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Posted in: U.N. nuclear arms ban treaty leaves Japan in a dilemma See in context

Setsuko Thurlow, a Canada-based atomic bomb survivor and peace advocate, criticized Japan's stance over the treaty under former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who stepped down last month after nearly eight years in power.

"I would like Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga to see the reality in a flexible way without doing the same thing as his predecessor," said Thurlow, who survived the 1945 U.S. atomic bombing of Hiroshima at age 13, in an online event.

Here's a deal; fly to Pyongyang and persuade Kim Jon-un to scrap nuclear arms programs in order to join the ban treaty. That's still a minimum demand tit-for-tat with Japan. We'd continue to make sure that the cheat-prone North will keep complying with the agreement.

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Posted in: Fake residence cards proliferating as more foreigners overstay visas See in context

 I say eliminate the "foreign trainee" program completely and replace it with a proper visa category for such workers. I believe in this case we are saying the same thing.

Agreed, and I don't mean to defend the current (de facto) immigration policy for "unskilled" workers. I've long been critical on Japan's trainee program which allows a backdoor entry without proper references, without serious local support.

As for China, how is it that people from the second largest economy in the world have to find jobs in the third largest economy?

Check GDP per capita as well as Gini coefficient for the PRC.

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Posted in: U.S. election may serve as critical juncture for U.S.-Japan alliance See in context

In seeing a rising and assertive China, Japanese conservatives prefer and promote Trump for 2020. That may be a strategic mistake. Trump has no hesitation to scrap the decades-old alliance if Beijing offers a better deal for him and his family. All is about money and money talks. I'm already disappointed and fed up.

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Posted in: Fake residence cards proliferating as more foreigners overstay visas See in context

The market for the fake residence cards seems to be driven by the exploitative "trainee programs" which Japan uses to import and exploit cheap labor.

It's only half-true, as many Vietnamese trainees were "ripped off" at home by local brokers prior to their arrivals into Japan. And Japanese hosts are often unware of this problem, namely about their debts. It's a lose-lose program. I'd suggest a direct intake of those potential workers on working visa of a new category alongside residential permit. That would be simple, fair and reasonable.

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Posted in: Japan to recruit astronauts in 2021, first intake for 13 years See in context

Japan will recruit a group of potential astronauts in 2021 with an eye on sending them to outer space as part of a U.S.-led lunar exploration project, the first time the nation has conducted an intake since 2008.

Why not Japan/JAXA sending people out to Moon (and beyond) by itself?

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Posted in: Fake residence cards proliferating as more foreigners overstay visas See in context

I don't know much about the tech side of this system, but authorities are supposed to cross-check IDs for verification once foreign residents get registered into data bank.

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Posted in: Man stabs brother and sister, then leaps to his death from nearby building See in context

Another terrible case, but it's a relief that his siblings have survived the knife attacks.

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Posted in: Girl injured by 17-year-old boy's suicide leap in Osaka dies in hospital See in context

Feel sorry for that girl walking by. Hope she can fully heal from her injuries.

She's been pronounced dead. RIP.

Japan is a country that is mostly mountains with a lot of steep and deep cliffs. Why do people choose places that affect others to perform suicide?

I understand your feelings, such thoughts emerge quite naturally. At the same time I wouldn't like to help inspire more suicides or suicidal behaviors. A really touch dilemma to resolve..

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Posted in: Girl injured by 17-year-old boy's suicide leap in Osaka dies in hospital See in context

Considering he's dead, I don't think there's much point to that.

You better know sarcasm.... Technically, police will have to inquire and send the case (documents) to the prosecutor office. They also have to suspect any foul play. Police work regardless of the boy's life status.

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Posted in: Girl injured by 17-year-old boy's suicide leap in Osaka dies in hospital See in context

The jumping boy deserves a manslaughter charge...

I'd feel disturbed if the free area near Hep Five would be largely curtailed or permanently closed to pedestrians for safety reason (despite a single, highly unusual incident).

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Posted in: Gov't calls for longer New Year holiday to curb virus spread See in context

To dissipate crowds and collectivistic behaviors (subject to virus transmission risk), Japan's public holidays and schedules should be more "individuated". The key is to let individual workers take paid holidays freely whenever they like.

Meanwhile Japan better cut or realign some of its public holidays to stop commanding when and how long to work or rest "en masse". Some designated holidays are losing original meanings and cultural significance (e.g. a holiday falling on calendar weekend is shifted to next Monday). More public holidays primarily benefit school or public officials while service industry workers or parents raising school kids get rather busier.

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Posted in: Scholars decry Suga's academic panel rejections See in context

Many Japanese, especially academics, are wary of the potential for the abuse of power given the country’s history of militarism and anti-communist campaigns after World War II.

In fact many Japanese academics/professionals are wary of such political activists who never lead or represent Japan's entire academic circle.

Their intelligence is also tested or called into question when they always liken Suga, his predecessor Abe or anyone in ruling power to Hitler.

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Posted in: Gov't puts off decision to release treated Fukushima water into sea See in context

South Korea, which currently bans imports of seafood from the area, has also repeatedly voiced concern about the environmental impact.

How could the SK possibly remain silent over the real fact that their home nuclear powerplants have kept releasing tons of (what they only call "contaminated") water into the Sea of Japan?

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Posted in: Japan, Britain sign free trade deal for post-Brexit era See in context

Since Britain is not Pacific nation, nation be too concerned about the trans PACIFIC partnership, as you said in your comment. I do support this free trade deal in general, but Britain literally needs to stay in its own sphere on things it’s not a part of

Britain has sociocultural connections with the Commonwealth countries across Indo-Asia Pacific, several of whom are also TPP members (Canada, Australia, NZ, Singapore, Malaysia and Brunei). The share of its international trade with those countries have been increasing, not to mention the Pacific Asia is the fastest growing area in the world. With tech advancement, physical distances are getting obsolete.

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Posted in: Mitsubishi Heavy said to be freezing development of regional jet See in context

The project would end up almost the same fate without the pandemic which may be a "convenient" excuse for the MHI to withdraw completely. But it has inspired Honda to develop own mini jets whose sale seems well.

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Posted in: Japan, Britain sign free trade deal for post-Brexit era See in context

The process to the EPA has been very smooth, much in contrast to the post Brexit negotiations with the EU. Perhaps both sides' economies are complementary rather than competing while sharing common agenda.

Britain has also been active in accession talk for the TPP, could go ahead of other prospective members.

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Posted in: Japan had record 610,000 school bullying cases in FY2019 See in context

But almost all teachers don't want to get involved because they think, "that is not my problem", or they simply don't have the balls to do anything.

Don't generalize a phenomenon based solely on your observation. A lot of teachers are serious, professional and quite responsible. Besides (unpaid) overtime work and heavy burdens put on individual teachers are a rising problem in Japan's school scenes. Let teachers focus on teaching and classroom management while school counselors and experts should primarily handle student-bullying cases.

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Posted in: Japan had record 610,000 school bullying cases in FY2019 See in context

The fiscal 2019 survey found 317 students took their own lives and 10 of them had faced bullying.

It shows another implication. I wonder what really caused the rest 307 students to kill themselves.

Teachers in Japan really sucks.

They always deny that bullying exists at their school, and even it is just in front of them, they look another way and still continue to deny that bullying exists.

A highly prejudiced view. Japanese schoolteachers can also be targets of bullying (by parents, authorities, etc.).

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Posted in: Halloween revelry in Japan to take new forms during pandemic See in context

Partying crowds have higher transmission risk. They also don't necessarily contribute a lot to local businesses. I'd suggest downsizing or cordoning off potentially affected places

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Posted in: Suga vows swift decision on release of Fukushima radioactive water See in context

All the article you posted said was releasing the water was an option, once filtered as needed.

It's the most viable option, and this is exactly how almost all other active nuclear reactors do in the normal operations.

TEPCO has said they haven't filtered the water to the standard needed.

The water release is scheduled to get start at earliest in 2022. TEPCO has sufficient time to get prepared to meet technical requirements.

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Posted in: Suga vows swift decision on release of Fukushima radioactive water See in context

while China and South Korea have cast a wary eye on the issue after it was reported that an official decision on the discharge of water from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, 

Terribly hypocrite and politically motivated. Their home and coastal nuclear power plants also regularly discharge much larger amount of spent water into seas nearby. Suspend the operations of those reactors if they are to stay consistent.

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Posted in: Suga vows swift decision on release of Fukushima radioactive water See in context

And how much trust should we put in the LDP and TEPCO? They started all this. I'm not a physicist and I think most people would be amenable to seeing a third party report by the IAEA, NRC (Nuclear Regulatory Commission), and UCS (Union of Concerned Scientists). 

Both IAEA and NRC have recommended the water discharge plan.

IAEA supports discharge of Fukushima Daiichi water 03 April 2020

Fukushima Radioactive Water Should Be Released Into the Sea, Experts Tell Japanese Government


According to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), tritium is "a naturally occurring radioactive form of hydrogen that is produced in the atmosphere when cosmic rays collide with air molecules."

Small traces can be found in groundwater as background radiation. Tritium is also a byproduct of nuclear power production. It is associated with an increased risk of cancer, but the extent of this increase depends on the measure of the chemical an individual is exposed to.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 150 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 611 See in context

"In Japan, the reported deaths are low, but I haven't seen any news or official source as how they count deaths. We do know they don't test enough pre-mortem (948 tests in the city of 15 million), and certainly not postmortem, so it's extremely likely to be undercounted hugely."

Post-mortem examination is NOT undertaken as a matter of course. Nowhere (as far as I am aware) is a post-mortem mandatory regardless of the mortis causa. 

You should show evidence to make such a claim.

Despite the pandemic Japan's excess death number during the first half of this year is lower than those in the previous three years:

上半期の超過死亡、コロナでも減少 過去3年と比較

If you still can't believe it, go and unearth mass graves anywhere across Japan where unreported dead bodies may be buried.

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Posted in: Suga says Japan not looking to form 'Asian NATO' to contain any specific country See in context

There are a number of practical challenges for an Asian NATO. For Japan, its constructional restraints are still strong, keeping SDF from fully practicing collective defense with other potential allies than the US.

Suga says Japan not looking to form 'Asian NATO' to contain any specific country

He means not to seek it "for the time being" and aims to contain "specific oppressive regime hijacking a country and its people (e.g. ISIS, Taliban). China under the CPP could be put on the target list.

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Posted in: 5 South Koreans die after getting flu shots, sparking vaccine fears See in context

I'm not at all anti-vaxxer, yet also fully aware that a vaccine program inevitably holds a certain degree of risk (sometimes deadly one). It also often fails to meet the target virus type like seasonal flus. It should be assessed and practised based on costs and benefits for the overall public health.

As for the Korean case, I'm not yet sure if the numbers are isolated, deviant from general patterns. Suspension and inquiries are underway, so further info will be revealed.

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Posted in: Japan, China discuss restarting mutual business travel See in context

Prior to, or at the same time of general re-opening, isn't it possible for Japan to give asylum to Hong Kong citizens and ethnic minorities under threat? Also please resolve the issue of "missing" Japanese visitors and expats in China, some of whom are found at local detention houses.

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Posted in: China economy grows 4.9% in Q3, extending virus recovery See in context

Take it with a grain of salt. The CCP can freely decide the figures, and alas, let it come true.

Perhaps only reliable data are those of international import/export, for the corresponding accounts of trading partners cannot be fabricated. as China's trade amount is reported to have surged in this September, the latest news might reflect more reality than a sheer fake.

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Posted in: Trump goes after 'Fauci and all these idiots' See in context

“Trump’s closing message in the final days of the 2020 race is to publicly mock Joe Biden for trusting science and to call Dr. Fauci, the leading public health official on COVID-19, a ‘disaster’ and other public health officials ‘idiots.'"

Coming from Trump, name-calling and labeling turn out to be a big honor.

Last week, Trump asked a crowd in Macon, Georgia: “Could you imagine if I lose my whole life? What am I going to do? I’m going to say I lost to the worst candidate in the history of politics, I’m not going to feel so good. Maybe I’ll have to leave the country. I don’t know.”

His departure for overseas is likely as he would have to dodge tax evasion charges (presidential immunity would be lifted)

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Posted in: Japan to use cyberattack countermeasures to protect Tokyo Olympics See in context

The attack in South Korea had previously been linked to Russia by cybersecurity researchers but was made to look like the work of Chinese or North Korean hackers, Britain's foreign ministry said.

An interesting tactics...

Defense-focus is not enough nor effective in curbing cyberattacks. Warning counter-attack is often made to gain deterrence and certain equilibrium with adversaries.

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Posted in: Japan exports down but slowly recover amid pandemic damage See in context

Japan’s export-reliant economy has sunk into recession, with three straight quarters of contraction, through June, as the outbreak slammed business activity and deadened trade.

Japan is NOT at all an export-reliant economy. It's less than 20% of the whole GDP as most goods and services are produced and consumed domestically.

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