: Girl wins suit against Osaka Prefecture over school telling her to dye hair black See in context

Presiding judge Noriko Yokota recognized the validity of the school to set and enforce rules relating to coloring hair, saying “Such rules have been established as having a reasonable and legitimate educational purpose, and so maintaining student discipline is within the discretion of the school.”

Rules on making sure hair is colored black is neither reasonable or legitimate. And has not educational purpose whatsoever. Sounds like the teachers and the school were being bullies. And here, I thought Japan was all in on the anti-bullying campaign.

Sometimes I wonder how people in a position of authority and power got to where they are. Bunch of .... (can't say what I want to say, least I get censured of have my post removed. )

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Posted in: British PM Johnson backs Tokyo's hosting of Olympics See in context

Well, with his support it's a given that the Olympics will happen for sure.

Stop this Olympics nonesense already. 80% of Japanese don't care and most of the world probably feels the same. Take the money that you would spend on these #$"!% Olympics and get Japan and the rest of the world vaccinated, so the world can get back to some sense of normality.

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Posted in: Saturday's quake brings back memories of deadly 2011 disaster See in context


Apparently they can last up to a century after a major quake.

The early morning press conference on NHK stated that this was in fact an aftershock from the 3・11 quake.

Based on the location of the epicenter of this quake and the one from 10 years ago, it is easy to see how one is correlated to the other.

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Posted in: Over 100 injured, trains halted after M7.3 quake strikes northeastern Japan See in context

Up here in Iwate, 20 km from the Pacific coast, I have to say that that was the longest and most powerful earthquake that I have experienced since 2011. Knocked some books off the shelves.

Scary stuff.

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Posted in: Health ministry panel greenlights 1st COVID vaccine See in context


Great minds think alike.

As I was writing my response to the ludicrous claim by Penfold, you had posted your reply.

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Posted in: Health ministry panel greenlights 1st COVID vaccine See in context

Moderna has publicly stated these mRNA class of (so called) vaccines "may permanently alter Human DNA".

No, they haven't.

These false claims have been debunked again and again by real scientists.

Those of us with common sense have read about the mRNA technology and how the past decade of research has led us to having real effective science backed vaccines in record time.

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Posted in: Out in the cold: How Japan's electricity grid came close to blackouts See in context

OK. You're a conspiracy theorist.

The early closure requests were because of the pandemic, period.

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Posted in: ANA plans to cut workforce 20% over 5 years to survive COVID-19 crisis See in context

Good luck with that "natural attrition," while your more nimble rivals race ahead of you.

The companies that make up the airline industry are all in the same boat, or in this case the same plane.

The road to recovery will be long.

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Posted in: TV news anchors wearing masks on camera ignites discussion See in context

Some television programs have also garnered criticism on social media for their use of clear mouth shields, which are said to have limited effectiveness in preventing the spread of infections.

Those clear mouth sheields are a joke. I guess that is why the 笑い芸能人 (Japanese comedians) among others wear them

I do occasionally watch the news and there are some good documentaries to be found.

Have a good Sunday everyone. I think I'll go read a good book.

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Posted in: IOC chief Bach floats possibility of no fans at Tokyo Games See in context


Why are we still talking about something that will never happen.

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Posted in: China triumphant one year after Wuhan lockdown See in context

Wuhan's wet markets throng with shoppers

Where it all began.

But don't say that to China. They will tell you that COVID was imported on frozen food products.

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Posted in: Vaccines not prerequisite for Tokyo Olympics: Kato See in context

Olympics over the welfare of your own country. Yeah, that seems about right for these know nothing politicians.

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Posted in: 49-year-old disqualified exam-taker arrested over refusal to leave toilet See in context

At 49 you think he wouldn't act like a petulant little brat.

He is probably related to the fellow who refused to wear a mask on the Peach Aviation flight in September.

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Posted in: Pedal patrol See in context

Distance = rate X time.

Does he even notice the train approaching from his left? I am guessing so since this was not a headline in the news this morning.

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Posted in: Minister, expert suggest coronavirus emergency extension See in context

Many hospitals in the country are struggling to accommodate the increasing number of patients due to a shortage of beds and staff, raising concerns that the medical system could collapse if infections continue to surge.

On Thursday, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga held a meeting with senior officials of medical associations in Japan, at which he asked for their support in securing more beds for patients with the virus.

I guess the prime minister does not understand that a shortage of beds means that it is impossible to secure more beds for patients with the virus.


No hospital in Japan should have the right to turn away patients with the virus.

They are not turning away patients with the virus. It is non-COVID patients who are being turned away.

In a press conference Wednesday, Nakagawa said the medical system has been increasingly overwhelmed, with some hospitals forced to turn away non-COVID patients.

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Posted in: Suga announces new measures to stem virus surge, including penalties, review of medical system See in context

Waited too long to get a handle on something everyone could see was out of control back in November. Guess they had to convene a meeting to confirm the committee that holds another special session to approve the panel's recommendations that gets faxed and then requires everyone's hanko. Too little, too late.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 970 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 4,535 See in context

Time to lift the state of emergency!!

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Posted in: Suga, Bill Gates agree vaccines key for Tokyo Olympics See in context

I guess you can include Japan among those developing countries he and his new buddy Gates talked about, because it sure seems we are behind the developed world in getting vaccines into the arms of those living in Japan.

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Posted in: 10 die in snow-related incidents over weekend See in context

Ah, the falling off the roof report.

People lose their lives and in typical JT commenter's fashion, we get these kind of comments. Show some respect for the recently deceased.

Just this morning of my student's that I teach had his house burn to the ground, the mother's whereabouts are unknown, the father had to be transported to the hospital. Do you want to comment on how they should have done this or that to prevent their house from burning down?

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