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Posted in: Kansai Electric chairman resigns over gift scandal; president to follow after 3rd party report See in context

The executives have said they planned to return the gifts and money "at the right time"

The 'right time' being in a couple of months when the media storm blows over and they can convince their pals to let them keep it in exchange for a 10% salary cut for 3 months and a deep bow.

The shareholders need to realize that this is company money that they have embezzled. Charge them.

"We were afraid our relationship with the local government would be damaged" if the gifts and money were rejected, Iwane has said.

Fine. Accept the money, be transparent and put it on the company accounts!

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Posted in: Kansai Electric Chairman Yagi to quit over gift scandal See in context

Every company that I have ever worked in has had a 'gifting policy' which all staff must adhere to. Top to Bottom. Any gift valued at over (usually a very low) amount instantly becomes the property of the company as a whole.

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Posted in: Stand and be delivered: Japan's evolving escalator etiquette See in context

Why don't the railway companies standardize on installing wider, slightly faster escalators?

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Posted in: Post-typhoon blackout raises disaster readiness questions in Japan See in context

Almost 25 years on from the Kobe eathquake and they still haven't learned their lessons. In a natural disaster it is better for power lines to be underground.

Most of the delays with Kobe were due to due to collapsed power lines and buildings.

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Posted in: Woman arrested after threatening police officer with knife in Sendai koban See in context

Either unwell, or seeking to be taken into custody to get fed, clothed and somewhere to live over the winter.

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Posted in: Some cities in Chiba Pref to remain without power for two more weeks See in context

It really makes you wonder why services such as power lines aren't buried as with many other countries.

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Posted in: Sex assault claims rock New Zealand PM Ardern's government See in context

This is even more of a problem for Labour/Jacinda as this is the second incident of sexual assalt which has happened at one of their party linked events, or by one of their party. Both incident have been managed extremely poorly by the Labour, with denials about who was informed, knew about the allegations etc.

Here is a link to information on the previous incident:

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Posted in: Crack in Osaka train's undercarriage prompts 'serious incident' probe See in context

Every time I read articles like this I wonder if it related to the scandal at Kobe Steel, with them falsifying testing data for decades. They supply a large number of industries in Japan.

Toyota/Subaru have also had huge issues with valve springs breaking prematurely due to poor steel.

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Posted in: 2 dead as 670,000 ordered to evacuate after downpours in Kyushu See in context

Kyushu just can't seem to get a break . . .

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Posted in: Month-long release of Kyoto arson victims' identities ends See in context

I'm not sure why the families didn't want the names released. After all, they were the victims in all this and are totally blameless.

There is a certainly is public interest in releasing the names, but I wouldn't call it a right. There may be people who know the victims, but may not be part of the circle of friends and family that are in regular communication. How will they know?

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Posted in: Japan’s problem with noise pollution See in context

Image this coming out of a speaker truck . . . . .


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Posted in: Mountain hikers warned to protect themselves amid spate of strandings See in context

There is some good advice in the comments above.

I've done a bit of hiking on Japan including Fuji-san a number of years ago. Overall I have to say that two key issues stand out.

1) Trails are not as well marked and graded as they should be but there may be several reasons for this. Many appear to be local tracks that have become more and more popular over the years and have been overlooked for formal maintenance, signage etc. Maintenance of tracks seems to be haphazard and down to local councils and Prefectures who often have other things to spend their dwindling cash reserves on. There doesn't appear to be a nationwide organisation in charge of standardizing tracks, designs, signage and advertising etc which is something that occurs in many other countries.

2) Inexperience is a killer. Just because someone has bought the latest gear and clothing, it does not make them an experienced hiker/camper but just gives them an illusion of such. I've seen women in pumps at the summit of Fuji san and on other trails, and men in loafers and woolen business vests. Hikers need to know their limitations, pack appropriately for the task ahead, and not be afraid to turn around/stop when the objective cant be reached safely. Unfortunately, that often comes with experience.

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

So how are the old guys in the photo able to parade around with rifles and large blades in the middle of Tokyo?

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Posted in: Relatives commemorate victims on 34th anniversary of 1985 JAL jet crash See in context

"The U.S. military had helicopters in the air, right after the crash, and were ready to start rescue operations, but were told, "No Thank you," by Japanese authorities...

Which by the way, didn't start rescue operations until the next morning, so we're talking about at least 8 or 10 hours had elapsed after the crash... No telling if anyone else may have been saved or not..."

Indeed. The reason for the delay has never been explained by the Japanese authorities. The US military was there and ready to go.

Survivor accounts indicate that many more survived the crash than survived the night. Doctors at the time stated that there appeared to be many who died from exposure or from survivable injuries, but the delays is getting medical assistance to them ultimately resulted in more deaths than necessary.

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Posted in: Woman in critical condition after trying to save 11-year-daughter at beach See in context

The beach was closed due to 2.5m waves and a dangerous rip. That says a lot about the situation.

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Posted in: Mother, 1-year-old daughter die after apparent leap from apartment building See in context

It's a murder-suicide. That poor 1 year old had no choice in this case.

One thing that Japan should be of about is it extremely poor systems for managing mental illness. You hear of these new mothers killing themselves and their children fairly regularly in the news. Many maternity services in other countries assist in pre and postnatal physical care while also checking on the mental well-being of the mothers. In Japan . . . next to nothing.

Post-natal depression is a killer as serious as any physical ailment associated with childbirth.

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Posted in: Do you consider the A-bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to be war crimes? See in context


*The Japanese high command after consulting with scientists (Japan itself had investigated the feasibility of developing an atomic weapon) had determined within 24 hours after “Little Boy” was dropped over Hiroshima what kind of device that bomb was. They could not have known that there was only one more available for immediate deployment in August. Nevertheless, the war was continued with the assumption that more such bombings would follow.*

Yes, as with Nazi Germany, Japan also had a fledgling nuclear research program. They were both hamstrung by the same issues of research fragmentation and access to resources (primarily Uranium) and manpower. One of the last gasps of the war was an attempted transfer of Nazi nuclear technology and 550Kg of Uranium to Japan in mid April 1945. The sub was captured and the two Japanese officers accompanying the shipment committed suicide. Because of this research they were also acutely aware of the resources, time and commitment that would be required to develop this further.*

It wasn't a conscious decision to continue. The information we have about the Japanese command structure after the bombing of Hiroshima was that there was considerable debate/confusion occurring on whether this really was the terminal blow. This continued for several days afterwards until and even after the 9th. In essence the war continued, as there wasn't a decision to stop. Momentum carried them along. *


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Posted in: Do you consider the A-bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to be war crimes? See in context


Let’s not consider it a large and grotesque experiment.

Let’s consider the Japanese high command’s response (“carry on”) as just another example of their grotesque Bushido code of victory or death (of the nation if need be).

There was general disbelief in the Japanese government at the time that the US had the capabilities to deliver an atomic bomb (most wouldn't have even have known what was one was).

It was only after the events of the 9th (Nagasaki) that it became clear that the US was in possession of a new and terrible weapon and could use it at will. Later on the 9th, the Soviet Union declared war on Japan and quickly over-ran the many of the forces in Manchuria. The 9th was an especially bad day for Japan.

Yes, there was considerable debate between the Government and the armed forces about carrying on, but the Emperor was asked, and decided to "bear the unbearable".

Even after that there was a mini-uprising in the Palace when some of the armed forces tried to steal the recordings of the Emperor's surrender speech before they could be broadcast.

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Posted in: Do you consider the A-bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to be war crimes? See in context

Yes. The targeting of civilians in war is defined as a war crime and was so in the case of the Tokyo fire bombing, Dresden and even more so with Hiroshima.

Under International Humanitarian Law, civilian casualties are permitted as collateral damage when attacking legitimate military targets. Wide scale firebombing just because there may be a few small factories in the area, arguably isn't.

Lets not forget that Hiroshima was a large and grotesque military experiment. Before the bomb was dropped Hiroshima had been spared large scale bombing, which resulting in its population and industries swelling. The bomb itself had also never been tested, prior to August 6th. As a result the US military dropped an untested bomb on a city it had previously spared, and took a great deal of interest examining the results afterwards.

Your call. But that does not sound like regular warfare to me.

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Posted in: LDP lawmaker Koizumi, TV personality Takigawa to tie knot See in context

The former premier, who is divorced, welcomed the marriage, the younger Koizumi told reporters, saying he was advised that he "should marry at least once."

Ha ha. "At least once"

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Posted in: Japanese jeweler sells 'LGBTQ wedding rings' See in context

I'm missing the point here. What is supposedly different about LGBTQ wedding rings to any other wedding ring?

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Posted in: An interview with #KuToo founder Yumi Ishikawa See in context

Great campaign. Women should be able to wear what they want on their feet, as long at it fits with the style and culture of the workplace. If her job is to spend all day on her feet, what crazy workplace would require her to wear shoes that actually inhibit her performance??

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Posted in: Folau launches court action over Rugby Australia dismissal See in context


This witch hunt went way over the top. A suspension and a warning not to post such religious beliefs would have been enough.

That's the problem. He was warned previously after similar comments in 2018 after the same sex marriage vote in Australia and then close to ignore those warnings with an even more vitriolic post.

Previous reports put the compensation figure at Aus$10 million, including for lost sponsorship and marketing opportunities

Most sponsors would have walked away from him when his online persona turned toxic.

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Posted in: Security cameras are an indispensable tool. They can have a psychological influence on potential criminals, giving them a moment of hesitation, which is often enough to prevent the crime. See in context

Maybe. An aging population and the decline of the Yakuza/Bosozoku may also have a part to play in this. This is also 'reported' crime. It may be that people just simply can t be bothered reporting low level crime.

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Posted in: Tokyo subway car provides child-friendly space See in context

I hate to be the party pooper here, but there are more effective ways of making trains child friendly than a few stickers. How about:

1) Buggy stowage areas next to the doors.

2) Hand holds at a child friendly height.

3) Single seat - Space for buggy - single seat - space . . . etc along one side. Or even a line of fold down seats for this purpose.

4) A leaning seat with a shelf behind. Lean on it and rest you back pack or baby carrier.

5) Markings on the platform indicating the closest entry point for the child freidly area on trains.

6) Parents rooms in the station with small kids toilets. (Men and Women can go their to change their children and not just part of the normal toilets).

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Posted in: Kyoto Animation hopes to recover data from server after arson attack See in context

Regular off-site backups! That's IT 101

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Posted in: Japan's top bar association urges authorization of same-sex marriage See in context

Firstly, good on the Bar Assoc for supporting this.

Secondly, the cynical side of me is saying that they are keen to exploit the new market that this would bring . . . . . .

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Posted in: JAL staff's new look See in context

Underwhelming. Japan has so many great designers, and such a long history of colourful fabric design, and JAL ops to make cabin staff look like the salary men of the air.

The pilots and co-pilots uniform I understand, as this is basically an industry standard look.

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Posted in: Japanese town celebrates first whale catch of the season See in context

It is interesting to note that in 2014 Japan imported, then disposed of, whale meat from Norway.


When tested they discovered the imported meat was unfit for consumption as it exceeded safety levels for pesticides and PCBs. **Note: **the reason that the tests were conducted was that this was an imported product.

It would be interesting to learn whether similar tests are conducted on domestically caught whale meat prior to sale. I bet that none are carried out., and nor would the Japanese whaling industry want them to be carried out . . . . .

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Posted in: Japan may take S Korea wartime labor dispute to International Court of Justice: NHK See in context

With no mutually palatable agreement, Tokyo has pushed for third-party arbitration, which Seoul has rejected

That says it all. Sth Korea has effectively stated that they don't want to co to the ICJ as they know they will loose based on previous agreements they have signed on to then re-negged on.

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