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Current events and social conditions

Political posters in Tokyo’s crazy gubernatorial election. Why did it occur?

The Tokyo gubernatorial election will be held on 7 July 2024, and the issue of an election poster of an almost naked woman on a billboard has attracted a lot of attention, with even Elon Musk ripping it "Bold". In response, some Japanese commented that "Japan is over" and "shame on the world", while some foreigners tweeted quotes such as "Japan is Crazy", "How freedom of expression is preserved (in China)" and "This is true democracy".
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[Childcare] 2 useful tools for daytime childcare (birth to 6 months): baby monitor and electric high-low chair.

The baby monitor allows the user to check on the monitor machine as soon as there is a change in the sleeping baby's condition in the bedroom or elsewhere, even while doing household chores in the living room or kitchen. The electric high-low chair was more useful than I had imagined, as an alternative to the daytime sleeping cuddle.
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[Dual Career Couples] What are the three transitions in work and life and the traps it is easy to fall into!

INSEAD associate professor surveyed 113 couples (including same-sex couples, de facto marriages and remarriages) from 32 countries, including Japan, aged 26 to 63 years. Childcare, relocation, career change, caregiving, retirement and children's independence. ......The book explains the three transitions that stand in the way of career-oriented couples in the age of 100 years of life, and how to overcome them.
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[KADOKAWA] What We Can Learn from Information Leaks Caused by Cyber Attacks (Ransomware)

The cyber-attack on KADOKAWA by the Russian hacker group BlackSuit and the leak of personal information has been a hot topic recently, as it has risen to the X trend. In this article, I will describe the full extent of the cyber-attack on KADOKAWA and what we can learn from this case as a reminder.
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[Career] Why do low performers increase after middle age?

Middle performers have no problems and therefore are left alone for better or worse by the company until their mid-30s to mid-40s, when they are in the prime of their working lives, and when they finally reach their mid-40s, they are treated as low performers and subject to release, which I felt was a terrible thing, but on the contrary, if they knew such a future was waiting for them in ten years' time, However, if they knew that such a future would be waiting for them in ten years' time, they would have a sense of crisis and could take measures to prepare for it from their early 30s.
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[Three Bodies] Analogy between the Black Dark Forest and the Cultural Revolution: Chain of Suspicion and Détente

The scepticism chain depicted in The Black Dark Forest is an analogy to the chain of suspicion and distrust found in Chinese society during the Cultural Revolution. This analogy emphasises how destructive a lack of trust and a chain of mistrust can be. Ultimately, Luo Zhai negotiates with the Three Bodies against his own plans, and the end of Part II ends with an appearance of détente (easing of tensions)
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[Japanese and Germans] Comparing the two, they are both the same. Shion Amemiya

There are no Japanese-style club activities in Germany. Instead, there is the Verein.The good thing about these civic clubs is that you can find a place outside of school and interact with all kinds of people. Intergenerational exchange is very important when you want to broaden your horizons and think about the future.
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[Convenience Store Man] Sayaka Murata: Interesting five senses and inorganic expression.

The first sentence of the piece begins, "Convenience stores are filled with sound." Throughout this work, the inorganic nature of convenience stores and the frequent use of the five senses, including the sense of hearing, gave me the feeling that the convenience store was an exciting place to read about.
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[All the Lovers in the Night] Mieko Kawakami: Superimposing the Light and the Self in the Midnight of Winter

Although he did not fit in very well in the real world and felt stifled, he was serious and direct about his job as a reviewer and was doing his best to make a living, and he may have been projecting himself into the existence of a night light after ordinary people who fit in well in society, the big light of day, or perhaps he was overthinking it. Perhaps I am overthinking it, but I felt it.
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[Circuit Switcher] by Takahiro Yasuno. The Merits and Demerits of a Fully Automated Future.

A science fiction novel written by Takahiro Yasuno, who is running for Governor of Tokyo on 7 July, and which won the Excellence Award in the 9th Hayakawa Science Fiction Contest. The work is full of vividness and charm, with a realistic, automated future, thrilling technological theatre-style crimes, and the pitfalls of the current system.