Henny Penny comments

Posted in: Man gets 16 years for murder of 9-year-old stepson See in context

If Japan locked up people at the same rate the US does, it would have roughly 780 thousand people in prison. It has less than 50 thousand in prison.

Which country is safer?

Which country has less violent crime?

Which country has less crime overall?

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Posted in: Judo in Japan getting unwanted scrutiny for abuse, violence See in context

Period. I already dread the day when my kids enter school here in Japan. After going through experiencing and seeing how Japanese are abusing and harassing each other in the workplace, I feel like my kids will be constantly in danger in school.

That has not been the case with my two boys in generic Tokyo public schools. As a native of the Chicago area, I know a thing or two about violence in schools.

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Posted in: Nissan employee testifies against former exec Kelly at trial See in context

Very discreet of the article and commentors here not to mention that Ghosn paid a $1,000,000 fine in the US and Kelly a $100,000 fine (without admitting guilt) over essentially the same issues the Japanese government is raising now. (Nissan paid $15,000,000.)


Of course, we all know that the US is a client state of Japan and American officials will do whatever the Japanese government asks them to do.

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Posted in: Survey shows 64% willing to work beyond retirement age See in context

The results of this survey mean little. Only those having policies with one particular life insurance company. The headline should say

64% of those who bothered to respond to a survey of people with life insurance policies of Nippon Life said

The survey is moreover clearly part of an effort to get people to buy retirement policies from that company.

Personal comments about retirement in Japan mean little given that individual circumstances vary and are not necessarily representative of what retired people in general receive.

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Posted in: Complaints overwhelm red-tape hotline hours after launch See in context

this country thrives on red tape

Is that a defining characteristic of Japan?

In my experience, Britain is at least as bad as Japan.

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Posted in: Japanese kids suffer near worst mental health among richest nations: report See in context

Those citing allegedly peculiar features of Japanese society should be able to explain why New Zealand comes out with an even lower ranking despite being a very different society having little in common with Japan.

I would also note that the US ranking is not that much better than that of Japan.

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Posted in: Japan's tripling of coronavirus tests unlikely to improve fight, experts say See in context

The claims about how hard it is to get tested do not square with my experience. Last month, my teenage son had mild off and on symptoms suggestive of COVID-19. A generic neighborhood doctor asked for a test. My son got it the next day. The (negative) results came two days later.

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Posted in: Japanese government's digital ambitions still stuck in piles of paper See in context

Odd that no one has mentioned this very recen New York Times article that points out that the US relies heavily on fax for compiling data on the COVID-19 pandemic.


Fax is also widely use in the medical sector in Britain.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 237 new cases of coronavirus See in context

However, we pay them. We pay tax. We feed these people in Government. Put their kids thru college. Cloth them.

The Anglophone gaijin in Japan are a microscopic fraction of the tax paying population. They could all stop paying taxes and it would not be noticed.

If any group of foreign nationals can say this, it is the Chinese who at 780 thousand plus outnumber all other national and language minorities.

As for reporting by fax, it is not a Japanese peculiarity.

Bottleneck for U.S. Coronavirus Response: The Fax Machine - The New York Times


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Posted in: Tokyo court denies bail for ex-justice minister, lawmaker wife See in context

Japan injustice system don't understand the idea of "bail".

A number of European countries do not have cash bail systems.

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Posted in: Japanese hospitals cut staff bonuses as coronavirus drives them into the red See in context

Hospital staff get bonuses? That seems crazy.

Bonus is a slang term. In formal Japanese it is seasonal adjustment 季節手当.

All manner of regular workers get them including those in government and in the non-profit sector.

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Posted in: No. of dementia patients reported missing in 2019 hits record 17,500 See in context

There are numbers for Japan because the issue is taken seriously at the national level. When the same report came out last year, I looked for comparable data for the US and the UK. It does not exist because the issue is left up to local authorities.

For good measure, I checked with an American expert on this issue. He had had the same experience. Good data for Japan; almost nothing for other countries.

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Posted in: 50% of young adults felt education gap during school closures over virus: survey See in context

All my friends' kids in the US and Europe finished out their school years online.

There have been numerous reports in US/UK newspapers about problems with on-line instruction, especially the gap resulting from income differences. How to make up for lost time is an on-going issue in Britain.

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Posted in: Arrest of ex-justice minister could hasten Abe's departure See in context

I concur with everything that has been said here. It is painfully obvious Japan will never have a great leader like Donald Trump.

Hell's bells. We can't even get someone like Boris Johnson,

Japan and the Japanese are completely hopeless.

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Posted in: Tokyo to ask nightlife workers to take coronavirus tests See in context

Also in yesterday's confirmed cases were 6 people who flew into Tokyo from Brazil and Peru, 5 of whom were NOT Japanses citizens.

I thought foreigners were banned....

Foreign nationals with 特別永住者 status (99% Koreans) are treated as citizens for entry/exit purposes.

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Posted in: 3 dead, 1 wounded in crossbow attack; suspect arrested See in context

Someone mentioned about the low crime rate in Japan, thats true, But I reckon this kind of crime in more prevalent here than other countries.

More likely that most such killings stay as local news. Even in the UK, which does have national newspapers, the stories tend to be in the tabloids and local news, not the broadsheets.

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Posted in: The death of 'Terrace House' cast member Hana Kimura and Japan’s mental health struggles See in context

Japan’s mental health struggles

There's nothing particularly Japanese about this except the location. More than 30 "reality television" participants worldwide have died by suicide.

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Posted in: Why Japanese seniors are spending their golden years behind bars See in context

" the rate of births continues to fall. In 2019, the metric hit 1.4 births per woman, its lowest point since data collection began in 1899."

Bogus claim. The lowest birth rate was in 2005 when it dropped to 1.26. The writer is confusing the birth rate with the number of live births.

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Posted in: Foreign workers feel the pain of 'corona job cuts' in Japan See in context

What else is new? Nothing is going to change here for another 100 years. Rasism and Xenofobia sadly are deeply rooted in the DNA and also education of the locals...

This claim is itself explicitly racist. You are saying the Japanese have a biological propensity to racism and xenophobia.

This is no better than Ishihara Shintaro saying crime was in the Chinese DNA.

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Posted in: Corpse hotels and DIY funeral kits: Advancements in Japan’s undertaking industry See in context

In Japan, approximately 33% of residents are 65 or over.

No, that’s the figure for 60 and over. 65 and over is around 28%.

Japanese consumers purchase more adult diapers than baby diapers.

This is an urban myth. Only one company has made this claim and that company specializes in adult diapers.

an increasingly limited labor force could effectively signal population collapse.

This statement makes no sense whatsoever.

A dismal fertility rate worsens the problem

Fertility rate in Japan is 1.4 (rounded). It is only 1.6 in the European Union. Rate for South Korea is 1.0. Italy is 1.3.

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Posted in: Flight reservations for Golden Week holidays dive more than 90% See in context

192,250 traveling domestically and 12,674 traveling internationally are still a whole lot of Japanese not staying home, not staying safe, not saving lives.

Not everyone who travels domestically or internationally is Japanese. "Not saving lives" implies you travel, you kill someone.

People have been claiming the same thing about commuting. Hasn't happened yet.

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Posted in: Abe leans toward ¥100,000 cash handout scheme See in context

Since it appears that the Japanese government is giving the same amount of money to registered foreign residents as it is giving to Japanese nationals, I expect to see apologies here from all those who made comments slandering Japan and the Japanese.

I also expect all those who made such comments to refuse the payments as an act of contrition and apology to the Japanese people.

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Posted in: Health ministry says 400,000 could die in Japan without virus containment measures See in context

The original Japanese says "had there been no measures taken there would have been as many as ...."

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Posted in: Reporter lambasts Japan's domestic media for their copycat reporting See in context

Amusing to see criticism of Japanese news media in Japan Today a "newspaper" that has no reporters or working journalists on its staff, a "newspaper" that appears to buy in all of its content from outside sources or summarize what has already appeared in otherwise readily available form elsewhere.

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Posted in: Abe to declare state of emergency for Tokyo, 6 prefectures See in context

I hope they clearly convey in English what we should not do. I think 5% or more of Tokyo residents are foreigners.

In Tokyo as in Japan as a whole residents with Chinese nationality (PRC and ROC) vastly outnumber foreign nationals from English speaking countries.

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Posted in: On Japanese TV debate programs, men discuss difficult subjects while female announcers are on the set like ornaments. On TV dramas, too, you might see men holding a business meeting and women serving them tea. See in context

At the Japanese university where I worked for 18 years, some departments had male clerical assistants. They served tea and coffee to guests and to faculty members both male and female killing time in the office.

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Posted in: On Japanese TV debate programs, men discuss difficult subjects while female announcers are on the set like ornaments. On TV dramas, too, you might see men holding a business meeting and women serving them tea. See in context

I suspect that the many female news readers on US/UK television are eye candy for a predominantly male audience.

As Educator60 notes there are also news and commentary programs in Japan where women have at least an equal role, sometimes more.

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Posted in: Abe faces struggle on coronavirus, economy, after Olympics delayed See in context

If they had even a modicum of self-respect Abe would have been out ages ago.

Further, it is not for foreign nationals to decide who Japanese should be voting for any more than it is for me as a Japanese citizen to be telling Americans, Brits, Aussies, etc. who they should be voting for.

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Posted in: LDP lawmaker faces possible ouster from Diet as aides indicted See in context

Japanese politics. Dirty as a manhole cover.

Dunno. I grew up in the Chicago area. Compared to Chicago, politics in Japan are squeaky clean.

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Posted in: Japan, spared mass outbreak so far, now sees national crisis after Tokyo surge See in context

"Claiming patients dying in hospital of coronavirus are dying of flu because they haven't been tested for the virus and thus can be said to have died from coronavirus is utterly amoral, and putting the population at risk to protect the reputation of the government."

What evidence is there that this is actually being done? There have in fact been numerous statements that the influenza count is much lower than is typical for this time of year.

There are thousands of hospitals in Japan, many of them private. The idea that there could be a general cover up is absurd.

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