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Posted in: New Toyosu fish market already sinking on its foundations See in context

Moving Tsukiji, briefly: The market opened in 1935 and outgrew its premises over time. In the 1970s the idea of relocating Tsukiji was officially broached but met with strong opposition from wholesalers, among others. Renovations were begun in 1991, but it became clear that continuing with the project would prove too costly and entail significant construction delays. By the end of the decade, the opposition supported a move, which became official in 2001, the second year of Ishihara's first term. .

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Posted in: Inside the rogue 7-Eleven, a convenience store completely cut off by its company See in context

The customers have been complaining that the shop is not open 24 hours.

Not the reason for the complaints, but you wouldn't know it from SoraNews24's reporting.

For a more informative article on Matsumoto the man and former franchisee, see here: https://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20200102-00010620-bengocom-soci

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Posted in: Ghosn's lawyer just as outraged by Japan's justice system as by escape See in context

The author of the article writes for the Associated Press, not Japan Today, contrary to what some commenters suggest.

As for passports and residency cards, the relevant passage, in full, is:

All foreigners in Japan are required to have their passports or residence cards with them to show to police or other officials.

Nothing erroneous there.

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Posted in: 1 dead, 14 in hospital in Tokyo after choking on 'mochi' See in context

AND the health officials here are really NOT doing their jobs by not teaching the public about something called the Heimlich Maneuver !

Heimlich maneuver saves many lives if only they would teach this in Japan

In the time it took you to write that I found numerous sites that do a good job of educating the public about the Heimlich maneuver, also known as abdominal thrusts, or 腹部突き上げ法。

 They never ever learn.

Sweeping, that statement. "They" refers to? Presumably not the millions who safely consume mochi.

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Posted in: Authorities urge elderly people to be careful when eating 'mochi' See in context

We stopped eating mochi more than a decade ago.

Good on you.

Thanks for the update.

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Posted in: Essay questions scrapped for new university entrance exams in Japan See in context

The dreaded "center test" will be given for the last time, next month. Following that, individual universities will be administering their own exams, and many are outsourcing the exams to businesses like Bennese and others.

Yesterday's announcement by the education minister makes clear that the "Center" test will not be introduced in the 2020 fiscal year (which runs from April 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021) but at some later date yet to be determined- and in any case, the exam will not be laid to rest when that occurs but will survive in its updated iteration as the 大学入学共通テスト. Individual universities currently administer their own exams, among them the AO入試、指定校推薦入試、スポーツ推薦入試、一般前期・後期入試.

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Posted in: Essay questions scrapped for new university entrance exams in Japan See in context

What yesterday's announcement by the education ministry demonstrates, following as it does on the heels of its decision to postpone changes to the English component of the 大学入試センター試験, is the ministry's failure to address concerns regarding fairness and marking standards.

.If the answer is not black and white, it's not allowable.

University entrance exam. Stakes extremely high. Subjective marking a critical issue.

This is the reason why I don't want to raise kids in Japan. They're just taught to obey and repeat, not actually think...

Might want to talk to some who have raised kids here to see if there's truth to your assertion.

and there is no thesis.

Ever hear of a 卒業論文?

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Posted in: JR East unveils luxury Saphir Odoriko express with all first-class seating See in context

The older, humbler 185 series 特急踊り子 (from the Kawabata Yasunari short story "The Dancing Girl of Izu"), 5730¥ (non-reserved) from Tokyo Station, will continue to operate. Think that's expensive? Take a bus. Or don't go.

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Posted in: Tsunami-hit, cold-climate Ishinomaki hangs hope on olive growing See in context

Bit more than 800¥/ 100ml (going by Shodojima prices), given extremely limited production. So buy your adulterated Spanish extra virgin at 800/ liter- no one's forcing you to purchase Made in Japan.

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Posted in: How to experience Yamagata City like a local See in context

The name of this temple is Risshaku, or 立石寺, not "Yamadera", which simply refers to a mountain temple. Risshaku is located on Mt. Hoju (宝珠山) in Yamagata City.

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Posted in: High school student 'forced' to quit school sues Kumamoto Prefecture for a single yen See in context

Whatever its problems may be, quality of education is not among them. With a "hensachi" of 73, Seiseiko HS is ranked 2nd out of 249 high schools in the prefecture and 49th (of 10,050) nationwide.

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Posted in: High school student 'forced' to quit school sues Kumamoto Prefecture for a single yen See in context

The writer suggests Kumamoto prefecture's "combative stance" is the reason the suit seeks a mere 1 yen in damages. However, the boy's mother, quoted in the Mainichi's reporting on the story, explains「賠償金が目的ではない。学校はシメ文化を見直し、謝罪してほしい]. In other words, the point is not the money. Rather, what is sought is a reexamination of shime culture and an apology.

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