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Re: Japan

Post by Witness » Sun Feb 17, 2019 11:36 pm

Anaxagoras wrote:
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Has anyone ever followed up on these guys to see whether they really do have a lucky year?
Well, I'd deem them lucky to have just survived:

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Post by Doctor X » Wed Feb 20, 2019 5:37 am


This is something designed for cats to watch.
Animal psychologists from Kyoto University create public service video that’s not about cats, but for the animals themselves to watch and learn from.

As one of Japan’s largest auto parts and service chains, Yellow Hat is naturally very concerned with traffic safety, so it’s not much of a surprise that the company has put together a public service video on the subject. What is surprising, though, is who the video is for.
Okay, okay, but there is this:
And yes, the video does an admirable job of helping human drivers understand certain aspects of cat psychology, such as the seductive warmth of middle-of-the-road manhole covers, the excitement of hunting at twilight when birds return to their nests, and how sometimes honking horns and high-beam headlights can startle cats enough that they can’t leap out of the way, so drivers need to slow down too.

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Re: Japan

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Wed Feb 20, 2019 10:21 am

Are Japanese manhole covers cuddlier than the ones in the USA, or are we just better at keeping our cats off the street?
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Re: Japan

Post by Anaxagoras » Wed Feb 20, 2019 10:57 am

Often they are warmer than the surroundings. It doesn't snow so often here but when it does I've noticed that the snow on the manhole covers will melt while around it the snow piles up.
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Post by Doctor X » Thu Feb 21, 2019 7:29 pm

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Re: Japan

Post by Grammatron » Thu Feb 21, 2019 7:41 pm

Nice of Playstation to provide some cones.

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Re: Japan

Post by Anaxagoras » Thu Feb 21, 2019 11:45 pm

Wtf? ?

Oh, I guess the PlayStation cones are a clue.
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Re: Japan

Post by Witness » Fri Feb 22, 2019 2:18 am

An anti-vax religious group apologized for its role in a major measles outbreak in Japan

Japan is in the grip of its worst measles outbreak in a decade, with many of the cases traced to a religious group that doesn’t believe in medicine.

According to figures published by Japan’s health ministry on Feb. 19, as of Feb. 10, 167 people have contracted measles across 20 prefectures. Of the reported cases, 49 of them were in Mie prefecture in western Japan, followed by Osaka with 47 cases.
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Japanese media reported that the large number of cases in Mie can be traced to a religious organization called Kyusei Shinkyo, after a number of people were found to have contracted (link in Japanese) measles after attending a workshop held by the group in the city of Tsu late last year. According to its website, the group, founded in 1970, believes that “medicine can cause disease” and believes in treating illnesses through what it calls “the Divine Light.”
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In late January, Kyusei Shinkyo released a statement (link in Japanese) on its website apologizing for its responsibility in the measles outbreak and said that it would pray for all those affected to recover as soon as possible and cooperate closely with health authorities to prevent the further spread of the virus. The group said that some of its members had not been vaccinated and became infected as a result, causing “disturbance” to the public. It also said it would temporarily suspend meetings and would also stop posting testimonials of “miracles” on its homepage.
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Re: Japan

Post by Anaxagoras » Fri Feb 22, 2019 4:41 am

Anti-vaxxers realizing the error of their ways and apologizing???

Am I reading that right?? :?
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Re: Japan

Post by Anaxagoras » Fri Feb 22, 2019 4:44 am

In other news, USA! USA! USA!

USA wins again!!!

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Re: Japan

Post by Doctor X » Fri Feb 22, 2019 8:24 am

"Unconditional Surrender," Anax.

Tell them they can keep their Emperor, but he will have to answer to the Supreme Commander of Fatburger!

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Re: Japan

Post by Witness » Sat Feb 23, 2019 2:27 am

Japan to recognise Ainu as 'indigenous people' for first time

The ethnic minority, mainly living on Hokkaido, has long suffered the effects of a policy of forced assimilation.

After decades of discrimination, the government of Japan has introduced a bill to recognise the country's ethnic Ainu minority as an "indigenous" people for the first time - a move welcomed by activists as a "first step" towards achieving equality.

The Ainu people, traditionally a society of hunter-gatherers on the northern island of Hokkaido, have long suffered the effects of a policy of forced assimilation that threatened to wipe out their culture. Even though discrimination has receded gradually, income and education gaps between them and the rest of Japan remain.

"It is important to protect the honour and dignity of the Ainu people and to hand those down to the next generation to realise a vibrant society with diverse values," top government spokesman Yoshihide Suga told reporters on Friday.

"Today, we made a cabinet decision on a bill to proceed with policies to preserve the Ainu people's pride."
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Re: Japan

Post by Grammatron » Mon Feb 25, 2019 6:55 pm

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/as ... story.html
Okinawa is home to about half the 54,000 U.S. troops stationed in Japan and houses the largest U.S. air base in the Asia-Pacific region. The U.S. military says its presence on the island is vital not only for the defense of Japan, but also for keeping peace in the region.

But Okinawans say their small island bears an unfair burden of the U.S. military presence in Japan, and on Sunday, they made their resentment felt.

The results showed that 72.2 percent of voters rejected the construction of a U.S. base at Henoko, in the north of the island. The turnout was over 52 percent.
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The nonbinding referendum was backed by Okinawa Gov. Denny Tamaki, who was elected in September and had campaigned against the construction of the Henoko base.

But his subsequent appeals to the administration of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to cancel the base construction have fallen on deaf ears, with the central government making clear that it sees no alternative to its plan to build at Henoko and close the Futenma site.

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Re: Japan

Post by Anaxagoras » Mon Feb 25, 2019 10:29 pm

Yeah, it's a conundrum. Japan wants us there. It is Japanese territory. But Okinawa does not want us there. And there's Nimbyism. People complain about the noise of jets, and they are noisy. Sometimes there have been accidents with the aircraft too, which affected the locals.

Crimes occasionally. When a foreigner commits a crime, people get more upset than if it's a local person. Statistically Americans don't commit many crimes in Japan, not disproportionately so, but when it does happen it's a very big deal and makes people especially angry. In that way it's like when an illegal immigrant commits a crime in the US. People get more upset than if an American citizen had committed the same crime, because they're not supposed to be there.

Maybe Americans should ask if we really need those bases there.
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Post by Abdul Alhazred » Mon Feb 25, 2019 11:31 pm

Are we talking about American citizens in Japan in general, of US service people stationed there?
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Re: Japan

Post by Anaxagoras » Tue Feb 26, 2019 1:02 am

Abdul Alhazred wrote:
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Are we talking about American citizens in Japan in general, of US service people stationed there?
Mostly service people. They are mostly young men of course, and young men are more likely to commit crimes than other demographic groups. Also, sometimes they don't really want to be here, but in the military you usually don't have a choice. You go where they order you to go. American civilians here tend to be here by their own choice. They also tend to be more spread out, whereas in the areas near a military base, there's a large concentration of foreigners and young servicemen in particular.
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Re: Japan

Post by Rob Lister » Tue Feb 26, 2019 3:45 pm

Anaxagoras wrote:
Mon Feb 25, 2019 10:29 pm

Maybe Americans should ask if we really need those bases there.
We should leave unless we can negotiate at least a 50% profit on the total cost of being there. Payable in gold.

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Re: Japan

Post by Anaxagoras » Tue Feb 26, 2019 4:14 pm

Rob Lister wrote:
Tue Feb 26, 2019 3:45 pm
Anaxagoras wrote:
Mon Feb 25, 2019 10:29 pm

Maybe Americans should ask if we really need those bases there.
We should leave unless we can negotiate at least a 50% profit on the total cost of being there. Payable in gold.
Japan does pay a large portion of the costs. But our military is not mercenaries for hire. Profit is never the goal, never a consideration. Cost is a consideration, but not profit.

I think the military, like any other bureaucracy, always wants to keep whatever it has, even if the original reason why it existed in the first place no longer applies. The pentagon will never ask for its own budget to be cut or say "we don't need to have a presence in this part of the world anymore." I suppose an argument could be made that we still need forces stationed somewhere in Japan. I'm not sure it really has to be all concentrated in Okinawa.

But there's always a tendency to defer to the military and what they say their own needs are instead of asking whether America really needs this. We probably would have never left the Philippines if the Philippines hadn't told us to leave. The military would have said we need to stay there. Has the world ended?

Maybe we really should just rethink our presence on Okinawa.
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Re: Japan

Post by Rob Lister » Tue Feb 26, 2019 4:28 pm

Anaxagoras wrote:
Tue Feb 26, 2019 4:14 pm
Rob Lister wrote:
Tue Feb 26, 2019 3:45 pm
Anaxagoras wrote:
Mon Feb 25, 2019 10:29 pm

Maybe Americans should ask if we really need those bases there.
We should leave unless we can negotiate at least a 50% profit on the total cost of being there. Payable in gold.
But our military is not mercenaries for hire.
No, yet sometimes interests align spectacularly.

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Re: Japan

Post by Grammatron » Tue Feb 26, 2019 6:37 pm

Anaxagoras wrote:
Tue Feb 26, 2019 4:14 pm
Rob Lister wrote:
Tue Feb 26, 2019 3:45 pm
Anaxagoras wrote:
Mon Feb 25, 2019 10:29 pm

Maybe Americans should ask if we really need those bases there.
We should leave unless we can negotiate at least a 50% profit on the total cost of being there. Payable in gold.
Japan does pay a large portion of the costs. But our military is not mercenaries for hire. Profit is never the goal, never a consideration. Cost is a consideration, but not profit.
Not directly, sure. But our various presence in the region, including Okinawa, allows us to secure and control vital trade routes and provide protection for our economic interests.