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Posted in: Japan institute to receive int'l scholars as exception to COVID rules See in context


Of all the people waiting to enter Japan (families waiting for loved ones stuck overseas etc) they choose people studying Japanese to be the first?

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Posted in: Man stabbed, robbed of ¥2 mil outside Naha apartment See in context

So how did they know he would be leaving his apartment with 2mil in cash.

A lot to be said for using Furikomi to salaries to staff . . . . .

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Posted in: JR East scraps plan to identify past offenders with facial recognition camera See in context

Using their database of images collected from JR East station surveillance cameras, the facial recognition cameras identify three groups of people: the first being persons that were previously imprisoned for committing serious crimes against JR East or JR East passengers, the second being named criminal suspects, and the third being suspicious persons.

Happy for them to use facial recognition for the first example above. That's no different to stores and staff kicking people out/refusing service to those who had previously caused problems to their own business. It happens all the time, and is why there are bouncers/security on the front doors of businesses.

I have a major issue with 'named crimminal suspects' and 'suspicious people'. Where are they getting the biometric data for this? What constitutes suspicious?

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Posted in: Gov't to accept Princess Mako's decision to decline ¥150 mil marriage money See in context

OK, heres a theory. . . . .

There is an ongoing discussion about changing the rules of succession to allow women into the line. If this goes ahead, Princess Mako is very high on the list. Likewise, it would also remove the requirement for women to leave the royal family if they marry a commoner.

If she accepts what amounts to a termination payment, it will raise a whole lot of uncomfortable questions about her role/position/the money if the Royal household was ever in a position to need to invite her back. After all the list of male heirs is pretty slim, and the the women in the family are marrying out of the family.

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Posted in: New Zealand’s largest city to remain locked down See in context

From Tuesday, Aucklanders will be able to buy takeaway restaurant food, and some workplaces can reopen.

From Wednesday. The Level 4 ends at 1159PM on Tuesday night.

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Posted in: Man injured after trying to stop 2 men breaking into his car See in context

Take the rego and run a rock through the window. The police will instantly pull over any vehicle with smashed glass and start asking questions . . . . . .

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Posted in: Japanese chain CoCoIchi making inroads in curry's toughest market See in context

factcheckerToday  07:31 am JST

Why would anyone eat that slop in the home of some of the worlds most delicious curries, with such a vast array of regional variants to boot.

Because it is the McD's of curry. Its cheap, filling and reasonably tasty. You know the restaurants will be clean and the food will always be the same where ever you go.

Besides, use of the term Curry about as descriptive as saying "I like American Food". There are so many variations, that Japanese Curry is its on genre.

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Posted in: 90-year-old ex-elite bureaucrat gets 5-year jail term over fatal Tokyo car crash See in context

was guilty of mistakenly pressing down on the gas pedal instead of the brake for around 10 seconds during the incident,

10 seconds is a HECK of a long time to be pressing down on the accelerator instead of the brake!

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Posted in: Long jumpers See in context

So the athlete who won this competition uses two blades, compared to 2nd and 3rd place who use just one.

Did she have an advantage?

With the range of abilities on show along with the variety of technology in use, ensuring that competition between athletes is 'fair' must be a nighmare for organisers/sports associations.

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Posted in: Moderna says COVID vaccines sent to Japan contained stainless steel particles See in context

This will not inspire confidence in anyone sceptical of vaccines.

I have never before heard of a major pharmacutical manufacture be alerted to the presence of foreign matter in their medicine . . . . . and just shrug and say to ignore it.

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Posted in: Princess Mako, boyfriend Komuro to marry by year-end See in context

It would be very rare for a female member of the Japanese imperial family to marry without the related ritual ceremonies.

The princess will likely decline a lump-sum payment to be offered upon her departure from the imperial family, and it is believed the couple will live in the United States once married, the source said.

Getting married as fast as they can and getting the heck out of there. Could you blame them after all they've been through.

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Posted in: Japan's Defense Ministry seeks ¥5.48 trillion budget amid China worries See in context

With so many Japanese youth employed in dead-end part time jobs you'd think that a career in the military would be an attractive prospect.

However, despite the JSDF investing heavily in shiny new toys, they certainly don't do the same when it comes to JSDF salaries, conditions and allowances.

A detailed comparison is in the article linked below. It should be an embarassment for the JSDF.

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Posted in: Fashion icon Naomi Watanabe has a reassuring anecdote for Japanese people in the U.S. See in context

I know she is famous in Japan and her brand of slapstick, self-depricating humour seems to go down well here. She left Japan to seek fame etc in the US.

But what has she actually done in the last 5 months? The article only mentioned the usual stuff you do to get used to living in another country,

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Posted in: Man arrested after urinating in drink bottle of woman coworker because 'he liked her' See in context

Nothing says "I love you" like a bottle full of urine.

Valentine's Day with this guy must be different

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 3,581 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 22,750 See in context

The Case Positive rate is a key metric to understanding how well a country has this under control. The WHO suggests having a rate under 5% indicates infection prevention measures are effective.

Japan currently sits at about 20%, with an apallingly low rate of testing for a developed country. No only that there is almost no contract tracing in Japan, a Covid app with a very low usage rate and no mandatory QR code and location registration.

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Posted in: Which is more popular in Japan: British English or American English? See in context

I remeber going to a school who had employed a Scot with a very heavy accent as an ALT.

You can just imagine the result when the kids started practicing their English.

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Posted in: Which is more popular in Japan: British English or American English? See in context

In simple terms, the version of English taught roughly correspponds with which country (The US or the UK) last invaded or had administrative control.

The sun never sets on the British Empire.

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Posted in: China passes tough new online privacy law See in context

China passed a sweeping privacy law aimed at preventing businesses from collecting sensitive personal data Friday, as the country faces an uptick in internet scams, leaks and concerns about tech giants abusing clients' personal information.

Clearly the CCCP doesn't like competition in this area.

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Posted in: New Zealand records 1st local coronavirus case in 6 months See in context

OK so here are the facts.

1) His wife was vaccinated, he wasn't. He had been booked to have his vaccine but hadn't received it yet.

2) He became symptomatic on Sunday, and immediately consulted with his local health clinic on Monday. Both took appropriate precautions and he isolated until the results came back. He did everything right.

3) He used NZ's tracing app, which has greatly assisted the authorities.

4) He and his wife traveled extensively between Auckland and the Coromandel Peninsula on holiday in the last weekend.

5) There are no known links with the border. He hasn't traveled overseas nor does he know anyone who has. Genomic testing is still underway to see if there is any link to NZ's quarantine facilities.

6) As there are no known links to the border, the assumption is this is the Delta strain, and there may well be other cases.

7) Sewerage testing on Aucklands North Shore only returned traces of Covid last Thurs, roughly when he would have started being infectious. This leads authorities to believe that other case numbers on the North Shore are low.

8) NZ has learned from New South Wales's blundering response to Delta and has chosen to go into an immediate lock down. 7 days for Auckland and 3 for the rest of the country, until further results are known.

9) A NZ Level 4 lock down means only essential services operate. No takeaways, playgrounds are closed, schools are closed, no daycare, etc etc. Only supermarkets and pertol stations are open. No gatherings. Excersise in your immediate area only. No visitors, and families stay in their bubbles. Only essential workers can go to work.

Much harder than Australia.

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Posted in: China says it is ready for friendly relations with Taliban See in context

China is just interested in advancing their Belt and Road plans.


1) They'll probably get to the point of investing in/building infrastructure in co-operation with the Taliban. Eg mining and transport.

2) The country implodes again across the different factions that exist within the Taliban itself and other regional influences.

3) China will send in the troops to safeguard it's investments. It will probably try this in conjunction with trying to prop up pro-Chinese factions within the country.

4) Rinse repeat of the same cycle Afghanistan has seen for decades, if not 150+ years

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Posted in: New island discovered south of Tokyo after submarine volcano erupts See in context

I'm sure China has already claimed it and is getting the dredges ready,

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Posted in: Japanese companies to be banned from locking cell phone SIM cards See in context

Me: "I want to start a SIM only contract. I already have an unlocked phone compatible with your frequencies"

International Telco: "Thank you for your money, here is your connected SIM. I'm sure you'll be able to work out what to do"

Me: "I want to start a SIM only contract. I already have an unlocked phone compatible with your frequencies"

Japanese Telco: (Sound of air being sucked through teeth) "Muzukashii desu ne. Is it one of our phones? Is is a Japanese domestic phone? It might not work. We can't support it if you cant get the settings right . . . . . . . ."

Japanese telcos are the experts in saying No . . . . without actually saying No.

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Posted in: Relatives remember JAL crash victims on 36th anniversary See in context

> snowymountainhellToday  07:08 am JST

The last paragraph gives some but not ALL details of the proximate causes, JAL cost-cutting, lack of foresight and overall negligence that eventually, precipitated conditions to cause the crash. (These were covered in their earlier stories yet NOT reported again here for reasons unknown:

*“Aug 13, 2020 — The technicians were ordered by JAL to repair planes as cost efficiently” -*

Hmm. Not entirtely accurate. The repairs were orderd by JAL but were carried out by Boeing technicians, who failed to follow Boeings official repair process. Boeing later admitted to the faulty repair.

However JAL inspections failed to pick up the faulty repair.

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Posted in: S Korean court dismisses wartime labor suit against M'bishi Materials See in context

Move on South Korea. Stop playing the victim for internal political gain.

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Posted in: Outdoor drinking party in athletes village being investigated See in context

5 years of preparation, you finish your competitions, you may be at the end of your career, its a sunny day outside and you are going home anyway . . . . .

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Posted in: Suga says no link between Olympics and virus surge See in context


On exactly the same day that Suga says

Suga says no link between Olympics and virus surge

JT, and I would imagine other outlets are reporting fans are still managing to assemble and sneak a peak at the Olympics.

The surge is directly linked.

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Posted in: Olympic Games organizers admit to wasting about 4,000 boxes of food See in context

He explained that due to the heavy workload for volunteers they did not have a chance to eat the food,

Hang on a sec.

The real issue here is that they have cut the numbers of 'volunteers' down so much because of the fears of Covid. This means that the remaining volunteers are so overworked that they don't have time to stop and eat!

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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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