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Posted in: Hospitals turning away sick people as coronavirus cases surge See in context

In March, there were 931 cases of ambulances getting rejected by more than five hospitals or driving around for 20 minutes or longer to reach an emergency room, up from 700 in March last year.

In the first 11 days of April, that rose to 830, the Tokyo Fire Department said. 

A year ago there were 700 cases of ambulances getting rejected by more than five hospitals or driving around for 20 minutes or longer to reach an emergency room... No action to improve the situation in the last 12 months ?

This was already a terrible situation that has not been improved and is now being highlighted through the magnifying glass of the covid epidemic. There seems to be a pattern of wasted time and inaction...

For over 3 months Japan has watched from afar at the tragic loss of life internationally - thousands of lives lost in what was a head start for Japan to better prepare - a tragic loss and waste in so many respects.

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Posted in: Princess Aiko turns 16, enjoying school life and learning her role See in context

Happy Birthday to her... I can't believe the IHA released this photo, they must be slipping. Aiko has her hands placed as required, but she and the sofa she sits upon are both off-center.

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Posted in: Abe asks companies to bear part of costs to expand child-care support See in context

Abe went to the people for a mandate, got a super majority and now the best he can do at 'leadership' is to make more urges and requests... As the country's prime 'law-maker', it is time for him to lead and legislate, if he can learn how.

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Posted in: Dentsu fined Y500,000 for making employees do too much overtime See in context

How many individual breaches ? Why not 500,000 yen per each and every breach ?

This is just more evidence that Japan Inc wants its drones to show up, keep up and shut up.

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Posted in: BOJ's delay in inflation target throws Kuroda reappointment in doubt See in context

In this pic, it looks as if Kuroda has just had a shocking revelation after being handed a note saying that a bow is also needed when using arrows.

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Posted in: School children denied access to public seats at city assembly See in context

"There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way in which it treats its children." - Nelson Mandela

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Posted in: Trump announces U.S. withdrawal from Paris climate pact; allies voice dismay See in context

In this photo, Trump shows us, yet again, how much intellect and foresight he really has has.

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Posted in: Japan's first Premium Friday shows mixed results See in context

“changing the way people work,”

Well, this has to begin by changing the way management manages... As Dango bong said, simply be able to take and enjoy paid leave - as it was intended - would be a step in the right direction to meet all 3 stated goals.

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Posted in: Abe meditates as Japan punches time clock early for 'Premium Friday' See in context

Many Japanese employees don’t even take all of their regular annual leave...

... umm, most Japanese employees can't get approval to take all of their annual leave.

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Posted in: Admit women or lose Olympic golf, IOC tells club See in context

@ browny, spot on. As reported previously on JT, Kasumigaseki's original submission in English omitted their policies on women and now it is, in their own words, a 'nuisance'. So is traveling 44 km from the athletes' village when their courses as close as 6 km away offering full membership to men and, surprisingly, women.

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Posted in: Memorial ceremony marks fall of Singapore to Japanese troops See in context

“Heartbreaking and so sad,” Menz said. “What was it all for? It should have never happened.”

Simply and well said... Lest we Forget

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Posted in: Confusion over 2020 Olympic golf venue dates back to bid See in context

This confusion has resulted because Kasumigaseki knowingly left out the details at issue - they are unfamiliar with the term 'full disclosure'. This 'nuisance' is their own doing and they just want the prestige without the 21st century responsibilities.

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Posted in: Japanese killjoys wage war on Valentine's 'conspiracy' See in context

I'm with @bones, we need to eradicate these weapons of mass dejection.

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Posted in: Japanese killjoys wage war on Valentine's 'conspiracy' See in context

Meanwhile, security has been doubled at various aggressive installations, aka the axis of evil: Lotte, Meiji and Morinaga.

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Posted in: Eastern Australia warns of 'catastrophic' conditions amid heatwave See in context

Spot on Ron... No jobs on a dead planet and here's an analysis on how Australia got to now:


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Posted in: With golf and gifts, Abe cuts own path with Trump See in context

"... with someone like Mr Trump, who seems to be impulsive or simple-minded.”

Thanks, that was great for a laugh and I would love to caddy this game.

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Posted in: How the decision was made (to sign the purchase contract) should be clarified. Mr Ishihara has given the public the impression that he is trying to evade providing an explanation. See in context

If he was in charge at the time, then he is ultimately responsible. At any rate, the honorable thing for him to do would be to answer questions - his actions to date suggest that he somehow thinks doing so is beneath him.

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Posted in: Opposition calls on Abe to oppose Trump's refugee ban See in context

Renho - focused on US refugee policies... Abe and Toyoda - focused on US jobs. Is it just JT posters who feel that these people should focus on helping those whom they represent and live with ?

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Posted in: Abe to propose major job-creating plan to Trump, reports say See in context

Abe can't protect the rights of workers in Japan and he won't even mandate wage increases - despite doing all he can to inflate prices... Beware of this man's broken arrows.

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Posted in: Smokers face tighter rules as Tokyo eyes smoke-free Olympics See in context

An estimated 140,000 Japanese die every year from smoking-related diseases, including 15,000 who die from the effects of secondhand smoke, according to the health ministry.

In terms of passive smoking, here are at least 15,000 reasons to make it happen.

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Posted in: 7-Eleven penalizes 16-year-old part-timer for taking 2 days off due to illness See in context

According to the Labor Standards Act regarding pay cuts, “The deduction must not exceed 10% of the total wages in a single payment period.” The reduction of 9,350 yen from the student’s 23,375 yen wage exceeded the 10% mandate.

Under the mandate does this mean that a deduction under 10% for what happened is, in fact, legal ?

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Posted in: Smokers face tighter rules as Tokyo eyes smoke-free Olympics See in context

the health impact is our main priority

Then don't wait for 2020, do it now - nationwide.

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Posted in: Lion mauls two handlers in Chiba See in context

It was not clear what provoked the animal...

As noted, being 'chained' and 'groomed' may have had something to do with it.

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Posted in: Coin collection See in context

Nice pic, at first glance of it as a small image, I thought it might have been a snowy village up in Hokkaido.

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Posted in: Voting begins for 'moe' global warming prevention campaign characters See in context

An 'expert' on TV's Cool Japan once said that the Japanese use mascots to take the edge of issues that are difficult, uncomfortable, strict by nature, or, in this case, an inconvenient truth.

Let's take Moonraker's point by striving to reduce, reuse or recycle current mascots.

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Posted in: Gov't reconsiders plan to change Japan's iconic hot spring symbol after backlash See in context

70 percent of surveyed foreigners said they found it easy to grasp the meaning of the new symbol...

As a starting point... What is the percentage of foreigners that found it easy to grasp the meaning of the OLD symbol ? Revealing this would probably highlight what a waste of time and money this has all been.

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Posted in: IOC will not sign off on Tokyo's Y2 tril budget for 2020 Games See in context

No one should be surprised, this is what you get when an 'outsider' looks in on how Japan Inc. usually does business. Tantamount to fraud given Tokyo's initial bid cost estimates.

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Posted in: Panel head says Tokyo 2020 organizers not cooperating to reduce costs See in context

... the projected cost for the original Sea Forest venue on Tokyo Bay soared to nearly 50 billion yen ($480 million), seven times the initial estimate...

Say whatever you want during the bidding to get the games, then reveal the actual costs without any recourse. No accountability whatsoever and all this 'construction' - in the case of rowing and canoeing - just to see who can go from point A to B across water the fastest...

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Posted in: Politician pushing to double price of cigarettes in Japan by start of 2020 Olympics See in context

"... some worried about how certain social norms of the geographically, and at times socially, insular nation will be perceived by the international community... "

I'm all for indoor ban and price increase, but health should be the prime mover in these changes rather than concerns about how Japan may be perceived. With so many goals and targets, 2020 is shaping as a massive year.

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Posted in: Man whose wife was killed by stalker sues Zushi City See in context

This case is so sad and wrong in so many ways that it's hard to know where to start... Can't begin to imagine the pain of the husband, family and friends.

"The private detective involved, Hirotoshi Kohama, 61, was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison, suspended for five years, in January 2015." ...

But this detective knowingly perpetrates fraud, for a price, which in turn results in murder. He is complicit in her murder, aided and abetted, yet is currently free to walk the streets.

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