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Posted in: Ex-interpreter for MLB star Shohei Ohtani pleads not guilty to bank and tax fraud See in context

A Japanese commentator had an article a month or so ago saying that Mizuhara's replies must have annoyed the judge. He usually just answered 'yes'. Apparently it's conventional to say 'Yes, sir.' 'Yes, ma'am.' 'Yes. Judge.'

Brownie points for 'Yes, your honor.'

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Posted in: 72-year-old former school sports coach arrested for allegedly sexually molesting student See in context

I think the 'exposing himself' is a mistranslation. The original report is 'waisetsu kōi' which isn't specific as to what exactly - touching, kissing, trying to remove clothing etc.

To protect the victim it may make sense to avoid details, (even if the braying mob would like them.)

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Posted in: Japan's ruling party loses all 3 seats in by-elections See in context

One problem is that they give the figure for voting up to say 5 pm but they don't count postal votes, continually rising as a proportion of total votes. In the case of Nagasaki this time though there really was a collapse in the number of votes. Only 34.45% of voters voted, 25.48% less than last time!

Watch all those LDP voters reappear at general election time, I'm afraid.

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Posted in: Japan publisher threatened over publication of trans-skeptical book See in context

The book comes out on April 3rd.

It's currently number 1 on amazon.co.jp.

I'm glad to see this.

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Posted in: North Korea-Japan qualifier in Pyongyang canceled by FIFA See in context

A lot of those stories of executions end up being wrong.

Suddenly the guy who was killed reappears in an even higher position.

That Guardian report has:

In April last year, Hyon Yong-chol, a former defence chief, was executed after falling asleep during a military rally attended by Kim.

This was untrue. From wiki:

[Hyon Yong-chol] was also mentioned in the North Korean newspaper Rodong Sinmun the day he was supposed to have been executed.

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Posted in: North Korea-Japan qualifier in Pyongyang canceled by FIFA See in context

I'm no friend of North Korea but this kind of stuff is dumb:

The entire team has probably succumbed to anti-aircraft fire

For years people thought the 1966 team must have been sent to camps for losing.

The reality is they were treated as heroes. Check out "The Game of Their Lives" (2002).

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Posted in: Teachers on leave for mental illness in Japan hit record high See in context

It's a myth that Japanese teachers are poorly paid. Their salary steadily increases up to the age of 60.

And they get a huge bonus at retirement.

Only a third of their hours are actual teaching hours.

Reform is needed, but informed reform.

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Posted in: Japan's exports surge 10% in December on strong demand for autos, revived trade with China See in context

leaving a trade surprise

Not your mistake but AP's.

A "trade surplus" surely?

Moderator: Thank you. It. has been corrected.

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Posted in: Uniqlo sues Shein over alleged copy of its popular 'Mary Poppins bag' See in context

Heck, when you hear the Imperial March and Indiana Jones' theme songs used constantly in shows (for up to ten seconds) do you think they paid for rights? Nope.

You can be sure they did pay for rights. JASRAC negotiate clearance for most foreign music.

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Posted in: Ruling-party candidate strongly opposed by China wins Taiwan's presidential election See in context

Voter turnout was only about 70%.

A very high turnout!

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Posted in: South Korea's gender imbalance bad news for men − outnumbering women, many face bleak marriage prospects See in context

Because Japan has never exactly had a preference for boys and has always had more girls than boys

For the years 1920 to 2020 in Japan always more boys have been born than girls.

Men die earlier than women for a number of reasons. They smoke more, they eat bad diets and drink too much; they retire from work and don't have anything to live for.

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Posted in: One-third of Japan's unmarried adults under 50 have never dated See in context

I think Japan was really the first country to be honest about how many marriages were sexless.

Similarly it may be the first country to be honest about families. Many families don't really work out.

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Posted in: Japan's 18-year-olds at record-low 1.06 mil on falling births See in context

University spots and/or multiple job offers for each and every one.

Look at the positives.

Not a positive if you're a teacher at a low-ranking university.

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Posted in: Figure skating icon Hanyu announces divorce; blames slander, stalking See in context

How does Samit Basu know it was a same-sex marriage? Very unlikely it was.

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Posted in: Takarazuka theater actress' suicide due to overwork, bullying: lawyer See in context

It's an unfortunate fact that it's often the worst people who get to the top.

Willima Blake's simplistic blaming of the victims is not useful.

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Posted in: Woman becomes pregnant via IVF donor sperm after husband's death See in context

The first sentence of the Japanese version of the Kyodo article clearly states it was a third party donor.

Children's rights, which should be paramount, mean that much of this fertility treatment should not be allowed.

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Posted in: Listen up, ladies and gentlemen, guys and dudes: Terms of address can be a minefield, especially as their meanings change See in context

I feel like you didn't read the article or make note of how it mentions the phenomena of taking back words that have been used to demean or insult them, making them their own, and using them in-group as a way of resisting the insult.

Not the case at all. She's just kept using the term since her teens.

My oldest sister, on the other hand, is ready to pounce at anything that doesn't fit in with what we enlightened are supposed to believe.

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Posted in: Listen up, ladies and gentlemen, guys and dudes: Terms of address can be a minefield, especially as their meanings change See in context

If you are talking about someone over 18, they are not a "girl".

My sister, in her 50s, will talk about herself and friends as 'the girls'.

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Posted in: Japan school absenteeism at record high of nearly 300,000 in FY2022 See in context

3.2% of elementary and junior high school students missed more than 30 days,

up 0.6% over the previous year. That's big. Those commenting that the students

are learning stuff at home need a reality check.

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Posted in: Angry North Korean See in context

Just watched the highlights on TVer. Shouldn't have been a penalty. (Not what I expected.)

I'm no fan of North Korea but the comments about 'off to the gulag' are BS.

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Posted in: Japanese gov't plans to seek court order to dissolve Unification Church See in context

Scientology operates in Japan but they were unable to register as a religion.

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Posted in: BBC 'urgently looking' into issues raised by Brand report See in context

I always found him hard to listen to. Annoying, self-entitled git.

It's no surprise if he's guilty - but principle of innocent until proven guilty still stands.

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Posted in: Centenarians in Japan hit record 92,139; women account for 88% See in context

Unfortunately many of these people are in poor health and being merely kept alive by unscrupulous medical institutions.

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Posted in: Hokkaido police officer leaves gun in convenience store See in context

No real need for Japanese cops to be carrying guns as standard procedure. It's a legacy of the US Occupation and the high crime rate in the late 1940s.

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Posted in: Millions of Americans believe aromatherapy works – but for many doctors, it still doesn't pass the smell test See in context

I see an explanation that 'essential' here is an abbreviation of 'quintessential'.

"(T)hese natural liquids are drawn from the very essence of the plant" Jordan Rubin.

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Posted in: Waived indictment allegedly offered to ex-assembly member in vote-buying scandal See in context

Wait a prosecutor create false confession to build a winning case against justice minister?

It's not a false confession. Kawai gave Kido money to buy his vote.

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Posted in: 4 Chinese arrested by Japanese police for smuggling 700 kg of drugs See in context

Reporting who is committing the crime is important for understanding the crime.

Political correctness may be such in Canada that you're not supposed to do this, but fortunately Japan hasn't gone down that route.

There are Chinese gangs in Japan in active competition with yakuza (who are usually a mix of Japanese and Korean), such as 'doragon', with perhaps 800 members.

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Posted in: Japan's child population falls for 42nd straight year to new record low See in context

The reality is the number of kids is going to keep falling for the forseeable future. Japan is hardly alone in this.

In the past societal expectations were such that nearly everyone got married and had children. One good aspect perhaps is that fewer people who never should have children will have them.

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Posted in: South Korea restores Japan to trade 'white list' See in context

The Democrat Party have plenty of their own problems - among others a former leader, Song Young-gil, has just admitted that bribes were paid to get his position in 2021.

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Posted in: Spending by foreign visitors to Japan jumps sevenfold in 2022 See in context

2022 was about 20% of the peak - 2019.

This year will be much more - 80%?

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