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Posted in: Tokyo reports single-day record of 366 new coronavirus infections See in context

But in a disconcerting revelation, Koike said Thursday’s figures do not include results from the targeted testing of a high-risk demographic, unlike with an earlier resurgence from weeks back that stemmed largely from group testing conducted on host club employees in Tokyo’s Kabukicho red-light district — arguably the epicenter of Tokyo infections.

Found this little bit of info on the website of another newspaper from Japan. Did they make that up or did kyodo just forget to include it in their article?

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Posted in: People are at home, so even managers are more relaxed and therefore more likely to tread on their staff's privacy. In a one-to-one online meeting, there's no one else to see what's going on, making it particularly easy for remote harassment to take place. See in context

I think having some examples of telework harassmnet would have been nice. I've never heard of that until now and had to look elswhere for more information.

Another newspaper fortunately gave some examples. In one case a boss was sexually harassing a female employee after the other people had left the online meeting. There is also another example that would constitute as power harassment. In my opinion there is really no need to call it telework harassment though.

The fact that it happens online doesn't exactly change the kind of harassment they are experiencing.

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

Latest data on births and deaths in Japan. Apparently up to March 2020, death rates is lower than last year. Just need to wait for the data for following months.

(FYI, over 1.3 million deaths last year & average 3500/day. For those on cautious side, makes you wonder how many elderly deaths are counted as just pneumonia & not tested.)

Thanks. But it seems like those are just totals that don't show the cause of death (unless I'm missing something). That's rather unfortunate since numbers alone hold little meaning. Unless we know the cause of death, we don't really know more than we do now. Just a few examples why that is the case.

From the article 'Suicide hotlines busy as coronavirus ravages economy' (here on JapanToday)

National suicides fell 20% year-on-year in April, the first month of the country's soft lockdown, but experts said that was likely due to an internationally recognised phenomenon in which suicides decrease during crises, only to rise afterwards.

Another article called 'Road accidents in Japan fall to record low in April' (on The Mainichi since it's no longer avaiable here)

The number of road accidents was down 11,827, or 36.2 percent, from a year earlier, marking the lowest figure since comparable monthly data became available in 1989, with all of Japan's 47 prefectures seeing reductions, according to the National Police Agency.

> The number of deaths also decreased by 19.9 percent to 213, the lowest figure on record for April, while the number of injuries fell 37.7 percent to 24,587, the agency said.

And the last one called 'COVID-19 outbreak seen bringing quick end to flu season in Japan' (on Japantimes)

In the week ended Feb. 9, reported influenza cases plunged by over 60 percent to 44,737, compared with 129,989 the same week a year ago, according data from the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry.

All those will have an impact on the number of deaths. Obviously some articles are talking about April, so they might not even apply to the numbers in that document, but what we really need is a breakdown of those numbers.

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Posted in: Parts of Japan emerge from virus emergency; Tokyo needs fewer than 20 daily infections See in context

This is the real number of tests.

5/6 65

5/7 111

5/8 134

5/9 155

5/10 253

5/11 108

5/12 72

5/13 87

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Posted in: The fact that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is wasting taxpayer money to contain the plague of foreign criticism is indicative of a government that has handled this more as a PR crisis than a pandemic. See in context

Since there is no link here, 緊急経済対策(令和2年度補正予算外務省所管分)【計1,028億円】is the document in question and can be found under

The part interesting for the quote:



A Japanese journalist actually mentioned an article from the Washington Post on all this in a tweet and got called an agitator, liar and more. There were also several people who dismissed everything since it was a foreign newspaper, some claiming that the foreign press is just making it up and more...

Hopefully it's just the nettouyoku again. I stopped counting after about 45 such tweets... Shooting the messenger or dismissing unwanted news is just as bad as believing everything you read.

Are any newspapers in Japan actually reporting on this? I wonder how people would react to such reports then.

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Posted in: German man drives car into Carnival crowd, injuring 30 See in context

About the "German man", the authorities and media keep stressing that he has a German passport, however that thing is handed out pretty liberally these days.

Yeah, it's really worrying how they have no problem handing out a German passport to every German citizen...Let's see...requirements for naturalization by entitlement:

permanent residence permit

having been an ordinarily resident in Germany for at least the last 8 years (7 years under certain circumstances)

an adequate knowledge of the German language

passed a Citizenship Examination

knowledge of the legal system and the society in Germany

able to support themselves and their dependants without requiring benefits

have not been sentenced for a crime and not subject to any court order

There are actually some more but to me that sounds far from handing that stuff out liberally. Sure, there are also other ways to gain German citizenship but it is quite different from what you claim.

So how about we wait for further information instead of insinuating stuff again? We had that same game in 2018 on here when a German guy drove a car into people in Münster. Something terrible happened and I really see no need for this. There should be more information on the whole incident and the driver's background at some point today so why not wait with this kind of discussion until we have that kind of information?

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Posted in: Gunman kills 9 in German shisha bar rampage See in context

He left behind an online video talking about..

I don't know if it was in the video or on his website but he expressed his negative view of migrants from Arab countries and Turkey somewhere. Said site also gave the impression that he held racist views. And there is also the letter claiming responsibility he left behind. The exact content has not been revealed yet but it also points to a racist motive.

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Posted in: Popular Japanese actress Suzu Hirose subjected to racist coronavirus comments on Instagram See in context

Jonathan Prin, you are probably right and those were just dumb trolls (at least I hope that you are right). Nonetheless no one should be the target of racist comments (even if they just think that they are being funny).

What does being Japanese have to do with anything? Yet many Chinese people are not being defended when they are bashed and rejected over virulent fears.

What Pukey2 wrote sounds about right. It's probably the same you see quite often everywhere. Why even think about it and care when it doesn't affect yourself? Obviously that's not something exclusive to Japan, so I wouldn't be surprised to see similar comments by people from other places in such situations.

sometimes resulting in verbal and even physical attacks.

It's not as simple as people attacking (Asian) people wearing masks (at least not in this case). The person who apparently filmed the whole situation gave an explanation. The woman sat on a narrow stair and was obstructing the guy. This lead to him slandering her (calling her "diseased bitch") and ultimately hitting her on the head once before going his own way. This is where the video starts then. You see her giving chase with a glass bottle raised in one hand seemingly ready to at least throw it at him. This then lead to the guy attacking her. So there is a lot more to the story than just one guy randomly attacking someone for wearing a mask. I do hope that they get the guy though and that he gets punished accordingly.

But why am I writing all this? There is no place for racism (at least there should not be any place for it...). The first time I actually saw the video of said attack on twitter it had been posted by a Japanese guy. He did not give the context (granted that he probably didn't know it himself) and merely told people to be careful. Several Japanese had no issue writing downright racist comments here themselves. They didn't care for the context at all. There were also many comments saying that there is probably more to the whole story. But the only one calling them out for their racism was a foreigner who is currently living in Japan.

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Posted in: Amazing cup stirs your drinks for you, needs no batteries or charging See in context

Luckily, it looks like help is on the way, thanks to Japanese design company Gemini’s Aumix mug.

I don't know but the very same cup was on Kickstarter more than a year ago (around November 2018) by a company from Hong Kong (it was called Mixee on there). Funnily enough that campaign got suspended because that cup was already being sold in China.

To me it sounds much more like this company is merely bringing a Chinese product to the Japanese market.

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Posted in: Japan had over 8,000 deaths related to drug-resistant bacteria in 2017 See in context

I don't think the article is saying that specifically. But I think overuse of antibiotics is considered one likely cause of the increase in the number of drug-resistant bacteria everywhere, not just in Japan. The numerical comparisons between Japan, the US and Europe are not so helpful. It's likely different estimation methods were used, and as Browny1 says, the numbers don't seem so different.

I absolutely agree. The 33,000 in Europe mentioned are probably taken from the article you linked. Those numbers are from 2015 and are actually only for the EEA (European Economic Area). The numbers for each country are quite different, so you actually have to look at each country on its own and not just lump them together.

Italy with a population of 60.3 million people alone is responsible for about 1/3 of all deaths in the EEA caused by resistant bacteria. There were 33,110 deaths in the whole EEA, but 10,762 in Italy alone. France with its 67 million inhabitants still accounted for 5,543 deaths.

Other places like Germany or the UK fare far better in comparison. In the UK there are about 67 million people, but only 2,172 people died because of resistant bacteria. Germany with 83 million inhabitants accounted for 2,363 deaths.

So there are countries that do far worse than Japan, but also several that do a better job.

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Posted in: Relatives of victims mark 7th anniversary of Sasago tunnel disaster See in context

Ok, so how can you go from this

Relatives of the victims claimed that Kaneko and the others failed to take necessary steps during an inspection in September 2012 to prevent an accident even though the checkup showed that the bolts used to anchor a steel structure to the tunnel ceiling were becoming loose, posing a danger of a collapse.

to this?

In March 2018, prosecutors decided not to proceed with the case and the indictment was dropped.

Does anybody have more information on this? Surely there is more to this...there just has to be...

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Posted in: 'Flying motorbike' to debut at Tokyo Motor Show See in context

That video was a little bit underwhelming. Obviously this one is less sophisticated and much more dangerous, but it was actually built at home by some guy from the UK 3 years ago. So I would have expected more.

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Posted in: Man arrested over illegal 'One Piece' manga-viewing website See in context

Does anyone have more information on this? Was everything only available in Japanese or did they also provide translations that came with the manga?

I'm just wondering who the target audience was. People in Japan who obviously have access to manga? Or were most visitors people from other countries who have little to no other means to read the manga? And if it is the latter, do they even provide some kind of service for people from other countries?

Obviously something has to be done if people visiting that kind of site actually have the option to buy a copy of the manga in print or digital form (do they even sell them digitaly though?). But if visitors are from other countries and can't buy a copy in a store or online in a language they understand, then maybe it is time to sit down and look for options to give those people this option.

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Posted in: More details emerge about anime studio arson attack that killed 33 See in context

zichi, I think you got the wrong building there. I believe this is the correct one. The surroundings look like those you can see in the videos also. And having a look at the satellite view there is indeed no staircase on the outside of the building.,135.7929442,3a,60y,342.02h,98.37t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1s6J_Btj9-AejezqtatEcUvA!2e0!7i13312!8i6656?hl=en

The coordinates are 34°55′59.0″N 135°47′34.6″E if you want to have a look at it yourself.

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Posted in: DNA analysis identifies suspects in record 3,146 cases in 2018 See in context

It is the first time the number has topped 3,000. The National Police Agency set up the database of DNA samples, taken from known suspects, in 2005.

As of April 30, the database stored DNA samples of more than 1.2 million people, the sources said.

The way I read it, the first database consists of DNA samples of more

than 1.2 million people who were known suspects at some point.

The agency has another database, launched in 2004, of DNA samples obtained from biological evidence left at crime scenes. It helped identify suspects in 2,870 cases last year, the sources said.

The second only holds samples from crime scenes.

Now I wonder if the first database only holds samples of those who were actually convicted or if they also keep samples of everbody else who was a suspect at one point.

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Posted in: Cabinet OKs bills to ban harassment, promote women's advancement See in context

Under the bills, harassment by those taking advantage of their more senior position at the workplace is specified as a prohibited act. But the legislation does not set punitive measures to be taken against violators.

So what's the point then?

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Posted in: 4 teenage boys arrested for assaulting high school student on posted video See in context

The video posted on a social networking site showed more than four people kicking or hitting the victim with a stick, but the police have concluded that the four boys played a major role in the assault.

More than four people...So what about the others? Will they walk away scot-free since they didn't play a major role according to the police? I hope that the article is just missing that part and it isn't the case.

I mean, what kind of message would that send? Participating in assault is ok as long as you're not playing a major role?

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Posted in: Wheelchair user sues over being told to leave wine tasting event See in context

Going by the article on Mainichi Shimbun ( ) it was not an event where you could taste wine for free. Apparently the man had paid 2,000 yen for two glasses (1,000 yen per glass) and was approached by the clerk while he was drinking his second glass.

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Posted in: Japan booed as it advances on yellow cards despite losing to Poland 1-0 See in context


Can someone more familiar with the rules tell me, had Poland scored another goal before full time, would Senegal have gone through to the next round because of goal difference?

Directly copied from the Fifa website:

The ranking of each team in the same group is determined on a two-step approach:

First step: Pursuant to the criteria listed in art. 32 (5) lit. a) to c) of the Competition Regulations.

greatest number of points obtained in all group matches;

goal difference in all group matches;

greatest number of goals scored in all group matches.

Had Poland scored a second goal, Japan would have had a goal difference of -1 at that point. So one more goal by Poland could in fact have eliminated Japan since it could have led to a goal difference of -1 opposed to Senegal's 0.

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Posted in: High court rejects man's call over paternity of child born by IVF See in context

While the man said the marriage had already fallen apart by the time the wife became pregnant with the child, Presiding Judge Toshiko Eguchi dismissed the claim, saying it was not evident whether they were no longer a husband and a wife as they were living close by and had exchanges even after they started living separately.

So they have been together for more than 4 years before he moved out. If they were still a couple why would he move out to a new place that is nearby?

They have a son together, so it's not surprise that he would want to live nearby and that they still had exchanges every now and then. Breaking up doesn't mean that you don't want to see your own kids any longer after all...

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Posted in: Merkel denounces new anti-Semitism from Arab refugees See in context

Thanks for the downvote for just providing information the author decided to withhold.

For everyone interested, here is some more information and why I criticized the article and the poor work of the journalist.

There are about 33.547 schools in Germany (number from 2016), but only 16 jewish schools (so the difference is quite huge).

Merkel on antisemitism in Germany 2014:

Dass es »keine einzige jüdische Einrichtung gibt, die nicht durch Polizei bewacht werden muss«, stimme sie sehr besorgt, sagte die Kanzlerin in ihrer am Samstag verbreiteten wöchentlichen Videobotschaft

Merkel 2018:

Antisemitismus habe es aber leider auch schon vor der Ankunft der vielen Flüchtlinge in Deutschland gegeben, fügte Merkel hinzu. Kein jüdischer Kindergarten, keine Schule, keine Synagoge könnten ohne Polizeischutz sein. „Das bedrückt uns“, betonte sie im Gespräch mit dem Korrespondenten Dor Glick.

The bolded parts are what the author decided to omit. Overall she said 1:1 what she has said before in 2014 (that all jewish institutions are guarded by the police around the clock). She just added that this has already been a problem before the big waves of refugees arrived (what people call the European migrant crisis started in 2015). I could have chosen an article that is closer to the quote from 2018 but I'll not use the Bild (the German equivalent of The Sun) as a source.

Also in another article from 2003:

Völlig abgeschirmt liegt die Hauptsynagoge der Münchner Juden in einem Hinterhof in der Innenstadt. Draußen vor der Tür des unscheinbaren Gebäudes halten schwer bewaffnete Polizeibeamte die Stellung, das Gelände wird Tag und Nacht von Kameras überwacht.

It just says that there are heavily armed police officers in front of the main synagogue of Munich day and night.

From 2012:

Synagogen, jüdische Schulen oder der Sitz des Zentralrats der Juden in Berlin werden regulär vom Objektschutz der Polizei rund um die Uhr bewacht.

The different jewish institutions in Berlin are guarded by the police.

And you can find many more of those articles that date back to the years before 2015.

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Posted in: Merkel denounces new anti-Semitism from Arab refugees See in context

According the German tabloid Bild, the main alleged perpetrator, who surrendered to police, is a Syrian refugee who lived in a centre for migrants near Berlin.

That's correct.

"The fact that no nursery, no school, no synagogue can be left without police protection dismays us," she said.

That is not exactly correct though. It should actually say "no jewish school,...". Yes, that's bad enough as is, but leaving out such information just gives people that scream "fake news" more ammunition. More important is probably that right before that she said that unfortunately there have been problems with antisemitism already before all the refugees arrived. So it is in fact about the new kind of antisemitism that was added to the existing one. Also there have been police forces in front of synagogues for years already. So while the report with the increase of problems is correct (and it is important to report on that), intentionally leaving out information to paint a different picture is quite questionable in my opinion.

If you are trying to damage the credibility of the press, you are doing a good job here.

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Posted in: Man drives van into restaurant in Germany, killing two; then shoots himself See in context

So what was his name? Germany is in many ways a melting pot and You

could be a German born Muslim or Hindu, Buddhist etc. Many Muslim

Germans identify themselves as Muslims first and German second, so we

don't know yet, but being German born doesn't mean anything. if you

believe in radical Jihadism, it's all the same. We just don't know, but

Germany does have a law that withholds the persons identity or race from

the from being released public usually.

And yet again someone trying to push a narrative. I deleted a post before that I had finished hoping that people would do this themselves but apparently not...

It doesn't take more than a minute to look up that information yourself but then you would not have anything to post here now, would you?

Jens R. (a really common German name)

Born 1969 in the Sauerland, Germany

Self employed industrial designer

Used his own car

Has attempted suicide before

Not known to be an extremist (of any not just what you are trying to imply)

Neighbors have described him as being somewhat weird and he was apparently often asking for trouble

Known to the police for damage to property and threatening people

Apparently had another weapon at home

Right now there is nothing that speaks for an islamic background

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Posted in: Chiba Univ medical student given 4 years for gang rape See in context

It still boggles my mind how the last guy only got a suspended sentence. After all he took the girl home to his place and raped here there. Oh, I was impulsive after all.

I can understand why the former doctor-in-training only got a suspended sentence, but the other three should get some time off in prison. I hope that the one guy gets his deserved punishment despite his appeal. And I would really love to read soon that they found a way to lock the impulsive guy away as well.

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Posted in: Vietnamese who died of stroke at Japan detention center left lying for hours: document See in context

therougou simple search for "Nguyen The Huan reuters" leaders me to an article saying he committed suicide. Which is it?

Do you perhaps mean an article written by a Minami Funakoshi? I'm just asking because that is the article I found. The "funny" thing about it is that on the website of Reuters you can find an article by the same author that is called "Vietnamese who died of stroke at Japan detention center left lying for hours: document

". Another article on Reuters talks about an apparent suicide but is also more than one month older. The other article I found (on japantimes) is also from that date and the information might be outdated. So I'd probably go with the newer information (that the man died of a stroke, that is).

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Posted in: Gamba bans flags from games after fans wave Nazi-like flag See in context

I don't think so. According to the article, it's the SS mark. Something like this, if your system supports the characters: ᛋᛋ (Unicode U+16CB)

I have found a photo of the flag on Google and it was (unless someone else had the same stupid idea) a black flag with a white circle in the middle. And in the middle of the circle there was indeed the SS mark in blue. Everyone who's interested can easily look it up by using Google's image search and searching for Gamba Osaka nazi flag.

I'm not sure if banning everyone else from bringing flags and banners to the game is the right way though. The guys that came up with this glorious idea have already been dealt with, so why punish all the other people as well?

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Posted in: Man arrested for stabbing wife with ice pick See in context

Police quoted Ishihara as saying he did not intend to murder his wife.

Wait, where have I heard something like that again? Oh right, the woman that hit her sleeping husband with a metal bat and stabbed him with a knife.

Police said Ishikawa has admitted to attacking her husband but denied intending to kill him.

What is it with all those people trying to kill their partners and then claiming that they didn't? They would probably shoot their partner in the head if they had guns and still claim that they had no intention to kill them...

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Posted in: Survey finds pervasive corruption in Asia hindering progress See in context

While the rate of corruption was much lower in many countries, such practices were found even in relatively law-abiding nations like Japan, where many surveyed said they believed the government was doing a poor job of preventing corruption.

That's not something that is limited to Japan, but why would you prevent corruption when you're part of the problem?

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Posted in: Asia demands more World Cup places See in context

@tajHow are the rest allotted?

I posted that some time ago in the comments of another article, so here just a copy of it. On the left you have the number of teams that get to participate in the World Cup from each continent. On the right side are the number of teams participating in the qualifiers.

Now Asia has for example 4.5 slots. Why .5? 4 teams will qualify directly while the 5th team has to beat the best team from Oceania. Yes, Oceania doesn't even get one full slot. One team first hase to get the first spot in Oceania and then beat the 5th from Asia...It is similar for one team from North, Central America and Caribbean that has to play against one team from South America. Added to those 31 teams comes the host.

Europe: 13/54

Africa: 5/53

Asia: 4.5/46

North, Central America and Caribbean: 3.5/35

Oceania: 0.5/11

South America: 4.5/10

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Posted in: 17-year-old sex assault suspect back in custody after escaping from hospital See in context

@DaDude If you know you are innocent, be adamant about it and fight for your right. Running away won't lead to your favor.

Unless you are in Japan and are wrongly accused of groping, then even lawyers say running is the better option. ;) From an article that was on here 2013:

Tales of subway groping are unfortunately commonplace in Japan, and anyone committing such a pathetic and cowardly act deserves every punishment given. But what happens if you are falsely accused? Often filled well beyond capacity, there is a real possibility of such a thing happening if you ride the trains running throughout Japan’s major urban centers. No matter your innocence, with a 99% conviction rate should the case go to court, one Tokyo lawyer says the best thing to do if wrongly accused is, run.

Overall I agree with you, but unfortunately there have been cases where being innocent and being adamant about it didn't help much in the beginning. It's a shame that running before getting caught might be the better option sometimes even if you're innocent, but running after you've already been caught is stupid...

A movie called それでもボクはやってない (or I Just Didn't Do It" in English) illustrates what can happen even despite being adamant about being innocent. Sadly it's based on what really happened to one guy and in other cases people broke at some point when they were interrogated and confessed to crimes they didn't comit (just look up the case of Keiko Aoki and Tatsuhiro Boku). And there has been another case where one guy has at first been convicted despite being innocent (and a video apparently showing as much)

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