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Posted in: Kishida interrupts campaign after N Korea test-fires missile See in context

@ Aly Rustom & @gintonic

About tie between LDP and NK

That is possible. Guess several people consider it a possibility.

Could also just be that NK beneficit of having LDP for their own regime. Having an enemy works booth way, so having a less warmonger party in lead could prove troublesome.

And, we should not forget how LDP like to stir up their neighbor to use fear to have Japanese fall in order. See how many visit &co in Yasukuni they made sure to have reported by the press recently.

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Posted in: We’ll probably see a pretty big divergence in spending between the rich and the poor. In that sense, (new Prime Minister Fumio) Kishida’s policy goal of narrowing the gap could play a vital role for a smooth recovery of spending. See in context

Another thing to take in account is that, in a situation that nobody could plan nor have control about, the government actually relied on 0% interest loan for the people in financial trouble. I think that can leave a strong impact in people which even without needing the loan were actually able to picture themselves being on the other side of the line. After the : you have to save 20 millions for retirement, it kept pointing in the direction : you need to save as much as you can when you can because when you can not you are on your own. And on top of that you can add the current system to get people out of governmental help (throwing them to family member, making them lost everything first to limit the chance they get out of the bottom of poverty, I suppose).

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Posted in: Japanese teen saves elderly woman’s home from fire; credits love of anime for his heroism See in context


Does anybody know what firefighting anime he had been watching?

People are suggesting Fire Force


You can watch on Gyao among other (free now) :


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Posted in: The number of families relying on Japan's meager welfare benefits surged during the pandemic, and poverty has increased, especially in families headed by single mothers. What was labeled the 'lost generation' during Japan's long years of stagnation has become an 'underclass' accounting for about four in 10 Japanese. See in context

Find the article for people interested :


I guess, I will not hold my breath.

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Posted in: Restaurants, venues in 13 prefectures to try using proof of vaccination See in context

I do not think the vaccine/test certificate as much to do with individual people. The purpose is protect society by protecting medical system and also livehood. Vaccinated people are less likely to end up being a pressure on the medical system, by protecting medical system they reduce the need to implement containment measure, thus more live-hood are protected.

We already know the pattern : virus start spreading - medical system start having trouble - bars and restaurants take the fall. So what people not wanting to be vaccinated nor to accept restriction are in substance telling is that they do not care about medical system, people working for it and using it, neither business which will have to close. The government is pretty clear : they are planing to establish their pass instead of other restrictions and hoping it will be sufficient.

It is not about you people, it is about society.

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Posted in: Turn the page on COVID-19? Not so fast, say experts See in context

@ Monty

wearing clothes is a basic human understanding since the cavemen lived on this planet. Even the cavemen understood that wearing clothes is a kind of social manner. They understood that if you run around naked it is a kind of shame or whatever you call that.

Did not know you were so old as remember cavemen days. And here I, along other people, was believing cloth were wore as a way to protect against environment or decoration to begin with.

I was even sure there was society barely wearing cloth or not so useful one in regard of not looking naked like by US standard.


And these days, no company is telling you, “do not run around naked or you will be fired.”

Perhaps because the law is actually telling you that if you do you will be arrested ? And lot of companies have actual dresscode which are kind of incompatible with running around naked like wearing pants and collared shirt in plain color.

Most likely in area where people have the right to run around (half) naked, companies if they do not want workers to do it, will actually have it stated one way or another in the company rules, never happened to work in one thus will not know for sure.

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Posted in: There are many cases in which foreigners failed to get vaccinated because they threw away vaccination eligibility cards that they were unable to read, or because they could not fill out the pre-vaccination questionnaire. Some hesitate because they are unable to explain their preexisting medical problems during an interview with a doctor. See in context

Agree with @Robert Cikki. The whole system is a mess not just for Foreigner. I remember an article about a blind person which has their paper hanging around until someone could actually tell what it was.

As said by @Yubaru every place were doing things their own way. For something which is to be national wide the national government should stop passing the bucket moreover to such an extend. Should not be difficult to give guideline about what to do if not how. For this one, could have been easy to create a 1 (and only) document with a short explanation in language read in Japan (japanese / easy japanese / english / chinese / korean / vietnamese / potuguese perhaps) simply stating what was the content of the envelop, the need to kept the document and useful QR code / Internet link / hotline / ...(national one and possibility for local one to be added easily on the document) to be included in every single envelop to be sent.

If I got lucky with my residing place, I know in other place it was less convenient and I ended up having to fill in information not only for foreigner friends.

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Posted in: Couple arrested after remains of miscarried baby found in refrigerator See in context

流産した乳児 - miscarried (suckling) baby

Isn't it just because newborn are/were prone to die thus were not seen as really born less than 1 year after they left the womb of their mother ? Or something like that.

Considering the 23th was a holiday were not child welfare center and most hospital closed to begin with, so hard to find relevant people to say it to - police is not really what come to mind in that situation - moreover considering they have a 1 year old to attend kind of make sense they could wait for the next opened day.

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Posted in: France recalls ambassadors to U.S., Australia over sub deal See in context

the U.S., Australia and Britain shunned France in creating a new Indo-Pacific security arrangement.

Why ?

As France is an ally seems strange to not involve then in the treaty. There are France territories in the area.

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Posted in: No. of Japan's centenarians hits record 86,500 See in context


your comment is typical of someone who was raised with hot dogs, fries and coke.

Thanks for illustrating that the healthy version of japanese diet has given way to more unhealthy food partly imported but not only (ramen, tendon, okonomiyaki, ...) which are now consumed more frequently at least in big cities were they are more readily available, people tend to have less time and space to cook and natural products are more expensive.

I guess the fact it seems our centenarian seems to be living in more quiet area should play a role also.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 611 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 4,171 See in context


Why should they since they were not wrong ? Missed the eyplosion of cases recently in Japan ? For the rest of the world, did not check so not know.

After yes seems we avoided tke olympic variant.

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Posted in: 10 Afghan evacuees arrive in Japan; more expected to come See in context


Could you try to always post link when you quote it will be easier for people to follow, thank in advance.

If I get it right, the 14 Afghan evacuee by JSDF were not for Japan but for the US.


One can imagine that, Afghan staff when told they will need to abandon their family choose not to. I think these 10 people are people which actually decided to make their way out of the country on their own so that they can bring their family with them and are now seeking assistance to relocate.

Thanks for the Nikkei article and link. It is quite depressing. In one hand, you have several countries trying to evacuate people which worked for them and also people they think at risk, like athletes, artists, ... in the aim to resettle them if they which, in Japan we have :

"The government as a whole will need to consider" whether to accept Afghan refugees, Justice Minister Yoko Kamikawa had told reporters on Friday. She said Japan will not deport Afghans against their will for the time being.

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Posted in: 10% of Japanese firms to add regular staff after minimum pay hike: survey See in context


I think there is a problem with your source. The minimum wages in Tokyo is 1013 yens and will go to 1041 after the salary increase.


For the Shakai hoken : it depend of the size of the company :



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Posted in: Family of dead Sri Lankan urge Japanese immigration center to fully disclose video See in context


The metaphor is regarding the use of guest to qualify foreign resident.

She did not came in Japan as an over-stayer. She came as a student and at some point become an over-stayer. She was a resident of Japan part of the time a legal one another part of the time an illegal one. Be you consider guest or spouse is independent of being legal or illegal.

Just like other more beautiful, super cool Nations, ultra-developed, outside the box, rational thinkers out there.

What others countries have to do with Japan laws ? I am pretty sure they are happy you find them more beautiful than Japan but I do not see the point.

I am from a country that deports foreign nationals

I wonder how they manage to get people to be deported to pay for their how deportation. Frankly speaking, I always found that idea stupid. Offering the option to someone leave by their own mean in Japan of some special advantage to save money, why not. Requesting if of everyone, sound stupid.

We can also compare the whole immigration system when we are at it but that is not the point neither of my post.

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Posted in: Family of dead Sri Lankan urge Japanese immigration center to fully disclose video See in context

So there still people which are not aware that Japan do not apply death penalty by medical care refusal to visa over-stayer. That law do not exist. If you overstay your visa : you can be detained, deported, fined, ... . The option left to die by denial of medical care does not exist. Japan has signed, most likely several, stuff incompatible with the existence of that option.

And she was initially on a student visa. She never was a guest. She was not invited by Japan to free load. She had to pay her taxes, follow the laws, ... or not, and if not face the consequences as stated by law in accordance with constitution, declaration, ... national and international the government choose to sign and kept its sign valid on.

If you want to use a house metaphor : a foreign resident is more like a spouse marrying in a family. They are part of the family, share duty, hapiness, sorrow, hardship ... they were not always there and perhaps at some point thing will turn sour and they will leave but for as long as they are part of the family : they are part of the family.

After, if you personally think you are a guest, act like one and expect to be treated as one, it is your choice. I would appreciate you do not involve every other foreign resident. And I must say if you find normal to let your guest to die slowly and painfully without medical care if for one reason or another they fall ill including doing something you told them not to do, I will gladly reject all your invitation. Please do not bother, thank you.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,242 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 8,892 See in context


What about using EU standard :

more than 300 tests per 100 000 inhabitants conducted over the previous seven days

*not more than 4% positive tests among all COVID-19 tests carried out in the previous seven days


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Posted in: EU reinstates travel ban from Japan due to surge in coronavirus cases See in context

This decision come from the European council, they are reviewing every 2 weeks :


There are criteria to make decision :



not more than 75 new COVID-19 cases per 100 000 inhabitants over the last 14 days

a stable or decreasing trend of new cases over this period in comparison to the previous 14 days

more than 300 tests per 100 000 inhabitants conducted over the previous seven days, if the data is available to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)

not more than 4% positive tests among all COVID-19 tests carried out in the previous seven days, if the data is available to the ECDC

the nature of the virus present in a country, in particular whether variants of interest or concern have been detected

the country's overall response to COVID-19, taking into account available information, including on aspects such as surveillance, contact tracing, containment, treatment and reporting, as well as the reliability of the information and, if needed, the total average score for International Health Regulations (IHR)

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Posted in: Elon Musk’s Tesla Bot raises serious concerns See in context

The author got a point.

The idea of robot doing part of the job leaving human with a more meaningful life is pleasant on paper but is it really what is going to happen ?

I do not think we had a time when adding some new group at the bottom of the pyramid lasted long before the bottom group start merging together. So we would likely end up with bottom workers human and robot, with human having to go by a salary equivalent of the robot cost and potentially harder working conditions as robot as a clear value assigned to them and clear abilities and not able to complain freely.

We will also several tasks which were done by human for a fee which will be transferred to another human as additional but having loosing their value, best example is computer&co. In the past there was people whose job was to actually do typing. So for example you will have : a boss saying to his secretary something then the secretary making it in form then transferring it to typist. No the typist is gone, the work is being done by secretary/boss. We have also stuff linked to right to disconnect, if we back think about what was implied to actually provide this kind of service before : you needed to actually paid someone to go ask someone else to work during their free time and bring them stuff.

If we think about it, it is not progress which improved work conditions but people by fighting, unionize, ...

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Posted in: Takaichi joins race to be next PM; outlines 'Sanaenomics' policy See in context

I would like to remind people that LDP do not just want to amend article 9. They want to amend the whole Constitution including making it easier to get further amendment :

Chapter X


This chapter provides for conditions to achieve constitutional revision. Amendments to the constitution shall be initiated by a majority of both houses of the Diet.


For more information about modification :



There was also other drafts proposed (japanese) :


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Posted in: Japan to extend state of emergency again; set road map to lift curbs See in context


Not sure but I would suggest : apply in US to have a valid US driver license. If not possible to come back before the expiry date of the japanese one. Ask for the valid US one to be converted in japanese one (there will be a test, except if it is an Indiana one and a fee) :



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Posted in: Takaichi joins race to be next PM; outlines 'Sanaenomics' policy See in context

During a previous stint as minister, she sparked concerns over press freedom when she warned the government had the right to shut down broadcasters seen as politically biased.

So another authoritarian candidate wanting to control who can speak.

And she sucks a geopolitic

She is a regular visitor to Tokyo's controversial Yasukuni Shrine, which honors war dead including war criminals, and is a flashpoint in relations with South Korea and China.

Misogynist to boat

has fought against allowing married couples to have different surnames.

"Sanaenomics" plan

And an adept of : the rules or the peasants do not apply to us the elite :


第3号 平成22年3月10日(水曜日)

[...]○鈴木委員長 次に、高市早苗君。

○高市委員 自民党の高市早苗でございます。[...]

Bonus trash : Hitler fan and neonazi selfy buddy.



=== No, thank you !

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Posted in: Tips for smokers in 21st century Japan See in context


I agree, the title is a big give away.

In broader world, I think it is interesting has it help put things in perspective not only about tobacco.

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Posted in: Japan considering vaccine passports for commercial activities See in context


Could you please stop it. For lot of people getting vaccinated is not easy and we know that but there is no need to discourage yourself or try to discourage others. Kept it up and you will manage to find a spot. We rot for you.

(I double checked with my spiders, they agreed so "we" is fine)


Perhaps with the place of residency and age bracket of your wife some people knowing the situation on site could give you tip. At random, I will tell you to browse large.

For example in Osaka prefecture : you can be vaccinated in your city/area municipality center and clinics (some accept only their patients some accept everybody) ; the prefectoral center and the JSDF one.

There is also some private players stepping up in different places around Japan : there was an article about a pachinko, Yolo did it too, ...

If none of you is fluent in japanese, perhaps you should go to your city hall, foreign center if there is one, government free japanese lessons if they are offered, ... you could possibly get some help and tips.

Do not desperate, she will manage to get an appointment.

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Posted in: Japan considering vaccine passports for commercial activities See in context

@Ronin Tsukebin

You mean there was no research/articles/... about how some organism are aiming at destabilizing other ones ? So stunned.

Obviously, the current pandemic is used as a destabilization tools against democracy by some. I mean, there was actually people which are stating democracy is not good to handle pandemic. Vaccination is too.

If one want to complain about immunization pass just go complain to anti-vaxxer. People refusing medical care are not new and they accept the consequences, same for anti-vaxxer. But now, we have a new bunch expecting their choice have no consequences, play warfare of information, ... in the end play the useful idiot. Not that the other side is any better. We are in the middle of to divide to rule. And everyone has its limit about being open minded.

We all saw the effect of the pandemic and our country ability to deal with it. We had and have a bunch of people having to stay home without medical care even thought they were in no shape (I remember that in Japan : 35degree, 70% humidity is seen as mild weather perfect to do your best at sport ; should help sink the illness version of mild) &co. We can not handle so many cases, we need to contain the virus. We can not have : we do not want to wear mask, we do not want to be vaccinated, we do not want to have any life limitation, ... ; that just do not work.

If we are lucky and everyone do their part the immunization passport will have limited life expectancy. If you do not want to be vaccinated, do not be and accept the consequences : you could have to take test to prove you are not infected to access some place, you could not be offered some discount, you could be requested to take additional measure, you could have to sign waiver, you could be liable from some form of overcost, ... meaning there are some place you could have better not to go to. As long as you can still satisfy to your basic needs (potentially having to use remote option), I do not get the over-buaaaing.

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Posted in: Omi starts Instagram account for open dialogue about COVID-19 See in context

"How did you adapt workplaces for those who don’t understand telework or are refusing to return to work after an infection?"

I do not really understand the meaning of the question.

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

Is Abe's tummy fixed ?

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Posted in: China bans men it sees as not masculine enough from TV See in context

China's government banned effeminate men

Jealous ?

So some men are more attractive to some women thus they choose to ban them. What about aim for women which find you attractive or change yourself to match the preferences of the women you want to be attracted to you ?

There are women which were, are and will be more attracted with men with a muscular built, confy built, slender built, ... which take care of their appearance, only have aftershave by the lavatory, think soap are evil, ... can talk fashion and aesthetic, are obsessed over their car, think of growling as communication, ... and so on.

And what is effeminate to begin with ? And how it is bad ?

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 3,099 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 18,228 See in context



Get well soon.

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


Friend of mine did the magnetic test on a few of his students the other day and they did indeed stick to their arms. Guess this explains why

Before or after putting on talk ?


You know human "magnetism" is not something new. Mesmer, nobody ?

Having metallic or non metallic stuff stuck on you is pretty average and long before any covid vaccine, I guess even before any vaccine.

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


Why is it that anyone who questions anything regarding these vaccines is automatically labelled an anti-vaxer?

Effectively :

This is completely untrue.

They are not. Anti-vaxxer are labeled as anti-vaxxer. People which have question are labeled as people which have question. Usually these last type of people are able to accept their lack of knowledge and their need to go place which have the knowledge and credibility (thus youtube, twitter &co excluded, thus they will not find their question intelligent nor do they already an only acceptable answer they will accept.

Another difference with anit-vaxxer is that they do not do blanket cover of all vaccine or, conveniently, covid vaccine which include several vaccine prepared in "traditional" way.

There are also give away to recognize anti-vaxxer like blanket statement, the other, ignoring

I do not understand your problem with human trial. They were done as the current standard which are far higher than in the past (at some point they were not even existing). You find they are insufficient, go petition. No need to focus on these vaccine as that should apply to any and every medicine. drug, food, cosmetics, ... Or are you against human trial ? Feel free to develop viable alternative and to make it recognized. You think nothing should be tested on you ? Feel free to sue your parent since from your birth, they had no claim about testing stuff on you which could have killed you if unlucky, you most likely can also sue yourself to make you your own guinea pig.

If you do not want to take the vaccine what about not doing it and stopping complaining ?

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