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Posted in: Fewer people on streets of Japan's major cities amid stay-at-home requests See in context

I went to the International Center today in Takamatsu, Kagawa on Shikoku. I go there every Saturday. Nobody was there! There are usually quite a few people there on a Saturday. We don't even have so many confirmed cases of the virus here. But, one of the guys I did meet there said that there were quite a few people yesterday watching the cherry blossoms in Kinbuchi Park in the southern part of Takamatsu City. There were people walking down the street today, for sure, but far fewer people than usual.

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Posted in: 20 virus infections on cruise ship in Yokohama; passengers confined to cabins See in context

They were enduring their second day in a stateroom that, as Renee told Reuters by phone from the ship, "is tiny, we don't have a window, there are four of us - and only one chair."

They've spent time reading and watching movies, including"Crazy Rich Asians" and "Aquaman."

Sorry. I can't stop laughing. Are watching the movies "Crazy Rich Asians" and "Aquaman" equivalent to some kind of inhumane action like torture?

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Posted in: JR East to test anti-groping app on rush-hour trains See in context

You know...people are critical. And this is a difficult issue to deal with. But, this is ONE way to handle the problem. We are now in a very cell-phone-oriented society. Maybe this will help those who are too frightened to report an obvious crime to finally do so. It's not a cure-all...but it is just one way. And, they have tried to build in steps to prevent people from making false accusations. So, let's try it and see if it has any effect on the perpetrators who are doing this.

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Posted in: Japan to repatriate citizens from virus-hit Wuhan in chartered plane See in context

The US is doing the same thing: https://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/U-S-to-evacuate-staff-in-Wuhan-center-of-virus-15005737.php

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Posted in: Court sentences 2 Filipino women via remote interpreting See in context

I just wonder what happened to the company who hired them to work in cosmetics? Aren't they required to check? I know of quite a few situations where the company helps the people who they want to employ, telling them that they are hired to do one job, but they are actually doing another.

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Posted in: Tokyo Gas opens new hydrogen station ahead of Olympics See in context

Hydrogen is dangerous, but gasoline is dangerous. Still we have tamed gasoline. We can do the same thing with hydrogen. But, what is city gas? I live in the country. Is there country gas? Is there are carbon footprint to hydrogen they are producing here, as some people claim? We need to know IN the article. Articles like this can be so confusing.

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Posted in: High court orders Shikoku Electric to suspend Ikata nuclear reactor restart See in context

It's on the northern part of the island, on the Seto Inland Sea, not the Pacific Ocean. So, it is less prone to Tsunamis. After Fukushima, when they were closed for close to 3 years, they made GREAT improvements. We need the electricity, and need to stop burning so much coal from Australia and Malaysia. Keep it open!

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Posted in: Ghosn used company money for private events: Nissan report See in context

Sounds like witch-hunt to me. It has from the beginning.

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Posted in: Patient in Japan confirmed as having new virus from China See in context

Wash your hands...many times a day. Gargle. Wear a mask. It's the flu season anyway, so we should do that regularly. As a university professor on Shikoku, LOTS of students have the flu. I also help out a major corporation that has these open staff rooms with 40+ people in them. I was supposed to go to one yesterday, but they called and said that 1/4 of the staff who work in the office are down with the flu. So, we should postpone. Let's be careful out there.

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Posted in: Japan calls Ghosn's escape 'unjustifiable' in first official comments See in context

Mori also said she has instructed the Immigration Services Agency to coordinate with related agencies to further tighten departure procedures.

You just kind of wonder how difficult things are going to become now for the rest of us. Japan often seems good at overreacting.

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Posted in: Ruling party lawmaker arrested over alleged bribe from Chinese gambling operator See in context

You wonder if he really looks so crooked normally, or the media found a picture where he looks that way. Anyone if they are caught in a certain moment has a pose where they can look any of a dozen different ways. I'm a bit skeptical.

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Posted in: Student uses invisible ink to ace ninja report See in context

Such a great story. Wish we had a photo of it.

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Posted in: Parade rehearsal held for emperor's enthronement ceremony See in context

Interesting, I noticed the motorcycle cops that are in side-cars. I guess if there were an incident, the driver would have to deal with the bike, while the rider could react a bit quicker, and go on foot easier.

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Posted in: Death toll from arson attack on Kyoto Animation studio rises to 36 See in context

So sad, indeed. I am sorry that the people who survived but died recently probably had to suffer a lot until the end, too.

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Posted in: Pager services to end Tuesday in Japan after 50 years See in context

I'm surprised that it has continued until now. Still, it is nostalgic. I remember pagers fondly.

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Posted in: Foreign tourists in Kyoto reminded of etiquette via smartphones See in context

But many Japanese don't follow cell phone etiquette either. I am surprised at this.

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Posted in: 28-year-old man dies while sunbathing in his home garden See in context

I get really bad muscle twitching all over my body in summer in Japan. My doctor said that I lose too much potassium and calcium in my sweat, which are used in sending signals for your muscles to expand and contract. He told me to drink Pocari Sweat. He sounded like a Pocari Sweat commercial. I was already drinking tons of water per day. He told me that just the water was not giving me back these important minerals. Honestly, I didn't think it was going to work, but on the way home, I bought some and gave it a try. By golly, it only took a couple of days and now it has now completely stopped. Yeah, there's a bunch of sugar in there, too, but there is also a lot of hydration. I drink my water, too.

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Posted in: Heat wave claims more lives in Japan See in context

Say that in the middle of winter, when temperatures are breaking record lows.

https://www.climatesignals.org/data/record-high-temps-vs-record-low-temps

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Posted in: Ghosn sues Nissan, Mitsubishi Motors for breach of contract See in context

Go, Go Gohn! (...sorry!....)

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Posted in: Japan may take S Korea wartime labor dispute to International Court of Justice: NHK See in context

I personally think that regardless of the outcome, 3rd party arbitration is the best. Some people have said that Japan might lose anyway. But, the fact that they can have a so-called "final" decision is what is necessary. Of course, we thought that "final" decision happened in 1965. But, if the Koreans can't accept that, let's finally make it final! Japan has already apologized SEVERAL times. You can do we search about Japanese apologies. But, the war is over, let's make FINAL restitution, put it to rest, and get on with normal, peaceful relations.

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Posted in: Japan Post Bank to cap int'l transfers to counter money laundering See in context

They already seem so strict. Opening a bank account at even a regional bank means you have to explain why you need it and they decide whether you can simply open an account or not. Transferring money means you have to explain "in detail" what the money will be used for. I have finished the transaction, and then been called on the phone to explain it clearly again--even for amounts of less than $1,000. Lately, where I just wanted to send $500 US, it was much, much easier to just buy US cash (no questions asked to buy cash), send it by EMS, and insure the envelope for $600 equivalent, and you only pay an extra $1 for that insurance.

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Posted in: Navy reviewing crew wearing Trump patches aboard ship in Tokyo See in context

Zichi writes: Its also not normal to salute if not in military uniform.

Not sure what you mean by "not normal," but the UCMJ says that while it is "not required" to salute when not in military uniform, it is "not inappropriate." If you are talking about the US President saluting, that is also his prerogative and not inappropriate at all. When I was on active duty and met my commander, even when we were both in civilian clothes, I would DEFINITELY salute him. In fact, if I didn't salute when I was not in uniform, it would be that I didn't know that they were a superior officer, or it was in a kind of inappropriate situation. I would still not salute indoors, if I met someone in front of a restaurant with civilian guests, etc..

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Posted in: Japanese firms resist hiring foreign workers under new immigration law: poll See in context

One of my friends who is a bento maker here on Shikoku Island said to me the other day: "If there were no foreign workers, there'd be no bentos."

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Posted in: S Korean parliament speaker compares Japan to 'brazen thief' See in context

@SJ

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_war_apology_statements_issued_by_Japan

If they were sincere, then why has Akihito, the de facto head of state of Japan, never apologized sincerely? Why did Abe retreat those apologies later?

People sometimes compare those showing that kind of tricky and coward attitude to 'brazen thief'.

So, let me get this straight...you want an apology from every succeeding prime minister?? When is this going to end? Sounds to me like it will never end. That's a child's game. None of the politicians or emperors alive today had anything to do with it. The Japanese government has apologized more than enough. It's way past the time to get over it. Sorry.

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Posted in: S Korean parliament speaker compares Japan to 'brazen thief' See in context

January 1, 1992: Prime Minister Kiichi Miyazawa, in a press conference, said: "Concerning the comfort women, I apologize from the bottom of my heart and feel remorse for those people who suffered indescribable hardships".

This is the first one that caught my eye from 1992. Sounds pretty sincere to me.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_war_apology_statements_issued_by_Japan

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