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Posted in: Ex-TEPCO execs ordered to pay ¥13 tril in damages over Fukushima crisis See in context

Keep in mind that the 13 Tril is the total amount they are seeking based on the damages they are suing for. In other words they will be seeking compensation in X amount for damages to "A". Basically a bunch of invoices that the courts will need to review and award what they feel is the appropriate amount, and it's the later that will be interesting to keep an eye on.

Basically this pay-out will be tied up in courts for a very long time.

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Posted in: Japanese government calling on citizens to drink more milk…again See in context

“Sorry, I’ve developed lactose intolerance.”

LOL! Great online comments. :-)

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Posted in: 44-year-old man arrested after paying minor for sex See in context

Sorry - I got the price wrong. It was 25,000 yen and not 250,000 yen.

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Posted in: 44-year-old man arrested after paying minor for sex See in context

There is so much missing in this news article - namely fact checking. The article does not mention if she was forced, but it does seem to suggest that it was done willingly - but I don't want to assume because she could have "agreed" out of fear for her safety.

It's also not clear how the price of 250,000 yen was derived - in other words did she agree and this price was agreed by both? And there's mention what the Twitter chats revealed.

Please don't get me wrong. I don't support this guy and what he did but I really hate when articles like this lack any effort to do any sort of fact finding. If the facts were not readily available at the time they were reporting this then mention something to that effect (i.e., "at the time of this writing, the Twitter chat and the verifying of his claims have not been confirmed").

To me that's just lazy reporting and I generally stop reading the article when there is so much missing information. But the only reason I am responding is because of this comment:

AscissorMar. 7  08:57 am JST

I was accosted outside Tenoji station and quotet 15,000 yen.

And they say romance is dead

LOL! Sorry, that response made me laugh for some reason. :-)

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Posted in: Uniqlo defends decision to stay open in Russia See in context

Tadashi Yanai, president of Uniqlo operator Fast Retailing, said the conflict should not deprive people in Russia of clothing, a basic human need.

I agree with this statement. However, as someone has already mentioned in an earlier comment, Uniqlo is not the only supplier of clothing for Russia nor are they even close to being the main supplier. What did Russia do before Uniqlo branched out into Russia?!?

For argument sake, lets say that Uniqlo was a major supplier of clothing (i.e., worker or labor clothing), by boycotting your services you are applying pressure to the Russian Government (Putin) for their actions and as a result they (the people of Russia) are suffering.

But since Uniqlo is not that critical of a resource to Russia (aside from perhaps additional revenue for sales?) a boycott will have little to no impact except to send a message to Putin that Uniqlo is standing alongside the other Countries that are opposed to this conflict.

I've always tried to look for a positive in everything and I really can't find one in Tadashi's statement other than fear of losing business if he were to boycott - in other words if he did boycott Russia then there is the risk that he may be ordered to remove ALL Uniqlo stores from Russia. I'm sure that would hit his bottom line but by not boycotting they run the risk of consumers boycotting Uniqlo which would be worse if you ask me.

I hope that he rethinks his decision but it's his company which is a shame because I really do like Uniqlo products and I may end up not shopping at Uniqlo as a result. I know I'm just one customer but that's how I feel.

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Posted in: Mother gets 8 years in prison for leaving 3-year-old daughter alone at home for week to die See in context

The court heard that she left tea and sweets for her daughter Noa at their apartment in Ota Ward while she went to Kagoshima for one week to spend time with her then boyfriend. She said she thought Noa would be alright.

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Prosecutors said that before leaving for Kagoshima, Kakehashi barricaded Noa inside the living room with a sofa blocking off entrance to the kitchen. Kakehashi said she did this to prevent Noa from harming herself with knives or other kitchen items.

Makes perfect sense. She clearly thought this through and planned for every possible scenario.

Prosecutors also said that Kakehashi would often leave Noa at home alone while she went to bars and pachinko parlors and bars with friends.

It's not like this was the first time, what could go wrong?

((R.I.P. Noa... ))

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Posted in: Elementary school principal arrested for filming up woman’s skirt See in context

> snowymountainhellFeb. 2  05:46 pm JST

> No arrest reported for that occasion ?!?

He was arrested- it was how the article started. Just no charges have been filed at the time the news article was published.

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Posted in: Human torso found in suitcase dumped at disused Nikko golf course See in context

nonu6976Jan. 20  05:15 pm JST

...a nearby resident called police at around 10:50 a.m. and said there was a suitcase on the ground beneath a bridge near the 14th hole

so the guy saw a suitcase under a bridge and decided it was worthy of calling the police?

Keep in mind that a lot of the news articles on this site are condensed so most likely there was probably more to it such as it probably emitted a foul odor or they could have possibly opened it first.

Otherwise it probably would have gone unreported.

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Posted in: Man arrested for attempted bank robbery in Sapporo See in context

expatJan. 6  07:30 pm JST

What's "a self-professed construction industry worker"

It basically means "acknowledged" in this context. In other words when he was questioned he confirmed that he worked in construction.

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Posted in: Man arrested for attempted bank robbery in Sapporo See in context

shogun36Jan. 5  09:27 pm JST

I have a knife.

To hit a bank? Come on now.

If not mistaken, it's illegal and almost impossible to get a gun in Japan. The article didn't confirm if he had a knife but I get where you are coming from - not much of a threat. Had he said he had a bomb or something that could cause instant injury/damage then he may have been able to get away with it. IDK... :-/

Sad, but glad to read that no one was injured.

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Posted in: If you do not live in Japan, which part of Japan would you like to visit first after the international border reopens without restrictions? See in context

I would love to be able to visit my family and friends in the Fukuoka Prefecture again...

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Posted in: Farewell to a happy couple See in context

Best of luck and hope you have a happy life!

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Posted in: U.S. college student learns the hard way to get your Japanese kanji tattoo checked by an expert See in context

If there's no room to add the other two Kanji, you could always have an line or "X" tattooed over it, or something along that effect. I'm sure a creative tattoo artist could come up with something.

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Posted in: New project turns kimonos from 1950s and ’60s into high-fashion dresses See in context

BTW, KEIN also donates 10% of their sales to the preservation of the kimono culture...

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Posted in: New project turns kimonos from 1950s and ’60s into high-fashion dresses See in context

I went to the KIEN website where they describe the "uprecycle Kimono project" and they state that they state "We mainly select formal black KIMONO called “TOMESODE” produced in 1970-1990 in good condition with beautiful patterns. We believe, “TOMESODE” looks the most beautiful when remodeled into a dress." so not really from the 1950's as the article states.

I sort of have mixed feelings about this. On one hand I appreciate what KEIN is doing, they are in a sense making another type of kimono and I really appreciate that they don't classify it as a kimono but instead a dress that was made from fabrics and patterns used to make kimono's.

The part where I am conflicted with, sad really, was reading on the KEIN website where they also deconstruct kimono's to produce these dresses; I get it -- what good is a kimono that is never worn or seen? It's just a bit sad but at least they are not being disposed of completely and they are being repurposed and given new life.

Of course the article does not mention the cost of these kimono dresses. They're still very pricey, however, I can see these (especially the black versions) being worn (rented?) more often as a formal dress in and outside of Japan.

Given cost and personal philosophies aside, I really do love the look of their designs and I agree with KEIN in using the Tomesode. It has an elegance to it which is what a traditional kimono conveys amongst other things.

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Posted in: Man arrested for sexually molesting junior high school girl in library See in context

“I get turned on whenever I set foot in a library. I couldn’t control my sexual urge.”

Really?!? That's something a character in a manga or anime would say :-P

Is that his actual recorded statement? Or is that just loosely translated to what was recorded?

I guess it really doesn't matter unless he hopes to use it as a defense (i.e., mentally sick) later. I guess on the positive side he did confess to the crime? IDK ... still a sick bastard...

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Posted in: Man arrested for stalking airline cabin attendant See in context

RecklessOct. 21  05:37 pm JST

Wonder how he got her address?

Most likely he followed her. Remember, many locals do not drive cars or take taxi's but instead take the subway and or bus so it wouldn't be that hard to follow her.

Glad to hear that nothing horrible happened to her.

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Posted in: Boxes of unused COVID-19 medical goods dumped at Tokyo Olympics See in context

TOKYO

Hundreds of boxes full of unused coronavirus-related medical goods for the Tokyo Olympics, including gloves, gowns and masks, worth a total of 5 million yen, were found to the have been thrown away, the Games' organizing committee said Tuesday.

The committee apologized for the mismanagement as the items, supplied to the medical offices of nine venues, could have been transferred to facilities battling an alarming rise in COVID-19 infections in Tokyo and other parts of Japan.

Wow! So-so-many possible OSHA violations! Not to mention the possibility of reuse! #unbelievable

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Posted in: Since the outbreak of the coronavirus, there has been talk of a basic universal income. Do you support the concept? See in context

I have very mixed feelings about UBI. On paper I support it - mostly. But realistically I feel it will be exploited and not be used as it was intended. I don't know a lot about UBI and so I will admit that I'm not 100% educated on the program - all I know is what it's meant to provide.

IDK, maybe it's wrong for me to say but I don't want to see this as another "well fare" type program. Again I say that because I haven't really spent the time to really understand UBI.

My mother had to go on well fare back in the early 70s (recently divorced with a single child, me) but she didn't stay on it for very long. Just long enough for her to get back on her feet so before you start blasting me about ware fare please know that my mom had to use it which was hard for her to accept back then.

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Posted in: Man arrested over fatal hit-and-run See in context

jiji XxAug. 31  04:40 pm JST

left bits of his car behind, got him on camera, but..... he denies the charge..... LOL. expect him to change his plea later to..... you know what.... (⌒▽⌒)

Yes, the evidence is damaging however keep in mind that the article does not state specifically what he is being charged with. Among "hit-and-run", "man slaughter", and "failing to report an accident" they could be charging him with additional charges (i.e., driving intoxicated, speeding, etc.).

The article also doesn't place him in the car. It only states that it was his car. There is a chance that he loaned his car to someone.

But if it's proven that he was indeed the driver then there's really not much he can "deny" that would overturn man slaughter.

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Posted in: Nissin Foods says 50 billion Cup Noodles have been sold worldwide See in context

JohansawadaAug. 26  01:32 pm JST

i don't understand what is so great about cup noodles - my japanese wife and my kids love this stuff!

I equate to Kraft Mac-n-Cheese which was something I had to develop a taste for. I did not care for it when I was younger but now I like it.

As for Cup Noodles in general, I like the original flavor. I don't care for all of the "other" flavors they came out with over the years.

Someone earlier asked about nutritional value - there is none. Minimal at best. But it's meant to be a "snack" (a quick stomach filler) and not something to eat as a primary source of food.

It is affordable and I am not ashamed to say that I stocked up on it during my college years (1985-1988) and that always keep a few in the pantry to this day along with spam. :-) I know both are not healthy but I don't eat them regularly. Actually I tend to eat more Mac-n-Cheese these days...

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Posted in: Japanese man says 'I’m a Vietnamese' while pointing knife at convenience store worker to rob her See in context

> LovecraftingAug. 25  09:01 am JST

ROFL, that worked like a charm.

I know, right? He's got his disguise (ski cap and mask), a (sort of) perfected fake-ish accent to make them think I'm Vietnamese and a weapon to show how serious I am. What could go wrong?!?

I'm glad that no-one got hurt and they caught the person.

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Posted in: Man arrested for stealing ex-colleague’s underwear after making spare key to enter her residence See in context

Police quoted Homage as saying: “I became obsessed with her and I wanted to have some of her underwear.”

Okay, but 21 underwear items?!?

Horage is also accused of stealing the woman’s insurance certificate to retrieve personal information and impersonated her by creating a personalized insurance web page.

I suspect this was his overall intent. By confessing to the theft, even if he really had some weird fetish, is lesser of a crime than the later.

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Posted in: Man arrested over murder of online video game acquaintance See in context

There is not enough information reported.

Right now it's heresay since there are no witnesses to the killing and it is not known if there are any witnesses that can vouch for the previous assaults claimed. And if he he did report being assaulted then this will would go in his favor.. Maybe.... And the reason I say maybe is because we also don't know if the other person was the only aggressor - in other words he too could have assaulted the other person for the same reason.

But for now we have to give him the benefit of the doubt. In the end, a situation escalated to where someone died which is unfortunate.

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Posted in: Badly beaten man dies after being left in hospital parking lot See in context

GaijinjlandJuly 25  10:11 am JST

Don't hospital parking lots have CCTV?

They do but it's also possible that he could have made his way there on his own. In the article it's stated that hospital employees found the man. The article title is repeating what the Police suspects.

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Posted in: 4 Olympic workers from U.S., Britain arrested over alleged cocaine use See in context

zichiJuly 13  04:20 pm JST

Drug tests would require a blood sample, four of them.

Breaking their residence rules? Why do we need electricians from UK/USA? Plenty here already. Why are foreign generators being used?

At the time of this article, they are "alleged", and it makes no mention that a formal test has been completed. Although I would have to assume by now one has been performed on all four.

These electricians would normally be required to perform a drug test by their employers. The frequency in which they test can be once a year to daily. In any event, if they are guilty they are "morons" as someone has already stated :-) If they are not guilty then I would really like to understand the test methods the police did that got them arrested.

As to why electricians from the UK/USA? It was most likely negotiated in the contract at the time of purchase which was before the pandemic. Profit is made off the labor and not the product in these situations. Again, as to why that is my best guess and sometimes the host Country doesn't get that much say when it comes to infrastructure, but they generally get the largest portion.

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Posted in: 29-year-old Tokyo man arrested after letting schoolgirl live with him See in context

JJ JetplaneJune 21  03:50 pm JST

@Toshihiro

Yikes. I hope they go easy on the guy if he really is taking in the girl in good faith.

Go easy on him for what? Regardless of if he did nothing with the girl, there are a lot of alarming things about his actions. Befriending school aged girls, willing to take in school aged girls, not even trying to notify her parents, and again, why is he online getting so close to a school aged girl?

First off, you are using a lot of plurals in your response. Last I checked it was not illegal to befriend someone younger than you in person or on social media - inappropriate perhaps but that is where you have to rely on the senior to ensure that those boundaries are not crossed.

And as someone has already mentioned in an earlier response, there is not enough facts as to their history.

Please do not mistake my response as defending the actions for either of them but it's too easy to think the worse since that is generally the case in these situations, but not always. However in this case, and based on what is reported in the article, he made a bad decision in taking her in without notifying her parents or the police. I know someone had commented that if he had done that they would have sent her back to her parents, hence why she ran away, but that would have been the correct action and for that he should be fined or given some sort of warning to stop any communications with her until she is an adult.

To be honest, if he really did care about her safety and well being he would have contacted the police as she was on her way to him. She would have felt betrayed and it might have ended their friendship but so be it.

I also question the purpose of publishing this article other than to get "views".

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Posted in: Ghosn pledges lengthy fight to clear his name See in context

MarkJune 15  08:52 am JST

"Fugitive"

I guess he could be called "fugitive" but you are NOT when you runaway from injustice. lets not forget We are all INOCENT till proven guilty

If hadn't fled the country then he wouldn't be labeled as a "fugitive".

"Fugitive (noun) a person who has escaped from a place or is in hiding, especially to avoid arrest or persecution."

Injustice or not, he fled the country while under arrest. Being labeled as a fugitive doesn't mean you're guilty but it also doesn't help your case... Besides, until the courts rule that he is guilty he is "innocent".

That being said, I believe there is more than sufficient evidence to prove that he is guilty... Just look at the other replies above.

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Posted in: Yes. Tokyo Olympics are still on, despite opposition, pandemic See in context

And there's saving face. Japan has officially spent $15.4 billion on the Olympics, but several government audits suggest it's much more. All but $6.7 billion is public money. Geopolitical rival China is to hold the 2022 Winter Olympics just six months after Tokyo ends, and could claim centerstage should Tokyo fail.

Japan - I know I've said this in many of my other responses: I seriously do not think anyone would look down on [Japan] if you had cancelled the event given the situation; no one would blame you and I believe you would gain more respect for doing so.

That being said, yes that is a lot of money loss but what about the rest of your everyday citizens who lost their jobs and small business owners who had shutdown because of the pandemic? Many of which has nothing to gain if the Olympics occurred! Any attempts by them to stay open was met with fines and penalties. How is it, [Japan], that you can justify allowing the Olympics to go on so that the $15.4B spent can be recouped when millions of others can't?

Yes, $15.4B is a lot of money - I am not denying that - but you are saying that the safety of your Country is worth $15.4B to risk.

In the end, I know it's all about the money. I'm not going to pretend to be that naive. But for once I was hoping that it wasn't the case and that Japan would just accept the loss and forge on. Nope! In the end it's about the money and "saving face".

the IOC is a multi-billion dollar sports business that derives almost 75% of its income from selling broadcast rights. Another 18% comes from 15 top sponsors.

And that is one of the many problems with the Olympics. I really wish it go back to not being a business. I don't see that happening in my lifetime... sigh

Andrew Zimbalist, an economist at Smith College in Massachusetts who has written extensively about the Olympics, estimates the IOC could lose about $3.5 billion-$4 billion in broadcast revenue if the Tokyo Games were canceled. He suggested a small portion of this, between $400 million and $800 million, might be made up by cancellation insurance.

U.S. broadcaster NBCUniversal is the IOC's largest single source of income.

Yes, money loss if it doesn't happen. But many lives could also be lost. I fail to see how a broadcast is worth more than a human life. Maybe I should have majored in finance or economics. I just don't get it.

Of course, the Japanese government could stop the Olympics. It would be a public-relations disaster for the IOC to get into a legal battle with Tokyo, so any such deal would be worked out in private.

Cowards! Japan, you would rather put your people and country at risk for fear of a PR disaster this may cause??! If the IOC went to court then that would only show the world how irresponsible the IOC is and how they don't care about the safety of others except themselves! I feel you would have a lot of supporters. So perhaps you risk not being able to host another Olympics but isn't your country and people worth more?

"Politicians may well be aware of the risk they are taking

I seriously doubt that...

but hope that once the Games begin the Japanese public will persevere 'for the good of Japan' and forget how we got here," Tonami said.

Can someone please explain to me how hosting a LARGE public event over multiple consecutive days is "good for Japan"?

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Posted in: Most medical staff needed for Olympics secured: Endo See in context

The organizers of the Tokyo Olympics have secured about 80% of the medical staff needed to stage the Games, a top Olympic official told Reuters on Monday, amid worries over infections and the slow rollout of vaccinations in the Japanese capital.

I cannot believe how selfish the IOC and JOC is being. They honestly believe that "securing 80% of the medical staff needed" is a good thing?!? The medical staff, if not mistaken, is primarily for any injuries that could occur in which case that is a lot of medical people for an event that doesn't seem to have that many participants competing.

Or am I mistaken and this is to help control (and I use this term loosely) the spread of the virus? If it is then it's very selfish and very irresponsible for all involved when you have your own home country that needs more attention and support than a sporting event - you're priorities are really in the wrong place if that is the case.

Asked what the organizers would do if there was an explosive spread of infections, Endo was non-committal.

That's because he nor anyone can stand behind their claim of being able to hold it safely.

"Hypothetically, can we hold the Games if there is a sudden 10- or 100-fold increase? We'll need to make a decision at the time," he said.

WOW! They'll need to make a decision at that time?!? That suggests to me that they didn't even think of that possibility which to me more of a reality than a hypothetical.

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