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Posted in: Actor Kentaro Ito arrested over hit-and-run incident in Tokyo See in context

Actor Kentaro Ito arrested over hit-and-run incident in Tokyo

Ito ... collided with the oncoming motorcycle ... but returned a few minutes later.

Seems more like a hit-and-return accident.

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Posted in: Suga, Abe attend memorial for father of N Korea abductee Megumi Yokota See in context

OssanAmericaToday  08:03 am JST

No, that is in response to NK's missiles. 

Every burgeoning police state needs a boogieman.

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Posted in: Suga, Abe attend memorial for father of N Korea abductee Megumi Yokota See in context

The Japanese government unfortunately continues to use this nearly 40-year-old offense to generate support for costly military expansion, as reported just yesterday.

Defense ministry officials are considering ... putting Aegis missiles on ... naval vessels.

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Posted in: 2-hour virus test to be available at Narita airport See in context

Travelers with an appointment can get tested and obtain a certificate for 39,800 yen, lower than the 46,500 yen charged for those without a reservation.

I was recently quoted a price of $220 for a test prior to departure from the U.S. I’m surprised to see Japan charging so much.

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Posted in: Dentsu lobbied for and funded campaign for Tokyo Olympics, documents show See in context

At the end of July, JOC chief Takeda approved the first payment to Tan’s company Black Tidings, a transfer of nearly $1 million, bank records seen by Reuters show.

Tokyo won the Olympics in September.

A month later, Tan received a second payment of $1.3 million from Tokyo’s campaign committee, bank records show. 

Takeda then stepped down from both the IOC and the JOC.

Tokyo’s bid certainly appears to have been corrupt.

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

Hmm ... I’ve never known anyone to sprain their ankle that way.

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Posted in: Activists protest over lawmaker's skepticism about sex crime victim claims See in context

“3.4 percent of married men in Japan have been raped by their wives. And that is down from 4.3 percent reported 11 ago.” – Japan’s Cabinet Office

The problem here is Japan’s very loose definition of violence, which according to the Cabinet Office includes ignoring a person for what the victim considers to be too long a time. These numbers are precontrived to be high.

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Posted in: Man arrested for making 8,000 calls to Tohoku Electric Power Co See in context

According to police, Nakamura repeatedly asked to be connected with the department in charge of utility poles between October 2019 and February of this year.

It’s now October 2020, seven months after the calls stopped. Was an arrest really necessary?

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Posted in: October to bring various price changes for Japan residents See in context

The tax for ... wine will be 7.5 yen higher for a regular-sized bottle.

Because most wine is imported, isn’t this 7.5 yen increase actually an indirect tariff that the 2019 trade deals with the U.S. and EU were intended to remove?

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

Japan: gender neutral, yet very Nihonjinron (focused on issues of Japanese national and cultural identity).

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Posted in: Japan ready to become permanent U.N. Security Council member: Motegi See in context

Japan ready to become permanent U.N. Security Council member: Motegi

But what other countries really want Japan?

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Posted in: Ushio launches world's 1st UV lamp that can safely kill coronavirus See in context

Two key facts missing from this Kyodo News report:

*Researchers** analyzed the potential of the rays in killing seasonal coronaviruses who have the same structure as SARS-CoV-2. However, they did not use the original SARS-CoV-2 for the experiment.*

*The researchers, however, maintained that further investigation is needed to corroborate their findings as their study only investigated its in-vitro efficacy.*

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Posted in: Former Nissan executive Greg Kelly pleads not guilty as trial begins See in context

The trial is expected to continue for about 10 months.

Ending in mid-July just as the international press arrives for the Olympics, perhaps generating attention that makes the Justice Ministry uncomfortable.

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Posted in: Ex-Nissan exec Kelly says he will prove his innocence without Ghosn See in context

The prosecution had 84 boxes of documents, and the defense team is still waiting for 90 percent of these materials.

And the trial begins tomorrow. Ridiculous.

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Posted in: Osaka's third Grand Slam, anti-racism stand, hailed in Japan See in context

I would love to see Naomi Osaka focus more on social injustice inside Japan.

After nearly 30 years in Tokyo, I recently sold my house, downsized, and started renting. In my case, about 20% of owners would not accept an application from a non-Japanese — regardless of my financial status, employment status, residency status, or Japanese ability.

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Posted in: Body found in gutter identified as 35-year-old researcher at Kumamoto University See in context


Would you have any idea what type of medical research she was doing and whether any foul play might be involved?

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Posted in: Go To travel subsidy program to cover half of costs from October See in context

Very easy to use! I just booked a one-week trip to Hokkaido (Hakodate, Toyako, and Sapporo/Otaru) through JTB, and the travel agency immediately took 35% off the cost. Everything included: flights, hotels, meals, and travel between cities. Most other travelers seen at the hotels were young families with young kids.

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Posted in: Japan to lift re-entry restrictions on foreign residents from Sept 1 See in context

Waiting for updates on the MOFA website

The MOJ website was updated yesterday with a document backdated to 21 August.

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Posted in: Japan to lift re-entry restrictions on foreign residents from Sept 1 See in context

This is not the same policy that applies to Japanese citizens reentering the country! Japanese do not have to apply for reentry documentation from a Japanese embassy or consulate (which the Japanese government has confirmed will take more than a day!) and obtain a negative COVID-19 test from a medical facility within 72 hours of departure. This is continued harassment of long-time permanent residents who call Japan home.

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Posted in: Japanese-owned ship deviated from shipping lane before Mauritius impact, data shows See in context

Oh, the selfish, foolish risks that undisciplined navigation officers will take for mobile phone network access. Hopefully other seafarers can learn from this tragedy.

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Posted in: Japan's re-entry ban to contain virus unfair, Western business lobbies say See in context

“We know of no evidence that suggests that foreign long-term residents of Japan entering from abroad pose any greater health risk locally than Japanese nationals who do the same.”

— From the Joint Statement on Entry Restrictions by the ACCJ, ANZCCJ, BCCJ, and the EBC

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Posted in: Japan officials explored possibility of Nissan-Honda merger: Financial Times See in context

This merger push demonstrates how involved Japanese officials were in the entire Ghosn fiasco.

The FT article actually states, “The idea of combining Nissan with Honda appears to have arisen from the protectionist instincts of advisers to prime minister Shinzo Abe.”

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Posted in: Japanese bulk carrier that caused Mauritius fuel spill passed annual checks See in context

Because of COVID-19 travel restrictions, routine crew changes are not occurring — because crew members (typically from the Philippines and Indonesia) can’t travel to China or Brazil, for example, to relieve other crew members. And data shows that crew-error frequency increases the longer crew members stay on board, particularly beyond their contract term.

This vessel was at least 15 km off course. ClassNK is simply trying to protect itself by asserting that the vessel was sound.

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Posted in: Heat! What heat? Tokyo Olympics would have been on cool side See in context

The forecast for next week looks nearly perfect with mild temperatures and more sunshine.

The average high is 32 and the average low is 23 over the next seven days in humid Tokyo. That’s far from “mild”!

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Posted in: Tokyoites leaving bustle behind as pandemic proves catalyst for change See in context

With this new normal of remote working in mind, I moved two weeks ago from a very modern three-year-old 21st floor tower mansion eight minutes by train from Tokyo Station to an equally modern three-year-old 7th floor apartment in Saitama 34 minutes to Tokyo Station. Positives: Less city noise (traffic, construction, endless sirens from fire and police); cleaner air (can smell it in the air-dried clothes); rent (40% less for an apartment that is 15% smaller); cheaper gym membership. Negatives: everything in Tokyo much further away; countless great restaurants no longer nearby; temperature about a degree hotter, less of a cooling breeze.

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Posted in: Anti-Olympic protest held in Tokyo See in context

But experts have said this will be difficult without the development and global distribution of an effective vaccine for the coronavirus.

“It is likely that at the beginning of next year we would have tens of millions of doses available. ... as we get into 2021, there will be hundreds of millions of doses. And then maybe sometime thereafter, billions of doses.” — Dr. Anthony Fauci, July 23, 2020

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Posted in: Only 23.9% of Japanese want Olympics next year: poll See in context

Only 23.9% of Japanese want Olympics next year: poll

Or “Only 33.7% of Japanese want Olympics cancelled: poll”

"There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.” — Mark Twain

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Posted in: Striking medical workers warn pay reduction jeopardizes patient care See in context

This article would be much better if the author gave us details about the average salary received by the striking medical workers at this hospital and the average amount of their summer bonuses, which vary greatly by industry in Japan.

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Posted in: ACCJ urges Japan to end 'double standard' re-entry rules See in context

As the U.S. abandons a restriction that would have prevented many international students from traveling between their home countries and the U.S., Japan unfortunately continues its restriction on the movements of foreign national permanent residents.

Very disappointing.

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Posted in: Kono says U.S. hasn't requested more money to host American troops See in context

Kono said he could not comment specifically on what Bolton had written since he had been unsuccessful so far in getting a copy of the book.

Time magazine reports that pirated copies of the book have been online for days. Either Japan’s Ministry of Defense is thoroughly incompetent or Taro Kono is a liar.

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