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Posted in: Osaka police ask public for help on girl missing for 16 years See in context

As much as they're trying it might be useful to get a digital facial reconstruction specialist to perhaps give us a photo of roughly what she would look like now. She's the same age as me, I definitely don't look like I did when I was 9...

Assuming she is still alive, she will likely have a different identity and false memories imposed on her by the kidnapper. She isn't gonna be the same person remotely, likely suppressing those memories of that time of her life...

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Posted in: S Korea to carefully review Japan arbitration call on wartime labor See in context

They got little to lose at this point, but who will be this "third country"?

I assume a country that both are on good terms with who wasn't involved directly in the war between either side... so.. Turkey? Perhaps an African nation like Kenya or Uganda? Canada would also make a pretty good one I guess. The US is too involved politically in both of them to be used, Germany has a tendency to be apologetic and would likely take the SK side...

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Posted in: Japanese security guards at U.S. military base carried loaded guns on public road in Nagasaki See in context

What about the Alsok security guys? They are private security and they carry guns. 

Private security companies in Japan are not allowed to carry guns. Alsok and Secom security guards only carry batons and/or mace. No security personnel have guns. I guarantee that. (My wife is a Japanese cop).

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Posted in: Japan tests next-generation bullet train See in context

Tohoku Shinkansen corridor doesn't support 360 km/hr regular commercial service, the max possible for regular service is 320 km/hr.

The Alfa-X's max commercial service speed is determined by the track it runs on, not by the rolling stock itself.

Not even remotely correct. The only reason the current speed is limited to 320km/hr is because of the issues with entering tunnels that the current generation of rolling stock has. It's also has to do with laws regarding sound (from entering/exiting the tunnels) that is caused by the pressure waves and generally noise ordinances in cities. So yes, it is also determined by the rolling stock or else they wouldn't be testing these. The new design alleviates the pressure wave, making the rolling stock quieter and allowing them to travel at faster speeds without breaking laws regarding noise.

Work seems to be ongoing to upgrade the section between Morioka and Shin-Aomori to 320 km/h, primarily in the form of improved sound barriers. This should make operating at 360 km/h possible, if the improved noise dampening techniques being tested using the ALFA-X test train are successful.

From Wikipedia only because its in English. Original article is an article on Yahoo news.

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Posted in: Osaka red light district to be closed during G-20 summit See in context

And where is this district? Asking for a friend.

Its literally in the article...

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Posted in: Motorcyclist killed in expressway tunnel in suspected hit-and-run See in context

I'd hazard a guess and say that both bike riders were up to no good - probably street racing. Not only that, what are the odds that he was wearing a piss pot helmet tied around the back of his head...?

1 a.m on the Metropolitan inner circle route? I'd say the chances are extremely high that this is what happened.

Also, hitting a wall in a tunnel is a pretty hard thing to do... unless you're going at pretty high speeds without knowing the route (especially when the corners on that road randomly appear).

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Posted in: Man whose wife, 3-year-old daughter were killed by speeding car, puts focus on issue of elderly driving See in context

This is propaganda to force aging Japan to accept the idea of giving up your right to drive. Young drivers kill more people. The problem here is not age. It's humans. Take away everybody's license - or only those who have broken the law, but don't take away licenses simply because they are a certain age.

In what world do you live where it's a "right" to drive. Its not a right at all, its a privilege given to you by the state. Don't like their rules? Don't drive.

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Posted in: Carole Ghosn criss-crossing world in emotional media, political campaign for husband See in context

11. We’re Always Innocent Till Proven Guilty. Nobody should be blamed for doing something until it is proven. When people say we did a bad thing we have the right to show it is not true. 

12. The Right to Privacy. Nobody should try to harm our good name. Nobody has the right to come into our home, open our letters, or bother us or our family without a good reason. 

The prosecutors clearly violated 11 and 12 with Carole.

I guess it's true what they say. You can't argue with an idiot. They'll bring you down to their level and beat you with experience... Have fun believing in fantasy land. (Also, quote a government of australia article is completely irrelevant.)

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Posted in: Carole Ghosn criss-crossing world in emotional media, political campaign for husband See in context

Yeah maybe in China or any country which we don't have human rights.

Human rights are not a get out of jail free card. There is no human right that says you aren't allowed to be searched or suspected of a crime...

No they don't. And if they do, they are violating your human rights. No one has the right to search you without consent if you are not under arrest.

As I mentioned again, there isn't a human right that says anything about searching.


The Police Execution of Duties Act, allows the police to search and question anyone "who is suspected on reasonable grounds of having committed or being about to commit a crime or who is deemed to possess information on a crime which has already been committed or is about to be committed, judging reasonably on the basis of unusual behavior and/or other surrounding circumstances."

On top of that, the arrest was carried out on an arrest warrant, which gives the police even more power to avoid the destruction of evidence and is applicable to anyone in the vicinity of the arrest/related to the crime committed or expected of being committed.

I know EXACTLY what it is. It is YOU who doesn't seem to understand what HUMAN RIGHTS are. Disgraceful.

As evident above, that's clearly not the case.. To avoid sound unintelligent in the future, it'd be a good idea to do your research.

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Posted in: Carole Ghosn criss-crossing world in emotional media, political campaign for husband See in context

 searched her, and even accompanied her into the bathroom?? THAT'S sexual assault.

No its not. That's the job of the police. Anyone in that apartment would've been subject to the same thing regardless of gender. Going to the bathroom in the apartment that is currently being searched? Pretty high suspicions for flushing away evidence. The police were just doing their due diligence and they have every right to search you, even if you aren't under arrest. Again, someone who just throws around the term "sexual assault" without having the slightest clue what it actually is.

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Posted in: Man whose wife, 3-year-old daughter were killed by speeding car, puts focus on issue of elderly driving See in context

I mean the issue of elderly drivers is a pretty easy issue to solve. Once you turn 80, doesn't matter who, if you want to continue driving you must be driving a vehicle with an automatic crash avoidance system. Put in place an incentive system by the government based on certain parameters like access to actual public transportation, requirement for use of a vehicle etc to see how much money you'll get a rebate for.

Live in Tokyo? No rebate, there is a plethora of public transportation options. Don't want to use them? You can still drive, but you must have a vehicle with an ACAS and that's on you to procure.

Live in country side with no public transport options? Up to 75% rebate on a kei car (almost all of them have an automatic braking systems now, even the kei trucks).

If you don't want to comply on what vehicle you must drive, you don't drive. It's as simple as that.

Also the economic benefits here are great, national car companies would get a huge amount of car sales, the roads would be safer. It seems every week the already falling population of young people is made even less by an old person who isn't fit to drive.

We don't let people drive at the beginning of their life until they are 18 because their cognitive and motor skills aren't developed enough yet. Why are we allowing people to drive at the final 18 years of their lives? They are just as bad, if not worse.

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Posted in: U.S. to sanction 5 nations, including Japan, if they import Iranian oil See in context


Question. Where are the sanctions on the Saudis exactly? A journalist was brutally murdered. Where's justice for him? The hypocrisy and selective amnesia trumpo addicts and reactionary lefties have is mind numbingly disgusting. This action amounts to a declaration of war and all you can do is continue to mindlessly regurgitate already prepared talking points. Damn disgusting shame!!

Unfortunately that's the majority of people everywhere. So many people seem to lack basic critical thinking skills, Darwin would be rolling in his grave...

 For the US to expect the world to do as it says when it says to, that's an attempt to override the sovereign rights of all nations.

Great way to make America everyone's enemy.

This, exactly this. America has some sort of hero complex. They seriously can't just let people work things out themselves. If I seem to recall, all of this huffing and puffing is just based on what Trump thinks, absolutely no evidence. The nuclear deal, which saw Iran stopping its enrichment of uranium, and was praised across the world as the step towards deescalating tensions in the region was halted by Trump. The entire current situation over there was started by him in the first place..

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Posted in: Half of foreigners in Tokyo have experienced discrimination: survey See in context

Of course there is discrimination in Japan. Who would have thought that a country that had a homegeneous culture for 2000 years or so would ever do such a thing.

As some people have said, this article is a non-starter. They interviewed 340 people? Out of the over 500,000 that live in Tokyo...

On top of that, discrimination is such an objective thing. Getting up when a foreigner sits down next to you is far from discrimination. Perhaps they just don't like sitting next to you. I've done the same thing to people of the same race as me on public transit. You gotta be pretty thin skinned to get annoyed by that.

How do you know what the rest of us have experienced? Personally, I've deliberately not gone into detail, but I can assure you that friends being harassed for sex because they are foreign, is hardly a trifling matter.

Hardly a trifling matter, yes. Racial discrimination? Not even remotely. It's just some people being sexist pigs. This is exactly my point, people seem to misunderstand what discrimination is and use it as a catch all for almost all situations they deem to be unsettling.

As far as I'm concerned, being denied a rental apartment because you're a foreigner isn't that big of a deal. Plenty of fish in the sea, and its completely regardless of whether you can read and write Japanese fluently. The rental agencies just see a footnote on the rental contract pertaining to foreigners. It's not like the actual landlord is talking to you face to face, so the easiest way for them is to just say, "I don't want to go through the trouble of interviewing all foreigners to make sure we can communicate, so just reject them all." It's perfectly legitimate. My previous landlord owned 70 buildings around the country and lived in Saitama, I rented in Sendai. Do you think they would've had time to interview me personally to find out I speak fluent Japanese?

Don't like it? Find a different place. As for not having access to apartments without a guarantor... -facepalm-

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Posted in: Docomo to lower mobile phone fees by up to 40% from June See in context


I switched to Rakuten Mobile last year so I don't think this quote is accurate. It's already in the mix and has spurred competition.

The quote is correct, up until October, Rakuten is an MVNO (Mobile virtual network operator) which means they piggy back off of Docomo/Au (depending on what sim you get) to provide their service. It means and upgrades to infrastructure are offered by Docomo and Au and various other things that aren't important.

The point is, as of October, Rakuten will be a full blown MNO which means they can bid for wireless spectrum, create cell infrastructure for themselves and generally be more free with their pricing structures. (Not to mention not have to pay to Docomo or Au)

Out of the MVNO market, the biggest ones would be Rakuten, Mineo, maybe Biglobe. UQ is actually just a low-cost brand so they aren't actually an MVNO.

Coming from Canada (which has by far the highest cost for mobile services in the developed world for some reason) I find the prices in Japan to be relatively cheap XD But getting them even cheaper would be great.

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Posted in: Safety steps for foreign drivers introduced amid rise in accidents See in context


I'm wondering if their warning system will include any reference to the reckless Japanese ratbags who disregard red lights, stop signs, pedestrian crossings and speed limits. There may very well be an increase in foreign drivers involved accidents, but are they caused by the foreigners. This point is missing from the article.

Its in the article already.... "with those primarily caused by foreign visitors up from 25 in 2011 to 123 in 2017"


The address system is useless. Nobody, including Japanese people understands the chome/banchi system. If and when this information is displayed, it's in small letters and not visible from a moving car. Sure, cell phones have maps, but it's illegal to use a cell phone in a car - even to look at directions. The solution the rest of the planet uses is to give streets names and post the name of the street on the corner. Occasionally this is done. But it's not consistent. It would help to have a house numbering system too.

There is rarely any indication at a junction where the roads go. Large roads, like expressways have them, but there needs to be a sign above the road on smaller roads indicating which road goes where. There are sometimes arrow signs on the lanes, but these are invisible in crowded traffic.

And why, oh why, are there no roundabouts? There is ONE in Okinawa, in Itoman. It's very smooth, people have no problem using it and it keeps traffic moving. I've never seen an accident there. Accidents are almost exclusively at crossroads with traffic lights. Roundabouts are much safer. Studies have proved this time and time again.

What do you mean? I for one, find the Japanese system to be incredibly intuitive once you get used to it. Sure if you're going somewhere that you've never been before than it's not exactly useful, but its extremely easy to relate too when giving directions for a place you do know. For example, if someone asks you for directions to a cafe, and you say "Ichibancho 2chome" then they generally know the direction its area it's in. If you just say "Phillip street" then no one knows where the heck that is. I've been living in Japan for 5 years already and I've never once met a Japanese person who can't use the chome system, and never once found it difficult to use.

Again, there doesn't need to be signs except for large junctions, that's because navigation is based on landmarks in Japan. Its extremely intuitive to say "Look for the building with the giant man sign" instead of looking at the street names for all 100 side streets you cross every 3 minutes...

There are no roundabouts because of lack of space... And there are more roundabouts than ONE... The Tohoku region by itself has 47 or so. Most of them in Sendai and Aomori.

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Posted in: More wartime labor suits filed in S Korea against Japanese firms See in context

Absolutely ridiculous... typical South Korean attitude to the whole thing. Move on already jeez...

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Posted in: U.S. Osprey makes emergency landing at western Japan airport See in context

The article that I linked says that local officials expressed concerns about the safety of the SDF's Ospreys.

But that wouldn't be a concern if Ganbare Japan's assertion was true.

As I mentioned its as if the SDF operate the Osprey badly. That isn't what they are worried about. They are worried about the fact that it's an Osprey, regardless of who is flying it. This is completely logical because the V-22 has a ridiculously high accident rate.

Ganbare is asserting that the SDF take better care of their equipment, which is true.

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Posted in: Three 18-year-olds killed, one in coma after traffic accident in Shizuoka See in context

One thing not mentioned in the article, is that they were going more than 50km/h over the speed limit... On the country highway that they were on, that means they were likely going over 110km/h + on a non-divided rural highway..

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Posted in: U.S. Osprey makes emergency landing at western Japan airport See in context

Then why did the SDF do this? If the SDF were so much better at flying Ospreys, there would be no need.


Try to base your comments on facts, not on blind "Japan is the best" ideology.

This is because local opposition to the Osprey's, things that are extremely loud and annoying to anyone living around an airbase that operates them, forced them to put the order on hold. It has nothing to do with the fact that the SDF take care of their equipment better than the US forces here..

Also, this is completely expected. The Osprey is a failed concept from the beginning. It's actually not even remotely airworthy. Its extremely difficulty to fly properly, and prone to breakage and part failure. Its also no a stable air platform... Even the engineers that built it admit that it probably shouldn't be flying.

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Posted in: 'Made by war criminals' label proposed for some Japanese-made items in S Korean schools See in context

Jeez, South Korea really has a stick up its rear. This is taking the whole thing way off the scale. Korea really needs to get its act together, or risk being ostracized on the world stage.

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Posted in: Ministry of Justice's human rights bureau offers free consultations to foreign residents See in context

@ksteer - The practice is illegal in the United States

And? It still happens. Good luck trying to prove you've been rejected because you're a foreigner on a visa that is fairly temporary.

People don't seem to get it through their heads. You aren't entitled to live in that person's property. In Japan landlords have full discretion on who they want to rent to. It doesn't particularly matter what it's like in the US or anywhere else.

Within the constraints of the Japanese legal system, including tenant landlord laws, and pursuance of unpaid debt laws, everything these landlords do is completely legal. Complaining about it won't change anything.

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Posted in: Ministry of Justice's human rights bureau offers free consultations to foreign residents See in context

@ Strangerland

Unless you have numbers to show the assumptions you make to be true, denial of rental to foreigners based purely on ethnicity is exactly xenophobia. Not some approximation of it, it's exactly what it is.

For the most apart I generally agree with you Stranger, but this just isn't correct. It isn't denial of rental to foreigners based on their ethnicity. It's denial based on their legal status in this country. How would a landlord know the ethnicity of someone interested in renting in their building? Unless it was a personal contract and they went to meet them personally.

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Posted in: Ministry of Justice's human rights bureau offers free consultations to foreign residents See in context

@ Tokyo-Engr

I can tell you for a fact this is untrue. I have been rejected places simply because I am a foreigner. My salary is quite high and I am a Permanent Resident of Japan. The rejection had nothing to do with my income or economics.

Based on your expectations there are numerous foreigners in Japan that meet your requirements. I am sure we are not at your level however there are numerous of us.

You seem to be missing the point that @M3M3M3 is trying to make. For most rental agencies, the landlord isn't going to know that you're a Permanent Resident (as if that would even make a difference).. Renting is a business venture for them, as much as owning a company is, and for the most part is their sole source of income. It's completely reasonable for them to want to mitigate risk of missed payments or, heaven-forbid, skipping back home.

Japan doesn't provide legal recourse to pursue non-Japanese citizens if they decide to go back home. Being a permanent resident doesn't mean that the same protections for the landlord would apply to you. You're still a citizen of another country.

You're right to say the rejection had nothing to do with your income or economics. That's 100% true. But it isn't a racist or xenophobic act for the most part, its mitigation of risk. This happens everywhere in world in relation to renters, it isn't just a problem in Japan.

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Posted in: Life-long hatred of felines spurred on serial cat poisoner See in context

I wonder what cats ever did to him to make him dislike them so much. I'm sure he would be unable to explain his hatred in any coherent manner.

My previous apartment had quite a few stray cats near it. Waking up at 2:00 am in the morning 3 times a week because cats are fighting outside or having sex isn't exactly a pleasant thing. Stray cats are a menace. Thankfully someone did something to get rid of them.

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Posted in: British minister to request Honda rethink plant shutdown See in context

The phrase "rat deserting a sinking ship" spring to mind, thank heavens for Brexit, what would we have done if we had stayed IN the EU.

If that's the case then I'd rather be the rat who survives (Honda) rather than go down with the ship(Britain)!

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Posted in: More Muslim prayer rooms open in Japan, but relatively few takers See in context


Good post. I think the idea of the taxpayer being asked to pay for religious practice is unacceptable, and as far as I’m aware, unconstitutional in Japan ( I’ll be happy to be corrected on this ).

I’d be very interested in hearing the views of those who thumbed down your post putting forward a case for taxpayer-funded religious practice.

I'm not sure if its unconstitutional per se, but it definitely doesn't have any precedent. The Japanese government is, legally, separate from religion. Apart from the obvious stipends to the Shinto association (however that's on historical cultural grounds) and all maintenance and running costs are generally handled by the shrine itself etc. Same for Bhuddist temples.

I'd be interested in hearing the views myself, but I have a feeling they are likely mostly from those of the Muslim faith who likely think its the duty of the government to provide these services.

If private corporations want to put forward the money to build, maintain and man these facilities than all the power to them. However, asking the general Japanese public to foot the bill for something that 99% of the population will never use, is extremely egregious and rude.

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Posted in: More Muslim prayer rooms open in Japan, but relatively few takers See in context

As mentioned by various people on here. I'm completely for supporting people who want to express their faith, regardless of how that has to be. However, I draw the line when taxpayer money is being put forward for special needs of a select few people.

Private corporations putting in prayer rooms = no problem.

Government facilities putting in prayer rooms = problem. A while ago a local student group in Sendai requested the Miyagi prefectural government build prayer rooms for Muslim people and also cover the costs of operating it. Ultimately nothing happened because of it, but the audacity to ask for this peeved me off.

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Posted in: 106 foreigners disappeared in Japan last year after arriving on cruise ships See in context

The 106 people who disappeared were also checked at the point of entry, just like the other 410,000 people who arrived by ship. It is impossible to know who will overstay, but whether someone overstays or not has nothing to do with the probability of them "causing havoc", as you put it.

No, the people who have disappeared were recorded as having entered the country. Being recorded and being vetted are two entirely different things. When you apply for a visa to a country there is a process and due diligence on the part of the issuing nation to make sure the person is who they say they are etc. Thats why visa wait times are usually, at the minimum, multiple days or more.

I never said they would be "causing havoc" I was quoting you. And yes, while they might not create havoc, they are already breaking the law by living and likely working in the country illegally. I highly doubt they'll have qualms for doing other illegal things.

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Posted in: Honda to close UK car plant in 2022 with loss of 3,500 jobs See in context

EU can’t exist without UK*

Yes, it can.

The EU, as you said, will be perfectly fine without the UK.

UK can’t exist without EU*

Yes, it can.

Well... here is where I disagree with you, yeah the UK will exist without the EU, but not in anywhere near the same degree. The UK economy is going to contract around 9% according to some generous estimates. It could even be worse than that. The border implementation between Northern Ireland and Ireland could see a resurgence of violence likened to the Troubles of the 70's and 80's again...

But then again, the only way to convince an idiot is to show them what happens... so, good luck to Britain, you guys are gonna need it..

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Posted in: Liam Neeson denies racism after hunting black men to attack after friend was raped See in context

I think people area also forgetting that this was during the Troubles... Rational thinking went the way of wind and violence was pretty much a daily occurrence for people living in Northern Ireland. Basically being part of a war zone for the majority of ones life is going to lead to some violent thoughts some of the time. This isn't racism, its want to for revenge against a certain group of people because one of them committed a heinous crime and he had no way of knowing which one. The want for revenge and hate can paint all people, regardless of race, with the same brush. It just so happened that this case ended up painting black people with the same brush.

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