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Posted in: Abe cabinet support rate at 42% amid cherry-blossom viewing event criticism See in context

Why didn't the poll ask about plans to rewrite the Japanese constitution since that is this government's main stated objective.

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Posted in: Boy falls to death from apartment while under treatment for flu See in context

I remember going to a clinic for fly a few years ago and being asked by the doctor if I lived by myself because one of the side effects of tamiflu was (Oji-chan doctor confers with his English dictionary) psychosis. I politely declined the treatment.

Tamiflu was banned in the UK and a number of other countries and has been proven to have virtually no effect on recovering from the flu.

Pretty sure it was also banned for use on children in Japan because of numerous cases just like this one.

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Posted in: Japanese lawyer comments on legality of tattoo ban at hot springs See in context

“The tattoo ban is a ban on yakuza. It’s not that Japan hates foreigners’ tattoo culture, we just hate the yakuza.”

“Stop trying to dilute Japan’s culture.”

Foreigners can't be Yakuza so therefore there is zero logic to a blanket tattoo ban.

Dilute your culture? Then the solution is to exclude people from your culture? Seems the only dilution of culture here would be the dilution of Japan's grand old tradition of rules for rules sake.

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Posted in: New H&M tagline sparks outcry over gender violence association See in context

I've never heard of GBV before. All these "outrages" don't really benefit the cause of the LGBTQ community. If anything it puts a lot of people off interfacing with them in any way due to their hyper-sensitivity and extreme volatility.

Incidents like this where clearly there was no malicious intent should be dealt with more rationally. The goal should be to spread awareness and sensitivity not run people out of town with pitchforks for every minor, unwitting infraction.

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Posted in: Justice minister quits over wife's alleged election law breach; 2nd cabinet exit in a week See in context

Seems like a fairly minor infraction. Frustrating to see the dinosaurs higher up on the political ladder get away with murder on a regular basis and there be no such repercussions.

Being a member of the old guard seems to place you above reproach and grant complete political and legal immunity.

"I'm sorry that you thought I broke the law". Bow, move along, no accountability necessary.

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Posted in: 'Game of Thrones' creators withdraw from 'Star Wars' trilogy See in context

Following the relative failure of the stand-alone film "Solo" in 2018, Walt Disney CEO Bob Iger announced he wanted to slow down the pace at which "Star Wars" films are released.


"The duo were due to write and produce the trilogy,"

"Another series of "Star Wars" movies is also being put together by Rian Johnson"

"And in September, Disney announced that Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige would make a "Star Wars" movie for Lucasfilm."

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Posted in: Japan to tighten gasoline sale rules after Kyoto arson attack See in context

Maybe they should tighten fire safety rules instead. When over 30 people die because they can't escape a single fire in a building with only 2 floors clearly there's an issue.

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Posted in: Sarcastic Koike says: Let's hold Olympic marathon on Russian-held islands See in context

Koike said she is aware that athlete-first arrangements are essential but that the matter should be addressed in a larger context

In other words she prefers a Tokyo-first approach which is one of the main problems with these games. They were billed as an opportunity to rebuild the parts of the country ruined by the 2011 quake but instead Tokyo has hogged all of the funding for itself.

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Posted in: LDP exec apologizes for calling typhoon damage 'so-so' See in context

told reporters that the comment "was inappropriate if I caused misunderstanding to people affected by the disaster."

Classic political non-apology. This guy's a true vet.

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Posted in: Naomi Osaka picks Japanese citizenship with eye on Olympics: NHK See in context

Sorry, that's Renho. Not Rinho.

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Posted in: Naomi Osaka picks Japanese citizenship with eye on Olympics: NHK See in context

To clarify. Japan DOES NOT allow for dual citizenship.

I know that in a lot of cases people who have dual nationality accept Japanese citizenship but then don't relinquish the passports for the other country. Japan usually only sends a polite letter asking you to destroy your other passport and never follows up on it. That might not be the case for a public figure like Naomi if the nationalists decide to make an example of her. Just look at what happened to the Japanese politician Rinho a few years back.

This is a good career move but a potentially bad life decision.

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Posted in: Women treated as eye candy in films even when they play leaders, finds study See in context

There seems to be an obsession with creating an artificial equality everything. There will always be fields of interest which attract more men or women. The focus should be on giving equal opportunity regardless of gender etc.

And besides it's not like male actors are hired for their sex appeal right? Would Titanic be one of the biggest grossing films of all time if Gilbert Gottfried played the main character?

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Posted in: Alligator in Nagoya zoo pond swallowed hundreds of tossed coins See in context

I'm going to build a pond in my front garden.

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Posted in: Tax hike adds to woes for low-income households in Japan See in context

They should implement a VAT system like a lot of other countries. High taxes on luxury items and low tax on essential items.

The idea that you pay the same amount of tax on 50inch flat screen TV or a vintage bottle of wine as you pay on provisions like rice and toilet paper is ridiculous.

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Posted in: Prosecutors appeal TEPCO acquittal in Fukushima case See in context

Ensuring absolute safety at nuclear plants was not a government requirement then, it said.

What a disturbing statement.

TEPCO has spent 9 trillion yen ($83 billion) on compensation related to the disaster. It needs to spend an estimated 8 trillion yen ($74 billion) to decommission the plant and 6 trillion yen ($55 billion) for decontamination.

Most of which is actually public money since the government bailed out TEPCO after the disaster and then nationalized the company. And yet somehow year after year TEPCO boasts healthy profits.

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Posted in: FSA will no longer make reference to post-retirement savings estimate See in context

What shame that the truth "runs counter to the government's official view".

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Posted in: Abe says ASDF may evolve into 'Air and Space SDF' See in context

So would that make it the ASS Defense Force?

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Posted in: South Korea initiating WTO complaint over Japan trade curbs See in context

Korea. The country that doesn't want its cake but wants to eat it too.

Hopefully both sides calm down soon and recognize their self destructive behaviours.

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Posted in: Nissan chief Saikawa to step down Sept 16; successor to be named See in context

The old boy has fallen on his sword. Now if prosecutors genuinely wanted to get to the bottom of all the scandals and weren't just engaged in a targetted witch hunt against the foreign execs they would have Saikawa arrested and subjected to Japan's "hostage justice" system to milk him for info.

Never thought I'd be fighting the corner of a money grubbing fat cat like Ghosn but it's hard not to see the blatant racism and nationalistic protectionism in all this and understand that as a foreigner in Japan this could so easily be any of us in almost any situation.

One rule for the pure blooded locals. Another rule for the troublesome outsiders. Even if you're willing to accept the success and prosperity they brought you.

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Posted in: New prosecutor defends handling of Ghosn case See in context

Asked about criticisms of Japan's criminal system as "hostage justice," referring to prolonged detentions of suspects possibly leading to false confessions, Tetsuya Sogi said he didn't really understand what that meant.

Such a Japanese response.

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Posted in: 27% of municipalities concerned over surge in foreign visitors in Japan: survey See in context

they worry that problems may occur in the future, such as traffic jams, noise issues and trespassing on private property.

With Japan ranked as the noisiest country in the world by WHO I don't think they have to worry too much about the troublesome gaijin causing the 2nd one.

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Posted in: Japan's ruling coalition secures upper house majority See in context

Nonetheless, Abe welcomed the results, saying winning a majority indicates a public mandate for his government.

The LDP got 57 seats out of 124 with a 49% voter turnout. So you got less than half the votes from the less than half people who bothered to vote. Not exactly what I would call a "public mandate".

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Posted in: Japanese entertainment mogul Johnny Kitagawa dies at age 87 See in context

The court ruled that there was sufficient evidence of his sexual abuse of underage boys as well as his habit plying them with cigarettes and alchohol but that the 15 year statue of limitations had passed in the incident that was brought to court.

Didn't do much to dent his popularity.

I hope these allegations aren't papered over in what I'm sure are going to be the around the clock effusive outpourings we will witness on TV.

Perhaps fans should be a little more conscientious about what they consume. Does knowing what he may have been doing to the pop stars they worship not cause any sort of conflict in loyalty?

Guess not.

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Posted in: 7-Eleven mobile payment users lose ¥55 million by unauthorized access See in context

Of direct debit functioned as it does in any other country and was accepted widely by stores there'd be no nees for the one hundred and one new payment formats now emerging. Rakuten pay, Fami pay, Pay pay, Line pay etc etc.

I'm sure they're all prime targets for hackers and savy fraudsters. Especially with Japan's rather patchy record of cyber security.

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Posted in: 'Skid Row' of Osaka may be a dream for budget-conscious tourists, but is it safe? See in context

I lived down the road from Nishinari for several years. Generally a pretty safe area despite it's reputation. Has a ton of character unlike a lot of other places in Japan.

I would advise that if you are a tourist though not go round taking pictures like it's the center of Paris. The locals don't take too well to that.

It's also the only part of town where you can leave your cans out on the street any day of the week and have someone whisk them away within the hour.

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Posted in: Japan grapples with traffic jams, visitors' manners amid tourism boom See in context

Some 25.4 percent cited tourists' manners as a problem in relation to the use of restrooms,

Tourists need to learn that cubicles are primarily to be used for smoking and reading newspapers on your lunch break and that it's customary to pee on the floor IN FRONT OF the urinal and not actually in it.

When in Rome people.

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Posted in: Japan's #KuToo movement giving women a leg-up in the workplace See in context

I propose a #zutoo where women are forced to wear stuffy trousers and suffocating ties on hot days rather than their usually breezy skirts blouses.

For the sake of everyone maybe we could just away with torturous formal wear and allow office workers to work in comfort.

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Posted in: Man arrested on suspicion of paying 2 high school girls for sex See in context

It takes 2 to tango. Or in this case. Are the underage girls who solicited the money from the man being charged for anything?

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Posted in: End of 'Big Bang' stirs debate over future of TV comedies See in context

In 2006, TV critics swooned over "30 Rock," part of a new breed of comedy that dared to fly without a laugh track

2006? I want to say by the late 90's laugh tracks had become outdated in UK comedies thanks to shows like The Office, People Like Us and The Royal Family.

I one day dream of Japanese TV "daring to fly" and ditching worthless food segments, panels shows with of armies of d-list nodding head "talento", eye bleeding set designs and garish subtitles. One can dream. . .

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Posted in: Gov't considers amnesty in honor of emperor's enthronement See in context

In past cases, many were restored their civil rights that have been suspended due to election violations.

Some critics also say the restoration of rights can be seen as equivalent to granting amnesty to political offenders, given that those who violated the election law are often rewarded in that case.

Not dodgy at all.

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