Toshihiro comments

Posted in: Do you think climate change could lead to a greater crisis for humanity than COVID-19 or any other pandemic that might occur in the future? See in context

Yes. In my home country, the weather has been more erratic with hotter summers, stronger typhoons, longer dry periods to name a few. I think it does and since it changes slowly every year, people will hardly notice and just pass off weather-related issues to the times. Do your own google search on this and find out how many people are living in coastal populations that are susceptible to flooding and how many places are already constantly flooded with sea water that weren't traditionally as such? There's too many examples to mention but the climate is indeed changing and I have no idea how we can reverse humanity's effects. If our lifetime won't suffer for it, then the generation of the toddlers and babies today might.

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Posted in: No. of hospitalized coronavirus patients at record high in Japan See in context

"There are many times we need to talk business over drinks. That kind of communication is necessary to do business," said 48-year-old Motoki Mori, the owner of an event production company who was headed to a bar with his business partner. "I don't think you can put a cut-off time on that."

In Tokyo, some drink on despite gov't request for bars to close at 8 p.m.

Well, here's one of your many problems.

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Posted in: In Tokyo, some drink on despite gov't request for bars to close at 8 p.m. See in context

"There are many times we need to talk business over drinks. That kind of communication is necessary to do business," said 48-year-old Motoki Mori, the owner of an event production company who was headed to a bar with his business partner. "I don't think you can put a cut-off time on that."

Oh I doubt that, I've experienced a nomikai that lasted exactly two hours and was comically punctual like it was a flash mob. I'm not gonna judge those who love to drink and use alcohol as a social lubricant but you know the risks at this present time.

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Posted in: Saturday marked the first anniversary of Japan's first confirmed COVID-19 case, a man who returned after visiting the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicenter of the virus at the time. Can you remember what you thought when you read or heard about that case? See in context

I didn't think too much of it back then as I presumed that if they knew the man came from Wuhan and had the virus with him, they would've contained him and all the people he traveled with to Japan, but boy was I wrong. My fears began when local transmission started.

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Posted in: When do you think a decision will be made on whether or not to cancel the Tokyo Olympics? See in context

Let's say that if by March, the CV-19 cases are still on the decline in most countries and most of the Japanese population have been vaccinated and no cases of the virus have been recorded for at least a month, the Olympics can probably be planned to begin. But the period isn't the issue here, it's how quick can a mass event and a lax of anti pandemic measures trigger a super spreader event and place the country into mayhem in a short notice. And well, the Olympics is exactly that, so...

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Posted in: Man arrested for soliciting prostitution from high school girl See in context

It really amazes me that a person reaching a certain age would be eligible to a lot of things without even considering their actual mental and emotional capacity. I've seen 16 year old kids act as mature as full grown adults and full grown adults being as responsible and mature as middle schoolers. I'm not condoning the guy here. if two minors did the deed with consent, it's ok and if two consenting adults did it, it's also okay, but if one is a minor and the other is an adult, the whole world goes wild. That 17 year old girl is probably smart enough (or maybe not) to learn by herself the meaning of this "act" that she did. If she was forced o coerced to do so, that's a different matter.

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Posted in: Japan's 2nd state of emergency met with public indifference See in context

Well, what do you expect? We've been at this for almost a year with no end in sight. People aren't like machines where you can expect them to be on their toes and on full alert for 24/7 for nearly a year like a setting on your computer. Even the most careful person will slip up one way or another. You can also add the desensitization of the pandemic from the media which always overloads the public with not so useful information and the government's inspiring action to contain it.

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Posted in: 6 high school students arrested for beating up 15-year-old boy See in context

According to the Juvenile Investigation Division, four of the six suspects are members of a local motorcycle gang called the “Tsurumi Family,” that operates out of Yokohama’s Tsurumi Ward.

not to repeat foreignbrotherhood's comment but, what are they driving, electric bikes? mamachari's or those put-put scooters? while that is unimportant, people like these should be arrested and get scared straight. Here's just my theory, the bosozoku's emerged when times got tough (their peak was during the mid-80's to early 90's when Japan's bubble economy popped) as what people do during hard periods. Well, with this pandemic leading the world to a global recession, I am just theorizing that gangs like these might also increase. I hope the kid recovers and these hooligans be placed behind bars, if they're old enough to beat up someone, they're old enough to do time.

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Posted in: Pet ownership in Japan on the rise amid pandemic See in context

Y500 000 for a French bulldog! Y300 000 for a golden retriever. But people are shelling out these ridiculous amounts, even though I fear these pet shops get their animals from puppy mills. Find a breeder is a better way I think.

I could buy a high-end bicycle or a motorcycle with that kind of cash. This is what I hate about this pandemic, businesses taking advantage of a demand for something. I'd bet that much yen to say that the local city pound has poor dogs waiting to get a new home, with these pandemic-period-bought dogs likely to meet the same fate once their owners no longer have time, energy and money for them, but I hope it doesn't happen. In my home country. poachers are taking advantage over the high demand for exotic tropical plants which sell almost more than double the pre-pandemic price. Adopt, don't shop.

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Posted in: Domestic violence cases in Japan hit record high in FY2020 See in context

Well, this is unfortunately expected to happen with more people at home, laid off from work and spending more time together in a confined space for long periods. I wouldn't be surprised if the general crime rate would also rise in 2021 as well, but I hope not.

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Posted in: Do you think the post-pandemic world will be awash with corporate bankruptcies and prolonged unemployment in most countries? See in context

most definitely. Also add to this post-pandemic world an inflation of prices for goods and services while wages stay the same or even be reduced. You can also add stricter government surveillance measures used during the pandemic staying long after their initial intended purpose.

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Posted in: Social media sites have become a phenomenal means of communication for hate groups, conspiracy theorists and deranged individuals. Do you agree with this statement? See in context

Yes. It's the same with pre-social media-era chat forums and physical clubs before that. Conspiracy theories, deranged individuals and hate groups have long existed before the internet but social media makes them more accessible to the public, especially with more people spending a good part of their waking life on cyberspace. But I will say this though and this is just my opinion, there are more people nowadays that are more aware and have polarized views on things which makes things a lot more volatile.

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Posted in: Do you think the state of emergency will be effective in lowering the number of coronavirus cases in Tokyo and its three neighboring prefectures? See in context

If the government does improve testing, contact tracing and discouraging the people from going out during the period then yes. Think of an SOE like having a fever, it feels horrible and you're unproductive but it helps your body fight the illness a lot better. An SOE without stricter anti-pandemic efforts is like a fever for fun.

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Posted in: Edo era firefighting skills See in context

I wonder how they are going to put out fires that way in the olden times?

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Posted in: What effect do you think COVID-19 will have on globalization in terms of trade, commerce and immigration? See in context

It will most certainly slow them down until the pandemic is still rampant, but I'll guess that it will either spring back with a vengeance or take some time to get back to its pre-pandemic level if it's hampered enough. Now is the time for a country to be self-reliant.

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Posted in: As state of emergency looms over virus, some experts say one month won't be long enough See in context

keep it for as long as needed. You can't impose a fixed number on things like these, the people should work around this problem and not the other way around. The longer Yoshi-kun delays the action, the more cases will spread.

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Posted in: Man arrested for forging prized popsicle sticks to win Pokemon cards See in context

well, at least you know that people really love pokemon.

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Posted in: End date for 'Attack on Titan' announced See in context

It had a good run, i must say.

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Posted in: 78-year-old man, driving wrong way on expressway, crashes into car, killing driver See in context

This is one of my deep-seated fears when in Japan, an elderly fellow that is no longer fit to be at the wheel and gets unintentionally involved in an accident. I second rgcivilian, the government should begin looking into reviewing the driving license of those from a senior age more frequently.

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Posted in: Should employees who were paid for overtime when they worked in their office be also paid for overtime when they are working remotely? If so, how can that be calculated (or verified) by the company? See in context

Absolutely, you're still working. Some offices have monitoring software installed in the laptops that they issue, the honor code won't work.

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Posted in: Suga to make decision on state of emergency on Thursday See in context

...forcing working parents to take time off to look after children.

The wording here made me smirk, it's as if the parents loathe taking care of their kids. Kidding aside, ain't Suga a little bit slow on the draw? There are already cases of the new CV-19 strain and the regular CV-19 strain cases are still rising. Call it now. You can revive an economy but you can't resurrect a corpse.

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Posted in: 9-year-old boy pushing baby stroller hit and killed by car at intersection See in context

“I thought there weren’t any pedestrians [at the time] and simply turned left.”

I'm going to go out on a limb and say that the guy was probably looking for adult human-sized and car figures and was not expecting human child-sized figures when he was making that turn. For those who have driven tall vehicles, you'll understand that you'll be hard pressed to see objects no more than a meter tall from less than a single car length's away. In any case, RIP kid. A few years ago from the place I'm living at, a grade schooler got hit by an SUV backing up because the kid stopped behind the moving car to tie his/ her shoelaces. I'm not trying to defend the driver and blame the kid, what i'm trying to say is accidents happen and humans commit mistakes (deadly ones sometimes) often.

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Posted in: Gov't eyes declaring state of emergency on Thursday for about a month See in context

A little slow on the draw there, slick. Japan should've announced stricter pandemic control measures upon the rise of CV-19 cases and presence of the new CV-19 strain.

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Posted in: Do you think those people calling for a lockdown in Japan have secure jobs and income? See in context

In my opinion, not exactly a secure job and income, but those that are able to work remotely and those that are already retired. Those that can't work remotely like kitchen and convenience store staff will most likely not call for stricter lockdowns since it will affect their jobs the most compared to IT guys that can work virtually where there is a table and internet connection.

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Posted in: When you first heard about the coronavirus, did you think it would escalate into a global crisis that would still be with us as the new year begins? See in context

When I heard the news that it spread to other countries, that's when I knew that we were in for the centennial pandemic. But if you think about it, previous pandemics like the MERS-COV, Ebola and Meningo didn't got much attention but were still deadly nonetheless, I wonder why.

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Posted in: Coronavirus variant from South Africa found in Japan See in context

Give it a few weeks and the rest of the world would probably have the new CV-19 strain unless some government decides to completely shut itself off like North Korea. I'm honestly itching to know if there are any current CV-19 vaccine that works on this new strain, but I doubt that they'll openly state that their serum don't work against the new and improved virus. Stay safe and stay apart everyone.

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Posted in: Manga author who groped girl’s breasts gets suspended sentence See in context

During the sentencing, Akamatsu described the crime as “indecent and malicious in nature” and chastised Matsumoto for “using the innocent victim as an outlet for the stress you were feeling,” referencing Matsumoto’s explanation that he had been “feeling worried and uneasy about many things, but didn’t express that to anyone” at the time of the incident.

Hey Matsumoto, ever heard of calling up a friend or relative and having a good chat with them? They're apparently free and is almost as good as going to a professional for your mental problems. It really boggles me that sex offenders aren't as heavily punished in contrast to other crimes considering how draconian this country's legal system is.

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Posted in: Are you financially better off than you were this time last year? See in context

Yes, since I am working remotely and have lessened my night outs for the most part of this year. Although, I tend to stress-buy online more often this year, which kinda balanced things out.

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Posted in: What do you usually do with unwanted Christmas gifts? See in context

If I can't use them, I just give them away to those who will put them to better use, It'll help brighten someone else's day.

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