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Posted in: Immigration agency admits to mistreatment of Sri Lankan before her death See in context

What action can we (non-Japanese) take to lobby for systemic change? What action in this specific case to address blatant injustice?

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Posted in: Family of dead Sri Lankan woman launch petition for video disclosure See in context

Please add your voice:

https://www.change.org/p/菅義偉-内閣総理大臣-名古屋入管死亡事件の真相究明のためのビデオ開示-再発防止徹底を求めます-54c2248a-e98a-4949-b69e-7016156a699f

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Posted in: Teacher in Japan literally picks up truant kid, carries him out of house to make him go to class See in context

An issue here is why the parents didn't communicate to the school the reasons for the child's absenteeism, then arranged effective measures including counselling. Perhaps the parents felt shame or embarrassment about their child's difficulties. Perhaps there are other reasons. But the key to solving this kind of issue is effective home-school partnership.

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Posted in: Memorial service marks 20 years since fatal stabbing rampage at Ikeda school See in context

The main entrance to my child’s elementary school in Shinagawa-ku is not locked. There is an office as you enter which is supposed to be staffed at all times but often isn’t. When I enter the school, the old guy who sits there often doesn’t even glance up.

As we saw a couple if weeks ago when a man with a knife wondered around an elementary school (he was angry about the children’s noise!), security is still lacking in Japanese schools and another incident is sadly very likely.

RIP to the children who died 20 years ago. You deserved to be safe at school.

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Posted in: Suga dodges questions on whether Olympics can be held under state of emergency See in context

I'd like for a wealthy influencer (Rakuten founder for example) to fund and coordinate the production and shipment of 'No Olympics' posters and signs for distribution to all main sites of the Olympics and ParaOlympics, as well as hospitals, clinics, and other organization who are concerned about hosting the events.

These could be posted in private residences and business along the main transport routes and near main venues to show the public anger at the event. This kind of grassroots definance of the public party line, spouted by Suga and the IOC and JOC cronies could help push countries towards not sending teams. It would create a lot of international media traction and embarrassment for the JAC and government.

I think in many countries, this kind of action would have already happened. I wonder how supportive Japanese business and individuals would be though for this kind of thing. At the end of the day, most Japanese really care about global perception and may think twice about such a direct public statement, rather than an online petition or comment on a web discussion.

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Posted in: Japan may let pharmacists administer COVID-19 vaccines See in context

60,000 yen a month in health insurance and unable to get a vaccine and no sign of that coming anytime soon. Also, a high risk of not getting hospital care if I get very sick with COVID. I'm definitely being ripped off.

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Posted in: Japan to vaccinate Olympic athletes: reports See in context

Most democratic countries have a system of independent public enquiries. Many countries need to commission thorough enquiries into the handling of the pandemic (the UK, the US at the top of the list), but Japan needs an enquiry that tackles covide (mis) management AND the Olympics as a connected and key factor.

I fear it would take a New York level public health disaster during the Olympics itself to compel an enquiry. And then we'll discover that the enquiry was headed by a former Dentsu executive. And the LDP will remain in power. Just as with 2011, there'll be minimal systemic change and no accountability.

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Posted in: Anti-Olympic petition tops 200,000 signatures in just 2 days See in context

Signed. Vote and make your voice heard. All pressure to make a change is useful.

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Posted in: Kyoto police investigating cream puff attack on Bentley See in context

These large, classic cars just look so out of place in Japan. Nouveaux riche, gauche, tasteless.

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Posted in: Japan urged to outlaw LGBT+ discrimination before Olympics See in context

Let’s add the need to make racism illegal. That should be high on the agenda, bit isn’t.

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Posted in: Japan plans to cap daily arrivals at 2,000 ahead of Olympics: Nikkei See in context

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-56237778

Look at where Japan ranks. Rapid vaccination was the best Olympic preparation it could have prioritized.

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Posted in: Tokyo high schools ask students to certify hair color not altered: NHK See in context

@richard sanchez and others.

Agree with you entirely. But note you won't be able to make a lawsuit against the school as there is no law in Japan making racial discrimination illegal. It's a systemic social flaw, not just an issue with schools themselves.

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Posted in: Japan requests airlines stop using Boeing 777s with P&W4000 engines See in context

DT: 'So hang on a second here. Did the gub'ment force you to live proximate to the approach or departure path of an airport? Did you do due diligence before moving into your current abode? Everything is not someone else's fault. Take some responsibility for your decisions.'

@DT

Many of us bought property before the new route was announced in around 2012-13. The value of that property has now gone down (beyond usual depreciation) as a result of the new route. Many of us protested the new route at every available opportunity, but to no avail. When the government makes a plan, it doesn't listen to unhappy citizens as we can see with the Olympics.

Advice: Soften your tone and ask more questions before casting forum bard judgement with minimal context.

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Posted in: Japan requests airlines stop using Boeing 777s with P&W4000 engines See in context

So hang on a second here. Did the gub'ment force you to live proximate to the approach or departure path of an airport? Did you do due diligence before moving into your current abode? Everything is not someone else's fault. Take some responsibility for your decisions.

> Many of us bought property before the new route was announced in around 2012-13. The value of that property has now gone down (beyond usual depreciation) as a result of the new route. Many of us protested the new route at every available opportunity, but to no avail. When the government makes a plan, it doesn't listen to unhappy citizens as we can see with the Olympics.

Advice: Soften your tone and ask more questions before casting forum bard judgement with minimal context.

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Posted in: Ministry of Justice offering free counseling services to foreigners See in context

How about outlawing racism by law, as most developed countries have done.

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Posted in: Japan requests airlines stop using Boeing 777s with P&W4000 engines See in context

For those of us living under the flight path of the new Haneda route, this is alarming. Planes are flying as I write 300 m above my apartment (South wind, 3-7 PM). Hoping that chunks of metal don't fall on my heads, or anywhere near the many schools and homes the planes are flying over.

Haneda new route should never have happened. It was introduced under the pretext of rishing tourism targets and the Olympics. Despite the massive reduction in flights since covid, the route is still in use.

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Posted in: Man arrested for stealing more than 100 slippers, shoes from schools See in context

The real concern here is how he got in and what could have happened if he was planning murder. Security in schools in Japan is seriously lacking.

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Posted in: Clinical study begins in Japan for Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine See in context

The extra approval involving testing on Japanese is frustrating and will lead to increased suffering and death through delay of vaccine roll-out. But since this is one of the most vaccine nervous countries in the world as has been well-reported recently, the government is attempting to reassure the nervous masses through additional in-country testing, ultimately leading to higher levels of long-term covid vaccine uptake.

Ask your Japanese family, colleagues and friends. I have and many say that while they know the vaccine needs to be rolled out urgently in principle, in practice they'd prefer to wait and see and don't want to be first in line for a jab.

Personally, I don't like the approach the government is taking which appears to be a classic case of extra regulation based on fallacies of uniqueness.

If the Olympics is officially canceled, I wonder if roll-out will be even slower, allowing time for Japanese companies to take a larger slice of the vaccine revenue pie...

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Posted in: New coronavirus cases in Tokyo soar to 2,447; nationwide tally 7,570 See in context

Two things:

Government needs to be transparent and address low testing numbers.

Government needs to be transparent and explain why they won’t fast-track emergency use of vaccines for medical and other key workers.

Increase testing and introduce vaccine today is what’ needed. We all know the limits of the SOE, difficulty in social distancing in densely populated cities here.

increased testing to globally standard levels and vaccine introduction are two immediate measures that should be taken. If they won’t be taken, the public needs to know why.

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Posted in: 9-year-old boy pushing baby stroller hit and killed by car at intersection See in context

Yet another case of the left turn accident where both vehicle and pedestrian are on a green light.

Ridiculous, dangerous system combined with lack of cameras and speed control measures, make crossing the road here a serious risk.

Pedestrians should be able to cross safe in the knowledge that all vehicles are on a red light.

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Posted in: Worry, frustration, uncertainty as state of emergency looms for Tokyo, neighboring prefectures See in context

Yet again, another article where the opposition and media don't raise the issue of slow vaccine rollout and lack of preparation. Late Feb is too late to be starting. This wasn't raise in the press conferences I saw (admittedly only 'highlights', not the whole thing).

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Posted in: Japan developing tracking system for travelers from overseas as anti-virus measure See in context

Meanwhile millions getting vaccinated from today across the EU, and many complaining at this being a 'late start'. Second vaccine due for apporoveal any day in the UK and other countries. Here, travel bands, apps, illogical policy, and no serious fast-tracking of a vaccination.

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Posted in: Osaka asks gov't to send SDF nurses to help cope with virus cases See in context

Japan now forced to take measures that were news in worse-hit measures 8 months ago. Now those worse-hit countries are starting to roll out the vaccine, which Japan will also likely be 8 months late with, tying it all up in red tape, and the desire to use a locally produced vaccine before a 'foreign' one.

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Posted in: WHO warns virus crisis not over as vaccine rollout approaches See in context

What vaccine roll out? Nothing moving here in Japan. Probably waiting for a Japanese one is ready to ensure the cash stays here.

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Posted in: Man who forced plane to land in Japan by refusing to wear mask continues stance at hotel See in context

Just another note on police presence. There was a suicide (a jumper) in my building recently. 4 fire trucks, 2 ambulances, and over 20 police officers. It's all so bloated and inefficient. Reduce funding of the J-police since crime is so low, and use the budget on Education which has lowest GDP share of developed nations, and increase funding on social services and mental health care.

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Posted in: Man who forced plane to land in Japan by refusing to wear mask continues stance at hotel See in context

10 police officers. Tax refund on salary cost, please. So sick of seeing the crowds of j-poice that gather for every incident. If they interview somone in the street, there are often two interviewing, then 2-5 standing in an outer circe. It's quite hostile and doesn't ever feel like it's about diffusing a situation or conflict.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 311 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,425 See in context

Still no news of vaccine roll out in Japan. It’s headline news daily in global news outlets. Let’s see the extent that Japan mires the roll out in paper work and committees.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 561 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 2,678 See in context

Japan will receive 50 million doses of the Moderna vaccine, enough for 25 million people, in 2021 -- 40 million doses in January-June and the rest in July-September.

Japan has ordered 120m doses of Astra Zeneca for 2021. Takeda is the third pre-order.

I want to hear about planning for roll out of these, not planning for Olympics.

It’s main news globally with planning getting more and more concrete including roll out to front line workers in 10 days in the UK. Here, not seeing it in the news.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 561 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 2,678 See in context

Pfizer Biotech vaccine rolling out in UK within 10 days. Front line workers.

Why is vaccination planning not news in Japan? Is planning happening? Will roll out be as late and mired in red tape as testing?

Don’t know.

Don’t know.

Probably.

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Posted in: Cram school operator arrested for holding 6-year-old boy upside down, causing eye injury See in context

I guarantee that the punishment the owner receives will not prevent him continuing in education or working with children in future.

I’m terrified that one day my own child in school here in Japan becomes a victim, whether to bullying students or teachers.

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