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Posted in: Japan's top court orders Twitter to delete posts on man's past arrest See in context

Now his name is off Twitter but all over the net....

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Posted in: Arrested Australian rugby player details Japan prison time See in context

From an Australian article regarding the location he was held:

But nothing compared to the nightmare of being locked up for a month in the cells at Azabu Police station in Roppongi, a district in Tokyo known for its nightlife entertainment where the fallen NRL star found trouble.

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Posted in: Japan will no longer allow foreign students to buy duty-free goods See in context

It's not a scam to buy and on-sell (unless doing it domestically, in which case the govt may feel they are being scammed out of consumption tax...

Many international students in Aus buy up on certain products at supermarkets (not duty free tho) and send over to buyers in China. It hits the news occasionally when they keep clearing out the shelves of baby formula.

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Posted in: Kishida reelected prime minister in Diet vote See in context

Suga resigned after only a year in office as his popularity plunged over criticism of his handling of the coronavirus pandemic and his insistence on holding the Tokyo Olympics despite concerns of a virus surge.

No no no, he resigned because he was too tired to go through an election whilst battling the pandemic. Right?? ...

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Posted in: Pitch invader at Wales-South Africa rugby game to be issued life ban See in context

The previous Saturday, a man in a New Zealand kit managed to line up with the All Blacks for the anthems. 

Good thing he didn't get roped into doing the haka

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Posted in: SoftBank reports 2nd quarter loss of ¥397.9 bil See in context

So is it a tech company or managed fund?

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Posted in: Family of dead Sri Lankan files criminal complaint against officials See in context

Not traveling in the middle of a pandemic may not count as abusing the visa system

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Posted in: Bureaucrat's widow asks Kishida to look into scandal that led to suicide See in context

Yeah the letter will be dropped into the too hard basket as soon as it hits his desk

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Posted in: M5.9 quake halts trains in Tokyo area; 32 injured See in context

The message on my phone said stay calm. Right after the screeching alert though of course.

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Posted in: Heat risks add to challenges for Tokyo's pandemic-hit Olympics See in context

The last time it hosted the Games, in 1964, the event was shifted to October to beat the heat.

This was also discussed but dismissed at the time of last year's postponement. They'd be regretting that now. Must had been some strong leaders back in the 60's.

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Posted in: Japan officially launches its largest ever Olympic delegation See in context

He may be doing the guts pose but his eyes tell the real story.

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Posted in: 1.4 bil but no more? China's population growth closer to zero See in context

Thursday's data showed China has 105.7 million men and boys for every 100 women and girls, or about 33 million more males.

Surely the first "million" is an error

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Posted in: A sobering strategy for pandemic times - brewers bank on alcohol-free beer boom See in context

I'd like to see more low alcohol options rather than alcohol free. The article shows low alcohol accounts for 20% of sales in Australia, and I'm sure it would take off with the red-face clientele here. Non-alc is getting surprisingly good though, enjoyed one over lunch on the weekend as I was bike touring (wouldn't have hesitated to have a regular in Aus but different rules apply).

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Posted in: Ethics scandal involving communications official linked to Suga widens See in context

The heads of many Japanese corporations (including the one I work for) come directly from a government position in the same industry. Naturally they will continue their relationship with the government officials. This benefits the company as they gain influential power and greys the border between government and industry.

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Posted in: Naomi Osaka becomes part owner of U.S. women's pro soccer club See in context

Yes, Japan has a new women's soccer league, it will be interesting to see if she supports that also.

All the best in Aus, Naomi.

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Posted in: Fans or no fans? Tokyo Olympic organizers still mum See in context

As Bach said, the IOC is in the business of "organizing the games, not cancelling the games". They are the ones to consult for a serious discussion about whether it should go ahead.

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Posted in: Tokyo apartment prices rise to near bubble-era high in 2020 See in context

5 years ago I also pondered land Vs apartment. Apartment values have been steadily increasing for a number of years (prices of the only tower mansion in my area were higher than when it was first built 15 years earlier) but land was steady or dropping. We figured land has more growth potential so went that route.

Buying an older property in my area was difficult as people don't tend to sell until it becomes a pushover job, and we ended up paying the budget and buying new so miss out on being able to create value through renovation but no regrets. Having outdoor space has given me no end of DIY opportunity.

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Posted in: Tokyo ward assemblyman apologizes for remarks against LGBT rights See in context

Hokkaidoboy, that's very big of you.

I'm not surprised that a person of his age who thinks he has never met a gay person would not understand them. I also think senior government officials should be replaced by people with values of the modern era.

If there is one positive we can take from this, it's the very big reaction from LGBT and allies alike. It is a changing country.

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Posted in: Japan invention QR code wins award for global impact in electronics See in context

Using ingenuity to enhance your business's process, thumbs up. Allowing other companies to use your tech for free, double thumbs up and very deserving of this recognition.

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Posted in: Police officer arrested for throwing bodily fluid on woman’s bag linked to 2 other incidents See in context

When he admitted to it they should have asked what it is...

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Posted in: Woman fatally hit by train; impact sends her flying into teenager on platform See in context

The driver day the lady then hit the brakes.

In this day and age, I would have thought that sensors at a station would detect someone on the tracks and engage the brakes of all approaching trains.

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Posted in: JAL ditches 'ladies and gentlemen' for gender-neutral greetings See in context

Gender topics aside, it is an outdated expression and I'm impressed that the Japanese are doing something progressive.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 131 new coronavirus cases; under 200 for 1st time in week See in context

Yeah, I thought we established that last week

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Posted in: Majority of Japanese reject gov't tourism campaign: surveys See in context

Too early to start a promotion anyway. Should be done after the initial wave of people who want to travel at any cost. This promotion could result in a deep slump after summer, at a time stimulus will be needed more than ever.

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Posted in: Kimono maker creates face mask for hostesses See in context

Hope it comes with a matching drink cover...

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Posted in: European business lobby calls on Japan to ease travel restrictions See in context

@Local Hero call immigration, as long as you didn't leave Japan after April 2 you can gain entry as exceptional circumstance as a pr holder or spouse of Japanese. Have assisted 2 ppl do this recently.

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Posted in: Japanese politician gets caught watching crocodile video during Diet session See in context


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Posted in: Tom Hanks says he, wife Rita Wilson have coronavirus in Australia See in context

Oh man. Life really is like a box of chocolates.

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Posted in: Magazine helping to deal with the big issue of homelessness in Japan See in context

Anyone know where it is sold in Tokyo? Never seen it.

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Posted in: Computer scientist who pioneered 'copy' and 'paste' has died See in context

An extra thumbs up if he came up with the "back" button

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