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Posted in: Deputy land minister quits over comment on favoring Abe, Aso See in context

Just another corrupt cronies dodging a bullet by resigning. THIS IS JAPAN!

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Posted in: Australian man arrested for spraying graffiti on Tokyo subway cars See in context

It’s vandalism, destruction of property, obstruction of business and trespassing. Hopefully he will be charged with them all. Tagging is the most disgusting thing ever. Tagging is not street art. Street art is commissioned. Tagging is vandalism.

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Posted in: Ghosn, lawyer protest his rearrest; prosecutors confiscate Ghosn's wife's passport, mobile phone See in context


Who knows, maybe they have records of her phone being used in ways that would violate the bail conditions and they need the actual phone to cement that evidence, particularly seeing as this entire saga is being scrutinized so heavily (ie. 2 sources of hard evidence would implicate whoever was using the phone, that being either Mr or Mrs Ghosn). 

@Ricky Kaminski13 - This would seem to be the most highly probable justification for the dramatic re-arrest

However, if this were so, the accusation should be made to her and to Ghosn. It should also be made public. Taking her phone and passport with no accusation is a clear breech of civil rights. I’m quite sure this new arrest is going to backfire on the prosecutors.

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Posted in: Ghosn tweets he'll 'tell the truth' at April 11 news conference See in context

Wow! Is Japan ready for the truth? That is the real question. I would not be at all surprised if he names and shames many of the Japanese executives who were part of this coup. However, I doubt if any of them will end up in prison for their wrong doings.

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

yoshisan88 - Do Kei car have air bags? Also is that a safety rating system like NCAP In Japan?

They have airbags, but are not governed by normal Japanese or international safety standards due to their small engine size (660cc). That is how they get away with producing these mobile coffins. They fail safety standards of most countries and cannot be imported. They have virtually zero side impact protection and no crumpled zones. As mentioned above a few times, they are just death traps!

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Posted in: Emperor burger: Tokyo chef whips up ¥100,000 burger for new monarch See in context

¥100,000 for a hamburger that looks like everything in the fridge thrown between a loaf of bread? I’ll bet he doesn’t sell too many. However, the term, “A fool and his money are easily parted.” does have a special significance in Japan.

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Posted in: Japan introduces legal cap on long working hours under labor reform law See in context

What is working? Why do people work? People work for a living to support their daily lives and make a family. People do not live to work for a company (or government) that expects them to spend 90% of their lives at work.

At present, Japan is famous for its longevity of life. However, these people all grew up in the pre-war era and shortly thereafter. They did not grow up in the bubble and manufacturing boom of giving your life to your company. This longevity is destined to change within the next decade as the bubble era company slaves start to die off and will continue to decrease as those who worked through the post-bubble era start dying at earlier and earlier ages due to overwork.

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Posted in: Japan launches new visa system to bring in more foreign workers See in context

Easier visas are not going to be enough. They are going to have to start paying these trainers to come to Japan after the news of all the mistreatment is shared.

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Posted in: End of an era: Emperor's abdication resets Japan calendar See in context

the name of the era has a tangible effect on the daily lives of the Japanese as well as a psychological impact on the nation.

Oh, good grief! Seriously? Does it really have such an impact on people’s lives? Its a lot if kafuffle over nothing if you ask me. Most Japanese can’t even tell you what year it is using the era counting. Then talk to young people about their birthdays. Most don’t know what it is in the Chinese calendar. Then, you have the older generation who know their birthdays in the Chinese year, but not in the Gregorian calendar, which creates huge issues for them if they want to travel it have to deal internationally. I can’t count the amount of times I’ve had to rewrite a form at city hall because I put my birthdate in the Gregorian format. It’s an ancient and troublesome part of the culture hat needs to be updated. Yeah, keep it as a symbolic thing, but it needs to be removed from official documents and procedures.

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Posted in: Man arrested for stabbing girlfriend in Oita See in context

Police said Akamine has admitted to the crime but denied intent to kill his girlfriend.

He didn’t intend to kill her? So, what were his intentions? He just wanted to make her bleed? He’s not only a cowardly thug he’s also a liar. Lock him up for a long long time.

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Posted in: Japan whaling vessel leaves on last mission before IWC withdrawal See in context

The vessels are scheduled to catch 80 whales off Miyagi and Aomori prefectures in northeastern Japan and another 47 whales off Abashiri in the country's northernmost island of Hokkaido to collect data on their age and size among other information

They just have to dump that garbage statement about collecting data. They are only interested in exploiting the whales for money. They will lose their subsidies after leaving the IWC, which means they will slaughter as many whales as they can to turn a profit, which could be up to and over a thousand whales per season (or many more). They are hunting them in their breading season and many of the whales will be pregnant. I have no doubt they will exhaust the stocks of local whales in a few short years and will broaden their hunting to much wider grounds, possibly even back to the Antarctic. All this, even though there still remains a very small market for whale meat in Japan and they still have large stocks of whale meat they cannot give away. There is nothing in Japan’s defense of whaling that could be considered a valid argument or prove a necessity for large scale whaling.

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Posted in: 2 Japanese teenagers found drowned in Australian lake See in context

A very tragic accident indeed. It’s also a very unusual accident. I’ve soent a lot of time on Frazer island and know this lake very well. It is a beautiful and ‘safe’ place for a swim.

ozellis - Dingo attacks are becoming more frequent on Fraser island

Give up on the dingo theory mate. They get persecuted enough without outlandish claims.

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Posted in: Thai police arrest 15 Japanese men in call center scam See in context

I’m sure these scumbags are not going to enjoy their time in a Thai lock up. They make Japanese prisons look like a holiday resort.

This group must also have members in Japan. Hopefully the Japanese police are working on catching the rest of them.

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Posted in: Takata air bags claim another life after Arizona crash See in context

@Aaaargh-Type - Don’t buy one from this list unless you’ve got proof that the recall work has been done or is going to be done very soon.

Of course you do realise you are talking about nearly 60 million cars worldwide, which is around 20% of all registered vehicles.

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Posted in: Parents arrested for abuse of three children See in context

abusing their children because “they wouldn’t do as they were told”

There it is again! Too many parents don’t know the difference between discipline and abuse. They honestly believe that being a bully or a thug and belting their kids around is good parenting. Obviously, their education did not evolve much past third grade elementary school.

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Posted in: Ghosn tells Nikkei arrest due to plot, treason within Nissan See in context

Akie - "As we all know Japanese laws are wishey washey can be interpreted many ways” - Which law isn't ?

The law that states one is innocent until proven guilty and prosecutors have to prove your guilt. Unlike the Japanese version where you are guilty until you prove your innocence and can be locked up indefinitely without being convicted of any crime. That’s ‘wishy washy’.

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Posted in: Mother arrested for strangling 3-year-old son to death See in context

Another day in Japan, another family murder.

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Posted in: Ex-policeman pleads guilty to shooting sergeant in 'koban,' citing mental stress See in context

I think this fellow’s mental problems started long before he became a cop.

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Posted in: Ghosn tells Nikkei arrest due to plot, treason within Nissan See in context

@Hachidori - Ghosn got too comfortable throughout the years, acted like a dictator and is now paying for it.

Both sides (French and Japanese) were plotting but the Japanese got swift enough and beat them.

The End.

Wow! There’s a twisted sense of reality. I think you should have taken the blue pill.

Yeah, a dictator that brought Nissan back from the brink of bankruptcy after its Japanese management had run it into the ground.

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Posted in: Ghosn tells Nikkei arrest due to plot, treason within Nissan See in context

i think it is going to be difficult for him to prove he was railroaded in a Japanese court.

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Posted in: Local governments worry over new foreign worker policy; ask for help See in context

@PeepingTom - And exactly what do you think it's gonna happen if you submit a request in Japanese, at my Westminster Council???

How many people in Westminster study Japanese for over ten years? That is the point! After ten years or more of studying a second language with up to 8 classes per week and six tests per year they should have at least a basic command of the language, don’t you think? My grandkids are studying Japanese in primary school in Australia. They can all write their names in katakana. Japanese elementary school kids cannot write their names in English.

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Posted in: Local governments worry over new foreign worker policy; ask for help See in context

@Omachi - Surely guides for new foreigners already exist in multiple languages? guides for new foreigners already exist in multiple languages?

Is this sarcasm? The only assistance in foreign languages is provided by volunteer groups. None of the documentation or city advice is in any other language at my local city hall. Even the evacuation and emergency information brochures are only in Japanese. And, as for garbage disposal, this information is only in Japanese and is so complicated that even Japanese people have difficulty understanding it. Here’s a challenge for you. Go into your local city hall and ask someone for a certificate of residency. It is one of the most common forms and necessary for all residents of the city. Be prepared to watch the staff squirm and run around looking for someone that understands the simplest of foreign language requests. It’s called a ‘juminhyo’ in Japanese. This is where the problems come from. Despite studying English for ten years or more they do not have even the most basic comprehension of the language - any second language for that matter. They are too stubborn or lazy (or both) to acquire even the most basic level of comprehension in any second language.

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Posted in: Chinese trainee arrested over abandoning baby for fear of deportation See in context

She was pregnant when she came to Japan. It’s likeky she would not have been able to keep the baby in China anyway. Glad the baby is ok (so far).

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Posted in: Local governments worry over new foreign worker policy; ask for help See in context

Any foreigner who has been to a city hall knows it is a major disaster, even for Japanese people. The amount of forms, stamps and counters one has to go through for simple procedures is a joke! There is nothing in any foreign language at all. My local has a an English translator there three days a week for four hours at a time. If you are not there during those hours, you are on your own. They will need multilingual services in Vietnamese, Thai and Chinese as well. It’s interesting to see their idea for addressing this issue is to make employers force their foreign trainees to learn Japanese. I guess it’s asking too much to expect Japanese city halls to provide multilingual services for the foreigners they invited to Japan.

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Posted in: More details emerge over fatal abuse of 10-year-old girl by father See in context

This case just gets sicker and sicker as more details are revealed. It’s difficult not to blame the family services, but they have their limits. Their goal is to unite families, not split them up. I also think the mother should be sharing some of the blame. She was aware of the abuse and did nothing about it. Inaction can make one just as guilty.

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Posted in: 3 areas in Japan to bid to host casinos; many others reluctant: survey See in context

Miyagi Prefecture in northeastern Japan cited concerns over possible deterioration of public safety and an increase of people saddled with gambling debts

Deterioration of public safety? An increase in people saddled with gambling debts? But, a pachinko parlor on every second corner is totally acceptable, right?

This whole casino scenario is a bloody shambles! Making people pay ¥6,000 and limiting their visits will promote problem gambling because people will be determined to win back their entry fee and make a profit before their limit of visits expires. Making them exclusively free for tourists will result in them being empty most of the week. People will not come to Japan to Gamble.

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Posted in: Kono urges Seoul to keep promises as historical flashpoints fray ties See in context

Dear Mr. Kono,

If you want Korea to honor the past agreements, you must also push for Japanese historians, politicians and newspapers to stop downplaying and denying the atrocities carried out by the Japanese imperial forces during their attempted take over of Asia in the first half of last century.

Thank you.

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Posted in: Abe vows to tackle economic, diplomatic challenges ahead of summer election See in context

He’s been saying the same things for a decade and nothing has changed for the better.

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Posted in: Bodies of elderly couple found in Tokyo apartment See in context

Newspapers for the past 10 days were piled up outside the front door to the apartment which was locked.

This is a definite warning sign there is trouble for an elderly couple. It’s a shame they live in a country of 126 million strangers.

I read about an initiative from the UK a few years ago. They connect a red light on the outside of the house to the toilet. If the toilet is not flushed at least every 24 hours the light starts flashing. A very simple and effective safety measure for the elderly.

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Posted in: Care worker arrested over murder of 89-year-old nursing home resident See in context

Another one? Note to self: “Do not get old in Japan.”

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