Henny Penny comments

Posted in: Ghosn case haunts Japan a year after brazen escape See in context

Which big smelly fish? The Japanese biased justice (or is it injustice) system? The one with 99% conversation rate equal only to countries like China and NK and that anyone that is honest knows also has a clear slant against non Japanese defendants.

The conviction rate in US federal courts is the same or even higher. Some have 100% conviction rates.

https://thediplomat.com/2020/03/carlos-ghosn-and-japans-99-conviction-rate

But, as I always say, never let facts stand in the way of what you want to believe about Japan and the Japanese.

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Posted in: Pandemic, celebrity deaths likely trigger rise of suicides in Japan See in context

Being a nation that encourages, nay, expects conformity, will inevitably lead to copycat cases of suicide given the constant reporting of cases in the media.

An increase in suicide following widely reported celebrity suicides has been observed in a number of countries not known for expecting a high level of conformity.

Here is one example of this from Britain, a country known for its love of eccentricity.

https://www.bmj.com/company/newsroom/media-reports-of-celebrity-suicide-linked-to-increased-suicide-rates/

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Posted in: French investigators to question Carlos Ghosn in Lebanon See in context

So Ghosn is basically accused of doing what Abe just confessed to doing, misappropriating funds to pay for a personal fete.

That's not what the article says.

"the 66-year-old businessman is facing a number of legal challenges in France, including tax evasion and alleged money laundering, fraud and misuse of company assets while at the helm of the Renault-Nissan alliance."

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Posted in: After early success, S Korea sleepwalks into virus crisis See in context

This makes me feel very, very old. I can remember when foreign journalists and those writing comments here and in other venues were saying that Korea had nailed COVID-19 by doing everything right that bungling Japan had done wrong.

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Posted in: Man referred to prosecutors over 'Terrace House' star's suicide See in context

The Japan Today comments are not SNS?

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Posted in: Japanese architectural craft approved as UNESCO intangible heritage See in context

The utter contempt shown for Japan and the Japanese in most of the comments here makes me wonder what accomplishments those posting can claim for themselves and their countries.

My father was a carpenter. I worked with him on construction sites until I went off to college. Even now, a half century later, I always stop to look at residential construction sites. Not many use traditional techniques, but when you find one, the craftsmanship is extraordinary.

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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.)

https://www.sec.gov/litigation/litreleases/2019/lr24606.htm

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.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/13/upshot/coronavirus-response-fax-machines.html

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

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/13/upshot/coronavirus-response-fax-machines.html

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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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