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Posted in: Passengers begin leaving after ship's virus quarantine ends See in context

people tested negative & got off the ship should be quarantined on land for another 2 weeks just to be safe. Unfortunately Japan wouldn't do that. Expect massive of infected cases in Japan in the near future.

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Posted in: Ghosn used Nissan-Mitsubishi venture to inflate pay: lawyers See in context

"We don't dispute that Mr Ghosn received a good salary", attorney Roeland de Mol said.

...So they admit that he took lots of money (legally and/or illegally)

"But he had the heavy task of getting French and Japanese companies to cooperate. He didn't retire to go play golf after he stepped down as Nissan CEO."

....So basically they just say: Yeah... he was still employed by them, so he still worked. Oh, and he's really wonderful he did not play golf. Oh, oh, and he worked hard so he should get paid a lot. But their multi-million salary was not enough for him so he paid himself more.

His legal team has offered no solid arguments at all. They are gasping at straws.

This battle will go on for years maybe. Nissan has more money than him. So they'll drown him in legal expenses.

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Posted in: 20 virus infections on cruise ship in Yokohama; passengers confined to cabins See in context

Worst case scenario for this is that everyone on the cruise was infected and it would be a little bit much for Japan to swallow. Just read news that US drug remdesivir from Gilead seems to be working in treating coronavirus. Gilead applied for a Chinese patent in 2016 but is still pending. Now China also has just sent application for the treatment patent to the Chinese Patent Office because they did not want to pay for license fee to the US company.

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Posted in: Japan speeds up new virus measures; infected carriers to be barred entry See in context

As the Host of 2020 Olympics just months away, it's very irresponsible of Japan not to isolate the evacuees from Wuhan. Being known as a strict & inflexible culture, Japan really picks the wrong time to be "relaxed & flexible", And what's the matter with those 2 people who initially denied to be tested? This is not the time to be careless & stubborn.

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Posted in: Turkish jet firm says employee falsified Ghosn records See in context

"The old and tired excuse of: "Other places suck too, so it's OK in Japan" argument. That is a common mind-set in Japan, and it is immature logic. For example, throngs of people standing and waiting for the light to change at a cross-walk. One impatient person gets fed up with having to wait 30-seconds, so they cross the street while the light is still red. EVERYONE then follows that one rule-breaker across the street. See it every day here in Japan"

Not a strong & intelligent argument you got there. But about the "red light" thing, have you been walking around? I have not been all around the world. But that "red light " thing you mentioned is everywhere. In the US, Canada, France, S.Korea, well Japan just a few places I have been to. And have you ever had a job interview ( or work) with those big multinational financial firms in NY? I don't know about other industries. But it's all about team work. You'll get an "older guy" to guide or "spy on" you. You're not supposed to work independently. At least until you're in much higher positions.

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Posted in: Turkish jet firm says employee falsified Ghosn records See in context

The folks here who kept criticizing Japan's legal system, where are you from? Your home country must have a perfectly fair system. I'm not even being sarcastic, please let me know. Here in the US, most of the time, if you're poor & can't afford a good lawyer, you're guilty. But if you're rich with a team of strong lawyers, you'll walk free. Hello OJ Simpson .... And most recently that millionaire Chinese woman who was accused of killing her ex husband in California.

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Posted in: Ghosn's escape leaves Japan red-faced See in context

Interesting that he used a French passport to run off to Lebanon. Is lebanon getting aid from Japan? I don't care enough to do a research. But if it is, it can say goodbye to the aid now.

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Posted in: 'Comfort women' film back in Kawasaki festival See in context

You need both a brain & life experience to actually know the S.Korean stories are mostly lies. I was born & grew up in a super poor country (Vietnam)-it's much better now though. I think most people here have much more "privileges" so your thinking are different; and logical thinking is not enough to judge this situation.

-Prostitutes are everywhere (rich/poor countries) and they probably would never go away. For many, it's either being starved to death or sell your bodies; for many others, it's an easy way to make lots of money. I believe many people in S.Korea were starving during the war and had to make that decision of selling themselves or their daughters. Many young girls probably kidnapped by other Koreans to sell. It's still very common in poor countries.

-Poor Vietnamese parents have been marrying off their daughters in exchange for little bit of cheap money to South Korean, Chinese & Taiwanese men. Although the women are legally married, the majority of those women end up being abused and are forced to have sex with many male relatives of their own husbands. They can't leave because their parents already spent the money. Being in the modern world with women/human rights, their fates are even worse than those war time S.Korean women. Many Korean women are still selling themselves for money now. So why do you think the past was different.

The war time Japanese may have made it difficult for those women, but they are not entirely to blame. And being a sex worker is not fun anywhere, anytime. The women have their own parents to blame as well; or their Korean kidnappers/pimps; and I'm sure many of them made the decision to sell themselves. I was born & grew up poor but my parents would never do anything like that to me. In fact, my parents sent us all to good universities in the US. The Vietnamese war was more devastated than the Korean war. My grandpa went to jail & my grandma had 10 kids to feed. My mom & my aunts grew up during the war. They had nothing to eat but they went into the jungle when they were teens to dug up and pick up wild vegetables & grow their own veggies for food.

-It may have been horrible for them to work as "comfort women" in Japan during the war. But It's quite naive to believe everything that the Korean side has to say. Many Koreans themselves have doubts about the "comfort women" stories but are afraid to speak up due to their fellow Korean bullying.

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Posted in: K-pop's BTS finish tour with millions generated See in context

They have few more years left until they reach 30. All will go down hill from there just like my favorite BSB & all other popular boys bands around the world.

I've heard about BTS but have never listen to their music. I would not recognize them even if they were right in front of my face . I use to listen to K-Pop; but just like most people I grew out of it. I still listen to random K-Pop songs (I don't even know the names) while driving because I don't understand the language, so it keeps me awake better than listening to languages that I understand.

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Posted in: Main buildings of castle at World Heritage site in Okinawa destroyed by predawn fire See in context

I was thinking about going to Okinawa next year & visiting Shuri was in the plan. Guess I'm a bit late to see it.

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Posted in: Luxury travel See in context

The picture look like the seats are in Green Class. The Gran Class seats are usually (or always?) covered in leather/leatherette material. Wondering if JR Rail Pass is applied on these new trains?

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Posted in: School bullying cases hit record high in Japan in FY2018 See in context

Unfortunately bullying is part of Asian culture. This is not only in Japan, It's the same in China, Vietnam, Korea ...I grew up in Vietnam in the late 90's, early 2000. Being bullied (by teachers) happened everyday. Many teachers were super nice, but many others would "torture" you mentally, physically & financially. . Don't know if it's better now about the teachers in Vietnam. On the contrary while I was in school, my fellow Vietnamese kids did not bully each other much, they mostly worked together to deal with the horrible teachers.

Vietnamese middle & high school programs were at much advanced levels compared to the US. I graduated from a relatively well-known private university in New York and it was like a vacation compared to high school in Vietnam.

It's a good thing the bullying usually stopped when you reach adulthood in Vietnam and join the workforce. But I heard it continues in Japan, China & S.Korea.

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Posted in: Lost something on a Japanese train? Look for it at the railway’s lost-and-found market See in context

"Does every train station have this kind of store?"

This is a pop-up store. It can be anywhere at anytime around the country for a limited time. I think the prices shown are not much good deals.

It's a bit like Goodwill stores in the US. The merchandises are acquired at very little to no cost. The company only have to pay for staff and a place to sell.

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Posted in: Uncertain Journey See in context

Brilliant idea! Feeling stuck in a tangle of bloody web. No clear direction and hard to break through.

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Posted in: U.S. hints at rice concession in Japan trade talks See in context

"Isn't American rice long grain rice? In the US, I haven't seen short gain rice on sale. Would long grain rice cook in Japanese rice cookers?"

I'm Asian American and I don't (can't) even eat American Rice. The shape of rice doesn't matter but I know what you meant.

Asian rices are sold for higher price in the USA. When I was tight for cash, I tried American rice because it was dirt cheap. It will cook just fine with any types of rice cooker so that's no issue at all. Unfortunately, American/Mexican or "Western Rice" is too "dried" and tastes horrible. Very hard to chew & swallow because I can't stand the texture/taste. Never again!

I agree with another poster here that Japanese won't eat American rice.

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