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Posted in: For fresh catches from the Sea of Japan, head to Niigata’s Teradomari Street Market See in context

Nagasaki is on the East China Sea.

I don't think Nagasaki is generally considered to be on the Sea of Japan.

Have a look at a hydrographic map of the Sea of Japan. You'll see that the 日本海extends from Kyushu to Hokkaido.

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Posted in: For fresh catches from the Sea of Japan, head to Niigata’s Teradomari Street Market See in context

One more thing, JT: you erroneously put the population of Niigata at 2.47 million. It hasn't been that in a long time. Currently, it's 2.1.

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Posted in: For fresh catches from the Sea of Japan, head to Niigata’s Teradomari Street Market See in context

Because of its location along this vital body of water, the region was key in trade relations with Russia and China. Also, when Japan opened up to the wider world in the mid-1800s, Niigata’s port became the first along the Sea of Japan to trade with foreign powers.

China, unlike Russia, was not one of the 5 nations included in the commercial treaty brokered by the US at the end of the Edo Era.

One more thing: Niigata was not the first port on the Sea of Japan to open to foreign trade. Nagasaki was.

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Posted in: For fresh catches from the Sea of Japan, head to Niigata’s Teradomari Street Market See in context

Just pop round to Sakana no Ameyoko? Not so fast. No public transport to the Teradomari market. Better off going to Pier Bandai in Niigata City.

Also, when Japan opened up to the wider world in the mid-1800s, Niigata’s port became the first along the Sea of Japan to trade with foreign powers.

Niigata City, nothing to do with Teradomari. The port, located at the mouth of the Shinano River, was too shallow and did not become functional until 1869. Even then, Niigata was never more than a backwater.

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Posted in: A step by step ALT escape plan See in context

Don't become an ALT. If there's no choice, have a Plan B. The ALT gig has no future. Did it for 16 years.

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Posted in: Bread recalled in Japan after 'rat remains' found in some loaves See in context

But the nation has been rocked by food woes recently, including 1,000 schoolchildren sickened by milk and two people who got sick after eating steak

Rocked, Yuri Kageyama? Hardly.

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Posted in: To fend off tourists, town starts building big screen blocking view of Mount Fuji See in context

Clearly, those downplaying or ridiculing the concerns of the residents and business owners of the area - by the way, Fujikawaguchiko is a town, not hamlet, P.Y.- do not live there or in a community similarly overrun by disrespectful, disruptive tourists.

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Posted in: Elementary school teacher arrested for hugging young boy See in context

Further detail: None of the Japanese reports I've seen mentions that the incident occurred on school property.

In fact, as the above-linked story mentions, the boy was on his way home- having gone out, but not to school (it's spring vacation) - when the incident occurred.

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Posted in: Elementary school teacher arrested for hugging young boy See in context

https://news.yahoo.co.jp/articles/eed959e1d5ae5ac18fc36921ad64d239010b15f9

Additional information, including:

The police are investigating the suspect for further crimes

抱き締める (signifying a close embrace), is how the boy described the hug to his parents

The suspect is alleged to have ambushed the student (待ち伏せる)

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Posted in: Elementary school teacher arrested for hugging young boy See in context

https://www3.nhk.or.jp/news/html/20240428/k10014435711000.html

NHK as well as other Japanese outlets report that the teacher was arrested for hugging the boy without his consent.

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Posted in: More than 600 students in Miyagi get sick after drinking school lunch milk See in context

I wonder about the hygiene practices of school meal preparation.

Does anyone have any insight?

Here's some insight: re-read the article. Pay attention to the fact that the culprit here is the milk, not the meal.

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Posted in: Woman arrested for stealing customer’s pouch with ¥790,000 in it at supermarket See in context

She's not necessary stealing, she might want to go to koban to return it.

Theft occurred on 1/14, arrest on 3/18. https://news.yahoo.co.jp/articles/a85474a8eb04ebbf2860f11107246af1d51f6eb4

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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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