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Posted in: Japan Post unit admits to mismanaging 90,000 insurance policies See in context

It’s a Japanese firm close to the government by shareholder and more. Watch the ‘feather rapped on the knuckles’ so called punishment they’ll get.

Now, if they were a foreign company, different story...

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Posted in: Calls for boycott of Japan grow in S Korea as labor row simmers See in context

Good grief, 75 years ago. Be more progressive look forward not backward.

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Posted in: Whale meat fetches 'celebration prices' after Japanese hunt See in context

My 50%+ tax rate contributes?!

helps make my decision easier.

so long Japan...

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Posted in: Malaysia arrests 3 Japanese cosplayers in festival raid See in context

Wow. Major crime Malaysia, well done...(yes I’m being facetious).

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Posted in: New law takes effect, banning smoking in gov't buildings, schools See in context

Why so much effort and expense to support what is 19% of the population that still smokes, what a waste. Further, laws exist to control where to smoke and they are never enforced e.g. Shinagawa-my no walking and smoking is a joke, and cigarette butts - littering - is never challenged.

Worst for me though is I have young kids, so where I am my wife once ate out regularly we found only 1 local restaurant that is no smoking - Kushikatsu Tanaka - and 1 other where we can hire a private room away from smokers. I’ve plenty of money to spend on nights out but seems restaurateurs prefer the 19% minority smokers business.

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Posted in: 25-year-old mother arrested over death of 2-year-old daughter See in context

Disgusting. The poor child. Some people mustn’t be allowed to have children, they aren’t cut out for it.

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Posted in: Seven-Eleven Japan to sell 'onigiri' in bioplastic wrappers See in context

Commendable. Don’t stop there.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic tickets: Be prepared to be disappointed See in context

Mmm. Expected as much, Olympic ‘backhander’ Committee sends tix to the highest bidders I’m sure. Actually I got x 2 tix for a minor event, but so disappointing to:

a) use the travesty of a website that is trying to host this and failing

b) hear that so many residents won’t get a shout

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympics to ban fans from posting photos, video of events on their social media accounts See in context

Folks, I can assure you that this is entirely down to the Olympic Committee, nothing to do with Japanese or Tokyo Metropolitan governments. The Olympic Committee are fond of protecting their revenue streams (greedy actually) and as social media develops so their terms and conditions have. It is sad they feel they need to go this far.

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Posted in: Man arrested for pointing laser at U.S. military plane in Tokyo suburb See in context

The guy is a complete imbecile. Lock him up.

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Posted in: Chinese court hands Japanese man 5 1/2 years in prison over spying See in context

Ha ha, China, Champion in Hypocrisy

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Posted in: 91-year-old driver who hit pedestrians killing one, gets suspended sentence See in context

If he ran a red light, then shame on him, prison sentence it should be!

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Posted in: Car hits group of preschoolers in Shiga Pref; 2 dead See in context

Time for cameras at traffic lights that take a pic when cars run a red, and time for this to be a painful penalty, fine and points. Why police time is spent on ‘mouse traps’ for minor athletically minor infractions that will never cause death rather than tackling truly dangerous driving issues I don’t know...

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Posted in: Car hits group of preschoolers in Shiga Pref; 2 dead See in context

Not aware if it is a factor here but Japan seems heavily populated by traffic lights. I note that though the law says you should slow down on amber (orange) most drivers speed up. Many still go through red. This should end.

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Posted in: Ghosn granted release on ¥500 mil bail but can't contact wife See in context

Guilty or not this legal system is slapstick and farcical, except it’s not funny.

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Posted in: Ghosn to be indicted on new charge on Monday See in context

Surprise surprise. What a shockingly bad justice system Japan has. Lock you up until you go stir crazy and admit to anything. Poor. Prosecutors are inhumane.

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Posted in: China says Japan should do more to seek cooperation, not competition See in context

Mmm. Agree cooperation is a good thing, but, China, you beat on about a World War history that was 80 years ago at your convenience, ask for atonement, when the Communist Party has killed millions (fact) of its own people yet shown no atonement if it’s own.

Back to the point, collaboration is a good thing, assuming participants genuinely engaged for good of all and not just national politics.

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Posted in: Court extends Ghosn's detention until April 22 See in context

Why weren’t Olympus, Toshiba, TEPCO, Taisei, and so many other company executives treated similarly?! For TEPCO and Taisei they put lives at risk, but nothing.

This is disgraceful, a tactic to bully and get confession only. What if they find him innocent?

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Posted in: Ghosn, suffering from kidney failure, was arrested illegally: defense document See in context

It’d be disappointing and odd if Carlos, richer than rich that he is, ‘enriched’ himself for only $5M, surely not and part of the Saikawa plot?

As for the legal system tactics, disgusting, and the law supports it.

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Posted in: Ghosn, lawyer protest his rearrest; prosecutors confiscate Ghosn's wife's passport, mobile phone See in context

Carlos and Horie pissed off Japanese establishment, but Tepco chiefs who nearly killed us all who should be shot underwent no such treatment, not to mention Olympus and a whole host of others.

Sad to see these very low double standards. More is expected of this country.

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Posted in: University associate professor arrested for killing pigeons with insecticide See in context

So many intolerable people saying birds need killing. Sad. Misguided.

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Posted in: University associate professor arrested for killing pigeons with insecticide See in context

Facts are people who willing kill animals have mental issues. There was the kid who beheaded Jun Hase years ago who was known as the local kid who cut the heads off of cats. Why is it not acted on. Hope this guy gets a sentence and mental help.

Also, someone in my neighborhood cross bowed a cat to death. It will be his last action if I catch him.

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Posted in: 85-year-old man acquitted of 1985 murder in retrial See in context

Foolish comment:

“Do you think it's a problem unique to Japan? Perhaps you should inform yourself more and you will see that the reality is different.”

Japan is a developed nation, it can set examples, it doesn’t belong in the third world or dictator league of standards.

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Posted in: Japan proposes U.N. working group to tackle ocean microplastics pollution See in context

I’m not sure how credible Japan and Norway can be given their withdrawal from the International Whaling Commission. But otherwise wake up Japan. I go to a convenience store and buy one item and have a spoon, a fork, a wrapped hand towel and a plastic bag to carry it thrown at me (I turn these down). Everyone I buy is far too individually wrapped, wrapper within a wrapper, within a wrapper, it isn’t clean or quaint it’s abusive of the environment.

Fix this first Japan before you take your tarnished record of global leadership on the road.

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Posted in: Mayor apologizes for verbally abusing senior city official See in context

Why does Japan allow such bullies to get away with their appalling behavior?! In all my years managing people I’ve always met my objectives and never treated anyone in this way - not once. This guy gets off on it.

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Posted in: Record ¥333 million paid for bluefin tuna at new Tokyo market's first auction See in context

Time Japan showed less developing nations some leadership. Not leadership in paying ridiculous money for a species pushed to the brink of extinction - it being classed as endangered - but by showing proper management of the oceans and it’s riches, be it tuna, whales or other.

This is a sad story, a celebration in killing an endangered species.

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Posted in: The Carlos Ghosn case: What next? See in context

I knew roughly about how Japan (falsely) gets a 99% conviction rate, but this is baring it all for the world to see. This repeat extension and filing of new charges is poor, why were they unable (inept?) to file it all the first time, or is it just a means to maintain the 99%+ conviction rate. Either way it is extremely disappointing a country like Japan. They can do better than this system and it should be up for reform.

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