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Posted in: Japan sees fewer COVID-19 hospital deaths than other nations: study See in context

But there's also this.

'Over half of Japan pathologists' requests for postmortem coronavirus tests rejected: survey'

Because PCR tests are not being carried out sufficiently on deceased patients, there are concerns that the number of people who have died from COVID-19 is actually higher than reported. Kondo said, "If a cause of death cannot be ascertained, then accurate coronavirus death rates cannot be obtained."

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Posted in: What 'uyoku dantai' and Japanese alt-right groups want See in context

I wish Tokyo On Fire was still going. Very informative and objective discussions about the politics and inner workings of Japan.

Hate speech laws were introduced to try and curb the black van cacophony but have never been inforced. Much like how Trump courts white supremacists in the U.S. the government here also discretely coddles these ultra-right wing nuts. It's not hard to find pictures of top Japanese politicians shaking hands and exchanging drinks with these sordid types. Like for example at one of Abe's now infamous invite only hanami partys.

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Posted in: Forgive or forget Johnny Depp? Jury is out on his post-trial career See in context

I hope Amber Heard isn't able to walk away from this unscathed. It would betray the whole point of the the #metoo movement she exploited to claim victimhood.

Depp has his fair share of drug and alcohol demons but Heard has been shown to both be a prolific mental and physical abuser and a pathological liar. I genuinely don't think Heard was after Depp's money but she needs some serious psychological intervention.

She contributed to the de-legitimization of an important and necessary social movement to try and abdicate herself from the consequences of her actions. It needs to be demonstrated that this sort of behavior from either gender is something that will no longer be tolerated in modern society.

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Posted in: Japanese government's digital ambitions still stuck in piles of paper See in context

Overall, it could cost the government 323 million working hours per year if it doesn't go digital,

When people back home find out I'm living in Japan often the first comment is "I've heard its really hi-tech and efficient". To which I just have to laugh.

The toilets are pretty hi-tech though. I think I've spent about 323 million hours on glorious Japanese heated toilet seats.

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Posted in: 2-year sentence sought for Japanese singer Makihara in drug case See in context

"(Makihara) created great songs of all times. I don't understand why he touched drugs again," said Yoshitaka Hirayama, 48

No one on drugs has ever created great music right?

Japan is way too draconian with its outdated drug laws. 2 years is too harsh a sentence for possession of the tiniest amount of a low class drug.

You can also look at what happened to Pierre Taki of Denki Groove last year where they went as far as removing all of his bands music from sale in music shops. Harsh prison sentences apparently aren't enough. They also have to dismantle your career and erase you from existence.

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Posted in: Polar opposite See in context

Feel sorry for this bear. Tennoji is one of the worse maintained zoos I've ever visited. What you can't see in the picture is the rest of this poor bear's completely unshaded concrete enclosure. The bear spends most of its day rocking back and forth with its head resting against the bars at the back of its enclosure.

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Posted in: Go To fiasco may see gov't paying Tokyoites' cancellation fees See in context

So those of us who are doing the socially responsible thing by not traveling across the country for nonessential reasons during a pandemic are being made to pay for other people's holidays and holiday cancelations? Ridiculous.

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Posted in: Gov't to exclude trips by Tokyo residents from Go To campaign See in context

There's a campaign to get the government to cancel the Go To campaign completely. Currently has over 110,000 signatures.

No idea how effective a petition like this is especially in Japan but it's quick and easy to sign.

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Posted in: Damages trial over ex-finance bureaucrat's suicide opens See in context

As usual the LDP are bulletproof even though they freely admit to illegally altering documents to deceive the public.

I hope Sagawa's wife at least gets some sort justice for the loss of her husband for being forced to carry out the governments shameless corrupt schemes.

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Posted in: Woman arrested over arson in Shizuoka Pref; mother’s body found in house ruins See in context

We could equally assume she sacrificed a career to be a full-time carer.

That's true. It's unfair to judge the situation on the information provided in the article. Elderly couples killing their own spouses after years of single handedly supporting their partners is also a common occurence.

But whether it's children who failed to leave the nest and develop the proper life skills required in adult life or caregivers shouldering the entire burden without any proper assistance it seems to be a major social issue in Japan that neither the government or the media are willing to tackle or even acknowledge.

I'm not without sympathy for these people but more needs to be done to prevent these sorts of incidents.

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Posted in: Woman arrested over arson in Shizuoka Pref; mother’s body found in house ruins See in context

Lives with parent.

Middle aged.


Check, check and check.

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Posted in: Kono: U.S. military coronavirus policy has multiple problems See in context

I wrote this on another thread, but I know someone who went to a "regular" hospital and the doctor said, "With all this COVID going on let's test you!", They did a CT scan of her chest, took swabs for influenza and PCR. -Yubaru

Yeah, I had another coworker who had to have emergency surgery and she was made to do Covid19 tests. Seems like the trick is to pretend you don't have symptoms if you actually want to get tested.

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Posted in: Japan’s first 100% non-alcoholic and vegan bar to open in Tokyo’s Roppongi district See in context

Going by that picture I'm glad they don't do haircuts either.

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Posted in: Kono: U.S. military coronavirus policy has multiple problems See in context

Seems like the biggest problem is that they're actually testing and actually reporting.

A coworker here in Osaka recently had a 4 day fever. They refused to test him for covid19 unless his symptoms got worse or he had a fever for more than a week.

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Posted in: Tokyo to pay nightclubs to close as virus cases surge See in context

God bless all those hard working gold digging hostesses risking their lives for their next Louis Vuitton handbag. God bless their tax dodging Yakuza pimps. God bless average-Taro-salaryman for risking his family's health and wellbeing for escaping his comatose marriage for an overpriced drinks and pathetic ego-massage.

We should be out cheering in the street for these frontline heros.

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Posted in: Mother physically subdues man who groped her schoolgirl daughter See in context

What's often surprising about so many of these cases is that the perpetrators often have professional careers and aren't hormone driven adolescents. (Police, doctors etc) How someone can't control their childish urges to prevent jeopardizing their own careers for a cheap sexual kick is beyond me.

Either way scumbag got what he deserved.

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Posted in: Trump lashes out at NASCAR over flag, noose; criticizes Redskins, Indians for weighing name changes See in context

Trump had tweeted in 2013 that then-President Barack Obama “should not be telling the Washington Redskins to change their name” because “our country has far bigger problems! FOCUS on them, not nonsense.”

132,000 and counting Donald and hundreds more every day.

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Posted in: Hirokazu Kore-eda and Catherine Deneuve look for ‘The Truth’ See in context

Interested in seeing this film. Koreeda is a great director so I hope the language barrier didn't diminish any of his ability.

I highly recommend everyone check out one of his earlier less known films After Life. A beautiful film that blends fiction and documentary.

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Posted in: Tokyo moves away from numerical targets to fight coronavirus See in context

Elsewhere in Today's news the government has just scraped it's Coronavirus advisory panel. Apparently it was making the government feel "uncomfortable".

Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil.

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Posted in: Why are so many Japanese women pigeon toed? See in context

The average Japanese salary man seems unafflicted by the pigeon foot as they stride their way through densely populated areas clasping their smartphones and leaving behind a trail of solipsistic destruction. So I doubt it has much to do with the traditional Japanese seiza sitting position.

You do see drunk salary men staggering around with loose ties and unbuttoned shirts clutching briefcases at their chests at around 3am. But I'd classify that as more of a wobbly velociraptor or a transitioning zombie clinging to its final strands of fast fading humanity than a pigeon foot manoeuvre.

My mypothesis is that it's considered attractive by many Japanese men. Perhaps to do with the patriarchy argument put forth by the respectful Drunken Historian. The constant infantilization of women in this country seems to get worse and more rampant every year. The subservient, pigeon footed, high school girl who worships your every fart and nose hair with childish glee seems to be the Japanese beauty standard of the modern age.

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Posted in: Arrested ex-justice minister admits cash handouts, denies vote buying See in context

I gave a cash handout to someone in a conbini the other day and ate an onigiri. However I categorically deny that I bought that onigiri, your honour.

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Posted in: Arrest of ex-justice minister could hasten Abe's departure See in context

You can always just pretend you have a sudden bout of IBS again like you did in 2007 when the going got tough.

Abe truly is the wrongest premiere in Japan's post-war history. Sorry that was supposed to say longest. Ls and rs y'know. A tricky thing for the Japanese.

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Posted in: Abe says Japan will bolster defense after scrapping missile system See in context

he takes the public criticism seriously.

Clearly not when he has already vowed to resubmit his controversial bill to extend the retirement age of his cronies in the next parliamentary session. Remember when that bill caused a huge public uproar and a slide in his support ratings just a few weeks ago?

The perks of an apathetic, forgetful public and an unviable opposition.

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Posted in: IOC, Tokyo Olympic organizers formulate 200 ideas to simplify games See in context

200 ideas to simplify the olympics? and people say the Japanese don't enjoy irony.

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Posted in: NHK removes video on U.S. protests after online outrage about depiction of African Americans See in context

Seems like a vast majority of the comments are disgusted at how inappropriate the video is and yet most comments have a negative rating. Have the Japanese nationalists crawled out of the woodwork to defend the startling ignorance of their dear NHK?

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Posted in: Japan's low virus mortality rate reflects social manners: Aso See in context

"I have received phone calls (from overseas) asking 'Do you have any drug that only you guys have?' My answer is the level of social manners is different, and then they fall silent," said Aso 

That silence doesn't mean what you think it means Aso-san.

The whole world is aware of Japan's incredibly low level of testing. It's not down to the good old "Nihon jinron" Japanese racial and cultural superiority.

If I were to pin it on anything I'd say it has a lot more to do with obesity rates and the general health of the population.

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Posted in: Minister denies shady dealings in outsourcing aid program for virus-hit businesses See in context

There's no part of the government's response to the pandemic that hasn't been used to fill the pockets of Abe and his old boys club.

Hopefully now that the lockdown appears to be over the Japanese public keep the pressure on the government, hold them accountable for their selfish actions and not let things slide back to the status quo.

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Posted in: Man swims across moat to enter Imperial Palace grounds See in context

And in 2008, a naked British man was arrested after swimming across the moat and scaling the stone walls in the full view of the public, even tussling with police armed with a stick when they tried to accost him.

That's an understatement. If you want to see a single middle aged naked man scatter an entire squadron's worth of riot shielding carrying cops like pigeons in a park I recommend looking up the footage.

I'm pretty sure it's the incident which inspired the entire Attack On Titan series.

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Posted in: Delivery of 'Abenomasks' starts in 34 remaining prefectures See in context

The only upside in this whole debacle has been watching Abe literally having strap his ineptitude to his own face everytime he steps out in public.

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Posted in: Pelosi: 'Morbidly obese' was taste of Trump's 'own medicine' See in context

Very degenerate and unprofessional for a public representative to be making schoolyard comments like that in an official capacity.

I think we deserve some maturity for our tax dollars. - Burning Bush

Being the ardent Trump supporter that you are, the fact that you can say such a thing without the slightest trace of irony is remarkable.

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