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Posted in: Georgia runoff elections for Senate too close to call See in context

Actually if the democrats win tonight, because they are runoff special elections, they could be sworn in as soon as possible, no need to wait to Jan 20, you could see a tied Senate 50-50 *with Mike Pence being the tie breaker, but at noon the 20th VP Harris would be the tie-breaker giving Democrats the majority in the Senate.

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Posted in: Activist, champion: Naomi Osaka selected AP Female Athlete of Year See in context

Peter, I dissagree and agree with you.

Let's discuss her dishonesty about renouncing American citizenship.

There is no evidence that she was ever an American citizen. When and how did she become an American citizen? Neither her mother nor her father are American citizens

From my understanding her father was already a naturalized US citizen by the time she was born so she did get nationality through birthright. American citizenship can be gained by birthright OR naturalization. Her father became naturalized and she got it through birthright since her father was naturalized.

However, I do agree with you on the other point, there is no evidence that she has given up her US citizenship as she has claimed, persons who renounced us citizenship is a public record and can easily be checked.

My problem with her is that while I have no doubt she's a great tennis player, she is supposed to represent team Japan, so howabout she protest issues related to people living in Japan (foreigners who live in Japan have many issues as we all well know) .

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Posted in: Japan to ease requirements to indicate maiden names on passports See in context

This is written a little vague as to imply that Japan somehow now accepts Japanese 'holding dual citizenship' which clearly is not the case unless that also changed now with this new rule. So which is it?

If you are under 22 you legally can.

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Posted in: Japan enacts law to make coronavirus vaccines free to residents See in context

The decision today was a modification of an already existing law, the Immunization Act of 1948 which covers various immunizations in Japan. The Immunization Act has long covered all legal foreign residents of Japan and Japanese. Just like the 100,000 yen stimulus this past summer and the stimulus we got back in 2009, if I recall all legal foreigners in Japan were eligible as well with no need to change or modify the language of the law.

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Posted in: Don't move See in context

They tried this about 10 years ago or so in Yokohama, they had guards and staff trying to remind people, worked a little, but eventually people went back to their normal ways...

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Posted in: Intruder steals ¥70,000 from student’s apartment See in context

Hopefully they can track the phone and get the guy!

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Posted in: Voting under way in 2nd referendum on Osaka metropolis plan See in context

Osaka residents have voted not to merge.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic volunteer group training resumes after 8-month halt See in context

If you ask any one in most places in Japan I am pretty sure youll have people say yes they are "concerned".

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Posted in: Naomi Osaka hints at more racial justice activism See in context

I don't know why she chose to be a Japanese citizen. She doesn't even speak Japanese. And shes clearly more emotionally attached to American society

According to public records of US citizens renouncing, there is no evidence that Naomi osaka has yet renounced her US citizenship officially.

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Posted in: Naomi Osaka wins 2nd U.S. Open title See in context

Naomi Osaka applied in 2019 to become a Japanese citizen: https://www.japantimes.co.jp/sports/2019/10/10/tennis/naomi-osaka-japanese-citizenship-tokyo-olympics/

Incorrect, Naomi Osaka had dual Nationality, but Japanese law requires her to only select one, she chose Japan so she can play in the Olympics. As noted The US publishes a quarterly list of US Citizens who renounce thier citizenships, while Naomi says she has taken administrative steps on the Japanese side, there is no public record of her giving up her US citizenship, which would then open another can of worms as she would.then need to apply for a visa to live and work in the US where she is currently residing.

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Posted in: Police extend reward period for info on 1996 murder of student See in context

People watch too many crime dramas. There is no DNA database of every single person's DNA on file. The only way to match the police DNA is if they had the murderer's DNA on file (eg he committed another crime and they had his DNA from that), same goes for fingerprints, you can have fingerprints gathered at a crime scene, but it won't do you any good unless you have a match entered into a database. Now in the future if a suspect were to be arrested they would have some DNA to work with to match.

Cold cases can pass decades before being solved, someone says something, someone hears something, some kid remembers something when they got older, someone does another crime leaving evidence that matches, someone is on their deathbed and finally confesses are many reasons why cold cases can get solved.

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Posted in: Reality show 'Bachelor Japan' cast member dies in suspected suicide See in context

There's nothing in the article that says she was bullied by social media and could of been other causes. But nothing in this article hints of anything related to online social media bullying other then trying to tie with with Hana Kimura's death because they were both on TV is perhaps a narrative the media is trying to conjure up.

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Posted in: Over 60% of Olympic volunteers worry about anti-coronavirus measures See in context

I actually registered as an Olympic Volunteer, and I'm terrified to put my life on the first line just for the idea of Olympics. It's too hot, corona virus is everywhere, and they don't have transportation allowance.

I am a actually selected volunteer and just to put something that keeps coming up, there is a transportation allowance.

I took this survey and the question was simply put, are you worried, of course many people are going to be worried, but also buried in the story was that 78.5% of respondents said they will continue to serve as well.

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Posted in: Akihabara saying goodbye to landmark as giant Sega arcade announces it’s closing for good See in context

Now, there is nowhere to see the newest Amateur Radios on the market in person.

Maybe we'll get at least ONE Ham Radio shop back now. Akihabara was infamous for it.

I am a licensed ham and there are many shops in Akihabara that sell the latest radio gear, I got my recent Yaesu handytalk before the rest of the world at "Rocket" amateur radio shop, just follow the viaduct from Akihabara station towards Ochanomizu station (search ROCKET Amateur Radio on google). In addition, right next to Akihabara Station in those small mazes of electronics shops are about half a dozen amateur radio sellers, plus near Rocket radio where all the maid's are standing outside is another HAM shop as well. I can tell you as a licensed ham Akihabara has no shorted of Amateur radio stuff.

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Posted in: Twin towers to be built around Tokyo's Shinjuku Station See in context

Used the new passage t+is morning, it is now a million times easier to get from the west side to the east side. In the old times if I was in a real hurry id get a platform ticket to enter the west gates and exit the east gates, lol no longer required!

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Posted in: Delivery of 'Abenomasks' starts in 34 remaining prefectures See in context

34 remaining prefectures? I JUST got mine yesterday in Tokyo. Also send to household? My office got one in the post box too!

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Posted in: Pedestrian killed after being hit by car in police chase See in context

Another person dies as a result of a police chase. It seems to be a regular occurrence these days, but are these chases really necessary in an age of cameras and radios.

The woman took off without the police even chasing her in the first place. Since she claims she remembers nothing due to medication, I doubt she would of stopped police or no police chasing her. She decided to do it, not the police.

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Posted in: LDP mulls backing Koike in Tokyo governor race in July See in context

Not many people know, but every Friday Koieke does a press conference in English and has been doing updates in English on the coronavirus which can be seen on youtube or the Tokyo Metropolitan Goverments website.

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Posted in: 'Abenomasks' only received by Tokyo residents See in context

Nowhere to be seen on my end of Tokyo.

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Posted in: 20-year-old woman strangled in Fukushima See in context

And what's the boy friends' name? age? what does he look like? how can the public help with such scarce news.

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Posted in: Japan begins distributing cash handouts for virus relief See in context

Why cant this just be a simple DIRECT DEPOSIT Into the citizens bank accounts???

That's what they are doing, but the city office can't direct deposit if they don't have your verify your banking information, then we'll have post saying "deposited into the wrong account", "went to my old address" etc. Even America can't get it right.

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Posted in: Japan begins distributing cash handouts for virus relief See in context

PLS ADVICE ME on how to do this ???.

Wait until the city office to send you the application.

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Posted in: Man arrested after stabbing police counselor in koban in Tokyo See in context

61 year old, retired, stabbed many times but still gave chase, one tough guy, I hope he recovers soon.

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Posted in: Japan begins distributing cash handouts for virus relief See in context

When will the application form for this reach us?

Depends on your city, smaller cities faster to distribute, larger cities might take longer. Someone in Ome Tokyo might get it faster then someone in Shinjuku Tokyo, or someone in inaka town might get it faster than any city in Tokyo.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic volunteers face uncertainty over 1-year delay See in context

If I wanted to check tickets for money I can sign up for a baito at Toho Cinema, there's a lot more to volunteering then just money.

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Posted in: Japan begins distributing cash handouts for virus relief See in context

whatever they will then able to seize it from your account without your consent.

They don't need your bank account information to seize your money. They can get an order and just garnish your salary payments from your employer. I know this for a former co-worker who didn't pay his city tax for a few years, finally caught up to him.

From my experience back in 2009 the process appears to be the same here, you get a letter from your city office, fill out your bank information, usually you need to submit a identify verification document, and IIRC it wasn't too long until the 2009 stimulus appeared.

I wonder how a Japanese living in the US would feel, knowing he or she is getting nothing from the US government,

Japanese people living legally in the United States also get the US stimulus 1200 USD, so I think they would think it is fair.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic volunteers face uncertainty over 1-year delay See in context

I am a volunteer, transport is provided, accomodations is not, however the vast majority of volunteers I know live or are from the area, for example I met Sapporro residents who will work some football and marathon in Sapporro, I know of no Tokyo person assigned to Sapporro unless they specifically wanted. We have our own volunteer group forum, and the vast majority of us get the situation. There are of course some people (like any organization) that will complain, the people interviewd in the artcle clearly have other things that should take priority. But as another poster wrote, we are that, volunteers, no one is forcing me or the people I know to do it, last month we got notice that clearly says if can no longer comit to the event to withdraw our application. I have volunteered in many activities before and they take time and commitment, if they cant do it then its really not for them. I know 2 that can no longer work, but from an initial poll done the vast majority of volunteers in our group at least responded to continuing, assuming there is an Olympics next year.

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Posted in: With new 'English Online Banking' service, Sony Bank rises to say that Japan finally has a bank for foreign residents in Japan See in context

both of these plans are part of the health system, so I was not incorrect. 

Nope you clearly said must enroll in National Health. Employer provided health is the other provision of the health law that your employer must enroll you.

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Posted in: With new 'English Online Banking' service, Sony Bank rises to say that Japan finally has a bank for foreign residents in Japan See in context

When I first came to Japan, Shinsei was a good option, but over the years, their service has really deteriorated. Used to be free ATM even when off network (gone), their bank card used to work overseas (gone/now you got to go through the hoops of applying for their other Gaica or whatever it's called card), used to be able to do some services over their counter (mostly gone).

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Posted in: With new 'English Online Banking' service, Sony Bank rises to say that Japan finally has a bank for foreign residents in Japan See in context

Anyone who resides in Japan for more than 90 days (i.e. not on a tourist visa) must enroll in the national health sytem. It's the law. 

No, you must be enrolled in National Health OR Employer Provided Health Insurance (kenko hoken/social insurance), eg (usually the blue colored card) if you look at the Sony Bank website that's the card they are showing as an example actually, not an NHI card.

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