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Posted in: Tokyo Disneyland seeks rejection of costumed performers' damages suit See in context

So basically Tokyo Disneyland think it's a Mickey Mouse suit!

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Posted in: Amazon strikes deal with Apple to sell iPhones, iPads See in context

This could have a big effect on DoCoMo, AU, et al.

Maybe this was one of the reasons why they announced they’d be cutting prices quite dramatically soon.

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Posted in: Japan's corporate image hit by falsification scandals: poll See in context

However, when asked if the KYB scandal would affect their own business, 94 percent said it wouldn't.

...until they are outed for having done something wrong themselves!

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Posted in: Expert: Acosta video distributed by White House was doctored See in context

In any normal sane White House Acosta without doubt would have simply relented when asked, given the mic back, and allowed the next journalist to ask his/her question...

...but this isn’t a normal, sane White House. The President was standing there flat out lying - and lies multiple times every single day. The President makes, what some people feel are racist comments - dog whistles to white nationalists. The President attacks and insults with impunity.

Good on Acosta for trying to stand up to this bully, instead of just wilting and accepting his nonsensical waffle. Compare Acosta’s ‘awful’ behaviour when he actually makes a point of saying ‘pardon me ma’am’ to the WH staffer - with the President shouting multiple times at a black reporter to ‘sit down’, and telling the foreign journalists that he couldn’t understand what they were saying.

Its about time the journos start standing up to Trump. They need to start calling out his lies to his face.

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Posted in: Live in an actual movie theater? Social Apartment makes your wish come true See in context

Interesting...but 123 rooms and only 16 seats in the movie theatre and 1 pool table?

Seems to me that they should really offer more than that if those facilities are kind of the main attraction of living in such a place.

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Posted in: TEPCO offers English virtual tour inside crippled Fukushima plant See in context

Unfortunately I'm at the stage where I'm unable to believe a single word they say.

There are too many high level people involved, with too much to lose. With all the corruption scandals surrounding Japanese companies and institutions (fudging data etc.), are we supposed to believe that this is whiter than white?! Yeah right.

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Posted in: Doctors recommend Tokyo 2020 Olympic marathon start at 5:30 a.m. See in context

The only sensible solution is to move the whole event to a different time outside the hottest and most humid time of the year.

October would work.

April/May would work.

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Posted in: 13 arrested for groping, theft after Shibuya Halloween chaos See in context

"I fear Shibuya will be labeled a scary place. I want Halloween street parties to be banned next year,"

Kinda sounds like the best location for a Halloween party!

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Posted in: 10,000 or 1,0000? Japanese schools are starting to move commas on big numbers, but why? See in context

Either keep the current system - because people are used to doing the 'ichi, jyu, hyaku, sen, man' dance to work out a big number- or be wild and officially drop the current system in favour of 'thousand', 'million', 'billion' etc.

Moving the comma is just a fudge. Why would we expect people + companies to function with such a confusing system, when we can't even trust people to understand roundabouts.

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Posted in: Former ‘Mr Todai’ participant arrested for allegedly raping woman See in context

He denies it claiming he doesn’t remember the incident!

How can you deny something you don’t remember?!

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Posted in: Another Japanese firm admits falsifying data for quake shock absorbers See in context

Just another day in the murky world of fake Japan.

What will happen to these companies though? The people at the top should be prosecuted, and the companies should receive severe punishment. This is fraud which endangers the lives of thousands - if not millions - of people.

My prediction: Nothing significant will happen and this sort of stuff will keep on happening.

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Posted in: Ministries, agencies counted dead people, retirees to meet disabled quotas See in context

Fake Japan strikes yet again.

For a country that prides itself on manners, politeness and good behaviour, there is clearly an issue with dishonesty, fraud, and mismanagement.

I could understand it if these negative stories were always the actions of ‘rogue’ individuals, but they aren’t - it’s large groups, across many different industries, and such behaviour seems to be institutionalised.

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Posted in: Data cheating worries spread to Tokyo Skytree, Olympic buildings See in context

@Alex Einz - ...how then this statement is true...

The same way that government officials had the audacity to insist ‘there has been no meltdown’ in Fukushima after the tsunami, when in fact there had been.

They aren’t going to admit that there is a fundamental problem with the foundations that means the whole thing needs to be taken down. They’d never rebuild it in time for the Olympics.

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Posted in: Data cheating worries spread to Tokyo Skytree, Olympic buildings See in context


Absolutely. It’s ridiculous isn’t it.

Its just yet another example of what I call ‘fake Japan’ (that for some reason is always modded out). On the surface everything is great, but scratch a little below and things are very different.

Im sure there’ll be another example in tomorrow’s news.

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Posted in: Keio University student arrested for alleged sexual assault, claims he was drunk See in context

Double the sentence for anyone willing to offer up this excuse rather than own their actions.

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Posted in: Data cheating worries spread to Tokyo Skytree, Olympic buildings See in context

They need to start sending people to prison for this kind of thing.

It’s an absolute scandal that once again puts thousands of lives at risk.

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Posted in: Japanese quake shock absorber maker admits data fabrication See in context

Fake Japan strikes again

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Posted in: Abe sends ritual offering to Yasukuni Shrine See in context

Abe's Guide to Diplomacy for Dummies:

Step 1: Say 'I want to be your friend'.

Step 2: Punch them in the face.

Step 3: Repeat steps 1 and 2.

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Posted in: Trump says climate change not a hoax, but not sure of its source See in context

Trump lives by a reality that exists in his own head. Nobody can say anything to change his reality.

The journalist David Rothkopf explained it well:

"Trump is a Transcendental Solipsist. It is not just that he has a strong sense of self. His view of the universe does not extend a single inch beyond the boundaries of his own interests. That is why normative concepts like truth or commonly held values or the national interest are completely alien to him. There is Trump world, and then there is oblivion." (David Rothkopf March 24, 2017)

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Posted in: Japan gov't launches 1st survey on 'overtourism' See in context

amid a surge in foreign visitors to the country

There may very well have been a 'surge' of foreign visitors, but the number of Japanese tourists in almost all places in Japan outnumbers foreign visitors considerably.

This isn't a problem about foreign visitors, it's a problem with how and when Japanese people decide to go traveling themselves. Here is one example:

My in-laws are both retired and reasonably well off. They have taken one trip this year - to Kyoto...in Golden Week (2 nights). There is absolutely no reason why they should be going in GW. So why did they go? Well, because they always have done.

I have students who are retired and do the same. It just boggles the mind.

I bet you that the reason why the 'surge of foreign visitors' is noticed (and therefore problematic) is because they are traveling outside of the normal holiday seasons for Japanese people.

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Posted in: Tokyo braces for potential rat infestation after Tsukiji fish market closure See in context

I thought there were plans to surround the whole site with a 2m high (?) wall during demolition time, which would prevent any rodents escaping from within...

...or did I dream reading that story on here a few weeks ago?

It seems that plan has changed to ‘wire fences’ - fences (and a plan) which presumably has holes in it.

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Posted in: Woman arrested for assaulting judge in Tokyo District Court toilet See in context

The most surprising thing about this story is the fact that there is a judge in Japan in his 30s!

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Posted in: Household spending in Japan posts biggest rise in three years See in context

prompting the ministry to say household spending is "beginning to pick up," 

But unfortunately people don’t receive bonuses every month, so it’s unlikely the increase will be sustained.

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Posted in: Ad asks why new graduates in Japan are forced to look the same when job hunting See in context

Why are graduates forced to look the same?

Because they aren’t taught or encouraged to be different.

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Posted in: Woman injures pedestrian in suicide leap from building in Tokyo See in context

Hollis, The longer you make the post, the least chance of anybody reading it.

@techall A sad sign of the times.

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Posted in: Woman injures pedestrian in suicide leap from building in Tokyo See in context

@Strangerland - My claim is mental health issues aren't taken seriously in general. The way the government deals with it is only one aspect of it.

Strangerland: But you specifically referred to the government:

The government should do more...

...And the rest. You can't just selectively quote the first item on the list.

I was very clear I was talking about mental health issues in general, and that many groups should be doing better. You picked out just suicide and just the government.

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Posted in: Woman injures pedestrian in suicide leap from building in Tokyo See in context

@Strangerland - My claim is mental health issues aren't taken seriously in general. The way the government deals with it is only one aspect of it. As Concerned Citizen states above, the way people interact with each other is equally if not more important than any government scheme.

But it's more than that. How do schools deal with it? How is suicide presented in manga? How do companies deal with mental health issues? How is mental heath affected by / represented in video games, dramas, social labeling, sempai/kohai culture, news reports etc etc.

For the number of reports covering suicide, or murder / assault clearly related to mental health issues, there is a clear lack of discussion about the root cause. A sumo wrestler assaults someone in a bar and there's weeks of coverage about behaviour, manners, conduct, what should happen, who should be punished etc. (possibly rightly so.) A politician makes a speech while eating a throat lozenge and there's hours of debate about the rights and wrongs, behaviour, manners, conduct, what should happen etc etc. (possibly rightly so.)

A kid jumps in front of a train and the facts are reported but the same news companies don't ask WHY? A young lady jumps off a building and the facts are reported but not enough people are asking WHY?

I could go on and debate this with you at length. However unfortunately this comment section isn't really suited to extended detailed debate.

1/3 cut in suicide is good, of course it it. That doesn't mean it can't be better. It's not just suicide though, it's mental health in general. It needs to be recognized more, it needs to be talked about more, the stigma around mental health problems needs to be removed. It's everyone's responsibility to make things better.

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Posted in: Woman injures pedestrian in suicide leap from building in Tokyo See in context

Cutting suicides by 1/3 isn't doing enough?

It's good, but think how many more lives could be saved if mental health issues were taken seriously.

You don't think that it will be actually possible to stop suicide, do you?

Of course not.

Why do you think that my calls for much more serious action to be taken means I expect suicide to be completely stopped? You think enough is currently being done with regards to mental health issues in Japan?

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Posted in: Woman injures pedestrian in suicide leap from building in Tokyo See in context

@Disillusioned - I agree. It's a complex issue that demands much more than just posters, barriers and calming music.

Everyone needs to step up and do more - no matter how insignificant it may seem. Helpline numbers at the end of news reports about mental health issues is one such example. Hopefully the editorial team at JapanToday will agree and start doing this in the future.

If everyone is OK with kids throwing themselves in front of trains, and young ladies jumping off buildings, then carry on as normal.

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