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Posted in: Man arrested for abusing 4-month-old son See in context

How does one read this: “an employee of the General Affairs Department of the Chiba prefectural government”

And come to this conclusion:

“He is a city employee” (spitfire)

Ditto read this:

“Police said the child had head and rib injuries, but his condition is not critical.”

and conclude:

“RIP Baby Son. Your live never even began.” (Star punk)

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

So the improper use of antibiotics is blamed as the cause in Japan but what is the reason for the 35,000 deaths in the United States and 33,000 deaths in Europe?

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Posted in: Radiation 'hot spots' near Olympic torch relay in Fukushima: Greenpeace See in context

Omachi, “Happy to see that the article included the data, and didn't just claim 'hot spots'.”

Yes, but where exactly were those spots? While to J-Village data is given for two specific locations, in the case of Greenpeace we are only told the spots are “near” the J-Village.

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Posted in: Abe slammed for revealing operator of document shredder was disabled See in context

quercetumToday  01:24 pm JST

“Did Abe mean the person with disabilities was incompetent and so the documents are unavailable because they got shredded?”

I don’t think Abe or anyone else is blaming the person who was contracted to do the shredding. As I understand it, it’s that because of a delay, they were shredded two weeks later than originally scheduled and the shredding coincided with a request for the documents in the Diet.

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Posted in: Abe slammed for revealing operator of document shredder was disabled See in context

alwaysspeakingwisdomToday  09:27 am JST

"There is no indication that the worker was behind schedule."

“There were news reports on both NHK and ANN detailing the schedule and the worker was behind schedule.”

Thanks for the correction/information. I had missed that.

But it doesn’t change my opinion. If they are going to contract operating the shredding machine serving multiple agencies to an individual or even small company, disabled or not, I would thinks delays must be expected. All kinds of things can happen, natural disasters, influenza, death in the family, heart attack, etc. It’s got nothing to do with the person having a disability and it would have been sufficient to say there was a scheduling problem on the part of the shredder operator and the original appointment was postponed for two weeks.

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Posted in: Abe slammed for revealing operator of document shredder was disabled See in context

Yes it is, because the issue is why the operator was behind schedule. A fully abled person would have been able to work faster and thus keep to the schedule.”

There is no indication that the worker was behind schedule.

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Posted in: Abe slammed for revealing operator of document shredder was disabled See in context

Burning BushToday  07:03 am JST

“Disabled means disabled. 

Is there another “woke” word we should be using?”

Aside from the fact that Abe was speaking in Japanese, the issue wasn’t the term he used but the fact that he included that but of information. It was irrelevant and unnecessary.

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Posted in: Gunmen kill Japanese doctor, five Afghans See in context

It’s unfortunate this article doesn’t mention that Nakamura focused his work on irrigation projects for decades. Because giving medical treatment for cholera is a stopgap measure where people don’t have access to clean water. And fostering agriculture is a better long term solution to malnutrition etc.

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Posted in: Gunmen kill Japanese doctor, five Afghans See in context

This is very sad news. I’ve long admired Dr. Nakamura and feel his death will be a great loss for the area.

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Posted in: Saitama man arrested after calling telecom provider 24,000 times to complain See in context

As he appears to be either unwilling or unable to back up his claims, I’d recommend anyone to take Disillusioned’s assertions on this topic with a huge grain of salt. I suspect the phone shop in the end let him get away with not paying the cancellation fees, not because he was correct in what he was stating, but because of his belligerent attitude, in his own words, abuse of the staff.

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Posted in: Japanese labor federation to demand minimum hourly wage of ¥1,100 See in context

Do the hustleToday  09:08 am JST

“The minimum wage of ¥1100 per hour in Japan, which claims to be a rich country, is an absolute disgrace.”

”Japan” does not have a minimum wage of ¥1,100. Minimum wages are set by the 47 prefectures or equivalent. Only two are over ¥1,000: Tokyo at ¥1,013 and Kanagawa at ¥1,011. Fifteen prefectures have minimum wages of ¥790. The average of all is ¥901. The figures for minimum wages as of October 2019 can be seen here:

https://www.mhlw.go.jp/stf/seisakunitsuite/bunya/koyou_roudou/roudoukijun/minimumichiran/

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Posted in: Forcing children to sit 'seiza' style to be recognized as punishment under new law See in context

“The Japanese don’t send their child to bed without supper or to just go to your room.”

Many of the deaths of children from abuse here have involved withholding of foot and very low body weight for their age.

A few minutes ago one of the TV shows did an explanation of the new guidelines. I wasn’t paying close attention but I did notice they said withholding food was also included in the unacceptable category.

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Posted in: Saitama man arrested after calling telecom provider 24,000 times to complain See in context

Still hoping we’ll be provided a link that proved me wrong. Maybe I shouldn’t hold my breath....

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Posted in: Actor Hirofumi Arai sentenced to 5 years in jail for sexual assault See in context

DaDude, “Deport him where? Downtown Tokyo?”

As he has Korean nationality, the logical choice would be South Korea. However, he was born and raised in Aomori, and as far as I know has never lived outside of Japan. My guess is he has special permanent residency, and that may save him from deportation. But I’m not sure.

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Posted in: Saitama man arrested after calling telecom provider 24,000 times to complain See in context

Disillusioned,

“It is illegal to charge cancellations fees. This was changed in September.”

Again, everything I’ve read said there is now a limit of ¥1,000 yen for cancellation and it came into effect Oct 1. I won’t bother quoting from English language articles but there are plenty out there.

Here are two relevant quotes in Japanese:

解約違約金の上限1000円規制 2019年10月1日から施行される改正電気通信事業法により、「通信と端末の完全分離」ならびに「不当な囲い込み禁止」が導入される。とりわけ、これまで1万円弱に設定されていた解約違約金に1000円までの上限が課されることで....

“If I was to listen to your advice, I would have had to pay an extra ¥20,000.”

I never gave you any advice. I would love to be proved wrong and learn that the new regulations are retroactive and make all cancellations free.

Note that when the regulation came into effect, and when the carriers announced the details of their new plans, and when those plans went into effect are not one and the same.

Here’s another bit in Japanese, which indicates the new ¥1,000 fees (or in Softbank case, no fee) apply to new contracts. Again, I’d love to see your proof that it applies retroactively.

(Punctuation/line breaks edited for brevity)

ドコモ  対象: 10/1以降に「ギガホ」「ギガライト」「ケータイプラン」を契約したユーザー。違約金:

2年定期契約満了月の当月・翌月・翌々月以外での解約は1,000円。

au 違約金: 2年定期契約満了月の当月・翌月・翌々月以外での解約は1,000円。

ソフトバンク. 対象: 9/13以降に申し込みをしたユーザー。違約金: なし

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Posted in: Saitama man arrested after calling telecom provider 24,000 times to complain See in context

I’ve been seeing advertisements for free workshops organized by a major phone company to teach elderly people how to use smart phones. They are even open to people with contracts with other carriers. I imagine they’ll also be handing out promotional materials in hopes of getting those people to switch to them but I thought it was nice.

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Posted in: Saitama man arrested after calling telecom provider 24,000 times to complain See in context

Disillusioned,

“There was a law passed late last year to stop these pirates charging contract cancellation fees.”

Not correct. In June of this year the news was saying the government was considering new regulations to cap the fees at ¥1,000. More recent news says the new regulation came into effect in Oct of this year. I haven’t seen any news saying that it was retrospective and applied to previously signed contracts.  If someone has a link to such I’d like to see it. 

“these pirates slapped a ¥10,000 cancellation fee on each one.”

Which would have been their right to do so under the contracts you signed if the new regulations are not retroactive. 

“I dug through the news articles and found the article about it being illegal to charge cancelation fees.”

Which article would that be? I’d like to read it as your description of it conflicts with what I’ve read. 

“It was then I started abusing them and calling them thieves.”

You are lucky they didn’t call the police.

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Posted in: Woman walking her dog killed in hit-and-run incident; driver arrested See in context

I always try to walk against traffic but in some places it’s difficult or impossible. And there are so many places with no sidewalk or even decent width of a space to walk in. In winter it becomes even more of a nightmare.

At least this guy returned to the scene. A couple of days ago a 49-year-old woman was arrested for the hit and run death of an 81-year-old man the night before in Goshogawara, Aomori. She didn’t return but the police found her and her car with dented bumper quickly. Claims she knew she hit something but didn’t think it was a person.

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Posted in: Chinese people are useless at private commercial companies because their performance is poor. We wouldn't invite applicants for job interviews in the first place if it turned out they were Chinese. We'd reject them at the stage of document screening. See in context

Apparently his remarks were in regard to hiring at his own company, not in relation to the University of Tokyo. The institution has released a statement about this:

November 28, 2019

環・学府特任准教授の不適切な書き込み等に関する調査委員会の設置について

Establishment of the Investigative Committee about Inappropriate Writings, etc. by a Project Faculty of III/GSII

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Posted in: Kawasaki ward office employee attacked by man with knife See in context

The other day we had an article about a city hall plan to record interactions at the welfare section. I commented attacks such as this one would be a reason for that. The residents using the welfare sections are sometimes mentally ill, sometimes alcoholic, sometimes just driven to desperation by their situation. Although such attacks can happen in any government facility or section, the risk seems higher in the public assistance or welfare departments.

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Posted in: Actress Sawajiri’s detention for drug possession extended another 10 days See in context

“a fashion designer acquaintance of Sawajiri”

Who was actually her boyfriend until some months ago, and with whom she lived with. And with whom she still had contact with after they broke off their relationship.

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Posted in: Recording only citizens coming to the welfare section could violate their human rights. See in context

I suspect this is because it is the section most likely to have problems with desperate or unhinged citizens threatening or trying to cause harm. There have been instances around the country where staff were attacked or threatened with attack. Videos might also serve as evidence when citizens complain that they were given wrong information, unfairly prevented from receiving welfare, etc. Both sides could be protected by these cameras.

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Posted in: Parents denied visitation rights in Japan to keep fighting gov't in court See in context

RecklessToday  09:12 am JST

“My understanding is that this applies to Japanese fathers as well.”

Yes, it does. Notice that 13 of the 14 plaintiffs in this case are Japanese. BTW, it also applies to Japanese women as well. And foreign women. Sometimes in a divorce the sole custody is awarded to the father.

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Posted in: Parents denied visitation rights in Japan to keep fighting gov't in court See in context

It’s interesting that the comments here and on the recent related article have a real slant to marriages involving one foreign parent but only one of the 14 plaintiffs in this case is a foreigner. The recent article profiled that one person and I was wondering why there was no info on the Japanese plaintiffs.

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Posted in: Suspect in Osaka kidnapping case says he 'saved' victim See in context

Chip Star, “It couldn't be from being raised mainly by a mother with little interaction with dad”

His father died when he was a young child. It’s kind of hard to get interaction from a dead person. There are however plenty of examples where mothers in similar situations did a fine job of raising their children.

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Posted in: Suspect in Osaka kidnapping case says he 'saved' victim See in context

Otacon512Nov. 25  11:10 pm JST “If they arranged a meeting beforehand and she voluntarily went with him, it's not exactly kidnapping, is it?”

It was a child, a minor, and the law says it is kidnapping.

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Posted in: Uber loses license in London over safety See in context

“ a change to Uber’s systems that allowed unauthorized drivers to upload their photos to other driver accounts”

This is vague. By “allowed” does it mean Uber knowingly made this change on purpose? Or was it an accidental, unforeseen glitch? Either way, in my opinion it would make Uber unfit, but I’m curious as to which it is.

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Posted in: Suspect in Osaka kidnapping case says he 'saved' victim See in context

The mother says she regularly checked the daughter’s smart phone, and had checked it a few days before she went missing but found nothing amiss.

In an interview I saw before she was found a classmate said she was basically a cheerful, kind girl but was often absent from school because of an upset stomach or such.

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Posted in: Many people can recall a school teacher who had a major influence on their lives. Was there such a teacher in your life and how did he or she influence you? See in context

In 1960 had a great teacher for 3rd grade elementary. She was quite a bit older than the other teachers, a divorced single mother. but very energetic and dreamed up a variety of projects for us to do that taught us about Native Americans, the environment, social problems, and such. All themes that I was already inclined to think and care about but it was great to get validation in school. In 4th grade we had a horrid, cold, unfeeling teacher and the whole class was happy to see her go when she suffered a mental breakdown midway through the year. Taught me a lot about how a teacher can create a toxic environment. Then in 5th grade we had a wonderful, calm teacher who had a real knack for quietly drawing out and strengthening the good points of every student. She created a real atmosphere of mutual trust and love in the classroom. The head of the school also was very apt at making things fun for us while letting us experience taking responsibility by planning school festivals etc. With the exception of the 4th grade teacher, they were all very inspirational and I often think of them fondly and with gratitude.

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Posted in: Man arrested for kidnapping 12-year-old Osaka girl See in context

BeerDeliveryGuyToday  10:40 am JST

How come the other girl was not in any news?

“Police are fairly certain she is the girl who was kidnapped 5 years ago in northern Chiba.”

Do you have a source for that? NHK is saying she was a girl living in Ibaraki Prefecture who has been missing since June.

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