Toshihiro comments

Posted in: Do you think Olympic athletes in any country should be allowed to "jump the queue" and be vaccinated before other people? See in context

There are more important people that need to be vaccinated like emergency service personnel and workers in vital industries. The world should prioritize surviving first, sports are a luxury at this point.

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

The president of the Tokyo Olympic organizing committee said Friday (23 April 2021) that canceling the Games set to open in three months is not being considered, even as the Japanese capital struggles with a resurgence of coronavirus infections.

A lot can happen in three months. If there's another surge of cases worldwide and in Japan weeks or even days before the big event, I'm curious how will they retract their claims. While this is already obvious to say, if the Olympics becomes a Giga-level spreader event, I can't imagine how will the government manage to save face should that happen. Let's hope the organizers have luck on their side and Nostradamus as their consultant.

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Posted in: High school kendo coach caught forcing students to pay birthday-tribute money See in context

In my job, there's a practice where the human resources department would collect money from the employees to buy management-level bosses gifts. When I was a new hire, I'd always give, but I've noticed that the gifts they give was too cheap for the collected amount, and there was no party afterwards. So in the succeeding years, I would not give when they asked and was always given the stink eye by the people around me.

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Posted in: After bars and restaurants close at 8 p.m. in areas where there is a coronavirus state of emergency, many people are buying alcohol at convenience stores and from vending machines and then hang out in parks or public spaces near train stations to continue drinking, thus leading to more possible virus infections. Do you think the police should disperse such groups? See in context

It would appear to help, but I think dispersing them really won't really help since, as the other posters said, people would still take the crowded trains and walk through congested streets to get home. Now, it's either the government steps up its anti-pandemic measures and improve contact tracing while still allowing the population to live normally, or just go full-on authoritarian dystopia with curfews, mass gatherings of a certain number, and public consumption of alcohol, etc. is banned.

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Posted in: Many countries are completing qualifying events to select their Olympic teams; others have unveiled team uniforms, while some have started vaccinating their athletes. Why do you suppose no country, other than North Korea, has decided not to come to Tokyo for the Olympics? See in context

I think it's because people are just itching to go outside and just do something and go back normalcy, such as a sporting event. Think of it like someone preparing their weekend outing when it is still tuesday and have posted the things they'll do and the food that they'll eat.

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Posted in: Unmarked police cars in Japan use Transformer-style trick when they pull someone over See in context

When they said Transformer-style, I was honestly expecting a more dramatic change in the car's looks. Nice car though. To be honest, unmarked police cars are like plain clothes police officers, you'll quickly learn to identify them once you see them a lot. In my experience, higher-end plain black cars in Japan usually carry the following people: high-level company executives or government officials, the yaks, unmarked police, the elite. For plain clothes police officers, they generally have a sharper and well-kept appearance than a regular person for their demographic and usually wears a baggier top to conceal their firearm, radio and handcuffs.

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Posted in: If the Tokyo Olympics are held, who do you think would be a good choice to light the Olympic flame? See in context

Someone who lost everything in 2011.

I second this! In my opinion, this would be more meaningful than any well-paid and pampered athlete, A-class celebrity, or kamisama forbid, a political bigwig lighting that bonfire.

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Posted in: Death of man attacked by bear sparks conversation about what to do when facing one See in context

How about bear spray? it's like pepper spray but a lot more potent and has a longer range, and apparently is very effective on humans as well. I've camped in Canada before and at least one person in the group carries one just in case. Carrying firearms or melee weapons for self-defense in Japan is unfortunately out of the question.

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Posted in: Tougher virus restrictions expanded to 4 prefectures See in context

Better yet, place even the least at risk prefectures under a heightened alert. there have been surges in several countries and there's the French variant that cannot be detected through testing. Better be safe and be a bit overkill now than be sorry in the future.

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Posted in: Japan backpedals on cooperation with China in Beijing Olympics See in context

I'm guessing that things are starting to turn sour again after their tensions over the Senkakus, Tokyo's meddling in Taiwan, and the "please drink treated water" comment by Beijing. This is to be expected.

We have not discussed and are not discussing any joint boycott with allies and partners

No country would openly claim this at this early in time. Wait a few months ahead of the event.

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Posted in: 'Please drink' treated Fukushima water, China asks Aso See in context

"A Japanese official said it is okay if we drink this water, so then please drink it," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told reporters, adding Japan's ignorance of the ecological environment is "totally unjustifiable."

Of all of the propaganda and hollow words that the Chinese government spews out, this is by far the most sensible.

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Posted in: Name some movies that left you so confused at the end that you couldn't really figure out what they were about. See in context

The Matrix! I watched it when I was still in grade school and it never made sense to me until I was already in college.

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Posted in: Police officer arrested over alleged sexual assault of woman See in context

a cop copping a feel. No I was drunk and couldn't remember excuse?

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

I feel sorry for the fisherman and all jobs who will have to suffer for this.

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

This is just taking one's fetishes too far. But at least it's not as worse as that guy who collected bicycle seats or that guy who steals tennis rackets for the smell of sweat. I wish I could ask a Japanese sociologist why fetish addiction is quite hardcore among some Japanese.

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Posted in: Australia says politicians no longer exempt from sexual harassment rules See in context

Nobody should be exempted from this in the first place. A crime is a crime.

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Posted in: On average, how much time each day do you spend on social networking sites? See in context

At most an hour a week. If Youtube is considered a social networking site, then I spend at least 9 hours a week.

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Posted in: Man arrested for attempted murder after woman clings to hood of car See in context

I don't want to turn this into a court room debate but, what would be the most appropriate course of action if you were in the shoes of the guy? pray that the woman can't break through the car as you call for the police? I don't know about you, but even if the assailant was unarmed and appears physically weaker than me, i'd still try to run away. God forbid if the attacker was armed and was stronger.

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Posted in: Man arrested for attempted murder after woman clings to hood of car See in context

This is just absurd, the woman should've been charged. He was the one who was attacked. Another Terminator T-1000 wannabe.

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Posted in: The Japanese government has appointed a minister for loneliness to deal with issues brought about by the coronavirus, among things. The British government also appointed such a minister. Is loneliness something a government can deal with? See in context

I think governments can, but how they can effectively manage will be difficult to determine. This is just my unprofessional opinion here, but I think countries that do well in tending to the mental health of its population would do well in curbing loneliness and other mental stresses the pandemic brought along with it. And, well, considering Japan's stellar performance in addressing the mental health of its citizens even during the pre-pandemic era, I think it would take some time before the government can do anything effective. But hey, prove me wrong.

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Posted in: Suga willing to establish 'children's agency' See in context

the minister of loneliness and the ministry of children. I wonder what would they come up with next? a government agency for oyaji? oh wait, they have that already.

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Posted in: Do you think self-driving cars will take away the fun of being at the wheel of your vehicle? See in context

I think it's like cruise control and ABS (anti-lock braking system) in cars, driverless options would make it convenient and safer for car owners to drive their vehicles while being less hassled and can probably turn them off to have a little fun on the road and on the dirt. I really do not enjoy driving my car in bumper-to-bumer traffic, and I'm pretty sure nobody does. I'm more of a two-wheeled fan and ABS on motorcycles make them more safe on the tarmac but less fun on the dirt.

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Posted in: Do you think self-driving cars will take away the fun of being at the wheel of your vehicle? See in context

I think it depends on who you ask. If it is someone who doesn't drive for fun and just uses vehicles for utility purposes, self-driving cars would be a boon for them. But try asking this to an off-road enthusiast or a sports car owner, self-driving cars would probably be an iffy thing for them since it takes out the fun and danger factor in driving for sport. I personally would like to have a self-driving car.

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Posted in: Man says he attacked police officer, hoping he would be shot dead See in context

This is just depressing to read, to go to such lengths to end yourself. Fortunately, he's in the wrong country for such. I don't condone suicide but there are many painless ways to do so without harming those around you. I'm willing to bet that it this man had someone to talk to and life gave him more slack, he wouldn't resort to such. I hope the police officer is okay.

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Posted in: Do you feel that you have become complacent about anti-coronavirus measures in one way or another? See in context

Unfortunately yes. I remember wearing a gas mask and wearing plastic gloves whenever I got out and would sanitize everything I brought outside. But nowadays, the most paranoid thing I do is I just wipe alcohol on the shopping cart handle I am about to use and wear a face mask with the nose uncovered if there's nobody nearby. It is inevitable though, we've been at this for more than year and people will grow lax and law enforcement will also grow lax.

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Posted in: Saitama officially forbids walking up and down escalators See in context

i enjoy using the stairs anyway, especially if its cold outside, it helps keep me warm and the best part is that there are less people using them.

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Posted in: If you are working remotely, how do you prevent frequent video meetings from causing you fatigue or adversely affecting your productivity? See in context

I just listen to the audio if possible or if the meeting is not important at all, I just use it as background noise. In my case, video meetings are rare but when they do hold them, they're just your typical monday morning townhall meetings that remind the same stuff every week.

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Posted in: If you could live in any city in the world (post-pandemic), other than where you live now, which one would you choose and why? See in context

Kofu in Yamanashi Prefecture or just any capital city (aside from Tokyo) of Japan's prefectures that is less urbanized and has a colder climate.

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Posted in: Man indicted for rape and murder charged with 2 other sexual assaults See in context

I would pay to be this man's executioner, any jail sentence would be too good for this guy. Just doing it once was bad enough, but doing it several times and killing someone in the process just made him cross into serial sex offender/ killer realm.

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Posted in: Man uses rope to lower himself from building roof in Pokemon card theft See in context

I hear that Team Rocket, Danny Ocean and the Pink Panther are considering on recruiting him. I know this is a crime, but this is just a fun story to read. Thanks, JT!

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