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Posted in: Philippines to return 1 of 4 robbery suspects to Japan in coming days See in context

Watanabe, 38, is facing a separate charge in a Manila court for violating a law on violence against women and their children.

This is a fake story. So that he can't be extradited he had his Filipino girlfriend file this charge.

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Posted in: 'Luffy'Japan robberies head suspected to be behind Manila fraud ring See in context

Apparently one of them pays the equivalent of 60,000 yen for a VIP room in the Manila holding center (not quite the luxury you might expect, but he's not in a big room with a load of others). There's also footage of him using a smart phone contacting people in Japan from a couple of years ago. Guards have to be bribed to get the phone. These top guys couldn't be returned to Japan because they filed appeals against their detention.

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Posted in: Japan's foreign worker population hits record 1.82 million See in context

From G7 countries: 81,175, 4.5% of the total.

Of these: 34,178 from the US.

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Posted in: Japan decides to ease medical rules on COVID-19 on May 8 See in context

The current system is a massive waste of resources. Medical institutions wonder how much longer the gravy train can keep going.

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Posted in: Japan reports 96,392 new coronavirus cases See in context

It's not clear at all what's happening here. Every person who dies is tested for covid. When we get the figures for excess mortality October-December 2022 we'll know more.

It's just been annnounced that deaths were 30% more than expected in England and Wales for the first week of the new year.

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Posted in: Japan reports 54,378 new coronavirus cases See in context

Deaths aren't particularly related to the day before.

It takes time for deaths to be collated. One old man I saw in figures only had his covid infection confirmed the day after he died.

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Posted in: Japan reports 108,281 new coronavirus cases See in context

One thing that became clear with the last wave in August and September was that Covid had never ripped through the population, unlike in North America or Europe. With that wave and the current one finally we've reached a figure of where there have been over 30,000,000 positive PCR tests.

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Posted in: Japan reports 132,071 new coronavirus cases; record high 503 deaths See in context

I had a quick look. Shukan Gendai, a bit of a rag of course, said in November that medical institutions can get 10,000 yen for doing a 'free PCR test' that costs them 3,000 yen. Unscrupulous institutions were having people take mutiple unnecessary tests. Most people should just take an antigen test themselves and isolate if it's positive. The beloved day's case number, already an understatement, will become more of an understatement. However, people with more serious issues will easier be dealt with.

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Posted in: Japan reports 133,361 new coronavirus cases See in context

Lots of people are getting covid. People will die having covid but to say they've died of covid is often a stretch.

In Kyoto 48.6% of beds for covid patients are taken. Of beds for serious cases 7.8% are taken.

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Posted in: Tourists warned about fake volunteer guide near Kinkakuji in Kyoto See in context

Looking into the story further it seems the guy has mental issues.

Riding the bus he mumbles and shouts abuse. I don't think he gets many customers.

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Posted in: Yoko Ono's ex-husband, avant-garde pioneer composer Ichiyanagi, dies at 89 See in context

She was married????

Twice before she married Lennon.

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Posted in: Unification Church tries to derail ex-believer's press conference See in context

He relationship with her husband seems to have done wonders.

She said she's over her troubles which is why she was able to give this talk.

Let's hope the cult collapses soon.

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Posted in: Japan reports 29,492 new coronavirus cases See in context

Kyoto has 194 people in hospital, 105 people in hotels, 12,693 at home.

Two serious cases.

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Posted in: Court rejects long-stay visa for gay U.S. man married to Japanese See in context

The older partner of a Japanese gay couple can adopt the younger partner. This is regularly done

and makes marriage unnecessary.

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Posted in: Japan saw fewer than 400,000 births in Jan-June period See in context

Humans have always chosen kids.

A lot of the time they didn't have good contraception.

They generally had more kids than they wanted.

In the past Sueko, the last child, was a common name in Japan.

But it was an invocation, hoping there would be no more children.

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Posted in: Japan reports 99,491 new coronavirus cases; 9,240 in Tokyo See in context

One interesting thing is that insurance companies have been treating people who have COVID but are at home as minashi nyuin - as if they were in hospital, and paying them money. They've decided to change this from later this month. Older people and people with health issues will still get the payment.

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Posted in: Unification Church's donation coercion in Japan is problem: ex-exec See in context

One interesting thing that has only begun to be talked about recently is that the Japanese women who went to Korea for those mass weddings in the 1990s often found themselves being married to Korean men who weren't Unification Church members. And the Japanese women had to pay a lot of money for their marriages.

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Posted in: Japan reports 149,906 new coronavirus cases; 14,451 in Tokyo See in context

11 August 31,247

18 August 27,453

25 August 23,129

1 September 14,451

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Posted in: Japan reports 152,546 new coronavirus cases; 14,219 in Tokyo See in context

Aug 9 29,115

Aug 16 23,511

Aug 23 21,770

Aug 30 14,219

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Posted in: Japan reports 220,955 coronavirus cases; 23,129 in Tokyo See in context

There are currently nearly two million active cases in Japan. We've had a high caseload near to this level for a few weeks. Even if covid had zero health effects many people would have died with covid (4,000 die every day.)

Death with covid is not death from covid.

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Posted in: Japan reports 243,483 coronavirus cases; 25,444 in Tokyo See in context

Somebody taking a daily PCR test has mental problems.

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Posted in: Japan reports 253,265 new coronavirus cases; 25,277 in Tokyo See in context

Covid is running wild through the population. There are over 1,850,000 active covid cases at the moment!

But fortunately there aren't proportionately many serious cases.

254 people who died may have had covid but only a fraction of those will have died because of covid.

(About 4,000 people die every day in Japan. )

One hopes numbers of new infections will come down soon.

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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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