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Posted in: Japan's new university entrance exams begin See in context

This is a prequalifying exam for national and elite universities, not an entrance exam as such; there are upwards for 4000 tertiary educational institutions in Japan, fewer than 20% of which require students to sit this exam. Even at those schools that do, the "AO" process allows students to bypass this exam, or to have its results discounted.

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Posted in: Ghosn hid scale of Nissan salary, fearing dismissal from Renault, Tokyo court told See in context

Is this not what in other countries attorneys would reject as being "hearsay" evidence? Why would Ghosn even discuss something like this with this clown, unless maybe he wanted to bring on conspiracy charges - and was he ever really in danger of being fired from either Renault or Nissan?

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Posted in: Woman arrested after selling counterfeit Chanel item to police officer at flea market See in context

I feel so much safer now that a dangerous criminal struggling to make a few hundred yen is off the streets. Respect, cops.

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Posted in: Ex-farm minister Yoshikawa indicted without arrest on bribery charge See in context

"The prosecutors decided not to take the two men into custody due to health concerns and because they were simply following a well-established procedure for making political campaign contributions..."

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Posted in: Gov't eyes punishment for refusal to comply with COVID-19 measures See in context

Are they going to fine hospitals that refuse to admit patients with COVID-19 an equivalent amount?

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Posted in: ¥742 bil in reserve funds added to subsidies for restaurants See in context

Have the printing presses at the mint overheated yet?

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Posted in: Saizeriya president calls requests not to eat out for lunch ‘nonsense’ See in context

Haven't eaten at Saizeria since our kids said at age 7 that it sucked. That was 20 years ago...

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Posted in: Ghosn hid scale of Nissan salary, fearing dismissal from Renault, Tokyo court told See in context

"Hari Nada, a former Nissan vice president in charge of legal affairs, is a key whistleblower in the case intended to taint the CEO of Nissan with information he wouldn't have remotely been aware of...".

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Posted in: 5th anniversary of fatal bus crash in Nagano observed See in context

A tragic event, to be sure, but do all such events have to be memorialized by the media?

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

It's about time somebody here decided to do something proactive... now that other countries are already innoculating their citizens.

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Posted in: Kono calls U.S. Capitol riot shocking; yearns for 'good old days' See in context

Damn right it was shocking. And we should have seen it coming, too - all the signs were there. Hopefully the authorities will round these people up, and convict them of felonies, so that they lose their right to own weapons and to vote.

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Posted in: Japan's 2nd state of emergency met with public indifference See in context

"...the Japanese Government started executing a campaign to deflect their failures towards the citizens and residents of Japan...." And guess which group got the worst end of that deal? Why is the penalty so much stricter for non-Japanese residents, if not predjudice/discrimination against foreigners?

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Posted in: Obama-era veteran Kurt Campbell to lead Biden's Asia policy See in context

Mr Kipling - not his words, those of Joshua Wong. Q: Which is country has 800 military bases and intelligence-gathering outposts in foreign countries around the globe?

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Posted in: Man served 6th arrest warrant for drugging intoxicated woman, sexually assaulting her See in context

If they had adequate evidence to charge him the first time, why is he facing sextuple jeapordy?

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Posted in: WHO team arrives in Wuhan to search for pandemic origins See in context

After China has had a year to sterilise the scene? Remeber China's reaction to Australias's call for an investigation? Good luck with that...

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

"Do you really think it is OK for a country to try and extort what they failed to win at the negotiating table by having their courts unilaterally declare a win?"

That's exactly what the remnants of the US Confederacy have been doing since 1860, and what Trump did for 2 months after he lost the election. It led Trump's lynch mob of latter-day confederates and white nationalists to storm the Capitol building.

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Posted in: Twitter chief says Trump ban admits 'dangerous' precedent See in context

How did a dimwit like this guy ever get to be CEO of a corporation that makes billions yet serves no uselful purpose?

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Posted in: 6 high school students arrested for beating up 15-year-old boy See in context

A two year bit as juvies isn't going to be much of a deterrent. If the victim dies, the govt will almost certainly try them as adults. But then they'll still likely be out before they're 30, given the arbitrary sentencing here.

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Posted in: 6 high school students arrested for beating up 15-year-old boy See in context

"Bullying seems to be part of the culture here." Yeah, it's unique to Japan. Not found anywhere else...

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Posted in: Japan to halt entry of all nonresident foreign nationals See in context

"then consider taking up citizenship here." Naturalize in a country with endemic ethnonationalist discrimination to avoid the sort of exclusionist treatment you'd otherwise experience? You may want to re-think that...

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Posted in: Japan to halt entry of all nonresident foreign nationals See in context

"In addition, foreign residents who breach the 14-day quarantine rule will have their resident status revoked and be subject to deportation, Nishimura said at a separate press conference." WTF? Will Japanese violators be stripped of their right to reside here as well? Wear ankle monitors? Check in with authorities? Didn't think so...

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Posted in: 6 types of English conversation students and how to handle them See in context

Isn't each student an individual, not a stereotype?

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

"What Japan did to innocent Korean and Japanese women..." and in China, Burma, the Philippines. Indonesia and elsewhere does not hold a candle to what the Nazis carried out in Hitler's name, the genocide of a group based on its religion. Japan did not systematically kill 6 million Jews; Germany did.

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

"Japan urges South Korea to take appropriate action to correct this violation of international law..." Wasn't it actually Japan that violated international law by occupying Korea?

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Posted in: U.S. carries out its 1st execution of female inmate since 1953 See in context

Her crimes, while horrific, would not have occured had she had anything resembling a normal childhood. Without excusing her actions, they have to be understood in context, and exacerbating circumstances considered in sentencing. Having been incarcerated, she was no longer a danger to society. Justice was not served by her execution by the state. This to me reeks of Trump's meglomania and bloodlust.

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Posted in: House impeaches Trump after U.S. Capitol siege; his fate in Senate hands See in context

Great NYT op-ed today by Chas. Edsall:


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Posted in: House impeaches Trump after U.S. Capitol siege; his fate in Senate hands See in context

Bernard Grofman, a political scientist at the University of California, Irvine, put it this way in an email:

“white less well-educated voters didn’t desert the Democratic Party, the Democratic Party deserted them.”

We would not have Trump as president if the Democrats had remained the party of the working class. The decline of labor unions proceeded at the same rate when Democrats were president as when Republicans were president; the same is, I believe, true of loss of manufacturing jobs as plants moved overseas.

Obama responded to the housing crisis with bailouts of the lenders and interlinked financial institutions, not of the folks losing their homes. And the stagnation of wages and income for the middle and bottom of the income distribution continued under Obama. And the various Covid aid packages, while they include payments to the unemployed, are also helping big businesses more than the small businesses that have been and will be permanently going out of business due to the lockdowns (and they include various forms of pork.

More religious and less well-educated whites see Donald Trump as one of their own despite his being so obviously a child of privilege. He defends America as a Christian nation. He defends English as our national language. He is unashamed in stating that the loyalty of any government should be to its own citizens — both in terms of how we should deal with noncitizens here and how our foreign policy should be based on the doctrine of “America First.”

He speaks in a language that ordinary people can understand. He makes fun of the elites who look down on his supporters as a “basket of deplorables” and who think it is a good idea to defund the police who protect them and to prioritize snail darters over jobs. He appoints judges and justices who are true conservatives. He believes more in gun rights than in gay rights. He rejects political correctness and the language-police and woke ideology as un-American. And he promises to reclaim the jobs that previous presidents (of both parties) allowed to be shipped abroad. In sum, he offers a relatively coherent set of beliefs and policies that are attractive to many voters and which he has been better at seeing implemented than any previous Republican president. What Trump supporters who rioted in D.C. share are the beliefs that Trump is their hero, regardless of his flaws, and that defeating Democrats is a holy war to be waged by any means necessary.

Trying to explain the violence on the Hill by only talking about what the demonstrators believe is to miss the point. They are guilty, but they wouldn’t be there were it not for the Republican politicians and the Republican attorneys general, and most of all the president, who cynically exaggerate and lie and create fake conspiracy theories and demonize the opposition. It is the enablers of the mob who truly deserve the blame and the shame.

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Posted in: Chinese city tests millions amid fresh virusoutbreak See in context

Walter Sobchak: "Dude, say what you want about National Socialism..."

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Posted in: Last trains in Tokyo area to leave earlier to help stem virus surge See in context

"Better yet, how about stopping the rush hour trains instead!" Oh, yeah... Because the trains cause rush hour, right?

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