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Posted in: Fires causing irreversible forest losses in Australia See in context

With most JT readers not American to begin with, why employ the US state of Ohio for size comparison? If we were talking about a large forest fire in California, I doubt we’d be told that it had burned an area as large as Tasmania. Why not say, instead, that the fires have burnt an area equivalent to 1.5x times the state of Tasmania, or nearly 50% the size of the state of Victoria.

The America-centrism of the writing is also on display with the information that some of Australia’s eucalypts grow to ‘almost’ 90 meters “comparable to the redwoods of Northern California.” In actual fact, these trees can grow to well in excess of 100 meters, and there’s reliable evidence of some individual giants topping out at heights of up to 130-140 meters.

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Posted in: Estranged Australian husband freed after trespassing to find his children See in context

For too long, they’ve had things all their own way, pulling out the ‘cultural card’ whenever it suits, while gaming our openness and insisting on the rule of law at other times. We need to put a stop to these having your cake and eating it shenanigans and start playing hard ball. Our Japanese friends need to be held to much stricter account.

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Posted in: Japanese billionaire Maezawa seeks girlfriend for SpaceX voyage See in context

Hatsune Miku, a marriage made in heaven.

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Posted in: Aso apologizes for remarks about Japan's historical unity See in context

It was only around 800CE that repeated punitive expeditions operating in the then frontier region of Northern Honshu eventually succeeded in extending the tentacles of the state to those hitherto ‘free’ places. Even today, the bloodshed and depredations practised on the folk of the north still rankles. Next time you’re there, check out the stele below the balcony of Kiyomizu temple in Kyoto, that seeks to assuage the offended spirit of the north and expiate the guilt of the descendants of the Yamato State for their shameful betrayal of the Emishi warrior Aterui.

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Posted in: Japan to develop app detecting forged residence cards for foreigners See in context

Who says in English that something goes up 1.6 fold? Does it mean 160%? Or 60%? The total number of resident foreigners climbed from around 2 to almost 3 million. How many fold is that? It stands to reason that the absolute number of offences would have increased commensurate with the increasing population of foreign residents. More unwarranted panic methinks.

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Posted in: Ghosn's lawyer just as outraged by Japan's justice system as by escape See in context

If the collective West has any concern about its own survival, it could do worse than emulate the arbitrary arrest procedures and cruel and unusual pretrial punishments we’ve seen in the Ghosn case for all blow in nationals from countries with similar (in)justice systems to here suspected of doing anything prejudicial to our societies interests.

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Posted in: Abe asks Moon to act on dispute at first meeting for 15 months See in context

Every attempt to hold Japan to the gold standard of German contrition comes to nix, empowering our gloating, denialist but totally myopic resident Amen Corner to double down on the insults. Pathetic!

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Posted in: High court quashes ruling on fatal road rage case, jail term on technicality See in context

“entire legal system in Japan is known as chaban”

Even now, 150 years after opening up, there is a huge disconnect between how law actually works as a thinly disguised instrument of constraint and the ideal, an impartial arbiter and safeguard against oppression.

In his Introduction to Japanese Law (1976), Noda makes the point that those tasked with drafting the new Meiji laws, using firstly the Napoleonic Code (later, German models) as their template, “had to invent terms for concepts that were totally alien to Japanese thinking.” Another has made the point that if Western democracies relied as little on law as Japan does, they would be rocked by incessant civil commotion and probably witness a collapse of the authority structure. While conversely, if Japan were to use the law as it is used in the Western democracies, and as it is supposed to be used under the Japanese constitution, the present Japanese authority structure would collapse.

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Posted in: Trump says he asked Abe to pay more to host U.S. troops See in context

If Japan accedes to the request, American tax payers will have Trump to thank for the billions that will have been freed up to fund hospitals, schools, and other deserving areas close to a bleeding heart liberal’s Shinzo.

And to those complaining that this will reduce Japan’s capacity to fund its own hospitals, schools, and old age pensions, consider the alternative. Japan having to pay entirely for its own defence with annual outlays multiples of what Trump proposes to charge.

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Posted in: Bloomberg launches Democratic presidential bid See in context

The Republicans do billionaires. The Democrats do BAZILLIONAIRES!

”Age means wisdom” Read that on the back of a fortune cookie did you, Grasshopper?

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Posted in: Self-confessed Chinese spy spills secrets in Australia See in context

“We need to stop feeding the Chinese monster we all helped create”

In Chinese calculations, probably not far wrong, the collective West is increasingly viewed in terms of what to avoid. Not for them acquiescence in the face of demographic decline and crippling loss of will exacerbated by identity politics and winner take all Uber Capitalism.

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Posted in: Worst likely over for S Korea boycott effect on Japanese economy See in context

“Um, Japan negotiated a "final and irreversible" agreement with Korea, in an effort to deal with said unfinished business. The Koreans agreed to that "final and irreversible" agreement by their own behest.

Only in the minds of tone deaf apologists for discredited Japanese militarism or those seduced by Japan’s self-serving excuses was there ever a “final and irreversible” agreement. Taking pride of place in their grab bag of excuses for not attending to its unfinished business with sincerity, true contrition and humility, the 1965 agreement was the gift that kept on giving and giving.

The litmus test of this agreement was always going to be how well it addressed the damage caused by Japan’s manifold transgressions upon Korea’s sovereignity, even unto the present day, with a divided Peninsula that Japan contributed in no small part to making happen and for which it cannot shirk responsibility. Even though the amount of compensation was risible, especially compared to what Germany paid and continues to pay, it was gratefully received and put to good use by the erstwhile Japanese collaborator Park, now dictatorial President calling in favours. It was a bargain basement agreement however, doomed to fail because it was completely undemocratic in intent and very much in the manner of a hush money bribe. Devastated by its recently concluded (or not) war with the North, the Koreans were offered and accepted pennies on the pound. They can hardly be blamed for taking what little was on offer. As South Korea has matured into a fully fledged democracy with a thriving civic consciousness, the unravelling of the agreement was completely foreseeable. It’s still not too late for Japan to accede to the inevitable and acknowledge that the agreement was flawed.

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Posted in: Worst likely over for S Korea boycott effect on Japanese economy See in context

Kudos to Korea for having the gumption to take the fight up to Japan and keep reminding it that there’s a long way to go before Japan’s moral debt for its horrendous mistreatment of Korea is expiated. In their heart of hearts, the decent people of Japan intuitively recognise that genuine rapprochement is not possible when it’s own leaders so transparently lack the necessary empathy and farsightedness needed to transcend myopic economic self-interest.

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Posted in: Worst likely over for S Korea boycott effect on Japanese economy See in context

“The only reasonable response to a customer that expects you to let them abuse you, or they'll take their business elsewhere, is to tell them to take their business elsewhere.”

Exasperated by Japanese recalcitrance, Koreans are employing the only reasonable response to a former colonizing power that can’t get its head around the idea that it’s former subjects aren’t prepared to indulge the fantasy that there’s no unfinished business remaining.

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Posted in: Worst likely over for S Korea boycott effect on Japanese economy See in context

Can’t get any worse is good news?

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Posted in: Teacher's kick leaves student with broken bone at prestigious Tokyo school See in context

Cue collective sucking of teeth, hissing sounds, and bowing at the correct inclination. Add recycled platitudes about learning from mistakes and ensuring that it never happens again. No lasting damage to careers. Clean as a proverbial whistle. Fast forward a few weeks to next similar incident. No need for dusting off the script because it’s always kept handy. Rinse, recycle, repeat.

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Posted in: White House handling of U.S.-Japan trade deal angers Democrats See in context

“The authoritarian regimes either pervert socialist communist ideology or they were/are right wing to begin with.”

There’s one born every day. A true believer in the infallibility of the State. Tis a pity the Left’s good intentions, and all their intentions are ever thus, are so easily waylaid. When the useful idiots have done their duty, the message is always “liberty is so precious that it must be rationed.” A hundred million deaths brought about as a direct result of this evil creed have taught us that much.

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Posted in: White House handling of U.S.-Japan trade deal angers Democrats See in context

Just hopeless. They had years and years to do something about it, but they squandered every opportunity. Then, as soon as a decisive leader comes along who has an instinctive understanding of how badly Americans have been shafted on trade, they puff themselves up in indignation. How dare they.

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Posted in: Teacher's kick leaves student with broken bone at prestigious Tokyo school See in context

“He should have been fired on the spot if he struck a student, much less kicked him.”

Until such time as people here stop excusing such excesses on the grounds that tough love never hurt anyone, so will we continue to see students sporting broken bones and worse. Far from prejudicing his career, his old school disciplinary tactics will have only served to burnish his credentials as the turn to man whenever a little of the old ultra violence is needed.

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Posted in: Japan records ¥17.3 bil trade surplus in October See in context

Sounds of one hand clapping. As the Japanic Maru continues sinking into the briny, the orchestra faithfully remain on the poop deck playing ditties for the true believers. When they start celebrating a trade surplus that was only made possible because imports slumped more than exports fell, it’s time to for a funeral dirge.

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Posted in: Sex crimes remain significantly underreported in Japan: gov't survey See in context

The take away is that Japan’s ‘low’ reported crime stats simply cannot be trusted and cross country comparisons are essentially meaningless when crime reporting is so blatantly disincentivised. Be situationally aware and rely on the evidence of your own eyes and ears rather than buy into the safety country complacency. Female acquaintances anecdotal reports of being stalked or groped and all those warning signs about ひたくり bag snatchers, refute the notion that one can afford to let down one’s guard because such things don’t happen here.

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Posted in: Automakers around world await Trump tariff decision See in context

Peter Neill: “Japanese car companies already employ over 1.5 million workers at factories in the U.S”

Except that isn’t true. The total number of Americans employed by ALL majority Japanese owned companies is an order of magnitude lower than that you adduce, around 850K. For car manufacturing only, 400-500K would probably be closer to the mark.


“Total manufacturing is down, not up, since Trump came to office”

Sorry to burst your bubble, again.


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Posted in: Automakers around world await Trump tariff decision See in context

Mercantilism (not merchantilism) may be childlike to you. For Japan, China, and Korea, expert export behemoths all, the opposite is indeed the case and they consider anybody who DOESN’T think this way to be childlike. But don’t let the facts stand in the way of your anti Trump rant.

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Posted in: 20-year-old woman stabbed to death in Niigata See in context

“It is a shock that this kind of thing could ever occur in Japan”

Oh pleez! Anyone who’s spent any reasonable amount of time here can easily see through the self deception implicit in such a statement. Japan is absolutely no slouch when it comes to crimes of wanton and callous brutality. Misanthropes abound here and their impact is felt in myriad ways. Hypnotised and narcotised by bread and circuses deception, consoling themselves that they live in the best of all possible ‘safety country’ worlds, there’s a pronounced tendency to shirankao out of existence all the spiky bits that keep bobbing up again and again and again.

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Posted in: 36 Japanese men detained in Manila over alleged phone scam See in context

These 36 ore ore sagi shysters and the 15 arrested earlier makes nearly a full deck to rival the playing card characters assigned to Saddam and his henchmen.

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Posted in: Elementary school girl slashed by 14-year-old boy in Aomori Pref See in context

WilliB: There’s no bashing going on, but a whole lotta slashing. Carry on however drinking the safety country Kool Aid. The rest of us will continue to exercise an appropriate level of caution commensurate with the various degrees of danger that lurk hidden behind the placid facade.

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Posted in: Elementary school girl slashed by 14-year-old boy in Aomori Pref See in context

Educator 60: You da educator. Thanks.

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Posted in: Hyogo man arrested for creating biohazard zone with his 'own' pee See in context

Does this fall under スメルハラ, or do we need another addition to the litany of off putting behaviours which serve only to lend credence to the view that many people here, contrary to all the omotenashi wishful thinking, are NOT are not at all enamoured of one another?

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Posted in: Couple, 3-year-old daughter found dead in apparent murder-suicide See in context

“Just another day in Japan... is it just me or does this happen A LOT in Japan? Couldn't just be me”

Wanting Japan to be a more normal country where such things happen far less frequently than they do is one of the things that drives those Japan Unlimited artists which the Government is trying to squelch. More power to these courageous souls for having the guts to take on a power structure that is callously indifferent to societal defects which underpin such tragedies.

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Posted in: Bushfires rage out of control across Australia's east See in context

Plenty of “Seachange” types who have precious little understanding of and even less direct experience of the worst that nature can throw at them. It’s almost criminal that on such a dry continent, with frequent bushfires, civil preparedness is not far more proactive than it is.

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