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Posted in: The centuries-old mines stirring Japan-South Korea tensions See in context

For better or worse all of the Korean miners were citizens of the Japanese Empire at the time.

'Citizen' isn't the right term. It's correct to say:

For better or worse all of the Korean miners were subjects of the Japanese Empire at the time.

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Posted in: The bottom line is the risk of developing heatstroke won’t change even if you aren’t wearing a mask. See in context

This extract is confusing. I found the original Japanese article. 

For the key point DeepL gives me:

removing masks to prevent infection has little effect on reducing the risk of heat stroke

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Posted in: Unification Church corrects remarks amid scrutiny over Abe's death See in context

I've been looking for any mention of the Unification Church and the Abe assassination in news on Korean sites.

Zero. It looks like the taboo extends to South Korea as well.

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Posted in: A look at the Unification Church's ties to Japan's politics See in context

Hak Ja Han visited Nagoya in 2017. There was an event attended by 40,000 people.

Yamagami was unable to enter, not being a member of the group.

the assassin's mistaken belief that Abe was responsible for his mother and the family's bankruptcy

The assassin was correct in believing that Abe helped to give legitimacy to the group.

Abe ignored requests by a group of lawyers to consider the victims of the group and to cease his supportive activities.

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Posted in: A look at the Unification Church's ties to Japan's politics See in context

By 'church leader' Yamagami meant the actual church leader Hak Ja Han, widow of Sun Myung Moon.

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Posted in: Unification Church says Abe shooter's mother is follower See in context

The usual poorly-informed mess.

Nobusuke Kishi was never charged as an "A class" criminal. And most don't understand what that term means.

Abe Shinzo wanted votes and would say things at times to keep the Unification Church happy. But he almost certainly viewed them with distaste. The more you study the group, the more you will be disgusted.

Interestingly, the Unification Church is in huge disorder at the moment. The breakaway Sanctuary Church leader, Hyung Jin Moon, is currently visiting Japan and giving speeches.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 3,616 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 24,903 See in context

Hospitalized in Tokyo with Covid - 952.

Occupancy of availabe beds - 18.9%.

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Posted in: Medical bills to be free in all Tokyo wards for high school students, younger kids from next year See in context

This mainly benefits rich people, getting rid of the income restriction.

Rural areas cannot afford to fund similar schemes.

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Posted in: 1 in 4 singles in 30s not willing to marry: Japan gov't survey See in context

The title is a poor translation, the word 'willing' is a little complicated.

The Japanese is kekkonganbo nashi:

One in four have no desire to get married.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 2,111 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 19,271 See in context

In life we always have to balance many different factors. There are always extremists - on one side the idiot who said "One death from Covid is too many." On the other the one who said "It's nothing but a cold", which was certainly not the case in 2020, but is close enough to the case now.

The death figures have just been released for 2021. There were a total of 1,439,908 deaths, for an average 3,945 every single day. A lot of those people had sad demises at the end because of Covid, disallowing their relatives from meeting them.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 3,271 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 32,382 See in context

In Kyoto Prefecture there are currently 149 people hospitalized out of a population of over 2,500,000.

Covid is quite clearly now something like influenza. Elderly people who die may have covid but whether it makes sense to say they are dying as a result of covid will be something to be judged in each individual case.

Covid may of course mutate into something more dangerous again but at the moment there's no need for great alarm.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 3,317 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 31,457 See in context

Steven McCarthy is wrong in thinking there are 334,381 hospitalisations.

The Japanese reads 入院治療等を要する者 (hospitalizations et cetera). 等 (et cetera) is the key here.

With the more dangerous earlier variants people were automatically hospitalized. Today most people testing positive with the omicron variant are at home, rather than taking up unnecessary hospital beds, or indeed beds in hotels.

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Posted in: Town in Yamaguchi Prefecture sues after ¥46.3 mil subsidy mix-up See in context

Japanese media already reported more details a few days ago.

In April the town moved the experienced person who would have set up this transfer to a new position.

So it was a new person responsible, unaccustomed to this. The bank demanded a floppy disk (!) with the bank details of all the recipients. The notion that someone in City Hall was purposely behind this is ridicuous. But higher level people who will have okayed the transfer obviously didn't do proper checking. The bank said it wasn't up to them to check. Thay just did what they were told to do.

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Posted in: Many young Japanese people aren’t drinking sake these days See in context

Hey, that should be 'dasai', for uncool.

Dassai is the name of a very successful sake brand.

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Posted in: Public schools in Japan short of over 2,500 teachers last year See in context

It seems to me that the answer would be to radically restructure the sytem. A lot more teachers, a huge reduction in hours worked, pay reductions. Not going to happen immediately ...

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Posted in: Public schools in Japan short of over 2,500 teachers last year See in context

The ministry's figures for 2016 were that the average high school teacher earned a total of 6.28 million yen, with an average age of 45.6 years. The pay seems generous to me.

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Posted in: Public schools in Japan short of over 2,500 teachers last year See in context

I don't know why you all think the pay is poor for Japanese teachers. When they start in their twenties it's not so good, but it rises with their age. You have to factor in bonuses. Then they get a massive lump sum at retirement. But they work for it.

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Posted in: Akie Abe reportedly in hot water with mother-in-law over school scandal See in context

They ARE money-making enterprises. They get plenty of public funds. Correct me if I am wrong.

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Posted in: Couple in their 90s die on same day after happy lifetime together See in context

Statistically, the chance of a married couple dying on the same day is less than one in 1 billion.

Someone needs to go back to schoool. I checked the original Josei 7 article. They give that figure for the chances of dying at the same time. Still problematic.

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Posted in: Japan suffers longest consumer price fall since 2011 See in context

minello7 - If the TV you're thinking of buying would be 5% more expensive next year, you'd be likely to rush out and buy it now. In Japan it's going to be 5% cheaper next year. Why not wait? That's the theory, but in reality the effect is minor in current conditions.

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Posted in: Dentsu received labor bureau warning 4 months before employee’s suicide See in context

I don't think people understand this properly. Dentsu want to make sure their employees don't have any kind of life outside Dentsu. If they have regular overtime they can't have any hobbies. They are slaves. Exactly what Dentsu want.

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Posted in: Japan swimsuit teen's eel ad pulled over sexism claims See in context

Southern Japan is here: https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E5%8D%97%E6%97%A5%E6%9C%AC

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Posted in: Reductions and exemptions of school fees, scholarships other grant aid programs need to be expanded. See in context

Should it not be rephrased? I've checked. The survey showed that one in five students who dropped out of school did so for economic reasons.

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Posted in: There's only two ways to continue an all-male line. One is to have concubines, which I don't think the people of Japan would accept ... The other would be to have lots of collateral families, which wo See in context

sensei258 - It's you who needs to check your books. The mother of the Taisho Emperor was a concubine.

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Posted in: Ruling bloc wins landslide in upper house election; voter turnout at 54.7% See in context

@keika1628 Japan needs to wean itself off the idea that the old companies need to be all supported.

Some should be let go to the wall. Japan's zero inflation is a key point to understanding its historic economic experience. But if they brought back positive interest rates ordinary people might be more wiling to spend money.

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Posted in: Japan's ruling bloc wins landslide in upper house: exit polls See in context

Mainichi estimate turnout at 54.70 percent. The figures we were seeing, such as "36.14% as of 7:30 p.m.", were for voting on the day. More than ever poeople voted in advance.

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Posted in: 'Regrets, I've had a few' -- and that tattoo may be one See in context

It states that 14% of people regret their tattoo

It states that was a figure in 2012, but that a poll last year said nearly a quarter of people regretted getting a tattoo. As more cop on.

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Posted in: Tight spot See in context

The gentleman with the tattoo is quite obviously yakuza.

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Posted in: Happy Mika Mifune says divorce finalized See in context

@Moonraker His daughter doesn't want to see him.

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Posted in: Man gets suspended prison sentence for keeping deceased mother's body in suitcase See in context

Mods- the story needs to be changed. It was a suspended prison sentence.

Moderator: Thanks. It has been corrected.

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