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Posted in: Unused COVID shots piling up in Japan amid slow rollout See in context

"Local government employees are really working hard, as are the call center staff so I ask that people refrain from issuing complaints as much as possible," Kono told reporters on Friday.

... gives you an idea of how these people think and how distant their interpretation on the res publica is from our west democracies. Just imagine for a moment if President Biden or PM Johnson said something like that. They are totally unprepared, from an early age, but they can easily do their job in a society, where just about everyone thinks alike and does not find anything wrong in the sentence above. It's very frustrating to us, but we have a choice, I have totally withdrawn from active engagement in Japanese society, I find the place to be good only for holidays, nothing more. If you have enough money to live a 'detached' life, it's the best place in the world, but if you're working or running a business, anywhere else in developed economies and non, is better than here.

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Posted in: Suga says Japan aiming for 1 mil COVID-19 vaccine shots daily See in context

We all know well now that words from Japanese officials almost always mean nothing. What I find difficult to understand is the total lack of challenge to this hollow pledges. How about the people getting angry? How about the ineffective press asking questions? That is where they need to start from. This is not a democracy as we grew up to understand the meaning of that system. This is a mild dictatorship, with lots and lots of small dictators, from the PM down to the cleaners' manager. Everyone must conform, without challenging his/her 'superior', without challenging the status-quo. In turns, Japanese are both dictators and persecuted...no time for more, sorry.

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Posted in: Japanese foreign minister to visit Britain, 3 Eastern European countries See in context

Mr Motegi should stay home, contemplating how to improve his office immigration policies. Considering how long term residents feel about Japanese attitude towards them. There is no place on the world stage for people like Mr Motegi, who rebuked the UN findings on Mr Ghosn's judicial saga and refused to accept and build on the damming outcome of the enquest.

Motegi san,listem! they might invite you, but make no mistake, they are only interested on your money. No G7 country has anything, and I mean nothing, to learn or take from you and your anachronistically out of touch cabinet's colleagues. Go back to study, European and American history and philosophy above all. You have a great deal to learn my friend, you really do! Traveling to the uk :)... of all places. Stay home !

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Posted in: Japan tightens rules on COVID-19 test certificates for travelers See in context

Japan wake up ! Start policing your own people and stop always pointing fingers at foreigners or foreign elements ! I'm 100% sure those allowed in without tests were all Japanese citizens. We, long term residents, would not even dream of coming back without a test in place. Have a walk around Tokyo between 17:00 and 21:00, look into bars and restaurants and see how locals totally and happily ignore social distancing, mask wearing, etc. Imagine the comments if a 'gaijin' was to do that. Sorry Japan, you are far, far behind. Neon lights and fast trains do not make up for a basic lack of political ability to manage a people and relationships with others. It's embarrassing to some locals who know better, but the vast majority of citizens here do not even know what we're talking about. Detach from Japanese society, you must not contribute anything until they are prepared to look at you as an equal. Until then, no contribution!

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Posted in: Japan to procure enough COVID vaccines for all eligible by end of September See in context

Interesting, when will Japan open up to tourists? 2022 or 2023?

Are you joking, are you? I can see Japanese wearing masks to the end of days and tourists being banned 'for years to come'. Imagine how difficult will be for these people to take their masks off, worrying of what their neighbour must think about that. No one will want to move first for fear of being singled out.It's the Japanese psyche, what your neighbour thinks about you is by far more important of your own ability to take informed decisions. Despair not: we do not need a vaccine to travel, or stay here forever, it's enough you accept to quarantine for some days, 5 to 10, usually. Not ideal for a short holiday, but if you have time on hand and are the nomadic type of tourist, then I wouldn't worry so much about a vaccine. The UK will next week announce the list of countries for their 'traffic light' system, Japan should be amber (tests pre and post flights, plus quarantine required), with only Israel, the USA, Taiwan and not many more in the green category. Gone are the days when this government got away with presenting a fake facade and Japanese travellers were welcomed the world over. We all know now they can't control the virus any better than us, it's what they wanted you to believe, Mr Aso and friends, in fact they are doing a far worse job. But you can't hide failure in the age of the internet. To top it all up, they are now organising the most laughable games, Japanese not Olympics, in which they are also banning themselves from attending them, honestly it's happening, just as in the UK and USA are starting to readmit crowds to sporting events. Next thing we can expect, all athletes will be banned, only Mr Suga and his cabinet will participate, I mean... "they have a plan for it on which they are working", it will happen, in September perhaps, in time for the Pfizers vaccines to arrive :)

You cannot deny it's incredibly entertaining

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Posted in: Japan, Singapore, Germany and South Korea retain top spots in Henley Passport Index See in context

Very interesting. I doubt Japanese will be able to enter many countries from now on and until vaccinations will be done. With total inoculated standing around the 1% level, IATA's ranking means absolutely nothing. These are the same leaders who kept long term residents from going abroad, while allowing their own to freely go and come back, on the basis of a self assumed 'superiority',perhaps. Laughable ! There's a very interesting article out from a scholar (London Business School or LSE I don't remember), a Japanese national, who deemed his country's effort to tackle the Covid crisis as a failure: low testing, near zero vaccinations, etc. Mr Suga, Mr Aso and co might find it interesting reading, after an all too necessary translation ! Humility is what they need, not vaccines, humility and an open mind, two things no octogenarian Japanese leaders possess.

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Posted in: Vaccine minister Kono warns against wasting COVID-19 doses See in context

1139 in a day, compare that with the numbers in the UK or the USA, you can do the maths.

"No problem, there are no restrictions (on such usage)," Kono said at a press conference.

Kono is right, that is common sense, problem is no Japanese adult is allowed to use it, most do not have it, they are trained to go by the plan and cannot take a decision based on common sense.

The rule is king here, the plan is king ! Five people who have booked didn't turn up, it never occurs to them that those doses could be put to good use rather than thrown away. My 10 year old boy would have done better !

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Posted in: 60% dissatisfied with Japan's COVID vaccine rollout; 44% approval rating for Suga cabinet: poll See in context

Considering the aversion Japanese have toward speaking out against authority figures, company executives, etc. I would put the real figures at 95% dissatisfied, maybe higher than that. I would be very interested in knowing the reasons behind the choice of those in the 44% group. I guess it's a government direction: delay the roll out and see how the vaccine can affect individuals in other countries, in doing so avoiding a backlash from the public were to be some serious cases, even few, of side effects. Most Japanese are terrified of a drug that has been developed, manufactured and tested outside their land, it's that innate distrust of 'the foreign element', even when the indigenous alternative is non existent. Japanese pharmaceutical companies have been unable to put a vaccine on the market yet.

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Posted in: China, S Korea wary of release of Fukushima treated water into sea See in context

The USA and other 'friends' aren't keeping quite, as reported today on Bloomberg:

"U.S. Friends Join China in Ripping Japan Plan on Fukushima Water"

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Posted in: Japan considers various options against S Korea 'comfort women' ruling See in context

One can't help but admit, observing this society, that those nationalistic winds, strong in the first half of the twentieth century, are still present, albeit not as strong. We have, through court trials and constitution rewriting, been able to remove the element that allowed Japan to mount the initial threat it did during the last war. The greatest of all decisions the allies took at the end of the conflict was to install bases onto German and Japanese soil. Germans, save few, have learnt the lesson well. Here, unfortunately, not so. I recently read a line on a 'tourist' trip to Okinawa: "We ain't tourists, we are here to stay". We shall all be grateful to those military personnel and their families for sacrificing their lives and stay on bases. I salute them all. That is the only way to keep a close, very close eye, onto these easily excitable right wing fellas. Do not trust them a bit, they can't help but feel they are conscripted into a society that dictates every single move, one that does not consider diversity as an asset, as we all recently learnt very well. Comfort women, Nanjing, Pearl Harbour or, as historians more comprehensively refer to, Japanese aggression "is here to stay, it ain't a joke", it's history and I'm afraid we came too far in our civilisation to allow a few revisionist to rewrite the books. That ink is well dried and read. If only some of the members of this Japanese government would bother to learn English and study history, I'm sure they would look at things very differently.

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Posted in: Japan considers various options against S Korea 'comfort women' ruling See in context

Comfort women, like many other crimes committed during that war, should forever be remembered and called with their own names. No revisionism to be allowed on any part ! Japan, like Germany does, should teach their kids war history, starting Dec 1941 and the importance of that event on this country's destiny. I can't believe at my son's school on 6 August they never mentioned Hiroshima, what teaching is that? "Oh yes sorry: today we will look at how to plant a radish then we shall move on and draw some aesthetically perfect hiragana characters"...

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Posted in: Hiroshima to conduct PCR tests for 800,000 to battle COVID-19 See in context

Well done on Hiroshima to take the lead and show the central government one effective way to stem the growth of cases. Do not expect Tokyo to follow suit, numbers certainly are in the six figures, in and around the capital

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Posted in: Japan to bar entry of foreign athletes during state of emergency See in context

Japan through its consistently discriminatory, institutionalised double standard measures, has shown and still is showing no appreciation nor respect for other nations' citizens. This defies the objective of the games. The Olympics should not go to nations like Japan, who have very little respect for 'foreigners'. God shall put that right when Summer comes

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Posted in: Nike ad addresses bullying and racism in Japan; riles up debate online See in context

The brand here is not relevant. It is good to bring up social issues, it is then up to the people to show maturity and address them, or at least start discussing them. Clearly too many in Japan aren't ready for that dialogue, it shows deep rooted aversion to non indigenous races in too large a part of this country's people. Our task is and must be to point this out every single time we feel we should to. Denial is easy to show in public, but when alone facing a mirror, there is no longer denial, the truth comes staring at you. Nationalists, rigorous right wing supporters, blatant racists must know that Japan cannot longer hide behind fake smiles and bows. The world is starting to know what many of these people and too many of these politicians are like. It's thanks to individuals like us here and adverts like this, that things can improve. Equality, respect for all, inclusion are values that prescind from the geographical allocation of a land. Cultures can and must evolve. Being Asian or Western does not mean having reached the ultimate, sublime level of perfection in society structuring and values. Everyone can and must improve. Those who fail to recognize this country have a racism issues are the very ones who must do something about it first !

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Posted in: Human rights panel: Japan was wrong to detain Carlos Ghosn; owes him compensation See in context

To all those writing to challenge the 'Group' opinion, this is not a group of ordinary lawyers casually talking about a case. The 'Working group on arbitrary detention' is an officially appointed body at the UN. For them to come out with such a damning 'opinion' of the Japanese judicial system, a case to answer must have been brought to its attention. For M3 to say the claims are made by one party, my mate, the Japanese government refused to engage in a constructive and objective conversation, do you think we are stupid? Just stop writing no sense and write to your MP instead, to ask him to change this dated and unfair system, but not before they have all changed their attitude towards foreign nationals first! You are also wrong when you say there are no specific norms anywhere, on the length of time an individual can be held without charges. Perhaps in Japan, but I can guarantee you that in the EU or USA, those limits are certainly in place, sometimes, exceptionally but officially, disregarded, mainly for terrorism suspects. It is an old practice, originally thought to safeguard the minority in a democratic system. You are clearly here not to examine the facts, but trying to argue the Group decision. This is not a court, it is a board where we exchange opinion and it seems to me that you are one of the very few arguing the outcome, together with Mr Motegi. Now if I assume most of us here to have grown up in a healthy and stable democracy, then I can see why you fail to acknowledge the Group findings. You were not socialized in a mature democracy as it was originally intended in Greece first and the USA later. Look at your school system too. Japan is at best a farcical attempt to fit into a world of order where human rights are upheld irrespective of societal values. These rights are not negotiable nor interpretable on the basis of one's values. These rights are given to any individual by a natural order, above societal structures. A natural order for which all beings are equal at births. Honestly M3, I feel sorry that such an intellect as yours, is wasted in a place and a system that still cannot come to terms with the fact that if you don't want to remain isolated you must, I mean must, respect the other !

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Posted in: Human rights panel: Japan was wrong to detain Carlos Ghosn; owes him compensation See in context

We are not discussing here wether or not Mr Ghosn committed a crime, what we are trying to do, is to highlight the malpractices that the Japanese Foreign office fails to even contemplate, let alone address. We are not specifically asking for Mr Ghosn not to be arrested the day after release, only to extend his detention prior to a trial. We are asking for any individual to be spared that. Not allowing a person to see his/her lawyers, not allowing him/her to talk privately to members of his legal team. Not setting a trial date, despite four arrests, the last of which was for an alleged wrongdoing into which prosecutors had looked in the past and found no merit, only for it to be reexamined and used as a 'weapon' years later. We are not asking for Mr Ghosn to be acquainted, we are just asking for a fair trial, for him or anyone else, one that in the EU or the USA would come as a given. Personally, after 10 years in Japan, on the basis of personal experience and most recently through the handling of the permanent foreign citizens right to return to Japan first and their need to obtain a pre-flight test later, I can without doubts look at Japan as being no much better than places like China or Vietnam, both authoritarian states, when it comes to human rights for non Japanese nationals. I have decide to leave as soon as practicable, because I no longer feel safe here. Yes, I can leave my phone on a table in a cafe and be sure to find it again, but how about if for some reason I get arrested? For an instance, following a road accident? Well, I stopped driving and working with my driving license for that very reason: I do not trust the Japanese policing practices nor Japan judicial system fairness. When it comes to that, Japan is just as good as China or Vietnam or Belarus and not many more countries I can find to list here. I sincerely feel sorry for the Japanese people who do not have a choice, nor look to get one.

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Posted in: Human rights panel: Japan was wrong to detain Carlos Ghosn; owes him compensation See in context

https://www.ohchr.org/_layouts/15/WopiFrame.aspx?sourcedoc=/Documents/Issues/Detention/Opinions/Session88/A_HRC_WGAD_2020_59_Advance_Edited_Version.pdf&action=default&DefaultItemOpen=1

This is the link to the UN working group panel final opinion, complete with Mr Ghosn's legal team account and the Japanese government response.

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Posted in: Human rights panel: Japan was wrong to detain Carlos Ghosn; owes him compensation See in context

It is a great day for all those who regularly challenge the archaic and at times unfair practices in all aspects of the bureaucratic machine, in a country that too often likes to portrait itself as something it never is. The damage the 'Ghosn saga' has done to Japan is something the free world will not taking lightly and perhaps irreparable. The Japanese government would better held those responsible to account and start addressing issues on basic human rights, like equality and freedom, when it comes to the interactions with foreign nationals.

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Posted in: Japan to lift entry ban on travelers from 9 countries, regions; exempt returning residents from quarantine See in context

Reading from the MOFA website, PRs still need the 72h pre-departure test when re-entering Japan, so nothing changed on the double standards approach of the Japanese government: one rule for its citizens and one rule for all the other nationals. Discrimination on the basis of nationality is called racism !

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