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Posted in: Founder of Japanese supermarket chain arrested on charges of receiving prostitution revenue See in context

Why have the authorities targeted this one? 

I am also curious. The only explanation I have heard of why the police do not target the other brothels in Tobita Shinchi is because "they pretend to be restaurants" so evade the prostitution ban which doesn't sound like a good reason to me...

Are the Yakuza just such a menace or is the place just so historical the police and gvt don't try to eliminate it in a more direct way? Or are they just hoping it will just fade away like other areas that were similar in the past?

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Posted in: Founder of Japanese supermarket chain arrested on charges of receiving prostitution revenue See in context

Why have the authorities targeted this one? 

I am also curious. The only explanation I have heard of why the police do not target the other brothels in Tobita Shinchi is because "they pretend to be restaurants" so evade the prostitution ban which doesn't sound like a good reason to me...

Are the Yakuza just such a menace or is the place just so historical the police and gvt don't try to eliminate it in a more direct way? Or are they just hoping it will just fade away like other areas that were similar in the past?

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Posted in: 69 foreign technical interns died in Japan between 2015 and 2017: Justice Ministry See in context

The population of trainees was 258000, therefore the death rate was 1.337e-4. This is about 1/3 of the rate for the general Japanese population.

The samples are completely different in size and composition. Given the grave and serious issues with the technical intern program under discussion in the media, a conclusion like this

 It's good to hear these interns have it so good compared to where they came from

Is absurd

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Posted in: Sharp shifted some production to China before nearly 3,000 foreign job cuts See in context

"Even Japanese descendants are forced to work in a disadvantaged environment.

It's evident that foreign workers who will be accepted after the legal revision will also be denied their human rights,"*

That sounds like "They treat even the ethnic Japanese foreigners unfairly, imagine how they will treat the completely non-ethnic Japanese foreigners when they come"

That's not even anything to do with the new legislation...

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Posted in: Japan has deemed it more important to preserve its culture and identity than to ease economic strains, and it will continue to do so. See in context

I think it is a fallacy to talk of "preservation of culture" in regards to Japan and immigration. The culture won't go away.

We're not talking about revitalising culture and traditions of once oppressed indigenous peoples, for instance... Call me a Westerner with my Western point of view...

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Posted in: Prince's remarks become hot topic in Japan See in context

Whichever way it's still public funds. How else does the imperial house get funded.

But he did also suggest having a less extravagant ceremony / ritual. I don't think that nuance was covered above.

Along with saying he talks to his daughter once every three months but I'm sure it was to avoid answering the rude questions by the journalist.

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Posted in: S Korea's top court orders 2nd Japanese company to compensate forced laborers See in context

South Korea's top court on Thursday ordered a Japanese company to financially compensate 10 Koreans for forced labor during Tokyo's 1910-45 colonial rule of the Korean Peninsula

The above quote succinctly describes what it is.

Japanese people must be so emotionally invested in this... Why?

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Posted in: JAL raided over pilot's heavy drinking before flight from London See in context

What is ‘administrative punishment'

That would be fines etc for the company....

It's an inspection of the company....

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Posted in: Some Japanese firms encouraging employees to take worktime naps See in context

I think it's nice that there is no resistance to having a power nap at lunchtime but at the same time it feels rather sad seeing people hunched over their desks...

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Posted in: Japanese company trips: Workers 'absolutely hate' them, so why do they still happen? See in context

The itineraries are made up of leisure activities and group meals (with alcoholic beverages), 

I thought the Japanese liked these group meals. Haha

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Posted in: Auditors fail to unveil background of murky state land sale See in context

Absolutely correct! FYI Judges in Japan are not independent but simply appointed bureaucrats worried about their jobs. They seem not to be able to justify their decisions which are often based on "feelings" rather than specific laws.

I agree somewhat but this was an audit by auditors and not a judgement by the courts.

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Posted in: Fabrication allegation rocks popular Japanese TV variety show See in context

In other words, set up a caricature, or stereotype, of foreigners for the 'viewing pleasure' of the Japanese masses.

Yes so they can watch the reactions of the celebrities and comedians to form their own predetermined reactions and thoughts about things foreign....

They must think it is all true....

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Posted in: Fabrication allegation rocks popular Japanese TV variety show See in context

In other words, set up a caricature, or stereotype, of foreigners for the 'viewing pleasure' of the Japanese masses.

Yes so they can watch the reactions of the celebrities and comedians to form their own predetermined reactions and thoughts about things foreign....

They must think it is all true....

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Posted in: N Korean paper raps Japan's reaction to S Korean court ruling See in context

Precisely. While there was forced labour in 1944-1945, these four guys were not part of it. That is shown explicitly by the evidence the plaintiffs themselves submitted as part of their court action.

You say: "Their start year is wrong (according to you) therefore their labour was not forced"

That does not even make sense and obviously the evidence "the plaintiffs themselves submitted" was good enough for the Korean courts.

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Posted in: If any country gets into an agreement with the Korean government in international law and the the Korean Supreme Court could overturn the agreement any time they wish to, it would be difficult for any country to do anything with the South Korean government. See in context

I think this quote can only be made from an underlying racist sentiment commonly held in this country.

It's a compensation claim in Korea between private individuals and a company for God's sake and Kono knows it

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Posted in: Do you think there will be many democracies around the world in, say, 20 years from now? See in context

Do you think there will be many democracies around the world in, say, 20 years from now?

What a strange question

And how strange that most answered no so far.

How could democratic systems the world over in all their variations be dismantled so easily?

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Posted in: S Korean Supreme Court orders Nippon Steel to compensate wartime forced laborers See in context

The High Contracting Parties confirm that the problems concerning property, rights, and interests of the two High Contracting Parties and their peoples (including juridical persons) and the claims between the High Contracting Parties and between their peoples, including those stipulated in Article IV(a) of the Peace Treaty with Japan signed at the city of San Francisco on September 8, 1951, have been settled completely and finally.

"The problems have been settled completely and finally"

If you're going to get an agreement in writing you should make it as clear as possible........

The English version prevails in this one too.

Couldn't they have added "no further legal claims between individuals or otherwise will be made"? Was that too difficult?

Or did "completely and finally" sound cooler?

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Posted in: S Korean Supreme Court orders Nippon Steel to compensate wartime forced laborers See in context

The irony of this case is that the Korean side actually offered to include the damages part in the 1965 treaty but it was the Japanese side that refused, since the word "damages" implied Japan's annexation was illegal in the first place, and conjured up words other than "damages", and this ended up backfiring.

They also did that with the comfort woman payment thing (don't call it damages). Policy consistency right there.

Japan's problems stem from its inability to admit that it was particularly bad before and during WWII.

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Posted in: S Korean Supreme Court orders Nippon Steel to compensate wartime forced laborers See in context

The irony of this case is that the Korean side actually offered to include the damages part in the 1965 treaty but it was the Japanese side that refused, since the word "damages" implied Japan's annexation was illegal in the first place, and conjured up words other than "damages", and this ended up backfiring.

They also did that with the comfort woman payment thing (don't call it damages). Policy consistency right there.

Japan's problems stem from its inability to admit that it was particularly bad before and during WWII.

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Posted in: Kyoto police arrest man for selling counterfeit rare Yu-Gi-Oh! card See in context

No, you don't

10 is young but as long as the boy understands what he is doing, a trade isn't automatically null and void.

He's free to use pocket money given to him within instructions from his caregiver. Plus the commercial contract law allows for underage persons doing business within bounds of permission from their legal guardian.

That's just my understanding, what T and S statue would it violate? All kinds? What is the criminal law you mention?

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Posted in: Trump says Saudis staged 'worst cover-up ever' on Khashoggi; U.S. revokes visas of some Saudis See in context

"And they had the worst cover-up ever"

I was somewhat amused that lunchtime NHK news translated it as かつて無いほどひどい隠蔽

Which would mean

"The most apalling cover up ever seen" which would be a normal thing to say.

The translator must not have realised Trump was making fun of the people who did the cover up by saying it was executed poorly.

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Posted in: Do you think ordinances designed to restrict hate speech and eliminate discrimination infringe on freedom of speech? See in context

I don't think all speech is free.

If I slander you and bring you or your business into disrepute, would you not sue me, if you had the means to do so?

You can claim damages because there is real loss and it is illegal to slander.

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Posted in: Grain pain: Japan's aging rice farmers face uncertain future See in context

I think younger people see rice simply as a lot of calories in carbohydrates, so they avoid it. Instead, they eat toufu for the filler because it is protein and more healthy

Would that be the plain version or deep fried?

Where can you buy basmati rice or thai rice or any other kind of rice in Japan?

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Posted in: Man arrested for throwing bicycle from 12th floor of building, injuring woman below See in context

By the way in Japan murder and attempted murder do require intent (to kill) 故意 (殺意). Most crimes require intent as one of their elements.

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Posted in: Man arrested for throwing bicycle from 12th floor of building, injuring woman below See in context

I'm curious as to why in Japan the charge in these types of cases is often 'attempted murder' 

That charge is probably for something else. Not when he threw the bicycle. Misleading writing in the article.

Or, obviously a bicycle isn't a very likely murder weapon but say he missed the neighbour in an attempt to murder him and hit a bystander, it's still attempted murder (in Japan). Same as if you were shooting someone with a gun and missed.

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Posted in: Niigata school superintendent resigns over improper use of Japanese word for 'you' See in context

I don't think you call someone "omae" without expressing certain assumptions you have about your own relationship (of the power relationship sense or otherwise) with the person you're talking to.

Obviously some assumptions can offend if we perceive we are being made light of.

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Posted in: Osaka cuts sister city ties with San Francisco over 'comfort women' statue See in context

So which is it? "We paid a lot of money, and said sorry" or "It never happened, the girls were willing prostitutes"

I wouldn't discount the possibility of people thinking both, and not having a problem with that fact, as absurd as it would seem.

There's not any Country that fights for the sake of other Countries, every colonial power acted/acts for its own interests. This is my absolute position about colonialism.

I think that's a good position to have. Because then you can quite neatly explain that anything good that happened - like better infrastructure or ultimate independence from a former European coloniser in the case of SE Asia - is only incidental to Japanese imperialism. And it's fair because it applies to British or any other country's past imperialism/ colonialism.

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Posted in: Japanese nationalists see the constitution as a humiliating relic imposed by U.S. occupiers after Japan's defeat in World War II, while many other Japanese feel strongly attached to the document's pacifist ideals. What is your view of the issue? See in context

IMO while the merits of the pacifist provision and the provisions regarding the emperor are arguable either way, the rest of the Constitution is pretty solid.

Equality for all people under the law, equality of the sexes, equal voting rights for all citizens, right to compensation from the state, free obligitory education, no arrest without a warrant, right to a free and speedy trial. etc etc

Are these values also relics from defeat by the West? No, I think they are the norm in Japan too.

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Posted in: 5 things to know about Japan's pacifist constitution See in context

One aspect that is often overlooked by the Article 9 thumpers is that if the SDF is not officially recognized as a military force, they cannot expect to be treated as POWs protected under the Geneva Convention of treatment of POWs.

Why should the rest of the world or any international treaty have to look at the SDF through the eyes of the Japanese constitution.

It's not the constitution of the world, that's what's overlooked.

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Posted in: Is it OK to put other food on top of your white rice when eating in Japan? See in context

I don't get that, there are recognised dishes served in restaurants with things like meat on top of rice.

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