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Posted in: Hotel-shopping complex opens at Tokyo's Haneda airport See in context

The open-air bath is a bit pricey at ¥4,800 for adults who are not hotel guests. The cost is a bit more modest at ¥1,600 for hotel guests. Might be rather pleasant at sunset.

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Posted in: Nagasaki Prefecture ordered to pay damages to U.S. woman over harassment See in context

But [the court] did not hold the local government liable, deeming it fulfilled its obligation to take steps over the incident after the vice principal offered an apology and his and her seating arrangements at the school were changed.

In October, Martin told a press conference that the prefectural board of education had asked her to refrain from going to the police when she lodged her complaint.

An apology and new seat arrangements?! All foreign women should ponder this before taking a job in Japan. The punishment for sexual harassment against you so intense that it leads to suicidal thoughts is “new seat arrangements for him” followed by pressure from authorities to not lodge a complaint.

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Posted in: Kishida warns Japan on brink of social dysfunction amid falling birthrate See in context

No, it doesn't. I'd say in 99% of the cases, the child is better off with a Japanese mother than a foreign father.

I don’t think the girl in the below YouTube TED Talk would agree. But perhaps she’s the 1%.


As @rainyday stresses above, “in 99% of cases the child would be better off having contact with both parents rather than one being completely shut out.”

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Posted in: Some fear COVID downgrade may cause more infections See in context

Fingers crossed that the mask requirement at my gym — the national chain Tipness — is removed.

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Posted in: Experts urge gov't to take gradual approach to COVID downgrade See in context

I am 3 times vaccinated and will always wear a mask in Japan as that is still the norm right now. But after visiting the U.S. over the holidays, I found it refreshing to see everyone enjoying their lives without masks. 

Masks off there, masks on here. I find it fascinating at how simple peer pressure can cause intelligent adults to modify their behavior.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympics cost 20% more than organizers reported: audit See in context

A report issued late Wednesday found the Games cost 1.7 trillion yen, 

1.7 trillion yen, which is 2.3 times greater than the planned 734 billion yen submitted to the International Olympic Committee in 2013 at the time of Japan's bid. 

Separately, the board also calculated that the government spent 1.3 trillion yen on 329 projects that contributed to the games, such as immigration checks and improving the accuracy of weather forecasts.

The addition of this figure and 685 billion yen in games-related expenses publicized by the Tokyo metropolitan government would result in the total ballooning to over 3.6 trillion yen.

Or 3.6 trillion yen, which is 4.9 times greater.

Our Japanese government continues to demonstrate an inability to provide accurate estimates, or an exceptional ability to deceive its people.

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Posted in: Return to maskless world still only in realm of fantasy in Japan See in context

While using a partitioned cable machine at Tipness sports club last week, I was told by a staff member that I needed to put on my mask. The staff member explained that guests exercising on partitioned cardio machines were not required to wear masks, but the cable machine, although partitioned, was not a cardio machine. It’s the rule, but it’s also ridiculous.

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Posted in: Int'l cruise ship operations resume in Japan after almost 3 years See in context

Multi-day domestic cruises from Japanese ports to Japanese ports on large cruise ships such as Asuka II and Nippon Maru have continued to operate over the past two years — even during most of the domestic COVID waves. 

Expanding destinations to international locations, where recent COVID cases are arguably fewer, would seemingly not increase the likelihood of passengers and destination residents experiencing greater infection.

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Posted in: Japanese billionaire Maezawa picks K-pop star TOP, DJ Steve Aoki to join SpaceX moon trip See in context

What terribly weak choices, with the exception of the two photographers and the one documentary filmmaker.

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Posted in: Japan's ruling parties agree on tax hikes for more defense spending See in context

Fumio Kishida's envisaged five-year plan from fiscal 2023 to boost defense spending to 43 trillion yen, 

Ever wonder who benefits from these massive military expenditures and what belligerent behavior favors the beneficiaries?

Beneficiaries: Weapons manufacturers, politicians receiving benefits from weapons manufacturers, arms-proliferation advocates, Japan Constitutional revisionists

Belligerent behavior favoring the beneficiaries: Increased North Korea missile activity, increased air and sea exercises by China’s military

If we saw less belligerent behavior, the beneficiaries would suffer. So the big question is, “Are the beneficiaries desirous of the belligerent behavior?”

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Posted in: Japan lifts ban on automated drone flights over residential areas See in context

Do we really desire more noise pollution? Who wants irritating, low-flying drones buzz buzz buzzing through their neighborhood? Not me!

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Posted in: Japan beats Spain 2-1 to advance to last 16 at World Cup See in context

As others have suggested, Spain strangely appeared to be very content to lose that game and place second in the group.

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Posted in: Court dismisses woman's suit claiming husband killed himself over order to falsify gov't papers See in context

In denying Sagawa's personal liability, the court cited a law stipulating that the state is liable for damages if a civil servant inflicts damage due to illegal actions.

I’m just a layperson with no legal training, but it would appear to me that if a civil servant’s behavior extends beyond legal boundaries, the civil servant becomes personally liable for his or her actions.

For example, if a police officer intentionally shoots a member of the community, that officer’s behavior has extended beyond the legal boundaries and thus that officer should be deemed to be personally liable.

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Posted in: Top court scraps comic magazine editor's guilty verdict over wife's death See in context

This is the first time that a guilty ruling reached by a district court under the lay judge system has been thrown out by the top court after being upheld by an appeals court. 

This is rather concerning because the charges by the prosecution were so detailed, and the Supreme Court is now apparently telling us that the evidence may not support the charge.

Pak is a South Korean national, and according to reports, the prosecutors had asserted that Pak had “suddenly developed a murderous intent after his wife complained about his lack of support in doing household chores and raising their children and spoke ill of his mother.” They also maintained that he pushed his wife down some stairs after choking her in a bedroom.

If the prosecution’s assertions were factual, you would have assumed that this would have been an open and shut case. Wouldn’t forensics experts be able to distinguish between strangulation and suicide?

Most damning is the nullification of the high court’s ruling last year, in which, according to NHK, the high court judges concluded that “the state of the wife's body and evidence found at the site contradict the presumed situation of a suicide.”

Lots of questions here.

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Posted in: Ex-Japan PM Mori harsh on Zelenskyy over war in Ukraine See in context

Don’t mind, President Zelenskyy.

Former Prime Minister Mori is a disgraced sexist nationalist, who once described Japan as "a divine nation (kami no kuni) with the Emperor at its center.” And his pal Muneo Suzuki is a convicted criminal, whose bribery conviction was unanimously upheld by Japan’s Supreme Court.

Criticism from a jackass generally doesn’t carry much weight.

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Posted in: Foreign visitors in Japan surge after tourism reopening See in context

… and what looks like the 8th wave of Covid infection

Will we stay home? Will we avoid trains? Will we cancel gatherings with family and friends? No, no, no.

What a difference a few years, a few vaccinations, and a little education makes.

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Posted in: Japan to reopen to cruise ships after 2 1/2-year ban See in context

Multi-day domestic cruises from Japanese ports to Japanese ports on large cruise ships such as Asuka II and Nippon Maru have continued to operate over the past two years — even during most of the domestic COVID waves.

So we could question whether cruises arriving from international locations, where recent COVID cases are arguably fewer, would increase cases in Japan.

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Posted in: Yamaguchi governor ordered to pay ¥20 mil over luxury car purchase See in context

The 20.9 million yen is said to be the second-most expensive official vehicle in Japan after one owned by the Tokushima prefectural government.

”Occasional use by Japan’s Imperial family” was also the justification used by the Tokushima government in 2019. These vehicles are mostly used, however, to shuttle the government leaders to and from home (according to an article in the Tokushima Shimbun). Tokushima’s Toyota Century totaled 21.3 million yen.

Oddly, Tokushima’s plan to purchase a Lexus in 2007 for 12 million was cancelled after public criticism.

Comparatively, Tokushima’s vice-mayor was using a Toyoda Crown that had cost 4.8 million yen in 2015.

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Posted in: Japan, U.S. urging more students to study in each other's countries See in context

The U.S. Embassy in Tokyo said, "We want both Americans and Japanese to consider the value of an international education …

Japanese should wisely consider the cost, which has risen nearly 30% due to yen depreciation over the past 10 months.

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Posted in: Tokyo's Shibuya on high alert for return of Halloween crowds See in context

The district is on high alert for a possible return of vandalism and drunken behavior seen in previous years …

This is apparently in response to the Halloween 2018 arrest of four people for destruction of property. About 20 in total were arrested that evening for various infractions.

All the hype makes you wonder whether the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department is using this event for its own financial gain.

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Posted in: Japanese schools, companies working to demystify menstruation See in context

LunaLuna, a popular mobile app for women's health management, has a function that enables women to share their menstrual cycles with their partners.

When LunaLuna was launched in 2010, many women were reluctant to share such "personal information," according to MTI Ltd, the app's operator.

But recently, more women have welcomed it as a facilitator of communication. 

Many Japanese women might not be open to the idea, but I have found it very good for communication within my relationship for my partner to use a free app (we use Flo) to track my menstruation and predict my cycle.

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Posted in: Damages awarded to Japan's #MeToo symbol over defamatory tweet likes See in context


Sugita is a terrible person …

Perhaps we should all think carefully before liking the attack in this post.

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Posted in: Damages awarded to Japan's #MeToo symbol over defamatory tweet likes See in context

It is surprising to see that one can be ordered to pay damages for agreeing with another person who questions a claim (before that claim is confirmed to be true).

— 2015

A: “He hurt me.” (Claim)

B: “No, I didn’t.” (Claim)

— 2018

C: “I don’t believe A.” (Questions claim)

D: [Like] post by C (Support of questioning of claim)


Supreme Court: B hurt A (Claim confirmed)

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Posted in: Slain teen parents hope U.S. gun control fight will continue, 30 years on See in context

… looking back at the past 30 years in the United States, where gun violence has not stopped despite moves to tighten gun control.

Unfortunately, there hasn’t been hardly any progress over the past three decades. According to the Pew Research Center, U.S. gun murder rates in 2020 were about the same as they were in 1992. And active shooter incidents have surged. So sad.


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Posted in: Japan's loosening of COVID-19 entry restrictions may keep citizens wearing masks See in context

… mask-wearing has become a daily custom among citizens …

We see the term “custom” being used more frequently to explain Japan’s masking.

Pre-COVID, masks were mostly used as a temporary, short-term measure to address seasonal allergies or the common cold or influenza.

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Posted in: Japan's loosening of COVID-19 entry restrictions may keep citizens wearing masks See in context

… the state funeral for Queen Elizabeth II in London in September, in which Japanese Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako participated without face masks …

I hope this worldwide trend toward unmasking will help Japan residents overcome their domestic masking paranoia. In particular, if Japan residents, like the emperor, are not going to wear masks when traveling outside Japan, isn’t it rather hypocritical to expect visitors to don face masks inside Japan?

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