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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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Posted in: Air New Zealand to remove more single-use plastic from flights See in context

126,206L of fuel on a 787-9 which AirNZ operate. Fuel density of around .815Kg/L which gives you around 100,000Kg give or take.

They are saving 300,000kg per year, which roughly equates to 3 full range flights.

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Posted in: Frost on windshield removed by washer liquid from 'Thermos bottle' See in context

Errr. Thermal shock? I'm guessing these guys have never seen the countless videos on YouTube of windscreens cracking from hot water being sprayed on them for this exact reason

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Posted in: Do you (or did you) worry about what your young children can view online? See in context

Use a kid friendly DNS service and this goes a long way to protecting your home network.

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Posted in: Hokkaido ski resort tackles growing tension between Japanese, foreign residents See in context

Hmmm. I've been hearing about this for a number of years now from my skiing friends who have long standing relationships with Japan (i.e. lived here year round and are not just here for the snow). They started going up to Niseko and Kutchan etc in the late 1990's and early 2000's when they were indeed well known 'local' (ie primarily Japanese market) resorts. They just refuse to go there now as they have changed, in a negative sense, from what they originally were. The food and services on offer have gone downhill and the prices have gone up.

I have to hand it to the enterprising Australians, as they do have a knack for setting themselves up in popular tourist destinations and taking over the food and accommodation businesses (Think Bali as well). Most obviously try and get along with the locals, but as they increasingly convert their businesses to cater to international visitors, there will be friction.

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Posted in: Japanese curry chain Coco Ichibanya to open a branch in India next year See in context

In Japan you can choose spice levels from 1 - 10. In India it'll have to be 1 - 50.

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Posted in: Japan population declines at fastest pace to 124.8 million: gov't See in context

A falling birthrate is part of a global trend among developed countries and is not specific to Japan. Most developed countries do not have birthrates sufficient to replaces losses due to death and emigration. Many rely heavily on immigration in to bridge the gap.

The difference with Japan is that there has never been a policy of encouraging immigration, and the normal factors which encourage a higher birthrate have been lacking. These include access to quality health care, subsidized child care and schooling, spare time to actually have a family, disposable income, availability of partners, and societal pressure/acceptance.

There is an interesting BBC article on the topic here:

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Posted in: Japan rejects S Korean calls for scrapping of tech export curbs See in context

It would be interesting to learn how much the South Korean people know about the 1965 Treaty with Japan which normalized relations between the two countries. Specifically that the:

****South Korean government which insisted that it would handle individual compensation to its citizens and then received the whole amount of grants on behalf of the victims

Most of the funds from grants were used for economic development, particularly on establishing social infrastructures, founding POSCO, building Gyeongbu Expressway and the Soyang Dam with the technology transfer from Japanese companies

In short, Japan negotiated and paid compensation in good faith to the South Korean government and even offered to directly compensate victims. The South Korean victims have been screwed over by their own corrupt government of the day.

This whole argument wont fade away until the Korean government own up to what they did.

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Posted in: Sleepable rental cars help travelers save money by skipping a hotel See in context

This ranks as a giant Nope if Japan wants to develop their tourism industry properly. Multiple countries are experiencing issues with so called "freedom campers" who use vehicles such as this to get around and sleep overnight. Hygiene is a major issue as generally if they are cutting costs by sleeping in a vehicle, they are generally too cheap to pay for toilet and shower facilities and will try to 'borrow' those from someone else

Japan already has a huge number of low cost accommodation providers, extensive transport networks etc. Go for the high value tourists who are willing to pay to enjoy their experiences.

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Posted in: S Korea's Moon calls for diplomatic solution to trade spat See in context

Sth Korea has harmed its own credibility with this latest round of antics. Why make agreements with them if the words "finally and irreversibly" mean nothing of the sort after less than 5 years.

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Posted in: Idol singer leaves show business, opens ramen restaurant in Tokyo See in context

Well done. This is a great story about someone with a bit of drive succeeding.

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Posted in: Campaigning for July 21 upper house election kicks off in Japan See in context

It always cracks me up that when Japanese politicians give an outdoor speech, they are given a bouquet of microphones duct taped together.

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Posted in: Depopulation in Japan leads company to renovate two apartments into one huge living space See in context

Great idea, but you have to wonder about the wisdom of renovating two apartments into one, in buildings which could potentially require substantial earthquake strengthening and ballooning maintenance costs.

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