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Posted in: Abe warns Japanese to prepare for prolonged coronavirus battle See in context

Most people will be back on the packed trains first thing Monday morning.

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Posted in: Japan to set up coronavirus task force; no state of emergency yet See in context

Now that the number one priority has been put on the back burner, good to see they're finally starting to admit this instead of patting themselves on the back.

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Posted in: Some schools in Japan resume classes after virus-prompted closures See in context

Fully justified given Abe's data on the number of cases and his success in curtailing the spread. I mean, what else do the school boards have to go on? The leader of the country said they're making progress, that the numbers are encouraging low, and that he remains cautiously optimistic. He also expressed the hope that kids can get back to school as soon as possible.

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Posted in: Fed slashes rates to near zero, eases bank lending rules See in context

Trying desperately to keep the bourses up via artificial quantitative easing misses the point completely about this crisis, and indicates a economy that has become far too skewed on debt and consumer spending. Coronavirus isn't about liquidity on wall street, and I wouldn't mind seeing a significant drop that better reflects realities. I wonder what the fed will do next week, and the week after that, as this drags on, and after having used up much of its arsenal already...

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Posted in: Abe says no need yet for emergency declaration; Tokyo Olympics still on See in context

Not a single reporter at that press conference challenged his "data" about the number of cases in Japan. Not a single one questioned her the numbers could possibly be accurate when very few are being tested. It was a pre-scripted chaban.

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Posted in: Why did Hayao Miyazaki agree to release Studio Ghibli anime films on Netflix? See in context

Not available for Netflix in Japan though (or Canada and the US for that matter).

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

Succumbing to Japanese government pressure to self-censor. For shame!

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Posted in: Two fathers in Europe demand action against Japan over parental child abduction See in context

Mothers in international marriages should not have to find it difficult to escape abuse and keep their children with them. The fathers use international law to continue to abuse their ex wives.

Huh? How exactly does one "use international law" to commit abuse? What rubbish.

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Posted in: First passengers leave quarantined cruise ship in Yokohama See in context

Where are they going? We have a right to know.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympics CEO says he is seriously worried over coronavirus See in context

The Olympics is basically a huge tax drain on the citizens of the host country. 

Every single Oympics I've experienced in my life, whether summer or winter, or other events such as the World Cup, have been preceded by comments such as this from people who want every societal ill solved prior to hosting a sporting event. And yet, every single Olympics has ended as a resounding success for the city in question. Weird eh?

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Posted in: 8 French people caught in Hokkaido avalanche; 1 dead See in context

while they were skiing off piste


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Posted in: Top court upholds fine on designer for child porn computer images See in context

Sounds like the key issue legal dispute revolved purely around whether the images were based on actual photos. In other words, if he had made his "art" solely from the imagination, it would have been perfectly legal. Japan's legal system totally missing the point yet again.

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Posted in: Man on trial for killing 19 disabled people contradicts defense claim he is not mentally competent See in context

Japanese media certainly giving him quite the platform. Put him to death already.

Also, amusing (scary?) from the picture that a certain demographic appears to be attracted to this trial.

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Posted in: Data of over 8,000 at Mitsubishi Electric feared leaked in cyberattack See in context

The attack came as Mitsubishi Electric has been strengthening its cybersecurity business, offering services on protection at data centers, office buildings and public facilities since July last year.

Typical Japanese megacorp strategy. Move into a field you don't quite understand and sell it to people who know even less but trust your name.

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Posted in: Man arrested for fatally stabbing downstairs neighbor See in context

Moral of the story is to not live in apartments in Japan. Buy a house.

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Posted in: 'Designed by clowns': Boeing releases internal messages that disparage 737 MAX, regulators See in context

This is the result of a bunch of ex-GE (Jack Walsh trained numbers guys seeking efficiencies) guys coming into senior management positions, rather than the traditional engineers who actually know the airline business and understand why you don't always go for the cheapest supplier.

Unfortunately, the new CEO's background is as an ex-GE accountant and then hedge fund manager.

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Posted in: Japan speeds up barrier-free initiatives ahead of Paralympics See in context

Four workers (not counting Koike) to assist a wheelchair to get on a bus?! Hardly what I'd call "barrier free". Wasn't there a labour shortage in this country?

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Posted in: 4 years after daughter’s suicide, mother again blasts Dentsu in letter See in context

The government itself still continues to give Dentsu a lot of work, them cleaning up on the Olympics contracts being a case in point. If the government were actually serious about punishing them, they would've barred Dentsu from government contracts. But they never were serious, they just wanted to make a symbolic gesture, then get back to business as usual.

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Posted in: Truck driving wrong way hits 2 vehicles, leaving elderly couple dead See in context

They were in a "light car", meaning a Kei-car. You will be crumpled in any sort of impact in a kei-car, given the relative lack of crash-protection. The people in the minivan were ok.

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Posted in: Yamada Denki to make furniture retailer Otsuka Kagu subsidiary See in context

A merger of two losers. Nothing more than a desperate bid to stave off the inevitable.

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Posted in: K-pop singer sentenced to 6 years in jail for rape, sharing secret sex videos See in context

@andrew crisp

Great advice on how to better your chances of getting away with committing rape!

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Posted in: Itochu employee gets 3 years in prison in China for endangering national security See in context

The fact that MOFA isn't leaping to his defence might suggest he's guilty.

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Posted in: 15 tons of sweet potatoes stolen in Ibaraki See in context

Those yakiimo trucks roving around are not exactly staffed by the best and most upstanding citizens of Japan. I'm sure this will help their margins plenty.

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Posted in: Japanese Embassy withdraws approval for Vienna art exhibition See in context

Censorship. Pathetic.

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Posted in: Man walking on station platform dies after bag strap gets caught on express train See in context

Police said Kaneda was neither using earphones nor walking while using a smartphone at the time of the accident.

Good, nipping potential victim-blaming in the bud before it starts.

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Posted in: Authorities say Nigerian died of starvation after immigration hunger strike See in context

This man made the mistake of thinking the Japanese authorities and public cared whether he lived or died.

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Posted in: Truck may have taken wrong road before crashing with train in Yokohama See in context

Headline should read "Keikyu to normalize train service after confirming the cause and making sure it doesn't happen again".

Yes, Keikyu needs to take full responsibility for all truck drivers who misjudge turns, and guarantee that none shall ever misjudge a turn ever again, and the headline should reflect that.

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Posted in: Russian climber killed by falling rock at Mt Fuji See in context

The rock hit in her the chest, according to NHK. Ergo, the helmet would not have helped.

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Posted in: 16-year-old student on minibike assaulted See in context

But there are very, VERY few gutless punks ready to pick on, rob or kill child, female or elderly people in Japan. On the contrary, it's extremely safe for these groups of people in comparison to almost every other country on this planet.

Really? You'd need to pretty naive to believe that. I assume you're taking official statistics as your source (correct me if I'm wrong). Other than murder, all of the other crimes mentioned have a low chance of being reported in Japan. Otherwise, your capacity for unomi stretches the bounds of credulity.

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Posted in: Man held for pushing commuter off Osaka subway platform See in context

He's denying the charge (of attempted murder), not the push.

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