Bruce Chatwin comments

Posted in: Abe survives censure motion by opposition over pension report See in context

Instead of getting all het up about an "arrogant political stance that takes the people and the Diet lightly," and saying "the situation is so serious that it cannot be tolerated", perhaps the opposition parties could put together a platform and a field of candidates that can take power away from the LDP. Honestly, the state of politics in Japan is so pathetic, it's almost as bad as the US.

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Posted in: Watami restaurant to set up Singapore unit to source foreign workers See in context

As other posters here have noted, Watami has a reputation of being the among the worst of the so-called "black companies" in Japan.

Major shareholders in Watami include Miki Watanabe and his family through a holding company (25%), Suntory Liquor (8.01%), Asahi Beer (4.26%), and Shinmei Holdings (4.19%)

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Posted in: Tokyo court orders car owner to pay NHK fee See in context

The NHK fee is yet another non-tax tax.

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Posted in: Osaka red light district to be closed during G-20 summit See in context

My Gawd! What will Hashimoto and the rest of the Ishin no Kai lot do with themselves?

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Posted in: China formally arrests Canadian ex-diplomat, businessman See in context

One of the far too many ugly sides of the new China is on full display here.

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Posted in: Osaka red light district to be closed during G-20 summit See in context

Westerner's are such prudes about sex

By "Westerner's", I take it you are referring to Americans...

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Posted in: While the Japanese government relentlessly promotes the image of 'Cool Japan' and mega-tourism, the current reality is a country run by sociopathic Hitler-loving plutocrats, with plummeting press freedom, endemic poverty, rising censorship, deliberate destruction of public records, continual death by overwork, a corrupt bureaucracy, and a medieval justice system. Despite the triple meltdown of Fukushima, the government is rushing to start nuclear power plants again with reckless abandon. See in context

Poverty is Japan. About 1-1.5 million people living below the poverty level

In October 2009, Japan's Labor Ministry released a report which stated that almost one in six Japanese, which would be 22 million people, lived in poverty, in 2007.

In 2013, the Japanese government recorded relative poverty rates of 16%.

According to the Nippon Foundation, the child poverty rate in Japan stood at 13.9% in 2015.

According to a Unicef report released in April 2016, Japan has some of the worst wealth inequality and highest rates of child poverty in the developed world. The report ranked Japan 34th out of 41 industrialised countries.

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Posted in: North Korea demanded U.S. pay $2 mil for captured student in coma See in context

Trump: "I'm really a great negotiator. I know how to negotiate."

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Posted in: Reckless bicycle riding endangers lives See in context

According to Osaka Prefectural Police:

In the following cases, a bicycle is permitted to travel on a sidewalk.

Where there is a traffic sign permitting bicycle use. Where cyclists are children under 13 years old; the elderly above 70 years old; or the physically disabled. Where a bicycle cannot travel safely in a road because roadwork, parked cars or heavy traffic hinder the safe movement.

Paragraph 2, Article 63-4 of the Road Traffic Law

Punishment: a fine of 20,000 yen or less

When on a sidewalk, a bicycle shall move on the half portion of the sidewalk to the road way side.

When on a sidewalk, a bicycle shall move at such a reduced speed as to be able to stop immediately.

A bicycle shall stop whenever the travel of pedestrians is impeded.

A bicycle shall pass on a designated portion if there is a bicycle lane designated for the bicycle use.

Where there is a bicycle lane designated for the bicycle use, use the lane. If no pedestrians are on the sidewalk, a bicycle shall pass on the sidewalk in a safe manner according to the road condition.

This seems rather at odds with what is published in this article.

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Posted in: Taste of Japan in Rome See in context

Spaghetti alla Scandal?

Risotto al Moritomo?

Salse al statistics?

Vermicelli al veterinario?

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Posted in: About 70 Japanese lawmakers visit Yasukuni Shrine See in context

Koyasan's Okunoin Temple has a monument to more than 1,000 "Showa martyrs," referring to soldiers who fought in World War Two in the name of the late Showa Emperor (Hirohito). The monument also honours 14 "Class A" war criminals who were military leaders.

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Posted in: Retiring late: More Japanese opt to prolong employment See in context

In my experience, many companies force employees to retire when they are 65, and then rehire those employees as temporary workers at a greatly reduced salary with no benefits.

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Posted in: 'They won't let anyone else in' – Japan captain Leitch on Sunwolves expulsion See in context

30% of the present team were not born in Japan; it's a team of ringers.

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Posted in: Let foreigners enter, but don't let them obtain Japanese citizenship, doctor urges See in context

In 2017, the Simon Wiesenthal Center was made aware of Tweets made by Katsuya Takasu in 2015, in which he praised Nazism for the progress made under the Nazi regime. He stated that no doubt that the Jews were persecuted by the National Socialist German Workers' Party, but the toll of Auschwitz and the Holocaust victims was exaggerated by Allies. On November 8 2017, the Simon Wiesenthal Center announced that the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery expelled him due to the Holocaust and Nanjing Massacre denial.

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Posted in: Sterilization victims to get ¥3.2 mil in state redress each See in context

Less then $30,000 US. Pathetic.

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Posted in: Vietnamese woman charged with killing N Korean leader's half-brother loses bid for release See in context

@Ganbare Japan!

the Indonesian girl has same religion as the extremists running Malaysia

Just out of curiosity, what's the religion of the extremists running Japan?

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Posted in: Governor, mayor resign to create 'Osaka metropolis' See in context

@ Ilovecoffee

 They also privatized the Osaka metro

If by privatize, you mean creating a company where all the shares are owned by the City of Osaka,

The subway will be operated by a new stock company, Osaka Metro, whose shares are held entirely by the city of Osaka. (Mayor) Hirofumi Yoshimura, won the assembly's approval after proposing that the municipal government own all shares in the new company.

then I guess they privatized it. Seems to me more like an unnecessary name change and an opportunity for a retired guy to parachute into a plumb position....

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Posted in: Governor, mayor resign to create 'Osaka metropolis' See in context

The idea to create the "Osaka metropolis" -- originally a pet project of former Osaka Gov and Mayor Toru Hashimoto -- is aimed at consolidating the power of the political party Osaka Ishin no Kai.

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Posted in: Ghosn's lawyers hand dossier to U.N. human rights office showing violations See in context

A feed is informing Ghosn has been bailed, the conditions ?

BBC and JTimes reporting this.

The court reportedly set bail at one billion yen (£6.8m; $8.9m) and reports said he could be released as early as Tuesday.

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Posted in: Ghosn's lawyers hand dossier to U.N. human rights office showing violations See in context

Meiyouwenti,

from the original Reuters article:

Carlos Ghosn’s lawyers have submitted a dossier to a United Nations’ working group which showed that the former head of Renault’s rights had been violated during detention in Japan, one if his lawyers said on Monday.

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Posted in: Buddhist university woos students in effort to reverse declining enrollment See in context

Fun fact: Koyasan's Okunoin Temple houses a monument to more than 1,000 "Showa martyrs," referring to soldiers who fought in World War Two in the name of the late Showa Emperor (Hirohito). The monument also honours 14 "Class A" war criminals who were military leaders.

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Posted in: Buddhist university woos students in effort to reverse declining enrollment See in context

I hope this works out better for them than the ill-fated investments they made in derivatives in the early 2000s.

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Posted in: Japan proposes U.N. working group to tackle ocean microplastics pollution See in context

Wonder where that picture was taken.

"Plastic pollution in Ghana, 2018"

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Posted in: Trump warns conservatives against 'socialist nightmare' in fiery 2-hour speech See in context

Helix,

Scandinavia succeeds predominantly because it's full of Scandinavians, not because they've discovered some magic ratio of tax rates and welfare payments which allow socialism to work everywhere. These are high IQ, high trust, largely homogenous societies with low populations and pre-existing wealth.

According to Statistics Sweden, in 2017, around 3,193,089 (31.5%) inhabitants of Sweden were of a foreign background,  i.e., born abroad or born in Sweden with at least one parent born abroad.

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Posted in: Fountain of youth? Study finds new anti-aging compound in plant See in context

Thanks, Bertie

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Posted in: Honda to close UK car plant in 2022 with loss of 3,500 jobs See in context

This is not Brexit-related. It is a reflection of the global market.

Yeah. Right. What a muppet.

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Posted in: Abe nominated Trump for Nobel Peace Prize on U.S. request: Asahi See in context

Robert Mugabe is more deserving of the Nobel Peace Prize than Trump.

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Posted in: Does U.S. President Donald Trump deserve the Nobel Peace Prize? See in context

Robert Mugabe is more deserving of the Nobel Peace Prize than Trump.

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Posted in: Olympic volunteers: One-time chance, or exploitation? See in context

The billion-dollar Olympics are awash with cash. But volunteers work for free.

It's exploitation.

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Posted in: Olympics minister apologizes for saying he was 'really disappointed' over Ikee's leukemia See in context

It sure looks as if Abe is sleeping in the photo that comes with this story.

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