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Posted in: Cruise ship returns to Yokohama after one passenger tests positive for COVID-19 See in context

This is exactly why we need e-vaccine passports. Everyone should be required to show proof of vaccination before boarding a cruise ship!

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Posted in: Cruise ship returns to Yokohama after one passenger tests positive for COVID-19 See in context

Huh? Obviously no one learned a thing from last year’s cruise ship fiascos. Why are people getting on a cruise ship and expecting a different result when the country has only started its vaccination program just recently? This is maddening.

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Posted in: Let's fight terrorism See in context

I’m confused. Shouldn’t we replace “terror” with “COVID” ?

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic head says cancelation not being considered See in context

First things first — vaccinate your citizens as quickly as possible. Instead of “trying” to make the games safe, actually make them safe by pouring all national resources into a rapid vaccination campaign. The Olympics is diverting precious time, energy and money away from the most critical problem in the world for a game few people want.

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Posted in: China says U.S.-Japan actions are stoking division See in context

The fact of the matter is China is well aware of the political theater it is operating in — that the US is the dominant player by far and that the only responses China can make are statements of condemnation and warnings, which the US and Japan ignore as frivolous.

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Posted in: Koike says Tokyo Olympics will rekindle hope like 1920 Games after war, Spanish flu See in context

The hard but practical decision would be to cancel the games and divert all logistical efforts and national resources to vaccinating the population as quickly as possible. If preparation for the Olympics is diverting one ounce of focus from vaccinations, cancel the Olympics and focus like a laser to vaccinate people.

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Posted in: Koike says Tokyo Olympics will rekindle hope like 1920 Games after war, Spanish flu See in context

"The way the vaccine is handled differs between one country and another. So it cannot be assumed that vaccination will be necessary," Koike said.

Couldn’t Japan make vaccination a requirement for participating athletes? Even though vaccination efforts differ between countries, the virus does not care which country it is in. If drug testing is mandatory for all athletes, so too can vaccination.

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Posted in: Beijing warns U.S., Japan against collusion against China See in context

More saber rattling and “warnings” are ways China exercises its form of deterrence. The hope is to bark loudly enough that other countries hesitate. This works for most countries but the US views it as nothing more than a cheap tactic to avoid escalation.

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Posted in: Koike pledges utmost anti-virus steps to deliver 'wonderful' Tokyo Olympics See in context

If Japan has any hope of holding safe Olympic games in Tokyo this summer, Koike needs to ramp up vaccinations of millions of people in Tokyo a day. And furthermore, utilize e-vaccine certificates to confirm who can enter Tokyo. There is no mention of how Japan will accelerate its vaccinations. There seems to be more effort to hold the high risk Olympic games as is than it is to provide the ultimate solution — vaccinations!

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Posted in: Japan trails world in COVID vaccine rollout 2 months after its start See in context

For a country that has a significantly large population of seniors, high technology as a leading first world nation, and a self-proclaimed propensity for societal coordination, Japan should have been able to school the rest of the world on how to deploy COVID vaccines like nobody’s business. Unfortunately, Japan is fumbling the ball and not delivering when it really counts.

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Posted in: Chinese tech company develops robo-dogs See in context

This robot is based on models developed at Boston Dynamics, which were in turn originally designed at MIT. Boston Dynamics already has a military version called Big Dog, an intimidating robotic creature that can stalk you like a Terminator.

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Posted in: Hands-free: Monkey plays video game - with its brain See in context

This technology is not new. BCI became prominent in the 1980s with monkeys controlling robotic arms by way of brain implants connecting into motor neurons. But these are very invasive techniques

The real innovation would be to achieve very accurate control using non-invasive techniques that can read fluctuations in brain wave patterns and control devices in our surrounding environment

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Posted in: Experts say Suga gov't unlikely to approve female monarch See in context

We send robots to Mars repeatedly, land humans on the Moon, and 3D print human organs, yet Japan cannot permit a woman to lead the monarchy.

We are not as advanced as we think we are.

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Posted in: Police find 424 stolen items at suspected underwear thief’s home See in context

Much easier to just order from Amazon.

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Posted in: Gov't to release Fukushima nuclear plant water into sea despite fishermen's objection See in context

Should make everyone think twice about eating seafood in Japan. In 10 years everyone in Japan will be glowing.

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Posted in: COVID-19 variants could hit Tokyo economy by extra ¥4 tril See in context

Thus is all the more reason to keep tight controls over opening venues, accelerating vaccinations, providing immediate economic stimulus to counter fiscal impact, and not becoming complacent. Once viral mutations start, any gains are quickly lost, not just locally but globally.

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Posted in: Spread out See in context

They might want to start using video conferencing. The tech is not new.

Good grief!

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Posted in: Nurseries, kindergartens mull how to teach issues of gender identity See in context

@justasking @Vinke - completely agree with both of you.

As humans we are beginning to realize that nature is not so simple, predictable and binary as some would like to believe. Nature, including how we identify, has many dimensions which we as a global society need to recognize if we are to consider ourselves civilized, rather than forcing individuals into a fixed set of convenient classifications.

The real tragedy here is that rampant bullying is not only allowed but encouraged, judging from the comments on this thread. We know that children will bully anyone who appears different in any way (different abilities, look, thoughts, gender, and gender identity). It is the responsibility of adults to put an end to bullying by teaching understanding, regardless of how young the children are. That includes sexual identity which children will begin to express at very early ages.

For those promoting the school to teach science as if non-binary identity is fictitious, teaching that nature is complex and non-linear with many forms of variation IS science.

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Posted in: Mori to resign over sexist comments; Kawabuchi, 84, tipped to replace him See in context

Today is a victory for equality and women. For every discriminatory insult Mori uttered, there are thousands of discriminatory acts conducted against women in Japan that will never be made public. Public pressure is giving voice to the many women who are consistently overlooked, demeaned, undermined, and insulted simply for being a woman. And let this be a lesson to us all — never let a person hold society hostage because they are so important that discrimination goes unaccounted for. We need to defend our principles, less we lose our souls.

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Posted in: More than 110,000 sign petition against Mori after sexist comments See in context

Just signed the petition. If the IOC and corporations are hesitant act, then it’s incumbent upon the people to take action. Mori has completely soured the mood for the Olympics and has turned the event into a fight for basic human dignity. Defeating Mori (and those who think it’s ok to insult women) is the only Olympic event right now.

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Posted in: Criticism keeps swirling over Tokyo Olympic chief's sexist comments See in context

He might get away with this behavior in Japan, where maintaining harmony is high priority, but Japan is on an international stage, representing an event designed to bring nations together. He has tarnished the image of the Olympics and must resign. Otherwise, the Olympics will face the consequences of protest and abandonment. I am particularly disappointed in the IOC’s response to gloss over Mori’s string of insults. Another insult in a different form.

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Posted in: Mori apologizes for sexist remarks, but refuses to resign See in context

Now I have absolutely no interest in the Olympics this year and with Mori in charge. Completely disgusted by his statement and then his insults in his “apology”. If the mood for the Olympics was souring due to raging pandemic, it’s now completely toxic with Mori’s misogynistic statements. Sponsors need to do what’s right and step away until Mori is replaced. Women have been walked all over by Japanese men and it will keep happening for as long as we ignore it.

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Posted in: Japan 'extremely behind' in promoting gender equality, gov't admits See in context


Why must we be equal? What does that even mean? Humans are different: the two genders are different, cultures are different, races are different.

We must be treated equally because as humans we are fundamental equal (99.96% the same equal in genetic terms). There are biological differences between genders but how does that excuse discrimination in the workplace? And people of different tones are different in phenotype, but are essentially the same and all coming from a common origin. People who do not want to treat others equally look for every excuse to find differences, yet tend to complain quickly when they are treated unfairly.

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Posted in: Japan 'extremely behind' in promoting gender equality, gov't admits See in context


Where are all the tear stained faced women you speak of? I sure don't see them.

I have some - women who worked in my technology consulting firm in Tokyo who had to deal with overt discriminatory behavior from men to the point I had to escalate within the client firm to tell it’s men to stop with the chauvinism. I lost one of my finest employees due to this disgraceful behavior. There are many career women suffering while you’re looking in the wrong place.

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Posted in: Aichi man gets 10 months in prison for saying 'I got corona' in electronics store; loses appeal See in context

Ten months of quarantine and he should be good.

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Posted in: Spot that See in context

Now imagine a pack of these “dogs” and a swarm of drones after you. This is the world we’re racing to.

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Posted in: Spot that See in context

One of the most impressive and dexterous robots around.

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Posted in: Suga reshuffles LDP leadership; likely to retain key ministers, except Kono See in context

How serious can they possibly be about fighting COVID-19 when they are not socially distancing, not wearing masks, leaving masks on the table, and holding hands. How are they expecting society to take Suga seriously when he vows to fight the pandemic if elected. This does not instill confidence at all.

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Posted in: COVID robocop: the droid that reminds you to wear your mask See in context

Doesn’t look intimidating enough! Now if you used the Boston Dynamics Big Dog robot — then people will comply very quickly!

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Posted in: Crown princess wants to respect daughter's wish over delayed marriage See in context

Talk about “helicopter parenting”. The daughter is 28 years old for goodness sake. She can decide for herself.

"In regards to my eldest daughter's marriage, we should communicate extensively.” - this line says it all.

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