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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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Posted in: Abe says Japan will bolster defense after scrapping missile system See in context

@Fighto A quick lesson on Macro Economics - this debt is almost 100% domestic and therefore not a major issue. Japan is in the fortunate position of being able to print her own sovereign currency any time they choose, to pay the debt.

This is the typical argument of debt apologists. It should be noted, however, that when government debt exceeds the amount of domestically held net financial assets, the printing party will end. And due to Japan's ageing population, the available domestic assets for issuing new bonds will eventually run out.

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Posted in: Abe says Japan will bolster defense after scrapping missile system See in context

After Japan’s recent Covid-19 spending, the country’s debt-to-GDP ratio exceeds 250%. Printing more yen to “bolster defense” might not be the wisest move.

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Posted in: Gov't to promote staggered holidays to curb congestion, virus spread See in context


Isn’t having a break from work one of the chief merits of a holiday?

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Posted in: 'Gone with the Wind' removed from HBO Max after racism protests See in context

Oh, come on! It’s a fictional film! Is Tarantino’s “Django Unchained” next?

Couldn’t Samuel L Jackson’s portrayal of the house-slave Stephen also be criticized for “ignoring the horrors of slavery and perpetuating painful stereotypes of people of color”?

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Posted in: No. of newborns in Japan falls to lowest on record in 2019 See in context

No. of newborns in Japan falls to lowest in 2019

Perhaps “... falls to lowest on record” might be clearer.

Moderator: Fair enough.

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Posted in: Japanese tourist imprisoned in Australia over child porn possession See in context

Is it common practice for Customs to check on travellers smartphones?

According to the Australian AP, the perpetrator was randomly selected for a baggage examination. I guess that includes phones.

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Posted in: Japanese tourist imprisoned in Australia over child porn possession See in context

The Australian Associated Press gives this fellow’s name and provides photos of the border guard examining the phone, as the perpetrator’s travel companion looks on. The Australian Border Force actually has the video of the incident on its website. Simply comparing reporting differences, making no judgements.

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Posted in: Japanese reality show 'Terrace House' cast member dies See in context

Her emotions could certainly swing violently, as evidenced by that infamous Terrace House episode where she so vehemently attacked Kai.

But life often contains the occasional outburst, and she should be remembered for the love and kindness she displayed most of her youthful days.

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Posted in: Naomi Osaka using lockdown to conquer inner demons See in context

Very little of Naomi Osaka’s life has been devoted to intellectual development and personal growth, and thus meaningful social interactions must be a tremendous struggle for her.

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Posted in: Sumo wrestler infected with coronavirus dies at 28 See in context

He was then turned away by several hospitals ...

Nikkei Sports reports that he was turned away from multiple hospitals from April 4 to 6 before phoning an ambulance on April 8.

Come on, Japan. We can do better.

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Posted in: Farm, hotel sectors help each other during pandemic See in context

“Foreign trainee” or “exploited migrant worker” — which would be the most applicable term?

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Posted in: Flight reservations for Golden Week holidays dive more than 90% See in context

192,250 traveling domestically and 12,674 traveling internationally are still a whole lot of Japanese not staying home, not staying safe, not saving lives.

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Posted in: Japanese prosecutors hit back at Ghosn's '8 hours of questions' claim See in context

Shady MOJ Math


8 hours / 70 days of questioning X 70 days of questioning = 8 hours/day

8 hours / 130 days of detention X 70 days of questioning = 4.3 hours/day

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Posted in: 'Hostage justice?' Japan fights back with an internet FAQ See in context

The Japanese justice minister published a long article defending Japan in London's Financial Times newspaper a couple of days ago. Very unusally, the comments section was turned off.

The Financial Times is owned by Nikkei.

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Posted in: 'Hostage justice?' Japan fights back with an internet FAQ See in context

Unfortunately, Japan’s Ministry of Justice is defending its troubled system instead of implementing improvements.

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Posted in: Ghosn lawyers rebut new Nissan claims against fugitive exec See in context

Nissan says Ghosn “single-handedly" decided on his compensation.

The Nissan board of directors “single-handedly” approved the compensation for each board member.

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Posted in: Nissan denies reported plans to split with Renault See in context

... he claimed the alliance was now on the rocks and directionless.

Nissan’s value certainly has direction. I wonder how many decent Japanese families will be negatively affected by this mess created by Japan’s Financial Services Agency, led by none other than kingpin Taro Aso, who has a history of creating messes.

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Posted in: Yamaha tweet on instrument case after Ghosn escape goes viral See in context

In an interview with Fox Business Channel’s Maria Bartiromo five days ago, Ghosn denied hiding in a musical box.

Speaking to Maria Bartiromo on the Fox Business Network, Ghosn told the host, “I was not in a musical box.”

He went on to add, “I have been observing all of the stories around my leaving Japan. It’s funny because I know exactly what happened. Some people are not very far from the truth, but nobody got it right.”

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Posted in: Ghosn tells Japanese media he has plenty of documents to prove innocence See in context

@koskuri, M3M3M3, and Shimazaki-san

The SEC investigation was completed in less than eight months. And what were the Japanese prosecutors doing at the time the SEC was wrapping up its investigation?

Well, according to the New York Times, the Japanese prosecutors were engaged in petty harassment claiming to the court that Ms. Ghosn’s criticism of Japan’s criminal justice system “constituted a form of witness tampering,” and therefore Mr. Ghosn should not be allowed to have any contact with his wife.

Months later, the prosecutors had still not set a trial date, and according to many sources were planning to try each charge separately, preventing Ghosn from interacting with his wife for multiple years.

The behavior of the Japanese prosecutors is simply undefendable.

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Posted in: Ghosn tells Japanese media he has plenty of documents to prove innocence See in context

Ghosn has not only documents but also Legal experts. Where are the Tokyo University professors supporting the prosecutors’ claims?

“I have my doubts,” he said about the charges related to pay, saying that such remuneration would have to be proposed by the board and approved by shareholders, according to Japanese company law. “It’s difficult to say it was a done deal that he would have received the compensation, so it probably can’t be charged as falsifying records. I think quite a few legal scholars would have that opinion.” — Wataru Tanaka, Tokyo University, Department of Comparative Contemporary Law

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Posted in: Lebanon issues travel ban for Ghosn See in context

The prosecutors also formally asked Japanese authorities for their file on the charges against Ghosn in order to review the case.

Yes, Japan. Support your bold claims. Turn over the evidence. They won’t.

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Posted in: Ghosn puts Japan's justice system on trial See in context

An additional outrageous characteristic of Japan’s "justice" system is the practice to allow exculpatory evidence -- evidence that would exonerate the defendant of the alleged crime – to be withheld from the defense. Absolutely unconscionable!  (This fact is reported in a recent column by Colin P.A. Jones, a professor at Doshisha Law School in Kyoto and primary author of "The Japanese Legal System.")

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