BRS comments

Posted in: Number of births in Japan hits record low in 2023 See in context

..the country is not going to fall apart.

Stop the drama already.

Contrary to this cavalier comment, Niigata, where I live, is rightfully concerned about its ability to maintain services and infrastructure over the coming years. Of the prefecture's 30 municipalities, 14 are expecting a drop in the working-age population to exceed 50% during the period 2020-2050, with the prefecture as a whole anticipating a 40% decline in that demographic.

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Posted in: Japanese suspect in investment fraud detained in Indonesia See in context

Yusuke Yamazaki, former president

Former vice president. A minor point, Kyodo, but get the facts straight.

Good, you know what they’ll do to him there

Yamazaki is being deported to Japan.

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Posted in: Man arrested after assaulting man who tried to get into taxi ahead of him See in context

There was no line. You don’t have to punch the person. He might have been mistaken assuming taxi stopped for him if he didn’t see the other guy hailed the taxi

In fact, there was a queue, as Japanese media have reported:

https://news.yahoo.co.jp/articles/4341a7d979cc17195eb6ebfb80bf20cad6ae8e8a

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Posted in: Solemn monument to Japanese American WWII detainees lists more than 125,000 names See in context

Minor point, but

wooden pillars, called sobata,

should probably read 'sotoba'.

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Posted in: Woman arrested for assault after punching 77-year-old mother in the face See in context

According to Japanese-language media, the daughter denies kicking her mother, and the mother did not sustain injuries.

https://news.yahoo.co.jp/articles/468ff9329565f0bfbff1168321894f2d54f5bb7d

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Posted in: Japan maglev train project being derailed by Shizuoka stalemate See in context

Not to worry, Japan will once again be long left in the dust by the time they finish the first step of the project. They are already WAY behind in EVs and that market and will never catch up, 

Meanwhile, Japanese automakers claimed 4 of the top 10 sales slots worldwide for 2023, and EV sales are running out of juice.

Toyota sold 8.82 million non-EV vehicles last year, while EV industry leader Chinese BYD, in 10th place, sold a mere 2.1 million.

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Posted in: Japanese firm probed over sale of ship to Iran See in context

Japanese media are not suggesting (in Japanese) that the sale is a national security concern. Rather, the broker is alleged to have falsified customs declarations.

https://www.jiji.com/jc/article?k=2024020700468&g=soc

No technology was exported to Iran. The insinuation that selling a 27-year-old hulk to Iran and the development of weapons of mass destruction by the Ayatollahs is causal or somehow linked is completely irrelevant to this story but typical of Kyodo's English-language reporting.

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Posted in: Data rigging scandals threaten to undermine Toyota's growth See in context

Thank goodness the Western media isn't as complacent as the Japanese one.

Kyodo is a Japanese wire service.

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Posted in: Data rigging scandals threaten to undermine Toyota's growth See in context

Toyota is lost!

Brilliant.

Toyota is the undisputed world leader in sales and quality.

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Posted in: 71-year-old man arrested for groping teenage girl in convenience store in Toyama See in context

That's exactly what they do. Any forceful touching of another person without their consent is sexual assault.

Fortunately, the legal system recognizes differences in kind and degree.

Understand?

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Posted in: Man arrested for assaulting taxi driver, stealing his vehicle See in context

A young man of strong moral rectitude, clearly… I’m sure his parents must be very proud of their efforts.

Thanks for your concern.

めざまし8 reports that the father of the accused has apologized profusely.

See the link above.

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Posted in: Man arrested for assaulting taxi driver, stealing his vehicle See in context

I am sure they would like to know that they have a bully and a thug working for them.

Yes, they would, and employers are typically informed in such cases.

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Posted in: 71-year-old man arrested for groping teenage girl in convenience store in Toyama See in context

Your point is not clear to me here BRS.

What are you trying to say?

Let me clarify my point for you, BYU.

Learn Japanese.

Don't automatically accept what English-language media tell you; fact-check what you read in these pages with Japanese sources.

Clear enough?

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Posted in: Man arrested for assaulting taxi driver, stealing his vehicle See in context

Arrested on suspicion of." Perhaps it wasn't him who did it. Framed? /s

The suspect has admitted to stealing the taxi. See the article linked above.

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Posted in: 71-year-old man arrested for groping teenage girl in convenience store in Toyama See in context

Some clarity:

Japanese do not refer euphemistically to sexual assault as groping (痴漢). International footballer Ito Junya was dropped from the Asia World Cup squad after allegations of sexual assault- 性加害- were levelled against him.

https://news.yahoo.co.jp/articles/d2ef7c132f1eb083d6402534d23315bfa3f7cde1

Further, Japanese media report that the man in the Toyama case was arrested for having touched (触った) the victim.

https://news.yahoo.co.jp/articles/a6265f0e8edb4ccc2b8cee9c93378cf2aa22e284?source=rss

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Posted in: Man arrested for assaulting taxi driver, stealing his vehicle See in context

The suspect, Funayama, has admitted to stealing the taxi; there's no suggestion in the article that he had been drinking. Meanwhile, the driver remains unconscious. Tateyama, Chiba, not to be confused with Tateyama, Toyama.

https://news.yahoo.co.jp/articles/a9229b55ddec37f96be26d18502c0bffae8b17c7?page=2

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Posted in: Only 20% of public high schools in Japan have foreign student quotas See in context

Regarding post-compulsory school attendance, recent data regarding the graduation rate for Japanese students who enroll in HS:

2021年3月卒業の場合において計算すると、全日制高校の卒業率は約94.3%

For the US, where compulsory education ends at age 16 or 18 depending on the state: The average state graduation rate across 49 U.S. states and Washington, D.C. (recent data was not available for Oklahoma) was 79% for the 2021-2022 academic year

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Posted in: Only 20% of public high schools in Japan have foreign student quotas See in context

Everything you wanted to know and more about foreign students' admission to Japanese high schools is here: https://www.mext.go.jp/a_menu/shotou/kaikaku/sikaku/1311012.htm

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Posted in: Residents ask for full examination of damage to nuclear plant caused by quake See in context

They have been around for decades all over the country this is NOT a new policy on sustainable and clean energy !

Indeed they have, Dan, and thanks for pointing out the obvious.

It should be equally obvious that the brief comment above does not claim that Ishikawa Prefecture's campaign is the first of its kind.

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Posted in: Residents ask for full examination of damage to nuclear plant caused by quake See in context

Will we ever read this: "The government is pushing for decreased use of energy

Yes, we will.

Ishikawa is currently holding a campaign to promote the purchase and use of energy-saving appliances.

https://www.pref.ishikawa.lg.jp/ontai/kaden/campaign.html

Here's an idea, PY: before you post, do a little research. In Japanese.

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Posted in: Tokyo fish market opens seafood restaurants, spa complex to attract more visitors See in context

Why was Tsukiji moved? Was no effort made to rebuild on the original site, as some have suggested? Not so, as Buzzfeed reports. In the end, it was determined that the market had outgrown its premises.

https://www.buzzfeed.com/jp/kensukeseya/tsukiji-toyosu-transfer-problem-90

And what of the site now? More condos and malls planned?

No. Again, contrary to what some commenters have written, the site will be either a public sports complex or a manga/anime- themed expo center.

https://www3.nhk.or.jp/shutoken-news/20231031/1000098681.html

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Posted in: Fatigue sets in for Japan earthquake survivors facing long road to recovery See in context

Thomson Reuters gets it wrong, too.

A month after the earthquake, residents of the devastated Noto Peninsula still have little choice but to press on without basic necessities like running water or beds.

Contrary to this spurious claim, of the 14,000 evacuees (as of January 31), 5000 are housed in hotels or similar accomodations.

https://news.yahoo.co.jp/articles/718d74fcec786553439d8fd33ada95ba56f3d151

This is far from being an isolated case of shoddy reporting about the Noto earthquake and Japan's response.

Laziness? Lack of Japanese skills on the part of journalists? A false narrative to peddle?

For a more informed perspective, Japanese media are indispensable.

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Posted in: Fatigue sets in for Japan earthquake survivors facing long road to recovery See in context

Japan needs its form of FEMA.

https://www.fdma.go.jp/

There's your 'Japanese FEMA'.

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Posted in: Fatigue sets in for Japan earthquake survivors facing long road to recovery See in context

Failing to reinforce buildings so they collapse and need to be rebuilt

Perhaps you haven't lived long in Japan, don't read Japanese, whatever. Here's a Japanese media story to put in your translator and contemplate:

https://www.asahi.com/sp/articles/ASS106DNSS1YPTIL023.html?iref=sptop_7_01

The current assistance and rebuilding is so bad that it’s on the same level as an underdeveloped country!

Right, Jim. Japan, the most seismically active country in the world and one of the most disaster- prone, doesn't know how to respond. You simply don't know what you are talking about.

By the way, how long does it take your country to rebuild after a major natural disaster? Please post a link, so we can learn from your example.

Thank you, Winnie. Exactly.

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Posted in: Fatigue sets in for Japan earthquake survivors facing long road to recovery See in context

Japan needs its form of FEMA.

Ah, yes, Japan needs Hurricane Katrina "Heckuva job Brownie" FEMA.

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Posted in: Fatigue sets in for Japan earthquake survivors facing long road to recovery See in context

It is often suggested in the comments section that Japan learns nothing from past disasters and, given the recent seismic activity on the Noto Peninsula, was negligent in preparing for the January 1 quake there.

However, as the Asahi article points out, Wajima City adopted multiple measures to improve preparedness after a strong quake in 2007: https://www.asahi.com/sp/articles/ASS106DNSS1YPTIL023.html?iref=sptop_7_01

For a broader perspective, include Japanese language sources in your news diet

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Posted in: China orders Japanese fishing boat to leave waters near disputed islands See in context

The nameless author(s) of this piece, filed from Beijing, seem to have taken the bait, failing to investigate the Japanese Coast Guard's more detailed and credible account of the incident, as per the Sankei Shimbun link above.

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Posted in: China orders Japanese fishing boat to leave waters near disputed islands See in context

According to the Japanese Coast Guard, 2 Chinese ships entered Japanese waters around the Senkakus just before noon on January 27 and began following a Japanese fishing boat. A Japanese patrol boat in the area warned the Chinese vessels to leave, which they did, about 6 hours later. It was the second such incursion this year.

https://www.sankei.com/article/20240127-GV4UKIQYSZOULBWRBRFNAYUDJI/

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Posted in: Japan to fight crime in quake-hit areas with 1,000 security cameras See in context

The area has seen an influx of additional police. The National Police Agency puts the total cost of seconding additional officers to the quake- affected areas at 572 million yen.

According to Mr Matsumura of the Safety Commission, the cameras are needed to reassure those who have already evacuated and to help convince those who have not to leave for evacuation centers. He adds that patrols will be stepped up and cameras installed as part of the agency's two-pronged approach to address crime in the disaster area.

https://mainichi.jp/articles/20240125/k00/00m/040/292000c

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Posted in: Indonesian man dies while in police custody in Tochigi Prefecture See in context

Suspects in criminal cases may be detained on a single indictable offense for up to 23 days while the prosecution builds its case. No charges filed in addition to the original have been reported, so the reason for the lengthy detention is mystifying. For Japanese coverage of the story:

https://www3.nhk.or.jp/lnews/utsunomiya/20240125/1090016714.html

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