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Posted in: Ex-U.S. envoy Hagerty slams Japan's justice system over Nissan case See in context

It's a farce because it's the equivalent of a white-collar misdemeanor at best. It certainly is NOT the major criminal case the Japanese prosecutors are trying to paint it to be. Their lack of prosecution of the Japanese executives of Nissan who also were party to all this indicates they know as such, but are purposely going after Kelly because he's non-Japanese. Hence, farce.

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Posted in: Ex-U.S. envoy Hagerty slams Japan's justice system over Nissan case See in context

Kelly is a hostage and his case is a farce, and I'm glad somebody of the status of a Senator and former Ambassador is pointing out the obvious.

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Posted in: Tokyo restaurant’s bright idea: Lantern pods for you to sit in while you eat See in context

While it does look esthetically pleasing from the outside, you'd need to shout to be heard and it's got to be impractical for eating, not to mention it probably reflects light making it harder to see people. But I guess the biggest problem is that an infinitesimal number of people actually need protecting from in this manner.

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Posted in: J.League to probe Tosu manager Kim over abuse of power See in context

Korea is even worse than Japan for the bullying bukatsu type "leadership". But two Korean managers in a row makes me wonder if some cross-cultural animosity amplified their approach.

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Posted in: Prosecutors seek 2-year jail term for Kelly See in context

One question: why isn't Saikawa being prosecuted as well? Saikawa was just as much in a position to know.

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Posted in: Man ordered to pay ¥70 mil over 2017 murder of Vietnamese girl See in context

The defense team had asked that the sentence be quashed and Shibuya acquitted

Damn lawyers.

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Posted in: 18 cases of Eta coronavirus variant confirmed in Japan See in context

Eta?! I know the variant is named as such from the Greek letter, but as it's also the derogatory term Japanese used (still use?) to use to describe the burakumin underclass, this probably won't go down well here.

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Posted in: Night and the city See in context

A very nice picture except for the steel grate door in prominent frame position. But then again, that's Japan.

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Posted in: Stores in Japan ask customers to prove they’re real Pokemon fans when buying cards to stop scalpers See in context

Guess I won't be buying any for my kids then. But hey, at least some otaku is happy, right?

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Posted in: Aso, Kono meet to discuss LDP leadership race See in context

Aso? Oh dear lord...

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Posted in: Mizuho Bank suffers ATM glitch; 7th system failure this year See in context

Mizuho has the most incompetent IT department. The FSA admonitions have proven to be toothless, Mizuho doesn't really care to spend more on better quality IT, and they're too big to be sanctioned in any meaningful way. And notice that since it's domestic IT they can't even pull the usual "blame the foreign company" routines that have been adopted by others in the past.

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Posted in: Second gentleman See in context

A bit surprising that Suga-san had the time to meet the spouse of the vice president. Maybe Aso-san's level or below would be more appropriate.

Exactly. Strange protocol decision, but I can only assume Japan thinks it needs to kowtow and show the US the proper level of respect.

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Posted in: 2 injured in acid attack in Tokyo subway station; suspect at large See in context

Given how quickly they capture molestors and pickpockets using video surveillance, and given this was in the middle of Tokyo, I imagine they'll have this guy in custody soon enough. Massive failure if they don't.

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Posted in: Man found dead, son injured in Akita home See in context

Murder followed by half-assed attempt at suicide would be my guess.

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Posted in: China dismisses Canadian protests over cases tied to Huawei See in context

China accusing Canada of doing exactly what they are trying to do: unduly interfere and influence another country's justice system.

But China is too arrogant to realize that all of this posturing is just making them look worse and worse in the eyes of the world. Instead, they think it makes themselves look strong.

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Posted in: The blood-soaked meaning behind the mysterious marks on the floor at Tokyo Station See in context

I've been commuting to Tokyo station for over a decade using that exact exit but never even noticed ... thanks for the interesting history lesson!

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Posted in: Kadokawa president apologizes, takes pay cut for comments about censoring manga See in context

So let me get this straight, this guy got slammed and officially punished by his company for saying there should be a rethink over the prevalence of extreme sexual content in manga? Wow Japan, tell me how you really feel! Great example of the honne trumping the tatemae if there ever was one. And people wonder why gender inequality persists...

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Posted in: Man gets 9 years in prison for killing woman with drink laced with stimulants See in context

They met at a "members-only club" ... shorthand for a happening bar.

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Posted in: American father, son get prison terms for helping Ghosn escape See in context

Amazing how quickly the wheels of justice can turn when it suits them. I've seen murder cases take longer and the guilty get less time.

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Posted in: Olympians may break quarantine to compete if pre-event test negative See in context

The Olympians are at greater risk from the Japanese public than the other way around.

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Posted in: Suga apologizes for asking wholesalers to facilitate alcohol ban See in context

Straight up mafioso tactics by the J-govt.

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Posted in: AI Japanese bar Mama-san is ready to listen to your troubles at her virtual bar See in context

I think this sums up perfectly everything that is wrong with Japanese attempts at innovation. What talent there may be is squandered on crap like this.

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Posted in: Toshiba investigators defend report; say Japanese official stonewalled See in context

Easy way to get the truth and bypass all these coverup attempts: ask the Harvard fund what happened.

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Posted in: Legendary sprinter Usain Bolt has twin boys - Thunder and Saint Leo See in context

Should named them Thunder & Lightning Bolt.

His first daughter is already named Lightning!

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Posted in: Legendary sprinter Usain Bolt has twin boys - Thunder and Saint Leo See in context

Greatest Olympian ever. Legend.

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Posted in: First Harrow International School in Japan to open in 2022 See in context

¥2 million a year? Haha, no. More like ¥6 million would be my guess, what with the boarding school setup.

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Posted in: Tokyo nightlife bustles despite state of emergency See in context

Lots of people are out and about. If anything, these measures have served to concentrate more people into less space in less of a time window.

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Posted in: Boy hooks skeletal remains while fishing at pond See in context

There's one young man turned off fishing for life I imagine.

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Posted in: Japan opens mass vaccination centers in Tokyo, Osaka See in context

"Mass" vaccination center? That picture clearly shows otherwise. The local drivers license center can handle 10 times more people than that.

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Posted in: Japan could freeze all Myanmar aid, foreign minister warns See in context

FINALLY, FINALLY they are doing something to save innocent, brave lives who only want democracy.

No, they haven't done anything, it's just talk at the moment, a declaration that they will "kento" it. I'll believe it when I see it, and I certainly will not be holding my breath.

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