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Posted in: Taste of Japan in Rome See in context

LandoftheLost, “I don't get your logic here. So, because he's the Japanese Prime Minister, he should only drink and eat Japanese cuisine?”

Of course not. He should eat whatever he pleases when possible. And I’m certainly not assuming that because this one photo from the event shows him eating Japanese that he didn’t eat anything else (assuming anything else was available, I don’t know or care if other cuisines were served there). My point is taking digs at him for eating Japanese food at what appears to be a promotional event for such is gratuitous, unnecessary, mean-spirited, and plain ridiculous. (And I don’t even like Abe one bit so anyone who wants to try painting me as an Abe supporter can stop right there.)

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Posted in: Taste of Japan in Rome See in context

natsu823Today  11:10 am JST

“Definitely would prefer local cuisine than Japanese food when traveling abroad”

And you’re perfectly welcome, as an ordinary tourist, to do so. Note Abe is a Prime Minister, representing his country at an event introducing Japanese cuisine to the locals.

Vince BlackToday  08:59 am JST

“His wife is certainly looking her age...”

Anything wrong with that? What’s your point?

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Posted in: Incoming emperor's life filled with breaks from tradition See in context

“as part of parental efforts to make the royal family seem closer to the people.”

Not just that. Her husband had told her how lonely he had been being raised away from his family and Michiko believed it was in the best interest of her beloved children for her and her husband to raise them themselves.

“Some how  Empress Michiko managed the transition with seamless grace and comprehensively fulfilled her official duties as a Princess, and then as the Empress”

While I don’t fault Michiko at all, that’s not quite true. There was a period where she withdrew from public life and duties when her first son was little and there were also at least two periods where stress caused her to lose the ability to speak.

“Look at what happened with Ayako's future husband. Family secrets all aired out, tabloids filled with crazy stories.”

Did you mean Mako?

Anyone who thinks the royal family don’t work and live a gilded life really hasn’t got a clue as to what they do with their days.

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Posted in: Ex-LDP lawmaker referred to prosecutors over rape allegations See in context

Sensei258Today  07:24 am JST

“If she was unable to give consent, then it's rape. It doesn't matter if she went to the hotel willingly”

What hotel? They were at her home.

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Posted in: Convenience stores want you to be honest and request to pay higher sales tax rate See in context

I know of four local supermarkets that have areas with tables, chairs, and microwave ovens that are clearly meant for people to use to eat items purchased in the market. Three are in department stores and the other is attached to a podunk railway station that has no coffe shops or convenience stores in the vicinity. And those are just the ones I manage to go to. I suspect most of the other many supermarkets in town have something similar. Places like that are going to be in the same situation as the convenience stores.

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Posted in: Blasts kill more than 200, injure over 450 in churches, luxury hotels in Sri Lanka See in context

Three different unconnected Japanese female acquaintances of mine have traveled to Sri Lanka within the last year for yoga retreats and such. Although they are all old enough to have been adults when that country was in upheaval they seemed to be unaware of any of it. One was planning to go again during Golden Week. I wonder if she’ll be changing her plans. The death toll is now over 200 from these deprived attscks.

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Posted in: Japanese police officer gets pay cut for using dating app to see several men See in context

Yes, the important details are missing from this article, slanting it in a wrong direction. When she met the men, she specified the fee they needed to pay her. And this all came to light after she consulted her superior about her relations with her live-in boyfriend having hit a rough patch.

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Posted in: Expensive tissue paper at Osaka prison prompts human rights concern See in context

Shogun36, “The inmates used to have birthday parties or special events.”

Birthday parties for individuals, or one party per month for everyone with a birthday that month? I do know prisons have special items on the menus for New Year meals as such.

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Posted in: Expensive tissue paper at Osaka prison prompts human rights concern See in context

I remembered the prison-made merchandise can be purchased online now:

https://www.e-capic.com/smp/

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Posted in: Expensive tissue paper at Osaka prison prompts human rights concern See in context

GoodlucktoyouToday  12:27 pm JST

“Instead of locking criminals in cells for long hours, how about giving them the opportunity to make their own toothbrushes, paper, blankets etc?”

I don’t hear much about prisoners making items for their own use (other than meals that is). But prisons have a variety of workshops/factories that make all sorts of things from clothing to traditional craft products to furniture. It’s part of the rehabilitation system to give the inmates pride, skills , getting used to a regular schedule, some cash to buy necessities or small treats, etc. Once a year or so the local department store has an event featuring the prison made products. These events travel the country, if you’re interested look for information about one in your own town.

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Posted in: Expensive tissue paper at Osaka prison prompts human rights concern See in context

Backpacking Nepal,

There is a very wide variety of toilets in Japan. Jail facilities also vary, but I’ve seen photos and videos of some with western style, not squat, toilet fixtures. In any case, I believe the article’s reference to tissue paper, is not toilet paper.

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Posted in: Expensive tissue paper at Osaka prison prompts human rights concern See in context

Kurisupisu, You’re welcome. Although on second thought we don’t know who runs the “Tokyo-based firm under a major trading house”. Could be it’s also run by former prison officials. If so though, the article really should state that.

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Posted in: Ghosn's wife fears his trial may be unfair See in context

“Carole Ghosn said she was worried about his health because he has been weakened by the long detention and is not getting enough sunlight.”

Whats happening with his chronic kidney failure problem featured in an earlier article here? Is he now getting the required treatment?

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Posted in: Expensive tissue paper at Osaka prison prompts human rights concern See in context

KurisupisuToday  07:03 am JST

“Former prison officers fleecing the prisoners?

Who would have thought it possible?”

Kurisupisu,

You have things backwards and need to read this paragraph again:

The price of the products at the prison rose after the Justice Ministry switched the designated seller in 2011 to a Tokyo-based firm under a major trading house from a foundation operated by former correctional officers, it said.

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Posted in: Woman arrested for leaving baby after giving birth in convenience store bathroom See in context

Do the hustleApr. 16  04:27 pm JST

@Garypen -I thought abortion was completely legal in Japan

“Yes, it is illegal, but it is also quite expensive.”

Surely you meant “legal”?

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Posted in: Gov't asks public to check hospital schedules before 10-day holiday See in context

Forgot to mention: I can’t think of any of my automatic payments that do not normally and automatically change the date when the regular one falls on a weekend or holiday. No reason to think this will be any different.

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Posted in: Gov't asks public to check hospital schedules before 10-day holiday See in context

pointofviewToday  10:38 pm JST

“How about automatic withdrawals for bills and mortgages? Bet ya they're still on.”

Two credit cards plus a propane bill, all three of which normally withdraw the payments on the 27th, sent notices that the withdrawals will be done on May 7. I need to check on several other withdrawal timings. Have a little pile of unopened snail and e-mails that may hold some answers.

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Posted in: Grapes carrying messages, images on skin to go on sale See in context

“You're kidding yourself if you think these will be exported.”

I know I’ll never purchase one of these grapes. But I’ve heard Japanese apples that have these types of designs sell well in Hong Kong. Could be grapes will find an export niche too.

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Posted in: U.S. military serviceman, girlfriend found dead in apparent murder suicide See in context

Oh, and for the likes of getbent, the autopsy revealed she had defense wounds.

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Posted in: U.S. military serviceman, girlfriend found dead in apparent murder suicide See in context

Correction: military police

Also forgot to mention that even though she declined to file a report, the Japanese police continued to follow up by contacting her several times.

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Posted in: U.S. military serviceman, girlfriend found dead in apparent murder suicide See in context

That link’s contents are more nuanced than BeerDeliveryGuy’s post would lead one to think.

It it says the Japanese police determined she was a victim of stalking and DV and encouraged her to file a report. She declined on the grounds that she had asked the military poluce to take care of the matter and therefore it wasn’t necessary for the Japanese police to act.

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Posted in: Man arrested after sawing off bars at congested rail crossing See in context

yoshisan88Apr. 14  07:45 pm JST

“He has a big saw with him in the car. Is he a tradesman?”

Judging from his clothing, he is engaged in some construction related work, perhaps a carpenter.

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Posted in: Tax man will be all over the British royal baby See in context

Zichi, “Not like she will never return to her acting career.”

When and why do you expect her to return to acting?

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Posted in: U.S. military serviceman, girlfriend found dead in apparent murder suicide See in context

Recently a 21-year-old American stationed at Misawa in Aomori was arrested for drunkenly assaulting his Japanese girlfriend at the apartment they shared off base. I remember thinking at the time that at least it was lucky the episode didn’t go so far as him killing her. It’s very sad that this current case did go that far, especially as there was a child involved.

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Posted in: Royal welcome See in context

Caught another look at them on tv last night. Definitely fingerless gloves, grey (not teal as I’d earlier thought) with light colored (maybe crocheted) decorations on the back of the hand.

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Posted in: Royal welcome See in context

I did a quick search. Briefly, the site was a munitions factory during the war, taken over by the Americans during the occupation. After it’s return, national funds plus donations from the likes of Snow Brand Milk etc were used to create the facility for children in celebration of the Crown Prince’s wedding. .

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Posted in: Royal welcome See in context

revorPeaceToday  09:43 am JST

“Is the Empress wearing a wrist brace?”

On the tv news yesterday, it looked like she was wearing fingerless gloves (on both hands) that were close in color to her sweater jacket.

They also said something about Children’s Land having been built with money that was gifted to the royal couple when they married or ?. I was interrupted and didn’t quite catch the details but it’s somehow connected to their marriage.

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Posted in: Man fires gun snatched from police officer in Yokohama See in context

AustPaul, “Perhaps time to review the type of holster they use”

Reading the entire article reveals that that has already been done. The matter was reviewed and a decision made to change to a different type. I don’t remember the exact timetable but I think the actual switch has yet to done.

“Earlier this year, the National Police Agency said it will introduce new pistol holsters designed to prevent officers from being disarmed in hostile situations.”

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Posted in: Ghosn, suffering from kidney failure, was arrested illegally: defense document See in context

Ex Res, “I would suggest that the new Head of State directs a Royal Commission to look at all of this. Lets hope that in this new era he is not as inept as his father and grandfather.”

Is it really a question of ineptness? Does the Japanese constitution and law have provisions for that?

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Posted in: Ghosn, suffering from kidney failure, was arrested illegally: defense document See in context

Not sure what the point is of the anecdotal menus etc. There are hundreds of detention facilities, jails and prisons around the country. Some are small and will bring in bentos, some are large and have kitchens staffed by inmates, etc. What’s relevant here is whether Ghosn had special dietary and medical treatment needs, and if so, whether those needs were conveyed to authorities and whether those needs were met.

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