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Posted in: Japan to ease quarantine rule to 3 days for business travelers See in context

To follow all the preceding comments, without anything new, I agree with the tones, My wife, Japanese citizen, returns to from Australia to visit her family in a few weeks and is after a long absence looking forward to that. She has made all the 10-14 day hotel accommodation arrangements. She has been fully vaccinated. The news of new standards is met with hostility. My wife's regret is that probably no one in Kazumigaseki will read this and not wake up to reality.

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Posted in: Djokovic adopts wait-and-see attitude to Australian Open See in context

The real point of this difference is that Djokovic even refuses to indicate whether or not he has been inoculated as that "is a private affair".

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Posted in: U.S. college student learns the hard way to get your Japanese kanji tattoo checked by an expert See in context

Come on folk - help the lady. There are a few alternatives to adding two extra tattoos. For example 正邪 right and wrong, 邪恋 illicit love, 風邪 a cold. Just one more kanji might fit. I would like to see a few more- give a hand here.

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Posted in: Kabul airport attack kills 60 Afghans, 13 U.S. troops See in context

It was reported a day or two ago that Japan was sending (an) aircraft to Kabul to recover Japanese citizens. Other nations apart from USA and UK have now withdrawn their aircraft from Kabul. What is the news of Japan's intended effort?

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Posted in: Passenger killed after minivan fell into river may have been part of insurance fraud plan See in context

Conspiracy to commit fraud, even if not undertaken, is a crime

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 158 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 629 See in context

Could someone ( Aly R ? ) give me a brief rundown on the testing system in Japan. After many years in Japan I am out now, in Australia.

Persons with no symptons, with symptoms, where to get a test ?, free or not ? Differ by city and/or prefecture?

You may be aware our State governments plead with residents to get tested, free, so that the results are a fair indication of the virus in the community.

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Posted in: Japan sends three vessels to South China Sea in anti-submarine exercise See in context

Very important drills in view of the significant part that submarines will lay in any future conflicts. But for these drills one needs a submarine(s). Did any other country, presumably including Japan, also seeking exercises and drills provide that?

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Posted in: Australians cautiously return to bars, cafes See in context

For Magnet - "Active cases is a calculation based on total cases excluding persons recovered and lives lost, it does not mean that these cases are infectious. 417" not 1000. Please don't guess - fake news.

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Posted in: Nearly 600,000 Australians lose jobs as virus lockdown bites See in context

The report above is perhaps not clear in it's description of the benefits being paid

. In part, "business" employees who have been stood down or dismissed as result of the convid virus effect on business receive $1550 per fortnight from the business, funded by a payment from the government. The object is to keep employees associated with their employer so that when conditions improve business staff will already on the books and available to work. Other persons, eg those not associated with a business and/or not employed receive a benefit, as a jobseeker payment, of $1115 per fortnight and a little more if there are dependants. Of course other social services are also available. The object of the government, as I hear it, is that all unemployed will receive some benefit during this difficult period.

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Posted in: Japan to revise criteria on symptoms for being tested for virus See in context

For comparison, up to date figures, 6th May 2020, Australia - tests 722549 deaths 97 cases positive 6896 recovered 6035. Population 25,000,000. In some states now anyone can ask and receive a test.

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Posted in: Oil-hungry Asian nations pounce on low prices to build stockpiles See in context

It has been recently reported Australia increased it's reserves through a purchase of a quite limited quantity of "oil' from the USA, such oil remaining in the USA. This was said to be taking advantage of the cheap prices at the moment. First, I am not an oil expert and I hope that we can have another comment from someone who knows more but --. Oil, hydrocarbons, crude and refined, do degrade, I'm told, particularly refined oils. Stored oils should be either sold and used or care and attention given to maintain their quality, A costly business including the facilities, tanks, land and necessary expensive apparatus. Australia says its storage facilities are filled now so until new facilities become available overseas "facilities" must be used to have the secure reserves. That admittedly not the best situation . However gogogo's statement is a simplistic view, in my opinion. Australia would not buy it's oil and put it in tanks. Australia has probably acquired an allotment of oil, a specified volume, not a specific tank of oil, and subject to conditions, from the USA stockpile reserves for a price. A good deal (?) for the USA and subject to those conditions no rents or carrying costs.

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Posted in: MUFG Bank to end over-the-counter int'l cash transfers to combat crime See in context

From years spent in Japan, now in Australia, I still have and enjoy the uses of an account with Sumitomo Mitsui. I regularly send money, in Yen, to my account ( for holidays etc ) and to family. I always use Transferwise. The costs and exchange rate are very fair, indeed cheap, and arrive in Japan on the next day. The remittance to my account goes in romanji and to family, in kana. Never a query from the two Japanese banks who collect the funds.

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Posted in: Rosetta Stone increases focus on Asia See in context

As for "better ways" - what's the best Kanji dictionary for IPad?

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Posted in: Japan's embassy in Kabul attacked in Taliban's 'spring offensive' See in context

It is a serious matter in guarding an embassy abroad particularly in a "war zone" like Kabul. The guards are usually armed members of the relevant defence force. Who guards the Japanese Embassy in Kabul considering Japans reluctance to post armed servicemen abroard?

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Posted in: AirAsia-ANA win approval for budget carrier in Japan See in context

Just be patient. JAL/Jetstar will operate from late 2012 and there may then be competition. You can now buy a Jetstar return ticket from Narita to Manila Yen35,000 ( for some days ), time 5 hours

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Posted in: Woodford to sue Olympus, citing lack of investor support to get his job back See in context

To tokyokawasaki - why do you suppose this? The company is not ( or ought not ) be under the control of the past executives but rather the major shareholders who have real money to lose ( or in this case recover ). I doubt they are fools and have already shown their consideration of the situation by not appointing Woodford ( who has been obviously strongly endeavouring to have himself appointed to the top job - perhaps understandably). This is not the time for sentiment and we should wait and see who does get the job; I shall be most surprised if it goes to someone other than a real "heavy".

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Posted in: Woodford to sue Olympus, citing lack of investor support to get his job back See in context

Woodford did a good job in disclosing the situation. However restructuring the Group as well as dealing with the many issues now facing the company and it's ( genuine ) investors is not within the reported experience of Woodford. As much as the investors have appreciated the uncovering they now want a "heavy" ( legal and financial orientated executive ) to clean up. For this purpose Woodford is too close and too biased ( understandably ); I said this at the beginning of this reporting.

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Posted in: Scandal-hit Olympus sets up panel to examine legality of deals See in context

As I read the posts there are no experts coming forward to give a clear guidnce as to the Japanese law on this situation and my contribution will add little, meaning almost nothing. But on the face of it there has been some evidence of transactions of such significant magnitude (and which even the company suggests need to examined) that to say they at least border on not being genuinely incurred expenditure. As to whether it is the FSA or it's branch being the Japanese SESC responsible to look at this it not clear. There are however many necessities in an investigation including without limitation, access to documents, calling of witnesses, orders to prevent disposal of evidence, requiring evidence under oath etc etc. Any evidence collected will be worthless in a subsequent civil or criminal proceeding. The committee appointed to investigate has no legal powers which might be accepted by a court, not even to require officers and excutives to ( even! ) talk. It has already been shown that the minutes of meetings, and of course only those which were created and still exist, and money movements just emphasise the problem and that is all the committee will see. What is the object of the committee - to confirm the transactions as being "reasonable" or to open up the company and executives to claims of "abuse". Just can't imagine the second. Best of luck.

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Posted in: Australian court ends Qantas strike, fleet grounding See in context

to Mexicano - Qantas is a privately owned company and is well run and one of the few airline companies in the world which paying it's way, domestically. There is no argument that it pays it's employees and pilots better than most. But it competes with airlines from "everywhere" when it comes to international business and those airlines are invariably govt. owned or fully supported by a foreign government - and those foreign airlines run from much cheaper centres than Australia. Qantas has been screwed for months and months by unreasonable unions ( described by the court as such ) and affected by strikes in customs and immigration staff. So what should Qantas do but say enough is enough and stop. As the news reports, this withdrawal to the court for support was the right course to take. There will be those passengers who complain ( fairly so ) but the blame shouldn't be with Qantas but with "you know who". If you have "travelled", meaning if you have been around for a few years, you will know that there are more often complaints with other airlines than Qantas. Try to find a perfect airline in the difficult business today and you will find Qantas on a higher level than most.

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Posted in: Sony unveils new, lighter e-readers See in context

The advertisement depicts Japanese characters. 3 weeks ago I checked the Sony ereader at BIC Camera and had it confirmed that the then reader was limited to one language format, English; that is roman characters. With the new Sony can I now download Japanese? Can anyone tell me whether the new ereader Kindle can also now handle Japanese?

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Posted in: 6 Japanese freight forwarding companies agree to plead guilty to price fixing in U.S. See in context

This conspiracy has been exposed because of the strict laws imposed in the USA for this commercial "fraud" . Now for this activity, price fixing "fraud', restrictive trade practice, where is the effective law and supervision within Japan itself?

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Posted in: Why are Tokyo cabbies so clueless? See in context

To answer Zenny - I didn't claim that the system is hard to understand, for as you say even a tourist can master it. But that is not the issue . The issue is applying that knowledge. Haven't you ever having found 1 chome walked 100's metres to find 3 chome. And as wikipedia suggests "usually" so nothing is constant, there is little routine.

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Posted in: Why are Tokyo cabbies so clueless? See in context

Hang on you critics, for residents of Japan know that addresses are not quite "15 Smith Street Woop Woop" which almost any fool can find. But for the uninformed the town boundary is never clearly determined, each part is divided again into "chome", "ban" and then further divided into "go", "go" being the building number. The divisions seem to have no logic about them and a place is best located by looking out for notices on telegraph poles which may tell you the chome and ban. Having found such a pole then one has to find the "go". Best to always ask a local, yes, even out of the taxi window. If you wish to get to Tokyo Station everyone knows, of course, but if it is some piddling little building stuck up a back one way street dont expect too much from a taxi driver. It is time for Japan to change it's address system. On a slightly different note - I had the opportunity to visit a friend in Glasgow whose address was given as, lets say "White" in Smith Street. 'White' was the name of the friends building and no numbers for anyone in that street so a stranger hads to wander up and down the whole length of the place until the label "White" was found. Not convenient for me nor a taxi.

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Posted in: Somali pirates capture supertanker with $150 mil worth of oil See in context

You ask what is being done? I travelled this route just a couple of weeks ago on a substantial ship, a UK ship. Before entering the danger area we where boarded by an RN serviceman, not to protect us but to give guidance as how to behave if -. As an example, all lights out at night, stay away from windows if the occasion occurs ( get into safe steel corridors ). The attitude of the pirates were explained. We followed in a convey and daily we spotted a warship from one or another navies and their helicopters sometimes flew over. Many navies are present - European, Asian ( including Japan, I'm told )and Australian. In one paricular convey of tankers and other ships, sailing at convey speed, that is at the speed of the slowest, were guarded by Navy ships from Malaysia and China. We were told of the instance where a small craft could not be rescued by reason that the pirates had taken a large ship out of port and driven it to ram a naval vessel. It is further surprising to see passenger ships and cargo ships with barb wire surrounding the stern. Our ship had equipment ready by way of fire hoses to offer some form of protest and the seaman drilled at this as well as keeping watch at night. Every ship in the area, which is apparently getting wider, is aware of the dangers and a fear of not getting through is real. It is an earnest problem and being tackled as best as one can see.

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Posted in: Hot properties See in context

Multiplex Living apartments will not be a good investment, in my opinion. If you have experience in living in Australia and you see the placement of their sites ( as we say, out in the bush ) and the size, or lack of it in the apartments, you will appreciate this fact. As for new developments, that is unused properties, if they are "developer preapproved developments" , then non-residents of Australia may buy. But otherwise non-residents cannot get approval ( application necessary but never approved )to buy residential property. I reckon that is as much to protect non-residents who are "sold" on the idea of riches in Australian property as much as to protect the local market from those from abroad who may be prepared to buy for speculative or family purposes ( eg to try and get residency ). Buying real estate in a foreign country, and no less Australia, is clearly a case of caveat emptor - buyer beware

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Posted in: New language learning tool, Japanese Flash, launches on App Store See in context

I was hoping to download this, for use on my laptop. Please tell me that I can?

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Posted in: Obama's bow to emperor causes outrage in Washington See in context

The place of meeting is relevant. The emperor is the Emperor of Japan and they met there. Should the emperor meet Obama in the US he would give respect to the President of the US. Notwithstanding, Obama did bend just a bit low.

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Posted in: Saitama police launch new unit to prevent groping on trains See in context

Uh-uh, I think I've slipped, sorry. The officer showed the young lady her, that is the officers, phone?

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Posted in: Saitama police launch new unit to prevent groping on trains See in context

Yes a good catch - but was it a set-up? The officer knew the young lady's phone number?

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Posted in: Older men up in arms over slovenly female behavior See in context

This story reminded me an article written by Sakai Junko, an essayist who has written often, and well, with an observant eye on, amongst other things, social behaviour and public manners in Japan. In an excellent Japanese language tutor, Read Real Japanese, she wrote about young female behaviour, especially in relation to the application of makeup in trains. Now if you are "in" to studying Japanese, with a little humour, this book and the article is worth acquiring and reading. Part of the article can be read at

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