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Posted in: Japan enacts law to make coronavirus vaccines free to residents See in context

The issue of whether foreign residents are included comes up time and time again because Japanese politicians use the word "kokumin" which, as some people love to point out, excludes non-Japanese. Politicians often use "kokumin" just to mean "the people". If they used a different word, like "juumin", silly discussions about whether foreigners are included would not happen.

I am sure some politicians are perfectly aware of this but still use "kokumin" as a xenophobic dog whistle. They think it is good for foreigners to go cap in hand to ask for equal treatment, something which shouldn't even be an issue.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 500 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 2,417 See in context

It also seems like the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine is being evaluated on its ability to stop people developing symptoms. As Raw Beer points out however, this is not the same as stopping vaccinated people potentially infecting others.

https://www.bbc.com/news/health-55040635

If vaccination is not sufficient proof that someone is not infected and cannot infect others, I don't suppose it can be used as a criterion for allowing someone across a border, for example. All it means is that they are unlikely to develop serious symptoms.

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Posted in: Japan plans to cut aviation fuel tax by 80% at most: report See in context

Tax on aviation fuel would make a small change, as indicated by research into it. Not a very large one, they're very efficient to start with, but every change counts in the fight against climate change. Bigger changes, like everyone going vegetarian or not flying at all, may be more effective but are never going to happen.

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Posted in: '3Cs' Japan's top buzzword for 2020 See in context

There you go, an English acronym which even people on a Japan-centric English language site aren't completely certain about. The average Japanese person will know even less.

I know the guidelines myself, but not which specific C words are intended to represent them. Why select "3Cs" and not "san mitsu"?

Still, it's better than "one team" from 2019.

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Posted in: Japan plans to cut aviation fuel tax by 80% at most: report See in context

I'm pleasantly surprised they pay any tax on fuel to begin with. I don't think airlines in Europe do. The Japanese airlines will get cash back by the bucketload from the taxpayer, but even so, a tax on fuel should still have its intended benefit, encouraging them to use less of it.

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Posted in: Have you lost any income because of the coronavirus? See in context

My tourism sideline is likely to be down 95%. My main income has been pretty good.

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Posted in: Crown prince says he approves of daughter's marriage after money dispute resolved See in context

This is actually a step up for royal photography, since they normally appear in front of something that looks like peg board.

I'm amazed that scandal was allowed to happen and that someone couldn't just have grabbed whatever few million yen it was from the royal petty cash or somewhere to make it go away.

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Posted in: JETRO opens website to promote Japanese liquor shochu worldwide See in context

"In other words, shochu has a big potential in the global market," the official said.

Price it cheap enough and it could be the new Buckfast or Thunderbird wine. Somehow I don't think they are going to win over any single malt or VSOP drinkers with it.

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Posted in: Super strong Sour Cream and Onion Pringles instant noodles released in Japan See in context

Following on from Mickelicious, I suggest someone makes cola bottle gummi-flavored cola.

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Posted in: Japan eyes 35% quota for women political candidates by 2025 See in context

It'll be interesting to see whether women voters support these (still hypothetical) female candidates with their votes. The LDP is a ruling machine and it has managed to rule so far without putting up many female candidates to get the votes it needs. Half the electorate is female. It is the biggest special interest group going.

This is not gaikoku, so I won't take women supporting female achievers as a given. Some housewives see women who manage to juggle a family and a career as a threat.

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Posted in: Japanese firm, ex-employee reach rare settlement over LGBT outing See in context

This story has so few details that I did a search in Japanese and found this. The little information we have here does match up, and if it the same case, then it sounds like the boss was completely abusing the guy, hitting him and insulting him down the phone. The decision to pursue this as "outing" of a gay man and not some other form of harassment may simply have been a legal convenience one based on LGBT directives that exist in Toshima ku. This Japanese story describes actions that go way beyond outing.

https://www.outjapan.co.jp/lgbtcolumn_news/news/2020/6/12.html

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Posted in: UK appoints vaccines minister to oversee COVID inoculations See in context

The current UK government has so far passed off important (and lucrative) pandemic-related work for track and trace and things like PPE procurement to newly formed or very inexperienced companies run by politically connected individuals. Some degree of corruption is a given, but this has been a whole new level.

I hope vaccination will be different.

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Posted in: Japanese firm, ex-employee reach rare settlement over LGBT outing See in context

The man wasn’t outed for being “gay” because he’s not gay. He was outed for being a transsexual man.

That sounds more likely than the story but is also a form of outing in itself that I am now amplifying by mentioning it.

fwiw, I think the guy has a case because of the insensitivity of his boss. Any boss who laughs and says "ABC quit because of you!" in front of others at a booze up is a grade A tool regardless of LGBT matters.

As written, the story assumes the female coworker is a bigot, but it may not be as simple as that. Either way, she deserves a right of reply. Coworkers can not get along for tons of different reasons.

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Posted in: Company donations to LDP down for 1st time since 2012 See in context

The Japan Electrical Manufacturers' Association was the second top donor at 77 million yen, followed by Toyota Motor Corp. at 64.40 million yen.

Toyota makes about eight million cars a year, which divided up regardless of holidays is one every 24 seconds. For that scale of business, sixty four million yen won't be very much money. Especially for what they get off the LDP.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic organizers plan to host 18 test events See in context

a series of 18 test events set to begin in March and run into May.

“No, we will not have spectators from abroad,” Nakamura said.

If foreign spectators are not welcome in six months' time, does that mean foreign tourists aren't going to be either? Until recently, there were thirty odd million of them and far more businesses depend on their spending than depend on the Olympics. If the government has no intention of allowing foreign tourists before the Olympics, those businesses deserve to be told. The way things stand, it looks like we are getting a backdoor opening of the border for the Olympics and cheap Asian labor, but to hell with everyone else.

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Posted in: Aoi (蒼) and Himari (陽葵) most popular baby names of 2020: survey See in context

My JHS daughter has an Aoi in her class, but she's a girl. I also know a couple of boys called Hinata, given in the story as a popular girl's name. So it's all going a bit gender neutral. Judging from the names we gave our kids, me and the missus are a bit more old-fashioned.

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Posted in: 4 major cities seek shorter business hours to try and contain coronavirus See in context

Governors pointing at ministers, and ministers at mayors, mayors at “experts “ and “experts “at doctors.

My strongest impression is that neither local nor the national government wants to be seen to be responsible for any measures or lack of measures being taken. "We are going to respect the decisions of others" seems to be the strongest message.

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Posted in: Mos Burger’s new luxury burger contains 0.18% alcohol See in context

This headline is about a warning Mos Burger puts in tiny print, presumably because they think it is irrelevant to pretty much everyone. It won't get you done for drink driving, which would be a concern to many when told "this has booze in".

The single patty one sounds okay. I'm not a fan of double patty burgers.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 481 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 2,501 See in context

A few months ago, the WHO said that finding one positive in eleven tests was a sign of that sufficient people were being tested. I don't know if that has changed, but this is one in five.

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Posted in: Second chance: Faded K-pop star competes for comeback See in context

Corporate controlled music. Time for another punk revolution.

One of the punk bands, I think it was the Stranglers, put the chords on the jacket or inner sleeve of their record to encourage their fans to make their own music. It was later, but Captain Sensible of the Damned put the chords to Smash it Up on the inner sleeve of the Machine Gun Etiquette LP.

The chords and full tabs and Youtube tutorials of a very large chunk of pop and rock music are now sitting there for us to learn from on the Internet. If you want to be a performer, there is absolutely no need to get some manufactured pop factory to tell you how to do it their way. No need at all. The audience may not be as big, but you can do it yourself your way.

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Posted in: The government has been one step behind on everything, and people have been forced to run around in confusion. It’s such a waste of taxpayers’ money. See in context

Guy tries and fails to get a subsidized holiday. He then claims such subsidies are "waste of taxpayers' money".

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Posted in: Japanese sake master brewer on BBC's 2020 list of 100 women See in context

"I was surprised to be selected, but it made me realize that there are people abroad who are interested in Japanese sake," 

Not necessarily, I suspect the sake here is just an example or proxy for a field where sexism is rife or assumed to be rife. This comment is probably an attempt at modesty from the lady, shifting the credit to sake, but this award is about women fighting the odds, not about any particular aspect of Japanese culture.

Sake already sells overseas and several non-Japanese sake sommeliers (a Japanese qualification) have written books about it in foreign languages. It is already clear that there are people abroad who are interested in Japanese sake.

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Posted in: Suga trips up with messy reversal on Go To Travel campaign See in context

image as a down-to-earth leader pushing popular policies such as lower mobile phone rates.

Phone rates haven't come down though, have they? He's on very shaky ground if he wants to be praised for that.

The other problem with Go To Eat and Go To Travel is the few very small operators will benefit that much from them, and most of the people getting the tasty cheap trip will be comfortable, if not well-off. This is bound to cause resentment.

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Posted in: Nissan to sell redesigned Note compact car in Japan as it looks to restore profitability See in context

When looking at the fuel economy, I noticed that Nissan's e-power Serena minivan (2wd) gets 17km/l. That's great for a big seven seater van, but not exceptional, because the other hybrid vans like the Esquire and Step Wagon now get the same. This about double what a typical van did twenty years ago. Kudos to the engineers at the car companies for pulling this off.

I used to have an old 1990s Nissan Elgrand and that got about 6km/l. It cost me 20,000 yen a month just in fuel. I replaced it with a hybrid van that worked out essentially free because of the saving in fuel.

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Posted in: Japan's ramen shops struggle to stay open as COVID hammers small firms See in context

Among ramen shops, the first to fold this year were those whose businesses were already on knife-edge before COVID-19, often run by elderly owners, said Takeshi Yamamoto, an independent ramen critic who tracks shop closures.

I don't want to be judgmental but as the above says, some places were already struggling to begin with.

Compared to udon and soba, ramen is subject to trends regarding flavours, styles, and presentation. I'm in my fifties myself, and I can imagine it being hard for older owners to keep up.

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Posted in: Japanese rental house comes with a full-size bus See in context

A stationary bus on a tropical island, how hot is that going get inside? 45C?

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Posted in: Nissan to sell redesigned Note compact car in Japan as it looks to restore profitability See in context

This is a series hybrid like the Chevy Bolt. The engine is not connected to the wheels and merely generates electricity for the motors. So its an electric car with an engine as a generator in place of a big battery. Since its an electric car, it'll have lots of low end torque and feel peppy.

The Japanese site e-nenpi says it gets 21km/l real world, which is very good for a 4wd car. The Toyota hybrids beat it, but still very good. Since there is an engine generating free heat, it may be more efficient in winter than an actual electric car like the Leaf which needs to use battery power for heat.

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Posted in: Japan business lobby sets goal of 30% female executives by 2030 See in context

More chances for women would be great but this is nonsensical PR.

Goals with no plans for achievement and no accountability are worse than useless. They are worse because they are ultimately just lies and create a prevailing culture of lying.

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Posted in: Gov't aims to abolish income cap on subsidies for fertility treatment See in context

Abolishing the limit makes sense.

It sounds like there is little regulation of infertility clinics, many of which operate as for profit operations, some with snake oil-type promises of high success rates. It's fine for the taxpayer to pay for things, but there should be checks in place to ensure value for money.

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Posted in: Hope growing that married couples will be allowed to use different surnames See in context

This is a long-needed change. In some cases, the old rule will have acted as an obstacle against marriage. There will be cases where both husband and wife's families want their name to be kept.

My wife kept her name but changed it to mine through the family court when we had children.

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