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Posted in: Half-Japanese woman hands card to people who ask tiresome questions about her race See in context

Definitely a finalist in the “Date From Hell” Competition

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Posted in: NHK to retrain staff after criticism of cartoon about black Americans See in context

How ridiculous. Obviously, the commenters and the idiot DCM at the US Embassy have not watched South Park in the US. As a native New Yorker, the two characters on the right are typical of what you would see as wall or building art in a black neighborhood in NYC. Indeed, the two images have that quasi-1930s Socialist Realism art look still painted by the usual left wing progressives (whether black, white or Latino) in the US.

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Posted in: Ex-justice minister, wife arrested over alleged vote buying See in context

So if you are Japanese politician, prosecutors make an appointment to arrest you (and then probably let you out pretty quickly)...but if you are French/Brazilian/Lebanese businessman or an American businessman in the automobile industry, you are subject to a conspiratorial deception by the prosecutors and Japan Inc. and thrown into jail...

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Posted in: Japan to scrap costly land-based U.S. missile defense system See in context

Brilliant! The cheaper alternative is simply to distribute "Learning Russian 101" textbook to everyone in Hokkaido and "Learning Mandarin 101" textbook to everyone else in Japan. And you also give the option of receiving "Learning Korean with a Northern Accent 101" textbook. Will save lots of money for Japan and allow the US military to leave Japan and save taxpayers the billions of dollars spent defending Japan. Problems solved!

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Posted in: 'Terrace House' star's death sparks calls for cyberbullying rules See in context

Just what Japan needs- more rules and regulations written and unwritten. Better if parents take responsibility and teach their children true manners, respect, kindness and compassion. We don’t need some bureaucrats spouting out more useless rules and regulations

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Posted in: Nissan to close Spain, Indonesia plants after losses See in context

Au Revoir, Renault. Sayonara, Nissan and Mitsubishi....and Good Riddance! This will be a three year long wreck and pileup with government bureaucrats (and clueless executives) making the wreck even worse.

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Posted in: Abe ends state of emergency in Osaka, Kyoto, Hyogo; Tokyo's may be lifted Monday See in context

What a ridiculous, stupid, moronic metric of basing the emergency order on new infections falling below 0.5 per 100,000 people in a week. There is absolutely no common sense or rationality to this heavy handed metric. So if 70 people over the age of 75 in nursing homes or other facilities are infected a prefecture of 14 million people are still under the emergency order jackboot. I know Planet J can be weird but this is bizarre!

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Posted in: As Japanese gov't slow-walks stimulus, small businesses fear collapse See in context

Tokyo's Chuo Ward says they won't be able to print applications for the 100,000 yen payments until late May....new meaning to the word slow walking...yet my 45,000 car tax bill arrived two weeks ago-- well there goes nearly half of the 100,000 yen!!

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Posted in: Japan looks to lift emergency in some areas ahead of May 31 See in context

Decisions need to be fact based and not to be left to the Chicken Littles of the World. These two sites provide up to date data with easy to read graphs:

https://toyokeizai.net/sp/visual/tko/covid19/en.html

https://newsdigest.jp/pages/coronavirus/

The vast majority of serious cases and deaths are found in the age ranges of 60s to 80s+. In the Tokyo Keizai information (granted relying on MHW information), the fatality rates are .32% for those in their 40s and .6% for those in their 50s--and these age groups have substantially more overall cases than the older age groups. The other site's numbers are somewhat similar.

"Objective" makes an excellent point that the number of infected is much higher than reported- because many Japanese do not want to report they have the virus (I actually know two Japanese- one in 20s and other in 30s- who are certain they had it and self quarantined) or because there are fewer tests. Accordingly, the actual mortality rates are likely much lower.

As US doctors like Dr. Atlas of Stanford University- have said, the key is to quarantine the sick and protect (and therefore quarantine those who are elderly and have pre-existing conditions that are likely to worsen a coronavirus infection.

This is a link to Atlas' opinion article on the subject:

https://thehill.com/opinion/healthcare/494034-the-data-are-in-stop-the-panic-and-end-the-total-isolation

Lockdowns don't work- they only exacerbate the issue. I

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Posted in: Retailers, manufacturers cautious on outlook under extended emergency See in context

This is what happens when the government turns all decision making over to so called medical experts who are like "hammers" where everything is a "nail". Zero common sense. Zero awareness of the impact of lockdowns on the economy, people's mental health, people's personal lives. This will end in a huge disruption to the economy and people's wellbeing. The large corporations will survive but the family owned businesses will be crushed.

NHK (and other media) drone on every night about the Government saving the nation. However, there is virtually no effort to disclose material facts to the public. A true propaganda machine.

There don't seem to be any answers on NHK or any other major Japanese media. Not sure if that is because of malfeasance, misfeasance, nonfeasance or just bad reporting. However, I have found this site (I am not sure how up to date or accurate it is).

https://newsdigest.jp/pages/coronavirus/

This site shows the age demographics in Japan for (1) those with COVID19, and (2) deaths from COVID19? See the table "Cumulative Number of Infected People And Deaths by Age Group."

It indicates that nearly all deaths from COVID19 have occurred in the over 70 demographic with much fewer numbers in the 50 to 70 age range. While the number infected are occurring mainly in the 20 to 60 age range the highest mortality rate in that range is the 60 to 70 age range at 2.8% and those in the 50 to 60 age range at .7% The interesting unknown fact is the impact of testing or the lack of testing. If there were more testing at younger age levels, it's likely that the mortality rate would drop (since if you were dead, someone would likely be determining post mortem whether you had COVID19). to find a clear timeline for such infections and deaths?

But even this chart is insufficient.

It would also be important to know that with respect to active cases how many people (1) are hospitalized in ICU, (2) are on ventilators or similar machines, (3) simply hospitalized, (4) staying at designated hotels or quarantine, or (5) in quarantine at home. These are important statistics in making a determination as to extending the state of emergency and what parameters, if any, should apply to such extension.

I am certain this information is known at certain levels but I am appalled that it is not being disclosed to the public.

Historically, the purpose of quarantines is to separate the sick and infected from healthy people. Secondarily, quarantines are used to separate high risk people (whether by age or pre-existing conditions) from the healthy population. Complete lockdowns of an entire population have been extremely rare.

In any case, I hope that so called experts can make fact based decisions rather than CYA decisions necessarily taking into account the views of all "experts": medical, economic, workers, parents, etc.

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Posted in: Abe seeks to extend state of emergency by about a month See in context

We need to step back and look at facts- and ask fact focused questions:

Has anyone been able to find data showing the age demographics in Japan for (1) those with COVID19, and (2) deaths from COVID19? And has anyone been able to find a clear timeline for such infections and deaths?

It would also be important to know that with respect to active cases how many people (1) are hospitalized in ICU, (2) are on ventilators or similar machines, (3) simply hospitalized, (4) staying at designated hotels or quarantine, or (5) in quarantine at home. These are important statistics in making a determination as to extending the state of emergency and what parameters, if any, should apply to such extension.

There don't seem to be any answers on NHK or any other major Japanese media. Not sure if that is because of malfeasance, misfeasance, nonfeasance or just bad reporting. However, I have found this site (I am not sure how up to date or accurate it is)

https://newsdigest.jp/pages/coronavirus/

It indicates in the chart titled (in English) "Cumulative Number of Infected People and Deaths by Age Group" (Google Translate) that the nearly all deaths from COVID19 have occurred in the over 70 demographic with much fewer numbers in the 50 to 70 age range. While the number infected are occurring mainly in the 20 to 60 age range the highest mortality rate in that range is the 60 to 70 age range at 2.5%. The interesting unknown fact is the impact of testing or the lack of testing. If there were more testing at younger age levels, it's likely that the mortality rate would drop (since if you were dead, someone would likely be determining post mortem whether you had COVID19).

Historically, the purpose of quarantines is to separate the sick and infected from healthy people. Secondarily, quarantines are used to separate high risk people (whether by age or pre-existing conditions) from the healthy population. Complete lockdowns of an entire population have been extremely rare.

In any case, I hope that so called experts can make fact based decisions rather than CYA decisions necessarily taking into account the views of all "experts": medical, economic, workers, parents, etc.

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Posted in: Confirmed new coronavirus infections in Japan now 1,528, including cruise ship cases See in context

I strongly recommend that readers take a look at this site which is one of the few making a serious effort to compile and drill down on global data for cases, deaths, mortality rates (by age and gender):

https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/

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Posted in: Tokyo gov't urges people to refrain from cherry blossom parties in parks See in context

Maybe the Government should order the cherry trees not to blossom until September after the Olympics are over.

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Posted in: Parents, teachers scramble to cope after Abe urges school shutdown See in context

As to closing the schools for a month on almost zero notice:

The Japanese government is oblivious to or never heard of the Law of Unintended Consequences (such as where do the children go, who takes care of them, what about parents that work, etc.; and/or

None of the decisionmakers have children in school and both parents work OR they own a lot of stock in babysitting companies.

A test one week closure would make sense and a frequent daily practice in the schools of everyone cleaning their hands and wearing masks would be much more effective.

This is what happens when government bureaucrats take over to show they are "saving" the people... See also, China, Iran....

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Posted in: Ministry of Justice's human rights bureau offers free counseling services to foreign residents See in context

It's the Spider and the Fly once again:

"Will you walk into my parlour?" said a spider to a fly;

" 'Tis the prettiest little parlour that ever you did spy.

The way into my parlour is up a winding stair,

And I have many pretty things to shew when you are there."

"Oh no, no!" said the little fly, "to ask me is in vain,

For who goes up your winding stair can ne'er come down again."

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Posted in: Professor denies he was pressured to remove videos on virus-hit ship See in context

Further proof there is no difference between the Japanese and Chinese government jackboots. Will he end up like Dr. Li?

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Posted in: Japan torn over whether to test all on cruise ship for coronavirus See in context

The HK government quickly tested 1,800 passengers and a large portion of the crew on the cruise ship there. The Japanese government, as usual, is unable to address crises quickly and effectively as no one ever wants to take responsibility or step up and own a decision. So the cruise passengers in Yokohama are just collateral damage to the Japanese politicians.

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Posted in: Sawajiri pleads guilty to illegal drug possession, says she won't return as actress See in context

She should move to the US. BTW, anyone with half a brain to understand science knows that neither MDMA or LSD are addictive like cocaine or heroin. MDMA can be and is used to treat PTSD and can only be efficacious again after a non use for a period of two weeks or so. The real danger of MDMA is using impure product.

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Posted in: 'Hostage justice?' Japan fights back with an internet FAQ See in context

Having read through most of the FAQ, this is nothing more than Orwellian Newspeak. The MOJ must be consulting with the Chinese Justice Ministry for propaganda tips

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Posted in: Emperor, empress to make state visit to UK See in context

I think the meeting with Elizabeth will be on whether the Emperor will adopt Harry and therefore Harry will become the crown prince instead of the Emperor's half brother and the son. Multiple problems solved. Meghan can do anime voice overs here.

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Posted in: Ghosn puts Japan's justice system on trial See in context

It's quite ironic that the one Japanese bengoshi in this article speaking up, Seiho Cho, is most likely a Japanese of Korean origin, who historically were beaten down by the Japanese justice system. I'd like to see the leaders of the three Tokyo Bar Associations (the Tokyo Bar Association, the Dai-Ichi Tokyo Bar Assocation and the Dai-Ni Tokyo Bar Assocation) have the cahones to speak up here. Unlikely.... because they are all at the same trough as the prosecutors and judges. More embarrassing still is the silence of the big foreign law firms (well, forget about Latham....!!), the ACCJ and the foreign correspondents.

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Posted in: Prosecutors raid Tokyo office of Ghosn's Japanese lawyer See in context

It is now live on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_vk0VL4-O0k

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Posted in: Prosecutors raid Tokyo office of Ghosn's Japanese lawyer See in context

If they in fact raided the office and seized documents used by Ghosn's lawyers or anything related to the defense, this means the end of the Japanese legal system promulgated after WWII and the end of the attorney/client and work product privileges. The three large Japanese Bar Associations and foreign lawyers should be marching in front of the MOJ and demanding the disbarment of Mori and all of the prosecutors involved in this case. Ghosn's lawyers should immediately file criminal complaints against the prosecutors. Perhaps additional justice would be the Lebanese government issuing arrest warrants for all of the Tokyo prosecutors. That would be fun!

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Posted in: Ghosn says he will reveal names of Japan gov't officials behind his arrest See in context

I am also hoping Ghosn can shed some light on what REALLY happened at the meeting on December 20th between the President of Lebanon and Keisuke Suzuki, the Japan Minister of Foreign Affairs (not the foreign minister). Suzuki is a 40-something acolyte of Aso and Abe. Good chance he was giving the message to the Lebanese President that at least Abe and the LDP wanted to wash their hands of Ghosn (not good for business with 2020 and Abe needing to identify a successor). Just leave the back door open for the holidays....Let the idiots at MOJ and the Prosecutors office blather on and on as part of the kabuki play-- Abe has more important things to deal with in his mind that having Ghosn and the bad publicity for Japan muddying things up for him and the LDP. Well, this will be fun.....

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Posted in: Japan official to Kardashian West: Kimono belongs to Japan See in context

What about sushi clothing:

https://www.etsy.com/market/sushi_clothing

Oy vey!

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic CEO reminds visitors that cannabis is banned in Japan See in context

I am pretty confident that this will make a great article in The Rising Wasabi.

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Posted in: Ex-Nissan boss Ghosn served 4th arrest warrant; calls it 'outrageous' See in context

The Tokyo prosecutors are emulating the Chinese secret police, the North Korean secret police and the Gestapo with a dash of vindictiveness and defensiveness characteristic of passive/aggressive behavior. Japan is really becoming a police state and their treatment of Ghosn is a bleak display of this jackboot behavior by the prosecutors. Of course, the French will do nothing about this. Ghosn's lawyers will speak out and they really need to go all in a la Saul Alinsky (wonder how many readers know about Alinsky) to isolate, divide and polarize individual prosecutors and police. So much for reiwa....

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Posted in: Nissan's governance committee says Ghosn had too much power See in context

Read today's Wall Street Journal article instead of this lame Associated Press article. Saikawa admitted (probably when he was drunk) that the main motivation against Ghosn was to make sure the French did not take over Nissan or continue control over Nissan. The corporate governance story is a silly illusion fostered by the Japanese oligarchy elite.

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Posted in: Tokyo court denies Ghosn's latest bail request See in context

The French government is here in Tokyo discussion Renalut/Nissan and needs to deliver the unequivocal message to the government to release Ghosn in the form of "This is not a request but an instruction and Japan will face dire consequences if Ghosn is not released." Of course, the French do not have the guts to do this though they have many means in their arsenal (economic, moral and military) to force Japan's hand. The international community should not accept this new imposition of the Gulag in Japan.

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Posted in: Ghosn's wife says he is suffering 'harsh' treatment in detention center See in context

Welcome to the Japan Gulag Archipelago. This is exactly how the Soviet commisars would extract confessions from political prisoners and others-- harsh conditions, constant interrogations, no lawyers. Pretty much the same in China.

Incredible that the French and Brazilian governments continue to do nothing and it is left to Ghosn's wife to beg Human Rights Watch to help.

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