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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

The number of fatal traffic accidents has been declining in recent years, but accidents deemed to be caused by people aged 75 or older increased to 460 in 2018, up 42 cases from a year earlier.

To put this into proper perspective I would like to see the numbers for people under the age of 25 and drivers who had their driving license for only 2 years or less.

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Posted in: Japan's 10-day break to fete new emperor may breathe life into economy See in context

That begs the question why Japanese can't take longer holidays on a regular basis, working hours are shortened so people can enjoy life and thus spur spending and boost the economy.

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Posted in: Ghosn's wife fears his trial may be unfair See in context

Ghosn became arrogant from his early success.

Arrogance, greed an entitlement are not criminal offences. The Ghosn affair just shows, that the whole of Japan Inc is thoroughly corrupt. Not only the numerous companies caught with fraud, cheating and falsifying data, but the whole system supporting it, including and especially the judiciary.

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

For many people here Japan is the only country they have lived outside their own - the only point of reference. Japan compares rather well with the countries I have had resided, including my own. Which doesn't mean there is room for considerable improvement.

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Posted in: 1st exam held in Japan for foreigners seeking new work visa See in context

So the foreigners who want to come to Japan for work have to first travel here and do a test? Or is this test only for foreign students already here, working illegally?

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Posted in: Gov’t proposes measures to make it easier for foreign visitors to get mobile phones See in context

How is that different from japan?

Explained in the article above.

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Posted in: Kono suggests need to end reversal of Japanese names in English See in context

Let me get this straight: The Japanese Forign Minister, Mr. Kono or was it Mr. Taro, is worrying about the order of names, while tensions with North Korea are wrenching up again, South Korea is threatening to confiscate Mitsubishi's assests and Trump is still thinking about taxing Japanese cars. Only an entirely insular and hermetically sealed mind to anything outside Japan will arrive at that set of priorities.

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Posted in: City in Shiga Pref to use AI to help teachers detect signs of school bullying See in context

They should use this throughout Japanese society, especially also at companies, governmental institutions and sports related institutions

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Posted in: Japanese Olympic chief Takeda resigns amid bribery scandal See in context

Do they have a gold medal for corruption?

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Posted in: Tokyo 2020 unveils robots to help wheelchair users, workers See in context

Negative Nancy all over the article even when it's something positive.

Because the difference between marketing propaganda and reality, honne and tatemae is too obvious.

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Posted in: Tokyo 2020 unveils robots to help wheelchair users, workers See in context

 the biggest problem facing wheelchair users is lack of understanding of needs of wheelchair users from non wheelchair users and this just goes to show.

Exactly. As a wheelchair user for over 6 months with experience in 3 countries including Japan I can attest to that. Technology is helpful but empathy and human support is much more important. While Japan has many more elevators and escalators than any of the other countries I spend my time on wheels, I regularly stood in my wheelchair in front of elevators on station platforms in Tokyo and Osaka, full of people who had cut into my way to get in first. Not once was I offered first entry.

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Posted in: Ruling finalized ordering cell phone TV owners to pay public NHK subscription fee See in context

TIJ: Legally aprroved corruption.

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Posted in: Nissan asking shareholders to vote to oust Ghosn as director See in context

Sorry, corrected link:

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Posted in: Nissan asking shareholders to vote to oust Ghosn as director See in context

Indeed Saikawa's smug attitude on the photo is hard to take. He won the game with Ghosn, manoeuvred him out before he got sacked for underperforming. But the current Nissan numbers tell the real story. Saikawa will soon fall into the trap of his own making:

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Posted in: 2020 Tokyo Olympic organizers struggling to find enough buses, drivers See in context

I'll be out of here for the period of the Olympics of sure and watch the mayhem from far, they can have my seat on buses, whatever,

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Posted in: Abe backs Trump after Kim summit ends with no deal See in context

America's yapping little poddle.

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Posted in: Australian cardinal convicted of abusing two choir boys in 1990s See in context

@Jenni Schnabel

"Full" of molesters is not statistically accurate.

Below is a collection of abuse by catholic priests arounf the world until 2010. And these are only the cases which came to light and doesn't contain cases before 1950. Sexual abuse and the cover-up of abuse in the Catholic church are systemic and prevalent and the apologists are part of the problem. Any other organisation with this extensive history of pedophilia and sexual abuse would be closed down immediately.

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Posted in: U.N. rights committee urges Japan to let children be children See in context

And in yesterday's news in Japan (including Japan Today): Suspected abuse of record-high 80,100 children reported in Japan in 2018 or today's: Man arrested for fracturing 8-year-old stepdaughter’s collarbone by hurling her across room

I think the U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child has all the justification to stick its nose into the treatment of children in Japan and report on it.

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Posted in: Nissan to freeze payments of unstated remuneration to Ghosn See in context

Besides spending the time to dig out dirt about Ghosn (the guy who saved the company) and trying to prove that he's bad and they are not, does Nissan's management actually have any time and energy left to built cars?

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Posted in: Japan reluctantly supports U.S. exit from arms pact with Russia See in context

Wherever the owner goes, the dog follows.

It's a lapdog. Making a lot of noise, but useless got guarding the house.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic CEO says no need for Takeda to resign See in context

"As you know, Mr Takeda is saying that he's completely innocent," Muto said. Innocent until proven guilty. The hypocrisy couldn't be starker.

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

Akie:  law has nothing to do with democracy, as simple as that.

This from Stanford University for democracy education in Iraq:

9.  Due Process of Law

What Rights do Citizens Have in the Criminal Justice System?

In a democracy, anyone accused of a crime has the right to a fair, speedy, and public trial.

 Just because someone is accused of a crime does not mean that he loses his rights.  Anyone arrested is presumed innocent until proven guilty.  A person’s guilt must be proved in a court of law, through a fair, speedy, and public trial.  In a democracy, a person accused of a crime has the right to know the charges against him, to remain silent, to have legal representation, to participate in his defense, and to question witnesses for the prosecution.  No person who is acquitted of a crime may be tried again on that charge.  No one—under any circumstance—may ever be subjected to torture, or to cruel and inhuman treatment.  No one may be imprisoned or have their property seized without legal justification.

See also point 8.

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

Don't ever ever presume to save a Japanese company and expect to be rewarded. Detention is never ending unless the accused admits guilt. The loss of face trumps actual facts.

In a nutshell.

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Posted in: Japan to survey 200 mil gadgets for cyber security See in context

Will the conduct this survey by fax?

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Posted in: Japan dismisses Macron's concern over Ghosn's lengthy detention See in context

"basic decency" is not the hallmark of a bullying society.

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Posted in: Narita airport to extend runway hours in October See in context

Midnight... How does anybody get into town? Do they extend the operatibg hours of trains and buses too?

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Posted in: 5 misconceptions about 'shibari,' Japanese rope bondage See in context

Think it is directly related to niwaki and bonsai...

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Posted in: At Davos, battle lines are drawn over trade and cooperation See in context

The free-trading neo-libs have been in charge for the past 30 years and have given us 19th century levels of inequality, stagnant wages, a shrinking middle class and the elevation of a communist authoritarian state now poised to become the world's dominant economic power. 

And so the free-trading neo-libs are now confused, wondering why more and more people are calling an ideological overhaul and a reset of priorities.

Very succinct and very well said.

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Posted in: Lavrov asks why Japan only country in world that can't accept results of World War II See in context

If you start a war and lose a war, the terms are not yours to decide.

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Posted in: Nissan CEO calls for Renault board to review Ghosn findings See in context

Mr Saikawa, you especially have no credibility whatsoever. You chose to make an internal company matter a criminal case, thus using the Japanese judiciary for economic or even personal advantage. You had weeks of time to produce, alter, tamper with, choose what to use and manipulate 'evidence' while the accused is locked up and silenced. That is mafia modus operandi and not how it works in developed and civilized countries where the accused party can respond and defend himself.

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