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Posted in: 62-year-old man turns himself in after robbing post office See in context

Every year the same stories appear just before winter . . . .

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Posted in: Tetsu Nakamura: Japanese doctor who devoted his life to Afghanistan See in context

RIP Nakamura Sensei 

The irony is that those who gunned him and the other aid workers down, would likely have been the first on his doorstep in a time of need.

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Posted in: New Zealand to ban big foreign political donations See in context

They have no real way of stopping this. If foreign entities (ahem China) wish to meddle in local politics, they will just channel the funds through a friendly local.

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Posted in: Woman takes helm of Japanese Aegis destroyer for 1st time See in context

Well done to her. The unfortunate situation is that the JSDF is an incredibly unattractive career prospect for you Japanese, especially so for young women. Until the issue of conditions and allowances are addressed, it is unlikely we will see more women flowing through the ranks.

Have a read here

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Posted in: Japan considers withholding tax system on casino winnings by foreigners See in context

Following on from this, all Japanese nationals should have to register their MyNumber information with he Casinos for taxation purposes. Then any winnings get taxed like any other income.

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Posted in: Tougher penalties for smartphone use while driving take effect See in context

wtfjapanToday  12:26 am JST

Japanese drivers are best so a student told me.

actually the statistics show they're not , the number of fatalities per billion km traveled Japan doesn't even rank in the top ten of 1st world countries that actually keep statistics, they rank about 16

Unfortunately it's a hell of a lot worse than that when taking into account local factors.

1) Deaths in JP that occur more than 24 hours AFTER the incident are attributed to different causes, and are not included in the figures. If these were included, then the actual toll would likely be 30% higher.

2) Japan has a higher proportion of low speed incidents due to the congested nature of the cities and suburban environments. Thus, accidents are more likely to result in (serious) injury rather than death. Think of the mix of mama-chari and cars on tight cinderblock linked intersections in all towns and cities.

A more interesting stat to have a look at would be injuries per billion of KM traveled.

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Posted in: Tougher penalties for smartphone use while driving take effect See in context

Its the same old routine.

1) An issue arises in Japan causing a public outcry.

2) Laws are eventually drafted to mitigate the problem.

3) The Police then mount an 'awareness' campaign followed by a period of enforcement which garners extensive media coverage. Public behavior temporarily changes.

4) The Police move onto other issues, and the media coverage dies down. The problem re-appears.

5) Laws are then tightened up and the penalties increased.

6) Repeat step 3-6

Think about the use of seat belts in cars, use of child seats, umbrellas and cellphones while on a bike etc etc They have all undergone the same treatment.

The only way you will be able to change behavior is constant enforcement either through increased physical policing, or introducing new technology which does this automatically, as in Australia.

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Posted in: Famed Tokyo sushi restaurant Jiro dropped from Michelin gourmet guide See in context

YubaruToday  07:48 am JST

Sadly there are FAR, FAR, too many people, Japanese and foreigners who come here alike, that somehow get the idea, like they are brainwashed, that price/cost equals value and great taste, and it isnt just sushi either!

There are PLENTY of sushi places throughout Tokyo that are of high quality and are a fraction of the price!

Some even go round and round!

Yes. I doubt that Michelin eat at every single Mom and Pop (insert food style here) place in Tokyo and its suburbs. The Michelin Star system was originally born out of an idea of advising drivers where to go access good amenities like food and mechanics. Thus, it is a guide for well-heeled travelers, and the recommendations are more likely to come from Hotel Concierges etc, missing out the smaller less glamorous establishments which may also offer exceptional food at much lower prices.

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Posted in: Parents denied visitation rights in Japan to keep fighting gov't in court See in context

Chip Star

If you feel your marriage is slipping down the road to divorce, take a trip back home and file for divorce there. Ask for an emergency temporary order of restraint preventing the children from being removed back to Japan.

I'm not sure this would work if the home country is a signatory to the Hague Convention. Under the Hague Convention rules, if the children were normally domicile in Japan (i.e home, enrolled in school, enrolled with doctors etc) then the Japanese parent would be able to petition the courts to have them returned to Japan.

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Posted in: How many hours a month do anime artists work in Japan? Survey finds crazy number, unhappy workers See in context

I've always wondered when these articles come about salaries in Japan, whether they include the twice annual 'bonuses' in the data.

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Posted in: As for the biased view of Japanese people toward China, yes, China needs to do some things but more importantly the responsibility is on the Japanese side. It needs to do more things to undo the prejudiced and biased views against China. See in context

Oldman_13, nailed it in one.

To add to that, unjustified claiming of the 'Nine Dash Line', and the ongoing poor behaviour of Chinese tourists.

He needs to look in the mirror.

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Posted in: Gov't says it is safe to release contaminated Fukushima water into ocean See in context

Here's my 2 cents worth.

I'm actual comfortable with it provided the levels are at those indicated.


1) The levels are of Tritium are extremely low. Tritium is already discharged (and managed) by most NPP as part of their operations and the levels discussed are under the levels set by Japanese standards, which in turn are low by international standards. Remember that through years of experience with handling nuclear materials we have become exceptionally good at detecting even the most minute amounts of radioactive materials.

2) Tritium isn't like other radiosondes like Iodine-131 which get absorbed into the body, and concentrated in certain organs (Thyroid). The body treats it in a similar way to water and it flushes through.

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Posted in: Actress Sawajiri admits to using MDMA, other illegal drugs See in context

She was scheduled to play the role of 16th-century Japanese warlord Oda Nobunaga's wife in public broadcaster NHK's historical drama series "Kirin ga Kuru" in 2020.

Probably not any more.

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Posted in: Trump asked Tokyo for $8 bil to keep U.S. troops in Japan: Foreign Policy See in context

So Japan's military budget in 2018 was USD$48 billion. Why not tell Don to shove it and give the SDF another USD$8 billion to take them up to $56B. Japan could then 'allow' the US to keep operating their bases in Japanese territories rent free as long as they continue to observer the S.O.F.A agreement.

Let's be honest about this. Japan has the worlds 4th largest military on terms of conventional capabilities and are quite capable of defending themselves. The US bases in Japan are more about US regional projection than defending their allies.

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Posted in: Seven-Eleven employees accused of cheating franchise owners in purchasing See in context

Seven-Eleven employees are usually free to enter offices at stores and can easily operate computers without anyone watching, the employee said.

Firstly, how do the employees know credentials for accounts with purchasing rights?

Secondly . . . . .Multi-Factor Authentication!

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Posted in: FamilyMart to allow shorter operating hours policy across Japan See in context

JJ JetplaneToday  08:27 am JST


Nice name. Brings back memories.

But I don't get your math. From what I'm reading, the headquarters are willing to give the stores and extra ¥20,000 per month. There is no way an extra ¥20,000 can turn into an extra ¥40,000 in wages. Also, if they employ someone then it would futher detract from that extra ¥20,000.

Yup. An extra ¥20,000 yen on top of the ¥100,000 they're already giving them to subsidize 24 hour operations. The assumption I made was that the full ¥120,000 was going to the graveyard shift employees.

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Posted in: FamilyMart to allow shorter operating hours policy across Japan See in context

JJ JetplaneToday  07:35 am JST

Meanwhile, FamilyMart will raise its monthly incentive to 120,000 yen from 100,000 yen for stores that keep their around-the-clock operation.

Yep. This will surely solve the problem. Give the stores an extra ¥20,000 per month to stay open for 24 hours. That's would equate to roughly ¥95 per hour not to close

If you assume 30 days a month and 2 staff working 8 hours nightly between 2300-0700, then you could increase the wages of those staff by 250 yen per hour for each of those hours worked. Using a standard 40 hour week, that's an extra 40,000 yen per month.

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Posted in: Abe cancels gov't-funded cherry blossom event next year amid criticism See in context

Held at a Tokyo park famous for its cherry blossoms, the government-funded event is intended to honor people such as athletes and celebrities for their accomplishments.

Don't cancel it. Just fix the problem

Invite the athletes and celebrities who are winning the praise, then open the rest of the tickets up to a public ballot.

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Posted in: Ex-bureaucrat referred to prosecutors over fatal car crash in Tokyo See in context

Iizuka's car started to accelerate 200 meters from the crash site

That's not just jabbing the accelerator by mistake. That sounds like jamming it down and holding it there, either through mental or physical impairment.

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Posted in: 120,000 watch emperor, empress parade in Tokyo See in context

*The black Toyota Motor Corp. Century being used in the parade was picked from a pool of cars from five automakers, taking safety and environmental performance into consideration, among other factors, according to the Imperial Household Agency*

Environmental Performance??????? Were the other 49 vehicles in in the motorcade vetted for environmental performance as well?

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Posted in: LGBTQ characters on U.S. television at all time high See in context

I'd have to say the pendulum has swung so far that LGBTIQ+ characters are now over-represented in primarily American media. Various studies on households in the US generally agree that 4-5.5% of respondents identify as LGBTIQ+ which puts the figure of 10.2% of characters at twice that found in real life.

There's room for all of us. We're all normal.

Yes. Never any question about that.

The risk the TV/Movie execs risk running is that they continue on this track and less people identify with the characters and stories that they are trying to tell.

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Posted in: 120,000 watch emperor, empress parade in Tokyo See in context

Didn't the world learn something about Presidents and notable people traveling in open topped vehicles in 1963?

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Posted in: Most firms affected by disasters want gov't to spend more on infrastructure See in context

If you look closely at the picture, you can just make out the tops of the heads of the teenagers squatting outside the front doors still using their ketais.

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Posted in: Fire causes damage near another World Heritage site in Japan See in context

Blame the victim!!!!

Hardly. I'd argue that fire is more of an issue in temples now that it was years ago. Although firefighting techniques have improved exponentially, it only takes minutes for a tinder dry temple to become a complete loss as illustrated at Shuri. Far faster than any emergency services could reach the site, assess and start work.

If a temple has just been reconstructed with traditional materials, using traditional techniques at great expense, but has electricity installed . . . . .. why wouldn't you install sprinklers or some kind of fire suppression?

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Posted in: Should doping in sport be a crime? See in context


You've raised some good points there.

Nobody likes cheaters, but when you criminalise something, you're shifting the cost and burden of investigation and enforcement onto all public taxpayers

Yes, I'd have to agree. I'm not really concerned with the cheating aspect to it, but most nations are naturally concerned with the effects on public health if this became widespread. Public health is a large and very real national burden often paid for by taxpayers. We are already seeing the effects of widespread steroid use by bodybuilders and the after effects are picked up by taxpayers. Likewise with other sports like swimming, weightlifting to name a few others.

I guess the concern is that normalizing widespread unnecessary medication of a reasonable cross section of society, often administered by people who have not studied medicine for 7+ years, will have large unintended health effects and costs in the long run.

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Posted in: Fire causes damage near another World Heritage site in Japan See in context

Fire has been the bane here in Japan for like since forever, one would think that in today's world they would have sprinkler systems installed!

I'd agree. Shuri Castle was only rebuilt in the early 1990s. You would have thought that as fire is a major issue with temples, that trying to incorporate a sprinkler system would have been high on the 'to do' list.

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Posted in: Movements to create safe learning spaces for sexual minorities at universities gaining traction See in context

Hmmm... If someone comes out to you, you should just treat them the same way you treated them all along, as your friend! (And all that entails too!)

100% agree with this. I have had many gay, straight etc friends etc. Some have told me about their orientation, some not. It's not a defining feature of my friendship with people.

My concern about making 'safe spaces' for minorities, women, LGBTQI+ is that it potentially has the opposite effect of what was intended. Society needs to be accepting and inclusive of differences in sexual orientation, identity etc. However, by creating spaces and rules that differ for only some in society, I'd suggest that this immediately marks users of these spaces/rules as 'different" and requiring special treatment, which is the opposite of what we should be doing.

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Posted in: Should doping in sport be a crime? See in context

No. Why spend public resources on policing a private for-profit entertainment activity?

Yes, for precisely this reason. Where profit, sponsorship, and national prestige rest on the performance of and individual or team, there will be immense pressure to perform or take advantage of anything which will give them an edge. Unfortunately it has been shown that time and time again, when these factors are in play, morals and ethics go out the window for the benefit of immediate gain.

If you want an example of this, look at the thousands of young Russian and East German gymnasts fed drugs to delay the onset of puberty so they could continue in their chosen field.

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Posted in: Poll finds over 80% in Japan back female emperor See in context

Japan's Conservatives remain strongly opposed to revisions to the Imperial House Law to allow women to ascend the throne.

Well they're going to have to make a choice soon. Change the laws to grant women equality, or have no throne.

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Posted in: Japan to tighten gasoline sale rules after Kyoto arson attack See in context

The Fire and Disaster Management Agency will revise an ordinance and oblige gas stations and other sellers to conduct ID checks and ask customers the reason for the purchase

*"I'm glad you asked. I'm going to burn down a building"*** **said no criminal ever.

Another knee-jerk reaction which serves absolutely no purpose whatsoever.

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