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Posted in: Japan's new university entrance exams begin See in context

Corollary to the above: if there were more public universities (as well as public high schools of equal reputation), the bottom line of the juku industry would collapse.

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Posted in: Japan's new university entrance exams begin See in context

According to the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology, there were 786 universities of all types in the year 2019: 86 national, 93 public, and 607 private (88.2% of the total, and 94.6%of enrollees). A full 80% of students who matriculated at national and public universities in 2020 had to take the National Center Test, followed by the individual university's own exam. Suisen recommendation and AO entrance options accounted for the remaining 20% at these institutions.

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Posted in: Mochi may be even more dangerous in 2021 due to coronavirus See in context

According to TV Asahi in an online article published December 23, 2020, the Health Ministry reported more than 3500 choking deaths among those 65 and older for the year 2019. Of which 298 (or 11%) were attributed to mochi.

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Posted in: Dumb Japanese school dress codes See in context

Mr. Baseel true to form, bit of the plausible, but way wide of the mark.

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Posted in: Dumb Japanese school dress codes See in context

Typical JT post catering to foreigners' preconceived notions regarding Japan.

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Posted in: Dumb Japanese school dress codes See in context

Making schoolchildren wear the same clothes, the same hair style, say the same things (ritual greetings) is all part of the plan to suppress the individual and individual thought.

My three grown kids, born and raised here, each a fully developed individual, will appreciate the foreigner-splaining. Thanks for that.

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Posted in: Will a pastoral town in Nagano be the model for a 'super smart city' of the future? See in context

Whether Ina City is or becomes "'super smart'" is anyone's guess. What's for certain, though, is that Ina City has a population of 67,117 and households totaling 27,798 (as per inacity.jp).

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Posted in: Dumb Japanese school dress codes See in context

The school in question issued guidelines regarding winter wear on 2 November. On 3 December, the Education Ministry updated its manual to reflect the unique situation faced by students and their schools this winter season. Stressed in the new guidelines is flexibility regarding room ventilation and uniform codes. Since early December, education authorities throughout Kyushu, from the prefectural to the municipal level, have been implementing this more flexible approach. See here: 教室で防寒着ダメ?コロナ対策で真冬も窓全開…凍える生徒(西日本新聞) - Yahoo!ニュース

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Posted in: Gov't to pull out of ¥60 bil wind power project off Fukushima See in context

The Fukushima Minyu Newspaper reports that the project has cost 620億円 to date, with another 50億円 needed to scrap the turbines. Negotiations with two recyclers were broken off after they expressed interest only in the cables.

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Posted in: 密 chosen as kanji character best representing 2020 See in context

禍、rendered ka, the on reading, and wazawai, the kun. As in 生活 and 生ゴミ。As has been noted, 禍 is closer to 'woe' than epidemic.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 305 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,667 See in context

In Niigata, positive confirmations are reported the same day or within 24 hours, in most cases. As for the number of tests conducted in Tokyo on December 11, the official number currently stands at 8789.

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Posted in: 14-year-old girl from Nara City missing since Dec 1 See in context

Hiiro-san was not seen leaving home but, according to her father, was heard by his wife to say "I'm off" (行ってきます) as she was leaving. Their daughter did not board the bus, nor did she attend school. The belatedness of the police announcement is hard to understand. According to the Nara Prefectural Police missing persons site, Hiiro-san's disappearance was duly reported on its homepage the day the parents' report was received: 1 December. For the sake of comparison, the Niigata Prefectural Police, which received a missing persons report on 19 July for a junior high school boy who did not return home that day (and, sadly, is still missing), note on their site 2 dates: 19 July, when they were first alerted about the missing student, and 4 August, when the prefectural police updated their homepage. The same page includes the case of an elderly woman on Sado Island who went missing on 17 February of this year but whose case was not published on the page until 20 July. She, too, has not been found.

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Posted in: Woman didn’t report father’s death so she could receive his pension See in context

 Someone dependent on someone else’s old age pension isn’t likely to be paying any death taxes

All inheritances are subject to graduated taxation, as per the National Tax Agency. The woman, unemployed and living in public housing, would likely have inherited assets valued at less than 10 million yen, which are assessed a 10% tax with no deductions.

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Posted in: Japanese man rides 1,000 kilometers on stolen 'mamachari' bicycle to see Tokyo for first time See in context

チャリンコ is thought to derive from onomatopoeically from the sound ちゃりん made by the bell. Alternatively, it has been suggested that the term comes from the Korean チャジョンコ, or bicycle.

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Posted in: Q&A: How do I receive ¥100,000 from the government? See in context

The article omits to mention that heads of households will receive applications by mail from the municipality in which they are registered, not the national government. Further, municipalities themselves will decide when disbursements will occur, the earliest expected to begin the middle of next month. As noted above, those issued a My Number Card will be able to apply online. Application forms will include a box allowing respondents to decline the assistance. Check NHK News Web for April 20 for more.

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Posted in: Our university has made it a top priority to stop the infection from spreading and even publicized our name, so it is regrettable that people are still sending us threatening messages. See in context

The cluster of infections among students at the university has been sourced to recent graduates who traveled to Europe in mid- March and attended graduation parties upon their return.

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Posted in: Gov't to give ¥300,000 in cash to each household in need See in context

it's a Japanese article, and the overwhelming majority of them aren't thinking about us

"We" have an issue with generalizations about Japanese individuals, which presumably is what is meant by "them", since articles are not in the business of "thinking about us". There is nothing in either the Japanese (on Yahoo) or the English-language article above about expats receiving assistance. Unsafe to make assumptions.

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Posted in: Gov't to give ¥300,000 in cash to each household in need See in context

According to Yahoo Japan, the government will award 300,000¥ to households currently exempt from residency taxes and those whose incomes have fallen by 50% or more. Nothing in the article about expats.

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Posted in: Nagoya Stadium disinfected See in context

As a matter of fact, the Dragons play their regular season home games at Nagoya Dome.

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Posted in: Some foreigners in Aichi feeling concern over spread of virus See in context

If you live in Aichi Prefecture (愛知県) and are looking for information about the new coronavirus, including the availability of consultation services, it's here: 愛知県新型コロナウイルス相談窓口

The information provided is currently available only in Japanese, but as a reference or resource, it is better than nothing. (Rendering the above into kana or romaji would be useless for search purposes. For other prefectures, replace the Aichi-ken bit, obviously.)

These situations can be frustrating (at the least) to expats who lack ready access to official information in their native language and are unable to navigate Japanese.

Consider asking a Japanese friend or colleague for help.

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Posted in: Some foreigners in Aichi feeling concern over spread of virus See in context

Effective March 6, the government covers the entire cost of a PCR exam for those enrolled in one of the national health schemes. This information is available from numerous sources by searching for PCR検査自己負担.

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Posted in: Abe warns Japanese to prepare for prolonged coronavirus battle See in context

Has anyone else noticed that up until a few days ago the media was reporting the number of new infections nationally, but the past few days only reporting Tokyo numbers.

Japanese media? No, I haven't. Perhaps because I read Japanese. The language is not required to make sense of www3.nhk.or.jp. You could also try Asahi Digital, Yahoo Japan, or any number of other outlets.

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Posted in: Koike urges Tokyo residents to stay at home at weekend See in context

Japan's current testing capacity is 7,500/ day, a figure that is expected to rise to 8,000 by the end of the month. The average number of tests administered daily during March is under 1,900. Starting to see the effects of complacency on the part of many here.

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Posted in: 13-year-old donates over 600 handmade masks amid shortage in Japan See in context

Takimoto-san began making the masks using cotton and elastic at the end of February and worked up to 5 hours/ day to complete 612 masks, 400 adult-size, the remainder for children. On the 17th of March she visited the Yamanashi prefectural office to deliver the masks. Cost: 80,000¥, every yen of it her own.

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Posted in: Cluster suspected at Oita medical center after 2 more virus cases confirmed See in context

According to the Okinawa Times (March 23), the girl who tested positive is aged 10-19 and was in the company of four family members, all of whom were tested at Narita on the 20th upon returning from a trip to Spain. The family were asked to remain at the airport but ignored the request and instead traveled to Haneda and boarded a flight to Naha. The following day Okinawa authorities were notified the girl had tested positive. She has been admitted to hospital, while her family members are self-isolating.

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Posted in: Spring high school baseball tourney canceled over coronavirus See in context

The spring invitational baseball championship 選抜 offers teams with an outside chance of winning their respective prefectural tournaments to qualify for the summer Koshien tourney the opportunity to compete at the Mecca for HS baseball. A real shame.

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Posted in: Fukushima dreams: A baseball star, a father and their shattered town See in context

If after such terrible disasters I still had my loved ones I too would feel fortunate and grateful.

Rather presumptuous of you to assume Mr Ouchi doesn't.

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Posted in: Fukushima dreams: A baseball star, a father and their shattered town See in context

Nicely written, poignant.

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Posted in: Uniqlo and GU to charge for shopping bags in a new, eco-friendly initiative See in context

Buy more stuff and heal the world.

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Posted in: National high school baseball tournament to be held without spectators See in context

The tournament, if held, will be played to empty stands, but the organizers have yet to decide whether to go ahead with or cancel the annual spring tourney known as 選抜- that decision will be made on March 11.

If Senbatsu takes place, only the officiating crew, coaching staff and 18 players per team will be allowed in the stadium (as well as camera operators and photographers).

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