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Posted in: The towering sea wall legacy of Japan's 2011 tsunami See in context

A video about the seawalls. A bit late to the party but includes the voices of the people who must live behind those seawalls.

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Posted in: New Tokyo Olympic president tries to assure Japan on safety See in context

She is attempting to soothe over citizens' doubts about allowing foreigners into Japan who, of course, will bring more and different variations of the coronavirus. (Japanese tourists never do that.)

If she can soothe citizens' doubts, there will be more media attention on holding the Olympics vs cancelling them.

Her end game is to get the games going; if she keeps foreigners out (the only humans capable of carrying the coronavirus), the citizens will be happy.

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Posted in: The towering sea wall legacy of Japan's 2011 tsunami See in context

The Great Wall" and came with 44 tsunami evacuation routes, 

What does this mean? A wall with evacuation routes?

Roads were designed with clear views for evacuees

And what are 'clear views' ? Shouldn't all roads be designed with clear views for the drivers?

Finally, if you experienced a 16-meter tsunami, why would you decide a 14-meter tsunami is the highest that will happen?

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Posted in: Domestic violence consultations in Japan a record 82,643 in 2020 See in context


Statistics are the devil's playground.

80% of the stalkers were men. That means 20% were women (not 7%)

87% of those stalked were women. That means 13% of those stalked were men.

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Posted in: Hulu sets Mike Tyson miniseries, but the boxer punches back See in context

I believe Tyson’s main objection can be wrapped up in this quote of his:

without compensation, 

On the other hand, perhaps it will be a hatchet job and totally inaccurate.

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Posted in: Film aims to change the narrative around singer Billie Holiday's life See in context

I don’t know about most people’s perception of Lady Day but mine is of a brilliant jazz singer who was addicted to heroin and was ‘political’ in that she protested against the killing of black people (what a concept; to be against murder).

If you listen to her catalog from beginning to end, it is a very sad progression as her voice gets more gravelly, her pronunciation more slurred as she succumbs to her addiction. Her rendition of Strange Fruit is equally heartbreaking.

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Posted in: Vaccination passport for traveling: What's your stance? See in context

Many countries already require visas to enter their countries; this is similar. Also, many countries require or strong urge visitors to get various vaccinations before entering their countries. This coronavirus vaccine passport is similar but more widespread.

If this vaccine visa is one more requirement for me to travel I don’t see a problem. I also expect to see enterprising forgers make a lot of money off of gullible anti-vaxxers.

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Posted in: Are bidet-type toilets a health hazard? See in context


I read the first sentence to mean the Warm-Water bidet was invented in the US, not the bidet itself.

bidet-type toilets here reveals ignorance among Japanese over their potential dangers. 

Quite an insult on science education in Japan, isn’t it, considering how few use them in the rest of the world.


Doesn’t a bidet cause you to use more toilet paper (for drying off purposes)?

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Posted in: About 1,000 Olympics volunteers have quit this month: organizers See in context

Maybe the 1000 who quit are Mori supporters who find nothing wrong with insulting 50% of the Japanese population.

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Posted in: Opposition demands resignation of elite female bureaucrat over scandal See in context

Returning 60% of her monthly salary‽ How will she ever manage to survive for the month on only ¥400,000?

The horrors these poor politicians have to live through. First others in this bribery scandal have been reprimanded and now Yamada's being forced to live practically below the poverty line.

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Posted in: Ministry punishes 11 officials for ethics code violations involving Suga's son See in context

Reprimands? Oh no. I hope they didn't also get Scolded; that would be unbearable.

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Posted in: Married couple found dead at home in apparent murder-suicide See in context

I love speculation.

How about, they were passionately in love from the time they met until he became mentally and physically bedridden and she couldn't bear to see him like that; she couldn't bear to live without him so, in a lovers murder/suicide, she offed them both so they could be together forever in heaven?

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Posted in: 50 LDP lawmakers urge local members to oppose separate surnames See in context

The female in charge of female empowerment is against separate surnames because it will cause the unique Japanese social society to break down? Because Japanese society is so weak?

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Posted in: Travel agency JTB to cut capital to become eligible for tax advantage See in context

Can companies really just declare how much their capital is? A company like JTB with a trillion in sales can just say they're a small company? And the government doesn't care? Will Toyota be small soon, too?

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Posted in: Toyota begins building smart city near Mt Fuji See in context


My house was built using traditional Japanese joinery because my architect (trained in the US, Finland, Uganda, and Japan) believes it's better. It's definitely not cheaper or quicker to use, however.


Almost all houses are built on private property and are definitely not largely unregulated. Perhaps Mr Toyoda misspoke.

This looks less like a city and more like a place to experiment with and experience new technologies. With only Toyota employees living there it could just as easily be called Toyota Research Center Susono.

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Posted in: UK to push at G-7 for global standard on 'vaccine passports' See in context

Will the vaccine passport last for a period of time that matched the effectiveness of the vaccine? How long will the vaccine be effective?

If I get a vaccine for the 'normal' coronavirus, will it be accepted if I go to a place with the (hypothetical) unique Japan variant? Will the Japanese immigration accept my 'normal' vaccine passport or will they insist on a unique Japanese variant vaccine passport as well?

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Posted in: What are some past TV shows that could no longer be aired because they would be considered politically incorrect? See in context

All in the Family broke all sorts fo politically correct barriers before politically correct was fashionable.

Anything from the 50s and early 60s like Leave to Beaver or The Donna Reed Show which showed the man worked and was head of the family, while the woman wore pearls and high heels while cooking.

Even The Courtship of Eddie's Father, which had one of the first Asian actors in a major role, only allowed Mrs Livingston to be the maid. This was commented on even when the show was being aired.

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Posted in: Osaka firm accused of helping Vietnamese work illegally See in context

They didn't come to Japan illegally (information garnered from the article) but were kept from returning when flights to and from Japan were cancelled. But if they had to pay for their return flight (again), maybe they didn't have the money.

During the confusing early pandemic times (March April May) and especially when Vietnam had a very severe lockdown while Japan dithered, mistakes were made.

I hope the authorities don't do everything by the rule book and consider the situation. I also don't hold out much hope from them not doing that (much easier to follow the rules than actually think).

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Posted in: Japan begins COVID-19 vaccinations amid supply worry See in context

people are often reluctant to take vaccines

But have no problem herding their children to get their vaccines on the government's timetable.

I, however, am hesitant when a government bureaucrat is in charge of anything, let alone a health situation.

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Posted in: NHK employee arrested for assaulting taxi driver See in context

This crime illustrates why I drink everyday. The go-to excuse of 'I was drunk and don't remember' will come in handy. (Maybe I should start drinking earlier?)

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Posted in: Final world boxing qualifier for Tokyo Olympics to be scrapped See in context

"Athletes from some countries can travel to (Tokyo) but not from others, so it's unfair," she said. "The athletes have to come first, and they have to be safe and secure. It also has to be open and honest. The athletes have to be treated equally."

Uh oh. With equality, openness, safety, security, honesty, fairness, and athletes coming first, will cancelation be far behind?

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Posted in: What problems do you foresee with the roll-out of the coronavirus vaccine in Japan? See in context

I fear local governments will haul out long-retired doctors because the currently employed doctors are too busy. And the long-retired doctors won't know what to do or how to do it and won't get sufficient training.

Plus, the vaccine needs to be refrigerated and I fear some government bureaucrat will 'forget' to plug in the refrigerator (a regrettable error, for sure).

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic committee to pick Mori replacement; is a woman likely? See in context


The best person (according to the Old Boys’ Network) was chosen when they chose Mori. Then he embarrassed Japan, again. How was he the best? Look at all the money he got his friends’ companies.

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Posted in: Should I stay or should I go? Here are the relationship factors people ponder when deciding whether to break up See in context

Nothing guarantees a multi-generational dysfunctional family than ‘sticking together for the sake of the kids’. Kids growing up in a house where the parents are constantly bickering will warp their sense of what a family should be. Better for the kids to grow up with one happy adult than two unhappy adults.

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Posted in: Gov't reveals the five prefectures with highest divorce rates See in context

Tokyo’s divorce rate is not low because of a larger population. Its divorce rate is low because before a couple divorce, they often separate. Separation means one of the two moves and, if its the females who moves, she often moves back to her parents’ house in her hometown. After separation, they file for divorce at the city office; i.e. the hometown’s city office.

What SoraNews has to find out is what percent of Tokyo married couples divorce in other prefectures.

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Posted in: Senior bureaucrats dined 12 times with Suga's son: ministry See in context

Dagon, Suga lavished the gifts on the gov’t bureaucrats, not they on him. They’ll only get their amakudari jobs in his firm after they retire. Or perhaps they’ve been winded and dined by a bigger corporation unnamed advertising corporation.

Bribing a company official is not illegal in Japan; bribing a gov’t official is. Suga’s UNNAMED son (Why unnamed?) was just being neighbourly, right? Inviting a few friends out for dinner?

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Posted in: Suga apologizes for glitch in Japan's COVID-19 contact-tracing app See in context

Let me get this straight.

25 million app users didn’t notice anything strange.

More importantly, in the agency in charge of making the app not one underling/drone thought to check it. In nearly half a year? I guess the faxes were properly hanko-ed.

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Posted in: Man arrested on suspicion of arson and attempted murder of disabled wife See in context

Maybe he’s thinking: burn house down, kill wife, collect insurance on the house.

Maybe he should have been thinking: find a relative/professional caretaker. Although the caretaker might cost money he doesn’t have. But a caretaker for even one day a week is better than killing someone. Isn’t it?

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Posted in: COVID-19 app fails to pass on some contact warnings See in context

Is this the same app Olympic athletes are supposed to use?

Also does the 390,000 cases include the Diamond Princess? I see the news media is no longer mentioning that ship in their articles about the coronavirus.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic Games offers Playbook to assure athletes; includes rules for fans See in context

I guess all the talk about how the Olympics will re-energize the local economy is kaput. No touristy things for the athletes and no tourists at all.

No problem, since all the major companies (Dentsu et al) have made their billions while the people pay.

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