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Posted in: Prosecutors appeal after court decides against extending detention of Ghosn, Kelly See in context

the country risks losing its charm.

I am glad to see these hidden atrocities in the Japanese system along with others in the school system, airlines , etc are reaching the international community. People internationally are surprised when I mention the lack of goodwill between people and government for those who live here. Hopefully this negative notoriety will embarrass Japan into making some changes. It seems it already has. I look forward to seeing Ghosen's press conference.

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Posted in: Prosecutors appeal after court decides against extending detention of Ghosn, Kelly See in context

This is excellent news! I suspect the other high profile case of Ms Meng Wanzhou in Canada could have also influenced the decision of the court. This is indeed good news for the justice system in Japan.

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Posted in: Experts question Tokyo medical school's reasoning behind gender bias See in context

It would be interesting for me to hear what the students think about this as well.

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Posted in: Detentions raise fears, cast doubt on China's policies See in context

Hello flowers.

I have to say your posting is full of speculation and not what I am reading in the press from Canada.

Canadian officials arbitrarily arrested a prominent Chinese business executive while in transit without any explanations for days and treating her like a criminal with handcuffs.

-- Where do you get this information. The Chinese government? The news in Canada and the USA confirmed that Canadian officials arrested a person that the USA has an arrest warrant issued in August 2018 as the request of the US justice. Canada has repeatedly confirmed they have no issue with Ms. Meng and acting on behalf of the USA.

This article has some good balanced information:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/huawei-meng-extradition-questions-fraud-1.4943162

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Posted in: 9 more med schools involved in misconduct after another admits exam rigging See in context

I am glad to see things are changing -- and the discussions about exam rigging are happening. Discussions on fairness will help bring more equity in Japanese society in the long term as well. I've understood entrance tests have always been a way of testing the "seriousness" of the person and family --

"the university wanted to "secure applicants who will definitely enter our university"

The university system is under direction to improve their accountability and that is an excellent progress.

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Posted in: Court rejects Ghosn's appeal to end detention See in context

Wow! The court made the decision so fast? Any reason why they feel he is a flight risk. Is the law here just based on the feeling of a judge?

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Posted in: Takanawa Gateway, new JR Yamanote Line station name, fails to resonate with Tokyoites See in context

Because that's what companies in Japan do; they decide something, then seek approval, deciding what everyone else should deem favourable before asking. 

Yes, I have noticed this but it is time to change this procedure. The knowledge economy requires it so I say good going to the group making the fuss.

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Posted in: Takanawa Gateway, new JR Yamanote Line station name, fails to resonate with Tokyoites See in context

Japanese are just going to call it Takanawa anyways...

Agree, yes, it seems there is a tendency in Japanese to like to shorten names which are long.

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Posted in: Takanawa Gateway, new JR Yamanote Line station name, fails to resonate with Tokyoites See in context

"In the public campaign for entries to name the station, 'Takanawa' and 'Shibaura' received the most votes," popular columnist and illustrator Mineko Nomachi

If this is true, then the name needs to be rescinded!

Not selecting the name with the most votes just shows people that voting does not matter -- and that is very very wrong -- or what the government bureaucrats want to show? No wonder the voting turn out in elections is low in Japan.

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Posted in: Japanese school explains why it won't let cold schoolgirl wear tights under her skirt See in context

Time to change schools!

If the school sticks so closely to this rule, then it is clear the management believes in the hierarchical management structure and does not understand the changes in the education system.  This kind of action goes against what MEXT advises as essential for today’s students. These recommendations include group collaboration; active learning; active participation; knowledge construction; learner-centred pedagogies; meaning-making discourse; and higher-level thinking, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation of real-world problems.

The school management gets an F from me.

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Posted in: Ruling bloc to agree on tax reforms spurring car, home purchases See in context

OMG, I also wonder who is providing the advice to the government and the logic. If someone knows please let us know. Lifting the burden on the tax increase needs to focus on those that will be hit the hardest at the lower end of the income since the burden is higher on lower income families.

One idea - eliminate make taxes on everyday items families use such as education, daycare, rental fees....

Missed opportunity indeed.

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Posted in: Crown princess, on 55th birthday, says she is 'insecure' but vows to do her best as empress See in context

I feel Cricky's comments are spot on. My guess is Masako is probably feeling bullied by the IHA staff -- and suffering from depression and anxiety after going through both Harvard and Oxford! More than anyone, Prince Naruhito must helping her a lot as much as he can. I hope with the new roles she has, she will feel better and be able to take more control. I look forward to seeing both in their new roles in May.

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Posted in: Many Japanese companies are reluctant to hire even highly skilled foreigners because of fears that their local staff aren’t ready for colleagues from abroad. This is deterring foreign talent: In one recent survey, Japan was ranked the least attractive place to work in Asia. As countries from Taiwan to South Korea to Singapore — and even China — look abroad for labor, Japan needs to change its thinking. See in context

I would say it's more like a lot of the local managers, executives, and upper echelons aren't ready for people who are going to challenge them

Indeed, that has been my experience as well. These executives fear change because they have not kept their skills updated and will not hire foreign rivals, just foreign helpers. The foreign ideas embarrass them and that's the worst thing for a hierarchical society such as Japan. My strategy for foreign workers would be to work a few years then start your own business.

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Posted in: Huawei exec's arrest in Canada a 'despicable rogue' action: Chinese media See in context

@Goodluckto you "A Chinese citizen whose company does business with Iran"

FYI: The connection of Meng to the US is the claim Huwei sold prohibited technology from the US to Iran.

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Posted in: Huawei exec's arrest in Canada a 'despicable rogue' action: Chinese media See in context

News update: She faces a bail hearing in Canada on Friday.

The court in Vancouver did not make a decision on Friday about bail and will reconvene on Monday. This means Meng will stay in detention over the weekend.

More details here

https://www.thestar.com/vancouver/2018/12/07/what-to-expect-at-wanzhou-mengs-bail-hearing.html

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Posted in: Pearl Harbor attack survivor remembers the day from afar See in context

Remembrances of these kinds of stories of Mr. Long at Pearl Harbour, my father supplying the front lines in the fall of Germany or a friend describing how she was coerced into believing an atomic energy plant nearby would be safe and provide prosperity, make me appreciate these days of the internet and collaborative education. 

The internet offers better opportunities for communication but as humans, we need to show how more can be accomplished from embracing diversity and working together than bullying and coercion does.

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Posted in: JAL begins sales of new codeshare routes with Alaska Airlines See in context

Seattle-Tacoma airport is such a great airport to transit through because of its efficiency and you can get Ivar's clam chowder! Glad to see JAL recognizing the potential of the Pacific Northwest Gateway and transit destinations. Alaska's working culture is different and hope some of the good rubs off on JAL. (more flat management and people seem to enjoy their jobs- ie. female baggage handlers and flight crew)

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Posted in: Japan's justice system under scrutiny over Ghosn's continued detention See in context

Excellent point presto345 !

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Posted in: Japan's justice system under scrutiny over Ghosn's continued detention See in context

The crimes are punished strictly and fairly here. 

Oh, this statement is too broad. Fairly can mean anything depending on an individuals preferences. A more global approach for respecting humanity in society here would be nice to see.....in schools, corporations, family life, government...and the law system could very well show some leadership in this direction, especially with the Ghosen issue.

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Posted in: Drunk vice principal loses job after urinating in girls bathing area on field trip See in context

So it is OK for teachers to drink on the job but not pilots..... I don't think teachers need to drink on a school trip. Chaperoning students during a school trip is a 24hour job and does not provide good role model for students. They should be throwing the party for the kids, not themselves!

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

Excellent news! I am very pleased to hear Prince Fumihito speak up and shock the establishment. He shows the world, and more importantly, the current nationalistic government, the Imperial family has learned from past mistakes and will make bureaucrats justify their actions since no one else appears to be doing.

Excellent news indeed and thank you Prince Fumihito.

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Posted in: JAL fires co-pilot jailed in UK for drinking excessive alcohol before flight See in context

Many countries do not allow persons to enter with a criminal record so I can understand the concern JAL has, but they could assign him to operate on domestic flights where he can be home with his family every night. JAL has wasted a lot of corporate money training this fellow and his family will suffer -- but cultural issues of anyone a little strange is ostracized. I agree with Strangerland, the issue is a mental health issue and he needs someone who cares -- obviously JAL does not want to provide this.

Unfortunately, failure in Japan, is looked on as a fault rather than just a mistake. Once a person makes a mistake they are definitely not going to do this again, so I see this pilot as being safer than any other others. If I was JAL, I'd just put him on the domestic routes where he can return home every night. There are lots of airlines looking for pilots so he will be able to find a job and more caring organization to work for.

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Posted in: JAL pilot, 10 times over alcohol limit, jailed for 10 months in UK See in context

I guess that more Canadian pilots will be flying "high" now that our intelligent government has legalized marijuana....i despair

No, need to despair. Canadian airlines already have taken the responsibility of protecting the public and made it clear to staff (not just pilots) of a a zero tolerance for being high on the job.

https://www.thestar.com/news/cannabis/2018/10/15/airlines-impose-cannabis-ban-on-pilots-and-cabin-crew.html

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Posted in: JAL pilot, 10 times over alcohol limit, jailed for 10 months in UK See in context

I also agree with Luddite's comment and feel the UK judge missed an opportunity to mention the responsibility of the crew and JAL somehow. In addition to the pilot getting a jail term, if I was the judge and could, I would recommend cancelling JAL's license for NRT to London route for a year.  

When the law was changed in Canada, to make bars and other liquor establishments responsible for protecting their customers from driving drunk, they would lose their licenses, I noticed much more awareness from customers and staff about not driving drunk. Of course JAL did not serve the liquor but has a responsibility to keep their flights safe, and the crew must feel comfortable to mention issues they see are not correct.  

JAL needs to update their training immediately and let the public know. Until the company acknowledges, I will not feel like flying JAL.

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Posted in: Okinawa to hold U.S. base referendum on Feb 24 See in context

Actually, it was a group of citizens that took the initiative to gather a law-required number of signatures for a referendum to be held.

Even better - but the atmosphere of the government probably played some part in getting the required signatures.

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Posted in: Okinawa to hold U.S. base referendum on Feb 24 See in context

I applaude Denny-san!

Having a referendum is a very wise strategy because it allows the public to express their views on important issues that affect them. Recently the city of Calgary held a similar referendum about hosting the 2026 Winter Olympics, and rejected the establishment's recommendation to spend tax dollars to host the games again. While this referendum is not binding as well, in a democratic society, the politicians look very bad or will be thrown out of power, if they refuse the will of the people.

A very smart and creative way to proceed against a government that is refusing to listen to the will of its people! I encourage all in Okinawa to vote! It is a step forward to create a new Japan.

https://calgaryherald.com/news/local-news/calgarians-vote-no-on-hosting-2026-olympic-games

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

I want a discount too on my health insurance premiums and income tax......

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

I guess fairness is not a word to be used in this judicial system. 

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.

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

Ah, this follows the typical (bias) rational in Japan that you avoid passing judgements that would embarrass your superiors. If Japan is to be trusted as a global society, the country needs to start justifying decisions being made and taking leadership to recommend changes as other developed countries do.

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Posted in: Osaka to host 2025 World Expo See in context

Kansai has stood under the shadow of Tokyo and to some degree Kyoto for years. This will give the city a chance to show off its talents and wonderful food.

I don't regard Kansai as a "shadow" of other regional cities like Tokyo, Kyoto, Seoul, Taipei etc.....If find Osaka a very balanced city with a very creative population, but the leadership in government and business is struggling with the changes from industrialization to knowledge intensive global economy. The Expo will definitely help focus on promoting this changes for Osaka to develop its own knowledge intensive organizations (KIO). I look forward to participating in creating this awareness.

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