Educator60 comments

Posted in: Missing university student asked for directions to man’s home on day of disappearance See in context

Madden, “How in the world do the police just accept him giving vague and unhelpful answers?” “in most countries ..... you take them in for questioning.”

It appears you neglected to read the article. Here’s a sample, the very first sentence: “Police in Tokyo, investigating the disappearance of 19-year-old female university student, are questioning a man in his 30s over her whereabouts.”

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Posted in: Composure on big stage fuels Osaka's rise to top See in context

Alvie, “Hopefully we'll soon see her visiting Haiti and lending her celebrity status and new found wealth to improving the economy there.”

We've already seen her visiting Haiti, meeting the President, etc.

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Posted in: Arashi's decision to suspend activities at end of 2020 shakes fans See in context

Ganbare Japan, “Will there be a big comeback for 2020 Olympics?”

How can they have a comeback before they’ve quit?

First sentence of the article:

“Arashi said Sunday it will suspend its activities at the end of 2020,”

Fans still have nearly two years to enjoy them. I’m thinking that’s more notice than most groups or single performers give before retirement.

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Posted in: Threatening letters, possibly containing cyanide, sent to drug firms, newspaper See in context

Did the letters say where to send the bitcoins?

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Posted in: UK police speak to 97-year-old Prince Philip about not wearing seatbelt while driving See in context

Burning Bush,

Did you miss this?

“Police said the advice given to Philip was "in line with our standard response when being made aware of such images showing this type of offence."”

Another article I read said that in Britain you can be fined for not wearing a seatbelt if caught by the police but that’s not the case here.

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Posted in: Groove X develops home-use communication robot See in context

these are the developed — these were developed

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Posted in: Groove X develops home-use communication robot See in context

KagToday  08:51 am JST

“While cute and all but when I watch the introduction videos is can't really do much.”

When I saw these on TV a couple of weeks ago they were stressing that these are the developed just to communicate and have a kind of loving relationship with the owners, but not do work for them. I’ll definitely have to go without that “love” as I cant afford it. But I can see it would be a fun thing for rich people maybe. And I can visualize uses in old folk’s homes and such.

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Posted in: 69-year-old man who hasn’t had license for 20 years arrested in hit-and-run See in context

RiskyMosaicToday  06:04 pm JST

“Constant? No. And no-one suggested that, straw man. An occasional stop for a license, sobriety, registration or roadworthiness check? Occasional as in, maybe once every TWENTY YEARS? Sounds reasonable to me.”

I doubt if anyone would complain about being stopped every twenty years. Earlier you said you feel “pretty short-changed by the cops here.” So I’m assuming you want checks to be quite a bit more frequent than they are now. Thing is I don’t know if we have any way of knowing how often on average your normal non-violating, non-accident involved driver gets stopped at random for such a check. What’s the current average? Is it less or more than 20 years?

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Posted in: 69-year-old man who hasn’t had license for 20 years arrested in hit-and-run See in context

“had his driver’s license revoked 20 years ago.”

There’s the clue right there as to why he didn’t renew his license.

As for policing policy, what is it people want? Constant poluce blockades everywhere for checking people’s licenses? I’m sure we’d hear a lot of complaints about the “draconian police state” if that were to happen. Driving violations or accidents will bring some of the licenseless to light and justice but beyond that how far do we want to go in hopes of catching them all?

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Posted in: Many boats likely from N Korea left neglected on Sea of Japan coast See in context

WakarimasenToday  11:02 am JST

“Japan's own refugee problem but goes unreported and unnoticed.”

They are not refugees and in any case these boats and their occupants, dead or alive, have been in the news year after year.

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Posted in: Many boats likely from N Korea left neglected on Sea of Japan coast See in context

Joy Gebhard, “The news maker I presume does not have proven facts that these boats are from North Korea. The wooden boat could be from anywhere.”

These boats have plenty of evidence on them to show that they are indeed from North Korea, sometimes including, such as the one in Fukaura a few days ago, live crew members.

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Posted in: Nissan to cut up to 700 contract workers in Mississippi See in context

mtuffiziToday  08:06 am JST

“consequence of what they did to ghosn.”

Or maybe it actually was the consequence of various things mentioned in the article such as this:

“The company has struggled to sell all those vehicles in recent years, turning heavily to incentives and fleet sales to soak up the excess.”

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Posted in: Ghosn's wife says he is suffering 'harsh' treatment in detention center See in context

Vinarius, “Mrs Carlos, if U love yr husband, Pls be in Japan to protest with yr children.”

Wouldnt it be more effective for his, not her, children to come?

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Posted in: American man pleads guilty to killing, dismembering woman in Osaka See in context

Brian WhewayToday  09:32 pm JST “what about her parents? they must be distraught, I don't know if they fully know what happened IE that she's been cut up”

Well seeing as how it was all over the news at the time, I kinda think they know.

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Posted in: JOC chief Takeda denies corruption allegations See in context

thepersoniamnowToday  04:18 pm JST

“Ahh that settles it then, I’m sure NHK and the media here will report him as innocent as Japanese always are.”

Actually, so far what I’ve seen in the media is that they are expressing frustration and anger that the press conference was so brief and that Takeda took no questions. And that started with vocal complaints of the press in attendance immediately after the end of the press conference.

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Posted in: 20% of emergency calls in 2018 did not require ambulance response: NPA See in context

juminRheeToday  09:09 pm JST

“So...the police own the hospitals and/or ambulances? Thought ambulances were run by a national medical agency, not the police. Do the police control the fire depts and utilities too?”

In this city ambulances are run by the fire department. The police don’t run any of them.

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Posted in: Ghosn's wife says he is suffering 'harsh' treatment in detention center See in context

Wipeout, “There's no way he's only being given rice to eat. Read any description of detention centre food. It's spartan, but not that spartan.”

Exactly, hence my question earlier as to why he isn’t eating the other items on the tray, if in fact he’s only eating rice and barley. I think his family is either misinformed or exaggerating in a bid for sympathy.

Same as the many comments I’ve read that says he has to sleep on tatami with the implication that’s somehow cruel. When everything I’ve ever seen indicates people in those facilities sleep in futon laid out on tatami. Which is exactly what a huge proportion of the Jspanese non-detained population does every day.

I’d be the first to say the Japanese system has room for improvement (and have said so for 40 years) but I think these type of misleading and outright lies do not help. A lot of people seem to have become unhinged, repeating such lies and distortions, either in their ignorance or some kind of zeal to make the Japanese look as bad as possible. The people going on about medieval conditions could stand to do a little research into what the conditions were like in medieval times.

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Posted in: Ghosn's wife says he is suffering 'harsh' treatment in detention center See in context

This article say Ghosn’s wife said he “eats only rice and barley”. The BBC online version of the same news reports she said he “eats mainly rice and barley”.

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Posted in: 20% of emergency calls in 2018 did not require ambulance response: NPA See in context

Kohakuebisu,

Interesting pair of anecdotes. I am wondering was the difference in response because the girl was bleeding and your son was not? I’m glad at least the patrol had a splint for your boy.

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Posted in: Ghosn's wife says he is suffering 'harsh' treatment in detention center See in context

BTW Ghosn’s lawyer applied for his release on bail on Fri and the hearing will be tomorrow (as today is a holiday). On the noon Wide Scramble show Mr Wakasa (former prosecutor, or detective was it?, and politician) predicted a 50/50 chance that the request will be granted.

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Posted in: Ghosn's wife says he is suffering 'harsh' treatment in detention center See in context

Tokyo-Eng,

Did a quick search about Kelly and didn’t find anything in English but here a link to an article in Japanese that says he’s had surgery, is out of hospital and in the agreed upon residence and that family member(s?) have come from the US to be with him.

https://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20190111-00000082-jij-soci

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Posted in: Ghosn's wife says he is suffering 'harsh' treatment in detention center See in context

Tokyo-Eng, “Educator. I am not disputing you but where have you read that ankle bracelets are not used? This is very common and easy technology to implement (aside from the bureaucracy). This is information I am not aware of.”

Lets put it another way, I’ve never seen any evidence whatsoever that they are used here. And the consultation sites about the bail system that I’ve read didn’t mention them at all. Have you ever heard of a case where an ankle brecelet was used?

I agree they are common...in other countries. And as I’ve indicated above I think it would be a good idea for them to be used here too.

About where I saw the news on Kelly’s current situation I don’t remember for sure, I think it was on TV.

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Posted in: Ghosn's wife says he is suffering 'harsh' treatment in detention center See in context

Tokyo-Eng, “I wonder how Greg Kelly is doing and if he could receive his medical treatment? I understand he was released but is not allowed to leave Japan.”

I’ve seen reports that Kelly had his surgery, has been released from hospital, and is now living in an apartment.

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Posted in: Ghosn's wife says he is suffering 'harsh' treatment in detention center See in context

“There is also monitoring such as ankle bracelets.”

“Second, they can attach an angle bracelet to him.”

As I mentioned on another thread, Japan doesn’t have any system for monitoring such as ankle bracelets. So you can’t fault authorities for not using tools that they do not have available to them.

My opinion is that it would be great if an ankle bracelet system were put in place and that high profile cases such as the Huawei case might help prod Japan into doing that. But I don’t expect it to happen overnight.

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Posted in: 20% of emergency calls in 2018 did not require ambulance response: NPA See in context

“ The next 10-15 was them telling me they didn't have that particular doctor on call at that time and I should have called an ambulance.”

It will depend on where you live, but in this city the emergency rooms are on duty on a rotating system. The details are published every day in the local newspaper and on the city’s homepage and there is also a special phone number to call to find out where to go. If you call an ambulance you don’t need to do that yourself as they will know or find out where to go.

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Posted in: Ghosn's wife says he is suffering 'harsh' treatment in detention center See in context

About the food, I keep wondering why Ghosn’s son and wife have claimed he’s only eating rice or rice with barley three times a day? Why is he not eating the soup and main/side dishes served with the rice? (BTW it’s often said the rice mixed with barley served in Japanese jails is healthier than plain white rice.)

About the medication, they maybe didn’t say what kind for privacy reasons, but is it something legal under Japanese laws and is it truly necessary? If so I would think his lawyer should be able to take it up with authorities to make sure he gets it. Has that happened? Did the lawyer try and fail to convince them? Embassy officials who met with Ghosn have reported he said he was being treated well so why is this medication thing coming up all of a sudden?

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Posted in: 50-year-old man arrested for assaulting mother with hammer See in context

HARRYOJan. 13  04:29 pm JST

“50 years old and still living with mom who is in her 80s.”

That’s quite a biased thing to say and quite possibly also inaccurate. Rather than “still” living with his mom itmay be that he moved back to live with her because she needed care and assistance. I know quite a few people who took early retirement and moved in with their elderly parents to look after them. Even if that’s not the case, multiple generation households are very common and very acceptable in Japan and many other countries.

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Posted in: Make a stress-free classic chicken pot pie with only 1 pot See in context

While I agree the recipes here are often frustratingly written from a viewpoint of someone with access to a US supermarket and no knowledge of what’s available in Japan, it’s simply not true that frozen pie crust is not available here. Maybe not to be found at little mom and pop markets but any decent sized supermarket should have it. Ask/look for 冷凍パイシートreitopaishiito, frozen pie sheet. Ususally a flat rectangular package with photos of pies etc.

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Posted in: The court is not reflecting on its past decision at all. I can’t accept it. As I was stigmatized, I lost many friends and my job. It’s impossible to return to my former life. See in context

“His suit to win redress from the state for the wrongs he suffered was rejected this week by the Osaka District Court.”

On what grounds?

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Posted in: Five things we learned from Ghosn's day in court See in context

since1981Today  07:34 am JST

“Why not just put him under house arrest with an ankle bracelet?”

Japan doesn’t “do” ankle bracelets. Whenever something that mentions them comes up in the news (like the recent release on bail in Canada of the Huawei executive) they have to include an explanation of what the ankle bracelet does. I’ve been wondering if such high profile cases might eventually spur Japan to adopt such a system but I doubt if it will be anytime soon.

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