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Posted in: GSDF conduct live fire drills near Mt Fuji See in context

Brian WhewayToday  06:14 pm JST

I understand that the defence force needs to train, but does it need to train right now?


It is usually held in August 

Plus, any army that ‘trains’ one day a year isn’t going to be all that combat ready against an army that trains year round. Today’s activity was just for show; the Chinese (and other major military powers) know what Japan has and how battle-ready they are.

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Posted in: Bach says no Olympic postponement beyond 2021 See in context

How about a Tokyo Olympics with only fans from Japan?

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Posted in: New Yorker fatally stabs dad during Zoom chat See in context


‘Not guilty’ is the go-to-plea; sort of like telling the prosecutors, “Prove it.” The ‘Not guilty’ plea is not the criminal saying “I didn’t do it,” just, again, “Prove it.”

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Posted in: Coronavirus crisis sparks calls for revamping Japan's school year See in context

The first sentence of this article when combined with the photo of students shouting for jobs gives the impression the students are advocates for changing the school year. A perfect fake news item should Japan Today ever need an example.

Secondly, it’s not just western nations that start school in September. China and Russia both start in September.

Of the countries I researched (32) 22 start in September and end in June. 10 start in January, February, March, April or June. (Only Japan starts in April.) Korea starts in March.

But as BertieWooster wrote, changing the date won’t change the curriculum, methodology, or textbooks. It will only allow easier access at the university level for Japanese students studying abroad (unless they study in Korea) and foreign students to study in Japan.

Plus most academic years have a summer vacation (June to September) without a ton of homework because summer comes in the middle of the school year. How will Japan handle kids being out of school without onerous assignments? The horror.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympics protest parody of logo that depicts COVID-19 See in context

Has no one noticed that the artist is Andrew Pothecary as in Apothecary as in druggist/chemist/pharmacist?

Sense a bit of parody here, myself.

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Posted in: Japan launches new unit to step up defense in outer space See in context

How many Japanese satellites have been shot down over the past, oh, 50 years?

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Posted in: Truck driver abandons body of suicide victim, claiming he thought it was a doll See in context

the woman passed away immediately.

I think that was implied with the

a woman took her life

at the beginning of the sentence.

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Posted in: Two new low-altitude routes introduced in April for landings at Haneda Airport enter Yokota airspace controlled by the U.S. military. Do you think it is right that the U.S. military should be able to control airspace in Japan? See in context

No, but that’s what happens when you lose a war. That being said, that was 75 years ago and the occupation and airspace control should’ve ended when the US returned Okinawa back in 1972.

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Posted in: Mythical monster goes viral as Japan prays for end of pandemic See in context



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Posted in: Mythical monster goes viral as Japan prays for end of pandemic See in context

What does 'long-locked' mean?

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Posted in: Telework challenge: Do you find it easy to work, live and relax in the same space? See in context

My only gripe about working at home (even in a dedicated office space) is that, since I'm home I'm obviously available for non-work requests from the spouse. (Change a lightbulb, open/close a window). I don't mind doing these small tasks but they're disruptive when I'm in the zone and work is flowing by at a rapid pace.

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Posted in: WHO head urges global unity to help make Tokyo Olympics safe See in context

The Tokyo Olympics should be held next year regardless of vaccines.

With no spectators.

Except Japanese spectators, because as we have seen, Japanese don’t get sick and die of coronavirus.

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Posted in: During the state of emergency in Japan, have you been getting takeout meals to support restaurants in your community or shopping more at supermarkets? See in context

We have frequented two restaurants for take out but mostly have saved money by buying and cooking our own food. What a concept.

I wonder how many families (ie mothers) have decided cooking at home is better than convenience stores’ (which are typically 30-50% more expensive than supermarkets) processed and packaged food.

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Posted in: Japanese politician gets caught watching crocodile video during Diet session See in context

He's LDP. Abe has told him how to vote.

Why should he listen to Abe et al Not answer legitimate questions from the opposition?

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Posted in: Do you think the quality of education at schools and universities will suffer if classes are conducted online for a long time due to the pandemic? See in context

Suffer in what way? Suffer in that teachers will need to learn new skills or suffer in that students will actually have to do some work rather than sit in class and pretend to listen/understand?

If teachers don't know how to teach online, yes. If teachers think about the difference between lecturing in a classroom and lecturing online, no.

Watch Khan Academy videos on YouTube to see how online teaching could be. Unfortunately, this requires competence in fields other than the subject (editing, writing, filming vs, say, knowing about math.)

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Posted in: Aso says no tax cuts for time being to counter pandemic See in context

There will be no reduction of any taxes. Especially for the average Taro Tanaka. There will, however, be zero interest ‘loans’ with no payback date for the average ‘friend of Abe’ or big businesses (cough Toyota Honda cough).

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Posted in: 4.7 mil tweets criticize Abe plan to raise retirement age for prosecutors See in context

People aren’t against raising the retirement age.

People are against raising the retirement age for Person A, a prosecutor and Close Friend of Abe who continually sides with, surprise, Abe and Aso.

Abe keeps saying he has no intention of changing anything. This is true, he wants his friends to protect him and his policies. He needs the retirement age to go up because his judicial and prosecutorial friends are getting old.

Abe wants to keep the prosecutor and judges who like him in place so when he is sued for being incompetent, the judges and prosecutor will protect him.

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Posted in: S Korean Olympic speed skating champion guilty of sex harassment See in context

Times have changed. Many things boys and girls did or had done to them in the 60s and 70s is no longer socially acceptable. Pantsing a friend, like this skater did, was always a hilarious, if embarrassing, activity; snapping a bra strap yet another.

One can hope kancho - the Japanese art of poking people in the butt with two fingers - also slides into the dustbin of rude mofo behavior.

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Posted in: Japan to change location of missile defense system amid local outcry See in context

protecting Japan from North Korean ballistic missiles.

I bet they can protect Japan from ballistic missiles from any country, not just North Korea. In fact, given the time the ballistic missiles need to get from the US to Japan, I bet the Aegis would be better at protecting Japan from American ballistic missiles than North Korean missiles.

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Posted in: Which industries or companies do you think are thriving during the pandemic? See in context

According to today's Japan Today, video game producers.

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Posted in: Tokyo faces pressure to house internet cafe homeless See in context

Yubaru, only ten years? I remember the homeless being shuttled away from prying - ie foreign - eyes before major events in the Tokyo vicinity; especially those events that included a US president. The homeless were actively forced to move in the 1990s.

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Posted in: 2 men stabbed in Tokyo apartment over noise dispute; one dead See in context

This is what happens when the unemployed man next door is angry and bonkers.

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Posted in: Do you think the Japanese school year should start in September rather than April? See in context

Hate to break everyone’s bubble, but US universities don’t ‘start’ in September. You can start university whenever you want: at the beginning of a quarter or semester. Try that in Japan. Traditional start of school is Sept. but I’ve had a few friends ‘start’ in June, to get a head-start and another few start in January because they wanted a few months off.

What Japan could really do with is that ‘start’ anytime idea. No reason to demand everyone start everything at the same time. Is there?

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Posted in: Japan may need scheme to inject funds into ailing firms, says LDP lawmaker See in context

This will never happen, but – it would be interesting to see what would happen if the government allowed

key Japanese industries and companies that play a key role in regional economies

to go bankrupt. Lots of financial pain, I'm sure, but what will replace these 'key Japanese' industries? My guess, the same industries – they're 'key', right? – but with different financial & manufacturing plans; maybe even different managers and CEOs. (ie not amakudari chumps.)

In the 2008 financial crisis caused by American greed (sub-prime loans), South Korea allowed Daewoo (4th largest conglomerate) to go bankrupt. They also closed and merged weak banks and provided capital to strong banks. South Korea’s recovery was faster than either Japan, the US, or Europe.

They did Not give money to bars to close during a fake lockdown.

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Posted in: Osaka names pachinko parlors defying closure request despite pandemic See in context

Does the city government have any tax laws or the ability to tax industries? If yes, the city can tax open pachinko parlors at a rate of say, oh, 50~75% of income. Call it a 'health excise tax.' The decision to be open or closed is then up to the pachinko owner. If open, the city makes enough money to hospitalize infected pachinko players and others. Maybe even buy masks from Abe's friends!

Four possible outcomes: a) pachinko owners will find new and clever ways to hide their income b) pachinko owners will bribe politicians not to pass such a law. c) pachinko owners will close their shops. d) pachinko owners will keep their shops open and pay the tax.

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Posted in: Some of the patients were upset to find little difference between life at the hotel and being hospitalized when their expectations were to have more freedom. See in context


They’re not at home because the authorities (obviously not the whiners) don’t want them to infect family members. If Person A has no symptoms but does have the virus, he or she could very easily infect others in the house - a grandmother, for example, with a lung problem - who could possibly die because of the infection.

Second, if Person A has no symptoms and stays at home and infects his or her spouse or child, the newly infected person can go about their business and infect dozens of other people before discovering that they, too, have the virus.


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Posted in: No texting please See in context

The gov’t should’ve sent a text message. ;)

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Posted in: As U.S. pulls back, China builds influence at U.N. See in context

As President Donald Trump announces a halt in World Health Organization funding, accusing it of kowtowing to China

Usually places like the WHO and U.N. kowtow to the US. Except when the US stopped funding it, then a vacuum existed and the country with the most money and support from other countries slipped in (China). Now these places are doing what they always did: kowtow to the country with the money.

Trump, as always, is cutting off the US’s nose to pump up his own ego.

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