InspectorGadget comments

Posted in: Time to start tipping taxi drivers in Japan? Cab company now gives passengers option in Tokyo See in context

No, no and no.

Pay the drivers what they are worth without having to revert to this archaic practice.

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Posted in: Vietnamese woman gets suspended sentence for abandoning bodies of newborn twins See in context

As far as I am aware, there is no law in Japan preventing a woman from giving birth at home without assistance.

So if there is a difficult birth and/or the child is stillborn . . . . . taking the body/bodies to the hospital, identifying yourself and explaining the situation would seem the only logical course of action. The only difference is whether or not an ambulance is called.

Going the next day does not indicate any malice was involved.

Poor Vietnamese lady. In Japan as a trainee, pregnant with no mention of the father, giving birth at home with no medical assistance, and getting locked up when seeking assistance.

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Posted in: Man arrested for stealing ex-colleague’s underwear after making spare key to enter her residence See in context

Police said Horage secretly took a photo of his coworker’s key and used the serial number to make a spare key.

What locksmith in his right mind would make a copy of a key just from a photo?????

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Posted in: Bach says anti-virus rules working ahead of Tokyo Olympics See in context

The new Olympic mantra:

Higher, Faster, Stronger, More Infectious

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Posted in: Fewer than 1,000 VIPs may attend Olympic opening ceremony See in context

Why do they need to be there at all?

They're not organising, or assisting in any way. They are simply there as spectators/spreaders.

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Posted in: Olympic athletes to put on own medals; crowd noise to be fed into arenas See in context

This is turning into an Olympics with no honour and no glory.

Canned crowd noise, distancing on the dias, you just get handed a medal from a distance . . . . .

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,149 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 3,194 See in context

Many of the shoebox aparments people live in have ony the most elementary of cooking facilities . . . if that.

A complete lock down would never work in Japan as many people would need to go out almost daily just to get food.

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Posted in: Jill Biden to attend Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony See in context


Is she essential to the running of the Games?


Is she an elected/appointed official?

She doesn't appear to fall into either category . . . . . .

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Posted in: Tokyo hotel criticized for 'Japanese only' notice for elevator use See in context

After you check in, the servants elevator is at the rear of the building.

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Posted in: S Korean President Moon may visit Tokyo for Olympic opening ceremony See in context

So with Japan in the middle of a pandemic, case numbers surging . . . . . is this travel essential?

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Posted in: Fans to be banned from Olympic events in Tokyo, 3 neighboring prefectures See in context

So you have to ask . . . . . Is Japan getting ANY benefit at al out of these Games?

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Posted in: Japan seeks to have vaccine passports accepted by over 10 nations See in context

With all new (issued in the last 10 years) passports holding biometric data. Wouldn't it just make more sense to extend the data registered against that?

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Posted in: Japan eyes keeping COVID-19 quasi-emergency during Tokyo Olympics See in context

A quasi-state of emergency for the quasi Olympics.

How fitting.

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Posted in: Japan to let asylum-seeking Myanmar soccer player stay 6 months See in context


If the reasons for being persecuted or executed in your home counrty were as simple as making a 3 finger salute asking for justice . . . . wouldn't you want to escape too?

Or speaking out agains a murderous regieme, or 'offending' people by burning a book?, or pointing out corruption amound the rich and powerful.

Don't take your democratic freedoms for granted. Being born in the wrong country is all it takes.

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Posted in: Japan arranging to end full operation of state-run vaccination sites in August See in context

As of June 1, 24% of the population has had at least one shot of a vaccine.

This means that they are winding this programme down 76% too early.

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Posted in: Japanese lawmakers earned average of ¥24.16 million last year See in context

And these are ony the legally declared earnings . . . .

How many other 'perks' are they on that the rest of us have to pay for?

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Posted in: Americans apologize to Tokyo court for role in Ghosn escape See in context

I wonder if these guys play large musical instruments . . . . . or whether they have just started learning since arriving in Japan?

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Posted in: Japan backs off on forecast of 30 gold medals at Tokyo Olympics See in context

I'm sure they can do it. They just need to ban all foreign athletes coming to Japan under the guise of COVID prevention and BOOM! they win everything by default.

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Posted in: The feelings of the emperor should not be spoken about in the open by ‘inferring’ things. See in context

Well the "high ranking official" needs to go and have a look at the Constitution.

The Emperor holds little more than a symbolic position as the head of the country and his opinions have no legal standing.

If the Emperor wishes to express an opinion through Grand Steward Yasuhiko Nishimural, he is free do do so. The fact that it is the same opinion that up to 80% of the population also hold makes me think the this mystery unnamed official should pay more attention to public sentiment.

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Posted in: Volcano erupts on southwestern Japanese island See in context

A volcano on a southwestern Japan island erupted early Wednesday, sending large rocks as far as 1 kilometer from the crater, prompting the weather agency to raise its alert level.

And today's weather forcast for Suwanose Island is, light warn sea breezes from the SW, and a chance of scattered flaming red hot volcanic boulders.

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Posted in: Behind Airbus-Boeing truce lies a common rival: China See in context

Desert TortoiseToday  08:30 am JST

There is more to it than that. If you look up the 21 airlines with the worst safety records almost every one of them flies Boeing or Airbus airliners. Maybe only two fly Russian made aircraft.

That's not a great example of reasoning. Combined Boeing and Airbus account for 91% of the global market for commercial aircraft, so of course by sheer weight of numbers they will also account for the majority of accidents.

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Posted in: Alcohol allowed but no condom distribution in Tokyo Olympic village See in context

The organizing committee also said it will not distribute condoms to participants during their stay in the village but on their departure, a break from recent Olympic tradition.

Chartered flights, booze, no more training and free condoms. Those flights home are going to be awesome.

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Posted in: Behind Airbus-Boeing truce lies a common rival: China See in context

Stop the technology transfers and safeguard the IP. As with most industries, China is struggling to make their own products without outside help.

Jet engines and aircraft are a key area which they have needed to copy or reverse engineer everything, rather than innovate.

Yes there is a huge demand for aircraft in China, but even Chinese airlines aren't placing 'confirmed' orders for their own aircraft.

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Posted in: All Olympic live viewing events in Tokyo to be canceled: Koike See in context

This reeks!

They drop back to a quasi- State of emergency, start the PR about how well the vaccinations are going, green light the Olympics with limited numbers of spectators . . . . . . then Tokyo bans 'Live Viewing'

Notice the terminology being used here. Live viewing means spectators. Tokyo is banning spectators without actually saying so. Wait for other cities/Prefectures to follow suit

Why do this when they have confidence that the numbers are down and it is safe to hold the Olympics?


It isn't. They know numbers will explode if spectators are allowed. They know they don't have this under control like they are making out. They know that they haven't vaccinated enough people to make a difference.

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Posted in: Gov't considering quasi-state of emergency in Tokyo during Olympics See in context

So they are going to relax the rules on a State of Emergency, which wouldn't even count as a State of Emergency in most functional countries.

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Posted in: Mass vaccination site to fill vacant slots with police, other officials See in context

Over 60 percent of the slots remain vacant for two weeks through June 27, with the Tokyo site having capacity to administer 10,000 shots daily and Osaka 5,000.

Why am I not surprised?

There is a big difference between making it available, and actively contacting people and queueing them up.

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Posted in: Hong Kong democracy activist Agnes Chow released from jail See in context

nandakandamandaJune 12  03:01 pm JST

She has a trial on further separate charges coming up. (Not mentioned in the article.) She will not want to give them any pretext/excuse for coming down harder on her next time.

inspector Gadget suggests the UK above, but being fluent in Japanese, if she were ever again allowed to travel abroad surely she would choose Japan, no?

If anywhere, she will choose the UK for a number of reasons:

Apparently she was a holder of a Britich National Overseas passport, but chose to renounce her citizenship when running for the HK legislature. She has a much closer connection to the UK than any other country.

The UK is clearly very brassed off with China for breaking most of the 1997 handover treaty, which guatanteed HK a high level of autonomy under the One Country - Two Systems. They have offered a clear path for close to 3 million HK citizens to become citizens of the UK.

The UK is far more receptive to refugee claims than Japan.

Japan will be hesitant to extending any long term residency to Agnes if these is a risk to trade.

The trick will be getting her out of HK first.

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Posted in: Hong Kong democracy activist Agnes Chow released from jail See in context

What's the bet that she now seeks asylum in the UK.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympics still undecided on fans -- or no fans at all See in context

Logic would dictate of they go ahead with this farce of an Olympics, they will limit it to VIPs and domestic spectators. All of whom will need to show proof of vaccination prior to attending.

Logic would also dictate that holding an Olympics in the middle of a global pandemic of a highly infectious airbourne virus is a stupid idea . . . .

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Posted in: Suga refers to Taiwan as country, drawing fire from China See in context

China has also lambasted Japan for having donated a COVID-19 vaccine to Taiwan, labeling such a move as a "political performance."

Pot calling the Kettle Black

Completely ignoring the fact that China has 'donated" 22 Million doses to developing countries. You can be sure this isn't for entirely altrusitic purposes.

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