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Posted in: Ghosn denies allegations against him: NHK See in context

@Yubaru: Indeed - however the wording in the article very much implies that he has chosen not to comment, which invites the reader to speculate as to why he hasn't done so.

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Posted in: Ghosn denies allegations against him: NHK See in context

"Ghosn, who has not spoken publicly" is an interesting way of saying "Ghosn, who has been held for a week without charge and is completely unable to speak publicly whether he wants to or not"

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Posted in: How to prepare for Japanese drinking culture at work See in context

These days non-drinkers can usually get away with a non-alcoholic beer, especially after the initial kampai.

Hoppy is also a good option - it is usually served to mix with Shochu, but nobody will notice if you just have the hoppy by itself, or after having one with booze just ask for the hoppy and top up your glass.

This doesn't mitigate against some of the other problems mentioned above though!

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Posted in: Mother indicted after 1-year-old son dies after falling off electric bicycle See in context

I'm not sure if there is much point in prosecuting someone who is undoubtedly spectacularly remorseful for her carelessness - though of course it may encourage others to take a moment to think about how they cycle.

I am astonished that we don't have more accidents involving these machines, and small children simply MUST wear helmets if they are passengers. Once they are full loaded (parent, 2 kids, shopping, umbrellas etc) those things are heavy. That's OK while they are moving forward unimpeded, but as soon as they start to tip for any reason (e.g. rider has to brake unexpectedly and doesn't get feet down in time) they are VERY hard to stop from falling. For that reason alone, they absolutely shouldn't be allowed on pavements - and that's without even considering the dangers they pose to pedestrians.

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Posted in: Head of 2020 Tokyo Olympics supports daylight time for Games See in context

@Ganbare - of course it is not nature. The sun rises when it rises and sets when it sets, but humans decide what time we should call it. Japan could change their time zone tomorrow if it wished to do so, and nature would be completely unconcerned and uninterested.

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Posted in: Japan's deadly summer: Floods, typhoons, earthquakes, heat See in context

Feeling pretty lucky in Tokyo this year. So far.

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Posted in: Trump accuses Google of promoting negative news articles, hiding fair media coverage of him See in context

Brilliant - the right has managed to elect the least qualified candidate in history, at least in part through the extraordinary amount of media coverage he received during the campaign, and this fool sees bias AGAINST him!

There is a very simple way to make conservative sources appear higher up in search rankings. Search more often, look at the second page of results, and click on the ones that appeal. Miraculously those sites will rise up in the rankings and will appear more frequently. That's not bias, that's customer choice.

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Posted in: His name is Idris Elba, but will he be first black Bond? See in context

@Belrick, I'm not familar with Black Panther other than from the movie trailers, but I think the point is that whiteness is not one of Bond's defining characteristics. British-ness is (though even that has already arguably been stretched with an Irish actor); womanizing is; killing bad guys is; enjoying a martini and gambling is. A black Bond can be all of those things, without disturbing any of Bond's foundations.

I'd be far more upset if he was played by a white American as a peace-loving, no-risk-taking, asexual consensus builder.

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Posted in: His name is Idris Elba, but will he be first black Bond? See in context

If I remember rightly, the James Bond character was orphaned at 11 and went to boarding school. I don't recall his whiteness ever being referenced in the books (though admittedly I read them a VERY long time ago).

Given when they were written, it was perfectly reasonable to assume that Fleming had a white man in mind. However, the movies are not set in the 1950s or 1960s, they are set very firmly in the 21st century. I can't think of any reason why he couldn't be a black or asian british character, as long as the character has the fundamental attributes.

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Posted in: Japanese exec pleads guilty to raping colleague in New York hotel See in context

@darknuts - that's not the timeline at all, it takes time for a case to work through from arrest to guilty plea/conviction/sentencing.

He was arrested back in November, within a few days of the incident.

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Posted in: Tokyo residents may say 'Oh we know and are used to the heat'... but how many of us in Tokyo spend hours outdoors in the peak of August heat? See in context

I predict that the biggest issue will be with the volunteers. Athletes have time to train, acclimatize and moderate their performance to fit the conditions. Spectators have the option of going home. Volunteers, I suspect, will have that "gaman" sense of duty.

I know 4 people who have signed up already, and they are all aged around 70 already. It's likely that a large proportion of the volunteers will be retirees, and it's also likely that a large amount of the volunteering will involve standing outside. This needs to be managed extremely carefully or there will be a body count.

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Posted in: Aspiring Canadian cosplayer living in Tokyo arrested for sham marriage See in context

@paradoxbox - not sure why you seem to think that Canadians should get a free pass on visa fraud. People from all of the countries you mention get deported all the time. This story is news because it's relatively rare for someone from a developed country to get caught, that's all.

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Posted in: Murakumi says he can't publicly oppose death penalty for sarin gas attackers See in context

@Laguna - are you sure it was Britain? No death penalty there.

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Posted in: Murakumi says he can't publicly oppose death penalty for sarin gas attackers See in context

Not sure why the criticism of Murakami here. He's surely far from the only person who is opposed to the death penalty in principl, but who finds himself conflicted when faced with some crimes. You can count me in that camp too.

Also worth noting that, as @Madden and @Bigyen have pointed out, his comment is not without context. His book on the subject is probably the best known, and is composed almost entirely of the voices of people involved/affected.

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Posted in: Japan's push for telework hoped to ease traffic during Olympics See in context

@Mike James, I think it means that they are going to school and she then starts working.

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Posted in: Scarlett Johansson's plans to play trans man spurs backlash See in context

Interesting discussion. I suppose the unanswerable question is: Is it better to have the film made with a mega-star, and be seen by a wide audience, thereby helping to raise awareness of trans issues; or is it better to have a more authentic feeling film that will be seen by far fewer people.

It's hard not to sympathize with the comment "Not only do you play us and steal our narrative and our opportunity but you pat yourselves on the back with trophies and accolades for mimicking what we have lived." But at the same time I think it's fair to say that movies like Philadelphia, My Left Foot, Born on the Fourth of July, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest, Rain Man etc put a much higher profile on the issues they depicted than they would have managed without star power.

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Posted in: No plans to change fair play rule: FIFA See in context

I don't think there's anything wrong with the fundamental concept - fair play only applies after points, goal difference, goals scored, and head-to-head results fail to separate the teams.

I'm not keen on the corner count idea. It potentially rewards things that aren't necessarily "good" and could potentially cause shifts in styles of play. Over only 3 games there is also a fairly large random element to it.

Moreover, it is just as likely to produce a weird situation as the fair play option. It's easy to imagine teams playing for corners and not goals in certain situations.

At least the fair play option is rewarding good behaviour and penalizing bad.

(It is worth noting as well - this situation almost never arises. The last time drawing of lots was necessary was in 1990 and even that was not an elimination issue)

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Posted in: Japan booed as it advances on yellow cards despite losing to Poland 1-0 See in context

@Educator - lots of Asian teams have reached the last 16 before (including Japan twice). Wiki probably means Japan is the only AFC team to qualify for the knockout stage in this World Cup.

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Posted in: Japan booed as it advances on yellow cards despite losing to Poland 1-0 See in context


It was risky, dangerous, maybe suicidal, but if paid off.

Well no, it didn't. Japan's actions had absolutely no impact on the Senegal game at all. It paid off in that they preserved a 0-1 loss. One might as well suggest that if I walk through a minefield with my eyes closed and make it, then it paid off. I would argue that it still would have been better to open my eyes.

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Posted in: Japan booed as it advances on yellow cards despite losing to Poland 1-0 See in context

@Ecuador - I'm not necessarily suggesting that they should have thrown 10 men plus the keeper forward in a kamikaze attack, it is possible to attack carefully and conservatively. What they did absolutely guaranteed that they would not score and rendered them entirely dependent on something happening in another stadium.

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Posted in: Japan booed as it advances on yellow cards despite losing to Poland 1-0 See in context

My objection to Japan's performance isn't on moral grounds, it's entirely pragmatic.

There's nothing wrong with holding on to a result that will take you through. The problem is that there was no guarantee at all that the result they were holding onto would take them through.

Senegal had TWENTY minutes (not 10, @yumster) to score the goal that would have knocked Japan out. Meanwhile Japan were not attempting to score the goal that would have guaranteed they went through. The people saying that other teams would have done the same are completely wrong - if the England team had managed to get knocked out like that, the manager wouldn't have been able to return to the country!

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Posted in: Fans in Japan go wild after World Cup win over Colombia See in context

It's a huge win for Japan, but ceased to be a shock (or even a surprise) the second the red card was produced.

Enjoy the moment (I certainly did) but don't get carried away it'll probably be 11 v 11 in the next couple of games.

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Posted in: Mirai no Mori: Empowering marginalized youth in the outdoors See in context

Nice article. Mirai no Mori do fantastic work.

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Posted in: Boss of restaurant mysteriously found drunk with employees See in context

Unfortunately for the owner (aged 48), 18 year olds are not allowed to drink alcohol in Japan. So you're not allowed to give them alcohol.

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Posted in: College football coach denies telling players to commit fouls See in context

I think there are grounds for treating that as plain assault, not a sports play.

For anyone who hasn't seen it:

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Posted in: 2020 Olympics could paralyse Tokyo's subway, study warns See in context

I'd like to know where they are getting the 1.3 million figure from. Seems to me that even if all of the venues are full, all at the same time, there will be no more than 250,000 in attendance. (I'm not counting the venues that are more than 8km from the Olympic park, or the football venues, which are not near the village). I doubt that there will be a time when that is the case.

Perhaps they are thinking of the marathon, but presumably those spectators will be scattered over 42km and not crammed into one spot.

I was living in Sydney during the 2000 games and they managed the transport perfectly well despite having a vastly less developed infrastructure. Tokyo will be fine.

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Posted in: Metal detectors to combat gold smuggling at Chubu airport See in context


There is no reason for the security staff at the departing airport to stop people from boarding a plane with gold, it's perfectly legal. The crime is committed when they fail to declare and pay tax in Japan, not when they get on the plane.

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Posted in: Is bitcoin an environmentally friendly currency? See in context

I suppose it depends on where the Bitcoin is mined. Iceland, for example, derives close to 100% of its electricity from renewables (hydro and geothermal). Japan is more like 10%

@Zichi, I think you are missing a zero from your Japan number. 78.19TWh may cover pachinko parlours....

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Posted in: As the F-35A is aircraft loaded with sensitive features, it is difficult to verify whether the cost is reasonable. It is true that we tend to accept the U.S. asking price. See in context


Japan's expenditure as a percentage of GDP stands at 0.9% (2016) according to the world bank, so there is a fair chance the 1% mark will be broken fairly soon.

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Posted in: China orders 2 men detained for posing in Japanese army uniforms See in context


BTW, I'm glad I don't live in a country where one can be " and sentenced to administrative detention, a punishment short of jailing for which no trial is required.".

You probably do/did - most foreigners here know someone who was imprisoned for a few weeks before being released without charge!

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