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Posted in: 3-year-old girl dies after baby stroller catches fire See in context

There is no mention of the tank being compromised in the article.

Most likely the tubing has either been punctured or detached in the stroller. Strollers by nature have many moving parts and it would be easy to crimp or crush a line. Once puncture, and being IN the stroller, it would likely have leaked Oxygen into the mattress, under blankets and anything else in the stroller, just waiting for an ignition source. This could be something as simple as static electricity, or a child's toy.

RIP poor girl. I hope the mother and all present get the support that they will require.

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Posted in: Looking back: A bygone boom era when Akihito became emperor See in context

Until the current generation of politicians and bureaucrats are gone, we can expect little change. Many are in their final years of employment prior to shuffling off to retirement (or Amakudari).

Why rock the boat when they can look forward to a generous pension or milking the system from the private sector, both of which would be under threat if fresh new faces and ideas were to come along.

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Posted in: Fukuoka police tackle shortage of female recruits via fashion show See in context

Of if they are really lucky and qualify, they can wear the costume of Fukkeikun, the Fukuoka Police mascot . . . . .

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Posted in: Odd translations found on English websites for tourists in Japan See in context

This still drives me nuts. Companies are willing to spend thousands, if not millions of yen on large signs and upgrading websites etc, . . . . but not willing to spend significantly less than than on a native language speaker to make some basic changes.

For the examples above you wouldn't even need a qualified translator, just a native speaker.

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Posted in: Extra abdication holidays pose dilemma for Japanese workers See in context

Has anyone considered having a staycation?

With a city the size of Tokyo, it would take you years to explore all that it has to offer, and it is always changing.

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Posted in: First haircut See in context

It must have been close to as tall as she is.

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Posted in: Japan introduces legal cap on long working hours under labor reform law See in context

Its a start, but this is still going to be highly ineffective for a number of reasons.

1) Loyalty to the company means that few few will ever report excessive overtime requirements

2) May do overtime as a matter of obligation. If the boss is still working . . .then so are you.

3) If it is a single measly 300,000 yen per six months for the entire company, most would earn that in increased profits from one evening of company wide staff overtime. Start stinging them percentage points of their total revenue or profits to make it hurt.

4) If they can't get things done, big companies with then farm out the work to 'temporary employees', individual contractors or smaller businesses which are not subject to the rules.

Loop holes everywhere.

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Posted in: Osaka sued by ex-junior coach over 20% of earnings: report See in context

Interesting little problem here. If, say, the contract did exist how would it work?

A parent can sign a contract on behalf of their child, but one the child legally becomes an adult and was not a signatory to that contract, is it still valid.

I would guess if it exists, he has a claim to 20% of her winnings until she became an adult. In most counties this is 18 years.

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Posted in: NZ gov't to announce gun reforms within 10 days See in context

This is how a civilized and democratic country should operate. NZ has a mass shooting, and within 10 days political parties are coming together to fix the problems with the local gun laws using a proven methodology (gun buy backs, restrictions on certain calibers and categories of firearms). It has worked extremely well in Australia after the Port Arthur Massacre, and the figures back it up.

The US, on the other hand, has similar massacres of innocent men, women and children, and the best it can come up with is feeble stand-down periods.

The Second Amendment is outdated. It enshrines the right to bare arms, not taking into account that weapons technology has progressed exponentially since 1791. At that time you were good if you could reload and aim your flintlock twice a minute and people were more evenly distributes in rural environments where a firearm was a necessary tool.

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Posted in: New Zealand struggles to answer 'why' in wake of massacre See in context

@Hiro is WRONG

The Police in Christchurch have been in a state of heightened alert after a series of firearms incidents at the end of Feb, and were carrying sidearms on their hip at this time of the shooting an also had access to bushmaster rifles in their vehicles.

At times the police in NZ patrol armed, but they always have access to firearms when required.

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Posted in: Ruling finalized ordering cell phone TV owners to pay public NHK subscription fee See in context

To be honest, I can't see these types of phones with tuners being around for much longer, which will render this whole case redundant.

They first started selling one seg phones in about 2005-2006 when everything was Terresterial, but since then there have been a vast number of streaming services start up in Japan offering the same of similar content. You no longer need a special 'galapagos' Japanese phone with a tuner to access these services as it is all done with 4G. Likewise phones from foreign makers (eg Samsung, Apple, Huawei etc) have become more popular and just don't have tuners.

Of note is that NHK is looking at offering a streaming service for all it's programming in 2019. No tuner required, but arguably they will need to implement some kind of login/subscription process for this service.

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Posted in: Ghosn's lawyers hand dossier to U.N. human rights office showing violations See in context

Usually the intention of detaining someone is to prevent them from tampering with evidence during an investigation, or if they are a flight risk. Ghosen is unlikely to do either of those especially after this period of time.

Continued detention now looks more like an attempt to force a 'confession' or some sort of admission of wrongdoing, rather than a means to investigate whether wrong doing has actually occurred. If this is the case, it shows that the Justice System has already pre-determined that he is guilty, rather than weighing up the facts.

In this case, it would indeed be a violation of his Human Rights as he is being arbitrarily detained without trial.

The fact that this is being raised at the UN to highlight this issue could hopefully embarrass Japan into action, not only for Ghosen but for others in this situation. However, Japan will likely just wait for the controversy to blow over and carry on as usual.

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Posted in: Tokyo to ban parents from physically punishing children See in context

These measures never work. Even with punitive clauses. In NZ they introduced an 'anti-smacking' law. Severe child abuse is worse now than ever before. If anything it forces this sort of behavior into the shadows. In the meantime regular parents are having random visits by social services because of overzealous nosy do gooders disapproving with the way a child was pulled out of the way of an oncoming bus (for example). Normal (good parents) become paranoid & the bad ones carry on doing what they've always done.

Amen to that.

Reasonable physical punishment is appropriate in rare occasions for repetitive poor behavior or where a stark lesson needs to be learned because the behavior could lead to physical injury. Lets not forget that toddlers do not have a full grasp of the world, or a language, and a light smack on the hand is something that will be remembered. Who doesn't remember having time out?

The key word here is reasonable. A reasonable adult would not use a closed fist, a weapon, withholding of food/water for a prolonged period etc.

The simple fact is that these people don't care, and changing the law will have no effect on them. Only the law abiding, loving parents who are seeking to gently correct poor behavior

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Posted in: Kono criticizes S Korean assembly speaker's emperor remarks See in context

Here we go again:

The South Korean government need to look up the meanings of the words 'final' and 'irreversible'

Various leaders in Japan have apologies many times over the years as listed in the following Wikipedia article"

Likewise the Emperor has made similar remarks as per the Guardian link below.

This will never end. Elements in South Korea are using this as a political football to gain support.

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Posted in: Renault denounces Nissan over Ghosn investigation: report See in context

"Renault has gathered sufficient evidence to understand and regret the methods used by Nissan and its lawyers to seek interviews with Renault employees through the Japanese public prosecutor's office," they said.

Read that slowly. Nissan was using the Public Prosecutors Office to compel Renault staff to make themselves available for interviews.

If the J.P.O need information they can seek these interviews by themselves without Nissan getting involved.

Nissan was seeking "evidence to support allegations against Carlos Ghosn after his arrest" and failed to consult its French partner, according to the newspaper.

One would think that an investigation is for the purpose of gathering evidence on whether an allegation is true or not. That is unless you already have a position and you are just backing that up. Smells like they are trying to find a scapegoat.

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Posted in: Court upholds 'sterilization' rule for gender change See in context

I am really starting to wonder if it is necessary to put a sex on Birth or any other documents. If all citizens are equal under the law, what purpose does it serve?

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Posted in: Ruling bloc to agree on tax reforms spurring car, home purchases See in context

So let me get this right, if you buy a new Kei car after 1 Oct this year, you will be stung with the extra 2% Consumption Tax . . . . . less between 1000-4500 yen.

I'm not feeling the love here.

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Posted in: S Korea may freeze Japanese firm's assets if it doesn't negotiate over forced laborers See in context

This is a tricky one for Korea. They have now signed several international agreements supposedly 'settling' the issues only to go back and have another bite of the pie when either the government changes and/or civil legal action is taken.

Arguably Japan would have a fairly strong case to argue at the International Court of Justice should they wish to take it that far.

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Posted in: Trump says Japan treats U.S. unfairly on trade by not taking more American cars See in context

American cars just don't have a good reputation in Japan and it probably was justified in the past. However, times have changed, and the American car manufacturers now have several issues to deal with before they can successfully establish themselves here:

1) They have a huge perception issue to get around in terms of their cars being poor quality, inefficient and unsuitable for narrow Japanese roads. This is a marketing issue.

2) Japanese people have a vast selection of makes, models and sub-types to choose from. There is little compelling a Japanese person to choose an American vehicle over a Japanese one.

3) European vehicles still come with that 'aura' of luxury, that often follows European goods. German vehicles also have the perception of quality and reliability surrounding them (rightly or wrongly)

4) Japanese people are often more receptive to European styled vehicles.

5) And the big one is the long standing relationships that corporate, organisations and the public sector has with Japanese vehicle manufacturers.

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Posted in: Passengers to be banned from carrying knives onto all trains in Japan from April See in context

The transport ministry will prohibit passengers of all trains in Japan from carrying unpacked knives onto trains from next April

Totally useless. Unless they are planning to start screening both hand luggage and suitcases this is totally unenforceable. If they did so it would, as pointed out earlier, greatly diminish the convenience of using the Shinkansen

As far as I can see this just is a duplication of the Swords and Firearms Control Law which prohibit people from possessing blades longer than 5.5cm or 8cm depending on the type. The rules were tightened after the terrible stabbing rampage in Akihabara in 2008. The law also specifically bans the use of a knife as a weapon.

The Petty Offense Law also bans the possession of an aggressive tool without a justifiable reason. It is up to the police officer on site to determine what exactly an aggressive tool is based on time, place and circumstance. Walk across a public road with a large hatchet to cut down a tree on your land in the middle of the day on you're fine. Hide in the shadows at night in the middle of a city with the same hatchet, and you can expect to be having a rather protracted stay in a very uncomfortable (but solidly built) hotel courtesy of your local constabulary

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Posted in: Man arrested for alleged export of child porn from New Zealand to Japan See in context

If the crime originated in New Zealand, wouldn't New Zealand authorities demand that Shinoda be extradicted back to stand for those crimes? Just wondering if this will turn into a fight against extradition or not. I don't know if New Zealand and Japan have such a treaty in place - wouldn't see why they wouldn't

I can't see New Zealand getting involved in this. In the short article above it was a crime by a Japanese national, selling to Japanese in Japan.

Why take the time and effort request and organize extradition for a non-national, only to bear the cost of prosecuting him, imprisoning him, only to deport him back to his home country. If the Japanese police are doing the hard work and clearly have the evidence and information . . . .

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Posted in: Man arrested for alleged export of child porn from New Zealand to Japan See in context

This is sad on so many levels! Only took 3 1/2 years to catch the dude, while how many others are getting away?

I assume they've arrested him on his return to Japan although the article isn't very clear on the circumstances,

If the website was registered in Japan and the transaction occurred on a JP banking app, then technically the crime occurred in Japan and alerting the NZ authorities wouldn't have achieved anything as the crime did not occur there.

The Japanese authorities knew if they just sat it out, then he would return voluntarily. Tip him off that something was up and he'd likely avoid coming home.

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Posted in: 5 common complaints Japanese teachers have about ALTs See in context

And this is the result of the BoE's trying to save $$$ by going down the private route. They have a perfectly good system with the JET Programme which screened applicants for speech quality, temperament, supported them while in Japan and paid them a reasonable wage often with subsidized housing..

Trying to cut costs has led to ALTs bailing out early when they just cant afford to be in Japan with little support etc. In simple, you get what you pay for.

I stayed on JET for 3+1 years at the same schools in the same town. 2 years later I went back to visit, they had changed to a private ALT provider and had gone through 6 different ALTs in my old role at my old school.

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Posted in: Japanese airlines to offer discount to people with mental disorders See in context

I'l still trying to get my head around this.

I can understand offering to fly a disabled person (mental or physical) and a support person and split the cost of a single fare. This makes sense to me, as it opens a pathway for those with disabilities to travel who were previously discouraged from doing to by the cost of having to purchase an airfare for their respective support person as well.

Where a support person is not required, why would a discount still be applicable?

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Posted in: Clam cram See in context

Natural resource management, Japanese style. Quotas anyone?

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Posted in: Japan's traffic deaths drop to record low under 3,700 in 2017 See in context

Likewise, mandating helmet usage would also be another step to catch up with other developed countries. It seems that once kids graduate from JHS, the helmet goes in the dustbin.

Attitudes to bike usage in JP seem to have formed when it was the predominate form of short term transport, and the greatest injury one was likely to sustain was a grazed knee, bump or broken arm. These attitudes do not translate well when faced with high density housing, narrow mixed use streets, and the advent of modern assisted bikes (and others) which allow users to move at much greater speeds at ease than was possible before.

There seems to be a real stigma attached to purchasing and using a normal bicycle helmet here, unless you cycle for sporting purposes.

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Posted in: Japan's traffic deaths drop to record low under 3,700 in 2017 See in context

tinawatanabe. No the NPA is not comparing results, but the natural inclination for anyone reading these stats is to consider their home countries population and road toll, and think that Japan is doing exceedingly well on this front through active management. That isn't the case. Improvements in technology and a decreasing population with societal change appears to be having a far greater effect on the road toll than any programs that the government or NPA have been pushing.

yokohamarides. Good point. It makes you wonder if the proportion of pedestrian and cyclist deaths can be attributed to a falling population of drivers seeking alternative transport. And lets face it, despite the relatively high numbers of cyclists in this country, helmet usage is shockingly low and the streets are just not designed for a mix of cars bikes and pedestrians. Often there is little or no separation between the three, and the inevitable happens.

Thank you Luddite highlighting the advances in healthcare as another contributing factor in reducing the toll. However, this in itself is another can of worms. How many more lives could be saved (road accident or other) if EMT/Ambulance staff had free reign to perform any life sustaining medical procedure without the need to delay treatment and seek approval from a doctor first. In Japan, ambulance staff must seek approval from a consulting doctor before administering any drugs or treatments. As this process involves first calling a hospital, locating an available doctor with the necessary expertise, explaining the situation, injuries and symptoms as well as what drugs/treatment options are available on board . . . . many lives have been lost or irrevocably changed due to this bureaucracy.

Most developed countries give first responders the ability to provide whatever treatment (drugs or other) is necessary to sustain life. The details of those life sustaining treatments are then passed onto the doctors at the hospital on arrival.

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Posted in: Japan's traffic deaths drop to record low under 3,700 in 2017 See in context

Although the NPA likes to publish these figures every year, they are not directly comparable with international figures for a number of reasons:

1) As nandakandamanda has alluded to, traditionally the annual Japanese road death figures do not include deaths caused by MVAs, which occur more than 24 hours after the accident occurs. This is the norm for most 1st world countries. One study that I read several years ago suggested that the number would be 30% higher of these were factored into the total.

2) On average, Japanese people have a very high proportion of public transport usage, (and an inversely low portion of private motor vehicle usage), as part of their transport needs. If Japanese accident figures were measured in deaths per 100,000 kms traveled in private motor vehicles, I suspect that the Japanese figures would be alarmingly compared to other 1st world countries.

3) The distance traveled by the average Japanese motorist on an annual basis is significantly lower than motorists in other 1st world countries (consider the popularity of Kei cars and low KM insurance plans as advertised on TV) . Like wise, the average speed of most commutes is very, low accidents at these speeds cause injures, rather than deaths.

4) The number of drivers in japan is dropping on an annual basis. The elderly are giving up their licences, and the diminishing number of under 20s choosing not to drive financial and other reasons. Fewer drivers equals fewer fatalities.

5) As with other countries, Japan is also reaping the rewards of the huge technological changes being introduced into even the smallest of vehicles. Improved LED headlights, Lane departure warnings, pedestrian protection, Electronic Stability Control, Multiple airbags for all occupants . . . the list goes on. Likewise with the improvements to roading.

If there is two things that you should take away from the above, it is that you can't compare the NPA stats with those of most other countries. Although the NPA like to pat themselves on the back year after year, the question has to be asked how much of the decreasing road toll can be attributed to their actions?

The second point is How would Japan's road toll compare to other developed countries if the stats were comparable? I suspect that Japan wouldn't look so rosy if the we could compare. And maybe that is why it is being reported in this way.

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Posted in: Why do Olympic medalists bite their medals when they are on the podium? See in context

Pure Gold (24 Karat) is quite soft. An old, rough and quick test for gold used to be biting it. If you could leave bite marks on it with your teeth, it was relatively pure. This has carried over into popular culture where movies about pirates biting Spanish doubloon, crazy hermits living in rich gold mines, and treasure hunters will often be seen taking a bite out of any of the yellow metal they come across.

In theory, Olympic medalists should only be trying to bite Gold medals. Puree Silver and Bronze (an alloy of Copper and Tin) are both too hard to leave an impression, and biting them has no purpose.

Lastly, for this reason, pure gold is not used for Olympic medals. Often it is just a gold veneer. The Gold medals at the Rio Olympics are made of 494g of Silver, and just 6g of Gold.

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Posted in: Saitama offering free SIM cards to foreign tourists See in context

Japan is trying to entice visitors to its shores, and they have many reasons to come. One thing, however, is a big negative when travelling here:

Since 2006 a law has been in place preventing people who do not have proof of residence in Japan from purchasing SIM card with Voice services for use in Japan. Only Data services are allowed. Theoretically this is to stop phone fraud in Japan by limiting the use of 'burner' SIMs. However with the prevalence if IP telephony, the effectiveness of this law is now in question.

As international roaming rates are incredibly expensive (many Japanese telcos don't co-operate with international telsos on international discounted rates) many travellers would routinely purchase a pre-pay voice/data SIM in the country they are travelling. Not Japan.

If Japan really wants to encourage more tourism, how about giving the tourists the ability to purchase a voice SIM at rates comparable to those which residents can purchase.

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