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Posted in: Nominee for U.S. ambassador wants Japan to take bigger alliance role See in context

Nominee for U.S. ambassador wants Japan to take bigger alliance role

Interpretation: Buy more Americans.

But his tenure if confirmed could still be short-lived while Trump appears to be losing the election leading to the departure from the White House.

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Posted in: Nippon Steel appeals South Korea court ruling on asset seizure See in context

Unlike the comfort women case which was "emerging" more recently as an unsettled issue, the so called forced Korean labour was already one of the primary agenda under negotiations for normalisng the bilateral relations in 1965. Korea's recent move could risk nullifying the Basic Treaty.

In case of a possible treaty nullification, there may arise another issue so far rarely pointed out: Should Korea's claim on individual rights outweighing international agreement/framework be allowed, the Japanese individuals/former expats/private entities could also demand compensations for their assets left in the Korean Peninsula upon the war end, and seized by local Korean authorities. The total number of cases and monetary value are far larger than those of Nippon Steel assets on hold. Back in 1965 the Japanese officials suppressed and renounced such a claim in order to conclude the treaty. True, the postwar framework seems to be unsatisfactory, yet for both sides.

The international agreement should outweigh local laws or verdict, and individual claims should be taken care of by their home government.

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Posted in: Ruling party lawmaker wants sales tax ditched See in context

"We need to revive the economy by pushing the sales tax rate back to zero," he told Reuters on Thursday. "It's absolutely essential that Japan eliminate the tax altogether."

The full removal is extreme and highly unlikely to happen. I only agree on lowering the tax rate, say from 10 to 5 % for a limited period of time.

The consumption tax cut/suspension is quick and easy to implement, more suitable under the current crisis. Unlike other rescue arrangements, people wouldn't have to apply with many fill-out forms and visits, and wait (long). Unpopular "my number" ID is unnecessary. The government wouldn't need to pay commission fees to "agents" such as Dentsu for handling logistics.

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Posted in: Osaka, other urban areas see record daily new coronavirus cases See in context

Osaka Prefecture confirmed a record 225 new cases of novel coronavirus infection Thursday,

Osaka used to be good in shape, curbing the virus spread with near 0 daily case streak. I suspect that the latest (re) surge originates from outside.

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Posted in: Japan sees fewer COVID-19 hospital deaths than other nations: study See in context

Criteria for hospitalization vary from country to country, the center acknowledged, while attributing the result to fewer people being obese or having diabetes in Japan.

It said the survey added to evidence that those who tend to develop severe COVID-19 symptoms are older, male, with a history of smoking, and with chronic disease.

Perhaps these factors constitute global patterns. Fatality rate and pathological process related to Covid-19 depend on one's pre-existing health conditions.

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Posted in: Japan-S Korea feud set to flare over wartime labor row See in context

It was undoubtedly a deal signed in haste, however the only course of action open for the South Korean Government is the arbitration and dispute clause.

I agree, and this is the most reasonable course available for SK. In fact, the Japanese side already has proposed setting up an arbitration panel. The SK officials have been rejecting it.

It's said that cash-in will take further time. I doubt if the plaintiff lawyers are really practical, willing to solve the case for the sake of aged clients. They could have get it done much sooner without any dispute had they requested a compensation from the SK government (other than practicality, it is also relevant approach).

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Posted in: From outbreak to surrender: World War II in the Pacific See in context

Here are some key events of World War Two in the Pacific

The timeline selection are missing a few remarkable events. I suggest adding:

The Tokyo air raid: Killing far more people over night than in Hiroshima under a-bombing.

The battle of Okinawa: Said to have affected the later US landing strategy.

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Posted in: Japan marks 75th anniversary of Hiroshima atomic bomb See in context

Alongside Japanese officials and the bomb survivors/families, a large majority of foreign representatives have also joined the annual ceremony. They include ones from the US or other nuke arms holders. Despite the virus concern & restrictions, representatives of 93 nations are scheduled to attend it today. The ceremony doesn't bother whether they are former allies or enemies

But oddly, the representatives of China and North Korea have always been absent despite annual invitations. I'm afraid such will go on this time. The two "loners" are also countries of global concern with regard to rapid militarization and adventurism...

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Posted in: Japan-S Korea feud set to flare over wartime labor row See in context

It's a Korean domestic issue. The SK government is responsible for the compensation to the labours. In fact they misused the fund from Japan agreed on the 1965 treaty. SK can't make a double-charge.

Whether cash-in will soon start, Japanese businesses in SK better leave for good. It's a high-risk country.

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Posted in: Yasukuni Shrine a symbol of haunting wartime legacy See in context

Many Japanese premiers visited Yasukuni after the war, but refrained from saying it was in an official capacity, until Aug. 15 1985, when Yasuhiro Nakasone made an official visit.

The move, on the 40th anniversary of the war's end, drew harsh criticism from China. Nakasone did not go again.

The controversy is more recent-born. What had China and Korea not reacted at ll for four decades since the war end, prior to the 1985 visit? "A-class" leaders were enshrined in 1975, again no response was made from these neighbors.

When it comes to their criticism on Japan's wartime, the purpose is not necessarily innocent or sincere. It is politically motivated.

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Posted in: Nippon Steel to appeal S Korea ruling allowing seizure of assets See in context

It's a Korean domestic issue. The SK government is responsible for taking care of former Korean labours. They "embuzzled" the fund from Japan aimed for labours, agreed on the 1965 treaty. The plaintiff has been totally mistaken, should have charged the Moon administration.

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Posted in: Japan households get mystery seed packages labeled from China See in context

I'm more worried about the fact such dubious materials coming from China have been delivered without any screening/inspections at any point.

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Posted in: Abe to attend Hiroshima, Nagasaki events marking U.S. atomic bombings See in context

A little concern is that many attendees in the ceremony are very old (+75 yo) "hibakusha" A-bomb survivors. Hope that any healthcare guideline will be fully implemented.

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Posted in: Tokyo may pay restaurants, bars to shorten hours in August amid spike in virus cases See in context

Just for technicality for financial support to affected businesses/individuals, I think it would be faster and more efficient to suspend levying taxes for now (for another fiscal year?), rather than to provide monetary support. The latter has already suffered several mishaps such as delaying processes and crowded applicants (could become a virus hot spot). Handling is costly due to insufficient social ID or digital services. The government came under criticism when they commissioned logistical work to Dentsu, via another "go-between agent" with kickbacks deduced from public money during the process.

Tax reduction is simple, near automatic with no need of handling agency, no need of application/verification. Applicants wouldn't have to fill out many forms (still paperwork!). Not to mention people under affected areas need a quick support to sustain their business and livelihood.

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Posted in: New 'comfort woman' statue in South Korea stokes anger in Japan See in context

Criticism has also been raised from Korean officials as well as people over the statue. Though not getting surprised at the news, (may feel like teasing it a bit, sometime) I also don't believe that such anti-Japanese extremist move as representative and widely supported in SK society. The NO Japan boycott has failed. The money scandal relating to the comfort women fund enraged the public.

The sculptor might try to claim it's a private property and free speech. He also remains elusive if not cheating by implying the statue may be anyone, not specifically reflect Abe. It is unwise for Japanese officials to make an official protest; they are yet free to express discomfort publicly. All in all it doesn't deserve a top story in the news report.

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Posted in: New 'comfort woman' statue in South Korea stokes anger in Japan See in context

The statue building of anti-Japanese symbols seems to have become a vital industry (partly with state backing) in South Korea. They have been trying to mass-produce and export them overseas. People are already aware, and tired of Korea's game of money solicitation by weaponizing wartime history.

The comfort women campaign has ended up being badly tarnished by Yoon Mee-hyang, the leading activist who had embezzled the compensation fund aimed at former comfort women. She is fully corrupt. I demand that Yoon's "apologetic" statue be installed there. The comfort woman (statue) deserves her apology.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 266 new cases of coronavirus See in context

There has been volatility in daily numbers due to technicality (e.g. timing gap). Thus I suggest publishing the 3-7 days rolling average alongside other critical data/variables (e.g. local healthcare capacity) to see the whole and ongoing pattern.

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Posted in: Japan to conduct 1st nationwide virus-linked mental health survey See in context

It is not the virus itself, but a series of some irrelevant, off the mark responses which have given the public frustration and psychological pains (I never deny all; some measures have been worth taking and proving effective).

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Posted in: Why have no COVID-19 clusters occurred in pachinko parlors? See in context

A droplet is the main source of covid-19 transmission. In pachinko palours people act solo, rarely talk or interact with their neighbors. This is how pachinko differ from "hot spot" night clubs where people are very social and interactive.

And the one "C" that embodies the 3C is Commuter Train.

I think the same is true for packed trains as in pachinko. Most people wear masks and speak very little. Inside the cars it's pretty silent. Mobile phone talks are discouraged if not prohibited. There has been no big scale of spike related to commuting trains in Japan, only a few isolated cases.

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Posted in: Sagamihara stabbings highlight discrimination and abuse people with disabilities face in Japan See in context

The Sagamihara case was unprecedented, very unique in nature though it saddened the public then. It's too rush to conclude that the majority Japanese are prejudiced against the disability. I'm also observing the opposite phenomenon in the present day Japan where a rising number of people are more understanding and tolerant to diversity.

And with Japan’s rapidly aging population and rates of disability on the rise, it is only a matter of time before similar issues of discrimination and "selecting lives" start to affect larger swathes of society. Today, roughly one in nine people in Japan have some kind of disability or chronic illness, and around 30% of Japanese citizens are over the age of 65. What kind of future awaits Japan if "selecting lives" is already a growing issue now in the summer of 2020? 

Aging and "selecting lives" are more an emerging issue shared among many post-industrial societies around the world. More significantly, the technological development has made possible and available such "selecting lives" in far more efficient manner. Prenatal screening is a good case in point. Ethics and humanism are at stake.

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Posted in: 2 doctors arrested over assisted death of terminally ill woman See in context

Okubo, the 42-year old former official at the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, and Yamamoto, 43, both graduated from Hirosaki University in Aomori Prefecture. They were not her attending physicians and are suspected of helping her die for money, the sources said.

Euthanasia is currently illegal in Japan, and suppose the case was done in an aim to prompt public debate and legislation, the procedure above seemed to be very sloppy and highly provocative (assisted death for money; done by non attending doctors, etc.). They deserve arrest and criminal charges.

Though it is not directly related to the current case, we also better know some background: Both doctors are said to be outspoken supporters for mercy killing, once claiming to the effect that elderly population is getting a heavier burden to the society. They were also active in SMS implying some "tips" about arranging a natural and cost-efficient death which doesn't look suspicious to authorities. Their view is also criticised as eugenicist.

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Posted in: Japan to grant re-entry 'gradually' to foreign residents stuck abroad See in context

I'm straightforward on this issue: give them a fast-track on (re) entry ahead of other "non essential" visitors. For I believe foreign residents also constitute a significant part of Japanese community. "Gradually" may suggest some technical challenges or under-preparedness about testing upon international arrivals. Hope it will soon be resolved.

Meanwhile entry control is getting more important in order to curb spikes. As experts have warned, I also suspect that a new wave is likely to come from abroad. The first wave during last April is identified as an imported type from Europe.

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Posted in: Japan reports record 795 new daily virus cases amid resurgence See in context

The cumulative number doesn't show a real, ongoing picture. Though meaning neither shame nor honor, it could mislead the public.

Of the total of about 10,000, 7,513 have already discovered; 327 dead; currently 949 hospitalized, of whom only 14 seriously ill. Better focus on active cases.

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Posted in: Only 23.9% of Japanese want Olympics next year: poll See in context

Personally I've not been so excited, deeply attached to the Games, would play as a passive spectator if held.

My only and ongoing concern relates to top qualified athletes who have stayed "in limbo." Their performance peak is usually short-lived. Some have already decided to retire; more retirement would be inevitable due to delay or cancellation. I hope that they would be given an opportunity in any form (not necessarily through the Tokyo Games under trouble), their talents and efforts would be honored anyhow.

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Posted in: Majority of Japanese reject gov't tourism campaign: surveys See in context

A telephone survey conducted by the Asahi newspaper found 74% of respondents were opposed to the campaign. In a similar survey by the Nikkei business daily, some 80% of respondents said it was too early to launch such a program.

Meanwhile, the promised emergency cash provision (100K yen for each) is too slow to wait for...

People may get troubled with so many detailed rules or exceptions in the GOTO, a typical pork-barrel program who benefits solely particular sectors and handling agencies (via kickbacks). All in all, it's not free. More taxes or levies will come in the future.

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Posted in: Japan's exports slump 26.2% in June See in context

Export (including inbound tourism) is a tiny chunk of Japan's entire GDP. Most goods and services are still produced and consumed by local residents within the country.

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Posted in: China demands Japanese fishing boats not trespass in its waters See in context

China demands Japanese fishing boats not trespass in its waters

Which means, Japan is doing right within own territory. Instead, be very careful when Beijing praises Japan....

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Posted in: Trump not ready to commit to election results if he loses See in context

It is possible not to get any result on the coming Nov. 3 as the loser would bring a complaint to the court.

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Posted in: WHO reports record daily increase in global coronavirus cases for second day in a row See in context

The World Health Organization reported a record increase in global coronavirus cases for the second day in a row, with the total rising by 259,848 in 24 hours.

The pandemic is not really global as situations vary considerably across countries and regions. For instance, Europe, once hot spot seem to have been over the hill both in terms of cases and death tolls.

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Posted in: Shogi prodigy Fujii becomes youngest to win major title See in context

much more complex than chess.

Not true.

With a captured piece being reused on own side, shogi players have more choices for a turn. A drawn match is very rare, mostly because all pieces participate in the match to the end, complexity is maintained.

Who won, Habu or AI ?

They didn't match, and has yet.

By the way is Habu retired ? Don't hear about him anymore.

He is still active, though not currently holding any title.

The reporting of shogi by the media is uneducative and awful.

How? I also enjoy non-substantial side-stories such as about what professional shogi players actually order for lunch :)

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