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Posted in: Pet ownership in Japan on the rise amid pandemic See in context

before the pandemic the shelters were filled with abandoned pets,

We have just adopted an older dog from a city operated dog shelter, and that city dog pound was full of abandoned dogs for the flip-side reasons stated in this article. A lot of people have lost their jobs, and in some cases their accommodation too due to Covid, and were forced to get rid of their dog. Unfortunately, a lot of these dogs are older, and so the city dog pounds are more full of these older abandoned dogs now due to Covid, compared to normal years. The one we adopted three weeks ago was a classic example, an abandoned beagle which the vet thinks is 8 years old, and was in a terrible temporary state of health due to bad nutrition from whoever abandoned it.

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Posted in: Universal basic income proposal by Suga adviser may be hard sell in Japan See in context

70,000 yen be paid every month to each citizen under the basic income program, 

The translation of 住民 into 'citizens' causes confusion. For example, the original 100,000 yen of Abe money paid out last year to each resident, was labelled as for '住民 in the Japanese plans, but was translated in the English language newspapers as 'citizens', and caused the mistaken belief that foreign residents were excluded, (which was the never plan, it was just the way it was reported in English). The Japanese articles I've read for this UBI idea also say 住民 instead of 国民. In reality, as many foreigners have paid into the pension scheme for more than the minimum number of required years, and have an individual pension number with a record of payments, and projected amounts expected back in pension payments, then it would be difficult for the government to scrap the pension system, etc, and not include foreign residents that have already paid into the system. Especially as several foreign residents I know that have been here 20+ years are already recently retired and receiving the pension.

However, I fully expect there will be some technicalities, such as the Vietnamese 'interns', being excluded from any UBI system.

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Posted in: 273 teachers in Japan punished in fiscal 2019 for sexual misconduct See in context

"The number of teaching staff who requested leave for mental illnesses stood at a record high of 5,478."

isn't this even more alarming?

and no one cares.

Although it is alarming, it is not more alarming than sexual molestation of students by teachers; instead it is its own separate serious topic that deserves an article by itself as the two are unrelated figures. Unfortunately, this situation is often overlooked, and some politicians actually encourage it, by speaking to their base about what they term as spoiled entitled teachers and their all too powerful unions.

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Posted in: New Zealand votes to legalize euthanasia but not marijuana See in context

@Cleo

The NZ law change only allows euthanasia for patients who have confirmed terminal illness with less than six months to live. That is partly put that way, to stop the possibility of some of those issues you pointed out.

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Posted in: Fake residence cards proliferating as more foreigners overstay visas See in context

¥5000 is cheaper than I paid for my legitimate gaijin card. They must be very thrifty.

Good point. The cost for the revenue stamps to the immigration office for my permanent residence visa was 6,000 yen + a few thousand yen to the local city office for confirmation of residence certificate, tax and pension payments certificates, etc. Even then, I till have to pay to replace the card every seven years to update my photo. I expected the black market version to be going for a lot more.

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Posted in: Japan’s healthcare system summed up in photo of hospital bill for father’s heart surgery See in context

I paid 325,000 yen out of a total bill of 5 million yen. That was for a 2 months hospital stay at a university research hospital, 12 hours of brain surgery, multiple MRIs, various catheter surgeries inside the brain, etc. No real complaints.

Not sure how the upper cap limit for my co-payment was decided, but they needed my income details first, so it probably had something to do with income level.

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Posted in: Man found dead in car on rail crossing suspected of killing woman See in context

How did he get a gun?

As usual, we'll have to wait for more details. But from the description of the area, it seems a bit inaka, so it isn't that uncommon for a person to have a shotgun license, or other type of gun license in inaka.

I'm more confused by the ages; 41 and 61. I wonder what the relationship between them was?

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Posted in: Life prison term to be finalized for Peruvian man for killing 6 See in context

@Yubaru

Agreed. Prisons should not be used as substitutes for forensic psychiatric hospitals. A lifetime inside a forensic unit, keeps society safe, while potentially yielding answers. In regular prisons there re usually 4+ people per cell for all kinds of reasons, (dope, theft, etc), and Japanese prisons are no picnic. But the ideal for prisons is reform, and mixing clinically insane prisoners in the same cell as three other guys who will be out over the next few years, does nothing to normalize them back into society.

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Posted in: Police extend reward period for info on 1996 murder of student See in context

@speed

the statute of limitation has apparently been abolished for murder. Makes sense, as although circumstantial evidence and witness memories, etc, can become weaker over time, DNA evidence can still find a match beyond reasonable doubt decades later. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem as though they have DNA evidence in this case. Although it would be worth getting labs to go over all physical evidence again, as new techniques can find DNA evidence on samples, where older techniques could not. Even if the match they find is to a person who has already died, it may bring some closure at least to the family.

https://www.loc.gov/law/foreign-news/article/japan-statute-of-limitations-for-murder-abolished/

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Posted in: New Zealand's ruling party plans higher tax for top earners if re-elected See in context

As a Kiwi, I’m surprised by the number of stories in this online Japan newspaper about New Zealand. It seems every major movement by Jacinda’s govt gets a brief headline in the latest news section of JAPAN today.

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Posted in: Woman arrested for attempted murder after shooting crossbow arrow at man See in context

It's always seemed odd to me that I had to go through a barrage of paperwork, interviews, and an exam, just to be able to own an air rifle so I could join a club. But if I wanted a crossbow, which has a lot more power, all I have to do is order it from Amazon or Rakuten. In a country where everything else is regulated, from the length of a pen knife that you can carry, to the power of an airsoft pistol, it seems odd that crossbows are apparently unregulated. I assumed it had something to do with them being relegated as bow weapons and so they were categorized along with the type of bows used by high school Kyudo clubs; hence the lack of regulation.

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Posted in: Honda goes small with first all-electric car See in context

Plenty enough for a car this size. Why the unambitious sales figures?

Because the price is 4.5 million yen. Compare that to a new Honda Fit at around 1.8 million yen (depending on 4W version, hybrid version, etc), and the choice for my pocket is easy. As James noted above, this article is short on details (such as what the car actually looks like on the outside, price in Japan, etc). But as I am in the market for a new car, and want a Honda, after reading this article I checked the reporting on other sites.

The 280 kilometre range is a best case situation, reports suggest around 140 km city driving.

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Posted in: Massive blast rips through Beirut, killing 78 and injuring thousands See in context

Ammonium nitrate needs an oxidizer added before it will explode.

Not an oxidizer, a fule. Ammonium nitrate is the oxidizer in explosives. The fuel added to it is oxidized by the ammonium nitrate. usually fuel oil (to make ANFO), or nitromethane. However, in an unmixed state, if stored for years, the ammonium nitrate can decompose and become explosive by itself - this has already happened several times in history with catastrophic results. As pointed out above, that happened in Texas at the West Fertilizer Company Explosion in 2013, and the Tianjin disaster in 2015.

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Posted in: Japan to allow 1st-time patients to receive medical services online See in context

What about follow ups?

I’m on monthly medical receptionist prescription renewals for a chronic condition. If you don’t need the exam, then maybe your clinic can do the same for you. I’m exempt from needing to see my specialist or get an exam, I just need to see the front desk medical receptionist at the neurology clinic to get a new prescription printed out. The prescription is for pain relieving opioids and other things that can only be given out in a maximum of one month supply. It’ll be interesting to see if they can switch that online too.

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Posted in: Man given 5-year term for shooting ex-agriculture minister over money trouble See in context

A revolver!??? I thought Japan has NON!?

That was the thing that surprised me the most when I saw the original story a couple of months back. He borrowed a revolver from a friend - so many questions! In a country where civilian ownership of handguns is limited to basically only Olympic level shooters, and even then they have to be stored at a police station, what kind of friend happens to have a revolver? And, as it was almost certainly an illegally owned revolver, why would you casually loan it to a friend? Then there's the whole issue of of the 10 million yen.

So many questions.

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Posted in: Gov't to establish drone licenses for flights out of operator's sight See in context

When I taught an after school robotics club ten years ago, we already had powered glider drones that went out as far as 7 kms. We set one up as a training experiment, and mostly flew it over the sea in case of a crash, etc. at that time, I needed a license in Japan, to build and demonstrate model rockets over a certain size for the club, which I had; it was only a one day training event and small exam. A similar situation isn’t unreasonable for drones.

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Posted in: Virus advances around the world as medical supplies dwindle See in context

Does Japan’s SDF operate hospital ships like the US ship pictured in this article? When paired with the current Izumo class helicopter carriers, hospital ships seem a great way to get emergency medical help to areas that need it, in a long thin, island nation that is prone to natural disasters.

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Posted in: Cluster suspected at Oita medical center after 2 more virus cases confirmed See in context

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany has risen by 1,948 to 18,610, and the number of deaths has increased by nine to 55, the country’s public health institute has said 

Numbers for Germany now at 22,364 cases and 84 deaths. Although Germany’s numbers are impressive in terms of low fatality rate, their numbers are literally climbing by the hour, and they’ve have had over 50 deaths in the last three days.

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Posted in: Governors ask people to avoid Osaka-Hyogo trips during long weekend See in context

@Zichi

Postponement isn't possible post op.

I worry about the future ability of hospitals to cope with those who need regular appointments, such as yourself and all those with serious chronic conditions, if the number of cases ramp up significantly and hospitals start to get overwhelmed. I get regular Brain MRIs as post follow up for brain surgery and radiation treatment for a brain tumor. But those regular MRIs can be skipped for a while if needed.

It’s all the more critical post follow chronic conditions that will suffer, as well as the immunocompromised, who will suffer as a result of overloaded hospitals, as is happening now in some European countries.

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Posted in: Japan testing for coronavirus at fraction of capacity See in context

Antibiotics don’t treat viral infections-demand a test.

They gave you antiBIOTICS for a VIRUS? Why?

Yes, in Japan. Yes, I know antibiotics don’t treat viral infections. We had already tried the Covid healthline advice center, but they refused testing directly as I haven’t been overseas recently. They recommended a doctor’s clinic to visit instead. But, that doctor’s clinic had to rule out bacterial and allergy causes before the testing clinic would accept his referral without any issues. So, first, I have to do a combined five day antibiotic + allergy medicine course + codeine syrup for the cough. After that, if symptoms persist, he said the testing center would accept his referral without issue.

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Posted in: Japan testing for coronavirus at fraction of capacity See in context

I have had a persistent dry cough and fever for two and a half weeks, but still don’t meet criteria for testing. Yesterday, the doctor’s clinic confirmed I had bronchitis with a suspected viral cause. After that, the test center said after a five day course of antibiotics, if symptoms remain, then I’ll finally be allowed a test.

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Posted in: 3 company execs accused of exporting bio-agent producing device to S Korea See in context

Spray dryers are the most widely used industry device to manufacture powdered goods from liquids. For example, instant coffee, milk powder, starch, etc, etc. In NZ they are ubiquitous throughout the country as it’s the only way to turn milk into good quality milk powder which is our main export.

I had no idea they would be a restricted item to China, but I can understand them being a restricted item to North Korea, as almost anything is a restricted item to North Korea.

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Posted in: Nara deer leave park; head to station for food as tourist numbers tumble See in context

As the park’s deer population is deliberately kept in ecological overshoot by the senbei feeding, which in turn was designed that way as it largely feeds the Nara tourism industry, it should the city’s responsibility to keep an adequate supply of supplementary food in lean tourism times.

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Posted in: New Zealand says everyone entering country must self-isolate to contain coronavirus See in context

With only six confirmed cases, and being an isolated island country, these border restrictions will be a good case study to check how many undetected cases in the country come to light over the next few weeks.

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Posted in: Woman arrested for dumping newborn baby’s corpse in drugstore toilet See in context

I’m surprised there was even such a place open considering Japanese people are even stealing toilet paper now

The crime occurred in November; these things take time to work through the court system.

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Posted in: Woman arrested for dumping newborn baby’s corpse in drugstore toilet See in context

Why wasn't the boyfriend also arrested? Or, was he arrested later, and that bit left out of the article?

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Posted in: Gov't to ask companies to promote telework as virus spreads See in context

Why are you including the cruise ship numbers in the Japan interior numbers when the ship was quarantined which means separated.

I find this dashboard useful for up to date, non-ship, Japan infection details.

https://jagjapan.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/55c22ee976bc42338cb454765a6edf6b

Currently 111; you can check by prefecture, age, etc. of curse, it only lists confirmed cases, and as there’s quite a procedure from being symptomatic through to being tested, the total circulating numbers can only be surmised based on confirmed cases. Especially, as 80% of cases appear to be mild, so wouldn’t meet the govt’s criteria for being tested, if you have no other risk factors (been in China, etc).

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Posted in: Gov't says 2 elderly people from cruise ship have died; another 2 officials infected with coronavirus See in context

Two of the infected passengers from the Diamond Princess have just died.

https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20200220_27/

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Posted in: Passengers begin leaving after ship's virus quarantine ends See in context

Up to half the of the passengers are Japanese, and of those released after negative tests, they will go back to their homes. As they've been away from their homes for so long already, the very first place they'll be going after that is to the supermarket to renew their grocery supplies. Maybe a kombini or two for other things first, some may need to go back to work straight away, potentially crowded subway train rides involved for some of the above... Yup, this might become interesting.

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Posted in: These things are likely to boom in the Japanese market in 2020 See in context

Considering the laws around both electric kickboards, and full electric bikes (not the pedal assist only electric bikes), then neither will become popular until things are changed. As it is, not only do you need a license (which excludes app rental services like in Europe becoming available), but the bike or kickboard also needs a number late, the rider must have a helmet, and they must be operated on the road at all times. All these things make them less practical than either. 50 cc scooter (which has more power and greater range for the same license and riding requirements), or pedal electric bikes, which can be ridden on footpaths and rented with apps.

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