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Posted in: Japan constructs world's 1st wooden satellite See in context

… a frame partially constructed from aluminum.

It is built based on a traditional Japanese technique that does not use any screws or adhesive materials.

I see plenty of metal screws in the photo shown above.

Using the below BBC article, I gather this photo is of the satellite during prototype testing, whereas the final probe would have only the aluminum frame.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/68330304

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Posted in: Record 19.1 million int'l passengers used Haneda airport in FY2023 See in context

Dubai had almost 87 million …

Yes, but most passengers are apparently transiting. According to the below article, “just 8 percent left the Dubai airport to explore” in 2018. Six years later, that percentage is probably much higher than 8%, but likely not above 30%.

https://www.arabianbusiness.com/abnews/416332-sat-63-of-dxb-passengers-in-transit

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Posted in: Japan weighs incentivizing childbirth by fully covering expenses See in context

@collegepark30349  11:19 am JST

Wow! Your comment should be selected as “Post of the Week”! What an informative account from the “frontline”!

Thank you for taking the time.

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Posted in: Japan's new whaling factory ship sets sail on first hunt See in context

On the topic of the comments in this thread, I find the massive amount of downvotes to the anti-whaling remarks to be statistically exceptional, particularly when compared to the current voting tallies in the other threads.

I would like to think that a pro-whaling element is not involved, but it’s certainly hard to overlook the data.

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Posted in: Japan still wrestling with legacy of graft-stained Olympics See in context

… now gold medals get awarded to 14-year-old girls in leotards who toss rubber balls into the air, turn somersaults and then catch them. 

And if we’re going to have four separate events for swimming (i.e., freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly), why don’t we have the same in track: 100 dash, 100 backwards, 100 hopping, and 100 skipping.

Of course, I’m being facetious.

In both swimming and track, we should have only one event for each distance. Get from Point A to Point B using whatever technique works best for you.

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Posted in: Japan weighs incentivizing childbirth by fully covering expenses See in context

The government currently provides a lump-sum payment of 500,000 yen for each childbirth, …

… the national average [for childbirth costs was] 503,000 yen as of May 2023.

Japan already covers virtually all childbirth expenses if the country provides a lump-sum payment of 500,000 yen for each childbirth and the national average for childbirth costs is 503,000 yen.

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Posted in: Japan still wrestling with legacy of graft-stained Olympics See in context

"Even if the pandemic hadn't happened, the dishonesty, the inappropriate statements from the people at the top and the cost would all still have happened," said Hirokazu Arai, a professor specializing in sports psychology.

One of the greatest deceits of the Tokyo Olympics was the Japanese government’s minimal COVID testing resulting in an underreporting of cases.

After months of propaganda in early 2020 claiming that Japan had COVID under control, cases mysteriously and dramatically surged the week after Tokyo was forced to delay the event.

https://abcnews.go.com/International/japans-sudden-spike-coronavirus-cases-tokyo-olympics-postponement/story?id=70041840

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Posted in: Mother, 2-week-old son found dead in suspected murder-suicide See in context

“Yikes!” Can’t hear “murder-suicide” without recalling Anthony Jeselnik’s take on the topic.

https://youtu.be/lqGLdq0KJCE?

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Posted in: Swarmed with tourists, town blocks off popular Mount Fuji viewing spot See in context

The poor security guard in the purple cap looks exhausted!

The mesh barrier is certainly not stopping tourists from mingling on the other side of the road in the Lawson parking lot — which actually seems more dangerous!

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Posted in: What is the average cost of living in Japan? See in context

That seems rather low — too low. Perhaps that includes a lot of undesirable accommodations inside “metro Tokyo,” which would extend beyond the 23 wards.

After reviewing the data source, I see that the Tokyo rent is for an under-30-square-meter place inside Tokyo’s 23 wards. Surprising.

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Posted in: What is the average cost of living in Japan? See in context

the average monthly rent for a one-room, or studio apartment in Tokyo is ¥94,694. 

That seems rather low — too low. Perhaps that includes a lot of undesirable accommodations inside “metro Tokyo,” which would extend beyond the 23 wards.

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Posted in: Victims' families to sue over fatal 2022 Hokkaido boat accident See in context

That boat slowly sank in those frigid waters over a period that exceeded 2 hours — from the initial 1:00 p.m. SOS to the 3:00 p.m. final call from the captain. What a horrible way for children and their parents to perish!

The operator should be sued — although I doubt they have any money.

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Posted in: Japanese firms offer highest pay hike in 32 years in spring wage talks See in context

The overall results were in line with a separate survey conducted by the Japanese Trade Union Confederation, the country's biggest labor union.

According to its most recent tally, the average pay hike at its member unions stood at 5.17 percent. 

Only 16.5% of employees in Japan belong to labor unions, so consistently using this shunto data as evidence of sustainable nominal wage growth is deceitful, particularly when inflation-adjusted real wages have fallen in Japan for 24 consecutive months.

Labor Data Source: https://www.nippon.com/en/japan-data/h01571/

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Posted in: Do you believe China will try to retake Taiwan by force one day? See in context

… but scummy countries wouldn't have it.

Jingoistic comments like this simply exacerbate tensions with Asian neighbors and within the Asian community. They tear down instead of build. They push away instead of bring together. They serve no constructive purpose.

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Posted in: Saudi crown prince seeks soft power in game hub Japan See in context

@isabelle

I'm sure MBS will find many willing partners :(

And these partners of MBS will likely be your Japanese comrades.

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Posted in: Kyoto study finds nearly 500 translation errors for foreign tourists; new guidelines released See in context

when you can get Kenta-kun who did a six month homestay in Melbourne?

Let me add “…. In Melbourne 20 years ago.”

Great comment, @dagon!

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Posted in: Japanese foreign minister retracts controversial childbirth remark See in context

I am no fan of Ms. Kamikawa, but the reports in Japanese indicate that this speech was given to around 100 women, and Ms. Kamikawa was basically stressing that society would have no men without the pain and suffering that women go through in childbirth.

The opposition then jumped on this remark and asserted that she was questioning a women's worth without giving birth.

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Posted in: Saudi crown prince seeks soft power in game hub Japan See in context

We should keep in mind that the CIA concluded with "medium to high confidence" that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the 2018 murder of Jamal Khashoggi, a U.S.-based journalist and critic of Saudi Arabia's government.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-45812399

“Jamal Khashoggi: All you need to know about Saudi journalist's death”

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Posted in: Japan passes revised law allowing joint child custody for divorced parents for first time See in context

but we cannot assume evidence is not required under single custody filings as well.

Evidence of domestic violence is not required to assert a preference for sole custody.

As long as you have possession of the children during the multiple years of mediation followed by the time required for possible adjudication, no judge is going to remove those children from their settled environment.

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Posted in: Japan passes revised law allowing joint child custody for divorced parents for first time See in context

@MarkX & Strangerland

Under the revision, divorced parents who choose joint custody

The new law does not force joint custody on a parent who doesn’t desire it.

So if a divorcing dad desires it, but the mom doesn’t, sorry. We’re back to where we started: sole custody with unforceable visitation of a few hours a month.

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Posted in: Japan passes revised law allowing joint child custody for divorced parents for first time See in context

@TaiwanIsNotChina

Japan leaps into the 20th century!!!

When the rest of us are in the 21st.

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Posted in: Japan passes revised law allowing joint child custody for divorced parents for first time See in context

A choice of joint custody is a step in the right direction, but couples divorcing in Japan many years ago could willingly choose to co-parent. One parent would receive full custody and simply allow the other parent to remain involved in the child’s life. Some parents would choose that route. 

A problem remains, however, when a distressed divorcing parent desires to remove the other parent from the child’s life. That distressed parent is not going to choose joint custody and can resort to a false claim of domestic violence, which can easily be done in Japan, where no evidence is required to file a domestic violence claim and enter a government-run shelter for several weeks.

A distressed parent will often use the children as a tool to injure their spouse’s heart — which, in itself, is a form of child abuse, but perhaps not one recognized in Japan unfortunately.

Your spouse disappearing into a shelter with your children most certainly would not be desirable if you’re an innocent left-behind parent who loves the children deeply and has dedicated significant time and energy to their growth.

I have no problem with adults who feel a need for the safety of a shelter. But, all too often in Japan, a parent will enter a shelter with children and use the shelter to separate the kids from the other parent. Then, after years of separation from the other parent during required mediation or a family court case, judges will grant legal custody to the parent who has physical custody so as not to disrupt the life of the child. In Japan, those who have physical custody secure legal custody, and the shelters can be used to get that initial physical custody.

In 2011, Time magazine published an article titled “Japan is a Haven for International Child Abduction.” In the decade since, Japan has ratified the Hague treaty (2014) and will soon be offering a choice of joint custody (effective 2026). 

However, in practice, joint custody in Japan will be an option only if both parents agree to it. If one parent will not agree, the other parent (generally the one not in physical custody of the children) will be ruthlessly left behind.

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Posted in: Man drowns after being thrown or pushed into the sea by 2 men in Shizuoka Prefecture See in context

What’s with this rash of pushing crimes? Yesterday, we had a fellow pushing people off a train platform. Today, it’s off a quay.

https://japantoday.com/category/crime/man-arrested-after-pushing-two-commuters-off-station-platform-in-kawasaki

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Posted in: Man arrested after pushing two commuters off station platform in Kawasaki See in context

Dang! That’s just savage!

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Posted in: Sharp to stop making LCD at Osaka plant, end TV panel output in Japan See in context

Sharp televisions being “made in Japan” was always an important factor in the purchase decision for many Sharp owners that I have spoken to. I wonder how that group will pivot. Many good options out there.

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Posted in: Japanese police seek to question Singapore diplomat over voyeurism See in context

According to the Straits Times, Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on May 2 that Singapore will cooperate with the Japanese authorities and is “prepared to waive diplomatic immunity to facilitate investigations if the alleged facts bear out”.

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Posted in: Woman in her 80s dies en route to hospital after ambulance takes wrong route See in context

The driver had been assigned to the fire department in April and was still unfamiliar with the roads

Why, why, why was a fresh new employee unfamiliar with the roads given the responsibility of driving at a most critical time?

I feel so sorry for this woman’s family.

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Posted in: Map of Mexican restaurants across Japan created by Mexican embassy See in context

Moderator suggestion: A link that we could click or copy.

shorturl.at/kLMOR

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Posted in: Seinfeld speech at Duke commencement prompts walkout protesting his support for Israel See in context

It was actually a very good speech! Excerpt below.

Find fascination. Fascination is way better than passion. 

I will give you my three real keys to life.

(1) Bust your ass

(2) Pay attention 

(3) Fall in love with anything and everything every chance you get

The only thing you ever need to pay attention to in life are work and love.

If you have been at this amazing place for four years and still have no idea what you like, what you’re interested in, or what you want to do in life, you are the luckiest ones here. Those of you that think you know what you want to do are very likely wrong and perhaps even overestimating your ability to do it. You have convinced yourself that you know who you are and what’s going on in the world. You don’t know either. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=76QV2SrSqgo

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Posted in: More Japanese workers turning to job resignation services See in context

I realize that some superiors can be terribly overbearing and outright unpleasant, but facing the fear of confrontation and calmly implementing a thoughtful resignation plan in person may also result in significant internal growth and fortitude. 

All the best to those who unfortunately find themselves in an unbearable work environment.

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