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Posted in: Debate on relaxing mask requirement starting in Japan See in context

There are no mask requirements in Japan. The implementation would be impossible from a legal perspective.

Wearing a mask has always been optional. And since there has never been a legal requirement to wear a mask, it is misleading to talk about relaxing a requirement that never existed.

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Posted in: Russian-language sign at station in Tokyo back on view after being covered up See in context

Who gets offended by a sign that just reads a place's name? That's more than childish, it's pathetic.

And now I'll have another glass of Russian Vodka. За здоровье!

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Posted in: Man arrested after dropping bowling ball from 4th floor of apartment building See in context

Well, if he stay silent, there is zero chance of them able to charge him with anything without proof. As no one was injured, the best they can do is give him fine for property damage.

Absolutely correct. It is refreshing to see some people with understanding of the law.

Without further evidence -I won't go into details of the different sort of evidence here cause I did so in another explanation-the prosecution will bear the onus of proving his intention to harm or kill a person. Regarding the property damage, as it is a 親告罪 it is only prosecuted by request of the person whose property was damaged, e.g. the condo owner or the city. But I can not see Art 261 being used here as there must be an intention for the damage - if he dropped the ball by accident (which he should claim if he is clever), then the lack of intention will prevent prosecution under Art 261 as well. He still might be liable under civil law but maybe he has an insurance to cover the costs.

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Posted in: Man arrested after dropping bowling ball from 4th floor of apartment building See in context

It's these morons that gives health and safety license to crop every pleasure. Already in many apartments and hotels there are windows that cannot open or have a thin slit that opens. Most balconies and top of buildings (church etc) are now netted or glassed, once it was open and we could see a beautiful view

Seems like you are going to the wrong places.

I remember 5-6 years ago, I was staying at a hotel very near Kannai station in Yokohama after a night of drinking with my working colleagues. The next morning I wanted to smoke a cigarette and while looking for a smoking space, I ended up somewhere on the 18th or 19th floor where there was a rather large window, conveniently located just 2ft above the floor which opened up pretty wide. I stepped out onto the roof of the building and enjoyed a coffee and a cigarette while watching the sun rise over that part of the city - no fences or nets in sight.

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Posted in: Father, son arrested in Japan get U.S. prison time for Ponzi scheme See in context

A lot of information in this article seems not to fit.

They can be either Japanese or American citizens since Japan does not allow dual citizenship.

While it is not punishable per se to hold dual citizenship, you can be asked by the Ministry of Justice to renounce your other country's citizenship or you might be stripped off your Japanese citizenship in the most severe cases. Likewise, your supposed to renounce your Japanese citizenship in the case you take up another county's citizenship by submitting a 国籍喪失届け. Not doing so however carries no penalty.

If you apply for a J passport (or renew yours), you are being asked if you hold the citizenship of another country. Giving false information here is punishable by 5 years in prison or up to a 3M Yen fine. (see 旅券法第23条)

You won't be issued a new passport if you are also holding the citizenship of another countries.

Japan is one of less than 20 countries in the world that does not extradite its own citizens. The others are Austria, Brazil, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Morocco, Norway, PRC, Portugal, Taiwan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland, Syria and Vietnam) (see 逃亡犯罪人引渡法2条 for Japan or look up the laws up the respective country)

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Posted in: Fisheries remain opposed to Fukushima water discharge See in context

Filtering the water will only leave tritium, which is an radioactive isotope of hydrogen. And that’s not harmful in small quantities.  A million metric tons released of that already diluted water being released into the sea is a really tiny amount.

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Posted in: LGBTQ safe space opens in Osaka See in context

Who funds this group?

I hope it's not my taxes going towards it.

at an onsen in Tōkyō, the woman at the front desk asked me "men's or women's?". I laughed and said "men's of course, don't worry", she just said "no... no problem, whichever". 

Next time choose wisely.

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Posted in: 17-year prison term finalized for man who escaped from police station See in context

AddfwynToday  04:49 pm JST

Guitly on 17 counts, at least one being rape, and the sentencing is only 17 years? That is after the escape charges as well. I somehow still managed to be surprised by how light the punishment here can be for rape.

Escape charges can only apply for people who are sentenced to confinement by a court of justice. They do not apply to people who are in custody.

Even in the case the person would have escaped from prison, one needs to distinguish between 単純逃走罪and 加重逃走罪, the first one carries a maximal penalty of one year (in reality it is in the range of 2-3 months).

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Posted in: Record 5,400 cannabis offenders in 2021, police report See in context

RodneyToday  09:24 am JST

I feel sorry for those caught. They will be handcuffed to a hard metal chair for 10 hours a day, with no food, water or toilet breaks, forced to watch videos crackheads, heroin overdoses, meth heads with no teeth.

I am not saying that such countries don't exist, but that is not the case in Japan. First and second time offenders of possesion (consumption is not illegal under Japanese law) are regularly handed monetary fines in the range of 6-15万円. I can not think of many cases where repeat offenders were given a suspended sentence of a few months.

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Posted in: Tokyo, 15 other prefectures facing power shortage See in context

And for those of you who are afraid to loose power. The frequency for the TEPCO region is pretty stable at the moment. It would have to fall below 49 Hz for the automatic load shedding to get triggered.

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Posted in: Tokyo, 15 other prefectures facing power shortage See in context

First of all, I'm not cooperating with their request.

conserve energy by turning off lights when not needed

Power consumption by LEDs or CFLs are negligible.

If you really want to preserve energy, turn off the power of all those needless vending machines on every corner, turn off the neon signs of shops and other establishments and most important turn off the heating inside of shopping malls and department stores. Those are set to too high temperatures anyways.

But all that wouldn't have been necessary, if all those perfectly fine nuclear power plants weren't taken off the grid after 2011.

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Posted in: Gov't may relax number limits for large events, provided people don’t shout See in context

Can we sing?


Can we laugh or cry? How about squeal?


Can they raise their eyebrows?

Why not?

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Posted in: Gov't may relax number limits for large events, provided people don’t shout See in context

The government can not relax number limits, as it can not implement such in the first place.

Those so called "rules" are nothing more than requests and everyone is free to ignore them.

You can invite as many people as you wish to any public place or onto land that you own or have rented for the duration of such an event.

I was at the 波物語 last year with literally thousands of people, 80-90% not wearing a mask. Usually I'm not a big fan of those festivals but since it was in the middle of a "pandemic", I had no other choice but to go.

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Posted in: Americans in Japanese prison for helping Ghosn escape seek to go home See in context

Countries like Norway at the top,but also Germany Denmark and Sweden showed that their prison correctional system not only benefits for rehabilitation of the convicts but also proves high human rights standard qualities. These are the ones I admire,Japan still has the medieval conception of prison=punishment which instead should be,prison+reheducation= rehabilitation.

Maybe that's a reason why those countries attract so many criminals from across the globe and that those countries have one of the highest tax rates in the world.

I don't want to aliment criminals with my tax money - Prison should be a form of punishment.

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Posted in: Americans in Japanese prison for helping Ghosn escape seek to go home See in context

The Taylors were extradited from the U.S. in February 2021,

Well, that's the problem if you're a citizen of a common-law country. Japan (and I guess most countries with legal systems based on Roman law) does not extradite their citizens.

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Posted in: Fire out at Ukraine's key nuclear plant as Russian invasion advances See in context

Nothing to worry about. RPVs and the containment building itself are pretty sturdy.

In the unlikely event that it breaks, just duck and cover.

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Posted in: Man arrested for burying bodies of father and grandfather on beach in Kanazawa in 2020 See in context

Legally I believe you must have a family member cremated in Japan which costs 10,000 yen in Osaka and 40,000 yen in Tokyo.

Legally a dead body must be either buried or cremated (墓地、埋葬等に関する法律)

While a ceremony will cost anywhere around 150万-250万円, the absolute cheapest option would be to use a public crematory where the cost ranges from a few thousand Yen to around 50,000 Yen. Privately run crematories would be slightly more expensive but not by that much.

It is a widespread misconception, that relatives need to pay for funerals. According to the law this is not regulated anywhere. In most cases the heir will pay for the funeral but he is not required to do so by law.

Probably some other costs involved too,

Yes, since under Japanese law, a person can only be cremated after at least 24h have passed since their dead,

the body must be stored, prepared and transported to the crematory and you probably need a coffin or urn as well. I will refer to those as 安置所の費用 and 棺代.

but no one is legally required to have a funeral.

Legally speaking that's correct.

I imagine some families feel pressure from other family members to have a funeral despite the high cost.

That happens quite often actually. And since there are no laws that regulate who needs to cover the costs, it is highly advisable for the testator to include this in his last will.

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Posted in: 70 Japanese volunteer to fight for Ukraine against Russia See in context

answering foreign military recruitment could run afoul of Japanese law against preparing or plotting to wage war privately on a foreign country.

Legally speaking, I don't see any problems here. The case would be different if Japan was at war with Ukraine and a Japanese national who is a member of the JSDF would start fighting for the other side as this would be a violation of 自衛隊法第122条 (敵前逃亡/Desertation)

However, I don't think that the current JSDF members are that well trained in combat (compared to their pre '45 counterparts) so it would be a wise decision not to go.

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Posted in: S Korea, Japan should pursue cooperation: Moon See in context

In the 2020 world press freedom index Korea was at 42 which was better than the US and Japan was significantly lower at 67.

That doesn't mean anything. This index is published by a leftwing organization and therefore the ranking just shows how woke and biased the press in a country is. Fact is, in Japan there is not a single website that is being censored, there is not a single book on index, there is not a single thing that you're not allowed to talk about. Test me, I'll prove it to you.

Also saying you weren't censored in Yahoo Japan is not saying much since it's where many of the extreme right in Japan post.

Right. But I prefer to call my political views as 保守派

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Posted in: S Korea, Japan should pursue cooperation: Moon See in context

They don’t teach history in Japan anymore. That’s what i was referring to when i said there’s little real media freedom in Japan

As someone who has attended school and university (and a pretty good one) in Japan, I will tell you that history is being taught in school. Just without the lies. And Japan is the only country in the world with an absolute right to freedom of speech - unlike countries as China, Europe, etc where people might even face criminal charges to expressing their freedom. If you don't like media outlets in this country, create your own.

And Japanese media doesn't censor comments (I have more than 60k comments on Yahoo Japan, none of them deleted).

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Posted in: Woman found dead in bathtub last year had ¥150 mil life insurance See in context

I thought in Japan there is a limit or a cap on life insurance and you will have to provide a reason for high coverage!???

There is no (and can't be) any law regulating such things. You enter into a contract with the insurance company and conditions of such a contract are entirely up to you and the company.

It might look suspicious if you are 80+ years old and opt for a multi million dollar life insurance and the insurance company might refuse you.

Btw, you can also buy policies from various insurance companies at the same time, or even from the same company. So there is virtually no limit as to how much coverage you can have.

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Posted in: Woman found dead in bathtub last year had ¥150 mil life insurance See in context

Again, JT has truncated my text. I was quoting from 刑事訴訟法, hence the 同法 was meant to refer to that.

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Posted in: Woman found dead in bathtub last year had ¥150 mil life insurance See in context

Police are currently questioning him on a voluntary basis.

Questioning by police is always done on a voluntary basis. Even in court you have to right to remain silent if you wish to do so. This is guaranteed by the constitution.

While the police can only ask for you to appear at a police station, a court can order you to appear.

Non compliance with the latter can and will lead to arrest and being brought to court. Legally this is called 勾引(同法58条2号)

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Posted in: Woman found dead in bathtub last year had ¥150 mil life insurance See in context

Unusual high level of insurance. 

I don't think so.

Japan has around 5 million CCTV cameras for a population of over 125 million.

And probably no one has one in their bathroom.

The majority of CCTV cameras don't hold the data for longer than 1 - 3 months,

I assume you are talking about 街頭防犯カメラ which is installed and operated by local municipalities.

Most of them require the footage to be deleted/overwritten within a month.

You can take out life insurance on someone without having to inform them.

Legally speaking that is not possible. If the contractor and the insured person differs, a written form of consent is required. Other than that, persons that can be insured are generally limited to your spouse and relatives with in 2nd degree (2親等以内の血族)

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Posted in: How the media failed Japan’s most vulnerable immigrants See in context

Of the people I know who stayed more than a couple of years, 98% or so of them had made some effort to learn to speak Japanese. People who don't put in the effort, are usually disillusioned after a couple of years here, due to feeling essentially like adult babies who can't take care of themselves in civilization. People who are making the effort to be able to handle their lives on their own find it much easier to live here.

Absolutely agree. But before learning the language, people from English speaking countries need to realize that the Japanese judicial system is not based on common law. (To be honest, I don't know anything about it)

Japanese law is derived from Roman law which has been adapted through French and German law.

I really find it amusing at times to see foreigners trying to get a grip of local law with common law in mind.

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Posted in: How the media failed Japan’s most vulnerable immigrants See in context

Back in the 80s, a friend of mine got held over a "brawl" with some youths. While in detention it happened he overstayed his visa and so they held him even longer for overstaying. He wasn't charged with anything...

He wrote about his involuntary stay in Japan, the cell he had to stay in, the food he was given and the fact he was allowed only 1 phone call during all of his stay. He managed to send that letter to his parents via a friendly inmate who had some contacts out there. There were no visits of lawyers, no visits from anyone from the embassy, basically he was kept in limbo not knowing what would happen next.

Sounds alot like the gaijin folklore that no Japanese lawyer has ever heard of. Don't be offended, I think it's quite funny.

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Posted in: How the media failed Japan’s most vulnerable immigrants See in context

That would depend on the experience. For example, the Chinese farm workers whose passports were illegally confiscated by their Japanese employer. Foreigners who are imprisoned far longer than Japanese people for the same offence. Why would you not 'bash' the country that allows such unfair or illegal behaviour?

A passport is the property of the issuing nation and as such it can not be confiscated, neither by individuals nor by authorities. So if the Chinese farm workers have surrendered their passports involuntarily, that would constitute the crime of coercion (刑法223条 - 強要罪) and they would have had the chance to report this to either the police or the public prosecutor's office. Maybe a link to that story (preferably the Japanese original)?

In which case is a foreigner imprisoned longer than a Japanese for the same crime? Please provide evidence.

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Posted in: How the media failed Japan’s most vulnerable immigrants See in context

YubaruToday  10:15 am JST

 It's the same government that has banned foreigners from entering due to Corona, but allowed their own nationals in no problem at all.

And foreigners who had residency visas as well.

Correct, those foreigners were allowed to enter the country as well. And as a national I expect my government allow me back in at any time regardless the circumstances. And even this seems to be quite obvious, I have heard that there is a "democratic" country in the southern hemisphere that refused their citizens to enter it.

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Posted in: Does scaring people work when it comes to health messaging? See in context

ian Feb. 21  04:06 pm JST

Scaring people only works if the people you are targeting are getting scared easily. Guess in my case their success rate would be close to nil.

Which is it?

You weren't scared into taking the vaccine or you weren't scared into not taking it?

I am not scared of vaccines but I chose not to get vaccinated because I see it as unnecessary to get vaccinated against a virus which mortality rate is below 0.0n%

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Posted in: How the media failed Japan’s most vulnerable immigrants See in context

a native of southeastern Nigeria who came to Japan 19 years earlier to look for work in the leather tanneries of Hyogo Prefecture. His name was Gerald “Sunny” Okafor.

That person was not just interested in tanning leather.


So please stop trying to turn criminals into victims.

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