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Posted in: What do you think is causing tennis player Naomi Osaka's problems? See in context

Being hounded by the media?

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Posted in: 90-year-old ex-elite bureaucrat gets 5-year jail term over fatal Tokyo car crash See in context

Nobody that age should be permitted to drive. People should have to take an operator's exam, including driving, annually after age 70 to keep a license. The reason this is not done is the influence of the car manufacturers, and the fact that 70% of the votes cast in Japanese elections are cast by those over 70 years of age.

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Posted in: Why is it so difficult to fight domestic terrorism? 6 experts share their thoughts See in context

Most people refuse to believe that it exists, much less refer to it by an accurate term. The fact that it is buried like a tick into the fabric of military and police institutions, and to a lesser extent the justice system, means that it cannot be rooted out without a major reassessment of these institutions policies and training.

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Posted in: COVID spurs dramatic surge of 'konkatsu' among middle-aged people See in context

Unless you are prepared to do things the Japanese way after marriage and continue doing so while living in Japan, then marry a person from your own culture, or a similar home culture. People do not easily change who they are, or their worldview, and cannot change unexamined facets of their personality or behaviour that are tied to an inherent part of their culture - and should not be expected to. Nor should they be expected to answer for aspects of their culture that their foreigner partners can't accommodate.

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Posted in: Kishida pledges huge COVID relief package if he wins LDP leadership vote See in context

"I promise to give you, the taxpayers, some of your money back, just as soon as I have determined which of my campaign contributors deserves to benefit most from their efforts to help you, the people of Japan..."

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Posted in: Uber Eats Japan halts hiring of foreign students for food delivery See in context

It's actually very little skin off the company's back to document compliance. The basis for this decision appears to lie elsewhere, particularly if the company still has to perform the same document checks for current non-Japanese employees.

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Posted in: Japanese police struggling with growing number of 'CAN invaders' used to steal luxury cars See in context

Most car manufacturers can remotely shut down a vehicle. They don't advertise this, but when you buy a car, you do not buy the ECU hardware and software - that is proprietary to the manufacturer. If they can locate the vehicle using GPS, they can turn it off. This from a Japanese BMW sales rep.

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Posted in: Topix stock index ends at 30-year high on news that Suga is resigning See in context

Pretty much the vote of no confidence he never got in the Diet.

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Posted in: Suga to resign; says he couldn't run for reelection and handle virus response See in context

The LDP hierarchy told Suga it was time to fall on his sword. He was never destined to be anything other than a placeholder, in any case, as he lacks his own faction and got no support from those who did. Japan will now most likely return to the sort of "leadership" characterized by the karaoke rotation among factions last seen during Abe's first turn in power. Shikattaganai Democracy.

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Posted in: Congress asks tech companies for Jan 6 records See in context

Prosecutors: Jan. 6 rioters committed more than 1,000 assaults on police


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Posted in: Small Hokkaido furniture firm proud creator of Olympic medal cases See in context

Why run the article w/o a photo?

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Posted in: Gov't considers extending state of emergency by 2 weeks See in context

...because it's just out of ideas as to what else to do?

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Posted in: Moderna says COVID vaccines sent to Japan contained stainless steel particles See in context

By all means, if you don't trust the vaccines then stay home and play Covid roulette with yourself. Just don't venture outside where you might be infected or, worse yet, become a carrier.

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Posted in: Congress asks tech companies for Jan 6 records See in context

If they don't comply, they'll face a subpoena, no matter what Keven McCarthy threatens. One way or another, the house committee is going to get to the bottom of this, and a grand jury will then be convened.

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Posted in: Int'l body calls on Japan for stronger anti-money laundering actions See in context

It's already impossible to wire money into the country or to use a foreign-issued credit card at an ATM, and you have to give your taxpayer number to wire money out... Short of strip searching people entering the country, what else can they do?

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Posted in: Tokyo August virus cases top 125,000, nearly triple July's record See in context

At this rate, Japan may eventually catch up with Texas and Florida...

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Posted in: Boxes of unused COVID-19 medical goods dumped at Tokyo Olympics See in context

Save your outrage. It's not like there is going to be anyone held accountable.

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Posted in: Poison or cure? Traditional Chinese medicine shows context can make all the difference See in context

Poison or cure? Sort of like hydroxychloroquine, or horse de-wormer?

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Posted in: How would planting 8 billion trees every year for 20 years affect Earth's climate? See in context

How about if we stopped cutting down 8 billion full growth trees a year, instead?

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Posted in: SDF able to evacuate only 1 Japanese national from Afghanistan See in context

Really effective use of resources. Guess if they'd filled the plane with refugees, Japan would just have had to make arrangements to repatriate those of them that survived its internment facilities.

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Posted in: Man in Sapporo attempts to rob convenience store with lighter See in context

Is that an actual on-the-scene photo of the perp's hand, or just a dramatic reinactment?

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Posted in: Record-low number of children on day care waiting lists See in context

It may be that the decline in the birthrate eventually catches up with the lack of space in childcare facilities...

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Posted in: Nagoya mayor who bit Olympian's gold medal offers to take 3-month pay cut See in context

Does that imply that if news of the Ford brothers reaches Japan that they should resign as well?

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Posted in: Suga cabinet's support rate drops to record-low 31.8% See in context

Does Japan have a viable opposition party? No. Then, does it matter. No. Is Japan a democracy in anything other than name? No. Why perpetuate the myth?

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Posted in: 3 foreign media test positive for COVID after returning from Olympics See in context

That was predictable, as is this: Japanese taxpayers were shut out from Olympic venues. But they now can view the staggering bill:


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Posted in: Apps spring up to fight corona loneliness, rather than find romance See in context


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Posted in: Man arrested for stealing ¥1.2 mil from woman in elevator See in context

He's lucky it was the cops who took him into custody...

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Posted in: Japan to give public employees paid leave for fertility treatment See in context

...because everyone is going to tell their supervisor just why it is they're taking personal time? This myy actually discourage people taking time off for fertility treatment...

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Posted in: Japanese companies to be banned from locking cell phone SIM cards See in context

Should have been done from the start. Vendor lock-in is a feature of Japanese products and services, not a bug.

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Posted in: Republicans take to mask wars as virus surges in red states See in context

Given everything I've read, I concluded that the GOP and the virus are on the same team...

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