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Posted in: Last trains in Tokyo area to leave earlier from Wed night to help stem virus surge See in context

So the last train from Shinjuku to Mitaka will depart at 12:41 a.m. instead of 01:01 a.m. Not a big difference.

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Posted in: Biden pushes unity two days before taking over; Trump considers 100 pardons See in context

If Trump gave himself or his children a pardon -- something currently not expected, ...

Trump has repeatedly used his political office to enrich himself and his family. Of course he’ll attempt to pardon himself and his family from future prosecution.

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Posted in: Hiroshima to conduct PCR tests for 800,000 to battle COVID-19 See in context

The prefecture aims to conduct PCR tests for 800,000 people in the city of Hiroshima, which has a population of 1.2 million. The tests will be free and voluntary.

Hiroshima will be testing virtually everyone in the city! If completed as intended, this will be an excellent indicator of how widespread the virus is (or isn't) within Japan.

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Posted in: Japan considers various options against S Korea 'comfort women' ruling See in context

Japan considers various options against S Korea 'comfort women' ruling

Shouldn’t option #1 be a heartfelt apology?

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Posted in: Sumo wrestler quits, saying his coronavirus fears were ignored See in context

Sumo wrestler Kotokantetsu had previously undergone heart surgery and feared that infection would be a mortal danger.

"It does not stand to reason that you want to drop out of a tournament because you are afraid of the coronavirus.”—Japan Sumo Association spokesman Shibatayama

A 28-year-old sumo wrestler died in Japan last May after contracting COVID-19 and suffering multiple organ failures.

Potential death does not stand to reason?

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Posted in: All people entering Japan must submit negative results to COVID-19 test See in context

@gogogo

All people is wrong, Japanese can still come in. 

The airline would turn them away. No airline would be required to fly a contagious passenger, Japanese or not.

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Posted in: All people entering Japan must submit negative results to COVID-19 test See in context

Arriving Japanese, who were previously exempt from the negative COVID test 72 hours before departure, will now receive the same treatment as foreigners ... for three weeks and five days.

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Posted in: Novelist Murakami urges politicians to speak sincerely about virus See in context

Tokyo’s Positive Rate: 10.2%

“The number of actual cases in your area is likely higher than that percent positive number, ...”

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/11/17/health/covid-19-percent-positive-explainer/index.html

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Posted in: Councilwoman says her ouster shows gender bias in politics See in context

Arai lost her seat in the referendum by a vote of 2,542 to 208.

"Kusatsu is a small town, and they can easily figure out who signed the petition or voted (in the referendum). It's like everyone is being watched," she said.

Kudos to her for the courage to stand against the establishment, if there is truth to her accusation.

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Posted in: Japanese beauty firm under fire over CEO comments on Koreans See in context

Either the board of directors should oust the CEO, or the public should refrain from buying DHC products, which sadly would put a lot of “pure” Japanese out of work.

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Posted in: Mayor defends councilwoman's ouster over sexual assault claim See in context

@girl_in_tokyo

You seem to be saying that a 2-10% false reporting rate is BAD, and means that lots of women lie.

No, I am asserting that the research indicates that false reporting appears to occur between 2 and 10 percent of the time.

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Posted in: Mayor defends councilwoman's ouster over sexual assault claim See in context

@girl_in_tokyo

Read the entire study. It doesn't say what you are alleging that it says:

Perhaps you should read the study! Before your quotation above, the quotation below is provide. The authors are stressing that false reporting amounting to 2 to 10 percent would not be classified as a common occurrence.

Among the seven studies that attempted some degree of scrutiny of police classifications and/or applied a definition of false reporting at least similar to that of the IACP, the rate of false reporting, given the many sources of potential variation in findings, is relatively consistent: 

• 2.1% (Heenan & Murray, 2006)

• 2.5% (Kelly et al., 2005) 

• 3.0% (McCahill et al., 1979) 

• 5.9% (the present study) 

• 6.8% (Lonsway & Archambault, 2008) 

• 8.3% (Grace et al., 1992) 

• 10.3% (Clark & Lewis, 1977) 

• 10.9% (Harris & Grace, 1999)

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Posted in: Mayor defends councilwoman's ouster over sexual assault claim See in context

Well, 99.99% of women do not go around making up these allegations ...

Actually, the prevalence of false reporting is generally recognized to be between 2 and 10 percent.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-45565684

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Posted in: Mayor defends councilwoman's ouster over sexual assault claim See in context

Ms. Arai might very well be a victim of sexual assault, as she claims. However, any person who accuses another of rape without a shred of evidence should probably expect some blowback. Otherwise, how are the innocent protected against false accusations?

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Posted in: Japan struggles to cope with surge in virus infections See in context

@El Rata More fearmongering ... Sadly, common sense is lost by most people from the west.

Fearmongering? The No. of deaths is over 120 times greater in the U.S. than in Japan, when the population is only 2.6 times greater. Nearly 3,000 people are dying of COVID every day there! The U.K. has 25 times more COVID deaths than Japan with a population that is only 52% of Japan’s.

Japan has somehow avoided these tremendous numbers of deaths. I don’t know how. Perhaps universal masking, extreme cleanliness, better health, underreporting? I don’t know. But we should all remain cautious.

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Posted in: Japan struggles to cope with surge in virus infections See in context

I saw so many Japanese without masks at small restaurants in and around Tokyo Station yesterday afternoon. Moreover, huge numbers were walking within the station and its many underground areas — no room to social distance. Japanese apparently no longer fear this virus — unfortunately.

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Posted in: Cabinet adviser Nishikawa resigns following shady boating trip See in context

In July, the three also stayed at a luxury hotel paid for by Akita Foods, though the former company head had said that once the hotel sends the bill, his company would ask them to reimburse the cost.

Wait. The former head of Akita Foods claims that he hasn’t received a bill from a luxury hotel five months after he and the political pals he allegedly bribed stayed there? Certainly appears suspect.

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Posted in: Nike ad addresses bullying and racism in Japan; riles up debate online See in context

43,000 dislikes as of this morning. Very disappointing.

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Posted in: Japan eyes 35% quota for women political candidates by 2025 See in context

Japan eyes 35% quota for women political candidates by 2025

Why not a 50% quota?

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Posted in: Japan eyes post-marital title for female imperial family members See in context

Who wants their taxes being used to provide financial support to more members of the imperial family? Not me.

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Posted in: Human rights panel: Japan was wrong to detain Carlos Ghosn; owes him compensation See in context

A panel of human rights experts working with the United Nations said Monday that former Renault-Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn was wrongly detained.

A determination of whether detention is arbitrary is based on various criteria, including international norms of justice.

Japan's Foreign Ministry said in a statement that the government had applied “appropriate procedures” in the case.

It is so very sad that what Japan’s Foreign Ministry considers to be “appropriate” does not meet the U.N.’s “international norms of justice.”

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Posted in: Princess Mako expresses strong resolve to get married See in context

For female members of the Japanese imperial family, marriage to a commoner means losing imperial status.

Getting any and all “imperial” hands out of our public coffers sounds good to me.

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Posted in: Defense begins questioning in trial over Ghosn's pay See in context

The defense team for former Nissan executive Greg Kelly began questioning a key prosecution witness in a Tokyo court this week ...

Questioning begins 724 days after Kelly was arrested. Come on, Japan. Is it really necessary to be this cruel?

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Posted in: How to stop thieves using your cash cards when you lose your wallet See in context

I’ve put six sheets of paper with random four-digit numbers on them in my wallet. Because, ... if I lose my wallet and someone with bad intentions picks it up, my cash card will have to be re-issued if the wrong PIN is input multiple times. (From a former bank clerk).”

Oh, please, Mr. Bank Clerk! The odds of correctly guessing a four-digit PIN in three tries are one in 3,333!

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Posted in: Japan opens airport coronavirus test lab for departing travelers See in context

The Narita International Airport PCR Center is aimed at outbound travelers ...

Possibly helpful to travelers to one of the few locations requiring a PCR test for entry: St Lucia, Turks & Caicos, The Maldives, Cyprus, Portugal, Turkey, Spain, and Italy (as of 1 October).

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Posted in: U.S. judge delays extradition of 2 men accused of helping Ghosn escape from Japan See in context

Fruit of the poisonous tree: If the Ghosn confinement was tainted, any action arising as a result of that tainted action should be immaterial.

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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. 

https://japantoday.com/category/politics/rpt-japan%27s-plan-to-build-missile-defence-system-at-sea-faces-mounting-costs-source

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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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