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Posted in: NPA urges police to avoid impression of racial profiling in questioning people See in context

NPA urges officers to avoid impression of racial profiling

Translation: Avoid the impression, but racially profile all you want — because there are no legal provisions forbidding it.

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Posted in: U.S., Japan, EU push for open internet amid rise of authoritarianism See in context

At the same time, the “open and free” internet is being used by the Russian military to plant malware within Western critical infrastructure, and by China to steal corporate trade secrets, innovative, and intellectual property.

In fact, “China has a bigger hacking program than that of every other major nation combined. They have stolen more of Americans' personal and corporate data than every nation combined. It affects everything from agriculture to aviation to high tech to healthcare, pretty much every sector of the U.S. economy. Anything that makes an industry tick, they target.” (FBI Director Christopher Wray, 60 Minutes, 24 April 2022).

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Posted in: Prettier in pink: The push to remake Japan's cherry blossom season See in context

I’m all for increased diversity within Japan, beginning with cherry blossoms and continuing with the country’s man-made cedar-forest disaster (i.e., the Forestry Agency’s decades-old campaign to clear-cut forests and replant them with Japanese cedar and cypress).

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Posted in: Train driver posthumously awarded ¥56 in docked wages for 1-minute delay See in context

JR West originally deducted 85 yen from the man's wages for the two-minute delay claiming he did not perform any labor during that time but reduced it to one minute following advice from the Okayama labor standards inspection office.

Even the actions of the Okayama Labor Standards Inspection Office were unjustified!

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Posted in: Japan’s top 7 alternative regional burgers See in context

I guess the Chinese Chicken Burger sold at Lucky Pierrot’s 17 locations, all in Hakodate, was just too good to include — even though it has been named as Japan's “best local hamburger” by the Nikkei.

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Posted in: 22-year-old woman arrested for stealing ¥9 mil from 51-year-old man See in context

Oddly, Ayase in northeast Tokyo (Adachi-ku) and Ayase (same spelling, same kanji) southwest of Tokyo between Yokohama and Atsugi both have a reputation for being neighborhoods with statistically more crime.

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Posted in: Excitement abounds in Hiroshima after 'Drive My Car' wins Oscar See in context

This is a loooong movie! The first 40 minutes are captivating. And from the 2-hour mark, there is 15-minute exchange that pulls you in. But outside that, the movie can feel rather slow.

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Posted in: Rattled by spectator's insult, Osaka loses at Indian Wells See in context

I wonder how the pubic would react if a star in the Premier League, MLB, NFL, or NBA began to cry after hearing “You suck” from a spectator?

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Posted in: High court awards damages over forced sterilization in 2nd case See in context

… awarded 15 million yen ($128,000) in damages …

Wow. The Tokyo High Court really taught the central government a lesson, didn’t it? And yes, I’m being facetious.

$128,000 in today’s money was worth a whopping $12,700 in 1957, when this man was sterilized without informed consent.

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Posted in: Americans in Japanese prison for helping Ghosn escape seek to go home See in context

The recent Greg Kelly verdict clearly demonstrated that the prosecutors didn't have much of a case against Ghosn. They restricted Kelly's freedoms for 3 1/2 years -- all for a six-month suspended sentence.

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Posted in: Japan to remove attendance limit at large events as infection slows See in context

I wonder when people in Japan will again freely walk around in most public spaces without a face mask — like they currently do inside enclosed restaurants.

It is “very likely” that the coronaviruses that now cause the common cold were long ago as deadly as COVID-19 and gradually weakened to become the common cold we have today, according to Paul Duprex, head of the Center for Vaccine Research at the University of Pittsburgh.

The CDC has announced that there are no new variants at the moment that would appear to be “the next omicron,” and more than 90% of U.S. residents don’t need to wear the masks anymore because they live in low to medium threat areas.


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Posted in: Students in Fukushima get free point on entrance exam because of typo See in context

And in the U.S., applicants apparently receive “free points” based on race and ethnicity.

Lee’s next slide shows three columns of numbers from a Princeton University study that tried to measure how race and ethnicity affect admissions by using SAT scores as a benchmark. It uses the term “bonus” to describe how many extra SAT points an applicant’s race is worth. She points to the first column.

African Americans received a “bonus” of 230 points, Lee says.

“Hispanics received a bonus of 185 points.” 

Asian Americans, Lee says, are penalized by 50 points — in other words, they had to do that much better to win admission.

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Posted in: Kishida says Japan to relax COVID border controls, give priority entry to students See in context

Isn’t this yesterday’s news?

“Japan considering raising daily entry cap to 7,000 from 5,000” — Mar. 3

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Posted in: Ex-Nissan exec Kelly gets suspended sentence; judge slams Ghosn See in context

Not guilty, Charges for financial year 2010

Not guilty, Charges for financial year 2011

Not guilty, Charges for financial year 2012

Not guilty, Charges for financial year 2013

Not guilty, Charges for financial year 2014

Not guilty, Charges for financial year 2015

Not guilty, Charges for financial year 2016

Guilty, Charges for financial year 2017

Makes you think that the 2017 guilt charge was a last-ditch salvo by the judge to avoid completely humiliating the prosecutors.

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Posted in: Man arrested for burying bodies of father and grandfather on beach in Kanazawa in 2020 See in context

Man arrested for burying bodies of father and grandfather

Burying these bodies did not bode well for this 34-year-old unemployed man.

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Posted in: Ghosn aide Kelly faces verdict in Nissan trial See in context

How does the judge issue a verdict that does not humiliate the prosecutors and does not frighten the international business community?

Unfortunately, Kelly’s actual innocence is most likely of little concern.

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Posted in: Japan considering raising daily entry cap to 7,000 from 5,000 See in context


Foreign nationals planning to attend schools in Japan will be accepted regardless of the limit

I wonder how these limits are enforced. Is each airline allotted a certain number of potential passengers?

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Posted in: Japan considering raising daily entry cap to 7,000 from 5,000 See in context

Probably a wise move now that the government is getting over a million third doses into arms each day.

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Posted in: Ex-Ghosn aide Kelly confident of being acquitted on Thursday See in context

"There was no need to report because Carlos Ghosn never got paid, and there was never an agreement to pay Carlos Ghosn.”

Well said. Fingers crossed.

The prosecutors argued that Kelly played a role in coming up with a scheme to compensate Ghosn with deferred payments in addition to his regular pay, a system meant to avoid backlash over his high salary.

When did discussing a legal form of compensation (requiring reporting if enacted) become illegal?

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Posted in: Japan logs record low childbirths in 2021; deaths at postwar high See in context


So divorce rate is 0.187854M/44M.

So none of your 44 million couples divorced last year, or the year before, or the year before, or …?

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Posted in: Japan logs record low childbirths in 2021; deaths at postwar high See in context


divorce-rate: A more refined measure divides the number of divorces by the number of marriages in a given year (times 1000).

There’s no way Japan has a 36 percent divorce rate!

Perhaps your perception might change if you take off those rose-colored glasses.

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Posted in: Japan logs record low childbirths in 2021; deaths at postwar high See in context

A total of 514,242 marriages were registered in 2021. Divorces totaled 187,854.

A 36.5% divorce rate — always surprising to realize that only a little more than 60% of committed couples in Japan are in relationships they consider to be tolerable.

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Posted in: Japan's top business lobby calls for border controls to be eased more See in context

Tokura said he believes the real reasons behind the lack of easing are complicated immigration and tracing procedures for people entering Japan.

I wonder whether the government will ever halt the tracking of travelers entering the country. Perhaps it eventually will for citizens, but I sincerely doubt it will for non-citizens.

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Posted in: 20% of public health center staff overworked with COVID duties See in context

20% of public health center staff overworked with COVID duties

Perhaps the 80% who are apparently not overworked can lend a helping hand to the overworked 20%.

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Posted in: Super Bowl ads go heavy on nostalgia and star-power See in context

The Super Bowl commercial with Larry David was the best of the lot. The scene of him speaking Japanese in the board room is absolutely hilarious!


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Posted in: As spotlight fades, Hanyu ponders post-Olympic future See in context

Hanyu is still one of the best skaters in the world — the only one coming close to performing the quad axel, the most difficult jump in figure skating. If he had hit his jumps in the short and long programs, he would have challenged Chen for the gold and easily have surpassed the other Japanese skaters, who did hit their jumps.

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Posted in: Tokyo, 12 prefectures ask to extend COVID quasi-emergency See in context

According to data from the National Hospital Organization, only 0.9 percent of 1,321 patients hospitalized in 67 hospitals nationwide in January had symptoms worsen to the point of requiring oxygen support after a four-day hospitalization period.

So each hospital had about 20 patients, less than two of whom required oxygen support after four days of hospitalization.

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Posted in: Chen sets world record in short program, leaving Kagiyama, Uno, Hanyu behind See in context

Genuinely appreciated Yuzuru Hanyu making the effort to respond in English to live questions from NBC about his troubled first jump — particularly when his English is clearly not perfect. He endeared himself to the viewers. (Shohei Ohtani should be taking notes.)

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Posted in: No. of hotel guests in Japan hits record low for 2nd straight year in 2021 See in context

Zoroto 08:25 am JST

High skill foreigners never did …

Yes, they did. In 2017, the number of Highly-Skilled Foreign Professional visas issued (not counting the visas for accompanying family members), rose 43.3% over the previous year. In 2018, the year-on-year growth was 45.5%.

But they’re mostly not the white Westerners in the finance industry that you are probably referring to.

Two out of every three were Chinese, 77.4% graduated from graduate school, and 64% majored in natural sciences. Their average salary was 7.57 million yen a year.

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Posted in: No. of hotel guests in Japan hits record low for 2nd straight year in 2021 See in context

Before COVID-19, Japan had become a very popular destination. Visitor arrivals had risen every year from 6.2 million in 2011 to 31.8 million in 2019.

Even those choosing to stay increased. The number of registered foreign residents living in Japan had risen every year from 2012 to 2019.

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